Sen. Roberts To Bike 100-Miles For Flood Victims Of Neighboring Waverly, TN
Roberts seeking to match $50,000 anonymous donation for flood victims
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) announced today that he will ride 100 miles from Springfield to Waverly on Sunday, October 31st, to raise money and awareness for the victims of the deadly August flooding in Humphreys County, Tennessee.
“Waverly and Humphreys County have a special place in our hearts,” said Sen. Roberts. “Dianne (his wife) and I started visiting here soon after the new Senate districts were announced in 2012 and we were quickly adopted into the Humphreys County family. As the Governor and I toured Main Street the day after the flood, it was all I could do to hold back the tears. The ravaging effects of raging waters were beyond my imagination.”
As relief workers moved on to assist with disaster relief from Hurricane Ida, Roberts hopes to remind Tennesseans that his constituents in Humphreys County continue to be in need. Roberts also noted that many of Waverly’s businesses did not experience direct damage from the flood but are experiencing indirect damage from loss of business and are endangered.
“Seeing these businesses on the brink reminds Dianne and me of the heartache we experienced after the Nashville flood of 2010.” Roberts continued, “We owned bicycle stores. None were flooded, but in the months that followed people were rebuilding their homes, businesses, and lives. Simply put, bicycles weren’t priorities. We eventually lost our business, an indirect casualty of the rising waters.”
“Riding 100 miles on hilly roads is difficult enough. Add a fear of dogs (FULL STORY) and the brain hemorrhage (FULL STORY) that almost took my life a year ago and it’s extra difficult. But I’m determined to do something for the people we love so dearly.”
On Halloween night…
The people of Waverly and Humphreys County are gathering at 5:30 p.m. to support their local businesses on Main Street. They will gather to give their children the joy of dressing up in Halloween costumes and Trick or Treat for candy, to enjoy music and food, and to support each other.
Roberts encourages all donations be made directly to United Way of Humphreys County, PO Box 212, Waverly, TN 37185. A link for on-line donations can be found at the county’s official tourism website www.visithumphreys.com. The official tourism website also has resources to help Tennesseans plan a visit to Humphreys County to help support their local businesses and attractions.
More information on Roberts’ ride can be found at www.kerryroberts.com/waverly.
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