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Brasch, 23, of Ripley, is charged with aggravated child abuse. Brasch is free on a $5,000 bond awaiting his appearance in Tipton County General Sessions Court on Feb. 14.

If anyone has information in this case, call the Criminal Investigations Division at (901) 475-3300, or Central Dispatch after hours at (901) 475-4300. You can also phone in tips at (901) 475-3007, or e-mail

Home-school program on boundaries at library

Mary Brasfield-Cole will present a group activity titled “I’m the Boss of My Body,” according to a news release.

Brasfield-Cole is a master prepared registered nurse with 12 years of forensic nurse experience providing physical assessments for abused and sexually assaulted children and adults.

Her background includes collaborative work with child-advocacy centers, law enforcement and social services. She presents to professional and community groups on issues related to victimization and perpetration. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Gibson County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and is a volunteer at the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.

Refreshments will be served. Questions, please call Renee at the library, 784-2383.

Library board meeting

The Jackson-Madison County Library board of trustees meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. today in the Board Room at the Jackson-Madison County Library, at 433 E. Lafayette St.

Haslam extends rules to help farmers

Gov. Bill Haslam recently extended an executive order to allow haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks as long as they observe safety requirements, according to a news release. The order is in response to drought and extreme weathers conditions in Texas and across the Southeast, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock, the release said.

“Last year was a tough year for farmers across the Southeast, and we want to be responsive to their needs,” Haslam said in the release. “This order will continue to ensure that much-needed hay can be shipped safely and without delay through Tennessee and along our major interstate corridors.”

The order allows for an increase in gross vehicle weight to 95,000 pounds, not exceeding 20,000 pounds per axle load, for semi truck/trailers. The order also increases the height of trailer loads to 13 feet, 6 inches and the width to a maximum of 14 feet during daylight hours. The increase in width allows haulers to transport standard six- to seven-foot round hay bales side by side, increasing the capacity being hauled per truck without a permit.

The executive order extension will expire on May 13.

Tennessee is a major producer of hay, ranking fifth in the nation. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast that Tennessee farmers produced 1.9 million acres of hay last year, excluding alfalfa, for a total of 4.3 million tons. For more information on Tennessee farm production, visit

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