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United Way Welcomes New Cannon County Board Members

Sunday, 21 September 2008

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The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is pleased to announce that Doug Combs and Debbie Vaughn have joined their board. “As board chair I’m so grateful for all the hard work and commitment these two wonderful board members have given of themselves since they joined our UWRCC Board this year. They are committed to the agencies that serve Cannon County that are helping better the quality of life for our residents ” said Cathi Rowlison UW Board Chairman. A native of Glasgow Kentucky Combs has worked in radio since he was 16 years old. He has worked as an air personality program director music director and account executive at stations in his hometown as well as in Nashville. In 2003 he formed Volunteer Broadcasting the parent company of 1540 WBRY and wbry.com. A great believer in radio's need to serve the community Combs is immersed in several projects. He is president of the Historic Cannon County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. He is an active member of the Woodbury Lions Club and has also served on the Board of the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the Red Cross. Debbie and her husband Mike moved to the Middle Tennessee area from Palmetto Florida 18 years ago.

Originally a Junior High English Literature teacher in Florida Debbie got into banking in 1991 beginning her banking career as a teller and later becoming a customer service representative administrative assistant branch manager and mortgage loan officer. She is currently Community Bank President for Regions Bank in Woodbury. She and her husband also own and operate The Old Feed Store Antique Mall in Woodbury Debbie is passionate about her work in the community. In addition to her service through United Way as Cannon County Campaign Chair in 2006/2007 and Co-Chair in 2007/2008 Debbie currently serves as Board President for The Arts Center of Cannon County. She has also participated in Leadership Cannon the Three Star Program and serves on the Three Star Education Committee. In 2007 Debbie received the award she is most proud of when she was nominated and named Cannon County’s Career Woman of the Year for her work and service in the Business Community. United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is a non-profit organization that works to advance the common good by focusing on education income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. Your local United Way creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Our focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential promoting financial stability and independence and improving people’s health. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. So we bring together people from all across the community–government business faith groups nonprofits the labor movement ordinary citizens–to tackle the issues. Because we all win when a child succeeds in school when a family becomes financially stable when people have good health. United Way is focused on the bottom-line results: the lives we change and the communities we shape. United Way will hold a breakfast kick-off for this year's campaign. Businesses are invited to the Cannon County Senior Center Thursday morning from 6:30 till 8:30. The breakfast and presentation will only take about 30 minutes.

Consumers Should Exercise Restraint In Gasoline Purchases

Friday, 19 September 2008

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Tennessee consumers should continue to moderate their demand for gasoline as a measure that can help availability of fuel to return to normal. The supply of gasoline from the Gulf continues to run at lower levels. “The flow of fuel is returning to Tennessee ” said Jeremy Heidt TEMA spokesman. “However higher-than-normal consumer demand continues to affect availability. To the extent possible consumers should avoid repeatedly making unnecessary purchases.” Retail gas stations in Middle Tennessee reported double their normal purchases this week according to the Tennessee Oil Marketers Association. A similar pattern led to limited availability and price increases last week in East Tennessee. Until supplies return to normal levels consumers can take some of the following actions: 1. Reduce unnecessary trips as much as possible 2. Carpool or use public transit 3. Refrain from “topping off” fuel in vehicles Refineries in the Gulf of Mexico are working to return to full operation however those efforts will depend on reliable power. As power is restored to the areas affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike the refineries will gradually restart and the flow of fuel will increase. Several refineries are expected to resume operations today and over the weekend. Efforts are also underway to reroute supplies of fuel into the states affected by the disaster. State energy officials have been notified that tankers of refined fuel are being redirected to ports in the South to help fill the fuel needs of states like Tennessee that are most heavily affected by the refinery outages. As before the public should continue to adhere to a normal fuel consumption pattern as that will help relieve stress on system until the supply chain is able to return to normal. If the general public has specific complaints about fuel prices at an individual location the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Consumer Affairs is the appropriate agency to register their complaint. The public can call this 800-number: 1-800-342-8385 or visit the Consumer Affairs Web site to make a complaint online at www.tn.gov/consumer. Tennessee remains under a declared state of emergency from the response to Hurricane Gustav. The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is currently at level 2 activation.

Auburntown Historical Society Reviews Books On The Past While Planning For The Future

Friday, 19 September 2008

The Auburntown Historical Society met Thursday night September 18th for their regular monthly meeting. There were 22 members and visitors present for a very interesting program. Fred Schaefer and Jewel Dale made a presentation of a book each to be placed in the historical archives. The books should be of some significance when the Society undertakes the task of write the history of the Auburntown Community. Mitchell Dunn read a short history by the Society's President on the history of the public schools in the 2nd district. Milan Davenport gave a "show and tell" report on the native Chestnut tree which was once prolific in this area. The main program was presented by Mary Hughes on the history and up to date contributions made by "Victory Gardens" in this area. Victory Gardens were started during WW I and were continued and reborn during WW II. There are two Victory Gardens still in perpetuity in the USA from their humble beginning. Methods of preserving and using the excess vegetables produced from the gardens was a major factor in supplying food on the home-front. Story by Winfred Gaither

TennCare Gets Federal Permission To Provide In-Home Services

Thursday, 18 September 2008

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The TennCare program will soon be able to provide more home and community-based services to the elderly and adults with disabilities. The federal government has approved the state's request to expand these offerings. That means an additional 23-hundred people bringing the total number served each year to six-thousand. Elderly and disabled Tennesseans who believe they might qualify can call the Home and Community Based Services hotline toll free at 1-866-836-6678.

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.

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