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News Articles – 2007

12/12/07
The News Observer
DOT unfazed by I-40 repairs

12/12/07
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State DOT is in disarray, says new chief

11/29/07
The State
Nuke waste shipments opposed

11/29/07
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Momentum gains on Chattanooga-Asheville road

11/23/07
Aiken Standard
EnergySolutions wants to bring nuclear waste through S.C., La.

11/18/07
Chattanooga Times
Free Press
Corridor K study coming to an end

10/16/07,
Cherokee Scout
Survey: 84 percent support Corridor K

9/24/07,
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Corridor K economic meetings set

9/14/07
USA Today
$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans

9/7/07
Review of Congressional Earmarks

8/11/07
Gainesville Times
Proposed I-3 isn't forgotten: Funding for study remains in place

7/25/07
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Sending Doctor to Congress

7/24/07
The Northeast Georgian
Broun 'eager to serve' district

7/20/07
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Idea of Northern Arc rides again

7/16/07
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rail returning to importance

Summer, 2007
North Georgia Mountains Magazine
Interstate Impasse: Where I-3 Met the Mountains

6/5/07
Anderson Independent Mail
Activists urge local environmentalists to join the fight against Interstate 3

6/1/07
Anderson Independent Mail
Sierra Club concerned about potential Interstate 3

5/1/07,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I-75/575 price tag hits $4 billion

4/20/07,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DOT rethinks lobbyists' meals, feels singled out

4/19/07,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lobbyists too cozy with DOT, AG says

2/1/07
White County News
Evans delivers bridge $$

1/11/07
White County News
DOT shortfall delays White projects


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12/12/07, The News Observer
DOT unfazed by I-40 repairs
"The state Department of Transportation says it felt no pain when it was forced by the General Assembly to absorb $22.4 million in repair costs for a bungled paving job on Interstate 40 in Durham County. DOT officials could not put their finger Tuesday on any projects that were delayed, jobs that were eliminated or services that were curtailed because of the punitive budget reduction." Read more...


12/12/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State DOT is in disarray, says new chief
"According to its new leader, the state Department of Transportation is a mess. Gena Abraham, eight days in office as commissioner of DOT, told Gov. Sonny Perdue Wednesday that her new staff couldn't tell her how many projects the department has on its books, giving her answers ranging from 1,100 to the latest answer, 9,211, of which 2,470 are active. She said projects from the Governor's "Fast Forward" program, for which the state authorized borrowing $3 billion to accelerate projects, are $4.2 billion over cost estimates, even after a substantial portion of them were moved off the accelerated list. Open lawsuits against the department number about 1,553, with no evidence they're being managed in a comprehensive way. The department's own accounting systems don't talk to each other, she reported. And there is no one at the department charged with following a project from start to finish and making sure it gets done. Read more...


11/29/07, The State
Nuke waste shipments opposed
'Two state senators want to block shipments of Italian nuclear waste through South Carolina — and they’ve asked congressional leaders for help. Democratic Sens. Joel Lourie of Columbia and Vincent Sheheen of Camden wrote the state’s congressional delegation Wednesday, saying they are concerned about “this unpredictable and potentially dangerous plan.’’ “The more people find out about this, the more they are going to become outraged,’’ Lourie said. Their letter asked South Carolina congressional members to join them in opposition to the proposal by Energy Solutions of Utah. Energy Solutions, which operates low-level atomic waste landfills in Utah and South Carolina, wants to bring in up to 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy for disposal or recycling. The company says it has no plans to dispose of the material in Barnwell County, only in Utah or at an incinerator in Tennessee. Any material that is not suitable for disposal or recycling would be shipped back to Italy, records show.' Read more...


11/29/07,Chattanooga Times Free Press
Momentum gains on Chattanooga-Asheville road
"Widening Corridor K has been debated since it first was listed as an economic development corridor by the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1965. Proponents of the road say it would bring economic prosperity to a historically poor region. Environmentalists say a road would damage the environment, destroy artifacts and cost billions of dollars better spent elsewhere." Read more...


11/23/07, Aiken Standard
EnergySolutions wants to bring nuclear waste through S.C., La.
"A company that disposes of radioactive nuclear waste by burying it wants to ship 20,000 tons of the material from overseas through ports in Charleston and New Orleans, raising fears because of the large amount. EnergySolutions Inc. wants to ship about 200,000 cubic feet of waste into the United States, process it in Tennessee before burying it at a site in Clive, Utah, where the company is based." Read more...


11/18/07, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Corridor K study coming to an end
"An economic study showing the impact of a Chattanooga-to-Asheville, N.C. highway on a 23-county area will be completed by mid-December, officials said. Ed Cole, chief of environment and planning for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said U.S. Highway 64, or Corridor K, could be part of a three-year work plan handed to the Tennessee General Assembly in May." Read more...


READ ALL ABOUT IT!

10th District Candidates: ALL opposed I-3, definitely above I-85!

