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Arrest Made In Columbia Homicide

Columbia Police arrested a 17-year-old today in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old Papa John’s employee, according to a press release by CPD.

Darious A. Fitzpatrick, 17, was arrested and charged with murdering 22-year-old Gordon Schaffer during a robbery Monday night.

Fitzpatrick is also charged with robbing two Columbia Dollar General stores last week, according to the report.

He faces charges of first degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and three counts of employing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Story Curtesy from Columbia Daily Herald

 
Town Hall Meeting October 21st Draws Large Audience

A large audience of concerned citizens, business owners, and town leaders attended the Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night at the Lewisburg Recreation Center. Mayor Jim Bingham opened the meeting and was enthusiastic about the future of the City of Lewisburg and the cooperation between the City and the County to improve the character of our community. He revealed the first plan to “Straighten Up” our community starting with West Commerce. In the near future workers will be resetting street signs, cleaning up landscaping and hopefully helping home owners to have a genuine pride for their own property along that corridor. This is the first phase of cleaning up our community.

City Manager, Randall Dunn, took the podium next to expound upon the Vision Plan and the future implementation of 32 projects originally decided upon for the overall plan. He explained that each of these projects will be fully or partially funded by grant monies that have been acquired from various sources. These projects include but are not limited to the improvement of the current park system and green ways in town and the future development of several neighborhood parks. Money will also be used to clean up and improve the main corridors leading into the downtown area. Ultimately money will also be used to improve the downtown space as well. Grants are also going to help the city replace the pool at the Recreation Center with something that is more modern with several new water features.

Other discussion of the night by Leland Carden of the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance was about the focus for Lewisburg to become a Main Street Community. He invited people to the open meeting that will be held at City Hall with Director of the Tennessee Main Street Program on November 17th at 7 pm to learn more about this program. This program could help business owners on and around the square to acquire funds for improvements and to build a sense of pride and community around the Lewisburg Square again for future generations.

At the end of the evening, Mayor Bingham opened the floor for a question-answer session. The overall feel in the room was that the Vision Plan is a great start and foundation to improve Lewisburg. However, most people at the meeting were concerned about how the city could support the citizen’s better and small businesses in the same manner as the industrial community. At the heart of this discussion was the concern that local businesses need the support of the community and town leaders. Shopping locally for anything that is available is the first step. Helping with the overall curb appeal to visitors in our community is another step to drawing tourism money and possible residents.  And ultimately more jobs mean more residents and hopefully more services and amenities for the residents in the near future.

 
Man Dies In Columbia Robbery

According to the Columbia Herald, the Columbia Police Department is investigating a robbery that lead to the shooting death of a Papa John’s employee at approximately 10 p.m. Monday, October 20th.

When police arrived on the scene at 1902 Shady Brook Street in Columbia they discovered 22 year old Gordon Schaffer on the floor near the cash register. He had suffered at least one gunshot wound but was conscious and told the officers that two black males had robbed him.

The entire incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.

One subject was described as a heavy-set male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a dark colored hoodie, pants and shoes. He was also carrying a handgun and wearing light-colored gloves.

The second suspect the Columbia Police is looking for is described as male, slim build, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and shoes as well as a black shirt over a dark blue hoodie. He too was wearing light colored gloves and was carrying a bag.

Columbia Police said in their press release that there are several similarities between this robbery and the other two that have happened in Maury County in October; however there were no injuries in the other robberies.

The Columbia Police also said that in all three robberies witnesses reported seeing a black, early- to-mid 2000’s four door car, possibly a Nissan Altima or Chevrolet Impala, in the area prior to the robberies. Someone also witnessed a red SUV type vehicle near the Papa John’s prior to the time of the robbery and murder.

Schaffer was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Columbia Police Department is asking for anyone who might have information about this crime or any other robbery in the Columbia area to call 931-380-2721, Crime Stoppers at 931-381-4900, or the S.A.F.E. tip Line at 931-380-2930 or email SafeTips@columbiatn-dot-com.

 
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Announces "Close the Door" Campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – “Close the Door!” That is what Gary West, State Fire Marshal, is telling Tennesseans in an effort to save more lives if a fire should occur.

 

“A door is one of the best pieces of firefighting and lifesaving equipment,” said Gary West.  “If you leave a room that is on fire, simply closing the door behind you can be the best decision you make.”

 

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.  It is a good idea to sleep with your bedroom door closed as well.  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, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at

615-532-5847 or visit our website at www.tn.gov/fire for more fire prevention tips.

