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Brymer Creek degradation, a result of talk, little action

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM

From the beginning the warning bells have sounded as many citizens spoke up about the economic and environmental impact of such a large construction project like the Spring Branch Industrial Park would have on our community.

I think Matt Bentley said it best almost a year ago as the vote to go forward with the park was being initiated.

“I want you to think long and hard about the pros and cons of this development,” community member Matt Bentley said.

Bentley said he and others in the community did not feel respected in the process thus far.

The above concerns by resident Matt Bentley and other concerned citizens, including members of the Tea Party of Bradley County now sound like an ominous warning that got neglected resulting in our elected leaders rendering the seriousness of this debate to an afterthought.

Repeated warnings of possible degradation to the environment around this sight and to the creek were voiced for almost a year prior to this most recent negative impact to the states fifth cleanest creek.

You can clearly see, a year ago, where the ball got dropped although two of Bentley’s concerns were addressed in a paragraph added before the original resolution, presented by 6th District Commissioner Robert Rominger as reported in the Cleveland Daily Banner.

This added paragraph said steps would be taken to limit the impact on the community from the industrial park. The proposed steps include: “(1) sewer service to the proposed Spring Brach Road site will be provided from an existing 8-inch sewer line on APD 40, (2) buffers will surround building sites as shown on the concept drawing, (3) Spring Branch Road will be closed and will not be used for ingress or egress from the industrial park and (4) Harriman Road will serve as a secondary method of ingress and egress from the site and every effort will be made to prevent traffic use other than in an emergency.”

The resolution does not address the community’s concern about preserving Spring Branch, Brymer Creek and Candies Creek from storm water runoff as reported in the Cleveland Daily Banner 12 months ago.

Seventh District Commissioner Bill Winters said the Commission does in fact respect the community’s concerns. Winters said he shared concerns about protecting the area’s creeks.

“I don’t think any of us want an industrial park to negatively impact your community,” Winters said.

Mr Winters spoke of it, showed concern, went a step further to say he heard our concerns and was interested in protecting the area creeks and not negatively impact them, but it appears to be only talk. To my knowledge, no plan or oversight was planned beyond talking about it and acknowledging that the problem or potential exists.

We are always so quick to form a committee to study one thing or another, this would and could have been an excellent opportunity to say we are going to follow this through to make sure this didn’t happen to one of the cleanest creeks in the state.

Fast forward one year and we see Brymer creek and the surrounding area being inundated and degraded by muddy polluted stormwater runoff at the Spring Branch construction site.

During the Bradley County Commission voting session meeting Monday evening, Commissioner Ed Elkins said, “Last week I reported on a situation down in the McDonald area or Exit 20 area involving some stormwater runoff. Subsequent to the meeting last week, I did learn that it had been looked at by TDEC and the environmental engineers from the city of Cleveland and I was assured that corrective action was in place to correct that.” Mr. Elkins was referring to the stormwater runoff coming from road and industrial development projects near Spring Branch causing muddy water to flow into Brymer Creek as reported by the Chattanoogan.com.

Dan Rawls addressed the commission stating, “This situation out in McDonald is why the people of McDonald were opposed to this. I don’t know if anyone has seen the video of the degradation of that creek, but you were warned about it from the beginning. Who is accountable for this? The people who are affected by this are in the county. How can you allow that to happen to a waterway that’s that clean and that recognized? We were all told that would never happen. Who is accountable, the government, the people who did it or the contractors? What’s the answer here? What’s going on? We tried to warn you that this was going to happen. Why were the systems not put in place to have prevented this in the first place? I fought this thing for over a year and they’ve fought it longer than that. I think there needs to be some answers and some apologies to the people that live out there around that creek that warned you about this.”

Commissioner Elkins responded, “The permit for that project was issued to the city of Cleveland. They have responsibility for it. The contractor did not take the necessary precautions and that was unfortunate. Once TDEC was notified, they did get on it and got the city down there. It’s kind of like closing the barn door once the horse escaped, but I’m told they are taking precautions to do that now. Clearly someone dropped the ball.”

Commissioner Peak Jones said, “The city of Cleveland does have precautions in place for that process. Where it fell through, nobody knows.”

Commissioner Elkins commented, “The city annexed that area and they pulled the general permit for that project to do the road. So, Bradley County really has no jurisdiction over it. I guess we could file a complaint with the city because where the damage is being done is inside Bradley County. It falls under the city to explore it. I think it would be appropriate for us to file a complaint with them and ask them to do this.”

Commissioner Adam Lowe said, “We went to great lengths to have meetings with people in that community. I remember listening to a very healthy active discussion about the pros and cons and figuring out how to mitigate as much as we could. I’m having trouble recalling if anyone from the city was there but it was prior to the annexation. Right now, I’m a little shattered about going to such great lengths as a county commission to try to hear from the constituents in that area. It was such a high priority in my opinion. I feel like for some reason, somewhere it stopped being a high priority.”

