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Woodbury Man Arrested In Connection With Bank Robbery

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A Woodbury Man, suspected of robbing the Pinnacle Bank in Lebanon earlier this month has turned himself into Lebanon Police and the FBI last week. According to the Wilson Post, Clifton A. Knight of Woodbury was arrested on a Federal Warrant for Bank Roobery and is now in Federal Custody. Knight has been convicted of a gun related crime previously but he did not display a weapon in the Pinnacle Bank Robbery. Knight is also being looked at in connection with other bank robberies that have occured in the area.

Register Now For Living Well With Chronic Condition Program

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions (LWCC) program will be conducted once a week for six weeks beginning February 7 at 12 noon at the Cannon County Senior Center in Woodbury. This program is intended for anyone living with a chronic condition, family members, friends and caregivers of an individual with a chronic condition.
Each session is two hours in length. Space is limited to twenty participants. Call the Senior Center at 563-5304 to register today. There is NO registration fee as it is funded through UT Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Human Service secured grants.
This includes the cost of the program, materials and the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, a $15.00 value.
Developed by Stanford University, this evidence-based program teaches practical skills on managing chronic diseases. Participants learn about self-management of their health condition and ways to work effectively with their health care professionals.
Through this interactive program, participants gain confidence in their ability to cope with their health condition and become motivated to make lifestyle changes, adhere to prescribed medical treatments and become informed patients.
Contact Carla Bush, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UT Extension, Cannon County Office if you have 615-563-2554.

United Way Hosts Community Celebration

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced that its annual Community Celebration will be held Tuesday, February 21, at 11:30 AM at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
Tickets are $10 per person for open seating or $150 for a reserved table of ten. Reservations may be made online at www.uwrutherford.org. Reservations are required by February 10.
The Community Celebration serves as an opportunity to recognize the past year’s accomplishments, corporate partners and volunteers of United Way. This year's event will include the announcement of a special milestone at United Way.
The Community Celebration is sponsored by Regions Bank, Publix, Nissan and Embassy Suites.
For questions, please contact Meagan Flippin at 893-7303

Governor Haslam Proclaiming January "Radon Action Month"

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed January “Radon Action Month” to help educate Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure and encourage actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home. 


In conjunction with Gov. Haslam’s announcement, the Department of Environment and Conservation has joined forces with the American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various local and county health departments for an outreach program to raise awareness about this health risk and the importance of testing.


“Tennesseans can check for the presence of radon with a simple test,” said Haslam.  “I encourage each household to take this important step to safeguard the health of loved ones from the dangers of exposure to radon.”


Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation.  It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled, but in concentrated levels radon can pose a threat to human health.  The EPA estimates that approximately 70 percent of Tennessee’s population lives in high risk or moderate risk radon areas.  According to the EPA, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.


The best time to test is during consistently cold weather, usually from October to March.  This is the time of year when doors and windows are shut, so the test results are more representative of in-home exposure.  Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost comparable to that of many common household repairs, such as painting or installing a new water heater.


“Testing is such an important step because radon acts unpredictably,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.  “Nationally, about six percent of homes surveyed had elevated levels of radon.  In contrast, 16 percent of Tennessee homes surveyed had elevated levels and in some counties, 33 to 75 percent of homes being tested have elevated levels of radon.”


While radon poses a serious threat to our community’s health, radon test kits are the first step toward a straightforward solution and are easy to use. In Tennessee, radon test kits can be purchased at most local hardware and home improvement stores, or through the American Lung Association.  TDEC also offers an online system for Tennesseans to order radon test kits at a reduced price, making it easier than ever for citizens to identify and address potential radon exposure problems at home. 


To order a radon test kit or to learn more about the dangers of radon exposure, please visit TDEC’s website at www.tn.gov/environment/ea/radon or contact the department’s Tennessee Radon Program at 1-800-232-1139 or TDEC.Radon@tn.gov

Loans To Be Paid Off By County Approved During Commission Meeting

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Around 25 residents of the Hills Creek Road area here in Cannon County showed up to the monthly meeting of the Cannon County Commissioners Saturday to voice their opinions and concerns of the Spring2Life Christian Addiction Recovery Center. The Center recently bought property on Hills Creek Road.to open a faith based resident home to people who are seeking help in overcoming addictions. The Commission heard from Erk Hines pastor and president of Spring2Life. After Pastor Hines introduced his program and addressed questions from the Commissioners and a few from the audience. The residents from that area got their chance to address the Commission. During the discussion, Commissioner Kevin George said that because it was part of a church organization nothing illegal is being done. In other actions.the Commissioners approved the Budget Amendments presented in the Debt Service Budget, County General Budget and the Cannon County Schools Budget
The Commissioners approved the 2012 Road Map and inventory list from the County Garage with the amendment of a couple of road names. Burt Lane and Horton Hollow Lane's information needed to be added correctly to the Road Map.
Cannon County Sheriff Darrell Young gave a report on the progress of the capital project of renovating the jail. Two tankless water heaters, four HVAC units and 8 exhaust fan motors and the roof has been repaired. The lighting and security system is still in the works at this time. The total cost at this point not including the roof is $45,281.00 which leaves a balance of $179,718.96
The Commission approved to the payoff of three long term loans to save money by not having to pay the interest of the loans. With this approval the Cannon County Expo Building loan, the 9-1-1 building loan and the water line loan on the water line shared by Cannon and Rutherford Counties will be paid off. This will save the County an estimated $375,000 in the long run.
The Commission agreed to the Budget Amendment in Debt Service fund to initiate a bond rating study which will cost $5,000. Once a bond rate is established the County can save at least $10,000 a year on future loans
The Commission reviewed a report that showed where each county department stood in their budget figures for the first half of the fiscal year. A handful of departments were significantly  over 50 percent of their budget but it was noted that they are in good shape as most of their budgeted items are paid out only once a year.
The next meeting of the Cannon County Commissioners is Tuesday February 14th

Lionettes Win Lions Lose On The Road

Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Cannon County Lionettes picked up another win.  This time it was on the road and in district play,  Friday night the Lionettes traveled to Carthage to face district opponent Smith County a team they had beaten once already in the Trousdale County Tournament just before the New Year.  That game was close.  Friday's night's contest was not so close.  Cannon did not allow the Lady Owls to score in the second quarter and went into the locker room leading 28-7.  The Lionettes continued to dominate the game even though they turned the ball over  23 times.  Abbey Sissom scored 19 points as Cannon grabbed their 18th victory of the year beating Smith County 51-37.  Lindsey Reed chipped in 10 points for the Lionettes who even their district record at 3-3
13 is an unlucky number especially considering Friday was January 13th.  That's how many points Cory Henley had in the boys game against Smith County but no one else stepped in to help score and Cannon missed out on lucky win number 7.  The Owls Trey Salisbury had the highlight of the evening with a slam dunk as Cannon dug a hole early in the game and never could catch up.  Smith County went on to win 80-52.  The Lions now fall to 6 -16 on the year and will meet York Institute next Friday with only 1 district win on their record. A complete box score will appear later this afternoon


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