(APRIL 9, 2015) A MURDER SUSPECT IS WANTED IN COLUMBIA. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, 17 YEAR OLD KAVOYEH QUANTEZ PYE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE SECOND SUSPECT INVOLVED IN THE OCTOBER 2014  ROBBERY OF PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA IN COLUMBIA THAT LEAD TO THE DEATH OF 22 YEAR OLD GORDON RUSSELL SCHAFFER. JUVENILE PETITIONS ARE ON FILE WITH THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT CHARGING PYE WITH FELONY MURDER AND ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. PYE IS AFRICAN AMERICAN, APPROXMATELY 5 FEET 10 INCHES TALL AND WEIGHS ABOUT 170 POUNDS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING PYE'S LOCATION, CALL THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 931-388-2727.

 

 

(APRIL 9, 2015) THE COMMUNITY OF LAWRENCEBURG AND LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SUFFERED A TRAGIC LOSS THIS WEEK. COACH AARON MCCROSKEY JUNIOR DIED SUDDENLY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. HE AS BEEN A LONG TIME TEACHER AND COACH AT LCHS. HE TAUGHT P-E AND WELLNESS AND WAS HEAD COACH OF THE TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS. HE ALSO ASSISTED WITH THE VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM AS WELL AS THE FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL PROGRAMS. HE OCCASSIONALLY DROVE A SCHOOL BUS WHEN THE BUS SYSTEM WAS SHORT-HANDED, AND HE VOLUNTEERED HIS TIME SINGING WITH THE CDC STUDENTS. OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, HE WAS CALLED BISHOP MCCROSKEY BECAUSE HE SERVED IN THE THAT CAPACITY AT SOLID ROCK WORSHIP CENTER. HE HAD A PASSION FOR THE YOUTH OF THIS COMMUNITY, AND HIS DREAM WAS TO CREATE A PLACE WHERE THEY COULD GO AND FEEL SAFE AND CARED FOR UNCONDITIONALLY. HE WANTED TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A PLACE THEY COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE PARTICIPATING IN ALL SPORTS WITHOUT PRESSURE OR MONETARY REQUIREMENTS AND BE GUIDED WITH CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES AT THE SAME TIME. HIS FAMILY PLANS TO MAKE THIS YOUTH CENTER A REALITY, AND IT WILL BE CALLED THE A.M.J COMMUNITY CENTER. COACH MCCROSKEY WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THOSE HE TOUCHED AND MENTORED. A MEMORIAL FUND IS BEING CREATED BY FIRST FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK.

 

 

(APRIL 9, 2015) EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A TWO VEHICLE CRASH THURSDAY IN LAWRENCEBURG.  THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON NORTH LOCUST AVENUE JUST BEFORE 10 A-M NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LAWRENCE STREET.  AT LEAST ONE PERSON WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN ENTRAPPED IN ONE OF THE VEHICLES.  THE HIGHWAY WAS SHUT DOWN FOR SOME TIME WHILE CITY POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE.  MORE INFORMATION WILL BE REPORTED AS DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE.

 

 

(APRIL 9, 2015) THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WILL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS WITH ITS TOP THREE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS CANDIDATES NEXT WEEK. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR THE BOARD TO ASK THE CANDIDATES. EMAIL ALL QUESTIONS TO DWILLIAMSON@GCBOE.DOT.US. THE INTERVIEWS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 5:00 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE.

 

(APRIL 3, 2015) LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS WILL BEGIN SEWER LINE UPGRADES ON SPRINGER ROAD FROM WEAKLEY CREEK ROAD TO FIRST STREET BEGINNING MONDAY AT 8 A-M. L-U-S REQUESTS THAT DRIVERS AVOID THIS AREA IF POSSIBLE AND ALSO ASKS FOR THE PUBLIC'S PATIENCE DURING THE PROCESS OF MAKING THESE IMPROVEMENTS.

 

 

(APRIL 3, 2015) A FATAL CRASH OCCURRED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING IN GILES COUNTY. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, BOBBY LOUIS BURLESON, 60, OF SUMMERTOWN WAS TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 166 NEAR WALES BAPTIST CHURCH AND VEERED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD OVER A DITCH AND OFF AN EMBANKMENT WHERE THE VEHICLE STRUCK A LARGE BOLDER AND OVERTURNED. GILES FIRE AND RESCUE AND GILES E-M-S RESPONDED TO THE SCENE. AUTHORITIES INDICATED BURLESON WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND RESTRAINTS WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OUTCOME OF THE ACCIDENT.

 

 

(APRIL 3, 2015) THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY NIGHT.  NEW BOARD MEMBER, DAVID WAMBLE, INDICATED THE BOARD’S VOTE AT ITS MARCH 24TH WORK SESSION NARROWING DOWN THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS CANDIDATES WAS UNFAIR TO HIS DISTRICT BECAUSE IT WAS NOT REPRESENTED AT THE TIME NOT TO MENTION ILLEGAL SINCE DECISIONS MUST TAKE PLACE AT MEETINGS.  ATTORNEY CHUCK CAGLE TOLD THE BOARD THAT WHEN THEY SELECTED THEIR TOP THREE CHOICES ON MARCH 24TH IT WAS CONSIDERED A RECOMMENDATION, NOT A DECISION. CAGLE ALSO SAID THE CHOICES THEY PARED DOWN DURING THE WORK SESSION COULD BE VOTED ON AGAIN OR ALTERED. THE BOARD AGREED TO VOTE AGAIN AND SELECTED DOCTOR TAMMY SHELTON OF FAYETTEVILLE,  PHILLIP WRIGHT OF COLUMBIA,  AND JOHN BUSH OF LEWISBURG AS THE THREE FINALISTS FOR THE DIRECTOR POSITION. THE BOARD WILL INTERVIEW THE CANDIDATES AT 5 P-M THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE BOARDROOM. IF THE CANDIDATES HAVE A CONFLICT WITH THAT DATE, THE MEETING WILL BE HELD APRIL 21ST.

 

 

(APRIL 2, 2015) THREE LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES EARLIER THIS WEEK. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO WALMART TUESDAY FOR SHOPLIFTING. STEVEN DAYRL BOX, 26, AND KATELYN MICHELLE MCGEE, 22, WERE SEEN IN THE STORE WITH COLEMAN FUEL AND COLD PACKS. THE RESPONDING OFFICER WAS FAMILIAR WITH BOX AND RESPONDED TO HIS RESIDENCE ON SOUTH COLUMBIA AVENUE. UPON ARRIVAL, THE OFFICER MADE CONTACT WITH MCGEE AND 23 YEAR OLD HAYLEY MICHELLE KEENER OUTSIDE THE HOME. BOX COULD BE SEEN INSIDE ALLEGEDLY HANDLING PARAPHERLIA USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF METH. THE THREE WERE ARRESTED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL. A SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED FOR THE RESIDENCE ON COLUMBIA AVENUE, AND THE LAWRENCBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED IN SO THE OFFICERS CONDUCTING THE SEARCH COULD USE THEIR AIRPACKS. THE SEARCHED TURNED UP AN ACTIVE METH LAB, AND THE METH LAB RESPONSE TRUCK WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE. THE LAB WAS THEN PROCESSED AND PACKAGED FOR DISPOSAL. BOX, MCGEE AND KEENER WERE CHARGED WITH THE PROMOTIION OF METH. BOX WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH INITIATION AND MANUFACTURE OF METH,  AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 2 DRUGS. THEY WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN THE COMING WEEKS.

 

 

(APRIL 2, 2015) THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY HAS CONSOLIDATED 7TH DISTRICT HIGHWAY PATROL COMMUNICATIONS TO NASHVILLE. THE LAWRENCEBURG BASED DISPATCH CENTER HAD BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE THE 1950S. HOWEVER, A STATE-WIDE TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE ALLOWED THE AGENCY TO MERGE COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE TWO DISTRICTS. THE MOVE WAS COMPLETED ON WEDNESDAY. AROUND 10 DISPATCHER POSITIONS WERE MOVED TO NASHVILLE AS A PART OF THE CONSOLIDATION PROCESS.

 

 

(APRIL 2, 2015) A NEW ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY WAS ADDED TUESDAY TO SERVE THE 22ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD. CHARLES “CHUCK” CRAWFORD, 53, ORIGINALLY OF LINCOLN COUNTY, WAS SWORN IN BY CIRCUIT JUDGE RUSSELL PARKES. BEFORE BEING HIRED BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, BRENT COOPER, CRAWFORD WAS A FORMER ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND A GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE IN LINCOLN COUNTY. CRAWFORD ALSO SERVED AS THE ELECTED DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE 17TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES BEDFORD, LINCOLN, MARSHALL AND MOORE COUNTIES, FOR SIX YEARS BEFORE STEPPING DOWN TO TEACH HISTORY AT FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. THE 22ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT INCLUDES MAURY, LAWRENCE, GILES AND WAYNE COUNTIES.

 

 

(APRIL 1, 2015) ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT MAINTENANCE WILL BEGIN TODAY. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE MAINTENANCE PROCESS INCLUDES FLOWING THE HYDRANTS, CLEANING GRASS AND DEBRIS OUT FROM AROUND THEM, AND OILING THEM. THIS IS DONE AS A PART OF THE I-S-O RATING REQUIREMENT AND TO MAKE SURE THE HYDRANTS ARE VISIBLE AND FULLY OPERATIONAL IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. THE MAINTNENANCE PROGRAM SHOULD BE COMPLETED ON JUNE 1ST. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AT 762-7327.

 

 

(APRIL 1, 2015) MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE CHOSE FOUR NEW FIRST-TERM ADDITIONS TO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ELECTED THREE NEW OFFICERS AT A RECENT MEETING. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM M-M-C, JEFF ARNETT, DEBBIE CASSETTY, HARRIET NORRIE AND JOELLE PHILLIPS WERE ADDED TO THE 37-MEMBER BOARD. BYRON TRAUGER WAS RE-ELECTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. J-B BAKER WAS VOTED IN AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN, AND JOE HENRY WAS CHOSEN AS THE BOARD’S SECRETARY. ARNETT CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE MASTER DISTILLER OF JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE WHISKEY. CASSETTY JOINS THE BOARD AS A RETIREE FROM THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, WHERE SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE FOR 12 YEARS. NORRIE JOINS THE BOARD AFTER SPENDING 30-PLUS YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR OF GIFTED CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. PHILLIPS CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF AT&T TENNESSEE, A POSITION SHE HAS HELD FOR TWO YEARS. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SERVES AS THE GOVERNING BOARD OF MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE, HOLDING THE WELFARE OF THE INSTITUTION AS A PUBLIC TRUST, BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY.

 

 

(APRIL 1, 2015) PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES WILL BE HELD AT ALL SCHOOLS IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THURSDAY FROM 2 TO 5:30. STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED THURSDAY AT 1:30.

 

 

(APRIL 1, 2015) THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL HOLD A BIENNIAL REGORGANIZATIONAL CONVENTION THURSDAY TO CHOOSE NEW LEADERS. LOCAL DEMOCRATS WILL ELECT A NEW CHAIRPERSON, VICE-CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY, TREASURER, AS WELL AS A NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM. MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PARTY'S 2015 AGENDA AND EVENT SCHEDULE. ALL DEMOCRATIC RESIDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY EVENING AT 6 AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURT HOUSE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT, GLEN MYERS AT 845-4924.

 

 

(MAR 31, 2015) AN ALABAMA MAN WAS CHARGED LAST WEEK FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A MINOR. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, CHARGES WERE FILED AGAINST 62 YEAR OLD JOHNNY GALEN MANSELL OF ELKMONT FOR ASSAULT AFTER HE MADE PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD FEMALE IN FEBRUARY THAT WAS EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE AND PROVACATIVE WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED IN ARDMORE. MANSELL WAS ARRESTED ON MARCH 23RD AND BOOKED IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL AND THEN RELEASED ON 2,500 DOLLARS BOND. IN THE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THAT MANSELL HAS A PREVIOUS RECORD IN GILES COUNTY FOR THE CONVICTION OF THREE COUNTS OF RAPE OF A MINOR. HE IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN ALABAMA WHERE HE LIVES AS WELL AS IN TENNESSEE WHERE HE WORKS.

 

 

(MAR 31, 2015) SEVERAL REPORTS OF SLASHED VEHICLE TIRES OCCURED OVER THE LAST WEEK IN LAWRENCEBURG. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, FOUR INCIDENTS OF RESIDENTS HAVING THEIR TIRES CUT WERE REPORTED ON MARCH 25TH AND 26TH. TWO CASES OCCURRED AT RESIDENCES ON CRESENT FACTORY ROAD. ANOTHER INCIDENT WAS IN THE PARKIING LOT AT HIBBETT'S SPORTING GOODS AND THE 4TH INCIDENT WAS AT A HOME ON MAHR AVENUE. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THESE CRIMES, PLEASE CALL THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 762-2276.

 

(MAR 31, 2015) WEDNESDAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM PREVENT CHILD ABUSE TENNESSEE, KID'S PLACE--A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG ALONG WITH MORE THAN 175 BUSINESSES ACROSS TENNESSEE ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION CAMPAIGN. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PLANTING PINWHEEL GARDENS AROSS THE STATE AS A REMINDER THAT EVERYONE PLAYS A ROLE IN CREATING SAFE, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN IN WHICH THEY FEEL LOVED AND NURTURED. KID'S PLACE WILL KICK OFF CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH BY PLANTING A PINWHEEL GARDEN WEDNESDAY AT 3:00 ON THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE LAWN.

 

 

(MAR 31, 2015) THE SUMMERTOWN SADDLE AND BRIDLE CLUB WILL HOLD A BLOOD DRIVE FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS THIS WEEK. THE DRIVE WILL BE WEDNESDAY FROM 2 TO 6 IN THE CLUB'S ACTIVITIES ROOM. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT OR TO GET MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEB SITE REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG AND ENTER THE SPONSOR CODE "SUMMERTOWN" OR CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

 

(MAR 30, 2015) THE DEADLINE FOR FARMERS TO UPDATE YIELD HISTORY, REALLOCATE BASE ACRES AND CHOOSE BETWEEN AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE AND PRICE LOSS COVERAGE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 7TH. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, PRODUCERS WHO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT SCHEDULED WITH THEIR LOCAL FARM SERVICE AGENCY BY APRIL 7TH WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE AN ELECTION BETWEEN ARC AND PLC, EVEN IF THE APPOINTMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR AFTER THE 7TH. IF NO CHANGES TO YIELD HISTORY OR BASE ACRES ARE MADE BY THE DEADLINE, THE FARM'S CURRENT YIELD AND BASE WILL BE USED. IF A PROGRAM CHOICE OF ARC OR PLC COVERAGE HAS NOT BEEN MADE BY THE DEADLINE, THERE WILL BE NO 2014 PAYMENTS FOR THE FARM, AND THE FARM WILL DEFAULT TO PLC COVERAGE THRU THE 2018 CROP. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY AT 762-4226 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE FSA@USDA.GOV.

 

 

(MAR 30, 2015) GOODWILL STORES WILL HAVE NEW HOURS BEGINNING THIS WEEK. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE, STARTING WEDNESDAY STORES WILL OPEN ONE HOUR EARLIER. NEW STORE HOURS WILL BE 8 AM UNTIL 8 PM MONDAY THRU SATURDAY AND 10 AM UNTIL 8 PM ON SUNDAY. GOODWILL HOPES THE NEW HOURS WILL ALLOW BETTER SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS.

 

 

(MAR 30, 2015) THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL HOLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION THIS WEEK FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR. PRE-K STUDENTS MUST BE 4 YEARS OLD, AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS MUST BE 5 BY AUGUST 15TH OF THIS YEAR. CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BEGIN SCHOOL WITHOUT REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS AND HEALTH PHYSICAL, AND PRE-K STUDENTS WILL NEED PROOF OF INCOME AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. THIS IS A MANDATORY REGISTRATION. ANOTHER REGISTRATION PERIOD WILL NOT BE HELD BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS ON AUGUST 6TH. REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY FROM 2 TO 5:30 AT THE SCHOOLS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE SCHOOL WHERE YOUR CHILD WILL ATTEND OR CALL 762-5251.

 

 

(MAR 27, 2015) THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOR A WORK SESSION NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS BUDGETARY MATTERS. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 3 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(MAR 27, 2015) GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY. ALL CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG OFFICES, LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND LORETTO CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY.  FRIDAY'S GARBAGE CART PICK UP IN LAWRENCEBURG AND LORETTO WILL BE ON THURSDAY NEXT WEEK.

 

 

(MAR 27, 2015) THE SOUTH CENTRAL HUMAN RESOURCE AGENCY SOUTH LAWRENCE HEAD START PROGRAM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-2016.  HEAD START IS A FREE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM THAT OFFERS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHO MEET INCOME ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OR HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS A VARIETY OF SERVICES INCLUDING QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, SCHOOL READINESS, NUTRITIOUS MEALS, AND MORE.  CHILDREN MUST BE 3 TO 4 YEARS-OLD BEFORE AUGUST 15TH TO BE ELIGIBLE.  TO APPLY, PARENTS MUST HAVE THE CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, PROOF OF INCOME AND OPTIONAL MEDICAL OR INSURANCE CARDS.  TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION GO BY THE OFFICE LOCATED AT 114 WEST 2ND STREET IN IRON CITY OR CALL 845-4994.

 

 

(MAR 27, 2015) THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECREASED IN FEBRUARY IN ALL 95 TENNESSEE COUNTIES.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THIS WEEK BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE JOBLESS RATE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY DROPPED FROM 9 POINT 1 PERCENT IN JANUARY TO 7 POINT 9 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY.  GILES COUNTY DECREASED FROM 6 POINT 6 PERCENT IN JANUARY TO 5 POINT 8 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY.  MAURY COUNTY FELL FROM 6 POINT 4 PERCENT TO 5 POINT 6 PERCENT AND WAYNE COUNTY DECLINED FROM 10 POINT 1 PERCENT IN JANUARY TO 8 POINT 8 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY.  THE STATE'S LOWEST UNEMPLOYEMENT RATE WAS POSTED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY AT 4 POINT 3 PERCENT, AND THE STATE'S HIGHEST WAS IN CLAY COUNTY AT 11 POINT 1 PERCENT.

 

 

(MAR 27, 2015) LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO BE ALERT FOR SCAMMERS WHO ARE TARGETING L-U-S CUSTOMERS AND WHO USE A VARIETY OF TACTICS TO DECEIVE THEIR VICTIMS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM L-U-S, A LOCAL BUSINESS WAS CONTACTED RECENTLY BY A PERSON CLAIMING TO BE WITH TENNESSEE VALLEY POWER. THE CALLER INIDICATED THE BUSINESS WAS BEHIND ON UTILITY PAYMENTS AND THAT ELECTRIC SERVICE WOULD BE INTERRUPTED WITHIN 45 MINUTES IF PAYMENT WAS NOT RECEIVED OVER THE PHONE IMMEDIATELY. L-U-S WANTS CUSTOMERS TO KNOW THAT THEY WILL NEVER CALL AND DEMAND THAT AN IMMEDIATE PAYMENT BE MADE OVER THE PHONE. IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL THAT YOU THINK IS A SCAM, HANG UP AND REPORT IT TO L-U-S AT 762-7161 AND TO THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 762-2276.

 

 

(MAR 26, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF A STUDY SURROUNDING THE STATE'S MAIN STREET PROGRAM. THE REPORT INDICATED THAT OVER THE COURSE OF 2014, MAIN STREET PROGRAMS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CREATION OF 1,500 NEW JOBS AND OVER 95 MILLION DOLLARS IN INVESTMENT INTO DOWNTOWN COMMUNITIES. THRU THE STATE'S 28 PROGRAMS, NEARLY 300 HISTORIC BUILDINGS WERE REHABILITATED, 115 THOUSAND VOLUNTEER HOURS WERE CONTRIBUTED TO EFFORTS, AND 171 NEW BUSINESSES WERE CREATED FROM RENEWED INTEREST IN DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION. THE LAWRENCEBURG MAIN STREET PROGRAM MANAGED BY APRIL JUDKINS HOSTS MULTIPLE FESTIVALS ANNUALLY. IN 2014, THE LOCAL EFFORT WAS AWARDED A GRANT FOR DOWNTOWN BUILDING FACADE IMPROVEMENTS WHICH WAS COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY.

 

 

(MAR 26, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL HOLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION NEXT WEEK FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR. PRE-K STUDENTS MUST BE 4 YEARS OLD, AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS MUST BE 5 BY AUGUST 15TH OF THIS YEAR. CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BEGIN SCHOOL WITHOUT REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS AND HEALTH PHYSICAL, AND PRE-K STUDENTS WILL NEED PROOF OF INCOME AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. THIS IS A MANDATORY REGISTRATION. ANOTHER REGISTRATION PERIOD WILL NOT BE HELD BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS ON AUGUST 6TH. REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND FROM 2 TO 5:30 AT THE SCHOOLS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE SCHOOL WHERE YOUR CHILD WILL ATTEND OR CALL 762-5251.


 

(MAR 26, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION TODAY. THE RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH SPYGLASS GROUP, LLC TO AUDIT THE CITY'S PRIMARY TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES THAT WAS TABLED IN A PREVIOUS MEETING WAS UNTABLED AND APPROVED. A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO REQUEST BIDS FOR ONE ZERO-TURN LAWNMOWER WAS APPROVED ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH TONYS LAWN CARE TO MOW MIMOSA CEMETERY AT THE BID PRICE OF 500 DOLLARS PER MOWING AND TO CARE FOR TWO FLOWERBEDS LOCATED IN THE CEMETERY. ALSO APPROVED WAS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR BLEACHERS FOR BABE RUTH PARK. A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE CERTAIN PROPERTY IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AS SURPLUS TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION ON THE WEB WAS APPROVED. ALSO APPROVED WAS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT A FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY 2014 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT. A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH GRIGGS AND MALONEY INCORPORATED TO PROVIDE ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR SPRINGER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS WAS APPROVED. AND A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY REGARDING THE CONTRACT WITH RETAIL STRATEGIES, LLC WAS ALSO APPROVED.


 

(MAR 26, 2015)  PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES WILL BE HELD AT ALL SCHOOLS IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NEXT WEEK. THE CONFERENCES ARE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND FROM 2 TO 5:30. STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED THAT DAY AT 1:30.


 

(MAR 26, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL HOLD A BIENNIAL REGORGANIZATIONAL CONVENTION NEXT WEEK TO CHOOSE NEW LEADERS. LOCAL DEMOCRATS WILL ELECT A NEW CHAIRPERSON, VICE-CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY, TREASURER, AS WELL AS A NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM. MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PARTY'S 2015 AGENDA AND EVENT SCHEDULE. ALL DEMOCRATIC RESIDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND AT 6 AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURT HOUSE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT, GLEN MYERS AT 845-4924.

 

 

(MAR 25, 2015)  INMATES WILL NOW PAY FEES FOR COSTS THEY INCUR WHILE INCARCERATED. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TUESDAY TO CHARGE INMATES IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER A NOMINAL FEE FOR A SPECIFIED LIST OF THINGS WHILE INCARCERATED. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AND FEES WERE APPROVED...1 DOLLAR PER INMATE FOR INITIAL ITEMS SUCH AS UNIFORMS AND MATS, 12 DOLLARS PER DOCTOR OR DENTIST VISIT, 20 DOLLARS FOR EACH EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT, AND 10 DOLLARS FOR A TRANSPORTATION FEE. ALL INMATES WHO ARE CLASSIFIED AS INDIGENT WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE FEES. ALL FEES WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE BALANCE THE INMATES HAVE IN THEIR COMMISSARY ACCOUNT. ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE JAIL POPULATION HAS A RUNNING BALANCE THAT IS USED FOR BUYING THINGS LIKE CHIPS, SOFT DRINKS AND CANDY. SHERIFF BROWN THANKED THE COMMISSIONERS FOR AGREEING TO THE PROPOSAL AND HELPING OFFSET THE RISING COSTS OF OPERATING THE DETENTION CENTER. JAIL OFFICALS INDICATED THAT WHILE THE FEES ARE NOT HIGH, OVER TIME, THE AMOUNT COLLECTED WILL ADD UP. LOWERING INMATE MEDICAL EXPENSES, WHICH AVERAGE NEARLY 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH YEAR WILL BENEFIT THE COUNTY IN NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET. COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON, CHAIR OF THE SAFETY COMMITTEE, EXPLAINED THAT IF INMATES CAN AFFORD TO PURCHASE ITEMS SUCH AS HONEY BUNS AND SUN DROPS ON A REGULAR BASIS WHILE IN JAIL, THEY CAN HELP PAY FOR THE COSTS BILLED TO TAXPAYERS. THOSE TAX DOLLARS CAN BE USED IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

 

 

(MAR 25, 2015)  A STATE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER SAYS HE PLANS TO FILE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BAN SPEEDING AND RED-LIGHT CAMERAS IN TENNESSEE. ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, REPRESENTATIVE, ANDY HOLT OF DRESDEN INDICATED THAT HE HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF MESSAGES FROM DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORTING HIS CALL TO OUTLAW THE CONTROVERSIAL CAMERAS. HE CONTINUED BY SAYING THAT BUSINESSES IN PARTICULAR ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY SAY CITIZENS ARE AVOIDING STREETS WHERE THE CAMERAS ARE LOCATED, WHICH IS HURTING THEIR BOTTOM LINE. PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT USING THE CAMERAS POINT TO DATA SHOWING THEY REDUCE ACCIDENTS. HOWEVER, THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY, A NONPROFIT SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION FUNDED BY THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, INDICATED THE NUMBER OF U-S COMMUNITIES USING RED-LIGHT CAMERAS HAS DECREASED 13 PERCENT SINCE THE END OF 2012.

 

 

(MAR 25, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET IN A WORK SESSION TUESDAY NIGHT AND SELECTED THE TOP THREE CANDIDATES FOR THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS POSITION. THE FINAL CANDIDATES WERE THOSE WHO RECEIVED THE MOST VOTES AFTER EACH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER REVEALED THEIR TOP THREE CHOICES. THE CANDIDATES ARE...DOCTOR TAMMY SHELTON OF FAYETTEVILLE WHO RECEIVED SIX VOTES, PHILLIP WRIGHT OF COLUMBIA ALSO RECEIVED SIX VOTES, AND JOHN BUSH OF LEWISBURG RECEIVED THREE VOTES. INTERIM DIRECTOR J-B SMITH WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF CANDIDATES. THE BOARD WILL INTERVIEW THE THE THREE FINALISTS THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, AT 5 P-M IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE BOARDROOM. IF THE CANDIDATES HAVE A CONFLICT WITH THAT DATE, THE MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 21ST.



(MAR 20, 2015)  THE COMMUNITY IS BEING ASKED TO HELP FIND VANDALS IN GILES COUNTY. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING THE IDENTITIES OR OTHER INFORMATION THAT WILL LEAD TO THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR VANDALIZING ROAD SIGNS, STOP SIGNS AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY IN THE BLUE CREEK AREA. A CITIZEN HAS AUTHORIZED A 1000 DOLLAR REWARD FOR THE INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VANDALISM. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 931-363-2460 AND ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATOR.

 

 

(MAR 20, 2015)  A COUPLE WAS ARRESTED IN GILES COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES THIS WEEK. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT ON TROTWOOD DRIVE IN GILES COUNTY WEDNESDAY FOR DRUGS AND DRUG RELATED ITEMS. ONCE INSIDE THE RESIDENCE, OFFICERS LOCATED TWO PACKAGES CONTAINING FOUR POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. WILLIAM ZACHARY ROBERSON 36 AND TERRI WESTRICK 31 BOTH OF GILES COUNTY WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION FOR RESALE AND WESTRICK WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. BOTH REMAIN IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL WITH BOND FOR ROBERSON SET AT 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND BOND FOR WESTRICK SET AT 51 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES WAS CALLED CONCERNING THE TWO MINOR CHILDREN WHO WERE INSIDE THE RESIDENCE.

 

 

(MAR 20, 2015)  RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION AFTER A RECENT HEALTH BENEFITS SECURITY BREACH. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE, A CYBER ATTACK ON PREMERA BLUE CROSS WAS DISCLOSED EARLIER THIS WEEK, AND CITIZENS ARE ADVISED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THE COMPANY ESTIMATED THAT 11 MILLION U-S CONSUMERS COULD POTENTIALLY BE AFFECTED BY THE SECURITY BREACH, INCLUDING MORE THAN 16,000 INSURANCE CONSUMERS IN TENNESSEE.  THE ATTACK MAY HAVE COMPROMISED MEMBERS' INFORMATION WHICH COULD INCLUDE NAMES, DATES OF BIRTH, EMAIL ADDRESSES, TELEPHONE NUMBERS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, MEMBER IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS, BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION, AND CLAIMS INFORMATION. PREMERA BLUE CROSS IS OFFERING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THEY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE BREACH A TWO-YEAR, FREE MEMBERSHIP IN CREDIT MONITORING AND IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION. THE COMPANY HAS STARTED THE PROCESS OF INFORMING AFFECTED CUSTOMERS VIA POSTAL MAIL. IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE BREACH AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER BY APRIL 20TH, CALL 1-800-768-5817.

 

 

(MAR 20, 2015)  GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM HAS BEEN NAMED GRAND MARSHAL FOR THIS YEAR'S MULE DAY PARADE. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, HASLAM HAS BEEN KNOWN TO ATTEND THE FESTIVITIES IN THE PAST, BUT THIS YEAR, HE WILL LEAD THE WAY IN THE ANNUAL EQUINE EVENT. THE GOVERNOR INDICATED THIS YEAR WOULD BE HIS 6TH MULE DAY, AND IT IS ONE OF HIS FAVORITE TENNESSEE TRADITIONS. HE SAID HE WAS HONORED TO BE THIS YEAR'S GRAND MARSHAL. MULE DAY THIS YEAR RUNS FROM APRIL 6TH THRU THE 12TH.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEB SITE MULEDAY.ORG.

 

 

(MAR 20, 2015)  TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAD A SLIGHT DECREASE IN FEBRUARY. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE TENNESSEE PRELIMINARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR FEBRUARY WAS SIX POINT SIX PERCENT. THIS IS JUST A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE JANUARY REVISED RATE OF SIX POINT SEVEN PERCENT. THE U-S PRELIMINARY RATE FOR FEBRUARY WAS FIVE POINT FIVE PERCENT, DOWN TWO-TENTHS OF ONE PERCENTAGE POINT FROM JANUARY.

 

 

(MAR 19, 2015)  A LOCAL WOMAN'S BODY WAS FOUND IN A U-N-A PARKING GARAGE THIS MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, THE FLORENCE POLICE WERE ALERTED SHORTLY AFTER MID-NIGHT TO A POSSIBLE DECEASED PERSON ON THE 7TH LEVEL OF THE UNIVERSITY PARKING DECK. AUTHORITIES IDENTIFIED THE WOMAN AS SARAH F. DAVIS, 23, OF LAWRENCEBURG, AND SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE BODY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE STATE FORENSICS LAB IN HUNTSVILLE TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. AUTHORITIES DO NOT SUSPECT FOUL PLAY AT THIS TIME. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS THE INVESTIGATION UNFOLDS.

 

 

(MAR 19, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES THE SELECTION OF A NEW PRESIDENT. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CHAMBER, ETHAN HADLEY OF HUNTSVILLE HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO FILL THE VACANCY CREATED BY DANIEL WEBB’S DEPARTURE IN DECEMBER. THE SELECTION WAS MADE AFTER RYAN SEARCH AND CONSULTING OUT OF FRANKLIN CONDUCTED A REGIONAL SEARCH THAT INCLUDED NOT ONLY THE STATE OF TENNESSEE BUT ALSO KENTUCKY, ALABAMA, AND FLORIDA AND PRESENTED THE CHAMBER’S EXECUTIVE BOARD WITH SEVERAL CANDIDATES WHO FIT THE NEEDS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY. HADLEY HAS CLOSE TO 15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES. HE CURRENTLY OPERATES HIS OWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING COMPANY AND PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF HUNTSVILLE FROM 2004 TO 2013. WHILE AT THE HUNTSVILLE CHAMBER, HADLEY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING MORE THAT 28,000 JOBS AND INVESTMENTS TOTALING 1 POINT 9 BILLION. CHAMBER BOARD CHARMAN, CLINT EVERS, INDICATED THAT THE BOARD IS EXCITED ABOUT THE SIGNING OF HADLEY AS CHAMBER PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE BRINGS AN IMPRESSIVE RESUME AND CREDENTIALS TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER. THE BOARD ANTICIPATES THAT HADLEY WILL HELP OUR COMMUNITY DEFINE AND ACHIEVE ITS LONG-TERM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GOALS WHILE BUILDING A STRONGER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR ITS EXISTING BUSINESSES. HADLEY WILL TAKE HIS POSITION AT THE CHAMBER THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.

 

 

(MAR 19, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TO CHOOSE A NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TO FILL THE DISTRICT 2 SEAT VACATED BY CHRISTIE GLOVER EARLIER THIS MONTH. ANYONE WHOSE PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS IN DISTRICT 2 IS ELIGIBLE TO FILL THE POSITION. THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WILL BE DETERMINED BY A MAJORITY VOTE ON THURSDAY,  MARCH 26TH AT 9 A-M AT THE COURTHOUSE. ALL NOMINEES FOR THE POSITION SHOULD BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING SO THE NEWLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CAN BE IMMEDIATELY SWORN-IN TO OFFICE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE POSITION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER OR TO MAKE A NOMINATION, CALL THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S OFFICE AT 363-5300.  THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY AT 3:00.

 

 

(MAR 19, 2015)  THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY STAFF IS SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, CITIZENS ARE BEING ASKED TO SHARE IDEAS ON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION, AND INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AS PART OF A LONG RANGE INTERPRETIVE PLAN. A MEETING WILL BE HELD IN HOHENWALD ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH FROM 10 TO NOON AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE ON ALLISON AVENUE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT KRISTIN SCHWARZ BY CALLING 1-800-305-7417.

 

 

(MAR 19, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN PRE-K THRU 3RD GRADE NEXT WEEK. THE FREE, HOUR-LONG EVENT WILL BE FILLED WITH STORIES, GAMES, VARIOUS ACTIVITIES, A CRAFT, AND A VISIT FROM THE EASTER BUNNY. PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE EASTER BUNNY WILL BE AVAILABLE. THE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH BEGINNING AT 4:00. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4627.

 

 

(MAR 18, 2015)  MOUNT PLEASANT WAS AWARDED A 1 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION THAT WILL FUND GAS AND SEWER IMPROVEMENTS FOR A NEW TILE PLANT LOCATING TO THE AREA. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, THE SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT HELPED THE CITY APPLY FOR THE GRANT, AND MOUNT PLEASANT WILL MATCH THE GRANT FOR A TOTAL OF 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. ITALIAN-BASED GRUPPO CONCORDE WAS ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS MONTH AS THE COMPANY THAT WILL BUILD AN 80-MILLION DOLLAR, 600,000-SQUARE-FOOT PORCELAIN TILE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN MOUNT PLEASANT. THE LOCATION WILL SERVE AS THE COMPANY'S NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS, A MANUFACTURING CENTER, AND DISTRIBUTION HUB. THE COMPANY WILL OPERATE UNDER THE NAME U-S-T AND IS ANTICIPATED TO EMPLOY 180 PEOPLE WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL.

 

 

(MAR 18, 2015)  A PERIOD OF SPECIAL ENROLLMENT FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE TO PAY A TAX PENALTY THIS YEAR FOR NOT HAVING INSURANCE AND WHO WANT TO AVOID THE PENALTY NEXT YEAR. THE WINDOW FOR ENROLLMENT BEGAN MARCH 15TH AND WILL CONTINUE THRU APRIL 15TH. TO ASSIST WITH ENROLLMENT, CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELORS FROM THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PATHWAYS TO HEALTH WILL BE IN LAWRENCEBURG ON THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND FROM 2 TO 7 AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LOCATED ON NORTH MILITARY ROAD. TO ENROLL, CALL 1-844-644-5443 OR DROP BY THE CHURCH TO FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR ONE OF THE MANY INSURANCE PLANS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL KRYSTAL AT HARWELL AND PLANT AT 931-762-7528

 

 

(MAR 18, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE GAMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY APRIL 10TH AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM. ANYONE PARTICIPATING IN THE SPRING GAMES MUST BE 8 YEARS OLD BY APRIL 10TH AND MUST HAVE A CURRENT SPECIAL OLYMPICS PHYSICAL AND PARENTAL RELEASE FORM ON FILE. A SPECIAL EVENTS AREA WILL BE SET UP FOR ANY CHILDREN UNDER 8 WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL CAROL DAIL AT 853-6638 OR JENNIFER LONG AT 629-7122.

 

 

(MAR 18, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY. RATHER THAN VOTING TO LEAVE ISWA, THE COMMISSION VOTED TO SEND THE ISSUE BACK TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR MORE DISCUSSION. PULASKI CITY ADMINISTRATOR TERRY HARRISON ADDRESSED THE COMMISSION AND SAID IT WOULD COST AT LEAST 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ISWA. THE ORGANIZATION MIGHT ALLOW GILES COUNTY TO REMAIN AS A NON-PARTICIPATING MEMBER IN LIEU OF WITHDRAWING FROM THE ORGANIZATION. THE CITY AND COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT OPTIONS RELATED TO SOLID WASTE REMOVAL. RODNEY JOURNEY WAS SELECTED AS THE NEW DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS WERE APPROVED FOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS AND FUNDS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY TO EXTEND THE AIRPORT RUNWAY. THE COMMISSION ALSO VOTED TO EMPLOY A DELINQUENT TAX ATTORNEY.

 

 

(MAR 16, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION HAVE PARTNERED TO PROPOSE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE INMATES TO PAY FOR MANY OF THE SERVICES THEY USE WHILE INCARCERATED. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THE COUNTY SPENDS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR RUNNING THE JAIL, AND MOST OF THAT MONEY GOES TOWARD INMATE MEDICAL CARE. SHERIFF BROWN INDICATED THAT IN THE PAST THERE HAS BEEN NO VIABLE WAY TO FORCE INMATES TO PAY FOR SERVICES, BUT THAT CHANGED A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO WITH THE INITIATION OF A COMMISSARY PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS INMATES TO PUT MONEY INTO AN ACCOUNT TO PURCHASE THINGS LIKE FOOD DRINKS AND HYGIENE PRDUCTS. THE IDEA BEHIND THE LEGISLATION IS CHARGING INMATES SET FEES FOR SERVICES LIKE MEDICAL CARE, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, T-V PRIVILEGES AS WELL AS OTHER THINGS LIKE CLOTHING AND BEDDING AND USING THE MONEY IN THEIR COMMISSARY ACCOUNT FOR PAYMENT. WHILE THE FEES WILL NOT BE HIGH, THE MONEY WILL ADD UP WHEN MULTIPLIED BY THE TOTAL JAIL POPULATION WHICH AVERAGES 260 INMATES ON A DAILY BASIS. IF THIS LEGISLATION PASSES, LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND MORE TAX DOLLARS IN OTHER AREAS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO LAWRENCE COUNTY.


 

(MAR 16, 2015)  ABIGAIL'S PLAN REACHED 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LESS THAN 43 WEEKS. ABIGAILS' PLAN IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS STRIVING TO BUILD A TOTALLY RUBBERIZED BASEBALL FIELD FOR PLAYERS WITH DISABILITIES. THE ORGANIZATION NEEDS ONLY 50 THOUSAND MORE DOLLARS TO ACHIEVE THE AMOUNT NECESSARY TO BUILD THE MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD...MAKING IT THE FIRST BASEBALL FIELD OF ITS KIND IN TENNESSEE.


 

(MAR 16, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT TROOPERS WILL INCREASE VISIBILITY AND TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS OVER THE SAINT PATRICK'S DAY HOLIDAY. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, THE 48-HOUR HOLIDAY PERIOD WILL BEGIN (BEGAN) AT MIDNIGHT TUESDAY (TODAY) AND WILL END AT 11:59 WEDNESDAY. TROOPERS WILL USE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT TOOLS, SUCH AS SOBRIETY AND SEAT BELT CHECKPOINTS, SATURATION PATROLS AS WELL AS BAR AND TAVERN CHECKS TO MAXIMIZE SAFETY ON TENNESSE ROADWAYS. THE T-H-P OFFERS SOME SAINT PATRICK'S DAY DRIVING TIPS TO HELP MOTORISTS AVOID PROBLEMS. PLAN AHEAD...IF YOU PLAN TO DRINK, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE RIDE HOME BEFORE FESTIVITIES BEGIN. IF YOU'RE IMPAIRED, CALL A TAXI, USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, OR CALL A SOBER FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TO GET YOU HOME SAFELY. USE A LOCAL SOBER RIDE PROGRAM. DO NOT LET FRIENDS DRIVE WHILE INTOXICATED. TAKE THEIR KEYS AND HELP THEM GET HOME SAFELY. IF YOU SEE A DRUNK DRIVER ON THE ROAD, CALL THE POLICE OR THE T-H-P AT 8-4-7 FROM ANY MOBILE PHONE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMPAIRED DRIVING, VISIT THE WEB SITE, T-N DOT GOV SLASH SAFETY.


 

(MAR 16, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY IS OFFERING FREE TAX SERVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOUTH CENTRAL HUMAN RESOURCE AGENCY AND THE I-R-S.  APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY ON SATURDAYS FROM 10 A-M UNTIL 3:30 P-M THRU APRIL 11TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL THE LIBRARY AT 363-2720.

 

 

(MAR 13, 2015)  THE WORLD'S LEADING POULTRY BREEDING COMPANY HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO RELOCATE SEVERAL DIVISIONS OF ITS PRODUCTION OPERATION TO LORETTO. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE HUNTSVILLE BASED COMPANY AVIAGEN WILL BRING ITS CLEAN-OUT AND VACCINATION DEPARTMENTS TO LORETTO WITH RELOCATION PROCESSES BEGINNING THIS SPRING. COMPANY OFFICIALS INDICATED THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GROWING THEIR RANKS WITH NEW EMPLOYEES FROM THE COMMUNITY. THE COMPANY WILL BRING MORE THAN 45 JOBS TO THE AREA.

 

 

(MAR 13, 2015)  THE LORETTO MUSTANGS HAVE ADVANCED IN THEIR FIRST STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE IN MORE THAN 70 YEARS. THE MUSTANGS DEFEATED VAN BUREN COUNTY 68 TO 52 THURSDAY MORNING DURING PLAY OFF ACTION IN
MURFREESBORO. THE SOUTH LAWRENCE TEAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HEAD COACH MICCA ROCHESTER WILL ADVANCE TO THE FINAL FOUR AND WILL MEET THE WINNER OF UNION CITY VERSUS HAMPTON FRIDAY WITH A 2:45 TIP OFF. COVERAGE OF THE MUSTANGS' STATE TOURNAMENT JOURNEY WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY WITH MUSTANGS LIVE BEGINNING AT 2:15 ON THE X SPORTS RADIO NETWORK AND X-SPORTS-RADIO-DOT-COM.


 

(MAR 13, 2015)  MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS PLANNING FOR HOSPITAL UPGRADES. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, THE HOSPITAL IS ASKING FOR 19 MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS PRIMARILY TO ITS CRITICAL AND INTENSIVE CARE UNITS. THE MEDICAL FACILITY WAS GRANTED APPROVAL FROM THE MAURY COUNTY HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE LAST WEEK TO RESTRUCTURE ITS CURRENT BOND DEBT AND ASSUME ADDITIONAL BONDS FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS AND EQUIPMENT. M-R-M-C C-E-O ALAN WATSON INDICATED THE TOTAL BOND ISSUANCE IS 34 POINT 25 MILLION DOLLARS, OF WHICH 19 POINT 25 MILLION IS NEW DEBT. THE REMAINING 15 MILLION IS A REFINANCING OF EXISTING DEBT. M-R-M-C WOULD SAVE 740,000 DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS BECAUSE THE BOND DEBTS WOULD BE RESTRUCTURED AT A LOWER INTEREST RATE OF ABOUT 1 OR 2 PERCENT.  THE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MEASURE TUESDAY, AND THE FULL MAURY COUNTY COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER FINAL APPROVAL AT ITS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY EVENING AT 6:30.

 


(MAR 13, 2015)  LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER'S PRODUCTION OF THE COMEDY PLAY "THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS" CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AT CROCKETT THEATER. PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 AND SUNDAY AT 2.  THE PLAY IS ABOUT FIVE FIESTY FRIENDS IN EDEN FALLS, GEORGIA WHO SHAKE UP THEIR LIVES WHEN ONE OPENS A DAY SPA IN AN ABANDONED CHURCH, A PROPERTY COVETED BY A SCHEMING RIVAL.  THE STORY INCLUDES LONG LOST LOVE, THE DISCOVERY OF A HIDDEN CIVIL WAR HISTORIC ARTIFACT AND AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 5 DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN AND ARE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 762-4231.  TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.


 

(MAR 13, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL HOLD JOINT COMMITTEE MEETINGS NEXT WEEK. THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND THE SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY AT 3:30 IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.


 

(MAR 13, 2015)  THE FOURTH ANNUAL HOOKED ON DECATUR TEAM BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD THIS MONTH. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE TOURNAMENT IS PRESENTED BY THE RISING SUN LODGE NUMBER 29 OF ALABAMA AND BENEFITS THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS FOR AMERICA, AND THE PURPLE HEART FOUNDATION. THE ALL-VOLUNTEER TOURNAMENT PROVIDES WOUNDED VETERANS WITH A BOAT CAPTAIN AND SPONSORED ENTRY FEE TO COMPETE AGAINST OTHER AMATEUR ANGLERS. SUPPORTERS OF THE TOURNAMENT CAN DONATE 100 DOLLARS TO SPONSOR A WOUNDED VETERAN AND BOAT CAPTAIN. THE TOURNAMENT IS A TWO-PERSON PER BOAT BASS FISHING COMPETITION. ONLY LARGE MOUTH, SMALL MOUTH, AND SPOTTED BASS WILL BE WEIGHED, AND THE OFFICIAL BAG LIMIT WILL BE FIVE FISH PER TEAM. THE TEAM ENTRY FEE IS 100 DOLLARS PER BOAT WITH A 20 DOLLAR PER TEAM BIG BASS OPTION. THE TOP FIVE WINNERS RECEIVE TROPHIES AND CASH PRIZES WITH FIRST PLACE RECEIVING A 2,000 DOLLAR CASH PURSE.  IN ADDITION TO WOUNDED VETERANS, ANATEUR BASS TOURNAMENT ANGLER TEAMS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO COMPETE. HOOKED ON DECATUR IS SET FOR MARCH 28TH AT INGALLS HARBOR. CHECK-IN WILL BEGIN AT 5 A-M AND WEIGH-IN WILL BE AT 2 THAT AFTERNOON. TO DATE, THE TOURNAMENT HAS DONATED 38 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, VISIT THE WEB SITE, HOOKEDONDECATUR.COM.

 

 

(MAR 11, 2015)  A LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENT WAS A VICTIM OF A WALMART CHECK SCAM ON MONDAY. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL CONCERNING A FRAUDULENT CHECK FROM WAL-MART FOR ALMOST 2,000 DOLLARS. THE CHECK ARRIVED IN THE MAIL AND LOOKED AUTHENTIC EXCEPT IT HAD BEEN MAILED FROM MADRID, SPAIN AND LISTED A BAD ADDRESS FOR WAL-MART'S HOME OFFICE. THE CHECK ARRIVED WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO DEPOSIT THE CHECK AND THEN WITHDRAW IT FROM THE ACCOUNT. THE VICTIM CALLED WALMART'S CORPORATE OFFICE IN ARKASAS AND WAS INFORMED IT WAS A SCAM AND TO REPORT THE INCIDENT TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES.


 

(MAR 11, 2015)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET IN REGUALR SESSION TUESDAY. AN ORDINANCE TO REZONE A LOT LOCATED OFF OF MILL STREET FROM COMMERCIAL TO RESIDENTIAL TO ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF TOWN HOUSE STYLE APARTMENTS WAS APPROVED ON FIRST READING. ALSO APPROVED WAS RENAMING GARDEN PARK TO MILLBROOK STREET. THE BOARD APPROVED LETTING BIDS FOR THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE NATURAL GAS LINES IN THE AREA OF HIGHWAY 166. THEY VOTED TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR AND CITY RECORDER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH SAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR ENGINEERING WORK PERTAINING TO THE ACCESS ROAD AT INDUSTRIAL PARK, AND THE MAYOR'S APPOINTMENT OF TONYA MULLINS YOKELY TO THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD WAS APPROVED.

 

 

(MAR 11, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT IS NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR DAY-LILLIES. FOUR VARIETIES OF LILLIES ARE AVAILABLE, AND THE PRICE RANGES FROM 3 TO 4 DOLLARS PER LILLY. THE DEADLINE TO ORDER IS APRIL 7TH, AND ALL ORDERS MUST BE PRE-PAID. ORDER FORMS CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE OFFICE LOCATED AT 1024 MILL STREET IN PULASKI. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-2675 EXTENSION 3.


 

(MAR 11, 2015)  LYONS HUMAN RESOURCES IN FLORENCE WILL HOLD A JOB FAIR IN LORETTO NEXT WEEK. JOB SEEKERS WILL COMPLETE AN APPLICATION AND SHOULD BE PREPARED TO STAY FOR AN INTERVIEW. THE JOB FAIR WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH AT THE LORETTO CIVIC CENTER BEGINNING AT 8 A.M. EMPLOYER INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT.

 

 

(MAR 11, 2015)  THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT REQUESTS THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN FINDING TWO RUNAWAY TEENAGERS. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 15 YEAR OLD MONTANA OSTERMAN, AND 16 YEAR OLD BRIANA KIRK WERE IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES AT MAGNOLIA ACADEMY IN COLUMBIA WHEN THEY RAN AWAY ON SATURDAY. KIRK IS ORIGINALLY FROM THE GILES COUNTY AREA AND OSTERMAN IS ORIGINALLY FROM TULLAHOMA. A PHOTO OF THE GIRLS CAN BE SEEN ONLINE BY VISITING THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S FACE BOOK PAGE AT FACEBOOK.COM/CPDTN. AUTHORITIES HAVE ASKED PEOPLE TO SHARE THE PICTURES WITH THEIR FACEBOOK FRIENDS WITH THE HOPE THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS SEEN THE GIRLS WILL RECOGNIZE THEIR PICTURE AND COME FORWARD WITH INFORMATION. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT MAY HELP LOCATE THE TEENS IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 931-560-1670, COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCH AT 931-388-2727, OR EMAIL SAFETIPS@COLUMBIATN.COM.

 

 

(MAR 11, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY NIGHT. THE TEACHER OF THE MONTH WAS TEENA TURNER...THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AT E-O COFFMAN. THE SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH WAS AMY REYNOLDS FROM DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE BOARD VOTED TO MOVE ALL PRE-K'S CURRENTLY IN LEASED BUILDINGS BACK INTO EACH SCHOOL'S MAIN BUILDING WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW PROSPECT. NEW PROPECT'S PRE-K WILL BE MOVED IN TO THE BARNETT CENTER. THESE RELOCATIONS WILL BE AFFECTIVE DURING THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR. A COMMUNITY FORUM WILL BE SCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE TO DISCUSS THE PORTABLES AT NEW PROSPECT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY WILL BE MOVED IN THE BARNETT CENTER, AND THE PORTABLE AT SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE SOLD AND THE MONEY USED FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS. POLICIES THAT T-S-B-A INDICATED NO LONGER APPLIED WERE RESCINDED. A BID FOR 45,600 DOLLARS FOR ASBESTOS REMOVAL IN THE BOILER ROOM AT LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WAS APPROVED. BOARD MEMBER, JERRY CAMPBELL, WAS ADVISED TO RECUSE HIMSELF FROM THE THE ETHICS COMMITTEE BECAUSE HIS INVOLVEMENT POSED A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN LIGHT OF PENDING LITIGATION INVOLVING A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE BOARD. CAMPBELL REFUSED TO RECUSE HIMSELF, AND THE BOARD VOTED TO REMOVE HIM FROM THE ETHICS COMMITTEE. DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS, DOCTOR BILL HEATH, VOLUNTARILY STEPPED DOWN FROM THE ETHICS COMMITTEE AND RECUSED HIMSELF FROM ANY DISCUSSION RELATED TO ETHICS COMLAINTS SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD. THE BOARD VOTED TO HAVE CHAIRMAN, BRENDA JACOBS RECOMMEND TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ETHICS COMMITTEE TO BE APPROVED BY THE FULL BOARD AT A LATER DATE. ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.

 

 

(MAR 11, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER IN PULASKI WILL HOLD A HIRING EVENT THIS WEEK FOR MAGNETI-MARELLI. THE COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR QUALITY INSPECTORS, LEAD HANDS, AND SUPERVISORS. APPLICANTS MUST FIRST VISIT THE WEBSITE THEPICGROUP.APPLICANTPRO.COM AND COMPLETE AN APPLICATION WITH THE PIC GROUP BEFORE ATTENDING THE HIRING EVENT. THE PIC GROUP WILL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS AND PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 10 UNTIL NOON. OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT WILL BE BASED  UPON PASSING THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT WRITTEN TEST AND A CLEAN CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING A PHOTO ID AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH THEM TO THE EVENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CAREER CENTER AT 363-0563.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LORETTO WINTER GUARD FOR PLACING 3RD IN THE SCHOLASTIC REGIONAL A CLASS ON SATURDAY AT THE "WINTER AT THE BEECH" CONTEST AT BEECH HIGH SCHOOL IN HENDERSONVILLE.

 

 

(MAR 05, 2015)  ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTRY WEATHER IS TO BLAME FOR SLICK HIGHWAYS AND SEVERAL BUSINESS CLOSURES. FORECASTERS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ESTIMATE THAT AN AVERAGE OF A QUARTER INCH TO A HALF INCH OF ICE FELL IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. COMMUNITIES AROUND NASHVILLE SAW BETWEEN ONE AND THREE INCHES OF SNOW WHILE AREAS NORTH OF THE KENTUCKY STATE LINE REPORTED BETWEEN 12 AND 18 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. NO MAJOR WEATHER RELATED POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN GILES OR LAWRENCE COUNTIES AS A RESULT OF THE WEATHER.

 

 

(MAR 05, 2015)  MICHELLE WILLIAMS WILL STAY IN HER POST AS MOUNT PLEASANT CITY MANAGER FOR NOW. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, COMMISSIONERS POSTPONED A VOTE ON WHETHER TO FIRE OR RETAIN WILLIAMS AS CITY MANAGER WEDNESDAY, CITING PENDING LITIGATION AGAINST MOUNT PLEASANT MAYOR, BOB SHACKELFORD. EARLIER THIS MONTH WILLIAMS FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST SHACKELFORD ALLEGING SHE SUFFERED SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND WAS SUBJECTED TO A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT, AND THE COUNCIL VOTED TO APPOINT AN OUTSIDE ATTORNEY TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER. THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FILED AN ADDITIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST SHACKELFORD AS WELL. A DATE FOR THE NEXT CITY MEETING HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.

 

 

(MAR 05, 2015)  LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER'S PRODUCTION OF THE COMEDY PLAY "THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS" OPENS THIS WEEKEND.  PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 AT THE CROCKETT THEATER.  THE SHOW WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 13TH AND 14TH AT 7 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH AT 2.  THE PLAY IS ABOUT FIVE FIESTY FRIENDS IN EDEN FALLS, GEORGIA WHO SHAKE UP THEIR LIVES WHEN ONE OPENS A DAY SPA IN AN ABANDONED CHURCH, A PROPERTY COVETED BY A SCHEMING RIVAL.  THE STORY INCLUDES LONG LOST LOVE, THE DISCOVERY OF A HIDDEN CIVIL WAR HISTORIC ARTIFACT AND AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 5 DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN AND ARE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 762-4231.  TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

 

 

(MAR 05, 2015)  MARCH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS RED CROSS MONTH IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE RED CROSS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, THE TENNESSE REGION RESPONDED TO 2,323 LOCAL EMERGENCIES, ASSISTED 12,364 MILITARY FAMILIES AND TRAINED 101,267 PEOPLE IN LIFESAVING SKILLS. CITIZENS FROM THIS AREA DONATED MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND UNITS OF BLOOD. IN RECOGNITION OF RED CROSS MONTH, TWO LOCAL BLOOD DRIVES WILL BE HELD THIS MONTH. ON TUESDAY MARCH 17TH DONORS CAN GIVE BLOOD AT THE LORETTO CIVIC CENTER FROM 2 TO 6 AND AGAIN ON MONDAY, MARCH 30TH AT NEW PROSPECT BAPTIST CHURCH FROM 2 TO 6. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS OR VISIT THE WEB SITE REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG.

 

 

(MAR 03, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BEEN GRANTED DISTRICT ACCREDITATION. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, DOCTOR BILL HEATH, DIRECTOR OF LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS RECEIVED NOTIFICATION MONDAY THAT THE SCHOOL DISCTRICT HAD RECEIVED  ACCREDITATION FROM THE ADVANC-ED ACCREDITATION COMMISSION...THE NATIONAL COMMISSION THAT CONFERS THE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS IS RIGOROUS AND INVOLVES THREE COMPONENTS: MEETING HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTING A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF IMPROVEMENT, AND ENGAGING IN QUALITY ASSURANCE THRU BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL REVIEWS. BEING GRANTED THIS ACCREDITATION MEANS THAT BOTH THE DISTRICT AND ALL OF ITS SCHOOLS ARE ACCREDITED AND THAT THE SYSTEM IS RECOGNIZED ACROSS THE NATION AS A QUALITY SCHOOL SYSTEM. DOCTOR HEATH EXPLAINED THAT RECEIVING THIS ACCREDITATION DEMONSTRATES TO THE COMMUNITY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, OPENNESS TO EXTERNAL AUDIT AND FEEDBACK, AND THE DESIRE TO BE THE BEST ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS. THE ACCREDITATION IS FOR A FIVE YEAR PERIOD WITH ONGOING MONITORING AND PROGRESS REPORTING THRU OUT THE TERM.

 

 

(MAR 03, 2015)  THE USDA HAS PROVIDED A ONE-TIME DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR FARMERS TO UPDATE YIELDS AND REALLOCATE BASE ACRES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THIS ONE-TIME EXTENSION TO MARCH 31ST IS BEING GIVEN SO THAT FARMERS HAVE THE TIME TO REVIEW THEIR DATA AND TO VISIT THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY SO THEY CAN BE FULLY PREPARED TO MAKE THESE COMPLEX DECISIONS. IF NO CHANGES TO YIELD HISTORY OR BASE ACRES ARE MADE BY THE DEADLINE, THE FARM'S CURRENT YIELD AND BASE WILL BE USED. ALSO A PROGRAM CHOICE OF ARC OR PLC COVERAGE MUST BE SELECTED BY MARCH 31ST OR THERE WILL BE NO PAYMENTS FOR THE FARM, AND THE FARM WILL DEFAULT TO PLC COVERAGE THRU THE 2018 CROP. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY AT 762-4226 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE FSA.USDA.GOV.

 

 

(MAR 03, 2015)  SOME NEW TENNESSEE DRIVER LICENSE OR I-D CARDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED DUE TO A PRINTING ERROR. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, DRIVER LICENSES OR I-D CARDS WERE ISSUED TO 3,500 TENNESSEANS THAT WERE INCORRECTLY PRINTED WITH THE PHRASE "NOT FOR FEDERAL INDENTIFICATION". THESE MISPRINTS OCCURRED AT STATE DRIVER SERVICE CENTERS ON FEBRUARY 17TH THRU 19TH. THE DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF RE-ISSUING NEW PERMANENT CARDS WITHOUT THE MISPRINT. CITIZENS WHO RECEIVED THE MISPRINTED CARDS WILL BE GETTING A LETTER THAT EXPLAINS THE ERROR AND REQUESTS THAT THE INCORRECT CARD BE RETURNED TO THE DEPARTMENT. A SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPE WILL BE INCLUDED WITH THE LETTER. HOWEVER, AFFECTED CITIZENS SHOULD CONTINUE TO USE THE INTERIM PAPER LICENSE OR PHOTO I-D UNTIL THE NEW, CORRECT LICENSE OR I-D ARRIVES.

 

 

(MAR 03, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER IN PULASKI WILL HOLD A HIRING EVENT ON THURSDAY FOR AUTOMATION PERSONNEL SERVICES. THE COMPANY WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR QUALITY INSPECTORS AND SUPERVISORS AND THE PAY IS 10 DOLLARS PER HOUR. EVERYONE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THE POSITIONS SHOULD ARRIVE BEFORE 9:45 AM.  ORIENTATION WILL BEGIN AT 10. APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING TWO VALID FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION AND BE PREPARED FOR A DRUG SCREEN AND BACKGROUND CHECK. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CAREER CENTER AT 363-0563.

 

 

(MAR 02, 2015)  A LOCAL WOMAN WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE LAWRENCE COUNTY GRAND JURY ON DRUG CHARGES AS A RESULT OF A FRIDAY INCIDENT. ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT. OFFICERS FOLLOWED UP ON A CRIMINAL LITTERING CASE THAT INVOLVED A METH LAB ON BUFFALO ROAD. THE INVESTIGATION LED THEM TO A RESIDENCE ON VALLEY ROAD. UPON ARRIVAL, AUTHORITIES MADE CONTACT WITH TALIA MECHELLE HENSLEY, 34, OF LAWRENCEBURG TO QUESTION HER ABOUT THE METH LAB ON BUFFALO ROAD. THE OFFICERS ALSO SPOKE WITH SHANE SCOTT FLATT, 42, OF LORETTO AND ASKED HIM IF THEY COULD SEARCH HIS TRUCK. HE CONSENTED AND ALSO ADMITTED TO HAVING VALIUM IN HIS POCKET. IN THE TRUCK OFFICERS FOUND A PURSE BELONGING TO ANGELA MARIE JOINER, 25, OF LEXINGTON. THE PURSE CONTAINED POINT 2 GRAMS OF METH, A MARIJUANA PIPE AND OTHER DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. A SEARCH OF HENSLEY'S BEDROOM REVEALED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, 1 POINT 7-8 GRAMS OF METH, PARAPHERNALIA USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF METH AS WELL AS PARAPHERNALIA FOR THE USE OF METH. FLATT WAS ISSUED A CITATION FOR THE POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS. JOINER WAS ISSUED CITATIONS FOR POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 2 DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. HENSLEY WAS CHARGED WITH INITIATION OF METH, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 2 DRUGS FOR RESALE, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 2 DRUGS, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. SHE WAS ADVISED THAT SHE WOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE LAWRENCE COUNTY GRAND JURY IN THE COMING WEEKS.

 

 

(MAR 02, 2015)  THE SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE HAS EXTENDED AN INVITATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE GROUP FOR ITS "BREAKFAST BRAINSTORM" NEXT WEEK. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THIS BREAKFAST PROVIDES AN OPEN FORUM FOR LOCAL EMPLOYERS AND THOSE INTERESTED IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO SHARE IDEAS AND COMMENTS WITH THE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE STAFF. THE MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 11TH FROM 8 TO 9 AT THE TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER IN HOHENWALD. TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CALL 931-375-4201.

 

 

(MAR 02, 2015)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR HOME FUNDS THRU TENNESSEE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN THE AMOUNT OF 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7 PM.

 

 

(MAR 02, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION NEXT WEEK. THE MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH AT 5:00 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE ON RICHLAND DRIVE. ALL ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE AGENDA SHOULD BE EMAILED TO JBSMITH@GCBOE.US NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH AT NOON.

 

 

(MAR 02, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG KIWANIS CLUB WILL HOLD A BAR-B-QUE DINNER FUNDRAISER FOR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING TEAM TUESDAY FROM 4 TO 7 AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. THE COST IS 8 DOLLARS PER PLATE.

 

 

(FEB 27, 2015)  A LORETTO MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO SEVERAL CALLS CONCERNING AN INJURED FEMALE IN THE AREA OF LEXINGTON HIGHWAY AND PEPPERTOWN ROAD IN LORETTO. UPON ARRIVAL, AUTHORITIES CALLED FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY E-M-S AND INVESTIGATORS. IN A JOINT INVESTIGATION WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL CRITICAL RESPONSE TEAM, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE VICTIM, 36 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY JOHNSON KILLEN OF KILLEN HAD BEEN STRUCK BY A VEHICLE AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. A WITNESS AT THE SCENE WAS ABLE TO GIVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND A PARTIAL TAG NUMBER. INVESTIGATORS TURNED THEIR INVESTIGATION ONTO 36 YEAR OLD JAMES TRAVIS MURKS OF LORETTO AFTER OBTAINING MORE INFORMATION AND LEARNING THAT HE AND THE VICTIM WERE IN A RELATIONSHIP AND HAD A RECENT ARGUMENT. AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO HIS RESIDENCE ON PEPPERTOWN ROAD AND DISCOVERED A CHEVROLET S-10 PICKUP TRUCK WITH EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FRONT END AND WINDSHIELD. THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS COLLECTED FROM THE TRUCK WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE AREA WHERE THE VICTIM WAS LOCATED. AFTER A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND EXAMINATION OF THE SCENE, MURKS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WITHOUT BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SOON.

 

 

(FEB 27, 2015)  A ZION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENT HONORS HIS FATHER AND HELPS OTHERS THRU A SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, 12 YEAR OLD ADAM CAMPBELL WAS GIVEN AN ASSIGNMENT TO DEVELOP A PROJECT THAT WOULD BENEFIT ANOTHER PERSON. CAMPBELL, HIS COUSIN EVAN AND FRIENDS SILAS ROMERO AND ZACK KNOWLES WORKED TOGETHER AND DEVELOPED A FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE CANCER FUND OF THE MAURY REGIONAL HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IN MEMORY OF CAMPBELL'S FATHER WHO DIED FROM CANCER LAST YEAR. ON FEBRUARY 6TH THE YOUNG MEN HELD A CONCERT USING A PLAY LIST OF ORIGINAL SYNTHESIZED MUSIC. AS A RESULT OF THE FUNDRAISER, CAMPBELL PRESENTED A 455 DOLLAR CHECK TO FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JOE KILGORE ON FEBRUARY 12TH.

 

 

(FEB 27, 2015)  A MOTORCYCLE HAS BEEN STOLEN IN COLUMBIA. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A 2004 HONDA C-B-R SPORT BIKE FROM THE 1000 BLOCK OF SOUTH HIGH STREET. THE THEFT OCCURRED SOMETIME BETWEEN 4 P-M ON WEDNESDAY AND 2 P-M THURSDAY. THE BIKE WAS DESCRIBED AS BLACK AND CHROME IN COLOR WITH CHROME WHEELS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CRIME, CALL THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 931-388-2727.

 

 

(FEB 27, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG KIWANIS CLUB WILL HOLD A BAR-B-QUE DINNER FUNDRAISER FOR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING TEAM NEXT WEEK.  THE EVENT WILL BE TUESDAY FROM 4 TO 7 AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. CARL COUNCE WILL PREPARE THE BAR-B-QUE AND THE COST IS 8 DOLLARS PER PLATE.

 

 

(FEB 26, 2015)  A SOUTH LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN DIED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A HIGHWAY SERVICE VEHICLE.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SALT TRUCK DRIVEN BY 58 YEAR OLD RANDALL HAMMOND OF ETHRIDGE WAS PLOWING IRON CITY ROAD AND COLLIDED WITH 42 YEAR OLD JASON R CARTER OF IRON CITY JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.  AUTHORITIES BELIEVE CARTER WAS KNEELING IN THE EASTBOUND LANE OF THE HIGHWAY WHEN HE WAS STRUCK AND KILLED. HAMMOND, WHO WAS WEARING HIS SEAT BELT, WAS NOT INJURED.  NO CHARGES OR CITATIONS WERE ISSUED.  THE ACCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY STATE TROOPER PHILLIP LONG.

 

 

(FEB 25, 2015)  ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN CONNECTION WITH LOCAL CHURCH VANDALISM AND MAILBOX DESTRUCTION. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AN INVESTIGATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INTO VANDALISM AT MOUNT ZION CHURCH OF CHRIST, BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH, DEERFIELD CHURCH OF CHRIST, AND SELF'S MARKET RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF 19 YEAR OLD GREGORY ISIAH GORDON AND 21 YEAR OLD TOBY ALEX STAGGS BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG. THEY WERE CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS OF VANDALISM AND WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN THE COMING WEEKS. INVESTIGATORS HAVE ALSO BEEN LOOKING INTO MAILBOX EXPLOSIONS THAT OCCURED IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR. THE INVESTIGATION WAS STALLED BECAUSE SEVERAL SUSPECTS WERE CLEARED. A THIRD MAILBOX WAS DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION ON SATURDAY WHICH GAVE INVESTIGATORS NEW LEADS INTO THE CASE AND THE IDENTIFICATION OF 22 YEAR OLD JACKIE LEE HUNT OF LAWRENCEBURG. HUNT WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF ARSON AND TWO COUNTS OF VANDALISM OVER 1000 DOLLARS. HUNT POSTED 40,000 DOLLARS BOND IS AWAITING AN APPEARANCE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT. MORE ARRESTS ARE ANTICIPATED IN CONNECTION WITH ALL OF THESE CRIMES.

 

 

(FEB 25, 2015)  THE MOUNT PLEASANT CITY COMMISSION MET TUESDAY AND VOTED AGAINST EXTENDING THE CITY MANAGER'S CONTRACT. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, THE CITY ATTORNEY, TOM HARDIN INDICATED THAT MICHELLE WILLIAMS HAS NOT BEEN TERMINATED AND IS STILL THE CITY MANAGER UNTIL THE END OF HER CONTRACT. EARLIER THIS MONTH WILLIAMS FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST MOUNT PLEASANT'S MAYOR, BOB SHACKELFORD ALLEGING SHE SUFFERED SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND WAS SUBJECTED TO A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT, AND THE COUNCIL VOTED TO APPOINT AN OUTSIDE ATTORNEY TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER. THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FILED AN ADDITIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST SHACKELFORD AS WELL, AND HARDIN EXPLAINED THAT TAXPAYERS WOULD HAVE TO PAY THE BILL IF THE CITY IS FOUND LIABLE FOR THE COMPLAINTS. SOME RESIDENTS THAT ATTENDED THE MEETING SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF WILLIAMS AND VOICED CONCERN ABOUT THE MONETARY LIABILITY IF WILLIAMS IS DISMISSED WITH PENDING COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE MAYOR.

 

 

(FEB 25, 2015)  THE CITY OF PULASKI'S PLANNING COMMISSION MET MONDAY. THEY VOTED TO SUBDIVIDE A 2 POINT 4 ACRE PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF TULIP COVE DRIVE AND MILL STREET SO THAT A DEVELOPER CAN BUILD THREE, TWO STORY, TRIPLEX TOWNHOUSE STYLE HOMES. THE COMMISSION APPROVED FORWARDING A REZONING REQUEST FOR THAT PROPERTY TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO CHANGE THE PARCEL FROM HIGHWAY SERVICE TO HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL. A REQUEST TO SUBDIVIDE A PIECE OF LAND ON IVY LANE WAS PUT ON HOLD UNTIL THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION RELATED TO THE SITE PLAN THAT INCLUDES A LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE LAND.  THE MEETING WAS RECESSED AND WILL RECONVENE FRIDAY AT 3 AT CITY HALL.

 

 

(FEB 25, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WILL HAVE A HEARING NEXT MONTH. THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REQUEST CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 214 GROH STREET FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 1550 SQUARE FEET ACCESSORY STRUCTURE. THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL FOR STRUCTURES OVER 600 SQUARE FEET. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 16TH AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  PHONE SCAMS INVOLVING FAKE SUBPOENAS FROM THE GRAND JURY HAVE OCCURRED IN MAURY COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA DAILY HERALD, APPROXIMATELY 8 CASES OF PHONE SCAMMING WERE REPORTED TO THE MAURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OVER THE WEEKEND. VICTIMS REPORTED THAT THE CALLER CLAIMED TO BE DEPUTY THOMAS GORDON AND WAS DEMANDING PAYMENT OF A FINE FOR MISSING JURY DUTY. ONE RESIDENT SAID THE CALLER CLAIMED HER DECEASED MOTHER HAD MISSED JURY DUTY AND NEEDED TO PAY 500 DOLLARS BY PURCHASING A GREEN DOT CARD OR SHE WOULD BE ARRESTED. THIS PARTICULAR VICTIM CONTACTED JUDGE BOBBY SANDS AND WAS INFORMED THAT NO ONE BY THE NAME OF THOMAS GORDON WAS A MEMBER OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THAT FINES RELATED TO JURY DUTY ARE NOT HANDLED THAT WAY. ANOTHER COUPLE REPORTED BEING CONTACTED BY DEPUTY THOMAS GORDON ON SUNDAY AND WERE THREATENED WITH ARREST IF THEY DID NOT GO TO DOLLAR GENERAL AND GET A PREPAID CARD. THE ATTENDANT AT THE STORE TOLD THE COUPLE THEY WERE PROBABLY BEING SCAMMED AND TO CALL THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. IF YOU RECEIVE PHONE CALLS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE FROM SCAMMERS, DO NOT GIVE THE CALLERS ANY INFORMATION AND IMMEDIATELY CALL LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND REPORT THE INCIDENT.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT MONTH TO FILL A SEAT IN DISTRICT 4 THAT WAS VACATED BY COMMISSIONER TOMMY BEECH ON FEBRUARY 12TH DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS. NOMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW, AND THE OPENING IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO LIVES IN DISTRICT 4. THE NEW COMMISSIONER WILL BE CHOSEN BY A MAJORITY VOTE AT THE MARCH 16TH MEETING THAT WILL BE HELD AT THE COURTHOUSE AT 9 A-M. ALL NOMINEES SHOULD BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING SO THAT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY CAN TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE ELECTION.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER OR TO MAKE A NOMINATION FOR THE POSITION, CALL THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S OFFICE AT 363-5300. THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MARCH 3RD.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  LAWRENCE COUNTY TRUSTEE, KILEY WEATHERS, WOULD LIKE TO REMIND LAWRENCE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS THAT 2014 PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN SATURDAY WITHOUT PENALTY. THE TRUSTEE'S OFFICE HOURS ARE WEEKDAYS FROM 8 TO 4:30, AND THIS SATURDAY FROM 8 TO NOON. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 766-4181.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  DUE TO THE EXTREME WINTER WEATHER OVER THE LAST WEEK, RESIDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING LARGE AMOUNTS OF YARD DEBRIS. THE LAWRENCEBURG SANITATION DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY IN FULL OPERATION PICKING UP THE RUBBLE AND REQUESTS CITIZENS' HELP BY FOLLOWING A FEW CLEAN-UP TIPS. PLACE TREE AND LIMB DEBRIS NEAR THE STREET, BUT NOT IN THE GUTTERS, STREETS OR ALLEYWAYS. DO NOT MIX OTHER FORMS OF TRASH WITH LIMB OR SHRUB STACKS. AND DO NOT PLACE THE DEBRIS NEAR PERMANENT FIXTURES, AUTOMOBILES, OR UNDER POWER LINES. FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE GUIDELINES WILL HELP THE CITY WITH A SPEEDY CLEAN-UP.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  WITH ALL THE SNOW, ICE, AND WIND LATELY, MANY RESIDENTS MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED DAMAGE TO THEIR PROPERTY THAT COULD QUALIFY AS AN INSURANCE CLAIM. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE, THERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW WHEN FILING AN INSURANCE CLAIM ON DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME OR OTHER PROPERTY. CALL YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH POLICY NUMBERS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION. TAKE PICTURES OR VIDEO OF THE DAMAGE. MAKE TEMPORARY REPAIRS ONLY TO PREVENT ADDITIONAL DAMAGE FROM OCCURING, SUCH AS COVERING BROKEN WINDOWS, AND LEAKING ROOFS. HOWEVER, DO NOT HAVE PERMANENT REPAIRS MADE UNTIL THE INSURANCE COMPANY HAS DONE AN INSPECTION OF THE DAMAGE AND YOU HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON THE COST OF THE REPAIRS. SAVE ALL RECEIPTS INCLUDING THOSE FROM THE TEMPORARY REPAIRS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS OR IS NOT COVERED BY A STANDARD HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICY, CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE AGENT OR VISIT THE WEBSITE STATE DOT T-N DOT U-S SLASH COMMERCE.

