Lessons Linger from ’78 Tenn. Rail Explosion

first_img“Today, that’s exactly what we have on so many different levels,” noted Whaley, who, at the beginning of his state career, was sent to assess the Waverly damage two hours after the explosion. Thirty years ago today, a freight train bound for Memphis derailed in rural Waverly, Tenn., 65 miles west of Nashville. For all the organizational and logistical problems that surfaced with its response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA “still has done a good job at what they do,” said C.W. “Charlie” Hall a senior inspector with the Bureau of Explosives, a 101-year-old railroad-sponsored agency promoting safety in transportation of hazardous materials. The Waverly incident “has been used to train more firefighters in the U.S. than anything else.” Changes occurred on the rail car level, too. Two months after the Waverly explosion, the NTSB convened a public hearing. A plan to require tank cars be retrofitted with couplers, designed to remain engaged during a derailment, was sped up. Two days later, one of the derailed cars, a tanker containing 28,000 gallons of liquid petroleum gasoline, exploded as a crew prepared to offload the fuel. “It’s unfortunate that we have to wait until a disaster to learn something, but that’s what happened after Waverly, that’s true enough,” said Mark Aldrich, professor of economics at Smith College in Massachusetts and a former senior economist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was also one of the events that a National Governors Association study says helped push the establishment of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), created by President Jimmy Carter’s executive order in 1979. About two dozen cars left the tracks, including two LP gas tankers. First responders assumed there was no problem because they didn’t smell gas, according to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). That’s important, he said, because, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, about 18% of the nation’s rail car fleet (about 240,000) are tankers. They carry most of the hazardous materials transported by railroads today. “The railroad companies themselves have strike teams now. They are the best in the world,” Whaley said. The Louisville and Nashville freight train, 92 cars long, derailed near downtown Waverly late on the bitter cold evening of Feb. 22, 1978. A federal report later blamed the derailment on a cracked wheel damaged by a hand brake left on by mistake by the rail crew. NTSB investigators later discovered a shallow surface crack that widened either when the tank was righted or when rising temperatures caused the contents to expand.center_img “I saw the blast go skyward. I knew what had happened,” said Buddy Frazier, who was a rookie policeman in 1978. Frazier, now city manager, had been sent on an errand by Police Chief Guy Barnett only minutes before the explosion. The assumption was incorrect. “The lessons learned in Waverly have never been forgotten,” added Cecil Whaley, director of operations at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Sixteen people, including the town’s police chief and fire chief, died. Forty-three others were treated for serious burns. In the history of hazardous-material rail transport, this small town has an asterisk by its name as the place where safety reforms, talked about for decades, finally gained national attention and led to a new era of emergency-response strategies, as well as the construction of safer tank cars. On the afternoon of Feb. 24, the temperature rose into the mid-50s as a crew prepared to transfer the fuel to a tanker truck. At 2:58 p.m., one of the fuel cars exploded with an intense flash that destroyed 16 buildings and numerous vehicles, according to the NTSB report. The use of placards to indicate what’s being carried in a car was an improvement, too. Immediately after the Waverly derailment, local officials didn’t know for sure what was in all the rail cars that were off the tracks. Following the Waverly explosion, Tennessee created the Tennessee Hazardous Materials Institute and TEMA. Then, separate federal disaster-related agencies were merged into the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The federal investigation concluded “there was no one at the scene … who could properly assess the mechanical damage to the tank.” The report cited a need for trained groups of hazmat experts who could be dispatched to such incidents. “It’s important to remember the people who paid the price,” Frazier said. “It’s also important what we teach our police officers and firefighters today. There’s no telling how many lives have been saved in the last 30 years as a result of what we learned here.”Alligood writes for The Tennessean in Nashvillelast_img read more

