Help stop the $23 million road to nowhere in Rocky Fork

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Rocky Fork State Park is Tennessee’s wildest state park—and one of the wildest spots in all of Southern Appalachia. Located near the Tennessee-North Carolina border just south of Erwin, the park was created to provide a primitive, minimally developed experience. It is accessed via a narrow one-lane paved road, tightly wedged between the gorgeous Rocky Fork Creek on one side and steep-sloping embankments on the other. The $23 million road to nowhere in Rocky Fork If this isn’t what you want to see in Rocky Fork, local activists John Beaudet and Frances Figart suggest a letter to the new Commissioner of TDEC, David Slayers ([email protected]) and/or the interim Deputy Commissioner of State Parks, Anne Marshall ([email protected]), asking that these plans, developed by the previous administration, be re-visited and public input sought to arrive at a better plan that the public supports. Last November, after three years of relative silence, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation finally presented to the public their plans for the first stage of “improvements” in what was to be a “minimally developed” state park. The centerpiece of the plan is a steep 24-foot-wide, two-lane, paved road that would begin with a bridge over Rocky Fork Creek and extend ¾ mile to a campground and scenic overlook on Flint Mountain. center_img The accompanying photo shows the approximate route of the proposed road, now estimated by TDOT to be a $23 million dollar project, designed so as to be able to accommodate RVs and 4,000 to 8,000 vehicles per day. Due to the rugged and steep terrain, extensive use of retaining walls, massive road cuts, and metal reinforcement bolted into rock would be required, leaving an ugly scar on Rocky Fork and permanently damaging one of the most pristine watersheds remaining in Appalachia. Stay in the loop about the development issue and learn more about this special place by following and the Rocky Fork Watershed Almanac on Facebook. The 2,076-acre park provides the best point of entry for everyone who enjoys the entire 10,000-acre Fork Rocky Watershed tract, which adjoins Cherokee National Forest, the Bald Mountain Roadless Area, the Appalachian Trail corridor, and the recently enlarged Sampson Mountain Wilderness, Rocky Fork is part of the largest swath of undeveloped land between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah. last_img read more

