Here’s how you can help the tornado disaster relief effort in West Tennessee, from the Jackson Sun newspaper:

Here’s how to give or get storm assistance
The following is information on how to help and how to get help following Tuesday’s storms. If your organization has resources to add to this list for people who need help, or if you are having a fundraiser or benefit, send your information to news@jacksonsun.com:

  • Charter Media/Communications along with 101.5 FM radio plan to produce a disaster relief telethon called West Tennessee Storm Relief Telethon to raise money for the tornado victims, according to a press release.

    It will air from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday on channel 19.It

    will be produced and fed live from the Charter Media Studio at 919 North Parkway in Jackson across the state to all Charter cable systems.All money pledged will go to the American Red Cross.

  • The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation is collecting donations for the Disaster Relief Fund to help those who have suffered damage.”This is the same fund that we have used for the past three tornadoes,” said foundation president Frank McMeen.The fund collected more than $600,000 after the 2003 tornadoes and more than $100,000 after the 1999 tornado.For more information, call 660-8770. To donate, send checks to Disaster Relief Fund at West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, 708 West Forest Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301.
  • Donations also may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and sent to The American Red Cross Jackson Area Chapter, 1981 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.
  • Union University’s board of trustees has established a fund for designated gifts to be sent to Union University Disaster Relief Fund, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.
  • University officials also have established an emergency call center, according to www.uuemergency.com.The call center will be staffed 24 hours a day for the near future at (731) 668-1818 or (731) 661-5000.People interested in helping on campus should check the Web site www.uu.edu and www.uuemergency.com regarding opportunities to help with cleanup.
  • Students who need temporary identification for air travel or to use as a driver’s license should call Linda Cone at 423-6622. The cost is $20 for out-of-state students or $8 for in-state students. Students will need to obtain an official letter from Union University with their name, date of birth and enrollment status. See Dottie Myatt in the Chi Omega house for that letter.
  • Students needing passports, driver’s licenses or any other identification should contact Jane Jolley in U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office at (731) 424-9655 or by e-mail at jane_jolley@corker.senate.gov.
  • Jackson Energy Authority said it expected all customers, except for those who live on Walker Road or in Huntersville, to have their electrical services restored by 10 p.m. Thursday. If you did not, call the JEA customer service line at 422-7500.
  • Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation expects everywhere except a few scattered outages to have power. If you still do not, call 1-888-440-1990.
  • The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will work together to ensure each affected site has food for residents and volunteers. Call the Red Cross at 427-5543 to find out where feeding stations will be set up.
  • The Red Cross will set up a service center at the Ararat Baptist Church.
  • Donations of food, hygiene items and money are needed by the Red Cross. To donate, call (731) 427-5543. No clothing is needed at this time.
  • Dement Construction Company has begun removing debris that has been brought to the street. If you have debris at the street and need it removed, call 425-2489.
  • A list of potential volunteers was being collected through the Emergency Management Agency Phone Bank at 425-8362.
  • Volunteers who are trained in the use of chain saws for disaster relief should contact Randy Brown, of Disaster Relief for Madison County-Baptist Men’s Group, at (901) 485-0767.
  • Central Distributors is bringing several hundred cases of water to donate.
  • Rusken Packaging has agreed to donate and deliver boxes to residents. If you need boxes, call 423-4464.
  • The approved burn site for the county is Old Huntersville Gin property, which will accept wooded waste and vegetation only.
  • The approved burn site for the city is the Old City Concrete property on Ameristeel Road.
  • The city is waiving permit fees for any work done on tornado-damaged homes. However, before beginning work to repair the home, you must obtain a permit from the city Building Department on the second floor of City Hall. Call 425-8262.
  • A news release from the city of Jackson reminds residents to make sure that anyone who contacts you about performing any type of repair to your home or business has an active local business license and is properly bonded. Any contractor who does work that exceeds $25,000 must have a local business license and a general contractor’s license.
  • If you have damage to your home or business, you are encouraged to first contact your insurance carrier. If you do not have insurance, city officials recommend calling the Area Homebuilders Association at 423-6226.
  • For contractors/equipment, contact Susan White, of the city of Jackson, by e-mailing her at swhite@cityofjackson.net or faxing her at 265-1869.
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    Photo: Young Girls sign bombs used in 2006 bombing of Lebanon: “To Jazrala Whit love, from Israel and Daniele.” with drawing of israel’s flag for good measure. Luke 23:34: “…Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” –Jesus Christ

