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KEEe NO Ue TH The Tuskegee News, March 22, 2018, Page A-5 [-" HE COMMUNITY New energy at our local Chamberof Commerce BUSINESS MATTERS --By Karin Hopkins - ourchamberworks@gmail.com We are pleased to update. the community on activities concerning the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) Our committees are func- tioning well. Community De- velopment and Housing Committee Chairperson Lisa Pierce recently discussed blighted properties with her committee members. They followed up by meeting with Tuskegee City Manager Bernard Houston. If you are interested in knowing what's next, attend the membership meeting next week. If you are not a member, please join the Chamb.er and then volunteer to work on the committee of your choice. Each group has a clear focus and delivers meaningful outcomes. Weekly Health Tip -- By David Henderson-- process, making it easier for newcomers to join and re- turning members to stay en- gaged. Thanks to Fred, an application takes just a few clicks on the computer wi.th a visit to www.tuskegeeareachamber:o rg. C0mmunity/University En- gagement Chair Dr. Walter Hill was traveling last month so he arranged for his colleague Dr. Kai Koong to Special Projects Commit- attend the Chamber meeting - tee Chair Jamelle McDade with Michael Tullier, head of a i t d with the Business the Tuskegee University After Hours Networking : communication and market- event featuring complimen- ing department. tary food and ein exceptional Tullier shared information environment for Chamber on the University's Quality members to mix and mingle. Enhancement Plan (QEP), The Chamber extends spe- including why it is so impor- cial thanks to Dad's Enter- tant for everyone, including prises for hosting the citizens to be aware of the networking experience. QEP commitment to Tourism and Business De- REACH, an acronym for velopment Committee ChairRoad from Early Achieve- ment to a Career High. You Noah Hopkins remains ex- cited about residual effects can learn more about these from the Best Practices Tour projects by visiting to Thomasville, Alabama he www.tuskegee.edu/reach. recetitly coordinated. Membership Committee The Chamber is utilizing its Chair Fred Flowers has im- social media platforms to rec- proved the application oguize local women who hold leadership positions. This campaign with the theme, "I AM WOMAN - HEAR ME ROAR" is presented in con- junction with National Women's History Month. Image and Communications Committee Chairperson An- drea Callahan collaborated with Chamber administrative assistant Gabrielle Aboki on this project to salute Tuskegee-area women who are making history today M.acon County Schools Su- perintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks is on that list. We truly appreciate Dr. Brooks and her staff for hosting the February 2018 Chamber membership meeting at the Career and Technical Educa- tion (CTE) Center. She pre- sented an excellent overview of programs and progress within the school system. We hope something haveread in this article in- spires you to get involved with the Chamber The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Macon County Commission Annex Chamber, 205-B North Main Street. We welcome your presence and participation as we continue our work concern- ing BUSINESS MATTERS. Karin Hopkins is execu- rive director of the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce and also co" founder of ECHOboom, a digital media platform. Contact her at ourchamber- works@gm ail. com. Regional County Commissions supponLug T-100 By KIM DAVIS Special to the News Macon County. Lee County. Bullock C.ounty. Tallapoosa County. "Our neighbors to the north, south, east, and west are expressing their total. support for the qXl00 jet trainer project," says Macon Cou-nty Commission Chair- man Louis Maxwell. Montgomery County. Pike County. Chambers County. Elmore County. Autauga County. Lowndes County. "Even our wiregrass neigh- bor, Houston County where a CAE corporate office is lo- cated, is supporting the 100. CAE is the company that will build the simulator for the jet trainer in Tampa," says Maxwell. 'This excitement is spread- ing like "sweet honey from the rocks" across the entire region of county commis- sions that know this trainer project will change the whole landscape for Macon County, Tuskegee and their counties, too. 'Tin also pleased that as I talk with my commission colleagues, they know about the 100 and are keeping up with the latest develop- ments. They understand the economic impact this 21st century jet trainer will have on our region for generations to come." Chairman Maxwell has marked his calendar to share the q 100 story, pic- tures, and information with the Russell and Montgomery ,~ County Commissions next week and next month. He'll take several jet trainer brochures to person- ally show them this "awe- some aerospace trainer." He will also have several posters that detail the eco- nomic impact on the region and the commute for people likely coming to work at the , facility. "From the many suppliers coming to Alabama to a workforce that will come from our neighboring coun- ties, these county commis- sions are on board and are talking about their support for the q 100. The commis- sioners are also getting their county workforce ready," says Maxwell. Chairman Maxwell contin- ues to reach out to his fellow commissioners across the central Alabama region and indeed across the state. ' When I tell them Macon County is not competing with arty other county in Al- abama and Tuskegee is not competing against any other city in