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A small, lazy fishing village on the northeastern coast of Japan, Rikuzentakata was the kind of town memorialized in the sentimental “enka” pop songs of the postwar 60s and 70s. The graceful cedar trees which lined the harbor helped to shield the town from the cool sea breezes that constantly blew in from the Pacific Ocean. Behind the trees, a 20-foot high concrete embankment with gigantic flood gates spanned the bay-shore and gave the citizens of Rikuzentakata assurance of protection in the event of a tsunami, the ocean waves frequently triggered by earthquakes.

Before moving to Franklin and reporting for Macon County News, I lived in Japan for almost eight years. During that time, I had the privilege of visiting Rikuzentakata on numerous occasions.

 

 

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Facilities expansion continuing as Airport Authority seeks financing

As the Macon County Airport continues to develop the extension of its runway, the Airport Authority is now looking to increase its water supply. Obtaining the additional water supply is something Authority officials said they have been seeking since 2008.

At a recent meeting of the Airport Authority, Chairman Milles Gregory said that the current well water supply the Airport has is inadequate, and asked County Commissioner Bob Kuppers whether the county could extend its water supply from the Riverbend community, along Hwy. 28 North, to the airport property.

 

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Local businessman Tim Hubbs has announced that he will retire as CEO of Angel Medical Center in the next six months in order to pursue other business interests.

Hubbs stepped in as Angel’s CEO in July 2008, following a period of upheaval at the hospital. “Tim had the local knowledge and the business acumen we needed,” said Randolph Bulgin, chairman of the Angel Medical Center Board of Trustees. “But Tim also made it clear that the time would come when he would turn his attention to other pursuits. That time has come.”

Upon assuming the role of CEO, Hubbs focused his attention on stabilizing operations and adding services.

 

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For those in Franklin suffering from cardiac and pulmonary illnesses, the rehabilitation they need after treatment may now become affordable.

Last Saturday, Angel Medical Center held its first annual “Macon Your Heart Beat” 5K walk/run event, to raise funds for its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program on the Little Tennessee Greenway. The program allows patients to properly recuperate from treatment, which according to program director Tom Forkner, is rarely fully covered by insurance plans.

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