Participating in the United Pest & Turf Control Customer Appreciation Day held Friday, June 29, are, from left,  Spencer Sturdivant, Joey Wray, Wysteria McDougal, Stephen Phillips, Helen Thomas, Karla Steakley, Trent Heard, Toby Thomas, Erica Payne, Mark Sparks, Haylie Heard, Heath Cunningham, Melissa Thomas, Jackay Medley, Dennis Beeler, Jayden Medley, Jenna Medley and Jacob Medley. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)

Participating in the Babysitting CPR class recently at the Ardmore Public Library are, from left, Morgan Griffin-Morgan, assistant librarian, Zoey Griffin, Sophie Goerling, Abigail Slinkad, Hulee Pepper, Andy Ibsen, Brooklyn Tulmadge, Claire Durham, Holly Goerling, Kelsey Jones, and Rose Jeffries, Red Cross Trainer. (courtesy photo)

Madison County Road Work Alert

Beginning Monday, July 16 at 8:30am, Madison County Commission District 4 crews will be replacing the cross drain on Scott Road located in northwest Madison County near the address of 320 Scott Road.

The road will be closed beginning Monday, July 16 at 8:30AM through Wednesday, July 18 at 4:00PM.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while workers are in the area.

STAAR Theatre Host Benefit Concert Saturday

Four Nashville recording artists and an impressive group of session musicians will perform country, rock and blues in a Saturday night, July 14 concert at STAAR Theatre in Pulaski to benefit the restoration of historic Antoinette Hall 1868 Opera House.

"We are so honored that these generous performers volunteered to donate their time and talent to bring attention to the importance of live performances in Giles County and to kickoff fundraising for restoration of magnificent Antoinette Hall," said Tammy Pierchoski, Executive Director of STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall.

Headlining the concert is multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Bob Randall. Other singer-songwriters who are celebrating the importance of restoring Antoinette Hall - Laura Lane, Brenda McCready and Danny Potter - will take the stage throughout the evening.

"A special treat will be the filming of a segment for a CMT-bound video for the new song, "I Ain't Gettin' Rich in Nashville," Pierchoski said. "In addition there will be a full-audience live music video shot during the evening. Who knows? You may see yourself on TV!"

Joined by some of Nashville's most sought-after musicians from the legendary A Team at Nashville's Sony Studio, concertgoers will experience the sounds that blended rock with pop with blues with soul. Bobby Curlee will be on guitar, Matt McGee on bass, Ron Krasinki on drums and Pat Severs on steel guitar.

Concessions will be available during the show with BBQ plates and a soda for $6. Adult beverages will be offered for purchase.

Tickets for the show are $15. All proceeds go toward the restoration efforts of Antoinette Hall. "For those who want a first-hand look at where these donations will go, arrive by 6:30 p.m. to join a guided tour of Antoinette Hall and see the beautiful theatre you are helping to save," Pierchoski said.

Buy tickets at, reserve by calling 931.363.7222 or stop by Pierchoski Estate Law during business hours 105 North First St., Pulaski, TN 38478.

During the July 14 concert at STAAR Theatre to benefit Antoinette Hall, a segment for a CMT-bound video for the new song, "I Ain't Gettin' Rich in Nashville" by Bob Randall will be filmed.

Fugitive Plus Two Arrested On Warrants

Investigators with Giles County Sheriff's Department obtained information regarding the location of Courtney Adam Thompson Thursday, July 5, 2018. Thompson was wanted in Giles County on suspicion of Aggravated Burglary, Theft, and theft of a motor vehicle. Thompson, 41, of Huntsville, Alabama was also wanted by authorities in Madison and Coffee Counties in Alabama.

Information was forwarded to the Giles County Sheriff's Department that Mr. Thompson was armed and had the potential of being dangerous. Thompson had supposedly encountered a bounty hunter in Madison County, Alabama and exchanged gunfire with the bounty hunter while he was attempting to apprehend him.

Sheriff Kyle Helton activated the Giles County Special Response Team and requested manpower assistance from the Maury County Sheriff's Department. Team members went to a location on Lloyd Road and confirmed the identity of Mr. Thompson and three other individuals.

The Special Response Team arrested Thompson without incident. Also arrested were Latana Wheeler - Allgood and Lisa Mueller on unrelated probation violation warrants.

During a search of the premises, multiple items that had previously been reported as stolen during various residential burglaries were located along with approximately a half an ounce of methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging for resale, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm.

All three individuals remain in the Giles County Jail Monday, July 9, and the investigation into other crimes is ongoing.

Sheriff Kyle Helton praised the commitment and determination of the deputies assigned to the Special Response Team due to the terrain and inclement weather they encountered during the apprehension of these individuals. Sheriff Helton also thanked Giles County EMS, Giles County Rescue Squad and the Maury County Sheriff's Department for their assistance in resolving the matter without further incident.

Free Mobile and Web Based App Assists Military Veterans and Advocates with Potential VA Benefits Claims


The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) recently launched the first of its kind app for use by military veterans and their advocates, available for download through the NVLSP website, Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.

Named the NVLSP VA Benefit Identifier, the application helps veterans, with or without the assistance of a veteran's service officer, determine specific VA benefits to which they are likely entitled.

Veteran Rob Concklin found the app helpful and commented on Facebook. "I just wanted to write and say thanks for the benefits app. I went thru it, made a claim for five service connected conditions, three were granted immediately. I probably wouldn't have even made the claim if it weren't for your app." A fourth condition was granted later for Concklin and while one condition was denied, Concklin was pleased he filed a claim.

The app directs users to a logic based questionnaire that assists in verifying whether a veteran should file a claim for service-connected disability benefits or nonservice-connected disability pension. The survey addresses all possible disabilities covered by VA regulations.

Created in both English and Spanish, the app functions as a comprehensive logic tree, generating additional questions from previously supplied answers. To protect privacy, no data or personally identifiable information is retained. Once the questionnaire is completed, results can be emailed or printed and used as a reference when filing claims for VA benefits.

"We're hoping to maximize the benefit of this app for veterans by offering it as a free service, without any cost for downloading and utilizing," said Bart Stichman, co-founder and executive director of NVLSP. "We want to provide a supplementary means for veterans to decide what their best options are in filing a claim for disability benefits."

NVLSP's VA Benefit Identifier app does not assist with claims for a higher rating for disabilities the VA has already connected to military service; claims previously filed with the VA; or claims for disabilities resulting from VA health care, VA vocational rehabilitation or participation in a VA Compensated Work Therapy program.

In completing the Identifier questionnaire, veterans should have documents available about their military service (DD Form 214), information about medical conditions and any prior VA decisions or related communications.

This Free Mobile and Web Based App Assists Military Veterans and Advocates with Potential VA Benefits Claims.

Upon completing  the survey, veterans are advised to schedule an appointment with a veteran's advocate chosen from a list of Veterans Service Organizations furnished in the app. Veteran's advocates are regularly available to assist with applications for VA disability benefits, free of charge.

A key highlight of the NVLSP VA Benefit Identifier is its ability to appropriately recommend when veterans should file for specific conditions, prompting them to submit an "intent to file" form with the VA, while further providing timelines and instruction on how to proceed with a formal claim.

NVLSP's app features an easy to navigate interface allowing veterans to interact with a support point person, and can be downloaded from the NVLSP website to any web-enabled smart device. NVLSP recently fixed some bugs in the app in May that had frustrated a handful of users, and the problems identified were corrected.

Download the NVLSP VA Benefit Identifier app on NVLSP's website, from the Apple App Store, or from the Google Play Store.

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