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Road Contruction On Yell Road

On Wednesday, April 23rd, from 7 a. to 12 p.m. a portion of Yell Road will be closed around the Kevin Darnell Memorial Bridge and Cheek Road area for repair services. Please make arrangements for alternate routes on this day.

 
TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

LOWEST RATE SINCE JUNE 2008


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March is 6.7 percent, which is two tenths of one percentage point lower than the 6.9 percent February revised rate and equal to the national rate for March. The U.S. rate, at 6.7 percent, remains the same as it was in February.

Economic Summary:

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.3% to 6.7% while the national rate declined from 7.5% to 6.7%.
  • The number of unemployed persons (203,800) is the lowest since June 2008 and is 5,900 lower than last month.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 4,200 jobs from February to March. The largest increases occurred in mining/logging/construction, leisure/hospitality, & professional/business services.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 46,100 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, accommodation/food services, & trade/transportation/utilities.
 
Vacancy on Marshall County Commission

The seat for the Ninth district commissioner is open following Tom Sumners resignation from the Board of Commissioners. Anyone desiring to fill this remaining term (August 31st, 2014)  is encouraged to apply with a letter of intent to the County Mayors office, 1108 Court House Annex , Lewisburg , TN 37091 by 12:00 Noon May 9th, 2014. The Applicant may also appear at the May 27th County Commission meeting and ask the County Clerk to include his or her name with those desiring the appointment. Applicants must have a seated Commissioner nominate them the night of the Commission meeting.

The applicant must be a Registered voter and reside in the Ninth District of Marshall County. This position will be filled during the Tuesday, May 27th meeting that begins at 6:00 p.m.

 
State Of Tennesse March 2014 Revenues

NASHVILLE – Tennessee revenue collections reflected mixed results in March. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today reported that overall March revenues were $955.8 million. The general fund was under collected by over $4 million for March and by $263.9 million year-to-date.    

“March collections continued to reflect weaker than anticipated revenues from the corporate sector, while sales tax collections were stronger,” Martin said. “We believe the recent increase in retail spending is a reflection of renewed consumer confidence and indicates that the economy is slowly recovering.  This growth is important in meeting current revenue projections on which the approved budget amendment was based. 

On an accrual basis, March is the eighth month in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Total tax collections in March were 2.10% above the previous year. 

Sales tax collections were $9.4 million more than the estimate for March.  The March growth rate was positive 5.51%. For eight months revenues are under collected by $23.4 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was positive 3.58%. 

Year-to-date collections for seven months were $257.0 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was under collected by $263.9 million and the four other funds were over collected by $6.9 million. 

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2013-2014 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation of December 19th, 2012 and adopted by the first session of the 108th General Assembly in April 2013. They are available on the state’s website at http://www.tn.gov/finance/bud/Revenues.shtml

The Funding Board met on December 10, 2013 to hear updated revenue projections from the state’s various economists. The board met again on December 17 and adopted revised revenue ranges for 2013-2014. The revised ranges assume an under collection from the July 2013 budgeted estimate in the amount of $111.2 million to $134.5 million in total taxes and in the amount of $126.1 million to $145.6 million in general fund taxes for the current fiscal year.

 
Notice From City Of Lewisburg Pertianing to Trash Disposal Containers

the administration for the City of Lewisburg would like to take this opportunity to promote community awareness of and facilitate compliance with their city municipal code pertaining to Refuse & Trash Disposal (Location of Containers).

They ask taht, after your trash has been picked up, that you please move the containers to the rear of your property and away fromt he street line until the next scheduled collection time.

Please assist them in their efforts to ensure a reasonable quality of life and safe streets for the city's residents and neighborhoods by doing your part to take good care f your property and enhance the beauty of Lewisburg.

Violations of this Ordinance could result in court appearances and or fines.

 
Maury Regional Offers Seminar On Advances In Knee Replacement

COLUMBIA, Tenn.— According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. 

Dr. Scott W. McCall, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), will present a free seminar on advances in knee replacement on Thursday, May 1. The program will be held at 6 p.m. in the Maury Regional Medical Center Annex, located across the street from the medical center at 1223 ½ Trotwood Avenue. 

