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Design/Build Contractor Named for West Tennessee Solar Farm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The State Building Commission today approved Chattanoogabased Signal Energy as the design/build contractor for the West Tennessee Solar Farm to be located along Interstate 40 in Haywood County.   The proposed five-megawatt, 30-acre power generation facility is part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s Volunteer State Solar Initiative, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be one of the largest solar installations in the Southeast. “The West Tennessee Solar Farm is a significant step forward for the development of the clean energy industry in Tennessee,” said Governor Bredesen.   “Through the Volunteer State Solar Initiative we are supporting the manufacturing and installation sectors of the solar industry and creating new jobs and opportunities for Tennesseans.  In the long run we are strengthening Tennessee’s reputation as a national clean energy leader and solar power hub.” The Department of Economic and Community Development has contracted with the University of Tennessee to oversee planning, operation and management of the West Tennessee Solar Farm. The Farm will consist of over 20,000 high efficiency siliconbased photovoltaic modules in a 5 MW configuration, expected to produce more than 7,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. Installation of the solar modules is expected to begin in October 2010 with completion the following spring.   “Millions of Americans traveling I-40 each year will pass by the West Tennessee Solar Farm,” said Matt Kisber, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.   “By demonstrating the zerocarbon production of electricity on a highly visible and significant scale, the Solar Farm highlights Tennessee’s commitment to supporting the solar industry and will encourage future renewable-energy interest and investments

here in Tennessee.” UT selected Signal Energy following a competitive request-forproposal process. Signal Energy is a full service design/build   contractor providing engineering, procurement and construction services for renewable energy projects across North America. As a subsidiary of EMJ corporation, Signal Energy is the renewable energy arm of one of the nation’s largest general contractors. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will also build an education and welcome center at the Solar Farm which will serve as an educational facility for the public and students to learn about renewable energy.   The Solar Farm will utilize commercially available power generation technology, but may also test new technology under real world conditions. The Volunteer State Solar Initiative is a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program focusing on job creation, education, renewable power production and technology commercialization and is being established using $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding received by ECD. The Initiative consists of two components, the West Tennessee Solar Farm and the Tennessee Solar Institute at UT.   “The University of Tennessee is committed to the Volunteer State Solar Initiative and is leading the way by creating strategic partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the solar industry,” said David Millhorn, UT Executive Vice President. “With recent solar investments in the state, UT has a unique opportunity to leverage expertise, technology, and research partnerships to advance Tennessee’s position as a leader in solar innovation.”   The Tennessee Solar Institute is a center of excellence bringing together scientists, engineers and technical experts with business leaders and policymakers to help speed the improvement and deployment of solar photovoltaic technology.  The Institute has also created the

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“Solar Opportunity Fund” to underwrite a series of Solar Installation and Innovation grants. The Institute began accepting applications on June 21, 2010 for the Solar Installation Grants available to Tennessee businesses to assist in the purchase and installation of smallscale photovoltaic solar systems on or adjacent to existing non-residential buildings or structures. A total of $9 million in Installation Grants of up to $245,000 is available to companies on a first come, first served basis.   The Institute’s Solar Innovation Grants are designed to encourage the development of Tennessee’s solar industry and help qualifying Tennessee solar industry firms seeking technical assistance, facility or process improvements, and workforce development.   The program is intended to accelerate market transformation toward renewable energy and encourage energy efficiency and conservation. Announcements relative to the $14.5 million pool of funding available as part of the Innovation Grant program are forthcoming.   The Tennessee Solar Institute is housed on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.   For more information visit http:// solar.tennessee.edu. About Signal Energy As a subsidiary of EMJ Corporation, one of the nation’s largest general contractors, Signal Energy boasts an impressive track record and solid financial strength. The company has completed more than 25 full designbuild renewable energy projects ranging from 10MW to over 120MW for clients including BP Wind Energy, Chevron Global Power, Valero Energy, Enel, Noble Environmental Power, WKN, Vestas and John Deere Wind Energy. The company also ranked 25th in the “Top 50 in Power” from Engineering News Record Magazine, and can provide bonding for any renewable energy project.  For more information, please visit www.signal-energy.com h t t p : / / w w w. s i g n a l energy.com/.

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Recover, repair, rebuild smarter with free FEMA advice in Ripley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Homeowners rebuilding after the spring floods can receive valuable information from hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Cole’s Do It Best Building Center in Ripley, beginning Monday, July 12, 2010. The specialists can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster damage, as well as offer other home improvement tips and techniques. Topics will include mold and mildew cleanup and prevention, flood insurance, flood and wind-resistant building

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methods, wind straps and other measures to make homes stronger and safer. Publications on these topics will also be available. FEMA mitigation specialists will be at the following location July 12 through July 17: ·  Cole’s Do It Best Building Center, 309 Highway 51 N., Ripley, TN 38063, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no cost to talk with the specialists.   Participation in Special Events FEMA mitigation specialists will also participate in the following special events in Tennessee during

July: ·   Soul Food Festival, Riverfront Park, First Avenue North and Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 14, 2010      Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 16 through July 17, 2010 ·       Tony Formosa Racing, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 17, 2010 DeKalb County Fair, 300 Fairgrounds Road, Alexandria, TN 37012, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 19 through July 24, 2010

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said. “This is your government in action.”

Championship wrestling will Friday, July 16 at the old National Guard Armory on Boyd Street with bell time at 7:30PM. Tickets at the door are $5 with advanced tickets $4. For advance tickets or more information call 731-780-9068 or see any rescue squad member. All proceeds benefit Haywood County Rescue Squad.

Kincaid-Gooch Voice Studio presents “Legends” “Legends” will be held July 15-17 at 7PM and July 18 at 2PM at the Ann Marks Performing Arts Center at College Hill in Brownsville. Come and enjoy the young people perform classic pop music

Stanton Neighborhood Watch Fish Fry

Meet the Haywood County Candidates at the Stanton Neighborhood Watch Fish Fry Friday, July 30 from 4-8PM. Fish plates will include 2 fillets, white beans, slaw, bread or hushpuppies and drink. Homemade ice cream will be available also. Please bring your lawn chairs with you!

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LAND AUCTION

Saturday July 17th, 2010 @ 10:00a.m. 96.5 acres w/ approximately 2000 ft frontage on Hatchie River Property located on Sugar Creek Road From I-40 at exit 56, turn west on Windrow Road along side I-40. Go 1.4 miles to property on the left. Auction will be held at 360 West Main St. Brownsville, TN 38012 At First South Bank Community Building behind Veranda Restaurant Abundant Wildlife, deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, 2 private stocked ponds, plus Hatchie River Fishing. 2 Camp Houses on the property. For your private showing contact: Bailey Ferge (901) 412-1165

Terms: 10% down day of sale, balance due with deed within 30 days. 10% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the final bid. Announcements made day of sale takes precedence over all other advertising.

For Further Information Contact:

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17392 Highway 64 Somerville, TN 38068 Office (901) 466-7117 Fax (901) 466-7669 Cell (901) 412-1165 Email: baileyferge@yahoo.com www.fergeauctionsandrealty.com License#: 1486

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