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Mt. Juliet Astronaut Returns After 167 Days In Space
News Channel 5 Friday March 13, 2015

Astronaut Butch Wilmore is back on earth after being on the International Space Station for nearly 200 days. News Channel 5 reports that the Mt. Juliet native was among members of Expedition 42 who arrived in Kazakhstan safely after spending 167 days in space. Wilmore, who was the commander of the ISS, arrived along with two Cosmonauts. After arriving in Kazakhstan, Wilmore was helped to a plane to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The astronaut attended Tennessee Tech, where he played football. He got his masterís degrees from both TTU and the University of Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy News Channel 5).

 


Citizen Groups Unite To Stop Permits for Delinquent Mine Operator
Submitted: TN Clean Water Network Thursday March 12, 2015

A coalition of Tennessee citizens groups is urging the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) not to reauthorize Clean Water Act permits for what they call a rogue coal mine operator who let them expire for 10 coal facilities. The Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), the Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and the Sierra Club submitted comments Thursday to TDEC opposing the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and detailing the poor track record of compliance with environmental regulations and worker safety rules at mines and other coal operations owned by coal billionaire investor Jim Justice. The two Justice companies seeking to reauthorize their expired permits reportedly are Premium Coal Company and National Coal, LLC. According to the groups, the expired permits are for coal operations in Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties in East Tennessee. The three citizenís groups are specifically recommending that TDEC not allow any new mining or coal operation refuse disposal under any reauthorized NPDES permits.

 


Crossville City Council approves tire shredding facility application
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday March 12, 2015

An application by Todd Hinch and Stanton Brewer to open a tire shredding facility on Maryetta Drive was approved by the council. The application must also be approved by the Cumberland County Commission. The facility plans to employee approximately 25 persons to start.

 


City Judge gets a bump in salary
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday March 12, 2015

Crossville City Judge Ivy Gardner will receive an addition $3000 for her duties. According to the City Attorney, the City Charter requires that the judge position be appointed at the same salary as the previous judge, which will be $15,000 per year. Council had advertised the position at $12,000.

 


Crossville City Council tables additional funding for CCC
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday March 12, 2015

The City Council moved to table a request for an additional $5000 to $6000 for the Crossville-Cumberland County Central Communications Committee. County Mayor Kenneth Carey has made to request of the County, City and the 911 Board in order to hire a Communications Director. Council member Pam Harris said she wanted more information, but felt the current salary should be enough. Council will address the matter again in next monthís work session.

 

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