CANNON BLAST: Events for June 2018 and beyond

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JUNE 2018

WE CARE: The "WeCareCannon Benefit Dinner and Live Auction" will be held on Saturday. June 2 at 6 p.m. at Rustic Elegance. The theme is Low Country Boil. Tickets are on sale at First National Bank and Woodbury Funeral Home. For information call 615-491-1784.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Celebrate National Trails Day at Edgar Evins State Park this year with a new trail, new aviary and a party. We'll be cutting the ribbon on a new kid friendly approximately 1/2 mile hilly trail and unveiling the newly built aviary next to the Interpretive Center in Edgar Evins State Park on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be guided and unguided hikes on the Story Book Trail, featuring the book, Where Butterflies Grow, by Joanne Ryder with pictures by Lynne Cherry. This project is endorsed by the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Ready to Read, Tennessee State Parks, and Friends of Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. Representatives will be on hand to sign up children from 1 to 5 to receive free books monthly from the Imagination Library but this trail will also be appealing to children through the fourth grade reading level.

DIABETES PROGRAM: On June 6 the Cannon County Health Department will be offering a free Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program workshop. The 6-week program is designed for people with diabetes and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with health care professionals. Diabetes is complicated disease that can strike fear, confusion, and helplessness in diagnosed people and caregivers. People with diabetes must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions. A self-management approach to diabetes education gives people the knowledge, tools, and confidence to take day-by-day responsibility of their diabetes care. The Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Program Master Trainers. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Cannon County Health Department. For more information, or to sign up for the program, please contact Wendy White at 615-563-4243.

GASSAWAY HOMECOMING: The annual Gassaway Homecoming is set for Saturday, June 2. Ham Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Entertainment all day. Parade at 1 p.m. Giveaways during the day. Fish Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information contact Karen Ashford at 615-563-4183.

60TH REUNION: The 1958 Woodbury Central High School 60th Class Reunion will be held Saturday, June 2 at the Cannon County Senior Center at 609 Lehman St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FOLKFEST: International Folkfest delegations arrive from Italy, Mexico, and Sweden on June 10 for a full week of performing, touring, and cultural interaction in the mid-state area. Evening concerts are held at Wilson County's Winfree Bryant Middle School on Friday night and at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall on Saturday night. A free concert is scheduled for the east side of the Courthouse on Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See the festival website at for a full schedule of public performances.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL PARTY: In honor and memory of Ronnie Murphy on Saturday, June 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gassaway Fire Hall. Come and eat and enjoy fellowship together while we honor Ronnie. Any questions or to make a donation contact Pam Gaither at (615) 684-0555 or 615-563-1846, Brenda Dodd at (615) 542-9884 or (615) 563-59076 or Regina Mayo at (615) 849-6091 or (615) 765-7012.

DECORATION DAY: The annual Decoration Day for Banks Cemetery in DeKalb County will be Sunday, June 3. Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church will also have their annual Homecoming Day. Sunday School begins at 10:00 and worship at 11:00 with lunch at noon. Everyone is invited. Please make plans to attend.
Your support is needed so the cemetery can be properly maintained and kept looking good. You may mail donations to: Robert Joins, Treasurer, 846 Luttrell Avenue, Smithville, TN 37166; Ernie Winchester, President, 1070 Tabernacle Road, Smithville, TN 37166; or Melissa Ferrell, ViceMPresident, 8001 Short Mountain Road, Woodbury, TN 37190.

SENIOR CENTER CONCERTS: Performing at the Cannon County Senior Center in June will be Uptown Country on June 1 and Silvercreek Band with Ronnie Crownover on June 15. For information call 615-904-5868.

REPUBLICAN PARTY MEETING: Monday, June 4, 2018. Refreshments at 6 p.m. Meet and Greet Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Hear candidates for U.S. House of Representatives -- Judd Matheny, Bob Corlew, Christopher Monday and John Rose. Held at Rustic Elegance, 1751 Doolittle Road, Woodbury, TN 37190. For information contact Greg Johnson 615-714-4530. Facebook: Cannon County Republican Party. Website:

MOMMY TO BE: Cannon County Chiropractic will be offering a FREE Mommy To Be class that will start on June 4 at 5:00 pm. Classes will be held at Cannon County Chiropractic and will be on a 6 month cycle. The classes will be in 3 sets of two classes in case you will not be able to come to the fist class offered. The class is open to the public at no cost and no obligation. Some of the topics to be covered are nutrition, exercise, positioning, new baby and postpartum.
Class Schedule:
June 4 and July 2: Nutrition
August 6 and September 10: Exercise/Positioning
October 1 and November 5: New Baby/Postpartum. All classes are scheduled for the first Monday of the month from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm with the exception of Labor Day, that class will be offered on September 10 instead. Feel free to call our office to reserve a seat.

