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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 [...]

SENATOR BOB CORKER SWORN IN

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. [...]

TNStars College Savings ‘Double Your Money’ Offer Extended

The Tennessee Treasury Department is extending a promotion that allows Tennessee residents who sign up for the state’s TNStars College Savings 529 Program to receive a $50 match for the first $50 they invest in the program. The matching funds promotion will be available through June 30, 2013. TNStars is a cost effective, easy way [...]

UT Veterinary College offers stress-lowering class for humans

Dr. Elizabeth Strand, director of Veterinary Social Work, a program at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, will teach a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course this January and February. The eight-week MBSR course teaches mindfulness practice techniques for the alleviation of accumulated daily stress, chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, and other [...]

Praxair Inc., Grab ‘n Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder Units: Class I Recall – Risk of Fire Inside Cylinder Unit

Praxair Inc., Grab ‘n Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder Units: Class I Recall – Risk of Fire Inside Cylinder Unit

Praxair Inc. issued a recall of the Grab ‘n Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder unit because fires may occur inside the cylinder unit causing the wall of the unit to break and release oxygen. The fires are self extinguishing and may be caused by physical impact such as dropping or knocking over the cylinder unit. [...]

Environment and Conservation Seeks Environmental Achievers

The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment. “The continued health of Tennessee’s air, land and water is critical to keeping our communities strong,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. [...]

Corker Votes to Confirm Carol Galante to Head FHA, Says She Must Remain Committed to Putting FHA on Path to Financial Stability

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, voted in favor of Carol Galante to be an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development and commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to announcing his support for Galante, who was confirmed by the Senate today, Corker secured [...]

TDOT Awarded $10 Million State of Good Repair Grant

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been awarded a $10 million “State of Good Repair Grant” by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). TDOT collaborated with 15 transit agencies to submit a joint application to FTA for the replacement of transit vehicles that have exceeded their useful life based on years in service or mileage. [...]