 

 

(FEB 24, 2015)  A SOUTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY E-C-D GROUP HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP WITH AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FIRM IN HOPES OF BRINGING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO THE AREA.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE SOUTH LAWRENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HAS PARTNERED WITH THE NEXT MOVE GROUP TO RECRUIT INDUSTRIAL PROSPECTS TO THE CITIES OF LORETTO AND SAINT JOSEPH.  NEXT MOVE'S FOUNDER, CHAD CHANCELLOR, PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS C-E-O OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDICATES THE COMMUNITIES ARE BEST SUITED FOR COMPANIES THAT PLAN TO EMPLOY BETWEEN 25 AND 50 WORKERS. CHANCELLOR'S COMPANY PLANS TO MAKE USE OF ADVANCED BUSINESS AND LABOR DATA SUPPLIED BY TROY UNIVERSITY TO MARKET THE IDEAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR SOUTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  NEXT MOVE WILL WORK IN THE ROLE OF RECRUITER FOR THE ASSOCIATION AND WILL VISIT WITH COMPANIES PLANNING TO INVEST IN THE AREA.  FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT IS SHARED BETWEEN PRIVATE INVESTORS, AND THE CITIES OF LORETTO, AND SAINT JOSEPH.

 

 

(FEB 23, 2015)  A MUSCLE SHOALS COMPANY HAS BEEN HONORED.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING HAS BEEN NAMED THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA’S MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR IN THE LARGE COMPANY CATEGORY.  WITH MORE THAN 1,300 EMPLOYEES, THE COMPANY IS THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING-BASED EMPLOYER IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA. NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING MAKES AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING PRODUCTS FOR SEVERAL VEHICLE BRANDS. THE AWARDS ARE PRESENTED BY THE COUNCIL AND ALABAMA TECHNOLOGY NETWORK AND RECOGNIZE INDUSTRIES THAT DISPLAY EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP, PERFORMANCE, PROFITABILITY AND WORKFORCE RELATIONS. A PANEL OF JUDGES LOOKS FOR THE COMPANY THAT MOST DEMONSTRATES SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE IN CUSTOMER FOCUS, EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT, OPERATING EXCELLENCE, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT, PROFITABLE GROWTH, AND INVESTMENT IN TRAINING AND RETRAINING, AND THE COMPETITION INCLUDES LARGE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES.  PERFORMANCE SCRUBS IN FLORENCE, LIFE DATA LABS IN CHEROKEE, AND SPURR’S BIG FIX IN TUSCUMBIA ALSO WERE FINALISTS FOR AWARDS.

 

 

(FEB 23, 2015)  THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE IN NASHVILLE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM TENNESSEE STATE PARKS AND CONSERVATION, THE GRAND OLE OPRY IS RECOGNIZED AS AN IMPORTANT COUNTRY MUSIC VENUE BUT ISN'T USUALLY THOUGHT OF AS BEING HISTORIC. IT WAS BUILT BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 1972 AND 1974 AND WAS THE LARGEST RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST STUDIO IN THE WORLD WHEN COMPLETED. THE OPRY HOUSE WAS LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER FOR ITS EXCEPTIONAL NATIONAL IMPORTANCE BECAUSE OF ITS IMPACT IN POPULAR CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT, AND THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY. THE BUILDING CONTINUES TO BE USED FOR SHOWS AND BROADCASTS.

 

 

(FEB 23, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE CERTAIN PROPERTY IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS SURPLUS TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION ON THE INTERNET. AND A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR A STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANT THRU THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO HIRE THREE FULL-TIME FRONTLINE FIREFIGHTERS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS. ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE RESOLUTIONS TO RE-APPOINT TIM DICKEY AS THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG REPRESENTATIVE ON THE TENNESSEE SOUTHERN RAILROAD AUTHORITY BOARD AND TO RE-APPOINT ROBERT PARKER TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION. THE MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY MORNING AT 8:30 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(FEB 23, 2015)  THE PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM POWER BOARD WILL MEET THIS WEEK. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE ELECTRIC AND BROADBAND FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, WINTER STORM OCTAVIA RESPONSE, BROADBAND STAFF TRAINING, AND A REVIEW OF JANUARY INFORMATIONAL ITEMS. THE MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY AT 5:00.

 

 

(FEB 20, 2015)  A GILES COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS ALONG WITH INVESTIGATORS FROM AN ALABAMA SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AND FEDERAL AGENTS EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT A SOUTHERN GILES COUNTY RESIDENCE THURSDAY. THE WARRANT WAS FOR ANYTHING INVOLVED IN THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF MINORS INCLUDING COMPUTERS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES. AS A RESULT OF THE SEARCH, 31 YEAR OLD MICHAEL CHAD GIBBONS WAS ARRESTED. GIBBONS IS BEING HELD IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. THE CASE IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED, AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE PENDING.

 

 

(FEB 20, 2015)  THERE CONTINUE TO BE REPORTS OF A TELEPHONE SCAM WHERE CALLERS CLAIM TO BE FROM THE I-R-S. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARMENT, THEY HAVE RECEIVED MANY REPORTS FROM CITIZENS OF I-R-S IMPOSTERS THREATENING ARREST AND PROPERTY SEIZURES UNLESS THEY PAY IMMEDIATELY. AUTHORITIES WANT RESIDENTS TO KNOW THESE CALLS ARE NOT FROM THE I-R-S. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WILL NEVER DEMAND PAYMENT OVER THE PHONE. COMMUNICATION FROM THE I-R-S TYPICALLY COMES THRU THE MAIL. IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL THAT YOU SUSPECT IS A TAX SCAM, HANG UP AND REPORT IT TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE U-S- TREASURY, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AT 800-366-4484.

 

 

(FEB 20, 2015)  LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS THE COMEDY PLAY "THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS" MARCH 6TH, 7TH, 13TH AND 14TH AT 7 AND MARCH 15TH AT 2 AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  THE PLAY IS ABOUT FIVE FIESTY FRIENDS IN EDEN FALLS, GEORGIA WHO SHAKE UP THEIR LIVES WHEN ONE OPENS A DAY SPA IN AN ABANDONED CHURCH, A PROPERTY COVETED BY A SCHEMING RIVAL.  THE STORY INCLUDES LONG LOST LOVE, THE DISCOVERY OF A HIDDEN CIVIL WAR HISTORIC ARTIFACT AND AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL.  THE SHOW IS DIRECTED BY DUSTIN ROBERTSON AND THE CAST INCLUDES KAYE LUFFMAN, DIANE BAILEY, DOTTIE ROHLING, CHERYL AUGUSTIN, ROBIN BECKMAN, KATHY BURNS, JOEY RIDDLE AND LYNN BURNS.  TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 5 DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN AND ARE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 762-4231.  TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

 

 

(FEB 20, 2015)  THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF BLOOD. WITH THE BAD WEATHER LATELY, BLOOD DRIVES HAVE BEEN CANCELED, AND THEIR BLOOD SUPPLIES ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW. DONORS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BLOOD NEXT WEEK. STORY AND LEE IN LEOMA IS HOLDING A BLOOD DRIVE ON MONDAY FROM 1 TO 6. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS OR VISIT THE WEBSITE RED CROSS BLOOD DOT ORG.

 

 

(FEB 18, 2015)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY COUPLE WILL BE FEATURED IN AN UPCOMING NATIONALLY SYNDICATED TELEVISION SHOW. BILLY AND AMANDA PRENTICE WILL BE ON THURSDAY'S EDITION OF THE DOCTOR OZ SHOW. THE BROADCAST WILL HIGHLIGHT AMANDA WHO WENT FULL TERM AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE COUPLE'S DAUGHTER NEVER KNOWING SHE WAS PREGNANT. THE DOCTOR OZ SHOW WILL AIR TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 3:00 ON WSMV CHANNEL 4.


(FEB 18, 2015)  THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL ON FRIDAY CONCERNING A DRUNK DRIVER AT BUSY BEE MARKET. AFTER A SHORT PURSUIT, THE OFFICERS MADE CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER, 35 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER BUCHANAN ROCHELLE OF COLUMBIA AND DETECTED THE SMELL OF ALCOHOL ON HIM. HE WAS ASKED IF HE HAD BEEN DRINKING, AND HE SAID HE DRANK ONE BEER AND TOOK A TRAZODONE EARLIER. ROCHELLE WAS GIVEN FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS AND FAILED ALL OF THEM. HE WAS THEN ARRESTED FOR D-U-I. THE OFFICERS SPOKE WITH THE OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE CAR, 34 YEAR OLD NICKY JOE JOHNS OF LAWRENCEBURG AND 27 YEAR OLD FELECIA DAWN FOURACRES OF LEOMA. FOURACRES REPORTED THAT ROCHELLE HAD BEEN DRIVING RECKLESSLY AND HAD DRIVEN OVER A STOP SIGN. THE OFFICERS PROCEEDED TO SEARCH THE CAR AND FOUND ITEMS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH METHAMPHETAMINE, WHICH PROMPTED A MORE DETAILED SEARCH. A STORAGE TOTE WAS FOUND IN THE TRUNK OF THE CAR THAT WAS FULL OF MEN'S CLOTHING. A JACKET WAS AMONG THE CLOTHES THAT CONTAINED A BAG FILLED WITH RUBBER HOSES AND COFFEE FILTERS. ALSO, A TWO LITER BOTTLE CONTAINING CHEMICALS USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF METH WAS LOCATED BETWEEN THE INNER LINING AND THE SHELL OF THE JACKET. JOHNS AND FOURACRES WERE THEN ARRESTED. ALL THREE WERE TAKEN TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL. JOHNS AND FOURACRES WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH PROMOTION OF METH AND INITIATION OF METH. IN ADDITION TO THE D-U-I CHARGE, ROCHELLE WAS BOOKED FOR PROMOTION OF METH, INITIATION OF METH, AND VIOLATION OF IMPLIED CONSENT, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, RECKLESS DRIVING, AND VANDALISM.

 


(FEB 18, 2015)  A FAST MOVING WINTER STORM SYSTEM LEFT SNOW ON THE GOUND OF THE MID-SOUTH EARLY THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ESTIMATES ONE HALF INCH OF SNOW FELL IN SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE WHILE AREAS AROUND NASHVILLE SAW UPWARDS OF ONE INCH OF ACCUMULATION.  HIGHER SNOW TOTALS WERE REPORTED ALONG THE CUMERBLAND PLATEAU.  THE SNOW MADE FOR SEVERAL SLICK ROADWAYS IN LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES HOWEVER NO MAJOR TAFFIC ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED.  THE SAME SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT THE SNOW TO THE REGION IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR NEAR RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES.  HIGH WINDS WILL USHER IN EXTREMELY COLD AIR THURSDAY (THIS) MORNING WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO BE BELOW ZERO TO THE SINGLE DIGITS.  WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS URGE AREA RESIDENTS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE BEING OUTSIDE IN THE HARSH CONDITIONS.  CHECK ON THE ELDERLY FREQUENTLY AND BRING SMALL PETS INSIDE.  A COMPLETE LOOK AT WEATHER FOLLOWS THIS NEWSCAST. 


 

(FEB 18, 2015)  A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN ON THE LAWRENCEBURG SQUARE. IMAGINATION STATION IS AN INTERACTIVE PLACE WHERE CHILDREN CAN LEARN AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME. MUSEUM  OWNERS, VICKI OWEN AND SHEILA CARROLL BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG, WANTED TO PROVIDE A FUN, SAFE,  AND CLEAN ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER. THE MUSEUM IS DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS THAT INCLUDE A VETERINARY OFFICE, A RETAIL STORE, A HOSPITAL, A BABY AREA FO THOSE UNDER ONE YEAR OF AGE, AN EATING AREA, AN EXCAVATION AREA THAT HAS DINOSAUR BONES, AND A LIVE ANIMAL AREA THAT CONTAINS RABBITS WITH A POT BELLIED PIG COMING SOON. MORE FEATURES AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES ARE IN THE WORKS AND WILL BE ADDED SOON. THE MUSEUM IS LOCATED IN THE FORMER PROVIDENCE BOOKSTORE BUILDING. THE HOURS ARE MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 10 UNTIL 2, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 2 UNTIL 6; FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 10 UNTIL 6; AND SUNDAY FROM 1 UNTIL 6. THE COST FOR ADMISSION THAT INCLUDES TAX IS 3 DOLLARS AND 29 CENTS FOR ADULTS AND 5 DOLLARS AND 49 CENTS FOR CHILDREN.

 

(FEB 18, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL HOLD TWO COMMITTEE MEETINGS THIS WEEK. THE UTILITIES COMMITTEE WILL MEET THURSDAY (TODAY) AT 4,  AND THE TOURISM COMMITTEE MEETING WILL FOLLOW AT 5:00. BOTH MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.

 

 

(FEB 16, 2015)  A WINTER STORM BROUGHT A LAYER OF ICE TO AREA ROADWAYS MONDAY MORNING. THE ICE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES AND SEVERAL MINOR TRAFFIC COLLISIONS IN LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES DURING THE MORNING RUSH. HOWEVER, NO MAJOR INJURIES OR TRAFFIC ISSUES WERE REPORTED. SEVERAL BUSINESSES OPTED TO CLOSE AS A RESULT OF THE ICING WHICH KEPT STATE HIGHWAY CREWS BUSY SPREADING SALT AND BRINE AND CLEARING ROADS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WEATHER MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED AN ESTIMATE OF A QUARTER OF AN INCH OF ICE ON THE ROADS NOW WITH MORE ICE AND SNOW IN THE FORECAST IN ADDITION TO EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES BY THURSDAY.

 

 

(FEB 16, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY. TWO POLICIES WERE APPROVED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING: THE NEW CELL PHONE POLICY AND ASSIGNMENT-TRANSFER NOTICE POLICY. A CLASS RANKING POLICY WAS REVISED ON FIRST READING THAT WAS INITIALLY IMPLEMENTED INCORRECTLY TO INCLUDE ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RATHER THAN JUST INCOMING FRESHMEN. A FORMER GILES COUNTY PRINCIPAL, A TEACHER, AND A STUDENT ADDRESSED THE BOARD AND EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR INTERIM DIRECTOR J-B SMITH AND THEIR HOPE THAT HE WOULD BECOME THE NEW DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS. TEACHERS FROM EACH SCHOOL WERE RECOGNIZED AS DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS. BRIDGEFORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL’S DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR WAS TRACY WALLACE. JENNIFER WILSFORD WAS CHOSEN FROM ELKTON SCHOOL. TAMMY OGEA WAS RECOGNIZED FOR GILES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. MINOR HILL SCHOOL’S DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR WAS LIBBY ROGERS. TANSI BARNICKLE WAS SELECTED FROM PULASKI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DUSTY ROSE WAS CHOSEN FROM RICHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. PAM SNIDER WAS HONORED FROM RICHLAND SCHOOL. SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S DISTINGUISHED TEACHER WAS DARYL HOLT BRINDLEY. AN OVERALL DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR WILL BE CHOSEN FROM AMONG THE SCHOOLS’ FINALISTS AT THE TEACHERS’ ANNUAL BANQUET . SMITH RECOGNIZED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: MARTHA STAMPER WAS SELECTED FROM PULASKI’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR PRE-K THRU FOURTH GRADE. SOUTHSIDE’S BETH MARKS WAS CHOSEN FOR GRADES 5 THRU 8, AND RICHLAND SCHOOL’S DR. MELISSA MCCLURE WAS HONORED FOR GRADES 9 THRU 12.

 

 

(FEB 16, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL WILL CONDUCT SAFETY BELT ROADSIDE CHECKPOINTS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY THIS WEEK ON HIGHWAY 43 AT THE 23 POINT 4 MILE MARKER.  TROOPERS WILL CONCENTRATE THEIR EFFORTS ON THOSE OPERATING VEHICLES WITHOUT WEARING SEAT BELTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS FOR ANY OTHER VIOLATIONS OBSERVED.

 

 

(FEB 15, 2015)  A THEME PARK PLANNED FOR THE SHOALS AREA IS CLOSER TO REALITY. ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, THE TEXAS-BASED DREAM-VISION COMPANY REVEALED WEDNESDAY IT'S PLANS TO BUILD A 1,400 ACRE ATTRACTION THEMED AROUND MUSIC CALLED DREAMVISION SOUNDSCAPE. COMPANY OFFICIALS SAID THE 3 POINT 5 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WOULD BE FUNDED SOLELY THRU PRIVATE INVESTORS AND THAT THE FUNDING IS ALREADY IN PLACE. THE INVESTOR GROUP IS TO BE REVEALED IN ASSOCIATION WITH GROUNDBREAKING WHICH IS PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTHS. DREAMVISION REPRESENTATIVES ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE THEME PARK WOULD BE THE NEW HOME FOR THE ALABAMA HALL OF FAME, BUT OFFICIALS FROM THE HALL OF FAME SAY THEY HAVE NO PLANS TO RELOCATE AT THIS TIME. THE PARK IS PROJECTED TO BRING 20,000 JOBS TO THE AREA AND IS SLATED TO OPEN IN 2019.

 


(FEB 15, 2015)  A LOCAL CHURCH WAS ROBBED WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM GRANDMERE CHURCH IN REFERENCE TO BURGLARY. THE FRONT DOOR OF THE CHURCH WAS OPEN, AND THE LOCK APPEARED TO BE DAMAGED. A COMPUTER AND TWO MEN'S SUITS WERE STOLEN. THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED.


 

(FEB 15, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY. THE ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY INCORPORATED WAS APPROVED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING. A RESOLUTION INCLUDING THE LIST OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR NON-PROFIT ORIGANIZATIONS FOR THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR, AND A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF FIVE VEHICLES FOR THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH FINANCING THRU FIRST VOLUNTEER BANK FOR A PERIOD OF 60 MONTHS WERE BOTH APPROVED. ALSO APPROVED WAS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR EQUIPMENT AND THE INSTALLATION OF THE EQUIPMENT IN THE FIVE VEHICLES PURCHASED FOR THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AND A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH BUSINESS INFORMATION SERVICES FOR CREDIT CARD READERS AND PROCESSING SERVICES. A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE REQUEST FOR  BIDS AND QUOTES FOR THE WORK TO BE PERFORMED IN RENOVATING THE JAMES D. VAUGHAN MUSEUM AND A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE PAYMENT OF SERIES 2015 CAPITAL OUTLAY NOTES NOT TO EXCEED 112,500 DOLLARS WERE BOTH APPROVED.

 

 

(FEB 15, 2015)  LOCAL AUTHORITIES WERE CALLED CONCERNING TWO BURGLARIES SATURDAY. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 11:30 ABOUT A BREAK-IN. A BRICK HAD BEEN THROWN THRU A WINDOW TO GAIN ENTRY INTO THE BUILDING. ONCE INSIDE THE INTRUDER RUMMAGED THRU THE KITCHEN AREA. CLASSROOMS WERE PILFERED AND RANSACKED, AND A FIRE-EXTINGUISHER WAS REMOVED FROM A CABINET AND DISCHARGED IN SEVERAL AREAS OF THE CHURCH. TOTAL LOSS AND DAMAGE WAS ESITMATED AT 11,410 DOLLARS. ON THE SAME DAY, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO ANOTHER ROBBERY ON 6TH STREET. THE THIEF GAINED ENTRY BY BREAKING A PANE OUT OF THE REAR DOOR OF THE RESIDENCE. A SYLVANIA TELEVISION AND A BLU-RAY PLAYER WERE STOLEN. THE REPORT ALSO INDICATED THAT IT APPEARED AS IF THE PERPETRATOR SLEPT IN ONE OF THE BEDS BEFORE LEAVING THE HOME. TOTAL LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 350 DOLLARS. BOTH OF THESE INCIDENTS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED.
 

 

(FEB 15, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY NIGHT. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ADDRESSED THE BOARD AND VOICED CONCERN OVER VARIOUS ISSUES IN THE SCHOOLS. ONE SPEAKER SUBMITTED AN ETHICAL COMPLAINT TO THE ETHICS COMMITTEE THAT THE BOARD LATER VOTED TO GIVE DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD'S ATTORNEY FOR EVALUATION. ANOTHER CITIZEN PRAISED LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTING MANY POSITIVE ASPECTS OF THE SCHOOLS, THE STUDENTS, AND SCHOOL LEADERS ASKING THE COMMUNITY TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE RATHER THAN THE NEGATIVE. THE TEACHER OF MONTH WAS AMBER WILLIAMS, THE LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST FROM LEOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE BOARD APPROVED THE REMOVAL AND DESTRUCTION OF THE PORTABLE CLASSROOMS AT NEW PROSPECT ELEMENTARY AND BRAD SLATER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ROOF REPAIRS AT SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY. SEVERAL MINOR WORDING CHANGES TO THE SEX OFFENDER POLICY WERE APPROVED ALONG WITH AMENDMENTS TO THE STAFF DRESS CODE. A REQUEST TO LIVESTREAM THE BOARD MEETINGS WAS TABLED UNTIL A LATER DATE TO ALLOW THE BOARD TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION ON THE VIDEO STREAMING PROCESS. ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED. THE NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD AT LEOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.


 

(FEB 15, 2015)  50-K TREE DAY IS BEING HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, HOMEOWNERS, BUSINESSES, AND GROUPS OF ANY KIND CAN SIGN UP TO RECEIVE FREE TREES FOR THEIR PROPERTY OR COMMUNITY. HOWEVER, THE TREES MUST BE PLANTED IN ONE HOUR BEGINNING AT 10 SATURDAY MORNING. A TEAM OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZERS, STATE AGENCIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS SEEKS TO PLANT 50,000 TREES IN ONE HOUR ACROSS THE STATE ON 50-K TREE DAY...THE FIRST TREE-PLANTING UNDERTAKING OF ITS SIZE IN TENNESSEE. TO MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS, INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS NEED TO GET INVOLVED. TO PARTICIPATE IN 50-K TREE DAY, SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT A SITE IN YOUR COUNTY. SIGN UP TO PICK UP 4, 8, OR 12 TREES TO PLANT AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. SIGN UP YOUR GROUP TO HOST A PLANTING EVENT AND ASSEMBLE YOUR OWN TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. HELP IDENTIFY A TREE-PLANTING LOCATION IN YOUR COMMUNITY. TO SIGN UP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE T-E-C-T-N DOT ORG SLASH 50-K TREE DAY.



(FEB 06, 2015)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY WOMAN COULD POSSIBLY SPEND THE REST OF HER LIFE BEHIND BARS AFTER A JURY HANDED DOWN A GUILTY VERDICT DURING A FRIDAY MURDER TRIAL.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, 33 YEAR OLD RACHEL KAY BOND OF FIVE POINTS WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE 2013 BEATING DEATH OF ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" DAVIS.  THE TRIAL BEGAN TUESDAY AFTER BOND PLEAD NOT GUILTY.  AUTHORITIES ALLEGED BOND AND HER ACCOMPLICE, 44 YEAR OLD RICKY LEE HOUSER OF FIVE POINTS, BEAT DAVIS TO DEATH DURING AN ALTERCATION IN MAY 2013.  DAVIS'S BODY WAS FOUND DAYS LATER IN A WOODED AREA OFF BRYANT-BOSWELL ROAD. HOUSER REMAINS IN JAIL AND FACES FIRST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CHARGES.  BOND'S VERDICT CARRIES AN AUTOMATIC LIFE IN PRISON SENTENCE WITH THE POSSIBILITY PAROLE AFTER SERVING 51 YEARS.  

 

 

(FEB 06, 2015)  THREE LAWRENCE COUNTY LADY CATS HAVE BEEN NAMED TO THE 8AAA ALL DISTRICT TEAM.  KAYLIE POPE, MORGAN BECK AND TAYLOR CLARK WERE HONORED FRIDAY.  THEIR HEAD COACH BRIAN PORTER WAS NAMED 8AAA COACH OF THE YEAR.  WILDCATS PEYTON SOCKWELL, PARKS HARTSFIELD AND BRYCE CLIFT WERE ALSO NAMED TO THE 8AAA ALL DISTRICT TEAM.  SHAEN CLARK ADDED A COACH OF THE YEAR SWEEP FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.

 

 

(FEB 06, 2015)  AN I-R-S TELEPHONE SCAM IN CURRENTLY IN OPERATION IN NORTH ALABAMA. ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF NORTH ALABAMA HAS RECEIVED NUMBEROUS REPORTS THIS WEEK OF SOMEONE CALLING AND CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE IRS. THE CALLER THREATENS A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE RESIDENT IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE IMMEDIATELY. OFFICIALS INDICATE CITIZENS SOULD BE SUSPICIOUS OF ANYONE WHO CALLS DEMANDING YOUR MONEY OR YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION AND OFFERED A LIST OF THINGS THAT SCAMMERS OFTEN DO BUT THE IRS WILL NOT DO.  THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU ABOUT TAXES YOU OWE WITHOUT FIRST MAILING YOU AN OFFICIAL NOTICE.  THEY WILL NOT DEMAND THAT YOU PAY TAXES WITHOUT GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO QUESTION OR APPEAL THE AMOUNT THEY SAY YOU OWE.  THEY WILL NEVER REQUIRE YOU TO USE A CERTAIN PAYMENT METHOD FOR YOUR TAXES, SUCH AS A PREPAID DEBIT CARD.  THEY WON'T ASK FOR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD NUMBERS OVER THE PHONE OR THREATHEN TO BRING IN LOCAL POLICE TO HAVE YOU ARRESTED FOR NOT PAYING.  THE IRS ADVISES THAT IF YOU GET A PHONE CALL FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE AGENCY AND ASKING FOR MONEY, REPORT THE INCIDENT BY CALLING 1-800-366-4484 OR ONLINE AT TIGTA.GOV.


 

(FEB 06, 2015)  RACHEL KAY BOND, 33, OF FIVE POINTS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TUESDAY TO THE CHARGE OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR ALLEGEDLY PARTNERING WITH RICKY LEE HOUSER, 49, OF LAWRENCEBURG IN THE 2013 BEATING DEATH OF HER EX-BOYFRIEND ROBERT "BOB" OSCAR DAVIS. ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, CHRISTY THOMPSON, REPORTED THAT THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HAS AN AGREEMENT WITH HOUSER TO TESTIFY AGAINST BOND IN EXCHANGE FOR PLEADING GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE STELLA HARGROVE IS PRESIDING OVER THE TRIAL AND EXPECTS IT TO LAST THRU THE END OF THE WEEK.

 

(FEB 06, 2015)  FEBRUARY 1ST THRU THE 7TH IS NATIONAL BURN AWARENESS WEEK, AND THE TENNESSEE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE IS TEAMING UP WITH THE AMERICAN BURN ASSOCIATION TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO PRACTICE MEASURES TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL SCALDING AND BURNING. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, ANYONE CAN SUSTAIN A SCALD BURN, BUT INFANTS, YOUNG CHILDREN, OLDER ADULTS, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO SUSTAIN THIS TYPE OF INJURY. MOST BURN INJURIES HAPPEN IN THE HOME, AND THE MAJORITY OF THESE INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED BY FOLLOWING SOME SIMPLE SAFETY MEASURES. PROVIDE CONSTANT ADULT SUPERVISION TO CHILDREN AROUND SOURCES OF HOT WATER. SET WATER HEATER THERMOSTATS AT A TEMPERATURE NO HIGHER THAN 120 DEGREES. POSITION YOUNG CHILDREN AWAY FROM FAUCETS WHEN BATHING TO PREVENT THEM FROM REACHING FAUCET KNOBS. WHEN COOKING, USE THE BACKBURNERS WHEN POSSIBLE AND TURN POT HANDLES AWAY FROM THE STOVE'S FRONT EDGE. OPEN HEATED FOOD CONTAINERS SLOWLY, AWAY FROM THE FACE TO AVOID STEAM BURNS. CREATE A KID-FREE ZONE AT LEAST THREE FEET AWAY FROM THE STOVE OR ANY PLACE WHERE HOT FOOD OR DRINK IS BEING PREPARED. NEVER HOLD A CHILD WHILE COOKING, DRINKING, OR CARRYING HOT FOODS OR LIQUIDS, AND TEACH CHILDREN THAT THE KITCHEN IS A PLACE WHERE INJURIES CAN OCCUR.


 

(FEB 06, 2015)  THE STAAR THEATRE IN PULASKI IS HAVING AUDITIONS FOR ITS NEXT PRODUCTION TITLED DONT STOP BELIEVIN. A CAST OF 27 TEENS AND ADULTS, AGES 8TH GRADE AND OLDER, WHO LIKES TO DANCE AND SING IS NEEDED. THE PLAY WILL RUN FROM APRIL 24TH THRU MAY 9TH. AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD SUNDAY FROM 2:00 TO 4:00 AND TUESDAY FROM 6:30 TO 8:00 AT THE THEATRE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-7222.


 

(FEB 06, 2015)  THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS WILL PERFORM AT MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE THIS WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM M-M-C, THE FISK UNIVERSITY JUBILEE SINGERS WILL BE FEATURED AS PART OF HOMECOMING 2015. THE EVENT IS BEING FUNDED THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION AND IS BEING BILLED AS A TRIBUTE TO THE MATT GARDNER FAMILY AND MUSEUM TO HELP FUND THE CONTINUED RESTORATION EFFORTS OF THE GARDNER HOME IN ELKTON. THE HOME IS BEING CONVERTED INTO A MUSEUM FEATURING ONE OF GILES COUNTY'S HISTORIC FIGURES. THE CONCERT WILL BE SATURDAY EVENING AT 7:00 IN MARTIN HALL AUDITORIUM. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS PER PERSON WITH ALL STUDENTS...KINDERGARTEN THRU COLLEGE...ADMITTED FREE. TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-9882.


 

(FEB 06, 2015)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FOR ASSURANCE OPERATIONS CORP NEXT WEEK ON WEDNESDAY FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2 PM. THE COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR WITH EXPERIENCE IN METAL FABRICATION AND WELDING; MIG WELDERS THAT CAN READ AND UNDERSTAND MEASUREMENTS; QUALITY INSPECTOR WITH A BACKGROUND IN AUTOCAD, C-M-M, READING BLUE PRINTS, AND ISO KNOWLEDGE; AND AN ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICAN WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ELECTRICAL APPLICATIONS AND REPAIRS. APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING A RESUME AND TWO VALID FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION. DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE A JOB APPLICATION AND ATTEND A FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 762-4350.



(FEB 05, 2015)  THE MURDER TRIAL OF 33 YEAR OLD RACHEL KAY BOND OF FIVE POINTS INVOLVING THE 2013 BEATING DEATH OF HER EX-BOYFRIEND BEGAN TUESDAY. JURY SELECTION WRAPPED UP EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON, AND THE TRIAL BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER. ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" DAVIS OF FIVE POINTS WAS REPORTED MISSING MAY 6TH, 2013, AND HIS BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN A WOODED AREA OFF OF BRYANT BOSWELL ROAD ON MAY 11TH. 49 YEAR OLD RICKY LEE HOUSER, OF LAWRENCEBURG, AN ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE IN THE MURDER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. BOND HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER.  ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS HOUSER AND BOND ALLEGEDLY WORKED TOGETHER IN PLANNING DAVIS'S MURDER. BOND FACES LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE IF CONVICTED.

 

(FEB 05, 2015)  A TRAFFIC STOP ON MONDAY TURNED INTO A DRUG ARREST. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, AN OFFICER STOPPED 54 YEAR OLD NOAH CHRISTOPHER RUSS OF LAWRENCEBURG FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. AS A RESULT OF A VEHICLE SEARCH, THE OFFICER FOUND A PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE CONTAINING 7 OF THE 42 OXYCODONE PILLS THAT HAD BEEN FILLED THE PREVIOUS DAY. OTHER DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA WERE ALSO FOUND IN THE CAR. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE OFFICER DISCOVERED THAT LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAD PURCHASED OXYCODONE PILLS FROM RUSS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS BY USE OF A CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT. RUSS WAS ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL. HE WAS CHARGED WITH  TWO COUNTS OF POSSESSION FOR RESALE, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

 

(FEB 05, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET MONDAY EVENING BEGINNING WITH THE SAFETY COMMITTEE AT 5:30 FOLLOWED BY A POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING. AN AGENDA SESSION WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING, AND THEN THE BOARD WILL CONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION. ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE ON MAHR AVENUE.

 

(FEB 05, 2015)  LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL'S VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE CLASS IS SELLING CUPCAKE GRAMS TO BE DELIVERED ON VALENTINE'S DAY.  CUPCAKES ARE 3 DOLLARS EACH OR 32 DOLLARS FOR A DOZEN.  CAKE FLAVOR OPTIONS ARE CHOCOLATE, VANILLA OR STRAWBERRY ALL WITH WHITE ICING.  CUPCAKES WILL BE PACKAGED IN A PLASTIC CUP, WRAPPED IN A CLEAR BAG WITH RIBBONS AND A PERSONALIZED CARD.  CUPCAKES CAN BE DELIVERED TO ANY SCHOOL OR BUSINESS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  PROCEEDS WILL BE USED FOR EXPENSES FOR THE CLASS COMPETITION IN NEW YORK CITY.  TO ORDER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION,  CONTACT ANY VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE MEMBER, CALL 762-9412 OR E-MAIL HOPE MCDOW AT L-C-S-S DOT U-S. 

 

 

(FEB 03, 2015)  A TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL CRUISER WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND IN GILES COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, T-H-P TROOPER, JOSEPH WYNN WAS BLOCKING THE LEFT LANE OF 1-65 NORTH ON THE ELK RIVER BRIDGE BECAUSE OF AN ACCIDENT THAT HAD OCCURED EARLIER THAT EVENING. A NORTHBOUND CAR RAN INTO THE BACK OF A TRACTOR-TRAILOR THAT HAD SLOWED DOWN BECAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT. THE FORCE OF THE CRASH BROKE THE REAR AXLE OF THE TRUCK. THE CAR THEN HIT THE BACK OF THE T-H-P CRUISER. THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENTS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS CITED FOR FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE AND FAILURE TO EXERCISE DUE CARE.

 

 

(FEB 03, 2015)  THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO DONATE BLOOD IN FEBRUARY IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RED CROSS, BLOOD FROM A DONOR WITH A SIMILAR ETHNIC BACKGROUND AS THAT OF THE PATIENT IN NEED OF BLOOD IS LESS LIKELY TO CAUSE COMPLICATIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHOSE CHRONIC CONDITIONS REQUIRE REPEATED TRANSFUSIONS SUCH AS SICKLE CELL DISEASE. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED ESPECIALLY OH-NEGATIVE, A NEGATIVE, AND B NEGATIVE. TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE BLOOD IN COLUMBIA ARE COMING UP SOON. THE FIRST IS WEDNESDAY AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 19 FROM NOON TO 6:00. THE SECOND WILL BE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH FROM 8 A-M TO 1:30 P-M AT COLUMBIA ACADEMY. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, VISIT THE WEBSITE RED CROSS BLOOD DOT ORG OR CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

 

(FEB 03, 2015)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LEWISBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FOR RANSTAD IN THE LEWISBURG AND PULASKI AREAS WEDNESDAY FROM 9 TO 11. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE EVENTS DOT GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS DOT ORG.

 

 

(FEB 03, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING AREA RESIDENTS FREE FLU SHOTS AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM 8 A-M TO 4:30 P-M, AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR AN APPOINTMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-5506.

 

 

(FEB 02, 2015)  A CONTROVERSIAL SITUATION OCCURRED AT ETHRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LAST WEEK AS A RESULT OF THE NEW RAPTOR SECURITY SYSTEM THAT WAS INSTITUTED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH RAISING MANY QUESTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS, DOCTOR BILL HEATH AND SHERIFF, JIMMY BROWN, HAVE MET CONCERNING THE EVENTS THAT TRANSPIRED AT ETHRIDGE SCHOOL REGARDING A SEXUAL OFFENDER ATTENDING A SCHOOL EVENT. THE INDIVIDUAL APPEARED WITH THE CHILD'S MOTHER AND WAS REPRESENTED AS BEING THE CHILD'S GRANDFATHER AND ASKED TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH THE CHILD. THE PRINCIPAL AND THE S-R-O OFFICER, PERMITTED THE INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISED ACCESS TO THE CAFETERIA AFTER CONSULTING WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FIRST. AT NO TIME WERE ANY OF THE CHILDREN, THE STAFF, OR THE FACULTY UNDER ANY THREAT. AFTER FURTHER REVIEW OF THE SITUATION, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT GOING FORWARD, NO SEXUAL OFFENDER, AS SUCH IS DEFINED IN THE TENNESSEE STATUTE, WILL BE PERMITTED OR ALLOWED TO REMAIN ON THE PREMISES OF ANY BUILDING, OR GROUNDS OF ANY SCHOOL IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, NOR ON ANY ATHLETIC FIELD WHEN ANY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE PRESENT, WITH THE LIMITED EXCEPTION THAT AN OFFENDER WHO IS A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF A CHILD MAY ATTEND A CONFERENCE WITH SCHOOL OFFICIALS, AFTER HAVING RECEIVED WRITTEN PERMISSION OR A REQUEST FROM THE SCHOOL'S PRINCIPAL. IN ADDITION, A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN WHO IS AN OFFENDER, MAY DROP OFF OR PICK UP A CHILD, IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS PROVIDED WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S OFFENDER STATUS TO THE SCHOOL'S PRINCIPAL UPON THE CHILD'S ENROLLMENT AND HAS PERMISSION FROM THE PRINCIPAL TO PICK UP OR DROP OFF THE CHILD. THE RELEASE ALSO INDICATED THAT THIS IS THE FIRST INCIDENT IN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN WHICH THE RAPTOR SYSTEM, HAVING JUST BEEN PUT IN PLACE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS LAST WEEK, HAS BEEN UTILIZED.WHILE THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT FORTUNATELY DID NOT RESULT IN ANY INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT ON BEHALF OF THE OFFENDER, IT ALLOWED A THOROUGH REVIEW OF BOTH TENNESSEE CODE AND LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM POLICIES. IN THE FUTURE, ANY SEXUAL OFFENDER WHO COMES UPON OR REMAINS ON THE PREMISES OF LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS' FACILITIES WILL IMMEDIATELY BE REPORTED TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL BE SWIFTLY TAKEN.

 

 

(FEB 02, 2015)  DEBT COLLECTORS WILL BE TAKING ACTION ON DELINQUENT SOLID WASTE FEES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE DELINQUENT ON PAYMENT OF SOLID WASTE FEES CAN EXPECT TO BE CONTACTED BY DEBT COLLECTORS SOON. THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTED TO TURN OVER THE PAST DUE ACCOUNTS TO A PRIVATE DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY IN ORDER TO COLLECT THE UNPAID BALANCES. FOX COLLECTION SERVICE WILL BEGIN CONTACTING DEBTORS VIA PHONE CALLS AND MAILINGS, AND THE DEBTS WILL BE REPORTED TO NATIONAL CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES AS DELINQUINT DEBTS. ANY PERSON OR BUSINESS WITH A SOLD WASTE FEE THAT IS PAST DUE IS ENCOURAGED TO PAY THE DEBT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID COLLECTION ACTIONS BEING TAKEN.

 

 

(FEB 02, 2015)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT HAS RELEASED ITS UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER, AND THEY INDICATE THAT UNEMPLOYMENT IN MANY TENNESSEE COUNTIES HAS RISEN. GILES COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT ROSE FROM 6 POINT 3 TO 6 POINT 5 PERCENT FROM NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER. LAWRENCE COUNTY’S RATE INCREASED SLIGHTLY FROM 9 POINT 1 TO 9 POINT 2 PERCENT, BUT LAWRENCE WAS NO LONGER LISTED AS ONE OF THE COUNTIES WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES. WAYNE COUNTY ROSE FROM 9 POINT 2 TO 10 PERCENT, AND IS NOW ONE OF THE COUNTIES WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES...RANKED 92 OUT OF THE 95 TENNESSEE COUNTIES. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN MARSHALL COUNTY INCREASED FROM 7 POINT 3 TO 7 POINT 4 PERCENT. LINCOLN COUNTY STILL HAS THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE STATE DESPITE RISING FROM 4 POINT 3 TO 4. POINT 4 PERCENT. MAURY COUNTY WAS ONE OF THE FEW COUNTIES THAT HAD A DECREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT...DROPPING FROM 6 POINT 5 TO 6 POINT 4 PERCENT.

 

 

(FEB 02, 2015)  COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOST IT GIRL'S REALLY LOVE SCIENCE EVENT IN APRIL...ALSO KNOWN AS STEM GIRLS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM C-S-C-C, THE PROGRAM IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE THE SUCCESS OF GIRLS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS CAREERS. THE ONE-DAY EVENT WILL FEATURE WORKSHOPS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO ENGAGE PARTICIPANTS IN EDUCATIONAL AND INTERACTIVE, HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES THAT WILL INVOLVE AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATH, PHYSICS, AND OTHER APPLIED SCIENCES. THE PROGRAM IS FOR GIRLS IN 6TH, 7TH, AND 8TH GRADES. REGISTRATION FOR THE APRIL 18TH EVENT OPENED TODAY (MONDAY), AND THE COST IS 20 DOLLARS. THE FEE INCLUDES LUNCH AND A T-SHIRT. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER EARLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, VISIT THE WEB SITE COLUMBIA STATE DOT EDU.

 

 

(JAN 29, 2015)  JONES NEW YORK ANNOUNCED THURSDAY IT WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS OVER THE COURSE OF THIS YEAR.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE COMPANY, WHICH EMPLOYS JUST OVER 200 AT ITS LAWRENCEBURG DISTRIBUTION FACILITY, WILL BEGIN PHASING OUT POSITIONS APRIL 1ST.  THE CLOSURE COMES AS PART OF A COMPANY-WIDE RESTRUCTURE THAT ALSO INVOLVES DISCONTINUING WHOLESALE AND RETAIL LOCATIONS.  NO OFFICIAL DATE CLOSURE DATE FOR THE LAWRENCEBURG FACILITY WAS ANNOUNCED. 

 

(JAN 29, 2015)  A LEOMA COUPLE WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES TUESDAY. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF DRUGS AT A LEOMA RESIDENCE. UPON ARRIVAL, AUTHORITIES FOUND 30 YEAR OLD FRANKLIN BLAKE PORTER AND 26 YEAR OLD MELODY DANIELLE CORUM BOTH OF LEOMA WITH 13 GRAMS OF MARJIUANA AND A WHITE POWER SUBSTANCE THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR METHAMPHETAMINE ALONG WITH VARIOUS ITEMS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA . THE COUPLE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR RESALE, AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

 

 

(JAN 29, 2015)  THE MUSCLE SHOALS JAM IS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE MUSCLE SHOALS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS AND BAND BOOSTERS HAVE TEAMED UP IN CONTINUTED CELEBRATION OF THE RICH MUSIC HERITAGE OF THE SHOALS AND GREATER SHOALS AREA TO BRING A GREAT MUSIC EVENT TO THE COMMUNITY. THE MUSCLE SHOALS JAM FEATURING GARY BAKER AND FRIENDS WILL BE FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 IN THE STRATFORD AUDITORIUM AT MUSCLE SHOALS HIGH SCHOOL. DINNER CATERED BY WHOLE HOG EXPRESS WILL BE SERVED PRIOR TO THE CONCERT. TICKETS FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARE 25 DOLLARS PER PERSON. DINNER TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS AND MUST BE PERCHASE IN ADVANCE. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSCLE SHOALS SCHOOL OFFICES, COUNTS BROTHERS MUSIC, AND FROM BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 256-412-9383.


 

(JAN 29, 2015)  A ROAD WILL BE CLOSING IN LAWRENCEBURG NEXT WEEK. OLD BALER DRIVE...THE ENTRANCE TO THE LAND FILL BETWEEN T-F-T AND DYNA PAK WILL BE CLOSING PERMANENTLY ON MONDAY. THE NEW ENTRANCE TO BALER DRIVE WILL BE LOCATED ON HELTON DRIVE BETWEEN I-M-I AND DURA AUTOMOTIVE.


 

(JAN 29, 2015)  LAWRENCE COUNTY TRUSTEE, KILEY WEATHERS, WOULD LIKE TO REMIND LAWRENCE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS THAT 2014 PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY WITHOUT PENALTY. THE TRUSTEE'S OFFICE HOURS ARE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4:30, AND DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAYS FROM 8 TO NOON. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 766-4181.


 

(JAN 29, 2015)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET TUESDAY IN REGULAR SESSION. AN ORDINANCE TO RAISE THE PURCHASING LIMIT FROM 7,500 DOLLARS TO 10,000 DOLLARS WAS APPROVED ALONG WITH A PERMIT FOR THE TRENT HOLT 5-K RUN THAT WILL BE HELD ON MAY 9TH. ONE BID WAS RECEIVED FOR 13,847 FROM SOUTHERLAND SIGHT AND SOUND TO REPLACE THE SOUND SYSTEM AT SHAREWOOD AMPHITHEATER. SIX BIDS RANGING IN PRICE FROM 8,000 DOLLARS TO 19,400 DOLLARS WERE RECEIVED FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING THE ROOF AT THE WATER DEPARTMENT WAREHOUSE. ALL BIDS WERE REFERRED TO THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR FOR REVIEW, AND THE BOARD VOTED TO LET BIDS ON THE THREE PHASE MAGAZINE PARK PROJECT.

 

 

(JAN 28, 2015)  A LOCAL MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, 51 YEAR OLD KIP CHARLES BONNER OF LAWRENCEBURG WAS ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES CONCLUDED AN INVESTIGATION INTO METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING AND DISTRIBUTING IN LAWRENCE COUNTY. INVESTIGATORS FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT BONNER'S RESIDENCE WHERE THEY FOUND BONNER IN THE BATHROOM ATTEMPTING TO FLUSH NARCOTICS DOWN THE TOILET. ALL THE METH WAS FOUND IN THE BATHROOM WHERE HE WAS PACKAGING THE PRODUCT FOR RESALE. ALSO FOUND IN THE HOME DURING THE SEARCH WERE SUBOXONE STRIPS, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, SEVERAL ITEMS OF DRUG PARAPHANALIA, A NUMBER OF WEAPONS, AND 5,000 DOLLARS IN CASH. BONNER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 2 AND 4 DRUGS FOR RESALE, SIMPLE POSSESSION, AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHANALIA. BONNER WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING 47,000 DOLLARS BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSION COURT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

 

 

(JAN 28, 2015)  TWO WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AT WALMART LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRECEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO WALMART ON THURSDAY TO INVESTIGATE TWO PEOPLE ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY INSIDE THE STORE. UPON ARRIVAL, THEY MADE CONTACT WITH 34 YEAR OLD TALIA MICHELLE HENSLEY OF LAWRENCEBURG WALKING OUT THE DOOR. ANOTHER OFFICER STOPPED 21 YEAR OLD JACOB ALLEN ATWELL AS HE WAS LEAVING THE STORE TO ASK HIM ABOUT LITHIUM BATTERIES HE WAS SEEN CARRYING INSIDE WALMART. AFTER DENYING HE HAD THE BATTERIES, THE OFFICER LOCATED THE BATTERIES INSIDE ATWELL'S JACKET POCKET, AND ATWELL ADMITTED TO TAKING THEM WITHOUT PAYING. ATWELL ALSO SAID HE WAS WITH HENSLEY AND THAT HENSLEY HAD DRIVEN THEM TO WALMART IN HER VEHICLE. OFFICERS QUESTIONED HENSLEY, AND SHE ADMITTED TO DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. SHE CONSENTED TO HAVING HER VEHICLE SEARCHED AND TOLD THE OFFICERS THEY WOULD FIND ILLEGAL ITEMS. TWO BACK PACKS WERE FOUND...ONE BELONGING TO HENSLEY AND ONE BELONGING TO ATWELL. HENSLEY'S BACKPACK CONTAINED DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHANLIA AND ATWELL'S BACKPACK CONTAINED DRUG PARAPHANALIA. THE TWO WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. HENSLEY WAS CHARGED WITH PROMOTION OF METH, SIMPLE POSSESSION, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHANALIA, AND DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. ATWELL WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH PROMOTION OF METH AND THEFT. HOWEVER, UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO ATWELL'S BACKPACK, AUTHORITIES FOUND A WHITE POWDER SUBSTANCE IN THE COFFEE FILTERS HE WAS TRANSPORTING THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR METHAMPHETAMINE. ANOTHER WARRANT WAS THEN TAKEN OUT ON ATWELL FOR THE POSSESSION OF METH. HENSLEY IS BEING HELD ON 57,500 DOLLARS BOND, AND ATWELL IS BEING HELD ON 72,000 DOLLARS BOND. BOTH ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT ON MARCH 5TH.

 

 

(JAN 28, 2015)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  RESOLUTIONS TO APPROVE AMENDMENTS TO THE 2014-2015 LAWRENCE COUNTY BUDGET AND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET BOTH PASSED. THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ROAD LIST WAS ADOPTED ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING A DELINQUENT TAX ATTORNEY. THE RESOLUTION TO DONATE EMERGENCY LIGHTS FROM AMBULANCE UNIT 205 TO THE GANDY VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT WAS ADOPTED ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE INCLUDING EQUIPMENT FOR THE SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM AND AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS. ALL RESOLUTIONS TO APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS BOARD, THE LAWRENCE COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION, REGIONAL SOLID WASTE PLANNING BOARD, AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION COMMITTEE AND TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE FOR THE RESALE OF LAND PURCHASED BY LAWRENCE COUNTY AT DELINQUENT TAX SALES WERE APPROVED. THE RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A CAPITAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE CAPITAL PROJECTS BEING FUNDED BY THE 3,500,000 DOLLAR GENERAL OBLIGATION CAPITAL NOTE WAS ALSO APPROVED. ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED

 

 

(JAN 28, 2015)  THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2014. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAWRENCEBURG...THE SPONSOR OF THE FAIR SINCE 1950, LAWRENCEBURG ROTARIANS, ACCEPTED THE DOUBLE-A DIVISION RUNNER UP AWARD AT THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE SATURDAY NIGHT. THIS IS THE EIGHTH TIME IN NINE YEARS THE LAWRENCEBURG FAIR HAS RECEIVED A STATE LEVEL AWARD. THE M-T-D-F WELCOMED OVER 100 THOUSAND PATRONS AND GUESTS TO THE 2014 FAIR AND FEATURED THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW LAWRENCEBURG ROTARY PARK ARENA. THE 2015 FAIR WILL BE SEPTEMBER 28TH THRU OCTOBER 4TH AT ROTARY PARK.

 

 

(JAN 19, 2015)  A POSSIBLE ATTMEPTED MURDER OCCURED IN LAWRENCE COUNTY OVER THE WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, A JOINT INVESTIGATION ENSUED AFTER THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL AND INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A PEDESTRIAN BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 43 SOUTH NEAR THE LAMBS FERRY ROAD INTERSECTION. THE VICTIM WAS AIRLIFTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THROUGH PRELIMINARY EVIDENCE THAT THE ACCIDENT WAS LINKED TO AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN A FATHER AND SON. WHILE AN INVESTIGATION IS STILL ON-GOING, ENOUGH INFORMATION WAS GATHERED TO LINK 22 YEAR OLD ZACHARY DAVID BLAKE OF LAWRENCEBURG TO THE CRIME. BLAKE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WITHOUT BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT NEXT WEEK. AT THE TIME OF THIS RELEASE, THE VICTIM WAS IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION.

 

 

(JAN 19, 2015)  TWO PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND KILLED IN COLUMBIA OVER THE WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO INVESTIGATE A SHOOTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WEST 11TH AND GALLOWAY STREET IN COLUMBIA SATURDAY AFTERNOON. UPON ARRIVAL, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THE BODIES OF SPRNGHILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, 66 YEAR OLD SHARON CANTRELL AND HER BROTHER, 63 YEAR OLD TOM CAULK OF COLUMBIA. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT INCLUDED WITNESS STATEMENTS AND EVIDENCE RECOVERED AT THE SCENE, INDICATED THAT CAULK FIRED A HANDGUN KILLING HIS SISTER. AS A RESULT, CANTREL'S HUSBAND, 67 YEAR OLD TERRY CANTREL, WHO HAD ALSO BEEN SHOT BY CAULK, RETRIEVED A HANDGUN FROM HIS VEHICLE AND SHOT AND KILLED CAULK. REPORTS ALSO INDICATED THE ALTERCATION WAS A RESULT OF AN ONGOING FAMILY DISPUTE. COLUMBIA POLICE DETECTIVES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT AND NO CHARGES ARE BEING FILED AGAINST TERRY CATRELL AT THIS TIME. IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION INTO THE SHOOTING, THEY ARE ASKED TO CALL THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 380-2721.

 

 

(JAN 19, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET THIS WEEK. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE SECOND AND FINAL READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR AND FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY INCORPORATED. ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS A RESOLUTION TO RE-APPOINT JERRY JONES AND RON EVANS TO THE LAWRENCEBURG PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY BOARD AS WELL AS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR A FITNESS GRANT TO PURCHASE FITNESS EQUIPMENT. OTHER RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE ACCEPTING A BID FOR FUEL FROM EDWARDS OIL COMPANY FOR 10 PERCENT ETHANOL GASOLINE TO BE USED IN CERTAIN CITY VEHICLES, ACCEPTING A BID FOR FUEL FROM WILSON OIL COMPANY FOR PURE GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL TO BE USED IN CERTAIN CITY VEHICLES, AND TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE OF TENNESSEE DRIVER SERVICES DIVISION TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY. THE MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.


(JAN 16, 2015)  THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT IS IN PROGRESS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE EXECUTIVE BOARD, CHAIRED BY CLINT EVERS, HAS BEEN HARD AT WORK SEARCHING FOR A NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE CHAMBER SINCE DANIEL WEBB MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN NOVEMBER THAT HE WOULD BE LEAVING THE CHAMBER ON DECEMBER 31ST. WHILE GREAT STRIDES HAVE BEEN MADE TOWARD SECURING A NEW PRESIDENT, THE BOARD HAS DECIDED TO SEEK OUTSIDE HELP WITH THE SEARCH. THE CHAMBER HAS CONTRACTED WITH RYAN SEARCH AND CONSULTING OUT OF FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, TO ASSIST IN FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON TO LEAD THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  THE FIRM WILL BE MEETING WITH LOCAL LEADERS AS PART OF ITS RESEARCH TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR THE COMMUNITY. THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS PLANNING TO HAVE SELECTED A CANDIDATE BY EARLY MARCH. WEBB WILL BE ASSISTING THE CHAMBER IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATION UNTIL A NEW PRESIDENT IS IN PLACE.

 

 

(JAN 16, 2015)  A FELON IS BACK BEHIND BARS AFTER TRAFFIC VIOLATION. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, 46 YEAR OLD JOHN T. JONES OF LAWRENCEBURG WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. SINCE JONES IS A CONVICTED FELON WITH MULTIPLE FELONY THEFT CHARGES ON HIS CRIMINAL RECORD AND HAS SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, POLICE EXECUTED A CONSENT TO SEARCH HIS RESIDENCE.  AUTHORITIES FOUND SEVERAL FIREARMS AND NUMEROUS AMOUNTS OF AMMUNITION INSIDE JONES'S HOME. JONES WAS CHARGED WITH 12 COUNTS OF FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM AND ONE COUNT OF DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE AND IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 121 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. HE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT FEBRUARY 5TH.

 

(JAN 16, 2015)  MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT IT IS DROPPING CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY FROM ITS LIST OF SERVICES. ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL HAS RECORDED A SHARP DECLINE IN THE VOLUME OF PATIENTS WHO REQUIRE A HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT OR BYPASS PROCEDURES AND WILL FOCUS MORE ON MEDICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY. THE HOSPITAL WILL STILL PERFORM STINT PROCEDURES AND WILL USE HEART STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY SHOULD A PATIENT REQUIRE A MORE ADVANCED OPERATION. SIX EMPLOYEES WILL BE MOVED AS A PART OF THE RESTRUCTURE OF THE HOSPITAL'S OFFERINGS.


 

(JAN 16, 2015)  TENNESSEE'S FIRE DEATH RATE FELL TO AN ALL TIME LOW LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE, PRELIMINARY NUMBERS INDICATE FEWER ACCIDENTAL FIRE-RELATED FATALITIES OCCURRED IN 2014 THAN IN ANY OTHER YEAR IN RECORDED TENNESSEE HISTORY BASED ON AVAILABLE HISTORIC FIRE DOCUMENTS.  RECORDS INDICATE THAT 72 ACCIDENTAL FIRE DEATHS OCCURRED IN TENNESSEE DURING 2014 COMPARED TO 98 SIMILAR DEATHS IN 2013. THIS IS A 27 PERCENT YEAR-TO-YEAR DECREASE COMPARED TO 2013. STATE FIRE EXPERTS CANNOT PINPOINT ONE SINGLE FACTOR THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECREASE IN FIRE RELATED DEATHS. THEY BELIEVE A VARIETY OF FACTORS HAVE HELPED, INCLUDING INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF FIRES, FEWER STRUCTURE FIRES IN 2014, MORE SMOKE ALARMS, AND IMPROVED OUTREACH AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE SFMO, LOCAL ANGENCIES AND COMMUNITIES.



(JAN 16, 2015)  GOODWILL BROKE ITS EMPLOYMENT GOALS FOR 2014. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE, GOODWILL'S GOALS LAST YEAR WERE TO ASSIST 20,000 PEOPLE AND TO PLACE 6,000 IN JOBS. THAT GOAL WAS MET IN SEPTEMBER OF 2014. THEY EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS BY PROVIDING FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND JOB TRAINING TO 28,159 PEOPLE, INCLUDING HUNDREDS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AREA, AND HELPING 9,558 SECURE JOBS. THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG ASSISTED 1,289 PEOPLE LAST YEAR AND 513 OF THOSE LANDED JOBS. GOODWILL HAS STEPPED UP ITS 2015 GOALS BY PLANNING TO HELP 30,000 PEOPLE WITH JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND PLACE 10,000 PEOPLE IN JOBS.


 

(JAN 16, 2015)  THE STAAR THEATER IN PULASKI WILL PRESENT A ONE MAN PIANO SHOW THIS MONTH. IT WILL BE AN EVENING OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC PERFORMED BY CLASSICAL PIANIST, GARRET STOWE. HE WILL BE PLAYING OLD FAVORITES AS WELL AS NEW PIECES. THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD AT 7:00 P-M, AND TICKETS ARE 7 DOLLARS PER PERSON. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 363-7222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE STAAR-ARTS.ORG.

 

(JAN 16, 2015)  THE 1ST ANNUAL HUNT FOR CHARITY BANQUET AND AUCTION WILL BE HELD JANUARY 24TH AT 6 P-M WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITING ABIGAIL'S PLAN.  DEER HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER THE BIG BUCK CONTEST.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-2529.  TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE AVAILABLE AT MO'S PAWN, FIRST FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK AND LESA RUTHY AND COMPANY. 


 

(JAN 16, 2015)  THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION IS HAVING ITS 6TH ANNUAL LAWN GARDEN AND HOME SHOW ON APRIL 10TH AND 11TH. THEY ARE ACCEPTING VENDOR APPLICATIONS NOW AND WELCOME ANYONE WHO OFFERS ITEMS OR SERVICES THAT ARE RELATED TO LAWN, GARDEN AND THE HOME. LAST YEAR THE SHOW FEATURED LAWN EQUIPMENT, YARD DECORATIONS, PLANTS, CANDLES, HOME DECOR, JAMS, JELLIES, WOODWORKING AND MUCH MORE. THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS A VENDOR FOR THE EVENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 6TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT 363-3623 OR BENNY BIRDSONG AT 638-6216.

 

 

(JAN 08, 2015)  TWO LORETTO RESIDENTS ARE BEHIND BARS AFTER A TUESDAY INCIDENT. ACCORDING TO THE LORETTO POLICE DEPARTMENT, 24 YEAR OLD JUSTIN DANIEL ADAMS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AFTER HE ATTEMPTED TO TAKE A MAN AT GUN POINT. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE ADAMS APPROACHED THE VICTIM AT A LOCAL CAR WASH AND ASKED THE MAN FOR A RIDE TO ADAMS' NEARBY RESIDENCE. WHILE TRAVELING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH MILITARY AND COMMERCE STREETS, THE VICTIM NOTICED A KNIFE BEING CARRIED BY ADAMS WHO, AFTER A BRIEF CONVERSATION, PRODUCED TWO FIREARMS AND PROCEEDED TO FORCE THE MAN TO DRIVE. THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO FLEE THE VEHICLE TO A NEARBY CONVENIENCE STORE AND CALLED FOR HELP. ADAMS FLED THE VEHICLE ON FOOT WHERE HE WAS OBSERVED BY POLICE A SHORT TIME LATER. THE SUSPECT WALKED TO SONIC AND GOT INTO A PICK-UP DRIVEN BY 54 YEAR OLD TERESA ANNE RAY, WHO PROCEEDED TO DRIVE THROUGH A YARD AND THEN ONTO NORTH MILITARY STREET. POLICE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO FORCE THE TRUCK TO STOP NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF TOMMY AUGUSTIN AVENUE WHERE THEY WERE BOTH PLACED INTO CUSTODY. RAY WAS CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE. AUTHORITIES INDICATE MORE CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE CASE. THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, CONSTABLE TUCKER, AND SAINT JOE POLICE ASSISTED WITH THE INCIDENT.

 

 

(JAN 08, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN AN INVESTIGATION. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE  LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, ON DECEMEBR 30TH FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AT A BRINK STREET PROPERTY. WITHIN MINUTES OF THE CALL, THE FIRST UNIT ARRIVED AND FOUND A MALE VICTIM ALREADY DECEASED FROM INJURIES HE SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE. THE VICTIM WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS 66 YEAR OLD ANDREW STAFFORD. A JOINT  INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT THAT INCLUDED THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE LAWRENUCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE STATE OF TENNESSEE BOMB AND ARSON SECTION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION BEGAN. AFTER A COMPLETE SCENE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES WERE LEFT WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. THEY ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO HELP BY REPORTING ANY INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL IN BRINGING THE CASE TO A CLOSE. IF YOU WERE IN THE AREA OF BRINK STREET AND MARH AVENUE AROUND 4:00 ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30TH  AND SAW ANYTHING OR KNOW SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION, PLEASE CALL THE TENNESSEE ARSON HOTLINE AT 1-800-762-3017. THE HOTLINE IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO ANONYMOUSLY GIVE INFORMATION. A CASH AWARD IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HOTLINE FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST OR CONVICTION OF ANYONE REPONSIBLE FOR SUSPICIOUS AND INCENDIARY FIRES. YOU CAN ALSO CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 762-2276 AND ASK TO SPEAK TO CHIEF MOORE, ASSISTANT CHIEF GOOLSBY OR CAPTAIN LAWS.

 

 

(JAN 08, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING. THE ORDINANCE TO AMEND BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR WAS APPROVED.  THE ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY INCORPORATED WAS WITHDRAWN FOR FURTHER REVIEW OF A CONTRACT AMENDMENT.  A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR A SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SIDEWALK GRANT AS WELL AS A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR SIGNING AND SIGNALIZATION ON STATE ROUTE 6 INTERSECTION AT EAST GAINES STREET WERE BOTH APPROVED.

 

 

(JAN 08, 2015)  A WEDNESDAY NIGHT FIRE KEPT LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE CREWS BUSY FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS. A BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 P-M AT A FALL RIVER RESIDENCE. MEMBERS OF THE CROSSROADS, NEW PROSPECT, CENTER POINT, AND LEOMA FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED AND WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO THE KITCHEN AREA OF THE HOME. THE PROPERTY SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

 

(JAN 08, 2015)  MEMBERS OF GILES COUNTY'S SCHOOL BOARD MET FOR THEIR REGULAR JANUARY SESSION WEDNESDAY NIGHT. LEADERS AUTHORIZED A REQUEST FOR AN OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIP IN MARCH FOR THE G-C-H-S BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND AN EMERGENCY PURCHASE WAS APPROVED TO REPLACE A FAULTY HEATING AND COOLING UNIT AT GILES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. THE BOARD AUTHORIZED CHANGES TO ITS POLICIES INCLUDING MANDATING THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS RESIDE WITHIN THE COUNTY OR HAVE SIX MONTHS TO MAKE THE CORRECTION. A REQUEST TO ADD DRIVER'S ED BACK INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM WAS APPROVED AND THE 2015-16 SCHOOL CALENDAR WAS ADOPTED. LEADERS SPENT SEVERAL MINUTES DISCUSSING THE RECENT DISBURSEMENT OF TEACHER DIFFERENTIATED PAYCHECKS. DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS J-B SMITH TOLD THE BOARD HE UNDERSTOOD THE ANNUAL MONEY WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL TEACHERS WITH AN OBSERVATIONAL SCORE OF A 3, 4, OR 5. BOARD MEMBERS INDICATED A STATE RULE REQUIRES TEACHERS TO HAVE THE HIGHER SCORES AND TO HAVE MISSED NO MORE THAN FIVE DAYS OF SCHOOL. A LOCAL  REQUEST TO CHANGE THE POLICY TO A MAXIMUM OF 10 MISSED DAYS IS CURRENTLY PENDING STATE APPROVAL BUT THE BOARD STILL MUST OPERATE UNDER THE EXISTING 5 DAY RULE. ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED. THE NEXT BOARD MEETING WILL BE FEBRUARY 12TH AT 5 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE.

 

 

(JAN 05, 2015)  THE USDA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 COMMUNITY CONNECT PROGRAM GRANTS. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO ESTABLISH BROADBAND SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS WHERE THOSE SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. THIS PROGRAM GIVES RURAL RESIDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM THE LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES RELIABLE BROADBAND PROVIDES. THE COMMUNITY CONNECT PROGRAM HAS FUNDED 237 PROJECTS SINCE ITS INCEPTION WITH INVESTMENTS OF 149 MILLION DOLLARS. THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF FUNDING TO BE AWARDED THIS YEAR IS 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THE MAXIMUM IS 3 MILLION DOLLARS. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 17TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE USDA.GOV.


 

(JAN 05, 2015)  WITH DANGEROUSLY COLD TEMPERATURES ON THE WAY THIS WEEK, MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE LEFT IN THE COLD WITHOUT ADEQUATE SHELTER TO KEEP THEM WARM.  TO HELP WITH THIS DILEMMA, COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LOCATED ON NORTH MILITARY WILL OPEN THE DOORS TO ITS FELLOWSHIP HALL WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS A WARM PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT. THE DOORS WILL OPEN AT 5:00, AND THE FACILITY WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THURDAY MORNING AROUND 8:00. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CHURCH AT 762-3771.

 

(JAN 05, 2015)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT TO PURCHASE A NEW FIRE ENGINE AND APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR A SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT TO BE USED FOR NEW SIDEWALKS ON 2ND AVENUE. THE MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY AT 7:00 P-M.



(JAN 05, 2015)  THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN AN INVESTIGATION. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, ON DECEMEBR 30TH FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AT A BRINK STREET PROPERTY. WITHIN MINUTES OF THE CALL, THE FIRST UNIT ARRIVED AND FOUND A MALE VICTIM ALREADY DECEASED FROM INJURIES HE SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE. THE VICTIM WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS 66 YEAR OLD ANDREW STAFFORD. A JOINT  INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT THAT INCLUDED THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE STATE OF TENNESSEE BOMB AND ARSON SECTION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION BEGAN. AFTER A COMPLETE SCENE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES ARE LEFT WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. THEY ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO HELP BY REPORTING ANY INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL IN BRINGING THE CASE TO A CLOSE. IF YOU WERE IN THE AREA OF BRINIK STREET AND MARH AVENUE AROUND 4:00 ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30TH  AND SAW ANYTHING OR KNOW SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION, PLEASE CALL THE TENNESSEE ARSON HOTLINE AT 1-800-762-3017. THE HOTLINE IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO ANONYMOUSLY GIVE INFORMATION. A CASH AWARD IF AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HOTLINE FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST OR CONVICTION OF ANYONE REPONSIBLE FOR SUSPICIOUS AND INCENDIARY FIRES.

 

 

(DEC 31, 2014)  A STRUCTURE FIRE WITH A FATALITY OCCURRED TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AT A BRINK STREET PROPERTY AROUND 4:00. THE FIRST UNIT WAS ON THE SCENE WITHIN MINUTES OF RECEIVING THE CALL, BUT THE ONE OCCUPANT IN THE HOUSE WAS FOUND DEAD UPON ARRIVAL. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE DECEASED WAS IDENTIFIED AS 66 YEAR OLD RICHARD ANDREW STAFFORD. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION WITH MUTIPLE ANGENCIES INVOLVED.


 

(DEC 31, 2014)  THE US SENATE HAS FOLLOWED THE LEAD OF THE HOUSE WITH THE PASSAGE OF A BILL TO HELP THOSE WITH DISABILITIES WITH FINANCIAL SECURITY.  UNDER THE ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE OR ABLE ACT, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES CAN SAVE UP TO 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO USE FOR QUALIFIED EXPENSES WITHOUT LOSING ELIGIBILITY FOR GOVERNMENT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICADE BENEFITS.  UNDER CURRENT LAW, A DISABLED PERSON CANNOT HAVE ASSETS WORTH MORE THAN $2,000 WITHOUT FORFEITING PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY.  THE MEASURE NOW GOES TO THE PRESIDENT TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW.  


 

(DEC 31, 2014)  IN OBSERVANCE OF THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY, GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED NEW YEAR'S DAY.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG AND ALL OF LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY.  THURSDAY'S LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE CART PICK UP WILL BE ON FRIDAY.  LORETTO CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, AND LORETTO'S GARBAGE CART PICK-UP FOR THURSDAY WILL BE ON FRIDAY. PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE CLOSED THURSDAY FOR THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY.  

 

 

(DEC 31, 2014)  THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION HAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED THE FLU AN EPIDEMIC. ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 15 CHILDREN HAVE DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS OF THE FLU SO FAR THIS SEASON, AND SIX OF THOSE DEATHS WERE IN TENNESSEE. ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C, TENNESSEE IS UNDER THE WIDESPREAD OUTBREAK CATEGORY AS OF MONDAY.  EAST TENNESSEE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL HAS SEEN 442 CHILDREN WITH THE FLU THIS MONTH ALONE. THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS ALSO ROSE THIS WEEK WITH SENIORS AND CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 4 ACCOUNTING FOR MOST OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS. THE NUMBER OF STATES REPORTING A HIGH AMOUNT OF INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS HAS INCREASED FROM 13 TO 22 SINCE LAST WEEK'S REPORT WITH THE HARDEST HIT STATES LISTED IN THE SOUTH, MIDWEST AND WESTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. OFFCIALS STATED THAT THE CURRENT FLU VACCINATION DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A GOOD MATCH FOR THIS YEAR'S STRAIN OF THE VIRUS BUT ENCOURAGE PEOPLE ESPCIALLY THOSE IN HIGH-RISK GROUPS TO GO AHEAD AND GET VACCINATED IN HOPES OF PROVIDING A LEVEL OF CROSS-PROTECTION FOR THE REST OF THE FLU SEASON.

 

(DEC 31, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS PLANNED A "NO REFUSAL" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN DURING THE 96 HOUR NEWS EVE HOLIDAY PERIOD TO KEEP MOTORISTS SAFE ON STATE ROADWAYS.  THE OFFICIAL HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD BEGINS (BEGAN) AT MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY (TONIGHT) AND ENDS AT 11:59 P-M SUNDAY.  THE PROGRAM AIMS TO DETER IMPAIRED DRIVING AND REDUCE FATAL CRASHES BY ALLOWING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO SEEK SEARCH WARRANTS FOR BLOOD SAMPLES IN CASES INVOLVING SUSPECTED IMPAIRED DRIVING, AND SUSPECTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REFUSE THE BLOOD TEST.  DURING LAST YEAR'S NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY, 16 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN 15 FATAL CRASHES ON TENNESSEE ROADWAYS.

 

(DEC 31, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WILL CONDUCT ROUTINE COMPLIANCE CHECKS BEGINNING JANUARY 1ST FOR THE FEDERAL ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY RULE.  THE RULE, WHICH REQUIRES THE IDENTIFICATION OF LIVESTOCK BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS STATE LINES, WENT INTO EFFECT LAST YEAR.  THE A-D-T RULE RQUIRES ALL LIVESTOCK, INCLUDING CATTLE, EQUINE, SHEEP, GOATS, SWINE AND POULTRY, BEING MOVED INTERSTATE TO BE OFFICIALLY INDENTIFIED WITH SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION.  LIVESTOCK MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INTERSTATE CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION, OWNER-SHIPPER STATEMENTS OR BRAND CERTIFICATES.  PRODUCERS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR VETERINARIANS TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY LIVESTOCK THAT IS TRANSPORTED COMPLIES WITH ALL REGULATIONS.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT A USER-FRIENDLY ONLINE SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW PRIVATE VETS TO SUBMIT AND ACCESS DOCUMENTS ELECTRONICALLY TO HELP WITH COMPLIANCE.  VETERINARIANS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING MAY CALL 615-837-5120 OR GO TO THE WEBSITE ANIMAL.HEALTH@TN.GOV

 

 

(DEC 17, 2014)  A RASH OF VEHICLE BURGLARIES AND VANDALISM HAS OCCURED LOCALLY. ACCORDING TO LAWRENCEBURG POLICE REPORTS, TWO CARS WERE BROKEN INTO ON TUESDAY...ONE IN THE WALMART PARKING LOT AND ONE IN THE DOLLAR TREE PARKING LOT. MONEY AND PERSONNAL DOCUMENTS WERE TAKEN. ON DECEMBER 12TH A CAR AT DEALS ON WHEELS WAS VANDALIZED, AND POLICE INDICATED THAT IT APPEARED THE PERPETRATOR WAS ATTEMPTING TO STEAL THE VEHICLE. ON THE SAME DAY, P0LICE WERE CALLED TO BREWER MOTOR COMPANY IN RESPONSE TO A CALL CONCERNING A STOLEN VEHICLE. THESE INCIDENTS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED. THE LAWRECEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO WARN CITIZENS THAT THERE APPEARS TO BE AN INCREASE IN THESE TYPES OF CRIMES AND TO PROTECT YOURSELVES BY LOCKING YOUR CAR AT ALL TIMES...IN PARKING LOTS AND AT HOME. ALSO, DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES OF ANY KIND IN YOUR VEHICLE, BUT IF YOU DO, PUT THOSE THINGS OUT OF SIGHT AS CRIMINALS TYPICALLY LOOK IN CAR WINDOWS FOR ITEMS TO STEAL. 


