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Stories from Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ex-bus driver files ethics complaint (07/29/09)
An ethics complaint against past and present employees of the board of education was filed with the County's ethics commission last week by one of the school bus drivers whose contract was not renewed, in spite of three years of excellent evaluations...
Gordon's Mobile Office to visit (07/29/09)
U.S. Representative Bart Gordon's Mobile Congressional Office will be in Lewisburg on Thursday. "My Field Representative, Sean Gilliland, will be at Lewisburg City Hall at 11:30 am to meet with constituents who need help with a problem with the federal government or who would like to talk about issues of concern to them," Gordon...
Summer jobs stimulated by feds (07/29/09)
Forty-three offices and shops in Marshall County have employed more than 90 people in the summer youth jobs program that's subsidized by federal stimulus money. "This is the first time there's been a summer youth program in Marshall County under this program," says Sylvia Drusilla Davis, the county coordinator for the program administered by the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance headquartered in Columbia...
Tractor pull brings in more than 20,000 (07/29/09)
TRACTOR Pull fini 072909 584 / 25 = 23.36 inches By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer CHAPEL HILL - More people and more money came to town for the Lions Club Super Pull of the South this year, compared to last year, according to the club's event chairman...
49th Annual Belfast Lions Club Horse Show Friday Night (07/29/09)
The last weekend of July all roads in the Walking Horse world lead to the tiny hamlet of Belfast, Tenn. The Belfast Lions Club 49th Annual Walking Horse Show will take place Friday night, July 31, beginning at 7 p.m. at the S. W. Beech Memorial Field...
Crime reports (07/29/09)
Arrested and charged with weapons law violation; resisting order to stop; and animal cruelty: According to Lewisburg Police Officer Tracy Teal's report, on July 25, Sorrells fatally shot his neighbor's 4-month-old pet dog, then resisted police when they came to question him...
VA will be asked to pay disability (07/29/09)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- An attorney is preparing to ask the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay disability benefits and damages for hospital mistakes that may have exposed veterans to infectious body fluids -- a complaint that he said could ultimately multiply into many more such demands...
Operation FALCON Captures More Than 600 Fugitives in Middle Tennessee (07/29/09)
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department joined local, state and federal law enforcement for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort known as FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.) The falcon soared into Middle Tennessee on June 1 and by the time the operation was over 624 fugitives had been apprehended and 801 warrants cleared. Over 350 officers from 64 different agencies participated in the operation in Middle Tennessee...
Commission rejects new tax (07/29/09)
A proposed $60 annual fee to fund a $210,000 deficit in Marshall County's Solid Waste budget was defeated by a 10-6 vote by county commissioners on Monday night. There's a deficit because Cedar Ridge Landfill reduced what it will accept to 25 percent of what it received previously due to uncertainty on whether the state will let the facility expand. The landfill pays the county a host fee based on the weight of trash received for burial...
Waste Management offer could be considered by solid waste panel (07/29/09)
Since Marshall County commissioners rejected an annual solid waste fee, Waste Management's offer to help continue county recycling services becomes an important topic for the County's Solid Waste Committee. Without county revenue to cover a $221,000 deficit from host fees paid by Cedar Ridge Landfill, the Solid Waste Department will probably eliminate two jobs; One full-time position, and a part time job. ...
Briefs (07/29/09)
BRIEFS for July 29 DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4Kids will begin Aug. 5 at East Commerce Baptist Church in Lewisburg and be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday for 13 straight weeks. Call 359-1027 or e-mail ecombapt@bellsouth.net for more information. Clay Hill United Methodist Church is now offering free one-on-one tutoring in reading. Let God bless us by helping you. For more information call 931-364-7648 before 8:30 p.m...
Host fee audit won't happen (07/29/09)
Marshall County's Solid Waste Committee has dropped its support for an audit of trash delivered to Cedar Ridge Landfill and members have criticized Waste Management as uncooperative. It's the latest development in one of several aspects of the county's on-going discussions on what to do about trash here since there's a possibility that the state won't grant a permit request for the expansion of Cedar Ridge Landfill...
AG: Gun ban remains for school athletic events (07/29/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says people with handgun permits can't carry their weapons into parks or sports fields when they are being used by schools. In an opinion released Monday, Cooper says the state's new law to allow permit holders to bring their guns in city and county parks does not prohibit schools from using those facilities. But once they do, guns would be banned there...
Smith's lawyer questions logic of ethics votes (07/29/09)
A former county commission chairman's lawyer questions two votes by the county's Ethics Committee on his client's case and calls them self-contradictory. Lewisburg-based attorney Robert Binkley represents Sam Smith, the former commission chairman who had been accused of failing to reveal he had land for sale that might have been used for a landfill. The Ethics Committee voted July 13...
Accused Fayetteville killer transferred to Nashville (07/29/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man charged in the deaths of six people in Tennessee and Alabama has been transferred to state custody and is being held in a maximum security prison in Nashville, officials said. Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction, said Monday that Jacob Levi Shaffer, 30, was transferred from the Lincoln County jail to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution last Thursday...
Blue Claws take 9U Title (07/29/09)
The Jacksonville Beach Blue Claws proved to be the class of the Cal Ripken 9U Southeast Region Tournament at the Richard Cashion Youth Complex in Lewisburg, claiming their second consecutive Southeast Region title with an 18-9 triumph over the Jupiter, Fla., All-Stars...
Obituary: Dennis Ferguson Harris (07/29/09)
Dennis Ferguson Harris, 88, of the Holts Corner Community of Marshall County, died Friday, July 24, 2009. Mr. Harris was a native of Marshall County. He was a direct descendent of Joseph Brittain, an early settler. He attended Harding College and graduated from Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville. ...