For half their lives or more, "homeland security," "Osama bin Laden" and "World Trade Center" have been part of the everyday parlance. Their memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are as vivid as those who can pinpoint where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked or when President Kennedy was assassinated. They are in college now, but they were elementary, middle and high school students when they saw jet planes flown as missiles into buildings.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, earthen and cement levies across America came under scrutiny to insure the structures could sustain catastrophic natural disasters. Cities across the nation, including Maysville, are now facing a certification process by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to inspect and correct deficiencies of levees in accordance with 100 year flood guidelines.
Tehmina Haider of Elizabethtown cried with millions as she witnessed on television the devastation of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. She was home in her eighth month of pregnancy with her fourth child when a friend called and told her to turn on the television. “I was stunned,” she said. “Just stunned, as everybody was.” Haider worried for the nation. She also worried personally about herself and her children.
Beginning Monday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky will resume plant tours that lead visitors from the birth of three models to viewing the finished product in the visitors center. The free tours will be offered at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. weekdays, and reservations are recommended. TMMK suspended tours last December as the plant began to transition to building the next- generation Toyota Camry, said TMMK spokesman Rick Hesterberg.
Happiness still shines through a framed picture of Ben Ehmen, 83, and wife Jeannette Davis, 77, during their first joint trip to New York City. Ehmen scoops his wife off her feet in the photo edited to look like he’s balancing on a tight rope between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The pretend peril livens their certain smiles because, there, enveloped in a symbol of American prosperity, they assumed they couldn’t be safer. Handwritten on the back of the photograph is the date — Sept. 10, 2001.
When Becky Bush looks out the windows of the living room in the new home where she and husband Perry plan to retire, the dominant view is of her neighbor's solar panels. If someone didn't know better, they would think the panels were in her backyard, rather than her neighbor's. But because of the properties' irregular configuration, the land belongs to the neighbor. The group of panels - totaling about 10 feet by 16 feet, and approximately 30 feet behind the Bush house - is ugly and spoils their scenic view, Becky Bush says.
Lauren Goff was in middle school on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, 10 years later, she has to teach today’s middle schoolers about that day, a day of which they have no memory. Goff, a history teacher at South Warren Middle School, said she struggled with how to explain the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to her seventh-graders, who were just 2 years old when they happened. “To them, it seems just as ancient as ancient Rome,” Goff said.