April 2, 2016
Health, Agriculture & TWRA Leaders Ask Tennesseans to Help Fight Deadly Disease
Nashville, TN – In the first three months of this year, the Tennessee Department of Health State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed rabies in three wild animals and five pet dogs and cats.
The deadly disease is causing concern for officials with the departments of Health and Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, who believe some may have forgotten or are not aware of the impact of rabies.
March 22, 2016
American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report
Dallas, TX – While heart disease death rates have declined overall in the United States, there are dramatic differences in those rates among U.S. counties, including weaker declines found south of the Mason-Dixon Line, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
The findings reveal a notable geographic shift in death rates from heart disease since the early 1970s, emphasizing the importance of geography for heart disease prevention and treatment, according to Michele Casper, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
September 30, 2015
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 25th, 2015.
“Control of raccoon rabies is vital to public health. We are pleased to be part of this important and effective program to reduce rabies in wildlife, which helps prevent transmission to people, pets and livestock,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
August 11, 2015
American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report
Dallas, TX – If your dinner plate often includes fried chicken, gravy-smothered liver, buttered rolls and sweet tea — your heart may not find it so tasty.
Eating a Southern-style diet is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, according to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.
June 19, 2015
State Farm® Releases Top States for Lightning Claims; Joins IBHS for Lightning Awareness Week
Murfreesboro, TN – Lightning may not seem as destructive as other natural disasters, yet a strike can cause serious damage to business equipment and electrical appliances, disrupt electrical service for long periods of time, and spark wildfires.
In 2014, State Farm paid nearly $149 million dollars for insurance claims as a result of damage from lightning strikes.
April 21, 2015
Brenham, TX – Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
December 29, 2014
Golden Pond, KY – A public auction to reduce the size of Land Between The Lakes’ bison herds will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.
The sale begins at 9:00am Central Standard Time at the Elk & Bison Prairie corral. Bidder registration, final sale list, and viewing begin at 8:00am. Bison purchases may be made with cash, credit card, or personal check at time of bid acceptance.
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.