MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com The Sequatchie Valley's Most Trusted News Source... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:25:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/marioncountymessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com 32 32 114146871 SETHRA Commodities distribution date is Tuesday, June 26th for Marion County https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/sethra-commodities-distribution-date-is-tuesday-june-26th-for-marion-county/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/sethra-commodities-distribution-date-is-tuesday-june-26th-for-marion-county/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:25:22 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3353 SETHRA Commodities Distribution for Marion County will take place on Tuesday June 26th from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT at Cornerstone Ministries located at 300 Cornerstone Drive in Jasper — just past Jasper Memorial Funeral Home, Service Now, and Barnes Tire — just off Highway 28. The deadline to sign-up for this date was …

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SETHRA Commodities Distribution for Marion County will take place on Tuesday June 26th from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT at Cornerstone Ministries located at 300 Cornerstone Drive in Jasper — just past Jasper Memorial Funeral Home, Service Now, and Barnes Tire — just off Highway 28.

The deadline to sign-up for this date was Friday, June 15th, 2018. If you would like to learn how to sign up for future dates, make an appointment or have additional questions, call 942-5946.

SETHRA’s Marion County office is located at 110 Gamble Ln., in Jasper.

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Mobile food pantry with Chattanooga Area Food Bank returns to South Pittsburg Armory July 21st https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/mobile-food-pantry-with-chattanooga-area-food-bank-returns-to-south-pittsburg-armory-july-21st/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/mobile-food-pantry-with-chattanooga-area-food-bank-returns-to-south-pittsburg-armory-july-21st/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:17:34 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3352 The Mobile Food Pantry of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be open at the South Pittsburg Armory on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM CDT. Officials say quantities are limited for this event and they ask those planning to visit the pantry to refrain from showing up more than 30 …

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The Mobile Food Pantry of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be open at the South Pittsburg Armory on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM CDT.

Officials say quantities are limited for this event and they ask those planning to visit the pantry to refrain from showing up more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the pantry event, as they will need room for the delivery truck to unload and leave.

Recipients must be present to recieve food and patrons receiving food on a recipient’s behalf must present the recipient’s I.D. and food stamp (EBT) card (or disclose recipient’s household income).

Volunteers will be unpacking, sorting and organizing food. They plan to start giving out the food starting at 8:30 AM CDT.

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2018 TWRA WMA Big Game Quota Hunt Application Period Is June 20-July 25 https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/2018-twra-wma-big-game-quoto-hunt-application-period-june-20-july-25/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/2018-twra-wma-big-game-quoto-hunt-application-period-june-20-july-25/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:13:25 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3350 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2018 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth will run from June 20 through July 25. Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 25. The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates …

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2018 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth will run from June 20 through July 25.

Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 25. The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.gooutdoorstennessee.com. Mailed applications will not be processed into the drawing system.

There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman License. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $12 permit fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent fee for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.

For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. If entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the permit and agent fee(s) for each quota hunt application submitted.

The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of 13 points) without being successfully drawn for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.

After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold on-line, on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. (CDT).

The state’s 10th gun elk hunt will be held Oct. 13-19 with seven individuals selected to participate. Six of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The seventh participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. For the first time this year, that permit will be issued in a raffle.

Additionally, this will be the third year for an archery only hunt with seven permits added. Archery hunt dates are Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

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Chattanooga teen charged in 2016 murder of Marion County toddler https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/chattanooga-teen-charged-2016-murder-marion-county-toddler/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/chattanooga-teen-charged-2016-murder-marion-county-toddler/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:03:39 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3348 An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Chattanooga teenager, who is charged with the abuse and murder of a South Pittsburg toddler. At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, on September 19, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the …

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An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Chattanooga teenager, who is charged with the abuse and murder of a South Pittsburg toddler.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, on September 19, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the South Pittsburg Police Department in investigating injuries sustained by 2-year-old Zayne Harper. Those injuries later resulted in the boy’s death.

During the course of the joint investigation, agents developed information that indicated that the mother’s boyfriend at the time of the incident was responsible for the injuries resulting in the death of Zayne.

On Monday, juvenile petitions were served on the teen, charging him with one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated child abuse. Because the male was a juvenile at the time of the incident, his name is not being released. He was booked into the Marion County Jail, where he is being held on an open court bond.

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Black bear sightings more common in Springtime https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/black-bear-sightings-common-springtime/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/black-bear-sightings-common-springtime/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 19:09:11 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3345 Officials with the TWRA say they receive more calls regarding black bears in the spring than any other time of year. Young bears just leaving their mothers are on their own for the first time and looking for their own territory. Because young bears are wandering and do not know their surroundings, they sometimes roam …

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Officials with the TWRA say they receive more calls regarding black bears in the spring than any other time of year. Young bears just leaving their mothers are on their own for the first time and looking for their own territory. Because young bears are wandering and do not know their surroundings, they sometimes roam into suburban areas.  Additionally, people are spending more time outdoors this time of year.  Activities such as gardening, hiking, camping and grilling increase the potential for bear sightings.

