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Construction On High Street To Assist Nursing Center

Thursday, 18 September 2008

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Construction On High Street To Assist Nursing Center Bulldozers have been making changes to a tract of land at the intersection of High and Cannon Street in Woodbury. The work will generate additional parking spaces for Woodbury Nursing Center. According to Wally Vernon administrator for the health care facility “The new lot should generate between 45 and 50 spaces. This will be more space than the nursing center will need at the present time. With all of the events downtown I’m sure this additional space will be welcomed by all.” The lot will be covered by gravel for the present time.

Governor Says Tennessee Isn't Immune to Effects of Bad Economy

Thursday, 18 September 2008

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Governor Says Tennessee Isn't Immune to Effects of Bad Economy Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says the state is feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Revenue collections for the first month of the fiscal year were about 50-million-dollars below even the vastly revised revenue estimates on which the budget is based. Bredesen says the state has still managed to move forward in priority areas like education health care and economic development. However the slow economy did force a retooling of state government's work force through the voluntary buyout program.

Blood Donors Fight Cancer - Bloodmobile Thursday!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

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You’ve just heard the unthinkable - your spouse parent sibling or best friend has cancer. In your search for how to help the American Red Cross urges you to consider donating blood. In 2006 1.4 million new cancer diagnoses were made in the United States. Nearly all of those newly diagnosed with cancer and receiving chemotherapy or related therapy will need blood or blood products at some point during their treatment. You can join the battle against cancer by donating blood on Thursday Sept. 18 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at the Lions Club Building located at 540 W. Adams in Woodbury. Paige Moore is a healthy Wilson County teen who enjoys cheerleading and gymnastics. She is also a cancer survivor. Several years ago Paige was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She received numerous red blood cell and platelet donations and underwent months of chemotherapy to treat the cancer. "I just want to encourage everyone that can to donate blood. My child is a living example of the good it can do. If there was no blood available at the time she was diagnosed well I don't ever want to think of what could have happened " says Paige's mother Melissa Moore. With blood inventories continuing to fluctuate the Red Cross reminds Cannon County residents of the need for blood donations especially for those fighting cancer. Blood donors are needed year-round to treat cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy. “The Red Cross needs your help to ensure a stable blood supply is available when patients need it most ” said Steve Beeler CEO Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The relationship the Red Cross has with your community is important. Your tradition of donating blood with the Red Cross to supply the region’s medical centers has been and continues to be vital to community healthcare.” If you are at least 17 years of age* weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present positive identification. *In Tennessee you may give blood at 16 years of age with parental consent.

Cannon County Man Dies Result One Vehicle Crash

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

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Preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says a Woodbury man killed in a traffic crash Wednesday might have survived if he had worn his seat belt. Twenty-year-old Aaron Travis Singleton was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 53 (Jim Cummings Highway) near the 911 Center early Wednesday morning. Sgt. Billy Prater of THP reported that the 2005 Nissan driven by Singleton was traveling south on Highway 53 when the driver apparently lost control traveled off the left side of the road and struck a driveway. The vehicle then flipped several times partially ejecting the driver. Singleton was alone and was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville but did not survive the injuries he received in the crash.

Governor Promotes Imagination Library Week In Tennessee

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

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Governor Phil Bredesen is urging communities across the state to celebrate the benefits of books for young children during the third annual Imagination Library Week in Tennessee. Bredesen proclaimed Sept. 14-20 as Imagination Library Week which is full of events aimed at boosting enrollment and community support across the state. “Now that one out of every two eligible children in Tennessee is registered in this important pre-kindergarten literacy program I recognize there are still many more families with young children left to reach " said Gov. Bredesen. "Imagination Library Week is an opportunity to generate greater awareness for the program and the importance of reading to children regularly as preparation for formal education. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of volunteers in all 95 counties strong partners like our public libraries and the generosity of local donors we are working toward instilling a love of books and reading –at the earliest possible age– in all Tennessee children." Cannon County Reads is the local chapter for the Imagination Library. 389 Cannon County children are currently part of the program. From celebrations and sign-up drives at area public libraries to fall fests and golf outings nearly every county in Tennessee has local activities planned for Imagination Library Week. Information on local events is available via the Imagination Library Week section of the GBBF Web site www.GovernorsFoundation.org/il_week.htm. The cost of delivering 12 hardback books to one child is $28 annually split evenly between each county’s non-profit sponsoring organization and a state budgetary allocation administered by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation®. Meaning Imagination Library county sponsoring organizations must raise $14 per child per year. As part of this year’s celebration of Imagination Library Week the GBBF is encouraging an ambitious statewide increase in registration of eligible children by offering a financial incentive to county sponsoring organizations. For county programs demonstrating the greatest percent-increase of children enrolled throughout September the GBBF will pay the county’s half-share –or the full cost– of the October 2008 book order using donated funds from the GBBF’s corporate sponsors. Full payment of October book orders will be awarded to one urban county (Davidson Hamilton Knox Rutherford Shelby) as well as one county from each of the state’s three grand divisions – west middle and east Tennessee. The GBBF monitors registration progress for each county’s total population of eligible children (under age five) based on 2000 U.S. Census results. Created in 1996 by Dolly Parton in her hometown of Sevierville Tenn. the Imagination Library mails a new age-appropriate hardcover book every month to registered children from birth to age five – at no cost to the family and regardless of income. A blue-ribbon committee of childhood education experts selects the books for the Imagination Library which includes such beloved classics as The Little Engine That Could The Snowy Day The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. Any child in Tennessee under age five can be registered for the Imagination Library. Fifty-four percent of the state’s eligible population –over 201 000– is currently registered in the program and will receive a free book in October. A core mission of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is to enroll any and all eligible children in the program. As public awareness for the Imagination Library continues to build the Foundation also assists dedicated volunteers in all 95 counties with fund-raising efforts to cover half the cost of the books. To learn more about the Imagination Library program in your county or for information on how to register a child visit www.GovernorsFoundation.org or call toll-free 1-877-99-BOOKS.

