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New Addition To Historic Places On County's Square

Friday, 7 June 2019

The Tennessee Historical Commission announced the addition of eight properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Of the eight, one is located on a corner of Woodbury’s Courthouse Square.

The eight include a residence, general store, bank, former hospital and historic districts. The National Register nomination for Clover Bottom, the offices of the Tennessee Historical Commission (State Historic Preservation Office), was updated to include additional history and structures.

"Across Tennessee, communities continue to recognize and retain meaningful places that contribute to our state's unique identity," said Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre. "This group of listings includes a former hospital in Memphis being revitalized using Federal tax credits, a former general store in Granville that is a focus for heritage tourism, and a large rural district in Bedford County in the heart of Tennessee Walking Horse country."
In Cannon County the latest entry to the list is the Brown-Hancock House.

This 2-story brick I-house was built in 1869 and remodeled 1916-1918. Principal design features of the house include the 1-bay, 2-story pedimented portico, multi-pane windows, bracketed eaves and the sleeping porch and solarium. Originally the house was embellished with Italianate details but the 20th century redesign by Nashville architect Thomas W. Gardner updated the building with a modern classical design. His designs included a 2-story ell and the sleeping porch on the exterior and wood trim in the interior. Gardner was well-known for designing churches and for years was in partnership in Nashville with Edward Dougherty. The 2-story I-house with the 2-story portico has been documented as prevalent in Middle Tennessee and is often called the Middle Tennessee I-house.

The other sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places are:

Thompson Creek Rural Historic District - Wartrace/Bedford County

Clover Bottom Farm Boundary Increase - Nashville/Davidson County

T.B. Sutton General Store - Granville/Jackson County

Tennessee Military Institute Residential Historic District - Sweetwater/Monroe County

Barretville Bank and Trust Company Building - Barretville/Shelby County

U.S. Marine Hospital - Memphis/Shelby County

Sparta Residential Historic District, boundary increase - Sparta/White County

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission, as the State Historic Preservation Office, administers the program in Tennessee.

Criminal Justice Task Force Named

Friday, 7 June 2019

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the leadership of the Tennessee Criminal Justice Investment Task Force as established by Executive Order 6.
“We are committed to addressing all aspects of the criminal justice system to improve public safety and reentry in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Our task force represents multiple perspectives including law enforcement, state agencies, crime victims and families, community leaders and formerly incarcerated individuals.”
The task force steering committee includes:

  • Brandon Gibson (Chair), Office of the Governor
  • Bill Gibbons, University of Memphis
  • Decosta Jenkins, Nashville Electric
  • Torry Johnson, Belmont University
  • Josh Smith, Master Dry

The task force also includes appointees who will oversee key areas for study. These appointments include:

  • Division VI Criminal Court Judge John Campbell, Criminal Code and Sentencing Examination
  • Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long, Violent Crime
  • Executive Director of Men of Valor Raul Lopez, Education, Workforce Development and Re-Entry
  • Deputy Counsel to the Governor Clark Milner, Juvenile Justice Implementation Council
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols, Drivers of Crime
  • Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker, Probation/Parole
  • Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Marie Williams, Mental Health and Substance Use

Over the next two legislative sessions, the task force will develop legislative and budgetary recommendations regarding the following public safety and reentry issues:

  • Crime prevention and recidivism reduction
  • Punishing violent crime promptly and effectively
  • Supporting crime victims and their families
  • Addressing mental health and substance abuse issues that lead to and impact incarceration
  • Revising sentencing guidelines and parole/probation standards
  • Addressing the rising fiscal and social costs of incarceration
  • Preparing inmates to re-enter society and find pathways outside of crime through education and technical job training
  • Equipping families and communities with tools to help returning citizens become productive members of society

During the 111th General Assembly, the Lee Administration passed measures to crack down on fentanyl traffickers, increase pay for corrections officers, increase the training pay supplement for first responders and law enforcement, reduce expungement fees and increase educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

Warren County Death Brings Second Arrest

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Authorities have arrested a second suspect in the shooting death of Dennis Carter in Warren County. Authorities say Timothy Baer of Murfreesboro has been taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide. It comes one day after the arrest of 27 year-old Kate Pritchard on the same charge.

