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Kudos to FHS frosh football



I want to give a shout out to our Farragut Admirals freshman football team.

Even though they were edged out by Ooltewah 28-27 for the championship, I want to commend them on the valiant effort they put forth against a very physical team.

Most of our players had never even put on a football jersey before this year, yet thanks to our coaches and the commitment of our players, they made it to the championship. To see how hard our young men fought against an opponent that seemed superior in size and speed was a sight to behold.


For leaving nothing out on that field, “Congratulations Freshman Admirals,” you are all winners in my book!



Chris Cooper

Farragut



Asthma sufferer

speaks out



I am a Knox County resident who suffers from asthma.

Approximately 27,196 of residents have asthma in Knoxville, which means there are more asthma sufferers in Knox County than students enrolled at The University of Tennessee. In fact, Knoxville has been named the No. 1 Asthma Capital for 2004, 2005 and 2008 by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s annual research.

Asthma can be caused by a variety of environmental and biological factors, some are controllable and some are not. A primary contributor to the high asthma occurrence is Knoxville’s location: Knoxville is nestled in a geographic bowl between the Cumberland Plateau and The Great Smoky Mountains, which serves as a natural trap for air particles.

However, one factor that can be controlled is vehicle emissions that contribute to additional air particles in the ozone.

Currently, seven counties in the state of Tennessee have mandatory vehicle emission test, including Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Shelby, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.

In 2007, Knox County had twice the amount of unhealthy air quality days as Davidson County. Unhealthy air quality days can result in an increase in asthma attacks in children and adults. By having emission tests performed on resident vehicles, the risks of asthma attacks are reduced.

The ability to breathe without restriction and provide families with better air quality is worth the cost of having vehicle emission testing.



Christine Freaney, M.H.A.

UT Doctoral Student



TVA union member rebuts



Amid all of the recent news surrounding a shaky economy, we should all be particularly grateful for the invaluable contribution that the Tennessee Valley Authority brings to East Tennessee.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt has referred to TVA as “one of the great social and economic achievements of the United States.” TVA’s long and proud history of providing reliable, affordable electricity, supporting a thriving river system and stimulating economic growth began when President Roosevelt decided to fight against the struggles of the Great Depression. At the time, the creation of the TVA brought new jobs and economic security to the Tennessee Valley.

Since then, TVA and the unions have been working together to continually create jobs and to offer world-class training programs that allow residents to make a good living right here in our own backyard.

The TVA Trades and Labor Council for Annual Employees is proud to be a part of this piece of history that tremendously changed the economic landscape of our country.



Steve Stutts

President

TVA Trades and Labor Council for Annual Employees

 

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