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Tennessee Confirms Two More Cases of Peanut Butter-Related Salmonella

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Public health officials in Tennessee have confirmed two more cases of Salmonella related to the nationwide peanut outbreak. That brings the total in Tennessee to 13. Peanut products associated with Peanut Corporation of America are causing the illness. The two most recent Tennessee cases involve residents of Washington County, bringing the number of confirmed outbreaks there to three. Two cases of Salmonella have been reported in Hamilton County, Sumner, Roane, Greene, Bedford, McMinn, Shelby, Knox and Claiborne have each reported one outbreak associated with contaminated peanut products. All Tennessee patients have recovered from their illnesses.

Salmonella causes flu-like symptoms that aren't fatal to most people. However, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for serious illness or even death. Consumers are urged not to eat any products that contain peanut butter until more information is known about which brands may be affected. This includes peanut butter cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream.

Emergency Food And Shelter National Board Awards Funds To Cannon County

Monday, 9 February 2009

Cannon County has been chosen to receive $10,191.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county under the 2009 Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program Phase XXVII.

“These are difficult times for many and we are very glad to receive the award of $10,191.00 which is an increase of $2,890.00 over the $7,301.00 awarded in 2008 under Phase 26. This will provide help to families facing a job loss or seniors on a fixed income and need help to pay a month’s electric bill or buy groceries,” said Local Board Chair Connie Rigsby, Director of the Cannon County Senior Citizens Center.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America, which provides the administrative staff and functions as fiscal agent. The Local Board is charged with distributing the funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Local Board, made up of representatives from Cannon County government, Salvation Army, United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties, and other Cannon County agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Cannon County are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

In Cannon County under Phase XXVI in 2008, $7,301.00 in Emergency Food and Shelter funds were distributed to Cannon County Emergency Food Bank, Cannon County Senior Citizens Center, Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency, REACH, and Domestic Violence Program. “This funding enabled these agencies to provide 1,178 meals, 64 nights of lodging, and assistance to 13 individuals or families for utility payments,” stated Rigsby.

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This year’s appropriation of $200,000,000 brings the total distributed to more than $3,304 billion over the program’s 25 year history.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties (893-7303x106) for an application.

911 Board Members and Staff At State Meeting

Monday, 9 February 2009

L to R: Kim Davenport, Secretary Roy Sullivan, E-911 Director, Tracey Matthews, Dispatcher shift leader & TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator), Kim Martin, Dispatcher. Back, L to R: Brenda Phillips, Treasurer, John Naylor, Chairman, James Adkins, Jr, Vice-Chairman, Micheal George, Board Member

Several from Cannon County 911 Emergency Communications participated in the 911 Winter Workshop 2009 held recently in Gatlinburg. The theme for the workshop was, “911 – Shaping the Future.”

Roy Sullivan, Cannon County E-911 Director, was a part of the discussion panel that dealt with personnel issues and workplace ethics.

Upcoming technology and the technology of the future was discussed, such as mapping solutions that would identify each emergency vehicle on the dispatcher’s map via a locator chip, and mapping solutions utilizing Google mapping software. Pictometry was also presented in which 3-D imaging would enable emergency workers to measure distances via map. Another presentation discussed was alternative ways of mass communication to those in their service area in the event of an emergency, or ways to “get the word out” to their community.

Editors note; for a better look at the picture, place your cursor over the picture and click. Thanks to the 911 Board for submitting the photo.

Discovery Of Growing Operation Leads To Charges

Monday, 9 February 2009

A local man is facing numerous charges after Cannon County Sheriff's Deputies discovered a large quantity of drugs at his home. Jonathan C. Davis, age 21 of Payton Lane was arrested by Cannon County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Young after a search of his home led to the discovery of over 20 marijuana plants, growing materials, packaged processed marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Deputies charged Davis with manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia following the discovery of the growing operation.

According to court documents, a serach of the home revealed the drugs, seeds, pipes, rolling papers, scales, grinders and rolled marijuana cigarettes. In addition to the drugs, deputies also seized $147.00 in cash, and a .38 caliber gun.

Davis is currently free on $12,000.00 bond and will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on March 10th.

Administrators, Counselors Focus on Tennessee School Reform Efforts

Sunday, 8 February 2009

District and school administrators will collaborate with school counselors on how best to transition to the new standards, assessments and graduation requirements to take effect in the 2009-10 school year. For the first time, administrators are invited to collaborate with school counselors at the 2009 School Counseling Institute, which is expected to draw 1,200 to 1,500 attendees from across the state February 8th -10th.

“Every education professional in Tennessee is critical to the success of the initiatives we are embarking on,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “We are taking every opportunity to ensure educators understand the improvements taking place in K-12 education and how to put them into practice.”

The priorities of the institute this year include training in:
- use of the new curriculum standards and student assessment results;
- creating a college-going climate;
- partnering with your school counselor on school improvement goals;
- advising students in the development of 6 year plans;
- working with your special education population and the new graduation requirements; and
- how career technical education integrates with the new graduation requirements.

Tennessee adopted new math, science and English curriculum standards in 2008 to provide students a deeper understanding of these content areas. A new assessment system includes redesigned tests for grades 3-8, college-readiness pre-tests for 8th and 10th graders and new end-of-course exams for certain high school courses. The new graduation requirements, to take effect with the Class of 2013, prescribe that all students complete the same coursework including a math every year and three lab sciences. These improvements stem from the Tennessee Diploma Project’s goal to better prepare all students for college and work.

Murfreesboro Bridge Repair Requires Lane Closures on Northwest Broad

Sunday, 8 February 2009

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin repairing two bridges in a highly traveled section of Murfreesboro in the coming days. Both bridges are located on Northwest Broad Street. One of the bridges is located at the Main Street intersection. The other bridge crosses over Lytle Creek, just north of Main Street. This is an accelerated repair project that is expected to be complete in June 2009.

The repairs will require that Northwest Broad Street be reduced to two lanes in each direction. The center turn lane will also be closed during construction, which will prohibit left turns from Northwest Broad Street onto Main Street, as well as left turns from Main Street onto Northwest Broad. The lane restrictions will be in place on Northwest Broad Street from State Route 96 to Vine Street beginning the week of February 9, 2009.

TDOT will have several portable message boards placed near the project area and on other Murfreesboro streets to alert motorists of the closures. Drivers are strongly encouraged to seek an alternate route around this work zone.

For more information on this or any other TDOT road construction project or for weather-related road closure information, visit the TDOT Web site's SmartWay Information System at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone to access valuable information about travel conditions anytime, or log on to www.TN511.com.

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