The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, July 29 , 2010 — Page A3
Ten National Guard units returning home this week NASHVILLE – About 265 soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are scheduled to arrive Thursday, July 29, at the Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna.One hundred thirtyfive Guardsmen from Jamestown, Livingston and Oneida, representing Troop E of the 278th’s 2nd Squadron, are expected to roll in to Smyrna by bus at 1:30 p.m. One hundred thirty soldiers from McMinnville, representing Troop F, 2nd Squadron of the 278th, are scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. Times are CST. The soldiers are currently undergoing out-processing at Camp Shelby, Miss. They will complete out-processing at Smyrna, and then be
transported by bus to their respective armories approximately two to three hours after their arrival in Smyrna. National Guard officials emphasize that all times are subject to change and that in recent weeks, returning units have arrived up to one hour earlier than expected.The Knoxville-based Armored Cavalry Regiment of approximately 3,400 is coming home from Iraq six months earlier than expected, and all of its units are scheduled to be back in Tennessee by the end of August. The public is invited to be at the Smyrna training site Friday to welcome the Guardsmen home. Representatives of the media are welcome.
Mayherne Continued for A1 “It is my understanding from the state planner that works with this community that we’re working with a growth plan for the city from the 70’s,” Matherene said. “It’s like 35, 40, years old. It’s been kind of tweaked; it’s been kind of updated. There have been some zoning changes. But we need to step back, look at the definition
of our community and the impression and appearance that we want our community to have.” “And I’ll admit, I don’t have the idea totally fleshed out, but I think that we need to address and see if we want to change the appearance that we have, which says a lot about what our values are and what’s important to the city,” she
continued. “And if what’ important to the city is a sense of neighborhood, a sense of community, a sense of bringing together as opposed to spreading out then I think we need to address some very serious issues about our plan, our growth and how we’re going to grow and what that growth is going to look like.”
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Federal recovery effort tops $275 million in Tennessee Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee flood survivors have received nearly $150 million in approved Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster grants, bringing total federal assistance to more than $275 million. Nearly $150 million has been approved for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). This amount includes $129 million in home repair and rental assistance and more than $20 million for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), which covers assistance with essential and other disaster-related needs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $127 million in low-interest loans for home owners, renters and businesses. More than $275,000 has been approved through Disaster Unemployment Assistance that is available through the state to help workers whose primary income was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster. The program may cover those who don’t normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as the self-
employed and farmers. “The disaster partnerships that formed during the response in early May continue to be a success as we move forward with recovery,” said James H. Bassham, State Coordinating Officer for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Since the May 4 major disaster declaration, more than 65,000 people have registered with FEMA across 46 counties designated for Individual Assistance. “It’s important to keep in mind that the deadline for applying for help is right around the corner,” added Gracia B. Szczech, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer. “Anyone who sustained damage and hasn’t applied for help needs to do that before the Aug. 5 deadline.” Those affected by the storms and flooding can register or get answers to questions by calling 800-621FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. They also can register online anytime at http://www. DisasterAssistance. gov/. The following is a recap of activities and assistance provided by FEMA and its partners: · To help identify
and assist disaster survivors, teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have visited 24,699 homes, 6,072 businesses, 1,838 faithbased organizations and 449 communitybased organizations. · To date, Mitigation’s Community Education Outreach teams have spoken with 87,382 people, given specific advice to 37,457 people and distributed 90,260 publications and referred 4,092 individuals to Disaster Recovery Centers. · There were more than 20,687 visits to 66 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) established by TEMA and FEMA to provide one-on-one help and speed recovery. · More than 460,900 association members, students, employees and customers of non-governmental organizations and companies received disaster recovery information through networks developed by FEMA’s Private Sector division. · Completed inspections of 55,452 homes with reported damage. The contracted inspectors confirm damage so FEMA can determine eligibility for housing assistance.
Published on Jul 29, 2010
Published on Jul 29, 2010
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