Daniels held his inaugural Veteran Impact Celebration at the Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on June 28. The event featured live performances from student veterans and guest speakers including retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, who serves as MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, and MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. Singer-songwriter Scott Brown of the Scooter Brown Band also performed; he is a veteran of the Marine Corps. The event raised a total of $171,000.
“It was so gratifying to see the level of public support for our veterans …” Daniels says in a press release. “There was such a feeling of unabashed patriotism and coming together for a worthy cause. I want to thank all the good folks who came out and ask that you save a night for us next year when we do it again.”
Daniels also gave some remarks at the event before performing two of his patriotic songs, “My Beautiful America,” and “In America.” His manager, David Corlew, and Major General Terry “Max” Haston joined Daniels onstage to present a check for $100,000 to MTSU’s Daniels Center, which a news release describes as “the largest and most comprehensive veterans center on any Tennessee higher education campus.”
The 3,200-square-foot facility allows its more than 900 veteran students to have a centralized place for all of their educational needs, where they can get together, study and get help from other veterans who serve as peer advisors and sponsors. There’s also a Transitioning Home Office to assist student veterans and other students in making the transition from being a college student to getting their career underway. Daniels has already announced that next year’s Veteran Impact Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
More and more people are going to the emergency room at their local hospital to find out their stomach or intestinal infection came from swallowing some water from the lake in which they were swimming. What is going on here?
As a child I swam or wadded in creeks, lakes, and anywhere else I could find water to help cool off in the triple digit heat waves of the Summer. I never got sick from swallowing the water. I swallowed my share of it as I am not the greatest swimmer. People getting off of work at their factory job often jumped into my favorite swimming hole with a bar of soap and used the lake as their bathtub. It was not uncommon to see a baby playing in the water wearing nothing but a diaper. My guess is those diapers were not always sterile. You never heard of anyone getting sick from the water in the lake. Why are our lakes so dangerous to swim in these days? Places like Flint Michigan found out too late that drinking water from their lake as a water supply was not the smartest decision made by the authorities. It is so sad that this is a common problem in the United States. My fondest childhood memories are centered around Summer and all the fun we had at the lake.
– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/14]