People are typically unsure of how to live in an area where bears are present. Humans unknowingly attract and provide for wild animals around their homes. Attractants include bird feeders, trash, bird baths and pet food bowls with leftover food to name a few.  These things unintentionally lure bears and other unwanted wildlife. Following a few guidelines can decrease negative interactions and help bears stay wild.

Bears accustomed to foods provided by humans are easily conditioned and pose a greater threat. TWRA biologists and wildlife officers remind Tennesseans of the adage, a fed bear is a dead bear.  The smell of grease on a grill, ripe vegetables in a garden, trash, and bird feeders not only attract bears, they provide effortless meals for bears. Once a bear gets this easy meal, it doesn’t forget.

Dealing with a nuisance bear isn’t as simple as most think. “There is a lot taken into consideration before a bear is moved,” said Mike Beaty, Putnam County wildlife officer. Officials take several things into consideration including females with cubs, the number of times a bear has caused an issue, the level of aggressiveness, the location and the nuisance concern itself. The issue is typically human related. Trash, food attractants and an unwillingness to change their practices aggravate the situation. Beaty continued, “Relocating a conditioned, dangerous bear to another area just moves the dangerous bear and this isn’t an option.” Bears will travel impressive distances to return to an area where they easily found food.

TWRA Region 3 biologist Ben Layton said, “Euthanization isn’t our goal and it’s disconcerting when we reach this level. Our goal is helping people understand that human behavior most often causes nuisance bear issues. People think they’re protecting something or helping it when they purposefully put out table scraps or leave feeders in their yards. However, they’re worsening a dangerous situation and in the end, it causes harm to wildlife.”

Following a few guidelines can decrease negative interactions and help bears stay wild. Bears accustomed to food provided by humans are easily conditioned and are far more likely to lose their lives.

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH BEARS

· If you see a bear in your yard, look large and make a lot of noise, back slowly away.

· Never approach or follow a bear to take photos.

· Do not purposefully feed bears.

· Remove all attractants from your yard including bird feeders, uneaten pet food, and ripe fruits or garden vegetables.

· Store grills in a garage or outbuilding.

· Store trash and recycling in bear-proof containers.

· Visit bearwise.org, a national site dedicated to reducing human-bear conflicts.

· Ask your neighbors to follow these guidelines.

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TDOT And THP Prepare For 2018 Bonnaroo Festival https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/tdot-thp-prepare-2018-bonnaroo-festival/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/tdot-thp-prepare-2018-bonnaroo-festival/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 19:04:32 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3341 The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will soon take place in the city of Manchester, Tn.  Since its beginning in 2002, the four-day, multi-stage event continues to be one of the most popular live music festivals in the country, attracting thousands of attendees. To fully enjoy the varied lineup of performers and musical styles …

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The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will soon take place in the city of Manchester, Tn.  Since its beginning in 2002, the four-day, multi-stage event continues to be one of the most popular live music festivals in the country, attracting thousands of attendees. To fully enjoy the varied lineup of performers and musical styles that Bonnaroo has to offer, festivalgoers from all over the country camp out on a 700-acre Middle Tennessee farm, making it their temporary home for four days.  As in years past, tens of thousands of music lovers are expected to attend the 2018 Bonnaroo festival, which kicks off Thursday night and winds down Sunday night.

During the Bonnaroo Festival, the area in and around Manchester, including through Marion County, sees increased traffic volume as festivalgoers make their way into the festival site.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and THP are working closely with the local law enforcement agencies and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

“TDOT has once again coordinated with our partners at THP and other agencies to ensure safe, efficient travel during the Bonnaroo festival,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “The main objective is to keep through traffic moving smoothly on I-24 while getting festivalgoers safely into and out of the Bonnaroo site.  Because of advance planning, we feel certain that we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend as we have in past years.”

This year, Bonnaroo will officially open all its gates on Wednesday at 8 pm CDT to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds.  State troopers will be on-the-job 24 hours a day, beginning Wednesday evening, patrolling on the ground and by air.  Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need the assistance of a state trooper while traveling anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone.  They will be automatically connected to the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a state trooper to their location.

“The number one goal of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is to reduce traffic related incidents and fatalities,” said THP Colonel Dereck Stewart. “I have emphasized a statewide priority to our captains the importance of working closely with TDOT and our public safety partners. So think twice if you are planning to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, because troopers and local law enforcement will be looking for you. Always wear your seatbelt, and do not drive distracted. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is committed more than ever to reducing crashes and saving lives on Tennessee roadways.”