General Sessions Court Hears Underground Marijuana Garden Case

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

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Edward Johnson The details of an elaborate marijuana growing operation in the Big Hill Road area of Cannon County were revealed during General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Edward and JoAnne Johnson were arrested by Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputies in June on numerous drug charges following a search of their home by the United States Marshalls and local law enforcement. Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Wilder was the only witness for the State. Wilder told the Court that he went to the Johnson’s home to search for a fugitive from justice who he believed was hiding there. Wilder then made contact with Joanne Johnson who gave him consent to search the property. While Wilder was searching he noticed a marijuana leaf and some loose marijuana in front of an interior wall of the house. Authorities later discovered a trap door in the wall which led to a below ground portion of the home. Wilder said that after descending a ladder he discovered what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation complete with grow lamps and other items used during the manufacture of marijuana. Wilder also told the Court that he saw numerous marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Upon searching another portion of the home Wilder discovered yet another secret passage which led to a large freezer and a duffle bag containing several editions of the publication “High Times ” which is a magazine providing marijuana growing tips and celebrating the marijuana lifestyle. Wilder said in all the team recovered over 140 marijuana plants in different stages of growth. The Johnsons were each charged with felony possession of marijuana for resale manufacturing marijuana and maintaing a dwelling to keep use or sell marijuana. Judge Melton ruled that enough probable cause existed to bind Edward Johnson’s cases over to the September term of the Cannon County Grand Jury but dismissed the charges against Mrs. Johnson because there was not enough proof presented that she was involved. In other business before the Court: Barbara Heath was bound over to the September Term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. She is charged with theft over $500.00. Sarah Dune was bound over to the September Term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. She is charged with two counts of theft. Beverly Bond was bound over to the September Term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. She is charged with accessory after the fact. Jonathan Waddell pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. He was ordered to serve his entire sentence. Tansil Howell pled guilty to the charge of driving on a suspended license. She was sentenced to 6 months in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying the court costs and paying a $50.00 fine. Paul F. Rumsey pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs. He will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. James Karner pled guilty to the charge of driving on a revoked license. He was sentenced to 6 months in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation serving 2 days in jail paying the court costs and paying a $50.00 fine. Preston Rumsey pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs. He will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. Jeremiah Carter pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs. He will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. Deborah Rumsey pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. Her probation was extended and she was ordered to serve 22 days in jail. In another case Rumsey pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. She was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs. She will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. Gary L. Davis pled guilty to the charge of driving on a revoked license. He was ordered to serve 6 months in jail. He will serve his entire sentence. In another case Davis pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail and ordered to serve his entire sentence. Christopher Hamblin entered a conditional plea to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was placed on probation for 11 months 29 days and ordered to pay a $250.00 fine and ordered to pay the court costs. He will also submit to drug screens for 60 days. Charles Dalton pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 3rd offense. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation serving 120 days in jail paying a $1 100.00 fine and paying the court costs. In addition he will lose his license for 3 years. In another case Dalton pled guilty to the charge of driving while license revoked second offense. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation serving 45 days in jail paying a $100.00 fine and paying the court costs. He will lose his license for an additional 2 years. Tine Pendergrass pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of a schedule 2 drug. She was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $750.00 fine and paying the court costs. She will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. Joshua B. Cummings pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying a $500.00 fine and paying the court costs. He will also submit to drug screens for at least 60 days. Kurtis Collins pled guilty to passing a worthless check. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying the court costs and paying the checks and service charges. Daryk Rublee pled guilty to the charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation paying the court costs and paying a $50.00 fine. Glenn A. Climer pled guilty to the charge of criminal trespass. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to serve his entire sentence. Read More

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