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Department of Corrections Announces Academy

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Tennessee Department of Correction is now accepting applications for our Middle Tennessee Citizens' Correctional Academy.  The academy is a five-week program designed to give Tennesseans an in-depth look at the state’s largest law enforcement agency.  Classes will be held April 2-30, 2019 at various TDOC locations.
 
Citizens’ Academy has been a successful program that was started in 2014 in the Middle Tennessee area.  Since implementation TDOC has had 7 classes designed to give citizens an in-depth look at the Department of Correction’s operations and its role in advancing public safety.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about TDOC functions and programming from executive leadership, ask questions, tour two facilities and visit a field office in order to gain a better understanding of the agency and the work of its more than 6, 000 dedicated employees.
 
If you would like to attend, applications for the Citizens’ Academy are available on the TDOC website or you may request an application by emailing TDOC.Communications@tn.gov.
 
The academy will begin on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; applications will be accepted until March 8, 2019.
 

Commission Schedules Special Called Meeting for Schools

Monday, 21 January 2019

Two Cannon County schools for an extended period of time have been in need of roof repairs.  A transfer of funds was the working plan from the Board of Education going into Saturday’s meeting of the Cannon County Commission.  The plan was to transfer $2,419,000.00 from education debt service account to the general purpose fund to make the repairs possible for Cannon County High School and for Woodland Elementary School. 
 
After some discussion on the best way to handle the project. County Commissioners did not approve a motion to transfer the needed funds. 
 
Director of Schools William Curtis informed the commissioners that the State Comptroller’s office suggested the development of a ten-year strategic plan to address needs.  A special called meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th,, 2019 . County Commissioners and the Board of Education members will begin work for establishing a long range plan.
 
 

Grand Jury Names Six

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Indictments were returned against six people by the Cannon County Grand Jury during its session on Friday..
 
Cynthia D. Gray, possession of marijuana with intent, maintaining a dwelling for use, storage, or sale of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
Mark A. McClain, aggravated child abuse.
 
Dallas J. Rogers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
Bradley S. Sanders, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for use, storage, or sale of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
Amanda L. Sowell, theft of property (an automobile), driving while license suspended and registration violation.
 
James J. Travis, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of attempted second degree murder, reckless endangerment with a firearm and employing a weapon during the commission of a felony. 
 
WBRY News reminds listeners, an indictment is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime. All persons indicted by a grand jury are presumed innocent.
 

Number of Federal Employee Unemployment Claims Double in 10 Days

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The number of federal employees applying for Tennessee unemployment insurance benefits has more than doubled during the last 10 days as the partial shutdown of the United States government moves into its fourth week.
 
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's (TDLWD) Unemployment Security Division processed 400 claims for federal employees from the day the shutdown started through January 8, 2019. The latest check of data, Friday, January 18, showed the number of claims has more than doubled to nearly 900.
 
The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has strict requirements claimants must meet to receive benefits, one of which is an unemployed person must be willing and available to work. A federal employee currently not on the job meets this requirement because they are free to work.
 
Federal employees required to work without pay are not eligible for unemployment benefits because they are not available to work. 
 
If the state approves an application for benefits, unemployment claimants must certify online each week they are available to work. The state is deferring the requirement federal claimants conduct weekly online job searches in order to receive benefits because they are part of a temporary layoff.
 
It is important to keep in mind, the first week a person files for benefits is considered their waiting week and the claimant will not receive money. The earliest a claimant can expect payment is after two weeks of filing certifications. Since this is the peak season for unemployment claims, coupled with the federal shutdown; it could take up to 21 days to make a determination on an application for benefits. 
 
The maximum weekly benefit in Tennessee is $275, which is subject to federal income taxes.
 
President Donald Trump recently signed a bill that will provide federal employees back wages once the shutdown ends. Per USDOL requirements, anyone who receives unemployment benefits while furloughed will be required to repay the state of Tennessee the amount of money they received or risk being in fraud overpayment.
 