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JoCo Museum begins phased reopening, features temporary exhibit on community strength

first_imgThe Johnson County Museum begins its phased reopening plan Monday, June 1, with opportunities for guided museum tours, including tours of its newest exhibit “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times.”“Rising to the Challenge” is a temporary exhibit aimed at inspiring the community as it battles the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release. It showcases stories about how Johnson County residents have rallied together over the years.Museum Director Mary McMurray said in the release the museum “is uniquely positioned to” share inspiring stories to encourage the community “to rise to the challenge again.”“Our collection is filled with stories of personal sacrifice, working together and overcoming the challenge at hand,” McMurray said. “The COVID-19 pandemic provides a new opportunity to learn about these stories and to be inspired by them.”The exhibit highlights the community’s past strength during economic hardship, war, natural disasters and health crises. The exhibit is connected to the museum’s recent initiative “Collecting COVID-19” in which stories and ideas for documents, photos and objects are being requested by the museum.Stories and ideas can be submitted by the public at www.jcprd.com/collecting. Artifacts already collected from this initiative are included in the exhibit, according to the release.As part of the museum’s reopening plan, patrons must pre-register for guided museum tours, including for tours of “Rising to the Challenge.” There are other experiences available at KidScape and Lanesfield Historic Site and pre-registration required for both. Patrons can expect small group sizes, time limited visits and social distancing implementations.Additional information about the museum’s reopening plan — which will change as the state moves through the Ad Astra Reopening Plan — can be found here. “Rising to the Challenge” will be on display at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center’s Cultural Commons on June 1, and pre-registry can be found here.Pre-registry for KidScape can be found here, and reservations for Lanesfield can be made via phone at (913) 715-2570 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Another Jamaican attorney held on fraud charges

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – An attorney is due to appear in court on June 20 after she was charged with several fraud-related offences including demanding property, obtaining money under false pretense, and conspiracy.The arrest of Khadine Dixon, who has been offered J$400,000 bail, comes less than a year after her husband was slapped with fraud-related charges and later struck from the roll of attorneys allowed to practice in Jamaica.A statement from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit, said Dixon was arrested last Thursday at her office in relation to the probe into fraudulent transactions involving a property.Husband arrested last yearHer husband, Jerome Dixon, was last year arrested and charged by the JCF’s Fraud Squad for forgery, uttering forged documents, and demanding property with forged documents in relation to the same property.On March 23, last year, he allegedly lodged an instrument of transfer document and a court order with the National Land Agency with information giving directives for a property to be transferred to one of his clients.Forged documentsBut investigations revealed that the court order purportedly signed by a Supreme Court judge, the instrument of transfer document purportedly signed by a Supreme Court registrar, and another document bearing the apparent signature of a justice of the peace for Kingston, were forged.The couple are scheduled to appear in court on June 20.Last October, Khadine Dixon was accused by a woman who has been living with HIV since September 2007 for not paying over an interim sum of J$10 million out of J$39 million that had been awarded to her by the court.The woman, who at the time requested that her name not be used, said she was stuck in the buttocks with a needle by an HIV/AIDS patient on a ward at a Kingston hospital. The attorney later confirmed that she had, in fact, received the J$10-million interim payment but said that there was an issue as a result of an oversight and miscommunication where the transaction was concerned.A sum of J$4.5 million was eventually deposited into the woman’s account, followed by a cheque valued at J$300,000.last_img read more

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Dede Ayew scores for Lorient

first_imgThe Captain of the national under-20 team the Black Satellites, Andre Dede Ayew scored his second of goal of the season as Lorient drew 1:1 against Toulouse in the French ligue one.The 19 year old connected home from the edge of the six yards in the 85th minute but was given a yellow card for removing his shirt while celebrating. Toulouse however equalized minutes later.Dede Ayew, who is on loan from Marseille, has made 20 appearances for Lorient, scoring 2 goals and assisting in two other goals for his side.The son of soccer legend Abedi Ayew Pele is due to lead the Satellites during the World Youth Championship in Egypt in September.Meanwhile, the Management Committee of the Satellites is due to meet the FA on Tuesday to finalise preparations for the championship.Sellas Tetteh’s boys are expected to take part in a four nation tournament in Egypt before the competition begins. There is talk about another competition in Venezuela. 25 players mainly made up of local based players are currently in camp at the Prampram Soccer School of Excellence for a six day camping period.By: citifmonline.comlast_img read more

