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Claiborne Electric Cooperative was presented with the Statewide Safety Award July 30 at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives in Baton Rouge. Co-op employees worked more than 220,000 hours without a lost time accident since January 2011 to eam the award. The Statewide Safety Award is present- ed annually to the Louisiana electric cooperative with the best safety record during the previous year. Posing with the award are members of the Co-op's Board of Directors Rand Killgore and Richard Noles, Claiborne Electric General Manager and CEO Mark Brown, and member of the Board of Directors Leroy Perritt. Claiborne Electric wins Statewide Safety Award Ctaibome Electric management and members of the Co-op's Board of Directors were pre- sented with the Statewide Safety Award on July 30 during the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives' Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge. Mark Brown, Claibome Electric's General Manager and CEO, said the award is one of the most prestigious honors he can imagine, because of what it represents. "We have the privilege of serving Louisiana electric cooperative members along with eight other fantastic cooperatives in this great state, and the safety program at each one is top-of-the-line," Brown said. "To know that our safety program shined the brightest in 2011 makes it a proud day at Claibome Electric." Brown said the Co-op instituted a new safety campaign in early 2011. The campaign served as a constant reminder to employees of the Co-op's three most basic safety rules. Employees were rewarded when they could successfully quote a specific rule when asked randomly by Brown, Brown said this award is evidence that the campaign has been working. "We want to empower our employees with every safety measure available to us," Brown said. "Our first and most important goal every day is for every employee to go home safely. We work in a very dangerous field, and it takes a solid safety program and top-notch employees to meet that goal every day. The Statewide Safety Award is a real achievement, and we're proud to bring it home to Claibome Electric." Brown noted that Claibome Electricemployees recorded 222,797 work hours without a lost- time accident since January of 2011, a figure that includes emergency restoration work performed after storms and during other adverse operating conditions. The winner of the Statewide Safety Award is determined by using a comprehensive formula that accounts for safe operation on the job including field work, warehouse work, transportation and all other aspects necessary to deliver reliable, affordable power to Claiborne Electric members. Also on hand to accept the large brass loving cup on behalf of the Cooperative's board and employees were board members Richard Noles, Rand Kilgore and Leroy Perritt. "We're certainly proud of this accomplishment and humbled by this recognition," Noles said. "Our goal is to carry on our commitment to safety, to improve every day, and to make sure everyone understands that following the proper procedures on the job is critically important. It's important for the health and well-being of our members, our employees and the public at-large, but it's also important in making sure that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible on behalf of our consumers." A key component of Claibome Electric's overall safety efforts is its participation in the Louisiana Lineman Training Program, designed and administered by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC)in Baton Rouge. ALEC Director of Loss Control Mike Bergeaux, who presented the Statewide Safety Trophy to the Claibome Electric contingent, said the cooperative has been highly active and engaged in the training program that is made available to all Louisiana electric cooperative employees. Bergeaux added that he's pleased to see the commitment exhibited by Claiborne Electric's board, management and employees. "Safety truly is a team effort. It takes everyone working together to make a safety program function well. Board members, managers and supervisors can provide all the tools, but it's up to employees as well to pay attention to what's being taught in the classroom and during the field exercis- es, respond affirmatively, and apply those skills while on the job." The Banner August 30, 2012 page 5 Drug Dogs on Campus Robert Lemoine - Banner News That's what students and faculty at the Downsville Charter School encountered on the first day of school. After a sweep of the entire campus, nothing was found except for the "test" drug that was given to the principal by law enforce- ment to hide before the search began. Nothing like sending a strong message that school is for learning. In addition to making a clean sweep with the drug dogs, Mrs. Parnell has set a strong example in the first week of school. MrS Parnell, the school's principal, told teachers to give a warning to the student, then call the parents, then bring the child to her. She has already made one suspension. Other things discussed at the Special Downsville Charter School Board Meeting on August 23rd covered mainte- nance to finances to personnel. Some exceptions were made to normal policy to allow a couple of employees to transfer more than 15 days of vacation time over from the Union Parish School System and some oth- ers