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County’s First Responders Aid Trapped Explorers

Thursday 28 February 2008A little exploring trip turned into a first responders event Thursday evening. Two young men were exploring a cave and became stuck. Cannon County Rescue Squad rescued 2 young men out of a cave located off of Doolittle Road. The pair were trapped more than 30 feet down. The responders lowered harnesses down to the men and pulled them to the surface. Emergency personnel were called when friends became concerned about the pair. Woodbury Fire Department Emergency Management Agency Emergency Medical Service and members of the Cannon County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the effort.

Early Morning Fire Destroys House In County

Wednesday 27 February 2008Three fire departments responded at approximately 3 o’clock this morning to a structure blaze in the county. The home of Anthony Passalacqua at 680 Finnie Simmons Road was engulfed in flames upon arrival of the emergency personnel. All 8 residents in the home escaped unharmed however the house was a total loss. According to Mooretown Fire Department Chief Michael George Midway Fire Department responded with 4 members and a truck Woodbury had 6 members and 2 trucks and Mooretown had 10 members to respond.

Republicans Push Elder Care Legislation

Wednesday 27 February 2008Republican lawmakers are pushing a health care proposal aimed at helping Tennessee's elderly and disabled "age in place." They want the state to offer more in-home long-term care options. One proposal that's been approved by the Senate General Welfare Committee sets up a pilot "self-directed care program." It would let individual patients choose the services they think they need and who provides them. Consumers would get a monthly budget based on their needs. They'd be able to use the money to hire personal assistant services make home modifications and take care of other needs.

Weekend Stabbing Lands Local Man In Jail

Tuesday 26 February 2008A Woodbury man has been arrested and another is in critical conditions following a stabbing over the weekend. While responding to a fight on Rogers Street Friday night Woodbury Police Officer John House encountered Jimmy Lee Barnes 2nd walking down the street covered in blood. Barnes immediately laid down on the ground and told the officers to "cuff him and take him to jail." Upon further investigation House met another man standing in the driveway also covered in blood screaming and holding a dish towel over his arm. The victim was immediately transported to Stones River Hospital. House recovered a steak knife from the kitchen sink of the home which he believed to be the weapon. The victim was treated at Stones River Hospital and transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center due to internal bleeding. He was reportedly stabbed in the kidney. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the altercation as officers noted a strong smell of an intoxicant coming from both subjects. Barnes was charged with attempted murder and is currently being held in the Cannon County Jail on $125 000.00 bond. He will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on today to be appointed an attorney. His court date is set for March 18 2008. The condition of the victim has not been updated.

General Sessions Court This Week

Tuesday 26 February 2008Judge 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: Jamie Lee Hiles was bound over to the May 2008 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. She is charged with theft and burglary of an automobile. Brandon Grafton was bound over to the May 2008 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with simple assault. Leon C. Muse pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 10 days in jail. Bobby Pitts pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail. Misty Stankoff pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. Her probation was extended and she was ordered to pay the court costs. Aaron Moon pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence. Jacqueline Barrett pled guilty to the charge of criminal impersonation. She was sentenced to 6 months in jail and ordered to serve her entire sentence. Larry D. Grizzle pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 20 days in jail paying a $500.00 fine and the court costs. He will also lose his license for 1 year. Eddie Gulley pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 2nd offense. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on supervised probation paying a $600.00 fine and the court costs. In addition he will be required to serve 45 days in jail and lose his driver’s license for 2 years.

Abortion Resolution Dies In House Subcommittee

Tuesday 26 February 2008A resolution to constitutionally limit access to abortion appears to be dead for the year in the House. The Public Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee voted the measure down six-to-three. Unless the resolution can be revived it won't be placed on the 2010 ballot for statewide ratification. That's because constitutional amendments have to pass two consecutive General Assemblies the second by two-thirds before they are brought before the voters. SJR 127 has already passed the Senate.

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