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Soybean Rust Reported In Coffee County

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Soybean rust was identified on soybean leaves send to personnel at the University of Tennessee Extension from Coffee County. According to Professor Melvin Newman, “This was not surprising since several counties in Alabama and Georgia gave already found significant amounts of rust in their fields. This is only the third county in Tennessee to test positive for soybean rust this year.” If fields are still in the R1 to R5 they would benefit from a fungicide application. The recent rains and high humidity have provided good conditions for rust infections and rapid spread.

At this time, it is advisable for producers to spray a Triazole fungicide or a premix of Strobilurin plus Triazole fungicide if their soybeans are still between R1 and R5. If they have already sprayed a fungicide within the last two weeks, then no application is needed at this time. Remember, excellent spray coverage is required for good control of soybean rust. If soybeans are already at the R6 growth stage, no application is needed. There will probably be some rust occurring in most soybean fields across Tennessee before maturity is reached, but if soybeans are now at the R6 growth stage, soybean rust should not reduce yields significantly.

Cannon County General Sessions Court Activity

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Accused marijuana growers Marilyn Greene and Gerry Campbell missed an important court date on Tuesday and may soon be back behind bars. The two were due to appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton but Greene's lawyer showed up instead. She told the Court that, aside from a few phone calls, she has not had any contact with Greene since her first court date. She told Judge Melton that Greene was aware of the court date and she did not believe either of defendant would be appearing. Assistant District Attorney David Puckett made a motion that Judge Melton forfeit the pair's bond and issue a capias. Judge Melton granted Puckett's motion and ordered the two be held without bond once they are found.

Greene and Campbell were arrested last month and charged with numerous drug offenses following a search of the couple's home which revealed an elaborate marijuana growing operation. In addition to the charges in Cannon County, Greene faces drug related charges in Nashville.

In other business before the Court:

Elisha Jenkins was bound over to the January 2010 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with theft.

Ryan Hughey pled under judicial diversion to simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs.

Tammy Miller pled guilty to the charge of failure to appear. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying the court costs and paying restitution.

Angela Ritter pled guilty to the charge of placing 911 calls in a non-emergency situation. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation and paying the court costs.

Rep. Gordon Remarks On Tax on Chinese Tires

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Over the past five years, China has been violating international trade laws by flooding the United States with cheap Chinese-made tires. In response, the Obama Administration announced over the weekend that it would impose an import tax on Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires – a move that Congressman Bart Gordon urged the Administration to take in May.

“This was the right decision. Chinese tire companies have been violating trade laws, which has contributed to more than 5,000 Americans losing their jobs in the U.S. tire industry,” said Congressman Gordon. “We’ve seen the effects in Middle Tennessee – in January, Bridgestone tires announced it would stop producing passenger and light truck tires at its La Verge plant, and hundreds of workers were laid off.”

In late May, Gordon wrote a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission, urging that Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974 be enforced “to restore balance in international trade” of tires. “Your positive action on this matter,” as Gordon explained in the letter, “is essential to saving thousands of U.S. jobs and preserving a vital part of our industrial base.” Section 421 gives workers the right to seek import relief when there are surges of products that have caused injury to affected industries.

After examining the evidence, which showed that cheap Chinese tires in the U.S. market had increased from 5% in 2004 to 17% in 2008, the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended an import tax be imposed. On Friday (Sept. 11), the Administration announced it would act on these recommendations and impose a 35% import tax on Chinese tires, which will go into effect on September 26.

“When China joined the World Trade Organization, it agreed to live up to international trade laws,” Gordon added. “By flooding our country with cheap tires, U.S. tire companies have not been able to compete. A crack down on Chinese tire imports that unfairly undermine American workers has long been overdue.”

Governor’s Conference Underway In Nashville

Monday, 14 September 2009

The Governor’s Conference 2009 for economic and community development is underway in Nashville. Elected officials, economic development directors and chamber of commerce personnel are just a few of the persons in attendance this year. Cannon Chamber President Doug Combs in representing the county.

Among yesterday’s segments were topics like, grants and the changes that lie ahead, the role of entrepreneurship in creating local jobs and tools needed to better market your area.

Woodbury Police Kick Off Child Passenger Safety Week

Monday, 14 September 2009

Officers made sure of the correct weight and height.
Members of the department are shown by some of the non-compliant seats.

Many children in Woodbury and Cannon County are riding in new safety seats and even more parents are enjoying the confidence in knowing those seats are properly installed and in compliance. National Child Passenger Safety Week began Saturday, September 12th and will continue until the 18th. Members of the Woodbury Police Department, who are certified restraint device technicians, provided one-on-one instruction on how to properly restrain a child, as well as ensure car seats and booster seats are properly installed in motorists’ vehicles. All parents and caregivers of young children should know how to correctly install child safety seats. Those who were using seats that were non-compliant were given new ones.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14, due to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts. NHTSA also finds that the use of booster seats compared to the use of adult seatbelts alone lowers the risk of injury to children in crashes by 59 percent.

NHTSA’s research shows child safety seat use is at an all-time high for children under the age of one. Last year, 99 percent of children ages 0-12 months old were secured as were 92 percent of children ages 1-3 years old and 89 percent of 4-7 year-olds. The NHTSA research also indicated that three out of every four seats are used incorrectly. This includes errors in securing the child in the child seat and errors in attaching the child seat to the car. Some specific examples include using the wrong child restraint based on age and weight; incorrect installation of restraint to the vehicle seat; harness straps buckled too loosely; incorrect attachment of the vehicle safety belt to the child restraint and loose fit of seat belts across children in belt-positioning booster seats.

Chief of Police Tony Burnett said that having children safe when they ride is one of the departments priorities.

September 14-20 “Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Discount Awareness Week”

Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the Attorney General’s Consumer Advocate & Protection Division announce September 14 – 20 has been proclaimed by Governor Phil Bredesen as “Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Discount Awareness Week” in Tennessee.

“I hope the activities of this special week will raise awareness among consumers about the state and federal programs that make affordable telephone service available to low-income Tennesseans,” Bredesen said. “Staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save many lives, but only about 20 percent of eligible Tennesseans are currently participating in these assistance programs.”

“Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to our low-income and elderly residents. Sometimes people just need a little help,” said Sara Kyle, Tennessee Regulatory Authority chairman. “These very important programs are available to Tennesseans, but many of those eligible do not know it. We want to change that.”

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority and the Attorney General want residents to “stay connected” and are reaching out to those who need phone service but cannot afford it. During this week, we will promote the Lifeline and Link-Up Assistance Programs which offer discounts to help residents have access to basic local telephone service.

Under the federal Lifeline program, telephone customers who participate in certain public assistance programs are entitled to receive a basic telephone service discount of at least $10 per month. In Tennessee, the monthly discount is $13.50. Link-Up provides a 50 percent reduction in the telephone service installation charge, up to a maximum of $30, for qualifying households that do not currently have telephone service.

To apply for these programs, contact your local telephone company or the TRA at 1-800-342-8359.

The mission of the TRA is to promote the public interest by balancing the interests of utility consumers and providers. For more information on the TRA, visit online at www.state.tn.us/tra.

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