During Bonnaroo 2017, Troopers logged nearly 6,240 man-hours, worked six traffic crashes (zero fatal, three injury, and three property damage crashes), and wrote 1,066 citations (moving 381, non-moving 685) and issued zero warnings.  A breakdown of all THP-issued citations during last year’s festival period is included in this release.

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance.  In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning Wednesda through Monday:

Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing. Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.

TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend. TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.

There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6 am on Wednesday through 7 pm on Monday. Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.

Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.

Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.

Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.

Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival, motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes.  From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.  TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511.

 

2017 Bonnaroo Non-Moving Violations (NMVs)
THP Citations Written
2016 Bonnaroo Hazardous Moving Violations (HMVs) THP Citations Written
Child Passenger Restraint Violations

19

Speeding

249

Safety Belt Violations

466

Driving Under the Influence

6

Driver License Law Violations

28

Reckless Driving

68

Revoked/Suspended Driver Licenses

13

Disregarding Signal/Sign Controls

17

Registration Violations

68

Other Moving Violations

41

Open Container Law

4

Misdemeanor Drug Violations

4

Felony Drug

0

Other Felony

3

Other Non-Moving Violations

80

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Marion County Relay for Life event for Saturday, June 9th, canceled https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/marion-county-relay-life-event-saturday-june-9th-canceled/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/marion-county-relay-life-event-saturday-june-9th-canceled/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:34:22 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3340 The Marion County Relay for Life annual event planned for Saturday, June 9th, 2018 has been canceled for Saturday, organizers say. In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Chrissy Seals with the American Cancer Society says this years Realy for Life of Marion County event will not take place this season due to unforeseen circumstances. Seals …

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The Marion County Relay for Life annual event planned for Saturday, June 9th, 2018 has been canceled for Saturday, organizers say. In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Chrissy Seals with the American Cancer Society says this years Realy for Life of Marion County event will not take place this season due to unforeseen circumstances.

Seals went on to say that they apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and won’t let this stop them from recognizing their deserving Survivors and Caregivers!

Seals says in the release that survivor t-shirts and other items will be mailed to those who are currently registered or those who register by the end of this week. She says you may also pick up your those items at the American Cancer Society office located at 6221 Shallowford Rd. Suite 102 Chattanooga, TN 37421. (To Register Click HERE)

For assistance registering or more information call 423-499-2606 and help will be provided.

Seals says the Relay For Life Event Leadership Team will continue with plans to host their other annual fundraisers this year such as the Car Show, 5K Glow Run and The Back To School Bash.

The Car Show will be held on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 from 1pm – 4 pm at the Jasper Courthouse Square. Call James Walden for more information at 423-280-4228.

The 5K Glow Run is planned for Saturday, August 11th, 2018. For more info, call Haley Davis at 423-413-0059.

And finally, the Back To School Bash is also on Saturday, August 11th. For More info, call Sheila Evans at 423-617-9736.

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Dollar General reviewing plans for possible New Hope location https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/dollar-general-reviewing-plans-possible-new-hope-location/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/dollar-general-reviewing-plans-possible-new-hope-location/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:02:12 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3336 Dollar General has been adding new locations across the state lately, with one of those being the store which opened in the past 12 months on US Highway 41 in the Cedar Grove community between Jasper and Haletown. Now the rumors around the county suggesting another is on the way can be put to rest …

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Dollar General has been adding new locations across the state lately, with one of those being the store which opened in the past 12 months on US Highway 41 in the Cedar Grove community between Jasper and Haletown.

Now the rumors around the county suggesting another is on the way can be put to rest as we find that another location is possibly in the works.

Angela Petkovic, media contact with Dollar General, says that the company is currently in the due diligence phase for a new location in New Hope. While this doesn’t make it official or a done deal just yet, it does mean that they are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, which would employ approximately 6-10 employees depending on the store’s individual needs.

Petkovic says when choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority.

“The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice.  We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five-mile radius, or 10-minute drive.”

She says they also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.

Dollar General sells name-brand and private brand merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. They also sell an assortment of both name-brand and private label packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods.

In addition to giving customers low prices on merchandise as part of their mission, they are very active in the communities they serve through support of literacy education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center.

Petkovic says that based on their current timeline, they anticipate a final decision on a store in the New Hope community in the next few weeks.

