Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rural Tennessee Towns Hit Hard

The kids in the rural areas often have only one option - the military. That is until now - Obama's service nation is coming to the rescue.

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Tonica Henson waits in Lynchburg, Tenn., to get food from a food bank last November. Republican and Democratic representatives are trying to bring more attention to rural economic issues, which have been especially hard hit by the recession, in the state legislature. JOHN PARTIPILO / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

Rural Tenn. lawmakers unite to increase economic clout

Small towns look for help

By Chas Sisk • THE TENNESSEAN • March 17, 2009

With a double-digit unemployment rate, a Depression-era bridge in need of replacement and a water system that leaves out about one-sixth of the county, there's not much doubt that Smith County could use some help.

But getting the ear of state government when you represent only 18,000 people is not always easy.

"A lot of times, rural counties kind of get left out," Smith County Mayor Michael Nesbitt said. "We don't have a certain number of people, and a lot of times we struggle."

As the recession deepens and communities start to jockey for a piece of the $4.5 billion in federal stimulus spending directed at Tennessee, some country lawmakers are pushing an idea that they think could help rural communities like Smith County grab more attention, particularly for economic development projects.

Two groups in the state House of Representatives — one on the Democratic side and another among the Republicans — are looking at banding together into rural caucuses that will press issues of interest to people living in Tennessee's vast countryside.

"Often on the biggest issues, it's not Democrat versus Republican," said Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma. "It's urban versus rural."

Overall, unemployment is about one-third higher in Tennessee's rural counties than in its urban ones, says the Center for Rural Strategies, an advocacy group. And even that understates the severity of the recession in some parts of the countryside.

In Smith County, for instance, unemployment has more than doubled in the last year to nearly 15 percent, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.Eleven Tennessee counties — all outside the state's metropolitan areas — have unemployment rates that are still higher.

more - The Tennessean


As if there's not enough problems in rural Tennessee, Congress and Monsanto are making an attempt to further destroy the small farmer and grower.

From: Les Visible

Monsanto and Corporate, Jail-House, Gang Rape
One of the ugliest things to be manifesting in the Obama portfolio in these first 50 days is the war against small farmers; against farmer’s markets, alternative and organic growers of produce. There’s more but I don’t want to spend my time laying out what you can get from the link. You can get some nice details in the preceding site’s forum about Congresswomen DeLauro and her husband Stan ‘the man’ Greenberg who pimps for Monsanto. And… you can learn all you need to know about Monsanto in this video.

Those of us who have followed the predatory operations of this evil empire know about Monsanto deliberately seeding farmland they want to seize; their powerful law firms and helicopter spy ships. When you factor in what genetically modified foods do to the human body well… it becomes apparent that there is some kind of plan by a collection of corporate and government interests to make humanity as stupid as the livestock they consume and to reduce their numbers by a frightening amount.

Those of us who have followed the predatory operations of this evil empire know about Monsanto deliberately seeding farmland they want to seize; their powerful law firms and helicopter spy ships. When you factor in what genetically modified foods do to the human body well… it becomes apparent that there is some kind of plan by a collection of corporate and government interests to make humanity as stupid as the livestock they consume and to reduce their numbers by a frightening amount.

read the rest at Smoking Mirrors

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