State Rep. John Tidwell and his wife Charlotte Tidwell celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.
Their children and grandchildren have organized a celebration and invite all well-wishers to come help mark their anniversary on January 13 at the First United Methodist Church. The celebration is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. The church is located at 724 Woodland Drive in New Johnsonville, Tennessee.
While Clarksville has donned its ‘gay apparel!’, it’s only fair to share that spotlight with some of our neighboring communities.
Clarksville’s neighbors are also showing their holiday glow, including Tennessee’s own Emerald City, Erin, decked out for the holidays.
The Erin Public Square is brightly festooned with red bows and fir garlands. The signature train boxcar sports a decorative candelabra wreath. The town’s leprechaun has his every ready smile and the Celtic Squares reflect a special sparkle. Even the shamrocks in the sidewalk seem to dance a bit.
All of Erin is sporting some serious Christmas glow. For those who enjoy viewing festive Christmas splendor, a short road trip is in order.
Photos by Turner McCullough Jr., JazzWaves Imaging Solutions for Imagine Media Solutions, Inc.
The city of Erin in Houston County is gearing up for a wealth of holiday events, not the least of which is is the community’s annual ‘Tree Lighting’ ceremony, slated for 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Betsy Ligon Park.
Holiday events continue with:
- Houston County Community Theate: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Houston County High School. Dec. 2- 3 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the high school’s Forum. For ticket information, call 289-ARTS.
- Craft Fair: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Erin City Hall. Pictures with Santa at 3 p.m.
- Houston County Relay for Life: “Love Lights a Tree” ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the park. Remember your loved one with a donation to a single globe or a string of lights. Donations benefit the American Cancer Society.
- Book signing: sign copies of her new book, Lisa’s Trinkets, from 10 a.m. until noon on Dec. 3 at the Houston County Library.
MEDI of Western Kentucky announces its monthly Business-to-Buyer Procurement Luncheon, April 7th. Jennie Stuart Medical Center will be the keynote presenter for the one-hour luncheon.
The luncheon will be held at the MEDI Office, 1101A South Main Street, downtown Hopkinsville Kentucky, inside the US Bank Building. Business-to-Buyer Procurement Luncheons are concentrated efforts to present new business markets and opportunities to businesses. Be a part of the JSMC Procurement Luncheon and receive more information about how to start doing business with JSMC, learn about JSMC supply and service budget, and find out how to bid on high dollar contracts.
Listing of subcontracting categories may include:
Ø Building & Industrial
Ø Furniture & Furnishings
Ø Cleaning & Chemicals
Ø IT Solutions & Electronics
Ø Office Solutions
Ø Tools, Hardware, & Machinery
Ø Or Many other Trade Skilled Occupation
Registration is $15 per person and due by April 6. To register, email (email@example.com). For more information, call Nadia Ferguson at the office at 270-885-8885. Business-to-Buyer Luncheons are every Thursday of the month.
A Middle Tennessee roadway heavily damaged by the May floods has reopened following major repairs. A section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County was closed in late August to repair a landslide that caused part of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. During the closure, TDOT contract crews reconstructed the road, cleared flood debris from a nearby stream, and added new drainage structures.
“The reopening of this road is yet another milestone in Tennessee’s flood recovery efforts. Immediately after the disaster, TDOT worked quickly to assess the damage to our transportation system, initiate contracts and get repairs underway. I appreciate their efforts to restore vital elements of our infrastructure,” said Governor Phil Bredesen.
Nearly 35,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock were excavated from an approximate 400 foot portion of State Route 249. The area was then filled with more than 50,000 tons of new stone and stabilized with geotextile fabric before new asphalt and striping were applied.
“This was one of the most extensive repair projects initiated after the May floods with the roadway being completely rebuilt. We appreciate the patience of residents and commuters who have adjusted their routes during this closure,” added TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.
Two other flood repair projects in the Middle Tennessee area are continuing. Repairs to a rockslide on State Route 96 in Williamson County are expected to be complete by April 2011. In November, TDOT awarded a $9.5 million dollar contract to construct a bridge over a flood damaged portion of State Route 7 in Maury County.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 5-1-1 from any land-line or cell phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced that Assistant Commissioner for Community Development Rick Meredith will leave ECD effective December 15. Meredith has accepted a position as senior vice-president for community development with the Hollingsworth Companies.
In his role as assistant commissioner for Community Development, Meredith oversees the agency’s Local Planning, Grants and Loans, Energy Policy, Three Star, Main Street and Retire Tennessee divisions.
During his tenure, Meredith worked with Commissioner Kisber to reorganize Tennessee’s Three Star community certification program to national prominence, ultimately being named as a national “best practice” by the Southern Growth Policies Board. Meredith also led the development of the One Stop Business Resource program, an initiative to move business registrations in Tennessee online and started a series of procurement matchmaking events for small businesses in Tennessee by the Business Enterprise Resource Office of ECD. Since 2006, that program has prompted more than 3,000 individual business interactions between small businesses in Tennessee and corporate procurement officials.
Prior to joining ECD in 2003, Meredith was Register of Deeds for Anderson County where he led the conversion of land records from paper to digital format and during his tenure, Anderson County became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to establish Internet access to land records. Meredith was named Register of the Year and elected president of the county registers organization in 1996.
In his new role, Meredith will launch the Hollingsworth Company’s new Industrial Readiness Program, which will provide project design, construction, leasing and marketing services to communities in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The following is a listing of consumer safety product recalls notices issued by various federal, and/or state consumer safety agencies across the nation. Recalls.org gathers these notices and issues weekly consolidated reports for release to news services. These lists are published here in the interest of our readership and the safety of the general public.
