Ruppe, Kilby meet with Britain's Consul General

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By The Staff


Her Majesty’s Consul General Martin Rickerd came to Morgan County last week to meet with Sen. Tommy Kilby and County Executive Becky Ruppe to discuss bio-fuels.

“Mr. Rickerd’s visit was to discuss alternative fuels, energy sources and different possibilities of the United Kingdom and the United States doing energy related businesses together,” Ruppe said in a press release.

Ruppe said Rickerd was especially interested in the Northington Energy bio-diesel plant which is under construction in Flat Fork Business Park.

“Mr. Rickerd was pleased to hear that a rural county in East Tennessee was in the beginning stages of producing bio-diesel,” Ruppe said.

Sen. Kilby said he hopes steps will be made nationally and internationally to resolve the energy crisis and that bio-fuels may play an important role.

Kilby said he looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Rickerd on energy issues and was honored to have him visit his district and Morgan County.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Rickerd,” said Ruppe. “The meeting was very informative and I would like to thank Senator Kilby for inviting me. New energy sources not only help with our petroleum dependence but creates much needed jobs. Mr. Rickerd seemed to be very interested in working with us.”

Rickerd became Her Majesty’s Consul General at Atlanta in October 2005.

Rickerd was educated as a child at British Army schools in Malaysia and Germany before attending private schools in the UK. He joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1972, serving at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) London before being assigned to the UK Delegation to NATO (Brussels, Belgium) in 1975. He was transferred to Wellington, New Zealand in 1978.