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Manhunt In DeKalb County

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a manhunt in the area of Puckett’s Point Road where a man, believed to be 34 year old George Forest Brown, crashed his car and fled the scene on foot with his son Chase Brown after trying to outrun county deputies in a slow speed pursuit Sunday afternoon.
 
Sheriff Patrick Ray said Brown is dangerous and he may be armed. He is wanted in Hillsdale, Michigan for a pursuit there last week in which he fired shots at Michigan officers.
 
The suspect and boy disappeared into the wooded hollows off Puckett’s Point Road after the crash and at last report had not been located. A tracking dog from the Smith County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit is being used to assist officers in the search. Sheriff Ray said the dog picked up a scent and came upon some items in the woods which officers believe were discarded by the suspect. The dog lost the scent near the lake.
 
 If anyone has information that could help catch the suspect call central dispatch at 615-215-3000 to report it.
 
Source: Media Partner, WJLE
 

Corey Steffes Named Cannon County Schools Employee of the Month

Saturday, 16 February 2019

L-R: Cannon County Director of Schools Mr. William F. Curtis; Mr. Steffes’ daughter - Adaline, Cannon County Schools Employee of the Month for February 2019 – School Counselor Cory Steffes, his son Calvin, and his wife Amanda Steffes.

Cory Steffes, School Counselor for Woodland School and Short Mountain School was named as “Employee of the Month” for February 2019 by Cannon County Schools. During the February Meeting of the Cannon County Board of Education on Thursday, February 14th, 2019, Steffes was recognized and presented a certificate by Cannon County Schools Director William F. Curtis for his service to his schools and the Cannon County School System.  Employees are nominated by School Principals or School District Supervisors and are voted on during monthly Principal and Supervisor meetings regarding individuals who exemplify the Mission and Vision of Cannon County Schools.
 
Woodland School Principal Mrs. Angela Cossey nominated “Mr. Cory” for this honor and stated regarding this outstanding educator: “We are thankful for our school counselor, Mr. Cory Steffes. We appreciate his daily dedication and support. Mr. Steffes selflessly serves Woodland School students, parents, and staff. He epitomizes what it means to be a Warrior! On Thursday, January 10, he stepped in without hesitation to help rescue one of our Woodland families when there was an automobile accident in front of our school.  A hero is someone who is able to push through when things seem impossible, when everything is chaotic and when everything is falling apart. They do it because they care about the people involved. Mr. Steffes was able to remain calm and provide care until responders arrived and provide responders with critical information. His heroic efforts and responsible actions are to be commended, and his actions signify what an outstanding member of our school community he is.”
 
Short Mountain School Principal Mr. Robert Pitts also stated regarding his employee, “Our guidance counselor, Mr. Corey Steffes, is such a great asset to Short Mountain School.  He is loved, admired, and respected by all.  Students are drawn to him like a magnet because he has such a wonderful relationship with them.  They know they can confide in him and trust that he will do his best to help them with whatever situation they have on their minds.  He has such a warm, caring attitude toward the students. Mr. Corey is a counselor and teacher. He goes into the classrooms and presents lessons that are so appropriate and needed in the lives of students.  He builds character; he teaches students how to work with each other and care for one another.  Mr. Corey is our 504 coordinator.  He serves as a link between parents whose children may have special needs and may require special services with our staff.  He brings them together to discuss and formulate a plan that's best for the child. He also serves as a link between the eighth grade students and the high school. He advises the eighth grade on a proper course of study as they prepare to enter high school. Our school would be at a great disadvantage without the expertise of Mr. Corey.”
 
Director of Cannon County Schools, Mr. William F. Curtis stated, “Mr. Cory Steffes is the consummate School Counselor.  His demeanor and enthusiasm for every student in his care is demonstrated every day with his students.”  Mrs. Bonnie Patterson, Coordinator of School Health is Mr. Steffes supervisor, she stated the following, “Mr. Cory is truly a top notch teacher and counselor. He cares so much about the kids and our schools, and students are so lucky to have him! He would not want to be recognized or praised, but I know he deserves it!”
 
Director Curtis stated further, “I believe Mr. Steffes personifies our Mission of Cannon County Schools of ‘Preparing All Students for their Future’ by most assuredly being ‘The New E3 – Engaged in Excellence Every Day.’  Congratulations to Mr. Cory for being an impactful ‘Team Player’ in our Cannon County Schools family for all Cannon County Students.”
 