May I add something here Commissioner Lowe, while it was evidently labeled a “high priority” that’s all it was, a label. It was all talk and little action. This is where we always seem to get bogged down in the political machine. We gladly offer talk because it can easily be quoted in a news article, so we can cut it out and put it in our scrap book. Getting our hands dirty and doing something on the other hand is a whole new realm we seldom like to explore because it takes a little more effort.

Commissioner Yarber suggested Commission Assistant Amy Moore provide more information regarding the matter and recommended further discussion at a future work session to come up with a thought process to put in place on how to handle the situation.

Chairman Alford said, “Me and Mrs. Moore will get in touch with people from the city regarding the matter tomorrow to try to get more information. That is, if they are willing to meet with us.”

With all due respect to the Commissioners, City Councilmen and women, both Mayors, the Industrial Development Board and Doug Berry of the Chamber of Commerce, one thing clearly stands out in the paragraphs above of the coverage of tbe meeting.

We love to give lip service to the general public and say what we think the people want to hear. We are all very quick to listen to concerned citizens and their gripes and complaints and then talk about plans to fix it. This debacle has left many scampering for someone to blame with hoardes of elected and non elected officials washing their hands of the responsibility of the pollution of Brymer Creek.

Instead of one person stepping up and committing to making sure not one more ounce of pollution flows into Brymer Creek, it seems the only viable and forseeable solution is let’s talk and talk and talk about it till we have talked enough then let’s talk some more.

But when all is said and done the end result is a once clean creek is now dirty and polluted and all we have done is talk about it to the point of nausea.

Talking without followup seems to have gotten us in this dilemma. Lip service without a plan is exactly that, lip service.

Who is to blame? Ultimately the voter will decide. They will mull over the previous four years of service and make an informed decision.

It would have been so simple to take our concerns, formulate a plan, follow up on plan, provide oversight of construction and make sure that when the first scoop of dirt was moved, no runoff was going to pollute Brymer creek.

The ball was dropped indeed. Many chose to talk and even more failed to execute.

Source of info:

Please visit this site frequently as it is chocked full of note worthy news articles that affect us daily. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/9/5/233582/Stormwater-Runoff-Into-Brymer-Creek.

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/15419958/article-County-delays-industrial-park-funding-vote

Rand Paul warns of UN gun grab plans being formulated in New York today

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

As you read this our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady is meeting at the UN in New York and exploring every avenue to formulate a plan to ban guns in the United States. Not might or could have a meeting but conducting meetings right now through September 7th.

Strong resistance to the small arms treaty was phenomenal but it has only forced these Socialist dictators to look at other ways to strip Americans of their rights to guns. I see the plan this way. If they have a rock solid plan by the next election and start collecting our guns by banning them this would infuriate the populace who love their gun freedoms to react perhaps violently. This would then force martial law and a possible halt to the elections in November. Please pray for continued peace in this country as our government continues to strike at our liberties. War is hell and in the streets of America their is no need for it.

Remember, I have a scientific mind and tend to play out scenarios based on fact but everytime I see things as this I am reassured that my expanded thinking is not so far fetched after all.

We must send a strong message to all that our guns are not negotiable nor are they for sell to an international body such as the UN. Hillary Clinton should be tried for treason and her actions admonished by our elected officials.

I am hearing they are trying to get this to the Senate by the next election and have acknowledged they don’t even need senate or congressional ok to pass it. All we have to do is say to the UN is take them they are yours and we can do this from an international standpoint as an international authority.

You are fixing to see why I have been ranting about getting the UN out of the US. We have given the UN too much power and authority. The way this is going we will soon be under complete control of the UN and will answer to an international court. Our constitution and the freedoms you now enjoy will be swept away for ever. One world rule, a new World Order doesnt seem so far off now does it?

An email I received from Rand Paul.

I’ve just returned from the RNC in Tampa, and I have some bad news to report.

Bureaucrats at the UN are busy working on a UN Gun Ban at the Programme Against Small Arms conference in New York City.

Speaking for the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton has already given her blessing to this global gun grab, calling for “consensus” in order to “avoid loop-holes.”

My suspicion is that “loop-holes” for Mrs. Clinton include our Second Amendment.

Right now, gun grabbers from around the world are in New York City for another week of negotiations.

They’re working to “build consensus,” and when they’re sure their UN Gun Ban includes the demands of petty tyrants worldwide, I fear that Clinton and Obama will do everything in their power to force it through sometime before the upcoming election.

This UN Gun Ban would almost certainly FORCE the United States to participate in an international gun registry and could require the confiscation and destruction of ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms in America.

That’s why I hope you’ll read the letter below from Dudley Brown and Pledge Opposition to Hillary’s Global Agenda right away.

Dudley is leading the fight against the UN Gun Ban, and the million-member army of the National Association for Gun Rights is on the front lines in the battle to stop it.

Please stand with us today!

