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Budget Amendments and Website for County

Monday, 10 December 2018

Cannon County Commissioners reviewed budget admendments and creating a website for the county in their recent meeting.

Director of Schools William Curtis asked the Commission that $35,000.00 be transferred from general purpose fund to the food service fund for cash flow.  Money will be returned by the end of the fiscal year. This motion passed with an all yes vote.
 
Curtis also asked the Commission for $40,000.00 for repairs to the baseball field and construction of a building for restrooms, pitching and batting facilities. Originally a donor had offered to fund the bulk of the project.  The donor has backed out of the offer.  Now school money is needed. Commission said there were restrooms and showers that are available at the Community Center. This motion failed with a six to five vote.
 
Greg Johnson approached the Commission about a website for Cannon County. Cannon County has been playing $1,200.00 a year to the Chamber of Commerce for space on their site. The website Johnson presents is self funded and all volunteer. He already has purchased the domain, CannoncountyTn.org which he will donate to the County. According to Johnson, "Cannon County is my new home. I have always participated in community activities. The county needs a good website and I am capable of providing that.  And this is my contribution to the county". Johnson would be the webmaster of the web site at no charge. The website itself would be a host of information about Cannon County. It would post the agendas of all town meetings, photos of Cannon County, contacts for Government operations, services of the county, a county calendar, any teams or organizations could be listed on the web site. There are plans for a photo contest open to everyone in Cannon County with prizes to populate the web site with local photos. The motion was passed with a six to four vote for Greg Johnson to become the web master and go ahead with the website. The website should be up and running within two weeks.
 

Think Safety When Selecting and Maintaining Your Tree

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Opinions may differ on when to start decorating for the holidays, but one thing is certain: Practicing fire safety during the holidays can drastically reduce the likelihood of a home fire. To raise awareness of fire-safe behaviors this holiday season, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is asking Tennesseans to “Be a Good Elf” when it comes to selecting, decorating, and maintaining Christmas trees.
 
 
While fire departments only respond to an average of 200 Christmas tree fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), those fires are far more deadly than other home fires. NFPA data shows that one of every 32 reported home fires caused by Christmas trees resulted in a death. This compares to one death per 143 reported home fires resulting from other causes.
 
“Christmas trees are a staple for many Tennesseans celebrating the holidays each year,  but those festivities can turn deadly if a blaze starts because of a Christmas tree,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge consumers to practice fire-safe behavior to ensure their holidays are festive and safe.”
 
The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares the following tips to help Tennesseans reduce their risk of Christmas tree fires:
 
PICKING A TREE

  • If you choose an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled and certified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • If you choose a live tree, select one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
    • A good test of a tree’s age is bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If needles fall off, the tree has been cut to long, has dried out, and could be a fire hazard.

PLACING A TREE
 

  • Before placing a live tree, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure any tree is displayed at least three feet away from any heat source. Fireplaces, radiators, candles, and even heat vents can cause a live tree to dry out, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flames, or sparks.
  • If using a live tree, do not leave it up longer than two weeks.
  • Make sure trees and other decorations aren’t blocking exits.
  • Add water to your tree stand daily. 

LIGHTING A TREE
 

  • Use lights that have been tested by an independent testing laboratory.
  • Ensure you are using the proper lights. Some are for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string lights with worn or broken cords. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always turn off decorative lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Keep all heat sources at least three feet away from a tree.

DISPOSING OF A TREE
 

  • Get rid of your live tree when it starts dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
  • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove.
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For more information on making your home fire safe, visit tn.gov/fire.
 

Ready To Read Grants Announced for 2019

Friday, 7 December 2018

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the 218 public school recipients of the 2019 Read to be Ready Summer Grants, which will provide a total of $8,900,000 in funding for tuition-free, month-long literacy-focused summer camps for 8,910 students in need across the state. For summer 2019, the fourth year of the grant program, the department expanded students’ access to the program by changing the student-to-teacher ratio from 1:5 to 1:6. This allows more students to participate without sacrificing the quality and close-knit nature of camps.
 
“I am proud that once again our state is investing in some of our youngest students who are furthest behind in reading as we work toward the goal that every child is reading on grade-level by the time they leave third grade,” Commissioner McQueen said. “This year, we are increasing access to our camps by providing additional capacity to programs so that more students with the highest need can attend. As we have seen over the last three years, these camps play a crucial role in increasing students’ reading skills and motivation as they have shown statistically significant results each year.”
 