Milo U13 Champions League: Nkawkaw Methodist wins Zone 4

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIt was the turn of Great Accra, Eastern, Volta and the Oti Regions to have their crack at the competition and have representatives for the National finals to be held at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.With the national defending champions coming from this zone, it was always going to be a mouthwatering zonal competition – Redeem D/A Primary from the Oti Region won the national championship in 2018.Participating SchoolsGreater AccraPrampram PresbyAmasaman M/AAshiaman No4Akweiman D/AAtiwoto M/AVolta RegionAgovie L/AMafi Zongo E.PWusuta L/AAvatime Biakpe R/COti RegionKrasec L/A BasicRedeem D/A PrimaryEastern RegionNkwakwa MethodistCoral Gray InternationalAsrebuso D/A PrimaryNkwakwa St. AnthonyApinamang Blessing BasicIt was the turn of the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, coach Oti Akenteng, the former striker of the Black Stars, Augustine Arhinful and Assistant coach of the female U17 team, coach Baba Huhu Mallam to take the kids through the soccer clinic.The soccer clinic was geared towards equipping and helping the kids through drills, dribbling, teamwork and agility test – with high expectations, the clinic commenced with over 600 non-participating schools in and around the Kpando community.The 16 participating schools were taken through validity checks by the director of PE of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Emmanuel Dormenya, on the eve before the championship kicks off.The regional groupings were done with two fields required for the first day’s activities. Kpando Technical and Bishop Herman College were respectively used for the competition.Group standings after the first round of games were played at both venues to determine those making the next phase of the competition;Eastern RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Nkwakaw Methodist 4     2       2       0       3       1       2       102       Asrebuso D/M Primary    4       2       2       1       5       2       3       73       Coral Gray Intl. School 4       1       2       1       2       2       0       64       Nkwakaw St. Anthony     4       1       2       1       2       2       0       55       Apinamang Blessing 4    0       0       4       0       7       -7      0Greater Accra RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Akweiman D/A Primary 4  3       1       0       6       1       5       102       Prampram Presby Basic 4 2       1       1       6       4       2       83       Amasaman M/A Primary    4       1       1       2       5       5       0       54       Atiwoto M/A Primary     4       1       1       2       2       4       -2      45       Ashaiman No. 4 Primary  4       1       0       3       2       7       -5      3Volta RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Wusuta L.A Primary      3       1       1       1       3       2       1       52       Avatime  Biakpa R.C. Primary    3       1       2       0       1       0       1       53       Mafi Zongo E.P Primary  3       1       1       1       3       4       -1      44       Agorvie L.A Primary     3       1       0       2       1       3       -2      3Oti RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Krasec L.A Primary      2       2       0       0       8       1       7       62       Redeem D/A Primary      2       0       0       2       1       8       -7      0Nkawkaw Methodist from the Eastern Region, Akweiman D/A from the Greater Accra, Wusuta D/A from the Volta Region and Krasec L/A Primary from the newly created Oti Region completed the top four teams for the semis – all four automatically makes it to the national championship to be held in Kumasi.A zonal champion had to be determined and after the draws; it was Nkawkaw Methodist against Krasec L/A while Akweiman D/A were scheduled to face Wusuta L/A Primary from the Volta Region.It took the penalty shootout to determine the winner in the first semis between Nkawkaw Methodist Primary and Krasec L/A. It was a masterpiece of a game between the two sides as they both had a go at each other before the final whistle and it was Nkawkaw Methodist that won the shootout 5-4Akweiman D/A and Wusuta L/A took the centre stage for the second semifinal game and it turned out that the Greater Accra side was too strong for their Voltarians on the day. Akweiman D/A brushed aside Wusuta via a 3-0 result to play in the Zonal finals against the Eastern Regional Champions, Nkawkaw Methodist.Rain almost ruined the grand finale as it poured down heavily after the presentation of jerseys but this didn’t stop the game from coming off as planned.The BIHECO pitch became too soggy for the finals after the rains and therefore, the KPANTEC pitch was to host the finals. It wasn’t as expected but it was not short of excitement as both played their hearts out despite the cold nature of the weather and watery pitch.Goals in both halves from Jonathan Edwards and Nelson Twum, the captain for Nkawkaw Methodist secured the Eastern Regional champions the zonal title.AWARDS:Fair Play – Redeem Primary SchoolBest Goalkeeper -Francis Asamoah – Nkawkaw MethodistBest Player – Jonathan Edwards-  Nkawkaw MethodistTop Scorer – Ibrahim Rashid – Krasec D/AAll is now set for the National Finals of the Milo Under 13 Champions League to be staged at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.Below are the details of the participating schools:Zone 1Karni primary School, Kaladan primary School
, Tanga primary School, WaleWale primary School, 
Iddrisyya primary SchoolZone 2St. Joseph International
, Amoawi Methodist Primary, 
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University Prep’s plan: ‘Bring home trophies’ – USO Panthers are 5-0 after crushing Allderdice, 40-6

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_img MALACHI QUARLES After USO’s 40-6 domination of Allderdice on Sept. 20, it’s safe to say, statement made.Senior Michael Snowden, who’s committed to the University of Akron, scored three rushing touchdowns for USO (5-0, 3-0 in City League), and Rashad Murray scored two defensive touchdowns.“If you look at the history of this program, it’s always been built on defense, and if we can get our offensive side of the ball to catch up with our defense, we bring home trophies, and that’s the plan,” Berry told the Courier after the game.USO comprises the schools University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama—you must have chemistry to mix the players from all three schools into a winning combination. Berry sees great results coming from the lab.“The chemistry piece is pretty much the reason why this is happening,” he said. “It’s a senior group that doesn’t possess a whole lot of on-field experience, but they’ve been in the program three, four years—now it’s their turn. And a lot of those seniors have stepped up and really taken us to another level.”Seniors like Malachi Quarles, who had a major impact in the win against Allderdice. “Malachi was a role player for us in this program the past three years…found it difficult to find a starting role defensively for us,” Berry said. “Now this year he comes on as one of our four captains, one of our defensive leaders, and he just plays like a man with his hair on fire.”The only score of the game for Allderdice (0-5, 0-2 in City League) was an 82-yard touchdown run by Dajaun Williams.USO’s remaining three regular season games are at Steubenville (Sept. 27), home vs. Brashear (Oct. 3) and at Sharon (Oct. 11). Whether they win out or not, their current commanding lead in the City League standings should secure USO a spot in the City League semi-finals, to be played a week after the regular season ends. A win in the semis, and they’ll have a chance to win their first City League football championship since 2016. THE UNIVERSITY PREP PANTHERS, also known as USO, after their convincing 40-6 win over Allderdice, Sept. 20. THE UNIVERSITY PREP PANTHERS ARE 5-0 to start the 2019 season…center_img BRENDAN WALLS goes airborne to catch a pass for University Prep, also known as USO, in a huge win over Allderdice, Sept. 20. (Photos by Courier photographer Andre Swinton Jr.)by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff WriterEven though Allderdice had yet to win a game this season, the Dragons were still, in many local sportswriters’ eyes, the favorite to three-peat as City League champions.But last Friday, Sept. 20, they met up against the University Prep (USO) Panthers, who were undefeated at 4-0.“For some odd reason (before the game), I put up on our board in our football room our USO history against Allderdice, and the first five matchups against Allderdice, we won all five and brought home two championships against that top-notch program,” USO coach Lou Berry told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “We hadn’t beaten them since 2013—so there was a lot of incentive tonight to really play hard and go after it. Make a statement.” Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

