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Mountaintop Removal

State Senator Eric Stewart said it best… "When a man blows up a mountain, he exceeds his authority. When a man tries to rebuild a mountain, he exceeds his ability. We have a duty to protect these mountains."

One of Tennessee's most distinctive environmental landmarks is her mountains. I am against blasting mountain ridges to reveal coal streams. I support the "Scenic Vistas Protection Act" that would ban any mining that alters ridgelines more than 2,000 feet above sea level. I understand the balance between jobs and the environment but our mountains are priceless and can't be replaced.

Food Plain Development

When the devastating flood hit Nashville in May of 2010 we as a people witnessed what nature can do to a city. However when planning for the future there are things government can do, and should do, to prepare for natural disasters. As a Metro Councilmember I introduced BL2010-794 that would ban development in the flood way and ensure that any flood plain development would not have an adverse impact on their neighbors. The law is now in place and how we proceed in flood areas are now well planned out.

Historic Overlay

As a Metro Councilmember I introduced and was lead sponsor of ordinance BL2008-273 placing an historic overlay over the Hermitage grounds. I felt it was important to preserve for future generations the over 1,100 acres that is the home of our 7th President, Andrew Jackson. Our heritage is something we should be proud of and as your state representative I promise to do my best to protect all historic landmarks in District 60.

Greenway System

Nashville's greenways system is one of the most impressive environmental achievements in the South consisting of linear parks and trails which connect neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, downtown, offices, recreation areas, open spaces and other points of activity. From 2007-2009, I sat on the Greenways commission to help achieve their mission. The Stones River Greenway runs all through District 60 and covers some of the most beautiful area the District has to offer. As your state representative I work with the not-for-profit greenway commission to ensure our greenway remains vital.


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