    Child writing Child writing says,
    The following are the words of Jesus Christ from Mt. v. 43:
    “In the former law it was said: “Do good to men of your own nation, and do evil to strangers.” But I tell you, love not only your own countrymen, but people of other nations. Let strangers hate you, let them fall upon you, wrong you; but you speak well of them, and do them good. If you are only attached to your countrymen, why, all men are thus attached to their own countrymen, and hence wars arise. Behave equally towards men of all nations, and you will be sons of the Father. All men are his children and therefore all brothers to you.”
    -Jesus Christ

    These are the words of Christ in Lk. vi. 45:
    “…if teachers teach you to do to others that which is bad for yourselves, -teach violence, execution, wars- know that they are false teachers.” -Jesus Christ

    AP photo of child killede by bomb signed by children of another nation

    These are the words of Jesus Christ in Lk. vi. 40:
    “Those who judge, and condemn others to violent treatment, wounds, mutilation, or death, wish to correct them, but what can come of their teaching except that the pupils will learn to become just like their teacher? What then will they do when they have learnt the lesson? Only what their teacher does: violence and murder.”-Jesus Christ
    “There are many causes I am prepared to die for but no causes I am prepared to kill for.” –Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi“The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction.” –Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
    “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” –Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi(Click here for a link to Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You, a very interesting book concerning Christian Pacifism and the teachings of Christ,Also, The Gospel in Brief by Tolstoy as well, is a very good introduction into the moral teachings of Christ and is one of the best ways for one to clearly and easily understand the key teachings of Jesus Christ as laid out in the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John; it also contains cross references to multiple gospels for each event and key lesson taught by Christ to Christians.

    (see Mathew 5:44 -” But I say to you, (A)love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”)

    On Luke 23:34: According to the gospel this request for his persecutors’ forgiveness (and some would say for the forgiveness of the sins of all of mankind) was Jesus Christ’s first saying as he hung nailed to a crucifixion cross at Calvary. We can only hope that Christ’s request for forgiveness was granted that day and similarly forgive our fellow man each day of our lives.

    “Don’t Taze me Bro!” Watch video of University of Florida student journalist, Andrew Meyer, being Tasered for asking US Senator John Kerry the wrong question at a school Q and A session.

    See Video by pressing play here:

    Mr. Andrew Meyer, a University of Florida student journalist, was handcuffed and tasered after asking Senator John Kerry some questions during a structured Q and A session following Kerry’s speech in Gainesville on September 17, 2007.Wire Services report that Senator Kerry released a statement about the event on Tuesday, saying:

    “In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way.” Kerry said. “I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted.”

    Links to video of tornado destruction here in West Tennessee last Tuesday, particularly the destruction of 2 Union University dorms.

    From Jackson Sun dot com:
    Click here to see humbling photos of the tornado’s destruction and more.

    Click here to see videos of the incredible destruction.

    Best Photos and article about the Storm Damage at Union University, with Presifent of Union University, David Dockery. 

    More than 1,400 people have come to help Union University with its cleanup effort since last Tuesday’s devastating tornado demolished many homes, businesses and University buildings here in West Tennessee.

    (see pictures of dorms here -It is an absolute miracle that no one living in the dorms died.)

    GM offers buyouts to entire unionized workforce after $722 million loss in forth quarter; record $38.7 billion loss for the year in 2007

    Published: February 13, 2008 in the New York Times: (see entire article here.)

    “DETROIT — A surprisingly tough fourth quarter and a gloomy outlook for the United States market prompted General Motors to offer buyouts Tuesday to its entire unionized work force.

    CNBC: Rick Wagoner, G.M. Chief, on Earnings

    G.M.’s latest “special attrition program” covers all its 74,000 hourly employees and underscores the challenges it faces in its turnaround effort.

    G.M. said Tuesday that it lost $722 million in the fourth quarter and a record $38.7 billion in 2007, although the annual loss was inflated by a one-time charge of $38.3 billion to write down deferred tax assets.

    Still, few involved with the industry had predicted that G.M. would begin another companywide program to shrink its payrolls.

    “A buyout that broadly based is a surprise and a very bold statement about the condition of the American auto industry,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

    G.M.’s buyout package follows a similar one made by Ford Motor, which last month extended offers to its 54,000 workers represented by the United Automobile Workers. Chrysler has offered buyouts to workers at certain plants.

