COMMENTARY: Volunteer Spirit Alive And Well
KEVIN HALPERN, Courier Co-Editor
Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:19 am
Thursday evening was already a treacherous scene in Cannon County with snow coming down hard, quickly causing hazardous road conditions.
Then a fire broke out at Fine Swine Bar-B-Que in downtown Woodbury, and a bad situation quickly turned worse.
However, the adverse conditions did not stop scores of volunteers — regular citizens and firefighters — from rushing to the scene to lend assistance.
They quickly removed the furnishing and files of Judge Susan Melton's law firm next door to Fine Swine, and then turned their attention to doing to same at Joe's Place restaurant.
When it came to the fire itself, volunteerism played a key role in putting out the blaze and keeping it from spreading to adjacent buildings more than it did. Units from East Side, West Side and Mooretown came to assist the Woodbury Fire Department. Departments from outside the county, including Walter Hill and Manchester, also played a vital role as Cannon County's firefightering cababilities do not include a ladder truck.
Once again citizens of Tennessee demonstrated why we are known as the Volunteer State. Had that not been the case Thursday and Friday, an entire block of Woodbury's downtown could have gone up in smoke.
BIG WEEK AHEAD:
The upcoming week features a a number of activities that could play a role in the future of Cannon County.
On Monday, Cannon County Schools officials will hold the first in a series of forums on the topic of whether the county should add a middle school to its grade structure. It will be held at Woodbury Grammar School starting at 6 p.m.
Items for discussion will include the definition of a middle school, pros and cons of a middle school, placement, timeline, grade configuration, and public desire for a middle school.
It will be followed by back-to-back forums on Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1 at East Side School and Woodland School, respectively.
A total of seven forums in all are planned between Monday and Feb. 24.
Thee forums are open to all citizens, and everyone is encouraged to attend the forum of convenience to ask questions and receive information.
Another key event during the upcoming week is a Joint Economic Development Conference planned for Friday 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Cannon County Senior Citizens Center.
The free event, sponsored by the Cannon County Joint Economic Industrial Board, Cannon County Chamber of Commerce and TVA-Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperative, gives attendees a chance to hear from and visit with leading professionals and members of economic development agencies.
These guests work to provide funding and/or technical assistance necessary to expand existing business, industry and recruit new business and industry to Cannon County.
One of the organizers of the event and welcoming speakers is Cannon County's new state house representative, Mark Pody, who said during the campaign last year that jobs would be one of his top priorities if elected.
• A few other events this week warrant mention as well: The Cannon County Elementary Basketball Tournament, delayed by weather, is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Woodbury Grammar School. On Thursday, the Cannon County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at the Senior Center.