Carter, who is from Grundy County was shot Saturday night during an altercation with a fellow member of the Rebel motorcycle club at the building that houses the club on Pike Hill Road. He died a few hours later after being airlifted to Erlanger Hospital from McMinnville.
Media Partner: WMSR

Update On Transporting Horses In Tennessee

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Tennessee horse owners now have a new resource to protect the health of their livestock. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is offering the Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (EECVI), which provides real-time tracking and better disease traceability for horses being transported across state lines.
“As we work to keep Tennessee horses safe and healthy, it is important that we are aware of the equines entering and exiting our state,” Interim State Veterinarian Doug Balthaser, D.V.M. said. “The EECVI will be available to owners 24 hours a day and will be accepted in more states than our current permit. Additionally, if the worst happens and there is a disease outbreak, real-time tracking will enable state animal health officials to notify horse owners much more quickly.”
In order to transport a horse, mule, donkey, pony, zebra, or other equine across state lines, a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) and negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is required. The CVI shows that a veterinarian has inspected each equine for signs of disease to ensure that it appears healthy for movement.
The EECVI extends the CVI date of expiration from 30 days to 6 months, and it eases travel to multiple states with different requirements. The EECVI offers travel itineraries in a digital format that horse owners complete and upload to the online system prior to the time of transport.
The current movement permit offered, the Tennessee Equine Interstate Event Permit (Equine Passport), will no longer be available through TDA starting June 30, 2019. TDA partnered with other states more than a decade ago to provide the Equine Passport program. However, all of the original partner states have decided to stop using the Equine Passport program and to transition to EECVI.
For more information about the Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, contact the State Veterinarian’s office at (615) 837-5120 or visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/businesses/animals/animal-health/equine-passport.html.

Children Run For Free In Cannon Runs

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Cannon County Child Advocacy Center is inviting children and youth under age 18 to run or walk for FREE at Cannon Runs for Children.  Lace up your tennis shoes, bring your parents and grandparents, and be at Dillon Park this Saturday.
The 3rd Annual Cannon Runs for Children registration starts at 6:45 a.m., welcome and instructions at 7:15 a.m., and the race begins at 7:30 a.m.  The entry fees are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens.  The entry free price includes a t-shirt designed by local artist Chad Davis.  Event t-shirts will also be available for $15.
According to Race Course Designer and Cross County Coach Brian Elrod, “You can run, jog, walk or crawl to support kids.  As long as you’re out there doing it, you’re a runner. Anything you can do to help a child, you do it. It’s that simple.”
All contributions to Cannon Runs for Children will be used to provide services to Cannon County child abuse victims, child sexual abuse victims, drug endangered children and their non-offending parents and family members. 
Runners and walkers are encouraged to pre-register online at cannoncac.org or through runsignup.com by searching Cannon Runs.  You may also register by contacting the Child Advocacy Center at (615) 563-9915 and requesting a registration form be emailed to you.

Changes For Hemp Program In Tennessee

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is announcing rule changes for the state’s hemp program to better serve hemp producers.
“Farmers have been growing and researching this crop in Tennessee since the program began in 2015 as a pilot program,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “The hemp industry and federal laws have changed in recent years, and we’re updating our program rules to be more consistent with how other crop programs are managed.”
The application period for a license to grow hemp is now open year-round. Grower applications can be found online at www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/hemp-industry.html. Licenses will expire June 30 of each year, and all grower licenses issued in 2019 will expire June, 2020.
Other program changes include:

  • Hemp processors will no longer be required to register through TDA.
  • The hemp program will no longer issue licenses for certified seed breeders. However, anyone manufacturing, distributing, or labeling seed should be licensed through TDA’s Ag Inputs section.
  • Growers will still need movement permits when transporting rooted plants and are now required to be permitted when moving harvested hemp from their growing site.

TDA has licensed more than 2,900 hemp growers in 2019. In 2018, TDA approved 226 hemp producer applications.
Federal and state laws require Tennessee hemp growers be licensed through TDA’s hemp program. While the 2018 Farm Bill removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, it remains illegal to grow hemp without a license through an approved state program.
The Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 in 2014, tasking the department with development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of hemp in Tennessee. You will find more information about Tennessee’s hemp program at www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/hemp-industry.html.


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