Today is Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oil spill looking like road in front of 'my' house

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By SAM HATCHER  I'm sure Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning accomplished much while serving in office first from 1937 to 1939 and then again from 1949 to 1953.  But for all the years he served he is best remembered and frequently quoted as saying "the most important road in Tennessee is the one that runs in front of your (my) house."  The truth in this statement can be applied to a number of issues.  It's been interesting to watch how we have all been touched about the BP oil rig exploding off the coast of Louisiana.   Florida and Alabama showed concern when the event first occurred but nothing like they have shown in recent days as the oil gets closer and closer to their respective shores and threatens their hold on tourism.      Sure it's bad in Louisiana, the state that has had to deal with the aftermath of Katrina, but now, as the oil gets closer and closer to popular vacation areas in the Gulf Coast, the crisis is taking on a different meaning.  Alabama is worried. Florida is worried. And truth be known, many of us are now worried because we can see first-hand how this ordeal may have a significant affect on us, our vacation plans or our taste for fresh seafood.  It's a major oil spill that keeps on spilling. It's a really bad problem that's getting closer and closer.  It's beginning to look like the road running in front of my house.
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