 

(DEC 17, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS MORNING. ROBIN WILLIAMS WAS UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED VICE MAYOR. AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CITY ZONING AND REZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1750 BUSINESS AVENUE TO COMBINE TWO TRACTS WAS APPROVED. THE RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SPYGLASS GROUP TO AUDIT THE CITY'S PRIMARY TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES WAS DEFERRED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR FLEET FUEL AND A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY WERE BOTH APPROVED. ALSO APPROVED WAS A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT CHANGE ORDER FORM NUMBER TWO FOR THE ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT REMKE AVENUE AND HELTON DRIVE IN INDUSTRIAL PARK.  AND CHAD CLANTON WAS RECOGNIZED AND HONORED WITH AN AWARD FOR HIS RETIREMENT AFTER SERVING 30 YEARS ON THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT.

 

(DEC 17, 2014)  THE 25TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF SANTA PROGRAM HOSTED BY THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS HAD AN OUTSTANDING YEAR.  TO DATE, THEY HAVE COLLECTED WELL OVER 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH MORE FUNDS COMING IN, ALLOWING THEM TO SERVE OVER 1000 THOUSAND CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY IN NEED WHO WOULD NOT OTHERWISE HAVE HAD A HAPPY CHRISTMAS. THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF LAWRENCE COUNTY FOR SUPPORTING THIS PROGRAM IN SUCH GENEROUS WAY.

 

(DEC 17, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL HAVE AN AGENDA MEETING NEXT MONTH ON MONDAY JANUARY 5TH, AND THE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON MONDAY JANUARY 12TH. BOTH MEETINGS WILL BE AT 5 IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.



(DEC 16, 2014)  AN ATTEMPTED BURGLARY OCCURED EARLY THIS MORNING AT TOP GUN ARMS INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE AND GUN STORE IN ETHRIDGE LOCATED ON THE GILES AND LAWRENCE COUNTY LINE ON LIBERTY LOOP ROAD. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE GILES AND LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO A CALL AROUND 3:00 A-M, AND ARRIVED AT TOP GUN AFTER THE PERPETRATORS HAD FLED. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAUGHT THREE MEN WALKING AROUND THE BUILDING ATTEMPTING TO GET IN UNTIL THEY TRIPPED THE ALARM IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING CAUSING THEM TO FLEE THE SCENE IN A LIGHT COLORED, FOUR DOOR CAR. THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT.

 


(DEC 16, 2014)  SANTA FOR SENIORS IS STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS. THE DEMAND FOR CERTAIN ITEMS HAS BEEN SO GREAT THIS YEAR, THEY ARE IN DIRE NEED OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS: BED SHEETS THAT FIT HOSPITAL BEDS, ELECTRIC BLANKETS, ROBES, UNDERWEAR, SOCKS, HOUSE SLIPPERS, BATH TOWELS, COOL MIST HUMIDIFIERS, MICROWAVE OVENS, 6 ELECTRIC MIXERS, 8 CAN OPENERS, TENNIS BALLS TO PUT ON THE LEGS OF WALKERS, OVER-SIZED KEYPAD TELEPHONES, DIGITAL BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS, PAPER TOWELS, TOILET PAPER, AND THEY URGENTLY NEED NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. DROP ITEMS OFF AT THE FRONT OFFICE OF W-L-X IN LAWRENCEBURG UNTIL NOON WEDNESDAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 629-0241 OR 629-5927.

 

(DEC 16, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS WILL DO A PRESENTATION ON ENERGY SAVING TIPS THIS WEEK. REPRESENTATIVES FROM LUS WILL SHARE STEPS HOMEOWNERS CAN TAKE TO MAKE THEIR HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. THE PRESENTATION WILL BE WEDNESDAY AT 10 A-M AT THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

 

 

(DEC 15, 2014)  A LATE SUNDAY FIRE CLAIMED A WEST LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME.  MEMBERS OF THE WEST END, GANDY, CRAWFISH VALLEY, AND HENRYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS REPORTED AROUND 10 P-M.  DESPITE BEST EFFORTS BY FIRE CREWS, THE HOME AND IT'S CONTENTS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  THE RED CROSS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY DISASTER SERVICES ARE ASSISTING THE DISPLACED FAMILY.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 


(DEC 15, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE, SECOND AND FINAL READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CITY ZONING AND A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SPYGLASS GROUP TO AUDIT THE CITY'S PRIMARY TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES. ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR FLEET FUEL AND A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY. THE MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 


(DEC 15, 2014)  THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOR CRITTERS CAMPAIGN THAT THE BENEFITS THE LAWRENCEBURG ANIMAL SHELTER IS UNDERWAY. SUPPLIES NEEDED INCLUDE USED OR NEW TOWELS AND BLANKETS, STAINLESS STEEL FOOD AND WATER DISHES, PEDIGREE PUPPY CHOW AND CANNED DOG FOOD, CLEANING SUPPLIES, SHAMPOOS, USED OR NEW DOG HOUSES AND DOG BEDS. MONETARY DONATIONS ARE WELCOME AS WELL AND WILL HELP PROVIDE DE-WORMER, VACCINATIONS, AND MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE DOGS. SUPPLIES CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND MONETARY DONATIONS CAN BE MAILED TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER...CARE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT...AT 233 WEST GAINES, LAWRENCEBURG, TENNESSEE 38464.


 

(DEC 15, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO SHOP LOCALLY FOR CHRISTMAS...LISTING 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SHOP AT HOME. FIRST: SUPPORT YOURSELF...WHEN YOU BUY FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES, THOSE BUSINESSES ALSO BUY FROM OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES, SUPPORTING THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. THIS HELPS TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN JOBS. SECOND: SAVE GAS...WHEN YOU DRIVE OUT OF TOWN, IT COSTS YOU MONEY THAT COULD BE SPENT LOCALLY ON GIFTS. THIRD: KEEP PROPERTY TAXES LOWER...THE MORE LOCAL SALES TAX DOLLARS THAT ARE COLLECTED, THE MORE STABLE THE TAX BASE, AND PROPERTY TAXES ARE OFTEN LOWER. FOURTH: FIND UNIQUE PRODUCTS...SMALL, LOCAL SHOPS OFTEN HAVE MORE UNIQUE GIFTS AND A BETTER SELECTION THAN BIG, CHAIN STORES. AND FIFTH: SAVE MONEY...THE MORE COMPETITION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, THE BETTER PRICES ARE FOR THE CONSUMERS. SO SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY, AND SHOP AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.



(DEC 15, 2014)  THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING DONATIONS TO SANTA FOR SENIORS IS MONDAY. SANTA FOR SENIORS PROVIDES NECESSITIES AND A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER TO LAWRENCE COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS AND SHUT-INS IN NEED.  THE ANNUAL PROGRAM SERVES FROM 550 TO 650 RESIDENTS EACH YEAR.  ITEMS OFTEN REQUESTED INCLUDE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD INCLUDING DIABETIC FOODS, COATS, GLOVES, FLEECE WEAR IN ALL SIZES UP TO SIZE 5-X, PAJAMAS, BLANKETS, SHEETS - ESPECIALLY QUEEN SIZE TO FIT HOSPITAL BEDS, ADULT DIAPERS, SHAVING SUPPLIES, HANDKERCHIEFS, HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, PET FOOD, CAT LITTER, COFFEE MAKERS, TOASTERS, MICROWAVE OVENS, READING MATERIAL, BIBLES, WORD PUZZLES, WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS, CANES, STEAM MOPS AND ELECTRIC CARPET SWEEPERS.  HOLIDAY TREATS AND CANDIES ARE ALSO APPRECIATED AS MANY PARTICIPANTS CANNOT AFFORD THEM.  DROP OFF DONATIONS AT THE FRONT OFFICE OF W-L-X IN LAWRENCEBURG TODAY UNTIL 4:30, SATURDAY FROM 8:30 TIL NOON AND MONDAY FROM 8:30 TO 4:30 . FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 629-0240 OR 629-2181.   

 


(DEC 15, 2014)  THE 9TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK AT DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK WILL BE DECEMBER 15TH AND 17TH. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD INDOORS AT THE PARK RESTAURANT THIS YEAR, BUT VISITORS WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY OUTDOOR LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE RESTAURANT. THE PROGRAM WILL FEATURE STORYTELLING, MUSIC, CRAFTS, SOME HISTORY, AND REFRESHMENTS. GROUPS WILL TAKE THE TOUR EVERY 20 MINUTES FROM 5 TIL 6:30 EACH EVENING. ADMISSION IS 2 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN 3 AND OVER. TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL THE PARK OFFICE AT 762-9408 OR RACHEL.BRIDGES@TN.GOV.


 

(DEC 15, 2014)  THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL BAND WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT THIS WEEKEND. IN ADDITION TO THE AWARD WINNING HIGH SCHOOL BAND, THE SHOW WILL FEATURE COMBINED BANDS FROM LEOMA AND SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.  THE FREE CONCERT WILL BE SUNDAY AT 2:00 IN THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL GYM.

 

 

(DEC 11, 2014)  A FIRE WITH INJURY OCCURED WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE ON WEST TAYLOR STREET. UPON ARRIVAL ,THEY FOUND AN ELDERLY WOMAN TRAPPED ON A SECOND FLOOR BALCONY. THE FIREFIGHTERS SUCCESSFULLY RESCUED THE OCCUPANT AND QUICKLY BROUGHT THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL. THE VICTIM WAS AIRLIFTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION AND TREATMENT. ONE FIREFIGHTER SUSTAINED A SLIGHT LEG INJURY DURING THE RESCUE EFFORTS AND WAS TREATED ON THE SCENE BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY E-M-S AND RELEASED.  THE REPORT ALSO REVEALED THAT THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE APPEARED TO BE ACCIDENTAL, BUT FURTHER INVESTIGATION WOULD BE CONDUCTED.

 

 

(DEC 11, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET TUESDAY IN REGULAR SESSION. THEY APPROVED PERMITS FOR THREE LIQUOR STORES AND A RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE GILES COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO DO WORK FOR THE CITY IF NEEDED. ALSO APPROVED WAS A RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE MAYOR AND CITY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY DEVEOPMENT BLOCK GRANT THAT WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE NEW WATER PUMPS.  THE ORDINANCE ALLOWING BUILDINGS TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON LOTS THAT BORDER ROADS CONSTRUCTED TO CITY SPECIFICATIONS BUT NOT LIMITED TO JUST CITY ROADS PASSED ON FIRST READING.  THE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 16TH AND 23RD WERE CANCELLED DUE TO THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.


 

(DEC 11, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL WILL CONDUCT SAFETY BELT ROADSIDE CHECKPOINTS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY FRIDAY ON HIGHWAY 43 AT THE 23 POINT 4 MILE MARKER.  TROOPERS WILL CONCENTRATE THEIR EFFORTS ON THOSE OPERATING VEHICLES WITHOUT WEARING SEAT BELTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS FOR ANY OTHER VIOLATIONS OBSERVED.


 

(DEC 11, 2014)  GO BACK IN TIME THIS WEEKEND IN LAWREBCEBURG WITH A DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS EVENT. VISIT WITH CIVIL WAR REENACTORS, AMERICAN INDIANS, SOUTHERN BELLS IN PERIOD DRESS, AND UNITED STATES VETERANS. SEE CLASSIC CARS; TOUR THE JAMES D VAUGHAN MUSEUM; AND WATCH AIRPLANES CONDUCT A FLY OVER. COLONEL ROBERT RAMSEY WILL ALSO BE THERE SIGNING HIS MOST RECENT BOOK, AND SANTA WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AS WELL. COME EXPERIENCE THIS WALK THROUGH HISTORY ON SATURDAY FROM 10 TO 2 ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE.

 

 

(DEC 4, 2014)  THE 18TH ANNUAL SANTA FOR SENIORS PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY AND PROVIDES LOCAL RESIDENTS A CHANCE TO BRING A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHEER TO LAWRENCE COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS AND SHUT-INS.  SANTA FOR SENIORS PROVIDES NECESSITIES SUCH AS FOOD, BLANKETS, WARM CLOTHING AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS FOR OLDER RESIDENTS IN NEED.  THE ANNUAL PROGRAM SERVES FROM 550 TO 650 LOCAL SENIORS EACH YEAR.  DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THRU MONDAY, DECEMBER 15TH.  ITEMS OFTEN REQUESTED INCLUDE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, COATS, GLOVES, FLEECE WEAR IN ALL SIZES UP TO SIZE 5-X, PAJAMAS, SPACE HEATERS, STAMPS, ADULT DIAPERS, SHAVING SUPPLIES, HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, PET FOOD, SMALL APPLIANCES SUCH AS COFFEE MAKERS, TOASTERS AND MICROWAVE OVENS AND SPECIAL ITEMS LIKE WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS, BLOOD PRESSURE MACHINES, STEAM MOPS AND ELECTRIC CARPET SWEEPERS.  DROP OFF DONATIONS AT THE FRONT OFFICE OF WLX IN LAWRENCEBURG MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8:30 TO 4:30 AND SATURDAY UNTIL NOON.  THE DEADLINE FOR DONATIONS IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 15TH.  THE DEADLINE TO MAIL AN APPLICATION FOR A RECIPIENT OF THE PROGRAM IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH.  APPLICATIONS FOR SENIORS APPEARED IN THE NOVEMBER 26TH EDITION OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ADVOCATE AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT LAWRENCEBURGNOW.COM.  VOLUNTEERS WILL PACK ITEMS ALL DAY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH AND EARLY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH.  ITEMS FOR PICK-UP WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM NOON TO 3 ON DECEMBER 18TH AT THE REAR DOOR AT WLX WITH DELIVERIES FROM 3 P-M THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH AND 20TH.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DONATIONS OR VOLUNTEERING FOR PACKING AND DELIVERY, CALL 629-0240 OR 629-2181.   

 


(DEC 4, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  THE BOARD APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ON SECOND AND FINAL READING TO REGULATE AND PROHIBIT PARKING ON GALLAHER BOULEVARD BETWEEN CARROLL AVENUE AND THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET.  AS GALLAHER BOULEVARD IS NARROW, PARKING ON THE PORTION SPECIFIED IN THE MEASURE CREATES AN IMPEDIMENT FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES RESPONDING TO CALLS IN THE AREA.  SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO DESIGNATE THE PROHIBITED PARKING AREA.  THE COUNCIL ALSO PASSED AN ORDINANCE ON FINAL READING TO AMEND THE PERSONNEL RULES REGARDING THE USE OF PURCHASING CARDS BY DEPARTMENT HEADS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE STATE.  THE NEXT REGULAR SESSION MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH DUE TO THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.



(DEC 4, 2014)  THE 25TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF SANTA FUNDRAISER IS UNDERWAY.  DURING THURSDAY MORNING'S BREAKFAST, JUST OVER 6400 DOLLARS WAS RAISED TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO CHILDREN IN NEED IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AREA.  THE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER CONTINUES FRIDAY MORNING FROM 7 TO 9 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.  THE SPIRIT OF SANTA PROGRAM IS HOSTED BY THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND SERVES ABOUT A THOUSAND CHILDREN EACH YEAR.



(DEC 4, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FOR MAGNETTI MARELLI WEDNESDAY FROM 9 TO 2. THE COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR HIGHLY MOTIVATED, DEPENDABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE. JOB OPENINGS INCLUDE ASSEMBLERS, PRODUCTION TECHS, FORKLIFT OPERATORS, WAREHOUSE POSITIONS, AND QUALITY TECHS WITH PAY RANGING FROM 9 TO 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR. APPLICANTS SHOULD COME DRESSED FOR SUCCESS, AND BRING YOUR RESUME AND 2 FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION. ALSO, BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS AND ATTEND A FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350.

 

 

(DEC 1, 2014) THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WILL CONDUCT ROUTINE COMPLIANCE CHECKS BEGINNING JANUARY 1ST FOR THE FEDERAL ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY RULE.  THE RULE, WHICH REQUIRES THE IDENTIFICATION OF LIVESTOCK BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS STATE LINES, WENT INTO EFFECT LAST YEAR.  THE A-D-T RULE RQUIRES ALL LIVESTOCK, INCLUDING CATTLE, EQUINE, SHEEP, GOATS, SWINE AND POULTRY, BEING MOVED INTERSTATE TO BE OFFICIALLY INDENTIFIED WITH SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION.  LIVESTOCK MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INTERSTATE CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION, OWNER-SHIPPER STATEMENTS OR BRAND CERTIFICATES.  PRODUCERS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR VETERINARIANS TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY LIVESTOCK THAT IS TRANSPORTED COMPLIES WITH ALL REGULATIONS.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT A USER-FRIENDLY ONLINE SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW PRIVATE VETS TO SUBMIT AND ACCESS DOCUMENTS ELECTRONICALLY TO HELP WITH COMPLIANCE.  VETERINARIANS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING MAY CALL 615-837-5120 OR GO TO THE WEBSITE ANIMAL.HEALTH@TN.GOV. 



(DEC 1, 2014) TENNESSEE SOUTHERN RAILROAD WILL CLOSE THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON HELTON DRIVE NEAR SUNTRUST BANK AND EDWARDS OIL COMPANY BEGINNING TUESDAY AT 7:30 A-M UNTIL APPROXIMATELY NOON ON WEDNESDAY FOR REPAIRS.

 

 

(DEC 1, 2014) THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMAN WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY AT 7 P-M. AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ANNEX A PORTION OF EELS STREET AND APPROVAL OF BENEFIT SOLUTIONS INCORPORATED AS THE HEALTH INSURANCE GAP PLAN. ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS APPROVAL TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH PAUL BOYER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LORETTO CITY EMPLOYEE PAY PLAN AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS.



(DEC 1, 2014) THE GILES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS ANNOUNCED THE ROUTE FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTMAS PARADE.  THE ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH AT 5 AND IS THEMED "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS".  THE PARADE ROUTE WILL RUN FROM GILES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, NORTH ON FIRST STREET, WEST ON WASHINGTON, SOUTH ON SECOND STREET AND BACK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL.  ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING MAY VISIT THE WEBSITE GILESCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

(NOV 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A SPECIAL COMMENDATION FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. CHIEF OF POLICE, JUDY MOORE, ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THAT THE MEMPHIS DIVISION OF THE F-B-I COMMENDED THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS INVESTIGATION INTO A RECENT NON-CUSTODIAL KIDNAPPING OF A LOCAL CHILD. BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK AND COOPERATIVE EFFORTS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE, THE F-B-I WAS ABLE TO APPREHEND THE KIDNAPPER AND SAFELY RETURN THE CHILD TO HER HOME. SPECIAL MENTION AND COMMENDATION WAS GIVEN TO THE PERFORMANCES OF MICHAEL REEVES, DON LAWS, JOHN SANDERS, SHELTON BARNETT, BRIAN HAGEN, BRENT HUNTER, BLAKE ARNOLD, AND JASON LEE.



(NOV 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION WEDNESDAY. ORDINANCES TO REGULATE AND PROHIBIT PARKING ON GALLAHER BOULEVARD BETWEEN CARROLL AVENUE AND THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET,  AMEND CITY ZONING, AND AMEND PERSONNEL RULES WERE ALL PASSED AND MOVED TO SECOND READINGS.  THE RESOLUTION DECLARING THE OLD AWNINGS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE AS SCRAP METAL TO BE DISPOSED OF IN COMPLIANCE WITH CITY POLICY WAS APPROVED ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION REQUESTING PURCHASING CARDS THROUGH FIRST FARMERS BANK FOR CITY DEPARTMENT MANAGERS WITH GOVERNED USAGE CONDITIONS.  ALSO PASSED WAS A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT A BID AND ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH  BRAD SLATER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE BUILDING OF RESTROOMS AND CONCESSION STANDS AT THE BABE RUTH FACILITY ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR A  2014 MULTI-MODAL ACCESS GRANT WITH THE TENNSSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOT TO EXCEED ONE MILLION DOLLARS WITH A FIVE PERCENT MATCH THROUGH THE RURAL PLANNING ORGANIZATION.

 


(NOV 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY. RESOLUTIONS TO ELECT MEMBERS TO THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION COMMITTEE, COMFIRM APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BEER BOARD, AND ELECT MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF LAWRENCE COUNTY WERE ALL APPROVED. RESOLUTIONS TO CHANGE THE SPEED LIMIT ON INGRAM ROAD TO 35 MILES PER HOUR, ON OVERNACK ROAD TO 30 MILES PER HOUR, AND ON CHEROKEE HILLS DRIVE TO 25 MILES PER HOUR ALSO PASSED. OTHER APPROVALS INCLUDED A RESOLUTION EXEMPTING LAWRENCE COUNTY FROM THE APPLICATION OF STATEWIDE STANDARDS FOR ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS, A RESOLUTION TO PURCHASE PROPERTY FOR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT, AND A RESOLUTION TO PURCHASE 6 PORTABLE RADIOS FOR USE BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CONSTABLES. ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.

 


(NOV 26, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN BUSY OVER THE PAST SIX WEEKS ON SEVERAL BURGLARY AND THEFT REPORTS IN THE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, MOST OF THE CRIMES OCCURRED DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS AND SOME ITEMS TAKEN INCLUDED JEWELRY, FIREARMS, ELECTRONICS, A-T-V'S, CAMPERS AND TRAILERS.  AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED FOUR SEPARATE GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN TARGETING RESIDENCES IN GILES COUNTY.  SHERIFF KYLE HELTON REMINDS CITIZENS THAT THIS IS THE SEASON FOR PROPERTY CRIMES TO INCREASE AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SUSPICIOUS VEHICLES OR PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA.  THE SHERIFF ALSO URGES RESIDENTS TO TALK TO NEIGHBORS AND WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER'S PROPERTY.  IF YOU SEE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS OR OUT OF THE ORDINARY, CALL 9-1-1 TO REPORT IT. 

 

 

(NOV 25, 2014)  HOLLANDS DRUG STORE WAS ROBBED AT GUN POINT ON MONDAY. ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, CITY OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED AT 6:30 MONDAY EVENING TO HOLLANDS PHARMACY ON THE SQUARE. UPON ARRIVAL, THEY LEARNED THAT A SUSPECT HAD ENTERED THE BUILDING WEARING A CAMOUFLAGE JACKET AND PANTS, A DARK COLORED HAT AND A STOCKING TYPE MASK OVER HIS FACE. HE WAS CARRYING A BLACK SEMI-AUTOMATIC HAND GUN AND ASKED THE PHARMACIST FOR PERCOCET. WHEN THE PHARMACIST ATTEMPTED TO RETREIVE THE PERCOCET FROM THE SAFE, THE PERPETRATOR MADE THREATS WITH HIS GUN BY PUTTING THE GUN IN THE PHARMACISTS CHEST AND DEMANDED THAT HE GET BACK. THE SUSPECT MANAGED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING WITH A VARIETY OF HYDROCODONE PILLS. THE ROBBER WAS A WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY 6 FEET 2 INCHES TALL AND 180 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN THIS CASE MAY CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 762-2276.

 

 

(NOV 25, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE AND PROHIBIT PARKING ON GALLAHER BOULEVARD BETWEEN CARROLL AVENUE AND THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET, FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CITY ZONING AND FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND PERSONNEL RULES.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE OLD AWNINGS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE AS SCRAP METAL TO BE DISPOSED OF IN COMPLIANCE WITH CITY POLICY AND A RESOLUTION REQUESTING PURCHASING CARDS THROUGH FIRST FARMERS BANK FOR CITY DEPARTMENT MANAGERS WITH GOVERNED USAGE CONDITIONS.  A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT A BID AND ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH  BRAD SLATER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE BUILDING OF RESTROOMS AND CONCESSION STANDS AT THE BABE RUTH FACILITY WILL BE DISCUSSED ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR A 2014 MULTI-MODAL ACCESS GRANT WITH THE TENNSSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOT TO EXCEED ONE MILLION DOLLARS WITH A FIVE PERCENT MATCH THROUGH RURAL PLANNING ORGANIZATION. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 8:30 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(NOV 25, 2014)  SEVERAL BURGLARIES TOOK PLACE IN LAWRENCEBURG ON MONDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, A CLUBHOUSE AT RICH SMITH DEVELOPMENT ON GOOD HOPE ROAD WAS BROKEN INTO THROUGH THE BACK DOOR OF THE STRUCTURE. A RIGID PIPE SNAKE AND TWO BUCKETS OF POOL CHEMICALS WERE TAKEN. TOTAL LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 850 DOLLARS. ON DEBUS STREET A LOCKED CAR PARKED ON A CARPORT WAS BROKEN INTO AND A GOLD RUBY RING AND TWO COATS WERE TAKEN. ONE OF THE COATS WAS FOUND ON THE GROUND AT THE CORNER OF DEBUS STREET AND CAPTAIN DRIVE. TOTAL LOSS WAS 250 DOLLARS. AROUND THE SAME TIME, ANOTHER VEHICLE WAS BROKEN INTO ON CAPTAIN DRIVE. A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL WAS TAKEN FROM THE CENTER CONSOLE. TOTAL LOSS WAS 725 DOLLARS.

 

 

(NOV 25, 2014)  THE PULASKI REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET MONDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED A REQUEST FROM SILICON RANCH TO SUBDIVIDE PART OF ITS PROPERTY LOCATED BETWEEN ELKTON HIGHWAY, SOLAR WAY AND COMMERCE WAY AND A REQUEST FOR A 10,858 SQUARE FOOT EXPANSION TO THE HEWITT HOUSE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY.  COMMISSIONERS ALSO VOTED TO SEND A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ADDING THE LANGUAGE "OR A STREET CONSTRUCTED TO CITY SPECIFICATIONS" TO A CITY ORDINANCE.  THE ADDITION WOULD ALLOW FOR GREATER LEEWAY IN SUBDIVIDING SOME RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR CONSTRUCTION.  THE AMENDED ORDINANCE WOULD HAVE TO BE PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON TWO READINGS TO BE IMPLEMENTED.

 

 

(NOV 22, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE FOUND THE BODY A WOMAN REPORTED MISSING THURSDAY NIGHT.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, SUSAN SUNDUSKY MARTIN WAS FOUND DECEASED SATURDAY AT THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN A REMOTE AREA.  NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED.  A JOINT INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING BETWEEN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.  INVESTIGATORS WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CALLED IN TIPS WHEN MARTIN'S DISAPPEARANCE WAS REPORTED.

 

 

(NOV 21, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR A MISSING FEMALE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE FAMILY OF SUSAN SANDUSKY MARTIN REPORTED THE WOMAN MISSING THURSDAY AROUND 10 P-M AFTER MARTIN FAILED TO PICK UP HER CHILD AT SCHOOL AND NO ONE WAS ABLE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH HER.  SHE IS A WHITE FEMALE, 6 FEET TALL, 230 POUNDS WITH BLUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR.  SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLACK CAPRI EXERCISE PANTS, A PURPLE HOODED PULLOVER AND PURPLE TENNIS SHOES.  SHE WAS DRIVING A RED 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO WITH A TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATE A9448B.  MARTIN IS BELIEVED TO HAVE LEFT THE LEOMA AREA WITH A POSSIBLE DESTINATION OF WALMART IN LAWRENCEBURG OR PULASKI.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HER WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO  CALL THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 762-3626 OR LAWRENCE CENTRAL DISPATCH AT 762-0450. 

 

 

(NOV 20, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY INMATE ACCUSED IN A 2013 MURDER HAS BEEN MOVED TO ANOTHER JAIL FACILITY AHEAD OF HIS TRIAL.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 49 YEAR-OLD RICKY LEE HOUSER OF LAWRENCEBURG WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE MAURY COUNTY JAIL ON WEDNESDAY TO SEPARATE HIM FROM A CO-DEFENDANT ALSO INDICTED IN THE CASE.  HOUSER AND RACHEL KAY BOND OF FIVE POINTS WERE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MAY 2013 DEATH OF 46 YEAR-OLD ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" DAVIS OF FIVE POINTS.  DAVIS' BODY WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA OFF OF BRYANT BOSWELL ROAD ON MAY 11TH, 2013.  DAVIS WAS REPORTED MISSING MAY 3RD AFTER FAILING TO REPORT FOR WORK AND HOUSER AND BOND WERE LINKED TO THE CRIME EARLY IN THE INVESTIGATION.  LAWRENCE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INDICATED THAT AS THEY PREPARE FOR TRIAL, HOUSER AND BOND NEEDED TO BE SEPARATED.  HOUSER, WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AND DRUG CHARGES,  IS STILL TECHNICALLY IN LAWRENCE COUNTY CUSTODY WHILE HE IS BEING HOUSED IN MAURY COUNTY.  BOND REMAINS IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL.  HOUSER'S TRIAL IS SET TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 3RD.      

 

(NOV 20, 2014)  ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL BURGLARIES AT VARIOUS FARMS IN NORTHERN GILES COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, 30 YEAR-OLD MICHAEL ANTHONY LINDSEY OF MOUNT PLEASANT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY BY THE U-S MARSHAL FUGITIVE TASK FORCE ON WARRANTS FROM LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES.  LINDSEY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS, THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND VIOLATION OF CIRCUIT COURT PROBATION.  HIS PROBATION CHARGES WERE DRUG RELATED.  LINDSEY IS BEING HELD IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS TO BE HELD WITHOUT BOND FOR THE PROBATION VIOLATION.  37 YEAR-OLD PAUL ANDREW HEDGEPATH OF SUMMERTOWN WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND IS BEING HELD IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  38 YEAR-OLD AUSTIN LEE BURCHELL SENIOR OF PULASKI WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR THEFT OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND IS BEING HELD ON 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THERE IS A CONNECTION TO METHAMPHETAMINE AND THESE THEFTS.  THE TRIO ALSO SOLD STOLEN PROPERTY IN MAURY AND MARSHALL COUNTIES.  THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ASKS THAT ANYONE WHO BOUGHT PROPERTY FROM THESE INDIVIDUALS OR WAS APPROACHED ABOUT PURCHASING PROPERTY FROM THEM, TO CALL 931-363-3505.  AUTHORITIES ARE STILL TRYING TO LOCATE A 2012 CAMOUFLAGE JOHN DEERE GATOR, A 2011 CAMOUFLAGE HONDA RUBICON, A 24 FOOT WHITE AND TEAL TRAIL LITE CAMPER AND AN ORANGE HUSQVARNA LAWN TRACTOR.  

 

(NOV 20, 2014)  TO COMMEMORATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS SELECTION AS MISTER BASKETBALL FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WILL HONOR CEDRICK WALLACE FRIDAY BY HANGING HIS MISTER BASKETBALL BANNER IN THE SCHOOL GYM.  WALLACE WAS CHOSEN FOR THE STATE-WIDE ATHLETIC HONOR IN 1995.  LISTED AS A 6 FOOT 3 SENIOR AND THE ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER FOR THE WILDCATS, WALLACE DEVELOPED INTO A VERSITILE PLAYER AVERAGING 31 POINT 7 POINTS PER GAME WITH 8 POINT 7 REBOUNDS AND 5 POINT 2 ASSISTS.  HE WAS SELECTED BY THE DISTRICT 8 TRIPLE-A COACHES AS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND HE AND HIS TEAMMATES WON THE DISTRICT TITLE WITH A RECORD OF 24 AND 6.  WALLACE WENT ON TO PLAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL AT MISSISSIPPI STATE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY.  AFTER COLLEGE, HE PLAYED SEVERAL SEASONS IN EUROPE.  THE MISTER BASKETBALL ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION WILL BE HELD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL GAME. 



(NOV 20, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL KICK-OFF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON WITH THE 32ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND AT ROTARY PARK.  ATTENDEES CAN SHOP INDOORS AT OVER 90 BOOTHS FEATURING ANTIQUES, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, TOYS, HANDMADE CRAFTS, GAMES, FOLK ART, BAKED GOODS AND MORE.  PAT'S CAFE AND CATERING WILL OFFER CONCESSIONS.  SHOP FRIDAY FROM 6 TO 9, SATURDAY FROM 9 TO 5 AND SUNDAY FROM 1 TO 4.  ADMISSION IS 5 DOLLARS ON FRIDAY (TONIGHT) AND 3 DOLLARS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.  CHILDREN 8 AND UNDER WILL BE ADMITTED FREE.



(NOV 20, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOR A WORK SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE PURPOSE IS TO DISCUSS SANITATION ISSUES AND VOLUNTARY CONDEMNATION PROCEDURES WITH CODES.  THE SESSION WILL BE HELD MONDAY AT 2 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

 

 

(NOV 19, 2014)  THE DIVISION OF FORESTRY REMINDS TENNESSEE RESIDENTS THAT IF THEY INTEND TO DO ANY OUTDOOR BURNING, THEY ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO OBTAIN A FREE BURNING PERMIT DURING FOREST FIRE SEASON - BETWEEN OCTOBER 15TH AND MAY 15TH.  PERMITS GENERALLY COVER 24 HOURS.  FOR WEEKEND BURNING, PERMITS CAN BE OBTAINED ON FRIDAYS BY PHONE OR ONLINE SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS.  PERMITS WILL ONLY BE ISSUED IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED SAFE FOR DEBRIS BURNING ACTIVITY.  LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 5,270 PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY WITH 930 ISSUED ONLINE.  TO OBTAIN A PERMIT, CALL TOLL FREE 1-877-350-2876 BETWEEN 8:30 A-M AND 4:30 P-M MONDAY THRU FRIDAY.  PERMITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ANYTIME ONLINE BY VISITING THE WEBSITE BURNSAFETN.ORG.  ONLINE APPLICANTS WILL SUBMIT THE SAME INFORMATION AS PHONE APPLICANTS AND WILL RECEIVE A PRINTABLE PERMIT TO HAVE ON HAND WHILE CONDUCTING THEIR BURN.  OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS THAT "YOUR FIRE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY".  SMALL SCALE DEBRIS BURNING SHOULD ALWAYS BE DONE IN A SAFE MANNER AND IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERMIT RECIPIENT.

 

 

(NOV 19, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WILL MEET THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX ON THE SQUARE.  THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REQUEST CONCERNING PROPERTY ON THE CORNER OF MASSEY AVENUE AND HOFFMAN STREET.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE OF TEN FEET TO THE FRONT SETBACK ON HOFFMAN SO THAT A DUPLEX CAN BE BUILT.  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND. 



(NOV 19, 2014)  THE ANNUAL KIDS PLACE SOUP OR STEW LUNCHEON IS THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 2 AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. ENJOY A BOWL OF SOUP OR STEW OF YOUR CHOICE WITH DESSERT AND DRINK FOR 5 DOLLARS. TAKE OUT ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE. KIDS PLACE...A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER HELPS OUR COMMUNITY BY MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO TREAT, PREVENT AND STOP CHILD ABUSE, AND THEY WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF LAWRENCE COUNTY CITIZENS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 766-2213.

 

 

(NOV 19, 2014)  THE 9TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK AT DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK WILL BE DECEMBER 15TH AND 17TH. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD INDOORS AT THE PARK RESTAURANT THIS YEAR, BUT VISITORS WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY OUTDOOR LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE RESTAURANT. THE PROGRAM WILL FEATURE STORYTELLING, MUSIC, CRAFTS, SOME HISTORY, AND REFRESHMENTS. GROUPS WILL TAKE THE TOUR EVERY 20 MINUTES FROM 5 TIL 6:30 EACH EVENING. ADMISSION IS 2 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN 3 AND OVER. TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL THE PARK OFFICE AT 762-9408 OR EMAIL RACHEL.BRIDGES@TN.GOV.

 

 

(NOV 18, 2014)  J. RUSSELL PARKES OF COLUMBIA HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS 22ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM'S OFFICE, PARKES WAS APPOINTED TO THE POSITION MONDAY.  HE REPLACES JUDGE ROBERT LEE HOLLOWAY WHO RECENTLY WAS NAMED TO THE TENNESSEE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS.  PARKES, A LAWRENCEBURG NATIVE, HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE LAW FIRM HARDIN, PARKES, KELLEY AND CARTER IN COLUMBIA SINCE 1990.  THE 22ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT INCLUDES LAWRENCE, GILES, MAURY AND WAYNE COUNTIES.  

 


(NOV 18, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION MET MONDAY IN REGULAR SESSION.  COMMISSIONERS DID NOT TALLY ENOUGH VOTES TO APPROVE A SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT INVOLVED MOVING LINE ITEMS IN THE CURRENT BUDGET.  THE BOARD DID APPROVE BONDING INTERIM DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS J-B SMITH.  AN AMENDMENT TO THE COUNTY BUDGET WAS APPROVED THAT INCLUDES FUNDS FOR THE ARDMORE LIBRARY, TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT FOR DRIVING SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS, A SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE CIRCUIT COURTROOM AND SALARY INCREASES FOR JUDGE RICHARDSON'S SECRETARY AND THE COUNTY YOUTH OFFICER.  THE COMMISSION ALSO DISCUSSED A NEWS LETTER TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF ISSUES COMING BEFORE THE BOARD.  THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE INDICATED THAT A PLAN TO USE THE COUNTY WEBSITE FOR THAT PURPOSE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.    

 

 

(NOV 18, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION WILL MEET THURSDAY MORNING AT 9 TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE ON CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD.

 


(NOV 18, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS THE FAVORITE CHILDREN'S MUSICAL "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" THIS WEEKEND AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  THE CAST FEATURES OVER 50 STUDENTS FROM THE AREA.  PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING AT 7 AND SUNDAY AT 2.  TICKETS ARE 7 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 5 DOLLARS FOR KIDS 12 AND UNDER.  TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE ONLINE AT LAWRENCEBURGTN.GOV OR THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  

 

 

(NOV 18. 2014)  THE 29TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT 6 IN GYM NUMBER 3 AT ROTARY PARK.  THE EVENT WILL FEATURE THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHILDREN'S CHOIR, A BAKED GOODS AUCTION, A MEAL AND ELSA FROM "FROZEN" WILL MAKE A SPECIAL APPEARANCE.  PROCEEDS FROM THE FUNDRAISER WILL BENEFIT THE SPIRIT OF SANTA PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES CLOTHING AND TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED.  ADMISSION IS FREE BUT DONATIONS OF CANNED FOOD AND UNWRAPPED TOYS AND KIDS CLOTHING ARE ENCOURAGED.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 242-2248 OR 242-1219.



(NOV 18, 2014)  AUDITIONS FOR THE LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER PRODUCTION OF THE COMEDY PLAY "HALLELUJAH GIRLS" WILL BE HELD IN DECEMBER.  THE SHOW, DIRECTED BY DUSTIN ROBERTSON, INCLUDES ROLES FOR 6 WOMEN AND 2 MEN IN THEIR LATE 50'S TO MID 60'S.  AUDITIONS WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH AND MONDAY DECEMBER 8TH FROM 6:30 TO 8 EACH EVENING AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.

 

 

(NOV 13, 2014)  THE SUSPECT IN A DUI CHASE RELATED TO A FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THE LIFE OF A MAURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY HAS POSTED BOND AND WON'T FACE HOMICIDE CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 22 YEAR-OLD CARISSA MICHELLE CHRIST OF BRENTWOOD POSTED 28 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING A COURT APPEARANCE.  CHRIST WAS ARRESTED NOVEMBER 4TH FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, FELONY EVADING ARREST, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE AND LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT IN CONNECTION WITH A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT.  OFFICERS BEGAN A PURSUIT OF THE SUSPECT AROUND 3 AM FOLLOWING THE INITIAL WRECK AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DARRELL PERRITT, 42, OF SPRING HILL WAS KILLED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIS WAY TO ASSIST IN THE CHASE.  PERRITT'S PATROL CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY AND HIT A TREE ON CLARA MATHIS ROAD AND THE DEPUTY DIED AT THE SCENE.  CHRIST WAS ARRESTED AFTER WRECKING HER CAR A SECOND TIME, ENDING THE PURSUIT.  DISTRICT ATTORNEY BRENT COOPER HAS INDICATED THAT AS PERRITT WAS NOT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATING IN THE CHASE AT THE TIME OF HIS ACCIDENT, THAT NO HOMICIDE CHARGES AGAINST CHRIST APPLY IN THIS CASE.  CHRIST HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF DUI IN MARCH IN HICKMAN COUNTY AND HER LICENSE WAS REVOKED AT THE TIME OF THE LATEST INCIDENT.  SHE WAS RELEASED ON BOND THIS WEEK WITH THE STIPULATION THAT SHE REPORT DIRECTLY TO AN IN-PATIENT ALCOHOL REHAB CENTER AND WEAR A MONITOR THAT ALERTS AUTHORITIES IF IT DETECTS ALCOHOL.  SHE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING DECEMBER 4TH.    

 

(NOV 13, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MET THURSDAY MORNING IN REGULAR SESSION.  CITY ADMINISTRATOR CHRIS SHAFFER TOLD MEMBERS THAT THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN MAKING THE ROUNDS PICKING UP YARD DEBRIS.  BAGGED LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP LATER AS THE PLASTIC BAGS CANNOT BE MIXED IN WITH OTHER LOOSE DEBRIS.  CITY RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE BAGGING FALLEN LEAVES AND TRUCKS WILL BE AROUND SOON TO COLLECT THEM.  AN ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY WAS APPROVED ON SECOND READING.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE ON SECOND AND FINAL READING.  THE MEASURE ADDS A 2 THOUSAND DOLLAR SAFETY GRANT TO THE 2014-2015 BUDGET.  RESOLUTIONS TO APPLY FOR TWO SEPARATE GRANTS FOR EQUIPMENT FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE APPROVED.  THE BOARD PASSED AN AGREEMENT TO CONTRACT WITH TRAVIS HENDERSON TO FENCE AND REMOVE BRUSH FROM PROPERTY ON OLD FLORENCE ROAD ADJACENT TO THE WATER STORAGE TANK.  AND NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE AND PROHIBIT PARKING ON A SECTION OF GALLAHER BOULEVARD. 

 


(NOV 13, 2014)  CHRISTMAS POPS TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT WEEKEND.  LAWRENCE COUNTY ORATORIO SOCIETY DIRECTOR PAUL PLANT ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT TICKETS TO THE ANNUAL FREE CONCERT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND AT 10 AM AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  CHRISTMAS POPS IS AN ANNUAL GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY FROM PARKES LUMBER COMPANY, TITLE AND ESCROW OF LAWRENCE COUNTY AND FIRST FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK.  THIS YEAR'S SHOW WILL FEATURE A 50 VOICE LOCAL CHOIR ACCOMPANIED BY A BRASS QUINTET WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE NASHVILLE PIPES AND DRUMS BAGPIPE BAND.  A MAXIMUM OF FOUR TICKETS PER ADULT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AS LONG AS THEY LAST.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-7528. 

 

 

(NOV 13, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMENT MET WEDNESDAY IN REGULAR SESSION.  FOUR BIDS FOR THREE NEW POLICE CARS WERE OPENED AND THE BOARD VOTED TO SEND THE BIDS TO THE CITY MANAGER FOR STUDY.  THE BOARD APPROVED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING AN ORDINANCE TO ANNEX INTO THE CITY ABOUT 54 ACRES OF PROPERTY OWNED BY THE HOLT FAMILY.  FIRST READING ON AN ORDINANCE REZONING THE PROPERTY FROM RESIDENTIAL TO INDUSTRIAL WAS ALSO APPROVED.  A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE REZONING WAS SCHEDULED FOR 12:05 ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH.  IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT BIDS BE LET ON THE COLLECTION OF SLUDGE FROM THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT.  AND THE BOARD AUTHORIZED 175 DOLLARS IN CHAMBER BUCKS AS A CHRISTMAS BONUS TO ALL CITY EMPLOYEES.  



(NOV 13, 2014)  MID-SOUTH MEDIATION SERVICES WILL CONDUCT PARENTING CLASSES THIS WEEKEND FOR DIVORCING PARENTS.  THE FOUR HOUR TENNESSEE COURT APPROVED PARENTING EDUCATION SEMINAR WILL BE HELD SATURDAY FROM 10 TO NOON AND 1 TO 3 AT THE MID-SOUTH OFFICE INSIDE THE WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING ON SMITH AVENUE IN HOHENWALD.  TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 796-0487.



(NOV 12, 2014)  TWO SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED THIS WEEK AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND METH LABS AT HOMES IN LAWRENCEBURG AND LORETTO.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT 26 YEAR-OLD CODY WAYNE LAWS WAS ALLEGEDLY MAKING METHAMPHETAMINE AT HIS WEST POINT ROAD HOME.  UPON ARRIVAL AT THE RESIDENCE TO QUESTION THE SUSPECT, LAWS WAS ARMED BUT COMPLIED TO A REQUEST TO DISARM AND HE GAVE POLICE CONSENT TO SEARCH HIS HOME AND PROPERTY.  A VARIETY OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA WAS FOUND IN THE SUSPECT'S BEDROOM, ALONG WITH A HALF STRIP OF SUBOXONE AND FIVE OTHER FIREARMS.  A SEARCH OF A SHED REVEALED A METH LAB AND COMPONENTS TO MAKE THE DRUG.  LAWS WAS ARRESTED ON MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH INITIATION OF METH, POSSESSION OF METH AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE THREE DRUGS.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN COURT DECEMBER 5TH.  ON TUESDAY, INVESTIGATORS RESPONDED TO A BEARTOWN ROAD HOME AFTER RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT A METH LAB AT THE LORETTO RESIDENCE OF 30 YEAR-OLD DEREK LINCOLN BROWN.  OFFICERS DETECTED THE SMELL OF BURNT MARIJUANA AT THE HOME AND A SEARCH REVEALED A METH LAB, A GRAM OF MARIJUANA, SOME OXYCODONE PILLS AND A METH PIPE.  A REFERRAL WAS MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES AS BROWN'S SON WAS PRESENT DURING THE INCIDENT.  BROWN WAS CHARGED WITH INITIATION OF METH, PROMOTION OF METH, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE TWO NARCOTICS, SIMPLE POSSESSION AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA.  BROWN IS BEING HELD ON 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT DECEMBER 5TH.



(NOV 12, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO MEET THURSDAY MORNING AT 8:30 IN THE COUNCIL ROOM IN THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTIONS AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY INCORPORATED. SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE 2014-2015 BUDGET. FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE AND PROHIBIT THE PARKING OF ALL VEHICLES ON GALLAHER BOULEVARD, BETWEEN CARROLL AVENUE AND THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET. RESOLUTIONS AUTHORIZING THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY TO THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THE 2014 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS REGIONAL GRANT AS WELL AS AN ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS MICRO GRANT TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT. AND RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBIURG TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH TRAVIS HENDERSON.

 


(NOV 12, 2014)  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE 2014-2015 CROCKETT PERFORMANCE SERIES AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEARE IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEBURG. THE SERIES BEGINS THURSDAY EVENING AT 7 WITH THE MUSIC CITY STRINGS. ADULT TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS AND 15 DOLLARS. CHILDREN WILL BE ADMITTED FOR 7 DOLLARS FOR THIS SHOW ONLY. SEASON TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR 100 DOLLARS AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS DEPARTMENT OR BY CALLING 762-4231. FOR DETAILS ON EACH PERFORMANCE AND TO PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, GO ONLINE TO CROCKETTTHEATRESERIES.COM.



(NOV 12, 2014)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMAN MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY. THEY APPROVED THE 2ND READING OF THE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT  BLOCK GRANT FOR EARLY WARNING SIRENS TOTALING 133,436 DOLLARS. ALSO APPROVED WAS A PLAN OF SERVICES FOR THE ABERCROMBIE PROPERTY AS WELL AS THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ANNEX THE PROPERTY AND THE ADDITION OF TWO NEW VOLUNTEER FIREMEN.

 

 

(NOV 11, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY NIGHT.  TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFFERS OF THE MONTH WERE RECOGNIZED.  GIFTED EDUCATION FACILITATOR CAROL BEASLEY WAS NAMED OCTOBER TEACHER OF THE MONTH, LEOMA SCHOOL CAFETERIA MANAGER CHRISTY PRENTICE WAS NAMED OCTOBER SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH AND CROCKETT ELEMENTARY EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT RHONDA CALDWELL WAS NAMED NOVEMBER SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM REPORT CARD WAS PRESENTED AND SHOWED A NUMBER OF POSITIVE STATISTICS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.  LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS RANKED FIRST IN THE REGION FOR END OF COURSE TESTS FOR 3RD THRU 8TH GRADE MATH, READING AND SCIENCE, ALSO IN ALGEBRA ONE AND U-S HISTORY AND IN THE TOP FIVE IN THE REGION FOR ALGEBRA TWO, BIOLOGY, ENGLISH ONE AND ENGLISH TWO.   THE SYSTEM ALSO RECEIVED THE HIGHEST RANKING IN GROWTH NUMBERS IN ALL MEASURED CATEGORIES.  AN AREA THAT SHOWS A NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT IN LAWRENCE COUNTY WAS THE COMPOSITE A.C.T AVERAGE SCORE WHICH WAS AN 18 POINT 8, RANKING THE SYSTEM 6TH IN THE REGION.  THE 2014 AVERAGE A.C.T SCORE IN TENNESSEE WAS 19 POINT 8 AND THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WAS 21 POINT ZERO.  THE BOARD DISCUSSED A PROPOSED 84 CENTS AN HOUR RAISE FOR BUS DRIVERS.  AS THE FUNDING FOR THE SALARY HIKE WAS NOT IN THE RECENTLY PASSED BUDGET FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR, MEMBERS VOTED TO LOOK AT ADDING THE RAISE TO NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.  THE BOARD ALSO PASSED A MEASURE TO SIGN THE RIGHT OF OPTION TO PURCHASE TWO PROPERTIES FOR A NEW LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL AND A NEW SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL TO THE COUNTY.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION HAS AGREED TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTIES WITH BOND PROCEEDS AND NEEDS LEGAL RIGHTS TO MAKE THE PURCHASE FOR THE SALE TO PROCEED.  THE SCHOOL BOARD AGREED TO THE PROPOSAL WITH THE AMENDMENT THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY AND COUNTY ATTORNEY DRAFT A DOCUMENT THAT RELIQUISHES CONTROL OF THE PROPERTIES BACK TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AFTER THE PURCHASE AND BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.     

 


(NOV 11, 2014)  WITH EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES ON THE WAY THIS WEEK, THE TENNESSEE FIRE MARSHAL ENCORAGES RESIDENTS TO USE PORTABLE HEATERS SAFELY TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF A PREVENTABLE FIRE.  TO HELP PREVENT A PORTABLE HEATER FIRE IN YOUR HOME, FOLLOW A FEW SAFETY TIPS:  TURN HEATERS OFF WHEN YOU GO TO BED OR LEAVE A ROOM.  KEEP ANYTHING THAT CAN BURN, INCLUDING BEDDING, CLOTHING, CURTAINS, PETS AND PEOPLE AT LEAST THREE FEET AWAY FROM HEATERS.  ONLY USE PORTABLE HEATERS WITH AN AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF MECHANISM SO IF THEY TIP OVER, THEY SHUT OFF.  PLUG HEATERS DIRECTLY INTO OUTLETS AND NEVER INTO AN EXTENSION CORD OR POWER STRIP.  CHECK FOR CORD FRAYING OR CRACKING AND BE AWARE OF SIGNS OF OVERHEATING IN THE DEVICE ITSELF.  THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION ALSO REMINDS RESIDENTS TO HAVE WORKING SMOKE ALARMS ON EVERY LEVEL OF YOUR HOME, OUTSIDE EVERY SLEEPING AREA AND TEST THEM MONTHLY TO ENSURE THEY ARE IN PROPER WORKING ORDER.  



(NOV 11, 2014)  THE PULASKI REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET MONDAY.  THE FINAL SITE PLAN FOR THE HAMPTON INN PROJECT WAS APPROVED.  THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE HAS ALREADY APPROVED THE PLAN AND THE CONTRACTOR MAY NOW REQUEST A BUILDING PERMIT AND BEGIN WORK ON THE PROJECT. 

 

 

(NOV 11, 2014) THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS MONTH.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH AT 5 IN THE COMMISSION ROOM AT THE COURTHOUSE. 

 

 

(NOV 10, 2014)  AN EARLY MORNING FIRE CLAIMED A LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME.  THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED AROUND 3:30 MONDAY MORNING AT A RESIDENCE ON WEST POINT ROAD.  MEMBERS OF THE GANDY, WEST POINT AND CRAWFISH VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED BUT THE HOME AND ALL OF ITS CONTENTS WERE A TOTAL LOSS.  LAWRENCEBURG RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY EMS ASSISTED.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 

 


(NOV 10, 2014)  TENNESSEE HAS A FINAL COUNT ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR THE TENNESSEE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE BARRY DOSS, 56,571 STUDENTS HAVE APPLIED FOR TENNESSEE PROMISE. THIS ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ACROSS THE STATE. THE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDES LAST DOLLAR TUITION TO ANY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PLANNING TO ATTEND A 2 YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY.

 


(NOV 10, 2014)  THE ANNUAL VETERAN'S DAY PARADE WILL BE HELD TUESDAY.  THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE WHO PRESERVED OUR FREEDOM".  THE GRAND MARSHALL IS KNOX HOLDER, A WELL KNOWN WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN AND BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT.  THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND PROCEED DOWN NORTH MILITARY, AROUND THE SQUARE AND END AT EO COFFMAN SCHOOL.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE READY TO LINE UP AT 10:15.  WALKERS ARE WELCOME TO WALK THE ROUTE WITH THE PARADE. 



(NOV 10, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING INTO SOME RECENT THEFT AND VANDALISM CASES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, SOMETIME THURSDAY NIGHT, SOMEONE SLASHED FOUR TIRES AT A FIRST AVENUE RESIDENCE.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 600 DOLLARS.  A SUNDOWN DRIVE RESIDENT REPORTED A 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN STOLEN FROM HIS HOME ON THURSDAY.  THE GUN WAS VALUED AT 500 DOLLARS.  AND A BLACK MOUNTAIN BIKE WAS TAKEN FRIDAY FROM THE FRONT YARD OF A BECKHAM AVENUE RESIDENCE.  LOSS TOTALED 50 DOLLARS. 



(NOV 10, 2014)  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE 2014-2015 CROCKETT PERFORMANCE SERIES AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEARE IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEBURG. THE SERIES BEGINS THURSDAY EVENING AT 7 WITH THE MUSIC CITY STRINGS. ADULT TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS AND 15 DOLLARS. CHILDREN WILL BE ADMITTED FOR 7 DOLLARS FOR THIS SHOW ONLY.SEASON TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR 100 DOLLARS AND CAN BE PURCHASED A THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS DEPARTMENT OR BY CALLING 762-4231. FOR DETAILS ON EACH PERFORMANCE AND TO PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, GO ONLINE TO CROCKETTTHEATRESERIES.COM.



(NOV 7, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE DECEMBER 6TH AT 5 PM. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHRISTMAS PARADE, AND THE GRAND MARSHAL IS THE LAWRENCEBURG KIWANIS CLUB, ALSO CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SERVICE TO LAWRENCE COUNTY.  THE THEME THIS YEAR IS THE MAGIC OF CHIRSTMAS. FLOATS WILL BE JUDGED ON HOW THEY PORTRAY THE PARADE THEME, THE USE OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND MUSIC.  CASH AWARDS ARE GIVEN FOR FIRST AND SECOND PLACE IN FOUR CATEGORIES: COMMERCIAL-BUSINESS, YOUTH-SCHOOL GROUPS, CHURCH, AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.  BEFORE THE PARADE, VISIT WITH SANTA AND ENJOY LIGHT REFRESHMENTS FROM 2 TO 4 IN THE LOBBY OF THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.   ENJOY SHOPPING WITH THE DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS AND JOIN LAWRENCEBURG MAYOR KEITH DURHAM AS HE KICKS-OFF THE PARADE WITH THE LIGHTING OF THE CITY’S CHRISTMAS TREE AT 5. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER AN ENTRY, CALL BETH AT THE CHAMBER AT 762-4911.

 


(NOV 7, 2014)  PREPARE FOR COLD AND FLU SEASON BY TAKING PROPER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WELL.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM SOUTHERN TENNESSEE REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM LAWRENCEBURG, MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE HAD ANNUAL IMMUNIZATIONS AND TAKE SIMPLE MEASURES TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES: WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER, SCRUBBING THE BACKS, BETWEEN FINGERS, AND UNDER YOUR NAILS FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS. USE AN ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER WITH AT LEAST 60 PERCENT ALCOHOL IF YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO SOAP AND WATER.  AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH, ESPECIALLY WITH UNWASHED HANDS.  AVOID CLOSE CONTACT AND DO NOT SHARE FOOD, CUPS, OR EATING UTENSILS WITH ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE A VIRUS.  DISINFECT YOUR HOME AND BEL0NGINGS, SUCH AS CHILDREN'S TOYS AND PLAY AREAS REGULARLY.  ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE SICK STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL OR WORK TO AVOID EXPOSING OTHERS TO INFECTION.  COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN COUGHING OR SNEEZING, USING A TISSUE OR YOUR SLEEVE OR ELBOW, BUT DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS. SOUTHERN TENNESSEE LAWRENCEBURG'S GOAL IS TO KEEP GREATER LAWRENCE COUNTY  HEALTHY. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INFECTION PREVENTION OR NEED ASSISTANCE SCHEDULING A FLU SHOT, CALL 762-6571.  

 


(NOV 7, 2014)  SOME OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY FOR VETERANS DAY.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.  TUESDAY'S LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE CART PICK-UP WILL BE ON THURSDAY.  LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED AND LORETTO CITY HALL WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TUESDAY IN OBERSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY.

 


(NOV 7, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET THURSDAY.  THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED CLOSING A ROAD IN THE CAMPBELLSVILLE AREA. YOKLEY CEMETERY ROAD IS A SHORT, LOOP, GRAVEL ROAD THAT WAS BUILT A FEW YEARS AGO AS A LOGGING ROAD, SO CLOSING THE ROAD WILL NOT INHIBIT ACCESS TO ANYTHING.  IT WAS DECIDED THAT LETTERS WILL BE SENT TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES AND A NOTIFICATION WILL BE IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER INFORMING RESIDENTS OF THE CLOSING.



(NOV 7, 2014)  MAGNETI MARELLI IS HAVING A HIRING EVENT ON MONDAY FROM 9 TO NOON AND 1 TO 4 AT THE TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER IN PULASKI. APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. PLEASE BRING TWO FORMS OF I-D, AND A DRUG SCREEN AND BACKGROUND CHECK ARE REQUIRED. IF YOU HAVE APPLIED WITH MAGNETI MARELLI IN THE PAST YEAR, THERE IS NO NEED TO REAPPLY AT THIS TIME. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-9550.



(NOV 6, 2014)  THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA HAS CHOSEN A NEW PRESIDENT.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, THE UNA SEARCH COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THAT 50 YEAR-OLD KEN KITTS HAS BEEN OFFERED THE JOB.  KITTS IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS PROVOST AND VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE AND HAS MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF UNIVERSITY LEVEL TEACHING EXPERIENCE.  UNA TRUSTEES SPENT SEVERAL HOURS EARLIER THIS WEEK DISCUSSING THE DECISION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BEFORE ANNOUNCING THE SELECTION IN A PUBLIC MEETING WEDNESDAY.  CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH KITTS WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK WITH PLANS TO PRESENT A CONTRACT FOR APPROVAL AT THE TRUSTEES' NEXT REGULAR SESSION DECEMBER 15TH.  KITTS WILL REPLACE WILLIAM CALE WHO RETIRED IN JUNE AS UNA PRESIDENT AFTER 9 YEARS AT THE POST.  JOHN THORNELL WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS INTERIM PRESIDENT UNTIL KITTS TAKES THE OFFICE.  

 

 

(NOV 6, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION'S FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MET WEDNESDAY.  COUNTY EXECUTIVE JANET VANZANT WAS ELECTED CHAIR AND TOMMY POLLARD VICE CHAIR AND NANCY GRIFFIN WAS VOTED DEPUTY FINANCE DIRECTOR.  THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CONVENED AND, AFTER A LENGTHY DISCUSSION, OPTED NOT TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE FULL COMMISSION ON THE PROPOSED AMENDED SCHOOL BUDGET.  THE SCHOOLS COMMITTEE MADE THE SAME DECISION AT A RECENT MEETING.  THE AMENDED PROPOSAL REQUIRES NO NEW MONEY BUT MOVES SOME LINE ITEMS IN THE BUDGET.  THE COMMITTEE APPROVED PAYING 3,625 DOLLARS AS ITS SHARE OF THE MATCHING GRANT FOR LAND ACQUISITION FOR THE ABERNATHY FIELD RUNWAY LENGTHENING PROJECT.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF 100 COTS FOR THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO USE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY AND A RAISE AND FUNDS FOR A COMPUTER AND PART-TIME HELP FOR THE YOUTH SERVICES OFFICER.  THE OFFICER IS ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK.  COMMITTEE MEMBERS O-KAYED FUNDING TO TRAIN NEW PEOPLE TO TEACH DRIVING SCHOOL CLASSES AND A NEW SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE GENERAL SESSIONS COURT.     



(NOV 6, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOR A WORK SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE PURPOSE IS TO DISCUSS THE ISO RATING FOR THE CITY.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH AT 9 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. 

 

 

(NOV 6, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES A SITE PLAN FOR 2130 NORTH LOCUST AVENUE AND A SITE PLAN FOR 1908 NORTH LOCUST AVENUE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH AT 5 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. 

 

 

(NOV 5, 2014)  A WINCHESTER MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING AND MURDERING A WOMAN FROM MORRISON.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, TBI SPECIAL AGENTS BEGAN INVESTIGATING 47 YEAR-OLD ROBERT TROY WHIPPLE ON APRIL 27TH.  EARLY MORNING ON THE 27TH, A TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER ATTEMPTED TO STOP WHIPPLE'S VEHICLE BUT RESULTED IN A PURSUIT THRU FRANKLIN COUNTY.  THE CHASE ENDED WHEN WHIPPLE CRASHED HIS VEHICLE AT A DEAD END ROAD IN ESTILL SPRINGS.  UPON EXITING THE VEHICLE, WHIPPLE HAD A BLADED INSTRUMENT IN HAND AND STABBED A FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPUTY IN HIS RIGHT HAND AND CUT THE DEPUTY BELOW HIS RIGHT EYE.  AFTER DETAINING WHIPPLE, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THE BODY OF A WOMAN IN HIS CAR WHO WAS LATER IDENTFIED AS 46 YEAR-OLD BRIDGETTE HALEY FROM MORRISON.  CONTINUED INVESTIGATION REVEALED WHIPPLE AS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR HALEY'S DEATH.  THE FRANKLIN COUNTY GRAND JURY RETURNED INDICTMENTS FOR WHIPPLE ON MONDAY, CHARGING HIM WITH ONE COUNT OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ONE COUNT OF FELONY MURDER AND ONE COUNT OF ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING.  WHIPPLE WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY AND IS BEING HELD IN THE FRANKLIN COUNTY JAIL ON AN UNDETERMINED BOND. 

 


(NOV 5, 2014)  RESULTS FOR TUESDAY'S ARDMORE CITY ELECTION HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED BY THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION.  INCUMBER MAYOR TIM MCCONNELL WAS UNOPPOSED AND RECEIVED 240 COMPLIMENTARY VOTES.  4 YEAR TERM ALDERMAN CANDIDATE WAYNE HARVELL RECEIVED 178 VOTES, KEN CROSSON 176 VOTES, JOE STAGNER 166 VOTES AND JIM SMITH 137 VOTES.  2 YEAR TERM ALDERMAN CANDIDATE PAUL VAN MANEN RECEIVED 208 VOTES.  LIQUOR REFERENDUMS WERE ALSO ON THE ARDMORE BALLOT.  168 RESIDENTS VOTED FOR CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR ON THE PREMISES WHILE 129 VOTED AGAINST THE MEASURE.  170 VOTERS CAST BALLOTS TO PERMIT RETAIL PACKAGE STORES TO SELL LIQUOR AND 123 VOTED AGAINST IT. 

 


(NOV 5, 2014)  A MAURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WAS KILLED EARLY TUESDAY IN A WORK-RELATED TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, 42 YEAR-OLD DARRELL PERRITT WAS ASSISTING ANOTHER DEPUTY IN A DUI PURSUIT SHORTLY AFTER 3 AM IN SPRING HILL.  PERRITT'S PATROL CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY ON CLARA MATHIS ROAD NEAR BLACKBURN LANE AND STRUCK A TREE.  THE OFFICER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THE UNIDENTIFIED DUI SUSPECT CONTINUED TO FLEE BUT CRASHED A SHORT TIME LATER AND WAS FLOWN TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.   CHARGES ARE PENDING.  PERRITT HAD SERVED AS A FULL TIME DEPUTY WITH THE MAURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOR THREE MONTHS AND HAD PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A RESERVE DEPUTY FOR TWO YEARS.  HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN. 



(NOV 5, 2014)  THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA CLUB IS ONCE AGAIN COLLECTING CAN PULL TABS FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES.  DONATIONS MUST BE MADE AT LHS NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH.  THE TABS WILL BE DELIVERED TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF NASHVILLE WHERE MONEY REDEEMED FROM THE ALUMINUM WILL HELP WITH EXPENSES AT THE HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN NASHVILLE HOSPITALS DUE TO ILLNESS, ACCIDENTS AND PREMATURE BIRTH.   



(NOV 4, 2014)  VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS TUESDAY TO CAST BALLOTS IN SOME CITY AND STATE RACES AND TO VOICE OPINIONS ON SOME AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION.  LAWRENCEBURG MAYOR KEITH DURHAM BEAT CHALLENGER RICHARD GRIMES BY A TOTAL OF 1,843 TO 418 VOTES.  INCUMBENT LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL SEAT TWO CANDIDATE ROBIN WILLIAMS KEPT HIS SEAT AGAINST A CHALLENGE FROM BARRY GOBBLE 1,280 TO 875.  COUNCIL SEAT ONE INCUMBENT CHAD MOORE WAS UNOPPOSED AND RECEIVED 1,914 COMPLIMENTARY VOTES.  IN THE SAINT JOSEPH CITY RACE, VOTERS CHOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM A FIVE MAN FIELD FOR COMMISSIONERS.  BUBBA CARTER WITH 163 VOTES AND DAVID GREEN WITH 157 VOTES FINISHED FIRST AND SECOND TO WIN THE POSTS.  CANDIDATE TROY BURKS RECEIVED 143 VOTES, MACK GABEL TALLIED 80 VOTES AND MICHAEL NOVEM GARNERED 23 VOTES.  LAWRENCE COUNTIANS CAST THE MOST VOTES FOR GOVERNOR FOR BILL HASLAM WITH 6,264 TOTAL VOTES.  U-S SENATE CANDIDATE LAMAR ALEXANDER TOOK THE COUNTY WITH 5,888 VOTES.  THE WINNER OF THE U-S HOUSE DISTRICT 7 RACE WAS MARSHA BLACKBURN WITH 6,268 VOTES.  LAWRENCE COUNTY NATIVE AND INCUMBENT 70TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE BARRY DOSS WAS UNOPPOSED IN THE ELECTION AND RECEIVED 6,136 COMPLIMENTARY VOTES.  71ST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE DAVID "COACH" BYRD ALSO RAN UNOPPOSED AND RECEIVED 1,016 VOTES.  FOUR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS WERE ALSO ON THE BALLOT.  AMENDMENT ONE ADDING NEW LANGUAGE TO ARTICLE ONE TO INCLUDE THE RIGHT FOR STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO ENACT, AMEND OR REPEAL STATUTES REGARDING ABORTION.  AMENDMENT ONE RECEIVED 6,549 YES VOTES AND 2,374 NO VOTES IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  AMENDMENT TWO CHANGES ARTICLE SIX, SECTION THREE OF THE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING JUDICIAL SELECTION.  LAWRENCE COUNTY VOTERS CAST 5,094 YES BALLOTS AND 3,631 NO BALLOTS ON AMENDMENT TWO.  AMENDMENT THREE ADDS LANGUAGE TO ARTICLE TWO SECTION 28 OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING NOT HAVING A STATE INCOME TAX.  LAWRENCE COUNTY VOTERS CAST 5,959 BALLOTS FOR YES AND 2,376 BALLOTS FOR NO.  AND AMENDMENT FOUR CHANGES LANGUAGE TO ARTICLE ELEVEN, SECTION FIVE CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO USE GAMES OF CHANCE FOR REVENUE.  5,608 YES VOTES WERE CAST AND 2,508 NO VOTES WERE CAST IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  FOR COMPLETE TOTALS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE WLXONLINE.COM. 

 

 

(NOV 4, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY NIGHT.  LEADERS ENTERTAINED ONE AGENDA ITEM, THE APPROVAL OF A 3 POINT 5 MILLION DOLLAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOND.  THE FUNDS ARE SLATED TO BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF LAND FOR TWO NEW HIGH SCHOOL PROJECTS, EXPANSION OF THE NORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK FOR RAILWAY ACCESS, OTHER SCHOOL BUILDING AND VARIOUS COUNTY PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS, RENOVATION WORK AT THE COUNTY EMS LAWRENCEBURG STATION, A NEW CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BUILDING AND PATROL CARS FOR THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  A MEASURE TO DEFER ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION BY MARK NIEDERGESES AND AN AMENDMENT BY RONNIE BENEFIELD TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL 1 POINT 5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS BOTH FAILED TO GAIN SUPPORT AFTER A LENGTHY DISCUSSION.  COMMISSIONERS EVENTUALLY APPROVED THE ORIGINAL 3 POINT 5 MILLION DOLLAR BOND REQUEST ON A 14 TO 3 VOTE.

 

 

(NOV 4, 2014)  AUTHORITIES ARRESTED A MAN IN LORETTO MONDAY ON DRUG AND OTHER CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT A WEST COMMERCE STREET APARTMENT JUST BEFORE 2:30 AM LOOKING TO SERVE 37 YEAR-OLD BRIAN KEITH GOBBLE WITH AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR A PAROLE VIOLATION.  GOBBLE WAS FOUND IN THE BATHROOM WITH A SYRINGE IN HIS ARM.  HE WAS PLACED UNDER ARREST AND TRANSPORTED TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL.  A SEARCH OF GOBBLE AT THE FACILITY REVEALED HE HAD BAGGIES OF METHAMPHETAMINE WEIGHING A TOTAL OF 1 POINT 5 GRAMS IN HIS POCKETS.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH FOR RESALE AND INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO A PENAL FACILITY ALONG WITH THE PAROLE VIOLATION CHARGE.  GOBBLE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND DUE TO THE PAROLE VIOLATION AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT FOR THE NEW CHARGES ON DECEMBER 9TH.  

 

 

(NOV 4, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION'S SCHOOLS COMMITTEE MET MONDAY.  AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION, THE COMMITTEE TOOK NO ACTION ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT.  THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT INCLUDED NO NEW MONEY BUT RE-ALLOCATED FUNDS THAT WERE BUDGETED FOR AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S POSITION AT BRIDGEFORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT HAS SINCE BEEN ELIMINATED.  TO REALLOCATE THOSE FUNDS, DISCUSSION WAS MADE TO USE 41 THOUSAND OF THE 43,800 DOLLARS BUDGETED FOR THE POSITION TO BE SPLIT BETWEEN OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEM PRINCIPALS WITH THE REAMAINDER TO BE PAID TO INTERIM SCHOOL DIRECTOR J.B. SMITH.  THE AMENDMENT ALSO SHOWED AN ADDITIONAL 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM FUNDING FROM THE STATE TO BE USED FOR RISING INSURANCE COSTS.  NO MOTION WAS MADE AND THE AMENDMENT WILL BE SENT TO THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE WITHOUT A RECOMMENDATION.   

 

 

(NOV 4, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET FOR A WORK SESSION MONDAY.  THE BOARD DISCUSSED A PLAN TO EXTEND THE ABERNATHY FIELD AIRPORT RUNWAY.  THOMPSON CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH OWNS THE PROPERTY NEEDED FOR THE EXPANSION.  THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN APPRAISED AT 140 THOUSAND DOLLARS BUT THE CHURCH HAS ASKED FOR 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE STATE HAS APPROVED A GRANT OF UP TO 140 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH THE STATE PAYING 95 PERCENT AND THE CITY AND COUNTY PAYING 5 PERCENT.  THE PROJECT IS ON THE AGENDA FOR THE BOARD'S NOVEMBER 12TH MEETING.  ALSO DURING THE WORK SESSION, THE MAYOR REPORTED THAT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION HAS NOT TAKEN ANY ACTION ON A RECENT CONFIDENTIALITY BREACH.

 

 

(NOV 4, 2014)  SOME LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL HOST VETERANS DAY RECOGNITION PROGRAMS NEXT WEEK.  ON MONDAY, LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WILL HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION THRU MILITARY SERVICE.  A RECEPTION FOR VETERANS AND SPOUSES WILL BE HELD FROM 8:15 TO 9 IN THE LIBRARY WITH THE RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT 9:15 IN THE GYM.  VETERANS PLANNING TO ATTEND ARE ASKED TO CALL LCHS AT 762-9412 BY 3 PM THURSDAY.  TO AVOID TRAFFIC ISSUES, ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO ARRIVE ON CAMPUS BETWEEN 8:15 AND 8:30 ON MONDAY.  THE ANNUAL VETERANS DAY RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE HELD MONDAY WITH A RECEPTION FOR VETERANS AND SPOUSES AT 9 IN THE LIBRARY AND A SCHOOL ASSEMBLY AT 10.  AND SUMMERTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL HOST A VETERANS DAY PROGRAM ON MONDAY AT 1 IN THE SCHOOL GYM.  A RECEPTION FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL FOLLOW.

 

 

(NOV 3, 2014)  A MOORE COUNTY COUPLE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF THEIR NEWBORN CHILD.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, THE TBI BEGAN INVESTIGATING ROBERT "BLAINE" ROPER, 27, AND CAROL MICHELLE "KERI" ROPER, 21, ON SEPTEMBER 23RD.  ON THE SAME DATE, INVESTIGATORS WITH THE MOORE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RECEIVED INFORMATION REGARDING THE UNREPORTED DEATH OF THE COUPLE'S NEWBORN CHILD.  THRU A JOINT INVESTIGATION, THE T-B-I AND MOORE COUNTY INVESTIGATORS LEARNED THAT THE ROPERS, WHO RESIDE IN MULBERRY, HAD BEEN EXPECTING THEIR SECOND CHILD AND WERE ATTEMPTING TO HIDE THE PREGNANCY FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  CONTINUED INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE COUPLE DELIVERED THE CHILD AT THEIR HOME IN EARLY AUGUST.  THE CHILD DIED AS A RESULT OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE PARENTS.  INVESTIGATORS LATER DISCOVERED THE BABY'S REMAINS IN A FIRE PIT AND A DITCH LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY WHERE THE ROPERS RESIDED.  THE MOORE COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS RETURNED INDICTMENTS FOR ROBERT AND CAROL CHARGING THEM EACH WITH ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ONE COUNT OF PREMEDITATED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND TWO COUNTS OF FELONY MURDER.  THE COUPLE WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AND PLACED IN THE MOORE COUNTY JAIL WHERE THEY ARE BEING HELD ON ONE MILLION DOLLARS BOND EACH. 



