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Mancini Addresses 6th Congressional District Democrats During Party Leadership Meeting

February 10, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Democratic Leaders from across the 6th District gathered in Smithville on Saturday for a Leadership Meeting with Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini. The 6th Congressional District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, Wilson, and portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.

Mancini said the purpose of the meeting was to share ideas with County Chairs, State Executive Committee members, County Executive Committee members, and candidates about plans for the next two years.

“We are meeting with democratic leaders in the 6th congressional district to talk about how we are all going to move forward together as democrats and what our shared goals are, our shared mission, and our shared values,” said Mancini.

Although 2019 is not a big election year, Mancini said the work of the party goes. “There are no off years. We have a lot of work to do. We started the day after the election in 2018 and we are going to continue to do that. We move forward by all working together toward the same goal of electing more democrats at every level. We share ideas, strategies, and tactics and we make sure we are all moving forward together in all ninety five counties and at the Tennessee Democratic Party in Nashville as well as the DNC in Washington,” Mancini continued.

Democrats, Mancini said, want to connect with the people of Tennessee that their message is one of opportunity for all.

“It’s a very simple message. It’s that Tennessee democrats believe that everyone no matter who you are and what you look like and where you live should have the opportunity for a better life for yourself and for your family. You should have the opportunity to have a hospital close by that you can take your child to if God forbid they break an arm or something or even worse or if your parent has a heart attack. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity for an education that fits their vision for a better future and that does not matter, black, white, gay, straight. It doesn’t matter what God you pray to or if you live in urban or rural areas. It’s important for everyone to have that opportunity for a better life. That is literally what democrats believe in and that’s our message and our values we want to share with everyone,” said Mancini.

“We are a political family, and for us to move forward it is important that everyone have their concerns and experiences addressed as we gear up for the 2020 elections. I want to thank Chair Mancini for agreeing to participate in this leadership meeting,” added Jordan Wilkins, Chair of the County Chairs for the 6th Congressional District.

DCHS Closes Out Regular Season Against Monterey on Senior Night (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

February 9, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS basketball teams closed out the regular season at home Friday night hosting Monterey on senior night.

The Lady Tigers won 92 to 50 but the Tigers lost to the Wildcats 57 to 41.

Seniors and their parents recognized between games Friday night (shown in video below) are cheerleaders Zoe Maynard and Callie Mulloy; bookkeeper Madi Cantrell; manager Madison Whitehead; Lady Tigers Lydia Brown, Maddison Parsley, and Joni Robinson; and Tigers Nathan Atkins, Josh Carlton, Brayden Howard, Noah Martin, Colter Norris, Tanner Poss, Hayden Thomas, and Isaac Walker.

M2U02889 from dwayne page on Vimeo.

In the girls game, DC led 14 to 12 after the 1st period, 45 to 23 at halftime, and 63 to 40 after the 3rd period before winning 92 to 50.

Kadee Ferrell scored 25, Lydia Brown and Joni Robinson each with 17, Megan Cantrell 9, Emme Colwell and Mya Ruch each with 6, Mallori Hart and Ellie Cripps each with 3, and Maddison Parsley , Summer Crook, and Leah Davis each with 2.

For the boys, DC trailed 17 to 7 after the 1st period, 32 to 18 at halftime, and 45 to 27 after the 3rd period before losing to Monterey 57 to 41.

Tanner Poss scored 12, Colter Norris and Nathan Atkins each scored 6, Hayden Thomas and Evan Jones each with 4, Noah Martin, Dallas Cook, Dakota White, and Brayden Howard each with 2, and Issac Walker with 1.

The Lady Tigers end the regular season at 19-8 and the Tigers finish at 5-22.

The district tournament begins next week.

Sales Closing Date for Pasture and Hay Loss Protection Approaching

February 9, 2019

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers of hay and pasture crops that February 15, 2019 is the final sales closing date to purchase a Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy.

NAP provides catastrophic level (CAT) coverage based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop. Additional coverage levels ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production, in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price may be elected by the application closing date. Producers who elect additional coverage must pay a premium in addition to the service fee. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional coverage.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage using form CCC-471, “Application for Coverage,” and pay the applicable service fee by the application closing date. For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Producers who elect additional coverage must also pay a premium equal to: the share of the crop times the number of eligible crop acres times the approved yield times the average market price times the 5.25% premium fee.

Beginning, limited resource, and underserved farmers are eligible for a waiver of the service fee and a 50 percent premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, “Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification.” For 2018, in DeKalb and Cannon counties, a limited resource farmer/rancher is defined as having gross farm sales less than or equal to $177,300 per year in each of the tax years 2016 and 2017 and less than $25,100 in total household adjusted gross income each tax year 2016 and 2017.

For crop year 2019, hay or pasture producers should report their crop acreage by July 15, 2019 to have a timely filed crop acreage report.

When a crop or planting is affected by a natural disaster, a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) musts be filed within 15 calendar days of the: 1) natural disaster occurrence; 2) final planting date if your planting was prevented by a natural disaster; 3) date damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent.

For additional program details, contact the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, located at 647 Bright Hill Rd., or phone the office at 597-8225, extension 2.

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