News Archives 2008


Basketball Season Underway For Cannon County

Regular season action began Tuesday night for Cannon County’s Lions and Lionettes. The teams traveled to Bledsoe County. In the girls game, Cannon County defeated Bledsoe County by a score of 77 to 54. In the boys game, Cannon County defeated Bledsoe County by a score of 66 to 52. Next contest for Cannon County ... Read more

Cannon County General Sessions Court

Judge Susan Melton presided over Cannon County General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included: Jacob A. Schwartz entered a conditional plea of guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was placed on probation for 11 months, 29 days, ordered to ... Read more

Bredesen Convenes Annual Departmental Open Budget Hearings

Governor Phil Bredesen says he’ll hold another round of budget hearings before presenting a spending plan to the legislature early next year. That’s because cuts deeper than the three-percent he originally asked department heads to prepare will be necessary to balance the current budget. Bredesen says there wasn’t time to ask for drastic revisions to ... Read more

Cannon Country Christmas Returns This Weekend

Signs of the season are starting to appear around Cannon County this week. Holiday displays in businesses, a few Christmas trees are popping up and this weekend brings the return of Cannon Country Christmas. On Friday, November 21st Santa is scheduled to arrive at the Cannon County Courthouse. The lighting of the Christmas tree in ... Read more

Murder Trial Delayed Till 2009

The murder trial for a Cannon County woman who is accused of robbing and killing a former state trooper has been pushed back to January. Tina Williamson of Woodbury faces first-degree murder charges in the August 31st shooting death of 83-year-old trooper General “Jack” Rains. She’s also charged with robbery. Williamson’s trial was originally scheduled ... Read more

Cannon County Man Faces 2nd Degree Murder Charges

A Cannon County man faces 2nd degree murder charges folowing the death of Ronnie Baxter. Reports indicate Baxter was allegedly shot twice by Randy Durham during an argument over money. The shooting occured Friday afternoon on Hollow Springs Road in the Woodland community. According to reports from Cannon County Sheriff Billy Nichols, Randy Durham was ... Read more

State Report Card Reflects Improvement In Cannon County Schools

The 2008 Report Card for Tennessee was released to the public last Monday, November 10th. In terms of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), all elementary schools received a status of “Good Standing.” Statistics show the standard of performance increased from 2006-07 to 2008-09.Cannon County High School was designated as “School ... Read more

Keeping Roads Safe Pays For Local Department

The Woodbury Police Department has been recognized by a national association for their work in improving safety on the roadways. Chief Tony Burnett along with Lt. Fred Sherill of the Crossville Police Department, Sgt. Steve Dillard with Red Bank Police Department, Clint Shrum with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Officer Brian Hickman with Collegedale ... Read more

Shooting Leaves One Man Dead, Another In Custody

A shooting Friday afternoon on Hollow Springs Road has claimed the life of one man and has one in the custody of the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department. Ronnie Baxter died in the emergency room of Stones River Hospital following the shooting. Randy Durham is being held in connection with the shooting. Sheriff Billy Nichols indicated ... Read more

School Board Meets For November

The salary negotiation process for Cannon County teachers is officially underway for the next school year. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, a letter from the Cannon County Education Association was introduced. The letter stated the association’s intent to negotiate a contract for the 2009-2010 school year. During its regular monthly meeting, the Board also ... Read more