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Death of Cannon County Women Subject of TBI Investigation

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Through fingerprints, investigators have now identified a woman found dead Monday morning in Smithville as 28 year old Jessica Renee Stephens of Cannon County. Her cause of death will be determined following the completion of the autopsy and toxicology report.
The case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
 
“On Monday, November 12 DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call at 7:50 a.m. of a body lying in a backyard on Parkway Drive Smithville. Officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 13th District Attorney’s Office were summoned to the scene,” said Sheriff Patrick Ray in a prepared statement.
 
Officers at the scene could not produce any photo identification on the body  at that time. She was described as a white female, approximately 5’4” inches tall, approximately 120-125 pounds, sandy blonde hair, approximately 30-40 years of age. She was wearing maroon medical scrubs and brown boots. There was an orange Home Depot jersey, brown jacket and blue shirt at the scene. Shealso had a pierced belly button, a tattoo of a cross on the back of her neck, and what appeared to be a “M” “W” or “3” tattooed on her right hand.
 
“Thanks to those who contacted us to provide information in efforts to identify the woman,” said Sheriff Ray and the TBI in a joint statement.
 
 
 
News partner: WJLE 
 
 

Basketball Returns

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Round ball season begins tonight for Cannon County High School. The Lionettes and Lions start on the friendly home court at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium.  Visiting team is Shelbyville Central.  In the broadcast booth, WBRY welcomes back Cannon County alum Teddy Taylor. Taylor will handle the play-by-play position for all regular season game for the 2018-2019 season.

Our broadcast will begin with Coach Jonathon Odom on Coaches Corner at 5:50 this afternoon on am 1540, fm 107-1 and on wbry.com
 

Smokeout and OuitLine Equals Success

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

 
Support can make all the difference for those trying to quit smoking, and Tennesseans trying to move toward a life without tobacco products are not alone. The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free assistance, resources and counseling to help smokers transition to a smoke-free life. The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans who want to quit smoking to start their journey during the Great American Smokeout November 15.
 
 
“We’re absolutely committed to helping smokers and other nicotine users who want to quit, and the data show most do want to quit,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Tobacco and nicotine are a very hard habit to break, but they don’t make you happy in the long run. They make you poorer, sicker and unhappy. The Smokeout is the perfect day to take a step toward triumph over nicotine addiction and a happier, healthier life.”
 
 
Great American Smokeout
 
The annual Great American Smokeout draws awareness to the health benefits of quitting tobacco and the tools available to help smokers quit. In Tennessee, the need is urgent, with the state’s smoking rate at a hefty 22 percent, considerably higher than the national average of 17 percent.
 
 
About 40 million Americans, including 1.5 million Tennesseans, smoke cigarettes according to the American Cancer Society. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Tennessee ranks 43rd in the nation for both smoking and premature deaths.
 
 
Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine
 
Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age, and getting help through counseling can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. The QuitLine’s trained quit counselors prepare and guide tobacco users throughout the quitting process, developing a personalized quit plan with one-on-one, ongoing support. Callers get free access to materials and interactive tools to recognize their unique triggers and cravings along with resources that have proven successful in a quitter’s journey toward becoming tobacco-free.
 
 
“Our phone lines are open and we have quit counselors ready to assist with personal plans and free QuitKits available for any caller,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “If you are even considering quitting smoking, we encourage you to make the call for your own health and the health of the family and friends around you.”
 
 
The call, assistance and an individual QuitKit are provided to all participants at no cost and all QuitLine program services are confidential. The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is available seven days a week in English and Spanish. A language line is available to accommodate other callers to the QuitLine. Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST. Enrollment can also be completed online at www.tnQuitLine.org.
 
 
Learn more about the Great American Smokeout at www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html.
 
 
 

"The Bus Tour" Returns

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will join various state and local partners today to launch Operation Incognito (OI) statewide. The OI campaign was developed this year to evolve Tennessee’s fourth statewide distracted driving enforcement initiative, known as “the bus tour.” Operation Incognito  will also promote National Traffic Incident Response Week, now thru November 17th.
 
According to Tennessee Highway Safety Office Director Vic Donoho, “The primary focus of Operation Incognito is to reduce distracted driving, serious injury traffic crashes, and fatalities. A secondary focus will include saturations of high-risk construction and utility maintenance zones to increase awareness. Drivers are encouraged to protect roadway workers by staying focused and alert at all times.”
 
 

Santa Needs Your Help

Monday, 12 November 2018

"Spread the joy of the holiday season by becoming a Secret Santa for needy children," said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer.  "The Child Advocacy Center is looking for holiday sponsors to make Christmas a joyous time of the year for needy kids."
 
The holidays can become a burden for many families served by the Child Advocacy Center.  For example, a mother and her three children fled their home because their 8 year old daughter was being sexually abused.  Now her mom is now the sole provider and struggling to make ends meet.  She is worried there will be no Santa this year.
 
“The financial impact of child abuse is often forgotten,” said Jennifer Gamble, Child Advocacy Center Family Services Coordinator.  “For many of our families, this is the only opportunity for their children to experience the magic of Christmas.”
 
Your generosity helps provide a sense of normalcy for families who have been through so much.  There are three ways that you can get involved this holiday season:
 
• Sponsor an individual family with holiday gifts for the family and gift cards for food.
• Sponsor an individual family with a Visa, Wal-Mart, or grocery store gift cards.
• Sponsor the Child Advocacy Center through a special holiday donation or in-kind contribution.
 
 
The Child Advocacy Center is a 501c3 non-profit agency and all contributions to the Secret Santa program are tax deductible.  The Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children's Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and families heal from the trauma.
 
For information on how you can be a part of the magic of Christmas as a Secret Santa to an abused child, contact Cassell Galligan-Davis at the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center at (615) 563-9915.
 
 

Veterans Continue to Serve

Sunday, 11 November 2018

On Veteran’s Day, we will honor the brave men and women who have served our country, but did you know that some Tennessee veterans are now serving by producing the food we eat and the fiber we use?
 
Tennessee has more than 400 farmer veterans. One of them is Dennis Scales, owner of Running Hog Farm in Rutherford County. Scales served in the United State Marine Corps, and now raises pastured, heritage breed hogs.
 
“Having the opportunity to do what I love while providing for my community is highly rewarding,” Scales said. “The local support for farmer veterans here in Tennessee is unmatched.”
 
The Farmer Veteran Coalition is one source of support for farmers like Scales. This national nonprofit organization offers the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund grant program, which provides direct financial assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming and ranching. In 2018, Tennessee farmers received more Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund grants than any other state.
 
“After all that our veterans have sacrificed for us, they deserve our support,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Our farmer veterans have given and continue to give for their communities. By purchasing local food, joining Community Supported Agriculture groups, and buying directly from the farm, we can give back.”
 
Are you looking to support farmer veterans the next time you buy groceries? Look for the Homegrown By Heroes label. Homegrown By Heroes is the official farmer veteran branding program of America. The label shows that agricultural products were produced by U.S. military veterans, and it can be found on more than 70 food items throughout the state.
 
Pick Tennessee is a service of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that connects consumers to farms, farmers, farmers markets, artisan foods and farm related activities across the state. Look for the Homegrown By Heroes logo when visiting www.PickTNProducts.org and follow “PickTNProducts” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 

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