(NOV 3, 2014)  TUESDAY IS ELECTION DAY.  REGISTERED VOTERS IN LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH WILL CAST BALLOTS IN CITY RACES WHILE OTHER AREA RESIDENTS WILL VOTE IN STATE RACES THAT INCLUDE SOME AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION.  INCUMBENT LAWRENCEBURG MAYOR KEITH DURHAM IS BEING CHALLENGED BY RICHARD GRIMES.  INCUMBENT ROBIN WILLIAMS IS ON THE BALLOT WITH BARRY GOBBLE FOR LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL SEAT TWO.  INCUMBENT SEAT ONE HOLDER CHAD MOORE IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED.  SAINT JOE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS FROM THE LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES THAT INCLUDE TROY BURKS, BUBBA CARTER, MACK GABEL, DAVID GREEN AND MICHAEL NOVEM.  POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 7 PM. 



(NOV 3, 2014)  A NORTHWEST LAWRENCE COUNTY PROPERTY WAS DAMAGED DURING A SUNDAY NIGHT FIRE.  THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED AROUND 8 AT A RESIDENCE ON THE TURNPIKE.  FIRE CREWS FROM HENRYVILLE, SUMMERTOWN AND WEST END FOUND A CAMPER FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHICH LATER SPREAD TO A NEARBY HOUSE.  ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE FIRE.  FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE THE HOME BUT THE CAMPER WAS A TOTAL LOSS.  THE LAWRENCEBURG RED CROSS OFFICE IS ASSISTING THE VICTIMS.  



(NOV 3, 2014)  THE ANNUAL VETERAN'S DAY PARADE IS NOVEMBER 11TH.  THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE WHO PRESERVED OUR FREEDOM".  THE GRAND MARSHALL IS KNOX HOLDER, A WELL KNOWN WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN AND BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT.  THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND PROCEED DOWN NORTH MILITARY, AROUND THE SQUARE AND END AT E-O COFFMAN SCHOOL.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE READY TO LINE UP AT 10:15.  WALKERS ARE WELCOME TO WALK THE ROUTE WITH THE PARADE.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER 11TH AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR ALL THE VETERANS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY. 

 

 

(OCT 31, 2014)  TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS AS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME COMES TO AN END THIS WEEKEND.  DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME OFFICIALLY ENDS AT 2 AM SUNDAY MORNING SO BE SURE TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR BEFORE GOING TO BED SATURDAY NIGHT.  YOU'LL GET AN EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP BUT DARKNESS WILL ARRIVE MUCH SOONER IN THE EVENING.  THE TIME CHANGE IS ALSO A REMINDER TO CHECK THE BATTERIES IN YOUR HOME'S SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.  THE TENNESSEE STATE FIRE MARSHALL ADVISES HOME OWNERS TO TEST ALARMS REGULARLY AND REPLACE ALARMS THAT ARE MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE PROPER FUNCTIONING SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN YOUR HOME.



(OCT 31, 2014)  GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN LEWIS COUNTY MUST BEGIN ADDRESSING WEAKNESSES IDENTIFIED IN THE TENNESSEE COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY'S 2014 ANNUAL AUDIT REPORT.  NEGATIVE FINDINGS ARE UP THIS YEAR FROM 22 IN 2013 TO 25.  OF THE 25 FINDINGS, 14 WERE HIGHLIGHTED LAST YEAR BUT CORRECTIVE ACTION HAD NEVER BEEN TAKEN.  AUDITORS FOUND ISSUES AND RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MAJORITY OF LEWIS COUNTY'S GOVERNING DEPARTMENTS.  THE WIDE VARIETY OF ISSUES INCLUDED FUND DEFICITS, CASH OVERDRAFTS, EXPENDITURES THAT EXCEEDED APPROPRIATIONS, PURCHASING DEFICIENCIES, FAILURE TO FOLLOW POLICIES, AND NOT SEPARATING MONEY.  AUDITORS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT SOME COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FAILED TO DISCLOSE THEY WERE EMPLOYED BY LEWIS COUNTY PRIOR TO VOTING ON BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS IN WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED.  TO VIEW THE COMPLETE REPORT, GO ONLINE TO COMPTROLLER.TN.GOV.

 

 

(OCT 31, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG MAYOR KEITH DURHAM IS SEARCHING FOR THE PREFECT CHRISTMAS TREE TO BE PLACED ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE FOR THE 2014 HOLIDAY SEASON.  TO HAVE A TREE CONSIDERED, CALL THE MAYOR'S OFFICE AT 762-4459 EXTENSION 107 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE THAT INCLUDES YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.  YOU MAY ALSO E-MAIL THE INFORMATION TO JOYCE DICAPO AT THE ADDRESS JDICAPO@LAWRENCEBURGTN.GOV.  A PANEL OF JUDGES WILL LOOK AT THE TREES AND SELECT ONE.   



(OCT 31, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG DENTAL PRACTICE WILL PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION GRATITUDE AFTER HALLOWEEN.  THE OFFICE OF DOCTOR KIMBERLY RIGGS RUIZ IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL BUY BACK WRAPPED, UNOPENED CANDY FOR ONE DOLLAR A POUND MONDAY THRU THURSDAY OF NEXT WEEK FROM 8 TO 5 EACH DAY.  SELL EXCESS OR UNWANTED HALLOWEEN CANDY AND THE SWEETS WILL BE SHIPPED TO U-S MILITARY TROOPS IN SERVICE OVERSEAS.  THE COMMUNITY IS ALSO INVITED TO WRITE LETTERS OF APPRECIATION TO THE TROOPS TO BE ENCLOSED WITH THE CANDY PACKAGES. 

 

 

(OCT 29, 2014)  LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAUTIONS AREA BUSINESSES ABOUT A RECENT TELEPHONE BOMB THREAT INCIDENT.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO CVS PHARMACY TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN REFERENCE TO A BOMB THREAT.  A MAN HAD CALLED THE STORE DEMANDING THAT MONEY BE LOADED ONTO A GREEN DOT MONEY CARD AND TRANSFERRED TO THE CALLER.  THE SUSPECT THREATENED TO BLOW UP THE BUILDING IF THE EMPLOYEE DID NOT COMPLY.  OFFICIALS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND OPTED TO CALL A BOMB DOG FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA TO CHECK THE PREMISES FOR EXPLOSIVES.  THE BUILDING WAS SEARCHED AND NO EXPLOSIVES WERE FOUND.  DURING THE COURSE OF THE INVESTIGATION, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT SEVERAL CVS  PHARMACIES THRU-OUT THE US HAD BEEN CONTACTED IN THE SAME MANNER, ON THE SAME DAY AND ATTEMPTED TO STEAL MONEY BY THE SAME MEANS.  THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE BUSINESSES AWARE OF THIS SCHEME IN THE EVENT THAT OTHERS RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL.  IN THE EVENT OF A BOMB THREAT, BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE SITUATION WILL BE INVESTIGATED IN THE SAME MANNER AS TUESDAY'S THREAT.  LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WILL SHARE INFORMATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO BRING THE SUSPECTS TO JUSTICE.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION AT 762-6837.



(OCT 29, 2014)  EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH CITY AND STATE ELECTION ENDS THURSDAY.  EARLY VOTERS MAY CAST BALLOTS AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE ON CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD UNTIL 4 WEDNESDAY AND FROM 8 TO 4 THURSDAY.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG VOTERS WILL ELECT A MAYOR AND TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS.  CITY OF SAINT JOSEPH VOTERS WILL SELECT TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS.  SEVERAL STATE RACES ARE ALSO ON THE BALLOT ALONG WITH SOME STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.  AS OF TUESDAY AFTERNOON, 2,273 EARLY VOTES HAD BEEN CAST IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 762-7836.   

 


(OCT 29, 2014)  GILES COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A CASE OF FRAUD.  ACCORDING TO INITIAL POLICE REPORTS, A MAN NAMED BARTHOLOMEW JAMES BOLYARD CASHED A PAYROLL CHECK FROM PULASKI MANUFACTURER SAAR GUMMI LISTING BART BOLYARD AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE CHECK.  THE MAN PROVIDED AN INDIANA DRIVER'S LICENSE AS IDENTIFICATION TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION.  THE BANK RETURNED THE CHECK BECAUSE THE ACCOUNT WAS INVALID.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REVEALED THAT SAAR GUMMI DID NOT EMPLOY ANYONE NAMED BOLYARD NOR DID SAAR GUMMI HAVE AN ACCOUNT AT THE BANK LISTED ON THE CHECK.  AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT CONTINUED.  ACCORDING TO NEW REPORTS FROM THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, BOLYARD HAS BEEN INCARCERATED IN AN INDIANA PRISON SINCE JULY OF THIS YEAR.  THE MAN WHO PASSED THE CHECK IN GILES COUNTY LOOKS LIKE THE PICTURE ON THE INDIANA DRIVER'S LICENSE.  HE HAS PASSED OTHER CHECKS IN LAWRENCE AND WAYNE COUNTIES.  AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO THE MATTER AND POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN INDENTIFYING THIS MAN.  CALL 363-2460 WITH ANY HELPFUL INFORMATION. 

 

(OCT 29, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT ABOUT WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ASKED ABOUT WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY WITH OR WITHOUT HANDGUN CARRY PERMITS AND HAS RESPONDED WITH DETAILS OF STATE LAWS ON THE MATTER.  CURRENT TENNESSEE LAW ON CARRYING WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY STATES THAT IT IS AN OFFENSE FOR ANY PERSON TO POSSESS OR CARRY, OPENLY OR CONCEALED, WITH THE INTENT TO GO ARMED, ANY FIREARM OR OTHER WEAPON NOT USED SOLELY FOR INSTRUCTIONAL OR SCHOOL SANCTIONED CEREMONIAL PURPOSES IN ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL BUILDING, CAMPUS, ATHLETIC FIELD, BUS OR OTHER PROPERTY OWNED OR USED BY A SCHOOL SYSTEM.  A VIOLATION IS CONSIDERED A CLASS E FELONY.  THE STATUTE ALSO SAYS THAT IT IS NOT AN OFFENSE FOR A NON-STUDENT ADULT TO POSSESS A FIREARM IF IT IS CONTAINED WITHIN A PRIVATE VEHICLE OPERATED BY THE ADULT AND IS NOT HANDLED BY THE ADULT OR ANY OTHER PERSON WHILE THE VEHICLE IS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.  A VIOLATION OF THIS SUBSECTION IS A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR. 



(OCT 29, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING INTO AN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING BREAK-IN AT A LOCAL PHARMACY.  ACCORDING TO POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A BURGLARY AT HOLLAND'S DRUG ON THE SQUARE JUST AFTER 1 AM.  THE FRONT DOOR HAD BEEN DAMAGED AND A PIECE OF CONCRETE HAD BEEN THROWN THRU A WINDOW TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE BUILDING.  A VARIETY OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS HAD BEEN STOLEN.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 1,890 DOLLARS.    



(OCT 29, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REFINANCING PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM'S REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS WITH A LOCAL BANK AT A LOWER INTEREST RATE AND NO CLOSING COSTS.  AN ORDINANCE WAS ALSO APPROVED ON FIRST READING TO ANNEX AND REZONE 54 ACRES OF PROPERTY RECENTLY ADDED TO THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY.  A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER WAS SET FOR NOVEMBER 12TH AT 12:05 AT CITY HALL.

 

 

(OCT 28, 2014)  BABY WIPES MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY A PENNSYLVANIA BASED COMPANY HAVE BEEN RECALLED DUE TO POTENTIAL BACTERIA.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, NUTEK DISPOSABLES BABY WIPES HAVE BEEN VOLUNTARILY RECALLED BY THE COMPANY AFTER RECEIVING A SMALL NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS OF ODOR AND DISCOLORATION ON WIPES.  THE COMPANY CONDUCTED MICROBIAL TESTING THAT SHOWED THE PRESENCE OF BACTERIA IN SOME OF THE PRODUCTS.  AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, THE COMPANY HAS OPTED TO RECALL ALL OF ITS BABY WIPE PRODUCTS.  THE COMPANY MANUFACTURES WIPES UNDER THE BRAND NAMES CUTIES, DIAPERS DOT COM, FEMTEX, FRED'S, KIDGETS, MEMBER'S MARK, SIMPLY RIGHT, SUNNY SMILES, TENDER TOUCH AND WELL BEGINNINGS.  THESE WIPES WERE DISTRIBUTED BY NUTEK PRIOR TO OCTOBER 21ST AT THE RETAIL STORES WALGREENS, SAM'S CLUB, FAMILY DOLLAR, FRED'S AND DIAPERS DOT COM.   ANYONE WHO HAS PURCHASED THIS PRODUCT CAN RETURN IT TO THE PLACE OF PURCHASE FOR A FULL REFUND.  MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT FDA.GOV/SAFETY/RECALLS.

 


(OCT 28, 2014)  MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED A GRANT PROGRAM THAT WILL MATCH FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE TENNESSEE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.  THE PULASKI COLLEGE OFFERS A TWO YEAR ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE, MAKING THE SCHOOL ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP AND 3800 DOLLARS PER YEAR IN FUNDING FOR STUDENTS.  MARTIN METHODIST WILL OFFER THE PROMISE PLUS GRANT ADDING ANOTHER 3800 DOLLARS PER YEAR FOR A TOTAL OF 7600 DOLLARS IN STUDENT FINANCIAL AID.  IN ADDITION, MMC WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER THE MATCHING GRANT FOR TWO MORE YEARS SHOULD THE RECIPIENT DECIDE TO CONTINUE ON TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLEGE'S PROMISE PLUS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, CALL 363-9890.

 

 

(OCT 28, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB WILL TRICK OR TREAT THIS WEEK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE.  INTERACT MEMBERS, ESCOURTED BY MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB, WILL STOP BY HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN LAWRENCEBURG THURSDAY FROM 4 TO 7 ASKING FOR DONATIONS FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES.  THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES RESOURCES AND A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR FAMILIES OF CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN RECEIVING TREATMENT AT AREA HOSPITALS. 



(OCT 28, 2014)  THE PULASKI REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET MONDAY.  THE BOARD VOTED TO RECOMMEND TO THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN TO ANNEX AND REZONE 54 ACRES LOCATED AT THE HIGHWAY 64 BYPASS AND HIGHWAY 11 RECENTLY ADDED INTO THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY.  COMMISSIONERS ALSO VOTED TO REMOVE THE LOT LINE BETWEEN TWO LOTS LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF WEST COLLEGE STREET AND 8TH STREET.  THE OWNER, DOCTOR NATHAN OWENS, PLANS TO BUILD A NEW DENTAL FACILITY ON THE PROPERTY.

 


(OCT 28, 2014)  MID-SOUTH MEDIATION SERVICES WILL CONDUCT PARENTING CLASSES NEXT MONTH FOR DIVORCING PARENTS.  THE FOUR HOUR TENNESSEE COURT APPROVED PARENTING EDUCATION SEMINAR WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH FROM 10 TO NOON AND 1 TO 3 AT THE MID-SOUTH OFFICE INSIDE THE WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING ON SMITH AVENUE IN HOHENWALD.  TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 796-0487.

 

 

(OCT 27, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED FOLLOWING A THREE VEHICLE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A 2001 NISSAN X-TERRA DRIVEN BY 28 YEAR-OLD RAYMOND B. REICHARD OF ETHRIDGE WAS WESTBOUND ON ETHRIDGE RED HILL ROAD JUST BEFORE 2 P-M.  THE NISSAN CROSSED THE CENTER LINE INTO THE PATH OF A 2002 KAWASAKI MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY 54 YEAR-OLD TERRY CAMPBELL, STRIKING IT HEAD ON.  A 2007 KAWASAKI MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY 53 YEAR-OLD BETH CAMPBELL WAS ABLE TO STOP BEFORE STRIKING EITHER VEHICLE.  TERRY CAMPBELL WAS KILLED AND BETH CAMPBELL SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.  REICHARD, WHO WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT, WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE CRASH.  BOTH OF THE MOTORCYCLISTS WERE WEARING HELMETS.  CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST REICHARD ARE PENDING.    

 


(OCT 27, 2014)  A COUPLE OF DIRT BIKES AND A 4 WHEELER WERE STOLEN FROM A SUMMERTOWN RESIDENCE.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT A NORTH POINT DRIVE RESIDENT DISCOVERED SUNDAY THAT A 1997 BLACK AND GREEN DIRT BIKE, A 2002 BLACK AND GREEN DIRT BIKE AND A 1996 BLUE 4 WHEELER WERE MISSING.  THE VEHICLES HAD BEEN PARKED BETWEEN HIS RESIDENCE AND A CAMPER.  LOSS TOTALED 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 


(OCT 27, 2014)  AN OUTBUILDING ON A 3RD STREET PROPERTY WAS BROKEN INTO LAST WEEK.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIM CONTACTED OFFICERS SATURDAY AFTER DISCOVERING A LOCK HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BUILDING AND A STAPLE GUN AND NAILER HAD BEEN STOLEN.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 300 DOLLARS. 

 

 

(OCT 24, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG AND OTHER CHARGES FOLLOWING A THURSDAY TRAFFIC STOP.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT AN OFFICER INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP ON A MAROON TRUCK IN THE JACKSON STREET AND SMITH AVENUE AREA JUST AFTER 9 PM FOR HAVING A HEADLIGHT OUT.  THE DRIVER, 51 YEAR-OLD RANDALL SCOTT BERGIN, WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE A DRIVER LICENSE OR PROOF OF INSURANCE AND HE WAS ACTING NERVOUS.  A CHECK OF BERGIN'S LICENSE SHOWED IT WAS REVOKED AND A CHECK FOR WARRANTS SHOWED HE WAS WANTED IN MARSHALL COUNTY.  A SEARCH OF THE TRUCK REVEALED GLASS PIPES AND A STRAW WITH DRUG RESIDUE.  BERGIN ALSO ADMITTED TO HAVING DRUGS ON HIM.  INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED HIM AND FOUND METHAMPHETAMINE, AND A BAGGIE FULL OF PILLS INCLUDING SOMA, VALIUM AND OXYCODONE.  BERGIN WAS BOOKED ON DRUG POSSESSION AND DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE CHARGES.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 52 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT DECEMBER 4TH.       

 


(OCT 24, 2014)  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WENT DOWN IN MOST TENNESSEE COUNTIES LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE COUNTY JOBLESS RATE FOR SEPTEMBER DECREASED IN 94 COUNTIES AND INCREASED IN 1.  LAWRENCE COUNTY'S RATE DROPPED FROM 10 POINT 3 PERCENT IN AUGUST TO 9 POINT 1 IN SEPTEMBER.  GILES COUNTY FELL FROM 7 POINT 6 PERCENT IN AUGUST TO 6 POINT 7 IN SEPTEMBER.  MAURY COUNTY DECREASED FROM 7 POINT 6 PERCENT IN AUGUST TO 6 POINT 8 IN SEPTEMBER AND WAYNE COUNTY WENT FROM 10 POINT 3 PERCENT IN AUGUST TO 9 POINT 7 IN SEPTEMBER.  THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN TENNESSEE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS POSTED IN SCOTT COUNTY AT 12 POINT 3 PERCENT AND THE LOWEST WAS IN LINCOLN COUNTY AT 4 POINT 6 PERCENT.



(OCT 24, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION NEXT MONTH.  THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH AT 5 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE ON RICHLAND DRIVE IN PULASKI.  ALL ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE AGENDA MUST BY EMAILED TO JB SMITH AT JBSMITH@GCBOE.US NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT NOON.

 

 

(OCT 23, 2014)  A COLUMBIA TEENAGER HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A MONDAY ARMED ROBBERY AT PAPA JOHNS PIZZA THAT LEFT AN EMPLOYEE DEAD.  ACCORDING TO A COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE, 17 YEAR-OLD DARIOUS A. FITZPATRICK WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WEDNESDAY.  FITZPATRICK IS ACCUSED OF BEING THE SHOOTER IN THE DEATH OF 22 YEAR-OLD GORDON RUSSELL SCHAFFER AT THE SHADY BROOK STREET RESTAURANT.  TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED PAPA JOHNS AROUND 10 P-M MONDAY AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE CASH REGISTER.  VIDEO SURVELLANCE SHOWS THAT SCHAFFER, WHO WAS ALONE IN THE RESTAURANT AT THE TIME, COMPLIED AND GAVE UP THE MONEY BUT THE SHOOTER, ALLEGEDLY FITZPATRICK, FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS ANYWAY HITTING THE VICTIM AT LEAST ONCE IN THE CHEST.  HE DIED A SHORT TIME LATER AT A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL.  FITZPATRICK WAS ALSO CONNECTED WITH TWO ROBBERIES EARLIER THIS MONTH AT TWO COLUMBIA DOLLAR STORES.  HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY,  TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM AND THREE COUNTS OF EMPLOYING A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY.  COLUMBIA POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENTS AND ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY AND CHARGE OTHER SUSPECTS.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S DETECTIVES DIVISION AT 380-2721 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 381-4900.   

 

(OCT 23, 2014)  SEVERAL LAWRENCE COUNTIANS WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THIS MONTH IN CONNECTION WITH HOME VISITS BY STATE PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICERS.  A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INDICATES DEPUTIES ASSISTED PROBATION OFFICERS ON OCTOBER 6TH AT A HIGHWAY 43 NORTH RESIDENCE IN ETHRIDGE.  THE RESIDENT, 34 YEAR-OLD JONATHAN BISHOP LAWS, WAS IN THE COMPANY OF 26 YEAR-OLD SARA ELIZABETH BREWER OF SUMMERTOWN.  A SEARCH REVEALED TWO BAGGIES OF METHAMPHETAMINE, A 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN AND BAGGIES FOR PACKAGING.  BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH FOR RESALE, DRUG PARAPHENALIA AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FELON.  BOTH ARE BEING HELD ON 44 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  ON OCTOBER 16TH, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT MARSHAL TASK FORCE OFFICER WAS ASSISTED BY PROBATION OFFICERS TO SERVE A WARRANT AT THE GREENWOOD ROAD HOME OF 49 YEAR-OLD DAVID MORRIS FLY.  FLY HAD VIOLATED PROBATION FOR A JANUARY METH MANUFACTURING CHARGE AND A WARRANT HAD BEEN ISSUED FOR HIS ARREST.  A SEARCH OF THE PROPERTY REVEALED COMPONENTS USED TO MAKE METH AND THE METH TASK FORCE WAS DISPATCHED TO DISPOSE OF THE TOXIC MATERIALS.  FLY WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF PROBATION AS WELL AS METH MANUFACTURING AND METH POSSESSION CHARGES.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  AND ON OCTOBER 20TH, ANOTHER HOME VISIT WAS CONDUCTED BY AUTHORITIES AT A HORSESHOE BEND ROAD RESIDENCE IN LEOMA.  40 YEAR-OLD DONALD WILLIAM KATEVAS WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF COMPONENTS USED TO MAKE METH.  HE WAS ON PROBATION FOR PRIOR DRUG CHARGES AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 102 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.



(OCT 23, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  THE BOARD APPROVED FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY.  THE CITY'S CURRENT VENDOR FOR THE SERVICE IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.  FIRST READING ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE WAS ALSO APPROVED TO INCLUDE A 2 THOUSAND DOLLAR SAFETY GRANT IN THE 2014-2015 BUDGET.  COUNCIL MEMBERS O-KAYED MEASURES TO REFINANCE 2 POINT 75 MILLION DOLLARS IN GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS AND 6 POINT 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN ELECTRIC BONDS.  THE MEASURES WILL REFUND THE BONDS AT A SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER INTEREST RATE SAVING THE CITY ABOUT 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITHOUT EXTENDING THE BOND PAY-OFF TIME.  THE BOARD ALSO AGREED TO ENTER INTO A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR SIGNS AND SIGNALS ON NORTH LOCUST AVENUE FROM ELLINGSON STREET TO ROBINS STREET.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED. 

 

(OCT 23, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST THREE JOB FAIRS NEXT WEEK.  ON MONDAY, A HIRING EVENT FOR THE JOB SHOPPE WILL BE HELD FROM NOON TO 2:30.  THE COMPANY SEEKS TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS IN THE SPRING HILL AND COLUMBIA AREA.  OPENINGS ARE FOR EXPERIENCED LINE LEADS, QUALITY INSPECTORS AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES.  APPLICANTS MUST HAVE TWO WORK RELATED REFERENCES AND RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION.  PAY RATES RANGE FROM 10 TO 14 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  ON TUESDAY, A JOB FAIR FOR LIBERTY TAX SERVICE WILL BE HELD FROM 1 TO 3.  THE COMPANY IS OPENING A NEW OFFICE IN LAWRENCEBURG AND IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO JOIN THEIR TEAM AND LEARN HOW TO PREPARE TAXES.  LIBERTY TAX SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TAX PREPARATION PROGRAM.  AND NEXT THURSDAY, A JOB FAIR FOR IBEX GLOBAL WILL BE HELD FROM 9 TO NOON.  THE COMPANY IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS BY DECEMBER 1ST INCLUDING CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES AND SALES.  A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED IS REQUIRED.  THE PAY IS 10 DOLLARS PER HOUR THRU TRAINING AND MAY INCREASE TO 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  ALL JOB FAIR PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A RESUME, TWO FORMS OF I-D AND A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE JOB APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(OCT 22, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES AN ORDINANCE TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH PIONEER CREDIT RECOVERY AND A BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER RESOLUTIONS AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, ENTERING INTO A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR SIGNING AND SIGNALIZATION ON NORTH LOCUST AVENUE FROM ELLINGSON STREET TO ROBINS STREET AND MORE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MORNING AT 8:30 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 


(OCT 22, 2014)  MAURY COUNTY IS GETTING ANOTHER NEW INDUSTRY.  ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, METAL PROCESSOR AND DISTRIBUTOR SAMUEL, SON AND COMPANY WILL BUILD A NEW 105 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IN NORTHPOINTE INDUSTRIAL PARK IN COLUMBIA.  THE 32 POINT 6 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT WILL CREATE 42 NEW JOBS.  THE COLUMBIA LOCATION WILL SPECIALIZE IN METAL PROCESSING, BLANKING STEEL AND ALUMINUM COILS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE STAMPING INDUSTRY.  THE COMPANY ALSO HAS FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE US, CANADA, MEXICO, CHINA AND AUSTRALIA AND EMPLOYS 5300 WORKERS WORLDWIDE.  IN SEPTEMBER, TWO AUTOMOTIVE PARTS MANUFACUTURERS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUILD FACILITIES IN SPRING HILL BRINGING A TOTAL OF 550 ADDITIONAL JOBS TO THE AREA. 



(OCT 22, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM INVITES PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE  "BIRTH TO FIVE PARENT NIGHT" ON THURSDAY.  INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED ON WHAT CAREGIVERS CAN DO AT EACH AGE TO BUILD ACADEMIC READINESS IN ALL CHILDREN.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 6 IN THE CAFETERIA AT LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.



 (OCT 22, 2014)  THE ELKTON CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES HIRING A PART TIME POLICE OFFICER AND A FIRE DEPARTMENT FEE ORDINANCE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 6 AT CITY HALL. 

 


(OCT 22, 2014)  A FREE WORKSHOP WITH DETAILS ON HOW WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES CAN APPLY FOR FEDERALLY FUNDED CONTRACTS WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK.  SPONSORED IN PART BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN, THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, THE "WHERE'S THE MONEY" WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH FROM 1 TO 2:30 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG CAMPUS OF COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  PRE-REGISTER BY CALLING THE CHAMBER AT 762-4911.

 

 

(OCT 21, 2014)  A GILES COUNTY MAN IS FACING A NUMBER OF SERIOUS CHARGES AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND ILLEGAL DRUGS IN A PULASKI RESIDENCE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED MONDAY AFTERNOON AT AN EAST JEFFERSON STREET HOME.  OFFICERS FROM THE PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ENTERED THE PROPERTY AND FOUND HUNDREDS OF PRESCRIPTION PILLS,  MORE THAN A POUND OF MARIJUANA AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH.  64 YEAR-OLD GEORGE ROGER STANFORD WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE TWO AND FOUR NARCOTICS INCLUDING HYDROCODONE, OXYCODONE, DEMEROL AND A MORPHINE DERIVATIVE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA AND A FIREARM USED IN A DANGEROUS FELONY.  STANFORD IS BEING HELD IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 331 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 28TH. 

 

 

(OCT 21, 2014)  COLUMBIA POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS CONNECTED TO RECENT ARMED ROBBERIES AND A HOMICIDE AT LOCAL BUSINESSES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, SHORTLY BEFORE 10 PM MONDAY, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A ROBBERY CALL AT PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA ON SHADY BROOK STREET.  POLICE FOUND AN EMPLOYEE, 22 YEAR-OLD GORDON SHAFFER, HAD BEEN SHOT.  SHAFFER WAS ABLE TO TELL AUTHORITIES THAT HE HAD BEEN ROBBED AND THEN SHOT BY TWO BLACK MALES.  THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER WHERE HE DIED A SHORT TIME LATER.  THE OFFENDERS WERE CAUGHT BY THE STORE'S SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.  ONE SUSPECT IS HEAVY SET, ABOUT 5 FEET 8 INCHES TALL AND HE WAS WEARING A DARK COLORED HOODIE, PANTS AND SHOES.  HE WAS ALSO WEARING LIGHT COLORED GLOVES AND CARRYING A HANDGUN.  THE SECOND SUSPECT IS SLIM, ABOUT 5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL AND HE WAS WEARING DARK CLOTHING AND SHOES.  HE WAS ALSO WEARING LIGHT COLORED GLOVES AND CARRYING A BAG.  THE OFFENDERS HAD THE VICTIM OPEN THE REGISTER AND GIVE THEM MONEY FROM THE DRAWER.  EVENTHOUGH SHAFFER WAS COMPLIANT AND OFFERED NO RESISTANCE, THE GUNMAN FIRED AT THE VICTIM SEVERAL TIMES HITTING HIM AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE LEAVING THE STORE.  THERE ARE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THIS ROBBERY AND TWO OTHERS AT DOLLAR GENERAL STORES ON EAST CAMPBELL BOULEVARD ON OCTOBER 13TH AND ON BEAR CREEK PIKE ON OCTOBER 17TH, BOTH AROUND 8 PM.  IN ALL THE CASES, WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING A MID-2000'S BLACK, 4 DOOR CAR, POSSIBLY A NISSAN ALTIMA OR CHEVY IMPALA, IN THE AREA.  A RED SUV WAS ALSO SEEN NEAR PAPA JOHN'S SHORTLY BEFORE THE ROBBERY AND MURDER.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN THESE CASES IS ASKED TO CALL THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S DETECTIVES DIVISION AT 380-2721, THE SAFE TIP LINE AT 380-2930 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 381-4900.    

 

 

(OCT 21, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET FOR A LENGTHY AGENDA SESSION AND THE REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING ON MONDAY.  THE BOARD HEARD A REPORT FROM THE SYSTEM'S SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OUTLINING GROWTH AND CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENT TO BEST SERVE THE MORE THAN 600 SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS.  THE BOARD ALSO HEARD A REPORT ON THE COST AND ENERGY SAVINGS GENERATED BY THE SYSTEM'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CENERGISTICS ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM.  AS OF AUGUST 2014, THE PROGRAM HAS SAVED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ABOUT 775 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UTILITY COSTS SINCE IT'S IMPLEMENTATION IN DECEMBER 2012.  SOME SCHOOL CUSTODIANS, MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL AND PRINCIPALS WERE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING THE PROGRAM WORK.  THE BOARD INDICATED THAT THEY WOULD LOOK AT THE NUMBERS IN JANUARY AND CONSIDER A BONUS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE ENERGY COST SAVING EFFORTS.  MEMBERS APPROVED A MEASURE TO IMPLEMENT A TELE-MEDICINE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.  INTEGRATED CARE PROFESSIONAL GROUP WILL PROVIDE COMPUTERS, SOFTWARE, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND A NURSE PRACTITIONER FOR USE BY ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS TO SEE STUDENTS AND STAFF THRU ONLINE, REAL-TIME VISITS SHOULD THEY NEED MEDICAL CARE.  PATIENTS WOULD BE REFERRED BY SCHOOL NURSES FOR THE PROGRAM AND ONLINE VISITS WILL BE BILLED TO PATIENT HEALTH INSURANCE.  THE PROGRAM WOULD BE USED AT NO COST TO THE SCHOOLS AND PARENTS MAY OPT NOT TO USE THE SERVICE FOR THEIR STUDENTS IF THEY SO CHOOSE.  COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH SUPERVISOR DERESE METHVIN INDICATED THAT MORE THAN 20 OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN TENNESSEE CURRENTLY USE THE SYSTEM AND HAVE SEEN GREAT BENEFITS FROM THE SERVICE.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.         

 

(OCT 21, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL CAUTIONS MOTORISTS TO WATCH FOR DEER ON OR NEAR ROADWAYS AS AN INCREASE IN DEER-RELATED CRASHES IS LIKELY DURING THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER DUE TO MATING AND HUNTING SEASON.  IN 2013, THERE WERE 6,135 DEER-RELATED CRASHES IN TENNESSEE INCLUDING 280 THAT INVOLVED INJURIES AND 2 THAT WERE FATAL.  OFFICIALS REMIND DRIVERS THAT MATING SEASON PUTS DEER ON THE MOVE AND THEY TEND TO MOVE AT DAWN AND DUSK.  WHENEVER YOU SEE DEER CROSS THE ROAD, EXPECT MORE TO FOLLOW.  MANY TIMES, THE SECOND OR THIRD DEER CROSSING THE ROADWAY BECOMES THE ONE MOTORISTS HIT.  DO NOT SWERVE TO AVOID CONTACT WITH DEER.  THIS COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO FLIP OR VEER INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, CAUSING A MORE SERIOUS CRASH.  WHEN YOU SPOT A DEER, SLOW DOWN IMMEDIATELY AND PROCEED SLOWLY UNTIL YOU PASS THAT POINT.  AND IF YOU DO COLLIDE WITH A DEER, NEVER APPROACH THE INJURED ANIMAL AS THEY ARE POWERFUL AND CAN CAUSE HARM TO HUMANS.  MOVE THE VEHICLE AS FAR OFF THE ROAD AS POSSIBLE AND CALL FOR ASSISTANCE.  DIAL STAR THP FROM A CELL PHONE AND THE CALL WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE NEAREST THP COMMUNICATIONS CENTER AND A TROOPER WILL BE DISPATCHED TO THE LOCATION.  


  

(OCT 21, 2014)  BEGINNING MONDAY, SECOND AVENUE IN LORETTO WILL BE CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC.  WORK ON THE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER LORETTO BRANCH OF MILL CREEK NEAR AUGUSTIN LUMBER COMPANY WILL GET UNDERWAY MONDAY.  CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST SIX WEEKS.  MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING IN THE AREA WHILE WORKERS ARE PRESENT.



(OCT 21, 2014) THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL BAND COMPETED IN THEIR FINAL COMPETITION OF THE SEASON LAST WEEKEND AT THE 22ND ANNUAL TENNESSEE VALLEY MARCHING INVITATIONAL IN MUSCLE SHOALS.  THE BAND FINISHED 4TH, THE PERCUSSION FINSHED 3RD AND THE COLOR GUARD FINISHED 1ST IN CLASS-A.  DRUM MAJOR EMILY RANDOLPH RECEIVED A SUPERIOR RATING AND FRENCH HORN SOLOIST HANNAH GRAVES WAS NAMED MOST OUTSTANDING SOLOIST IN CLASS-A.  THE BAND IS DIRECTED BY DARRELL BOSTON AND ASSISTED BY VERONICA TROUP WITH GUARD INSTRUCTOR KALEE RICHARDSON. 

 

 

(OCT 20, 2014)  FALL IS IN THE AIR, PUMPKINS ARE ON PORCHES AND HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.  LOCAL AND STATE FIRE OFFICIALS WANT TO MAKE SURE SAFETY IS KEPT IN MIND WHILE CELEBRATING THE POPULAR OCTOBER HOLIDAY.  ONE OF THE MAJOR CULPRITS FOR HOLIDAY FIRES IS CANDLES.  ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, HALLOWEEN IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE CALENDAR DAYS FOR CANDLE FIRES.  FROM 2009 TO 2013, TENNESSEE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO 464 STRUCTURE FIRES THAT WERE STARTED BY CANDLES, RESULTING IN 9 DEATHS, 28 INJURIES AND MORE THAN 10 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE.  OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO FOLLOW THESE IMPORTANT TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR  HALLOWEEN IS FIRE SAFE: DRIED FLOWERS, CORNSTALKS AND CREPE PAPER ARE HIGHLY FLAMMABLE.  KEEP THESE AND OTHER DECORATIONS AWAY FROM OPEN FLAMES AND HEAT SOURCES.  IT IS SAFEST TO USE A FLASHLIGHT OR BATTERY OPERATED CANDLE IN JACK-O-LANTERNS.  IF YOU USE A FLAME CANDLE, USE CAUTION AND KEEP THEM WELL ATTENDED AT ALL TIMES.  KEEP EXITS CLEAR OF DECORATIONS SO NOTHING BLOCKS ESCAPE ROUTES IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.  AND WHEN CHOOSING A COSTUME, STAY AWAY FROM BILLOWING OR LONG, TRAILING FABRIC.  IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN COSTUME, CHOOSE MATERIAL THAT WON'T EASILY IGNITE IF IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH FLAME OR HEAT.  FOR MORE FIRE PREVENTION TIPS, VISIT THE WEBSITE TN.GOV/FIRE.

 

 

(OCT 20, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DANIEL WEBB WILL BE LEAVING HIS POST EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31ST.  WEBB HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER STAFF SINCE AUGUST 2008.  HE SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE FOR ABOUT A YEAR WHEN HE WAS CHOSEN AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN JUNE 2010.  A SHORT TIME LATER HE WAS NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.  A CHAMBER OFFICIAL INDICATES THAT NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE REGARDING WEBB'S REPLACEMENT. 

 


(OCT 20, 2014)  A GILES COUNTY RECYCLE EVENT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH FROM 9 TO NOON AT THE GILES COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.  THE SPECIAL COLLECTION DAY WILL INCLUDE RECYCLING OF ELECTRONICS, BATTERIES, PAINT AND ROADSIDE TRASH.  THE EVENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE 2ND ANNUAL RECYCLED CRAFT CONTEST WITH PARTICIPANTS ENTERING ANY ITEMS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS.  JUDGING WILL BE HELD AT 10 WITH CASH PRIZES AWARDED FOR 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACES.  FREE BOOTH SPACES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO SELL RECYCLED CRAFTS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-1635.



(OCT 20, 2014)  ORIENTATION FOR ENROLLMENT IN THE G-E-D AND HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK.  ORIENTATION WILL BE HELD TUESDAY EVENING AT 6 AT THE BARNETT EDUCATION CENTER AT 610 MAHR AVENUE IN LAWRENCEBURG. 

 

 

(OCT 20, 2014)  SOME NOVEMBER MEETINGS FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.  AN AGENDA MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD AT 5.  THE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT 4:30 WITH A BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING TO FOLLOW AT 5.  ALL THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.



(OCT 17, 2014)  THE GOVERNOR'S HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE IS TEAMING UP WITH THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION NEXT WEEK TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT TEEN DRIVER SAFETY.  MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES ARE THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF 14 TO 18 YEAR-OLDS IN THE U-S.  IN 2013, 39,140 CRASHES IN THE STATE INVOLVED A TEEN DRIVER.  THOSE CRASHES ACCOUNTED FOR OVER 13 PERCENT OF TOTAL CRASHES THRU-OUT THE STATE.  LAST YEAR, THE TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED THE "5 TO DRIVE" CAMPAIGN ADDRESSING THE 5 MOST DANGEROUS AND DEADLY BEHAVIORS FOR TEEN DRIVERS.  THE 5 TO DRIVE RULES FOR PARENTS TO SHARE WITH TEENS ARE: NO DRINKING AND DRIVING.  BUCKLE UP, EVERY TRIP, EVERY TIME, FRONT SEAT AND BACK.  PUT THE PHONE DOWN, ONE TEXT OR CALL COULD WRECK IT ALL.  STOP SPEEDING BEFORE IT STOPS YOU.  AND NO MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER AT A TIME.  TEEN DRIVERS NEED TO FOLLOW THESE RULES AND ALL OTHER RESTRICTIONS OUTLINED IN TENNESSEE'S GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING LAW.  PARENTS CAN FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TALKING TO THEIR YOUNG DRIVERS ONLINE AT SAFER CAR DOT GOV SLASH PARENTS.  

 

 

(OCT 17, 2014)  ICONIC WLX DISC JOCKEY DAN HOLLANDER WILL STEP AWAY FROM THE MICROPHONE FOR GOOD WITH HIS RETIREMENT FRIDAY.  IN HIS 45 YEARS IN RADIO BROADCASTING, HOLLANDER HAS WON NUMEROUS NATIONAL AND STATE AWARDS INCLUDING THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S SMALL MARKET DJ OF THE YEAR, NATIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AND HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC DJ HALL OF FAME IN 2005.  HE BEGAN HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN 1964 AS A PART TIME ANNOUNCER IN NASHVILLE.  DAN JOINED THE NAVY A FEW YEARS LATER AND WORKED IN COMMUNICATIONS DURING HIS FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE.  HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AT WLX IN 1987 WHERE HE HAS SERVED AS PROGRAM  DIRECTOR, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND ON-AIR PERSONALITY EVER SINCE.  DAN SAYS HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO RETIREMENT AND TO HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH HIS WIFE KATHY AT THEIR LAWRENCEBURG HOME.  

 

 

(OCT 17, 2014)  AN EAST LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME WAS DAMAGED DURING A LATE THURSDAY FIRE.  MEMBERS OF THE NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED TO A WESLEY CHAPEL ROAD RESIDENCE AROUND 11:30 THURSDAY NIGHT FOR A STRUCTURE FIRE.  QUICK ACTION BY FIRE CREWS PREVENTED THE BLAZE FROM SPREADING AND IT WAS CONTAINED TO A PORTION OF THE HOME.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 



(OCT 17, 2014)  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR TENNESSEE WAS DOWN SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE STATE'S SEPTEMBER JOBLESS RATE WAS 7 POINT 3 PERCENT, DOWN FROM 7 POINT 4 IN AUGUST.  THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 5 POINT 9 PERCENT, A DECREASE FROM 6 POINT 1 IN AUGUST.



(OCT 17,2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL HOST SPOOKTACULAR STORYTIME FOR KINDERGARTEN THRU 3RD GRADERS NEXT WEEK.  KIDS ARE INVITED TO COME TO THE LAWRENCEBURG LIBRARY IN COSTUME THURSDAY AT 4 TO ENJOY STORIES, GAMES AND A FUN CRAFT.  THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND WILL LAST ABOUT 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE LIBRARY AT 762-4627.



(OCT 16, 2014) A MAURY COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND AT KNIFEPOINT.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, AN ARREST WARRANT WAS SERVED TUESDAY ON 44 YEAR-OLD PAUL BRENT BAXTER OF CULLEOKA FOR KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT.  INVESTIGATORS ALLEGE THAT BAXTER WENT TO A HOME ON MILL TOWN ROAD IN LEWISBURG EARLY IN THE DAY AND ABDUCTED HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND, 35 YEAR-OLD EMMA CHRISTINA ROWE.  THE VICTIM HAD AN ACTIVE PROTECTION ORDER PREVENTING BAXTER FROM CONTACTING HER.  THE SUSPECT ALSO ASSAULTED THE HOMEOWNER, JAMES GRIGGS.  LATER IN THE DAY, AGENTS LEARNED THAT BAXTER WAS HOLDING ROWE AT A SHELBYVILLE APARTMENT.  TBI AGENTS ALONG WITH DEPUTIES FROM THE BEDFORD COUNTY AND MARSHALL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS TOOK BAXTER INTO CUSTODY AT THE APARTMENT CHARGING HIM WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND VANDALISM.  ROWE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A SHELBYVILLE HOSPITAL FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.  BAXTER IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND IN THE MARSHALL COUNTY JAIL. 

 

 

(OCT 16, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY SENIORS FROM ALL THREE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE STILL IN NEED OF MENTORS TO ASSIST THEM WITH STAYING ON TRACK TO RECEIVE THE TENNESSEE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.  THE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDES LAST DOLLAR TUITION TO ANY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PLANNING TO ATTEND A 2 YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY.  THIS MEANS THAT SENIORS GRADUATING IN MAY 2015 CAN ATTEND THESE INSTITUTIONS WITH FREE TUITION.  LAWRENCE COUNTY STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS THAT CAN INVEST 8 TO 10 HOURS OVER A 12 MONTH PERIOD.  MENTORS MAY CHOOSE THE HIGH SCHOOL TO WORK WITH AND WILL BE PAIRED WITH 5 TO 10 STUDENTS.  DURING A ONE HOUR INFORMATION SESSION, MENTORS WILL BE GIVEN A HANDBOOK OUTLINING EACH IMPORTANT DEADLINE DATE A STUDENT MUST MEET.  TWO MEETINGS WILL BE HELD WITH MENTORS AND STUDENTS ON JANUARY 22ND AND MARCH 23RD.  TO APPLY AS A MENTOR, VISIT THE WEBSITE TNACHIEVES.ORG OR CALL BETH KEATON AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER AT 762-4911 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 


(OCT 16, 2014)  FIRST TENNESSEE HAS PURCHASED THE BANK OF AMERICA BANKING CENTERS IN LAWRENCEBURG WITH THE CHANGE OVER TO START THIS WEEK.  THE BANK OF AMERICA BRANCHES ON NORTH MILITARY AVENUE AND NORTH LOCUST AVENUE IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON FRIDAY AND WILL OPEN AS FIRST TENNESSEE FINANCIAL CENTERS ON MONDAY.  CURRENT CUSTOMERS MAY USE THEIR BANK OF AMERICA CHECKS, DEBIT CARD AND ONLINE BANKING DURING THE CHANGE OVER.  THOSE CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A FIRST TENNESSEE WELCOME PACKAGE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO USE THEIR NEW ACCOUNT NUMBER AND ROUTING NUMBER.  FOR CURRENT DIRECT DEPOSITS OR AUTOMATIC DEBITS ON CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, THE BANK WILL SEND NOTICE OF THE NEW ACCOUNT NUMBERS TO EACH BUSINESS POSTING A DEPOSIT OR WITHDRAWL. 

 


(OCT 16, 2014)  THIEVES STOLE A TOOL BOX FROM A TRUCK THIS WEEK.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIM CALLED OFFICERS TUESDAY WHEN HE DISCOVERED THE BLACK TOOL BOX HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE BACK SEAT OF HIS 2004 CHEVY SILVERADO TRUCK.  THE BOX CONTAINED A VARIETY OF TOOLS VALUED AT 750 DOLLARS.  



(OCT 16, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION MET THURSDAY IN SPECIAL SESSION.  THE BOARD APPROVED A CHANGE TO PULASKI'S URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY TO ADD 53 ACRES OF HOLT PROPERTY AND A HALF ACRE OF STATE PROPERTY LOCATED NEAR THE HIGHWAY 64 BYPASS AND HIGHWAY 11.  THE MEASURE NOW GOES TO THE STATE FOR APPROVAL.  THE REVISED ECONOMIC IMPACT PLAN FOR THE AVENUE, THE RETAIL DEVELOPMENT PHASE OF THE HAMPTON INN PROJECT, WAS ALSO APPROVED. 

 


(OCT 16, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM ANNOUNCES THAT THE FIRST PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK.  ON MONDAY, STUDENTS WILL DISMISS AT 1:30 WITH CONFERENCES FROM 2 TO 5:30 AT ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS.


(OCT 15, 2014)  A WAYNE COUNTY TRIO IS FACING SERIOUS CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH A TWO DAY TORTUROUS ASSAULT.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, A 41 YEAR-OLD COLLINWOOD MAN WAS FLOWN TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL LAST WEDNESDAY AFTER HE HAD BEEN BEATEN FOR TWO DAYS, HAD A TOE AMPUTATED, SUFFERED A LARGE CUT TO HIS LEG AND WAS TIED TO A TREE OVERNIGHT BEFORE BEING DROPPED OFF AT A WAYNESBORO RESIDENCE.  THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR THE CRIME: 44 YEAR-OLD ARNOLD MARK STEVENS, 27 YEAR-OLD BRITTANY DANIELLE THOMPSON AND 32 YEAR-OLD JASON NEAL "EARL" DANIEL, ALL OF COLLINWOOD.  THE SUSPECTS AND VICTIM ALL KNEW EACH OTHER AND WHILE RIDING AROUND IN AN EXTENDED CAB TRUCK ON OCTOBER 6TH, THEY GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT.  THE SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY TOOK TURNS PISTOL WHIPPING THE VICTIM ALL NIGHT LONG.  THEY LATER TOOK THE VICTIM TO A WOODED AREA WHERE THEY CUT THE MAN'S LEG THEN TOOK HIM TO STEVENS' HOUSE WHERE THEY CUT OFF HIS TOE.  THOMPSON AND STEVENS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH EX-FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER.  THEY ARE BEING HELD IN THE WAYNE COUNTY JAIL ON 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND EACH.  DANIEL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 425 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  ALL THREE ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN WAYNE COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT.  THE VICTIM WAS TREATED AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AND RELEASED AFTER A FEW DAYS TO CONTINUE RECOVERY AT HOME.  

 

 

(OCT 15, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FOR A DRUG COLLECTION UNIT IN PULASKI.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AWARDED A GRANT FROM CVS PHARMACY TO INSTALL THE UNIT AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 200 THOMAS GATLIN DRIVE.  THE COLLECTION UNIT WILL PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH A SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED, UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICATION.  THE NEW UNIT IS INTENDED TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF UNNEEDED MEDICINE IN RESIDENTS' HOMES AND DECREASE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE.  IT WILL ALSO HELP PREVENT THE CONTAMINATION OF LOCAL LANDFILLS AND WATER SUPPLIES FROM IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATION.  THE DRUG COLLECTION UNIT SITE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM MONDAY THRU FRIDAY.  PRESCRIPTIONS MAY BE DROPPED OFF WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-3505.

 

 

(OCT 15, 2014)  DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HISTORY TRAIL AND JACK-O-LANTERN CONTEST ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH.  DROP OFF AND REGISTER YOUR CARVED PUMPKINS FROM 1 TO 3 AT THE MUSEUM.  BE SURE THE ENTRIES ARE READY TO LIGHT WITH A REGULAR OR BATTERY OPERATED CANDLE.  FROM 6 TO 8:30 PM, THE HALLOWEEN HISTORY TRAIL WILL BE HELD WITH CHARACTERS TO TELL STORIES ALONG THE JACK-O-LANTERN LIT TRAIL.  PARTICIPANTS WILL MEET AT THE POOL AND WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO GO ON A HAYRIDE, PLAY GAMES AND FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE COURTESY OF THE FRIENDS OF DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK.  THIS YEAR, THE HISTORY TRAIL AND HAYRIDE WILL RUN SEPARATELY FROM EACH OTHER AND THE LAST TOURS WILL DEPART AT 8:30.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE PARK OFFICE AT 762-9408.

 

 

(OCT 15, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET TUESDAY.  THE BOARD TABLED A RESOLUTION TO ASK THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARDS TO INVESTIGATE A POSSIBLE CONFIDENTIALITY BREACH.  A REVISED ECONOMIC IMPACT PLAN WAS APPROVED FOR THE HAMPTON INN PROJECT.  THE AREA WAS CHANGED FROM 3 TO 6 ACRES.  THE BOARD APPROVED A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REFINANCING OF PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM'S 8 POINT 1 MILLION DOLLAR BOND WITH A LOCAL BANK DROPPING THE INTEREST FROM 4 PERCENT TO 2 POINT 6 PERCENT.  BIDS WERE LET ON PURCHASING THREE POLICE CARS AND ON PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.  THE PLAYGROUND PROJECT WILL BE PAID FOR WITH A GRANT FROM TIMKIN CORPORATION.  AND THE NOVEMBER MEETING WAS MOVED TO NOVEMBER 12TH DUE TO VETERAN'S DAY ON THE 11TH.   

 

 

(OCT 15, 2014)  JEWELRY AND COINS WERE STOLEN LAST WEEK FROM A LEOMA HOME.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT A PROKESH ROAD RESIDENT CALLED AUTHORITIES AFTER DISCOVERING THAT HER HOME HAD BEEN BURGLARIZED ON OCTOBER 8TH.  THIEVES GAINED ENTRY BY BREAKING A WINDOW AND STOLE SEVERAL RINGS, NECKLACES, A LOCKET AND SOME SILVER DOLLARS.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 722 DOLLARS.

 

 

(OCT 14, 2014)  THE DIVISION OF FORESTRY REMINDS TENNESSEE RESIDENTS THAT IF THEY INTEND TO DO ANY OUTDOOR BURNING, THEY ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO OBTAIN A FREE BURNING PERMIT BETWEEN OCTOBER 15TH AND MAY 15TH.  PERMITS GENERALLY COVER 24 HOURS.  FOR WEEKEND BURNING, PERMITS CAN BE OBTAINED ON FRIDAYS BY PHONE OR ONLINE SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS.  PERMITS WILL ONLY BE ISSUED IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED SAFE FOR DEBRIS BURNING ACTIVITY.  LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 5,270 PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY WITH 930 ISSUED ONLINE.  TO OBTAIN A PERMIT, CALL TOLL FREE 1-877-350-2876 BETWEEN 8:30 AM AND 4:30 PM MONDAY THRU FRIDAY.  PERMITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ANYTIME ONLINE BY VISITING THE WEBSITE BURN SAFE T-N DOT ORG.  ONLINE APPLICANTS WILL SUBMIT THE SAME INFORMATION AS PHONE APPLICANTS AND WILL RECEIVE A PRINTABLE PERMIT TO HAVE ON HAND WHILE CONDUCTING THEIR BURN.  OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS THAT "YOUR FIRE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY".  SMALL SCALE DEBRIS BURNING SHOULD ALWAYS BE DONE IN A SAFE MANNER AND IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERMIT RECIPIENT.



(OCT 14, 2014)  THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE CONTINUES TO WARN THE PUBLIC TO BE ALERT FOR TELEPHONE SCAMS AS THE CALLERS OFTEN CLAIM TO BE WITH THE IRS AND USUALLY DEMAND MONEY.  OFFICIALS INDICATE CITIZENS SHOULD BE SUSPICIOUS OF ANYONE WHO CALLS DEMANDING YOUR MONEY OR YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION AND OFFERED A LIST OF THINGS THAT SCAMMERS OFTEN DO BUT THE IRS WILL NOT DO.  THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU ABOUT TAXES YOU OWE WITHOUT FIRST MAILING YOU AN OFFICIAL NOTICE.  THEY WILL NOT DEMAND THAT YOU PAY TAXES WITHOUT GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO QUESTION OR APPEAL THE AMOUNT THEY SAY YOU OWE.  THEY WILL NEVER REQUIRE YOU TO USE A CERTAIN PAYMENT METHOD FOR YOUR TAXES, SUCH AS A PREPAID DEBIT CARD.  THEY WON'T ASK FOR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD NUMBERS OVER THE PHONE OR THREATHEN TO BRING IN LOCAL POLICE TO HAVE YOU ARRESTED FOR NOT PAYING.  THE IRS ADVISES THAT IF YOU GET A PHONE CALL FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE AGENCY AND ASKING FOR MONEY, IF YOU DO OWE FEDERAL TAXES, CALL THE LEGITIMATE IRS NUMBER AT 1-800-829-1040 TO TALK ABOUT PAYMENT OPTIONS OR SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN ONLINE AT IRS.GOV.  IF YOU KNOW YOU DO NOT OWE TAXES, REPORT THE INCIDENT BY CALLING 1-800-366-4484 OR ONLINE AT TIGTA.GOV.



(OCT 14, 2014)  EARLY VOTING WILL GET UNDERWAY THIS WEEK FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH CITY, STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTION.  EARLY VOTERS MAY CAST BALLOTS AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE ON CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD BEGINNING WEDNESDAY THRU THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH.  VOTE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4 AND SATURDAY FROM 8 TO NOON.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG VOTERS WILL ELECT A MAYOR AND TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS.  CITY OF SAINT JOSEPH VOTERS WILL SELECT TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 762-7836.   



(OCT 14, 2014)  THE CITY OF LORETTO PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET THURSDAY AT 4:30.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES CONSIDERATION OF THE PLAN OF SERVICES FOR THE ANNEXATION OF THE ABERCROMBIE PROPERTY ON EELS STREET.  THE COMMISSION WILL THEN CONDUCT A WORK SESSION FOR STATE MANDATED TRAINING.

 

 

(OCT 13, 2014)  WITH FLOOD AND FLASH FLOOD WATCHES ISSUED FOR MUCH OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE RECENTLY, THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL URGES MOTORISTS TO AVOID STANDING WATER ON ROADWAYS.  ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, MORE DEATHS ARE CAUSED EACH YEAR BY FLOODING THAN ANY OTHER SEVERE WEATHER HAZARD.  FLASH FLOODS CAN HAPPEN RAPIDLY AND THE THP OFFERS SOME REMINDERS TO DRIVERS:  DO NOT DRIVE THRU FLOODED AREAS.  IF YOU COME ACROSS A FLOODED ROAD, TURN AROUND AND FIND ANOTHER ROUTE.  DON'T TRY TO CROSS FLOODED ROADS EVEN IF IT APPEARS TO BE SHALLOW.   WATER HIDES DIPS IN THE ROAD OR THE ROAD UNDERNEATH MAY HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY.  IT TAKES JUST ONE FOOT OF WATER TO FLOAT MANY VEHICLES AND TWO FEET OF RUSHING WATER CAN SWEEP AWAY MOST VEHICLES INCLUDING TRUCKS AND SUV'S.  AND IF YOUR CAR STALLS, ABANDON IT AND CLIMB TO HIGHER GROUND.  IN TENNESSEE IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO DRIVE AROUND A BARRICADE OR FLOOD WARNING SIGN.  VIOLATORS CAN BE CHARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING. 

 


(OCT 13, 2014)  A JOB FAIR WILL BE HELD TUESDAY (TODAY) FROM 8:30 TO 11 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER.  EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS IS LOOKING FOR HIGHLY MOTIVATED, DEPENDABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH AT LEAST SIX MONTHS OF MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS FORKLIFT OPERATORS, SHIPPING AND RECEIVING PERSONNEL, PRESS OPERATORS, MACHINE OPERATORS AND MOLD SETTING POSITIONS.  ALL JOBS START AT 10 TO 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A RESUME AND TWO VALID FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION.  DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS AND TO INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350.

 


(OCT 13, 2014) THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL HAVE ANNOUNCED THE "CLOSE THE DOOR" CAMPAIGN IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE MORE LIVES IF A FIRE SHOULD OCCUR.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT CLOSING THE DOOR REDUCES FIRE GROWTH AND SPREAD, LIMITS DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME AND COULD POSSIBLY SAVE LIVES.  A CLOSED DOOR CAN NOT ONLY HINDER FLAMES AND SMOKE FROM SPREADING TO OTHER ROOMS, IT ALSO HELPS DEPRIVE A FIRE OF OXYGEN, SMOLDERING THE FIRE.  THE ACT OF CLOSING THE DOOR CAN PROVIDE TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES TO ESCAPE AND HELP CONTROL THE FIRE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE "CLOSE THE DOOR" CAMPAIGN, VISIT THE WEBSITE TN.GOV/FIRE.



(OCT 13, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION'S ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE MET MONDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED THE PLANNING AND COORDINATING COMMITTEE'S COMPREHENSIVE GROWTH PLAN ADDING CERTAIN ACREAGE TO PULASKI'S URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY.  THE SITES INCLUDE 53 ACRES OF HOLT PROPERTY AND ONE HALF ACRE OF STATE PROPERTY.  THE MATTER WILL NOW GO BEFORE THE FULL GILES COUNTY COMMISSION DURING A THURSDAY SPECIAL SESSION.


(OCT 10, 2014)  ALL WAS QUIET ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA THURSDAY EVENTHOUGH A WRITTEN THREAT INDICATED THAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD DIE ON OCTOBER 9TH.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, CAMPUS POLICE WERE NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH OF THE THREAT FOUND IN A BATHROOM IN THE LIBRARY.  THIS WEEK, UNA OFFICIALS DECIDED TO CLOSE CAMPUS ON THURSDAY AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE.  CLASSES WERE CANCELLED AND OFFICES WERE STAFFED WITH ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.  AN INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE WAS VISIBLE WITH FLORENCE POLICE JOINING UNA SECURITY OFFICERS ON PATROL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  AUTHORITIES INDICATED THAT THERE WERE NO CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE RELATED TO THE THREAT.  

 


(OCT 10, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED A NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TENNESSEE.  THE CAMPAIGN, TITLED "IT HAS TO STOP", FEATURES INFORMATION, CURRENT RESEARCH AND STATISTICS, VIDEO, IMPORTANT CONTACTS AND LINKS FOR VISITORS TO JOIN NON-PROFITS AND OTHER GROUPS IN THE EFFORT TO CURB TRAFFICKING IN TENNESSEE.  RESEARCH INDICATES THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES IN THE NATION.  THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN BOUGHT AND SOLD IN THE COUNTRY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION TO NUMBER AT LEAST 100 THOUSAND.  THE AVERAGE AGE OF A TRAFFICKING VICTIM IS 13.  THE WEBSITE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT ITHASTOSTOP.COM.

 


(OCT 10, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO A COUPLE OF RECENT HOME BURGLARIES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO A SUMMERTOWN RESIDENCE WEDNESDAY AFTER THE OWNERS FOUND THIEVES STEALING ITEMS FROM THEIR HOLLOWAY STREET HOME.  TWO MALE SUBJECTS WERE ON THE PROPERTY AND THEY FLED IN A GRAY FOUR-DOOR VEHICLE WHEN THE VICTIMS ARRIVED.  THE PAIR HAD STOLEN THE HOOD, DOORS AND REAR HATCH TO A 1998 DODGE CARAVAN PARKED ON THE PROPERTY AS WELL AS A WASHER, DRYER, STOVE, TWO TELEVISIONS AND A LOCKBOX.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 7,650 DOLLARS.  A LEOMA RESIDENT ALERTED AUTHORITIES WEDNESDAY AFTER DISCOVERING HER OLD FLORENCE-PULASKI ROAD HOME HAD BEEN BURGLARIZED.  A FRONT WIDOW OF THE HOME HAD BEEN BROKEN TO GAIN ENTRY.  TWO TV'S, A PS3 GAME SYSTEM AND A BLURAY PLAYER HAD BEEN STOLEN.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 2,970 DOLLARS.    



(OCT 10, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY URBAN GROWTH COMMITTEE MET THURSDAY.  MEMBERS AGREED TO RECOMMEND ADDING 53 ACRES TO THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY ALONG WITH A HALF ACRE OF STATE OWNED PROPERTY FOR BUSINESS EXPANSION.  THE FULL COUNTY COMMISSION WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE IN SPECIAL SESSION ON THURSDAY AT 9 AM AT THE COURTHOUSE. 

 

 

(OCT 8, 2014)  A TEEN DETENTION CENTER ESCAPEE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION'S TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST.  17 YEAR-OLD DE'MARIO FISHER OF NASHVILLE WAS ADDED TO THE LIST WEDNESDAY.  FISHER IS WANTED BY THE METRO NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE TBI ON AN ESCAPE CHARGE.  ON SEPTEMBER 2ND, 32 JUVENILES ESCAPED FROM THE WOODLAND HILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN NASHVILLE.  TWO GUARDS WERE INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT.  FISHER IS THE LONE ESCAPEE REMAINING AT LARGE.  HE IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE, ABOUT 5 FEET 1 INCH TALL, WEIGHS ABOUT 163 POUNDS, WITH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES.  FISHER IS BELIEVED TO BE ARMED.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-TBI-FIND.  THERE IS A ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO HIS ARREST.  

 


(OCT 8, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY SENIORS FROM ALL THREE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE STILL IN NEED OF MENTORS TO ASSIST THEM WITH STAYING ON TRACK TO RECEIVE THE TENNESSEE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.  THE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDES LAST DOLLAR TUITION TO ANY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PLANNING TO ATTEND A 2 YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY.  THIS MEANS THAT SENIORS GRADUATING IN MAY 2015 CAN ATTEND THESE INSTITUTIONS WITH FREE TUITION.  LAWRENCE COUNTY STILL NEEDS 30 VOLUNTEERS THAT CAN INVEST 8 TO 10 HOURS OVER A 12 MONTH PERIOD.  MENTORS MAY CHOOSE THE HIGH SCHOOL TO WORK WITH AND WILL BE PAIRED WITH 5 TO 10 STUDENTS.  DURING A ONE HOUR INFORMATION SESSION, MENTORS WILL BE GIVEN A HANDBOOK OUTLINING EACH IMPORTANT DEADLINE DATE A STUDENT MUST MEET.  TWO MEETINGS WILL BE HELD WITH MENTORS AND STUDENTS ON JANUARY 22ND AND MARCH 23RD.  TO APPLY AS A MENTOR, VISIT THE WEBSITE TNACHIEVES.ORG OR CALL BETH KEATON AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER AT 762-4911 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 


(OCT 8, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVE JOINED FORCES IN AN EFFORT TO LOCATE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERAL SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG AND IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION MAY CALL THE TENNESSEE ARSON HOTLINE.  THE HOTLINE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY AND CALLERS MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS WHEN PROVIDING INFORMATION.  CASH REWARDS ARE OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST OR CONVICTION.  CALL THE ARSON HOTLINE AT 1-800-762-3017 OR CALL THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONFIDENTIALLY AT 762-1608. 

 


(OCT 8, 2014)  AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FOR COLUMBUS DAY.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.  LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICK-UP FOR MONDAY WILL BE NEXT THURSDAY.  PLEASE PUT CARTS OUT EARLY FOR THE DOUBLE ROUTE DAY.  RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICK-UP IN ELKTON WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED MONDAY.  ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF THE COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY. 



(OCT 8, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION WILL MEET TUESDAY AT 3 AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE TO CERTIFY THE EARLY VOTING MACHINES.  A MEETING WILL FOLLOW TO EXPLAIN HOW ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS ARE REPORTED.  ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING THE REPORTING OF ELECTION RESULTS IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

 

 

(OCT 8, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING ANOTHER MAN WITH A KNIFE.  ACCORDING TO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A SUMMERTOWN RESIDENCE MONDAY EVENING IN REFERENCE TO AN ASSAULT.  THE VICTIM AND A WITNESS TOLD OFFICERS THAT 55 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM "HOWARD" GRAY WAS INTOXICATED, THREATENED TO KILL THE VICTIM AND A FIGHT ENSUED OUTSIDE THE NORTH BRACE ROAD HOME.  DURING THE ALTERCATION, GRAY CUT THE VICTIM ON THE NECK AND BACK WITH A KNIFE.  GRAY LEFT THE SCENE BEFORE LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVED BUT WAS FOUND PASSED OUT ON THE COUCH AT ANOTHER RESIDENCE.  THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT AND RECEIVED STITCHES TO HIS BACK.  GRAY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. 

 


(OCT 8, 2014)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE FOR HUND HAUS WAS APPROVED.  THE BOARD APPROVED FIRST READING OF A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FOR EARLY WARNING SIRENS IN THE AMOUNT OF 133,436 DOLLARS.  MEMBERS ALSO APPROVED REFERRING THE PLAN FOR SERVICES FOR AN ANNEXATION REQUEST FOR PROPERTY ON EELLS STREET TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION AS WELL AS A RESOLUTION PLACING A NEWSPAPER NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ANNEXATION ORDINANCE AND PLAN OF SERVICES.  THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN ALSO UNVEILED THE NEW CITY FLAG INCORPORATING THE NEW LOGO OF THE CITY OF LORETTO.  THE NEW FLAG WILL BE FLOWN UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG AT CITY HALL.   

 


(OCT 8, 2014)  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET FOR A WORK SESSION ON MONDAY.  THE BOARD DISCUSSED THE REQUEST MADE BY THE CITY TO THE COUNTY TO EXTEND THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY TO A FIVE MILE RADIUS FROM THE COURTHOUSE.  SOME ALDERMEN ARE CONCERNED THAT THE 5 MILE DISTANCE WILL NOT BE APPROVED AS MANY CITIZENS BELIEVE THE MEASURE MEANS ANNEXATION BY THE CITY WHEN IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANNEXATION AT ALL.  MEMBERS INDICATED THAT IT WILL TAKE COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION TO INFORM CITIZENS OF THE ACTUAL MEANING OF THE MEASURE.  THE BOARD ALSO DISCUSSED ALLOWING THE CITY MANAGER TO SELL THE OLD GARBAGE POLY-CARTS AT HIS DISCRETION AND INFORMATION FROM A CLOSED DOOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING THAT WAS LEAKED TO AN ONLINE BLOG.  THE CITY ATTORNEY SUGGESTED THAT THE EDC SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE OF THE LEAK RATHER THAN THE CITY DUE TO THE RISK OF A LAWSUIT.     


 

(OCT 8, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE MET TUESDAY MORNING.  THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF DEPUTY PRESENTED ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES.  INSTALLATION OF NEW SECURITY CAMERAS IS NEARLY COMPLETE AND NEW MONITORS WILL BE INSTALLED SOON.  NEW SECURITY LOCKS ARE NEEDED AND THE MAIN AIR UNIT WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED.  AND DUE TO PENDING LITIGATION, THE COMMITEE MET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS INMATE MEDICAL INSURANCE. 



(OCT 6, 2014)  THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY AFTER A WRITTEN THREAT WAS FOUND IN A CAMPUS BATHROOM.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, UNA'S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL CLASSES AND OFFICES WILL BE STAFFED WITH ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ON THURSDAY AS A PRECAUTION.  THE THREAT, THAT DOESN'T NAME ANY SPECIFIC TARGETS, STATES THAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD DIE ON OCTOBER 9TH.  CAMPUS POLICE WERE NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH OF THE THREAT FOUND IN A MEN'S BATHROOM IN COLLIER LIBRARY ON THE FLORENCE CAMPUS.  UNA WAS ALREADY SET TO BE CLOSED FRIDAY FOR FALL BREAK.  RESIDENCE HALLS WILL REMAIN OPEN AND ADDITIONAL OFFICERS WILL BE ON CAMPUS TO AID WITH SECURITY AROUND LIVING QUARTERS.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE THREAT IS ASKED TO CALL UNIVERSITY POLICE AT 256-765-4359.

 


(OCT 6, 2014)  A WEEKEND FIRE LEFT HEAVY DAMAGE TO A NORTHWEST LAWRENCE COUNTY PROPERTY.  THE BLAZE WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 3 SUNDAY MORNING AT THE OLD WILDLIFE CHECKING STATION ON NAPIER ROAD.  MEMBERS OF THE WEST END, HENRYVILLE AND CRAWFISH VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED BUT THE STRUCTURE WAS DEEMED A TOTAL LOSS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 

 


(OCT 6, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DIVISION OF FORESTRY REMINDS CITIZENS THAT A BURN PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL OUTDOOR BURNING EVERY YEAR DURING FOREST FIRE SEASON.  FREE BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL AREAS OF TENNESSEE BY LAW FROM OCTOBER 15TH THRU MAY 15TH.  PERMITS FOR SMALL SCALE BURNING OF LEAF AND BRUSH PILES ARE AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR ONLINE.  TO OBTAIN A PERMIT, CALL TOLL FREE 877-350-2876.  ONLINE PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE AT BURNSAFETN.ORG.  PERMITS ARE GENERALLY GOOD FOR 24 HOURS AND CAN BE ISSUED FOR WEEKEND BURNING. 

 

 

(OCT 3, 2014)  A WEST POINT WOMAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK AFTER BEING CAUGHT ALLEGEDLY MAKING METHAMPHETAMINE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED INFORMATION ON SEPTEMBER 25TH ABOUT A WANTED PERSON AT A SOUTH WALNUT STREET RESIDENCE IN IRON CITY AND RESPONDED TO SERVE THE WARRANT.  INFORMATION WAS ALSO OBTAINED ABOUT POSSIBLE DRUG ACTIVITY IN THE SAME AREA.  UPON ARRIVAL, OFFICERS MADE CONTACT WITH 25 YEAR-OLD ASHLEY GRACE HARDWICK SITTING IN A TRUCK IN THE DRIVEWAY.  AUTHORITIES FOUND AN ACTIVE SHAKE BOTTLE IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING METH IN THE VEHICLE.  HARDWICK WAS ARRESTED FOR THE VIOLATION OF PROBATION WARRANT AND CHARGED WITH INITIATION OF THE PROCESS TO MANUFACTURE METH AND PROMOTION OF THE MANUFACTURE OF METH.  AN UNIDENTIFIED 17 YEAR-OLD MALE WAS ALSO INSIDE THE TRUCK DURING THE INCIDENT AND HE WAS CHARGED WITH THE SAME OFFENSES IN JUVENILE COURT.  HARDWICK IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 61,622 DOLLARS BOND. 

 

 

(OCT 3, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING WAS HELD THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE LORETTO CIVIC CENTER.  THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR WAS AWARDED TO THE KIDD FAMILY INCLUDING TOMMY LEE, LESA AND ABIGAIL KIDD.  THE FAMILY HAS ESTABLISHED THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION ABIGAIL'S PLAN WITH THE CURRENT GOAL OF RAISING FUNDS FOR A RUBBERIZED MIRACLE LEAGUE BASEBALL FIELD FOR PLAYERS WITH DISABILITIES.  PAMELA INGRAM WAS NAMED THE CHAMBER AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AND ELLIOT AND ASSOCIATES WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CHAMBER'S SMALL BUSINESS HALL OF FAME.

 


(OCT 3, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES A ROAD CLOSURE FOR MONDAY.  WEAKLEY CREEK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM POPLAR STREET TO NORTH LOCUST AVENUE BEGINNING AT  8 AM FOR CREWS TO REPAIR A GAS LINE.  MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE. 

 


(OCT 3, 2014)  SEVERAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN GILES COUNTY.  THE PULASKI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN WILL MEET FOR A WORK SESSION MONDAY AT 4:30.  THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TUESDAY AT 9 AM AT THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  THE GILES COUNTY GROWTH PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL MEET THURSDAY AT 9 AM IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX.  THE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET THURSDAY AT 5 IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX AND THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET THURSDAY AT 5 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE.



(OCT 2, 2014)  THE 26TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION IS UNDERWAY THRU OCTOBER 12TH IN LORETTO.  THE MISS OKTOBERFEST BEAUTY PAGEANT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 6:30 IN THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL THEATER.  THIS FRIDAY THRU NEXT FRIDAY, AREA BUSINESSES WILL HOST LUNCHES AND DINNERS AT REDUCED PRICES.  A BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AT KEESTONE AT GLEN ROCK GOLF COURSE AND A CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY WILL BE HELD FROM 9 TO 4 AT M-H WEATHERS PARK.  THIS SUNDAY WILL FEATURE THE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST FROM 7 TO 11 AT LORETTO CIVIC CENTER.  ON MONDAY, THE LORETTO SENIOR CITIZENS WILL HOST A POP'S FISH FRY FROM 4 TO 7 AS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE ORGANIZATION.   ON TUESDAY, SHARE FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP WITH FRIENDS ON HOWDY NEIGHBOR DAY.  ON WEDNESDAY, THE LORETTO POST OFFICE WILL OFFER A SPECIAL POSTMARK COMMEMORATING OKTOBERFEST AND A HOT DOG LUNCH WILL BE SERVED FROM 11 TO 1 IN THE EXPRESS MED PARKING LOT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.  NEXT THURSDAY, A GERMAN DINNER WILL BE SERVED AT THE LORETTO CIVIC CENTER FROM 5 TO 7 WITH ADULT PLATES 10 DOLLARS AND STUDENTS 5 DOLLARS.  THE BURGERMEISTER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT 7.  NEXT FRIDAY, THE JACK-O-LANTERN CONTEST AND PARADE WILL BE HELD AT 7:30 FROM WEATHERS PARK TO NANA'S.  NEXT SATURDAY, A VARIETY OF EVENTS WILL BE HELD BEGINNING AT 9 A-M AT THE PARK AND NEXT SUNDAY, THE FESTIVAL WILL WRAP UP WITH THE K-C BAR-B-Q AND CHICKEN SUPPER FROM 4 TO 6 IN THE LORETTO SACRED HEART GYM.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM OKTOBERFEST GO TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND BEAUTIFICATION OF LORETTO.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 853-4351.

