Kudos to HHWCD and aid coming for veterans
by Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis
Apr 22, 2014 | 509 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chemistry and the ever-inventive minds of men and women have given our culture and nation many items over the years.

Some of these inventions have revolutionized entire industries and have made it possible to add more and more conveniences possible for our region as well. The advances in science have also added another possibly unintended consequence. When the useful life of a device, substance or product has been realized, what is a person to do with the remaining device, substance or product?

We have been very fortunate to have the Bradley County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day event for over 15 years that started as a state program that was held only once a year. This has now transitioned into a local Bradley County program that is now held twice a year and makes it possible for our local families to have a way of disposing of household hazardous wastes safely.

On March 22, the spring event was held and a total of 160 households participated. A total of 16,019 pounds of material was collected in one day: 3,568 pounds of electronics, 10,100 pounds of paint, 264 pounds of aerosols, 570 pounds of pesticides along with solvents, flammables, oxidizers, acid, batteries, fluorescents and waste oils.

The most recent HHWCD was one of our smaller attended events, but we are hopeful that with more community involvement and participation this year’s fall event will be one of our best. Thank you on behalf of all involved (participating or sponsoring) for going above and beyond to help preserve our portion of Tennessee and this region.

The concept of preserving is also one that our veterans know as well. They fought to defend our country and way of life against all enemies whether foreign or domestic.

Our Bradley County veterans are well served by our local Veterans Service Office in the Bradley County Courthouse. They have informed me about yet another opportunity for our local veterans.

On Thursday, Bradley County will be a part of the Veterans Outreach initiative of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs. Throughout the state, a Mobile Vet Center that is operated by VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service will be available.

They will set up at 4495 Keith St. N.W, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to provide nonmedical readjustment counseling and outreach to combat veterans and their families in an effort to address the social and economic dimensions of postwar needs. Please call 423-728-7100 for more information.

Thank you for doing your part to continue the efforts to make sure Bradley County remains Tennessee at its best!