Record Low Number of Wildfires In State for 2018

Friday, 15 February 2019

 
Tennessee is celebrating a record to be proud of. Thanks to favorable weather and citizens who burned debris safely, 2018 saw a record low number of wildfires.
 
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is working to continue that trend throughout 2019 by reminding citizens that if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.
 
“The abundant rainfall throughout the year was certainly a factor for the record low in 2018,” State Forester David Arnold said. “However, when residents obtain a burn permit and follow the instructions that go along with the permit, it’s less likely for a fire to accidentally escape. That makes us all safer.”
 
The permitting system provides a way for landowners to know when, where, and how it is safe to burn.
 
Obtaining a burn permit is free, fast, and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, our online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply. For a larger burn, call your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The online system and burn permit phone numbers can be found at www.BurnSafeTN.org.
 
More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and they are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions, so check with your municipality before you burn.
 
Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. Cash awards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction. To report illegal burning, please call 1-888-891-TDEC.
 
Visit www.BurnSafeTN.org for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community.
 

Health Grant Will Bring New Walking Track

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Bonnie Patterson

Fishing, baseball and health grants filled the bulk of the agenda at the February meeting of the Cannon County Board of Education.
 
 
Bonnie Patterson announced that the school system will be a recipient of a grant from Tennessee Department of Health as part of their 2019 Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environments. It has been proposed to construct a walking track at Cannon County High School.  The high school is the only school in the system that does not have a walking track. The grant is for $20,000.00 and it is believed the amount will cover the entire project. As with the other walking tracks, they will also be available for public use.
 
On baseball the board reviewed bids for the construction of a fieldhouse. Summit Concrete was awarded the foundation contract and Davco Construction was awarded the building contract.
 
Jeremy Gunter addressed the board about establishing a fishing team for the high school. The board approved.
 

Gov. Bill Lee Announces the Future Workforce Initiative

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Governor Bill Lee has announced the Future Workforce Initiative to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training in K-12 schools as part of his first-year legislative agenda for education.
 
 
“Our agenda advocates for increased access to career and technical education for K-12 students and a key part of this includes prioritizing STEM training,” said Lee. “The Future Workforce Initiative is a direct response to the emerging technology industry and making sure our students are first in line to be qualified for technology jobs.”
 
 
This investment in STEM-focused early college and career experiences supports the Tennessee Department of Education’s “Tennessee Pathways” Certification process, as well as the STEM School Designation partnership with groups like Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and Code.org.
 
 
The Future Workforce Initiative aims to put Tennessee in the top 25 states for job creation in the technology sector by 2022 through three areas of emphasis including:
 

  1. Launching new CTE programs focused in STEM fields with 100 new middle school programs and tripling the number of STEM-designated public schools by 2022.
  2. Growing the number of teachers qualified to teach work-based learning and advanced computer science courses through STEM teacher training and implementation of K-8 computer science standards.
  3. Expanding postsecondary STEM opportunities in high school through increased access to dual credit, AP courses and dual-enrollment.

 
 
“58 percent of all STEM jobs created in the country are in computing but only 8 percent of graduates study computer science in college,” said Lee. “By exposing Tennessee students to computer science in their K-12 careers we are ensuring our kids have every chance to land a high-quality job.”
 
 
In his presentation to the legislature, the Governor will recommend a $4 million investment to implement the Future Workforce Initiative.
 
 
“I look forward to working closely with the legislature to ensure every student has access to a high-quality career, and to get there we’ll need to make STEM education a reality for students across Tennessee,” said Lee.
 

Coffee County Man Faces Charge in John Bragg Crash

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Photos: Cannon County Emergency Management Agency

The driver of a pickup truck has been charged following a wreck on John Bragg Highway Tuesday morning.
 
Joshua Pearson, age 27 of Tullahoma, TN driving a 2008 Chevy Silverado was charged with failure to yield.
 
According the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, the pickup was traveling north on Hollis Creek Road in Cannon County. A Freightliner Semi (owned by FedEx) and driven by Jimmy Hughes, Jr., age 61 of Shelbyville, was traveling west on US70S. The pickup crossed over US70S from Hollis Creek. While entering the intersection, the pickup failed to yield for the semi in the west bound lanes. The semi struck the pickup in the roadway. The pickup was struck on the passenger side. The pickup spun around in the roadway coming to rest in the roadway. The semi came to rest in the asphalt median.
 
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.  The driver of the pickup was injured.
 
The crash was investigated by Trooper Josh Sparkman.  Assisting on the scene were members of the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department, Cannon County Rescue Department and Cannon County Emergency Management Agency.
 

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