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ANOTHER MINUTE: Energy Star gives kudos to Nissan Smyrna plant

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Smyrna’s own Nissan North America, Inc. manufacturing plant was honored as part of Energy Star’s 20th anniversary celebration.

This award was given because of the company’s outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America’s environment through superior energy efficiency, according to a press release.

Three organizations in Tennessee were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2012 Energy Star award, including Nissan North America, which received an award for sustained excellence.

Energy management has become a key piece of Nissan's sustainability strategy, which seeks a "Symbiosis of People, Vehicles, and Nature."

“To build and strengthen its energy management practices, Nissan actively leverages Energy Star tools and resources,” the press release states. “Nissan is receiving Energy Star Sustained Excellence recognition for the continued improvement of its energy management practices and performance.”

Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star partners, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution.

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The fun and educational tasting series, “The Art of” closes out its second year with “The Art of Corsair Distillery” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

In the “The Art of” series, local experts guide an informative and educational tasting highlighting the history, use and unique flavors of each featured product.

At “The Art of Corsair Distillery,” patrons will discover the Corsair Artisan Distillery, a small craft sprits company with distilleries in Bowling Green, Ky. and Nashville, founded by Nashville natives Darek Bell and Andrew Webber. Known for their very small batches of spirits (just a few cases at a time, in pot stills) with everything from production to bottling being done by hand, Corsair is able to provide interesting and flavorful spirits.

Webber will guide a tasting of Corsair’s artisan spirits that will also include food pairings, cocktails, tips on how to stock your own home bar, and more. Featured Corsair spirits are Vanilla Bean Vodka, Spiced Rum, Gin, Triple Smoked Whiskey, Red Absinthe and bourbon not yet released to the general public.  

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at tpac.org, at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick Street), or by calling 615-782-4040. This is a 21 and over event, and ID will be required for entry. All proceeds will benefit TPAC’s Education programs.

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 The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

“TAP members give the IRS insights from every corner of our nation, helping the agency in its continuous effort to improve tax administration,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement, a press release states.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, said. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement.”

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, current with your federal tax obligations, able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year and able to pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2012.  

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 27. Applications are available online at improveirs.org.

Want a minute with Melinda? E-mail her at mhudgins@murfreesboropost.com.
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