Summer, 2007, North Georgia Mountains Magazine
Interstate Impasse: Where I-3 Met the Mountains
"Affection for the mountains of North Georgia, western North Carolina and east Tennessee is proving to be a unifying force. Once the news broke in June 2005 of proposed legislation to fund a $400,000 feasibility study for the two new interstates in Georgia, citizen opposition began organizing within days. Chapters of the Stop I-3 Coalition were springing up in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. By the time the feasibility funding was approved in August as part of the Transportation Equity Act of 2005, the amount had tripled to $1,200.000, and officials in Georgia’s northeastern counties of Habersham, Rabun and White had already publicly resolved to fight." Read more...

Note: STOP I-3 was unable to endorse a candidate or publish candidate positions on I-3 because of our 501(c)3 status and our focus on this one issue. Now that Dr. Broun has been certified as winner of the 10th District race with no recount, we are free to publish quotes from any official. Contact your Senators and Representatives, let them know your opposition and the overwhelming opposition to I-3 in this recent race. Please send us their quotes along with info about when and where the comment was made. Help stop the I-3 study NOW!


August 2007, TIGHT LINES, Newsletter of the Rabun Chapter (522) of Trout Unlimited, page 8, col. 1. L.
Re-printed with permission of the Editor, Doug Adams.

“What's New Elsewhere

GA – New 10th Dist Congressman, Dr Paul Broun, is a Life member of TU and enjoys the Chattooga backcountry solitude. (7/18/2007) Dr. Paul Broun Jr. won a narrow upset over Jim Whitehead, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent. Broun will replace the late Charlie Norwood as 10th District congressman. Before the election, Broun was asked his position on 2 important Rabun County issues.

Subject: I-3: Paul Broun replied Friday, June 29, 2007
“I am totally against I-3. I would like to de-fund the study. I will work to get GA 17 completed from US 441 to Hartwell and made into a federal highway. I discussed this issue with Dr. Lucy Bartlett of Tiger Ga. yesterday. She can fill you in with greater detail. Please vote for me Thank you. Paul Broun”

Subject: Management of the National Wild and Scenic (WSR) Chattooga River.
If elected to represent the 10th District, what is your position?

a. I believe it is public land and should be available to all recreation activities as long as it does not damage the physical environment.
b. I believe that conflicting recreation activities should be zoned so that visitors seeking to avoid conflicts and/or interference while seeking solitude and quietness will have a place to go.
c. I believe that the Forest Service process will arrive at the proper management plan and I will not interfere in the ongoing process.

Paul Broun replied Tuesday, July 03, 2007 “I am a trout fisherman. One of my favorite places to fly fish is to hike into the remote areas of the Chattooga River. I like wild fish and solitude. I fish in any stream where I can find such. I have had the experience in other places of dodging boats and rafts. I have even had some to just about run over me. There is plenty of water so that activities can be separated. I have been a life member of Trout Unlimited since the late 60's or early 70's. I'm in multiple other conservation organizations, a life member in most. I hope this answers your questions. Paul Broun”


7/25/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Sending Doctor to Congress
"Republican Paul Broun was ready to be sworn in as the newest member of Congress after his opponent declined a recount, even though the margin was just 394 votes. Former state Sen. Jim Whitehead was entitled to a recount but he said Tuesday he had decided against it because the process could take up to a week." Read more...

7/24/07, The Northeast Georgian
Broun 'eager to serve' district
"With 100 percent of precincts reporting across Georgia's 10th Congressional District, Paul Broun edged out fellow Republican Jim Whitehead in last week's special election runoff. Across the district, Broun received 23,549 votes (50.4 percent) to Whitehead's 23,135 votes (49.6 percent). That's a difference of only 394 votes." Read more...

7/20/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Idea of Northern Arc rides again
"Gainesville -- The Northern Arc, or some version of it, may be resurrected. State Department of Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl told the DOT board Thursday that his engineers are searching for an east-west corridor farther north than the one that fell to public pressure in 2003, and they're getting close." Read more...

7/16/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rail returning to importance
A high-speed corridor from the Southeast to D.C., more and faster commuter trains in the offing

"Across the country, the overall use of public transportation has shown considerable gains. According to the American Public Transportation Association, an industry trade group, Americans took more than 10 billion trips on buses and trains in 2006, the first time that's happened in nearly 50 years." Read more...


10/16/07, Cherokee Scout
Survey: 84 percent support Corridor K
“I’m just here to listen to the economic possibilities this could open up in western North Carolina,” said state Sen. John Snow (D-Murphy). “I’m in favor of the Corridor K project, and I’m interested in seeing it move forward.” Read more...


9/24/07, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Corridor K economic meetings set
"Details of an economic study in the area affected by a Chattanooga-to-Asheville, N.C., highway will be presented in a series of public meetings next month, officials said.They are the final stages of an eight-month study looking at the biggest factors influencing growth and decline in the corridor area of Southeast Tennessee and western North Carolina, said Melissa Ziegler with Wilbur Smith Associates of Knoxville. 'Somewhere in this, there is an answer, a collaborative answer," Ms. Ziegler said. "I don't know what that is.'" Read more...


