Free coal tar seminar scheduled Thursday

Current and former A lcoa employees are invited to a free seminar on coal tar pitch exposure from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Patterson Civic Center.

Richard Dodd, a senior partner with Cappolino Dodd Krebs in Cameron, said that many wanted more information after receiving a letter from Alcoa “which raised concerns about the amount of exposure to coal tar pitch workers at the Rockdale plant may have endured over their careers.”

Coal tar pitch is a by-product of burning coal and is a key ingredient in the manufacture of anode blocks and is considered a human carcinogen, he said.

The letter urged certain Alcoa employees to get regular screenings. “According to the letter, Alcoa would pay for the screenings. However, Alcoa says it is not responsible for anything beyond screenings. If the test is positive, the employee would have to call upon their own resources,” Dodd said.

Medical and legal professionals will attend the workshop. Refreshments will be provided.

MCAD name change agreed to in principle

CAMERON—Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) directors agreed in principle Thursday to change the entity’s name but deferred selecting a new name.

Directors met with representatives of the Milam County Commissioners Court.

Commissioners have urged a name change to differentiate the MCAD from county government.

Directors will meet again at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss matters concerning to the roof at MCAD headquarters.

Suicide Prevention walk meeting set Saturday

Milam County Suicide Prevention has set the second annual “Out of Darkness” Campus Walk March 31 at Tiger Field.

Spokesperson Pam Kaufmann said volunteers are being sought to help plan and work the event.

Planning sessions are set at Busy Bea’s Restaurant for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and March 10 and 24.

Still no autopsy word on three-year-old girl

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department told The Reporter this week that police have not yet received official autopsy results on a three-yearold girl who died Jan. 7.

Mercedes Cur tis was pro - nounced dead at Richards Memorial Hospital after police were called to a Rockdale residence.

Police have not closed the investigation and are awaiting results of the autopsy.

Council ok’s resolutions on RDA master plan

Rockdale City Council member met in two brief sessions Monday to authorise resolutions allowing the Municipal Development District to spend money on a master plan for the downtown.

The Rockdale Downtown Association had received approval for the master plan from the council in January.

The MDD is funded through a sales tax, not through city ad valorem taxes.

Wednesday deadline on Chamber awards

Wednesday, Feb. 29, is the deadline to submit nominees for awards to be presented this spring by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

Deedra Jacob, Chamber president, said nomination forms were sent to Chamber members during the week and may be e-mailed ( or , faxed (512-446-5969) or brought by the Chamber office at 12-3 West Cameron.

The top four awards are:

• Outstanding citizen, honoring a long record of community service.

• Citizen-of-the-year, service to the community during 2011.

• Organization- of-the-year, activities over the past year.

• Business of the year (owner or employees as a whole).

Awards will be presented at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, set for March 29 in the junior-high commons.

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