Murfreesboro – State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) has been honored with the Tennessee 811 “Legislator of the Year” Award. Ketron was presented the award at a meeting of Tennessee 811 in Murfreesboro on Monday in recognition of his work on behalf of improving public safety and vital underground infrastructure damage prevention in Tennessee.
“Bill Ketron sponsored the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act (Public Chapter 488 of 2015) in Tennessee,” said William Turner, President of the not-for profit Tennessee 811. “As a State Senator, he has tirelessly supported efforts to strengthen the existing state law to better protect the public and all of our vital underground utilities. We are proud to recognize his support of Tennessee’s Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act in the General Assembly in 2015. Without his solid support and leadership, the legislation would not have passed.”
Ketron led to passage legislation this year to strengthen the current Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. Tennessee law requires anyone who is digging to contact Tennessee 811 at least 3 business days prior to digging. You can contact Tennessee 811 by dialing 811 or by going to their website – www.tennessee811.com. The call is free and there is no charge for utilities to come out and locate their underground facilities.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin 3 working days after contacting 811.
In accepting the award, Ketron said “this was about the safety of all Tennesseans. A simple phone call to 811 can protect construction workers, utility workers and the public at large from the catastrophic effects of hitting an underground pipeline.” The award was presented by Bobby Garner, Chairman of the Board – Tennessee 811.