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CCHS Announces Policy On Tickets for Graduation

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Graduation at Cannon County High School is scheduled for May 17, at 7:00 p.m.  Guidelines for tickets have been announced.
Each graduate may purchase a maximum of 5 chairs that will be on the field (inside the fence) at graduation. The chairs cost $5.00 each.  They will be sold on April 8th and 9th by appointment.
Each Senior will draw a number at random during lunch on April 4th & 5th to determine his/her appointment time and day to purchase chairs for family members. Seniors will receive their appointment date and time when they draw their number. Seniors may not purchase chairs before their appointment time, but they may come in late. If a senior misses their appointment time, they will have the opportunity to visit the library during lunch to purchase.
No chair orders will be taken after April 30th.  No chair orders will be taken over the phone.
The chairs are non-refundable.  All debts must be paid before purchasing a tIcket.  Additional family members will be able to sit in the bleachers or bring their own chair and sit anywhere outside the fence. 
No one will be allowed inside the fenced area without a ticket until after the graduation ceremony.
Graduates will be seated alphabetically.  Therefore, we will not know where each graduate is sitting until the day of graduation.
If it rains, graduation will be in the CCHS gymnasium.  Unfortunately, if this is the case, there will not be sufficient room for the chairs. 
Each guest must present his or her ticket to the gate ushers at the field in order to be allowed into the seating area.
No Ticket --No Entry!
No strollers will be allowed inside the fenced area.  Children under the age of 5 will be permitted to sit on an adult’s lap.  Children over the age of 5 must have a ticket to sit inside the fenced area.
For the courtesy of all guests, please do not stand in front of others (blocking their view) for any reason. No smoking will be allowed in the seating areas.
 
 

Mayor and Board of Alderman Conduct April Meeting

Thursday, 4 April 2019

If the Mayor and Board of Alderman were to have a fun and games meeting, the April meeting could have been it. Approving races, planning fireworks and naming a recreation board were all on the agenda.
 
Lacey Buchannan informed the board that Cannon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) would like to hold a 5k Race.  The board approved. The event will be Saturday, May 25th (Memorial Day weekend) with an 11am start.
 
The board approved members for the recreation board. Members will include; Ron Fryer, Debbie Vaughn, Mike Reed, Joann Tate as well as Alderman LuAnn Curlee and Mayor Duggin.
 
It was announced at the meeting that plans are underway for the annual city/county fireworks celebration for July 4th. The event has been sponsored in previous years by the county, Town of Woodbury and Auburntown.  For several years the Mooretown Volunteer Fire Department has presented a fireworks display.  This year, Mooretown will present the display at the city/county celebration.
 
Also during the meeting, a public hearing regarding the proposed annexation territory into the town of Woodbury by owner consent, and the plan of services. Property owned by Cole Reed, Kendall Smith, and Mike Hutchins located off Old McMinnville Road and found on Cannon County tax map 038, parcel 063.01 was approved. 
 

Tips To Assist For Tax Prep

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

With Tax Day (April 15, 2019) less than two weeks away, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs and the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy is offering Tennesseans the following tips to help navigate the income tax filing process, make the most of their income tax refund and avoid fraudulent tax preparers and scammers.
1.     Get your refund fast through direct deposit. Did you know that your income tax refund can be electronically deposited into your financial account for free? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can automatically deposit your refund into up to three separate accounts, if you set up direct deposit when you file your return. Direct deposit gives you access to your refund faster than a paper check.
2.     File your tax return for free. If your income is $54,000 or less, if you are 60 years old or older, or if you have a disability or speak limited English, you can generally get free tax return preparation assistance at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) location near you. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those 60 and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
If you decide to do it yourself:

  • If your adjusted gross income is $66,000 or less, you can use any one of several major tax return preparation software products, offered through the Free File Alliance, to prepare and file your return for free. The Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to help taxpayers prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free. If your adjusted gross income is more than $66,000, you can still download free tax filing forms from the IRS’s website.                                                                                          
  • There are many easy-to-use tax return preparation software products on the market that will help you walk through the tax return filing process step-by-step. These are not free, but they may be less expensive than paying someone to file your return for you.                                                          

Tip: Depending on your age, income and filing status, you may not be required to file a return. Check the IRS’s guidelines to see if you are required to file a tax return.         

