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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. […]

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. […]



The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2013-14 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s popular annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit their […]

Comptroller Announces New Online Tool for Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

It will soon be possible to report suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse of public funds in Tennessee over the Internet. Beginning today, you may electronically alert the state Comptroller’s office about suspected government misuse of public funds by visiting: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/shared/safwa.asp The Comptroller’s office has provided a toll-free telephone hotline for reporting fraud, waste […]

TDOT to Run Fatality Messages on Weekly Basis

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will continue to display fatality messages on its overhead Dynamic Message Signs, but will do so on a weekly basis rather than daily. TDOT began displaying the fatality numbers on the signs in April 2012 after seeing a sharp increase in fatalities in the first quarter of the year. […]

Weekly Livestock Comments January 4, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established as of this writing. Cattle in the North were $3 higher compared to last week on limited trade. Limited live prices were $125 while dressed prices were $205 with asking prices around $207. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126. 13 live down $0.75 […]

Hope Scholarships, Timing Critical

Some Tennessee college students that are the recipients of the Hope scholarship may find themselves in a financial bind. Students that were awarded the Hope Scholarship in the Fall of 2009 or after have an expiration date on the funds. Prior to 2009, the Hope Scholarship was available to Tennessee students who met the criteria […]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Court Date Set

Former principal of Jefferson Elementary School Dr. Robert C. Vick and Jefferson County Board of Education have a court date set for March 19, 2013 to hear arguments over his demotion from his position as principal at Jefferson Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Vick, contents that his demotion on June 18, 2009 violated […]