Dr. McCall will discuss the latest techniques used in total knee replacement, including MRI-guidance during surgery and ways to replace the joint with less pain and quicker recovery. He will also address techniques used at the medical center for partial knee replacements and those who are candidates for partial versus whole knee replacement. 

The orthopedic surgeons and staff at MRMC have a commitment to quality that has resulted in the medical center being named among the 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. In addition, MRMC has attained Joint Commission certification for knee and hip replacement as well as designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. 

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. For more information, call 931.840.4446.

 

 
17TH Judicial District Drug Task Force Active in Bedford and Marshall Counties

Within the last five months, agents of the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, which is based in Shelbyville, have been extremely active in the court system and on the streets combating the flow of illegal drugs into our district’s communities, according to Director Timothy R. Lane. 

Agents of the task force are serious about protecting our communities against illegal drug activity including: the production and distribution of meth; pharmaceutical diversion, which includes the illegal selling of different types of prescribed medication to persons that are not authorized to be in possession of or use that medication; the sell and distribution of crack cocaine, meth, marijuana, ecstasy; and other illegal drugs. The Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers assigned by the Bedford and Marshall County Sheriff’s Departments and the Shelbyville and Lewisburg Police Departments. The Director has praised the heads of these law enforcement agencies in both Bedford and Marshall Counties for their unwavering support to the efforts of the drug task force. He also praised District Attorney General Robert Carter for his office’s support as to the prosecution of these defendants brought to court. 

During the first quarter of 2014, the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force seized 257 grams of cocaine, 1,825 grams of marijuana, 117 grams of meth, 911 prescription pills, four pounds of counterfeit pot, and other controlled substances that were intended for illegal drug use. In addition to the drugs, seven weapons, and funds and property totaling over $44,000.00 were seized. These funds and property items were seized and forfeiture actions have been initiated against the property by the task force and the DA’s office. 

The drug market is constantly changing and recently this district encountered an influx of the crystallized form of meth, which is known as Ice. Meth is also produced through a “shake and bake” method, which has been a common method of manufacturing in the 17th District; however, ice is manufactured in Mexico and is the purest form of meth on the illegal market. This drug is extremely addictive just like crack cocaine and heroin. 

Twenty-two defendants in Bedford County and eleven defendants in Marshall County have either pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial by jury of felony drug charges or other felony offenses that were investigated by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force in Bedford and Marshall Counties.

 
Deterines Cortae Cathey Of Columbia TN On The Top Ten Most Wanted List

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has again added to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Deterines Cortae Cathey, of Columbia, TN. 

Deterines Cortae Cathey is now wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for Murder in Aid of Racketeering. Last week, Cathey was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Middle Tennessee and is wanted in connection with a 2009 homicide that occurred in Columbia, TN. 

In December 2013, Cathey was captured by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force after being on the Most Wanted List for his involvement in an October 2013 incident that occurred in Columbia. He was charged by the Columbia Police Department for various felony charges which included Aggravated Assault. Currently, he is out on bond for those charges. The October incident is unrelated to the current charge from the FBI. 

Deterines Cortae Cathey, aka “Weeda”, age 24, of Maury County, has a last known address of 130 Westview Drive in Columbia, TN. He is described as an African American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a tattoo of “KC” on his left cheek and tattoos on both arms. 

Cathey is a convicted felon and he is considered dangerous. He is a confirmed “Kitchen Crips” gang member. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Deterines Cortae Cathey, aka “Weeda” is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). Additionally, the FBI, Maury County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia Police Department will accept information from the public regarding Cathey’s whereabouts. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

 
Marshall Medical Center Offers Free Sports Physicals For Student Athletes

LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Marshall Medical Center (MMC) will offer free sports physicals for high school students on Thursday, April 24. Physicals will be offered from 1:30 until 5 p.m. at the MMC Medical Office Building, located at 1090 North Ellington Parkway, adjacent to the medical center. The clinic will be held on the facility’s first floor. 

