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Regional Town Hall Scheduled by Rep. John Rose

Friday, 12 April 2019

A regional Town Hall with Congressman John Rose is scheduled for Monday, April 15th at the DeKalb County Courthouse.
The townhall will be held in the downstairs courtroom. Doors open at 5:15 PM. Meeting begins at 5:30 PM.
All ages are invited to attend.
DeKalb County Courthouse 1 Public Square Smithville, Tennessee 

Conservation Stewartship Program Coming

Thursday, 11 April 2019

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Sheldon Hightower, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

Changes to the Program

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:
•NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal year2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producersimplementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.
•Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops andresource conserving crop rotations.
•CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activitiesand a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained croplandbase acres.

Tennessee Gas Prices Still Climbing

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Tennessee Gas Prices continue to rise. Tennessee drivers are paying an average price of $2.52 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday's state average is five cents more than a week ago, 24 cents more than last month, and three cents higher than this time last year.
The national gas price average stands at $2.74, which is an increase of a nickel on the week and is eight cents more than this time last year. And, compared to one month ago, gas prices are 28 cents more expensive. As demand holds steady and inventories continue to tighten, motorists continue to see gas prices increase in every region.  
"Gas prices are increasing across the country, but these changes vary by region,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “On the week, motorists in the West Coast, Rockies, Great Lakes and Central regions are seeing some of the largest weekly increases while prices mostly east of the Mississippi have made more moderate jumps.”  

Work Awareness Week

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is joining states across the nation to ask motorists to “Drive like you work here” and Work with Us – move over and slow down for highway workers. TDOT will spread that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 8-12) in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones.
According to TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright, “2016 was a tragic year for our TDOT family as three of our employees were struck and killed by passing motorists. Hundreds of TDOT employees are working on our highways each day. We need motorists to work with us by moving over and slowing down for TDOT workers or first responders working along our interstates and state routes.”
The spring and summer months provide perfect weather for highway work. Work zones include everything from major interstate widening projects to pothole patching and mowing. Motorists will encounter work zones across Tennessee in downtowns, along interstates and in rural areas. Last year in Tennessee, 20 people died in work zone crashes, including workers, drivers and passengers.
This Wednesday, April 10th, is “wear orange day”. Please show your support for National Work Zone Awareness by wearing orange.

Extension Service Announces Canning Class

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

If you are planning a garden this year, the local Extension office has a class scheduled for next month that may interest you.
UT Extension’s Preserving Food Safely - Pressure Canning Class will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00am, in the kitchen at the Cannon County Extension Office.
This class is designed for individuals with little or no experience canning. However, anyone who would like to brush up on their skills is welcome.
Only 10 spots are available! Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch, a copy of our canning book, and your pint of green beans to take home. Pressure canner gauge testing will also be available for an additional $5. Payment is due by May 10th.
To sign up, or for more information call 615-563-2554.

National Crime Victims Rights Week

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Crime victims in Tennessee and the advocates who serve them are being recognized this week in a series of statewide events. The Board of Parole, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Correction, and the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) are again joining forces to host the events as part of the annual observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Parole Board Chairman Richard Montgomery commented; “The contributions of local law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, and family services organizations all help create healing and hope for victims of crime. We are committed to honoring those contributions.”
Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe was honored as the statewide Voice for Victims Award recipient for 2019.  The keynote speaker was Verna Wyatt, co-founder of Tennessee Voices for Victims. Additional events this week are taking place across the state.


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