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The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, September 23, 2010 — Page 3

Homecoming plans discussed at Board meeting

September 19-25, 2010 National Child Passenger Safety Week The goal is to make sure all children are secured properly in appropriate seats – every trip, every time. During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25), parents and caregivers are urged to make sure their child safety seats and booster seats are properly installed and used in their vehicles. The Brownsville Police Department has12 certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and offer advice and instruction. Child safety seats work best when used correctly. • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old (based on 2006 figures from the National Center for Health Statistics). • Child safety seats reduce the likelihood of an infant (under 1 year old) being killed in a vehicle crash by 71 percent, and reduce the likelihood to toddlers (1 to 4 years old) by 54 percent. • Children ages 4 to 7 who use booster seats are 45 percent less likely to be injured in car crashes than children who are restrained only by seat belts, according to a study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. • Roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. • In 2008, among children under 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 244 lives were saved by child restraint use (child safety seats and adult seat belts). Research shows that child restraints provide the best protection for all children up to age 8. • In 2008, the National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats found that only 43 percent of children 4 to 7 were riding in booster seats. NHTSA recommends that children who have outgrown their child safety seats should ride in booster seats until the seat belt fits properly (usually when they are at least 9 years old or 4’9” tall). For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection station and refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size: 1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rearfacing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds. 2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds). 3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 9 or when they are 4’9” tall). 4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 9 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest). Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

Foster and Adoptive Loving Homes, Hearts and Hands win first place The Foster and Adoptive Loving Homes, Hearts, and Hands Resource Parent Care Association of Stanton, Brownsville and Haywood County won First place in the poster contest at the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association Annual State Conference in

Nashville September 17 – 19. The theme of this year’s conference was “Celebrating Success: Reaching for the Future.” In 2009, they won third place and 2008 the group won second place in the poster contests.

Rotary Club new member Mark Dyer, Rotary President, welcomes Rickey Reed, newest Rotary member. Mr. Reed was inducted at last week’s meeting, September 13.

Brief Annual Christmas Parade announced The Annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Haywood County Rescue Squad, will be held December 3. This year’s theme will be “The Miracle of Christmas” and the Grand Marshall will be Dustin Milton. Additional information will be announced in the States Graphic in future weeks.








The Haywood County School Board met in regular session September 14. Superintendent Marlon King announced planned festivities for the upcoming HHS Homecoming celebration October 15, and that enrollment is up by 100 students at HHS. The Haywood High School Homecoming game will include a parade, which has been approved by the Brownsville City Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The event will also seek to involve tailgating alumni for the rival game against Ripley. The board held a brief re-election for chairman and vice-chairman. Harold Garrett was reelected as the chairman of the board, and Robbie Jarrett-King will continue to serve as vicechairman. Following that reelection, Garrett made committee appointments. Allen Currie will serve as the TLN Representative, and Pearlie Hess and JarrettKing will serve on both the Scholarship and the Negotiation committees. Mr. Garrett and Mrs.

Hess will serve on the Budget Committee. Next on the agenda were three approved requests for out of state travel. The board approved out-of-state travel for HHS teacher Kenneth Emerson and two students who are going to the SkillsUSAWashington Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D. C. They also approved for the HHS Show Choir to travel to the 2011 Heritage Music Festival and Competition in Dallas, Texas, next March. Lt. Col. Stark Davis, AFJROTC teacher at HHS, received approval to take his cadets to a Curriculum in Action trip to St. Louis, Missouri in late October. The board agreed to purchase two 78-passenger buses based on a bid process. They also discussed and agreed to approve several different policy changes based on recommendation from TSBA, which ranged from rules concerning dealing with sexual offenders near campus and the process for the teacher tenure. The board also agreed to approve the contract

with Kenneth Cozart and Associates for auditing internal school and cafeteria accounts for this school year. The Board of Education received a copy of the Tennessee Comptrollers Office Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2009 with no findings or violations for Haywood County Schools. The entire report can be viewed on the Tennessee Comptrollers website. The board also received a copy of the audit for the school activity accounts and cafeteria funds from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, and approved a number of budget amendments presented to them by CFO Vincent Harvell, including additions in the form of the Race To the Top funds, which will equal $933,000. After a report from the Superintendent and other cabinet members, each of the principals reported on activities at all the schools, with each providing some poking to each other in the form of school pride. The next regular meeting will be held October 12 at 7 p.m.

Meat Continued from Page 1 -who will be constructing the plant— echoed those sentiments, also adding that there are no plans for a lagoon to get rid of waste. “I’ve been all over the U.S. building facilities like the Lenagars,’” Morris said. “People, if you design it right there won’t be any smell.” The Commissioners discussed the plant further, even briefly leading to a slight heated exchange between Smith and Commissioner Richard Jameson whose main complaint was that he felt the county was moving too fast with the project. The commission voted and passed the motion to amend the agreement presented before them to allow the

plant to become built. The amendments were that the plant not contain a lagoon and to make sure it’s a $3.2 million in acreage facility. The commission then passed a motion to allow the plant to be built, with 16 yes, 3 no and one commissioner who passed to vote. In other commission news, there was a presentation from the firm SSOE, about the water/wastewater system for the West Tennessee Megasite. So far there are plans for three new water wells and two new water storage tanks that will hold a million gallons each onsite. The wastewater will be pumped to Brownsville, then be further pumped

to a wastewater system at the South Forked Deer River. When asked why the water will be pumped through Brownsville rather than Stanton, the SSOE Senior Project Manager Stephen Crump and SSOE Project Manager Jason Lowe stated engineering reasons. The commission also voted to close a portion of Albright road for the solar farm. A portion of Albright South of I-40 will be renamed Louis Stuart road. And finally, the commission voted to adopt Resolution 9101, which will adopt the amended growth plan and to forward the plan to the County Coordinating Committee for consideration.