Physicians on the medical staff at MMC will be joined by physical therapists, athletic trainers and nurses to conduct the free screenings for student athletes who are entering grades nine through twelve in Marshall County. 

Free screenings will be offered to students from:

  • Marshall County High School
  • Cornersville High School
  • Forrest High School 

A separate clinic for students entering seventh and eighth grades will be held on Thursday, May 8, from 3 until 5 p.m. in the same location. 

Assisting MMC in offering the screenings will be Family Health Group, Celebration Family Care, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic and PCL Express Walk-In Clinic.

 

For more information about the upcoming school sports physical clinics, call 931.270.3676.

 

 
TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) today issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them. 

“This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials. 

Inspector General George urged taxpayers to heed warnings about the sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, noting that the scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every State in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. 

The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. 

The callers who commit this fraud often:  

• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.  

• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.  

• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.  

• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.  

• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim. 

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do: 

• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. 

• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484. 

• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint. 

TIGTA and the IRS encourage taxpayers to be alert for phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes winner) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS. 

Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website at www.irs.gov.

 
Driver License Roadside Safety Checkpoints for April 2014

 The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints in Marshall County on the following dates in:

(April 4, 2014) Week of April 1, 2014 on State Route 50 at the 2 mile marker starting at 9 a.m. in Marshall County.

(April 25, 2014) Week of April 20, 2014 on State Route 50 at the 0 mile marker starting at 10 p.m. in Marshall County.

They will also conduct driver license sobriety roadside checkpoints on these dates:

(April 18, 2014) Week of April 13, 2014 on State Route 64 .2 Miles East of the 2 mile marker starting at 10 p.m. in Marshall County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers and drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee and on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints and sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

 
Burn Permits Required Through May 15

- Record low number of fires in 2013 - 

Nashville – With Spring drawing near, Tennesseans begin to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required. 

In 2013, the Division of Forestry recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. There were a total of 639 wildfires that burned 9,033 acres (lowest burned acreage was 7,110 in 2003). Increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression contributed to this record low, and landowners getting burn permits to conduct safe debris burning played a major role in that effort. 

The free burn permits are required in all areas of the state by law until May 15 unless otherwise covered by local ordinances. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local restrictions. 

Permits can be obtained online for small scale burning of leaf and brush piles measuring less than 8 feet by 8 feet in area. The online system provides permit access through the weekend and after-work hours for landowners. These permits can be obtained on days and in counties where burn permits are allowed by visiting www.burnsafetn.org. The website is also a good source of information for safe debris burning practices and fire prevention tips including how to protect your home in the event of a wildfire. 

The permits can also be obtained by calling your local Division of Forestry office between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Permits are generally good for 24 hours and can be issued for weekend burning. Phone numbers for each office can be found in the state government section of your local phone book, or by visiting www.burnsafetn.org

Once a burn permit is obtained, debris burners should practice common sense while conducting a burn. This includes: 

  • Establish a control line around the fire, down to bare soil before conducting the burn.
  • Notify neighbors and local fire departments in advance as a courtesy.
  • Have tools on hand such as a leaf rake and garden hose or bucket of water to help control the fire.
  • Watch for changing weather conditions as winds can blow the fire in the wrong direction.
  • Always stay with your fire until it is completely out. It is not only the smart thing to do, but it is also illegal to leave an open fire unattended. 

Despite the low number of fires in 2013, escaped debris burns were still the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee last year accounting for 243 fires that burned nearly 1,600 acres. The Division’s burn permit system has dramatically helped reduce the numbers of escaped burns since the program began in 1995. Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $50.  

Wildfires caused by arson were the second leading cause last year, but accounted for the largest acreage, burning nearly 5,400 acres. Wildland arson is a class C felony punishable by three to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017

For the number of Marshall and surrounding counties look on the WJJM Website or on

on the TDA’s Division of Forestry, visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/forestry. For more information on safe debris burning, visit www.burnsafetn.org

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.

Bedford (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Giles (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Lincoln (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Marshall (931) 270-2244 or (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Rutherford (877) 350-BURN (2876)

 

 
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