Congressman Davis holds Town Hall meeting

By | August 26, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Congressman Lincoln Davis held a Town Hall meeting Friday at the White County Courthouse. Over 50 people attended the informal gathering that included a question and answer session. This was only one of several meetings like this held recently in the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee, which is made up of 24 counties.
Davis told the audience, “Being a part of what is going on in Washington, I am living a dream to be serving there. But my hope is that my dream never becomes a nightmare for you, the people who live in the district.”
Davis serves on three committees in the house, which include House Committee on Science, House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Sparta and White County are as “connected to the road structures of America as any town or county in America” stated Davis. “You have excellent state roads,” he said.
He hopes his work on the transportation committee will help other areas become as connected.
He believes when “somebody calls, you answer them; somebody has a problem with a Federal Agency, you work on that until you get it solved. You don’t just write them a letter or make a phone call. You make them tell you no, we’re not going to do that, or you make them tell you yes, it is done.”
“In America we have 40 percent who live in households that earn less than $40,000 a year,” said Davis. “In this district we have 58 percent of households earning less than $40,000 per year. These are the ones I vote for because they don’t have lobbyists in Washington. Our folks needed a fighter for us in Washington. I’m going to be it.”
One of the issues Davis addressed during the meeting was the ongoing issue of
the Spencer problem of discharging municipal waste water. The congressman included Charles Curtiss, 43rd district state representative, in this discussion, and together they are going to try and help White and Van Buren residents receive information from the proper sources. Davis told the group, “I will call Monday and see if they will at least consider going over the certainty of the safety of it, or the uncertainty of the safety of it, so that you can at least have some sort of a comfort level.”
One of the greatest concerns is the location of the actual discharge because of changes in the site, whether or not it is going to go directly into the river, after being treated, or if it is going to cascade down a bluff. Odor from the discharge site is another concern, being close to homes and recreational areas.
The closings of area factories, loss of jobs, high prescription drug cost, Tenncare, insurance availability and high costs and retirement systems were also discussed. “Our nation has the best health care, the most available health care in the world,” said Davis. “You can’t improve on the healthcare that is available. And it’s becoming unaffordable for most of us.”
For residents in this area, Davis can be contacted through his office in Rockwood, 1064 North Gateway Ave., Rockwood, Tenn. 37854, phone: (865)354-3323, fax: (865)354-3316.

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