Posted on November 24, 2003
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that he will be in Knoxville on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to discuss clean air issues. As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, Alexander will focus on the impact that cleaner air has on the health of Tennesseans. He will also explore the impact of air quality on Tennessee's scenic beauty. "Knoxville is on the American Lung Association's list of top ten cities with the dirtiest air. Memphis and Nashville - our two largest cities - are numbers 18 and 21 respectively, and Chattanooga barely escapes the top 25 list," Alexander said. "This polluted air is damaging to our health, especially that of small children, the elderly, and the chronically ill. It also ruins the scenic beauty of our state - which is what most of us who grew up in Tennessee and live here are proudest of." The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. (EST) in the Mary B. Duffy Center of the Knox County Health Department, located at 140 Dameron Avenue in Knoxville. It is open to the public. This is the second of two forums that Alexander is holding to examine the challenges Tennessee faces in cleaning up the air and possible solutions. On Nov. 17, Alexander was in Nashville to focus on cleaner air and what it means to better jobs in Tennessee.