Alexander: For Surrounding Communities, Smokies Closing “Is Like A BP Oil Spill For The Gulf”

Friday, October 11, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) said he spoke Friday with Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters about the closure of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other national parks during the government shutdown, saying that for surrounding communities “the Smokies closing is like a BP oil spill for the Gulf.”

“I voted against shutting down the government, and I’m doing all I can to reopen it,” Senator Alexander said. “I’m working with Governor Haslam, and I appreciate what local mayors are doing in the meantime to relieve the pain on communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other national parks. For these surrounding communities, the Smokies closing is like a BP oil spill for the Gulf. This is the prime tourist season for the Smokies, when many of the small businesses around the park make most of their money.”

Senator Alexander said the shutdown of the federal government has impacted Tennessee’s other national park facilities in addition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BIVINS, DAVID ANTHONY     3309 EAST 43RD STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407     40     Chattanooga          DOMESTIC ASSAULT BRADLEY, JUSTIN DALE     4950 TREMONT CIRCLE CLEVELAND, 37312     23    ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Identity Theft At Academy Sports

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information regarding an identity theft case from July.  The suspect was caught on camera at an Academy Sports store in Chattanooga. The suspect used the victim’s identity to open a credit card and later made charges at several different locations in the Chattanooga area. The suspect charged over $700 to the ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)

After String Of Injuries, Ailments Vols' Maggitt Ready To Play

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Come Sunday ,  it will have been 659 days since Curt Maggitt played a snap in a college football game, but that's not what he's concerned about. "It's four days from now," Maggitt said Wednesday. "That's what's most important. It's going to be emotional for sure. It's been a real long time since I've been out there and ran through the `T' actually suited ... (click for more)

Saturday's Sixteen: College Football Picks

  College football with all its pomp and pageantry is finally here with a long weekend of games starting tonight. SEC has two conference games as Arkansas visits Auburn and Texas A&M is at South Carolina … Georgia-Clemson should be a great game, Utah State could give Tennessee a battle and Louisiana Monroe will be waiting at home to beat Wake Forest. Here ... (click for more)