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First Lady Highlights Tennessee's Nursery Industry Visit

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam met today with nursery growers and industry leaders and toured local nurseries to highlight Tennessee’s horticultural industry.


Mrs. Haslam met with a small group of nurserymen at Boskey’s Grille in Manchester for a brief discussion on industry issues and to enlist their support for the landscape renovation project at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville.  


“Tennessee has a reputation worldwide as a producer of high quality horticultural products, so it’s only natural that we turn to Tennessee growers first to help with the landscape renovation project at the Tennessee Residence,” Haslam said. “I hope this project also brings much needed attention to an important industry that has had its difficulties in recent years.”


Mrs. Haslam hosted the First Lady’s Luncheon in October last year to announce the next phase of the Tennessee Residence Foundation’s preservation and renovation project and kick-off private fundraising efforts for the landscape project. More than 700 men and women from across the state attended the event, demonstrating their support. The foundation, chaired by Mrs. Haslam, will focus their private fundraising efforts to support the project, intended to bring the Residence grounds back to their original design and health, while focusing on vegetation original to the home and native of Tennessee. 


State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson joined Mrs. Haslam as they met with industry leaders and toured Randall Walker Farms and Hale and Hines Nursery in Warren County, which is known as the “Nursery Capital of the World.”


“Nursery and greenhouse products are among our state’s top agricultural commodities, generating nearly $300 million annually in farm income,” Johnson said. “We appreciate the First Lady highlighting this important industry sector by involving them in this project and recognizing the value of quality, locally grown products.”


Terry Hines of Hale and Hines Nursery in McMinnville said he welcomes the First Lady’s visit. “We’re happy that Mrs. Haslam has come to McMinnville to learn more about our industry. We’re honored that she’s looking to us for help with the Tennessee Residence landscape project. We have a great local industry with good people who produce a great product, so any attention is appreciated as we look to expand markets for our products.”


Tennessee has more than 700 nurseries, 300 greenhouses, 2,500 plant dealers and 400 landscapers certified across the state, producing 21.7 million containers of plants and 48,000 acres of growing area. Tennessee nurseries sell wholesale, retail and farm direct. For help on finding quality Tennessee nursery and greenhouse products, visit www.picktnproducts.org.

False Imprisonment Charges Dismissed At General Sessions Court

Friday, 17 February 2012

Judge Susan Melton presided over General Sessions Court on Tuesday.  Some of the results of the various cases that appeared on the docked include:
William Elton Eisenmann agreed to the violation of probation.  He was ordered to serve his original sentence of 11 months 29 days.
Michael Lee Gilchrist pled guilty to driving without a license.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $2.00 fine and the costs.
Ryan K. Hawkins pled guilty to driving without a license.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $2.00 fine and the costs.
Linda Kaye Hillis’ charge of violation of the move over law was retired for 90 days.  Hillis was ordered to attend driver’s safety school and pay the costs.
Dillon Martin Jakes pled to public intoxication.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $50.00 fine and the costs.
Timothy Jake Milligan’s charges of false imprisonment X2, domestic assault were dismissed.  In another case Milligan pled guilty to domestic assault.  He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $100.00 fine and the costs.
Dustin Lee Reed’s charge of reckless burning was retired for 30 days.  He was ordered to pay the costs.
Ronald Sharp agreed to the violation of probation.  He was ordered to serve 45 days and his probation was extended 9 months 14 days.

Reading Is Fundamental Program Starting Soon

Friday, 17 February 2012

Mid Cumberland Head Start in Cannon County is beginning the annual Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) reading program. This three part program includes two book distributions accompanied with motivational activities for children and parents; four specialized literacy trainings; and a special two-week reading campaign.
Volunteers are needed to make the 2012 RIF Program the best ever.  Family and community members will help Head Start children choose their very own book and following this the volunteer will read the story to the child.  The first RIF distribution date is March 2 at 10:00 a.m.
The two week Reading Challenge campaign will run from February 21 to March 2. The goal is to double the amount of time our preschoolers spend with books by making reading aloud an everyday activity in both our center and the home.|
To meet that goal, we have challenged families to match our reading activity during the campaign, book for book. Community members will be reading books to the children during class at Head Start. Parents are challenged to read at least one book a day for two weeks.Volunteers are needed at the Woodbury Head Start. Please join us for story time by calling Lori Reed at 563-5852.