    G.M.’s chief financial officer, Frederick A. Henderson, called the buyouts “an important step” in the reorganization of the troubled domestic auto industry.

    The company has already cut nearly 40,000 United States jobs in the last two years through buyouts and early retirements and has closed a number of plants to bring production in line with weaker demand for its vehicles.”

    In 1982, US Government put quotas on imported cane and beet sugar, causing mass switch to cheap but dangerous High Fructose Corn Syrup in US food supply, now we are seeing the terrible consequences for the health of Americans.

    Below is a portion of a Good article on history of High Fructose Corn syrup’s growing domination of the American diet and it’s terrible effects on the health of Americans from the Economist dot com: (see full article here)

    “One recent study, published in the Financial Times on May 16th, found that the number of American children taking medication for the type of diabetes normally found in ageing obese people had more than doubled between 2001 and 2005. A worrying percentage of them were also taking drugs for such chronic conditions as hypertension and high cholesterol as well as type 2 diabetes.

    The latest figures suggest that a third of American children are either overweight or at risk of becoming so. If the trend continues, today’s children will be the first generation of Americans to have a shorter lifespan (by two to five years) than their parents. The life expectancy of Americans today is 77.6 years, one of the lowest in the developed world.

    While most people concerned about their weight fixate on fats and carbohydrates, nutritionists say the real problem is sugar. And not just any old sugar, but the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that has replaced cane and beet sugar in processed foods and soft drinks over the past 25 years.

    Nowadays everything from bread, pastries and breakfast cereals to yogurt, ketchup, candy and coke contain large dollops of HFCS. The food industry uses blends of 90% fructose and 10% glucose for baked goods and 55% fructose and 45% glucose for soft drinks. Fructose is about twice as sweet as table sugar.

    For that, thank Japanese food technologists, who in the 1970s perfected a reliable way of turning corn starch into syrup sweet enough to become a sugar substitute. That happened at a time when over-generous farm subsidies in America had created a glut of corn. Then, in 1982, when the American government slapped import quotas on foreign supplies of cane and beet sugar, the American food industry promptly switched to cheap HFCS derived from subsidised domestic corn.

    Since then, the annual consumption of HFCS in America has gone from nothing to more than 40 pounds (18.2 kg) per person. Today it accounts for nearly half of all the sugar and sweeteners used in the country. Nutritionists recommend no more than 10 to 12 teaspoonfuls of added sugar of all sorts a day. Instead, the average American’s daily dose is more like 35 teaspoonfuls—most of it coming from soft drinks. A single 12-ounce can of pop contains the equivalent of 13 teaspoonfuls of sugar in the form of HFCS.

    Meanwhile, the number of Americans with metabolic syndrome (MetS) has more than doubled. The syndrome—a condition characterised by obesity, insulin resistance and lots of ugly triglyceride fats in the blood—is linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In Europe, where HFCS can’t compete with cheap cane or beet sugar, only 15% of the adult population has MetS. In America, a staggering 33% suffers from the condition.

    Taking a leaf from tobacco’s book, the food industry has flexed its financial and political muscles to disprove any connection between fructose and obesity. But just like tobacco before it, the food industry is finding those implied links harder to deny. Studies identifying the causal mechanisms are cropping up increasingly in scientific literature.

    Fructose apparently tricks the brain into thinking you are hungrier than you actually are. Unlike carbohydrates made up of glucose, fructose does not stimulate the pancreas into producing insulin. Nor does it promote the production of leptin, a hormone made by fat cells. Under normal conditions, the amount of insulin and leptin in the body signal to the brain that you’ve had enough to eat. Meanwhile, fructose doesn’t seem to suppress the production of ghrelin, the hormone that triggers appetite, which normally declines after eating.

    In tinkering with the body’s hormonal balance, fructose also causes the liver to spew more fat into the bloodstream than normal. Thus, consuming foods or drinks laced with HFCS is like eating a high-fat meal. In doing so, we not only gobble down more calories with every mouthful, but we also store more of those calories as fat. That can mean only one thing: a bigger waistline.”

    What happens to your body within an hour of drinking a soda:

    Do you want to be healthy? Drinking soda is bad for your health in so many ways; science can’t even state all the consequences. Here’s what happens in your body when you assault it with a Coke:

    Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

    Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

    Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

    Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

    After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash.