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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.

Spring Into Action And Donate Blood With The Red Cross

(April 1, 2015) —The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.


Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.


Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.


Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.


To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Upcoming blood donation opportunities



4/19/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Columbia Church of God, 2112 Highland Ave

4/23/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 19, 812 Nashville Highway, Hwy 31 North



4/27/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marvin’s Building Supplies, 1237 Huntsville Hwy Suite A


Chapel Hill

4/22/2015: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chapel Hill UMC, 316 North Horton Parkway


4/16/2015: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church Street


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Public Is Invited To meet About Rock Creek Park Renovations

The City of Lewisburg intends to seek financial assistance from USDA Rural Development to assist in the renovation and expansion of the Rock Creek Park. Local officials are conducting a public meeting to discuss this project and receive community input. The meeting will be held April 14, 2015 5:30 p.m. at the council room of the Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street, Lewisburg, Tennessee.

The public is invited to attend this meeting and make comments concerning this project to local officials as to the economic, safety, and environmental impacts; service area; and other alternatives. The City of Lewisburg does not discriminate. Special accommodations may be provided to persons with disabilities by contacting the City Manager’s office at the (931) 359-1544.
Jim Bingham

Arrests Made In Child Abuse; Investigation Continues

On March 24th, 2015 a female complainant came to the lobby of the Lewisburg Police Department and reported a case of child abuse. The complainant provided a picture of a child chained to a bed and another of a length of chain and lock attached to a bed frame. Officers used this information to go to 527 Jackson Avenue, Lot #3 to conduct a welfare check.

Officer Mike Davis and Corporal Tracy Teal immediately drove to the residence on Jackson Avenue and made contact with Andrew Roberson, age 25, who resided at the residence. Roberson allowed officers inside to check the welfare of his children, two boys ages four and five. Inside the residence officers saw chains attached to two twin beds in what they believed to be a children’s bedroom. Officers notified Detective Sergeant David Henley of the situation. At the request of Detective Henley, officers secured the scene and asked Roberson to bring the boys to the police department for further investigation. The mother of the children, Evelyn Stevens, age 21, did reside at the residence but was not present at the time officers conducted the welfare check. She was located and asked to come to the police department for questioning also.

Detective Sergeant Henley responded to the police department and interviewed Roberson and Stevens separately. Detective Henley also obtained and later executed a search warrant at the residence on Jackson Avenue. Inside he did locate evidence of abuse.

An investigator from the Department of Children’s Services did respond and begin an investigation. The couple’s four children were immediately removed from the home and placed into DCS custody.

As a result of this initial investigation Detective Henley charged Roberson and Stevens each with one count of Child Abuse and Neglect and in the early morning hours of March 25, 2015 Evelyn Stevens and Andrew Roberson were booked into the Marshall County Jail. Bond on this single charge was set at $7500 each. Additional felony charges are expected pending the results of medical examinations and further investigation.

Lewisburg Police Detectives asks that anyone with information that may be related to this or any other crime to please contact the Lewisburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (931) 359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867.

On March 27th, 2015, as a result of the continued investigation Stevens and Roberson were arrested and each was charged with one additional count of felony Child Abuse and two counts of False Imprisonment. Bond on these charges is $20,000 each. Court is set for April 21st, 2015 in the General Sessions Court of Marshall County.

Lewisburg Police Detectives asks that anyone with information that may be related to this or any other crime to please contact the Lewisburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (931) 359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867.

Workshops for Prospective Food Manufacturing Businesses

Popular Course Returns

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — The onset of spring sends farmers and gardeners to the field with hopes of a bountiful summer harvest. Those who end up with excess produce or who want to find a use for less-than-best-quality produce often look for ways to transform the produce into profits.

To help fruit and vegetable producers interested in starting their own food processing enterprises, UT Extension is offering Pennsylvania State Extension’s popular food processing education program to Tennessee producers. This is the third time that the course has been offered in Tennessee.

The workshop will be offered in four locations across the state this spring. Food for Profit will be held April 20 in Greeneville, April 21 in Knoxville, May 4 in Lebanon and May 5 in Bolivar. There is a registration fee of $30 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by five business days prior to each workshop.

Workshops are limited to 25 participants per location. Workshops not having an adequate number of participants by the early registration deadline may be cancelled. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. local time. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive a 50 percent Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) cost share for only the Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added Diversification sectors. These workshops are funded, in part, through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

For more information about these workshops or to register online, visit the Center for Profitable Agriculture website and click on “Educational Events.” Contact Megan Bruch Leffew with questions at 931-486-2777 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Nashville – The recent winter storms were hard on Tennessee’s landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15. 

If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to www.burnsafetn.org to secure a permit.


