A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
To help with understanding how small green changes can make a big impact, both on the environment and on your wallet, today’s Green Week activities are focused on helping with energy audits. Outside the student union, members of Habitat For Humanity is working with low-income residents in the Oxford area to provide free consultations and upgrades to lower electric bills. Several university buildings are also competing to see who can reduce their energy consumption the most. A workshop on energy conservation will be open to the community at 2:30 today which looks at the many ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed.
(April 21, 2010, Page 1)
A law aimed at cracking down on transient vendors is on hold as the Oxford Board of Aldermen tries to figure out how to word the measure in a way that it doesn’t harm small businesses, such as the popular hot dog cart frequently parked outside the Freeland Law Firm. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)
To help raise funds for Thacker Mountain Radio and to kick off his eighth novel, “Infamous,” local author Ace Atkins is presenting a vintage radio-style serial with a host of local actors who will bring the book’s characters to life on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theater. Also featured in Oxford Town. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)
A free one-day workshop presented by the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Recycling Coalition will help recycling programs improve efficiency and boost collection. The event is set for May 20 at the Oxford Convention Center. (April 21, 2010, Page 7)
The theme of this year’s Green Week, hosted by the city of Oxford and University of Mississippi, is “walk the walk,” which is well suited for one of the main concepts in Sustainability: Transportation. Sustainable living, as defined by the Earth Policy Institute, is “shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system.”
A challenge to all community members this week comes from the Green Week pledge drive at the Student Union. Members of Oxford, Lafayette County and the university are encouraged to pledge to use an alternative means of transportation at least one day a week. While this could include biking or walking to work or using the OUT bus, it could also mean sharing a ride to work with someone else.
(April 20, 2010, Page 1)
Senior Status Judge Kay Cobb has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to temporarily remove her from active assignments and has recused herself in the current active case to which she was recently assigned to avoid conflict with being the chairwoman of the newly established Tea Party Oxford. (April 20, 2010, Page 2)
A police officer since June 2000, Randall K. Davis is now the head of the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit. His number one goal — to make Oxford a safer place to live. (April 20, 2010, Page 2)
What began as a creative way to raise money for the restoration of the Burns Belfry has spun off an exercise in community building as an ad-hoc choir representing several local churches has been rehearsing for its part in The Worship Experience event set for Friday at the Ford Center. (April 19, 2010, Page 1A)
GREEN WEEK 2010 — The idea of going green has been a growing trend in the nation for years but the larger concept, sustainable living, actually focuses on more than just recycling or changing to more efficient lightbulbs. Focusing on transportation, energy consumption and diet, sustainable living can be a major philosophical life change for people.
The City of Oxford and University of Mississippi, in hosting Green Week beginning today through Friday, hope to introduce the community to small steps to begin leading a sustainable life.
(April 19, 2010, Page 1A)