Evergreen’s Foundation Forms New Association for Alumni and Friends

August 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State College A new organization formed earlier this month to promote the long term success of The Evergreen State College, its students and alumni.  The Associated Alumni and Friends of Evergreen is part of The Evergreen State College Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building an outstanding future for EvergreenEvergreen has graduated more than 40,000 students since it opened in 1971, but the new association is not limited to alumni, and members will be able to lend their voices to pressing issues, advocate on behalf of the college, network with each other, mentor students and recent graduates and attend special events. Members make a small donation to join, but they can also support Evergreen financially at higher levels, particularly during the year-end giving season, as the 2014 tax year draws to a close.The association is open to anyone who cares about Evergreen, said Glen Kriekenbeck, a 1989 Evergreen graduate and a passionate supporter of the new association. As Committee Chair on Alumni and Friends for the Foundation’s Board of Governors, Kriekenbeck acknowledged that, “advocacy is the first and key part of the association,” but that, “networking, mentoring, recruitment and philanthropy are all part of the larger vision.” The previous Evergreen Alumni Association operated as part of the college rather than part of the nonprofit Foundation.In his meetings with alumni in Washington and across the country, Kriekenbeck said he has been, “amazed,” at the value Evergreen’s core ideas have brought to its graduates’ professional lives.  “A wine maker and a coffee buyer both emphasized how important it is to understand the effect of local land use policy on the resulting crop and end product,” he said. Another alumnus, a software developer, mentioned his graphic design training at Evergreen helped him visualize structures in code and present to end users. He hopes that the new association will encourage such dialogue and provide support to students and more recent graduates. But Kriekenbeck noted that, “Evergreen is not just about learning to support your vocation; it’s about learning to be in relationship with each other and society.”To that end, he hopes the new group will be a connector “between our friends and graduates, the college and the wider community.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Read why Indian pacer Mohammed Shami feels ‘being a hero has never been this…

August 5, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 1v6gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst1lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5cWould you ever consider trying this?😱4zCan your students do this? 🌚alq3Roller skating! Powered by Firework India is observing the 21-day long lock down admist the novel Coronavirus pandemic, that has found its way into the country. As there have already been 747 confirmed positive cases, and 20 patients losing their lives, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged every Indian citizen to remain in self isolation in their homes until 14th April to curb the spread of the virus. Many prominent figures of the sporting fraternity have taken it to social media to aware the general public in the time of crisis, and the latest to come forward is Team India’s iconic bowler Mohammed Shami, who feels its the easiest time to be a hero for the country.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPOn his official Twitter handle, Shami shared a clip where he is seen encouraging his fellow citizens to remain indoors, and to abide by the guidelines the doctors have provided, as the country fights its battle against the Coronavirus outbreak.“Stay at home India. Our country is in crisis and this is an important period for us. Every citizen who is staying back at home is the hero of this country. Being a hero was never this easy. Follow the advice of doctors and tell everyone just stay at home India. Thank You,” the 29 year old said in the clip.Advertisement He captioned the video with the hashtag ‘#GharBaithoIndia’ check it out below-However, its not the first time Shami has showed his concern towards the crisis. He has shared a number of videos where he has talked about the necessary precautions to be taken to prevent contamination, and also joined the ‘#SafeHandsChallenge’ that recently saw sportspersons and celebrities all over the country instructing the citizens on how to keep their hands clean.Shami, who plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, was called off along with the squad from the training camps after BCCI announced the postponement of the 2020 IPL season.Previously announced to begin on 29th March, the 13th edition of the blockbuster annual Indian cricket tournament will now see its commencement from 15th April.A total of 533,015 positive Coronavirus cases have been reported all across the world, with 24,095 of them succumbing to the disease.Also read-Read how Indian speed queen Hima Das has done her part to combat Coronavirus!Dada’s classy gesture towards the poor as India is locked down due to Coronavirus Advertisementlast_img read more