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• The U.S. Department of Energy achieved a major environmental cleanup milestone this week with the first shipment of Transuranic Waste leaving DOE’s Oak Ridge site to be permanently disposed in New Mexico, thus honoring its commitment to move this radioactive waste out of Tennessee. Transuranic Waste is a special class of radioactive material that includes such items as tools, glassware, equipment, protective clothing, debris, and scrap.

This type of waste results from decades of defense-related research and development activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with some of the waste dating as far back as the early 1970s. The type of TRU waste shipped this week is known as contact-handled, which means it may be directly handled by workers in protective clothing. It was prepared for transport by truck to DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M., where it will be placed in an underground repository. The first shipment left the Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center the morning of Sept. 24 and safely arrived at the WIPP site Sept. 25.

• State Sen. Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville), candidate for re-election to the 6th Senatorial district in Knoxville, has officially launched her campaign Web site. Woodson, who is chairman of the Senate Education Committee, is seeking her second term in the State Senate representing the communities of East, South and Southwestern Knox County, including the communities of Halls, Fountain City, Sequoyah Hills, Deane Hill, Rocky Hill and the Concord area of West Knox County. Prior to serving in the Senate, Woodson was a six-year member of the State House of Representatives from Tennessee’s 17th District. To learn more about Woodson, visit her site at

• Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) recently received the National Federation of Independent Business’s “Guardian of Small Business” award as a result of his pro-small business voting record in the 110th Congress. NFIB considered 10 votes concerning tax relief, card-check legislation, protection from lawsuits and regulatory reform when rating members of the House of Representatives. Duncan was one of less than 200 Members of Congress honored for their votes on small business matters.

Small businesses employ 51 percent of all private sector employees and constitute 99 percent of all U.S. employers.

• Tennessee Bankers Association is closely monitoring congressional action regarding the nation’s financial markets while assuring Tennesseans the state’s banks remain well-capitalized and fully prepared to weather the ongoing crisis. TBA President Brad Barrett said TBA wanted to stress the financial institutions at the center of the crisis are large Wall Street investment banks and are completely different from the commercial banks where Tennesseans have their checking and savings accounts. Barrett urges anyone concerned about their accounts to contact their local bank. Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing all of Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrifts. The association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions. For additional information, visit


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