ASPE Life Member Jim Capell PE (Muscle Shoals) Passes Away
James H. Capell, affectionately known to his friends as “Jim”, went home to be with our heavenly Father on October 30, 2012. He was a quiet gentle man; loved by all who met him and lived a true example of Christ’s love for us. He was an Eagle Scout and earned his Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1948 and was a Mason for over sixty years. He retired from Sheffield Utilities Department. He had been a resident of Mt. Pleasant, TN for the last year and was a long time member and former deacon of First Baptist Church of Sheffield and former member of Muscle Shoals Baptist Church and current member of First Baptist of Columbia, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Jackson and Mary Salter Capell.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 11 until 1 p.m. at Muscle Shoals Baptist Church. His funeral service will follow in the church sanctuary with Rev. Doug Farris and Rev. Billy Kimbrough officiating. Burial will be in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Helen C. Capell; two daughters, Dr. Jamine C. Rogers of Sheffield and Mrs. Tere Capell Gardner and husband Dr. Benny A. Gardner of Mt. Pleasant, TN; five grandchildren, Ryan and his wife Kristen, and Somers’ Gardner, James Paul and his wife Lisa, Christopher and Jenifer Rogers; one great grandson, Alex Rogers and three step great grandchildren, Kaelyn, Kimberly Wright and Sofia Wesner.
Pallbearers are Ryan Gardner, J. P. Rogers, Christopher Rogers, Dean Lesley, Steve Clark and Kenny Galloway.
Honorary pallbearers are Doug Myers and Bradley Carpenter.
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Published in the Florence Times Daily on October 31, 2012
ASPE Mourns the loss of friend and colleague, Rodney Summerford PE
(DAPHNE, AL) Rodney Wade Summerford, age 73, a native of Winfield, AL. and a resident of Daphne passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. He retired from Volkert & Associates after 44 years of service in 2007. Rodney loved his family, his church, Alabama football and golf. He was a member of Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church where he was serving as an active Elder, he previously served as a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian and Springhill Presbyterian church in Mobile . Rodney was a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S, in Civil Engineering . He served as President of A.S.C.E. and A.S.P.E. Rodney was honored as outstanding fellow of the Dept. of Civil Engineering, as a Distinguished Fellow for the college of engineering at the University of Alabama. He served as president of Skyline Country Club, and of the Capstone Engineering Society for University of Alabama and Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lucy Summerford of Daphne; one son, Dennis (Marguerite) Summerford of Fairhope; one sister, Susan (Mark) Burleson of Hamilton; three grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren and Ashley. Nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. A Celebration of his life will be Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. A reception at the church will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity .
Ban on texting while driving wins final approval in Alabama Legislature
BY: DAVID WHITE, The Birmingham News Published on AL.COM : Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:57 PM
MONTGOMERY – Texting while driving would be banned, with some exceptions, for all drivers on public roads and highways in Alabama, under a bill that won final legislative approval today.
The House of Representatives voted 95-0 for a compromise version of the bill and the Senate voted 28-0 for it.
Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, the Senate sponsor of the proposed ban, predicted Bentley would let the bill become law. ”It’s a no-brainer,” Waggoner said.
The bill would ban anyone from operating a vehicle on a public road or highway while manually using a cellphone or other wireless device to communicate by text message, instant message or electronic mail.
But the ban would not apply to:
• A driver obtaining emergency services.
• A driver whose motor vehicle was parked on the shoulder of a road or highway.
• A driver getting directions from a navigation or global-positioning system.
The bill would take effect July 1 or Aug. 1 if Bentley approves it, depending on when that happens.
Anyone violating the proposed ban would face a fine of $25 for a first conviction, $50 for a second and $75 for each later conviction.
Each conviction also would carry a 2-point penalty on a person’s driving record. A person’s driver’s license is suspended for at least 60 days if he or she gets 12 or more points in a two-year period.
House Bill 2 would not ban people from talking on cellphones while driving.
Thirty-seven states already ban text messaging for all drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association in Washington.
Rules Will Restrict Attendance of Government Employees at Trade Shows
by Matt Alderton, for Successful Meetings, 30 September 2011
Proposed regulations released this month by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) would prohibit most federal government employees from attending the trade shows of the industries they regulate — including most of the nation’s 10,000 annual exhibitions, according to Steven Hacker, president of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, who released the following statement last week opposing the proposed rules:
The very predictable results of this kind of Orwellian measure is to ensure that the U.S. economy will continue to be mired in uncertainty and fear that will only prolong the destructive levels of unemployment and economic malaise that have characterized the last three years.All responsible leaders of the business community, for profit companies as well as not for profit associations, must view this latest attack by the federal government on business as a call to arms. We must come together to reject this absurd and potentially harmful set of rules or we will have only ourselves to blame.”
OGE announced its proposed rules on Sept. 13, when it suggested amending regulations governing standards of ethical conduct for federal employees concerning the acceptance of gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations.
