District Digest News Stories

Water safety goes commando

Nashville District - Old Hickory Lake
Published Sept. 23, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2011) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Park Rangers Trey Church and Noel Smith presented a water safety message today during the homecoming football game of the Hendersonville High School Commandos.

HHSC invited the Corps to the event to spread the importance of water safety.  The event provided the Corps a great opportunity to spread the message to a community that has a strong partnership between the city of Hendersonville and Old Hickory Lake. The vast majority of the 6,000 attendees at the game are frequent users of the lake whether it is boating, fishing or actual adjacent property owners.

“This well thought out and planned event goes a long way to ensure that our message of water safety is delivered to a wide audience,” said Freddie Bell, Old Hickory Lake resource manager. 

Rangers Church and Smith provided the public with not only water safety memorabilia such as Frisbees, water bottles, key chains, coloring books and stickers, but also took questions about the Lake, shoreline management, and environmental stewardship - a rare opportunity to reach out to all age groups.

“This newly acquired alliance between the Hendersonville High School Commandos and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given us the chance to create a buzz about water safety by introducing our message in front of mass audiences (6,000 at this event alone),” said Church.

 “Even though the Commandos came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Old Hickory Lake Park Rangers view this night as a success due to the chance to bring a positive Corps image to the general public,” said Smith.  

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