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Let The Duck Adoptions Begin!

Sunday 3 August 2008The Child Advocacy Center is hoping little yellow rubber ducks will translate into big dollars for the second annual Duck Derby. On Saturday August 23 ten thousand ducks will be launched into the Stones River in Murfreesboro to race for donated prizes for adopters. Proceeds from the race support safety justice and healing for child victims. The goal of the Child Advocacy Center is to increase children’s safety help children and their families heal from trauma and victimization of child sexual abuse and to prosecute child abuse perpetrators. The center has a local office in Woodbury that opened late last year to help local victims of abuse. A number of local corporate sponsors and partners have lined up to promote the race donate prizes and encourage the adoption of ducks. In Cannon County adoption forms are available at Regions Bank First Bank Curves The Old Feed Store First National Bank Fine Swine Barbeque Melton Law Office and the offices of the Cannon Courier. In Rutherford County adoption forms are available at: Bell Jewelers The Daily News Journal web site Demos’ Restaurant Lascassas Drugs MidSouth Bank The Murfreesboro Post web site Sloan’s Motorcycles. “Five Bucks gets a duck” is the chant of local organizers who have signed on to help sell adoptions. “All of the proceeds from the sale of duck adoptions in Cannon County will benefit the local residents who use the services of the Center” states Faye Northcutt-Knox who is a Child Advocacy Center board member and duck race volunteer. The ducks will be racing for prizes including a trip to Walt Disney World offered by Universal Travel and sponsored by Lucy and Bill Whitesell. Other prizes offered include a scooter from Sloan’s Motorcycle & ATV Supercenter box tickets to MTSU v. N. Texas State donated by Bud Morris and Andy Womack a $500 gift certificate to Bell Jewelers and a $500 gift certificate to Demos’ Restaurants. The Middle Tennessee Medical Center Family Fun Fest will start at 1 p.m. the day of the race at the Sportman’s Club near Medical Center Parkway. The Fun Fest will include loads of activities for the entire family to enjoy include bounce houses for the kids a petting zoo games and a visit from our favorite original racing duck Quackers! For more information call the Verizon Wireless Quackline at (615) 210-0975.

Buyout Numbers Still Short Of Target

Friday 1 August 2008The state will likely have to lay off some employees when the legislature returns to Nashville in January. Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz says they are well short of the number of employees they had hoped would accept the voluntary buyout package offered in June. So far 18-hundred employees have applied for the buyout. Goetz says the total number of employees who have applied and are eligible is probably closer to 13-hundred. State officials had hoped that 22-hundred workers would take the buyout offer in order to shore up the state budget. The deadline for workers to accept the offer is August 5th. Goetz adds that offering early retirement packages isn't an option. If layoffs are necessary in January it will be at least April before those employees are shed from the state's workforce due to civil service laws. Meanwhile a hiring freeze is in effect.

Choices In This Year’s Race For Alderman

Friday 1 August 2008The race for Woodbury's Board of Mayor and Aldermen seats have heated up with twelve candidates showing interest in the six seats up for election. The election which is scheduled for Tuesday November 7th will see incumbent members of the Board attempting to retain their seats against a challenge from new candidates. Incumbent members LuAnn Curlee Dottie Duggin and Charlie Harrell have picked up their papers to run for re-election but have not yet returned them to the election office. Three incumbents have already filed their papers. They are JoAnn Davis Faye Northcutt-Knox and Adam Melton. Challenging the incumbent members will be former Woodbury Mayor Danny Miller and former Alderman Shade Cason. Mary Francis Foster and Jenny Haynes have also filed their papers. Matthew Melton and Bobby Moore have picked up papers but have not yet returned them. The contest for Woodbury's mayor is still a one man race as the only candidate who has filed is current Cannon County Clerk and Master Harold Patrick. Any person interested in running in Woodbury's city election has until August 21st at noon to pick up and turn in their papers. The race for Woodbury's Board of Mayor and Aldermen seats have heated up with twelve candidates showing interest in the six seats up for election. The election which is scheduled for Tuesday November 7th will see incumbent members of the Board attempting to retain their seats against a challenge from new candidates. Incumbent members LuAnn Curlee Dottie Duggin and Charlie Harrell have picked up their papers to run for re-election but have not yet returned them to the election office. Three incumbents have already filed their papers. They are JoAnn Davis Faye Northcutt-Knox and Adam Melton. Challenging the incumbent members will be former Woodbury Mayor Danny Miller and former Alderman Shade Cason. Mary Francis Foster and Jenny Haynes have also filed their papers. Matthew Melton and Bobby Moore have picked up papers but have not yet returned them. The contest for Woodbury's mayor is still a one man race as the only candidate who has filed is current Cannon County Clerk and Master Harold Patrick. Any person interested in running in Woodbury's city election has until August 21st at noon to pick up and turn in their papers.

Farmers Market Returns To The Square

Thursday 31 July 2008For years Cannon County farmers brought their crops to the square. For folks without gardens the relaxed open-air market was a testament to small town living. That tradition returns Saturday August 2nd. More than a half-dozen vendors will be setting up shop. The list of items available will be long and varied. Shoppers are urged to attend early. Many farmers will arrive just after 6:00am and will only be around as long as the fruits and vegetables last. Weather you bring paper or plastic bags it doesn’t matter as long as you make it to the square for the farmers market return this Saturday.

Rep. Bone Reminds Constituents Of Sales Tax Holiday

Wednesday 30 July 2008Tennessee consumers can take advantage of a state sales tax holiday from August 1-3 and save hard-earned dollars on school supplies computers and clothing according to a release from Rep Stratton Bone. During the sales tax holiday retailers statewide can’t charge sales taxes for designated goods. Eligible purchases include clothing and school supplies priced $100 or less for each item. Computers priced at $1 500 or less are also exempt from sales taxes. The measure applies only to retail sales to private individuals and excludes suppliers for business purchasers. “We are pleased to be able to give back to the taxpayer ” said Rep. Bone. “Our sales tax holiday weekend will give working families an opportunity to save real money this spring on a wide variety of items.” In addition to cash and credit card purchases shoppers can use discount coupons or loyalty cards for eligible items without paying sales tax. Exchanges of merchandise are also allowed but the original item must be replaced for the same item in another size or color. Qualified goods may also be placed on or picked up from layaway tax-free during the moratorium. Rain checks mail orders and Internet and telephone orders are tax-exempt provided the consumer orders and pays for the merchandise during the sales tax holiday period. “Most tax-free items are targeted to school-age youngsters but everyone can take advantage of the weekend ” explained Rep. Bone. “From clothing to school supplies even computers are available with no sales tax applied.” More information about the August sales tax holiday weekend can be accessed online at http://www.tntaxholiday.com or by e-mail at salestax.holiday@state.tn.us. The telephone number for the state Department of Revenue is 1-800-342-1003 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

IRS Estimates 123-Thousand Tennesseans Missing Out On Economic Stimulus

Wednesday 30 July 2008It's not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment. In Tennessee alone the IRS estimates that 123-thousand retirees and disabled veterans who might be eligible for payments haven't filed for them yet. The deadline to do so is October 15th. The IRS will continue to distribute payments through the end of the year as more stimulus returns are filed. IRS officials add that there's no penalty for filing a tax return after the April 15th deadline if you don't owe any taxes. Additionally collecting an economic stimulus payment will not reduce other federal benefits like Social Security and Medicare. IRS officials also stress that no taxes will be due on the stimulus payments. Anyone with questions about how to file a stimulus return or with additional questions is urged to visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov or to call the agency toll free at 1-800-829-1040.

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