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