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Ganoe takes PASS win at Selinsgrove

first_imgKyle Ganoe capitalized on a ninth lap opportunity in winning the Sunday PASS main event at Selins­grove Speedway.SELINSGROVE, Pa. (July 9) – Kyle Ganoe was in the right place at the right time Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.Ganoe was running third in the Pennsylvania Sprint Series main event when frontrunners Austin Bishop and Tyler Reeser tangled on lap nine.Both were out for the night. Ganoe inherited the lead and stayed on the higher line to lead Jaremi Hanson across the stripe.Zach Newlin, Nathan Gramley and Dave Grube were the rest of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car top five.The win was Ganoe’s PASS third this season and second in his last three starts.Feature results – 1. Kyle Ganoe;  2. Jaremi Hanson ; 3. Zach Newlin; 4. Nathan Gramley  5. Dave Grube; 6. Cale Reigle; 7. Mike Alleman; 8. George Riden; 9. Erin Statler; 10. Jared Zionkow­ski; 11. Fred Arnold; 12. Fred Arnold; 13. Dave Graber; 14. Vance Berry; 15. Austin Bishop; 16. Tyler Reeser; 17. Ken Duke; 18. Ian Cumens.last_img read more

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Final call for Eastern Star Chairman’s Cup qualifying

first_imgThe fourth leg of the Eastern Star Chairman’s Cup was played last weekend, September 8, with a total of 114 golfers entered, 30 of which qualified to take part on the final day of play-offs on October 13 to select the best golfers for the prize trip to Cambodia. The final qualifying round of the 2012 Eastern Star Chairman’s Cup will take place on Saturday Oct. 6 and places are still available for players wishing to take part.  The cost of entry is just 1,500 baht and includes green fee, caddy fee and a prize-giving buffet including free flow drinks.  Golfers who pay in advance can enjoy unlimited practice rounds at Eastern Star at a green fee cost of just 500 baht on weekdays and 700 baht at weekends.For more information call 086 377 6744, 084 883 8280 or email [email protected] or [email protected] Winners of the fourth round qualifiers for the Chairman’s Cup receive trophies from Pravit Rossawatsuk, 2nd left, the Asst. GM of Eastern Star Country Club & Resort.last_img read more

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Real Madrid want to steal Yarmolenko away from Barcelona

first_img The Ukrainian is a player that Barcelona were tracking but have discarded for now, looking for a centre-forward. Los Blancos have got in touch with the player’s people to find out his availability. He has three important offers from the Premier League, but he’d like to move to Spain – and Barcelona are his priority. Upd. at 21:14 Real Madrid have started checking the transfer market in order to improve their squad. Florentino Perez knows the squad needs to be renovated, and there will be some big incomings and outgoings. One of those could be Andriy Yarmolenko.  The player has come on a lot in the last few months and, without doubt, is the finest Ukrainian footballer around. He has a great capacity to overload defences and unbalance them, as well as being an efficient goalscorer from the flank. Tomas Andreu CET He will cost around €25m, but Madrid are aiming to pay less. And Dinamo Kiev, his club, will not make it easy to sign him – especially given they have reached the latter stages of the Champions League.  Yarmolenko could take James Rodriguez’s place – a talented footballer, but the management and board are losing patience with his behaviour. They were unahppy he came back late ahead of the Clasico because of advertising commitments in South America. 22/12/2015last_img read more

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Dogs fundraiser gives paws for thought

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Generous Pakenham and Berwick residents have raised $5043 to help provide training for 13 playful puppies to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Ticket Details announced for Connacht Senior Football Semi-Final

