On January 9, 2012, Liz Albertson was the primary presenter of PlanET and she provided an overview of the project intent, observations from the initial round of Forum input and a few methods of how to become engaged. Plan East Tennessee is a regional partnership of communities working toward a shared vision and seeking ideas about protecting resources and addressing challenges regarding jobs, housing, transportation, a clean environment, and community health. Their goal is to create long-term solutions for investments in the region and to define the next chapter in its rich history, leaving a legacy of optimism and opportunity for future generations. The five-county planning region includes Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Union
The second meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville in January was an evening
meeting held on January 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza and
attended by 60 people. Madeline Rogero, newly elected mayor of the City of Knoxville, spoke. The title of her speech was:“The Importance and Equity of Long-Term Sustainability Planning.” The speech was interesting and informative and there was a very good discussion after the prepared speech.
On January 30, 2012, the speaker was Allen Coggins. His topic was
“Tennessee Tragedies: Natural, Technological, and Societal
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Disasters in the Volunteer State.” Allen Coggins, Emergency Management Specialist at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, has written a book, the name of which is Tennessee Tragedies: Natural, Technological, and Societal Disasters in the Volunteer State. It hit the bookstore shelves in December 2011. The publisher is the University of Tennessee Press. Allen, who is a past president
of the Technical Society, presented exerpts from his book. It makes you want to watch where you are going.