September 29, 2014
Baiting Program Expanding in Tennessee This Year to Prevent Raccoon Rabies
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, began in Tennessee September 27th, 2014.
“Control of raccoon rabies is vital to public health, as reducing rabies in wildlife helps prevent transmission to people, pets and livestock,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ”We are pleased to be part of this important and effective program.”
Tennessee ranks 6th in the Nation for Insurance Claims Resulting from Lightning according to State Farm
June 21, 2014
State Farm® Paid out Nearly $15 Million in Lightening Claims in 2013
Lightning is an underrated danger and the second leading cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S., exceeded only by floods. Most lightning claims were surge or power related.
Damage is generally caused by power surges carried by the electrical wiring, TV cable, or phone lines serving the home or business and usually involve one or more electronic items.
According to State Farm, Tennessee paid out more than $5 million in lightning claims. Georgia led the nation in claims resulting from lightening in 2013 with nearly $15 million paid out.
June 18, 2014
Golden Pond, KY - Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is pleased to announce the birth of a ¾ pound female red wolf on May 2nd,2014. The Woodlands Nature Station’s captive, endangered red wolves are the proud parents.
The new female pup is just now emerging from her den and stretching her legs followed by two very attentive and nervous parents. She will remain with her parents for at least 18 months and then be transferred to a zoo or nature center to start her own pack.
May 26, 2014
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5th, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th.
It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
USDA says $15M in Targeted Conservation Help Available to Farmers in Impoverished Communities this Year
May 22, 2014
Nashville, TN – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will target over $885,197 this year in technical and financial conservation assistance for Tennessee farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in persistent poverty rural areas.
StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity is a USDA effort that focuses high-priority assistance in rural communities in 20 states with a special emphasis on historically underserved farmers, ranchers and communities in counties with persistent poverty. [Read more]
September 22, 2013
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area celebrates Wolf Week October 6th-11th. Join us at the Woodlands Nature Station to learn more about these intelligent, awe-inspiring, and rare animals. Fun, educational programs will be featured throughout the week for wolf enthusiasts of all ages.
The Nature Station participates in the Red Wolf Recovery Program, a captive breeding program for the endangered red wolf. “Red wolves were once declared officially extinct in the wild. [Read more]
September 2, 2013
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area invites everyone to experience the annual magic of elk bugling in the Elk & Bison Prairie. The bugle, which actually sounds more like a loud squeal, is the mating call of the mature bull elk.
Since elk were introduced into the 700-acre prairie in February 1996, biologists eagerly anticipate the start of “bugling season” each fall.
August 8, 2013
Paris Landing, TN – “Come Play With Us” is the motto of the Paris Landing Tourism League, and Sara Jo Sutherland, president, has planned a big event to encourage a whole new group of folks to discover all the recreational opportunities of our community.
The Tour de Paris Landing, a bicycle road race planned for August 10th and 11th, will feature a 45 mile competition on Saturday, an 85 mile trek on Sunday and will cover Henry and Stewart Counties.
American Heart Association says breaking a sweat while exercising regularly may help reduce Stroke Risk
July 21, 2013
Stroke is also the 5th leading killer in Tennessee (about 3200 deaths per year).
Dallas, TX – Breaking a sweat while working out regularly may reduce your risk of stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Regular activity seems to lower stroke risk by reducing blood pressure, weight and blood sugar.
July 1, 2013
Washington, D.C. – On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.
As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
Here are some facts about the Fourth of July from the United States Census Bureau.