Letters to the Editor: IMPROVE Act, call 811

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM

IMPROVE Act a good thing for state

To the Editor:

The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill critical to the prosperity of our state. The IMPROVE Act will modernize Tennessee’s road funding structure to compensate for rising fuel efficiency. In addition, the IMPROVE ACT will provide a permanent stream of funding for highway construction and repair to ensure our state’s transportation infrastructure keeps pace with our growth. 

This important bill is supported by the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee, which includes nearly 40 organizations such as AARP, the Association of County Mayors and AAA. These groups are on board because the bill makes good sense for everyone.

The proposed transportation infrastructure measure is funded largely by user fees – paid by motorists – on gasoline and diesel fuel. Unlike the House version of the bill, the Senate version of the bill enables the reduction of other taxes, like sales tax on food and tax relief measures for the most vulnerable residents; low-income elderly, low-income disabled and 100-percent disabled veterans.

The lack of sufficient transportation infrastructure funding is a crisis in our state. I sincerely hope our lawmakers put politics aside and do the right thing for Tennessee.

Byron A Kamp

Mt. Juliet


Make a call to 811 part of your springtime plans

To the Editor:

Spring is finally here. With the snow melted and the ground ready for planting, eager homeowners like you are gearing up to start those outdoor digging projects. 

Before you reach for that shovel to start digging, remember to call 811, the national call-before-you-dig number, to ensure that your buried utility lines are marked.   

National Safe Digging Month was designated to remind Tennessee residents that our land is made up of a complex underground infrastructure of pipelines, wires and cables. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs. 

A call must be placed to 811 before every digging project, from simple landscaping projects like planting trees or shrubs, to building a deck or installing a rural mailbox. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. 

Don’t become part of the statistic – make sure to call 811.  

Here’s how it works: 

• One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for Tennessee 811 to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.

• Call at least 72 hours prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked.

• When you call 811, a representative from Tennessee 811 will ask for the location and description of your digging project. 

• Tennessee 811 will notify affected utility companies, who will then each send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines.

• Once lines are properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.

Jerry Snodgrass 

Manager, Lebanon Gas Department 


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