Local business builds Habitat for Humanity home

Graphic Creations has been a business member on the University of Tennessee campus for 25 years.  To celebrate they are helping to build a Habit for Humanity home in South Knoxville. They are joined by other Knoxivlle businesses who have donated time and money to the cause. Graphic Creations is so happy with how rewarding this process has been to serve their community.

To commemorate its 25th anniversary in business, Graphic Creations is helping build a new Habitat for Humanity home on Okey Street in South Knoxville.

“What better way to celebrate being a Knoxville business member on the University of Tennessee campus for the past 25 years than giving back to the community and helping a very deserving single mother with two children?” said Debbie Billings, co-owner of Graphic Creations. “We are excited to work with Habitat for Humanity, the partners for this project and such a wonderful group of volunteers.”

The first date of the build was Oct. 6 and the home is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 17 with a Saturday-only build schedule. . .  Continue Reading

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Lakefront crown land sale draws protests

The sale of lakefront property has environmentalist up in arms. The land is home to species who some fear will be annihilated if inhabited by humans. The environmentalist feel the lake front land should be untouchable.

The proposed sale of protected prime lakefront Crown land near Shellbrook to a First Nation that intends to develop it is drawing criticism from environmental groups.

The Fur Lake region is a densely forested area home to scores of birds and other wildlife and should not be sold off, they said.

“This land should not be made available. It should be untouchable,” said John Shanks, a local cabin owner who represents the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation on the area’s management board.

The potential buyer, the Mistawasis First Nation, intends to build cabins and develop the lakefront property as a way to create much-needed jobs and revenue for its community. The purchase would be funded through a settlement that saw the band compensated for land taken from it a century ago.

“Our band is looking at economic development opportunities,” Mistawasis land claim administrator Roger Daniels said.

“There are not a lot of jobs out here. Any extra dollars would help.”…Continue Reading

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Collapsed Wall Kills Construction Worker

In Queens, a construction worker was killed after a wall collapsed. Three others were injured in the accident.

Queens, NY—A construction accident at a Queens construction site killed one worker and injured three others, when a wall collapsed on Monday morning, January 10, 2011. The fatal construction accident occurred near Grand Ave. in Elmhurst around 9:30 a.m., as reported by the NY Daily News.

Gerardo Escalona, a worker at the construction site, said the workers were standing atop of scaffolding while they were stacking cinder blocks to construct a 20-foot high wall. As the workers were pouring cement to fill the wall, it gave way, collapsing onto the workers.

Responding emergency crews rushed one worker, identified as Huberto Sanchez, 27, of Corona, by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. Sanchez reportedly went into cardiac arrest during the collapse.

Three others were also rushed to Elmhurst where they are in stable condition.

Juan Campusano, 41, the concrete-pump operator at the site… continue reading

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Wrong-way Accident Kills One

In Medina County, one person was left dead after a driver drove the wrong way down a one-way road. The collision injured three others.

San Antonio, TX—A fatal collision in Medina County left one person dead, after a wrong-way driver slammed into an on-coming sedan. The deadly automobile accident occurred in the northbound lane of Interstate 35, just off mile post 131, near Lytle on Saturday, January 8, 2011, as reported by MySanAntonio.com.

According to Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports, wrong-way driver, Jeffrey Tillman, 29, of Devine was traveling south in the northbound lane of I-35 in a Suzuki SX4, when he approached a Chevrolet Cavalier who was traveling north in the northbound lane. The driver of the sedan, Kelley Bittler, 35, tried to turn right to avoid the oncoming collision, but the two vehicles struck each other on their left front-ends. The report did not offer any further details about the collision.

Tillman was pronounced dead at the scene by… continue reading

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Three-bus Accident Injures 38

An accident involving three separate school buses sent 38 students to the hospital. The pileup happened in North Carolina when the buses were on the way to a field trip.

Cary, NC—Thirty-eight middle schoolers were hospitalized, for what appeared to be neck and back pain, after three Asheboro City school buses crashed in Cary, North Carolina. The chain reaction bus collision happened as the buses were on their way to Raleigh for a field trip just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, according to information provided by NBC17.

Reports indicated three school activity buses, occupied by a total of 113 students and about 10 teachers and chaperons, were on their way to the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences when the driver of one of the buses became momentarily distracted.

“He heard a buzzer go off and looked down for just a split second and when he looked up the buses in front of him had stopped, which basically caused a chain reaction,” explained Lt. Tracey Barker of the Cary Police Department.

After the pile-up occurred… continue reading

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Wrong-way Crash Kills Student

A 21-year-old woman was killed on her birthday in a head-on collision. The woman was not wearing her seatbelt when the accident occurred.

Orlando, FL—An Orlando woman was killed in a wrong way crash on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, her 21st birthday. The fatal accident occurred on Vineland Road, in close proximity to the Florida Turnpike overpass, according to information provided by Click Orlando.

Reports indicated a University of Central Florida student, Chelsea Brooke Torres was operating a 2001 Volkswagen eastbound in the westbound lanes of Vineland Road around 3:15 a.m. As Torres drove her vehicle across the Turnpike, it slammed into the front of another car, driven by Elvis Felix, 23.

While Felix was apparently wearing his seatbelt at the time of the head-on collision, Torres was not. It was not clear if the UCF student was rushed to a hospital after the wreck, or if her traumatic injuries proved fatal at the scene.

Police said emergency medical services (EMS) personnel responded to the scene and transported Felix, who complained of neck and back pain, to Orlando Regional Medical Center for… continue reading

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Former Teacher Gets DWI

A former New York Teacher has been charged with DWI. The driver caused a head on collision when driving the wrong way in Calverton.

Calverton, NY– A former school teacher high on drugs and driving in the wrong direction on Route 25 caused a head-on collision, hospitalizing one person. The wrong-way crash occurred in Calverton on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at around 5 p.m., as reported by the Riverhead News-Review.

Police officials reported that they received reports of a Nissan Altima being driven recklessly on Route 25, which was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Just within moments of receiving the reports, the Nissan, driven by Ryan McCready, 26, of Miller Place, slammed head-on into two westbound vehicles. The impact of the crash caused a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee to veer into an embankment, while another vehicle, a 2006 Ford pickup truck, came to a stop in the westbound lane.

McCready was treated at the scene and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead after he was arrested. McCreedy was charged with a DWI, criminal possession of a… continue reading

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