3. Beware of potential tax fraud. While the majority of tax preparers are honest, tax fraud does occur. Unfortunately, the IRS reports that tax fraud has become increasingly common, but there are several steps consumers can take to protect themselves:

  • Stay alert for scam phone calls from criminals intent on stealing your money or your identity. Remember, the IRS will never:
    • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.    
    • Demand immediate payment via a prepaid gift card or wire transfer without first sending you a bill in the mail and giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    • Require you to use a specific payment method for taxes, like a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
    • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email.
    • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Consumers can find more detailed information about tax refund scams, by visiting the IRS website.
For more consumer tips and resources, visit www.tn.gov/consumer
 

Pursuit Of Suspect In McMinnville Armed Robbery Ends In Woodbury

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A pursuit of persons wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery in a room of a McMinnville motel lead to a multi-agency takedown in front of Woodbury Town Hall yesterday.
 
Tuesday morning the patrol officers of the McMinnville Police Department were dispatched the Best Value Inn on an armed robbery call.  A vehicle description was given out as one of the parties involved.  Sgt Austin Wortman spotted a Chevy truck on Hwy 55 and tried to initiate a traffic stop.  The vehicle stopped momentarily and then fled.  The truck went out into the county and came back onto Nashville Highway and proceeded toward Woodbury.
 
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department assisted along with Tennessee Highway Patrol on the pursuit into Cannon County.  Once in Cannon County, members of the Sheriff’s Department and Woodbury Police assisted. Arrested in Woodbury was Nicholas Flores, age 20. There was also two juvenile females in the vehicle that were on runaway status out of the Chattanooga area.
 
Deputies with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department made a traffic stop on Rebel Hill Street later in the afternoon that had occupants that were present at the armed robbery.  Two of the three occupants have been charged with armed robbery.  They have been identified as Rafael Lopez age 24 and Leo Garcia age 26. Nicholas Flores has also been charged with evading arrest and multiple counts of reckless endangerment based on the pursuit. 
 

Distracted Driving, Longer Than You Think

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Your eyes are on the road and your hands are on the wheel, but are you still distracted?
 
Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after drivers use voice-based technology to dial, change music or send a text message. At 25 mph, drivers travel the length of nearly three football fields during this time. AAA urges drivers to put down their phone and avoid distractions when behind the wheel, especially now during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
 
“Most drivers believe that if their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel, then they are focused on the drive,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “But research proves that there are hidden dangers when using a cell phone or in-vehicle technology. Mental distractions last longer than you think and can cause a dangerous crash.”
 
Additional research also shows drivers talking on a cellphone are up to four times as likely to crash while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash. Despite the risk, drivers increasingly report using technology behind the wheel. Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.
 
This behavior is in contradiction to the fact that nearly 58 percent of drivers say talking on a cellphone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger.
 
“We have created a do as I say, not as I do culture on our roadways. Drivers understand the risk, they just don’t think they are the problem,” added Milani. “With more than 3,400 people killed in distracted driving crashes each year, it is time for drivers to be accountable. We can save lives”
 
AAA is committed to helping drivers curb the urge to engage in distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Any task that requires taking your eyes or attention off-the-road and hands off-the-wheel can present a dangerous risk on the roadway. That includes changing the radio, programming navigation or even enjoying a sandwich. In order to avoid distraction, AAA recommends:
 

  • Put aside Distractions. Never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
  • Know where you’re going: Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before putting the car in motion.
  • Secure Items: Properly secure children and pets and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car.
  • Snack Smart: Avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

 
To learn more about the AAA Foundation’s research on how vehicle manufacturer’s in-vehicle technology, including Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto systems, can create dangerous distractions for drivers behind the wheel, visit AAA.com/distraction.
 

Employment Numbers Improving Locally and Statewide

Monday, 1 April 2019

The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s counties improved in February according to new information released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
 
Eighty of Tennessee's 95 counties have an unemployment rate less than 5 percent, a marked improvement from January's jobless numbers. 
 
With a rate of 5.9 percent, Lake County has the state's highest rate of unemployment for February. The latest statistic represents a decrease of 3.4 percentage points from the previous month's rate.
 
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 3.2 percent in February. That figure bested the previous record low of 3.3 percent, which was the state's unemployment rate between October and January.
 
Cannon County 6,510 persons eligible to work, 6,340 were working.   170 persons were not working or 2.7 percent.  In January the rate was 3.0 percent or a -0.3 improvement.  The average unemployment for the counties adjouring Cannon was 3.1.  DeKalb had the highest rate of 4.0 and Rutherford with the lowest at 2.3 percent.
 
Nationally, unemployment dropped to 3.8 percent, a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease from January's revised rate of 4 percent.
 
Tennesseans searching for new or better employment opportunities can access more than 150,000 current job openings, as well as other job search tools on the state's workforce development website, Jobs4TN.gov.
 

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