History of coal Creek Mines

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Special Guest

Historian Charles Winfrey

of Coal Creek Miners Museum joins The Housing Hour this week to give an overview of the rich history of Coal Creek, Tennessee now present-day Rocky Top. Charles expertly unwraps the story of the Coal Creek War and the horrific mining accident that took over 200 lives.

Topics Include:

Coal Creek Miners Museum

Coal Creek War

Convict Leasing Program

Fraterville Mine disaster

Coal Miners Celebration

November 2, 2019 | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! The Coal Creek Miners Museum will be hosting a Coal Miners Celebration on November 2, 2019, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church located at 214 4th Street in Rocky Top, to honor the miners that worked in East Tennessee, South East Kentucky and South West Virginia coal mines. This event is not just for the miners but also for the communities that grew because of coal. There will be a chili and soup dinner, live music, scrip vendors, a dessert and Gift Basket silent auction, door prizes including $100 cash prizes, t-shirts for sale and a program to honor the hard-working men and women who mined coal.  The cost is $8 and all proceeds will go to the museum, which is a non-profit 501c3 organization.  For more information, call 865-340-3269 or email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com.  Tickets will be available at the door.

In addition, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 2nd and local historians will be on hand to answer any questions.

There will also be an hour-long guided tours on November 2nd  from 12 noon to 3 p.m. to the historical sites in Coal Creek including stops at Militia Hill where the militia was stationed during the Coal Creek War, Briceville Community Church and Leach Cemetery where Fraterville Miners’ Circle is located.  The guided tours of the historical sites and admission to the museum are free but you will need to make a reservation for the tour by calling 865-340-3269.   

All proceeds from this event will go to fund Coal Creek Miners Museum, a non-profit 501c3 organization.

First-time Homebuyer Program-THDA

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Special Guests

Ralph Perrey-

Executive Director Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)

and

Darrell Robertson-

Assistant Director of Industry and Governmental Affairs

joins The Housing Hour this week to give our listeners a unique view of one of our countries premier state housing programs. THDA’s passion is to expand safe, sound, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Tennesseans. They aspire to excel in the management and stewardship of our state resources and to produce strong earnings that allow creative reinvestment to meet the housing needs in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is Tennessee’s housing finance agency, created by the General Assembly in 1973. THDA was created to promote the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families in the state, to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for such persons, and to bring greater stability to the residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure a steady flow of production of new housing units.

In addition to serving as the primary administrator for numerous federal and state housing programs, THDA is authorized to issue tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds to support financing opportunities for first-time homebuyers and veterans. THDA is not a direct lender. THDA purchases qualified home loans originated through its private-sector lending partners. All THDA loans have 30-year, fixed-rate terms and offer a maximum grant of 5% in down-payment assistance. All homebuyers receiving down-payment assistance must complete a homebuyer education course.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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Special Guest

Ed Carter

Executive Director

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his life passion for preserving, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife in the great state of Tennessee. Ed’s role is to protect the wildlife habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.

Topics:

Ed’s roots in East Tennessee

Ed’s influence around the world

TWRA and its role

Education programs

Boating Safety

plus much more!

Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has come a long way since it was established in 1949 and was called the Game and Fish Commission. Completely reorganized in 1974, it now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and our visitors.

Directed by a 13-member commission of private citizens appointed by the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the speaker of the senate, the TWRA is unique among state agencies. Unlike most departments, which are supported by tax revenues, the TWRA is funded largely through the monies generated by licenses and permits purchased by hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Yet the Agency plays a major, though often unseen, role in the life of every Tennessean.

With four regional offices strategically located to serve the western, middle, plateau, and eastern portion of the state, the TWRA’s responsibilities are many and varied: wildlife officers educate boaters and young hunters as well as enforce the hunting, fishing, and boating laws; biologists and foresters manage the state’s rich diversity of woods and waters and our game and nongame wildlife.

Our specialists conduct wildlife and aquatic education workshops, protect the state’s vital wetlands; monitor water quality; and preserve the state’s disappearing wildlife species. Our engineers construct boat ramps and docks for the boating and fishing public, while other professionals create accurate, updated maps of Agency-managed properties through a state-of-the-art computer imaging system. Still others sell hunting, fishing, and additional special wildlife recreational licenses; maintain records of the state’s increasing number of registered boats; produce the Tennessee Wildlife magazine, and much, much more.

If you love outdoor sports – boating, hunting, fishing – and the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, maintain a bird feeder or are just curious about the critters in your backyard – the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.

Ed Carter

  • Executive Director Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
  • President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
  • Past President National State Boating Law Administrators
  • Past Chair National Safe Boating Council
  • Past Member Executive Board of the Canadian Safe Boating Council
  • TWRA Emergency Services Coordinator for 16 Years
  • Former Member Tennessee Homeland Security Committee
  • Recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for contributions to Boating Safety
  • NASBLA Bonner Award
  • NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation
  • 2006 Tennessee Legislature passed House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing you for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee
  • GRADUATE OF University of Tennessee


CertainTeed Solar Roofing

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Special Guest

Christopher Fisher 

Solar Product Manager 

CertainTeed Corporation

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the latest technology in a roof-integrated energy production system, using high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells to capture the most energy per square foot of any solar tile.  Their  Apollo II system is a versatile solution for power and aesthetics when installing directly on a new or existing asphalt shingle roof.

Seeing is believing!

Topic Includes:

  • Solar History
  • Efficiency
  • Durability
  • Wind resistant
  • Cost vs Return of Investment
  • Warranty

Christopher Fisher is responsible for both R&D and marketing for CertainTeed Solar. Chris joined CertainTeed in 2009 as a product development engineer and has been responsible for new product development activities leading to the commercialization of several generations of solar and solar roofing products.

Prior to joining CertainTeed, Chris was the manufacturing manager and head of process optimization for a solar module manufacturer.

Chris holds a  BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Villanova University.

Why the future is bright for solar  shingles?  

By Christopher Fisher

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings. A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.