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Page 2 — The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, September 9, 2010

Carl Perkins Center Annual Benefit Golf Tournament The Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse announces their annual InSouth Bank Benefit Golf Tournament to be held September 16 at the Brownsville Country Club. A four-player team fee is $240, with registration and lunch beginning at noon and play beginning at 1 p.m. There will also be a putting contest, par-3 poker, prizes and trophies. All proceeds benefit the John Clinton Haywood County Carl Perkins Center. To sign up a team, call the center at 772-8378 or register on-site. Come on out and have a great time while helping the kids.

Board Members of the Carl Perkins Center hone their golfing skills in preparation of their upcoming benefit tournament.

Haywood County Soil Conservation District announces cost share sign-up The Haywood County Soil Conservation District has been awarded grants from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Resources Conservation Fund and 319 Fund to help support the efforts of local farmers and landusers to conserve soil and improve water quality on lands in certain small watersheds. Grants for fiscal year 2011 will be used to cost share landusers who install certain Best Management Practices on their farm. This year priority funds are available in the Richland Creek and Nixon Creek watersheds in Haywood County, The Ag Conservation Fund gives the Haywood County Soil Conservation District an opportunity to provide financial assistance to landusers who install needed conservation measures that might not otherwise be carried out. Haywood County is primarily a row crop county with over 130,000 acres of highly erodible fields, which can present erosion and water quality hazards. Much of the grant money in the past has been utilized on row cropland, although there are practices such as cropland conversion (new pasture seeding) and stock ponds, which can benefit the livestock producer. Hundreds of farmers and landowners have benefited from this program in the past both financially and by protecting and improving their lands. Over a half million feet of terraces and diversions have been built along with numerous grassed waterways, sediment basins, ponds and other practices with cost share assistance from these funds. Thousands of tons of soil have been saved and the quality of water in runoff from fields has improved on farmland where these practices have been established. Sign up for the 2010-2011 project will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, at the USDA Service Center, 1179 South Dupree Street in Brownsville. Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis. Absolutely no early sign-ups will be accepted. Sign-ups must be in person and will be limited to a maximum of $3,500 per person or operation. Eligible practices in Haywood County will include: terraces, sediment basins, grade stabilization structures, diversions, grass waterways, critical area treatment, cropland conversion, conservation buffers and other practices. If you need more information prior to sign-up, contact the Haywood County Soil Conservation District at (731) 772-0182 Ext. 3. “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD) To file a complaint, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights Room 326w, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 202509410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Building Better Bridges for Tennessee Tennessee Bridges: A Systematic Approach Bridges are not only integral parts of our transportation system; they are some of the most iconic images of our cities and state. For example, the Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Henley and Gay Street Bridges in Knoxville, Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville, and I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge in Memphis are all structures inherently tied to the images of cities in which they are located. Tennessee has more than 19,500 bridges. Only nine states have more, and each year, teams of TDOT bridge inspectors comb the state looking at each beam, deck and bridge support on nearly 10,000 of those bridges. We are proud to have a nationally recognized bridge inspection program operated by people dedicated to keeping Tennesseans safe. It has been three years since the collapse

of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the days, weeks and months following the collapse, TDOT began a number of reviews both internally and with the help of the Federal Highway Administration to ensure that we have sound programs and policies in place that could prevent such an incident in Tennessee. Since 2007, TDOT has initiated projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate nearly 500 bridges in Tennessee at a cost of more than $450 million. Right now across the state work is underway replacing or rehabilitating 138 bridges and 67 more projects are planned in the coming year. Since 2007, TDOT has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state by 7%, and keep in mind that as bridges are repaired and replaced,

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On August 31, 2010 Retiring County Clerk Ann Medford locked the County Clerk’s Office and walked out of the Courthouse for the last time. She will carry many wonderful memories home with her. Rep. Jimmy Naifeh presented to her House of Representative Resolution No. 866 passed by the 106 General Assembly thanking her for years of Public Service and she retires as the second longest serving clerk in the State of Tennessee. County Mayor Franklin Smith presented a gift certificate and a plaque in grateful appreciation for 48 ½ years of devoted service to the people of Haywood County with 38 ½ years of this time as County Clerk and retires as the longest serving County Clerk in Haywood County. Medford states that she leaves with sadness since this ends her working career and then gladness when

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Assembly, we anticipate completing projects on the remaining 70 or so bridges during the 2011/2012 fiscal year, a full year ahead of the original schedule. Tennessee’s bridges will always be a priority for TDOT, but much work remains to be done on both the state and local levels. Tennessee is fortunate to have a firstrate bridge program and we must strive to keep it that way. Improvements in materials, construction methods and design can produce a new generation of longerlasting bridges and we are constantly seeking innovative ways to make improvements. This requires a continuing commitment to research and innovation and an ongoing assessment of funding options for maintaining these important features of state’s landscape.

Medford leaves as second longest serving county clerk in Haywood

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other bridges, due to increasing age, become deficient every year. We are now in the second year of our Better Bridges program which authorizes bond funds for the repair, rehabilitation or replacement of about 200 structurally deficient bridges. Already over 100 bridge projects in this program are underway with more planned for 2011, including four large projects each costing in excess of $20 million. These include structures like the historic Henley Bridge in Knoxville, which will be stripped to its concrete arch rings and totally rebuilt, and the Highway 109 Bridge spanning the Cumberland River between Sumner and Wilson Counties in middle Tennessee which will be totally replaced. If the third year of the program is approved by the General

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it will open a new chapter in her retired life. She thanks her family, staff, and the voters of Haywood County for their continence support that allowed her to serve as County Clerk, which has been a rewarding job.

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Becky Booth County Commissioners District 6 We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for your vote of confidence in the recent election. As the County Commissioners for District 6, we will continue to serve our community and it’s citizens each and every day. Once again, thank you!

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