THE PICKENS REPORT
A great deal of activity is ongoing across the county a testament to the pretty weather and good economic times. Pickens County Government is experiencing no shortage of these activities. The SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) funded construction of Moss Fire Department off Carlan Road is complete excluding a few finishing touches and a grand opening is imminent. Bids to construct a new Tate Fire Station were opened on April 30th and the winning bid will be awarded at the next Board of Commissioners meeting. Additionally, Pickens County Public Works is accepting bids for site work at their location off Camp Road. The bid deadline is May 23rd at 2pm with a mandatory pre-bidders meeting on May 13th at 1pm.
During the month of April, the 911 Operations Center received 1,725 total calls, 702 were medical responses or fire related. Furthermore, the 911 Operations Center has acted to access data from RapidSOS Clearinghouse through RapidLite a secure tool available at no cost. This RapidLite resource will allow dispatchers to receive fast and accurate location data from 911 callers who are using iPhones and Android phones. This will allow Pickens County 911 to provide the best possible service to the citizens.
Also, in April, the Water Department installed five new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 52 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 65 animals, and 54 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 26 cases. Public Works is continuing to prep roads and replace pipes for the upcoming paving season. The Recreation Department is concluding successful baseball, softball, and t-ball seasons. The PCRD swimming pool is scheduled to open on May 30th. PCRD will also offer Summer Camp beginning on June 3rd. The Camp is open Monday thru Friday from 7am-6pm (closed the week of July 4th). The cost is $25 per day or $75 per week, for additional information about Summer Camp or concerning the swimming pool contact PCRD at 706-253-8862 or visit their website pickrec.com. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!
What Did The Oscars Portend?
The 2019 Oscars, in the final analysis, was the second lowest viewed Oscars event in it’s history. We know why. The movie industry no longer celebrates a positive America but dwells in revealing a racist America. The skinny little director, Spike Lee, in his plum purple suit, matching soft cloth cap, and weird jewelry, was the very epitome of uncontrolled racism and hate.
We’re told Spike is a “Hollywood celebrity.” What makes him one? Because he’s black and makes movies or because he’s loud, flashy with an anti-American agenda and serves well the Hollywood left’s propaganda message? It’s hard to tell really.
I did not watch the awards ceremonies from beginning to end but, to escape inane Progressive car insurance ads, pleas for monetary gifts for this needy organization or that, I would flip to the Oscars and did so just as Spike Lee won his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. I missed his bitter tantrum when his movie, Black Klansman didn’t make the cut for best picture.
Watching his acceptance performance, talking about love not hate, diversity and blah, blah, while spewing racist hate in nearly every sentence, convinced me that Spike Lee is not a real celebrity, just a faux one, a ridiculous Hollywood character that the liberals who are Hollywood, consider to be only an appendage to celebrity, barely tolerable because of his dissimilarities.
Spike is tolerated because he is a boorish, loudmouthed, brash, flashy fellow who can condemn others and reject criticism because he can safely hide behind the shield of racism. Actually, do we really think that anybody outside the Hollywood film industry really cares what Spike Lee, or any of the other anti-American leftists entertainers really think? Mostly, Hollywood is all about themselves, that’s why the industry is moving out, some here to Georgia.
The one movie I shall take the time to watch is the Best Picture Oscar winner, Green Book. with black actor Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for best supporting actor and white actor Viggo Mortenson, who didn’t. They did a masterful job! I’ve watched trailers of the movie and it’s one I look forward too not because it has a theme overcoming racism but because I heard some real good dialog, saw some great acting and I am sufficiently acquainted with that era of Southern history to know what it was all about and not be conned into believing otherwise.
I enjoyed driving Miss Daisy some thirty years ago too, for exactly the same reasons. Unlike Driving Miss Daisy, the driver in Green Book was a tough white guy, a bouncer from New York who need the job and was ambivalent about who hired him. He certainly recognized the racial differences but his passenger was the better man at least professionally. It all works out.
So, why the vitriol about this movie? There were three other movies in Oscar contention that addressed racism: Black Panther, a feel good cartoon about a black Super Hero in a blacks only dream world of good guys; Roma, about the labor travails of poor Latina’s, and Spike Lee’s Klansman. I believe what really got Spike’s racist goat in a tither was the fact that the Green Book, about racial reconciliation in a Jim Crow south, was directed by a white guy. Ouch!
All the rest of those artistic categories I could care less about. Doubtless they were well deserved and good on them but, if the Spike Lee train of thought permeates deeper into the conscious fabric of what is left of Hollywood, the whole shebang could soon die. Americans want to see good movies, not Leftist propaganda. Why can’t they understand that?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!
TVA River Management teams are preparing Valley reservoirs for above normal rainfall forecasted to continue over the weekend and increase next week.
The current forecast for an inch of rainfall through Saturday could ramp up to bring an additional 3-6 inches mostly during the middle of next week.
“After record rainfall in 2018, we are seeing much of the same so far in early 2019,” said James Everett, senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center. “With above average rainfall totals on already-saturated ground possible next week, we are moving lots of water through the system to create as much storage as possible in our reservoirs while also limiting flows to protect downstream areas.”
TVA has increased spill or sluice released at its tributaries through its Cherokee, Douglas, Norris, Melton Hill and Apalachia dams to create more storage capacity. Increased releases at all nine Tennessee River main stem dams are expected with the possible exception of Kentucky Dam in order to provide flood control operations on the Ohio River.
TVA river management activities – including spilling, sluicing, hydro generation, and reducing flows at some locations – will be ongoing at tributary and main stem sites across the valley, with release strategies being updated around the clock by TVA’s River Forecast Center staff as the rainfall forecast develops.
Impacts across the valley include:
The Tennessee River at Savannah, Tenn., is expected to reach flood stage by Friday tomorrow and continue rising several feet through late next week.
Continued TVA coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers to manage flows at Kentucky Dam and Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River to avert flood damage on the Mississippi River and Ohio River, which already is 10 feet above flood stage.
Possible closures of locks at Watts Bar and Chickamauga dams and commercial navigation through the Nickajack Gorge.
TVA also will be reaching out to the National Weather Service, farmers, marinas, local EMA’s and other groups across the Valley to provide advanced warning about rising river levels.
This weather event is a continuation of above average rainfall patterns which resulted in 2018 being the wettest year on record across the Tennessee Valley with a basin average of 67.0 inches of rain, about 16 inches above normal.
In an average year, TVA prevents about $250 million in flood damage in the TVA region and an additional $17 million averted along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers through the operation of its dams.