Sincerely,

Senator Rand Paul

Go to and sign the petition right away to stop Hillary Clinton and the UN from banning our guns.

http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/ct/9585942:13010306097:m:1:373290862:F875CCE7ED05F6B7071DDA3FFE8867C9:r

A letter to Rand Paul from The National Association for Gun Rights, Dudle Brown.

Dear Rand,

The United Nations’ Programme Against Small Arms meeting is in full swing in New York City.

And my sources inside the UN report countries such as Mexico continue pushing for a UN Gun Ban by the close of this year.

Both the “Small Arms Treaty” and the Programme Against Small Arms provide endless ways to accomplish this goal.

As you may remember, heading into the “Small Arms Treaty” Conference last month, anti-gun international bureaucrats were bragging that the conference would craft “the most important initiative ever regarding arms regulation . . .”

But thanks to your sustained grassroots pressure, no treaty was passed, likely because the Obama Administration could not get all the gun controls it wanted.

However, the gun-grabbers are back at it again this week and next, working to put together yet another anti-gun agreement — and this time, such an agreement WOULD NOT require a vote in the U.S. Senate.

You and I know what these international anti-gunners really want . . .Full-scale GLOBAL gun registration followed by confiscation, especially in the U.S.

And, as a reminder, to make matters worse, Hillary Clinton has already given this anti-gun nightmare the Obama administration’s full blessing.

They’re working to make it a reality in America.

But I have an answer to Hillary Clinton’s schemes.

I need you and tens of thousands of other pro-gun Americans to Pledge Opposition to Hillary’s Global Agenda by the end of their meeting September 7th.

Go to the website above and voice your discontent!

Dr Blll Warner explains why Governor Haslams sharia appointee is significant

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

This is the most thorough explanation of the nature of Islam and it’s impact upon our culture and country that I have ever heard. The two videos below will provide you with enough information to arm yourself while the pulpits and the country remain silent.

We do not live in America to be under the rules of Sharia, Islam or the Political version of Islam that is encroaching on us daily. The threat is very real. We will not and do not coexist with the doctrine of Islam. Notice I didn’t say Muslims. This is not about Muslims this is about the doctrine within the books of which they practice.

We are a free nation that is seeing a groundswell of the influence of Islam on it and our freedoms will and are being severely affected as our political system and our religious foundations are compromised.

Governor Bill Haslam opening the door wide for Political Islam is a huge serious mistake with many repercussions and an impact that will not be realized for many years to come. Because of his political correctness and naiveté he has complied to the rules of Islam and has forever compromised our freedoms. I believe with his recent appointee of a Sharia Compliance expert to a significant post within our own government he has put millions at risk and created an environment for and has planted the seed for future growth of Islamic doctrine and further religious oppression in our state.

The recent additions of a mosque in Murfreesboro and most recently on Brainerd road shows that the population in our area is growing and it’s influence is being assisted by Governor Haslams actions.

In the videos below, Dr Bill Warner said it best. The churches are dead on this issue. 95 percent of pastors in this country are simply CEOs of a large 501c3 corporation protecting their assets and tax status instead of fighting for religious freedoms of their members. 5 percent get it and are being diligent but 95 percent are just businessmen in a cloak with a title.

While sitting with Dr Warner at lunch and looking for wisdom from a very wise person, I received my nugget. He told
me he was afraid the “Church is no longer a church of Christ, but a church of nice!” “Our churches have been squelched, held up by our inability to step out of the tax status that our government has used as the tool that binds them to political silence.”

We as a country must take heed and benefit from the wisdom of Dr Bill Warner. He speaks ominously and into the future. Our dismissal of this threat will be devastating to our freedoms, sovereignty and religious freedom. Islam will not just suddenly appear and wallah we are overwhelmed. It will be slow, methodical, insidous and purposeful over many years just as in history, as you will see in the videos below.

These videos are the most important I have ever heard and I hope you too will see the relevance. The 22 and 44 minute videos are well worth the hour you will spend. An hour to see the devastation if left unchecked and its effect on our society. As I stood at our Tennessee Leadership Conference in Ooltewah, Tennessee recently and heard this man speak, I said this is the most important talk I have heard, please Mike get this to video as soon as possible.

Once again the strong team of Mike and Pat Mallard/Will Sturtevant at Tin Ship Productions have once again produced a masterpiece. Please visit their site and take a look at all their videos at http://www.tinshipproductions.com

Please do not bypass these videos. Please watch them, gather your friends to watch or show them in your Sunday school classes, to your pastors and friends list. This is the most important information you can absorb. We can no longer be politically correct and accepting of a doctrine that does not want you near or exist in it.

You may have to copy and paste to You tube. I have a free site with few bells and whistles.

Video 1- It’s not about Muslims, it’s about Islam, the doctrine and Sharia Compliance. Dr Warner explains the difference very well and tells you why the Governors recent appointment is significant to our state of Tennessee and our religious freedoms.

1400 year history of Islamic Jihad. Gaurantee you didn’t get this revealing information in school.

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