Around the region

Friday, October 20, 2006


Debate held for Fayetteville city elections

Fayetteville is gearing up for alderman and school board races on the November 7 ballot. The Elk Valley Times , WYTM 105.5 FM and WEKR 1240 AM, sponsored a  forum Thursday at Lincoln County High School, featuring candidates for three aldermanic positions, the mayor's seat and school board posts. In addition to being broadcast on both radio stations, it was also broadcast on Fayetteville Public Utility Candidates in city races on the Nov. 7 ballot participated in a political forum Thursday evening in the auditorium of Lincoln County High School.

Serving as moderators were Lucy Carter of The Times and Jim Young of WYTM and WEKR.

The forum started with candidates for aldermen. Candidates had two minutes to introduce themselves, then one minute to respond to a drawn question.

Alderman candidates include incumbents Joe Askins, Richard (Dickie) Bolles and Carolyn Denton and challengers Michelle Parkin, Marty Pepper, Dorothy Small and Michael Stewart. The top three vote-getters will be elected to office. Askins was unable to participate in the forum due to recent back surgery.

In races for the Fayetteville Board of Education, each of the incumbents are unopposed in their bid for re-election, including Mark Clark, Tommy Holland and Jeff Whitmore.


Oliver North addresses church event in Murfreesboro

By Brian Mosely

Funny, serious and inspirational is probably the only way to describe Oliver North's speech at the fourth annual "Stars of Faith" Men's Event at World Outreach Church.

Held Monday evening, men came from as far as Ohio to attend the event, which was originally slated to be held in a tent holding 3,000, but wet and windy weather forced it indoors.

North served 22 years as a U.S. Marine, and was the U.S. government's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue mission of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. 

His role in American history was secured after the Iran-Contra hearing in 1987 when he became hugely popular after his defiant testimony before Congress.

North is currently a host of "War Stories" on the Fox News Channel and he is about to return for an eighth trip to Iraq. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.

Speaking for an hour, North spoke of his experiences covering the war in Iraq and the importance of faith in such circumstances, praising the young men who are fighting there while lambasting the media for what he describes as biased coverage of the conflict.

North asked hard questions of the crowd, inquiring if someone would confuse them for a believer in Jesus Christ, or would they be two people: One seen at church while the other is "someone else, somewhere else."

"As fathers, we're supposed to be role models for our children. To our neighbors and our co-workers, our behavior may well be the only evidence they ever have that motivates them to come to know Jesus Christ."

North also spoke about how one of his superiors gave him the Bible to read during a long voyage to the Middle East on a Navy ship in 1978, the change it brought to his life and how faith got him through the stressful Iran-Contra hearings.


Guard may leave Iraq next month

By Clint Confehr

Tennessee Army National Guardsmen from Shelbyville serving in Iraq could be leaving that war-torn country about a month from today.

But, because their unit's designation has changed, their headquarters may be moved from Shelbyville.

"They'll be headquartered at another location because they will be a transportation unit, not an artillery unit," Valerie McConnell, the president of the Shelbyville-based Family Readiness Group, said Friday when asked about the unit's name change.

Battery B 1st Battalion 115th Field Artillery was converted into a transportation unit, so it's now Detachment 1, Company G of the 473rd Brigade Support Battalion Forward Support Co.


Maury turns down noise regulation

For a fourth time the Maury County Commission refused a proposal to regulate noise. Commissioners said if enacted, the law would not be enforceable.

The ordinance would have prohibited continuous "unreasonable" noise, with several exemptions including noise stemming from firearms, animals and typical residential activities, such as operating a chain saw or lawn mower.

The ordiance defined a unreasonable noise to be when it "disturbs, injures or endangers the peace or health of another or when it endangers the health, safety or welfare of the community or interferes with the quiet enjoyment of one's real propert."


Maury Regional receives first neonatal intensive care patient

Born two months early, William Jordan Zaidan, son of Ashley Emmitt and Brian Zaidan, became the first patient in Maury Regional Hospital's  neonatal intensive care unit .

He was born October 9, weighing in at 3 pounds and 14 ounces and was transferred to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

The new eight-bed neonatal intensive care unit is a partnership between Maury Regional and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Maury Regional has four neonatal nurse practitioners and 15 registered nurses specially trained to provide a higher level of newborn care on the unit, as well as respiratory therapists who have extensive training in treating neonatal patients.

State-of --the art equipment  in the unit includes a cardiac monitoring system, new ventilators, intensive care isolettes and electronic patient documentation for physicians.

Maury Regional Hospital delivers approximately 1,600 babies each year. With the addition of neonatal intensive care services, that number is expected to increase.



$10 million development planned for Milky Way Farm

New Horizons Communities has purchased 1,100 acres of the Milk Way Farm, less than half of the original farm, with plans to build a gated community. While plans are in the preliminary drawing stage, the concept includes 576 residential lots, varying in size depending on location, an 18-hole golf course, horse riding facilities, polo grounds, cottages, and shops.

The property was purchased at an estimated cost of $10 million from Bille May, who with her husband purchased the Manor House and some surrounding property in 1995 which they began restoring the Milky Way Farms. Buddy May died in 2002.