Reports do abound in the press about the anti-tanning bed actions for 911 office in Rogersville. Yeah, that's a front page story.
One woman, says WBIR, has been busted for impersonating a Katrina victim. At least it is only one and not 100. There are growing concerns too about how Katrina victims may get TennCare while residents still search for assistance. With the vigil at the State Capitol now ended, tens of thousands struggling to make a way to pay for medical needs far beyond their ability to pay, the rumblings of healthcare may become a bona fide storm. Local and state officials I've talked with are reaching the breaking point from frustration and the public outcries are growing. Sadly, we are likely to see the issue become a political punching bag stuffed with campaign promises, which will provide no solutions.
And the AP is reporting on the 123 Tennessee residents who got 47.6 million dollars from the Small Business Administration in a program meant to help businesses impacted by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Among the highlights of the story:
"Motels, restaurants, travel agencies and tour guides and all businesses that might reasonably have been hurt by declines in travel after the jetliner hijackings benefited from the program in Tennessee.
But so did a chiropractor in Cordova, a dentist in Goodlettsville, a jeweler in Chattanooga, a tobacco shop in Memphis, a Baskin-Robbins in Brentwood and a boat builder in Spring Hill.
A review by the Associated Press found that $5 billion in loans was distributed nationally through a program so loosely run that some companies at New York's ground zero were turned down while others qualified that didn't need terrorism aid or didn't even know that was the loans' purpose.
"I was not aware of any 9/11 (connection)," said David Horner, owner of Classy Lady Inc., a Knoxville women's clothing store that got a $998,000 loan. The company used the loan to move out of a mall and into its own building."Whew. Must be a Monday. So while you are here, allow me to direct you to some friends at my alma mater, Carson-Newman College. From now thru October 12, you can view the works of the very talented faculty and staff, including Mike Alvis, Scott Palmer, David Underwood and William C. Houston. Hey, guys!! Looky here - I gots me a blog!!!