to move more than the 90 allowed days of sick leave over. Reggie Skains, President of Downsville Charter, said, "We felt there is no reason to punish good employees for being at work." The extra sick days can potentially be used to bump up a retirement date. Mr. Skains also made GOOD GRACIOUS ALIVE, LOOK WHO'S TURNING 95 - RASHIA LEE TATUM, SR. OF LOCKHART, LA. He celebrated his 95th Birthday with family and friends on Aug. 23, 2012 at his home with birthday cake and homemade vanilla ice cream. The family is blessed and proud to celebrate and share with him in this momentous lifetime mile- stone. Mr. Tatum has lived in the Lockhart community most of his life. Several of his guests spoke about his lebdership and impec- cable character, being a won- derful role model, the positive impact that he has had on their lives, and the great respect they have for him. He was born on Aug. 23, 1017, with his twin sister, Gracie Lee Tatum Clark, who went to be with the Lord 5 years ago. His father and mother were Norphlet and Diley Thrower Tatum. He has another sister VeEsther Tatum Hawthorne 9 MOVE IN SPECIAL THIS MONTH! $350 Security Deposit Apartments & Duplexes Beautiful 2, 3, & 4 Bedroom Duplexes Brick and Vinyl Siding Exterior Covered Patio Ceiling Fans Washers & Dryers in each unit Monthly rents from $465 to 585 Income Limits Apply 318.368. l I 10 Goldie SL, 2 miles North of McDonalds on Farmerville= Quiet, country atmosphere Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Saturday by appointment a quick judgment call to have the roof repaired to protect the new gym floor. The Board was in agreement and also author-' ized some other roof repairs to be made. Marion Mitchell, the Grounds Chairperson, said that planting will come later to help beautify the school and to replace things that were removed. Mr. Mitchell had cut down a crape myrtle tree by the car pickup under direct orders of his wife, who told him to "get a good shade tree for those kids to wait under." Club money was trans- ferred to the care of Downsville Charter in an amount close io $31,000. This is money that had been raised for various clubs such as FCA, cheerlead- ers, baseball, and prom. Since the kids going to Downsville Charter are mostly the ones who attended Downsville last year, it was only fair to let them keep the money raised. Reports were given indicating smooth communica- tions with the Union Parish School Board. Mr. Katz, the UPSB attorney, filed a motion to amend the order for desegrega- tion in effect by Federal Court. Rob Shadoin, legal counsel for Downsville Charter, is expecting a response lifting the order soon. Students aren't the only ones going back to school. Teachers will be having their days for professional develop- ment after everything gets lined out. There's no sense in stress- =ing anybody out before they get their feet on the ground. The Board members will also be attending a training session to fine tune their skills and knowl- edge as well. The dates and location of that training is to be determrined. A teacher was hired to teach Spanish and English. And, authorized signors were added to the school's accounts to allow business to be per- formed if someone is unavail- able. There are 2 signatures required to perform a bank transaction and now there are 4 authorized people to conduct business on behalf of the school. A work day will be scheduled in the future to catch some of the more detailed things such as hanging blinds in the classrooms. A "Celebration. Dinner" is also being planned in appreciation of all the hard work and support that has gone into making the school a success. It's not over yet, and donations are still welcomed. Tax exempt forms should be available by the time the paper comes out. Laptop and desk top computers are still needed if you want to donate 2 or 5. Special clarification: School is from 7:45 until 3:02. There had been some confu- sion as the busing situation is worked out throughout the parish and with friends having kids in different schools. who lives in San Diego, CA, and he has a brother, Jay Hardy Tatum who as a baby went to be with the Lord. Mr. Tatum served in the U.S. Army in World War II. When the war ended, he came back home, bought a farm, met and married Piccola Wayne Tatum (who went to be with the Lord in 1978), and began a fam- ily. They have six children - 3 boys and 3 girls - Jay, Don, Delia, Rashia, Jr., Sandra and Renee. He has two God-daugh- ters, Carolyn Hay and Barbara Williams. He is also minister of the gospel and attended and pastored the Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church for many years until his health declined 3 years ago. The guests and Mr Rashia had a wonderful time and fellowship at the birthday party. Attending the event were Sonny Atkins, John Clark, Jr., Eddie Ray and Janet McGee, Minister Linda Singleton, Freddie Hill, Cletis Charles, Cedric Clark, Jay and Don Tatum, Carolyn Hay, Barbara Williams, and Sandra and Delia Tatum. Mr. Rashia remem- bers that he also shares birth- days with Mrs. Lynette Barron and his daughter-in-law, Betty Tatum and wishes the HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Mr. Rashia received numerous phone calls and birth- day cards from his sister, grand- children, nieces and nephews. Also thanks to the )many Facebook friends for the lovely birthday wishes. May the Lord keep blessing you, Mr. Rashia Tatum. HAPPY BIRTHDAYIItl