The following listing is for the week of November 28 to December 2.
Cabinet Locks: The First Years® is recalling The First Years American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks sold nationwide from September 2008 to September 2010. The installed latches can break and children could gain access to contents of a cabinet, posing the risk of exposure to hazardous items. This recall involves The First Years American Red Cross cabinet swing locks with item number Y7181. An America Red Cross logo and “cabinet swing lock” is printed on the package. “American Red Cross” is molded onto the front of
the lock. A date code is printed on the bottom of the back of the package and on the back side of each latch just above the connection point.
Consumers should contact The First Years at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.recalls.thefirstyears.com to obtain a $5 coupon.
Mylanta and Alternagle Products: Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Co. (JJMCP) is recalling,
from the wholesale and retail level, twelve MYLANTA® liquid products and one AlternaGEL® liquid product. JJMCP is conducting the recall in order to update the labeling for these products. JJMCP initiated the recall due to the presence of alcohol from flavoring agents was not noted on the packaging. The specific products involved are being recalled in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Care Center at 1-800-469-5268 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.) For a complete list of the product recalled go to www.recalls.org.
Night Lights: American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. is recalling Forever-Glo® Cylinder Nite Lites sold nationwide from May 2009 to September 2010. An electrical short circuit in the night light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt which can burn consumers or result in a fire. The recalled Forever-Glo® Cylinder Nite Lite is a cylinder shaped night light with a white base and clear top that plugs into the wall. Only Model Number 71107 with a manufacturer code of SY is included in this recall. The model number and manufacturer code are printed on the back of the night light.
Consumers should contact AmerTac at (800) 420-7511 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.amertac.com or www.recall-center.com for instructions on receiving a full refund.
Blinds sold at Lowe’s: Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. is recalling Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold nationwide from 1999 to June 2010. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe’s.
Consumers should contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers can also contact Lowe’s at (800) 445-6937 anytime or visit www.lowes.com.
More information on all above listed recalls is available at www.recalls.org.
NASHVILLE – This Veteran’s Day, the Tennessee Department of Education honors our national heroes for their service to the country and the classroom. Tennessee military personnel have the opportunity to start a second career as the great teachers and leaders needed in education through the Tennessee Troops to Teachers program.
“Tennessee is looking to fill our classrooms with highly qualified talent and positive role models. The men and women that have served our country are not only respected leaders, but the dedicated professionals that have the diversity, experience, and the skills to make a difference in classrooms,” said Education Commissioner Bruce Opie.
Troops to Teachers works to improve education by providing motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation’s high-poverty classrooms. The program helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching. State offices provide counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. Successful program candidates obtain certification or licensing as elementary, secondary, or vocational teachers. To date, 411 former military service and veterans in Tennessee have successfully started their second career through the program.
“Teaching is a rewarding career. Tennessee’s Troops to Teachers office has counseled hundreds of interested military personnel, advising them on routes and programs to achieve full teacher certification in Tennessee, and referring them to school districts for employment,” said Cliff Yager, Director of the Tennessee Troops to Teachers program.
The Troops to Teachers program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the state Department of Education in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense.
For more information on this program, visit the Troops to Teachers website at www.tennessee.gov/education/lic/troop.shtml.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the junior ranking senator from Tennessee has announced a series of six town hall meetings for November. Corker will present a slide presentation on the federal government spending trends and mounting debt levels. Following the slide show, the senator will respond to audience questions.
Tennesseans can view the slide presentation online and access a PDF copy at visit: http://corker.senate.gov/public/?p=america-s-debt-crisis.
The schedule for each Town Hall Meeting follows:
Jackson – Thursday, November 4 – 1:00 p.m. CT (Doors open at 12:15 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m. CT to be seated.)
Union University – The Grant Center
1050 Union University Drive
Memphis – Thursday, November 4 – 5:30 p.m. CT (Doors open at 4:30 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:15 p.m. CT to be seated.)
Memphis City Council Chamber
City Hall ?125 N. Main Street ?Memphis, TN
Tri-Cities – Wednesday, November 10 – 1:00 p.m. ET (Doors open at 11:30 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m. ET to be seated.)
Bristol Regional Medical Center
1 Medical Park Boulevard ? Bristol, TN
Knoxville – Thursday, November 11 – 8:30 a.m. ET (Doors open at 8:00 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 8:15 a.m. ET to be seated.)
Clayton Performing Arts Center
Pellissippi State Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Nashville – Thursday, November 11 – 7:00 p.m. CT (Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m. CT to be seated.)
Massey Performing Arts Center
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Chattanooga – Friday, November 12 – 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:15 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m. ET to be seated.)
Chattanooga State Community College
CC Bond Humanities Building
4501 Amnicola Highway
Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close one lane on the ramp to Interstate 24 West (mile marker 43 – toward Clarksville), located north of Downtown Nashville this weekend in order to perform concrete repairs. The ramp is located at the I-24/I-65 split, just north of Trinity Lane. The closure will begin Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. The ramp lane will reopen no later than Monday, November 1 at 6:00 a.m. One lane on the ramp will remain open during this period.
Contract crews will also be conducting nighttime lane closures on I-24 East and West, from just north of Spring Street to just north of the I-40 split as part of a resurfacing project. The closures will take place nightly, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Both locations are heavily traveled areas of I-24. TDOT is encouraging motorists to consider alternate routes during the lane closure periods. Overhead and portable message boards will be used to alert motorists of the lane closures. Law enforcement officers will also be present to provide traffic control in the work zones. TDOT also asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.