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In a short special called meeting on Monday, the City Council approved several items including an ordinance that will add a local litigation tax and continuance fee to cases in municipal court. The ordinance, approved on 3rd and final reading will add $13.75 to all City citations plus a fee of $5 will now be assessed to all City Court cases that are continued.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $5,000 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2016. TWRA will accept project proposals through June 15, 2015. The grant money could be used to buy supplies such as rakes, work gloves, and garbage bags. Also, it could be used to pay disposal fees for solid waste and tire removal or to provide promotional items like project advertisement or T shirts and refreshments for volunteer support. Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the organization. The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description. For more information, contact TWRA’s David McKinney at (615) 781-6577 or Della Sawyers at (615) 781-6577. For additional information, interested persons may also contact TWRA Region 3 Aquatic Habitat Protection Biologist, Bobby Brown at (931) 484-9571.
The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders. In 2014, the State Public Health Laboratory conducted screenings for 80,542 newborns in Tennessee. Of these, 151 were identified with diseases or disorders. To learn more about newborn screenings and Tennessee Department of Health services and programs, log on to health.state.tn.us.
Come and see a sneak preview of the CCHS 2015 Jet Football team on Friday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. There will be an intra-squad scrimmage at the Jet's Holder Stadium, so Please come by and support the Jets. The concession stand will be open with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. That’s all this Friday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. GO JETS!
Hopes remain high for Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop, but cool wet weather has postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season, temporarily. Strawberries require consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten, and in Tennessee, it is not unusual for some farmers to have ripe berries by mid-April. This year, however, a brief burst of sun and high temperatures was quickly replaced with persistent rains. Middle Tennessee growers will have some berries by the end of the month, but yields will be light until the first week of May. (Photo Courtesy tn.gov)