 

 

(OCT 2, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST FOUR JOB FAIRS NEXT WEEK.  MONDAY'S JOB FAIR WILL BE FROM 1 TO 3 FOR JOB SHOPPE.  THE COMPANY IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS IN THE SPRING HILL AND COLUMBIA AREA.  OPENINGS ARE FOR EXPERIENCED LINE LEADS, QUALITY INSPECTORS AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES.  APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED, TWO WORK RELATED REFERENCES AND  RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION.  TUESDAY'S JOB FAIR WILL BE FROM 9 TO 1 AND IS FOR LIBERTY TAX SERVICE.  THE COMPANY IS OPENING A NEW OFFICE IN LAWRENCEBURG AND SEEKS APPLICANTS TO JOIN THE TEAM AND LEARN HOW TO PREPARE TAXES.  THURSDAY'S JOB FAIR IS FROM 10 TO NOON AND IS FOR RANDSTAD.  THE COMPANY IS LOOKING TO FILL VARIOUS PRODUCTION, ASSEMBLY, MATERIAL HANDLER, PRESS OPERATOR, WELDER AND FORKLIFT OPERATOR POSITIONS IN LAWRENCEBURG AND PULASKI.  AND FRIDAY'S JOB FAIR IS FROM 9 TO 1 FOR BUFFALO RIVER SERVICES.  THE COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR 15 TO 20 HIGHLY MOTIVATED, CARING, DEPENDABLE INDIVIDUALS TO BE TEAM PLAYERS.  APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A CLEAN BACKGROUND AND A CLEAR DRIVING RECORD FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.  ALL JOB FAIR PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A RESUME AND TWO FORMS OF VALID IDENTIFICATION.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER AT 762-4350.



(OCT 2, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE ARE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A SUSPECT WHO PASSED A BOGUS PAYROLL CHECK AT A LOCAL BUSINESS.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE MANAGER OF A NORTH LOCUST AVENUE STORE ALERTED POLICE WEDNESDAY ABOUT THE SEPTEMBER 19TH INCIDENT.  A WHITE MALE CAME INTO THE BUSINESS AND ASKED TO CASH A PAYROLL CHECK TO PAY FOR AROUND 50 DOLLARS IN PURCHASES.  THE CHECK WAS WRITTEN FOR 355 DOLLARS ON AN ACCOUNT FROM PULASKI MANUFACTURER SAAR GUMMI.  THE SUSPECT PROVIDED AN INDIANA DRIVER'S LICENSE WITH THE SAME NAME AS THE CHECK WAS ISSUED - BART BOLYARD.  THE CHECK WAS ACCEPTED AND LATER WAS RETURNED TO THE BUSINESS FOR "ACCOUNT NOT FOUND".  A CALL TO THE BANK REVEALED THAT THE ACCOUNT NUMBER WAS NOT VALID AND A CALL TO SAAR GUMMI REVEALED THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WITH THE NAME ON THE CHECK NOR DO THEY HAVE AN ACCOUNT AT THE BANK LISTED ON THE CHECK.  FURTHER INVESTIGATION ALSO REVEALED THAT THE HOME ADDRESS LISTED FOR THE PAYEE DOES NOT EXIST.  AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CASE IS UNDERWAY.     



(OCT 2, 2014) MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE UPCOMING STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTION ALONG WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH CITY ELECTION.  NEW REGISTRATIONS MUST BE IN BY THE DEADLINE TO CAST BALLOTS ON NOVEMBER 4TH.  FOR VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION, CALL THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 762-7836.

 

 

(OCT 1, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY GROWTH PLANNING COMMISSION HELD PUBLIC HEARINGS TUESDAY TO RECEIVE INPUT REGARDING THE CITY OF PULASKI'S REQUEST TO EXTEND ITS URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY.  ONE PERSON SPOKE FAVORABLY ABOUT THE PLAN AT THE 9 AM SESSION AND WHILE TWO PEOPLE HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK AT THE 1 PM SESSION, NEITHER ATTENDED THE AFTERNOON MEETING.  THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THE BOUNDARY TO LAND WHERE VALLEY PACKAGING MIGHT BUILD A NEW FACILITY AND EXTEND THE BOUNDARY TO A FIVE MILE RADIUS AROUND THE COURTHOUSE.

 


(OCT 1, 2014)  THE PULASKI POWER BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD VOTED TO REFINANCE 8 POINT 1 MILLION DOLLARS WITH FIRST FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK AS THEY OFFERED THE BEST RATE OF THE BANKS THAT BID.  MEMBERS ALSO LEARNED THAT THE WALTER ANDERSON SUBSTATION PROJECT HAS BEEN DELAYED BECAUSE OF PARTS.  THE CONTRACTOR WILL PAY A 5 PERCENT PENALTY TO PES AND THE COMPLETION DATE IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 5TH. 



(OCT 1, 2014)  A NUMBER OF LORETTO TELEPHONE CUSTOMERS HAVE RECENTLY REPORTED RECEIVING SCAM PHONE CALLS.  ACCORDING TO COMPANY OFFICIALS, SEVERAL CUSTOMERS HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY RECEIVED TELEPHONE CALLS FROM THE SAME NUMBER WITH A NEW YORK AREA CODE WITH THE CALLERS TRYING VARIOUS WAYS TO GET PERSONAL INFORMATION OR ACCESS INTO POTENTIAL VICTIM'S COMPUTERS.  MANY OF THOSE TARGETED ARE ELDERLY.  THE CALLERS HAVE CLAIMED TO BE WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES, COMPUTER SOFTWARE COMPANIES AND PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND THEY TRY TO GET PERSONAL INDENTITY INFORMATION.  THE NUMBER SHOWS UP ON CALLER ID'S AS 646-647-3965.  IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL FROM THIS NUMBER OR ANY CALL REQUESTING PERSONAL AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION, DO NOT COMPLY.  NEVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR INTERNET TO ANYONE YOU ARE NOT POSITIVE IS A LEGITIMATE SOURCE.

 


(OCT 1, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN HAVE ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS OF THE CUTEST BABY PHOTO CONTEST.   FIRST PLACE WAS AWARDED TO KIRZDEN MARY-CLARE MCDOW, THE 10 MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER OF KRISTI MCDOW OF LEOMA.  SECOND PLACE WENT TO NEYLAND ACE DISHONGH, THE 1 MONTH-OLD SON OF MACKENZIE SELF AND COTY DISHONGH OF LEOMA AND THIRD PLACE WAS AWARDED TO ADDIE NICOLE DEAN, THE 8 MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER OF KAYLA DEAN OF LAWRENCEBURG.  VISITORS TO THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR LAST WEEK VOTED ON THE PHOTOS IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S BOOTH IN THE EXHIBIT HALL



(OCT 1, 2014)  COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S OFFICE OF EVENING SERVICES WILL HOST AN EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9TH FROM 5 TO 6:30 FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN TEACHING PRE-SCHOOL OR KINDERGARTEN THRU 6TH GRADES.  COLUMBIA STATE OFFERS GENERAL TRANSFER ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND TEACHING FOR K THRU 6 AS WELL AS A BASIC EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.  COLUMBIA STATE ALSO HAS A PARTNERSHIP WITH MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE 2 PLUS 2 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM.  THE PROGRAM ALLOWS STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THEIR ASSOCIATE DEGREE AT COLUMBIA STATE AND CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES TOWARD A BACHELOR'S DEGREE AT MTSU WITH ALL COURSEWORK HELD AT A COLUMBIA STATE CAMPUS.  THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 118 OF THE FRANK G. CLEMENT BUILDING ON THE COLUMBIA CAMPUS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 540-2862.



(OCT 1, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAS CHANGED THE MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THIS MONTH.  THE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9TH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  THE NEXT REGULAR SESSION MEETING WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 23RD AT 8:30 AM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.



(SEP 30, 2014)  A COLUMBIA MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A 2009 MURDER CASE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, 52 YEAR-OLD ALLEN DEAN SCOTT WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK FOR THE MURDER OF GARY REESE.  ON NOVEMBER 15TH, 2009, THE BODY OF 55 YEAR-OLD GARY HOUSTON REESE WAS FOUND AT HIS FISHING SITE ON THE RIVERBANK NEAR THE DUCK RIVER DAM IN COLUMBIA.  DETECTIVES FOUND EVIDENCE OF FOUL PLAY AND BEGAN A MURDER INVESTIGATION THAT HAS CONTINUED FOR NEARLY 5 YEARS.  SCOTT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AND THEFT OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE MAURY COUNTY JAIL PENDING A BOND HEARING. 



(SEP 30, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY.  MEMBERS APPROVED NON-PROFIT AND CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS; DISTRIBUTION OF THE HOTEL-MOTEL TAX; AND APPROPRIATIONS TO VARIOUS FUNDS, DEPARTMENTS, INSTITUTIONS, OFFICES AND AGENCIES FOR THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR AT THE SAME RATE AS LAST YEAR.  THE COMMISSION O-KAYED A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO OPERATE A VENDOR COMMISSARY AT THE JAIL.  A TWO DOLLAR FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH INMATE COMMISSARY TRANSACTION AND SOME DISCUSSION WAS MADE ABOUT WHERE THE PROCEEDS SHOULD GO.  THE SHERIFF INDICATED THAT THE FUNDS COULD BE USED FOR INCIDENTALS THAT COME UP IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS OF THE JAIL.  COMMISSIONER JEFF HUGHES SUGGESTED THAT THE MONEY GO INTO THE COUNTY GENERAL FUND.  THE RESOLUTION PASSED TO ESTABLISH THE COMMISSARY WITH FURTHER DISCUSSION PLANNED ON WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO.  MEMBERS APPROVED A MEASURE FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO CONTRACT TO PURCHASE LAND ADJACENT TO TEAM LAWRENCE COMMERCE PARK.  A TVA REIMBURSEMENT GRANT WILL PAY FOR HALF OF THE 400 THOUSAND DOLLAR COST.   THE BOARD ELECTED DONNY MORRIS TO SERVE AS THE VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER AND ELECTED TO RETAIN CHARLIE HOLT AS COUNTY ATTORNEY.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED. 



(SEP 30, 2014)  THE CITY OF LORETTO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A STREET RESURFACING PROJECT WILL GET UNDERWAY ON WEDNESDAY.  THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED INCLUDES KITTY MEYER LANE, THE SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE, JOHNS LANE, A PORTION OF EELLS DRIVE AND A PORTION OF THE CITY PARK.  MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING THRU THESE AREAS. 



(SEP 30, 2014)  THE PULASKI REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET IN SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD GRANTED PERMISSION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF AN 80 BY 120 FOOT PRE-ENGINEERED, OPEN ENDED METAL BUILDING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BENNETT DRIVE AND INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD.  THE STRUCTURE WILL BE USED AS STORAGE AND A LOADING DOCK FOR SPEAR COASTLINE.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A REQUEST BY SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP ON WEST COLLEGE STREET TO MOVE THE EXISTING SINGLE WIDE MOBILE SALES OFFICE TO A TEMPORARY LOCATION ON THE SAME LOT TO REPLACE IT WITH A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE OFFICE.  THE APPROVAL IS CONTINGENT ON THE SINGLE WIDE UNIT BEING REMOVED WITHIN 90 DAYS AFTER BEING MOVED FROM THE CURRENT LOCATION.



(SEP 30, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SOME WORK SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.  UTILITY CREWS WILL WORK ON NORTH LOCUST AVENUE FROM 6 PM TODAY THRU WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 2 AM.  WORKERS WILL BE UPGRADING MANHOLES PRIOR TO THE STREET PAVING PROJECT.  AND A POWER OUTAGE IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY FROM 8 TO 11 AM.  THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS THE SOUTH END OF BYRD ROAD INCLUDING ARROWHEAD TERRACE.  THE PURPOSE OF THE OUTAGE IS TO UPGRADE SERVICE IN THE AREA.  LUS REGRETS ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE CUSTOMERS.



(SEP 29, 2014)  AN ALABAMA MAN WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SELL DRUGS IN LAWRENCEBURG.  ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, OFFICERS INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP AFTER RECEIVING INFORMATION THAT A MAN WAS TRYING TO SELL ILLEGAL NARCOTICS AT THE FAIR.  THE SUSPECT, 37 YEAR-OLD DERRICK LAMONT BEAN OF LEIGHTON, CONSENTED TO A SEARCH OF HIS VEHICLE AND WHILE THERE WERE NO DRUGS IN THE CAR, OFFICERS DID FIND A MOTEL KEY.  BEAN INDICATED THAT HE HAD BEEN STAYING AT A LOCAL MOTEL AND A SEARCH OF HIS ROOM TURNED UP 11 POINT 6 GRAMS OF CRACK COCAINE PACKAGED IN BAGGIES, MORPHINE PILLS, DIGITAL SCALES AND A RAZOR BLADE WITH DRUG RESIDUE.  OFFICERS SEIZED 410 DOLLARS IN CASH BELIEVED TO BE PROCEEDS FROM DRUG TRANSACTIONS.  BEAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE FOR RESALE, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE TWO DRUGS FOR RESALE AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 85 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT NOVEMBER 6TH. 

 


(SEP 29, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY LAST WEEK ON A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE WARRANT.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT WHILE PROCESSING A MUNICIPAL ROADBLOCK PERMIT FOR A LOCAL ORGANIZATION, AN INVESTIGATOR RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT A MAN INVOLVED WITH THE NON-PROFIT GROUP WAS WANTED BY MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA AUTHORITIES.  INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED THAT 49 YEAR-OLD KENNETH GERALD KNABENSHUE JUNIOR WAS WANTED ON ACTIVE WARRANTS AFTER ABSCONDING FROM PROBATION IN 2009.  KNABENSHUE WAS ON PROBATION FOR A CHARGE OF TERRORISTIC THREATS.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AND IS AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO ALABAMA. 



(SEP 29, 2014)  MAINSTREET LAWRENCEBURG'S HO-HO HUSTLE 5-K RUN AND WALK WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.  THE EVENT WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 7:30 A-M WITH THE START AND FINISH ON THE SQUARE.  REGISTRATION IS 20 DOLLARS THRU NOVEMBER 25TH AND 25 DOLLARS NOVEMBER 26TH THRU THE DAY OF THE RACE.  REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT MISS MILLIE'S ON THE SQUARE OR ONLINE AT MAINSTREETLAWRENCEBURGTN.COM.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 629-5266 OR 762-9577.



(SEP 29, 2014)  THE PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM POWER BOARD WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND BROADBAND REPORTS FOR AUGUST, A REVISED COMPLETION DATE FOR WALTER ANDERSON AND A REVIEW OF AUGUST INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.  THE MEETING WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 5 PM AT PES.



(SEP 25, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  WITH WORK UNDERWAY ON A BOX CULVERT ON BUFFALO ROAD AT THE CRESCENT FACTORY ROAD INTERSECTION, A LOCAL BUSINESS HAS BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED.  MAYOR KEITH DURHAM AND E-M-A DIRECTOR JOE BAXTER INDICATED THAT THEY HAD SPOKEN WITH THE OWNER OF BERRYHILL'S SNACK BAR AND THE CONSTRUCTION HAS CAUSED LUNCHTIME BUSINESS TO DROP SIGNIFICANTLY.  DURHAM AND BAXTER ENCOURAGED ALL CITY WORKERS AND OTHERS TO STOP BY BERRYHILL'S FOR LUNCH AS THE ROAD WORK IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR A FEW WEEKS.  ACCESS TO BERRYHILL'S IS STILL AVAILABLE BY TURNING ON OAK STREET AND THEN AROUND THE BACK WAY TO CRESCENT FACTORY ROAD.  SIGNS ARE BEING MADE TO ADVISE MOTORISTS OF THE ALTERNATE ROUTE TO THE BUSINESS.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ENTER INTO A REIMBURSEMENT GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNOR'S SAFETY OFFICE FOR 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUNDING. 



(SEP 25, 2014)  A KILLEN, ALABAMA MAN HAS RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF 6 YEARS IN PRISON IN A CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE INVOLVING THOUSANDS OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGES.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, 32 YEAR-OLD DAVID ERICK GRAY WAS SENTENCED WEDNESDAY TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO 6 COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN.  GRAY WAS INDICTED IN MARCH ON 10 THOUSAND COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND 6 COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE.  HE WAS ARRESTED IN 2013 AFTER POLICE WERE NOTIFIED THAT GRAY'S COMPUTER POSSIBLY CONTAINED CHILD PORN.  AT THE SENTENCING HEARING, GRAY READ A LETTER TO CIRCUIT JUDGE MIKE JONES TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ACTIONS AND REQUESTING PROBATION.  JONES GAVE GRAY SIX YEARS ON EACH CHARGE WITH THE SENTENCES TO RUN CONCURRENTLY.  THE PLEA DEAL WAS APPROVED AFTER OFFICIALS CONSULTED WITH THE SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM.  GRAY WILL ALSO HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.  



(SEP 25, 2014)  AN OHIO-BASED AUTOMOTIVE PARTS MANUFACTURER WILL HAVE A NEW HOME IN SPRING HILL BRINGING MORE THAN 200 JOBS TO MAURY COUNTY.  THE DAILY HERALD REPORTS THAT COMPREHENSIVE LOGISTICS WILL INVEST 30 MILLION DOLLARS TO CONSTRUCT AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING ON A 13 ACRE SITE ON BEECHCROFT ROAD.  THE FACILITY WILL HOUSE A MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLY OPERATION TO SUPPLY NEARBY GENERAL MOTORS.  THE COMPANY WILL PROVIDE PARTS SEQUENCING AND HEADLINERS, TIRES AND WHEELS, REAR SUSPENSIONS AND FRONT VERTICAL ASSEMBLY AND LOGISTICAL SERVICES TO G-M IN SPRING HILL.  THE BUILDING IS SET FOR COMPLETION IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2015.  THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES ON THE HEELS OF ANOTHER MAJOR EMPLOYMENT BOOSTER FOR THE AREA.  AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURER MAGNA INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT THE COMPANY WILL INVEST 16 MILLION DOLLARS AND BRING MORE THAN 350 JOBS TO SPRING HILL IN THE NEXT 2 YEARS.  MAGNA'S NEW FACILITY WILL ALSO BE LOCATED ON BEECHCROFT ROAD.  THEY EXPECT TO OPEN IN JANUARY 2015.  



(SEP 25, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY COORDINATING COMMITTEE MET THURSDAY MORNING AT THE REQUEST OF THE CITY OF PULASKI.  THE REQUEST CONCERNED PLANS TO ANNEX ABOUT 53 ACRES ON HIGHWAY 11 INTO THE CITY LIMITS.  TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS ON THE MATTER WERE SET FOR NEXT TUESDAY AT 9 AM AND 1 PM AT THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX.  UNDER CURRENT STATE LAW, NO MUNICIPALITY MAY ANNEX AGRICULTURAL OR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WITHOUT THE OWNERS WRITTEN CONSENT.



(SEP 24, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A BRIEF AGENDA IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ENTER INTO A REIMBURSEMENT GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNOR'S HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE IN THE AMOUNT OF UP TO 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 8:30 AM IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 


(SEP 24, 2014)  DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK IS TEAMING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND TENNESSEE STATE PARKS TO START A CROSS COUNTRY RUN CLUB FOR 5TH THRU 8TH GRADERS.  THE CLUB WILL PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS AT THE LOCAL PARK AND ACROSS THE STATE.  PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO HELP SET A CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL TO BE MARKED AT CROCKETT PARK.  AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR THE RUN CLUB WILL BE HELD AT THE PARK MONDAY AT 5 AT SHELTER NUMBER ONE.  THOSE PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE WHO CANNOT MAKE THE MEETING ARE ASKED TO CALL 762-9408.

 


(SEP 24, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WILL MEET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE CITY MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REQUEST FROM MICHAEL CREECH CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 506 9TH STREET.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 24-BY-40 FOOT ACCESSORY STRUCTURE.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4459.

 


(SEP 24, 2014)  CHRISTMAS POPS REHEARSALS WILL BEGIN SOON AND SINGERS ARE INVITED TO BE A PART OF LAWRENCE COUNTY'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TRADITION.  REHEARSALS BEGIN MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH AT 7 AT COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL PAUL PLANT AT 762-7528.

 

 

(SEP 23, 2014)  A GOODSPRING MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND RUNNING FROM POLICE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO SOUTH LOCUST AVENUE NEAR THE HOSPITAL JUST AFTER 10 P-M FOR AN INTOXICATED DRIVER.  WHEN POLICE TRIED TO INITIATE A TRAFFIC STOP ON THE SUSPECT'S 1999 OLDSMOBILE ALERO, THE DRIVER ACCELERATED AND RAN FROM OFFICERS.  THE DRIVER, 39 YEAR-OLD MICKY LEE DAVIS, STOPPED THE VEHICLE ON ROHLING CIRCLE, BAILED AND RAN.  AUTHORITIES LOCATED DAVIS A SHORT TIME LATER AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY.  THE SUSPECT REFUSED A BLOOD ALCOHOL TEST BUT A WARRANT WAS ISSUED AND THE SAMPLE TAKEN WITHOUT INCIDENT.  WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS IMPOUNDED, OFFICERS DISCOVERED A LOADED GUN AND COMPONENTS USED TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE.  DAVIS WAS CHARGED WITH D-U-I 5TH OFFENSE, EVADING ARREST, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, HABITUAL MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENDER, FELON INPOSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND IMPLIED CONSENT.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 2ND.  

 


(SEP 23, 2014) AN ETHRIDGE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY FOR FILING A FALSE THEFT REPORT.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, 34 YEAR-OLD CYNTHIA ANN BESSENT CAME TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT THAT HER PURSE HAD BEEN STOLEN OUT OF A FRIEND'S CAR WHILE IT WAS PARKED AT A NORTH LOCUST AVENUE RESTAURANT.  SHE CLAIMED CASH AND SEVERAL KINDS OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS WERE MISSING.  BUT INVESTIGATORS HAD ALREADY RECEIVED RECORDED INFORMATION THAT BESSENT'S PURSE WAS NOT ACTUALLY STOLEN AND THE THEFT REPORT WAS BEING MADE BY THE SUSPECT BECAUSE SHE HAD SOLD SOME OF HER MEDS AND NEEDED A POLICE REPORT TO GET MORE.  WHILE SHE WAS BEING ARRESTED, POLICE FOUND METHAMPETAMINE AND SOME OF THE PILLS REPORTED STOLEN IN BESSENT'S BAG.  SHE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FILING A FALSE REPORT AND DRUG POSSESSION.  SHE WAS BOOKED INTO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT NOVEMBER 6TH.

 


(SEP 23, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE ARRESTED A LAWRENCE COUNTY WOMAN FOR BREAKING INTO A VEHICLE AND STEALING A PURSE.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A PARKING LOT BEHIND A NORTH MILITARY AVENUE BUSINESS SATURDAY EVENING ABOUT A THEFT.  THE VICTIMS TOLD OFFICERS THAT THE CAR ALARM SOUNDED ON THEIR 2004 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX AND THEY TURNED TO SEE A WOMAN EXIT THE VEHICLE AND DRIVE AWAY IN A FORD TAURUS.  ONE OF THE VICTIM'S PURSES HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM THE GRAND PRIX.  THE SUSPECT, IDENTIFIED AS 70 YEAR-OLD ANNA RUTH DOBBS OF ETHRIDGE, WAS PULLED OVER A SHORT TIME LATER.  SHE GAVE CONSENT TO SEARCH HER VEHICLE AND THE STOLEN PURSE WAS FOUND IN THE TRUNK OF HER CAR.  DOBBS WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND THEFT AND BOOKED ON 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. 

 


(SEP 23, 2014)  GUNS WERE REPORTED STOLEN LAST WEEK FROM A FREEMAN ROAD RESIDENCE.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ON FRIDAY, A DEPUTY WAS DISPATCHED TO A BURGLARY.  THE VICTIM INDICATED THAT SOMEONE HAD ENTERED HER HOME BY PRYING OPEN SLIDING GLASS DOORS AND TOOK AN AR 15 RIFLE AND TWO HANDGUNS HIDDEN IN THE RESIDENCE.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 5,049 DOLLARS.



(SEP 23, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MET ON MONDAY.  A LOCAL MERCHANT REQUESTED TO PLACE A 12 BY 30 PORTABLE BUILDING ON A COMMERCIAL LOT NEXT TO THE BUSINESS.  CITY ORDINANCE CONTROLS SITE BUILT STRUCTURES AND MUST INCLUDE A SITE PLAN AND DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE.  UPON DISCUSSING THE MATTER, OFFICIALS DETERMINED THAT THE CITY HAS NO POLICY CONCERNING PRE-FAB STRUCTURES ON COMMERCIAL SITES.  THE MEASURE WAS TABLED UNTIL A POLICY COULD BE ESTABLISHED AS IT WILL SET A PRECIDENT FOR FUTURE REQUESTS OF THIS NATURE.  


(SEP 22, 2014)  THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR FAIREST OF THE FAIR PAGEANTS WERE HELD OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  THE WINNER OF MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR IS 17 YEAR-OLD RILEY LITTRELL, THE DAUGHTER OF SHANNON AND CANDY LITTRELL OF LORETTO.  1ST RUNNER UP IS EMMA MASSEY AND 2ND RUNNER UP IS CHARITY FOSTER, BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG.  THE JUNIOR FAIREST OF THE FAIR WINNER IS 15 YEAR-OLD CHEYENNE JOHNSON, THE DAUGHTER OF JOHNNY AND MARKILA JOHNSON OF LAWRENCEBURG.  1ST RUNNER UP IS ABANY DUGGER OF LAWRENCEBURG AND 2ND RUNNER UP IS HANNAH LOVETT OF LEOMA.  THE WINNER OF LITTLE MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR IS 12 YEAR-OLD BREEANN JOHNSON OF ETHRIDGE, THE DAUGHTER OF MATT JOHNSON AND THE LATE DEANNA JOHNSON.  1ST RUNNER UP IS ALYSSA MATTHEWS OF LEOMA AND 2ND RUNNER UP IS DESTINY GREEN OF LORETTO.  THE TINY MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR WINNER IS 6 YEAR-OLD ALLY KATE PETTUS, THE DAUGHTER OF TROY AND MARY BETH PETTUS OF LORETTO.  1ST RUNNER UP IS PRESLEY DANIEL OF WAYNESBORO AND 2ND RUNNER UP IS KATE BRISON OF IRON CITY.  AND THE WINNER OF TINY TOT FAIREST OF THE FAIR IS 4 YEAR-OLD AVERY GARRETT, THE DAUGHTER OF AMBER COZART AND JASON GARRET OF LEOMA.  1ST RUNNER UP IS JOSIE MORROW OF LAWRENCEBURG AND 2ND RUNNER UP IS IZZY GARLAND OF ETHRIDGE.

 


(SEP 22, 2014)  THE LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL BAND COMPETED IN THE 23RD ANNUAL HICKMAN COUNTY MARCHING CLASSIC IN CENTERVILLE OVER THE WEEKEND.  THE BAND, COLOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION ALL RECEIVED SUPERIOR RATINGS AND THE DRUM MAJOR RECEIVED AN EXCELLENT RATING.  THE GUARD AND PERCUSSION WERE AWARDED BEST IN CLASS HONORS WITH THE GUARD PLACING 4TH OVERALL.  THE BAND WON 1ST PLACE IN CLASS-B AND PLACED 5TH OVERALL OUT OF 14 BANDS.  FRENCH HORN SOLOIST HANNAH GRAVES WAS NAMED THE MOST OUTSTANDING SOLOIST FOR THE OVERALL CONTEST.  THE BAND IS DIRECTED BY DARREL BOSTON ASSISTED BY VERONICA TROUP AND GUARD INSTRUCTOR KALEE RICHARDSON. 

 


(sep 22, 2014)  AN EARLY MORNING FIRE LEFT EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A NORTH LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS.  JUST BEFORE 4 MONDAY MORNING, ETHRIDGE, NEW PROSPECT AND SUMMERTOWN FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AT ELK VALLEY HARDWOODS.  FIRE CREWS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO A PORTION OF THE BUILDING BUT THE BUSINESS DID SUSTAIN HEAVY DAMAGE.  THE SOUTHERN TENNESSEE RED CROSS ASSISTED AT THE SCENE.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.



(SEP 18, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, ON WEDNESDAY OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A FALL RIVER ROAD ADDRESS IN REFERENCE TO AN ASSAULT.  OFFICERS MADE CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, 28 YEAR-OLD JASON WILLIAMS, WHO HAD BEEN STRUCK IN THE HEAD WITH A WRENCH.  THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT 31 YEAR-OLD JASON ALAN CURTIS AND ENTERED THE RESIDENCE AND ASSAULTED THE VICTIM.  CURTIS WAS LOCATED A SHORT TIME LATER AT A PARK STREET HOME AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED BURGLARY.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 3RD.  THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF HEAD INJURIES. 

 

 

(SEP 18, 2014)  A YOUNG ALABAMA MOTHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER HER SON TESTED POSITIVE FOR MARIJUANA AT HIS BIRTH.  THE TIMES DAILY REPORTS THAT 18 YEAR-OLD KYNDRA GABRIELLE CALVERY OF FLORENCE WAS CHARGED WITH CHEMICAL ENDANGERMENT OF A CHILD ON TUESDAY.  CALVERY'S SON WAS BORN AUGUST 15TH AND WAS FOUND TO HAVE MARIJUANA IN HIS SYSTEM.  SHE WAS BOOKED INTO THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY JAIL AND THEN RELEASED ON 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.   

 

 

(SEP 18, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN PASSING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS IN THE AREA.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, ON JUNE 30TH AN UNIDENTIFIED WHITE FEMALE WITH DARK HAIR PASSED FAKE CHECKS ON THE BUSINESS RITE AID AT SUPERAMA STORES IN SUMMERTOWN AND MOUNT PLEASANT.  SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE STORE PARKING LOT SHOWS THE FEMALE AS A PASSENGER IN A DARK COLORED, 4 DOOR PASSENGER CAR.  THE SUSPECTS PARKED BEHIND A MILK TRUCK IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO STAY AWAY FROM THE BUILDING.  THE FEMALE USED A TENNESSEE DRIVER'S LICESE TO CASH THE CHECKS BUT THE I-D USED IS NOT BELIEVED TO BELONG TO THE SUSPECT.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN THE CRIMES IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 762-1608 EXTENSION 110. 

 

 

(SEP 18, 2014)  TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH TO DISCUSS THE CITY OF PULASKI'S REQUEST TO EXTEND THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY.  MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT 9 AM AND 1 PM TO DISCUSS EXTENDING THE BOUNDARY TO LAND WHERE VALLEY PACKAGING MIGHT BUILD A NEW FACILITY AND EXTENDING THE BOUNDARY TO A FIVE MILE RADIUS AROUND THE COURTHOUSE.  ANY CITIZENS WHO WISH TO SPEAK FOR 3 MINUTES AT THE HEARINGS MUST SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S OFFICE LOCATED IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX.

 

 

(SEP 17, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN WAS ARRESTED ON A NUMBER OF DRUG CHARGES LAST WEEK.  ACCORDING TO POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, INVESTIGATORS OBTAINED EVIDENCE THAT 28 YEAR-OLD BRITTA DANIELLE RUMBAUGH SOLD ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ON SEPTEMBER 2ND AT A WEST GAINES STREET LOCATION AND ON SEPTEMBER 11TH AT HER HOME ON WINDSOR AVENUE.  LATER ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED ON RUMBAUGH'S HOME WHERE AUTHORITIES FOUND MARIJUANA AND DRUG PARAPHENALIA INSIDE THE HOUSE AND IN THE SUSPECT'S 2004 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER.  UNDER QUESTIONING, RUMBAUGH INDICATED THAT SHE HAD BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.  INVESTIGATORS SEIZED TWO 50 INCH T-V'S, A 32 INCH T-V, AN I-PHONE, A SAMSUNG PHONE, PLAYSTATION 3 AND X-BOX 360 VIDEO GAME SYSTEMS, 2 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES AND THE TRAILBLAZER AS PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF DRUGS AND PLACED RUMBAUGH UNDER ARREST.  SHE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS FOR RESALE, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA AND SIMPLE POSSESSION.  AS HER CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE SEARCH AND ARREST, A REFERRAL WAS MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES.  THE CHILDREN WERE RELEASED INTO THE CUSTODY OF A RELATIVE.  A LATER SEARCH OF THE SUSPECT TURNED UP 3 POINT 6 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND 80 DOLLARS CASH WHICH WAS ALSO SEIZED.  ADDITIONAL CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF METH FOR RESALE AND INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO A PENAL INSTITUTION WERE ADDED TO THE LIST OF CHARGES.  SHE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 2ND.

 


(SEP 17, 2014)  MORE THAN 100 JOBS ARE COMING TO NORTH ALABAMA.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, TWO INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS INVOLVING MICHIGAN-BASED METAL FABRICATION COMPANIES WILL PROVIDE THE NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.  M-S METAL SOLUTIONS IN FLORENCE WILL HIRE 70 EMPLOYEES IN JANUARY 2015 AND AN ADDITIONAL 12 EMPLOYEES IN MID-2015.  THE COMPANY FABRICATES A VARIETY OF ITEMS INCLUDING CHAIR BACKS, STREET SIGNS AND AUTOMOTIVE PARTS.  AN EXPANSION BY GEMINI GROUP AT METAL DIE-CASTING FACILITY CONSOLIDATED TOOL IN MUSCLE SHOALS WILL PRESERVE 14 JOBS AND CREATE 22 MORE WITH ADDITIONAL GROWTH EXPECTED IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.  THE GOOD NEWS OF ADDITIONAL JOBS IN THE AREA COMES AFTER SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES, INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL PAPER, THE HON CORPORATION AND HILLSHIRE, ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SHUT DOWN THIS YEAR. 

 


(SEP 17, 2014)  THE CITY OF LORETTO WILL HOST A PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MEETING ON THURSDAY FROM 5:30 TO 7 AT CITY HALL FOR RESIDENTS TO REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE PARK MASTER PLAN.  THE PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY THE PARK BOARD AND CONSULTANT CROY ENGINEERING.  THE MASTER PLAN INCLUDES SHORT RANGE, 1 TO 3 YEAR; MID-RANGE, 3 TO 7 YEAR; AND LONG RANGE, 7 PLUS YEAR PROJECTS FOR THE LORETTO CITY PARK AND SPORTS COMPLEX.  CITY OFFICIALS, PARK BOARD MEMBERS AND CROY ENGINEERING REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS. 



(SEP 17, 2014)  THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES A TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE OF A SECTION OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY IN COLBERT COUNTY, ALABAMA NEAR CHEROKEE FOR REPAIRS.  PARK OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT REPAIRS ON THE TRACE WILL BEGIN NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD.  THE REPAIRS WILL REQUIRE THE CLOSURE OF THE TRACE FROM US 72 TO PIKE ROAD FOR WORK ON THE ROADWAY EMBANKMENT AT MILEPOST 322.8.  PARKWAY VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND BE PREPARED TO USE RECOMMENDED DETOUR ROUTES.  DETOUR SIGNAGE WILL DIRECT VISITORS TO THE DESIGNATED ROUTE.  THE LENGTH OF THE DETOUR IS 12.1 MILES.  CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER.


(SEP 16, 2014)  IT'S LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR GETS UNDERWAY AT ROTARY PARK IN LAWRENCEBURG.  INDIVIDUAL AGRICULTURAL AND HOME ECONOMICS ENTRIES WILL BEGIN SUBMISSIONS THIS FRIDAY.  ON SATURDAY, THE LITTLE MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR PAGEANT WILL BE HELD AT THE CROCKETT THEATER AT 3, JUNIOR MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR AT 5 AND MISS FAIREST OF THE FAIR AT 7.  ON SUNDAY, THE MISS TINY TOT PAGEANT WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 2 AND TINY MISS AT 4.  THE W-G WADE SHOWS MIDWAY OPENS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME NEXT MONDAY AT 5:30 WITH DEMOLITION DERBY ACTION AT THE NEW GRANDSTANDS MONDAY AND TUESDAY AT 6:30 EACH EVENING.  WEDNESDAY'S FEATURED EVENT IS THE JUNK CAR JUMP AND RUN AT 7.  THURSDAY IS SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY WITH ALL SENIORS ADMITTED FOR 2 DOLLARS UNTIL 3:30 P-M WITH FREE LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED.  COUNTRY SINGER DAVID NAIL WILL PERFORM THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 AT THE GRANDSTANDS.  FRIDAY IS SCHOOL DAY WITH ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ADMITTED FREE UNTIL 3:30 WITH THE MIDWAY OPEN AT 11 A-M.  TRACTOR AND TRUCK PULL ACTION WILL BE THE FEATURED EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 AT THE GRANDSTANDS.  SATURDAY WILL FEATURE MOTORCYCLE AND A-T-V RACING AT 6:30 AND ON SUNDAY A TOUGH TRUCK COMPETITION GETS UNDERWAY AT 2.  ADMISSION TO THE FAIR THIS YEAR IS 7 DOLLARS FOR AGES 13 AND OLDER, 4 DOLLARS FOR AGES 6 THRU 12 AND UNDER 6 ADMITTED FREE WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  WEEKLY PASSES ARE 27 DOLLARS EACH AND PARKING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS IS 5 DOLLARS PER DAY.  TICKETS FOR THE DAVID NAIL CONCERT ARE 25 DOLLARS FOR RESERVED SEATING AND 15 DOLLARS FOR GENERAL ADMISSION GRANDSTAND SEATS.  TICKETS FOR THE BEAUTY PAGEANTS ARE 7 DOLLARS EACH.  ARM BANDS FOR UNLIMITED MIDWAY RIDES WILL BE AVAILABLE MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 5 TO CLOSE AND FRIDAY FROM 11 A-M TO CLOSE FOR 20 DOLLARS; SATURDAY FROM 11 TO 2 FOR 20 DOLLARS,  AFTER 2, 25 DOLLARS; AND SUNDAY FROM 1 TO CLOSE 20 DOLLARS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE MTDFAIR.ORG.

 


(SEP 16, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY NIGHT.  THE BOARD RE-ELECTED BRENDA JACOBS AS CHAIRMAN AND CHOSE KEVIN CARUSO AS VICE CHAIRMAN.  MEMBERS APPROVED INCREASING THE SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER PAY SCALE TO THE SAME DAILY PAY RATE AS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AND CHANGING A PART-TIME ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER POSITION TO FULL-TIME.  A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ENSUED ON CHANGING THE EMPLOYEE HEALTH COVERAGE TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH DISCRIMINATION LAWS.  THE COVERAGE WILL CHANGE THIS YEAR AFFORDING A LESSER PREMIUM FOR SOME AND A MUCH HIGHER PREMIUM FOR OTHERS.  THE BOARD VOTED TO FOLLOW UP WITH A BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING AND A SPECIAL SESSION TO DISCUSS HELPING THE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED EMPLOYEES.  THE BOARD APPROVED ADDING FOUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS TO THEIR BUDGET.  COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO FUND THREE MORE SROS.  THE ADDITIONS WILL MEAN THERE WILL BE AN OFFICER IN EVERY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT.  A BUDGET ITEM REQUESTED BY BOARD MEMBER JERRY CAMPBELL WAS DELETED FROM THIS MEETING'S AGENDA.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.

 


(SEP 16, 2014)  THE SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FORESTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL FALL FIELD DAY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH AT THE REX MILES FARM AT 1257 HURRICANE CREEK ROAD.  REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 9:30 AND THE PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE A DISCUSSION OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND A TOUR OF THE MILES FARM WITH ESTABLISHED POPLAR TIMBER.  U-T EXTENSION FORESTRY SPECIALIST DOCTOR LARRY TANKERSLY WILL BE THE FEATURED SPEAKER.  FARM CREDIT OF LAWRENCEBURG WILL PROVIDE LUNCH AND PIONEER RE-ENACTORS WILL DEMONSTRATE SOME OF THEIR SKILLS CONTESTS.  THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND ARE ASKED TO REGISTER BY CALLING THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT 363-3523.

 


(SEP 16, 2014)  A WALLET RECOVERED IN LAWRENCEBURG HAS BEEN LINKED TO A VEHICLE STOLEN FROM LINCOLN COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, ON MONDAY DETECTIVES WERE INVESTIGATING A RECOVERED PROPERTY REPORT OF A WALLET AT MCDONALDS ON NORTH LOCUST AVENUE.  ONE OF THE DRIVER'S LICENSES FOUND INSIDE WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A VEHICLE IN LINCOLN COUNTY.  FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE SUBJECT THAT HAD THE WALLET WAS STAYING AT A WAYNESBORO HIGHWAY RESIDENCE.  THE SUSPECT, 46 YEAR-OLD JEFFREY DALE MASON, WAS IDENTIFIED AND WAS ARRESTED ON A PAROLE VIOLATION FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMA.  HE IS AWAITING EXTRADITION.  INFORMATION FROM THIS INVESTIGATION WAS PASSED ON TO DETECTIVES IN LINCOLN COUNTY.



(SEP 16, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY E911 BOARD MET TUESDAY.  THE BOARD TABLED THE APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING'S MINUTES DUE TO A DESCREPANCY IN THE BUDGET REPORT.  THERE WAS A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ON MOVEMENT OF FUNDS BETWEEN LINE ITEMS.  THE TREASURY REPORT SHOWED 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE CUSTODIAL LINE IN ADDITION TO THE BUDGETED FUNDS FOR THAT ITEM.  APPROVAL WAS TABLED UNTIL THE REPORT COULD BE CORRECTED.

 

 

(SEP 15, 2014)  A SPRING HILL POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT.  ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, ERIC PINKERTON WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEDGED ASSAULT INVOLVING HIS WIFE IN THEIR COLUMBIA APARTMENT AUGUST 31ST.  THE SPRING HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACTED COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT LAST WEEK ABOUT THE INCIDENT.  BECAUSE THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN COLUMBIA, C.P.D IS CONDUCTING THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION.  AFTER PINKERTON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, HE WAS INFORMED THAT HE WAS BEING TERMINATED FROM HIS JOB AT THE SPRING HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT.  HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE OCTOBER 2008.  PINKERTON HAS A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  HE WAS ARRESTED IN JANUARY FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT BUT THE CHARGES WERE RETIRED AT THE REQUEST OF THE VICTIM, PINKERTON'S WIFE. 

 


(SEP 15, 2014)  MEMBERS OF US SENATOR BOB CORKER'S STAFF WILL VISIT CLASSROOMS ACROSS TENNESSEE THIS WEEK TO HONOR THE 227TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.  INGRAM SOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL RECEIVE A VISIT ON THURSDAY.  CORKER'S STAFF WILL DELIVER INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS TO STUDENTS SHOWING A 5 FOOT REPLICA OF THE HISTORIC DOCUMENT AND DISCUSSING ITS IMPORTANCE IN EVERY AMERICAN'S LIFE.  THE CONSTITUTION WAS SIGNED ON SEPTEMBER 17TH, 1787.



(SEP 15, 2014)  TUESDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CUTEST BABY PHOTO CONTEST.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL BABIES AGES BIRTH TO 24 MONTHS.  SUBMIT AN 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH TO LOUISE MARTIN'S BRIDAL AND FORMAL GALLERY AT 1108 NORTH LOCUST AVENUE IN LAWRENCEBURG BY 5 PM TUESDAY.  THE ENTRY FEE IS 15 DOLLARS WITH ANY ENTRIES SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE 5 DOLLARS MORE.  THE PHOTOS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR SEPTEMBER 22ND THRU 27TH AND THE PUBLIC WILL VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-1391.

 

 

(SEP 12, 2014)  A CAR CRASHED INTO LEOMA SCHOOL EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A 2001 MERCURY SABLE DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR-OLD DILLIN COSBY OF LAWRENCE COUNTY WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 43.  COSBY FELL ASLEEP, CROSSED FOUR LANES OF HIGHWAY AND ONTO LEOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROPERTY.  THE VEHICLE STRUCK THE DOORS THAT LEAD INTO THE CAFETERIA AND BREACHED THE BUILDING.   COSBY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.   CLASSES WERE HELD AS SCHEDULED.  THE ACCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.  LEOMA ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL KATHY BURNS INDICATED THAT THE DAMAGED AREA HAS ALREADY BEEN BOARDED UP AND SCHOOL IS RUNNING AS USUAL.  THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN BUS AND CAR PICK-UP AT THE FACILITY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

 

 

(SEP 12, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY IMAGINATION LIBRARY WILL CELEBRATE ITS 9TH ANNIVERSARY NEXT WEEK WITH REGISTRATION EVENTS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  PARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 5 YEARS-OLD MAY REGISTER THEIR KIDS FOR FREE BOOKS THRU THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY ON THURSDAY FROM 2 TO 4.  REGISTER IN LAWRENCEBURG AT THE CITY MUNICIPAL COMPLEX ON THE SQUARE, IN LORETTO AT FIRST FARMERS BANK ON HIGHWAY 43, AND IN SUMMERTOWN AT FIRST VOLUNTEER BANK ON HIGHWAY 20.  REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.  THE LOCAL PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED BY THRU THE LAWRENCE COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  SINCE 2004, MORE THAN 400 THOUSAND 5 YEAR-OLD CHILDREN IN TENNESSEE HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM.  IN APRIL, THE 20 MILLIONTH BOOK WAS DELIVERED IN TENNESSEE SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN.   



(SEP 11, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER RENE SEAGRAVES GAVE A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE ON-GOING IMPROVEMENTS AT THE ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY INCLUDING KENNEL EXPANSIONS, ADDING AN OUTDOOR PLAY AREA AND DECREASED EUTHANASIAS AND INCREASED ADOPTIONS.  SEAGRAVES WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH A PLAQUE TO HONOR HER FOR RECENTLY BEING NAMED THE SOUTHEAST ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER OF THE YEAR.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ON SECOND AND FINAL READING ESTABLISHING RULES FOR YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  THE MEASURE LIMITS THE NUMBER OF YARD SALES TO 4 TIMES A YEAR; SALES MAY RUN NO MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND REMAINING ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE YARD SALE DISPLAY AT THE END OF EACH SALE, AMONG OTHER RULES.  MEMBERS ALSO APPROVED THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET ON FINAL READING.  THE SPENDING PLAN IS BASED ON THE SAME TAX RATE AS LAST YEAR.    

 

 

(SEP 11, 2014) THREE SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING SEARCHES AT TWO PULASKI RESIDENCES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, MEMBERS OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT AND STATE DRUG AGENTS SERVED SEARCH WARRANTS AT HOMES ON KATHLEEN DRIVE AND BRANDYWINE DRIVE THURSDAY.  OFFICERS ARRESTED 29 YEAR-OLD TRISTAN FLETCHER, 51 YEAR-OLD DENNIS DAVID AND 51 YEAR-OLD BARBARA GRIGSBY.  INVESTIGATORS RECOVERED AND SEIZED 28 GRAMS OF COCAINE, 40 XANAX PILLS, A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA, TWO LOADED PISTOLS, MORE THAN 4 THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH AND DRUG PARAPHENALIA USED TO WEIGH AND PACKAGE ILLICIT DRUGS FOR RESALE.  FLETCHER WAS CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF THE SALE OF COCAINE WITH BOND SET AT 22,500 DOLLARS.  DAVID WAS CHARGED WITH 5 COUNTS OF THE SALE OF COCAINE AND ONE COUNT OF THE SALE OF LORTAB WITH BOND SET AT 42,500 DOLLARS AND GRIGSBY WAS CHARGED WITH THE SALE OF LORTAB WITH BOND SET AT 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  ALL THREE WERE BOOKED ON CIRCUIT COURT WARRANTS AND OTHER CHARGES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE GILES COUNTY GRAND JURY.  ALL THREE ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 22ND.

 

 

(SEP 11, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL CONDUCT SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD AT 9 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE IN LAWRENCEBURG.  ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER AND IS NOT A CERTIFIED TENNESSEE TEACHER OR PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING MUST ATTEND.  THIS WILL BE THE ONLY TRAINING OFFERED FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR.  BEFORE THE DAY OF TRAINING, PARTICIPANTS MUST VISIT THE WEBSITE LCSS.US AND CLICK ON THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ICON TO OBTAIN INSTRUCTIONS, AN APPLICATION AND FORMS FOR THE TRAINING.

 

 

(SEP 10, 2014)  A LOCAL WOMAN INVOLVED IN A 2013 FATAL TEXTING AND DRIVING ACCIDENT WILL NOT SPEND ANY TIME BEHIND BARS.  ACCORDING TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ON TUESDAY, CIRCUIT JUDGE JIM HAMILTON SENTENCED 37 YEAR-OLD MISTI LANE RISNER OF LAWRENCEBURG TO 4 YEARS PROBATION AND JUDICIAL DIVERSION FOR KILLING TWO MOTORCYCLISTS AND INJURING TWO OTHERS ON MARCH 17TH OF LAST YEAR.  EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT RISNER, A NURSE PRACTITIONER IN PULASKI, WAS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 64 WEST WHEN SHE STRUCK A MOTORCYCLE STOPPED FOR TRAFFIC AT THE EZELL DRIVE INTERSECTION.  RISNER'S S-U-V THEN VEERED INTO THE ONCOMING LANE AND STRUCK A CAR HEAD ON.  THE MOTORCYCLISTS, 66 YEAR-OLD CLYDE NEWTON AND 62 YEAR-OLD CARMIE NEWTON BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG, WERE CRUSHED BETWEEN THE TWO VEHICLES AND PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THE CAR'S OCCUPANTS, 18 YEAR-OLD SARAH WISER AND 21 YEAR-OLD ADAM WISER BOTH OF TAFT, TENNESSEE, WERE INJURED.  RISNER, WHO WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE WRECK, CLAIMED DURING HER AUGUST SENTENCING HEARING THAT SHE HAS NO MEMORY OF THE ACCIDENT.  RISNER WAS INDICTED LAST SUMMER BY THE GRAND JURY FOR TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AND PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES.  BEFORE THE CASE COULD GO TO TRIAL, RISNER ACCEPTED A PLEA DEAL FOR TWO COUNTS OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT.  AT THE SENTENCING HEARING LAST MONTH, HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY ASKED THE JUDGE FOR THE MINIMUM SENTENCE OF PROBATION AND JUDICIAL DIVERSION.  THE DIVERSION ALLOWS THE OFFENSES TO BE EXPUNGED FROM RISNER'S RECORD AT THE END OF HER PROBATION PERIOD IF SHE FOLLOWS ALL PROBATIONARY REQUIREMENTS.  THE NEWTON FAMILY, THE SURVIVING VICTIMS AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ALL SPOKE OUT AGAINST PROBATION AND DIVERSION AT THE HEARING.  RECENTLY RETIRED DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE BOTTOMS, WHO PROSECUTED THE CASE CALLED THE SENTENCE "RIDICULOUS" FOR THE FACT THAT THE CHARGES WILL BE ERASED FROM RISNER'S RECORD AS IF THEY NEVER HAPPENED WHILE TWO PEOPLE DIED AS THE RESULT OF HER ACTIONS.

 

 

(SEP 10, 2014)  PEOPLE ACROSS TENNESSEE ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE BY REMOVING UNUSED PILLS FROM THEIR HOMES AND SAFELY DISPOSING OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS DURING NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.  THIS MONTH'S EVENT GIVES PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE MEDICINES THAT HAVE EXPIRED, ARE NO LONGER BEING TAKEN AND POSE A THREAT TO OTHERS IF TAKEN BY ACCIDENT OR FALL INTO THE WRONG HANDS.  SOME PERMANENT DROP-OFF BOXES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE AREA FOR RESIDENTS TO USE AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.  DROP OFF UNUSED, UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN LAWRENCEBURG AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IN THE BASEMENT OF THE COURTHOUSE; IN MAURY COUNTY AT THE MOUNT PLEASANT POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THE SQUARE; AND IN HOHENWALD AT THE LEWIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT IN MANY INSTANCES IT IS LEFTOVER PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICINE THAT REMAINS IN PEOPLE'S HOMES AND MISUSE

 OF PAIN MEDICINES IS THE NUMBER ONE DRUG PROBLEM FOR TENNESSEANS.

 

 

(SEP 10, 2014)  MAINSTREET LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOLD THE CITY'S 2ND ANNUAL 9-11 REMEMBRANCE SERVICE THURSDAY NIGHT (TONIGHT) IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEBURG.  THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 7 AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER WITH A SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION WITH MUSIC BY THE KELLYS AND A MESSAGE BY CHAD MOORE OF MARS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH.  FOLLOWING THE THEATER SERVICE, ALL COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS WILL MARCH IN A PROCESSIONAL LINE TO THE SQUARE WHERE A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WILL BE HELD TO HONOR LOCALS WHO HAVE PERISHED WHILE SERVING IN THE LINE OF DUTY.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.  IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, A TENT WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE SQUARE TO SHELTER ATTENDEES.

 

 

(SEP 10, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY (TODAY).  THE AGENDA INCLUDES SECOND AND FINAL READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH RULES FOR YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS AND SECOND AND FINAL READING OF THE BUDGET FOR THE THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(SEP 10, 2014)  AN ICONIC BUSINESS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE PULASKI SQUARE IS PLANNING TO CLOSE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.  ABERNATHY HARDWARE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 145 YEARS.  CURRENT OWNERS PHILLIP AND KIM WENTT INDICATE THAT AFTER TRYING TO SELL THE BUSINESS TO RETIRE AND HAVING BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL , THAT THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED BY YEAR'S END.  AN ALMOST IDENTICAL BUILDING EXISTED IN THE SAME LOCATION PRIOR TO 1868 THAT SOLD HARDWARE AND DRY GOODS BUT WAS LOST WHEN THE EAST SIDE OF THE SQUARE BURNED THAT YEAR.  AT THAT TIME, BROTHERS WILEY T. AND JACK ABERNATHY OPENED THEIR STORE.  THE STORE SOLD TO INVESTORS IN 1978 AND PARTNERS LARRY HUGHES AND ROBERT DOBBS RAN THE BUSINESS UNTIL HUGHES PASSED IN 1992.  THE WENTTS THEN PARTNERED WITH DOBBS  AND ASSUMED FULL OWNERSHIP ABOUT TWO YEARS LATER.

 


(DEP 10, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY THEATER HAS ANNOUNCED THAT AUDITIONS FOR THE UPCOMING CHILDREN'S PLAY WILL BE HELD SOON.  AUDITIONS FOR "THE BEST LITTLE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" WILL BE HELD SUNDAY FROM 2 TO 4 AND MONDAY FROM 6 TO 8 AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  ROLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AS WELL AS CHORAL ROLES.  PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 21ST AND 22ND AT 7 WITH A MATINEE ON NOVEMBER 23RD AT 2. 

 

 

(SEP 9, 2014)  A 6 YEAR-OLD GIRL TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM A LAWRENCEBURG SCHOOL MONDAY MORNING BY HER NON-CUSTODIAL MOTHER HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, F-B-I AGENTS ALONG WITH GEORGE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL CONDUCTED AN OPERATION AT A LUCEDALE, MISSISSIPPI RESIDENCE JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE OF MISSING CHILD ASHLYNN TAYE YOUNG.  AUTHORITIES FOUND THE GIRL AND ARRESTED HER MOTHER, 30 YEAR-OLD AMANDA YOUNG OF ALABAMA, FOR CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE.  ASHLYNN HAS BEEN IN THE CUSTODY OF A RELATIVE IN LAWRENCEBURG SINCE AUGUST.  HER MOTHER ALLEGEDLY ENTERED DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE SCHOOL DAY AND TOOK ASHLYNN BEFORE FLEEING IN A WHITE CAR.  AMANDA YOUNG IS NOW AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO LAWRENCEBURG TO FACE CHARGES.



(SEP 9, 2014)  A PULASKI MAN INJURED IN AN AUGUST TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON THE TRACE HAS PASSED AWAY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, RANGERS WERE NOTIFIED SATURDAY THAT 69 YEAR-OLD THOMAS CLAY MCALISTER HAD DIED AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER.  ON AUGUST 26TH, THE 17 YEAR-OLD DRIVER OF A CHEVY S-10 TRUCK CROSSED THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY NEAR MILE MARKER 364 POINT 5 AND STRUCK A TRAILER BEING TOWED BY MCALISTER.  THE IMPACT CAUSED MCALISTER'S VEHICLE TO FLIP AND STRIKE A TREE.  MCALISTER, A RETIRED TENNESSEE STATE TROOPER, SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT INJURIES AND WAS FLOWN TO THE NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.  FOUR OCCUPANTS OF THE OTHER VEHICLE WERE ALSO INJURED.  AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF MCALISTER'S DEATH. 

 

 

(SEP 9, 2014)  LEADERS FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING THIS WEEK AT DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK IN LAWRENCEBURG TO GATHER PUBLIC INPUT AND DISCUSS THE CURRENT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE PARK.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY AND WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 5 WITH AN OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION TO MEET PARK STAFF AND VIEW EXHIBITS FOLLOWED BY THE PUBLIC HEARING FROM 6 TO 7:30 AT THE RESTAURANT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TENNESSEE STATE PARKS, VISIT THE WEBSITE TNSTATEPARKS.COM.

 

 

(SEP 8, 2014)  AUTHORITIES ARE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A 6 YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM LAWRENCEBURG TAKEN FROM SCHOOL MONDAY BY HER NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT WITHOUT PERMISSION.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, ASHLYNN TAYE YOUNG WAS TAKEN FROM DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MONDAY MORNING BY HER MOTHER, 30 YEAR-OLD AMANDA YOUNG OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THE MOTHER TOOK THE CHILD AND LEFT IN AN OLDER MODEL WHITE FOUR-DOOR SEDAN WITH ALABAMA TAGS WITH TWO UNIDENTIFIED MEN.  ASHLYNN IS 3 FEET 6 INCHES TALL, WEIGHS 40 TO 50 POUNDS, HAS BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE EYES.  SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A PINK SKIRT, SLEEVELESS PINK TOP AND BLACK BOOTS.  THE MOTHER, AMANDA YOUNG, IS 5 FEET 2 INCHES TALL, WEIGHS ABOUT 117 POUNDS, HAS BROWN HAIR AND HAZEL EYES.  POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN TENNESSEE AND ALABAMA HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE INCIDENT AS THE GROUP MAY BE HEADED TO THE MOBILE AREA.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SENT OUT A PRESS RELEASE MONDAY AFTERNOON CONCERNING THE INCIDENT.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT AT 7:55 A-M, PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL AND THE LOCKING OF STUDENT ACCESS DOORS, THE CHILD WAS ABDUCTED BY A NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT FROM THE DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY.  THE PARENT, WHO HAD BEEN DENIED PERMISSION BY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TO WITHDRAW THE CHILD, ENTERED THE HALLWAYS AND TOOK THE GIRL DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF THE FACULTY AND STAFF TO STOP HER FROM BEING TAKEN.  THE CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY LAWRENCEBURG POLICE, THE TBI AND THE FBI.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN THE CASE IS ASKED TO CONTACT LOCAL POLICE AT 762-2276.

 

 

(SEP 8, 2014)  AID ORGANIZATION HEALING HANDS INTERNATIONAL WILL HOST A WALK FOR WATER EVENT IN LAWRENCEBURG THIS SATURDAY.  THE FOUR MILE WALK WILL RAISE MONEY TO FUND THE DRILLING OF CLEAN WATER WELLS AND INSTALLATION OF WATER FILTERS IN DISADVANTAGED COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.  REGISTRATION BEGINS SATURDAY AT 8 A-M AT ROTARY PARK.   FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE, VISIT THE WEBSITE WALK 4 WATER DOT ORG OR CALL 615-516-3868. 

 

 

(SEP 8, 2014)  SOME MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET FOR COMMITTEE MEETINGS THIS WEEK.  THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL MEET TUESDAY AT 4:30 AND AGAIN ON THURSDAY AT 10.  BOTH MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.

 

 

(SEP 8, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES A REQUEST FOR RE-ZONE OF PROPERTY ON FIRST AVENUE AND SECOND STREET; A SITE PLAN FOR 618 NORTH LOCUST AVENUE; A COMBINATION PLAT FOR LOCUST, GAINES AND COLUMBIA AVENUE; AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 5 IN THE ROUND ROOM AT THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

 

 

(SEP 5, 2014)  A PROSPECT WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO SET UP HER SISTER FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.  ACCORDING A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE HOME OF 51 YEAR-OLD DOVIE HULSEY PATTERSON TO INVESTIGATE A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT.  PATTERSON TOLD AUTHORITIES HER SISTER, 46 YEAR-OLD RENAE HULSEY CAMPBELL OF ALABAMA, HAD ASSAULTED HER AND TRIED TO KILL HER WITH A KNIFE.  PATTERSON PRESENTED CONVINCING EVIDENCE AGAINST CAMPBELL AND INVESTIGATORS OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT AND A SUBSEQUENT ARREST WARRANT FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AGAINST CAMPBELL.  ONE OF THE ITEMS RECOVERED AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT WAS A LARGE HUNTING KNIFE AND EVIDENCE WAS FOUND AT CAMPBELL'S RESIDENCE SUPPORTING PATTERSON'S CLAIM.  CAMPBELL WAS ARRESTED IN ALABAMA WHERE SHE WAIVED EXTRADITION BACK TO GILES COUNTY.  DURING SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONING OF THE SUSPECT, CAMPBELL DENIED HAVING ANY PHYSICAL ALTERCATION WITH HER SISTER AND INDICATED THAT SHE HAD VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SHOWING THAT SHE COULD NOT HAVE ASSAULTED PATTERSON.  SHE FURTHER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT SHE HAD THE VIDEO SYSTEM INSTALLED SOME TIME BACK AFTER PREVIOUS PROBLEM ENCOUNTERS WITH HER SISTER.  THE VIDEO, IN CONJUCTION WITH ALARM COMPANY RECORDS, PROVED CAMPBELL'S INNOCENCE AND SHE WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL.  THE CONTRIDICTORY EVIDENCE WAS THEN PRESENTED TO PATTERSON AND SHE CONFESSED THAT SHE FABRICATED THE INCIDENT.  AUTHORITIES BELIEVE PATTERSON MADE UP THE STORY, PLANTED EVIDENCE, AND KNEW ENOUGH ABOUT HER SISTER TO GIVE DETAILS TO INVESTIGATORS TO MAKE HER STORY PLAUSIBLE.  SHE EVEN CUT HERSELF SEVERAL TIMES WITH THE KNIFE TO ASSIST IN THE BELIEVABILITY.  WHEN OFFICERS WENT TO ARREST PATTERSON, SHE RESISTED ARREST.  SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY AND CHARGED WITH FILING A FALSE REPORT, FABRICATING AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AND RESISTING ARREST.  SHE IS BEING HELD IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 34,500 DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT SEPTEMBER 11TH.

 

 

(SEP 5, 2014)  FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WERE DOWN THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND AS COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, THERE WERE 10 PEOPLE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES ON STATE ROADWAYS DURING THE 2014 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD.  THAT'S DOWN FROM 16 VEHICULAR FATALITIES DURING THE 2013 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.  OF THOSE KILLED THIS YEAR, 8 WERE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS, 1 WAS A MOTORCYCLIST AND 1 WAS A PEDESTRIAN.  4 OF THE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS KILLED WERE NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS AND 3 OF THE FATALITIES OCCURRED IN ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES.  ONE OF THE FATAL WRECKS OCCURRED IN THE THP DISTRICT HEADQUARTERED IN LAWRENCEBURG.  THAT ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN PERRY COUNTY.   

 

 

(SEP 5, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN SPECIAL SESSION THURSDAY.  THE GROUP, WHICH INCLUDES 10 NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONERS, UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED COUNTY EXECUTIVE T-R WILLIAMS AS CHAIRMAN AND COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON AS CHAIRMAN PRO-TEM.  COMMISSIONERS APPROVED APPOINTMENTS TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, PURCHASING COMMITTEE AND THE TOURISM AND NON-PROFIT COMMITTEE.  MEMBERS ALSO PASSED A RESOLUTION APPROVING BONDS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS. 

 

 

(SEP 5, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN AWARDED A 525 THOUSAND DOLLAR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FROM THE STATE OF TENNESSEE FOR WATER LINE EXTENSIONS.  THE FUNDING WILL EXTEND WATER LINES TO JONESTOWN ROAD, JOE WILLIAMS ROAD, DANLEY ROAD, WOLFE ROAD, SUNNYBROOK CREEK ROAD AND RIGLING ROAD.  UNDER THE GRANT PROGRAM, THE COUNTY WILL RECEIVE THE GRANT OF 525 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE COUNTY WILL PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS OF 45,653 DOLLARS.

 

 

(SEP 5, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET IN SPECIAL SESSION THURSDAY.  DARYL WILLIAMSON WAS ELECTED BOARD CHAIRMAN, RICHIE BREWER WAS NAMED VICE CHAIRMAN CHRISTIE GLOVER WAS SELECTED AS BOTH THE TENNESSEE LEGISLATIVE NETWORK AND TENNESSEE  SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE.  DISCUSSION ON THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS WAS POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING.  BOARD OF EDUCATION COMMITTEES WERE ALSO DISCUSSED WITH BILL HOLT AND EDWIN LOVELL PLACED ON THE FACILITIES COMMITTEE, JOY MCMASTERS AND RITCHIE BREWER ON THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE AND BILL HOLT, RITCHIE BREWER AND EDWIN LOVELL ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.  AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE THAT MAGNETTI MARELLI AND THE SCHOOL BOARD HAVE PARTNERED TO PROVIDE AN INTERNSHIP FOR STUDENTS  WITH EDWIN LOVELL AGREEING TO BE THE BOARD'S REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PROGRAM.

 

 

(SEP 4, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN HAS BEEN LINKED TO NUMEROUS AREA CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERIES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, A JOINT INVESTIGATION WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, LORETTO POLICE DEPARTMENT, PULASKI POLICE DEPARTMENT AND COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF 23 YEAR-OLD DETARUS MONTRELL BROWN.  AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION, BROWN HAS BEEN LINKED TO 6 ROBBERIES AND 1 ARMED ROBBERY OF 6 STORES.  THREE ROBBERIES OCCURRED IN LAWRENCEBURG - ON APRIL 26TH AT KAYS COUNTRY STORE, ON JUNE 16TH AT BUSY BEE MARKET AND ON JULY 3RD AT TAZ MART.  TWO ROBBERIES OCCURRED IN PULASKI AT THE H-P FUEL MAX STORE ON AUGUST 22ND AND AUGUST 27TH.  ONE ROBBERY OCCURRED IN LORETTO AT QUIK MART ON SEPTEMBER 1ST AND ONE ARMED ROBBERY OCCURRED IN COLUMBIA ON AUGUST 20TH AT HARDISON MARKET.  BROWN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY BY THE LORETTO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.  ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT AGAINST ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL FOR ASSISTING BROWN IN ALL THE ROBBERIES.

 

 

(SEP 4, 2014)  THE IDENTITY OF A MUCH SPECULATED AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURER'S MOVE TO SPRING HILL HAS FINALLY BEEN REVEALED.  ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, MAGNA INTERNATIONAL WILL BE MOVING TO SPRING HILL, BRINGING MORE THAN 350 JOBS TO MAURY COUNTY.  CURRENTLY LOCATED IN COLUMBIA, MAGNA WILL INVEST 16 MILLION DOLLARS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY AT 701 BEECHCROFT ROAD, ADJACENT TO THE SPRING HILL GENERAL MOTORS PLANT.  MAGNA WILL MAKE SEAT ASSEMBLIES FOR THEIR G-M NEIGHBOR.  THE 122 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WILL BE THE COMPANY'S 5TH LOCATION IN TENNESSEE.  THE COMPANY, HEADQUARTERED IN ONTARIO, CANADA, EXPECTS THE NEW LOCATION TO BE OPERATIONAL NEXT YEAR.

 

 

(SEP 4, 2014)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD AWARDED A BID FOR A STREET RESURFACING PROGRAM TO ROGERS GROUP.  THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE RESURFACING KITTY MEYER LANE, JOHNS LANE, EELLS DRIVE, THE SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE AND A PORTION OF THE CITY PARK.  AN OPTION TO PAVE A PARKING AREA WITHIN THE PARK CONTINGENT ON AVAILABLE FUNDS WAS ALSO APPROVED.  CITY LEADERS ANNOUNCED A PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MEETING FOR LATER THIS MONTH FOR CITIZENS TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON THE PARK MASTER PLAN INCLUDING THE PROPOSED LONG RANGE IMPROVEMENTS SUGGESTED FOR THE CITY PARKS.  THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH FROM 5:30 TO 7. 

 

 

(SEP 3, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A COUPLE OF RECENT BUSINESS BURGLARIES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, INVESTIGATORS EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT LATE LAST WEEK ON THE 4TH STREET RESIDENCE OF 35 YEAR-OLD LUCAS CALEB MARTIN.  THE SUSPECT WAS WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN SEVERAL BURGLARIES INCLUDING ONE AT GREEN'S HOME CENTER AND ANOTHER AT PERFORMANCE MOTORS.  THE SEARCH TURNED UP 31 ITEMS STOLEN FROM THE BUSINESS BREAK-INS.  UNDER QUESTIONING, MARTIN CONFESSED TO ILLEGALLY ENTERING BOTH BUSINESSES AND SEVERAL CARS THRU-OUT THE AREA.  HE ALSO ADMITTED TO LEAVING HIS BICYCLE AT PERFORMANCE MOTORS DURING THE BURGLARY AND LATER REPORTING THE BIKE STOLEN.  MARTIN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, THEFT, VANDALISM, FALSE REPORT, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA AND RECOVERED PROPERTY.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 37 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 2ND. 

 

 

(SEP 3, 2014)  A MAN SUSPECTED OF ROBBING A LORETTO CONVENIENCE STORE IS NOW BEHIND BARS.  LORETTO POLICE INDICATE THAT 23 YEAR-OLD DETARUS MONTRELL BROWN OF LAWRENCEBURG WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY AFTER AN INVESTIGATION TURNED UP EVIDENCE CONNECTING HIM TO THE LATE MONDAY EVENING CRIME.  BROWN ALLEGEDLY DEMANDED MONEY FROM A CASHIER AT THE LORETTO QUIK MART JUST BEFORE 9 P-M MONDAY AND FLED WITH THE CASH.  THE SUSPECT IS BELIEVED TO BE CONNECTED TO SIMILAR ROBBERIES IN LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE A SECOND PERSON ACTING AS AN ACCOMPLICE TO BROWN HAS CHARGES PENDING.  BROWN'S ARREST CAME AS A RESULT OF A JOINT INVESTIGATION BY LORETTO POLICE, THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

 

 

(SEP 3, 2014)  LEADERS FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK AT DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK IN LAWRENCEBURG TO GATHER PUBLIC INPUT AND DISCUSS THE CURRENT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE PARK.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH AND WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 5 WITH AN OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION TO MEET PARK STAFF AND VIEW EXHIBITS FOLLOWED BY THE PUBLIC HEARING FROM 6 TO 7:30 AT THE RESTAURANT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TENNESSEE STATE PARKS, VISIT THE WEBSITE TNSTATEPARKS.COM.

 

 

(SEP 3, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST JOB FAIRS EVERY THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER FOR RANDSTAD.  JOB FAIRS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY AS WELL AS SEPTEMBER 11TH, 18TH AND 25TH FROM 9 TO NOON.  RANDSTAD IS LOOKING TO FILL SEVERAL POSITIONS WITH LAWRENCEBURG AND PULASKI COMPANIES.  OPENINGS INCLUDE VARIOUS PRODUCTION, ASSEMBLY, MATERIAL HANDLER, PRESS OPERATOR, WELDER AND FORKLIFT OPERATOR POSITIONS.  PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  BE PREPARED TO FILL OUT JOB APPLICATIONS AND ATTEND A FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(SEP 1, 2014)  A PULASKI MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE IS FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO A TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION PRESS RELEASE, ADDITIONAL INDICTMENTS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FOR 83 YEAR-OLD MAURICE DALE MCALLISTER.  T-B-I SPECIAL AGENTS BEGAN INVESTIGATING MCALLISTER IN 2012 RESULTING IN A JURY CONVICTION IN 2013 FOR ONE COUNT OF RAPE.  HE WAS SENTENCED TO SERVE 12 YEARS IN PRISON.  AS PART OF THE CASE, INVESTIGATORS EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT MCALLISTER'S BIG DRY CREEK ROAD RESIDENCE.  DURING THE SEARCH, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED SEVERAL PIECES OF DIGITAL EVIDENCE CLASSIFIED AS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.  IN MAY, THE GILES COUNTY GRAND JURY RETURNED INDICTMENTS FOR MCALLISTER CHARGING HIM WITH 5 COUNTS OF ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR.  ON FRIDAY, HE WAS SERVED WITH THE CHARGES AND REMAINS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.  MCALLISTER IS CURRENTLY AWAITING TRIAL ON 17 ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE INCLUDING AGGRAVATED RAPE AND SEXUAL BATTERY. 

 

 

(SEP 1, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION HAS ARRESTED A LEWIS COUNTY MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ACCUSED OF FILING A FALSE REPORT OF RAPE.  A T-B-I PRESS RELEASE INDICATES THAT SPECIAL AGENTS BEGAN INVESTIGATING 40 YEAR-OLD REGINA HOBBS AND 20 YEAR-OLD KYLIE BARBER ON JULY 31ST.  DURING THE COURSE OF THE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES DEVELOPED INFORMATION THAT ON JUNE 14TH, DURING A DOMESTIC ARGUMENT, REGINA HOBBS POINTED A FIREARM AT HER HUSBAND AT THEIR RESIDENCE ON THOMAS AVENUE IN HOHENWALD.  THE HUSBAND, A STATE TROOPER, CALLED 9-1-1 TO REPORT THE INCIDENT.  WHEN HOHENWALD POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED, HOBBS REPORTED THAT HER HUSBAND HAD RAPED AND ASSAULTED HER.  BARBER, HOBBS' DAUGHTER, TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT SHE WALKED IN ON THE ALLEGED RAPE.  THE REPORTS RESULTED IN HOBBS' HUSBAND'S ARREST.  THE T-B-I INVESTIGATION LATER REVEALED THE ALLEGATIONS OF RAPE AND ASSAULT WERE FALSE.  ON FRIDAY, HOBBS AND BARBER WERE ARRESTED.  HOBBS WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND ONE COUNT OF FALSE REPORT AND BOOKED INTO THE LEWIS COUNTY JAIL ON 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  BARBER WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF FALSE REPORT AND WAS BOOKED ON 2500 DOLLARS BOND.  

