A new partnership has brought several local agencies together to collect and analyze data to establish priorities, create local plans, and align investments to improve health. While Mission Hospital, Buncombe and Madison have partnered in the past in a variety of ways, this is the first time that these three agencies have worked together on a project with this scope and potential for impacting health in their local communities.
With French Broad Electric Membership Corporation set to apply herbicides to the power-line corridor in Madison County, organic farmers in Spring Creek are asking why there isn't more public input on the way the utility manages the rights-of-way through their farms and near local streams.
Our research on the past and present of nuclear waste in WNC dug up two interesting campaign items from a 1980s citizen-based effort to keep radioactive waste out of the community. The campaign, which resulted in Madison County commissioners adopting a resolution against nuclear waste transit on county roadways, featured a photo of local music producer Steven Heller wearing a hazmat suit and seated on a tractor, as if plowing a field of contaminated soil. The photo was part of a campaign that appeared on billboards with the catch-phrase, “Don’t think it can’t happen here.” Heller produced a piece of music written to support the campaign (listen to it within); go ahead and sing along as "...the bears in the park/Are glowing in the dark/There's a glow in the Smokies tonight." Look for a full report on nuclear-waste facts, fiction and fears in the July 13 Mountain Xpress.
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