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School Roof Issue Continues

Friday, 8 February 2019

The Cannon County Commission continued to discuss roofs for schools last night. The plan from the Board of Education called for work on 3 schools, Cannon County High School, Woodland Elementary School and a portion of the roof at Woodbury Grammar School at a projected cost of 2.8 Million Dollars.
Commissioners reviewed six options
The response from commissioners was less.  Commissioners reviewed six options.
Commissioner Karen Ashford made a motion for 2.5 Million Dollars on a fixed rate loan for 15 years. The motion died after a second was not made.  Commissioner Ronnie Mahaffey asked to see the projections on loans for 2.1 million dollars on both a variable and fixed rate for a 15 and 12 year. Most commissions believe that type of loan would require a property tax.
Commissioner Corey Davenport presented a proposal using an extension of part of the wheel tax. It is believed that the options would fund the bulk of the project without a property tax increase.
Commissioners will continue the process at the March meeting of the commission.

Deadline Extended Until February 14 for Market Facilitation Program

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) has been extended until February 14, 2019, due to the recent partial shutdown of federal government. “As we are approaching another government funding deadline on February 15, I highly encourage applicants that have not signed up, to do so as soon as possible if they want to avoid potential payment delays if the federal government experiences another shutdown,” said Green.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP to provide payments to corn (fresh and processed), cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean (fresh and processed), wheat, shelled almond, and fresh sweet cherry producers.
Producers must complete an application by February 14, 2019 but have until May 1, 2019 to certify their 2018 production. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.
For farmers who have already applied, completed harvest, and certified their 2018 production, a second payment will be issued on the remaining 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for the specific commodity. For farmers who signed up after December 17, 2018, payments will be issued on 100 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for the specific commodity.
Below are the payment rates for commodities produced in DeKalb and Cannon counties:
Corn- $0.01/ bushel               Dairy (milk) - $0.12/hundred weight          Pork (hogs) - $8.00/head
Soybeans - $1.65/bushel        Wheat - $0.14/bushel

MFP payments are limited to a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat capped per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $125,000 for dairy and hog producers, and a combined $125,000 for fresh sweet cherry and almond producers. Applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.
MFP applications are available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Applications can be completed at a local FSA office or submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing, or faxing. To locate or contact your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov.

New Committee Appointment for Rep. Boyd

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada this week appointed State Representative Clark Boyd to the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation.
According to the Tennessee Department of Treasury, the Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation exists to provide information, research and recommendations concerning workers' compensation issues to the Tennessee General Assembly, the Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
“Chairman Boyd has been an effective leader on the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee,” said Speaker Casada. “I’m confident he will continue to do an outstanding job as a member of the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation.”
“I am honored Speaker Casada has appointed me to the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation,” said Rep. Boyd. “I look forward to sharing my experiences as Chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources Committee with the council as we begin our work to address issues in this vital area in the months ahead.”
The Tennessee Department of Treasury states that the current Advisory Council is comprised of the State Treasurer who serves as Chair, three (3) voting members who represent employees; three (3) voting members who represent employers; ten (10) nonvoting members and four (4) ex officio members.

School Roofs Discussed, Not Resolved

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The discussion on repairing the roofs of Cannon County High School and Woodland School continues. In a special called meeting of the Cannon County Commission Tuesday night the only issue on the agenda was roof repair. 
Commissioners were greeted by school officials, teachers, band members, cheerleaders, students and parents of students. A rally to show support for schools was held prior and during the first few minutes of the almost two hour meeting.
The board members were presented five options dealing with financing the three-million dollars project. Several members wanted a short period of time to review the options before making a decision.  The meeting was recessed until the end of the commission’s regular monthly meeting, scheduled for Thursday evening.

Gov. Bill Lee Announces the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) Initiative

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Gov. Bill Lee

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his first legislative initiative, the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) to expand access to vocational and technical training for Tennessee students. 
“I believe that expanding our vocational and technical offerings will be transformational for Tennesseans and the future of our state,” said Lee. “We have the opportunity to help students discover quality career paths and gain skills that are needed right now in the workforce by emphasizing career and technical education.”
The GIVE initiative is a two-pronged approach that utilizes regional partnerships to develop work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities. Communities will now have the funding and flexibility to build programs that best reflect local needs and work directly with private industry to structure programming. 
GIVE also provides funding for high school juniors and seniors to utilize four, fully-funded dual enrollment credits for trade and technical programs. Previously, high school students only had access to two fully-funded dual enrollment credits. With access to four credits, students will now be better prepared for entry into the workforce within two years of graduation.
“With GIVE, there is now a framework in place to partner with the private sector in addressing gaps in our workforce,” said Lee. “This initiative also puts students in charge of their future by preparing them for a good job right out of high school.”
Two grant programs will fund the initiative: GIVE Community Grants and GIVE Student Grants. Using the framework of the state’s Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP), the governor will recommend new funding in support of work-based learning through GIVE Community Grants. These competitive grants will go to regional partnerships between TCATs, industry, and K-12 to build new programs in work-based learning and apprenticeships, market-driven dual-credit opportunities, and the expansion of industry-informed CTE offerings at local high schools.
GIVE Student Grants will be funded via the Tennessee Lottery and support expanded access to dual enrollment.
“It is time to make sure education in Tennessee embraces multiple pathways to success,” said Lee. “We believe GIVE is a key step for the future of our kids and ensuring we can fill the jobs of tomorrow.” 

Flu Continues to Spread in Middle Tennessee

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Flu in the Volunteer State is on the rise.  In the last few days, you may have heard of some school systems closing for a day or two due to the flu.  Now the flu is affecting more than schools. If you have someone in the NHC Healthcare in McMinnville that you would like to visit, you’ll have to wait until next week.

Due to the influenza virus, NHC Healthcare on Old Smithville Rd. in McMinnville is asking that the community refrain from visiting until next Monday, Feb. 11th. This is for the safety of the patients as well as the partners, volunteers and family members.


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