 

 

(SEP 1, 2014)  AN ALABAMA MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A T-B-I INVESTMENT THEFT CASE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES HAVE OBTAINED AN INDICTMENT FOR 32 YEAR-OLD ROY ALLEN TUCKER OF FLORENCE FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING A WAYNE COUNTY COUPLE INVESTMENTS HE WASN'T LICENSED TO OFFER.  IN NOVEMBER 2013, T-B-I SPECIAL AGENTS BEGAN INVESTIGATING TUCKER AND DEVELOPED INFORMATION THAT HE CONVINCED THE VICTIMS TO INVEST IN CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT, WHICH TUCKER IS NOT LICENSED TO OFFER.  AGENTS ALSO DETERMINED THAT TUCKER, DOING BUSINESS AS TRI STATE INVESTMENTS, NEVER INVESTED THE VICTIMS' MONEY.  THE SUSPECT LATER RETURNED 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE COUPLE'S MONEY BUT HAS NOT PAID BACK THE REMAINING BALANCE OF 164 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  TUCKER WAS INDICTED BY THE WAYNE COUNTY GRAND JURY ON JULY 17TH FOR THEFT AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FRIDAY.  HIS BOND AMOUNT WILL BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE.   

 

 

(SEP 2, 2014)  EIGHT TEENS WERE STILL AT LARGE TUESDAY MORNING AFTER DOZENS ESCAPED FROM A TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES YOUTH DETENTION CENTER IN NASHVILLE MONDAY NIGHT.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 32 TEENAGERS MANAGED TO ESCAPE FROM THE WOODLAND HILLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER AROUND 11 P-M.  THEY OVERWHELMED STAFF MEMBERS AND MANAGED TO GET INTO THE YARD AND BREAK THRU A WEAK SPOT IN THE FENCE.  AN OVERNIGHT MANHUNT HAS LED TO THE CAPTURE OF 24 OF THE TEENS.  THE ESCAPEES ARE ALL BOYS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18 YEARS OF AGE FROM ACROSS THE STATE AND MOST HAVE AT LEAST THREE FELONIES ON THEIR RECORDS.  THEY WERE ALL WEARING A UNIFORM OF DARK BLUE PANTS, GRAY OR WHITE SHIRTS AND BLACK SHOES.  NASHVILLE POLICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE REMAINING ESCAPEES.    

 

 

(SEP 2, 2014)  LORETTO POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE MONDAY NIGHT ROBBERY OF A CONVENIENCE STORE.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE AN UNIDENTIFIED BLACK MALE ENTERED THE LORETTO QUIK MART AROUND 8:45 AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE CASHIER.  THE SUSPECT, WHO WAS WEARING A MASK AND ALL BLACK CLOTHING, TOOK AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM THE REGISTER BEFORE FLEEING ON FOOT.  LORETTO POLICE AND LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARRIVED ON THE SCENE QUICKLY BUT THE MAN, WHO IS BELIEVED TO HAVE FLED ON MAIN STREET, COULD NOT BE LOCATED.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE SIMILAR INCIDENTS HAVE RECENTLY OCCURRED AT CONVENIENCE STORES IN LAWRENCEBURG AND PULASKI. 

 

 

(SEP 2, 2014)  THE CITY OF LORETTO HAS ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF TESTS FOR ITS NEW TORNADO SIRENS.  BEGINNING THIS WEDNESDAY AT NOON, THE CITY WILL TEST EACH OF ITS SIRENS WITH A 60 SECOND BLAST OF TONES FOLLOWED BY 15 SECONDS OF VOICE MESSAGING AND THEN CONCLUDE WITH ANOTHER 60 SECOND TONE TEST.  THIS STYLE OF TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT NOON UNLESS THERE IS A CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER.  LORETTO RECENTLY BECAME THE LATEST MUNICIPALITY IN LAWRENCE COUNTY TO PURCHASE AND INSTALL A SERIES OF WARNING SIRENS.

 

 

(AUG 29, 2014)  AS A RESULT OF EARLY SUMMER RAIN AND FLOODING THAT LED TO STANDING WATER, THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE HAS RECEIVED REPORTS ABOUT MOSQUITO PROBLEMS THRU-OUT THE AREA.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT MOSQUITOES LOOK FOR STANDING WATER IN WHICH TO LAY EGGS.  THOSE EGGS HATCH INTO LARVAE AND LIVE IN THE WATER UNTIL THEY BECOME ADULTS AND EMERGE FROM THE WET ENVIRONMENT.  THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE MOSQUITO TYPICALLY TAKES UP TO TWO WEEKS BUT CAN LAST AS LONG AS A MONTH DEPENDING ON THE TEMPERATURE.  UNDERSTANDING THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE MOSQUITO CAN AID IN ITS CONTROL.  THE BEST WAY TO CONTROL THE MOSQUITO POPULATION IS TO REMOVE ALL SOURCES OF STANDING WATER AROUND YOUR HOME.  TREAT WATER GARDENS WITH AN INSECTICIDE LABELED FOR STANDING WATER.  BARRIER SPRAYS AROUND SHADY, DAMP AREAS CAN ALSO HELP AS A REPELLENT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE UTEXTENSION.TENNESSEE.EDU OR CALL THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT 363-3523. 

 

 

(AUG 29, 2014)  AREA GOVERNMENT AND OTHER OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FOR THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.  CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.  MONDAY'S RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICK-UP IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL BE ON THURSDAY.  PLEASE HAVE CARTS OUT EARLY FOR THE DOUBLE ROUTE DAY.  LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.  LORETTO'S MONDAY GARBAGE PICK-UP WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY.  CITY OF ELKTON'S MONDAY TRASH ROUTE WILL RUN ON TUESDAY AND PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY.

 

 

(AUG 29, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST JOB FAIRS EVERY THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER FOR RANDSTAD.  JOB FAIRS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 11TH, 18TH AND 25TH FROM 9 TO NOON.  RANDSTAD IS LOOKING TO FILL SEVERAL POSITIONS WITH LAWRENCEBURG AND PULASKI COMPANIES.  OPENINGS INCLUDE VARIOUS PRODUCTION, ASSEMBLY, MATERIAL HANDLER, PRESS OPERATOR, WELDER AND FORKLIFT OPERATOR POSITIONS.  PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  BE PREPARED TO FILL OUT JOB APPLICATIONS AND ATTEND A FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350.

 

 

(AUG 29, 2014)  TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIREST OF THE FAIR PAGEANTS.  GIRLS AGES 3 TO 21 ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE.  THE ENTRY FEE IS 50 DOLLARS AND THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS TUESDAY.  COMPLETE RULES AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE DOWNLOADED ONLINE AT MTDFAIR.ORG OR THEY CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE LAWRENCEBURG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IN ROTARY PARK.

 

 

(AUG 28, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING TO CONSIDER A LENGTHY AGENDA.  THE BOARD HONORED EMPLOYEE RODNEY WILKERSON ON HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 36 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY IN THE SANITATION AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED SECOND AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES CONCERNING EMPLOYEE EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT, THE TRAVEL POLICY, UPDATED BUILDING CODES AND A BUDGET AMENDMENT.  THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET WAS APPROVED ON FIRST READING.  THE SPENDING PLAN IS BASED ON THE SAME TAX RATE AS LAST YEAR.  AN ORDINANCE TO FIX A NON-REFUNDABLE 30 DOLLAR RESERVATION FEE FOR USE OF THE CITY AUDITORIUM PASSED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING.  THE BOARD VOTED TO AMEND THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE ROTARY CLUB TO INCLUDE A RECENT NORTH MILITARY AVENUE PROPERTY PURCHASED BY THE CLUB THAT WILL BE ADDED TO ROTARY PARK.  A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM REGARDING DISTRIBUTION OF CITY LIQUOR BY THE DRINK TAXES AS REQUIRED BY A NEW STATE LAW.  THE SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE 50 PERCENT OF THE SPECIFIED TAXES COLLECTED BY THE CITY.  COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO AUTHORIZED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT A 100 PERCENT FIREHOUSE SUBS FOUNDATION GRANT FOR MORE THAN 17 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE USED TO PURCHASE TURN OUT GEAR AND DECLARED CERTAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT PROPERTY AS SURPLUS TO BE SOLD IN AN ONLINE AUCTION.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.      

 

 

(AUG 28, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG LEADERS FURTHER REVISED AN ORDINANCE REGULATING GARAGE AND YARD SALES IN THE CITY DURING THEIR REGULAR SESSION MEETING ON THURSDAY.  THE PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD PLACE STIPULATIONS ON YARD SALES CONDUCTED INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  AFTER HEARING FROM A COUPLE OF CITIZENS REGARDING THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS, THE BOARD AMENDED THE ORDINANCE TO STATE THAT YARD SALES ARE ALLOWED NO MORE THAN FOUR TIMES IN ANY CALENDAR YEAR AND MAY RUN NO MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.  THE COUNCIL ALSO OPTED TO STRIKE A SECTION IN THE SIGNAGE REGULATIONS INDICATING THAT YARD SALE SIGNS COULD NOT BE DISPLAYED MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND YARDS FROM THE SITE OF THE SALE.  THE DISTANCE LIMIT WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE MEASURE.  THE PROPOSAL ALSO STATES THAT YARD SALES MUST BE HELD ON PROPERTY USED PRIMARILY FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES OR ON OTHER PROPERTIES ONLY WITH EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PROPERTY OWNER.  THE MEASURE PROHIBITS ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION FROM ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF CONDUCTING YARD SALES FOR OTHERS FOR A FEE AND ALL YARD SALE MERCHANDISE MAY BE DISPLAYED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 A-M AND 8 P-M AND ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE YARD SALE DISPLAY AREA AT THE END OF THE SALE.  THE ORDINANCE PASSED ON FIRST READING THURSDAY AND MUST BE APPROVED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING BEFORE BEING ADOPTED INTO CITY LAW.

 

 

(AUG 28, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL BUS WAS INVOLVED IN A TWO VEHICLE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THURSDAY MORNING.  ACCORDING TO A SCHOOL SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON HIGHWAY 43 SOUTH OF LEOMA JUST AFTER 7 A-M.  SCHOOL SYSTEM OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT INITIALLY NO CHILDREN ON THE BUS WERE INJURED BUT LATER TWO WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE.  THE CONDITION OF THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER INVOLVED VEHICLE IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN.  MEMBERS OF THE LEOMA AND CENTER POINT FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY E-M-S RESPONDED.  THE ACCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.  

 

 

(AUG 28, 2014)  THE OFFICIAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE NEWLY ELECTED LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AT 9 A-M IN THE CIRCUIT COURTROOM AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  WHILE OFFICIALS WILL TAKE THEIR OATH OF OFFICE ON FRIDAY, THEIR TERMS WILL NOT OFFICIALLY BEGIN UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST.  THE EARLY CEREMONY WAS SCHEDULED DUE TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.  ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY FOR THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY. 

 

 

(AUG 28, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS PLANNED A "NO REFUSAL" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN DURING THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KEEP MOTORISTS SAFE ON STATE ROADWAYS.  THE OFFICIAL HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT FRIDAY AND ENDS AT 11:59 P-M MONDAY.  THE "NO REFUSAL" ENFORCEMENT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN MANY COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE INCLUDING GILES, MAURY AND WAYNE COUNTIES.  THE PROGRAM AIMS TO DETER IMPAIRED DRIVING AND REDUCE FATAL CRASHES BY ALLOWING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO SEEK SEARCH WARRANTS FOR BLOOD SAMPLES IN CASES INVOLVING SUSPECTED IMPAIRED DRIVING AND SUSPECTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REFUSE THE BLOOD TEST.  DURING THE 2013 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, 16 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN 15 FATAL CRASHES ON TENNESSEE ROADWAYS.  ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED IN 6 OF THE FATALITIES AND 60 PERCENT OF VEHICLE OCCUPANTS KILLED WERE NOT WEARING SAFETY RESTRAINTS.  FOUR MOTORCYCLISTS, ONE A-T-V RIDER AND ONE PEDESTRIAN WERE ALSO KILLED.  THE T-H-P WILL CONDUCT SEVERAL DRIVER LICENSE, SEAT BELT AND SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS THRU-OUT THE WEEKEND.  ON FRIDAY NIGHT, A SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT WILL BE SET UP IN GILES COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 11 AT THE 13 MILE MARKER AND A DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINT WILL BE SET UP IN THE AFTERNOON IN MAURY COUNTY ON TOM J. HITCH PARKWAY A HALF MILE SOUTH OF U-S 412.  ON MONDAY EVENING, A DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINT WILL BE SET UP IN WAYNE COUNTY ON STATE ROUTE 13 SOUTH AT THE HIGHWAY 64 UNDERPASS.

 

 

(AUG 27, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES SECOND READING ON ORDINANCES CONCERNING EMPLOYEE EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT, THE TRAVEL POLICY, A BUDGET AMENDMENT AND BUILDING CODE AMENDMENTS.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER FIRST READING OF AN AMENDED MEASURE TO ESTABLISH RULES FOR GARAGE OR YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  OTHER ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION INCLUDE APPROVAL OF THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET, A NON-REFUNDABLE 30 DOLLAR RESERVATION FEE FOR USE OF THE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, AN ADDENDUM TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE ROTARY CLUB, AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM REGARDING DISTRIBUTION OF THE LIQUOR BY THE DRINK TAXES AND OTHER ITEMS.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(AUG 27, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG CITY LEADERS WILL CONSIDER APPROVING AN AMENDED ORDINANCE REGULATING GARAGE AND YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  THE PROPOSAL TO BE CONSIDERED ON FIRST READING AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL REGULAR SESSION HAS BEEN RE-WORDED WITH SOME CHANGES FROM THE ORIGINAL MEASURE.  THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE ORDINANCE INCLUDED A REFUNDABLE 10 DOLLAR PERMIT FEE FOR YARD SALES.  THE NEW MEASURE HAS NO SUCH FEE AND PERMITS ARE NOT REQUIRED.  THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL PROHIBITED YARD SALES ON VACANT LOTS OR BUSINESS PARKING LOTS.  THE NEW ORDINANCE STATES THAT THESE LOCATIONS MAY BE USED WITH EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE PROPERTY OWNER.  DETAILS THAT HAVE REMAINED IN BOTH DRAFTS OF THE ORDINANCE INCLUDE: YARD SALES ARE ALLOWED NO MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN A CALENDAR YEAR, MAY RUN NO MORE THAN TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND PROPERTY MAY ONLY BE DISPLAYED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 A-M AND 8 P-M.  THE ENFORCEMENT SECTION OF THE PROPOSED MEASURE STATES THAT ANY PERSON CONVICTED OF VIOLATING ANY PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE SHALL BE PUNISHED BY A FINE.  FOR SECOND AND THIRD VIOLATION CONVICTIONS, ADDITIONAL FINES MAY BE ADDED.  THE NEW ORDINANCE IS ON THE AGENDA FOR FIRST READING AT THURSDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.   

 

 

(AUG 27, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH LORETTO AND SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOLS, WILL HOST COLLEGE NIGHT THIS WEEK.  JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS FROM ALL THREE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO THE PROGRAM THURSDAY FROM 5 TO 7 IN THE CAFETERIA AT LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.  THE ANNUAL EVENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE AND MILITARY RECRUITERS TO TALK WITH PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS IN AN INFORMAL SETTING.  MORE THAN 35 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL PARTICIPATE.

 

 

(AUG 27, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR TUESDAY FROM 11 TO 2.  THE JOB SHOPPE IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS IN SPRING HILL AND COLUMBIA.  OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED LINE LEADS, QUALITY INSPECTORS AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES.  PAY RATES RANGE FROM 10 TO 14 DOLLARS PER HOUR DEPENDING ON POSITION AND EXPERIENCE.  APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR OLDER, HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D, HAVE TWO WORK RELATED REFERENCES AND RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION.  BRING A RESUME, TWO FORMS OF I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE JOB APPLICATIONS AND ATTEND A FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350.    

 

 

(AUG 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN ACCUSED IN A MARCH 2013 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CASE WAS IN COURT MONDAY FOR A SENTENCING HEARING.  37 YEAR-OLD MISTI LANE RISNER ENTERED INTO A PLEA AGREEMENT IN JULY IN CONNECTION WITH A DISTRACTED DRIVING WRECK ON HIGHWAY 64 WEST THAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF MOTORCYCLISTS CLYDE AND CARMIE NEWTON AND INJURED SARA AND ADAM WISER IN AN ONCOMING VEHICLE.  RISNER WAS ORIGINALLY INDICTED IN JULY 2013 ON TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND TEXTING WHILE DRIVING.  THE PLEA AGREEMENT REACHED THIS SUMMER WAS FOR TWO COUNTS OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AND ONE COUNT OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT WITH A MAXIMUM POSSIBLE SENTENCE OF FOUR YEARS IN PRISON.  AT THE SENTENCING HEARING, CIRCUIT JUDGE JIM HAMILTON HEARD EMOTIONAL STATEMENTS FROM THE TWO SURVIVING VICTIMS, FROM THE DECEASED VICTIMS' FAMILIES, FROM THE DEFENDENT AND FROM THE DEFENDENT'S FAMILY.  TESTIMONY WAS ALSO PRESENTED BY THE INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL'S CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM.  WHILE RISNER TESTIFIED THAT SHE HAS NO RECOLLECTION OF THE ACCIDENT, EVIDENCE WAS PRESENTED SHOWING THE DEFENDENT WAS ALONE IN HER VEHICLE WHEN MESSAGES WERE POSTED TO HER FACEBOOK ACCOUNT JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.  AN UNFINISHED TEXT WAS FOUND ON HER PHONE LOCATED AFTER THE WRECK IN THE DRIVER'S SIDE FRONT FLOOR BOARD OF RISNER'S CHEVY EQUINOX.  ANALYSIS OF THE S-U-V'S AIR BAG MODULE AFTER THE CRASH SHOWED THE VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT AT THE TIME OF THE IMPACT BUT THE VEHICLE DIDN'T SLOW DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY UNTIL AFTER HITTING THE NEWTON'S MOTORCYCLE AND JUST BEFORE STRIKING THE WISERS' CAR.  DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE ASKING THE JUDGE TO GIVE RISNER A PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION.  THE DIVERSION WOULD PLACE RISNER ON PROBATION FOR A PERIOD OF TIME UP TO SIX YEARS AFTER WHICH THE OFFENSES WOULD BE EXPUNGED FROM HER RECORD.  THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ARGUED AGAINST DIVERSION CITING THE HORRIFIC AND GRUESOME DEATHS OF THE NEWTONS AND THE PRECIDENT THAT NO JAIL TIME WOULD SET FOR OTHERS THAT ILLEGALLY TEXT AND DRIVE.  HAMILTON TOOK THE MATTER UNDER ADVISEMENT AND MAY MAKE A DECISION ON THE SENTENCE AT ANY TIME.



(AUG 26, 2014)  SEVERAL INJURIES RESULTED FROM A SUNDAY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, AROUND 6:05 P-M, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON THE TRACE NEAR GLENROCK BRANCH AT MILE POST 364 POINT 5.  69 YEAR-OLD THOMAS MCALISTER OF PULASKI WAS DRIVING NORTH WHEN HIS VEHICLE WAS STRUCK ON THE SIDE BY A CHEVY S-10 TRUCK CROSSING THE PARKWAY.  MCALISTER WAS INJURED ALONG WITH FOUR PASSENGERS FROM THE OTHER VEHICLE.  MCALISTER AND ONE OF THE TRUCK'S OCCUPANTS WERE FLOWN TO VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.  THE OTHER THREE WERE TRANSPORTED TO WAYNE COUNTY HOSPITAL.  THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.



(AUG 26, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO BATTLE A SUMMERTOWN HOUSE FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON.  THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED AROUND 12:30 AT A PROPERTY JUST OFF NORTH BRACE ROAD.  MEMBERS OF THE SUMMERTOWN, ETHRIDGE, HENRYVILLE AND NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED.  THE RESIDENCE SUSTAINED HEAVY DAMAGE BUT NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  THE SOUTHERN TENNESSEE RED CROSS IS ASSISTING THE DISPLACED RESIDENT.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 

 


(AUG 26, 2014)  COPPER GROUND WIRE WAS STOLEN OFF OF SOME UTILITY POLES IN SUMMERTOWN.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AN EMPLOYEE WITH LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS CONTACTED OFFICERS LAST WEEK ABOUT THE THEFT.  WIRE HAD BEEN CUT OFF AS HIGH AS THE THIEF COULD REACH UP AND THEN DOWN TO THE TOP OF THE GROUND ON ABOUT 20 POLES ON NORTH OLD MILITARY ROAD.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 


(AUG 26, 2014)  TENNESSEE'S AVERAGE A-C-T SCORE HAS MADE ITS BIGGEST YEAR TO YEAR LEAP SINCE THE STATE BEGAN TESTING ALL STUDENTS.  THOUGH THE 19.8 A-C-T COMPOSITE SCORE IS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 21, TENNESSEE'S CLASS OF 2014 SAW AN IMPROVEMENT FROM 2013'S AVERAGE SCORE OF 19.5.  THE THREE-TENTHS BUMP FROM 2013 TO 2014 MAKES TENNESSEE TIED WITH KENTUCKY AND WYOMING FOR THE LARGEST INCREASE AMONG STATES THAT REQUIRE ALL STUDENTS TO TAKE THE COLLEGE ENTRY EXAM.  TENNESSEE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER KEVIN HUFFMAN INDICATES THAT THE RESULTS ARE HEARTENING IN THE ASPECT THAT THE AVERAGE A-C-T SCORE HAD STAYED STAGNANT DESPITE INCREASES AMONG TENNESSEE STUDENTS ON OTHER MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT TESTS.

 

 

(AUG 22, 2014)  THURSDAY AT NOON WAS THE DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES TO QUALIFY FOR THE UPCOMING LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH CITY ELECTIONS WITH A NUMBER OF HOPEFULS TURNING IN REQUIRED PAPERWORK TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE.  INCUMBENT LAWRENCEBURG MAYOR KEITH DURHAM WILL BE ON THE BALLOT ALONG WITH RICHARD L. GRIMES.  INCUMBENT CHAD MOORE WILL RUN UNOPPOSED FOR CITY COUNCIL SEAT ONE.  BARRY B. GOBBLE WILL CHALLENGE INCUMBENT ROBIN WILLIAMS FOR COUNCIL SEAT TWO.  SAINT JOE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS FROM THE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES.  THE LIST INCLUDES TROY B. BURKS, BUBBA CARTER, MACK B. GABEL, DAVID L. GREEN AND MICHAEL NOVEM.  THE CITY ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(AUG 22, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION HAS ANNOUNCED THE CANDIDATES THAT HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH PULASKI AND ARDMORE CITY ELECTIONS.  PULASKI MAYOR PAT FORD WILL RUN FOR RE-ELECTION UNOPPOSED.  PULASKI ALDERMAN CANDIDATES INCLUDE JERRY BRYANT, MATT CRANE, DENNIS E. HASKINS AND INCUMBENT PATRICIA "PAT" MILES.  INCUMBENT ARDMORE MAYOR TIM MCCONNELL WILL RUN UNOPPOSED.  4 YEAR TERM ARDMORE ALDERMAN CANDIDATES INCLUDE INCUMBENTS KEN CROSSON, WAYNE HARVELL AND JOE STAGNER ALONG WITH CHALLENGER JAMES B. "JIM" SMITH.  2 YEAR TERM INCUMBENT ARDMORE ALDERMAN PAUL T. VAN MANEN WILL RUN UNOPPOSED.  PETITIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN FILED TO HOLD TWO REFERENDUMS DURING THE ARDMORE ELECTION.  ONE REFERENDUM IS TO AUTHORIZE THE SALE OF LIQUOR FOR CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISIS AND THE SECOND IS TO AUTHORIZE THE RETAIL SALE OF LIQUOR IN STORES.

 

 

(AUG 22, 2014)  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR JULY WERE UP IN THE MAJORITY OF TENNESSEE COUNTIES.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE RATE INCREASED IN 86 COUNTIES, DECREASED IN 5 AND STAYED THE SAME IN 4 COUNTIES LAST MONTH.  LAWRENCE COUNTY'S RATE ROSE FROM 10 POINT 4 PERCENT IN JUNE TO 11 POINT 2 IN JULY.  GILES COUNTY JUMPED FROM 7 POINT 7 PERCENT IN JUNE TO 8 POINT 2 IN JULY.  MAURY COUNTY INCREASED FROM 7 POINT 5 PERCENT IN JUNE TO 8 POINT 6 IN JULY AND WAYNE COUNTY DROPPED FROM 11 PERCENT IN JUNE TO 10 POINT 9 IN JULY.  THE STATE'S HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR LAST MONTH WAS POSTED IN SCOTT COUNTY AT 14 POINT 3 PERCENT AND THE LOWEST WAS IN LINCOLN COUNTY AT 5 POINT 6 PERCENT.

 

 

(AUG 22, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN, EMPLOYED AS A GILES COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM BUS DRIVER, WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY BY AN AUTHORITY FIGURE.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 59 YEAR-OLD JOHN CASH WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING AN ALLEGED INCIDENT REPORTED THURSDAY TO THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS BY A HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR.  THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION RESULTED IN CASH BEING SUSPENDED FROM HIS POSITION AND HE HAS SINCE RESIGNED.  CASH WAS BOOKED AND RELEASED ON 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT TUESDAY.

 

 

(AUG 21, 2014)  SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WAS ON A PRECAUTIONARY LOCK-DOWN THURSDAY MORNING DUE TO A PEDESTRIAN WITH A FIRE ARM WALKING IN THE COMMUNITY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE SUSPECT WAS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY POLICE AND THE SCHOOL DAY RESUMED ON THE REGULAR SCHEDULE.  DURING THE LOCK-DOWN AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, SUMMERTOWN ELEMENTARY WAS ALSO UNDER AN ADVISORY.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WERE NEVER IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.

 

 

(AUG 21, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY 14 YEAR-OLD BABE RUTH ALL STARS WORLD SERIES RUN CAME TO AN END WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN OCALA, FLORIDA.  THE LOCAL TEAM WAS PUT OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT BY THE TRI-COUTIES TEAM FROM TEXAS BY A SCORE OF 3 TO 2.  LAWRENCE COUNTY MADE IT TO THE FINAL SIX AND FINISHED WORLD SERIES PLAY WITH A ONE AND FOUR RECORD. 

 

 

(AUG 21, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH LORETTO AND SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOLS, WILL HOST COLLEGE NIGHT NEXT WEEK.  JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS FROM ALL THREE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO THE PROGRAM THURSDAY, AUGUST 28TH FROM 5 TO 7 IN THE CAFETERIA AT LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.  THE ANNUAL EVENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE AND MILITARY RECRUITERS TO TALK WITH PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS IN AN INFORMAL SETTING.  MORE THAN 35 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL PARTICIPATE.



(AUG 20, 2014)  A MOUNT PLEASANT FAMILY WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A SUNDAY MORNING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRELIMINARY REPORT FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, 46 YEAR-OLD REX HUNTLEY OF LEOMA WAS DRIVING A 2002 CHEVY SILVERADO TRUCK NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 43 IN ETHRIDGE.  HUNTLEY ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO THE RICK'S BAR-B-Q PARKING LOT FROM THE TRAVEL LANE - NOT THE TURNING LANE - AND STRUCK A SOUTHBOUND 1984 FORD RANGER HEAD ON.  RANGER DRIVER, 42 YEAR-OLD JEFF SCOTT, AND PASSENGERS, 41 YEAR-OLD ABIGAIL SCOTT AND 10 YEAR-OLD TAYLOR SCOTT, WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND WERE TAKEN TO NASHVILLE HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT WHERE THEY REMAIN IN CRITICAL TO SERIOUS CONDITION.  HUNTLEY WAS TAKEN TO MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT AND RELEASED THE SAME DAY.  NONE OF THOSE INVOLVED WERE WEARING SEATBELTS.  HUNTLEY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO YIELD.  

 

 

(AUG 20, 2014)  A FORMER TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM EMPLOYEE STOLE THOUSANDS IN TAXPAYER MONEY.  ACCORDING TO AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT FROM THE TENNESSEE COMPTROLLER, A FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ASSISTANT WITH THE MUSEUM TOOK A TOTAL OF 61,892 DOLLARS BY FALSIFYING RECORDS.  IN FEBRUARY, INVESTIGATORS BEGAN TO IDENTIFY A CASH SHORTAGE CREATED BY THE FORMER EMPLOYEE.  AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THE EMPLOYEE USED HER ROLE AS A PROCESSOR OF PURCHASE ORDERS AND REQUISITIONS TO CREATE 26 PHONY INVOICES FOR HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS AND SUBMIT THEM FOR PAYMENT TO HER PERSONAL ACCOUNT.  THESE PAYMENTS TOTALED MORE THAN 49 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE EMPLOYEE ALSO USED A RENTAL CAR FOR 15  MONTHS AND BILLED THE TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FOR MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE FORMER EMPLOYEE HAS ADMITTED TO CREATING THE FALSE INVOICES AND TO IMPROPERLY CHARGING THE CAR RENTAL FEES TO THE MUSEUM AFTER HER PERSONAL CAR BROKE DOWN.  HER EMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN TERMINATED. INVESTIGATORS ALSO DETERMINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ASSISTANT WAS A CONVICTED FELON ON PAROLE FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  TO VIEW THE INVESTIGATION REPORT ONLINE, GO TO THE WEBSITE COMPTROLLER.TN.GOV.

 

 

(AUG 19, 2014)  AN EAST LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE AFTER A LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON FIRE.  MEMBERS OF THE NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AT A RESIDENCE NEAR THE LAWRENCE - GILES COUNTY LINE JUST BEFORE 4 PM.  FIRE CREWS FOUND THE HOME FULL OF SMOKE AND WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY CONTAIN THE FIRE TO THE AREA OF ORIGIN.  ETHRIDGE AND CROSSROADS FIRE DEPARTMENTS ASSISTED.  TWO INDIVIDUALS WERE TRANSPORTED BY LAWRENCE COUNTY EMS TO AN AREA HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF SMOKE INHALATION.

 

 

(AUG 19, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WILL MEET NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF MATTERS.  THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REQUEST FROM MICHAEL GIBSON CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 1037 ALEX DRIVE.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 1500 SQUARE FOOT ACCESSORY STRUCTURE.  THE ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL FOR ACCESSORY STRUCTURES OVER 600 SQUARE FEET.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR A REQUEST FROM RONDAR INVESTMENTS CONERNING PROPERTY AT 210 COLUMBIA AVENUE.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD AN ADDITION OF 10 BY 50 FEET TO THE SIDE OF THE PRESENT BUILDING.  THE ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL TO BUILD ON MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AREA OF A COMMERCIAL LOT AND ALSO CLOSER THAN A 20 FOOT SIDE SETBACK.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR A REQUEST FROM MICHAEL LAMPRECHT AND KAREN CARTER CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 491 MATTOXTOWN ROAD.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 5,544 SQUARE FOOT ACCESSORTY STRUCTURE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY AT 8:30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. 

 

 

(AUG 19, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO SEVERAL RECENT THEFT AND BURGLARY CASES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, TWO SAMSUNG IMPRESSION CELL PHONES WERE STOLEN FROM A 3RD STREET RESIDENCE.  THERE WAS NO SIGN OF FORCED ENTRY INTO THE HOME.  LOSS TOTALED 800 DOLLARS.  A 9TH STREET RESIDENT REPORTED A HANDGUN MISSING FROM HIS VEHICLE.  THE BERSA THUNDER 380 CALIBER FIREARM WAS VALUED AT 280 DOLLARS.  A YELLOW 21 SPEED MONGOOSE BICYCLE WAS STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE A SOUTH MILITARY ROAD RESIDENCE.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 150 DOLLARS.  SOUTHERN TENNESSEE OIL COMPANY ON HELTON DRIVE ALERTED OFFICERS AFTER DISCOVERING A 2000 FORD F-250 PICK-UP HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM A SHOP BUILDING.  THE TRUCK WAS VALUED AT 8 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  AND A 2006 BLUE-GREEN DODGE CHARGER WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A SPRING AVENUE RESIDENCE.  LOSS TOTALED 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

 

(AUG 19, 2014)  MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED OF A ROAD CLOSURE IN LORETTO LATER THIS WEEK.  ON THURSDAY, A PORTION OF MAIN STREET FROM BROAD STREET TO COMMERCE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DUE TO BUILDING AND ROADWAY CLEAN-UP AND MAINTENANCE.

 

 

(AUG 18, 2014)  THE DRIVER IN A FIERY FRIDAY MORNING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 65 HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.  ACCORDING TO THE FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, 67 YEAR-OLD BOBBY BOBO OF COLUMBIA WAS KILLED IN THE SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THAT BOBO'S SEMI-TRUCK HAULING A TANKER FULL OF FUEL STRUCK AN OVERPASS SUPPORT COLUMN ON THE PEYTONSVILLE ROAD BRIDGE AND BURST INTO FLAMES.  THE TANKER WAS OWNED BY EDWARDS OIL COMPANY IN LAWRENCEBURG.  DUE TO EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE OVERPASS, THE BRIDGE WAS DEMOLISHED OVER THE WEEKEND AND WILL HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY REBUILT. 

 

 

(AUG 18, 2014)  THE DEADLINE IS THIS WEEK TO QUALIFY FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH CITY ELECTIONS.  IN THE LAWRENCEBURG ELECTION, THE MAYOR'S SEAT AND COUNCIL SEATS ONE AND TWO WILL BE ON THE BALLOT.  ALL ARE FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS.  SAINT JOE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS.  THE DEADLINE TO QUALIFY IS THURSDAY AT NOON.  PICK UP QUALIFYING PAPERS AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE ON CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD IN LAWRENCEBURG. 

 

 

(AUG 18, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED A NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TENNESSEE.  THE CAMPAIGN, TITLED "IT HAS TO STOP", FEATURES INFORMATION, CURRENT RESEARCH AND STATISTICS, VIDEO, IMPORTANT CONTACTS AND LINKS FOR VISITORS TO JOIN NON-PROFITS AND OTHER GROUPS IN THE EFFORT TO CURB TRAFFICKING IN TENNESSEE.  RESEARCH INDICATES THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES IN THE NATION.  THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN BOUGHT AND SOLD IN THE COUNTRY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION TO NUMBER AT LEAST 100 THOUSAND.  THE AVERAGE AGE OF A TRAFFICKING VICTIM IS 13.  THE WEBSITE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT ITHASTOSTOP.COM.

 

 

(AUG 18, 2014) 2ND DISTRICT LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON HAS BEEN RE-APPOINTED AS TENNESSEE'S STATE DIRECTOR FOR THE YOUNG ELECTED OFFICIALS NETWORK.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IS COMPRISED OF ELECTED OFFICIALS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 35 AND ITS MISSION IS TO UNITE AND SUPPORT YOUNG LEADERS WHO SHARE A PASSION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND BUILDING PROGRESSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITIES.  JACKSON WAS FIRST APPOINTED STATE DIRECTOR IN 2013.

 

 

(AUG 18, 2014)  SUBMIT ENTRIES NOW FOR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CUTEST BABY PHOTO CONTEST.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL BABIES AGES BIRTH TO 24 MONTHS.  SUBMIT AN 8-BY-10 PHOTOGRAPH TO LOUISE MARTIN'S BRIDAL AND FORMAL GALLERY AT 1108 NORTH LOCUST AVENUE IN LAWRENCEBURG BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH.  ON THE BACK OF THE PHOTO, INCLUDE THE BABY'S NAME, PARENTS' NAMES, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.  THE ENTRY FEE IS 15 DOLLARS.  ANY ENTRIES SUMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL LATE FEE OF 20 DOLLARS.  THE PHOTOS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIR SEPTEMBER 22ND THRU 27TH AND THE PUBLIC WILL VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITES.  APPLICATION FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BRIDAL AND FORMAL GALLERY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-1391.

 

 

(AUG 15, 2014)  AN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LEFT ONE PERSON DEAD AND SHUT DOWN INTERSTATE 65 FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS FRIDAY.  ACCORDING TO FRANKLIN POLICE, A SEMI-TRUCK HAULING A TANKER STRUCK AN OVERPASS SUPPORT COLUMN ON THE PEYTONSVILLE ROAD BRIDGE AND BURST INTO FLAMES.  THE SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 4 A-M IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF THE INTERSTATE WHICH RESULTED IN HEAVY TRAFFIC DELAYS.  THE DRIVER OF THE 18-WHEELER, WHOSE IDENTITY HAS YET TO BE RELEASED, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  AUTHORITIES CONFIRMED THE TANKER WAS OWNED BY EDWARDS OIL COMPANY IN LAWRENCEBURG.  NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.



(AUG 15, 2014)  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN TENNESSEE INCREASED LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE STATE JOBLESS RATE FOR JULY WAS 7 POINT 1 PERCENT, UP FROM 6 POINT 6 PERCENT IN JUNE.  THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY WAS 6 POINT 2 PERCENT, AN INCREASE FROM 6 POINT 1 PERCENT THE PREVIOUS MONTH.



(AUG 15, 2014)  THE OFFICIAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE NEWLY ELECTED LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT 9 A-M IN THE CIRCUIT COURTROOM AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  WHILE OFFICIALS WILL TAKE THEIR OATH OF OFFICE ON AUGUST 29TH, THEIR TERMS WILL NOT OFFICIALLY BEGIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST. THE EARLY CEREMONY WAS SCHEDULED DUE TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.

 

 

(AUG 14, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  ACTION ON TWO ORDINANCES WAS DEFERRED SHORTENING A RATHER LENGTHY AGENDA.  UPON THE REQUEST OF THE CITY ATTORNEY, THE COUNCIL DID NOT TAKE ACTION ON AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH FEES AND RULES FOR HOLDING GARAGE OR YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  ATTORNEY ALAN BETZ ASKED THAT FIRST READING OF THE MEASURE BE MOVED TO THE NEXT REGULAR SESSION SO THAT HE COULD FURTHER LOOK INTO THE MATTER.  ACTION WAS ALSO DEFERRED ON THE ORDINANCE TO APPROVE THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.  MAYOR KEITH DURHAM REQUESTED THE MEASURE BE REVISITED AT THE NEXT MEETING TO ALLOW FOR MORE TIME TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS.  THE BOARD APPROVED FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES TO AMEND PERSONNEL RULES AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT AND THE TRAVEL POLICY, A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THE 2013-2014 FISCAL YEAR AND AMENDMENTS TO CITY BUILDING CODES.  AN ORDINANCE TO FIX A 30 DOLLAR NON-REFUNDABLE FEE PER DAY FOR USE OF THE CITY MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM PASSED ON FIRST READING.  THE PURPOSE IS TO REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR SUPPLIES FOR CLEANING AND UPKEEP OF THE AUDITORIUM.  IF APPROVED ON FINAL READING, GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AND THE TENNESSEE VALLEY JAMBOREE WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE FEE.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.  



(AUG 14, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG CITY LEADERS ARE CONSIDERING APPROVING AN ORDINANCE REGULATING GARAGE AND YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.  THE PROPOSED MEASURE INCLUDES A NUMBER OF RULES AND A REFUNDABLE FEE OF 10 DOLLARS FOR THE SALES.  THE REGULATIONS INCLUDE: THE SALES MAY ONLY BE HELD ON LAND WITH A HOUSE, APARTMENT OR OTHER STRUCTURE USED PRIMARILY AS A RESIDENCE AND ARE PROHIBITED ON VACANT LOTS OR PROPERTY WITH STRUCTURES USED PRIMARILY FOR OTHER PURPOSES, INCLUDING A BUSINESS PARKING LOT; YARD SALES SHALL BE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE TIMES IN A CALENDAR YEAR, THEY CANNOT RUN MORE THAN 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND THERE MUST BE 30 DAYS BETWEEN CONSECUTIVE SALES; DISPLAYS OF YARD SALE MERCHANDISE SHALL BE LIMITED TO 5 FEET BACK FROM ALL SIDES OF THE PROPERTY LINE AND AT LEAST 10 FEET BACK FROM THE CURB OR ROAD EDGE, YARD SALE MERCHANDISE CAN ONLY BE DISPLAYED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 A-M AND 8 P-M AND ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE YARD SALE AREA AT THE END OF EACH SALE; RELIGIOUS AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MAY CONDUCT YARD SALES ON NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PROPERTY OWNER AND A PERMIT IS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT A YARD SALE.  AS LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE THE SALE, A PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED AT THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT A COST OF 10 DOLLARS.  THE CHARGE SHALL BE TO ENSURE THAT ANY YARD SALE SIGN IS REMOVED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE CONCLUSION OF THE SALE.  IN THE EVENT THAT A SIGN IS NOT REMOVED WITHIN THE TIME LIMIT, THE PERMIT FEE IS FORFEITED.  DURING A SALE, THE PERMIT SHALL BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED SO THAT IT CAN BE READILY SEEN.   IN THE ENFORCEMENT SECTION OF THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE, THE MEASURE STATES THAT ANY PERSON VIOLATING ANY OF THE RULES SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN INFRACTION WITH THE FIRST CONVICTION PUNISHED BY A FINE, SECOND AND THIRD CONVICTIONS ADDITIONAL FINES AND CIVIL PENALTIES MAY BE ADDED.  EACH DAY THE ORDINANCE IS VIOLATED SHALL BE CONSIDERED A SEPARATE OFFENSE AND SUBJECT TO A NEW FINE OR CIVIL PENALTY.  TO VIEW THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE IN ITS ENTIRETY, VISIT OUR WEBSITE WLXONLINE.COM. 



(AUG 14, 2014)  FEDERAL DISASTER AID HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE STATE OF TENNESSEE TO SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL RECOVERY EFFORTS IN THE AREA AFFECTED BY SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS AND FLOODING DURING JUNE 5TH THRU 10TH.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, THE DECLARATION MAKES FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STATE AND ELIGIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND CERTAIN PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ON A COST SHARING BASIS.  THE FUNDING MUST BE USED FOR EMERGENCY WORK AND THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF FACILITIES DAMAGED BY THE INCLEMENT WEATHER IN LAWRENCE, LEWIS, MAURY, PERRY, ANDERSON, BLEDSOE, CARROLL, DECATUR, HENRY, HICKMAN, HOUSTON, MADISON, MARION, MCNAIRY, MOORE, ROANE, SEQUATCHIE AND TIPTON COUNTIES.  ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS MAY BE MADE AT A LATER DATE IF REQUESTED BY THE STATE AND WARRANTED BY THE RESULTS OF FURTHER DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS. 

 

 

(AUG 13, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH FEES AND RULES FOR HOLDING GARAGE AND YARD SALES INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS AND AN ORDINANCE TO FIX A RESERVATION FEE FOR THE USE OF THE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM.  RESOLUTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED INCLUDE A REQUEST FOR BIDS ON PROJECTS RELATED TO THE BABE RUTH FIELD, A DRIVERS SAFETY MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION CHECKS, AN AGREEMENT FOR WEB ACCESS TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES BY CREDIT CARD, DEBIT CARD OR E-CHECKS, AMONG OTHER ITEMS.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.    

 

 

(AUG 13, 2014)  AN ACTIVE METH LAB WAS FOUND THIS WEEK AT A GILES COUNTY PROPERTY.  A SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE INDICATES THAT AUTHORITIES WERE INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE METHAMPHETAMINE LAB ON MONDAY WHEN THEY FOUND AN ACTIVE LAB IN THE PROCESS OF COOKING.  THEY ALSO FOUND SEVERAL LARGE MARIJUANA PLANTS AND PACKAGED MARIJUANA.  65 YEAR-OLD DOUGLAS ARNOLD WATTS JUNIOR WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH INITIATION OF METH MANUFACTURE, MANUFACTURE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR RESALE AND POSSESSION OF FIREARMS DURING THE COMMISSION OF A DANGEROUS FELONY FOR TWO RIFLES FOUND AT THE LOCATION.  THE GILES COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, THE GILES COUNTY METH TASK FORCE, THE GILES COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD DECONTAMINATION UNIT AND THE TENNESSEE METH TASK FORCE ASSISTED AT THE SCENE.  WATTS IS IN THE GILES COUNTY JAIL ON 34,500 DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 11TH.

 

 

(AUG 13, 2014)  A GILES COUNTY PAROLEE WAS BUSTED MONDAY FOR HAVING AN ILLEGAL WEAPON.  ACCORDING TO THE GILES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AUTHORITIES WITH THE TENNESSEE OFFICE OF PROBATION AND PAROLE WERE ON A HOME VISIT AT THE RESIDENCE OF 34 YEAR-OLD MICHAEL TRAVIS WATTS WHEN THEY FOUND WATTS IN POSSESSION OF A SHOTGUN ON HIS FRONT PORCH.  WATTS WAS RECENTLY RELEASED FROM PRISON ON PAROLE WHERE HE WAS SERVING TIME FOR WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES.  HE WAS ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.  HE WAS TAKEN TO THE GILES COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED ON 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. 

 

 

(AUG 13, 2014)  SUMMERTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL HOST BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT MONDAY AT 5:30 FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THRU 6TH GRADES.  TEACHERS WILL SHARE CLASSROOM ROUTINES, DISCIPLINE PLANS, HOMEWORK POLICIES, CURRICULUM, GRADING SYSTEM AND THEY WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS.  THE SCHEDULE WILL BE MEET AND EAT FROM 5:30 TO 6 WITH THE P-T-O PROVIDING HOTDOGS AND DRINKS IN THE CAFETERIA AND CLASS ORIENTATION SESSIONS FROM 6 TO 6:45 AND 7 TO 7:45.  TWO SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED TO ACCOMODATE PARENTS WITH MORE THAN ONE CHILD IN SCHOOL. 

 

 

(AUG 12, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE NEXT EIGHT SELECT TENNESSEE CERTIFIED SITES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM REPRESENTATIVE BARRY DOSS, THE SELECT TENNESSEE PROGRAM WAS LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2012 WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING TENNESSEE COMMUNITIES PREPARE AVAILABLE SITES FOR INVESTMENT AND EXPANSION.  THE PROGRAM SETS A CONSISTENT AND RIGOROUS STANDARD UPON WHICH COMPANIES CAN RELY IN MAKING CRITICAL LOCATION DECISIONS.  THE EIGHT NEWEST SITES INCLUDE:  TEAM LAWRENCE COMMERCE PARK, EAST SITE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 43 NORTH IN ETHRIDGE; TEAM LAWRENCE COMMERCE PARK, WEST SITE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 43 NORTH IN ETHRIDGE; CHERRY GLEN INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MAURY COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 43 AND SAM WATKINS BOULEVARD IN MOUNT PLEASANT; AIRPORT INDUSTRIAL PARK SITE A AND B IN MADISON COUNTY; GIBSON COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK NORTH AND SOUTH SITES AND FAYETTEVILLE LINCOLN COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK.  TO DATE, 34 GREENFIELD SITES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AND NEW FACILITIES ARE BEING LOCATED AT SELECT SITES IN ANDERSON, BENTON, DYER, MONTGOMERY AND SUMNER COUNTIES. 

 

 

(AUG 12, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT SPENT PART OF TUESDAY MORNING BATTLING A HOUSE FIRE.  THE GRANDADDY ROAD RESIDENCE SUSTAINED HEAVY DAMAGE DURING THE BLAZE THAT BROKE OUT AROUND 9 A-M.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  NEW PROSPECT FIRE CREWS AND THE SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE RED CROSS ASSISTED.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

 

(AUG 12, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FRIDAY FROM 9 TO NOON.  EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS IS LOOKING FOR HIGHLY MOTIVATED, DEPENDABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE FOR POSITIONS AS FORKLIFT OPERATORS, SHIPPING AND RECEIVING, PRESS OPERATORS, MACHINE OPERATORS AND MOLD SETTING ALL STARTING AT 10 TO 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS AND TO INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350.  

 

 

(AUG 12, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES A WATER OUTAGE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY FROM 7 TO 10 A-M.  THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS THE WEST SIDE OF NORTH LOCUST AVENUE FROM HELTON DRIVE TO MATTOXTOWN ROAD.  THE PURPOSE OF THE OUTAGE IS TO UPGRADE SERVICE IN THE AREA.  L-U-S REGRETS ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE CUSTOMERS.

 

 

(AUG 12, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL HOST A SPECIAL BACK TO SCHOOL STORYTIME NEXT WEEK.  KINDERGARTEN THRU 3RD GRADERS ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH FUN STORIES, GAMES, CRAFTS AND GOODY BAGS THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST AT 4 AT THE LAWRENCBURG LIBRARY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4627.

 

 

(AUG 7, 2014)  A RECENT FUGITIVE FROM THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION'S TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST WAS CAPTUREDWEDNESDAY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, 25 YEAR-OLD LESANDRU DENIESH WEBSTER OF COLUMBIA WAS LOCATED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AT A HOLLY GROVE ROAD PROPERTY IN LEWISBURG.  AGENTS WITH THE T-B-I, U-S MARSHALS SERVICE DEPUTIES, DETECTIVES WITH THE LEWISBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OFFICERS WITH THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE ON HAND FOR THE CAPTURE BASED ON A TIP PROVIDED TO THE 800 T-B-I FIND LINE.  WEBSTER WAS WANTED BY COLUMBIA POLICE AND THE T-B-I FOR HER PARTICIPATION WITH SEVERAL OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN A SCHEME USING FACEBOOK TO LURE A ROBBERY VICTIM. ON JULY 19TH, THE MALE VICTIM WAS KIDNAPPED AND FORCED AT GUNPOINT TO WITHDRAW CASH FROM AN A-T-M.  WEBSTER HAS OUTSTANDING WARRANTS IN COLUMBIA FOR ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY.  SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE MAURY COUNTY JAIL AND IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.


(AUG 7, 2014)  A PULASKI WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO A COUPLE OF LAWRENCEBURG BUSINESSES.  ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE LAWRENCEBURG SQUARE SUNDAY EVENING ABOUT A WOMAN SEEN BREAKING INTO LEDBETTER'S DRUGS.  AUTHORITIES QUICKLY LOCATED AND SPOKE WITH A WOMAN MATCHING THE SUSPECT'S DESCRIPTION IN THE AREA.  41 YEAR-OLD LOUANNE MARIE ARMSTRONG TOLD POLICE SHE WAS JUST WALKING AROUND THE SQUARE.  OFFICERS NOTICED SHE HAD A KNIFE IN HER HAND AND A SCREWDRIVER IN HER POCKET AND OBSERVED A WINDOW AT LEDBETTER'S HAD GOUGE MARKS IN THE TRIM AND THE SCREWS HAD BEEN REMOVED.  WHILE SPEAKING WITH ARMSTRONG, ANOTHER OFFICER ATTENDING TO A BURGLARY CALL AT SHOAL CREEK ANIMAL HOSPITAL INDICATED THAT THEY HAD FOUND A FLIP-FLOP DROPPED BY THE THEIF IN THE VET'S OFFICE THAT MAY BELONG TO ARMSTRONG.  SHE WAS CONFRONTED ABOUT THE TWO BURGLARIES AND ARMSTRONG ADMITTED TO BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH BREAK-INS.  A SUBSEQUENT SEARCH OF HER VEHICLE REVEALED THE MATCHING FLIP-FLOP, MARIJUANA AND A BLOODY GLOVE ARMSTRONG HAD PUT ON AFTER INJURING HER FINGER AT THE FIRST BURGLARY.  SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, VANDALISM AND SIMPLE POSSESSION.  ARMSTRONG IS BEING HELD ON 37 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 5TH.


(AUG 7, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WILL MEET THIS MONTH TO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF MATTERS.  THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REQUEST FROM MICHAEL GIBSON CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 1037 ALEX DRIVE.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 1500 SQUARE FOOT ACCESSORY STRUCTURE.  THE ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL FOR ACCESSORY STRUCTURES OVER 600 SQUARE FEET.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR A REQUEST FROM RONDAR INVESTMENTS CONERNING PROPERTY AT 210 COLUMBIA AVENUE.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD AN ADDITION OF 10 BY 50 FEET TO THE SIDE OF THE PRESENT BUILDING.  THE ZONING ORDINANCE REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL TO BUILD ON MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AREA OF A COMMERCIAL LOT AND ALSO CLOSER THAN A 20 FOOT SIDE SETBACK.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR A REQUEST FROM MICHAEL LAMPRECHT AND KAREN CARTER CONCERNING PROPERTY AT 491 MATTOXTOWN ROAD.  THE REQUEST IS FOR A VARIANCE TO BUILD A 5,544 SQUARE FOOT ACCESSORTY STRUCTURE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 8:30 A-M IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.


(AUG 7, 2014)  APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DISTRICT FAIREST OF THE FAIR PAGEANTS.  GIRLS AGES 3 TO 21 ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE.  THE ENTRY FEE IS 50 DOLLARS AND THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 2ND.  COMPLETE RULES AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE DOWNLOADED ONLINE AT MTDFAIR.ORG OR THEY CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IN ROTARY PARK.

 

 

(AUG 5, 2014)  TWO LAWRENCE COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES IN TWO SEPARATE CASES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ON FRIDAY, EVIDENCE WAS PRESENTED TO THE GRAND JURY PERTAINING TO A TWO YEAR INVESTIGATION INVOLVING 69 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM DOUGLAS FARR OF SAINT JOSEPH.  FARR WAS INDICTED AND ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF RAPE OF A CHILD.  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES, A KID'S PLACE AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WORKED IN COOPERATION TO BRING THE CASE TOGETHER.  FARR IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.  ANOTHER ARREST WAS ALSO MADE ON FRIDAY INVOLVING THE VICTIMIZATION OF A MINOR CHILD.  55 YEAR-OLD ROBERT LANE PECK OF LORETTO WAS INDICTED AND ARRESTED ON ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY.  THE ABUSE ALLEGATION WAS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF INVESTIGATORS THRU A D-C-S REFERRAL AND WAS INVESTIGATED WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND A KID'S PLACE.  PECK IS ALSO BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND. 

 

 

(AUG 5, 2014)  ARSON AND BURGLARY CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH A COUPLE OF SUSPICIOUS FIRES.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INDICATES THAT INVESTIGATORS WERE CALLED TO LOOK INTO A JUNE 19TH FIRE AT A FIVE POINTS ROAD RESIDENCE WHEN THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION REVEALED EVIDENCE OF ARSON AND THAT SOMEONE REMOVED ITEMS FROM THE PROPERTY.  INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED LINKING JOSHUA MICHAEL COZART AND NICHOLAS ALEXANDER GREEN TO THE CRIME.  THE PAIR HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO A SECOND FIRE ON FAIRVIEW ROAD IN LORETTO.  COZART, WHO IS CURRENTLY ON STATE PROBATION OUT OF CIRCUIT COURT, WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND TWO COUNTS OF ARSON.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  THE CASE AGAINST GREEN WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE NEXT SESSION OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY GRAND JURY.  INVESTIGATORS WILL ASK FOR TWO COUNTS OF ARSON, TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND TWO COUNTS OF THEFT OVER 500 DOLLARS.  SOME OF THE ITEMS TAKEN DURING THESE CRIMES HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AND RETURNED TO THE OWNERS.

 

 

(AUG 5, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MOTHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR LEAVING HER DAUGHTER HOME ALONE.  POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS INDICATE THAT OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A MANOR DRIVE APARTMENT COMPLEX MONDAY NIGHT AROUND 9 P-M ABOUT A CHILD LEFT UNATTENDED.  THE 9 YEAR-OLD GIRL HAD GONE TO A NEIGHBOR'S HOME SAYING SHE WAS HUNGRY AND HER MOTHER HAD LEFT HOURS BEFORE WITH A BOYFRIEND.  THE NEIGHBOR FED THE CHILD, KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AT THE CHILD'S RESIDENCE, NO ONE ANSWERED SO SHE CALLED POLICE.  WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THE MOTHER, 28 YEAR-OLD MICHELLE LYNN EARLS HAD JUST COME HOME.  SHE WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT WHERE SHE HAD BEEN AND EARLS SAID SHE HAD GONE TO PICK UP SOME MEDICATION BUT WAS CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT TIME SHE LEFT AND WHAT TIME SHE CAME HOME.  THE BOYFRIEND WAS QUESTIONED AND HE TOLD POLICE THAT THE PAIR HAD LEFT JUST AFTER 7 P-M TO PICK UP SOME APPLICATIONS AT AREA BUSINESSES.  THE CHILD WAS RELEASED INTO THE CUSTODY OF A RELATIVE.  EARLS WAS ARRESTED FOR CHILD NEGLECT AND IS BEING HELD ON ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  SHE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(AUG 5, 2014)  SEVERAL LOCAL INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENSES STEMMING FROM THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, 43 YEAR-OLD RENEE SMITH AND 25 YEAR-OLD KARL EUGENE LUNA, BOTH OF LORETTO, 23 YEAR-OLD BRITTANY LOWERY AND 47 YEAR-OLD DANNY KEITH STAGGS, BOTH OF LEOMA, 41 YEAR-OLD JASON RAY CARTER OF IRON CITY, 28 YEAR-OLD DERRICK BALENTINE AND 34 YEAR-OLD CHASITY BROMELY, BOTH OF SAINT JOSEPH ARE IN CUSTODY.  CHARGES AGAINST THE SUSPECTS RANGE FROM INITIATION OF THE PROCESS INTENDED TO RESULT IN THE MANUFACTURE OF METH, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARPHENALIA, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE TO FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE.  ALL THE OFFENDERS ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN THE COMING WEEKS.  

 

 

(AUG 5, 2014)  NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNED A HIGHER RATING AS THE RESULT OF A RECENT INSURANCE SERVICES OFFICE EVALUATION.  AS THE RESULT OF A THREE YEAR PROCESS OF EQUIPMENT ACQUISITIONS, HUNDREDS OF TRAINING HOURS, NUMEROUS FUNDRAISERS, A PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH NEIGHBORING DEPARTMENTS AND DEDICATED MEMBERS, THE DEPARTMENT EARNED A CLASS FIVE I-S-O RATING ON A SCALE FROM ONE TO TEN WITH CLASS ONE BEING THE BEST POSSIBLE RATING.  THE NEW RATING MEANS RESIDENTS OF THE NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENT COVERAGE AREA WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS ON HOME OWNERS INSURANCE AND COMMERCIAL FIRE LOSS POLICIES.  THE NEW RATING WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1ST.  

 

 

(AUG 4, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT ON FRIDAY AT AN OAK STREET APARTMENT COMPLEX.  ACCORDING TO POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED JUST BEFORE 5 P-M FOR AN ASSAULT.  A CROWD WAS GATHERED AROUND ONE OF THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND THE VICTIM WAS HOLDING A TOWEL TO HER MOUTH.  SEVERAL WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THAT 34 YEAR-OLD VIOLET SHYMAINE STEWART HAD GONE TO THE VICTIM'S RESIDENCE AND HIT HER IN THE MOUTH WHILE HOLDING A KNIFE.  WITNESSES ALSO SAID THAT STEWART THREATENED TO KILL THE VICTIM WHILE WALKING TO THE VICTIM'S HOME.  FOLLOWING THE ASSAULT, STEWART THEN TOOK HER TWO YOUNG CHILDREN AND LOCKED ALL THREE IN HER APARTMENT AND REFUSED TO COME OUT.  A JUDGE SIGNED A WARRANT FOR STEWART'S ARREST AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WAS CONTACTED ABOUT THE SITUATION.  STEWART EVENUTALLY AGREED TO RELEASE HER CHILDREN TO HER SISTER AND A REFERRAL WAS MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES.  STEWART WAS THEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  SHE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 5TH.  

 

 

(AUG 4, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM MADE SOME IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT GRANT FUNDING AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS ON FRIDAY.  TWO STATE AND FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO THE SYSTEM.  THE FEDERAL 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER GRANT IS FOR 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR THREE YEARS.  A PORTION OF THE GRANT WILL BE USED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT DURING NON-SCHOOL HOURS AT INGRAM SOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  ANOTHER PORTION OF THE GRANT WILL GO TO CONTINUE AND IMPROVE THE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT EACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.  LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL ALSO RECEIVE 185 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF GROWTH MONEY THRU THE BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.  THIS GRANT WILL BE USED TO OFF-SET DEFICIT SPENDING.  IN ADDITION TO THE GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT, SCHOOL DIRECTOR DOCTOR BILL HEATH ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN NAMED A LEVEL 5 DISTRICT FOR THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR BASED ON COMPOSITE GROWTH SCORES.  LEVEL 5 MEANS THAT STUDENTS ARE GROWING AT A RATE DEFINED AS SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE EXPECTATIONS.  THE LOCAL SYSTEM WAS ALSO NAMED THE NUMBER 1 DISTRICT IN THE 16 COUNTY SOUTH CENTRAL REGION FOR THE 4TH YEAR IN A ROW. 

 

 

(AUG 4, 2014)  EARLY VOTING FOR THE COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION ENDED SATURDAY AND LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES HAD GOOD TURNOUT WITH BOTH SHOWING INCREASES IN EARLY VOTES AS COMPARED TO THE LAST MAJOR ELECTION.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE, 4,384 EARLY BALLOTS WERE CAST.  IN COMPARISON, THE EARLY VOTING TOTAL IN THE AUGUST 2010 ELECTION WAS 4,253.  IN GILES COUNTY, 3,448 EARLY VOTES WERE CAST BY THE END OF EARLY VOTING THIS YEAR.  IN 2010, ONLY 2,491 EARLY VOTES WERE CAST.  ELECTION DAY IS THURSDAY. 

 

 

(AUG 4, 2014)  ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON ELECTION DAY.  OFFICES IN THE COURTHOUSE AND COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY DUE TO THE COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION.

 

 

(JULY 31, 2014)  EARLY VOTING FOR THE LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTY GENERAL ELECTIONS ENDS SATURDAY.   THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION WILL BE OPEN FOR EARLY VOTING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 6 AND SATURDAY FROM 8 TO NOON.  THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION WILL BE OPEN FOR EARLY VOTING THURSDAY UNTIL 4, FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 5 AND SATURDAY FROM 8 TO NOON.  THE BALLOT FOR BOTH COUNTY ELECTIONS IS LENGTHY WHICH COULD CAUSE LONG LINES ON ELECTION DAY.  OFFICIALS RECOMMEND VOTING EARLY IF POSSIBLE.  EARLY VOTERS MUST PRESENT A PHOTO I-D ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL OR TENNESSEE STATE GOVERNMENT TO CAST BALLOTS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 762-7836 OR THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION AT 363-2424. 

 

 

(JULY 31, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FRIDAY FROM 9 TO 1 TO FILL OPENINGS AT A MAURY COUNTY COMPANY.  IBEX GLOBAL IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS INCLUDING TECHNICAL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES AND SALES TO HANDLE IN-BOUND PHONE CALLS.  A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D IS REQUIRED.  THE SALARY IS 10 DOLLARS PER HOUR THRU TRAINING AND 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR UPON GRADUATION.  JOB CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING RESUMES, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS AND TO INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(JULY 31, 2014)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES A REPORT ON THE PARKS AND RECREATION PLAN, A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE CITY'S SHARE OF THE RECREATIONAL GRANT, AN ORDINANCE TO INCREASE COURT COSTS BY 15 DOLLARS TO 118 DOLLARS PER TICKET, APPROVAL OF A GRANT FOR BODY ARMOUR VESTS AND APPROVAL TO SELL SURPLUS PROPERTY ONLINE.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY AT 7 P-M AT CITY HALL.

 

 

(JULY 30, 2014)  THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE IS A PART OF MAINTAINING COMMUNITY INTEGRITY.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT THEY ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEGLECTED, FORECLOSED AND ABANDONED PROPERTIES THRU-OUT THE CITY.  PROPERTY OWNERS ARE REMINDED THAT THERE ARE RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING TALL GRASS AND WEEDS; ACCUMULATION OF GARBAGE; GRASS CLIPPINGS BLOWN INTO STREETS; ROTTED WOOD; LITTERED PREMISES; DAMAGED SIDING; FENCES, SHEDS AND DECKS IN A STATE OF DISREPAIR AND UNREGISTERED OR NON-RUNNING VEHICLES.  CITY CODES OFFICERS LOOK AT A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CITY CODES.  IN THE EVENT OF A VIOLATION, A NOTICE IS SENT TO THE REGISTERED OWNER WITH A COMPLIANCE DATE FOR CORRECTION.  REASONABLE REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS ARE CONSIDERED.  IF NEEDED, MUNICIPAL INFRACTION CITATIONS ARE ISSUED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE.  THE CITY IS ASKING ALL LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENTS TO MAINTAIN THEIR OWN PROPERTY AND REPORT ANY CHALLENGES YOU MAY SEE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  TO REPORT VIOLATIONS OR TO INQUIRE ABOUT MUNICIPAL CODES GOVERNING PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, CALL 762-4459.  TO REPORT VACANT PROPERTIES, EMAIL RJONES@LAWRENCEBURGTN.GOV.

 

 

(JULY 30, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED APPOINTMENTS TO LIBRARY BOARDS, THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION COMMITTEE AND THE SOLID WASTE PLANNING BOARD, DECLARING CERTAIN SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PROPERTY AS SURPLUS AND ADDING KELSEY CIRCLE TO THE COUNTY ROAD LIST.  COMMISSIONERS APPROVED AN AMENDED RESOLUTION TO PAY A PORTION OF THE COST FOR THE BUXTON GROUP TO DO A RETAIL SITE SELECTION GROUP STUDY IN AN EFFORT TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES TO LAWRENCE COUNTY.  THE MEASURE IS CONTINGENT ON THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG PASSING A  BUDGET INCLUDING THEIR PORTION OF THE COST.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.

 

 

(JULY 30, 2014)  PARENTS CAN SAVE MONEY ON BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING WITH TENNESSEE'S SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND.  TENNESSEANS CAN SHOP TAX FREE ON CERTAIN ITEMS FROM 12:01 A-M FRIDAY THRU 11:59 P-M SUNDAY.  ELIGIBLE ITEMS INCLUDE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING WITH A COST OF 100 DOLLARS OR LESS PER ITEM AND COMPUTERS PRICED AT 1500 DOLLARS OR LESS.  NOT ALL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX EXEMPT STATUS.  FOR A LIST OF INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED ITEMS, VISIT THE STATE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE AT TN.GOV AND SEARCH TAX FREE WEEKEND.

 

 

(JULY 30, 2014)  A COUPLE OF LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR OPEN HOUSES NEXT WEEK.  ON TUESDAY, SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE WILL BE FROM 5 TO 6 AND INGRAM SOWELL ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE WILL BE FROM 5:30 TO 7.  PARENTS AND STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NEW STAFF MEMBERS AND TEACHERS.

 

 

(JULY 29, 2014)  FOUR FORMER WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES TOOK MORE THAN 319 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PUBLIC MONEY FROM SCHOOL ACCOUNTS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE STATE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE, AUDITORS DISCOVERED DISCREPANCIES DURING AN ANNUAL AUDIT AND AN INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN CONJUCTION WITH THE T-B-I, F-B-I AND I-R-S.  INVESTIGATORS CONFIRMED THAT THE FORMER GRANTS COORDINATOR AND THREE FORMER BOOKKEEPERS RECEIVED MORE THAN 183 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNAUTHORIZED PAYROLL PAYMENTS AND CLASSIFIED THEM TO TEACHER SALARY ACCOUNT CODES.  AUTHORITIES ALSO UNCOVERED PERSONAL PURCHASES ON THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT'S WALMART CREDIT CARDS.  THESE PURCHASES INCLUDED 77 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GIFT CARDS AND 58 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GROCERIES AND PERSONAL ITEMS.  THE CARDS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE FORMER GENERAL PURPOSE SCHOOL FUND BOOKKEEPER.  SCHOOL LEADERS INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED NEW CHECKS AND BALANCES TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE.  FOR THE COMPLETE NVESTIGATION REPORT, VISIT THE WEBSITE COMPTROLLER.TN.GOV. 

 

 

(JULY 29, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SERCURITY IS SEEKING RE-ACCREDITATION FOR THE AGENCY.  THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WILL CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT NEXT MONTH TO EXAMINE ALL ASPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL BY EXAMINING THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICY AND PROCEDURES, MANAGEMENT, OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.  AS PART OF THE ON-SITE ASSESSMENT, DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY MAY OFFER COMMENTS BY PHONE TO THE ASSESSORS.  COMMENTS MAY BE CALLED IN ON AUGUST 11TH FROM 3 TO 5 P-M BY CALLING 615-251-6321.  PHONE COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO 10 MINUTES AND MUST ADDRESS THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO COMPLY WITH SPECIFIC STANDARDS.  A COPY OF THE STANDARDS IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT EACH T-H-P DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS IN THE STATE.  LOCATIONS AND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EACH DISTRICT OFFICE ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT TN.GOV/SAFETY. 

 

 

(JULY 29, 2014)  THE CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG ADVISES MOTORISTS THAT ROAD WORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON JOHN'S ALLEY THIS WEEK.  ON THURSDAY, JOHN'S ALLEY, LOCATED BEHIND NEAL FUNERAL HOME AND THE CROCKETT THEATER, WILL BE MILLED IN PREPARATION FOR REPAVING.  PASSAGE WILL BE LIMITED TO MOTORISTS ALL DAY. 

 

 

(JULY 29, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL DURING THIS YEAR'S GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP.  ACCORDING TO MEMBERS OF THE KEEP TENNESSEE BEAUTIFUL CAMPAIGN, 200 VOLUNTEERS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY COLLECTED A TOTAL OF 24,098 POUNDS OF TRASH.  ORGANIZERS EXPECT 100 PERCENT COUNTY PARTICIPATION DURING THIS YEAR'S GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE KEEPTNBEAUTIFUL.ORG.   

 

 

(JULY 28, 2014)  MANY PARENTS PAY FOR CHILDCARE OR DAY CAMPS IN THE SUMMER WHILE YOU WORK AND THE COSTS MAY QUALIFY FOR A FEDERAL TAX CREDIT THAT CAN LOWER YOUR TAXES.  TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE CREDIT: YOUR EXPENSES MUST BE FOR THE CARE OF ONE OR MORE QUALIFIED CHILDREN.  KIDS 13 AND UNDER USUALLY QUALIFY.  YOUR EXPENSES FOR CARE MUST BE WORK-RELATED.  THIS MEANS YOU MUST PAY FOR THE CARE SO YOU CAN WORK OR LOOK FOR WORK.  YOU MUST HAVE EARNED INCOME SUCH AS FROM WAGES, SALARIES AND TIPS.  THIS ALSO INCLUDES NET EARNINGS FROM SELF-EMPLOYMENT.  YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR THE CREDIT WHETHER YOU PAY FOR CARE AT HOME, A DAYCARE FACILITY OR AT A DAY CAMP.  THE CREDIT IS A PERCENTAGE OF THE QUALIFIED EXPENSES YOU PAY.  THE TOTAL EXPENSE THAT YOU CAN USE FOR THE CREDIT IN A YEAR IS LIMITED TO 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ONE CHILD OR 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR 2 OR MORE.  OVERNIGHT CAMP OR SUMMER SCHOOL TUTORING COSTS DO NOT QUALIFY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE IRS.GOV.

 

 

(JULY 28, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS WHO PRE-REGISTERED IN THE SPRING WITH THEIR FALL 2014 ACADEMIC SCHEDULES THIS WEEK.  ON TUESDAY SENIORS WILL PICK UP SCHEDULES FROM 8:15 TO 11 AND JUNIORS FROM 1 TO 3.  ON WEDNESDAY, SOPHOMORES WILL PICK UP SCHEDULES FROM 8:15 TO 11:15.  ANY 10TH, 11TH OR 12TH GRADER WHO MISSED THEIR SCHEDULED TIME MAY PICK UP SCHEDULES ON THURSDAY, FROM 1:15 TO 2:45.  FRESHMAN MAY TOUR THE CAMPUS AND PICK UP SCHEDULES THURSDAY, FROM 8:30 TO 11 AND FROM 3:30 TO 6.  A FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING WILL ALSO BE HELD THURSDAY, AT 6:15 IN THE CAFETERIA.  NEW STUDENTS TO L-C-H-S MAY REGISTER FOR CLASSES ON MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH FROM 9 TO 11:30 AND FROM 1 TO 3.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE SCHOOL MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 9 TO 2 AT 762-9412.  

 

 

(JULY 28, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION ON TUESDAY.  THE MEETING WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 5 IN THE COMMISSION ROOM AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

 

 

(JULY 25, 2014)  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS UP IN ALL TENNESSEE COUNTIES LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE JOBLESS RATE INCREASED IN ALL 95 COUNTIES IN JUNE.  LAWRENCE COUNTY'S RATE WENT FROM 9 PERCENT IN MAY TO 10 POINT 4 IN JUNE.  GILES COUNTY JUMPED FROM 6 POINT 6 PERCENT IN MAY TO 7 POINT 7 IN JUNE.  MAURY COUNTY ROSE FROM 6 POINT 5 PERCENT IN MAY TO 7 POINT 5 IN JUNE AND WAYNE COUNTY INCREASED FROM 9 POINT 7 PERCENT IN MAY TO 11 PERCENT IN JUNE.  THE STATE'S HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR LAST MONTH WAS POSTED IN SCOTT COUNTY AT 14 POINT 2 PERCENT.  THE LOWEST WAS IN LINCOLN COUNTY AT 5 POINT 2 PERCENT.

 

 

(JULY 25, 2014)  FLORENCE, ALABAMA POLICE ARRESTED A COUPLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR LEAVING THEIR BABY ALONE IN A STROLLER IN A HOTEL PARKING LOT.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, 24 YEAR-OLD EMILY ROSE ANDREWS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND HER HUSBAND 23 YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS WADE TORRO OF FLORENCE, WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OFF OF FLORENCE BOULEVARD AROUND 10 P-M.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THAT THE COUPLE WAS INSIDE THE HOTEL FIGHTING AND THE FEMALE WAS HITTING THE MALE WHILE THE 3 MONTH-OLD CHILD WAS FOUND IN THE PARKING LOT.  THE PAIR HAD APPARENTLY BEEN DRINKING, GOT INTO A FIGHT AND FORGOT ABOUT THE BABY OUTSIDE IN THE STROLLER.  ANDREWS WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION.  TORRO WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION.  THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES TOOK CUSTODY OF THE INFANT.

 

 

(JULY 25, 2014)  STATE OFFICIALS HAVE DECIDED TO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF GRANT MONEY RECENTLY AWARDED TO THE CITY OF LORETTO FOR A NEW POOL.  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION RECREATION EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DIRECTOR GERALD PARISH NOTIFIED THE CITY OF LORETTO THIS WEEK THAT THEIR PARKS AND RECREATION FUND GRANT HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 125 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  ALONG WITH THE REQUIRED MATCH BY THE CITY, THE TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE POOL PROJECT IS 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  LORETTO MAYOR JESSE TURNER INDICATED THAT WITH THE INCREASED FUNDS, THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A FACILITY THAT WILL SERVE LORETTO WELL AND WILL BE A FOCAL POINT FOR THE CITY.  THE INITIAL GRANT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE LAST WEEK DURING A VISIT TO LAWRENCE COUNTY BY GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM.


(JULY 24, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  THE BRIEF AGENDA INCLUDED A ZONING CHANGE FOR PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET TO COMMERCIAL FROM RESIDENTIAL.  AFTER NO COMMENTS WERE MADE ON THE MATTER DURING A PUBLIC HEARING, THE BOARD APPROVED THE CHANGE ON SECOND AND FINAL READING.  THE COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED TWO RESOLUTIONS CONCERNING GRANT FUNDS.  ONE IS A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT ROTARY PARK.  THE 100 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT WILL BE USED FOR RENOVATIONS TO IMPROVE SECURITY AND A-D-A COMPLIANCE.  THE OTHER GRANT IS TO APPLY FOR 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS THRU THE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS WITH A 5 THOUSAND DOLLAR MATCH FROM THE CITY TO BE USED FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT.

