Farmers in Tennessee intend to plant 1 million acres of corn in 2021, which is 130,000 acres more than 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.
U.S. corn growers intend to plant 91.1 million acres in 2021, up slightly from last year and 2 percent higher than 2019.
Soybean acreage in Tennessee was expected to total 1.7 million acres, up 50,000 acres from the previous year. U.S. soybean planted area for 2021 is estimated at 87.6 million acres, up 5 percent from last year.
Upland cotton acreage to be planted in Tennessee is forecast at 290,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2020. The U.S. total upland cotton acreage is estimated at 11.9 million acres, up slightly from the previous year.
Burley tobacco growers in Tennessee intend to set 2,800 acres for harvest, the same total as 2020. For the burley producing states, growers intend to set 40,850 acres, 6 percent below last year.
Producers intend to set 5,800 acres of dark-fired tobacco in Tennessee, the same total as 2020. Acreage set to dark-air tobacco was estimated at 3,900 acres, up 200 acres from 2020.
Farmers in the state intend to harvest 1.7 million acres of all hay, down 49,000 acres from 2020. U.S. farmers intend to harvest 51.7 million acres of hay in 2021, down 1 percent from last year.
The Dickson City Council voted in favor of upgrading a road for the planned Titan Partners fuel terminal, a facility to be located east of the city’s official boundaries.
The council voted to upgrade the city’s portion of Two Mile Road to highway standards as part of the broader plan for tanker trucks to travel between Highway 46 and the fuel terminal planned for unincorporated Burns.
The council on Monday passed a resolution authorizing a city application for State Industrial Access Program funds from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The motion by Horace Perkins and seconded by Jason Epley passed 5-1-2, with Betty Lou Alsobrooks, Robby Harmon and Joey Turbeville joining them in support. Dwight Haynes was opposed while Bird Armstrong and Michael Outlaw abstained.
The Dickson County Commission previously decided to seek SIA Program funds for the county portion of the road. That was done as part of the commission’s January vote approving a legal settlement with Titan.
The SIA program involves a state-local cost split. Titan has agreed to pay the local share of the road upgrade -- the county and city share -- if TDOT approves the local governments’ application.
Titan owns a swath of pastureland and woodland east of Hogan Road where it plans to extend Two Mile Road to the terminal site. Tanker trucks would get filled at the terminal for deliveries to gas stations.
The resolution passed by the council says local costs paid by Titan will “include but not be limited to road base and surface improvements, road relocation, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, signage and road markings, as established in the settlement agreement with the County, and any other terms and conditions negotiated with the City.”
City Administrator Rydell Wesson told the council that the city and Titan are still working on the terms. The next step in the TDOT SIA Program process calls for drafting a contract involving TDOT, the county and city.
“We’re going to continue that conversation,” Wesson said.
Wesson said the negotiations address concerns voiced by Haynes, such as traffic congestion.
The city resolution cites language in the Titan-county settlement, saying, “according to those settlement terms, if the City of Dickson does not approve the application for State Industrial Access Program funds for the improvement of Two Mile Road, ‘Titan and Titan’s customers will utilize the portion of Two Mile Road located within the boundaries of the City of Dickson that would have been included in the TDOT Project without any road improvements.’”
Tanker truck traffic on the road in its current condition could create hazards, the resolution says.
The resolution says “the City of Dickson believes, based on the advice of legal counsel, that its refusal to apply for TDOT’s State Industrial Access Program funds to improve Two Mile Road will not stop, deter, alter or delay the fuel storage facility proposed by Titan Partners LLC and approved by the Dickson County Commission through the litigation settlement agreement.”
A judge has ruled that Joseph and Krystal Daniels will be tried separately in connection with the disappearance of their autistic son Joe Clyde Daniels three years ago.
Dickson County Circuit Judge David Wolfe also loosened his gag order in the “Baby Joe” case. The gag order had prevented case participants such as attorneys and law enforcement officers from discussing the case with the media. Wolfe amended that order April 1 to allow statements outside court.
Wolfe issued the trial-separation and gag-modification orders early during an all-day hearing that was to be continued April 6.
Joe Clyde Daniels was 5 years old when he vanished from the family’s Tennessee City home in April 2018. His father is charged with murder, and the boy’s mother faces a count of aggravated child neglect.
After Wolfe granted a motion asking for separate trials, Joseph Daniels’ trial date was set for June 1. The date for Krystal Daniels’ trial was still to be determined.
The motions for separate trials and relief from the gag order were made by Public Defender Jake Lockert, who represents Joseph Daniels.
The motions were unopposed by District Attorney General Ray Crouch and Michael Flanagan, the Nashville attorney court-appointed to represent Krystal Daniels.
The April 1 hearing also dealt with Lockert’s multiple motions to suppress evidence in the case. Wolfe continued the hearing until April 6, not ruling April 1 on any of those motions.
The proceedings regarding admissibility of evidence involved testimony from members of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Also, recordings of officers questioning Joseph Daniels in the early days of the investigation were played in court.
Krystal Daniels was connected to the April 1 hearing by video from jail, while Joseph Daniels appeared in Wolfe’s courtroom in Charlotte, handcuffed and wearing an off-white Department of Corrections uniform.
Neither defendant spoke at the hearing. The lawyers and witnesses joined Wolfe in the courtroom under an exception to the state Supreme Court’s rule requiring court proceedings to be held remotely due to COVID-19.
Social distancing and mask-wearing were strictly enforced in the courtroom, with gallery capacity severely curtailed, though a video feed was displayed on monitors in other areas of the Dickson County Justice Center.