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Lesandru Deniesh Webster Of Columbia Is Added To TBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new fugitive on the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Lesandru Deniesh Webster of Columbia, TN. 

Lesandru Webster AKA “Precious” is wanted by the Columbia Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for her participation with several other individuals in a scheme using Facebook to lure a robbery victim. Around July 19th, 2014, a male victim was kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to withdraw cash from an ATM. Webster has outstanding arrest warrants from Columbia Police Department for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery. 

Webster, age 25, of Maury County, has a last known address of 214 Nowlin Court in Columbia, TN. She is described as an African American female with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighs about    125 pounds. She has a tattoo on the right side of her neck.  

Webster has a violent criminal history of robbery, aggravated burglary, theft and drug charges.  Additionally, she is a confirmed gang member of the Gangster Disciples.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Webster is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.

 
MCHS Graduates Serves On USS Somerset- Petty Officer 11st Class William M. Hickman

SAN DIEGO – A 2000 Marshall County High School graduate and Lewisburg, Tenn., native is serving aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25), one of the world’s most modern, networked, survivable, and transformational platforms. 

Petty Officer 1st Class William M. Hickman is a fire controlman aboard the San Diego-based ship, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, that is longer than 2 football fields long at nearly 684 feet long. The ship is 105 feet wide and weighs more than 25,000 tons. Four diesel engines can push the ship through the water at more than 24 mph. Like her sister ships, USS New York and Arlington, USS Somerset is named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The name honors the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 whose actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their intended target, forcing the airplane to crash near Shanksville, Somerset County, Pa. Approximately 22 tons of steel from a crane that stood near Flight 93′s crash site was used to construct Somerset’s bow stem, embodying the strength and determination of the people of the United States: to recover, to rally, to take the fight to the enemy. 

As a 32 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Hickman said he is learning about himself as a leader, Sailor and a person. He added that his time in the Navy has been exciting and full of benefits. “The Navy gives you the opportunity to take on responsibilities regardless of your age,” said Hickman. “The Navy pushes you to succeed and do things you had no idea you were capable of.” 

He also said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the Somerset’s 361-member crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans. “Serving on this ship is a great honor,” Hickman explained. “The people on flight 93 stood up and fought back and that is what we embody, standing up for what you believe to be right regardless of the cost.” 

“For an officer in the United States Navy to be entrusted with the awesome responsibility of command is humbling. It is truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as USS Somerset’s first commanding officer. Every day, I feel an unparalleled sense of pride working alongside the nation’s finest Sailors and Marines.” 

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile combat ships, Hickman and other USS Somerset sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. 

“It’s been a great experience,” said Hickman. “The Navy has given me the opportunity to visit 15 countries and serve with great people from all walks of life.”

 
Blood Assurance Begins Supplying Maury Regional Medical Center

Blood Assurance, the non-profit regional blood center, became an additional supplier of blood and blood components to Maury Regional Medical Center and its affiliates Marshall Medical Center and Wayne Medical Center on May 26, 2014. Maury Regional Medical Center currently needs approximately 375 units of red cells per month.

Blood Assurance serves 47 counties in a 5 state region, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, and is the sole provider of blood and blood components for over 70 healthcare facilities. More than 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance with lifesaving blood. Whole blood donors can give every 56 days. 

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

Maury Regional Medical Center will host its first Blood Assurance blood and marrow drive on Thursday, August 14 from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST in the Auxiliary Conference Room. You can schedule your appointment to donate at www.BloodAssurance.org/MauryBloodDrive.

If you would like to schedule a blood drive, contact Libby Phillips at 423-752-5908. For more information about donating blood, please call Blood Assurance at 1-800-962-0628 or go to www.BloodAssurance.org.

 
Whitehead Resign From Council Position

Mayor Jim Bingham of the City of Lewisburg has announced that Odie Whitehead, Jr. has submitted in writing that he is resigning from his council position in the 3rd Ward of the City of Lewisburg due to moving out of his ward. This resignation is effective Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

The City Council would like to extend the offer to any citizen residing in the 3rd Ward who would like to be considered to fill this vacancy contact Pam Davis, City Recorder at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 E. Church St., 931-359-1544 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Candidates will be asked to submit a resume` for review by Friday, August 15th.  

Councilman Whitehead has served for many years on the City Council of Lewisburg. He has served admirably as Council representative on the Airport, Cemetery, and Tree City Boards. On behalf of the City of Lewisburg Mayor Bingham extends very best wishes to Councilman Whitehead on any and all of his future endeavors.

 
COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING EQUIPMENT WORTH MORE THAN $770,000 FROM GENERAL MOTORS SPRING HILL PLANT

Failing to Report Income from Sale of Stolen Equipment Nets Additional Charge

NASHVILLE, Tenn., - Anthony Praino, 51, of Columbia, Tennessee, was sentenced on July 28, 2014, to 30 months in prison for interstate shipment of hundreds of pieces of stolen auto manufacturing equipment, and failing to disclose to the IRS, the income he earned from selling the equipment, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.     

Praino pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell in December 2013 and admitted that, while employed as a fork lift operator at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., he stole the equipment and sold it during 2011 and 2012. 