 

 

(JULY 24, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL PARTICIPATE IN LIVE FIRE TRAINING DRILLS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AT THE OLD MURRAY TEST BASE ON HIGHWAY 43 NORTH.  PERSONNEL WILL BE USING SMOKE AND FIRE IN AN OLD HOUSE SET FOR DEMOLITION TO TRAIN FOR LIFE SAFETY DRILLS FOR FIREFIGHTERS AS WELL AS TO BETTER SERVE THE PUBLIC.  TRAINING WILL BE CONDUCTED NEXT MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 2 TO 10 P-M, MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH AND MONDAY AUGUST 11TH FROM 6 TO 10 P-M.  ON THE LAST NIGHT OF TRAINING TUESDAY, AUGUST 12TH, THE STRUCTURE WILL BE ALLOWED TO BURN COMPLETELY AS PART OF THE DEMOLITION PROCESS.  FIRE CREWS WILL REMAIN ON SITE THRU-OUT THE PROCESS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL SURROUNDING CITIZENS AND PROPERTY.

 

 

(JULY 24, 2014)  THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS DESIGNATED LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTIES AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE RAIN, FLOODING, WIND AND HAIL THAT OCCURRED FROM JUNE 5TH THRU JUNE 12TH.  THE NATURAL DISASTER DECLARATION WAS MADE WEDNESDAY AND IT MAKES ALL QUALIFIED FARM OPERATORS IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS ELIGIBLE FOR LOW INTEREST EMERGENCY LOANS FROM THE USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY.  FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARSHALL, MAURY AND WAYNE COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE AND LAUDERDALE AND LIMESTONE COUNTIES IN ALABAMA ALSO QUALIFY FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE DISASTER DECLARED AREAS.  FURTHER INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES IS AVAILABLE AT LOCAL U-S-D-A SERVICE CENTERS OR ONLINE AT DISASTER.FSA.USDA.GOV. 

 

 

(JULY 24, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR FRIDAY, AUGUST 1ST FROM 9 TO 1 TO FILL OPENINGS AT A MAURY COUNTY COMPANY.  IBEX GLOBAL IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 100 POSITIONS INCLUDING TECHNICAL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES AND SALES TO HANDLE IN-BOUND PHONE CALLS.  A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D IS REQUIRED.  THE SALARY IS 10 DOLLARS PER HOUR THRU TRAINING AND 11 DOLLARS PER HOUR UPON GRADUATION.  JOB CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING RESUMES, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS AND TO INTERVIEW.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 



(JULY 23, 2014)  A GILES COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER POLITICIANS.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 45 YEAR-OLD JIMMIE JOHNSON OF ARDMORE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SATURDAY.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THAT JOHNSON LEFT HIS NAME AND PROFANITY-LACED THREATENING VOICE MAIL MESSAGES WITH THE STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY ON JULY 11TH AND 12TH.  THE MESSAGES INCLUDED THREATS TO KILL PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY AND U-S REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN.  COURT PAPERWORK INDICATES THAT THE SUSPECT ADMITTED TO MAKING THE CALLS.  JOHNSON WILL APPEAR IN COURT THURSDAY ON ONE CHARGE OF HARASSMENT ALONG WITH A 2012 D-U-I CHARGE.  HE IS BEING HELD IN A NASHVILLE JAIL ON 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

 

 

(JULY 23, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY (THIS) MORNING.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES A PUBLIC HEARING ON A REZONING ORDINANCE AND SECOND AND FINAL READING ON THE ORDINANCE TO REZONE PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET FROM RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER RESOLUTIONS TO ENTER INTO A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT ROTARY PARK AND TO APPLY FOR A GRANT WITH THE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS TO UPGRADE POLICE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT.  THE MEETING WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. 

 

 

(JULY 23, 2014)  A COUPLE OF AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES WILL BE HELD IN THE AREA IN THE NEXT WEEK.  ELIGIBLE DONORS MAY GIVE BLOOD FRIDAY FROM 1 TO 6 AT RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND MONDAY FROM NOON TO 6 AT THE PULASKI REC CENTER.  WALK-INS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME BUT APPOINTMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED.  TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG.

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  FLORENCE POLICE ARRESTED TWO GEORGIA MEN FOR TRAFFICKING METH FOLLOWING A SATURDAY NIGHT TRAFFIC STOP.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, POLICE STOPPED A CAR ON U-S 72 JUST WEST OF SHOALS CREEK BRIDGE FOR A BROKEN TAILLIGHT.  THE VEHICLE'S OCCUPANTS, 27 YEAR-OLD CHANEY TYLER HANKINS OF WHITE, GEORGIA AND 23 YEAR-OLD BRUCE EDWARD HOWARD OF CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA, APPEARED TO BECOME NERVOUS DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP.  A POLICE CANINE ALERTED OFFICERS TO DRUGS UNDER THE CAR SEAT AND A SEARCH REVEALED 11 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN A TUPPERWARE DISH.  THE SUBSTANCE WAS IDENTIFIED AS ICE, A PURE FORM OF METH, WITH A STREET VALUE OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HANKINS IS BEING HELD IN THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY JAIL ON 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND HOWARD WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF BOND.  TRAFFIC OF METH IS A CLASS-A FELONY WITH A POSSIBLE SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS TO LIFE.  

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  TENNESSEE HAS MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ANNUAL KIDS COUNT NATIONAL DATA BOOK RANKING ON CHILD WELL BEING.  TENNESSEE RANKS 36TH THIS YEAR, UP FROM THE 2013 RANK OF 39TH.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE BARRY DOSS, THE STATE IS ALSO AMONG THE FIVE STATES WITH THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS IN OVERALL RANKINGS FROM 2013 TO 2014.  THE DATA BOOK RATES STATES ON FOUR DOMAINS: ECONOMIC WELL BEING, EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.  WHEN THE MOST RECENT DATA WAS COMPARED TO DATA FROM 2005, TENNESSEE IMPROVED ON 10 OF 16 MEASURES; WORSENED ON 5 AND REMAINED THE SAME ON 1.  OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH INDICATE THAT GOOD PUBLIC POLICIES AND WISE INVESTMENTS IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OVERALL WELL BEING OF THE STATE'S CHILDREN. 

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  A PUBLIC HEARING FOR A REZONING REQUEST IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL BE HELD THURSDAY.   THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO CONSIDER A CHANGE TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO REZONE PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET AS C-3 GENERAL COMMERCIAL FROM R-3 MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.  THE REZONE WILL ALLOW FOR THE USE OF ALL THE PARCELS INVOLVED AS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.  THE HEARING WILL BE HELD AT 8:30 A-M IN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2014-2015 FIRST FARMERS PERFORMANCE SERIES SEASON.  14 TIME GRAMMY WINNER RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER WILL OPEN THE SEASON OCTOBER 2ND.  NOVEMBER 6TH WILL FEATURE AN EVENING IN THE ROUND WITH ACOUSTIC MUSIC FROM LINDA DAVIS, LANG SCOTT AND BILL WHYTE.  THE BLUE SKY RIDERS WILL ENTERTAIN ON DECEMBER 4TH, MAC MCANALLY ON FEBRUARY 12TH, THE ANNIE MOSES BAND ON MARCH 12TH AND THE COLUMBIA STATE SPRING MUSICAL WILL CLOSE OUT THE SERIES ON APRIL 23RD.  SEASON TICKET SALES BEGIN JULY 31ST AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR 115 DOLLARS.  CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO VISIT THE CHERRY THEATER AND CHOOSE THEIR SEATS DURING THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF TICKET SALES.  CHOOSE SEATS ON JULY 31ST FROM 1 TO 6, AUGUST 1ST FROM 8 TO 1, AUGUST 4TH FROM 1 TO 6 AND AUGUST 5TH FROM 8 TO 1.  AFTER THESE DATES, SEASON TICKETS MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE SEATING CHART IN THE TICKET OFFICE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4.  INDIVIDUAL TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 19TH AND ARE 25 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 15 DOLLARS FOR STUDENTS.  ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7 P-M IN THE CHERRY THEATER LOCATED IN THE WAYMON HICKMAN BUILDING ON THE COLUMBIA CAMPUS.

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  FLORENCE POLICE ARRESTED TWO GEORGIA MEN FOR TRAFFICKING METH FOLLOWING A SATURDAY NIGHT TRAFFIC STOP.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, POLICE STOPPED A CAR ON U-S 72 JUST WEST OF SHOALS CREEK BRIDGE FOR A BROKEN TAILLIGHT.  THE VEHICLE'S OCCUPANTS, 27 YEAR-OLD CHANEY TYLER HANKINS OF WHITE, GEORGIA AND 23 YEAR-OLD BRUCE EDWARD HOWARD OF CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA, APPEARED TO BECOME NERVOUS DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP.  A POLICE CANINE ALERTED OFFICERS TO DRUGS UNDER THE CAR SEAT AND A SEARCH REVEALED 11 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN A TUPPERWARE DISH.  THE SUBSTANCE WAS IDENTIFIED AS ICE, A PURE FORM OF METH, WITH A STREET VALUE OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HANKINS IS BEING HELD IN THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY JAIL ON 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND HOWARD WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF BOND.  TRAFFIC OF METH IS A CLASS-A FELONY WITH A POSSIBLE SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS TO LIFE.  

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  TENNESSEE HAS MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ANNUAL KIDS COUNT NATIONAL DATA BOOK RANKING ON CHILD WELL BEING.  TENNESSEE RANKS 36TH THIS YEAR, UP FROM THE 2013 RANK OF 39TH.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE BARRY DOSS, THE STATE IS ALSO AMONG THE FIVE STATES WITH THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS IN OVERALL RANKINGS FROM 2013 TO 2014.  THE DATA BOOK RATES STATES ON FOUR DOMAINS: ECONOMIC WELL BEING, EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.  WHEN THE MOST RECENT DATA WAS COMPARED TO DATA FROM 2005, TENNESSEE IMPROVED ON 10 OF 16 MEASURES; WORSENED ON 5 AND REMAINED THE SAME ON 1.  OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH INDICATE THAT GOOD PUBLIC POLICIES AND WISE INVESTMENTS IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OVERALL WELL BEING OF THE STATE'S CHILDREN. 

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  A PUBLIC HEARING FOR A REZONING REQUEST IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL BE HELD THURSDAY.   THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO CONSIDER A CHANGE TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO REZONE PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET AS C-3 GENERAL COMMERCIAL FROM R-3 MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.  THE REZONE WILL ALLOW FOR THE USE OF ALL THE PARCELS INVOLVED AS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.  THE HEARING WILL BE HELD AT 8:30 A-M IN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

 

 

(JULY 22, 2014)  COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2014-2015 FIRST FARMERS PERFORMANCE SERIES SEASON.  14 TIME GRAMMY WINNER RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER WILL OPEN THE SEASON OCTOBER 2ND.  NOVEMBER 6TH WILL FEATURE AN EVENING IN THE ROUND WITH ACOUSTIC MUSIC FROM LINDA DAVIS, LANG SCOTT AND BILL WHYTE.  THE BLUE SKY RIDERS WILL ENTERTAIN ON DECEMBER 4TH, MAC MCANALLY ON FEBRUARY 12TH, THE ANNIE MOSES BAND ON MARCH 12TH AND THE COLUMBIA STATE SPRING MUSICAL WILL CLOSE OUT THE SERIES ON APRIL 23RD.  SEASON TICKET SALES BEGIN JULY 31ST AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR 115 DOLLARS.  CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO VISIT THE CHERRY THEATER AND CHOOSE THEIR SEATS DURING THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF TICKET SALES.  CHOOSE SEATS ON JULY 31ST FROM 1 TO 6, AUGUST 1ST FROM 8 TO 1, AUGUST 4TH FROM 1 TO 6 AND AUGUST 5TH FROM 8 TO 1.  AFTER THESE DATES, SEASON TICKETS MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE SEATING CHART IN THE TICKET OFFICE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4.  INDIVIDUAL TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 19TH AND ARE 25 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 15 DOLLARS FOR STUDENTS.  ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7 P-M IN THE CHERRY THEATER LOCATED IN THE WAYMON HICKMAN BUILDING ON THE COLUMBIA CAMPUS.

 

 

(JULY 21, 2014)  TWO MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF A LINDEN WOMAN.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, A JOINT INVESTIGATION WITH THE T-B-I AND THE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF TWO SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF 25 YEAR-OLD BRITTANY LYNN SIMPSON IN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY THOUGHT TO BE A CASE OF HIT AND RUN.  ON THE NIGHT OF JULY 10TH, THE T-H-P WAS DISPATCHED TO A POSSIBLE HIT AND RUN OF A PEDESTRIAN ON HIGHWAY 412 EAST IN DARDEN.  AUTHORITIES FOUND SIMPSON IN THE LEFT LANE WITH SEVERE INJURIES.  SHE WAS AIRLIFTED FROM THE SCENE BUT DIED FROM HER INJURIES.  ON WEDNESDAY, INVESTIGATORS DEVELOPED INFORMATION WHICH LED THEM TO IDENTIFY 28 YEAR-OLD JUAN CARLOS RAMIREZ AND 40 YEAR-OLD LUIS GALVAN MENDOZA AS THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR SIMPSON'S DEATH.  INVESTIGATORS INDICATED THAT BOTH SUSPECTS HELD THE VICTIM AGAINST HER WILL AND SIMPSON WAS EITHER PUSHED OR FELL FROM RAMIREZ'S FORD F-150 TRUCK.  ON THURSDAY, BOTH SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AND FELONY MURDER.  THEY ARE BEING HELD IN THE HENDERSON COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

 

 

(JULY 21, 2014)  CUSTOMERS OF THE CITY OF PULASKI NATURAL GAS, WATER, SEWER AND SOLID WASTE COLLECTION WILL RECEIVE BILLS FROM THE CITY RATHER THAN PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM BEGINNING THIS MONTH.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY, A T-V-A MANDATE REQUIRES P-E-S TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THEIR CHARGES TO THE CITY FOR UTILITY BILLING SERVICES.  DUE TO THE MANDATE, THE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMAN HAS VOTED TO PERFORM THE SERVICES AT CITY HALL TO MAINTAIN THE LOWEST RATES POSSIBLE FOR ALL UTILITY RATE PAYERS.  EFFECTIVE WITH THE JULY 2014 INVOICE, NATURAL GAS, WATER, SEWER AND SANITATION BILLS WILL BE ISSUED FROM CITY HALL.  CITY OF PULASKI CUSTOMERS WILL RECEIVE A POST CARD SIZED UTILITY BILL AND THE NEW BILLS CAN BE PAID WITH CASH, CHECK, DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD AT CITY HALL MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4.  PAYMENTS MAY ALSO BE MADE AT PARTICIPATING LOCAL BANKS.  ONLINE PAYMENTS ARE BEING SET UP AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE AT PULASKI-TN.COM.  CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO SET UP AN AUTOMATIC BANK DRAFT TO PAY THEIR BILL.  CONTACT THE CITY FOR THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK.  IF YOU HAVE AN AMOUNT DUE OR PAST DUE AMOUNT ON YOUR ACCOUNT PRIOR TO THE JULY BILL, THIS PAYMENT WILL BE COLLECTED AT PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CHANGES, CALL 363-2516 OR 363-1752.  

 

 

(JULY 21, 2014)  THE ANNUAL MAINSTREET LAWRENCEBURG SPONSORED JAMES D-VAUGHAN SOUTHERN GOSPEL QUARTET FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.  THE GOSPEL SINGING CARAVAN, THE CHUCK WAGON GANG, THE LEFEVRE QUARTET AND THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR THURSDAY.  FRIDAY, WELCOMES THE INSPIRATIONS, THE TRIUMPHANT QUARTET AND THE PERRYS.  SATURDAY, PERFORMERS INCLUDE BRIAN FREE AND ASSURANCE, THE MARK TRAMMELL QUARTET, GOLD CITY AND THE KINGSMEN QUARTET.  A FRIDAY, AFTERNOON MATINEE WILL FEATURE THE HARVESTERS, THE CALTONS AND THE JAMES D-VAUGHAN SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC WALK INDUCTION CEREMONY.  THE FLORIDA BOYS AND THE DOWN EAST BOYS WILL APPEAR AT A SATURDAY MATINEE.  EVENING PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7 WITH MATINEES AT 1.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE MAINSTREETLAWRENCEBURGTN.COM. 

 

 

(JULY 21, 2014)   THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST A HIRING EVENT FOR VERTAFORE TUESDAY (TODAY) FROM 9 TO 2.  THE PULASKI COMPANY IS LOOKING TO FILL SEVERAL TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT SPECIALIST POSITIONS.  APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE PROFICIENCY IN TROUBLE-SHOOTING COMPUTER HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND NETWORKS.  A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D IS REQUIRED AND A COLLEGE DEGREE IS PREFERRED.  BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  APPLICANTS MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THIS HIRING EVENT.  CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(JULY, 18, 2014)  TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS UP SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE STATE JOBLESS RATE FOR JUNE WAS 6 POINT 6 PERCENT, AN INCREASE FROM MAY'S RATE OF 6 POINT 4 PERCENT.  THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE WAS 6 POINT 1 PERCENT, DOWN FROM 6 POINT 3 IN MAY. 

 

 

(JULY 18, 2014)  PARENTS CAN SAVE MONEY ON BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING WITH TENNESSEE'S SALES TAX HOLIDAY NEXT MONTH.  TENNESSEANS CAN SHOP TAX FREE ON CERTAIN ITEMS FROM 12:01 A-M FRIDAY, AUGUST 1ST THRU 11:59 P-M SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD.  ELIGIBLE ITEMS INCLUDE SCHOOL AND ART SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING WITH A COST OF 100 DOLLARS OR LESS PER ITEM AND COMPUTERS PRICED AT 1500 DOLLARS OR LESS.  NOT ALL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX EXEMPT STATUS.  FOR A LIST OF INCLUDED ITEMS, VISIT THE STATE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE AT TN.GOV.

 

 

(JULY 18, 2014)  AREA FARMERS ARE INVITED TO THE NO-TILL FIELD DAY ON THURSDAY BEGINNING AT 7 A-M AT THE MILAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER.  TOURS WILL FOCUS ON ISSUES LIKE COVER CROPS, SOIL MANAGEMENT AND NO-TILL PRODUCTION OF CORN, COTTON AND SOYBEANS.  VISITORS CAN SEE CROP VARIETY DEMONSTRATIONS, LEARN HOW TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY FARM AND ASSEMBLE MEALS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS AT THE "FARMERS VERSUS HUNGER" TOUR.  IN ADDITION TO EDUCATIONAL TOURS, ATTENDEES CAN ENJOY A LARGE TRADESHOW OR WALK THRU THE WEST TENNESSEE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM.  PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION POINTS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS FOR CERTIFIED CROP ADVISORS WILL BE AVAILABLE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT 363-3523.

 

 

(JULY 18, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG ANIMAL SHELTER WILL HOST AN ADOPTION DAY SATURDAY (TODAY) FROM 11 TO 2.  THERE WILL BE SEVERAL PUPPIES AND ADULT DOGS AVAILABLE TO ADOPT.  THE EVENT WILL ALSO OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO TOUR THE FACILITY WHICH IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.  ANYONE LOOKING TO ADD A CANINE COMPANION TO THE FAMILY IS ENCOURAGED TO CONSIDER A SHELTER DOG.  THE SHELTER FACILITY CAN BECOME OVERCROWDED QUICKLY AND ANY DOG NOT ADOPTED FACES EUTHANASIA.  THE SHELTER IS LOCATED ON SKYLINE DRIVE JUST OFF OF HIGHWAY 64 WEST. 

 

 

(JULY 17, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS PARTNERED WITH THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO INSTITUTE A UNIQUE PHARMACEUTICAL COLLECTION PROGRAM.  A SECURE COLLECTION DROP-OFF BOX HAS BEEN LOCATED INSIDE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT VISITATION LOBBY AND CAN BE ACCESSED 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK TO COLLECT LEFT OVER MEDICATIONS.  THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PREVENT PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS FROM GETTING INTO LOCAL WATERWAYS, INTO THE HANDS OF CHILDREN AND TO ENSURE THEY ARE DISPOSED OF IN A SAFE, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER.  ITEMS THAT CAN BE TURNED IN INCLUDE: UNWANTED, OUTDATED AND EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION AND NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS; VETERINARIAN PRESCRIBED PET MEDICATIONS; UNUSED SHARP MEDICINES SUCH AS EPINEPHRINE ALLERGY INJECTIONS AND INSULIN; AND UNUSED PRICKING DEVICES FOR MONITORS WILL BE TAKEN AS LONG AS THEY ARE STILL IN THE PACKAGING AND HAVE NEVER BEEN USED.  THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE DISPOSAL AND NO PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED FROM THOSE DISPOSING MEDICINES.  THE COLLECTED ITEMS WILL BE DESTROYED PERIODICALLY AS NEEDED.   

 

 

(JULY 17, 2014)  EARLY VOTING FOR THE LAWRENCE AND GILES COUNTY GENERAL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY THRU SATURDAY, AUGUST 2ND.  THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION HAS ANNOUNCED OFFICE HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING.  THE OFFICE, IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX BASEMENT, WILL BE OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 4 AND SATURDAY FROM 8 TO NOON.  ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1ST, THE OFFICE WILL STAY OPEN AN EXTRA HOUR WITH CLOSING SCHEDULED FOR 5 P-M.  THE BALLOT FOR BOTH COUNTY ELECTIONS IS LENGTHY WHICH COULD CAUSE LONG LINES ON ELECTION DAY.  OFFICIALS RECOMMEND VOTING EARLY IF POSSIBLE.  EARLY VOTERS MUST PRESENT A PHOTO I-D ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL OR TENNESSEE STATE GOVERNMENT.  ACCEPTABLE I-D'S INCLUDE A CURRENT OR EXPIRED TENNESSEE DRIVER LICENSE WITH PHOTO, A TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY PHOTO I-D, A TENNESSEE GUN CARRY PERMIT WITH PHOTO, A U-S MILITARY PHOTO I-D OR U-S PASSPORT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE GILES COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 363-2424. 

 

 

(JULY 17, 2014)  COMMUNITY BANK OF LAWRENCE COUNTY HAS ISSUED A FRAUD ALERT.  THE BANK'S NAME AND NUMBER ARE BEING USED BY A COMPANY OFFERING TO LOWER CREDIT CARD RATES.  THESE CALLS ARE NOT FROM THE LOCAL BANK BUT ARE FROM PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO GET ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND STEAL YOUR IDENTITY.  IF YOU SEE THE PHONE NUMBER 766-6633 ON YOUR CALLER I-D, YOU ARE ADVISED NOT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBERS, YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, YOUR BIRTH DATE OR YOUR MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME.  RESIDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT CALLER I-D SERVICE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO FRAUD USING A PRACTICE KNOWN AS "CALLER I-D SPOOFING".  CALLERS CAN DELIBERATELY FALSIFY THE TELEPHONE NUMBER AND NAME RELAYED ON THE CALLER I-D TO DISGUISE THE IDENTITY OF THE CALLING PARTY.  LEGITIMATE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMMUNITY BANK OF LAWRENCE COUNTY WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR THIS PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. 

 

 

(JULY 17, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST A HIRING EVENT FOR VERTAFORE TUESDAY FROM 9 TO 2.  THE PULASKI COMPANY IS LOOKING TO FILL SEVERAL TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT SPECIALIST POSITIONS.  APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE PROFICIENCY IN TROUBLE-SHOOTING COMPUTER HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND NETWORKS.  A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D IS REQUIRED AND A COLLEGE DEGREE IS PREFERRED.  BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  APPLICANTS MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THIS HIRING EVENT.  CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(JULY 17, 2014)  TIM DOWDEN HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR 8TH DISTRICT LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONER.  DOWDEN IS A LAWRENCE COUNTY NATIVE AND HE AND HIS WIFE JENNIFER CURRENTLY LIVE IN NEW PROSPECT.  HE HAS FOUR CHILDREN AND FOUR GRANDCHILDREN.  IN ANNOUNCING HIS RUN FOR THE SEAT, DOWDEN SAID HE HAS A DESIRE TO MAKE LAWRENCE COUNTY A THRIVING COMMUNITY WITH MORE INDUSTRY, MORE RECREATION AND MORE CHOICES FOR SHOPPING AND DINING NOT ONLY FOR ADULTS BUT ALSO FOR CHILDREN.  HE INDICATED HIS ATTENTION AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER WOULD BE ON EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVING ROADS.  THE COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD AUGUST 7TH. 

 

 

(JULY 16, 2014)  THE 65TH ANNUAL GILES COUNTY FAIR PRESENTED BY THE PULASKI LIONS CLUB WILL BE HELD AUGUST 6TH THRU 10TH AT THE GILES COUNTY AGRI-PARK.  THIS YEAR'S FAIR WILL INCLUDE THE AMUSEMENT OF AMERICA CARNIVAL, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS IN CONCERT, DEMOLITION DERBY ACTION, CHAMPIONSHIP MUD RACING, LOCAL MUSICAL TALENT, ADULT AND YOUTH BEEF SHOWS, COMMERCIAL EXHIBITS, LOTS OF FOOD AND MORE.  COUNTY RESIDENTS MAY ALSO ENTER A VARIETY OF HOMEMADE OR HOME GROWN PRODUCTS AND EXHIBITS IN THE 4-H AND OTHER YOUTH DEPARTMENT, THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT.  2014 FAIR CATALOGS WITH A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE GILES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE OR ONLINE AT GILES.TENNESSEE.EDU.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 363-3523.

 

 

(JULY 16, 2014)  GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM WILL VISIT LAWRENCEBURG THIS WEEK.  HASLAM WILL ATTEND AN EVENT THURSDAY (TODAY) AT 10:45 ON THE SQUARE TO ANNOUNCE SOME EXCITING NEWS CONCERNING PARKS AND RECREATION GRANT FUNDS FOR THE CITIES OF LAWRENCEBURG AND LORETTO.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES ALL MEMBERS TO ATTEND.

 

 

(JULY 16, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER WILL HOST A JOB FAIR THURSDAY FROM 9 TO 4.  BURGER KING IS LOOKING FOR ENTRY LEVEL TEAM MEMBERS AND HOURLY SHIFT MANAGERS.  THE ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS REQUIRE NO PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE.  THE SUPERVISOR POSITION REQUIRES CANDIDATES TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN A FAST PACED ENVIRONMENT AND WORK WELL UNDER PRESSURE; THE ABILITY TO SUPERVISE, TRAIN, GUIDE AND HELP OTHERS ON THE TEAM; A MINIMUM AGE OF 18 WITH A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE.  PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(JULY 16, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS MONTH.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JULY 29TH AT 5 IN THE COMMISSION ROOM AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

 

 

(JULY 15, 2014)  THE GOVERNOR'S HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT SEAT BELT USAGE WAS UP FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE SEAT BELT USE OBSERVED STATEWIDE LAST MONTH WAS 87 POINT 7 PERCENT, UP FROM 84 POINT 6 PERCENT THE PREVIOUS MONTH.  THE SEAT BELT SURVEY IS PERFORMED BY THE UNIVERISITY OF TENNESSEE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH AND IS CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS.  T-H-P OFFICIALS ALSO NOTED THAT THE STATE'S PERCENTAGE OF UNRESTRAINED FATALITIES IS AT A FIVE YEAR LOW.  AS OF JULY 14TH, 476 PEOPLE HAVE DIED ON TENNESSEE ROADWAYS, A DECREASE OF 29 DEATHS AS COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME PERIOD IN 2013.  TO DATE, 49 POINT 7 PERCENT OF THOSE FATALITIES HAVE BEEN UNRESTRAINED MOTORISTS.

 

 

(JULY 15, 2014)  A PULASKI MAN FACES A NUMBER OF CHARGES FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT LAST MONDAY IN LAWRENCEBURG.  ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, OFFICERS WITNESSED A MAN ON A MOTORCYCLE TEXTING AND DRIVING ON REMKE AVENUE AND INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP.  THE SUSPECT, 23 YEAR-OLD DERICO SHARON BROWN, RAN FROM POLICE AND AFTER A SHORT PURSUIT THEY LOST SIGHT OF THE SUSPECT.  DURING THE CHASE, BROWN HAD THROWN DOWN A FRENCH FRY CONTAINER FROM A LOCAL RESTAURANT.  AN EMPLOYEE AT THE BUSINESS WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT TO POLICE.  AUTHORITIES RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT BROWN WORKED AT A HELTON DRIVE FACTORY AND THE SUSPECT WAS LOCATED THERE A SHORT TIME LATER.  WHILE TRYING TO PLACE HIM UNDER ARREST, BROWN RESISTED OFFICERS AND TRIED, UNSUCCESSFULLY, TO RUN AWAY.  A SUBSEQUENT SEARCH OF THE SUSPECT REVEALED PILLS IN HIS POCKETS.  BROWN WAS CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, RESISTING ARREST, SIMPLE POSSESSION AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA.  HE WAS ISSUED A 19 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OCTOBER 3RD.

 

 

(JULY 15, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON STALKING CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED A REPORT ON JULY 2ND ABOUT INCIDENTS INVOLVING 66 YEAR-OLD KENNETH G. MOORE ALLEGEDLY STALKING A FEMALE CO-WORKER.  THE VICTIM INDICATED THAT MOORE HAD FOLLOWED HER AROUND WORK AND THEN BEGAN FOLLOWING HER OUTSIDE OF WORK, EVEN WHILE THE VICTIM WAS OUT WITH HER MOTHER AND DAUGHTER.  SHE SAID THAT THE SUSPECT THEN BEGAN TO INTIMIDATE CUSTOMERS AT WORK THAT SPOKE HER AND SHE ALERTED A MANAGER.  THE MANAGER THEN WITNESSED MOORE BREAK THRU A LOCKED BATHROOM DOOR TO GET TO THE VICTIM.  MOORE WAS TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM THE VICTIM BUT WAS REPEATEDLY OBSERVED ON THE PREMISIS BY OTHER EMPLOYEES.  A STALKING WARRANT WAS ISSUED AND MOORE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON FRIDAY.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.      

 

 

(JULY 15, 2014)  A LEOMA MAN WANTED FOR CAR THEFT HAS RACKED UP SOME ADDITIONAL CHARGES.  REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT OFFICERS WENT TO THE BARNETT DRIVE RESIDENCE OF 34 YEAR-OLD KENNETH BRANNON OLIVE ON FRIDAY TO SERVE WARRANTS FOR STEALING A CAR FROM A LAWRENCEBURG CAR DEALER AND THEN CRASHING THE VEHICLE.  WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, A MAN WAS IN THE DRIVEWAY AND THE OFFICERS ASKED IF HE WAS OLIVE AND THE SUSPECT REPLIED "NO".  A FRIEND ALSO ON THE PREMISIS IDENTIFIED THE OTHER MAN AS THE SUSPECT AND OLIVE WAS PLACED INTO CUSTODY.  A SEARCH OF THE SUSPECT REVEALED SOME PILLS IN HIS POCKET.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A LEGEND DRUG AND FALSE REPORT ALONG WITH VANDALISM AND THEFT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  OLIVE IS BEING HELD ON 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH. 

 

 

(JULY 15, 2014)  A JOB FAIR WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 10 A-M AT THE TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER ON MAHR AVENUE IN LAWRENCEBURG.  QUALITY INSPECTORS ARE NEEDED FOR POSITIONS AT MAGNETI MARELLI.  ALL SHIFTS ARE AVAILABLE AND THE PAY RATE IS 10 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  A DRUG SCREEN AND BACKGROUND CHECK ARE REQUIRED.  PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING TWO FORMS OF I-D.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 615-361-8806.

 

 

(JULY 14, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN ACCUSED IN A MARCH 2013 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CASE HAS ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TO LESSER CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BOTTOMS, 37 YEAR-OLD MISTI LANE RISNER ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA MONDAY TO NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AND RECKLESS HOMICIDE IN CONNECTION WITH A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF 66 YEAR-OLD CLYDE NEWTON AND 62 YEAR-OLD CARMIE NEWTON.  THE TRIAL HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO START TUESDAY.  RISNER WAS INDICTED BY THE GRAND JURY LAST SUMMER ON TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AFTER SHE CRASHED HER S-U-V INTO THE NEWTON'S MOTORCYCLE THAT WAS STOPPED ON HIGHWAY 64 WAITING FOR OTHER VEHICLES TO TURN AT THE EZELL DRIVE INTERSECTION.  LAW ENFORCEMENT INDICATED THAT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, RISNER WAS POSTING TO FACEBOOK ON HER PHONE.  AUTHORITIES SAID RISNER MADE A POST JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE CRASH AND AN UNFINISHED MESSAGE WAS FOUND ON HER PHONE AT THE CRASH SCENE.  BOTTOMS INDICATED THAT THE PLEA AGREEMENT FOR THE LESSER CHARGE WAS IN PART DUE TO A RECENT OPINION ISSUED BY THE U-S SUPREME COURT THAT A SEARCH WARRANT IS REQUIRED TO CHECK A SUSPECT'S TEXT MESSAGES.  THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE FOR THE LESSER CHARGES IS 4 YEARS.  A SENTENCING HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 21ST.   

 

 

(JULY 11, 2014)  A LOBELVILLE TEEN HAS BEEN CHARGED IN A DEADLY ARMORY SHOOTING IN PERRY COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, 15 YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER C. FARRAR WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT HIS FAMILY'S HOME ON DEPRIEST BEND DRIVE WITHOUT INCIDENT.  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE T-B-I, F-B-I, A-T-F, T-W-R-A, T-H-P AND PERRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DEVELOPED INFORMATION LINKING FARRAR WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 45 YEAR-OLD SERGEANT FIRST CLASS MICHAEL W. BRADEN AT THE PERRY COUNTY NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THE SUSPECT GAINED ACCESS TO THE ARMORY AND FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS, ONE OF WHICH STRUCK BRADEN.  AT THIS POINT, THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND MOTIVE FOR THE CRIME REMAIN PART OF THE ACTIVE INVESTIGATION AND DETAILS HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.  FARRAR IS BEING HELD IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF CRIMINAL HOMICIDE.  THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL DETERMINE WHETHER TO PURSUE A POTENTIAL TRANSFER TO ADULT COURT UPON COMPLETION OF THE T-B-I INVESTIGATION.  IF THE SUSPECT IS TRANSFERRED TO THE ADULT COURT SYSTEM, THE GRAND JURY MAY INDICT FARRAR ON FIRST DEGREE MURDER OR ANY OTHER CHARGE. 

 

 

(JULY 11, 2014)  ORGANIZERS OF THE "FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN" PROGRAM ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOS OF SOME LOCAL ARMY VETERANS IN AN EFFORT TO PUT A FACE AND A STORY TO EACH NAME ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON D-C.  THERE ARE 1,295 TENNESSEANS WHOSE NAMES ARE ON THE MEMORIAL WALL BUT PHOTOS OF ONLY 596.  THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NEEDED FOR THE MULTI-MEDIA DISPLAY AT THE NEW EDUCATION CENTER AT THE WALL, A FACILITY THAT WILL BE BUILT BETWEEN THE EXISTING WALL AND THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL.  NAMES OF LOCAL SOLDIERS WITHOUT PICTURES INCLUDE: FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY, GARY V. HALL AND KENNETH O. DICKSON BOTH OF ETHRIDGE, RANDY L. CLIFTON OF LAWRENCEBURG, DAVID H. BRADY OF LEOMA AND JERRY S. RATLIFF AND LARRY W. BURDETTE BOTH OF SUMMERTOWN.  FROM GILES COUNTY, WILLIAM L. RANDOLPH FROM ARDMORE, JAMES M. DUNNAVANT JUNIOR AND TERRY W. WILLIAMS BOTH OF LYNNVILLE, JACKIE L. WOODARD OF PROSPECT AND HOWARD P. PETTY, JOHNIE K. WOODARD, LEONARD D. CUNNINGHAM, LOWELL T. GLOSSUP AND THOMAS L. MCELROY ALL OF PULASKI.  IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF ONE OF THESE SOLDIERS, CONTACT SENATOR JOEY HENSLEY'S OFFICE IN NASHVILLE AT 615-741-3100 OR IN HOHENWALD AT 931-796-2018.

 

 

(JULY 11, 2014)  PULASKI ELECTRIC SYSTEM HAS RECEIVED COMPLAINTS RELATING TO A PHONE SCAM TARGETING RANDOM GILES COUNTIANS SEEKING PHONY PAYMENTS TO AVOID THE DISCONNECTION OF UTILITY SERVICES.  AS PART OF THE SCAM, RESIDENTS RECEIVE CALLS AND ARE TOLD TO MAKE A PAYMENT WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRE-PAID CARD WITHIN THE NEXT 45 MINUTES OR FACE DISCONNECTION.  P-E-S OFFICIALS REMIND CUSTOMERS THAT THEY WOULD NEVER CALL AND DEMAND PAYMENT USING A PRE-PAID CARD OR CUT YOUR ELECTRICITY IF A PRE-PAID CARD ISN'T USED FOR PAYMENT.  IF PES CONTACTS YOU CONCERNING BILLING QUESTIONS, THE UTILITY COMPANY WILL NEVER MAKE DEMANDS OR THREATS TO CUSTOMERS.  AND IN THE EVENT THAT PES HAS ANY TYPE OF SERVICE PROBLEM, THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS WILL INCLUDE REGULAR BILLING, NEWSPAPERS, TELEVISION AND RADIO.  IF YOU RECEIVE A QUESTIONABLE CALL FROM ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE A UTILITY EMPLOYEE DEMANDING MONEY, HANG UP AND CALL THE PES OFFICE AT 363-2522.  A PES EMPLOYEE WILL ASSIST YOU IN DETERMINING THE LEGITIMACY OF THE CALL.

 

 

(JULY 10, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A LOCAL MAN ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, 29 YEAR-OLD JACKIE PHILLIP LESTER OF LAWRENCEBURG WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WEDNESDAY IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING INCIDENT AT A LAWRENCEBURG RESIDENCE ON JULY 4TH.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THAT LESTER GOT INTO AN ALTERCATION WITH 27 YEAR-OLD JAMES AARON TAYLOR.  LESTER ALLEDGEDLY FIRED SHOTS AS TAYLOR WAS TRYING TO GET AWAY.  THE VICTIM WAS SHOT IN THE LEFT HAND AND ARM AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.  INVESTIGATORS WERE ABLE TO GATHER EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE AND RECOVERED THE WEAPON BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN USED IN THE SHOOTING.  LESTER WAS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AS WELL AS A CONVICTED FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 110 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 5TH.

 

 

(JULY 10, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  A RETIREMENT AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO ANTHONY NUGENT FOR HIS 23 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CITY SAFETY DIRECTOR TINA SOWELL WAS RECOGNIZED FOR BECOMING A CERTIFIED PLAYGROUND SAFETY INSPECTOR.  ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF DARREN GOOLSBY ALSO PRESENTED FOUR OFFICERS WITH LETTERS OF COMMENDATION FOR THEIR ROLES IN RESOLVING THE JUNE 12TH HOSTAGE INCIDENT AT C-V-S PHARMACY.  OFFICERS JASON LEE, JESSE MILLS, SAMMY MCCONNELL AND BLAKE GROOMS WERE HONORED FOR BEING FIRST ON THE SCENE AND THEIR COURAGE AND BRAVERY DURING THE STAND OFF THAT ENDED WITHOUT ANY INJURIES.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED PARTICIPATION IN A T-M-L RISK MANAGEMENT POOL SAFETY PARTNERS MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM AND A CONTRACT WITH ACCOUNTING FIRM YEARY, HOWELL AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE ANNUAL AUDIT.  A RESOLUTION FOR THE CITY TO INCREASE THE COST FOR SALE OF LOTS IN MIMOSA CEMETERY TO 400 DOLLARS PER LOT WAS AMENDED PRIOR TO APPROVAL.  THE AMENDED RESOLUTION HAS THE PRICE INCREASE TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 60 DAYS WITH A TWO PLOT MAXIMUM PURCHASE SO INTERESTED RESIDENTS CAN HAVE SOME TIME TO BUY PLOTS AT THE CURRENT PRICE. 

 

 

(JULY 9, 2014)  AROUND 10 THOUSAND MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE DISCOVERED AND SEIZED FROM PROPERTY IN SOUTHERN WAYNE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, THE WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOUND THE ILLEGAL PLANTS IN A COUPLE OF LOCATIONS NEAR COLLINWOOD ON INTERNATIONAL PAPER PROPERTY.  A HELICOPTER WAS USED TO FLY OVER THE AREA WHERE THE PLANTS WERE SPOTTED DURING ERADICATION EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNOR'S MARIJUANA TASK FORCE, THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY ESTIMATES THE STREET VALUE OF THE PLANTS AT 20 MILLION DOLLARS.  NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. 

 

 

(JULY 9, 2014)  TRAFFIC FATALITIES WERE DOWN ON STATE ROADWAYS DURING THIS YEAR'S 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, 7 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES DURING THE 96 HOUR HOLIDAY - A DECREASE FROM 19 VEHICULAR DEATHS DURING THE 2013 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY.  THIS YEAR'S FATALITIES INCLUDED 5 VEHICLE OCCUPANTS AND 2 MOTORCYCLISTS.  3 OF THE VICTIMS WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS AND 1 OF THE FATALITIES WAS ALCOHOL RELATED. 

 

 

(JULY 9, 2014)  RIPPAVILLA PLANTATION IN SPRING HILL WILL HOST THE "SWANKY PLANK VINTAGE MARKETPLACE" THIS WEEK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE HISTORIC ANTEBELLUM HOME.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY THRU SATURDAY AND WILL INCLUDE MORE THAN 80 ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE DEALERS AND ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS FROM TENNESSEE, ALABAMA, INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY AND ARKANSAS.  A SNEAK PEEK PARTY PASS FOR THURSDAY FROM 4 TO 8 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 25 DOLLARS EACH AND INCLUDES RETURN ADMISSION FOR THE OTHER DAYS AND A TOUR OF THE MANSION.  FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DOORS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 TO 6 WITH ADMISSION 7 DOLLARS PER PERSON.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE RIPPAVILLA GIFT SHOP AT 931-486-9037 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE RIPPAVILLA.ORG.

 

 

(JULY 9, 2014)  THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HAS A COUPLE OF BLOOD DRIVES SCHEDULED IN THE AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.  ELIGIBLE DONORS MAY GIVE BLOOD WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH FROM 12:30 TO 4:30 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH FROM 2 TO 6 AT NEW PROSPECT BAPTIST CHURCH.  WALK-INS ARE WELCOME BUT APPOINTMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED.  TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG.

 

 

(JULY 8, 2014)  AS TENNESSEANS HEAD TO THEIR FAVORITE CAMPSITES ON WARM WEATHER WEEKENDS, THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE URGES CAMPERS TO BE AWARE OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS IN AND AROUND TENTS AND R-V'S.  THE COLORLESS, ODORLESS GAS IS CREATED WHEN FUELS SUCH AS KEROSENE, GASOLINE, WOOD, COAL, NATURAL GAS, PROPANE, OIL AND METHANE BURN INCOMPLETELY.  CARBON MONOXIDE CAN RESULT FROM CAMPING EQUIPMENT SUCH AS GRILLS, PORTABLE GENERATORS OR OTHER FUEL-POWERED DEVICES.  RENTED R-V'S IN TENNESSEE ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAVE A FUNCTIONING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR.  THE LEGISLATION WAS PASSED AFTER 5 CAMPERS IN CLARKSVILLE DIED IN THEIR SLEEP WHEN FUMES FROM A GENERATOR SEEPED INTO THEIR RENTED R-V.  SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING MAY INCLUDE HEADACHE, NAUSEA AND DROWSINESS.  EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS OF POISONING CAN BE FATAL CAUSING DEATH WITHIN MINUTES.  THE FIRE MARSHAL OFFERS THESE TIPS TO KEEP CAMPERS SAFE: ONLY USE GRILLS OUTSIDE AWAY FROM DOORS, WINDOWS, VENTS AND OTHER SHELTER OPENINGS; NEVER USE A FUEL-POWERED LANTERN OR PORTABLE CAMPING STOVE INSIDE A TENT, CAMPER OR R-V; USE PORTABLE GENERATORS OUTDOORS IN WELL VENTILATED AREAS AND INSTALL AND MAINTAIN CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS INSIDE HOMES, CAMPERS AND R-V'S TO PROVIDE AN EARLY WARNING OF UNHEALTHY LEVELS.

 

 

(JULY 8, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR ON FRIDAY FROM 9 TO 2.  WISE STAFFING IS LOOKING TO FILL 75 TO 100 TEMPORARY TO PERMANENT POSITIONS FOR LOCAL COMPANIES.  OPENINGS INCLUDE PACKERS, ASSEMBLY, WELDERS, INDUSTRIAL PAINTERS, PLUMBERS, MACHINE OPERATORS, MAINTENANCE AND FACILITIES TECHNICIANS, CASTING PRODUCTION OPERATORS AND GENERAL LABOR POSITIONS.  PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A RESUME, PHOTO I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 762-4350. 

 

 

(JULY 8, 2014)  APPLIANCES AND MORE WERE REPORTED STOLEN FROM AN IRON CITY HOME ON THURSDAY.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIM ALERTED POLICE WHEN SHE DISCOVERED THAT SOMEONE HAD ENTERED HER GIBSON ROAD PROPERTY AND TOOK A WASHER, DRYER, WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER AND TRAIL CAMERAS.  LOSS IS ESTIMATED AT 2,100 DOLLARS.   

 

 

(JULY 7, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS STAYED BUSY FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS SUNDAY.  LORETTO FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO A WEST COMMERCE STREET HOME JUST AFTER 6 FOR A KITCHEN FIRE.  THE HOME SUSTAINED MODERATE DAMAGE AND THE OCCUPANTS WERE ASSISTED BY MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL RED CROSS.  GANDY FIREFIGHTERS SPENT PART OF THE EVENING BATTLING A CAR FIRE ON GORE ROAD AND IRON CITY FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A BLAZE AT A GIBSON STREET PROPERTY JUST BEFORE 8.  THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY INVOLVED WHEN FIRE CREWS ARRIVED AND SUSTAINED HEAVY DAMAGE.  ALL OF THE INCIDENTS REMAIN UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

 

(JULY 7, 2014)  SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL HAS ANNOUNCED THE REGISTRATION SCHEDULE FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR.  STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, PICK UP CLASS SCHEDULES AND REQUEST COURSE CHANGES AT SPECIFIED TIMES.  SENIORS WILL REGISTER TUESDAY, JULY 15TH FROM 8 TO 11, JUNIORS ON TUESDAY, JULY 15TH FROM NOON TO 3, SOPHOMORES ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH FROM 8 TO 11 AND FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH FROM NOON TO 3.  FRESHMEN OR NEW STUDENTS THAT HAVE NOT MET WITH A COUNSELOR SHOULD BRING A PARENT TO REGISTRATION.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALL NECESSARY CONTACT INFORMATION INCLUDING PARENT'S WORK NUMBERS, EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS AND MEDICAL CONTACTS.  TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST BRING A PARENT, PROOF OF RESIDENCE, TRANSCRIPTS FROM THEIR PREVIOUS SCHOOL, A WITHDRAWL FORM FROM THEIR PREVIOUS SCHOOL AND AN UPDATED SHOT RECORD.  STUDENTS MAY PURCHASE PARKING PERMITS FOR 20 DOLLARS AND STUDENT ACTIVITY CARDS WILL

 ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT REGISTRATION.

 

 

(JULY 7, 2014)  A BREAK IN WAS REPORTED OVER THE WEEKEND AT A 2ND STREET RESIDENCE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE HOME SUNDAY MORNING.  A WINDOW AIR CONDITIONING UNIT HAD BEEN PUSHED INTO THE HOME TO GAIN ENTRY AND A TELEVISION, AND TWO VIDEO GAME CONSOLES HAD BEEN STOLEN.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 850 DOLLARS.

 

 

(JULY 7, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE UPCOMING COUNTY GENERAL AND STATE PRIMARY ELECTION.  NEW REGISTRATIONS MUST BE IN BY THE DEADLINE TO CAST BALLOTS ON AUGUST 7TH.  FOR VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION, CALL THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE AT 762-7836.

 

 

(JULY 3, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY TEEN WAS AIRLIFTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, THE CRASH OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 4 P-M ON BUFFALO ROAD AT THE COMMODORE CIRCLE INTERSECTION.  THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT 14 YEAR-OLD JOHN STANCILE OF SUMMERTOWN WAS RIDING A BICYCLE DOWNHILL ON COMMODORE CIRCLE WHEN HE FAILED TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN AND CROSSED INTO THE PATH OF A 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR-OLD JACQUELINES ROSSON OF SUMMERTOWN.  BOTH STANCIL AND ROSSON ATTEMPTED TO AVOID THE COLLISION BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL AS THE BIKE COLLIDED WITH THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER OF THE CAR.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THAT STANCILE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET.  HE WAS FLOWN TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF SERIOUS INJURIES.  ROSSON WAS NOT INJURED.  THE CRASH IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE T-H-P.   

 

 

(JULY 3, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL WILL CONDUCT A HIGH-VISIBILITY ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN DURING THIS YEAR'S 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND TO KEEP MOTORISTS SAFE ON STATE ROADWAYS.  THE OFFICIAL 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD BEGAN THURSDAY MORNING AT 12:01 A-M AND CONTINUES THRU SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT.  STATE TROOPERS WILL UTILIZE A VARIETY OF TRAFFIC SAFETY TOOLS, SUCH AS DRIVERS LICENSE, SOBRIETY AND SEAT BELT CHECKPOINTS AND SATURATION PATROLS TO REDUCE SERIOUS INJURY AND FATAL CRASHES.  IN 2013, 19 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN 15 FATAL CRASHES IN TENNESSEE DURING THE 102 HOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD.  OF THOSE 19 FATALITIES, 5 WERE ALCOHOL RELATED AND 13 WERE NOT WEARING SAFETY RESTRAINTS, INCLUDING ONE CHILD PASSENGER.  ONE A-T-V RIDER ALSO DIED IN A FATAL CRASH DURING THE 2013 JULY 4TH HOLIDAY. 

 

 

(JULY 3, 2014)  DETECTIVES WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE IDENTIFIED SOME SUSPECTS IN RECENT AREA BURGLARIES.  ACCORDING TO PRESS RELEASES, AUTHORITIES GATHERED EVIDENCE IN A JUNE 25TH BURGLARY AT BUSY BEE MARKET ON BUFFALO ROAD WHERE SUSPECTS STOLE CIGARETTES VALUED AT 150 DOLLARS AND CAUSED 400 DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.  ON TUESDAY, POLICE ARRESTED 22 YEAR-OLD CHARLES CODERRO WEEKS AND 23 YEAR-OLD BILLY JOE CHAMBERS, BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG, AND CHARGED BOTH WITH BURGLARY, THEFT AND VANDALISM.  DETECTIVES HAVE ALSO LINKED CHAMBERS TO A JUNE  26TH THEFT OF A MOTORCYCLE FROM THE CARPORT OF A CLAYTON STREET RESIDENCE.  CHAMBERS HAS ALSO BEEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, THEFT OVER 500 DOLLARS AND VANDALISM FOR THIS CRIME.  HIS BOND IS 42 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THIS CASE AND 24 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE BUSINESS BURGLARY.  WEEKS IS BEING HELD ON 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  BOTH ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.  

 

 

(JULY 3, 2014)  THE ANNUAL CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS SCHEDULED FOR JUST AFTER DUSK ON FRIDAY AT BOBBY BREWER PARK.  MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE FIREWORKS BY CLASSIC ROCK BAND OVERDRIVE.  A BALL TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH THIS YEAR.  SPECTATORS ARE REMINDED THAT PARKING AT BOBBY BREWER PARK WILL BE RESTRICTED AFTER 2 P-M ON FRIDAY FOR THE FIREWORKS TO BE SET UP. 

 

 

(JULY 3, 20140  THE PULASKI PARKS DEPARTMENT WILL HOST AN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY AT 7 AT SHAREWOOD PARK.  THE GENEVIEVE ALLEN BAND WILL PERFORM AT THE AMPHITHEATER AT 8 WITH FIREWORKS SCHEDULED FOR 9.  BRING LAWN CHAIRS, NO PETS ALLOWED AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

 

 

(JULY 2, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY TEEN WAS AIRLIFTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON VEHICLE ACCIDENT.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, THE CRASH OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 4 P.M. ON BUFFALO ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMMODORE CIRCLE.  TROOPERS BELIEVE 14 YEAR OLD JOHN STANCILE OF SUMMERTOWN WAS TRAVELING ON A BICYCLE DOWNHILL ON COMMODORE CIRCLE WHEN HE FAILED TO STOP A STOP SIGN AND CROSSED INTO THE PATH OF A NISSAN ALTIMA DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD JACQUELINES ROSSON OF SUMMERTOWN.  BOTH THE DRIVER OF THE CAR AND THE BICYCLIST ATTEMPTED TO AVOID THE COLLISION BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL AS THE BIKE COLLIDED WITH THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER OF THE NISSAN.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE STANCILE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND WAS AIRLIFTED TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF HIS INJURIES.  ROSSON WAS NOT INJURED.  THE CRASH WAS INVESTIGATED BY MEMBERS OF THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.

 

 

(JULY 2, 2014)  SUMMER IS HERE AND THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES REMINDS CHILD CARE PROVIDERS LICENSED TO TRANSPORT CHILDREN OF IMPORTANT MEASURES TO KEEP KIDS SAFE.  THE TEMPERATURE IN A LOCKED VEHICLE CAN REACH POTENTIALLY DEADLY LEVELS IN JUST MINUTES.  ON AN 80 DEGREE DAY, THE TEMPERATURE INCREASES 19 DEGREES IN JUST 10 MINUTES AND 29 DEGREES IN 20 MINUTES.  FOR ANYONE SUBJECTED TO EXTREME TEMPERATURES, THE EXPERIENCE COULD PROVE FATAL - ESPECIALLY A CHILD.  A CHILD'S BODY TEMPERATURE INCREASES 3 TO 5 TIMES FASTER THAN THAT OF AN ADULT.  OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE ANYONE TRANSPORTING CHILDREN TO "LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK" TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE NOT LEFT IN HARM'S WAY.  NEVER LEAVE AN INFANT OR CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE EVEN IF THE WINDOW IS CRACKED OR YOU'RE PARKED IN THE SHADE.  PLACE AN ITEM SUCH AS YOUR WORKBAG OR PURSE NEXT TO THE CHILD'S CAR SEAT SO YOU ALWAYS CHECK THE BACK SEAT EVERY TIME YOU EXIT THE CAR.  CHILD CARE PROVIDERS NOT ADHERING TO SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WILL FACE A RANGE OF PENALTIES FROM SUSPENSION TO REVOCATION OF THEIR LICENSE.  D-H-S STAFF WILL MAKE EXTRA VISITS TO MONITOR CHILD CARE AGENCIES THIS SUMMER.  ANYONE WITNESSING A TRANSPORTATION OR OTHER CHILD-CARE VIOLATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE CHILD CARE COMPLAINT HOTLINE AT 1-800-462-8261. 

 

 

(JULY 2, 2014)  THE FOUNDER AND SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE FARM IN SUMMERTOWN HAS PASSED AWAY.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, 79 YEAR-OLD STEPHEN GASKIN DIED TUESDAY.  GASKIN, A MARINE CORPS VETERAN AND EDUCATOR, SETTLED THE 1,750 ACRE PROPERTY IN NORTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN 1971 WITH A GROUP OF "LIKE MINDED FREE THINKERS".  THE FARM IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S OLDEST SURVIVING COMMUNES.  AT ITS PEAK IN THE EARLY 1980'S, THE FARM'S POPULATION WAS AROUND 1200.  CURRENTLY, THE FARM IS HOME TO ABOUT 200 RESIDENTS. GASKIN CONTINUED TO LIVE AT THE FARM UNTIL HIS DEATH THIS WEEK.

 

 

(JULY 1, 2014)  SPRING HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVES AND NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY RANGERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A SPRING HILL MAN ON THE TRACE IN WAYNE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, SPRING HILL POLICE ISSUED A "BE ON THE LOOKOUT" ON FRIDAY FOR 47 YEAR-OLD MARTIN RICHARD TATE WHO HAD NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THURSDAY.  ON SATURDAY, PARK RANGERS DISCOVERED TATE'S VEHICLE IN THE SWEETWATER BRANCH PARKING LOT NEAR MILE MARKER 363.  TATE'S BODY WAS DISCOVERED SOON AFTER IN THE CREEK.  THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT TATE DIED AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENTAL SLIP AND FALL.  MAURY REGIONAL EMS AND WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ASSISTED WITH THE RECOVERY.  

 

 

(JULY 1, 2014)  A WARREN COUNTY POLITICAL CANDIDATE HAS BEEN INDICTED FOR PASSING BAD CHECKS TO PAY FOR CAMPAIGN SIGNS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, SPECIAL AGENTS BEGAN INVESTIGATING 26 YEAR-OLD KRISTOPHER LYNN GORE OF MCMINNVILLE ON MAY 8TH AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY.  INVESTIGATORS DEVELOPED INFORMATION THAT WHILE PURSUING A RUN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, GORE WROTE A WORTHLESS CHECK FOR 13,500 DOLLARS TO A LOCAL BUSINESS TO PAY FOR HIS CAMPAIGN SIGNS.  EVIDENCE ALSO SHOWED THAT GORE CREATED A FORGED BANK LETTER IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE ACCOUNT WAS IN GOOD STANDING.  ON JUNE 20TH, THE WARREN COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTED GORE ON FOUR COUNTS OF PASSING A WORTHLESS CHECK, FOUR COUNTS OF THEFT AND ONE COUNT OF FORGERY.  HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE WARREN COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED ON 55 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

 

 

(JULY 1, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE RECOVERED SOME PROPERTY STOLEN FROM A LOCAL CHURCH.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN ASSAULT CALL AT A HOME ON MAPLE AVENUE.  ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED HAD INFORMATION ABOUT A RECENT BURGLARY AT THE 7TH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.  A SEARCH OF THE PROPERTY UNCOVERED COMPUTER AND SOUND EQUIPMENT STOLEN LAST WEEK FROM THE BUFFALO ROAD CHURCH.  POLICE ARRESTED 34 YEAR-OLD BRIAN KEITH HOGAN OF LAWRENCEBURG FOR BURGLARY, THEFT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND VANDALISM.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 35 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(JULY 1, 2014)  THE LORETTO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMAN MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED ON SECOND READING THE 2014-2015 BUDGET AND PROPERTY TAX RATE OF .1901, THE SAME RATE AS LAST YEAR.  MEMBERS APPROVED A RECREATIONAL MASTER PLAN PROPOSAL FROM CROY ENGINEERING FOR 7500 DOLLARS.  AND A MEASURE PASSED ON FIRST READING INCREASING COURT COSTS BY 15 DOLLARS FROM 103 DOLLARS TO 118 DOLLARS PER TICKET.

 

 

(JUNE 30, 2014)  COLUMBIA POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A COUPLE OF SUSPECTS CONNECTED TO HOME INVASION ROBBERIES.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AND IDENTIFY SUSPECTS IN COLUMBIA HOME INVASIONS THAT TOOK PLACE ON MAY 27TH AND JUNE 21ST.  FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CRIMES AND WARRANTS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FOR TWO OTHERS.  SIOMARA ROJAS CARDONA, A YOUNG HISPANIC FEMALE, AND ANDRES JUNIOR ALLENDE CARDONA, A HISPANIC MALE, ARE WANTED FOR ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF THESE SUSPECTS OR THESE CRIMES IS ASKED TO CALL THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION AT 380-2721 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 381-4900. 

 

 

(JUNE 30, 2014)  MANY STUDENTS TAKE A JOB IN THE SUMMER AFTER SCHOOL LETS OUT.  IF IT'S YOUR FIRST JOB, IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORKING WORLD AND THAT INCLUDES PAYING TAXES.  THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OFFERS SOME TAX INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ENTERING THE WORKFORCE THIS SUMMER.  DON'T BE SURPRISED WHEN YOUR EMPLOYER WITHOLDS TAXES FROM YOUR PAYCHECKS AS THAT IS HOW WE PAY TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY, STATE AND NATION.  AS A NEW EMPLOYEE, YOU WILL NEED TO FILL OUT A W-4 FORM.  YOUR EMPLOYER WILL USE IT TO FIGURE HOW MUCH FEDERAL INCOME TAX TO WITHHOLD FROM YOUR PAY.  KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL TIP INCOME IS TAXABLE.  IF YOU RECEIVE TIPS, YOU MUST KEEP A DAILY LOG SO YOU CAN REPORT THEM.  MONEY YOU EARN DOING WORK FOR OTHERS IS TAXABLE AND MAY COUNT AS SELF-EMPLOYMENT.  THIS CAN INCLUDE JOBS LIKE BABYSITTING AND LAWN MOWING.  YOU MAY NOT EARN ENOUGH FROM YOUR SUMMER JOB TO OWE INCOME TAX BUT YOUR EMPLOYER USUALLY MUST WITHHOLD SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE TAXES.  YOU MAY NOT EARN ENOUGH MONEY FROM YOUR SUMMER JOB TO BE REQUIRED TO FILE A TAX RETURN BUT YOU MAY STILL WANT TO FILE.  IF YOUR EMPLOYER WITHHELD INCOME TAX FROM YOUR PAY, YOU HAVE TO FILE A RETURN TO GET YOUR TAXES REFUNDED.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TAX RULES FOR STUDENTS, VISIT THE WEBSITE IRS.GOV.

 

 

(JUNE 30, 2014)  A PUBLIC HEARING FOR A REZONING REQUEST IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL BE HELD IN THE COMING WEEKS.   THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO CONSIDER A CHANGE TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO REZONE PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET AS C-3 GENERAL COMMERCIAL FROM R-3 MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.  THE REZONE WILL ALLOW FOR THE USE OF ALL THE PARCELS INVOLVED AS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.  THE HEARING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, JULY 24TH AT 8:30 A-M IN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

 

 

(JUNE 27, 2014)  MOST TENNESSEE COUNTIES SHOWED AN INCREASE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LAST MONTH.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE JOBLESS RATE FOR MAY INCREASED IN 88 COUNTIES, DECREASED IN 5 COUNTIES AND STAYED THE SAME IN 2.  LAWRENCE COUNTY'S RATE ROSE FROM 8 POINT 5 PERCENT IN APRIL TO 9 POINT OH IN MAY.  GILES COUNTY WENT UP FROM 6 POINT 2 PERCENT IN APRIL TO 6 POINT 6 IN MAY.  MAURY COUNTY JUMPED FROM 6 POINT 1 PERCENT IN APRIL TO 6 POINT 5 IN MAY AND WAYNE COUNTY INCREASED FROM 9 POINT 3 PERCENT IN APRIL TO 9 POINT 7 IN MAY.  THE STATE'S HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY WAS IN SCOTT COUNTY AT 12 POINT 5 PERCENT AND THE LOWEST WAS POSTED IN LINCOLN COUNTY AT 4 POINT 4 PERCENT.

 

 

(JUNE 27, 2014)  A FLORENCE, ALABAMA COUPLE HAS PLEAD GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT TO EXPLOITING A 7 YEAR-OLD GIRL BY PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.  THE TIMES DAILY REPORTS THAT 34 YEAR-OLD PATRICIA ALLANA AYERS AND HER HUSBAND, 42 YEAR-OLD MATTHEW DAVID AYERS, ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS IN A BIRMINGHAM COURTROOM THURSDAY.  PATRICIA AYERS PLEAD GUILTY TO 53 COUNTS OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND MATTHEW AYERS PLEAD GUILTY TO 25 COUNTS OF THE SAME CHARGE.  THE COUPLE WAS ARRESTED IN JANUARY 2013 BY LAUDERDALE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND WERE INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN MAY.  PATRICIA AYERS WAS ARRESTED JANUARY 4TH AFTER PHOTOS OF THE CHILD WERE FOUND ON HER COMPUTER.  MATTHEW AYERS WAS ARRESTED A WEEK LATER AFTER A FORENSICS EXPERT FOUND AN EXPLICIT PHOTO OF THE COUPLE WITH THE GIRL ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME.  EVIDENCE SEIZED IN THE CASE INDICATED NUDE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF THE CHILD AND WERE TAKEN IN THE COUPLE'S HOUSE.  FEDERAL OFFICIALS INDICATE THE PAIR COULD FACE A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 30 YEARS IN PRISON AND A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE PER COUNT.  A SENTENCING DATE FOR THE FEDERAL CHARGES IS PENDING.  THE COUPLE ALSO FACES OTHER CHARGES.  THEY WERE INDICTED BY THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY GRAND JURY IN NOVEMBER AND STILL FACE LOCAL CHARGES INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, ALLOWING A CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN CHILD PORN, FIRST DEGREE RAPE OF A CHILD UNDER 12 AND OTHER SEXUAL RELATED CHARGES.  THE COUPLE IS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE U-S MARSHALS OFFICE AWAITING SENTENCING.

 

 

(JUNE 27, 2014)  BURGLARS AND VANDALS CONTINUE TO KEEP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BUSY IN LAWRENCEBURG.  ACCORDING TO POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE 7TH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH ON BUFFALO ROAD WEDNESDAY WHEN THE PASTOR DISCOVERED SOMEONE HAD BROKEN INTO THE CHURCH.  ENTRY WAS MADE THRU A WINDOW AND A DESK TOP COMPUTER WAS STOLEN FROM THE OFFICE.  OTHER COMPUTERS AND THE SOUND SYSTEM IN THE SANCTUARY HAD ALSO BEEN DISCONNECTED.  EARLY WEDNESDAY, THIEVES BROKE INTO VANDIVER'S GARAGE ON BUFFALO ROAD BY PRYING APART THE TRIM AND SIDING UNDER A WINDOW.  A COMPUTER AND ANTIQUE VENDING MACHINE WERE DAMAGED.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  AND VANDALS SPRAY PAINTED YELLOW GRAFFITI ON THE BACK OF THE FIRST STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST PARSONAGE THIS WEEK.  THERE WAS ALSO GRAFFITI IN THE SAME COLOR PAINT ON A NEIGBOR'S STORAGE BUILDING AND A BASKETBALL GOAL REPORTED THURSDAY.  FIVE BUSINESSES IN THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEBURG AREA WERE BROKEN INTO LATE MONDAY AND EARLY TUESDAY.  INVESTIGATORS ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK INTO THOSE CASES AS WELL.

 

 

(JUNE 27, 2014)  THE ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PICNIC WILL BE HELD NEXT FRIDAY AT LORETTO SACRED HEART SCHOOL.  AT 8 A-M, A 5-K RUN AND ONE MILE FUN RUN WILL GET UNDERWAY AND THE COUNTRY STORE WILL OPEN.  INFLATABLES, RIDES AND GAMES FOR THE KIDS WILL BEGIN AT 10.  AT 10:30, THE MISTER AND MISS INDEPENDENCE DAY PAGEANT WILL BE HELD IN THE GYM.  GIRLS AGES BIRTH TO 18 YEARS AND BOYS FROM BIRTH TO 6 YEARS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.  CHILDREN CAN BRING THEIR DECORATED BIKES, WAGONS AND STROLLERS FOR THE PARADE AT 2.  PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR BEST DECORATIONS.  A CHICKEN AND HAM SUPPER WILL BE SERVED AT 4:30 AND AN AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 6:30.  PAGEANT APPLICATIONS MAY BE PICKED UP AT BOTH BRANCHES OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY LIBRARY, THE CHILDREN'S CLOSET, FIRST FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK IN LAWRENCEBURG AND LORETTO, GREEN'S GIFT SHOP AND LORETTO TELEPHONE COMPANY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 853-4370 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE SACREDHEARTLORETTO.COM. 



(JUNE 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  MEMBERS APPROVED A 2013-2014 BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE ON SECOND AND FINAL READING.  THE MEASURE INCLUDES BOND PROCEED REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, POLICE, FIRE, PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENTS TOTALLING MORE THAN 2 POINT 9 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE BOARD APPROVED FIRST READING ON A CHANGE IN ZONING FOR PROPERTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIRST AVENUE AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF SECOND STREET AS RECOMMENDED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION.  IF PASSED ON SECOND READING, THE ZONING WOULD CHANGE FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT TO GENERAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.  SOME OF THE AREA PARCELS ARE ALREADY USED AS COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES.  A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER WILL BE HELD JULY 24TH.  THE COUNCIL RE-APPOINTED CURTIS PETERS TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS BOARD FOR A TERM TO EXPIRE IN 2015.  BILL ELEDGE AND DIAN EZELL WERE BOTH RE-APPOINTED TO THE LIBRARY BOARD.  KATHRYN GARNER WAS ALSO APPOINTED TO THE LIBRARY BOARD WITH ALL THREE TERMS SET TO EXPIRE IN 2017.  THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED ACCEPTANCE OF THE LOW BID FROM EVERS CONSTRUCTION FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT CEILING RENOVATION PROJECT.

 

 

(JUNE 26, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS SET JUNE 27TH AS THE OFFICIAL DATE FOR THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMEMORATION CEREMONY.  ON FRIDAY, OFFICIALS WILL COMMEMORATE SINCERE REGRET TO ALL NATIVE AMERICAN NATIONS AFFECTED BY THE STATE'S PARTICIPATION IN THE INDIAN REMOVAL ACT OF 1830 AND THE SUBSEQUENT FORCED MARCH KNOWN AS THE TRAIL OF TEARS.  THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAMBER OF THE TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM 1 TO 3 AND WILL FEATURE COMMENTS BY HOUSE AND SENATE LAWMAKERS ALONG WITH TRIBAL LEADERS AND CHIEFS.  NATIVE DANCE AND MUSIC WILL ALSO BE FEATURED DURING THE PUBLIC EVENT.  ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND NATIVE AMERICANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR TRIBAL REGALIA IN HONOR OF THE HISTORIC EVENT.

 

 

(JUNE 26, 2014)  MAINSTREET LAWRENCEBURG HAS RECEIVED 2014 NATIONAL MAINSTREET ACCREDITATION.  THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION'S PERFORMANCE IS EVALUATED ANNUALLY BY THE NATIONAL MAINSTREET CENTER TO IDENTIFY PROGRAMS THAT MEET TEN PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.  LAWRENCEBURG'S MAINSTREET HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY COMMITMENT TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION.  THE NATIONAL MAINSTREET CENTER HELPS COMMUNITIES OF ALL SIZES REVITALIZE THEIR OLDER AND HISTORIC COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS. 



(JUNE 24, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM OF A SATURDAY HOMICIDE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE WOMAN WAS IDENTIFIED THRU FINGERPRINTS TAKEN DURING AUTOPSY AS 43 YEAR-OLD MICHELLE DOMINIQUE ROBINSON.  SHE WAS A NATIVE OF NORTH CAROLINA AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE COME TO LAWRENCE COUNTY AS A RESULT OF A RELATIONSHIP SHE HAD DEVELOPED WITH HER ALLEDGED KILLER, 28 YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER DESMOND SIMPSON.  SIMPSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.  THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE CONCERNED CITIZENS WHO CALLED IN WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM.       

 

 

(JUNE 25, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES SECOND AND FINAL READING OF A BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE, FIRST READING OF A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT AND RE-APPOINTMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS AND LIBRARY BOARDS.  THE MEETING WILL GET UNDERWAY THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(JUNE 25, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING INTO SEVERAL BREAK-INS AT BUSINESSES IN THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN AREA LATE MONDAY AND EARLY TUESDAY.  REPORTS INDICATE THAT OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO MCKELVEY'S FLORIST ON NORTH MILITARY AVENUE WHEN THE OWNER DISCOVERED SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE BUILDING BY TEARING OUT A REAR WINDOW.  ROLLED UP CHANGE, A COMPUTER MONITOR AND KEYBOARD HAD BEEN STOLEN.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 265 DOLLARS.  AN EMPLOYEE AT HEAVENLY PET GROOMING ON EAST GAINES STREET ALERTED POLICE THAT SOMEONE HAD ENTERED THE BUSINESS BY REMOVING A WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER.  THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WAS TAKEN AND AN INTERIOR DOOR, A GUM MACHINE, GROOMING TABLE AND CLIPPERS WERE DAMAGED.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 2,850 DOLLARS.  THE OWNER OF LAWRENCEBURG FLORIST ON NORTH MILITARY AVENUE CALLED AUTHORITIES WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT SOMEONE HAD USED A STEPPING STONE TO BREAK OUT A REAR OFFICE WINDOW.  FILING CABINET DRAWERS HAD BEEN PRIED OPEN AND A CANDY MACHINE WAS BROKEN OPEN AND THE CHANGE TAKEN.  LOSS AND DAMAGES TOTALED 400 DOLLARS.  SANDER'S AUTOMOTIVE ON NORTH COLUMBIA AVENUE WAS ALSO BURGLARIZED.  THE OWNER FOUND A WINDOW BROKEN TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE BUILDING AND CASH, A FLOOR MAT AND TOOLS WERE STOLEN.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 825 DOLLARS.  AND THE OWNER OF DEPOT STREET BARBER SHOP CALLED POLICE AFTER FINDING THAT SOMEONE HAD USED A CONCRETE BLOCK TO BREAK OPEN A REAR DOOR.  SOME PETTY CASH WAS TAKEN.  LOSS TOTALED 106 DOLLARS.

 

 

(JUNE 25, 2014)  THE ANNUAL CITY OF LAWRENCEBURG FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS SCHEDULED FOR JUST AFTER DUSK ON FRIDAY, JULY 4TH AT BOBBY BREWER PARK.  MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE FIREWORKS BY CLASSIC ROCK BAND OVERDRIVE.  A BALL TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH THIS YEAR.  SPECTATORS ARE REMINDED THAT PARKING AT BOBBY BREWER PARK WILL BE RESTRICTED AFTER 2 P-M ON JULY 4TH FOR THE FIREWORKS TO BE SET UP. 

 

 

(JUNE 25, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE GILES COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES AMENDMENTS TO THE COUNTY GENERAL AND HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BUDGETS; APPROVAL OF WATER PROJECTS IN FAIRVIEW, LYNNVILLE AND MINOR HILL; APPROPRIATIONS TO NON-PROFIT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, VARIOUS FUNDS, DEPARTMENTS, OFFICES AND AGENCIES OF GILES COUNTY; FIXING THE TAX LEVY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1ST; AND ADOPTION OF A CONTINUING BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY AT 9 A-M AT THE COURTHOUSE.

 

 

(JUNE 23, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH A WEEKEND MURDER IN WESTPOINT.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, 28 YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER DESMOND SIMPSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER.  A SEVERELY INJURED BLACK FEMALE WAS FOUND SATURDAY JUST OFF OF WISDOM ROAD AND EVIDENCE COLLECTED AT THE SCENE LINKED SIMPSON TO THE CASE.  THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER WHERE SHE DIED FROM HER INJURIES.  A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION HAS NOT BEEN MADE OF THE VICTIM AND AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO GATHER INFORMATION ON HER IDENTITY AND THE WHEREABOUTS OF ANY FAMILY MEMBERS.  INVESTIGATORS URGE ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE FEMALE'S IDENTITY OR HER RELATIONSHIP WITH SIMPSON TO CONTACT LIEUTENANT NATHAN NEESE AT 762-1608 EXTENSION 110 OR CALL LAWRENCE CENTRAL DISPATCH AT 762-0450.

