Thursday, September 23, 2010
STATES-GRAPHIC 144th Year • No. 56
Haywood County, Tennessee
One Sections, 18 pages
Field of Flags set to return Haslam updated on Megasite
The Brownsville Exchange Club announced recently the return of “Your Field of Flags” this fall, which will coincide with the Veterans Day Commemorative Ceremony November 11. The semi-annual event will feature a display of over 400 American Flags to be ﬂown on the lawns of the Haywood County Courthouse, Brownsville City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce. The last time the event was held was back in 2008, where there were approximately 385 ﬂags adorned across the city. The ﬂags will be installed October 25 and remain through November 15. The ﬂags are 3’x4’, mounted on an 8-foot white staff with a gold cap. They are also made of durable nylon, which is great if they need to
weather any storms. “The weather can play havoc on the ﬂags, Exchangite John Gallaspy said. “There was a storm in ’08 that came through and Monday morning, we just went out and strengthened them up.” Donorswillreceivetheir ﬂags, along with placard and mounting rods, for display at their homes or businesses. The cost of sponsoring a ﬂag is $25. They can be ordered from any Exchange Club member by stopping at 42 South Washington or the Chamber of Commerce on West Main or calling the chamber at 731772-2193. The deadline for sponsoring a ﬂag is October 15. One of the interesting appeals about Field of Flags is whom the ﬂags are dedicated to, which doesn’t always involve fallen soldiers.
“We have people that do it in honor of or in the memory of not just those in military service, but anyone they want to honor,” Gallaspy said. With a long and detailed process of setting up the ﬂags— from getting the green light from the county and city mayors to setting up a layout database for the ﬂags—the club will have some help from the schools, the Haywood County Parks and Recreations and a host of other local civic-minded clubs. All of the proceeds from the Field of Flags will beneﬁt the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and other Exchange Club civic projects, like the Exchange Club scholarship.
Bill Haslam discusses Megasite plans with Mayor Franklin Smith at the Haywood County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) visited the Haywood County courthouse Wednesday, September 22. Surrounded by some of Brownsville and Haywood County’s leaders, Haslam was given an update on the West Tennessee Megasite. HaywoodCountyMayor Franklin Smith and HTLAdvantagePresident/CEO
Duane Lavery updated the Gubernatorial candidate on proposed plans for infrastructure, the latest having to do with the proposed plans for the siteswaterandwastewater system. Haslam was also notiﬁed of the REDI program—an educational program meant to provide bottomdollarscholarships to students as well as prepare them for higher education—whichrecently
received $300,000 from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce. Haslam thanked everyone for the update on the Mega Site and expressed his belief of the project being a great beneﬁt to not only west Tennessee, but also the entire state. “I honestly have to say that this is one of our best opportunities period,” Haslam said.
Grandmother walks to raise awareness for bone marrow donors
Two arrested in Pizza Hut robbery
September 20, Cpl. Patrick Black of the Brownsville Police Department arrested and charged Meghan Vanetter, 24, with Aggravated Robbery in the August 19, robbery of Pizza Hut. A lone gunman robbed pizza Hut, located at Exit 56/ Anderson Ave., the night of August 19. Vanetter was identiﬁed through the investigation of the Brownsville Police Department as the getaway driver in this incident, and is currently being held without bond, pending arraignment, at the Haywood County Jail.
After conferring with the Attorney General’s Ofﬁce, Cpl. Black of the Brownsville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division issued warrants for the arrest of Chuck Austin in connection with the armed robbery. Austin, a Haywood County resident, was arrested by deputies of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department later in the evening Tuesday September 21 on the warrants issued in the investigation, authorities said. Austin, a white male, is currently being held at
the Haywood County jail without bond pending his arraignment. Austin was identiﬁed as the lone gunman in this case. August 19, a suspect approached three employees of the Pizza Hut restaurant, disguised with a covering over his face, on the parking lot as they were closing the restaurant. The gunman produced a handgun and ordered one of the employees to give him the bank bag. Once obtaining the night’s deposit, the gunman ﬂed the parking lot. Austin is alleged to be that gunman.
