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Weather Advisement in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate

Weather Advisement in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate

Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials advise that the effects of Tropical Storm Nate may impact Great Smoky Mountains National Park as early as Saturday afternoon. Preliminary estimations from the National Weather Service suggest that the storm may pass the park Saturday afternoon, overnight into Sunday and on into Monday. Current rainfall predictions range from [...]

Harvest Moon Makes Rare Show in October

Harvest Moon Makes Rare Show in October

One of the first signs of fall people look forward to is the Harvest Moon.  The full moon that usually occurs closest to the first day of fall has always made lovers of autumn excited, but this year’s Harvest Moon is special. The Harvest Moon gets its name for the bright light that it produces, [...]

Park to Open Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Park to Open Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will open the Chimney Tops Trail to a newly developed observation point starting Friday, October 6, 2017. The entire trail has been closed to the public since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire event occurred in late November 2016. “We are excited to complete the work on the Chimney Tops [...]

Keychain Detector Could Catch Food Allergens Before It’s Too Late

Keychain Detector Could Catch Food Allergens Before It’s Too Late

For kids and adults with food allergies, a restaurant outing can be a fraught experience. Even when care is taken, freshly prepared or packaged meals can accidentally become cross-contaminated with an offending food and trigger a reaction. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano the development of a new portable allergen-detection system — including a keychain [...]

A Stinging Report: FSU Research Shows Climate Change a Major Threat to Bumble Bees

A Stinging Report: FSU Research Shows Climate Change a Major Threat to Bumble Bees

New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide. In a study published today in the journal Ecology Letters, researchers examining three subalpine bumble bee species in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains found that, [...]

Database of Earthquakes Triggered by Human Activity is Growing, With Some Surprises

Database of Earthquakes Triggered by Human Activity is Growing, With Some Surprises

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake), the world’s most complete database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been triggered by human activity, now includes approximately 730 entries, according to a report published October 4 in the “Data Mine” column of the journal Seismological Research Letters. Mining projects (37%) and water impounded behind dams (23%) are the [...]

Scientists Develop Broad-Spectrum Inhibitors of Influenza Virus

Scientists Develop Broad-Spectrum Inhibitors of Influenza Virus

A team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Janssen Research & Development (Janssen) has devised artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains. Peptides are short chains of amino acids – like proteins but with smaller, simpler structures. These designed molecules have the potential to be developed into [...]

TDCI Announces Approval of Rates for 2018 Individual Marketplace

TDCI Announces Approval of Rates for 2018 Individual Marketplace

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces today the approval of insurance rates requested by the three carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) ahead of Open Enrollment for 2018. The rates sought by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna, and Oscar Health for coverage on the FFM in 2018 are as [...]

Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, today announced the request for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted. The approval allows the two entities to combine under the corporate umbrella of Ballad Health. “This has been an unprecedented and complex process, and [...]

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission: Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission: Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

Consumers who are shopping for a new vehicle should be aware that flood-damaged cars and trucks from states ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will eventually surface in Tennessee. In an effort to raise awareness, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, which is part of the Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Regulatory Boards division, is warning [...]

State Releases August Revenues

State Releases August Revenues

 Tennessee revenues were less than the budgeted estimates for the first month of the state’s fiscal year.  Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today reported that overall August revenues were $980.7 million, which is $32.5 million more than August 2016, and $14.9 million less than the budgeted estimates. The growth rate for all taxes in [...]

Tennessee Court Of Appeals Overturns Lower Court In Favor Of Citizen Group

Tennessee Court Of Appeals Overturns Lower Court In Favor Of Citizen Group

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has returned a unanimous decision in favor of the plaintiffs, a citizen’s group that filed suit against the Jefferson County Economic Development Committee (formerly EDOC now re-branded as EDA) for open records. Following several years in the court system, the Court of Appeals at Knoxville overturned a previous ruling of [...]

The Great Gourd Search: Tips to Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

The Great Gourd Search: Tips to Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

Fall has officially begun. Tennesseans are now focused on purchasing fall decor from local farmers and bringing autumn color into and around their homes. Pumpkins and hard squashes are temporary treasures, so it’s important to choose produce that won’t decay before fall’s festivities have passed. Fortunately, it’s easy to spot good pumpkins. The shape or [...]

Haslam Proclaims Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Haslam Proclaims Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 8-14 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, which will help promote awareness of the importance of geoscience. As part of Earth Science Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Tennessee Geological Survey, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, has a limited number of Earth Science Week toolkits [...]

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes today announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant job growth, [...]

Senator Corker Announces Plans To Leave Senate

Senator Corker Announces Plans To Leave Senate

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement. “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018. “When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that [...]