Market Study Explores Tennesseans’ Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health released results from a third party, statewide quantitative and qualitative survey of more than 1,000 adult Tennesseans exploring sentiments around the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Tennessee and this survey explored perspectives associated with choosing to receive the vaccine, like hesitancy or unwillingness in an effort to ... Read more

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget Amendment

Governor Bill Lee announced his amendment to the proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget. The amendment includes $580 million in available funds as a result of fiscal prudence. These funds will be invested in strategic long-term projects that focus on a return to pre-pandemic priorities and deliver critical services while not growing government. The budget amendment ... Read more

No Case for Complaint

Based on consultation with the State Comptroller’s office, District Attorney General Jennings Jones says he will not pursue a complaint filed against Cannon County Schools or the county’s Highway Department. A complaint filed by county commissioners Jeannine Floyd and Ronnie Mahaffey alleged financial wrongdoing and improper appointments by the agencies. The complaint was sent to ... Read more

Smithville Man Arrested, Charged with Rape of a Child

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Smithville man on charges of rape of a child. At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, in August 2020, TBI agents began investigating a report of a sexual offense that had occurred ... Read more

Freezing Temperatures Can Damage Fruit and More

By Bruce Steelman, UT Extension Agent for Cannon County Temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing during the next few days. Most fruit crops are in are either in bloom, close to bloom, or at petal fall. The critical temperatures at which damage would be expected to occur on various crops are: Strawberries: popcorn bud ... Read more

Cannon County Schools Closed Monday, Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration Delayed till Tuesday

Cannon County Schools will be closed on Monday, March 29th, 2021 due to the possibility of water contamination.  Director of Cannon County Schools, William F. Curtis stated, “Woodbury and Cannon County citizens were informed Sunday that, ‘The Town of Woodbury Water System has experienced flooding at the Woodbury Water Treatment Plant resulting in the possibility ... Read more

Governor Calls On Faith Communities To Assist With Foster Care in Tennessee

Governor Bill Lee called on the faith community to support Tennessee foster kids in finding permanent homes through a new public-private initiative, TN Fosters Hope. Led by the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, TN Fosters Hope creates a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Children’s Servicesand two leading private partners, Tennessee Kids Belong and Show Hope. “When we join ... Read more

State Awaits Guidance On Federal Stimulus Programs

The recently passed federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will provide extended unemployment benefits to thousands of Tennesseans. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) is currently awaiting guidance from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to learn if the unemployment programs contained within ARPA will require any modifications to the current federal ... Read more

Health Department Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The Tennessee Department of Health has updated Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan as the state continues to prioritize Tennesseans most at risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Tennesseans in Phase 1c of the state’s plan are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination. Protecting Adults and Children with High-Risk Health Conditions Phase 1c of the state’s ... Read more