 

 

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Whitwell City Manager on administrative leave after Monday night meeting https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/whitwell-city-manager-on-administrative-leave-after-monday-night-meeting/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/whitwell-city-manager-on-administrative-leave-after-monday-night-meeting/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:09:38 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3331 Whitwell City Hall was crowded in near standing room only status on Monday night as the residents came wanting answers to why the city’s police chief, Kenneth Seagraves, allegedly quit late last week. Some came to show their lack of support for city manager, Todd Mistrot, wearing shirts and holding signs showing their frustration and …

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Whitwell City Hall was crowded in near standing room only status on Monday night as the residents came wanting answers to why the city’s police chief, Kenneth Seagraves, allegedly quit late last week. Some came to show their lack of support for city manager, Todd Mistrot, wearing shirts and holding signs showing their frustration and demanding his removal from the position in light of speculation around recent events.

Seagraves is said to have had a heated meeting with Mistrot over the lack of personnel for the police department on Thursday, and the tension stems from that meeting, sources say.

While much speculation over the events has been made by citizens and city officials over the past few days, the one concern on the minds of everyone in the city is their police protection. Commissioners said at the meeting that the city has hired one full-time officer to add to the police department’s eight-man staff. However, some officers have stated they will not work until Seagraves returns to the police chief position.

In the interim, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies have been helping patrol the city. Commissioner Terry Parker says deputies have responded to city calls, working nearly 18 hours over the weekend alone.

Residents who had signed up in advance to speak or comment at the meeting gave their feelings on the issues. The majority of those speaking were against Mistrot while others did show support for the city manager.

The meeting continued to stay quite heated with Commissioner Parker making a making a motion to “fire” the city manager, and even threatening to resign from his position at one point before deciding otherwise. Mayor Linda Hooper said the board has not gone through what they can and cannot legally do at this time, and that they need to review that.

Parker eventually made a motion to put Mistrot on administrative leave, with only one commissioner (Sandra Crabtree) voting against.

The board will hold a closed-door executive session regarding Mistrot’s leave and the incident between Mistrot and Seagraves with the city’s attorneys next Monday. Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest…

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FSA County Committee nominations launch June 15th giving farmers a voice in their community https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/fsa-county-committee-nominations-launch-june-15th-giving-farmers-voice-community/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/fsa-county-committee-nominations-launch-june-15th-giving-farmers-voice-community/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:12:41 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3333 WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018. Producers across the country are already serving on committees …

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

“Our county committees make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve the needs of agriculture in their community,” said Acting FSA Administrator Steve Peterson. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated farmers and ranchers serve on FSA county committees, which consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month, or as needed. Members serve three-year terms.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018. Read more to learn about important election dates.

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Tennessee lags behind in childhood rankings https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/tennessee-lags-behind-childhood-rankings/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/06/tennessee-lags-behind-childhood-rankings/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:12:38 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3338 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee children continue to confront poverty, infant mortality and decreased educational opportunities – particularly in the rural areas. That’s according to the End of Childhood Report released this week by Save the Children – which ranks the state 40th for quality of childhood. Mark Shriver, senior vice president, U.S. Programs & Advocacy …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee children continue to confront poverty, infant mortality and decreased educational opportunities – particularly in the rural areas. That’s according to the End of Childhood Report released this week by Save the Children – which ranks the state 40th for quality of childhood.

Mark Shriver, senior vice president, U.S. Programs & Advocacy for Save the Children, says a big factor in Tennessee is its large number of rural communities.

“Clearly there’s a lot more work that needs to be done to get Tennessee at the top of the list, to make sure that the children in Tennessee are prepared not only to enter kindergarten ready to learn, but to succeed in life,” says Shriver.

Internationally, the United States ranks 36th in the world – between Belarus and Russia on the list. The report recommends increased access to early childhood education and improved access to health care. The five states in the top five when it comes to quality of childhood are in the Northeast.

According to the report, 597 babies died before their first birthday in 2016, and Shriver says it’s what happens after babies make it past their first year that also deserves attention.

“We really do need to do more in the Volunteer State,” says Shriver. “One of the ways of helping kids in rural Tennessee lift themselves out of poverty is to have high quality early childhood education services and that’s from birth right up to and including entering kindergarten. ”

Tennessee did do well when it comes to high school graduation rates, with 88 percent of students graduating on time, making the state eighth best in the nation in that category.

Reported by Stephanie Carson

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Kenneth Seagraves (Photo from City of Whitwell website)

The City of Whitwell is now without a leader of the police department after Chief of Police, Kenneth Seagraves, reportedly walked off the job on Friday.

Whitwell City Manager Todd Mistrot has asked Marion County Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnette for assistance covering the city’s police patrol in the wake of the recent developments.

Burnette says he is working to help cover the City of Whitwell with one of his deputies while Mistrot and city officials work on a replacement.

Whitwell police are without a leader Friday after the Chief of Police Kenneth Seagraves walked off the job.

No further information was available at the time of this writing on what the city has planned next, however they have scheduled a meeting regarding the situation for 3:00pm on Saturday, June 2nd at the Whitwell City Hall.

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