Commission votes in meat packaging plant “This is the biggest crowd I’ve seen in my 20 years of County Mayor,” Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith said in reaction to the crowded courthouse Monday night. Smith’s words easily conveyed the scene as the Haywood County Commission hosted its
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monthly meeting. Despite outside visitors and a slightly heavy-handed agenda, most of the crowd was at the courthouse for one thing: the voting of the Neola Meat Packaging Plant being built. The plant would be built on 23.59 acres of land at the Haywood County farm. The air was a little uneasy, with proponents and opponents of plant heating the air with their arguments. After an adoption of the minutes from July’s regular and August’s called meeting, and reports from standing committees, and a presentation from SSOE, Smith set up the ﬂoor for proponents and opponents of the packaging plant to speak freely before the commissions. Each side was granted 15 minutes. The scene was akin to the opening and closing argument usually witnessed in courtroom
cases between lawyers. “If you’re a commissioner, and you can’t honestly say that you would be okay with a slaughterhouse in your backyard, if you can’t honestly say that then don’t vote for it,” county resident Dan Murphy said. Opponents of the plant generally touched on concerns of there being a lagoon, slaughter run off, odor, looking at other property and a guarantee from owners, the Lengars of jobs for Haywood County residents. Proponents of the plant, countered back with the county’s need for jobs and belief that the plant, if done right, will be a great asset to the county. “There are government agencies that see these plants,” resident Andy Cooper said. “There are ways where things can be done right.” Tim Morris, engineer for R.J. Construction— See Meat Pg 3
There are only eight million bone marrow donors in the U.S. That’s a low number considering that the U.S. containsat least 300 million residents, and its one reason why you may see 57-year-old Jeana Moore walking cross country through Tennessee wih her ﬁnal destination set in New York. Moore’s trek is the continuation of a long journey that began April 16, 2007, the birth of her granddaughter, Jada Bascom in Spokane Washington. “A nurse in the birthing room noticed seven little dots on her skin,” Moore said. “I consider her ﬁrst in the line of thousands of people that helped to save Jada’s life.” The discovery led to a blood test, which showed signs of blood clotting. “We knew that immediately after her birth that Jada was in distress andneededhelp,”shesaid. “They didn’t do the ofﬁcial diagnosis until she was a month old. And then our journey really began.” At only a month into the world, little Jada had Leukemia. For the following ﬁve months, she had to have four chemotherapy treatments. Doctors had hoped it would push her into remission. It didn’t. It was discovered that Jada needed a bone marrow transplant to live. Options, of course, started with the family. “And that’s when all of our family got tested, and no one in our family matched,” she said. “You know aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone. So they put her on the National Registry but no one in the U.S. matched.” Jada eventually found her match on the International Registry in the form of a 33-yearold man from Germany named Turseten Huber. Jada received her transplant November 28, 2007. Jada would go through another year and four months of battling and beating graft vs. host disease, where the donor’s cells struggle to integrate with the body.
Today Jada is a normal two-year-old. Moore founded the Jada Baskin Foundation in June 2009 and started training for what would be her biggest attempt at raising awareness for the need of bone marrow donors. Moore planned to walk from Seattle to L.A. and thenfromL.A.toNewYork. She began her journey October 19, 2009. It was last Friday, September 17, that Moore’s journey was taking her through Brownsville, where she received some generous hospitality. “They were great,” Moore said of the Brownsville Haywood County Fire Department. “The chief drove out and made sure I had water and Gatorade, then they brought me in so I could have a little lunch. And then they took me back to my route so I could ﬁnish for the day.” Moore is making this trip alone with only a 35-pound backpack with her tent, sleeping bag, toiletries and clothes to accompany her. Not counting the meals provided by strangers, she has sustained herself on nutrition bars and dried fruit for food. Moore has traversed across deserts, mountains, off roads and even wheat ﬁelds. She’s described her walk as challenging, yet natural. “I love being this close to God’s creation: the Earth,” she said. “I hope in other ways in my life when the journey is over
that I’ll continue to do that because it really has opened up my eyes. A man in Oklahoma asked me what is it I like about the walk. And I said it feels so natural. I don’t really understand why but I feel like I’m meant to do this. And he said ‘as a species, we are the best walkers on this planet. And we are designed to walk and I thought, ‘Oh, that makes sense. I’m doing what I’m designed to do.’” Moore’s physical goal is to reach New York by January 27, 2011 to meet her family and Jada’s donor Tursten. Her main goal is that the importance of becoming a donor resonates with people. “I would really urge people to take this message personally, don’t wait until your family is affected like we did,” Moore said. “That’s why I’m doing the walk because I would have signed up to become a donor years ago, but I didn’t know how. I never really understood. And I want to bring that message to people and for them to think of all of those who are waiting. They might be the matches that could save their life.” To ﬁnd out on how to become a donor, visit www.marrow.org/JOIN and follow the directions to receive a free swab kit to see if you’re eligible to become one. To follow Moore’s journey, you can visit www. stepstomarrow.com.
Jeana Moore reaches the end of her walk in Brownsville near the Brownsville/Haywood County Fire Station No. 1.