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Lakeshore Cleanup Held Saturday At Dale Hollow
Ag-Industry Day Set For October 6
THP To Hold Checkpoints During October

 

 

 

Lakeshore Cleanup Held Saturday At Dale Hollow

 

These volunteers who have boats docked at Horse Creek Resort cleaned up banks along Horse Creek Saturday morning. The Dale Hollow Fall Lakeshore Cleanup held Saturday is sponsored annually by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Friends of Dale Hollow Lake. (OCN staff photo) The scene of volunteers cleaning up along banks on Dale Hollow was seen often during the Dale Hollow Fall Lakeshore Cleanup held Saturday, Sept. 25. (OCN staff photo)

 

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Ag-Industry Day Set For October 6

The annual Agriculture-Industry Appreciation Day is set for Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The annual salute will start at about 8 a.m. with a country ham breakfast at the Church of Christ Windham Building in Livingston. The main program for 1999 will include the salute to agriculture and industry in Overton County. Michael E. Magill, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, will be the after-breakfast speaker.

After the morning program, a tour of the Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston and the Livingston Public Safety Building will take place, followed by a lunch and contests at the Livingston City Park.

The speaker, Michael Magill, serves as commissioner of the new Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Magill oversees the development between agencies and programs involved in delivering services to both Tennesseans looking for jobs and businesses seeking employees. Governor Sunquist has made workforce development a top priority on his agenda for the 21st century, and Commissioner Magill plays a vital role in making state government an effective partner with business in order to compete in the global marketplace.

Prior to his appointment to commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development, Magill served as commissioner for the Department of Labor and as special assistant to the Governor for workforce development. Before joining the GovernorŐs staff, Magill served as executive director of the Tennessee Business Roundtable.

Magill also served as director of Business/Industry and Federal Government Relations with the Tennessee Board of Regents. This involved coordinating the activities of the 46 universities, community colleges, and area technical centers within the TBR system.

Before joining the Board of Regents, Magill served as senior vice president of Economic Development with the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce for nine years.

Magill has worked extensively in the economic development field since 1981. He is a past president of the Tennessee Industrial Development Council, and was the first recipient of the Jim Spradley Award for outstanding economic development contributions to Tennessee.

A graduate of Carson-Newman College, he is married to the former Deborah Ruhl of Oak Ridge. They have two children, Hannah and Pete.

Everyone is invited to join in the annual salute to agriculture and industry. Registration begins about 7:45 a.m. in the Windham Building at the Livingston Church of Christ in Livingston. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

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THP To Hold Checkpoints During October

T he Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is scheduled to bring back its Checkpoint Tennessee program for three weekends of DUI checkpoints beginning in October.

During the weekends beginning October 1, November 5, and December 17, THP and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers will hold DUI roadblocks in each of TennesseeŐs 95 counties.

Safety Commissioner Mike Greene said, "In 1993, the year we first started this program, 44 percent of traffic deaths in Tennessee were alcohol related. In 1997, that number had dropped to 37 percent. DUI roadblocks have been proven to be a powerful tool in reducing the number of highway deaths caused by drinking and driving."

An evaluation of Checkpoint Tennessee by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed a reduction of about nine alcohol-related fatal crashes a month during the period the initial program was in place. The rate of was a 20.4 percent reduction over the projected number of impaired driving fatal crashes that would have occurred with no intervention, the NHTSA study showed. The effect was still present in Tennessee two years later, according to a follow-up evaluation by NHTSA.

THP Col. Jerry W. Scott said, "We realize these roadblocks are sometimes perceived as inconvenient to law-abiding citizens, but we believe the results are well worth it and most Tennesseans share that viewpoint. Surveys conducted during previous Checkpoint Tennessee roadblocks show 90 percent of drivers support the program because it gets the impaired driver off the road and that makes highways safer for everyone."

 

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