The Cannon Blast: 12-2-2015

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Lions Club Christmas ornaments
are now available.
This year's ornament features the Arts Center of Cannon County. Ornaments may be obtained at the following places: Jennings Jewelers, First Bank, First National Bank, and the Register of Deeds Office in the Courthouse. They can also be obtained through various Lions Club Members.
Cost is $8 for the 2015 ornament. The Arts Center was founded in 1990. Its growth and popularity led to three additions to the original building. It is listed as one of the 100 best arts centers in America.
Lion Cliff Swoape, chairman of the Christmas ornament committee, said he still has a few of previous years' ornaments available at $7 each and sets of 4 of these previous ornaments at $25 while the limited supply lasts. He can be reached at (615) 563-4300.

Country Music Jam Session
Pocahontas Community Center
1st and 3rd Fridays
A country music jam sessions is set for the first and third Fridays of each month at the Pocahontas Community Center, 1441 Pocahontas Road, Morrison. Musicians sign up at 5:30 and the music starts at 6 p.m. Open to the public, spectators and dancers are welcome. Admission is free. For more info call Ray at 615-765-7835 or John 931-588-1229.


Celebrate Recovery
For hurts, habits and hang-ups. Every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church.
Contact: Hunter Hay 615-542-2132

Community Dinner
Sycamore Baptist Church
Sycamore Baptist, 7165 Sycamore Creek Road, will hold a community dinner the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations accepted with the funds going for a new church building.


Alcoholics Anonymous
If you drink alot that's your business. If you want to stop that's ours.
Call 615-653-7914.

Short Mountain Trading Post Winter Clothing Drive
Saturdays in Woodbury
The Short Mountain Trading Post is still gathering up winter clothing: coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, slacks, boots, blankets, gloves and scarves for the Feed America First Foundation. These items are being distributed along with food every Saturday in Woodbury. Also, there is a need for children's coats and warm clothing, gently used toys and any holiday decorations you no longer need. We want everyone to have a Happy Holiday and this is a good way to make sure it happens.
Thank you all for your generosity!

Coat Donations Sought
St. Thomas Hospital
St. Thomas Stones River Hospital will be accepting donations of coats, hats & gloves to be given out to people in need as well as The Trading Post on
Short Mountain Hwy.


Art Center Season Tickets
The Arts Center of Cannon County has set its 2016 season with tickets going on sale Nov. 2. Season Tickets are just $60 for six shows. The 2016 Season features:
Memphis, The Musical- The Tony Award Winning Musical about the birth of rock 'n' roll in the turbulent 1950s.(Rated PG)
Always...Patsy Cline- The musical based on Patsy Cline's true story with 27 classic songs. (Rated PG)
Disney's The Little Mermaid- The all-new full length version based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name. (Rated G)
Rock of Ages- Take a trip back to the 1980s in this rock musical featuring the music of Journey, Whitesnake, Styx, Bon Jovi, and many more. (Rated PG13)
The Odd Couple- Neil Simon's classic buddy comedy. (Rated PG)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- The new stage musical based on the 1968 film. (Rated G)

Running 1 4 U Benefit Race and Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7-11 a.m.
Auburntown Community Center
Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Race (5k and one Mile) starts at 8 a.m.
Registration ends at 7:30 on race day. Shirts are only guaranteed to pre registered by 12/1/15. The event benefits Danny Russell Fults and Dementia/Hydrocephalus Awareness. Free pancake plate to each reg runner/walker.
Ugly Sweater contest is planned with best one gets a pancake plate.
Contact Cassandra (C.J.) or Derrick Hughes at 615-464-8865 with any questions.

Volunteer Mentors Needed
for Local TN Promise Students
Cannon County's partnering organization for TN Promise needs 20 local volunteer mentors to work with high school seniors from the Class of 2016.
The time commitment is small, about one hour per month, but the impact is significant as volunteers assist students navigating the college-going process and encourage them to reach their full potential.
For more information about becoming a mentor, visit or contact Graham Thomas at (615) 604-1306 or The deadline to apply is Nov. 20, 2015.


