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Health Advisory Issued For Horse Owners And Local Residents

Tuesday 5 August 2008The Tennessee departments of Agriculture and Health are urging horse owners to protect their horses from mosquitoes and to review vaccination records for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and other mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile Virus (WNV). “Outbreaks of viral encephalitis in horses are a seasonal occurrence due to the prevalence of mosquitoes in late summer and early fall ” said Dr. Ron Wilson state veterinarian with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “Horse owners should be aware of symptoms of viral encephalitis and consult their local veterinarian if a horse develops any of the signs associated with this group of diseases.” Several states have reported cases of EEE in horses this season. Tennessee’s first confirmed case of 2008 was reported last week in Carroll County. EEE kills up to 90 percent of the horses infected with the virus. Another mosquito-borne disease West Nile virus infection has also been seen in horses from all regions of the state during the last several years. Many of the signs of EEE are the same as those described for WNV in horses and include: • Decreased alertness • Blindness or impaired vision • Aimless wandering or circling • Head pressing • Inability to swallow • Weakness paralysis or convulsions “Definitive diagnosis is important in tracking the spread of EEE and WNV infections ” said Wilson. “Horse owners should work with their local veterinarian to verify test results through laboratory analysis.” Vaccines are available to protect against EEE and WNV in horses. Horse owners are encouraged to review their records and consult a veterinarian regarding immunization for these diseases. Additionally insect repellents can be used on horses but often these repellents have limited effectiveness. Screened stalls can also help reduce exposure of animals to mosquitoes. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However mosquito-borne viral encephalitis does pose a public health risk and people should take proper precautions to protect themselves. “Because there is no EEE or WNV vaccine available for humans people should avoid mosquito bites by using EPA registered insect repellents containing DEET Picaridin oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and by wearing clothes that cover the arms and legs ” said Dr. Rand Carpenter a public health veterinarian with the Department of Health. “These preventative measures are especially important during the period from evening until morning when mosquitoes are most active or any other time mosquitoes become active." Additionally mosquito control measures are important for disease prevention. Mosquito control should include removal of all man-made potential sources of stagnant water such as discarded tires containers left outdoors or clogged roof gutters that can provide a place for mosquitoes to breed. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Kord Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in Nashville provides diagnostic services for livestock owners and private veterinarians. The department also offers diagnostic services now at the new West Tennessee Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory operated by the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin TN. For more information about EEE or other viral diseases in horses contact the State Veterinarian’s office or Kord diagnostic laboratory at 615-837-5120.

School Begins This Week / 2008-2009 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Monday 4 August 2008Summer comes to an end for students parents and teachers as the 2008-2009 School Calendar begins in Cannon County. August 4 In-Service August 4 6:00 – 7:30 p. m. All Kindergarten students report to the schools. August 5 In-Service August 5 6:00 – 8:00 p. m. 9th graders report to the high school. August 6 Student Day 1 – Abbreviated August 7 Teacher’s Work Day – No Students August 8 Student day 1 – First Full Day of School September 1 Holiday (Labor Day) September 30 CCHS Parent/teacher conference 3:00-6:00 p. m. October 2 Elementary Parent/teacher conference 3:00-6:00 p. m. October 20-24 Fall Break November 4 Professional Development Day/Teachers Only November 26 27 28 Vacation/Break Days (Thanksgiving Day Holiday) December 2-4 Gateway December 19 Abbreviated Day December 22-Jan. 2 Vacation/Break Days (Christmas Day Holiday)(New Year Day Holiday) January 5 School in session January 19 No school/Optional In-service Day February 3 TCAP Writing Assessment – grades 5th 8th 11th February 16 Professional Development Day/Teachers Only February 24 Elementary parent/teacher conference 3:00-6:00 p. m. February 26 High School parent/teacher conference 3:00-6:00 p. m. March 23-27 Spring Break April 10 Good Friday April 13-17 TCAP Achievement Tests K-8 April 20-24 Senior Trip May 5-7 Gateway Exams (High School) May 11-15 End of course Exams (Pre-Algebra English 9 U. S. History Physical Science) May 12 Scholarship Night for Seniors and their parents May 21 Teacher’s Work Day No students May 22 Last day of school – Abbreviated - Graduation June 1 – June 26 Summer School July 14-16 Gateway

Call Results In Standoff With Deputies

Monday 4 August 2008A call about a dog led to the arrest of a local man and a standoff with Sheriff’s Deputies. Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy John Fesmire was dispatched to Cunningham Road in reference to a family dispute over a dog. On his way to the call Fesmire received word that the suspect Roy Stratton age 75 of Cunningham Road was armed and sitting in his vehicle. After arriving at the scene Fesmire encountered Stratton and ordered him out of the vehicle. Stratton refused to exit and Fesmire took cover when he saw a gun. Other deputies soon arrived on the scene and Stratton exited his vehicle and pointed his .44 magnum pistol at the deputies. According to documents Stratton raised his gun at officers several times and refused to surrender taking cover being several abandoned vehicles on the property. After about 30 minutes of deputies ordering Stratton to put his weapons down and surrender he did. Stratton was then immediately arrested and taken into custody. Stratton is charged with seven counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers and is currently being held in the Cannon County Jail in lieu of $350 000.00 bond. He will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on August 19th.

Tax Free Weekends Ending?

Monday 4 August 2008It's estimated that Tennesseans saved between eight and ten-million dollars over the weekend during the annual Back-To-School Sales Tax-Free Weekend. Great for shoppers but bad for state tax revenue coffers which are already running on empty from bad economic times. Now the question is what kind of future do such weekends have? Tennessee is looking to eliminate 23-hundred state jobs this year and planned bonuses have been cancelled due to necessary budget cuts. State lawmakers have already cancelled the first tax-free weekend of 2009 scheduled for April. So far the sales tax holiday for next August remains in place but still could be scrubbed.

Cannon County Man Added To TBI's Top Ten

Sunday 3 August 2008 Today the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a Cannon County TN man to its list of Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives for outstanding drug charges and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle for an incident that happened earlier this year Jim T. Flesher II 37 last known address Jones Hollow Road Woodbury TN is wanted by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Office for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine Felony Possession of Marijuana Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle Theft over $1000 and Felon in Possession of a Handgun. On April 16 2008 two deputies approached Flesher on Cavender Branch Road while he was seen sitting on a four-wheeler that had been reported stolen. Flesher attempted to hit one of the officers with the four-wheeler. When he was caught Flesher had a knife meth and marijuana in his pocket. After a search of his home several firearms were found along with more meth and several other motor vehicles that had been reported stolen. Flesher also has warrants for his arrest out of Georgia. Flesher is a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He stands 6’1” and weighs approximately 205 lbs. He has tattoos on both shoulders and abdomen. He is also missing fingers on his left hand. He has an extensive criminal history in Tennessee and Georgia dating back to 1997. Past offenses include evading arrest domestic assault manufacturing methamphetamine felony possession of a handgun and violating an order of protection. Law enforcement considers him dangerous and he should be approached with caution. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jim T. Flesher II should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There’s a $1000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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.

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