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Henry Horton State Park Announces Annual 50-Day Challenge

Henry Horton State Park announces its 50-Day Challenge to the local community, encouraging individuals and families to walk 50 miles in 50 days, beginning Dec. 6, 2014 through Jan. 25, 2015.


“Henry Horton State Park is a terrific place to walk, with a variety of hiking trails,” said Park Manager Randy Whitworth.  “We hope members of the community will accept our challenge and also cheer on their co-workers, family members and friends to get a jump on a healthy start to 2015.”


Interested walkers are asked to visit the Henry Horton State Park office to receive a 50-Day Challenge packet, including information on trail lengths, a record sheet for daily miles and park map. The first 50 participants to register will receive a free T-shirt.


Henry Horton State Park boasts four great hiking trails and a one-mile picnic area loop that are available for use every day:


  • The Hickory Ridge Loop (1.5 miles) is located near the campground and traverses habitats ranging from oak-hickory forest to unusual cedar glades.
  • The Wilhoite Mill Trail (1 mile) follows the Duck River among second growth woods, covering an early mill community.
  • The Wild Turkey Trail (2 miles) winds through rich woods and old fields.
  • The Adeline Wilhoite-Horton Nature Trail (4 miles) follows the Duck River about 1.5 miles downstream from Highway 31-A and loops into an area of cedar glades.


“This time of year is when we generally consume more calories and the 50-Day Challenge will give walkers an opportunity to burn up some of those calories – all in a beautiful park setting,” added Whitworth. “We hope everyone will join us in keeping healthy and fit throughout the holiday season.”


Henry Horton is a 1,532-acre state park with four hiking trails, featuring an abundance of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. The park offers hours of family enjoyment whether it's swimming in the Olympic-sized pool, fishing along the Duck River, playing volleyball or basketball or just having a picnic.  Henry Horton State Park also is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, inn and cabins, campgrounds and trap and skeet range. Additional information about the park can be found at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/henry-horton.


For more information about Henry Horton State Park’s 50-Day Challenge, please call the park office at 931-364-7724.


Tyler Davis of Chapel Hill Arrested and Charged With Aggravated Animal Cruelty

On November 22, 2014 after an investigation by Detective Tony Nichols with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Jason Williams with Marshall County Animal Control Tyler Davis was arrested and charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty. On November 18, 2014 it was discovered Tyler had a two year old Blue Healer dog that was in very poor condition, according to a veterinary report the dog should weigh between 30 and 35 pounds and when taken to the vets office she only weighed a little over 13 pounds.


If you have any questions please give me a call. Office 359-6122 or Personal Cell 931-625-1481


Holiday Meals Call For Caution

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are just around the corner and homes will soon be filled the aroma of those special meals being prepared for family and guests. Marshall Medical Center reminds us to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from causing foodborne illness.


  • When shopping, make sure your turkey and other cold food like meat and are the last thing you put into your shopping cart before heading for the check-out lanes. Put these into plastic bags and separate them from the other food in your cart to prevent cross-contamination from juices dripping on other foods.
  • Plan to drive directly home from the grocery store and place meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately on getting home. Freeze ground meat and poultry that won’t be used in one or two days; freeze other meat within four days. Refrigerate other perishable food within one to two hours. When carrying food to another location, keep it cold to minimize bacterial growth. Use an insulated cooler with sufficient ice or ice packs to keep it at 40 degrees or below.
  • Completely thaw meat and poultry so it cooks more evenly. Use the refrigerator for slow, safe thawing or thaw sealed packages in cold water. If you are an all-weather griller, for quicker thawing you can microwave defrost and then place the food immediately on the grill. Partially pre-cooking food in the microwave, stove or oven will reduce grilling time.
  • Don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat or poultry and be sure to keep all platters and utensils clean.
  • Follow guidelines to be sure that all food is properly cooked before being consumed.
  • For more tips, visit USDA.gov.
State Fire Marshal's Office Offers Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and enjoy a festive day of good food and thanks.  For the chief cook, it is a time to show your best dish and wow your hungry guests.  It is important to take precautions when preparing a delicious meal especially if you are using a turkey fryer.


Outdoor, gas-fueled fryers cook up juicy turkeys in a fraction of the time it takes to roast one in an indoor oven. However, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in discouraging the residential use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil because they pose an enormous risk for injury.

“Outdoor fryers heat gallons of cooking oil to very high temperatures to cook the turkey,” said State Fire Marshal Gary West.  “The risk of this oil being spilled is significant, and the resulting injuries can be severe.”

