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Protect Your Pet’s Feet From Heat

Protect Your Pet’s Feet From Heat

86 degrees becomes 135 on asphalt In the absence of any wind and in direct sunlight, asphalt surfaces can reach 125 degrees, when the air temperature is only 77 degrees, according to Dr. James Berens work on thermal contact burns published in 1970 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At 86 degrees, the […]

TDOT Unveils New Hotline to Address Potholes and other Roadway Maintenance Issues

TDOT Unveils New Hotline to Address Potholes and other Roadway Maintenance Issues

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is launching a new hotline for drivers to report potholes and other maintenance issues that may be considered roadway safety hazards. “We all know it’s been a terrible year for potholes and here at TDOT we are always looking for ways to improve our customer service,” said Commissioner Butch […]

Gov. Bill Lee Statement on Dobbs Ruling

Gov. Bill Lee Statement on Dobbs Ruling

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and shared critical information about current Tennessee law. “Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision marks the beginning of a hopeful, new chapter for our country,” said Gov. Lee. “After years of heartfelt prayer and thoughtful […]

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

In a landmark case Thursday, June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (6-3) in NYSRPA v. Bruen in favor of Gun Owner rights and more clearly defines 2nd Amendment Rights. Justice Thomas noted in his opinion: ” The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense is not “a second-class right, subject […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL), a Slippery Slope of Questionable Education Practices Has Arrived in Jefferson County, Tennessee

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL), a Slippery Slope of Questionable Education Practices Has Arrived in Jefferson County, Tennessee

This article is intended as a dire warning of how Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is sweeping across the nation, infecting public schools with objectionable and controversial materials and practices, how it is presented to school officials and parents, the methods employed by SEL practitioners, lobbyists, and special interest groups, and most importantly what SEL […]

Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses

Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses

Sun safety is always in season. It’s important to protect your skin from sun damage throughout the year, no matter the weather. Why? Sun exposure can cause sunburn, skin aging (such as skin spots, wrinkles, or “leathery skin”), eye damage, and skin cancer, the most common of all cancers. Skin cancer is on the rise […]

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 700 people die from extreme heat every year in the United States. Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your […]

National poll: Some parents skip steps to minimize firework risks to kids

National poll: Some parents skip steps to minimize firework risks to kids

As communities prepare for Fourth of July festivities, some parents may be overlooking burn and injury risks for children, a new national poll suggests. Fireworks and sparklers are often part of the season’s celebrations, with over half of parents polled reporting that someone in their family or neighborhood have set off fireworks in the past […]

Sharks may be closer to the city than you think, new study finds

Sharks may be closer to the city than you think, new study finds

The world’s coastlines are rapidly urbanizing, but how this increased human presence may impact species living in the ocean is not fully understood. In a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, researchers tracked the movements of three shark species, bull, nurse and great […]

AG Slatery Disputes Federal Directive to Withhold Nutrition Assistance for Schools, Programs that Don’t Adhere to New ‘Gender Identity’, ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy

AG Slatery Disputes Federal Directive to Withhold Nutrition Assistance for Schools, Programs that Don’t Adhere to New ‘Gender Identity’, ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is leading a coalition of 26 state attorneys general calling on President Joe Biden to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidance on sex discrimination for schools and programs that receive federal nutritional assistance. The attorneys general say recent guidance from the USDA imposes new—and unlawful—regulatory measures […]

Wild Turkey Observation Turkey Survey Underway

Wild Turkey Observation Turkey Survey Underway

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is inviting the public to take part in the Agency’s wild turkey summer observational survey. The new public survey is launching this year and will be an annual opportunity. The survey is currently underway and will continue through Aug 31. Agency staff and cooperators have conducted this survey annually since […]

Agribusinesses Can Apply for Ag Enterprise Fund Cost Shares

Agribusinesses Can Apply for Ag Enterprise Fund Cost Shares

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications from agricultural, food, and forestry businesses to receive cost-share funding through its Agricultural Enterprise Fund (AEF) program. AEF grants are awarded to agricultural businesses in Tennessee that demonstrate a potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity, or agricultural innovation. The program […]

Tennessee State Parks Host Tennessee Promise Service Events

Tennessee State Parks Host Tennessee Promise Service Events

Tennessee State Parks will offer volunteer work events at 39 parks across the state on Saturday, June 25 for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours. Radnor Lake State Park will have an event Friday, June 17 and another on Friday, June 24. Details for all the parks involved can be found online at […]

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

NASHVILLE – Preliminary data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) indicated Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May 2022 increased slightly from April’s record-breaking number. The seasonally adjusted statewide rate for the month was 3.3%, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month’s revised figure. The state’s civilian workforce also grew in May […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Supreme Court, School Voucher Law Upheld as Constitutional

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Supreme Court, School Voucher Law Upheld as Constitutional

Changes on the horizon for education in Tennessee Tennessee legislators enacted the “Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program“, commonly known as “school vouchers” on May 24, 2019, legislation that was touted as a way-out for students zoned to attend failing schools. After weeks of negotiating, compromising, and even arm-twisting, the Tennessee General Assembly narrowly approved […]

DANDRIDGE JUNE JUBILEE 2022 THIS SATURDAY

DANDRIDGE JUNE JUBILEE 2022 THIS SATURDAY

June Jubilee is coming to the streets of the Historic Town Square in downtown Dandridge on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The county’s largest and oldest street festival will kick off at 10 am Saturday morning with food, music and vendors galore! June Jubilee is a family friendly event and there is something for everyone to […]

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