The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, November 4, 2010 — Page 3
Third annual Holiday in Hope for Haywood to finish Haywood November 12-14 work on first home Friday
Those looking for special bargains and unique holiday gift items will have the perfect opportunity during the 3rd Annual Holiday in Haywood 3-day shopping mart planned for November 12-14, in Brownsville, “Holiday in Haywood” will feature over 20 retail and specialty merchants all under one roof and offering a variety of items perfect for your holiday gift giving. The event will take place at the National Guard Armory located at 221 Morgan Street. New to this year’s event is the addition of live entertainment on Saturday featuring local choirs and groups singing holiday favorites. Santa will also be available from noon until 2 p.m., to hear the wishes of the children and have his picture taken with them.
Families, individuals and groups are invited to have their Christmas portrait taken by a professional photographer on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary and portraits will be available for gift giving or for holiday cards. “Last year over 1,000 people came through the doors during the three day event,” says Monica Bivens, coordinator of the event. “This year we’ve extended the hours to allow even more time for shoppers to browse and make their selections.” Doors will open Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm, and again on Sunday from 12-4 pm, giving shoppers plenty of time to make their choices. “The response from
retailers has been wonderful,” explains Bivens, “and we are very confident in the variety and quality of the items that will be available.” Among the many items for sale will be collectibles, floral arrangements, designer clothing and accessories, fabrics, home décor and accessories, specialty sauces and homemade food items, woodcarvings, candles and a variety of books. There will also be a large selection of personalized gift items available. “Holiday in Haywood” is sponsored annually by the Brownsville Business Association. For more information about the event contact Bivens at 731-772-4042. Learn more about the Brownsville Business Association by visiting www. shopbrownsvilletn.com.
REDI college funding program receives $200,000 boost Tennessee Department of Labor and Southwest Tennessee Resource Agency help program NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Southwest Tennessee Development District today announced available funding for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI), a 12-county collaboration in West Tennessee. The REDI College Access program provides mentors to help high school seniors and non-traditional students prepare for the college application and financial aid process. “Outreach programs like REDI are planting the seeds of Tennessee’s economic growth,” says Labor Commissioner James Neeley. “Any encouragement and resources we can provide for college hopefuls is a step in the right direction when meeting future employer needs.”
The two REDI College Access Coordinators and community volunteers work with students in the 22 REDI high schools to advise students on the college application process with the goal of increasing the number of students entering into some type of postsecondary education. 1,200 students and 440 volunteer mentors are currently participating in the program. The funding provided in this announcement will provide additional staff and funding for the program though 2011. Counties participating in the REDI program include the following: Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties. “Many high school
graduates have the foundation for success, but still need further training to realize their career goals. We can’t let the current economy discourage these high school graduates from taking advantage of higher education,” said REDI Director Lisa Hankins. The Southwest Tennessee Development District received the “2010 Innovation Award” from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation for its Regional Economic Development Initiative. REDI is the only program in Tennessee to have received this distinction. Visit Southwest Tennessee Development District’s website at www.swtdd.org/ or call 731-668-7112 for more information on REDI.
The surprise May storm, which many have labeled as the “100-year flood” caught many residents off guard. Yet there have been some who have gathered together in the hopes of helping those affected by the storm. Hope for Haywood County consists of local leaders, public figures and volunteers who are on hand to help area victims reach the step of recovery from the damaging flood. The committee will be presenting its first finished house Friday, November 5. The house will be of Lois Rogers at 477 Ricky Street. Planned completion of other homes are as listed: Glenda Hess – 473
that Haywood County generated these kind of numbers without a huge concentrated effort, Clark noted. It didn’t take long for discussion to take place among the crowd, many exploring what Haywood County could do to increase the number of tourists it receives. Increasing Haywood County’s signage was a suggestion, as some business owners recalled visitors off the interstate giving up their search for downtown Brownsville due to a lack of signs or guides. “You’ve got to make it easy for the visitor or tourist,” West Tennessee Regional
Manager Department of Developing Tourism, Marty Marbry said. “If it’s not easy, they’ll turn around and drive back on the interstate.” Marbry also noted that the county could use the downturn in the economy as a positive, as more people aren’t making longer trips far out tourist destinations. “People are traveling much more regionally,” Marbry said. “They’re from a lot closer to home. They’re getting in their car and learning more about their state.” There was also a suggestion that the county do what it can to fully embrace what it can offer to outside visitors when it comes to culture.
