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Duck Race Saturday To Benefit Child Advocacy Center

Friday 22 August 2008Quakers official mascot of the race spent several days on the lawn of the Cannon County Courthouse. The 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. Supporters can still adopt ducks at the Fun Festival Saturday afternoon. 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. 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 1:00 pm Saturday 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!

Woodbury Voters Will Have Choices In Alderman Race

Friday 22 August 2008Noon Thursday marked the deadline for filing papers to run in the Town of Woodbury’s municipal elections. As the deadline passed it became clear that Woodbury will have a new mayor in December and the race for the Town’s six Board of Mayor and Aldermen seats will be contested. Current Woodbury Mayor Ricky Cope decided not to seek reelection this year. The only candidate who expressed interest in the job was current Clerk and Master and former Cannon County County Executive Harold Patrick. He will take office in December. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen race on the other hand is not as clear cut. Eleven individuals have are seeking the six available seats on the board. Incumbent members Faye Nortcutt-Knox Charlie Harrell Dottie Duggin Adam Melton JoAnn Davis and LuAnn Curlee have all chose to seek re-election. The incumbents will be opposed by five challengers. Former Clerk and Master Lois Gilley Larimer and past Woodbury Alderman Shade Cason will be seeking seats on the Board as well as Francis Foster Jenny Haynes and Bobby Moore. Thursday was also the deadline to file papers to run in Auburntown’s municipal election. The Auburntown race will definitely lack the competition of the Woodbury race as none of the announced candidates is opposed. Current Auburntown Mayor Roger Turney is unchallenged in his reelection bid. In addition to the Mayor’s race the three open seats on the Auburntown City Council are also up for grabs and only three candidates have filed papers. The announced candidates are Ruby Davenport Reba Davis and Beth Hancock. All of those individuals will receive complimentary votes in November. The election will be held on November 4th in conjunction with the Federal and State General election.

Governor Announces Homeland Security Grants

Thursday 21 August 2008Governor Phil Bredesen announced Thursday the state will receive $20.6 million in Homeland Security Grant funds. More than $15.4 million of the grant funds will be passed through to Tennessee’s 11 Homeland Security District Councils to fund homeland security projects within the cities and counties that comprise the district. This year’s funding level represents an increase of $550 000 over 2007. The grants will primarily be used to support Tenneessee’s top homeland security priorities: improving interoperable communications enhancing information sharing and protecting critical infrastructure. “These funds will be used to ensure that our law enforcement officers and first responders have the tools necessary to prevent acts of terrorism protect citizens and infrastructure and rapidly and effectively respond to acts of terror or natural disasters ” Bredesen said. “Local agencies represent the first line of defense against terrorism and our ability to respond to natural or manmade disasters. We will continue to provide them with the best tools possible to do their job.” Tennessee’s Homeland Security Districts will soon receive authorization to plan projects and programs to utilize the funding which comes from five separate federal grants: A $1.8 million Urban Area Security Initiative Grant for use in the Nashville Urban Area consisting of Davidson Cannon Rutherford Sumner Trousdale Williamson and Wilson counties; to assist in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent protect against respond to and recover from threats or acts of terrorism. Grants on a district basis indicates that the Greater Nashville District (which includes Cannon County) will receive $2 834 315.00.

County Commission Meets This Saturday

Thursday 21 August 2008The Cannon County Commission will meet in called session Saturday August 23rd. Commissioners will consider the 3 Star Master Plan and the Title VI program as it relates to the 3 Star Community program. Items dealing with the highway department solid waste and planning commission appointments fill the agenda. The meeting will begin at 10:00am in the courtroom of the Cannon County Courthouse.

MTE Customers Care Awards 10 Scholarships To Local Students

Wednesday 20 August 2008 MTEMC’s Customers Care foundation has funded 10 $2 000 scholarships for students across the service area. The winners this year were: Danielle Vaughan from Williamson County; Ethan Curtis Andrea George Savannah Hughes Amy Reed Jason Reed and Samantha Woodin from Cannon County; Kimberly Robertson from Rutherford County; and Andrew Collier and John Petty from Wilson County. The scholarships are funded through Operation Round Up monies which are administered by the Customers Care Board. Scholarship participants must be an MTEMC member or a child of a MTEMC member and they must use the monies to attend a Tennessee 2- or 4-year accredited college or trade school. Interested persons must fill out an application and complete a one-page essay stating how the scholarship funds would benefit their personal goals. All essays are judged by a group of volunteer school teachers from the Middle Tennessee Electric service area. “The cooperative’s seven principles include a commitment to education and we strive to do that by being involved in our school systems with programs like the Washington Youth Tour ” Mitchell said. “These scholarships are another way we can contribute to our membership and assist that effort.” The scholarship applicants are judged on a point system. Persons are graded on a financial needs assessment current grade point average involvement in community service leadership roles and their score on the personal essay. The applicants with the top point totals were awarded the scholarships. Operation Round Up began in November 2003 and since that time has distributed more than $2.8 mil¬lion into the communities Middle Tennessee Electric serves. The initiative “rounds up” members’ bills to the next highest dollar with that extra change set aside for worthy causes. For more information about how to apply for next year’s scholarship grants contact Cathy Mitchell at (615) 494-1065. This year’s Middle Tennessee Electric scholarship winners are shown in the picture above front row from left to right are Kimberly Robertson John Petty and Andrew Collier. In the back row from left are Amy Reed Ethan Curtis Andrea George and Jason Reed. Not pictured are Savannah Hughes Danielle Vaughan and Samantha Woodin.

Cannon County’s United Way Drive Begins With Favorite Sons

Tuesday 19 August 2008Featured speaker for the evening will be Michael Burt. The former Championship Coach and leadership expert Micheal Burt will be teaming up with Channel 4’s Emmy Award Winning Journalist Aaron Solomon for a night of inspiration while advocating the cause of the United Way. The Small Towns and Big Dreams Tour will take place on Saturday August 30th at the Arts Center of Cannon County. The live production with two of Cannon County’s favorite sons will be kicked off by a VIP reception starting at 5:00 pm followed by dinner featuring music of Far Cry- regulars at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. To top the night off Micheal will speak on how to live with purpose passion and intention. This is a night that could change your life. Tickets for the production range from $15.00-$35.00 and tables will be sold for $350.00 per table. To reserve your ticket please contact Misty Patton of United Way at 615-893-7303 ext. 104 or misty.patton@uwrutherford.org. Proceeds from the Small Towns and Big Dreams Tour will benefit the United Way of Cannon County. The United Way supports health and human service programming throughout Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Programs supported by United Way focus on building a better community by supporting youth and education assisting abused women and children responding to people in crisis building stronger and safer neighborhoods enabling seniors and people with disabilities and helping working poor families. For more information please call the United Way office at 615-893-7303 ext. 102 or visit www.uwrutherford.org.

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