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Weekly Livestock Comments January 11, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 lower compared to last week. Live prices were $125 to $126 while dressed prices were primarily $203 to $204. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126.36 live up $0.05 from last week and $204.10 dressed with no reported trade from a week ago. A year ago [...]

Weekly Crop Comments January 11, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 79.62 -0.99 Crude 93.04 +0.62 Dow 13,492 +57 Corn and wheat prices are up with cotton and soybean prices mixed for the week. USDA’s release of their monthly Supply & Demand report, Quarterly Grain Stocks report, Crop Production Summary, and Winter Wheat Seedings certainly provided the market with a wealth of [...]

Comptroller Releases Report on Methamphetamine Production in Tennessee

Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug. That is one of the findings of a report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to [...]


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be among organizations set to host the 2013 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival to be held on Jan. 19-20 at the Hiwassee Refuge and in the community of Birchwood. This will be the 22nd anniversary for the event which will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. The [...]

Senator Niceley named Vice-Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

Senator Niceley named Vice-Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) has been appointed 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. The appointment was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 108th General Assembly concluded their organizational session in Nashville this week. “Good roads are a vital link to Tennessee’s economic future,” said Senator [...]

Corker Offers Plan to Begin Reducing Deficit, Rebuilding Trust in Washington

To begin reducing the nation’s long-term deficits and rebuilding the lack of trust in Washington over excessive spending, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., called on Congress to begin making reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to deal with the upcoming fiscal deadlines. Corker identified two reforms as a starting point: moving to a more [...]

State Library and Archives Hosts Two Civil War Events

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will host two special events on Saturday, January 26. The first, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” is an initiative to create an online archive of Civil War photographs, documents and artifacts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The second is a free workshop [...]

Body Farm Zoning Decision Draws Suit

Body Farm Zoning Decision Draws Suit

A proposed cadaver research area that is slotted for Jefferson County is the issue of contention in a recently filed law suit. Doris Ligon dba Highland Oak Farms has filed suit against the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals for their December 18th 2012 decision to place “body farms” as approved usage in A-1 zoning [...]

Saint’s Relics Stolen

On January 4th, 2013, many precious saints’ relics were discovered as missing from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The artifacts were sealed inside of nine containers, and the artifacts themselves included such items as pieces of a saint’s actual body or a scrap of a saint’s garments. Police are baffled as to [...]

eBook Consumption Increases as Traditional Paper Decreases

eBook Consumption Increases as Traditional Paper Decreases

Information has been released recently on the way that readers consume their books. There has been a significant increase in the number of people that use e-readers for book consumption. While the number of Americans that read electronic books rose 7%, the number of Americans that read printed books fell 5%. The number of electronic [...]

Costs Of Cold Weather

The Jefferson County Highway Department and the local municipalities have already hit the road this Winter in response to inclement weather. Though the services provided by those departments are critical to the safety of Jefferson County residents, the cost of maintaining safe roads can mount up in the Winter months. According to the Jefferson County [...]

Alexander, Corker Comment on Senate Confirmation of Four TVA Board Nominees

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statements regarding Senate confirmation of Joe H. Ritch, of Alabama; Michael McWherter, of Tennessee; Vera Lynn Evans, of Tennessee; and C. Peter Mahurin, of Kentucky, to be members of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. The nominees passed the Senate by unanimous [...]

Weekly Crop Comments January 4, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 80.55 +0.77 Crude 93.04 +2.24 Dow 13,428 +490 Happy New Year! Best wishes for a safe and profitable year. Cotton prices are mixed with corn, soybeans, and wheat prices down for this first week of 2013. Even the somewhat resolution of the fiscal cliff and an almost 4% uptick in the [...]


U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who was elected overwhelmingly to a second term in November, was sworn in January 3rd for a second term as the 113th Congress convened in Washington. Corker joined fellow senators in the Senate Chamber at noon to take the oath, administered by Vice President Joe Biden. “I am grateful for [...]

State of Tennessee Observes “Radon Action Month” This Month

January is “Radon Action Month” and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has joined forces with the Department of Health to help educate Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home. The American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various local [...]

U.S. Troops Man Patriot Missiles

U.S. Troops Man Patriot Missiles

United States troops arrived in Turkey on Friday, January 4, 2013, in order to man Patriot missile defense systems near the Turkey-Syria border. According to various Turkish news media, the troops number 27, and are to be under the command of NATO, though the Patriot batteries still fall under the direct control of the U.S. [...]