the state, they auto- matically say let's support this game-changing aero- space manufacturing proj- ect. I remind them, too, that this project is the first of its kind in Alabama," he says. Last November, Chairman Maxwell joined an Alabama delegation that toured the jet trainer manufacturing plant in Italy. They watched the assembly of the trainer. They talked with the work- ers inside the plant. They witnessed, first hand, the newest built jet trainer that took off on its very first flight headed to Poland. '"talk about euphoria when we saw that magnificently built jet trainer roll off the assembly plant, head down the runway and take off in a matter of minutes. That was aviation music to our ears," said Maxwell, adding, "This is the perfect project for Tuskegee, for Alabama and for the United States Air Force. "How very exciting and even more exciting to think that this same assembly and subassembly will happen in Tuskegee at Moton Field where jet trainers will fly to air force bases across the United States." Maxwell says he knows a decision is forthcoming this summer. "I don't know how the USAF could not give this project to Tuskegee, home of the world famous Tuskegee Airmen. It belongs at Moton Field. It will show the world once again what the Tuskegee Airmen did to change the world as young aviators, that they will not be forgotten and that a 21st century 100 jet trai.ner will carry on their legacy to train the next generation of fighter pilots," says Maxwell. The helpful effects on diet by fiber and protein As warm weather rapidly approaches and we all pre- pare to exchange our sweaters and overcoats for shorts, short sleeve shirts and tank tops, it makes you think about losing weight and trimming our waistlines. In addition to exercise, we know that diet is the other major factor that helps you get slimmer and trimmer and also to stay that way. When it comes to curbing your appetite, nature gives us three things that help us more than magic pills and powders. Fiber: Fiber not only helps keep you feeling full longer, but it also helps your digestion. Your intestines are where your immune system is based, therefor.e the healthier your digestion, typically the healthier your im- mune system will be. When you eat foods that are full of fat, grease, sugar, and processed flour, they becomes sludge in your intes- tines, which slows digestion, weakens your immune sys- tem, and increases your risk for colon and other cancers. Fruits and vegetables are nature's fiber sources, in ad- dition to fiber powders and supplements. Protein: Not only does protein help brain and muscle function as.well as strength and endurance, but it takes longer to break down and digest than curbs. So as long as it's not a fatty protein source such as beef and pork, but a lean one such as chicken, turkey, fish, beans, dairy, protein supplements, etc, then it also helps you feel full longer. David Henderson is with American Health & Fitness Services in Tuskegee. He can be reached at www.AHF- Services. weebly.com or by phone at (334) 226-0627. Repertory Theatre to present production.of 'Booker T's Towns' With the play "Booker T's Towns," its writer and direc- tor (Tuskegee Repertory Theatre (TRT) Director Dyann Robinson and comPoser Bill Perry give through music and drama a glimpse into another aspect of the life and work of Dr. Booker T. Washington. The play is actually dedicated to The Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA), which former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford is one Of the founders and for which he is now president. The HBTSA is an organization composed of and dedi- cated to the preservation of historically all Black towns, many of which were helped'in some way by Dr. Booker T. Washington, The play has an all-star cast comprised of Quentin Gaillard Jr Febreu Holston, Lillian Andrus, Roger Gray IV, Bakari Bascomb, Sheila Gaillard, Monica Hasley, Destiny Caldwell, Dyann Robinson andaccompanist Bill Perry. These TRT veteran performers (all from Tuskegee/Macon County) take you back in time to Boston, Massachusetts, 1915, when representatives of five historically all black towns and communities, that call themselves "Booker T.'s Towns," gather, after attend- ing the annual meeting of the National Negro Business League. The meet to share their history and to salute and thank their mentor, the League Founder Dr. Booker T. Washington, These towns are: Tuskegee Institute, Ala- bama; Hobson City, Alabama; Mound Bayou, Missis- sippi; Eatonville, Florida; and Grumbling, Louisiana. Hopefully young and old will come away from each per" formance knowing and sharing Dr. Washington's motto, "An ounce of application is worth a tone of abstraction," and beirrg encouraged by his view that "The more diffi- culties one has to overcome, the greater will be his suc- cess." .The play will be held at the Jessie Clinton Arts Centre, the home of Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, at 201 South Main Street, Tuskegee. The seating capacity, is limited, and the play will only have three performances: Friday, April 13th, at 7: p.m Saturday, April 14th at 2:30 p.m and Sunday, April 15th at 7 p,m so we advise all who wish to see this pro- duction to purchase tickets in advance. You may go online at www.tuskegeerep.com, or call 727-6046 to purchase tickets. We at TRT hope to "See You In The House" at a performance of "Booker T's Towns". (This production is sponsoredin part by the Black Belt Community Foundation, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Victory- Land, and the 2018 TRT Circle of Friends, which in" dudes The Tuskdgee News.) L