 
Burn Permits Required Oct 15 Through May 15

The Division of Forestry is reminding Marshall County residents that if they intend to do any outdoor burning, they are required by state law to obtain a burning permit. The permits are required October 15 until May 15.

To obtain a permit call toll free 1/877/350/2876 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note that this number was recently changed. Permits are also available online for small scale debris burns by visiting BurnSafeTN.org. Online applicants will be asked to submit the same information they would if applying by phone and will receive a printable permit to have on hand while conducting their burn.

Permits generally cover 24 hours. For weekend burning, a permit can be obtained on Friday's by phone. A permit can also be obtained online on Saturdays and Sundays. Permits will be issued if weather conditions are considered safe for debris burning activity.

Last year a total of 3,121 burn permits were issued for Marshall County according to David Warren, Forrest Technician with the Division of Forestry. Debris burning should always be done in a safe manner and is the responsibility of the permit recipient. TDF reminds you that "Your fire is Your Responsibility".

 
Early Voting In Marshall County Has Begun

Early Voting for the November 4th State & Federal General, Town of Cornersville Municipal Election will be held at the Election Commission office located at 230 College St., Suite 120, Lewisburg, TN 37091 beginning October 15 - October 30.  Hours will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturday's from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

An additional Early Voting location will be held in Chapel Hill at the United Methodist Church located at 316 N. Horton Pkwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034 beginning October 27 - October 30.  Hours in Chapel Hill will be 10 a.m. - 5 .p.m.

 
Halloween in the Park in Cornersville

Cornersville Lions Club will host Halloween in the Park Saturday, October 25th. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.

 
Culleoka Man Arrested on Kidnapping Charge

NASHVILLE – Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation served an arrest warrant on a Culleoka man today, charging him with the Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault of his former girlfriend.

 

On the morning of October 14th, at the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, TBI agents began investigating a report of a kidnapping at 1009 Mill Town Road in Lewisburg, TN. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Paul Brent Baxter went to that address and abducted his former girlfriend, 35-year old Emma Christina Rowe, at knife point. The victim had an active order of protection preventing Baxter, 44, from contacting her.  Baxter also assaulted the homeowner, James Griggs. Later in the day, agents learned that Baxter was at an apartment at 609 Landers Street in Shelbyville, Tennessee and that he was possibly holding Emma Rowe there.

 

This afternoon, TBI agents, working alongside deputies from the Bedford County and Marshall County Sheriff’s Departments, arrested Baxter at that apartment complex without incident and charged him with Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Assault and Vandalism. Emma Rowe was transported from the apartment to a Shelbyville hospital for medical treatment. Baxter was booked in the Marshall County Jail where he is being held without bond.

 
American Red Cross Encourages Donors To Make Blood Donation A Lifelong Habit

Leaders Save Lives Program gives students chance to win college scholarship 

 The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit. 

Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school. High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements. 

Blood donations often decline during the winter holidays when school is not in session. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program will be entered to win a college scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives. 

Donors are needed year-round, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Those who attempt to donate in October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. 

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood drive opportunities Oct. 16-31 

Marshall County

Lewisburg

10/16/2014: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church St.

Maury County

Columbia

10/21/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., NHC Healthcare Columbia, 101 Walnut Lane

10/21/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland Park Elementary School, 1606 Highland Ave.

10/23/2014: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 19, 812 Nashville Highway, Highway 31 North

10/23/2014: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Riverside Elementary School, 203 Carter St.

10/26/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverview Baptist Church, 798 Santa Fe Pike

Spring Hill

10/22/2014: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2998 Commonwealth Drive

 
New App Puts Power To Help Save Lives In Hands Of Blood Donors

New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood 

The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. 

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores. 

As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:

  • A blood drive or blood donation locator;
  • The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user’s calendar;
  • Personalized “selfies” donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
  • Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
  • A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America’s best brands, including Shari’s Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
  • Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives. 

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

 The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply. 

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

 

Select a station below to listen to our live broadcast!

 

 

WJJM 94.3 FM Marshall County High

WJJM FMeXtra Forrest High School (IPhone/Ipad/Ipod)

WJJM FMeXtra Forrest High School(Link#2)

WJJM 1490 AM Cornersville High School

 

 


 

AM/FM radio delivers the largest reach during the time periods immediately prior to peak shopping hours, according to a study commissioned by Arbitron and presented at the Radio Show in Dallas. The study showed that radio continues to dominate the audio entertainment landscape, and out delivers web, social networking or mobile usage during the average day among Adults ages 25-54. To take advantage of this great opportunity on WJJM AM or FM call Missie Haislip at 931-359-4511 to discuss your advertising campaign.

 


 
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