Currently, non-appointed federal executive branch employees may receive small individual gifts from lobbyists or lobbying organizations as long as the items accepted are worth no more than $20, and as long as the aggregate amount of gifts accepted by an individual employee totals no more than $50 per calendar year. Likewise, under most circumstances, employees are allowed to accept free admission to “widely-attended gatherings” (WAGs) sponsored by registered lobbying organizations — including trade associations.
By executive order, President Barack Obama in 2009 established a new rule prohibiting federal political appointees from accepting gifts of any kind from lobbyists, including free registration to lobbyist-sponsored events (unless they receive the offer on the day of the event when they are speaking or presenting information in an official capacity). OGE’s proposed rules would permanently extend the president’s rule from political appointees to all federal employees, eliminating the ability of all government workers to accept small gifts — including meals and entertainment provided at meetings — and restricting their free attendance at trade shows.
To read OGE’s proposed rules in their entirety, visit www.gpo.gov. OGE is accepting written comments on the proposed regulations until Nov. 14, 2011. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Proposed Amendments to Part 2635″ in the subject line of the message.
Alabama Drivers Rank Among Nation’s Best
(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) — Alabama residents — specifically those in Huntsville — are among the nation’s best drivers, according to the seventh annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” released Thursday. Huntsville ranked in the top 10 out of America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency, defining an auto crash as any collision resulting in property damage.
Huntsville drivers ranked No. 5, averaging 12 years between collisions. Huntsville drivers were found 18.9 percent less likely to have an accident than the national average.
Mobile and Montgomery drivers were close behind, coming in at No. 26 and No. 27, respectively.
Fort Collins, Colo. was ranked at the top as the city with the country’s safest drivers — its second consecutive year at No 1. Fort Collins drivers experience an auto collision every 14 years on average, and are 28.6 percent less likely to have an accident than the national average of 10 years.
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no symptoms of dementia if you have high cognitive reserve, says David Bennett, M.D., of Chicago ‘s Rush University Medical Center .
Proof is still lacking, but why not avoid common infections and take appropriate vaccines, antibiotics and antiviral agents?
Most Dangerous Metro Areas for Pedestrians
Birmingham-Hoover makes Transportation for America‘s top 20 list!
The decades-long neglect of pedestrian safety in the design and use of American streets is exacting a heavy toll on our lives. Nationwide, pedestrians account for nearly 12 percent of total traffic deaths. But state departments of transportation have largely ignored pedestrian safety from a budgetary perspective, allocating only about 1.5 percent of available federal funds to projects that retrofit dangerous roads or create safe alternatives.
Read the full story and see the list of all 52 major metropolitan areas >here<.
A Guide to 9/11 Sites and Lower Manhattan
–by Leanne Italie, Associated Press, posted on August 10, 2011 in MeetingNews
NEW YORK (AP) — Out of the ashes of 9/11 has risen a vibrant neighborhood packed with new restaurants and hotels, places to live and spots to shop, along with many ways to pay respects to an area some worried would never come back.
The neighborhood now has 18 hotels with more than 4,000 rooms, up from six hotels and 2,300 rooms on Sept. 11, 2001. For many tourists, it’s a must-see, right up there with Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.
Read the full story >here<.
Expanded tarmac-delay rules take effect next week
–by Bill Poling for Travel Weekly, posted August 16, 2011
Enhanced and updated consumer-protection rules from the Transportation Department are slated to go into effect on Aug. 23, including an expansion of the tarmac-delay rule and an increase in denied-boarding compensation for bumped passengers.
Although several of the DOT’s consumer-protection initiatives have been delayed or challenged in court, a number of key provisions are slated to take effect as scheduled on Aug. 23.
These include an expansion of the existing tarmac-delay rule to virtually all U.S. airports and, for the first time, to foreign carriers.
Read the full story >here.<
Seattle Inches Toward Decision on $3.1-Billion Tunnel Project
—by Kim Murphy, posted in The Los Angeles Times on August 16, 2011
One of the scariest days in recent Seattle memory occurred just over a decade ago, when the 6.8-magnitude Nisqually earthquake crumbled old masonry walls and set swaying the two-level viaduct that carries automobile traffic along the downtown waterfront.
The viaduct was damaged, but didn’t collapse. That was only by fortuitous accident, engineers said later. Had that 2001 earthquake been a bit stronger or lasted, say, 20 seconds longer, the elevated roadway would have pancaked like a deadly house of cards.
The issue: Should the viaduct be dismantled and replaced with a $3.1 billion deep-bore tunnel project that will carry traffic under and through downtown — that’s what the state Department of Transportation and most of the City Council want to do — or should the city pursue a much cheaper network of improvements to surface streets and Interstate 5 that will carry traffic around downtown?
Read the full story >here.<
American Cancer Society Ends Fight Over Smoking at Las Vegas Convention Center
–by Matt Alderton, for Successful Meetings, posted Auguest 16, 2011
The American Cancer Society has thrown in the towel in its fight against smoking at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Sun reported this month.
Read the full story >here<.