The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on February 3, 2011 · B1
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BUSINESS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 THETENNESSEAN Breaking news, weather and traffic. On your mobile phone at tennessean.commobilenews TVA rates cover ash cleanup LOCAL JIjhe Tennessean I Electric bills average 69 cents a month more By Bill Poovey ASSOCIATED PRESS CHATTANOOGA Tennessee Valley Authority customers are paying an average of 69 cents a month until 2024 for the cleanup of coal ash spilled at the Kingston Plant. Each of the 9 million customers are paying for the cleanup, which has a projected cost up to $1.2 billion. The nation's largest public utility is continuing a cleanup of about 5.4 million cubic yards of ash that spilled in a December 2008 breach of a pond dam in a Roane County river community about 35 miles west of Knoxville. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said the rate increase for the cleanup generates about $73 million annually and was a board decision in the budget that took effect in October 2009. Brooks also said there could be other costs if TVA has to pay damages in any pending spill-related lawsuits. A federal bench trial has been set for September in Knoxville. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits say the spill increased levels of airborne ash on their properties. The ash contains particles of arsenic, cad mium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc all defined by the Superfund law as hazardous substances. TVA court filings say that environmental tests and medical surveys show the spill has caused no harm, that dredging of ash from the Emory River has been finished and that the spill and cleanup otherwise have not caused any problems that would justify damage payouts. Brooks said some of the cleanup cost also might eventually be recoverable from insurance. "We still don't know the final cost so we can't file a claim," Brooks said. ASH, 2B ' " Cleanup of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Harriman, Tenn., is projected to cost as much as $1.2 billion, sanford myers FILE THE TENNESSEAN Egypt natives call for change tF ' -" ,,,,' V) -, ' t 1 " Dozens of Nashville Egyptians participated in a peaceful rally in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Cairo who are calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, photos byjohn partipilothe tennessean Scores brave cold to support protests in their homeland By Nicole Young the tennessean The frigid temperatures couldn't keep Nashville protesters from taking to the streets Wednesday in support of the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Amr Waly, a native of Egypt who lives in Brentwood, heard about the rally near the state Capitol, organized in just two days, at 2 p.m. Wednesday and decided to brave the cold. "You can see today why we left our country," said Waly, a cardiac anesthesiologist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "The people who are in charge are stepping all over the people below them. "We want the people of the United States to know that we want to live like them. You have had six presidents since 1981. We've had one." Waly was one of about 100 people who came and went at the rally, said Zainab Elberry, a protester on the street. At any given time, about 50 people were present at the protest, which lasted from 4 to 6 p.m. "It's so cold that people are having to rotate," Elberry said. The protesters held signs and chanted as cars drove by. Some honked in support, others waved a Nashville fire truck blared its horn and lit up. Event organizer Mohamed Salama, who lives in the airport area, said he wanted to hold the rally to show the people of his homeland that Americans are standing behind them. Salama, a surgical assistant at Centennial Surgical Center, has been in Nashville for 10 years. "We're all stuck here waiting for the future to happen," Salama said. "We want to go back and support our country, but until he EGYPT, 8B Zainab Elberry stood in the biting weather in Nashville to show her support of the demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. IN THE MIDEAST Mubarak supporters resort to violence. On 1A Yemen president, in power since 1978, says he will step down ahead of elections. On 6A See more photos from the protest at Teachers sue over refusal to negotiate Sumner school board rejects union's rights By Hollie Deese and Dessislava Yankova GANNETT TENNESSEE GALLATIN The union that represents Sumner County teachers has sued the county school board after board members stopped recognizing its right to bargain for teachers in contract negotiations and took actions on pay and insurance items that would fall under bargaining rights accorded by state law. The Sumner County Education Association announced Wednesday it is suing the school board for ceasing professional negotiations and changing terms of employee contracts in meetings held on Oct. 14, 2010, and Jan. 18, 2011. That second meeting was held the same day Republican state Rep. Debra Young Maggart of Hender-sonville introduced a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining between school boards and teachers associations. "My feelings are that (the lawsuit and the bill) are interrelated based on common sense," Sumner County Education Association President Mary Pappas said. "It was apparent the board had no intention to continue negotiations." The school board has called a special meeting today to discuss the lawsuit and board actions on giving teachers a bonus and making them pay more for medical insurance both items that would be part of contract negotiations. "I believe they will try to hold up the teacher bonuses and place all blame on (the association)," Pappas said. "That is not accurate because we are more than willing to negotiate. "The fact that perhaps they would take this step is an indicator they are willing to harm their own teachers rather than honor the agreement that their representatives signed in December." The teachers association has asked for a temporary injunction to force the board to negotiate and stop it from taking action on negotiable items. A hearing is set for TEACHERS, 8B Girl Scout app maps Thin Mints, spots Samoas By Anita Wadhwani THE TENNESSEAN Dying for some Do-si-dos? Longing for some Samoas? Well, whip out your smart phone because, yes, there is an app for that. The Girl Scouts Cookie Locator app, newly available for iPhone and Android, uses GPS to map neighborhood cookie sale locations, texts reminders of sales dates, provides nutrition information at the touch of a button, and even assesses an individual's "cookie personality." Courtney Burgess, communications manager for v Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, said the app is designed not only to be a tun way to market the cook ies, but it also furthers a key goal of the annual cookie sale: teaching girls real-life business skills such as teamwork, setting goals, marketing, money management and customer service. "I think that in 2011, girls need to ; rely on technology. It's V' a part of any business i r plan, and the more tools they have at s .; their fingertips, the better," said Burgess, ' who downloaded the app herself for the first time on Wednesday, took a simple quiz and discovered that she has a classic "Tagalong" cookie personality, which means she is "artistic, creative and dramatic." And presumably that she also likes peanut butter patties. "The app downloaded in seconds, was free and easy to use and had cute graphics," Burgess said. "I could even look up cookie nutrition and share my cookie personality with my Facebook friends." In Middle Tennessee, Girl Scouts have wrapped up door-to-door and individual sales, including those parent led workplace, Face- book and e-mail pitches to friends, family and coworkers, and will begin selling cook- REPORT NEWS 259-8068 OR FAX 259-8093 OR E-MAIL: LOCALTENNESSEAN.COM EVENT LISTINGS CALENDARTENNESSEAN.COM ies outside of local supermarkets on Feb. 13. The majority of the funds raised locally go to support activities for more than 14,000 girls in the 39 counties that make up the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. For those who don't have app-ready phones, an online cookie locator based on ZIP code to guide shoppers to those sales is available at Reach Anita Wadhwani at 615-259-8092 or

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