School's Out Early, Opens Late
As Winter Weather Holds
Overton Farmers May Be Eligible For Federal
Out Early, Opens Late As Winter Weather Holds On
Icicles congregate on the eave of a house during one
of the coldest Tennessee winters on record. Snow and sleet moving
in caused early closing of Overton and surrounding county schools
on Friday, Jan. 19. With more snow falling the following day and
nighttime temperatures again dipping in the teens, Overton County
schools opened one hour late on Monday, Jan. 22. Warmer temperatures
are predicted for this week, which may provide a return to normalcy
for the schools, or what passes for it with the school construction
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Farmers May Be Eligible For Federal Aid
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Overton
County a contiguous disaster area due to losses caused by frost
and freeze, as well as drought and high temperatures.
U.S. Representative Bart Gordon said, "This disaster
designation makes all family-sized farm operators in Overton County
eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from
the Farm Service Agency because an adjacent county was declared
a primary disaster area."
Eligible farmers may receive FSA loans to cover losses
caused by frost and freeze that occurred October 1-11 last year,
and from drought and high temperatures that occurred April 1 last
year and beyond.
"FSA will consider the extent of the losses,
security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements,"
At the request of Governor Don Sundquist and with
the support of Rep. Gordon and U.S. Senators Fred Thompson and Bill
Frist, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 42 counties
in Tennessee as primary disaster areas, and 38 were designated as
contiguous counties, eligible for the same aid.
Sen. Thompson said, Tenn-essee's 91,000 farms cover
half of our state and generate a significant portion of our economy.
Our economic prosperity as a state depends on a coordinated and
comprehensive response to this disaster, so I am pleased that Secretary
Glickman moved swiftly to support the disaster relief that our farmers
need to get back on their feet."
Sen. Frist said, "Low commodity prices and weather
have played havoc on Tennessee’s farm community. This declaration
will bring much needed assistance to our farmers as they prepare
for the spring planting season. With this assistance, I’m confident
that our agricultural producers will be able to survive this recent
disaster and continue to play a large role in Tennessee’s economy."
Last year, Senators Thompson and Frist sent a letter
to Dan Glickman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), urging him to approve an agricultural disaster declaration
for Tennessee’s farmers as requested by Gov. Sundquist.
The declaration also includes Clay, Fentress, Jackson,
Pickett, and Putnam counties.
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