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Happenings at the Legislature Submitted by Representative John Tidwell A bill has been filed to close poor performing for-profit virtual schools The day after a news story by New Channel 5's Phil Williams broke alleging a potential grade-fixing scheme by the K12, Inc. operated Tennessee Virtual Acade- my, the House Education Subcommittee heard leg- islation that would limit or abolish this underper- forming and highly con- troversial experiment. Passed in 2011 despite overwhelming evidence of poor performance na- tionwide, the Tennessee Virtual Schools Act al- lowed the for-profit Vir- ginia based firm K12, Inc. begin operating in our state. Since then, the Tennessee Virtual Acade- my has achieved the low- est scores possible (one out of a potential five) in all categories of the state's TVAAS grading system. HB728, a bill to repeal the portion of the 2011 that allowed for K 12. Inc. to set up shop in Tennes- see. K12, Inc. has failed taxpayers and students. questioning the millions in compensation their CEO has received, and asking them to produce a detailed explanation of costs associated with the program. Despite serious con- cerns, the Education Subcommittee voted not to move the legislation forward to full commit- tee. The administration has introduced a bill that would give the Com- missioner of Education authority to close or cap enrollment for a virtual school if it continues to underperform, but it was weakened m committee to remove the 5,000 total cap that was in the origi- nal legislation. Tennessee forests are in great shape State Forest Commis- sion Chairman John Ross gave a presentation this week to the House Agri- culture and Natural Re- sources Committee on the state of Tennessee's forests. While Chairman Ross noted that Tennessee still faces threats from in- vasive species, he report- ed thal our state now has a 2-1 rate of hardwood growth to cutting. In 2000. Rep. Tidwell offered legislation that enabled the state to issue stop work orders against Representative, John Tidwell loggers found in viola- tion of forestry best prac- tices which Chairman Ross attributed to the fact that Tennessee now grows more timber than it harvests. This focus on protecting our natu- ral resources has led to a brighter and more stable future for Tennessee for- ests, which will both pre- serve the natural beauty of Tennessee and keep our state competitive in the hardwood industry for decades to come. Alexander introduces legislation to delay fishing restrictions below dams Would force environmental review of Corp of Engineers' plan, give Congress time to asses necessity At a recent press con- barriers on the Cumber- ference at Old Hickory Dam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told a gathering of anglers and other community mem- bers that he will intro- duce legislation to delay the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "unreasonable plan to restrict fishing be- low Cumberland River dams that will destroy remarkably good recre- ational opportunities and many jobs." "Water spills through the Cumberland River dams less than 20 percent of the time on average:,"., |ithe senator said. "To close off the tailwaters to fishing 100 percent of the time would be like keep- ing the gate down at the railroad crossing 100 per- cent of the time: The track isn't dangerous when the train isn't coming, and the tailwaters aren't dan- gerou when the water isn't spilling through the dam." Alexa:d:, said his leg- islation would require the Corps "o conduct an environmentai impact review before it c:mld re- strict public access to the fishing waters below ten dams on the Cumberland River. The senator said this process would likely take more than a year and would include multiple comment periods, as well as give Congress time to determine if the funding required for the safety land River is in the best interest of public safety and the American tax- payer. The senator, who is the senior Republican on the Senate committee over- seeing Corps funding, also said that he "wanted to know exactly where the $2.6 million that the Corps plans to use to erect physical barriers is coming from during these tight budget times." Alexander was joined at today's event by Ed Carter, Executive Di- rector 9f the Tennes- see Wildlife Resources Agency, and Mike Butler, Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Carter told the gather- ing, "These are extremely important waters for eco- nomic and recreational reasons, and there are al- ternative ways to address the safety issues for boat- ing anglers." Mike Butler said, "These are public waters, owned by the citizens and held in trust by the state, and they offer some of the best fishing to be found anywhere. The notion of completely banning boats from our world-class tail- water fisheries without any public input is alarm- ing, and the statistics show that fishing below the dams is exceedingly safe." Two weeks ago, Alex- Lamar Alexander (Jnited St:ares Senatr Tennessee ander and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) met at the U.S. Capitol with Maj. General Mi- chael Walsh of the Corps to press their concerns about the Corps plan. Earlier Alexander had met with Lt. Col. James DeLapp, Commander of the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The senator said he has requested a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of the Army to press his case that "there are more reasonable ways to achieve both the goals of public safety and al- lowing taxpayers to enjoy these good fishing oppor- tunities." Alexander pointed out that the Tennessee Val- ley Authority achieves its safety goals without using