first_imgCentra Athenry GalwaySuperValu Clifden GalwaySuperValu Lackagh GalwaySuperValu Tuam GalwaySuperValu Moycullen GalwayCentra Oranmore GalwayCentra Gort, GalwayCentra Salthill, GalwaySuperValu Barna GalwaySuperValu Loughrea GalwaySuperValu Gort GalwaySuperValu Portumna GalwaySuperValu Ballinasloe GalwaySupervalu Claregalway, GalwaySupervalu Fr. Griffin Road, GalwayCentra Ballygar GalwayCentra Clarinbridge GalwayCentra Craughwell GalwayCentra Balla MayoCentra Belmullet MayoCentra Ballindine MayoCentra Crossmolina MayoCentra Newport MayoCentra Castlebar MayoCentra KilkellySuperValu Claremorris MayoSuperValu Kiltimagh MayoSuperValu Castlebar MayoSuperValu Ballyhaunis, MayoSuperValu Ballina MayoSuperValu Achill MayoSuperValu Ballinrobe MayoSuperValu Westport MayoCentra StrokestownSuperValu BoyleSuperValu AthloneSuperValu BallaghaderreenSuperValu Castlereaprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Tickets are now on sale for this fixture and can be purchased through the usual outlets(see below ticket Information). The Connacht GAA Football Championship Senior Semi-Final, Mayo v Galway, takes place this Saturday, 18th June at 7pm in MacHale Park. This game will be preceded by a Leo Kenny Memorial Cup Semi-Final. 29 April 2008; The Connacht Senior Football Championship trophy at the launch of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2008. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE Mayo County Board – McHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.Email: [email protected] number: 094-9250487Website: www.mayogaa.comGalway County Board – Pearse Stadium, Salthill, GalwayEmail: [email protected]  Phone: 091)862500Opening Hours – Monday to Friday, (9.30am-5pm)Website: www.galwaygaa.ieRoscommon County Board– Racecourse road, Roscommon town, Co. Roscommon.Email: [email protected]       Phone: 090)6627176www.roscommongaa.ie Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo094-9630335. (Credit Card bookings accepted)or online at [email protected]: [email protected] tickets.ieSupervalu &Centra Outlets. Preceded byConnacht GAA Senior Club Football Competition 2016- Leo Kenny Memorial CupSemi-Final4.45pm. Saturday 18th June 2016Elvery’sMacHale ParkConnacht GAA Senior Club Football 2016- Leo Kenny Memorial CupSemi-Final- Throw in: 4.45pmConnacht GAA Senior Football Championship Semi-FinalMayo vs. Galway     7pm Mayo, who have already accounted for London in their championship opener, will be taking on a Galway team who are making their championship debut in 2016. Galway will be bidding for their first win over Mayo since 2008, when they defeated Mayo in the Connacht final in MacHale Park, (2-12 to 1-14). Mayo, themselves, will be looking to reach their sixth Connacht Championship final in a row and also to be the first team in the province to capture six Connacht GAA Senior Football Championships in a row. Both teams will be finalising preparations this week with teams to be announced on Thursday at 12noon. CONNACHT GAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP CONNACHT GAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPSaturday 18th June 2016MacHale Park, CastlebarSemi-Final: Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship7pm: Mayo v Galway Tickets available through Clubs in the participating countiesCounty Board Offices NB:     DulIsteach- Ticket Only Stand seated €25 (Access via Turnstiles 1-16)Sideline Seating €20 (Access via Turnstiles 17-48)Juveniles (U-16) €5Students & OAP’s Full price must be paid*.Family Tickets available for Stand: Adult full price & child €5Group Tickets^ €30 (10 x Juvenile & 1 Adult) *Refunds of €10 will be paid to OAP’s & Students, (with current ID cards), for Stand & Terrace tickets at Designated Stile only, (Turnstile 16, 17 & 48).^Groups: Available through Connacht GAA Office.Entry at Turnstile 38. All children must be accompanied by Group Leader(s)National GAA Season Ticket Holders: Entry at Turnstile 1-8- cards to be scannedPatrons are reminded that all persons, (including children, students and O.A.Ps), must have a ticket.last_img read more

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Bench mark for human adventure to be tested by Galway man

first_imgYou’re doing what? Is the most common reaction when people hear what Irish Extreme Environment Athlete Gavan Hennigan is planning for this December 2016. The Galway man is preparing for his biggest adventure to date, a solo row across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The 5,000km crossing will be made in a specialized Ocean rowing boat and it will take up to 3 months to complete the gruelling task. On Tuesday 22 November, an evening for Gavan will take place in Salthill Hotel. The evening will kick off at 6:30pm, the aim is to send Gavan off and to wish him well from the people of Galway. There will be light refreshments served and a Q&A with Gavan. This will be the last chance to catch Gavan before he embarks on his incredible journey.Any company or persons wishing to support Gavan can do so on the night. Throughout the row, Gavan will face raging seas, howling winds, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation but is strengthened by his resolve to do this and to raise monies for charities Cancer Care West and Jigsaw.The voyage is widely considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet, pushing those who attempt it to their limits. To this day more people have climbed Everest, reached the North Pole or ventured into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic. Not only that, but Gavan plans to row it solo for which there have been even fewer crossings.On the 15th of December 2016 Gavan will undertake this mammoth adventure completely solo and unsupported, bidding to be one of only a handful of people on the planet to have rowed an ocean solo.This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. To find our more or to support Gavan on his solo Atlantic Row log onto www.gavanhennigan.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email End of year 5,000km Atlantic row for Irish Extreme Environment Athlete Henniganlast_img read more

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