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Follow Doug "Knockout" Walters through the Appalachian Trail
County to receive oil collection grant

School Board chairman steps down

 

Follow Doug "Knockout" Walters through the Appalachian Trail

Doug trains in smaller trails around the area. Here he is shown hiking the "Twin Arches" in Big South Fork located in Jamestown, TN with friends and family.

Overton County native Doug "Knockout" Walters will begin hiking the Appalachian Trail this week. During one of Doug's online journal writings he writes he "is rising with anticipation that the past nine months of planning will prove adequate." His planning includes mail dropping food and other supplies to places he will cross along the way.

The Appalachian Trail is the nation's longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,175 miles. Doug, who's trail name is "Knockout" expects to hike the trail that touches 14 states, crosses 6 national parks, traverses 8 national forests, crosses numerous state and local forests and parks, in less than 6 months.

During his hike Overton County News will be spotlighting Doug's whereabouts, statistics, and conditions through log-ins and e-mails that Doug will make during his 6 months trip.

Knockout's 2007 Appalachian Trail Journal
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Monday, March 12, 2007
Amicalola State park

Hey Everyone, About 11:30 Central time. Leaving Livingston, my brother (Frank Walters) and his family are taking me to Amicalola State Park. I reserved a room there for tonight. Decided I needed a good night sleep because I am in the middle of a nasty chest cold. On antibiotics, feeling better. Getting anxious and extremely excited. See everyone soon.

 

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County to receive oil collection grant

Governor Phil Bredesen and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke recently announced that 27 used oil collection grants totaling $322,300 have been awarded to establish, upgrade, and expand used oil collection centers across Tennessee. Overton County will receive a grant in the amount of $37,500 for used oil collection equipment.

"These grants encourage communities to establish collection centers where do-it-yourselfers can conveniently dispose of used motor oil and help prevent pollution of TennesseeŐs lakes, streams and groundwater," Gov. Bredesen said. "I'm extremely pleased we can provide these funds to Overton County."

Tennessee's do-it-yourselfers generate more than one million gallons of used oil each year. If not disposed of properly, used oil can interfere with the operation of sewer systems and cause water pollution. To address this problem, the General Assembly enacted the Tennessee Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 to reduce the amount of improperly disposed used oil.

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, "The General Assembly created this program to help do-it-yourselfers more conveniently recycle used oil. I'm pleased to see this program at work in Overton County." State Representative John Mark Windle added, "Education is a big part of the state's effort in regard to the used oil program and helps prevent water pollution.

"I encourage all Tennesseans to recycle their used oil to help protect the environment."

The first priority for grant funding is to establish collection sites in underserved areas. Other grants will fund upgrades at existing public facilities and establish additional public collection sites in communities currently served by private sites. Tennessee's Solid Waste Management Act requires each county to have at least one location where used oil can be properly disposed.

More information about used oil collection grants may be found on the Department of Environment and ConservationŐs website at www.tennessee.gov/environment/swm/grants.

 

 

 

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School Board chairman steps down

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Overton County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 6 ended before it began.

After approving the minutes of the February 6 meeting, Joey Smith made a motion to approve the agenda, but a second was not forthcoming.

Chairman Tim Coffee said, "At this time we cannot approve this agenda." He then proceeded to resign as School Board chairman.

"I will stay a Board member, but I will resign as chairman tonight," Coffee said.

He then said the Board will have to elect a new chairman at the next meeting, but gave no reason for his decision to step down.

The meeting then adjourned.

A called meeting will be held in the conference room of the Central Education Office at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, as directed by Vice Chairman Dolphus Dial. An open door work session will begin at 5 p.m.

 

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