March 26, 2012

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The Local Emergency Planning Committee held a meeting on March 20,2012.  The meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman O’Donovan of JCARES.  Introductions were made by attendees and the minutes of the January meeting were approved.

Tim Wilder, of the Jefferson County Emergency Management, gave an overview of the Jefferson County Basic Emergency Operating Plan.

LEPC meetings will revolve around the 16 emergency support functions and include discussion and participation from Committee members. The Committee will identify areas of weakness and concern and make recommendations for correction.

The Committee formed a Sub Committee to identify technology that can be used to meet the needs that are identified by the Committee for alert and other communication needs. The Committee noted that E-911 and the Jefferson County Schools use separate alert systems and that the Town of Dandridge is seeking a bid for a separate system of alert. The Sub Committee will investigate the possibility of one County wide system, and if it can meet the needs of the individual operations. LaDonna McFall of the Jefferson County School System and Crowther and Reed of E-911 will serve as co chairmen of the Sub Committee and recruit others as necessary.

Joe Oliver of Norfolk Southern advised that NS will be conducting hazardous materials training and rail car training at their Morristown facility in July.

The next LEPC meeting will be held June 19,2012.  The meeting was Adjourned.

“Roger Griffith qualifies for State House, District 17 race”

Roger Griffith, candidate for State House District 17, has submitted his petition to local election officials and has qualified to be a candidate on the Aug. 2nd Republican primary ballot. State House District 17 encompasses parts of Jefferson and Sevier County. The incumbent, Frank Niceley, has entered a State Senate race rather than seek reelection.

“We are tremendously excited to be officially qualified and our campaign is garnering positive support every day. As a pro-life conservative, I am excited about the possibility of taking our East Tennessee conservative values to Nashville to serve as a voice and public servant of the citizens of both Sevier and Jefferson counties,” stated Griffith. “Now more than ever, we need to provide an environment in Tennessee that allows businesses to grow and create jobs and yet maintain a conservative approach to our spending. As a small business owner, I know first-hand how difficult this economy has been, and it is critical that we send someone to Nashville who knows how to make ends meet and understands the value of being a fiscal conservative”.

Griffith is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering. He is the President and owner of Griffith Engineering, Inc., a small business specializing in mechanical engineering. He is a member of Tennessee Right to Life and the National Rifle Association. Roger is currently a member of the County Commission in Jefferson County where he represents the fifth district. Griffith is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Jefferson County and the East Tennessee Regional Leadership program. He is a past president and member of the Rotary Club and a past board member of Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of True Life Church, and he and his wife, Missy, make their home in New Market with their children.




Workshop for Farmers Interested in Marketing to Restaurants and Grocery Stores
Locally produced foods are showing up on restaurant plates and grocery shelves in response to consumer interest. Farmers hoping to supply these markets face new challenges in meeting the needs of those purchasing products for these venues.

“Farmers often need information about effectively accessing and communicating with restaurant and grocery buyers, packaging and labeling needs and preferences, pricing, invoicing, certification or audit requirements, insurance requirements and other needs of these potential customers,” says Megan Bruch, marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture. "This workshop will address these concerns."

Dr. Tim Woods, professor at the University of Kentucky, and his colleagues at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service have developed an educational program to help give farmers the information and tools needed to build marketing relationships with restaurants and retailers like grocery stores. Called “MarketReady”, the program covers topics such as communication, pricing, delivery, invoicing and labeling.

The Center for Profitable Agriculture has teamed with Dr. Woods to offer the MarketReady workshop to Tennessee farmers in three locations this spring. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time on May 3 in Chattanooga, May 4 in Nashville and May 5 in Memphis. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by April 27. Registration is $25 per person and includes training materials and lunch.

Visit the Center for Profitable Agriculture website at for additional information and to find the registration form. Contact Megan Bruch at 931-486-2777 or with questions.

The workshop is coordinated by the Center for Profitable Agriculture and funded, in part, by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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