 

 

(JUNE 23, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION NEXT WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES 2013-2014 COUNTY BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET AMENDMENTS, ADOPTION OF A CONTINUING BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1ST, ABANDONMENT OF A RIGHT OF WAY TO A PORTION OF HARDING PLACE ROAD AND ELECTION OF NOTARIES.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY, JUNE 30TH AT 5 IN THE COMMISSION ROOM AT THE COURTHOUSE.

 

 

(JUNE 23, 2014) 2ND DISTRICT LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON HAS ANNOUNCED HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION IN THE AUGUST GENERAL ELECTION.  JACKSON WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE POST IN 2006 AT THE AGE OF 19 AND WAS RE-ELECTED IN 2010.  HE IS A MEMBER AND CURRENT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LORETTO LIONS CLUB, SECRETARY OF THE SOUTH LAWRENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, A MEMBER OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS COMMISSION AND STATE DIRECTOR FOR THE YOUNG ELECTED OFFICIALS NETWORK FOR TENNESSEE.  IN ANNOUNCING HIS CANDIDACY, JACKSON INDICATED THAT HE RAN FOR OFFICE TO GET OUR COUNTY MOVING AFTER YEARS OF SITTING STILL.  HE BELIEVES IN THE COUNTY'S FUTURE AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO FIND WAYS TO MOVE FORWARD AND ENCOURAGE PROGRESS, NOT STAND IN ITS WAY.  JACKSON IS MARRIED TO KAILEA DANIELS JACKSON AND WORKS IN ADMINISTRATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. 

 

 

(JUNE 23, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOR A BUDGET WORK SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT 4:30 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM OF THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(JUNE 20, 2014)  A THURSDAY EVENING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED JUST AFTER 7 P-M NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 64 AND WESLEY CHAPEL ROAD.  ONE OF THE VEHICLES ROLLED OVER DURING THE IMPACT, TRAPPING ONE PERSON INSIDE THE VEHICLE FOR A TIME.  MEMBERS OF THE NEW PROSPECT, ETHRIDGE, CROSSROADS, LEOMA AND LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED.    THREE PATIENTS WERE TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT OF THEIR INJURIES.  AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACCIDENT IS UNDERWAY BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL WITH MORE INFORMATION PENDING.

 

 

(JUNE 20, 2014)  SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL HAS ANNOUNCED THE REGISTRATION SCHEDULE FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR.  STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, PICK UP CLASS SCHEDULES AND REQUEST COURSE CHANGES AT SPECIFIED TIMES.  SENIORS WILL REGISTER TUESDAY, JULY 15TH FROM 8 TO 11, JUNIORS ON TUESDAY, JULY 15TH FROM NOON TO 3, SOPHOMORES ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH FROM 8 TO 11 AND FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH FROM NOON TO 3.  FRESHMEN OR NEW STUDENTS THAT HAVE NOT MET WITH A COUNSELOR SHOULD BRING A PARENT TO REGISTRATION.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALL NECESSARY CONTACT INFORMATION INCLUDING PARENT'S WORK NUMBERS, EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS AND MEDICAL CONTACTS.  TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST BRING A PARENT, PROOF OF RESIDENCE, TRANSCRIPTS FROM THEIR PREVIOUS SCHOOL, A WITHDRAWL FORM FROM THEIR PREVIOUS SCHOOL AND AN UPDATED SHOT RECORD.  STUDENTS MAY PURCHASE PARKING PERMITS FOR 20 DOLLARS AND STUDENT ACTIVITY CARDS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT REGISTRATION.

 

 

(JUNE 20, 2014)  TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS UP SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH BUT THE RATE IS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN WHAT IT WAS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED THURSDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, THE STATE JOBLESS RATE FOR MAY WAS 6 POINT 4 PERCENT, UP FROM 6 POINT 3 IN APRIL.  THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY WAS 6 POINT 3 PERCENT, UNCHANGED FROM THE MONTH BEFORE.  OVER THE PAST YEAR, TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECREASED FROM 8 POINT 4 PERCENT TO 6 POINT 4 PERCENT. 

 

 

(JUNE 20, 2014)  WILLIAMSON COUNTY WILL WELCOME MORE THAN 1800 SENIOR ATHLETES AGES 50 AND OLDER FROM ACROSS HE STATE OVER THE NEXT WEEK FOR THE 34TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE SENIOR OLYMPICS STATE FINALS.  THE OLYMPIC STYLE COMPETITION INCLUDES SWIMMING, TRACK AND FIELD, HORSEHOES, TABLE TENNIS, BOWLING, BADMINTON, TENNIS, BASKETBALL, ARCHERY, RACQUETBALL, CYCLING, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL, SHUFFLEBOARD, 10-K AND 5-K RUNS, A FITNESS WALK AND A ONE MILE POWER WALK.  FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF STATE FINAL COMPETITIONS, VISIT THE WEBSITE TNSENIOROLYMPICS.COM.

 

 

(JUNE 20, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY, JULY 10TH AT 5 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE ON RICHLAND DRIVE IN PULASKI.  ALL ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE AGENDA MUST BE E-MAILED TO SHANNON MARSH NO LATER THAN MONDAY AT NOON.  E-MAIL ITEMS TO SMARSH@GILES.K12.TN.US.

 

 

(JUNE 18, 2014)  A LONG TIME EDUCATOR HAS BEEN NAMED THE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.  J-B SMITH WAS APPOINTED TO THE POST DURING A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TUESDAY NIGHT.  SMITH'S APPOINTMENT FOLLOWS THE RESIGNATION OF DOCTOR TIM WEBB WHO STEPPED DOWN FROM THE POST EARLIER THIS WEEK. SMITH HAS SERVED AS THE PRINCIPAL OF BRIDGEFORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND WILL STAY IN HIS NEW POSITION UNTIL SEPTEMBER WHEN THE BOARD WILL CHOOSE A NEW FULL-TIME DIRECTOR.

 

 

(JUNE 18, 2014)  LAWRENCE COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WORKED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO RESCUE TWO INDIVIDUALS FROM THE BASE OF A WEST POINT BLUFF.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AN UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER AND ONE PASSENGER ON AN A-T-V REPORTEDLY DROVE OFF A 30 FOOT BLUFF NEAR WISDOM AND SOUTH ORE ROADS AROUND MIDNIGHT THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.  RESCUERS WERE ABLE TO LOCATE AND RETRIEVE THE PAIR WHO WERE BOTH AIRLIFTED TO NASHVILLE HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT OF THEIR INJURIES.  MEMBERS OF THE WEST POINT, IRON CITY, GANDY, ETHRIDGE, NEW PROSPECT, AND LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY E-M-S ASSISTED. INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT IS ONGOING.  

 

 

(JUNE 18, 2014)  THE RENOWNED LYNNVILLE BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND.  THE ANNUAL EVENT WILL KICK OFF WITH MUSIC AND MORE SATURDAY MORNING AT 10.  THIS YEAR'S EVENT FEATURES CHALK ART FOR KIDS, AN APPEARANCE BY THE MID-TENNESSEE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS, POTTERY DEMONSTRATIONS, A KID'S SLIDE, AND MORE.  THE DAY LONG AFFAIR ALSO INCLUDES ANTIQUES, FOOD, ARTS, AND CRAFTS, AND OF COURSE BLACKBERRIES. THE GOODSPRING BAND WILL PERFORM THIS YEAR'S NIGHT CAP LATER INTO SATURDAY EVENING.  ENTRANCE TO THE LYNNVILLE BLACKBERRY IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

 

(JUNE 18, 2014)  A FIVE POINTS CABIN WAS LOST IN AN EARLY MORNING FIRE.  MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHEAST, CENTER POINT, AND LEOMA FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS REPORTED AROUND 2:30 THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.  THE PROPERTY WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHEN FIRE CREWS ARRIVED.  THE CABIN WAS DEEMED A TOTAL LOSS.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

 

(JUNE 17, 2014)  A LYNNVILLE MAN WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT EARLY MONDAY MORNING IN MAURY COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A 2005 CHEVROLET EQUINOX DRIVEN BY 47 YEAR-OLD DAMON DOUGLAS BRASHIER WAS INVOLVED IN THE SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH.  BRASHIER WAS DRIVING NORTH ON INTERSTATE 65 NEAR COLUMBIA WHEN HIS VEHICLE RAN OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROADWAY, CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND BOTH SOUTHBOUND LANES, STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT, OVERTURNED SEVERAL TIMES AND CAME TO REST AGAINST SOME TREES.  AUTHORITIES INDICATE THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNKNOWN AS THE CRASH WAS REPORTED AROUND 5:19 A-M BUT THE VICTIM HAD BEEN AT THE SITE FOR AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME.  TROOPER BRADLEY COPPES INVESTIGATED FOR THE THP.

 

 

(JUNE 17, 2014)  THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IS WORKING WITH TENNESSEE EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE TEEN WORKERS FOR THE SUMMER TO MAKE SURE THOSE COMPANIES ARE UP TO DATE ON THE STATE'S CHILD LABOR LAWS.  MINORS MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OF AGE TO BE LEGALLY EMPLOYED IN TENNESSEE UNLESS THEY ARE WORKING IN THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S PLACE OF BUSINESS.  MINORS MUST PRESENT VALID PROOF OF AGE SUCH AS A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, PASSPORT, DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE ISSUED I-D AND EMPLOYERS MUST KEEP THEIR APPLICATIONS ON FILE AT THE WORK LOCATION.  EMPLOYERS MUST MAINTAIN AN ACCURATE RECORD OF THE HOURS WORKED BY EACH MINOR EMPLOYEE TO SHOW THE HOURS WORKED AND BREAKS TAKEN DURING THE SHIFT THAT ARE REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE.  FOR 14 TO 15 YEAR-OLDS, THEIR SUMMER WORK SCHEDULE CAN BE NO MORE THAN 8 HOURS PER DAY, 40 HOURS MAXIMUM AND THEY CAN WORK NO LATER THAN 9 P-M.  FOR 16 TO 17 YEAR-OLDS, THEIR HOURS ARE UNRESTRICTED WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION.  MINOR EMPLOYEES WHO WORK A SHIFT LASTING 6 CONSECUTIVE HOURS MUST RECEIVE A 30 MINUTE MEAL OR REST PERIOD THAT DOES NOT OCCUR IN THE 1ST HOUR OF THEIR SHIFT.  EMPLOYERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND FREE LABOR TRAINING SEMINARS CONDUCTED THRU-OUT THE YEAR.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT'S LABOR STANDARDS DIVISION AT 615-741-2858.    

 

 

(JUNE 17, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT'S MOBILE CAREER COACH WILL BE AT THE WAYNE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THIS WEEK FOR A RECRUITMENT  AND RESUME BUILDING FAIR.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FRIDAY FROM 10 TO 2.  CAREER COACH STAFF WILL BE ON SITE HELPING PARTICIPANTS CREATE RESUMES AND REGISTER WITH THE WEBSITE JOBS4TN.GOV WITH THOUSANDS OF AVAILABLE JOB POSTINGS.  

 

 

(JUNE 17, 2014)  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO AN OPPORTUNITY FAIR MONDAY FROM 6 TO 8:30 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.  POLITICAL CANDIDATES WILL BE ON HAND FOR QUESTIONS AND A GENERAL MEET AND GREET.  NEW AND SMALL BUSINESSES WILL HAVE DISPLAYS AND THERE WILL ALSO BE INFORMATION ON SURVIVAL TIPS, COMMON CORE, THE FEDERAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM AND MORE.  DOOR PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY. 

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION THIS WEEK TO SELECT AN INTERIM DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS AFTER THE CURRENT DIRECTOR TURNED IN HIS RESIGNATION MONDAY.  ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WEBSITE, THE BOARD WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY AT 6 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE.  THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO NAME AN INTERIM DIRECTOR TO FILL THE POSITION THAT HAD BEEN HELD BY DOCTOR TIMOTHY WEBB SINCE MARCH 2013.  WEBB, FORMER PRINCIPAL OF RICHLAND SCHOOL, WAS NAMED DIRECTOR WHEN TEE JACKSON RETIRED AT THE END OF 2012.  MEDIA REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 4 TO 2 NOT TO TERMINATE WEBB'S CONTRACT AS DIRECTOR AFTER SOME TEACHERS COMPLAINED ABOUT RECEIVING LETTERS INFORMING THEM THEY HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO OTHER SCHOOLS.  THE LETTERS HAD BEEN SENT WITHOUT FIRST INFORMING THE AFFECTED TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS OF THE IMPENDING TRANSFERS.  WHILE SOME BOARD MEMBERS PROTESTED WEBB'S ACTIONS, THE MAJORITY VOTED TO KEEP HIM IN THE POSITION.  MONDAY AFTERNOON, DOCTOR MICHAEL GONZALES WAS NAMED ACTING DIRECTOR UNTIL THE BOARD COULD SELECT AN INTERIM DIRECTOR.

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  ADDITIONAL CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED ON THE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT THAT HELD A C-V-S PHARMACY EMPLOYEE HOSTAGE ON THURSDAY.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, ADDITIONAL WARRANTS WERE ISSUED FRIDAY FOR 36 YEAR-OLD ROBERT CHAD DILLON OF LAWRENCEBURG.  DILLON NOW FACES FOUR AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING CHARGES, THREE RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT CHARGES AND ONE COUNT OF EVADING ARREST.  THESE CHARGES ARE IN ADDITION TO THE AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CHARGES HE ALREADY FACES.  DILLON IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  A TENNESSEE STATE TROOPER ASSIGNED TO THE LAWRENCEBURG DISTRICT HAS BEEN PLACED ON LEAVE PENDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO RECENT CRIMINAL CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO A TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL PRESS RELEASE, 48 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM HOBBS HAS BEEN PLACED ON IMMEDIATE DISCRETIONARY LEAVE AFTER OFFICIALS LEARNED HE WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY BY HOHENWALD POLICE FOR FELONY RAPE AND MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT.  THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND THE T-H-P'S INSPECTIONAL SERVICES BUREAU IS ALSO CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF DEPARTMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.  HOBBS HAS BEEN A STATE TROOPER SINCED JANUARY 2004.  

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE 1-181ST TENNESSEE NATIONAL GUARD UNIT FROM LAWRENCEBURG ARE COMING HOME AFTER A NEAR 10 MONTH DEPLOYMENT.  THE SOLDIERS WILL ARRIVE IN SMYRNA TUESDAY AROUND 2:45.  A BASE BUILDING WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR FAMILY MEMBERS TO GREET THE RETURNING SOLDIERS WHO WILL HAVE A 3 TO 4 HOUR DEBRIEFING.  NO INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED AS TO THE TIME FRAME THAT THE SOLDIERS WILL ARRIVE IN LAWRENCEBURG.  AREA BUSINESSES ARE ENCOURAGED TO POST WELCOME HOME MESSAGES ON SIGNS TUESDAY.  

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  MOUNT PLEASANT MAY CHOOSE FUTURE MAYORS BY POPULAR VOTE.  ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, CITY COMMISSIONERS WILL CONSIDER A RESOLUTION ON TUESDAY (TODAY) THAT WOULD ALLOW RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON WHETHER THEY WOULD LIKE TO ELECT THE TOWN'S MAYOR BY POPULAR VOTE.  THE MAYOR IS CURRENTLY APPOINTED FROM AMONG CITY COMMISSIONERS BY A VOTE WITHIN THE BOARD.  THE MAYOR'S SEAT IS A TWO YEAR TERM AND THE MAYOR CAN BE RE-ELECTED TO ADDITIONAL TERMS.  IF THE RESOLUTION IS APPROVED, THE QUESTION WOULD BE PLACED ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT AND RESIDENTS WOULD ANSWER YES OR NO TO ELECTING THE MAYOR BY POPULAR VOTE.  IF RESIDENTS APPROVE THE POPULAR VOTE MEASURE, A MAYOR WOULD BY ELECTED ON THE 2016 BALLOT FOR A FOUR YEAR TERM.  A SIMILAR RESOLUTION TO ELECT THE MAYOR BY POPULAR VOTE FAILED DURING A NOVEMBER 2012 COMMISSION VOTE.  CURRENT MAYOR MAURY COLVETT HAS INDICATED THAT HE IS IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGE.

 

 

(JUNE 16, 2014)  THE GOODWILL CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL HOST A JOB FAIR TUESDAY FROM 11 TO 2.  THE JOB SHOPPE IS LOOKING TO FILL MORE THAN 100 PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES POSITIONS IN COLUMBIA WITH A PAY OF UP TO 11 DOLLARS AN HOUR.  REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COMPANY WILL BE ON SITE AND INTERVIEWS ARE POSSIBLE.  JOB CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING RESUMES, PHOTO I-D, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE GOODWILLCAREERSOLUTIONS.ORG.

 

 

(JUNE 13, 2014)  LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDED TO AN ARMED HOSTAGE SITUATION AT A LAWRENCEBURG BUSINESS THURSDAY AFTERNOON.  ASSISTANT LAWRENCEBURG POLICE CHIEF DARREN GOOLSBY INDICATED OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO WALMART AROUND 4:30 FOR AN ARMED SHOPLIFTER.  WALMART SECURITY HAD SPOTTED A WHITE MALE SHOPLIFTING ITEMS FROM THE STORE AND WHILE WATCHING THE SUSPECT ON CAMERA, DISCOVERED THE MAN HAD A GUN AND ALERTED POLICE.  WHILE OFFICERS WERE ENROUTE TO THE STORE, THE SUSPECT, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 36 YEAR-OLD ROBERT CHAD DILLON OF LAWRENCEBURG, LEFT IN HIS VEHICLE, TRAVELING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 43.  POLICE TRIED TO INITIATE A TRAFFIC STOP AND DILLON PULLED INTO THE C-V-S PHARMACY PARKING LOT ON THE CORNER OF HIGHWAYS 43 AND 64, EXITED HIS VEHICLE AND ENTERED THE BUSINESS.  THE SUSPECT, ARMED WITH A 9 MILLIMETER SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL, DEMANDED DRUGS AND TOOK A PHARMACIST HOSTAGE.  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE OFFICERS, LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ESTABLISHED A SECURE PERIMETER AROUND THE BUSINESS AND BLOCKED TRAFFIC IN ALL DIRECTIONS.  TWO POLICE OFFICERS ESTABLISHED COMMUNICATIONS WITH DILLON WHO INDICATED HE WAS SUICIDAL.  DURING THE CONVERSATIONS, POLICE WERE ABLE TO TALK DILLON INTO LETTING THE HOSTAGE GO UNHARMED.   DURING THE STANDOFF THAT LASTED OVER AN HOUR, POLICE WERE ABLE TO DISARM HIM AND TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY.  HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A MENTAL EVALUATION.  DILLON WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY WITH OTHER CHARGES PENDING.  HE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(JUNE 12, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY.  THE BOARD VOTED TO ESTABLISH IMPOUND LOT REGULATIONS AND A FEE OF 40 DOLLARS PER DAY FOR IMPOUNDED OR SEIZED VEHICLES.  THE MEASURE PASSED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING.  AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE BUDGET TO INCLUDE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FROM BOND PROCEEDS PASSED ON FIRST READING.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED A RESOLUTION FOR THE ANNUAL CONTRACT WITH THE STATE FOR STREET SWEEPING AND RIGHT OF WAY MAINTENANCE AND A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR GRANT FUNDING FOR STORM SEWER IMPROVEMENTS ON OLD MILITARY ROAD WAS O-KAYED.  THE GRANT WOULD COVER UP TO 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT WITH NO MATCH REQUIRED BY THE CITY.  THE BOARD ALSO AGREED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH ROGERS GROUP FOR ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS TO REMKE AVENUE AND HELTON DRIVE IN INDUSTRIAL PARK.  ROGERS GROUP SUBMITTED THE ONLY BID FOR THE PROJECT THAT WOULD BE PAID FOR WITH A-R-C GRANT MONEY AWARDED IN 2011.  THE ORGINAL BID SUBMITTED BY ROGERS GROUP WAS SIGNIFICANTLY OVER BUDGET BUT THE SCOPE OF THE WORK AND THE PRICE WAS RE-NEGOTIATED TO AROUND 510 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH IS WELL WITHIN THE BUDGET OF THE ALLOCATED GRANT.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.   

 

 

(JUNE 12, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REMINDS THOSE WHO TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE U-S OF THE NEED FOR VACCINATION AGAINST MEASLES.  ALTHOUGH MEASLES WAS OFFICIALLY ERADICATED FROM THE UNITED STATES IN 2000, IT IS STILL PRESENT IN OTHER REGIONS OF THE WORLD AND CASES CONTINUE TO OCCUR AMONG AMERICANS RETURNING FROM FOREIGN TRAVEL AND AMONG FOREIGN VISITORS TO THE U-S.  VACCINATION AGAINST MEASLES IS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE.  THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION HAVE CONFIRMED MORE CASES OF MEASLES IN THE UNITED STATES SO FAR THIS YEAR THAN IN ANY YEAR IN THE PAST TWO DECADES.  THE CASES ARE LINKED TO DISEASE ACQUIRED INTERNATIONALLY AND SPREAD IN THIS COUNTRY AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IMMUNE.  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECENTLY IDENTIFIED FIVE CASES OF MEASLES IN THE STATE.  UNTIL NOW, THE STATE HAD REPORTED NO MEASLES CASES IN THREE YEARS.  THE MEASLES VACCINE IS ROUTINELY GIVEN TO ALL CHILDREN AFTER THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY AND AGAIN BEFORE KINDERGARTEN AS PART OF THE M-M-R VACCINE.  TWO DOSES OF M-M-R WILL PROTECT ALMOST ALL PEOPLE AGAINST MEASLES FOR A LIFETIME.  INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS OF ALL AGES SHOULD BE UP TO DATE WITH THEIR VACCINATIONS.  ANYONE UNSURE OF THEIR VACCINATION HISTORY SHOULD ASK ABOUT GETTING A DOSE OF M-M-R BEFORE TRAVELING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE CDC.GOV/MEASLES.  

 

 

(JUNE 12, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS ANNOUNCED A PLAN FOR DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW, THE SPECIAL ED DEPARTMENT WILL DESTROY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION COLLECTED, MAINTAINED OR USED IN REGARD TO CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT RECEIVED SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES.  THE RECORDS TO BE DESTROYED ARE ONLY THOSE OF FORMER STUDENTS BORN PRIOR TO JANUARY 1ST, 1990 WHO WERE EVALUATED AND OR RECEIVED SPECIAL ED SERVICES.  THESE RECORDS ARE NO LONGER NEEDED TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THESE STUDENTS.  NO RECORDS FOR ANY CHILD CURRENTLY RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES WILL BE DESTROYED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OBTAIN THESE RECORDS PRIOR TO THEIR DESTRUCTION, CONTACT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 762-9241 EXTENSION 122 BY MONDAY, JUNE 23RD.  AFTER THIS DATE, THE INFORMATION WILL BE APPROPRIATELY DESTROYED.  PERMANENT SCHOOL RECORD INFORMATION WITH A STUDENT'S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, GRADES, ATTENDANCE, GRADE LEVEL COMPLETED AND YEAR COMPLETED WILL BE RETAINED BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WITHOUT TIME LIMITATIONS. 

 

 

(JUNE 11, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION ANNOUNCES IT IS TIME TO ISSUE QUALIFYING PAPERS TO RUN IN THE LAWRENCEBURG AND SAINT JOSEPH CITY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 4TH.  IN THE LAWRENCEBURG ELECTION, THE MAYOR'S SEAT AND COUNCIL SEATS ONE AND TWO WILL BE ON THE BALLOT.  ALL ARE FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS.  SAINT JOE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO CITY COMMISSIONERS FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS.  THE DEADLINE TO QUALIFY IS AUGUST 21ST AT NOON.  PICK UP QUALIFYING PAPERS AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE ON CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD IN LAWRENCEBURG.

 

 

(JUNE 11, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES SECOND AND FINAL READING ON AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH IMPOUND LOT REGULATIONS AND FEES, FIRST READING OF A BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS AMENDMENT, A RESOLUTION TO CONTRACT WITH THE STATE FOR STREET SWEEPING AND A MEASURE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS.  RESOLUTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN ADDED TO THE AGENDA TO ACCEPT A BID FROM ROGERS GROUP FOR ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS ON REMKE AVENUE AND HELTON DRIVE TO BE PAID FOR WITH GRANT FUNDS AND A RESOLUTION TO RE-APPOINT JERRY JONES TO THE UTILITY BOARD.   THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MORNING AT 8:30 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.  

 

 

(JUNE 11, 2014)  WSMV CHANNEL 4'S WEATHER ALERT TOUR PRESENTATION IN LAWRENCEBURG WILL AIR THIS WEEK.  THE HALF HOUR SPECIAL WILL AIR FRIDAY EVENING AT 6:30 AND INCLUDES A LOOK AT SEVERE STORMS AND THEIR AFFECT ON THE REGION.  THE FEATURE WAS RECORDED IN APRIL AT THE HISTORIC CROCKETT THEATER.

 

 

(JUNE 11, 2014)  THE GILES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION THIS MONTH.  THE MEETING HAS BEEN SET FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH AT 5 AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE ON RICHLAND DRIVE IN PULASKI.

 

 

(JUNE 10, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY.  EARLY IN THE MEETING, THE BOARD WAS ADVISED THAT A VIOLATION OF THE STATE'S SUNSHINE LAW HAD OCCURRED LAST WEEK WHEN ONE BOARD MEMBER CONTACTED OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THEIR VOTING INTENTIONS ABOUT AN UPCOMING AGENDA ITEM.  SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY PAUL PLANT ADVISED THE MEMBERS THAT AS THE PRIVATE DISCUSSION ON A SCHOOL BOARD MATTER OUTSIDE OF A PUBLIC MEETING CONSTITUTED A VIOLATION OF THE LAW, THE ITEM DISCUSSED AND THE SUBSEQUENT VOTE AT THE AGENDA SESSION WAS VOID.  PLANT INDICATED THAT THE MATTER SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK DURING THE REGULAR SESSION AND DISCUSSED OPENLY TO CORRECT THE VIOLATION.  THE ITEM, THE PROPOSED CUT OF A CENTRAL OFFICE SUPPORT SECRETARY POSTITION CURRENTLY HELD BY BOARD MEMBER JERRY CAMPBELL'S WIFE, WAS ADDED BACK TO THE AGENDA.  A LENGTHY AND OFTEN HEATED DEBATE ON THE RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR DOMINATED THE DISCUSSION FOR THE MORE THAN TWO HOUR LONG MEETING.  THE SCHOOL DIRECTOR HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD CUT TWO FULL TIME CENTRAL OFFICE POSITIONS, MAKE THREE OTHER CENTRAL OFFICE POSITIONS PART-TIME, REDUCE FOUR TRANSPORTATION ROUTES AND POSITIONS AND CUT THREE K THRU 8 POSITIONS FROM NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, CUT TEXTBOOK ALLOCATIONS AND MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES BY 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH AND ASK FOR AN INCREASE IN OPERATIONAL FUNDS AND AN ADDITIONAL PORTION OF TAXES FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FROM THE COUNTY COMMISSION.  A MOTION TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION WAS AMENDED TO ADD BACK THE PERSONNEL POSITIONS IF THE FUNDING WAS INCREASED ENOUGH TO OFFSET THE COST.  AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO ADD BACK SOME POSITIONS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING FAILED, THE AMENDED MOTION WAS APPROVED.  THE BOARD ALSO AGREED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY SELECTED FOR NEW LORETTO AND SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOLS.  THE OPTION TO PURCHASE BOTH PROPERTIES IS CONTINGENT ON FUNDING TO BE APPROVED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION.  A SPECIAL SESSION ON THE BUDGET WAS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JUNE 23RD AT 6:30.


(JUNE 10, 2014)  JUDGE ROBERT L. "BOB" JONES HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR RE-ELECTION AS CIRCUIT COURT PART THREE JUDGE OF THE 22ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT CONSISTING OF GILES, LAWRENCE, MAURY AND WAYNE COUNTIES.  JONES HAS SERVED AS PART THREE JUDGE SINCE 1997.  FOR OVER 20 YEARS, HE HAS CHAIRED A 16 COUNTY COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE STATE SUPREME COURT TO EVALUATE THE CHARACTER OF APPLICANTS FOR A LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW AND LAST YEAR HE WAS APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKERS OF THE STATE HOUSE AND SENATE TO THE JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION COMMISSION AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS ITS CHAIRMAN.  JONES IS A NATIVE OF LAWRENCEBURG, HAS DEGREES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND LAW.  HE AND HIS WIFE TINY LIVE ON A CATTLE FARM NEAR COLUMBIA AND ARE MEMBERS OF FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  THEY HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN.  THE COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELDAUGUST 7TH.


(JUNE 10, 2014)  ALL LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE CREATIVE WRITING CLASS TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK.  THE CLASS WILL BE MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 9 TO NOON AND WILL BE TAUGHT BY ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR JOAN CARDEN, HISTORY INSTRUCTOR LEE HAMBY, LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTOR STAN LOPP AND LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST MELINDA DEASON.  IN ADDITION TO WRITING, STUDENTS WILL RESEARCH THE LITERATURE AND HISTORY OF THE 1950'S.  PARTICIPANTS WHO ATTEND 80 PERCENT OF THE SESSIONS WILL BE TREATED TO A PERFORMANCE OF GREASE AT CHAFFIN'S BARN THEATER AND A MEAL AT THE LOVELESS CAFE IN NASHVILLE.

 

 

(JUNE 9, 2014)  HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WERE THE CAUSE OF TWO DEATHS IN THREE DAYS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  THE MOST RECENT VICTIM, 9 YEAR-OLD ZACHARIE ALLEN NIELSON OF LAWRENCEBURG, DROWN SATURDAY AFTER BEING SWEPT UNDER WATER ON KNOB CREEK.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS, THE CHILD WAS PLAYING IN THE WATER NEAR KNOB CREEK ROAD WITH TWO OTHER KIDS WHEN HE WENT IN TOO FAR AND WAS CARRIED UNDER BY THE CURRENT AND CAUGHT IN A TILE UNDER A BRIDGE.  ON THURSDAY, 72 YEAR-OLD GERALD RALPH BARR OF LAWRENCEBURG DIED WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS A FLOODED AREA ON DENSON ROAD AND HIS VEHICLE WAS SWEPT DOWNSTREAM AND SUBMERGED UNDER WATER.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATES THAT MERE INCHES OF FAST MOVING WATER WILL MOVE MOST VEHICLES FROM THE ROADWAY AND CARRY THEM DOWNSTREAM.  EXPERTS ADVISE RESIDENTS TO NEVER ATTEMPT TO CROSS A FLOODED AREA.   IN 2013, 85 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES TO FRESHWATER FLOODING IN THE U-S.  MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE FATALITIES WERE A RESULT OF PEOPLE DRIVING INTO FLOOD WATERS.

 

 

(JUNE 9, 2014)  A WAYNESBORO MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY LAST WEEK ON THEFT AND OTHER CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, AN OFFICER ON PATROL WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPOTTED A WHITE MALE PUTTING ITEMS INTO A WHITE NISSAN X-TERA AT A TRIPLE-K AVENUE BUSINESS.  THE OFFICER CIRCLED THE BUILDING TO DETERMINE IF THE OWNER'S VEHICLE WAS THERE, DETERMINED IT WAS NOT AND APPROACHED THE NISSAN.  THE DRIVER, 34 YEAR-OLD CORY LEE MURRAY TOLD AUTHORITIES HE WAS JUST TURNING AROUND IN THE PARKING LOT.  WHILE SPEAKING WITH THE SUSPECT, THE OFFICER OBSERVED A CHARGE AIR COOLER IN THE VEHICLE.  MURRAY THAN SPED AWAY WITH POLICE IN PURSUIT.  DURING THE CHASE, THE SUSPECT DROVE IN EXCESS OF 70 MILES PER HOUR, RAN THRU A STOP SIGN, DROVE INTO THE ONCOMING LANE AND JUST MISSED HITTING ANOTHER VEHICLE HEAD ON.  ETHRIDGE POLICE WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT LATER ON FOOT AND DETAINED HIM.  THEY FOUND POINT 5 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA IN HIS POCKET. MURRAY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER 500 DOLLARS, EVADING ARREST, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, RECKLESS DRIVING, DRIVING WHILE UNLICENSED AND SIMPLE POSSESSION.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 34 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(JUNE 9, 2014)  AN OKLAHOMA MAN IS IN CUSTODY FOR ALLEGEDLY SLASHING TIRES AND ASSAULT IN CONNECTION WITH A SATURDAY INCIDENT.  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE REPORTS INDICATE THAT POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO A BUSINESS ON EAST GAINES STREET AROUND 11:50 P-M FOR VANDALISM AND ASSAULT.  WITNESSES TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT 38 YEAR-OLD JASON DELL YOUNG OF HULBERT, OKLAHOMA WAS TOLD HE COULD NOT SLEEP THERE AND WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISIS.  THE SUSPECT BECAME VERBALLY ABUSIVE AND STRUCK ANOTHER MAN IN THE FACE.  YOUNG THEN WENT OUTSIDE AND SLASHED TIRES ON SIX VEHICLES IN THE PARKING LOT CAUSING A TOTAL OF 910 DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.  HE IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 16 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 5TH. 

 

 

(JUNE 9, 2014)  JEFF HUGHES HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE 15TH DISTRICT COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT.  HUGHES HAS MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING EXPERIENCE, RECENTLY RECEIVED HIS CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL MANAGER CERTIFICATION AND HAS RECEIVED CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER CERTIFICATION.  HE SERVES ON THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AUDIT COMMITTEE, THE LAWRENCEBURG CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL BOARD, THE LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE BOARD, THE TENNESSEE STATE EMPLOYEE INSURANCE COMMITTEE, THE NASHVILLE ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTANTS AND A KID'S PLACE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER BOARD.  IN ANNOUNCING HIS CANDIDACY, HUGHES INDICATED HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CITIZENS IN HIS DISTRICT TO HELP MOVE LAWRENCE COUNTY FORWARD WITH HIS FOCUS ON PROGRESS, LOW TAXES, EDUCATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY.  JEFF AND HIS WIFE JENIFER HAVE THREE CHILDREN.  VOTERS WILL GO TO THE POLLS FOR THE COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION ON AUGUST 7TH. 

 

 

(JUNE 8, 2014)  A YOUNG LAWRENCE COUNTY CHILD DIED AFTER BEING SWEPT AWAY ON KNOB CREEK SATURDAY EVENING. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, THE UNIDENTIFIED 9 YEAR OLD BOY WAS SWEPT UNDER WATER BY THE CREEK'S CURRENT JUST OFF KNOB CREEK ROAD AROUND 5:30. MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AND LAWRENCEBURG SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAMS, GANDY, ETHRIDGE, AND NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED AND WERE ABLE TO RECOVER THE CHILD'S BODY THAT WAS CAUGHT IN A TILE UNDER A BRIDGE.  THE NAME OF THE CHILD’S NAME WAS NOT RELEASED BY AUTHORITIES.

 

 

(JUNE 6, 2014)  A LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES.  ACCORDING TO A LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE, 22 YEAR-OLD STEPHANIE KAYE STANTON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY THURSDAY ON FIVE COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE IN CONNECTION WITH AN UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A LAWRENCEBURG TEEN.  POLICE INDICATE THAT THERE MAY BE SEVERAL VICTIMS INVOLVED WITH STANTON AND ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS WITH OTHER YOUNG FEMALE CHILDREN.  AREA PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT AUTHORITIES IF THEY FEEL THEIR CHILD HAS BEEN A VICTIM OF THE SUSPECT.  STANTON IS BEING HELD IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL ON 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SEPTEMBER 4TH.

 

 

(JUNE 6, 2014)  A LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN WAS KILLED THURSDAY WHEN FLOOD WATERS WASHED HIS VEHICLE OFF THE ROADWAY.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, 72 YEAR-OLD GERALD RALPH BARR WAS DRIVING A 2001 KIA SEPHIA ON DENSON ROAD NEAR TURNPIKE DURING THE EARLY MORNING HEAVY RAIN.  BARR ATTEMPTED TO CROSS A HIGH FLOODED AREA AND THE VEHICLE WAS SWEPT DOWNSTREAM AND SUBMERGED UNDER WATER.  THE VICTIM WAS FOUND IN HIS VEHCLE AROUND 8 A-M.  THE T-H-P INDICATES THAT THE ACCIDENT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED A TRAFFIC FATALITY BUT RATHER A WEATHER RELATED INCIDENT.  TROOPER WESLEY BOSHEERS WAS THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER.   

 

 

(JUNE 6, 2014)  AN ETHRIDGE BUSINESS IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR A REALITY TELEVISION SHOW.  FILM CREWS SPENT ABOUT 12 HOURS LAST WEEKEND AT TOP GUN ARMS GUN STORE AND THE PRODUCTION COMPANY HAS POSTED SELECTIONS OF THEIR INTERVIEWS AND FILMING ONLINE.  OWNERS TRIPP AND JEANEA WEIGEL BUILT THEIR NEW STORE AND INDOOR GUN RANGE ON LIBERTY HILL LOOP IN AMISH COUNTRY IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  IN ADDITION TO FIREARMS AND RELATED PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES, THE SITE ALSO HAS A 24 HOUR HELIPORT.  THE FILM CLIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON YOU TUBE.  

 

 

(JUNE 6, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY FARMER'S MARKET GRAND OPENING WILL BE HELD SATURDAY MORNING AT 7.  THE MARKET IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF MAHR AVENUE AND TAYLOR STREET JUST WEST OF THE LAWRENCEBURG SQUARE.  BUYERS CAN EXPECT COOL AND WARM SEASON VEGETABLES AS WELL AS OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS FOR SALE.  CONCESSIONS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE DURING THE DAY.

 

 

(JUNE 5, 2014)  EARLY MORNING STORMS BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS TO THE AREA THURSDAY MORNING.  A NUMBER OF TREE LIMBS, POWER LINES AND UTILITY POLES WERE REPORTEDLY BLOWN DOWN IN ETHRIDGE AROUND 5:30.  ACCORDING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS, LAWRENCE COUNTY'S SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM WAS CALLED TO ASSIST THREE INDIVIDUALS IN ESCAPING A FLOODED HOME ON WATER FORK ROAD.  A NUMBER OF LAWRENCEBURG CITY STREETS AND COUNTY ROADWAYS WERE IMPASSABLE FOR A TIME DUE TO HIGH WATER.  LAWRENCE COUNTY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC FATALITY ON TURNPIKE AND DENSON ROAD.   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTED THE UNIDENTIFIED MOTORIST CRASHED WHEN THE ROADWAY ERODED FROM THE FLOOD WATER AND SWEPT THE CAR 55 FEET OFF THE PAVEMENT.  COMPLETE DETAILS ON THE CRASH HAVE YET TO BE RELEASED BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.  AUTHORITIES WITH THE GILES COUNTY E-M-A REPORTED THE SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM HAD CONDUCTED TWO RESCUE OPERATIONS FROM VEHICLES THURSDAY MORNING. 

 

 

(JUNE 5, 2014)  BERT SPEARMAN HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE 17TH DISTRICT OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION.  SPEARMAN, A RETIRED REAL ESTATE BROKER, MASTER AUCTIONEER AND CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISER, WAS ELECTED BY THE COMMISSION TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER WHEN THE SEAT WAS VACATED IN JANUARY 2010 AND HE WAS RE-ELECTED IN AUGUST 2010.   IN 2012, HE COMPLETED THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR.  IN ANNOUNCING HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION, SPEARMAN INDICATED THAT TEAMWORK AND COOPERATION IS THE KEY TO ENSURING GOOD SOUND GOVERNMENT FOR OUR CITIZENS BY MAINTAINING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITIES THRU-OUT THE COUNTY.  HIS PLAN OF ACTION CALLS FOR SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BY BETTER PRIORITIZING SPENDING, ENSURING MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF EXISTING REVENUE AND LIVING WITHIN THE APPROVED BUDGET.  BERT AND HIS WIFE, DONNA KAYE DORSEY SPEARMAN, HAVE 3 CHILDREN, 8 GRANDCHILDREN AND 1 GREAT-GRANDCHILD AND ATTEND CALVARY HILL CHURCH OF GOD. 

 

 

(JUNE 5, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG BOARD OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET NEXT WEEK FOR A WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY AT 4:30 IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

 

 

(JUNE 5, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG SITE OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY.  THE CLOSURE IS DUE TO MAINTENANCE WORK.  THE LORETTO BRANCH WILL BE OPEN REGULAR HOURS.

 

 

(JUNE 4, 2014)  A NEW TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON THE PREVALENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE STATE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE T-B-I RELEASED THE "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2011 TO 2013" STUDY ON TUESDAY.  THE REPORT ANALYZES CRIME DATA SUBMITTED BY THE STATE'S LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.  AMONG THE FINDINGS: SIMPLE ASSAULT WAS, BY FAR, THE MOST FREQUENTLY REPORTED OFFENSE ACCOUNTING FOR 68 POINT 8 PERCENT OF ALL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSES; FEMALES WERE ALMOST THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMIZED THAN MALES; VICTIMS WERE SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ABUSED BY A SPOUSE THAN AN EX-SPOUSE; JUVENILES ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS EACH YEAR; AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESULTED IN 288 MURDER AND NON-NEGLIGENT HOMICIDES DURING THE THREE YEAR STUDY PERIOD.  AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE STUDY GIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT, POLICY MAKERS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS A SNAPSHOT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE STATE AND BRINGS LIGHT TO WHAT HAPPENS TOO OFTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.  THE FULL REPORT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT TBI.TN.GOV. 

 

 

(JUNE 4, 2014)  THE PRESENCE OF PORTABLE, MEDICAL OXYGEN IN TENNESSEE HOMES HAS GROWN OVER THE PAST DECADE AND SO HAS THE NEED FOR EDUCATION ABOUT THE FIRE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH ITS USE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE, MEDICAL OXYGEN ADDS A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF OXYGEN TO THE AIR A PATIENT BREATHES.  ANY FIRE THAT STARTS IN AN OXYGEN-ENRICHED AREA WILL BURN HOTTER AND FASTER THAN USUAL.  THE TENNESSEE FIRE INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM INDICATES THAT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN 18 FIRES IN WHICH MEDICAL OXYGEN EQUIPMENT WAS INVOLVED RESULTING IN 7 FATALITIES, 9 INJURIES AND MORE THAN 710 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE.  SMOKING IS THE LEADING HEAT SOURCE RESULTING IN MEDICAL OXYGEN-RELATED FIRES, INJURIES AND DEATHS.  THE FIRE MARSHAL OFFERS SOME SAFETY TIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO USE MEDICAL OXYGEN AT HOME: THERE IS NO SAFE WAY TO SMOKE IN THE HOME WHEN OXYGEN IS IN USE.  CANDLES, MATCHES, WOOD STOVES AND EVEN SPARKING TOYS CAN BE IGNITION SOURCES AND SHOULD NOT BE USED IN THE HOME.  BODY OIL, HAND LOTION AND ANY ITEMS CONTAINING OIL OR GREASE CAN EASILY IGNITE AND SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FROM WHERE OXYGEN IS IN USE.  NEVER USE AEROSOL SPRAYS WITH FLAMMABLE CONTENTS NEAR OXYGEN.  AND ENSURE SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING BY TESTING THEM MONTHLY AND CHANGING BATTERIES REGULARLY.

 

 

(JUNE 4, 2014) 7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN WILL ATTEND TWO AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK.  BLACKBURN WILL VISIT WITH MEMBERS OF THE GILES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THURSDAY AT 9 AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE ON NORTH 2ND STREET IN PULASKI.  THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 1:15, SHE WILL ATTEND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP SERIES LUNCHEON.  BLACKBURN WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THIS YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION, DISCUSS ISSUES FACING BUSINESS OWNERS AND TALK ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.

 

 

(JUNE 3, 2014)  THE ANNUAL TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SCHOOL CRIME STUDY SHOWS IMPROVEMENTS BUT ALSO SOME CONTINUED CHALLENGES.  ACCORDING TO A T-B-I PRESS RELEASE, THE ANNUAL SCHOOL CRIME REPORT WAS RELEASED TUESDAY, COMPILING CRIME DATA INVOLVING SCHOOLS AS SUBMITTED BY THE STATE'S LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.  AMONG THE FINDINGS: OVERALL, THE NUMBER OF CRIMES OCCURING AT SCHOOLS DECREASED 11 POINT 5 PERCENT IN 2013; SIMPLE ASSAULT WAS THE MOST FREQUENTLY REPORTED OFFENSE WITH 3,496 INCIDENTS LAST YEAR; THE MONTH OF APRIL HAD THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY OF SCHOOL CRIMES AND MARIJUANA OUTNUMBERED ALL OTHER SEIZED DRUGS AT SCHOOLS IN 2013 ACCOUNTING FOR 79 POINT 2 PERCENT OF DOCUMENTED DRUG SEIZURES.  STATE OFFICIALS HOPE THE STUDY WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ENHANCE SAFETY PLANS TO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS CRIME ISSUES IN SCHOOLS.  THE FULL REPORT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT TBI.TN.GOV.

 

 

(JUNE 3, 2014)  INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING INTO SOME VANDALISM CASES.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH ON SATURDAY ABOUT VANDALISM AT THE CEMETERY.  SOMEONE HAD KICKED OVER FOUR FLOWER VASES AND SOME FLAGS ON VETERAN'S GRAVES HAD BEEN PULLED OUT OF THE GROUND.  DAMAGES TOTALED 500 DOLLARS.  ON SATURDAY OFFICERS WERE SUMMONED TO SUMMERTOWN CAR WASH FOR ANOTHER VANDALISM.  THE OWNER INDICATED THAT SOMEONE HAD DAMAGED TWO VENDING MACHINES AND A WASH BAY CONTROL AND WROTE ON A WALL.  DAMAGES TOTALED 250 DOLLARS.

 

 

(JUNE 3, 2014)  THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DONATE BLOOD IN THE AREA THIS MONTH.  AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES ARE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY FROM 2 TO 6 AT SUMMERTOWN SADDLE AND BRIDLE CLUB; FRIDAY FROM 8 TO NOON AT SOUTHERN TENNESSEE REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS IN PULASKI; THURSDAY, JUNE 12TH FROM 12:30 TO 4:30 AT THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH FROM 2 TO 6 AT LORETTO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  WALK-INS ARE WELCOME BUT APPOINTMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED.  TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, VISIT THE WEBSITE REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG.

 

 

(JUNE 3, 2014)  THE ANNUAL LAWRENCE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY FROM 4 P-M TO 5 A-M AT ROTARY PARK.  THE SURVIVOR DINNER WILL BE HELD AT 4 FOR CANCER SURVIVORS AND ONE GUEST.  OPENING CEREMONIES WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 5.  THE LUMINARY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 10.  OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD THRU-OUT THE NIGHT INCLUDING ENTERTAINMENT, A WOMANLESS BEAUTY PAGEANT, A SCAVENGER HUNT, BOUNCY HOUSES AND MORE.  CONCESSIONS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.  ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. 

 

 

(JUNE 2, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY AND FIRE CREWS WERE KEPT BUSY BY A NUMBER OF NATURAL GAS LEAKS OVER THE WEEKEND.  ACCORDING TO LAWRENCEBURG UTILITY SYSTEMS, UTILITY WORKERS AND LOCAL FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO 28 REPORTED LEAKS IN THE CITY AND COUNTY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.  OFFICIALS BELIEVE A FRIDAY EVENING LIGHTNING STRIKE CREATED A GLITCH IN GAS REGULATION SYSTEMS THAT ADDED A LARGE AMOUNT OF ODORANT TO THE L-U-S NATURAL GAS SUPPLY.  NATURAL GAS IS A COLORLESS AND ODORLESS SUBSTANCE SO AN ODORANT IS ADDED TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO SMELL IT IF A LEAK OCCURS.  AROUND 52 POUNDS OF ODORANT WERE ADDED THIS WEEKEND WHICH ALLOWED AFFECTED RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO DETECT VERY MINOR LEAKS ON THEIR PROPERTY.  THE UTILITY ADDS AN AVERAGE BETWEEN 7 TO 10 POUNDS OF ODORANT WEEKLY.  OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT AT NO TIME WAS ANYONE IN DANGER AND ALL METERS WERE REPLACED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE.  WHILE THE DAMAGED SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN REPAIRED, OFFICIALS INDICATE THAT SOME RESIDENTS MAY STILL SMELL NATURAL GAS WHILE THE EXTRA ODORANT WORKS THRU THE SYSTEM.  TO REPORT A GAS LEAK, CALL 911 OR LUS AT 762-7161.

 

 

(JUNE 2, 2014)  LAWRENCEBURG POLICE ARRESTED A MAN FOR EVADING ARREST AND HAVE LINKED HIM TO A NUMBER OF CAR BURGLARIES.  ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN MULTIPLE CAR BURGLARIES MONDAY MORNING WHEN THEY SPOTTED THE OFFENDERS' CAR PARKED IN THE 8TH STREET AND SPRINGER ROAD AREA AROUND 1:15 AM.  AN OFFICER ON FOOT HID NEAR THE CAR WHEN A WHITE MALE RETURNED TO THE VEHICLE AND GOT INSIDE.  THE OFFICER APPROACHED THE CAR AND ORDERED THE MAN TO STOP BUT THE DRIVER STARTED THE CAR AND PULLED AWAY, SPEEDING UP AS HE NEARED THE OFFICER.  A SHORT TIME LATER, AUTHORITIES FOUND THE VEHICLE AT A BAKER LANE RESIDENCE AND MADE CONTACT WITH 21 YEAR-OLD BENJAMIN TAYLOR BARNETT.  HE ADMITTED TO DRIVING THE VEHICLE AND TO MULTIPLE CAR BURGLARIES IN THE AREA.  BARNETT TOOK INVESTIGATORS TO SEVERAL HOUSES AND SHOWED WHICH CARS HE AND A FRIEND HAD BROKEN INTO.  BARNETT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT.  HE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT AUGUST 4TH.

 

 

(JUNE 2, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS SET THIS WEEK AS THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2014 TENNESSEE AGRICULTURAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.  FARMERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY ONLINE AGAIN THIS YEAR OR THEY CAN SUBMIT PAPER APPLICATIONS WHICH MUST BE POSTMARKED BY SATURDAY.  THRU THE GRANT PROGRAM, FARMERS CAN QUALIFY FOR 35 TO 50 PERCENT COST SHARE, RANGING FROM A MAXIMUM OF 1200 DOLLARS TO 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS DEPENDING ON THE PROJECT.  ONE NOTABLE CHANGE THIS YEAR IS THE ADDITION OF LIVESTOCK WORKING FACILITY COVERS.  THE NEW CATEGORY ALLOWS PRODUCERS TO ADD A SHED OR BARN TO COVER THEIR LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT AT A MAXIMUM 3500 DOLLAR COST SHARE AMOUNT.  INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING T-A-E-P ONLINE ACCOUNTS AND APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 FUNDS ARE LISTED ON THE WEBSITE TN.GOV/TAEP.  APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT MOST FARM AGENCIES INCLUDING U-S-D-A FARM SERVICE AGENCY, UT EXTENSION AND FARM BUREAU OFFICES AS WELL AS MOST FARM SUPPLY STORES. 

 

 

(JUNE 2, 2014)  A YOUTH FISHING DERBY WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND AT BOBBY BREWER POND ON WEAKLEY CREEK ROAD IN LAWRENCEBURG.  BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5 TO 12 ARE INVITED TO FISH FOR FREE ON SATURDAY.  REGISTRATION IS AT 5:30 A-M WITH THE DERBY FROM 6 TO 9.  BRING YOUR FISHING POLE AND BAIT.  PARENTAL SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED.  PARK AT THE PLAYGROUND PARKING LOT AT BOBBY BREWER PARK AND WALK AROUND THE CAL RIPKIN BASEBALL FIELDS TO THE POND.  THE DERBY IS SPONSORED BY THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCE AGENCY.

 

 

(MAY 30, 2014)  A TRUCK CRASHED INTO THE HARDEES RESTAURANT ON HAMPSHIRE PIKE AT JAMES CAMPBELL BOULEVARD IN COLUMBIA FRIDAY MORNING.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AROUND 8 A-M, A CHEVY SILVERADO DROVE THRU THE FRONT GLASS WINDOWS OF THE BUSINESS.  AUTHORITIES INDICATED THAT TWO BOYS, AGES 5 AND 7, WERE SITTING WITH THEIR GRANDFATHER AT A TABLE DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF THE TRUCK AND THE 7 YEAR-OLD WAS PINNED UNDER THE VEHICLE.  MEMBERS OF THE COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT USED RESCUE AIR BAGS TO LIFT THE TRUCK OFF THE BOY.  HE WAS TAKEN TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF A LEG INJURY.  THE 5 YEAR-OLD WAS TAKEN TO MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF LACERATIONS.  THE GRANDFATHER WAS TREATED FOR LACERATIONS AT THE SCENE.  POLICE SAID THE DRIVER, AN UNIDENTIFIED ELDERLY MAN, APPEARED TO HAVE MISTAKEN THE GAS FOR THE BRAKE AS HE WAS PULLING INTO A PARKING SPOT AT THE RESTAURANT.  THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AS A PRECAUTION AND AN ELDERLY WOMAN PASSENGER WAS UNINJURED.  THE HARDEES DRIVE-THRU IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT THE DINING ROOM IS CLOSED FOR CLEAN UP AND REPAIR.  NO CHARGES WERE IMMEDIATELY FILED AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

 

 

(MAY 30, 2014)  LONGTIME LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCER JACKIE CHEATWOOD HAS PASSED AWAY AFTER AN EXTENDED BATTLE WITH CANCER.  CHEATWOOD WAS A RADIO PERSONALITY, SPORTSCASTER AND GENERAL MANAGER OF W-D-X-E RADIO IN LAWRENCEBURG.  JACK WAS HONORED BY LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR BEING THE VOICE OF THE WILDCATS FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS.  HE WAS ALSO AN ACCOMPLISHED HARMONICA PLAYER AND GAVE COUNTLESS HOURS OF HIS TIME AND TALENT TO THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS.  HE WAS A MUCH BELOVED FATHER, HUSBAND, SON, BROTHER AND FRIEND.  A COMPLETE OBITUARY WILL FOLLOW IN A LATER NEWSCAST. 

 

 

(MAY 30, 2014)  REPRESENTATIVE SHEILA BUTT WILL HOST A MAURY COUNTY JOB FAIR NEXT WEEK AT THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONFERENCE CENTER AT NORTHFIELD LOCATED AT 100 NORTHFIELD LANE IN SPRING HILL.  MORE THAN 24 EMPLOYERS WILL PARTICIPATE INCLUDING LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT, VERIZON WIRELESS, I-BEX GLOBAL AND MAURY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  THE JOB FAIR IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY FROM 9 TO 1.  ATTENDEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING COPIES OF THEIR RESUME AND DRESS PROFESSIONALLY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 615-898-8041. 

 

 

(MAY 29, 2014)  A GILES COUNTY TEEN WAS KILLED IN A WEDNESDAY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS THAT 16 YEAR-OLD TISON C. MARKS OF PULASKI DIED AS THE RESULT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MINOR HILL.  MARKS WAS DRIVING A 2003 S-K ONE TRUCK WEST ON DOG BRANCH ROAD WHEN THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY, WENT DOWN A STEEP EMBANKMENT AND STRUCK A TREE.  AUTHORITIES ARE UNSURE AS TO THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AS THE VICTIM LEFT A FRIEND'S HOUSE AROUND 4 P-M AND THE TRUCK WAS FOUND AROUND 8:45 P-M.  TROOPER BRANDON DIXON INVESTIGATED THE ACCIDENT.  

 

 

(MAY 29, 2014)  THE ANNUAL MAINSTREET LAWRENCEBURG HERITAGE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEBURG.  ON FRIDAY,  ENTERTAINMENT WILL FEATURE THE ABERNATHYS AT 4 AND THE KELLYS AT 6, FOLLOWED BY RED HEAD EXPRESS.  ON SATURDAY, THE TEAM DREXEL 5-K RUN WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 8 A-M, SQUARE DANCING WILL BE HELD FROM 11 TO 1, SOULSHINE WILL PERFORM AT 2, OVERDRIVE AT 4, GRACE AND TONY AT 6 FOLLOWED BY THE MUSCLE SHOALS RHYTHM SECTION ALSO KNOWN AS THE SWAMPERS WITH KOZMIC MAMA.  A VARIETY OF VENDORS AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BOTH DAYS INCLUDING BAR-B-Q, FUNNEL CAKES, FRIED PIES, ARTS AND CRAFTS, JEWELRY AND APPAREL.  BRING LAWN CHAIRS AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

 

 

(MAY 29, 2014)  TRAFFIC FATALITIES WERE DOWN ON STATE ROADWAYS DURING THE 78 HOUR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD.  ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED WEDNESDAY BY THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES DURING THIS YEAR'S HOLIDAY AS COMPARED TO 10 VEHICULAR FATALITIES FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY PERIOD IN 2013.  FOUR OF THE PEOPLE KILLED WERE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS AND ONE AN A-T-V RIDER.  ONE OF THE FATALITIES WAS ALCOHOL RELATED AND THE A-T-V RIDER WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET.  OF THE FIVE CRASHES, ONE WAS IN MAURY COUNTY, ONE IN LOUDON COUNTY, ONE IN DAVIDSON COUNTY AND TWO IN CHEATHAM COUNTY.  THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES IN TENNESSEE DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WAS IN 1973 WHEN 26 PEOPLE DIED IN FATAL ACCIDENTS. 

 

 

(MAY 28, 2014)  A PULASKI MAN WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN LAWRENCE COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, 63 YEAR-OLD JAMES M. MCCASLIN WAS DRIVING A 2003 CHRYSLER SEBRING EAST ON PULASKI HIGHWAY WHEN HE FAILED TO YEILD AT THE HIGHWAY 64 INTERSECTION.  MCCASLIN'S VEHICLE PULLED INTO THE PATH OF A 1995 CHEVY TRUCK DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR-OLD JAMES D. LAMBERT THE THIRD OF LEOMA.  THE TRUCK STRUCK THE CHRYSLER IN THE DRIVERS SIDE AND MCCASLIN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THE TRUCK'S DRIVER AND A PASSENGER, 21 YEAR-OLD MEGAN M. LAMBERT OF LEOMA, SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.  MEMBERS OF THE NEW PROSPECT AND CROSSROADS FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY E-M-S RESPONDED.  ALL THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE WRECK WERE WEARING SEATBELTS.  THE ACCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY TROOPER BRIAN ROSE. 

 

 

(MAY 28, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY.  THE BOARD APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR A LITTER AND TRASH COLLECTING GRANT FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE CERTAIN COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY AS SURPLUS.  WHERE THE PROPERTY, WHICH INCLUDES SOME NON-FUNCTIONAL VEHICLES FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, WILL ULTIMATELY END UP HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.  A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE THE INTENT OF THE COUNTY TO REIMBURSE ITSELF FOR 480 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WAS APPROVED.  THE PROCEEDS WILL COME FROM BONDS, NOTES OR OTHER DEBT OBLIGATIONS.  THE COMMISSION VOTED TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL REFUNDING BONDS IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED 3 MILLION 270 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE MEASURE WILL REFINANCE BONDS ISSUED IN 2000 THAT WILL SAVE THE COUNTY ABOUT 175 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN REPAYMENTS.  A RESOLUTION TO CLOSE A PORTION OF GUM SPRINGS ROAD WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE AGENDA.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.

 

 

(MAY 28, 2014)  A PROPERTY LOCATED NEAR SOUTH LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAY BE THE SITE OF THE NEW LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL.  A PRESS RELEASE FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON INDICATES THE SOUTH END SITE SELECTION COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED A 35 ACRE PROPERTY JUST SOUTH OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR PURCHASE.  THE PROPERTY IS OWNED BY CURTIS PETERS OF LAWRENCEBURG.  ARCHITECTS SAID THE PROPERTY IS AN IDEAL SITE DUE TO ITS LOCATION AND FLAT, CLEAR TERRAIN AND THE SIZE OF THE PROPERTY IS MORE THAN ENOUGH SPACE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SCHOOL, VOCATIONAL CLASSROOMS, GYM AND FOOTBALL FIELD.  THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATION WILL BE VOTED ON BY THE SCHOOL BOARD ON JUNE 9TH AND THEN WILL BE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION LATER THIS YEAR.

 

 

(MAY 28, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS ANNOUNCED A PLAN FOR DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW, THE SPECIAL ED DEPARTMENT WILL DESTROY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION COLLECTED, MAINTAINED OR USED IN REGARD TO CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT RECEIVED SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES.  THE RECORDS TO BE DESTROYED ARE ONLY THOSE OF FORMER STUDENTS BORN PRIOR TO JANUARY 1ST, 1990 WHO WERE EVALUATED AND OR RECEIVED SPECIAL ED SERVICES.  THESE RECORDS ARE NO LONGER NEEDED TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THESE STUDENTS.  NO RECORDS FOR ANY CHILD CURRENTLY RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES WILL BE DESTROYED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OBTAIN THESE RECORDS PRIOR TO THEIR DESTRUCTION, CONTACT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 762-9241 EXTENSION 122 BY JUNE 23RD.  AFTER THIS DATE, THE INFORMATION WILL BE APPROPRIATELY DESTROYED.  PERMANENT SCHOOL RECORD INFORMATION WITH A STUDENT'S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, GRADES, ATTENDANCE, GRADE LEVEL COMPLETED AND YEAR COMPLETED WILL BE RETAINED BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WITHOUT TIME LIMITATIONS. 

 

 

(MAY 28, 2014)  GILES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO HEAR FROM 7TH DISTRICT FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN IN THE COMING WEEKS.  BLACKBURN WILL VISIT WITH CHAMBER MEMBERS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 7TH AT 9 AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE ON NORTH 2ND STREET IN PULASKI.  THE REPRESENTATIVE WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THIS YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND WILL DISCUSS ISSUES FACING BUSINESS OWNERS.  TO R-S-V-P, CALL THE CHAMBER AT 363-3789.

 

 

(MAY 26, 2014)  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY ANNUAL SALUTE TO AGRICULTURE WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK AND THE THEME THIS YEAR IS SOIL CONSERVATION.  ON MONDAY, JUNE 2ND, THE U-S-D-A SERVICE CENTER ON WATERLOO STREET WILL HOST AN OPEN HOUSE.  ATTENDEES WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY, NATURAL RESOURCE AND CONSERVATION SERVICE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICES AND THE PROGRAMS THEY OFFER TO LOCAL FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS.  ALSO ON MONDAY THERE WILL BE A F-C-E SPONSORED CULTURAL ARTS FAIR FROM NOON TO 4 AT THE LAWRENCE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE MEETING ROOM.  ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST TO HONOR LAWRENCE COUNTY FARMERS WILL BE HELD AT 7:30 IN THE CAFETERIA AT DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  STATE CONSERVATIONIST KEVIN BROWN WILL BE THE SPEAKER AND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CENTURY FARM WILL BE RECOGNIZED.  FARM CITY DAY WILL BE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4TH FROM 9 TO NOON AT THE LIVESTOCK PAVILION IN ROTARY PARK.  KIDS WILL HAVE HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM WITH LOTS OF FARM ANIMALS AND OTHER RELATED EDUCATIONAL AND FUN ACTIVITIES.  ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5TH, FARM TOURS WITH THE THEME OF SOIL CONSERVATION WILL BE HELD FROM 7:45 TO 2.  FOUR FARMS ARE ON THIS YEAR'S TOUR WITH GUEST SPEAKERS ALONG THE WAY.  THE BUS WILL DEPART FROM THE CROCKETT SCHOOL PARKING LOT.  REFRESHMENTS AND LUNCH WILL BE INCLUDED.  THE LAWRENCE COUNTY LIONS CLUB WALKING HORSE SHOW WILL BE FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH'S MAIN EVENT.  THE SHOW WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 6 AT ROTARY PARK.  THE WEEK LONG SALUTE WILL CONCLUDE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH WITH FREE FISHING AND FISHING RODEOS.  RESERVE A SEAT FOR THE FARMER'S BREAKFAST BY CALLING THE CHAMBER AT 762-4911.  TO RESERVE A SEAT FOR THE FARM TOURS, CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT 762-5506.

 

 

(MAY 27, 2014)  AS TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO RISE THIS SUMMER, TENNESSEE OSHA WANTS WORKERS TO BE AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS OF HEAT ILLNESS AND HEAT STROKE.  EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF WORKERS ARE AFFECTED BY EXPOSURE TO HEAT AND RELATED ILLNESSES CAN RANGE FROM HEAT RASH TO HEAT EXHAUSTION TO HEAT STROKE - WHICH CAN BE FATAL.  SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS INCLUDE: HEADACHE, DIZZINESS, FAINTING, WEAKNESS, THIRST, NAUSEA AND VOMITING.  SOME SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE INCLUDE: CONFUSION, PASSING OUT, SEIZURES OR CEASING TO SWEAT.  HEAT STRESS AND STROKE CAN SHUT DOWN MAJOR BODY ORGANS CAUSING ACUTE HEART, LIVER, KIDNEY AND MUSCLE DAMAGE AS WELL AS NERVOUS SYSTEM PROBLEMS AND BLOOD DISORDERS.  TO PREVENT HEAT ILLNESS, EMPLOYERS NEED TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO TAKE FREQUENT WATER BREAKS AND TIME TO REST IN THE SHADE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE OSHA.GOV. 

 

 

(MAY 27, 2014)  A RECENT TRAFFIC STOP LED TO A DRUG ARREST IN LAWRENCEBURG.  POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS INDICATE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO NORTH LOCUST AVENUE AROUND 9:30 A-M LAST TUESDAY FOR A SUSPECTED D-U-I INVOLVING A 1991 CHEVY BLAZER.  POLICE PULLED OVER THE VEHICLE AND THE DRIVER, 43 YEAR-OLD CLINT SAMUEL CROWDER OF SHELBYVILLE ALMOST FELL TWICE WHILE GETTING OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND WAS SLURRING HIS SPEECH.  A BOTTLE CONTAINING A VARIETY OF PILLS WAS FOUND IN THE VEHICLE'S CONSOLE.  THE PASSENGER, 43 YEAR-OLD MICKEY DON LOONEY OF LAWRENCEBURG CLAIMED THE PILLS WERE CROWDER'S BUT CROWDER CLAIMED THE PILLS BELONGED TO LOONEY.  CROWDER WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS FOR RESALE, D-U-I 1ST AND VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW.  HIS VEHICLE AND 140 DOLLARS CASH WERE SEIZED AND HIS BOND SET AT 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  LOONEY WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF DRUGS FOR RESALE.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  BOTH ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT ON JUNE 6TH. 

 

 

(MAY 27, 2014)  A UTILITY TRAILER WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM AN ETHRIDGE RESIDENCE.  ACCORDING TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, A DRY WEAKLEY ROAD PROPERTY RESIDENT ALERTED OFFICERS SATURDAY WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT SOMEONE HAD TAKEN A 16 FOOT UTILITY TRAILER FROM HIS YARD.  THE TRAILER WAS BLACK AND HAD A LOG CHAIN, BINDER AND REMOVABLE RAMPS ON IT.  LOSS WAS ESTIMATED AT 900 DOLLARS.

 

 

(MAY 27, 2014)  THE PULASKI PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOST KIDS SUMMER CAMP IN JUNE AND JULY.  CAMP FOR KIDS AGES 6 TO 10 WILL BE HELD MONDAY THRU FRIDAY BEGINNING JUNE 2ND.  ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE SWIMMING, ARTS AND CRAFTS, BASEBALL, TENNIS, GAMES AND MORE.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM.  THE COST IS 55 DOLLARS PER WEEK.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEBSITE PULASKIPARKS.COM.

 

 

(MAY 22, 2014)  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY HAVE ANNOUNCED PLANS TO STEP UP ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC LAWS DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  THE EFFORT IS PART OF THE STATE'S "DRIVE TO ZERO" FATALITIES CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES ON STATE ROADWAYS.  THE OFFICIAL HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD WILL BE HELD FROM 6 P-M FRIDAY TO 11:59 P-M MONDAY.  IN 2013, 10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES IN TENNESSEE DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.  THAT'S DOWN FROM 14 DEATHS IN 2012.  LAST YEAR, 7 OF THE VEHICULAR FATALITIES WERE ALCOHOL RELATED AND 3 WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS.  IN ADDITION TO HAVING MORE TROOPERS ON PATROL, SEVERAL DRIVERS LICENSE, SOBRIETY AND SEATBELT CHECKPOINTS WILL BE HELD THRU-OUT THE AREA.  ON FRIDAY A SEATBELT CHECKPOINT WILL BE SET UP IN GILES COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 11 ON MILL STREET BRIDGE; A SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT WILL BE HELD IN LAWRENCE COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 43 AT THE 23 POINT 4 MILE MARKER; AND A DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT WILL BE HELD IN MAURY COUNTY ON STATE ROUTE 7 NORTH, JUST SOUTH OF THE 27 MILE MARKER. 

 

 

(MAY 22, 2014)  MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY MORNING.  THE BOARD PASSED AN ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING ESTABLISHING IMPOUND LOT REGULATIONS SETTING A 40 DOLLAR PER DAY STORAGE FEE FOR IMPOUNDED AND SEIZED VEHICLES.  A RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED CALLING FOR THE ELECTION OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL SEATS ONE AND TWO ON NOVEMBER 4TH TO COINCIDE WITH THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.  QUALIFYING PAPERS MAY BE PICKED UP BEGINNING THIS FRIDAY (TODAY) AND MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTION COMMISSION BY AUGUST 21ST AT NOON.  COUNCIL SEATS ONE AND TWO ARE CURRENTLY HELD BY ROBIN WILLIAMS AND CHAD MOORE.  THE COUNCIL O-KAYED A RESOLUTION FOR THE LAWRENCEBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ENTER INTO AN INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW PROSPECT FIRE DEPARTMENT.  THE AGREEMENT WILL HAVE BOTH DEPARTMENTS RESPONDING TO EACH OTHERS' STRUCTURE FIRES TO PROVIDE MUTUAL AID IN MAN POWER AND EQUIPMENT AS NEEDED.  A RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED TO REQUEST BIDS FOR THE MILLING OF JOHN'S ALLEY LOCATED BEHIND THE CROCKETT THEATER FROM WEST GAINES TO DELLAR STREET.  ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS WERE APPROVED.   

 

 

(MAY 22, 2014)  A DELAY IN STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES FROM THE STATE WILL NOT DELAY FINAL GRADES FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY STUDENTS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, ALL STATE SCHOOL SYSTEMS WERE NOTIFIED TUESDAY BY THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT THERE WOULD BE A DELAY OF AT LEAST TEN DAYS IN THE RELEASE OF TCAP SCORES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 THRU 8.  BY LAW, TCAP SCORES ARE REQUIRED TO COUNT AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE STUDENTS' FINAL GRADE.  IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE SCORES COUNT AS 15 PERCENT.  LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS OFFICIALLY REQUESTED A WAIVER FOR LOCAL STUDENTS MEANING THE STUDENTS' GRADES IN CLASS WILL BE THE FINAL GRADE FOR THE SEMESTER.  REPORT CARDS WILL BE FINALIZED, PRINTED AND SENT HOME IN REGULAR FASHION WITHOUT T-CAP SCORES INCLUDED.  AS THE DELAY IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THE CONTROL OF LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOLS, ANY CONCERNS REGARDING THE ISSUE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO EDUCATION COMMISSIONER KEVIN HUFFMAN BY E-MAIL AT KEVIN.S.HUFFMAN@TN.GOV.

 

 

(MAY 21, 2014)  A WOMAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY ON BURGLARY AND VANDALISM CHARGES FOLLOWING AN EARLY MORNING INCIDENT AT A LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME.  SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS INDICATE OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A WATERLOO ROAD RESIDENCE AROUND 1:30 A-M FOR BURGLARY AND VANDALISM AND THE SUSPECT WAS STILL AT THE SCENE.  UPON ARRIVAL, AUTHORITIES LEARNED THAT 34 YEAR-OLD BARBARA DEAN JACKSON HAD KNOCKED ON THE VICTIM'S DOOR WANTING HELP AND ASKING TO USE THE PHONE.  THE VICTIM AND HIS GIRLFRIEND LET JACKSON USE THE PHONE AND THEY THOUGHT SHE LEFT THE PROPERTY ON FOOT.  MOMENTS LATER, THE VICTIM NOTICED THAT THE SUSPECT WAS IN HIS TRUCK PARKED IN THE DRIVEWAY.  THEY THEN SAW JACKSON KICK THE DRIVER'S SIDE WINDOW OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND THEY CALLED AUTHORITIES.  LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUND JACKSON PASSED OUT IN THE TRUCK.  WHEN SHE WOKE UP, JACKSON APPEARED TO BE DISORIENTED AND POSSIBLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.  THE SUSPECT TOLD THE DEPUTY SHE HAD BEEN AT A MASQUERADE BALL AT HER CHURCH BUT SOMEONE STARTING CHASING HER ALMOST LIKE A SCARY MOVIE AND SHE FLED, ENDING UP AT THE VICTIM'S RESIDENCE.  OFFICIALS SAID THERE WERE NO SIGNS THAT THE SUSPECT WAS BEING CHASED.  JACKSON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE AND VANDALISM AND TRANSPORTED TO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL.

 

 

(MAY 21, 2014)  LOCAL AUTHORITIES BUSTED A COUPLE OF SUSPECTS LAST WEEK FOR HAVING AND TRYING TO BUY COMPONENTS USED TO MAKE METH.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE LAWRENCEBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, A WALGREENS PHARMACY EMPLOYEE CALLED POLICE MAY 14TH ABOUT A MAN AND WOMAN TRYING TO BUY PSEUDOEPHEDRINE, A COMPONENT USED TO MAKE METHAMPHETAMINE.  WHILE ENROUTE TO THE CALL, THE OFFICER WAS ADVISED THAT THE COUPLE WENT ACROSS THE STREET TO C-V-S TO ATTEMPT TO BUY THE DRUG THERE BEFORE RETURNING TO WALGREENS AGAIN TO TRY TO MAKE THE PURCHASE BEFORE LEAVING IN A RED TOYOTA.  OFFICERS INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP ON DRIVER 23 YEAR-OLD BOBBY LARRY FRALIX THE THIRD AND PASSENGER 45 YEAR-OLD MICHELLE LYNN JOHN BOTH OF LAWRENCEBURG.  A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE TURNED UP OTHER COMPONENTS USED TO MAKE METH AND A SEARCH OF FRALIX'S PHONE REVEALED TEXT MESSAGES ABOUT BUYING OTHER COMPONENTS.  FRALIX WAS CHARGED WITH PROMOTION OF METH MANUFACTURING AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE.  HE IS BEING HELD ON 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  JOHN WAS CHARGED WITH PROMOTION OF METH MANUFACTURING AND AUTHORITIES SEIZED HER VEHICLE.  SHE IS BEING HELD ON 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.  BOTH ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT JUNE 5TH.

 

 

(MAY 21, 2014)  THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS WEEK.  THE AGENDA INCLUDES AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH IMPOUND LOT REGULATIONS AND FEES FOR IMPOUNDED AND SEIZED VEHICLES, A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ELECTION OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL SEATS 1 AND 2, A REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR MILLING JOHN'S ALLEY AND OTHER ITEMS.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT 8:30 A-M IN THE COUNCIL MEETING ROOM IN THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.