9/14/07, USA Today
$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans
"WASHINGTON — Six weeks after a fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse prompted criticism of federal spending priorities, the Senate approved a transportation and housing bill Wednesday containing at least $2 billion for pet projects that include a North Dakota peace garden, a Montana baseball stadium and a Las Vegas history museum. That's not the half of it." Read more...

(Also see: 9/7/07, REVIEW OF CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS WITHIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS, Department of Transportation Report Number AV-2007-066)


8/11/07, Gainesville Times
Proposed I-3 isn't forgotten: Funding for study remains in place
"When U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Augusta, died in February, he left one legacy that an advocacy group is trying to erase. In 2005, Norwood sponsored legislation to study the creation of a proposed Interstate 3, which would run from Savannah to Knoxville and potentially cut through the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Congress appropriated $1.32 million to conduct a feasibility study on the road's construction. News of the proposal triggered outrage throughout the Southern Appalachians. Activists in Rabun County formed the Stop I-3 Coalition, which now claims it has support from nearly 40 nonprofit groups and local governments. They argued that the interstate was unnecessary and that its construction would be enormously expensive and devastating to the mountain environment." Read more...


6/5/07, Anderson Independent Mail
Activists urge local environmentalists to join the fight against Interstate 3
South Carolina is not a bystander in the battle to stop a proposed super interstate, environmental activists say, and the time to join the fight is now. “It’s important to speak up so South Carolina officials don’t get blindsided,” said Holly Demuth, executive director of the Stop I-3 Coalition. Read more...

(Also be sure to read the comments box below the article.)


6/1/07, Anderson Independent Mail
Sierra Club concerned about potential Interstate 3
The initial study into Interstate 3 has not started yet and the proposed highway already has a coalition devoted to its demise. Interstate 3, or 3rd Infantry Division Highway, is a proposed route that would connect Savannah, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. The highway was proposed by former Georgia Rep. Max Burns in July 2004 as a way to link military installations throughout the Southeast along with the port of Savannah. Read more...


5/1/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I-75/575 price tag hits $4 billion
The projected price tag for a major expansion of I-75 and I-575 has reached $4 billion. And counting. When the Georgia Department of Transportation decided in 2005 to negotiate a project to expand I-75 and I-575 with toll lanes north of Atlanta, it estimated the cost of the public-private project at $1.8 billion, or $2.6 billion with inflation included. It was to be the most expensive Georgia road project in history, by a factor of more than 10. Read more...


4/20/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DOT rethinks lobbyists' meals, feels singled out
State Department of Transportation officials said Thursday they would consider Attorney General Thurbert Baker's "strong recommendation" that they stop routinely accepting private dinners from vendors and lobbyists. But they added that they have done nothing unethical, and they questioned why Baker had singled out DOT for a practice they said is ingrained in government across the state. Read more...


4/19/07, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lobbyists too cozy with DOT, AG says
Perdue sought inquiry into transportation event that critics said seemed to sell access.

Georgia transportation officials should stop the practice of accepting private dinners from lobbyists and contractors seeking work with the state, the attorney general wrote Wednesday in a stinging condemnation of the cozy relationship between public officers and private industry. Read more...

[ Attorney General's letter to Governor Perdue re DOT & Lobbyists ]


2/1/07, White County News
Evans delivers bridge $$

"State DOT board chairman Mike Evans delivered more than words when he spoke to the White County Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs and Issues breakfast on Tuesday morning.

"He also gave Helen officials a $200,000 check to build a new pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River in the heart of the Alpine city.

“'Thank you for the walking bridge, and I'm sure glad your mommy and daddy live in Helen,' city commissioner Helen Wilkins told Evans, garnering chuckles from a packed meeting room of more than 80 attendees at West Family Restaurant.

"The pedestrian bridge is apparently one of the few road projects in the fast lane for White County. Evans, a Cumming developer and former state legislator, noted that more than 500 DOT projects had been postponed because of the DOT's $7 billion shortfall. The financial problems have pushed back the long-awaited Cleveland bypass, which now has a 2014 completion date rather than 2010. The DOT started meeting with property owners last week to discuss buying right of way for the $32 million project....

"Asked about the proposed Interstate 3, Evans was non-committal, only noting the route and saying the interstate system is about finished."

For rest of the article concerning roads in White and Lumpkin County and bridge in Helen, see the White County News article and check DOT website at www.whatsthebigidea.us.


1/11/07, White County News
DOT shortfall delays White projects
The Cleveland bypass isn't the only White County project being put off by a shortfall in DOT funding. The budget crunch has pushed about $81 million in long-range White County road projects back to at least 2013, DOT officials announced at a regional meeting in Toccoa on Friday. Read more...

 


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