Claimants can complete the application process for Tennessee unemployment insurance on the state's workforce development website, www.Jobs4TN.gov.
 
Anyone with questions can call TDLWD at 844-224-5818 or they can use the live chat function on tn.gov/workforce Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Central.
 

Rose Named To Top Tier Committee

Friday, 18 January 2019

John Rose, Representative for Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District, has been appointed to the prestigious Financial Services Committee. While other new members await their assignments, Rose is among the first to be named to one of only a few “A” committees in the House’s “A, B, and C” committee system.
 
“It is a great honor to give Tennesseans a voice on the Financial Services Committee,” said Rose. "On this committee, I will work vigorously to roll back burdensome regulations that plague our banking system, especially those impacting small-town banks and the average-Tennessean. It is time to stand up for job-creators, empower community banks, and create lasting reform that will decrease the federal government’s involvement in our daily personal and business lives.”
 
Rose, a first-time office-holder, campaigned on “Tennessee Values,” which he cited as those conservative measures taken on the state level to make Tennessee one of the top states in the nation to own a business, raise a family and retire. A seat on the powerful Financial Services Committee will give him the chance to be actively involved in some of the most meaningful debate and work in Washington.
 
“I am absolutely thrilled John will be joining Financial Services. His leadership comes at a critical time for our country’s prosperity,” said Tommy Whittaker, President of The Farmers Bank, which serves Sumner and Robertson counties. “John’s a strong fiscal conservative, pragmatic businessman, and well-versed in the challenges community banks face. He will bring Tennessee’s common sense approach to solving these challenges. John understands small business owners because he is one and he understands the financial decisions Americans make when raising a family because he has a young family of his own. I am proud the Sixth District will be well-represented on such a powerful committee.”
 
The ranking Republican on Financial Services, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R – NC), applauded Congressman Rose’s appointment, saying, “As a former Commissioner of Agriculture as well as a business owner and director of a national bank, John will provide critical input and diverse expertise to the Financial Services Committee. I’m glad to see him, and his fellow freshman members, recommended to join so we can continue to build on the gains we’ve already achieved for hardworking taxpayers. I look forward to working alongside him in the 116th Congress.”
 
The 6th District includes 19 counties that stretch from parts of Cheatham County and all of Robertson County down to Coffee County and across the Cumberland Plateau including Cannon County. John Rose is the eighth generation in his family to call the 6th District home. He is a conservative small business owner and farmer who lives with his wife Chelsea and their son Guy in Cookeville.
 

Equine Infectious Anemia In Rutherford County

Friday, 18 January 2019

The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Middle Tennessee.
Staff at the C.E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory tested blood samples and determined that four horses stabled at a farm in Rutherford County were positive for EIA. Those horses were euthanized. Six other horses at the same farm tested negative, but will remain in quarantine until they can be tested a second time.
EIA is not contagious to humans. It is a blood-borne illness that can be fatal for horses. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, swelling, loss of appetite, or colic. However, an infected horse may not show any clinical signs. There is no treatment or vaccine. Once infected, a horse must be permanently quarantined or euthanized.
State law requires an annual Coggins test to check for the presence of EIA before any horse is transported from its home farm to a different location. Although that paperwork is valid for one year, horse owners may want to consider testing their livestock more frequently.
“EIA is a serious disease, with devastating consequences,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Hatcher said. “Horse owners should do what they can to minimize risk—including regular testing, taking steps to safeguard against biting insects, and practicing good animal husbandry. As always, contact your veterinarian if you notice any signs of illness in your livestock.”
Other tips include:

  • Don’t co-mingle your horse with other, unfamiliar horses.
  • Do not share needles or any other medical supplies that come into contact with blood.
  • Keep the area in and around your barn clean to reduce the fly population.

The C.E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory offers a full line of equine disease testing, including West Nile virus, equine infectious anemia, equine herpes virus, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and equine influenza virus. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
 

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