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Sen. Rand Paul joins in support of industrial hemp
Senator Rand Paul in Louisville for early morning press conference on Hemp = Jobs
Sen. Rand Paul joins in support of industrial hemp

Senator Paul appeared at a press conference early this morning with Kentucky Senator Jody Pendleton and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to answer questions on why they have come to believe that (as the banner says) “Hemp Equals Jobs.” 

 “...if just one fourth of Kentucky’s agricultural counties went into the industrial hemp business, approximately 17,348 jobs would be created and $396 million in worker earnings generated yearly...” (from 1998 study)

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Columbus Belmont Park on the Trail of Tears
L to R: Chris Klakamp, Kylo Prince, Lisa Dennis, Dennis Runnning Hawk, Sara Burns
Columbus Belmont Park on the Trail of Tears

(Columbus Belmont State Park, August 23, 2012) – A long time ago dark days were seen in sparsely settled Hickman County. Men, women and children were marched at the point of guns from their homes across frontier America.  Today in modern Hickman County, those who marched and ferried across the Mississippi River were remembered. but 

Columbus Belmont Park is now officially a site along the Trail of Tears, one of the few in Kentucky.

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The Futurist's Corner

Mega Drought of 2012 Shuts Down Mississippi River
Looking down the Mississippi River, lots more sand can be seen.
Mega Drought of 2012 Shuts Down Mississippi River

(Columbus, KY August 22, 2012) - The heart of America’s inland waterway system has been dealt a severe blow from the Mega Drought this week. Just outside Memphis Tennessee, the U.S. Corps of Engineers closed the mighty river to traffic along a 11 mile section of river just south of that city.

As of Monday, August 21, over 100 barges and private boats are stopped and waiting to see how long it will take to reopen the river. A typical barge tow will consist of 15 barges being pushed by a river tug boat. Each barge may be 35 ft. wide and 200 ft. long.

The average barge tow of 15 units, three across and five deep, will move 22,000 tons of cargo per unit. A single 15 barge tow is equivalent to about 225 railroad cars or 870 tractor trailer trucks...

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National Security Issues of a Closed or Crippled Mississippi River
A closed Mississippi River has national implications.
National Security Issues of a Closed or Crippled Mississippi River
Is Homeland Security making plans for the troops at Fort Campbell to become convoy security for thousands of trucks carrying corn, soybeans, and or wheat grown in Mid- America to urban processing centers?

This might become the case if the Mississippi River is unable to reopen for an extended time. If river commerce is stopped, then trucks and rail must be used to replace river barges.

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