A publication of Save The Cumberland est. May 1996
From the RiverView:
The RiverView™ March edition
Should we bill the state for trash on our property? March 2, 2011
Mar. 2, 2011.. I was walking down the road in Pegram Tennessee, as always, along the road frontage, there's trash. About once a month I pick up about a wheelbarrow full of plastic, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. There is other debris, but these three consumables make up the bulk. Where does the roadside trash come from? I doubt even a fourth is blown out the back of pickup trucks. You guessed it!! It is literally thrown out of the vehicles by uncaring people. Pollution is the forerunner of perdition. The mindset is.. trash the earth, "I don't give a damn."
I sorted all the trash into separate recycle bins to be recycled. I will bill the state of Tennessee for an hour's worth of labor. For seven years the opposition have squashed the "bottle bill." Its about time that the state of Tennessee pay for my labor. It is for something I have to do, that they are allowing to happen, that I didn't have anything to do with. The state is using our tax money to pass laws, then not enforcing them. It would start paying for itself if more tickets for littering were given... or if any were given!!!
photos by vls 03/02/2011
The RiverView™sept, 1998
Globe Creek Lie ? September, 1998Last week Aug. 25th I drove down to Maury Co. southeast of Columbia Tn. To check out the big fish kill reported on the news and in the paper.
There’s not too many people I know that spends as much time in the woods, on the rivers, inside caves or on the oceans as me. What I’m trying to say is I didn't find where the dead fish were. I drove and walked over every creek that empties into the Duck River. I went to the heads, forks, confluence's and mouths of all of them. What I think from past experiences "Oh what are you doing here. How did you know about this " Whoever knew about the location wasn’t saying. You know when there are no pictures in the media…
Mint grove at Butler’s Landing May 1999 The full moon was rising above Seven Sisters Bluff. The Cumberland river was flowing, swirling past the overhanging Kentucky Coffee Trees. No noise except the crackling of a freshly built fire. The smell of springtime mint hung in the air so steady that you couldn’t breath in deep enough to capture the smell for eternity.
This was Butler’s Landing. An ancient landing that has always been there. It was especially used during the Civil War. Overlooking the landing is Seven Sisters Bluff. Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather Hannaniah mined salt peter in the caverns in the early 1800’s.
On one small spot jutting out into the river the mint covers the ground like potato vines. I don’t know if these were planted or just grew wild, but nonetheless it was a pleasant place to be among the mint, the moon, the river, and Seven Sisters Bluff.
Wildlife in Prison November 1998
For the past 14 years I have walked the familiar and not so familiar trails of Cockrill Bend. Along the deer trails and limestone bluffs, through the cane brakes overlooking the green Cumberland river I’ve seen kingfishers, red tail, sparrow and cooper hawks, buzzards, fox squirrels (ones with white ears and noses), beaver, numerous frogs, lizards, rattlesnakes, copperheads, salamanders or spring lizards of almost every color. There are owls, crows, and any Tennessee song bird you ever wanted to see or hear. There is a great blue heron hatchery with over thirty nesting sites. Located on the 500 acre "Cockrill Bend Wildlife Preserve" is the largest black walnut forest (walnut trees per acre) in Davidson Co. if not the state.
Over the years there have been things that are destroying this preserve. First there was the state prison, then came others prisons, Ford Glass Plant, Yellow Freight, Stouffer Chemical, Parman Oil and hundreds of others. Reaching down to the very fringes of the unspoiled last 500 acres is a company called Hardaway Construction and AAA Recycling. Of all businesses. They are digging huge holes and dumping trash. A bulldozer has pushed a gaping hole through the bank of a wet weather drain to the river. They have also poured concrete over construction debris and made this huge mound that is 50’ high.The wildlife before long will have no more room than a prisoner, but they didn’t do anything to deserve it!
Hog Crap in Kentucky November 1998
In Kentucky they seem to like to odorize the air with hog crap. They also like to saturate the ground with it too!
There are ways not to intrude on anybody’s health.
Back in the old days a farmer knew how much his land would support. There were known rules of how much land 10 pigs or 10 cows could be raised on. This rule would be used as to not destroy the food mast from over grazing or cause the land to erode causing the farmer to loose his land. He definitely didn’t want his water supply polluted.
Now the rules are broken. You can’t overburden any piece of land with anything without it causing damage.
When you put 10,000 hogs on 5 acres there is no place for the hog crap to go but into the glass of somebody’s drinking water.