Over the past three years, the Tennessee Departments of Education and Human Services, with support from First Lady Crissy Haslam, have partnered to expand the Read to Be Ready Summer Grant program. In summer 2018, about 7,700 rising first, second, and third grade students collectively spent over 6.8 million minutes reading and over 4.6 million minutes writing. Students participating in 2018 summer camps saw statistically significant increases in reading comprehension, accuracy, and motivation. Additionally, through the 2018 summer grant program, more than 193,000 high-quality books were sent home with students, and each student, on average, received 25 new books for his or her home library.
 
Students who attend Read to be Ready summer camps generally are economically disadvantaged and not reading on grade level. Rather than sliding backward, students in Read to be Ready camps have a chance to keep learning and advance their reading skills through a variety of literacy experiences over the critical summer months. For summer 2019, there will be 218 summer programs in 114 districts across the state, including 56 camps located in economically distressed or at-risk counties.
 
All Tennessee public schools were eligible to apply for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program. Prospective applicants were asked to design summer camps that were at least four weeks in length and at least four hours per day—providing students with access to at least 80 hours of literacy-focused instruction and enrichment during the summer. The summer camps will use high-interest books, authentic literacy experiences, and engaging field trips to help increase students’ motivation. 
 
Read to be Ready is a coordinated campaign launched by Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, and Commissioner Candice McQueen in February 2016 with the goal to increase third grade reading proficiency in Tennessee to 75 percent by 2025 through a variety of initiatives. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of reading, unite efforts to address low reading achievement, highlight best practices, and build partnerships. 
 
Cannon County is pleased to be the recipient of the Read to be Ready summer grant for the fourth consecutive year. This grant is for the amount of $36,000.00.  A team of veteran elementary educators will be serving approximately 36 Cannon County students during the summer of 2019 at Woodbury Grammar School. The Read to be Ready summer program includes field trips, a library partnership, and over fifteen quality children's books for each participant.
 

Arrests Made In Area Drug Investigation

Thursday, 6 December 2018

A joint investigation including Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tactical Diversion Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department, has resulted in the arrest of three Murfreesboro residents on drug-related charges.
 
In November, law enforcement officers began investigating a series of overdoses that took place in Murfreesboro involving fentanyl-laced heroin. During the course of the investigation, Agents and officers developed information that identified the source of the supply of heroin and methamphetamine for a distribution organization in Middle Tennessee. The investigation revealed that the heroin had been laced with fentanyl prior to being transported to Tennessee. On Monday, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two locations in Murfreesboro as part of this investigation.
 
Officers arrested Robert Ray Yates, Shatika Renee Floyd, and Antonio Andre Johnson.  Yates is charged with one count of Manufacturing/ Delivery/ Sale/ Possession of Schedule I, one count of Manufacturing/ Delivery/ Sale/ Possession of Schedule II, and one count of Resisting Arrest. His bond was set at $105,000. Floyd (below, middle) and Johnson (below, right) are each charged with one count of Manufacturing/ Delivery/ Sale/ Possession of Schedule II and two counts of Theft of Property. Bond for each was set at $95,000. All three were booked into the Rutherford County Jail.

 

Solid Waste and Software on Alderman's Agenda

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Woodbury Mayor Andy Duggin and Vice Mayor Faye Northcutt-Knox

Mayor Andy Duggin advised the Board of Alderman during their Tuesday night meeting, he is holding off on the law suit against Cannon County on the solid waste issue. Duggin says "It appears they want to work out a deal." The Town of Woodbury would pay hauling fees and the county would pay Tipping Fees.  The mayor would like at least a 20 year contract.
 
The Board of Alderman of Woodbury approved a software upgrade for the water department to assist in the on-going effort of improving modernization of the water department. Public Works Director Shane Gannon addressed the need for the change.  After several minutes of discussion, the board approved up to 24 thousand-dollars for the project.
 
In other action,
 
Ordinance No 498 was approved. This is an ordinance to amend  the zoning map of the Town of Woodbury Tenn. to rezone a parcel at 213 E Main ST. from the R-2 (High Residential) zoning district to the C-2 (Central Commercial) zoning district. The property is owned by Wallace King.
 

Ordinance 499 was also passed to zone three parcels of land located off of Tanglewood Drive to the R-1 (low Density Residential) zoning district. The property recently annexed and owned by Jimmy Lester.
 

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