Lions Lose In District Tourney Opener Finish Season 8-22 Lionettes Continue Tonight

Friday, 17 February 2012

A 3 point shooting clinic demonstrated by Smith County combined with yet another poor shooting night ended the Cannon County Lions season in the opening quarterfinal round at the District 8-AA basketball tournament in Sparta TN at White County High School  Smith County's Jordan and Kevin Craighead nailed the only 6 3 point shots made in the entire game, all in the first quarter as the Owls opened the game up early and coasted to the win 63-44.  Smith County posted four players in double figures while Cannon County who shot 18 of 48 from the field had one in Jarrett Melton who scored 18.  Smith County was 25-46 on the night and will go on to meet the number one seeded Livingston Wildcats in the last game of the District 8-AA basketball tournament semifinals tonight.  The semifinal rounds starts off with the Cannon County Lionettes attempting to knock off the number 2 seed in the Upperman Lady Bees.  A win today will enable the winning team to play for the district tournament championship as well as host a first round regional tournament game at home on Friday February 24th.  After the Cannon County Upperman game the Dekalb County Boys will face the Upperman Boys.  The third game of the evening tonight will have the Smith County Girls facing the Livingston Lady Cats.  Smith County earned the right to advance as a result of a 51-37 win over York Thursday evening.  WBRY-AM 1540/FM96.7 will have the live broadcast of the Cannon County Lionette semifinal this afternoon at 3:45 for pregame.  Tipoff at 4.  The game can also be heard on the internet on our website at wbry.com

Sheriff's Department On Lookout For Stolen Tires From Construction Site

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Seven tires and wheels have been stolen from a Jones Brother Construction site here in Cannon County.  According to sheriff department reports, sometime this past weekend, someone had cut a lock off of a heavy chain that had been used to secure all seven tires in place.  Three of the rims were aluminum while one was steel.  Seven Bridgestone Firestone tires size 11r22.5 were also stolen.  The value of the tires and rims totaled $2500.  A witness saw a white Ford extended cab with a black grill at the Elkins Road site.  The truck had a fuel tank with red handles and a diamond plated panel down the side of the bed.  Anyone with information about this theft needs to contact the Cannon County Sheriff's Office.

Lionettes Send Dekalb Home, Lions Play Smith County Tonight In District Tournament

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Make it win number 32 in a row as the Cannon County Lionettes opened the second night of quarterfinal shutting down the Dekalb County Lady Tigers quickly and leaving no doubt in spectators minds they are determined to make an impact in the postseason.  The Lionettes only allowed 8 first half Dekalb County Points.  Dekalb ended the game going 14 of 49 from the field while turning the ball over 14 times.  Cannon shot the ball well at 23-51 Abbey Sissom led the way with 19 points ten of those came in the second half while teammate Lindsey Reed was knocking the bottom out of the basket with 15 points.  Cannon County advances to the semifinal round taking on the Upperman Lady Bees Friday afternoon at 4:00
The Cannon County Lions take center stage tonight at White County High School for their quarterfinal round game of the District 8AA basketball tournament.  The Lions will face the Smith County Owls, a team that has beaten them twice this year.  The Lions are led by Jarrett Melton and Cory Henley and have shown improvement especially toward the end of the regular season.  Smith County are on a three game winning streak, all against district opponents and have won four out of their last five.  Cannon's last effort was the ten point loss to Smith to close out the regular season.  The game tonight is the second game of the two game slate.  The game is scheduled to start at 7:30.  Pregame with the Coaches Corner will air at 7:15 on AM 1540/FM96.7 WBRY and streaming live on wbry.com.  The game to open the last day of quarterfinals is a girls matchup between York Institute and Smith County.



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