Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


June 16, 2014

Pleasant Hill librarian receives DVD collection

CROSSVILLE — The librarian of the Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Cindy Brown, was delighted to receive an extensive collection of nature and environmental videos. They were donated from a special fund established by the Cumberland Countians for Peace and Justice (CCPJ). This donation came at a time when school was winding down and teachers and children could relax, yet still learn new things about our world.

Don Clark of Pleasant Hill represented CCPJ during the presentation and gave Brown synopses of their contents. Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman comprises three two-DVD sets for three seasons. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is 13 hours on five discs. Journey of the Universe is an Emmy award winner. Disney Nature DVDs are on Migration, Earth, Chimpanzees and Oceans. A Discovery Channel DVD is titled  How the Universe Works. A NOVA DVD is called FRACTALS: Hunting the Hidden Dimension, and a National Wildlife Federation Video Collector’s Series is titled Wildlife in Peril.

Brown said that she would make these programs available to the other schools in Cumberland County. She has shared books given by CCPJ in past years in this way. UNICEF books, science and nature books and videos have previously been donated to the PHE Library. In addition, CCPJ gave multiple copies of Lester R. Brown’s Worldwatch environmental books to the director of schools for use by the teachers.

School may not be in session now, but the teachers are required to complete six in-service training workshops of at least seven hours each. If the workshops are held in Cumberland County, they are free. However, if teachers seek information in their field in out-of-county workshops, then they must bear the cost themselves. 

At the June Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting, two ordinances were passed on second reading. The town budget for the year ending June 30, 2015 and amending the town budget for the year ending June 30, 2014, were approved. Both budgets show Pleasant Hill in the “black” — a good demonstration of excellent fiscal management.

An ordinance approving the purchase of vinyl and carpet flooring for town hall was passed. The coverings will be installed June 23. Much of the work of rehabbing town hall bathrooms, kitchenette and meeting hall has been done by Mayor Al Dwenger, Clerk Heather Gunter, other council members and Pleasant Hill citizens saving a great deal of expense for the town. Council member Bill McDermet in charge of streets and maintenance has straightened several of the crooked town street signs and is working on the rest.

At the meeting, Mayor Dwenger noted that there have been a number of reports of “threatening” dogs running loose in Pleasant Hill. He cited ordinance: section 10-203 through 208: “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to permit any dog owned by him or under his control to run at large within the corporate limits. It shall be unlawful for any person to own or keep any dog known to be vicious or dangerous unless such dog is so confined and/or otherwise securely restrained. Any dog found running at large may be seized by any police officer.”

There are three positions on the town council that will be vacant in November — the mayor and two council persons. Anyone living within the boundaries of the city of Pleasant Hill may pick up an application at the Cumberland Election Commission, 2 S Main St, Room 105, in Crossville or call 484-4919. Petitions are due in that office by Aug. 21.

This week in Pleasant Hill:

Thursday, June 19 — Uplands Travel Adventurers visit the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sign up at Uplands office in Heritage Hall.

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