Investigators with General Motors discovered that a significant amount of expensive equipment was missing and subsequently identified some of the equipment advertised for sale on eBay.  The equipment was clandestinely purchased by the investigators and when it was delivered to them, the return address for the sender was determined to be Praino’s residence.   General Motors referred the matter to the Maury County Sheriff’s Office and given the value and volume of the stolen equipment, the FBI and the IRS were also notified. 

 Agents began monitoring Praino’s activities and observed him depositing a large parcel for delivery by a local commercial shipping company.  Agents determined that the shipment contained more stolen, high-dollar equipment that was being shipped to Thailand.  A search warrant was obtained for Praino’s home in Columbia, Tenn., where agents discovered additional stolen General Motors equipment valued at more than $500,000.    

Additional testimony at the guilty plea established that Praino had received more than $145,000 from the sale of the stolen equipment, which he failed to disclose when filing his 2011 tax return.  As a result, he failed to pay about $48,000 in additional income tax, which constitutes a separate federal crime.    

This case was investigated by the FBI, the IRS- Criminal Investigation and the Maury County Sheriff's Office. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hilliard Hester

 
City Of Lewisburg Accepting Applications

The City of Lewisburg is accepting applications for volunteer fire fighters through August 1, 2014. Application and job description may be obtained at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 
Road Construction Off Of Lewisburg Square

Paving of East Commerce from the Lewisburg Square to the Lewisburg Post Office will begin Tuesday morning, July 29th.

 
Tennessee Readies for Federal Livestock Traceability Rule

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is stepping up efforts to educate livestock farmers about USDA’s final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule that requires the identification of livestock being transported across state lines. 

The rule, which went into effect last year, provides an effective manner of tracing the movement of livestock for animal disease protection and response says state veterinarian Charles Hatcher, DVM.  

“The federal rule only applies to livestock being moved interstate, but it’s important that Tennessee farmers work with their local veterinarian to obtain proper documentation,” Hatcher said. “We want to ensure that Tennessee farmers continue to have access to markets and that we can move quickly to limit the spread of a disease in the event of an outbreak.” 

The ADT rule requires livestock moved interstate, unless specifically exempted, to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates. The rule applies to all livestock including cattle, equine, sheep and goats, swine and poultry. 

Brands, tattoos and brand registration can also be used as official identification when accepted by the shipping and receiving states. Backtags are accepted as an alternative to official eartags for cattle moved directly to slaughter. 

In order to conform to the rule, TDA will conduct routine compliance checks of livestock being transported beginning in 2015 following a period of outreach to farmers and stakeholders. “As we work with other states and USDA to strengthen our traceability efforts, we want Tennessee livestock producers to be prepared for this important change,” Hatcher said. 

Animal health documentation is still required by the state under certain circumstances for livestock being moved within Tennessee. Additionally, some states have documentation requirements that go beyond the federal rule so producers should make sure that livestock moving interstate also comply with the receiving state’s requirements. 

TDA is working to implement a user-friendly online system already adopted by 20 other states that will allow private veterinarians to submit and access documents electronically in order to help with compliance. Veterinarians interested in participating should contact the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5210 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about the ADT rule and traceability requirements visit USDA’s website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/.  For more information about Tennessee’s animal health programs and requirements, visit www.TN.gov/agriculture and look for the Animal Health Information link.  

 
MC Schools To Host Open House

On August 6, students throughout the county will be heading to school for the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.  To get the youngsters prepared for a successful first day, the county’s elementary schools have scheduled open house events for the boys and girls and their parents.

Chapel Hill Elementary School:  Kindergarten – August 4, 5:00 p.m.; First Grade – August 4, 6:00 p.m.; Second Grade – August 4, 7:00 p.m.; Third Grade – August 5, 5:00 p.m.; Fourth Grade – August 5, 6:00 p.m.; Fifth Grade – August 5, 7:00 p.m.

Cornersville Elementary School: August 5, 6:00 p.m.

Oak Grove Elementary School: Kindergarten – August 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; First Grade – July 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Marshall Elementary School: Second Grade – July 31, 5:00-6:00 p.m.; Third Grade – July 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Westhills Elementary School: Fourth Grade – August 4, 5:30 p.m.; Fifth Grade – August 5, 5:30 p.m.; Sixth Grade – August 5, 6:30 p.m.

Cornersville Middle School will host 7th grade orientation for parents on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m.  This orientation is for parents only of CMS 7th graders.

 

 

 
American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood And Platelet Donors

Blood donations needed now to prevent emergency situation 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 22, 2014) – The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. 

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.  

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. 

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Marshall County, TN August 14th at 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church Street, Lewisburg.

 
Home School Registration For Marshall County

Parents who reside in Marshall County and are planning to home school their children for the 2014-15 school year need to register with the Marshall County Board of Education between the dates of August 1st and August 15th at 700 Jones Circle in Lewisburg.

 Independently Home Schooled children who hope to be eligible for athletics in their home district must register by August 1.

 
TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE INCREASED TO 6.6%

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for June was 6.6%, two tenths of one percentage point higher than the 6.4 May revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 6.1%, down from 6.3% in May.

Economic Summary:

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.4% to 6.6% while the national rate decreased from 7.5% to 6.1%.
  • Total nonfarm employment decreased 2,600 jobs from May to June. The largest decreases occurred in mining/logging/construction, government, and other services.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 53,600 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

 

 
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