A Tuna Christmas
Dec. 4-Dec. 13
The Arts Center
A Tuna Christmas is directed by Vickie Bailey and stars Matt Smith & Mark Thomas. It is designed as a Christmas Dinner & Show on Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 13. Dinner & Show tickets are $30 per person. Show only: $15
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens join in the holiday fun. For information on all shows &
events contact The Arts Center at 615-563-2787.


Silver and Gold Brass Quintet to Perform
Thursday, Dec. 3
The Silver and Brass Quintet is a new addition to the Silver and Gold Band from McMinnville. Violinist Randy Walton and pianist Donna DeLand will also perform Christmas music. Join them as they celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior at Simmons Chapel, Hollow Springs Road on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


Cannon County Senior Center
Music Night
Friday, Dec. 4
Uptown Country will perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center.
Admission is $5.


Cannon County Senior Center Christmas Gala
Dec. 11 @ 6 - 9 p.m.
The Cannon County Senior Center will hold their annual Christmas Gala at the Senior Center beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy, elegantly decorated tables, great food, entertainment and a silent auction. Seats are $25 each or reserve a table with seating for eight guests by calling the Senior Center at 615-563-5304

Star Wars Party
Saturday, Dec. 12
Adams Memorial Library is hosting a Star Wars Party from 11 a.m. to noon in the Jennings Community Room. There will be games, food, crafts, a costume contest and photo booth. All ages are welcome. Sign-up is preferred. Call 615-563-5861.


Commodity Distribution
Thursday, Dec. 10
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for Cannon County, Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Cannon County Community Center located at the Fairgrounds.
Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.


21st annual Lions Club Christmas
Tour of Homes 4 to 8 pm. Saturday, December 5.
Homes and places open for the tour include:
Lois Larimer's home at 208 College St., Woodbury; the home of Tim & Jessica Akers, 433 Cap Young Rd, Woodbury; the home of Chris and Lydia Hancock, 1503 Readyville St., Readyville; and the home of Lynwood Barrett, 161 Fowler Rd, Woodbury. Other homes are under consideration and may be added to the list.
Song Bird Studio (former Presbyterian Church building), 213 High St, Woodbury is also to be on the list this year. Tickets, at $7 each. are available from Lions Club Members or may be picked up Saturday afternoon from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Lions Memorial Building Which will be decked out with Carolyn Motley's massive collection of Christmas tabletop displays. Most of the locations will serve light refreshments.

Donate Furniture for Starving Artists
The Short Mountain Trading Post is now accepting donations of used furniture and household items that folks no longer need. Our Starving
Artists appreciate these donations very much and are creating wonderful pieces from these throw away items. Call: Savannah at 615-464-7824.
Thanks so much !!


State Library and Archives Hosts Genealogy
Workshop the Saturday after Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us reconnect with family members and share family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.
For the fifth consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at the TSLA auditorium, and research assistance will be available until 4:30 p.m. TSLA is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit


Cannon County Senior Center
Music Night
Friday, Dec. 18
Rode West Band will perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. Come early for Christmas fellowship, bring finger food or a dessert. Eat at 6 p.m.
Admission is $5.


Outdoor Burning Permits
It's again fire season in Tennessee, and the Division of Forestry is reminding everyone in Cannon County that if they intend to do any outdoor burning they are required by state law to obtain a burning permit. The free permits are required October 15th through May 15th and can be obtained by telephone or online. A poorly prepared or unattended burning debris pile can, under the conditions common in autumn, escape control and become a destructive wildfire. The Tennessee Division of Forestry asks everyone to be cautious when doing any outdoor burning.
Before doing any outdoor burning: First call the Division of Forestry for a burning permit at 615-765-7373 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (call on Friday for the weekend) or obtain a permit online at If weather conditions permit you will be issued a burning permit. If the permit is obtained by phone they will also advise you of any weather conditions such as predicted wind, low humidity or other factors which might call for extra precaution.

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