Turkey fryer hazards:

  • The fryers are often bumped or tipped over when the turkey is put in or taken out, presenting a greater risk for the oil to splash or spill. Outdoor fryers that come with a stand pose the greatest risk of tipping.
  • The oil is heated to such a high temperature for frying that the vapors could ignite, resulting in a fire.
  • If you use a turkey fryer during rain or snow, the risk of injury is increased. When rain or snow hits the hot oil, the oil can splash or turn to steam, which can cause burns.
  • Numerous fires have ignited when fryers have been brought indoors or into a garage to keep the appliances out of the rain.
  • Moving the turkey from the fryer to a serving plate presents another chance of contact with hot oil.
  • Turkeys that are not completely thawed may cause the oil to splash, which can cause burns.
  • Children have been severely burned when running into turkey fryers while playing nearby.


It is recommended that consumers utilize the oil-free models that are available or seek commercial professionals to prepare this entrée. Fried turkeys can be ordered from some supermarkets and restaurants during the holiday season.  Caution should always be used when using any kind of deep fryer. From 2009-2013, Tennessee fire departments responded to 70 fires involving deep fryers. Three civilian injuries and $1.96 million in direct property damage resulted.

If frying your own turkey is an absolute must, the following safety measures should be carefully followed:

  • Turkey fryers must always be used outdoors and a safe distance from buildings and other flammable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers indoors or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryer is used on a flat surface to prevent accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To prevent spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • The National Turkey Foundation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease or oil fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department by dialing 911.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, but remember to be extra cautious when using a turkey fryer.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee. Visit our website at www.tn.gov/fire for more fire prevention tips.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Chapel Hill Citizen of the Year

Rex Messick, owner of Rex's Foodland in Chapel hill, has been chosen as Citizen of the Year. Rex began his career int he grocery business as a pre-teen boy racking bottles and filling drink boxes. At the age of 16, he began working for a market in his hometown of Andalusia, AL. He later began a 14 year career with Delchamps, Inc. in Mobile, AL as an apprentice meat cutter and worked his way up the career ladder to Training Director for the entire chain of Delchamps stores which at one point numbered in excess of 100 stores. In 1976, he opened his own store in Wilmer, AL which he operated for 10 years and in 1986 became Retail Counselor and Tennessee Division Manager for Mitchell Grocery, Inc. a large wholesale grocer.

In January of 1996, Rex purchased Moorehead Grocery in Chapel Hill. Due to the rapid growth in population in the Chapel Hill area he expanded his business by building the 25,000 square foot store as well as developing the surrounding property on the south side of town. Rex's development led the way in subsequent growth of this part of Chapel Hill. His strict requirements concerning signage and building appearance raised the bar for commercial construction in Chapel Hill. His attention to aesthetics has set the standard for the future.

Rex's emphasis on customer service and quality products has provided the citizens of Chapel Hill and the Surrounding area a grocery store rarely found in a small town and rural area. His belief in hard work and integrity has worked to instill that positive attribute to his employees. Rex's Foodland's Smart Shopper Program alone benefits 30 + non-profit organizations in the Chapel Hill area and his support of the schools in Chapel Hill and their arts and sports programs are unequalled.

Chapel hill is a much better place in which to live because of the contributions of Rex Messick and his family. The citizens of Chapel Hill are proud to honor him as Citizen of the Year.

Holiday Season Can Be Difficult For Seniors Coping With Depression Or Grief

LEWISBURG, Tenn. — The holidays are a joyous time of year that most people anticipate with excitement. Unfortunately, for older adults who may be struggling with depression or loss, the emotions of the holiday season can often bring despair.


According to Beth Sweeney, director of Senior Life Solutions at Marshall Medical Center, there are many factors that can cause a person to feel blue during the holiday season.


“The holidays often remind us of family members and friends who are no longer with us, as well as traditions of the past. For older adults who are already dealing with health issues, grief or depression, the swell of holiday emotions can sometimes be overwhelming,” said Sweeney.


To help those who may be struggling with emotions during the holidays, family members and friends are encouraged to keep a check on older family members and neighbors who may be alone. During holiday gatherings, Sweeney recommends taking steps to ensure that the festivities are enjoyable for everyone.


“In addition to reminiscing about past holiday celebrations, consider ways to make new memories that everyone—from the youngest to the oldest—can enjoy,” Sweeney said. “If you know an older relative or friend who is struggling with their emotions, consider referring them to a program that can provide them with support and tools to cope with their feelings.”


Senior Life Solutions offers outpatient assistance for older adults dealing with behavioral health issues. Referrals can be made by anyone, including a family member, friend or physician. Programs include group activities, individual and group therapy and more. For more information about Senior Life Solutions, call 931.270.3685.


Suspicious Fires Cause Concern

There has recently been several suspicious fires in both Lewisburg and Marshall County. Everyone's help is needed in solving the cause of these fires. If anyone has any information that might be of help, please contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Department at 359-6122, the Lewisburg Police Department at 359-4044, or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. The calls to the Tennessee Arson Hotline can earn a cash award of up to $1500.00. Reports of suspicious vehicles or activity in these areas can also be reported to Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 359-4867. All calls and information will be kept confidential.


NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for four people accused of participating in a large theft and money laundering operation.

In May, at the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents began investigating the operation involving Walmart stores in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that members of the ring would steal merchandise from Walmart stores and, through an elaborate system, convert the value of the merchandise to cash. The store estimates the group has been in operation since at least November of 2012 and stole more than $720,000 in merchandise.


On November 5th, the Williamson County Grand Jury returned indictments for four individuals, charging each with one count of Money Laundering, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft, and one count of Theft over $10,000. They include:


  • Demetria Lewis, 27 years old, of Hinkle Drive, Nashville
  • Dewayne Garner, 22 years old, of Hinkle Drive, Nashville
  • Jasmine Lewis, 22 years old, of Ocala Drive, Nashville
  • Sandy McKay, 35 years old, of N. 9th Street, Nashville


Today, TBI Agents, assisted by officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department, arrested the four individuals. At the time of this release, they were each being held in the Williamson County Jail on $150,000 bond.


Marshall County Woman Charged With Tenncare Fraud

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Marshall County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for using the state’s healthcare insurance program to pay for a fraudulent prescription.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Eugena R. Grimes, 25, of Lewisburg.

Grimes is charged with TennCare fraud in an indictment that accuses her of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraudulent means and using TennCare benefits to pay for the controlled substance.

"Pharmacies across the state are becoming more alert to the methods often used by people trying to obtain prescription drugs for personal use or to sell," Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. "We depend on the pharmacists and their employees to assist us in detecting this type of conduct so these people can be stopped and prosecuted."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Robert Carter is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures.  To date, 2,220 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

Tennessee State Parks Announce Special Winter Rates

NASHVILLE - Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for 360 cabins in 18 parks across the state, along with individual rooms at our six state park inns, from Nov. 15, 2014, through March 15, 2015. With a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee, families and groups seeking unique recreation opportunities and high-quality accommodations can find the perfect getaway – all at an exceptional value and a bit closer to home.
With a Tennessee State Parks special winter discount, park visitors can stay at one of Tennessee’s six state park inns for $59.95 a night (excluding tax). The inn discount may be used seven days a week and applies to both individuals and groups. Cabins ranging from premium to rustic are priced at two for one, Sunday through Thursday. Some holiday weeks are not included. Discounts are based on availability and certain other restrictions may apply. At participating restaurants, guests can package a breakfast for two for an additional $10.
There is no coupon necessary for this special rate and patrons simply need to ask for “Special Winter Promotion” when making a reservation. When making online reservations please ensure the available code for the special winter rate or cabin discount is applied. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended to ensure availability.
Special winter rates are not valid with other discounts. For more information about the special promotion, please call the Tennessee State Parks information line at (615) 532-0001 or toll free at 1-888-867-2757. For additional information or to make online reservations, please visit the Tennessee State Parks website at www.tnstateparks.com.

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One Person Arrested and Two Businesses Padlocked After TBI Investigation Into Prostitution and Human Trafficking

NASHVILLE – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working with law enforcement agencies from across the state, executed search warrants on four businesses Wednesday as part of an investigation into organized prostitution and human trafficking in Tennessee. The investigation resulted in one person being arrested and two businesses being padlocked.
TBI agents received assistance from the Smyrna Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Rockwood Police Department, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 9th Judicial Drug Task Force, Athens Police Department, McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations in executing the simultaneous search warrants. Those businesses that were the targets of Wednesday’s search warrants are:
C&K Spa, formerly QT Spa at 801 Peavine Road, Crossville, Tennessee. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Huichu Sandve, charging the 46 year-old with prostitution. She was booked into the Cumberland County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Interstate Spa at 108 Ole Patton Lane, Rockwood, Tennessee. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license.
Rainbow Spa at 295 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tennessee. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license. The business was padlocked by order of a judge and charges are anticipated.
Royal Therapy at 557 S Lowry Street, Smyrna, Tennessee. The business was padlocked by order of a judge. Charges are anticipated.
Three of these businesses, QT Spa, Interstate Spa and Rainbow Spa, were also the focus of an investigation in September 2013 that resulted in the closure of spas and massage parlors in the middle and eastern parts of the state. Multiple individuals were arrested or issued citations for prostitution or other outstanding warrants.

Marshall County Sheriff's Department Arrests Mahar's on Burglary Charges

A two month investigation by the Detective Division of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of Michael Mahar and Amanda Mahar both from Lewisburg. Both subjects were charged with three counts of Aggravated Burglary, three counts of Theft over $1000.00, Theft under $500.00, and Burglary. Bond was set at $95,000.00 on both subjects.

If you have any information on any crimes please call crime stoppers at 359-4867 or the Marshall County Sheriff's Office at 359-6122.


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