Firefighters injured at Heard Ridge fire
Warm weekend weather brings dazzling colors
Overton residents express concern about job
injured at Heard Ridge fire
Five firefighters were given medical treatment after
fighting a fire in the Taylor's Crossroads area Saturday night,
According to reports, members of Taylor's Crossroads
Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Heard Ridge home
of Larry and Christine Reeder around 6:25 p.m.
The family was reportedly not home when the fire started,
but came home and found that the house was on fire.
Manpower was called in from Monroe Volunteer Fire
Department and East Clay Volunteer Fire Department, as well as from
As a result of battling the blaze, four firefighters
were transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, and one firefighter
was treated at the scene. Larry Young was struck by falling ceiling
materials, and the other four firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation
or heat exhaustion.
Two cats were in the house; one escaped, but the other
The home was destroyed. Firefighters fought the blaze
for four hours, and remained on the scene for another two hours
making sure the fire was extinguished.
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weather brings dazzling colors to sky
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
An orange ball of fire glowed down Sunday night, May 23 in a delightful
sunset witnessed in the Monroe Community. In addition to the bright
flashes of orange colors, hues of pink, purple, blue, lavendar,
and yellow also contributed to a magnificent view for those who
watched the entire event.
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residents express concern about job security
During a recent "Call Your Congressman"
event, Overton County residents told U.S. Representative Bart Gordon
that job security remains a priority for them at a time when college
tuition, health care costs, and grocery prices are soaring.
"Moms and dads are worried their jobs may be
sent overseas as companies rush to cut costs and find cheaper labor,"
Gordon said after the recent telephone call-in event. "We need
to focus our energy on measures that will actually help businesses
grow jobs here, not overseas.
"If we hope to grow new industries, provide new
skills to unemployed workers, and foster the economic conditions
that will allow us to eliminate our federal deficit, we have to
invest in more research and development programs. These types of
programs help our nation's small businesses stay competitive.
"Small, innovative companies are the backbone
of this nation's economy, and anything we can to do to help them
will only reap bigger dividends down the road. And the huge American
firms that take jobs away from hard-working Americans only to send
them overseas should be stripped of any tax credits they may be
getting from the government," he said. Good jobs, Gordon pointed
out, are the key to keeping Middle Tennessee a desirable place to
live and raise a family.
Good jobs help parents send their children to college,
provide health care for their families, and buy groceries to feed
their families, he said.
"College tuition has gone through the roof,"
Gordon said. "Last year, average college tuition costs rose
more than 14 percent. That's scary for families who also have to
worry about paying for health care and groceries, not to mention
gasoline for their automobiles."
Gordon said Congress needs to do more to help families
ensure their children get an opportunity to attend college. Increasing
the maximum amount of Pell grants and other student-aid assistance
is one way to do that, he explained.
"That's why I am disappointed by the administration's
proposed education budget for next year," Gordon said.
In addition to other shortcomings, it freezes maximum
funding for Pell grants at $4,050, the same level they have been
for the past two years, he said. The proposed budget also cuts funding
for Perkins loans by $100 million and freezes or eliminates funding
for campus-based student-aid programs.
"Giving our children the opportunity to attend
college shouldn't mean saddling them with an inordinate amount of
debt," Gordon said. "Pell grants and Perkins loans are
means by which low-income students can attend college and get the
skills they need to be good providers for their families.
"And it's a way to ensure that we have a workforce
capable of filling the jobs needed for today's dynamic, high-tech
Callers also told Gordon that health-care costs are
"Some people cannot even afford the premiums
on their employer-sponsored health-insurance plans," Gordon
said. "According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation,
average monthly premiums increased 13.9 percent last year, the third
straight year of double-digit increases.
"We have 43 million Americans who have no health
insurance right now, many of them small-business owners. We have
to do a better job of providing coverage and keeping costs down.
"One thing we could do is allow small businesses
to band together so they could negotiate lower insurance rates for
themselves and their employees. That would help keep down the cost
of health care for all of us," the congressman added.
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