physical barriers to restrict fishing ac- cess to tailwaters below its dams, instead using warning signs, strobe lights and horns at 22 of its 31 dams to warn of times when water will spill through the dams. PAGE 5- THE NEWS-DEMOCRAT, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 Arrest Report The following is Humphreys County Arrest Summary Report for the week of Feb. 18 to Feb. 24, 2013. The arrest report is a matter of public record at the Humphreys County Sheriff's Department. Individuals listed in the report are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This record reflects all county law enforcement agencies. Brown, Robert 21, FTA Charles, Jr., 29, FTA x5, Bell, Rebecca Rae, 25, DORL Manufacture Marijuana Amann/Wells, Chris- tina Renee, 38, VOP Ring, Darrin Todd, 37, VOP Plant, Donna D., 60, DOSL Lockett, Dominique Twantez, 18, VOP within School Zone, Manufacture Meth with- in School Zone, Posses- sion of MettdSchedule II Narcotic, Possession of Marijuana 1 Plant Allen, Christopher Jay, 31, Manufacture Damesworth, Gary Marijuana within School Wayne, 30, ETA Zone,Ma/aufacture Meth Wyatt. Timothy Chip, within School Zone, 39, DORL, DUI 2nd Possession of Meth/ Malone, Damien, 34, Schedule II Narcotic, Aggravated Domestic Possession of Marijuana Assault, Coercion of 1 Plant Witness, Violation of Sipes, Billy R., 53, Bond Conditions Evading Arrest Taylor, William Earle, Norkiewicz, Summer 28, VOP Sky, 18, Assault Fracaro. Thomas Miles, Priscilla K., 33, Dale, 53, Fugitive from Domestic Assault Justice Bland, Brandon Wade, Seaton. Charles Ricky, 18, Capias for Burglary- 55. VOP Auto Theft up to $500, Marchbanks, Jeffery Drug Paraphernalia, Lynn, Jr., 23, ETA Simple Possession of Lawrence, Charles Marijuana Thomas, Jr., 24, Domes- Forrester, Chevy tic Assault Oneal, 21, Possession Almarez, Daniel A1-of Drug Paraphernalia, fonso, 20, VOP Promotion of Metham- Hodges, Rusty Dako- phetamine, Simple. Pos- ta. 22, VOP session of Legend Drug, of glary Collins, James Com- Hinton, David Labro- mie, 59, DOSL ne, 44. VOP Fifth, Kevin Anthony, Moore. Christopher, 26,Disorderly Conduct 41. FTA Richardson, Vincent Wall, Dayton James, 20, DOSL Jones, Kristie D., 33, Forgery x9 Reed, Lacy Elizabeth, 18, Theft over $500 Elijah, 19, Disorderly Conduct Jaggers, Richard Don- aid, 26, DOSL White, Charles Timo- thy, 48, VOP Delk,Christopher Lee, On February 6, I. to r., U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, Tennes- see Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Jai Temple- ton and U.S. Senator Bob Corker met to discuss current challenges facing the agriculture community and the importance of agriculture in Tennessee during a weekly constituent breakfast in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Photographic Service HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS-DEMOCRAT I P.O. Box 626 Waverly, Tennessee 37185-0626 I NOTICE: reliable or consistent out-of-town delivery cannot be guaranteed since this newspaper must rely upon the U.S. Postal Service for delivery. We can only I guarantee that your newspaper will be submitted to the post office in Waverly on I Thursday aftemoon of the week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town i addresses that day. Effective October 1,2001. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Humphreys, Houston, Dickson, Hickman Perry and Benton counties One Year .................................................................................................... S25.00 One Year Senior Citizen Rate (62 years or older) ...................................... 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So whether you're a busy parent, a student, an athlete, or whatever life you lead, it's important to eat in the healthiest way possible. One way to do this is to balance calories with physi- cal activity and to eat healthy foods on a regular basis. Part of this is eating a variety of foods so you maxi- mize your nutrients throughout the day and week. Here are some of the recommendations from the Di- etary Guidelines for Americans. These recommen- dations target the foods and nutrients most Americans need to increase. Focus on fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of The Spats by Jeff Pickering these, especially those that a4e dark-green, red and orange. A good habit to develop is to include fruits and vegetables as snacks. Whole grains are important for health. Make at least half your grain servings whole grains. In addi- tion to selecting whole grain breads and cereals, in- clude brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Choose healthy dairy products. Select low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy bever- ages. Be sure to include 3 cups from these foods to get adequate calcium, Vitamin D, protein, and potas- sium. Keep in mind that lactose-free milk is also a good alternative. Some healthy sources of fat include vegetable oils, such as canola, corn, olive, peanut and soybean. These are "good fats" which are liquid at room tem- perature. Use these in moderate amounts in place of solid fats. Let's not forget seafood as a protesoce when eating wisely. Consider including a variety of sea- food in place of some meat and poultry. Plant-based proteins such as beans and whole soy foods are also good choices. We've got the healthy eating covered. Let's keep in mind the value of regular exercise for staying healthy. Focus on the types of physical aity that you enjoy, which will encourage you to exercise on a regular ba- sis. If you are interested in more information on this topic, please call Karen Leggett at (931) 296-2543 or visit Humphreys County Extension at 108 Thompson Avenue in Waverly.