The Tennessee State Legislature does not represent the common people of Tennessee. It can certainly be said this body does not represent the people of Middle Tennessee who are affected by the condition and welfare of the Old Hickory Dam. The proceedings reported by The Nashville Scene should be enough to send everyone searching for replacements for these ‘sold out’ republicans.
What confidence can Tennesseans have in the so-called ‘Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee’? Its chairman is a professional construction blaster by trade, and its vice chairman is a scofflaw joke who was fined $177,000 last year for letting pig waste (of all the smelly things!) overflow from a lagoon on his property. This is the man whom higher-ups at TDEC did not want to charge. After all, he is a privileged lawmaker.
These two certainly act privileged, sneering at a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers. This dam was opened in 1957 and certainly should not be subjected to constant blasting. Congressman Jim Cooper, who has actually toured the site and has been watching this issue closely, said “The Corps predicts vibrations at the earthen dam to be 25 percent higher than Corps’ protocol“
The people of Madison, Old Hickory, Goodlettsville, and East Nashville up to Greenfield Avenue have ample reason to be concerned if this dam is blasted apart. The Madison Suburban Utility District, which provides water service for this entire area, would most certainly be affected. Water availability and quality would be compromised for some 19,000 users as of the last estimate.
Another consideration is what would happen to the boat docks, marinas, vacations, and businesses that flourish in Davidson and Sumner Counties because of this dam. Perhaps the ‘Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee’ should tour the actual area and see for themselves what is involved.