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State Fire Marshal Offers Vehicle Fire Safety Tips

NASHVILLE – As warmer weather has Tennesseans on the move to springtime activities, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to highlight important vehicle fire safety tips.

Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause according to the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA), so regular vehicle maintenance is crucial to prevention car fires.

To prevent vehicle fires:

• Have your vehicles inspected at least annually by a trained, professional technician.

• Watch for fluid leaks under vehicles; rapid changes in fuel and fluid levels and engine temperature; cracked or blistered hoses; or wiring that is loose, has exposed metal or has cracked insulation. Have any of these conditions inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

• Be alert to changes in the way your vehicle sounds when running, or to a visible plume of exhaust coming from the tailpipe. A louder than usual exhaust tone, smoke coming from the tailpipe or a backfiring exhaust could mean problems or damage to the high-temperature exhaust and emission control system on the vehicle. Have vehicles inspected and repaired as soon as possible if exhaust or emission control problems are suspected.

• If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.

• Avoid smoking. If you must smoke, use your vehicle ashtray.

• Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.

• Drive according to posted speed limits and other traffic rules. Remain alert to changing road conditions at all times.


If a fire occurs:

Stop – If possible, pull to the side of the road and turn off the ignition. Pulling to the side makes it possible for everyone to get out of the vehicle safely. Turn off the ignition to shut off the electric current and stop the flow of gasoline. Put the vehicle in park or set the emergency brake; you don’t want the vehicle to move after you leave it. Keep the hood closed because more oxygen can make the fire larger.

Get Out – Make sure everyone gets out of the vehicle. Then move at least 100 feet away. Keep traffic in mind and keep everyone together. There is not only danger from the fire, but also from other vehicles moving in the area.

Call for Help – Call 9-1-1. Never return to the vehicle for belongings or to attempt to fight the fire yourself.


Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Dickson man accused of soliciting a crime victim’s father and offering to murder his child’s killer.

On Monday, while conducting the investigation into last week’s double homicide in Dickson, TBI Agents received information that Jamey Earl Donegan had approached the family of one of the homicide victims and offered himself for hire to murder their child’s killer in exchange for money. At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents began investigating the information and determined Donegan furthered the solicitation plot when he manufactured a confession by having another individual pose as the killer and offer a false confession to the family.

On Monday night, TBI Agents arrested the 43-year-old and charged him with one count of Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder. At the time of this release, he was being held on $1,000,000 bond in the Dickson County Jail. The investigation into last week’s incident remains acting and ongoing. Anyone with information pertinent to the case should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.



NASHVILLE—Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at the Wagner Berry Farm near Spring Hill on Friday, April 24.

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct “Strawberry School,” demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop. 

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and Assistant Commissioner Ed Harlan will attend, as will Maury County Mayor Charles Norman and other area officials. 

Who: All media are invited. Local officials are also encouraged to attend.
What: Strawberry School Media Day
When: April 24, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Wagner Berry Farm

4923 Ollie Chunn Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174
John and Martha Wagner (931) 486-0337

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Contact Cynthia Kent at 615-483-5184 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Pick Tennessee Products is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s statewide program to connect Tennessee farmers, farmers markets and local food makers to consumers. The program is a free service to Tennessee farmers and is available on the Web at www.picktnproducts.org, via mobile app, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Maury Regional Named Among Top 15 Health Systems For Third Time

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Health Care System has been recognized among the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation for the third time by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of data-driven analytics. They are the only system in Tennessee to make the 2015 list which was announced in the April 20 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.


The 2015 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study analyzed data from 341 health systems and 2,841 member hospitals to identify 15 U.S. health systems that achieved superior performance based on a composite score of nine measures of care quality, patient perception of care, episode-of-illness cost and operational efficiency. Among the key findings in the study were:

  • Lower Cost per Episode: The winning 15 Top Health Systems spent 7 percent less per care episode than non-winning peer systems.
  • Better Survival Rates: The winning systems also experienced 1.2 percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer systems.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 5 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measures Adherence: The top health systems had a 10.9 percent better patient safety performance and better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.


Truven Health AnalyticsTM researchers analyzed public information that included Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare Web site. Truven Health researchers have analyzed and reported on the performance of hospitals since 1993.


This award comes on the heels of Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) being recognized for the second time as an Excellence Award winner by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, Tennessee’s only statewide quality program patterned on the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.


In addition, MRMC was recently recognized as a Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital for its achievement and innovation in the delivery of patient-centered care. MRMC is one of only 28 hospitals in the United States, and the first in Tennessee, to receive the Patient-Centered Designation since the program’s launch in 2007.


To learn more about the Truven Health Analytics recognition, visit 100tophospitals.com.


NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for March 2015, released today, show the rates decreased in 88 counties, increased in five counties, and remained the same in two counties. Specific county information for March is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborMAR2015.pdf.

Marshall County Unemployment rate for March 2015 was 5.5% which is down 0.5% from February this year and also down 1.1% from March of 2014.

Wine In Grocery Stores On The May 5th Ballot

All registered voters of the City of Lewisburg will be able to cast a vote on May 5th on an issue that affects all the residents in Lewisburg - wine in grocery stores.   Two wards of the City's five wards will vote to elect someone to be their Councilman for the next four years.  However, all wards will be open at regular polling places on May 5th. The only item on the ballot will be on whether or not to sell wine in grocery stores.

Citizens of Lewisburg signed a petition to get wine in grocery stores on the ballot but very few people are aware there is a vote taking place on May 5, 2015 to decide this issue.

Early voting is open until April 30th from 8 am to 4 pm at the Hardison School Annex Building in the Election Office​. All voters must have a photo ID in order to vote.

City To Hire Seasonal Workers At Rec Center

The City of Lewisburg is accepting applications for seasonal positions for the Lewisburg Parks and Recreation Department. Positions available are Golf Course Laborer, Desk Attendant, Lifeguards, and Housekeeping. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, April 21st. Applications may be obtained at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church St., between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Santa Fe woman accused of stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars from her grandmother.


At the request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, TBI Special Agents began investigating Charlotte Watts on February 3rd. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from November 2012 through February 2014, while living with and acting as caretaker and power of attorney for her grandmother, Watts stole more than $250,000 from her.


On Thursday, a Maury County Grand Jury indicted the 43-year-old on one count of Theft over $250,000. Today, a TBI Agent arrested Watts and booked her into the Maury County Jail, where at the time of this release, she was being held on $60,000 bond.



NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $12,435 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Appertain Corporation in Pulaski. Incumbent Worker Training Grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs of their employees.

“We have to make sure that we have the trained workforce to fill the jobs companies want to create in Tennessee, and these grants are a part of the effort to meet the demands of a very competitive marketplace,” said Governor Haslam.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.

In their application for the grant, Appertain Corporation stated this grant would allow employees to be better trained. Appertain would introduce new technological and procedural methods of processing recyclable materials that would increase efficiency and allow greater quantities of recyclable materials to be processed. The Lean Six Sigma and DFSS Training (Green Belt) would aid in providing customers with products in a more cost-effective and accurate manner while developing new and larger income streams.

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grant to Appertain Corporation.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the February revised rate of 6.6 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for March was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the prior month.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate declined from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent while the national rate declined from 6.6 percent to 5.5 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment decreased 4,400 jobs from February to March. The largest decreases occurred in accommodation/food services, trade/transportation/utilities, and mining/logging/construction.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 49,300 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.
Follow Up On Animal Cruelty Case

Earlier this month WJJM reported a story on possible animal cruelty charges against Darlene Wood of 2495 Gold road. Eight Animals were seized on her property and are being cared for by an animal advocacy group in Murfreesboro. Ms. Wood was to appear in court this month; however the court case has been reset for May 19th. Ms. Wood was ordered to post $7000 bond to provide for costs associated with the horses’ care, including board, vet checks, and feed. If Ms. Wood fails to post bond within 10 days of the judge’s order, which was issued on Tuesday, April 13th, she will forfeit ownership of the horses.

She was charged with one case of animal cruelty which covered all eight animals.

8 Horses Seized on Gold Road in Lewisburg

According to Detective Tony Nichols of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, a concerned citizen of Lewisburg called in a complaint of a possible animal cruelty case at 2495 Gold Road in Lewisburg on March 31st. A Deputy was sent to investigate and reported there was reason to believe there was a case. On April 1st, Detective Nichols and Rick Skillington of the UT Ag Extension Office went to make a welfare check on the property in question.

Skillington performed a test to determine the horses “Body Score”. Eight horses were in danger of starvation. Two ponies on the property were also tested and scored satisfactory on the test.  Detective Nichols contacted the Volunteer Equine Advocates from Murfreesboro about the welfare of the animals. They offer care and assistance in cases of abused horses.

Monday, April 6th, the Volunteer Equine Advocates and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department seized the eight horses in danger from the owner, 56 year old Darlene Wood, of 2495 Gold Road. Wood will appear in front of Judge Lee Bussart on Tuesday, April 14th, on one count of animal cruelty which covers all eight animals. The animals will remain with the Advocacy group in Murfreesboro until the Judge’s ruling. If the Judge does not return the animals to the owner, they will be nursed back to health by the group and then adopted out to other owners.

This is a Class A misdemeanor charge against Ms. Wood. If there are ever any subsequent charges they would then be an Class E Felony charge.


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