For a larger burn, apply for a permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting www.burnsafetn.org.

Burn permits are free. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local restrictions.


Once you have obtained a burn permit, remember these tips:

  • Develop a bare-soil perimeter around the fire.
  • Notify neighbors and local fire departments in advance.
  • Have a leaf rake and access to water for fire control.
  • Be aware that wind can blow the fire in the wrong direction.
  • Stay with the fire until it is extinguished. It is illegal to leave an open fire unattended.


In 2014, debris fires that got out of control were the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee, burning 5,366 acres statewide.

Burning debris without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.

Arson was the second leading cause of wildfires last year but accounted for the most acreage damaged, with 7,800 acres burned. Wildland arson is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

Obtaining a Burning Permit by Phone

Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the phone number listed below for the county in which the burning will be done. Burning permits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. Permits may be obtained in advance for weekends and holidays.

The number to call in Marshall, Bedford, and Maury Counties is (877) 350-BURN (2876)


NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will soon accept applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These federal funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture and other nursery crops. The grants are authorized through the federal Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and are administered by TDA.


Applications will only be accepted online beginning April 15. You will find a template and additional information at www.tn.gov/agriculture/marketing/scbg.shtml. The deadline to apply is May 8.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. The program aims to support projects that directly impact multiple Tennessee producers and will have a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee agriculture. All recipients must be recognized by the IRS.


Proposals are reviewed and ranked according to criteria provided on the website. Applicants will be notified by June 12 whether TDA intends to present their projects to the USDA. First-time recipients have a funding limit of $25,000.

If you would like help planning your project, TDA is hosting a workshop April 14 at Ellington Agricultural Center. The workshop runs from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. CDT in the Ed Jones Auditorium. There is no charge to participate and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and type “RSVP for April 14” in the subject line. Your email should include your name, the name of your business and number of attendees.


For more information regarding the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Create Fire Escape Plan

NASHVILLE – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimated that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Tennesseans to create a home fire escape plan similar to the one featured in this public service announcement developed by the Oak Ridge Fire Department.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office also offers the following tips for making your own home fire escape plan:

Plan Your Escape

• Draw a floor-plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room.

• Agree on an outside meeting place (something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should gather in an emergency.

• Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year. Practice using different ways out.


Be Prepared

• Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.

• Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

• Ensure everyone in the household knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what it signifies.

• Ensure everyone in the household can unlock and open all doors and windows, even in the dark.

• If a room has a window air conditioner, make sure there is still a second way out of the room. Windows with security bars, grills, and window guards should have emergency release devices. Make sure you can operate these.

• Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.

• Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.


Get Out

• If the smoke alarm sounds or fire is discovered in your home, get out fast.

• Doors need to be tested before opening them. Use the back of your hand to see if the door is warm. If it is, use another escape route.

• If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

• If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around the doors with clothes or towels to keep out smoke. Call the fire department, wait at a window and signal for help with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.


Stay Out

• Once you are out, stay out. Don't go back inside for any reason.

• Call the fire department from your safe meeting place.

• If people or pets are trapped, notify the fire department and let them handle the rescue efforts.


For more fire safety information, download the State Fire Marshal’s Office home fire safety checklist at (http://www.tn.gov/fire/documents/HomeFireSafetyChecklist.pdf).

Kindergarten Registration Marshall County 2015-2015

Marshall County Schools, April 14, 2015

Kindergarten Registration 2015-2016 (Second Opportunity)

Parents who are enrolling children into kindergarten in the Marshall County School System for the 2015-16 school year should bring the following information with them to register:

  • Official birth certificate – NOT MOTHER’S COPY
  • Child’s social security card
  • Immunization record
  • Current physical examination
  • Proof of residency in Marshall County
  • Photo identification of parent/guardian

*All registration will be done at the individual elementary schools.

*Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 15, 2015, in order to attend kindergarten during the 2015-16 school year.

* Students must be registered by their custodial parent.

*Please Note – Students and parents MUST register at the elementary school within their residential district.  For those wishing to enroll outside of their bus district, a request form must be completed and filed with the Attendance Office of the Marshall County Board of Education.  Requests will be considered on a first come basis



Lewisburg bus route – Oak Grove Elementary, 1645 Franklin Pike, Lewisburg

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 - 12:00   AND   3:30 – 6:00

Cornersville bus route – Cornersville Elementary School, 485 North Main Street, Cornersville

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00

Chapel Hill bus route – Chapel Hill Elementary School, 415 South Horton Parkway, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00

Crime of Campus Report Released by TBI

NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).


Among the report’s findings:


  • Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
  • Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
  • Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013’s study.
  • The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
  • DUI offenses reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.


As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.


The full 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available online for review at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.



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