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Federal Assistance to be Awarded to 18 Counties Harmed by June Flooding

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 14, 2014:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced President Obama has declared 18 counties as federal disaster areas as a result of severe weather on June 5-10. State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to and recovery from the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.

“This federal aid will help our communities in rebuilding and recovery,” Haslam said. “State and local teams worked quickly to survey damage in more than 35 counties to determine the impact of these storms, and we are grateful for this assistance.”

Anderson, Bledsoe, Carroll, Decatur, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Lawrence, Lewis, Madison, Marion, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Perry, Roane, Sequatchie, and Tipton counties will have access to federal assistance that provides reimbursement for 75 percent of eligible costs. A presidential disaster declaration also includes FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant program on a statewide basis.

Three fatalities were attributed to the severe weather and flooding. Two deaths occurred in Lawrence County and another in Hickman County.

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornado touchdowns were part of the storm system. The first tornado, an EF-1 with wind speeds in excess of 80 m.p.h., left a 12-mile debris path across Lake and Obion Counties on June 7. The other confirmed tornado, rated an EF-0, touched down in Kingston, Tenn. More than 28,000 customers were left without power due to wide-spread damage from downed trees and broken power lines.

The disaster declaration provides FEMA’s Public Assistance to the declared counties for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and rebuilding and repairing roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, utilities and recreational facilities.

Additional information about state and federal assistance for affected counties will be released as details become available.

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Haslam Names DUI Prosecutor as 17th Judicial District Attorney

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 13, 2012:

17th Judicial District includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert Carter as the District Attorney General to the 17th Judicial District, which includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties.

Carter will replace current 17th Judicial District Attorney General Charles Crawford, who is resigning effective July 31.

“Robert represents the full picture of what we were looking for as the new district attorney general, and I appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of the 17th District,” Haslam said.

Raised in Lincoln County, Carter has been an assistant district attorney since 2010, working in the child support division and, most recently, as the state DUI grant prosecutor. In the child support division, he established, prosecuted, enforced, reviewed and, when appropriate, modified all child support matters for the district.

As the DUI prosecutor for the district, he prosecutes in all courts and has responsibility for all criminal charges associated with each DUI defendant.

“I’m humbled and excited about the opportunity before me, and I appreciate the governor’s confidence in me,” Carter said. “I look forward to any challenges that lie ahead and serving the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.”

Before working as an assistant district attorney, Carter was with the firm Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC from May 2006 to December 2010, handling complex construction disputes and litigation. He has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations.

Carter, 31, is a magna cum laude graduate of Cumberland University and earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 2006.

He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Kristin, four-year-old son, Bruce, and one-year-old daughter, Sophie. He is an assistant baseball coach at Fayetteville high and middle schools.