CAMP TIME: Tennessee 4-H Camps, which are accredited by the American Camp Association, are directed by caring professionals and volunteers, which include on-site camp staff and county 4-H agents. These adults have worked hard to design a program that is educational, inclusive, rewarding and fun. If you are interested in your child attending a 4-H camp, please contact the UT Extension Office in Cannon County at 615-563-2554. The mission of Tennessee 4-H is to provide research-based Extension educational experiences that will stimulate young people to gain knowledge, develop life skills, and form positive attitudes to prepare them to become capable, responsible and compassionate adults.

25 YEARS STRONG!: Sign Up Now for The Arts Center of Cannon County's 2018 Summer Youth Conservatory. Junior Session 1: June 4th-15th Show: June 17th 2:00. Junior Session 2: June 18th- 29th Show: June 30th 10:00. Senior Session: July 9th-20th Show: July 21st 10:00. Summery Youth Conservatory is dedicated to the development of life skills through participation in the arts - helping kids reach a new stage! In addition to classes, this program offers the opportunity for all participants to appear on stage in a production at the end of each session. This is also a valuable opportunity to be seen on stage by Arts Center directors. Students will audition for roles in performances. Classes offered are: Fundamentals of Acting/Advanced Acting (taught by Matthew Hayes Hunter), Creative Movement/Dance (taught by Megan Castleberry - Jr. Sessions and Chase Miller - Sr. Sessions), and Voice/Music (taught by Collin Peterson. To sign up, go online at to download an application or call 615-563-2787.

JULY 2018

FIREWORKS COMING: The 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will be here soon. The Hilton Stone American Legion Post 279 has the mission of conducting the Fireworks Celebration Event for 2018. It will be another great event for our community and all of Cannon County. There will be live entertainment, plenty of good old down home music, food booths, and fun and games for the children, and of course GREAT FIREWORKS to top off a great day of fun for all. Be sure and put Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on your calendars. More info will be coming out on WBRY and in the Cannon Courier - so stay tuned. Also, if you are a non-profit group and would like to have a food booth during the event, contact Col. Jim Stone at 615-563-6111. We are limited to five booths.

NICHOLS FAMILY REUNION: Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ The Corner. On this day, we want to celebrate the lives of our families in one great Nichols Family Reunion! We are calling together all the descendants of Daniel Alexander Nichols and Sarah Melissa Vinson Nichols for a day of storytelling, great food, pictures and an awesome time together. Bring your pictures to be displayed and any other memorabilia you would like to share with the family. For more information, contact Mariea Nichols 615-563-5414, Lou Nichols 615-563-4805, Donna Nichols 615-464-4271, or Barbara Nichols Parker 615-563-4157. So bring a good story, a covered dish and join us. Hope to see you there!

ROCK CAMP: With the academic year winding down, it's never too early to start preparing for summer camps. The 16th annual Southern Girls Rock Camp is accepting applications for both volunteer instructors and campers to attend the July 24-28 day camp at MTSU for girls and nonconforming youth ages 10 to 17. Managed by the Murfreesboro-based nonprofit group Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, the camp's mission is to create a positive, self-affirming place for girls to express and empower themselves through music and associated creative activities. Jess Hawthorne, YEAH's outreach director, said the camp's traditional association with MTSU is one of its strongest drawing points, helping to attract both volunteers and campers over the years. The usual workshops in guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and voice will be part of the 2018 camp, but other newer offerings include a ukulele workshop and a workshop at which campers can build their own working guitar pedals. Tuition is $320 per camper, but scholarships are available. To apply for scholarships, go to To apply to volunteer, go to To register as a camper, go to For more information, send an email to


GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS ATTEMPT -- MOST MULES PLOWING SIMULTANEOUSLY: Join the Middle TN Mule Skinners in attempting to break the world record for the most mules plowing at the same time. Event set for Sept. 29 at noon at Grady Jr and Carol George Farm at 2362 Short Mountain Rd., Woodbury, TN. Event coordinatord are Danny Vaughn (931-261-6853) and Grady George Jr. (615-849-6867). To register visit


SOLID WASTE CENTER HOURS: The Current Hours of Operation at the Cannon County Convenience Center: CLOSED Sunday & Wednesday. Open
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Only household waste will be accepted at the Convenience Center. There will no longer be any building materials accepted or cardboard pickup provided. Please make note of any changes.

Centertown United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 335 W. Green Hill Rd, Centertown, Tn
6p-8:30pm -- 2nd Sunday each month. Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and singing voices. The Gospel Jam is open to any acoustic musician at any level of expertise. Join us ! All are welcome. Contact Tommy Gilley 931-607-9716 or view event information at

FREE: Discover Bible Series, P.O. Box 290, Woodbury, TN 37190. Write to request the series or for more information.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Celebrate Recovery from hurts, habits and hang-ups meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: If you drink alot that's your business. If you want to stop that's ours. Meetings are on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at Stones River Hospital Cafeteria. Sunday evening and Wednesday evening meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Call 615-765-7179.

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