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Environment and Conservation seeks to recognize environmental achievers

 

Nominations are Open for Governor’s 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards

NASHVILLE – The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

“The continued health of our communities is tantamount to the quality and safety of our environment, affecting our lives from the air we breathe to the health of our state’s streams and rivers,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Recognizing those committed to protecting and preserving Tennessee is a worthwhile effort, not only to honor these individuals and organizations for their outstanding work but to encourage others to follow their example.”
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Late-first half Missouri run dooms Governors

 

APSU Governors LogoCOLUMBIA, Mo. – Austin Peay State University could not overcome a Missouri 18-3 first-half ending run as the Governors fell, 94-79, Sunday, in non-conference basketball action played at Mizzou Arena.
The victory improved Missouri, which advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament a year ago, to 9-3 overall while Austin Peay fell to 8-6.

For much of the first half, Austin Peay failed to succumb to Missouri’s pressure and hung with the Tigers, behind the shooting of senior guard Wesley Channels. In fact, when Duran Roberson hit a lane jumper with 9:20 left in the first half, it gave Austin Peay s 26-24 lead, forcing Missouri to call a time out. The game continued to go back and forth—eight ties total in the first half—until Missouri took the lead for good 32-30 on a Keith Ramsey jumper.

Wesley Channels takes the ball upcourt against Missouri (Nelson Chenault Photography)

Wesley Channels takes the ball upcourt against Missouri (Nelson Chenault Photography)

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APSU, Maaco, & Operation Turnaround helps teens turn their lives around with Project 59

 

Austin Peay State University LogoRestoring a rusted 1959 Pontiac Catalina may be a daunting task but perhaps not as challenging as helping at-risk teens better their lives.

However, empowering these teens to perform a full restoration of the ’59 Catalina is the mission of Project 59, an initiative led by Mitch Rollins, an adjunct faculty member in the APSU Department of Psychology.

Rollins also is the owner of Maaco, a collision repair center in Clarksville, which partners with the Clarksville Police Department in a program called Operation Turnaround. Project 59 is a component of the program, with 24 at-risk teens participating.

Mitch Rollins demonstrating how it's done

Mitch Rollins demonstrating how it's done

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TRC graduates overcome physical and emotional barriers to achieve success

 

Students from across the state take steps towards independence, including three from Montgomery County.

SMYRNA , Tenn. –  One of the largest groups of young men and women graduated today from the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna today.   Eighty-nine young men and women with significant disabilities walked or rolled their wheelchairs across the stage this morning during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center.  The students, whose disabilities include quadriplegia, mental retardation, and traumatic brain injury, overcame tremendous barriers to get here today.

The new graduates took advantage of the diverse programs offered at TRC, including Building Maintenance, Business Education Training, Food Service Training, Custodial Training and Warehouse Training.  Many students who attend the TRC have mobility impairments, and need assistance with learning, or re-learning, how to live as independently as possible.

José Ortega from Mount Pleasant in Maury County, is one of these students.  He has quadriplegia and participated in the Physical Therapy program, as well as the Transitional Life Skills program.  He’s now attending college in middle Tennessee and hopes to become a hospital social worker.  Ortega was selected by his classmates to be the Student Speaker.

TRC student speaker Jose Ortega and DHS Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Andrea Cooper.

TRC student speaker Jose Ortega and DHS Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Andrea Cooper.

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