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LA Band receives Superior rating
Rep. Gordon to visit area March 29
Former TDEC exec to lead local company



LA Band receives Superior rating

LA Band photo
LA Band members celebrate after earning a Superior trophy at the Upper Cumberland Concert Festival.

The Livingston Academy Concert Band participated in the Upper Cumberland Concert Festival held at Cookeville High School on Saturday, March 12.

LA was one of approximately 10 schools represented that day.

The music programs are not competitions but festivals in that the band tests its skill against a set of criteria established through the music education community.

The LA band performed two concert pieces, "The Thunderer" by John Phillip Sousa/ Andrew Balent and "Fire Dance" by David Schaffer, for the three judges. The judges evaluated each performance and assigned a rating (I - V) to the performance based upon the criteria established.

The LA Band had been rehearsing these selections over the last few months in preparation for this and other festivals as well as their concert on March 10.

The judges combined scores and gave the LA Band a rating of a I, or Superior, at the festival.

LA Band Director Greg Dingwall said, "This has been a well-deserved and earned rating for their hard work and efforts. The parents and friends who attended the performance were very excited and pleased with the outcome for the band on Saturday, and were very supportive of the students."

The LA Band has one more festival coming up on Thursday, March 31 at Austin Peay State University.

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Rep. Gordon to visit area March 29

U.S. Representative Bart Gordon will be at Overton County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 29 to discuss issues of concern with county residents.

"I get my best advice from the folks at home," Gordon said. "It helps me insert a little Middle Tennessee common sense when Congress is debating issues like Social Security, education, health care, and methamphetamine abuse.

"Last year, I hosted a discussion on meth abuse with local officials and law enforcement personnel. They told me about the dangers of cleaning up meth labs. That prompted me to write legislation charging the Environmental Protection Agency with developing definitive clean-up standards for meth lab sites."

Gordon's bill, the Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act, was approved by the Science Committee on March 17. It now heads to the House floor for consideration.

"I want residents to join me at my open meeting and tell me what they think about the issues," Gordon said. "If the folks at home let me know their concerns, I can take their views back to Washington."

The open meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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Former TDEC exec to lead local company

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Betsy Child will join Geothermal Utilities LLC as the company's president, according to an announcement made Thursday, March 17 by the company.

Child, who will transition from her position at TDEC over the next few weeks, will begin work for Geothermal Utilities in late spring.

She was appointed to head TDEC in January 2003 by Governor Phil Bredesen.

Johnny Coleman, founder of Geothermal Utilities, said, "We are delighted to have Commissioner Child come on board. Her experience and expertise in balancing the demands of environmental preservation and business will make a tremendous difference for our company."

As commissioner of TDEC, Child has been responsible for ensuring the protection and improvement of the quality of Tennessee's air, land, and water.

The department also manages Tennessee's 54 state parks and 69 state natural areas, issues environmental permits, and works with local communities to protect and promote the state's cultural, natural, and recreational resources.

"I'm thrilled to become a part of the Geothermal Utilities team," Child said. "They are uniquely positioned to help companies and organizations protect the environment while saving money on energy costs."

Before assuming the post as commissioner, Child held senior executive positions in health care, the electric utility industry, public policy, and local government.

Her experience includes roles at TVA, where she led the consolidation and redesign of TVA's $140 million economic development program, earning the reputation as one of the top 10 programs of its kind in the nation.

Child also served as the national chair of the Electric Power Research Institute's Community Partnerships Initiative.

Geothermal Utilities uses geothermal energy to provide heating and cooling solutions for commercial buildings.

Geothermal energy (literally "earth-heat" energy) is an abundant and environmentally friendly energy source that takes advantage of the constant year-round temperature of ground beneath the earth's surface.

In many cases, costs to power and maintain geothermal systems are substantially lower than conventional units.

Geothermal Utilities helps businesses and organizations use geothermal energy efficiently and effectively to save money and protect the environment. The company assists, designs, and supplies turnkey installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems on a 10-year lease-to-own contract.

This financing method is a much-needed alternative for many companies, schools, and other groups looking to lower energy costs and avoid heavy front-end startup costs.

Geothermal Utilities also assists architects and engineers in providing geothermal heating and cooling systems and all the associated benefits to their clients.

Based in Livingston, the company has more than 20 years' experience in the design, manufacture, and installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

The company's staff includes licensed engineers, consultants, equipment suppliers, licensed geothermal drillers, and installers with a combined experience of more than 100 years.

For more information about the company call (931) 823-7345 or visit www.geoutilities.net.

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