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Good Samaritan Becomes Crime Victim

Tuesday 29 April 2008A local woman's act of giving a ride to another has led to her being attacked and robbed. Lori Ann Manier was arrested by the Cannon County Sheriff's Department and charged with robbery after she allegedly beat the woman and stole her wallet after the victim gave her a ride home. According to court documents Manier allegedly became agitated when the woman refused to pay her money Manier believed she owed her. Manier escaped with the wallet. At the time of the attack Manier was out on bond for stealing a car. Prior to the robbery Warrants had been taken out for Manier after she allegedly stole a woman's debit card and used it at several local stores. Currently Manier is charged with theft over $1 000.00 theft of property two counts of fraudulent use of a debit card and robbery. She is in custody and is being held without bond. No one was seriously injured during the attack.

Finance Commissioner Crunching Numbers On Budget Shortfall

Tuesday 29 April 2008State Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz is still crunching numbers to determine exactly how short the state's proposed budget will be. He says the biggest concern is sales taxes which are five-and-a-half-percent negative over last year for the month of March. Continued declines in sales tax revenue will mean a greater shortfall for the state. Right now economic forecasts place the anticipated shortfall anywhere between 400 and 600-million dollars. The State Funding Board will meet again Thursday morning to issue a consensus opinion on what the governor and legislature should count on as tax revenue. Next week Governor Bredesen will offer his revised budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

Cable Franchise Legislation Passes House Overwhelmingly

Monday 28 April 2008Tennessee consumers could soon have more service providers to choose from thanks to a big vote in the House. By a vote of 93-to-two the House passed the "Competitive Cable and Video Services Act." It allows companies like AT&T to apply for statewide franchise rights in order to more quickly deploy high-speed Internet and cable television. In exchange companies would have to provide service to 30-percent of their new franchise area within three-and-a-half years or face hefty fines. Sponsors hope build-out incentives in the bill will encourage companies to quickly deploy services into unserved rural areas. The bill also prohibits companies from picking and choosing which customers they want to serve. Sponsors believe more competition could eventually lead to cheaper service for consumers. The bill now goes back to the Senate so members can vote on the compromise legislation.

Town Of Woodbury Wins Best Tasting Water Contest

Monday 28 April 2008Andy Jacobs and Alan Pascha shown with a little sample of the winning entry. The local water district brings home “bragging rights.” Alan Paschal and Andy Jacobs attended the quarterly meeting of Tennessee Association of Utility Districts Region 6 in Fayetteville last week. Region 6 consists of Williamson Rutherford Cannon Maury Marshall Bedford Coffee Giles Moore Lincoln and Franklin. Of these counties 13 water systems entered water samples from their system to be tasted by a panel of 4 judges. A representative from Tennessee Division of Water Columbia office a local radio personality a local business man and the County mayor Peggy Bevels were the judges. The judging criteria were clarity aroma and taste. The Town of Woodbury water system won best of region 6. The winners of all the regions will submit a sample at the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts annual meeting in June of 2008 for best tasting water in the state.

Cannon's King Part of Women United's 20

Monday 28 April 2008Cannon's King Part of Women United's 20 The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is honoring some of the women who set the pace in our community. Women United is a new event to celebrate success and leadership in area women. Angela King Executive Director of Cannon County REACH is one of the 20 women under 40 who will be honored at this event. King was named Cannon County Community Activitist of the Year at the 2006 WBRY Career Women's Luncheon. Murfreesboro's Daily News Journal features a profile on King in today's edition. The 20 women will be honored at a tea on May 8th. Tickets are available for the fund-raising event from United Way. For additional information contact Lena Warnock at 615.893.7303 ext. 102.

Andrea Walks For Cannon's Children

Sunday 27 April 2008Top photo: Tennessee's First Lady Andrea Conte addressed walkers along side event co-chairpersons Faye Northcutt Knox Kim Mullin and Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon. Bottom photo: Walkers make their way along Woodbury's Main Street. The Child Advocacy Center of Cannon County received a boost Friday with Andrea Walks. As of Friday afternoon monies raised are in excess of $18 600.00. The final total may not be known for several days as donations are still coming in for the center. For the past four years Tennessee’s First Lady Andrea Conte has participated in walks to generate awareness and funds for child advocacy centers across the Volunteer State. This year Cannon County was one of six locations selected by the First Lady. Numerous groups businesses and individuals donated time and money to make this first walk a success. Approximately 240 men women and children of all ages were part of Friday’s event. Dillon Park was the assembly point. The walk route followed Doolittle along to Main Street and Attendees heard remarks from Judge Susan Melton State Representative Stratton Bone Attorney General William Whitesell Junior Charity Parker Lynch with the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon and First Lady Andrea Conte. Dr. F. Murray Mathis gave a moving testimony on how the center can make a difference for a family. In addition to the walkers over 75 groups organizations businesses and individuals donated money time and resources to the cause. Comments from the steps of the Courthouse were broadcast live on WBRY. A re-broadcast can be heard Wednesday morning on After 8.

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