WECO News: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

District 3 Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was in town yesterday, addressing public concerns. Fleischmann was elected to his seat in 2010, and recently has become the congressman for Morgan County, after a state legislature decision moved the county from district 4 to district 3. Fleischmann says that working with the new additions to district 3 won’t be any different than before.

“Fortunately the 3rd district is in the great state of Tennessee, and I’ve always said Tennessee values is what we need to fix America,” Fleishmann said.

Fleishmann does say, however, that each county has its own set of issues that he will address as Congressman. Morgan County will not officially move into district 3 until next year.

The local ballet for this upcoming November’s elections has officially been set in Morgan County. All candidates that filed a petition to run went before the county election commission yesterday. All were approved, so here’s how the ballet will look this fall. The following candidates will run unopposed: Cheryl Collins for County Clerk, Brandon Pellizarri for County Attorney, Biff Wilson for County Tax Assessor, and Ken Yager for State Senate in District 12. School Board 4th District has incumbent Glen Moore running against Ronnie Trout, School Board 2nd District has Dennis Summers facing Terry Armes and House of Representatives 41st District incumbent John Mark Windle running against Bobby Stewart. WECO will keep you updated throughout the elections.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2012 is scheduled for October, but the Awareness takes place the entire year. A local group named the Iron Butterflies is working to raise money for cancer research. Melody Keyes, Amy Stafford, Jennifer Monroe and Glenda Scott will participate in a 60 mile, 3 day walk in Washington DC this upcoming October. However, fundraising must be completed before the group can go. Each member must raise 2,300 dollars, a total of 9,200. All of that money goes directly into the Susan G. Komen foundation. Some events are in the works, but one event is set, as a local band, the Fairview Union will be performing this Friday at the American Legion Hall, which is a favorable day according to Monroe.

“It is the last day of spring break in Morgan County, so it will be a very good outlet for parents,” Monroe joked.

“Maybe we can coin it as a parents night out.”

A ticket for the show, which also includes a meal from Earl’s Bar-b-q, can be purchased at Morgan Pro Hardware and Darnell’s Food Market in Wartburg for 20 dollars. Those just wanting the meal and to not stay for the show can drop by for a take-out order for 5 dollars between 5-7. The concert will begin soon after. WECO will provide more on this story a little later.

This Saturday, there will be a Cruisin in Harriman event on Roane Street. This free event will feature inflatables, food, music, and games between 2:30 and 5:30. Call Doc Mullins at 865-717-2818 for more information.

The Blue Springs Boat Company will have its annual open house this Saturday as well, from 10am to 4pm. This will feature a bounce house for kids, food, drinks, and corn hole. Call 865-376-1472 for more information.

In sports, the annual Volscars was held last night at the University of Tennessee. This event is set aside to award great moments and athletes from the previous season. Some notables, Glory Johnson of the basketball team took home the Ms. Tennessee award, AJ Johnson, a linebacker on the football team took home the rookie of the year award, and Holly Warlick won the award for best supporting staff member.

And finally, if you believe in karma, this might be a good case of it. A misbehaving Canadian bar patron picked the wrong vehicle to try to escape custody. Police said a man being escorted by police out of a bar at about 12:45 AM on Sunday took off on foot and jumped into the back of a nearby car, ordering the driver to “get out of here.” Unfortunately for him, he jumped into an unmarked police car. The suspect did not attempt another escape after he was in the cruiser.


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