Letters to the Editor
Darocha family grateful to community for support for service
Many thanks to all who made the first annual Community Memorial Service a success. We were able to minister blessings into our community. Oct 15 is the National Pregnancy/Infant Loss Day and we had a good turn out- despite it falling on a Wednesday and cloudy weather.
Special thanks to Pastors Ron Drake and Andy Zeggert, and our prayer team, HuxLipford Funeral Home, Mountain City Funeral Home, the Tomahawk, the radio station, and our up-and-coming DJ Christian Phillippi; not to mention all those who supported the event through prayer and more. Molly and I greatly appreciate you.
Many blessings, Diane and Molly Darocha
Mountain Electtic manager urges residents to contact the EPA
At Mountain Electric Cooperative, we know that low-cost reliable electricity is essential for our communities. Success for us means that the lights come on when you flip that switch and when you get your bill, we want it to be affordable – especially during the upcoming winter months as the weather turns cold and energy consumption increases.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed new, far-reaching regulations for power plants. These are the very power plants that we depend on for the electricity that powers your home and community. The regulations seek to limit carbon dioxide - greenhouse gas emissions - from existing power plants.
The EPA and the current administration has repeatedly said that it supports an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. But the EPA’s proposal to regulate these greenhouse gas emissions is an “all-but-one” approach. It virtually eliminates coal as a source for fuel.
And that’s a big deal. Here’s why.
TVA and MEC had its’ highest demand for electricity last winter. TVA used every available option to provide enough electricity to keep the region warm. On the morning of January 7, 2014 temperatures dropped below zero across MEC’s entire service area. On this day, 28% of the electricity generated was from coal. If coal wasn’t available, we simply wouldn’t have had enough power.
Electric co-ops support clean renewable energy, and we know you also rely on us to keep the lights on. To do that, we need every available source of generation. TVA and electric cooperatives nationwide have pursued a true “all-of-the-above” strategy by spending billions of dollars on clean and efficient energy. Since 2005, TVA has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 30%, without any mandates from Washington.
As EPA proposes these new regulations, TVA is in the process of developing their Integrated Resource Plan. TVA has made great strides in providing stability and diversity by taking a balanced approach in their generation mix that includes hydro, coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable resources. With EPA and other outside groups pressuring TVA to change their generation mix based on “their” criteria, it’s time that MEC-served residents provide their input on the matter.
We need your help to tell the EPA that they shouldn’t hurt our ability to deliver affordable and reliable electricity with new costly regulations. That’s why we’re asking everyone to speak out and tell the EPA that you don’t want to pay more for your electricity and help TVA to develop a resource plan that addresses our member’s needs.
We’ve made it easy to send a message to Washington, DC. Simply go to www.takeactionTN.com and send a message to the EPA and TVA. We’re asking that the EPA work with electric cooperatives on a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns.
It is critically important that we have every available weapon in our arsenal. Electricity is the lifeblood of our community. It powers our homes and businesses, and none of us can afford an increase in our monthly utility bill. The impact of these new regulations will mean that the cost for electricity will rise. Limits on fuel sources will also mean that we just won’t have enough power.
That’s not a theory, its simple math.
Joseph A. Thacker, III, PE
Shady Valley elementary principal thankful for successful festive
The Twenty Second Annual Cranberry Festival here at the “Rock School” in Shady Valley, Tennessee was another successful experience in spite of the cloudy skies and the occasional shower. Another full house took part in the bean supper and the school’s auction on Friday night. With less than perfect weather the many vendors had lots of offerings and the food court provided an outstanding selection of taste tempting offerings along with music all day providing all necessary elements of what a festival should be. The festival was attended very well and everyone received another outstanding example of what a community festival is all about.
On behalf of the school, its students and staff, I want to thank the local and area businesses, financial institutions, artists and crafters, individuals, and civic organizations for their continued support and donations. The Cranberry Committee is to be commended for its effort and energy in making the festival happen. This committee operates in obscurity while meeting each month planning and preparing for this event and working long hard hours throughout the weekend to insure a successful conclusion. A big thank you to the committee members from me personally and from the school’s community.
No event can happen, let alone be successful, without dozens of other helpers and volunteers. As always the community stepped forward with their time and skills. For the school and the students of the valley, I want them to know they are also recognized and commended for their dedication and effort. The school wants to recognize our auctioneers for this year’s auction. The Honorable Ron Ramsey, Mr. Gerald Buckles and Mr. John Brookshire gave their time for this important event; the school commends your effort.
This event has gone on successfully for twenty-two years with the same objective, to provide a focused fund raising opportunity for the school and to generate monies for a college scholarship which the Cranberry Committee awards annually. This festival has been and continues to be for the school and the students of this valley. Much has been provided to and for the students and with the single fund raiser concept students do not have to take part in other fund raising activities like students in other schools. For this I am personally thankful. The school looks forward to next year when the friends and family of the “Rock School” come together again in celebration; next year, plan to be a part of it.