Last week, TDOT opened a new section of State Route 840, the highway that makes a half circle south of Nashville connecting I-40, I-65, and I-24. While the entire State Route 840 is not yet complete, this particular project is symbolic of the dramatic changes TDOT has implemented over the last several years in an effort to become better stewards of the environment. While many of those changes were focused on actual road construction, we have also seen monumental improvements in virtually every aspect of the department’s work. The controversy over the last sections of SR 840 led to the launch of the Context Sensitive Solutions process, which forms valuable partnerships between TDOT and the citizens of Tennessee. CSS is now being used on a number of large projects across the state. The department has also strengthened its entire public involvement process to ensure our citizens are informed and educated throughout all phases of project development. The result projects that complement communities; and include
“We have nature trails and walks all over the county, and a strong African American [historic] culture,” Brownsville Mayor Jo Matherne said. “We need to market and exploit that.” With a strong participation from the crowd, it was clear that many that evening left with a different idea on tourism, and what it can truly offer to Haywood County. It remains to be seen what steps the county will take in order to use tourism as a viable economic source. Yet, many could say that Tuesday’s meeting at least set the gears in motion.
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ops to the availability of these alternative fuels to the public. We’ve also made a pledge to reduce TDOT’s fuel consumption and have installed ethanol pumps at each of our regional offices for use in our large fleet of vehicles. Greater environmental successes can certainly be achieved when state agencies work together towards a common goal. TDOT has made great strides in this area with the implementation of the Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Act, which establishes a coordinated planning and project development process for TDOT and relevant regulatory agencies. This multi-agency agreement helps identify and resolve issues in the early stages of projects, thereby preventing unnecessary and costly delays once construction has begun. We’re proud of the progress made in this area over the last eight years. The policy changes we’ve implemented have and will continue to have a positive impact on our transportation system and the quality of life of all Tennesseans.
Need a Small Business Loan? TSBDC (JSCC) and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host a free workshop November 9 from 9 – 11 AM at the Brownsville/ Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, 121 West Main Street. At this workshop you will learn step-by-step how to apply for an SBA Community and Patriot Express Loan. Contact the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce at 731-772-2193 to register.
Conversations at High Noon W e d n e s d a y, November 10 from noon to 1 PM, bring your lunch and join us at the DunbarCarver Museum 709 E. Jefferson. We will be taking a look at the photgraphic images Dr. W.E.B. DuBois put together and exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
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the input of residents and stakeholders, as well as adherence to environmental protection measures. TDOT’s environmental efforts extend much further than road projects. As an agency, it is our responsibility to maximize the efficiency of our existing transportation system, while minimizing its impacts to the environment. The improvements we continue to make to our bike and pedestrian programs are providing Tennesseans with viable choices in transportation, and have the ability to reduce congestion and improve air quality. With the launch of the TN Smart Commute website, we’re also offering a comprehensive clearing-house of commuting information on walking, biking, passenger rail, public transit and ride sharing. Our commitment to the environment also includes a focus on promoting the efficient use of natural resources, including alternative fuels like biodiesel and ethanol. TDOT is providing to financial assistance to fuel station owners and farmer co-
Those that have assisted and helped with the home constructions included: Brownsville Public Works, Brownsville and Haywood County Mayors, the Brownsville Building Department, Jerry McClinton, Renee Hendrix, Smith Lumber Company, Tate Smith, Ketchum Carpet Company & Larry Ketchum, Williams Electric Company, Max Williams, Stewart Plumbing, Heating & Air, O. G. Stewart, State Farm Insurance Company, County Line Insulation Company, Warren Engineering Inc., Mike Hendrix Roofing, Robert D. Warren P.E., West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., Glenda Hess, InSouth Bank.
TDOT’s Environmental Initiatives leave a legacy for the Future
Tourism Continued From Page 1 -study, Haywood County managed to generate $12.15 million in direct tourist spending, ranking 62 out of the 95 state counties. The top two counties were actually Davidson, which is around Nashville with $3.57 billion, and Shelby County, which is around Memphis, with $2.74 billion. Tourism in Haywood County produced 85 jobs, $1.87 million in worker income and paychecks and caused each household in the county to pay $156 less in local and state taxes as a result of taxes generated by tourism economic activity. What’s perhaps more interesting is the fact
Ricky Street – anticipated completion by November 26; Sandra Chapman – 441 Fleming Dr. – anticipated completion by December 31; Cathy Clark – 484 Ricky Street – anticipated completion January 2011; Janice King – 481 Iola Street – anticipated completion February 2011. “While the work goes forward and the discovery of the unmet needs still continues for the affected citizens of Haywood County, after the May flood, I as the construction coordinator for Hope for Haywood County, want to express my thanks to all the people who have assisted in our efforts Volunteer Construction Coordinator Tim Gajewski said.”
This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee and uses public funds.