Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans available through Tennessee Farm Service Agency’s direct farm ownership program.
The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.
Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.
Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.
Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.
It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is once again partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.
A total of $103,080 in grant funds will be available for allocation this year.
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, approximately 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.
“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Joyce Sapp likes cucumbers, and she grew them this summer in her yard on Post Oak Road near Rockwood.
But she recently decided she’d had her fill for the summer. While getting rid of the vines, she found her biggest harvest of all — a green, curved cuke that measures 18 inches long if measured end to end inside the curve.
“I wasn’t trying to grow anything other than cucumbers,” she said of her late-summer find. “At any rate, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
Vanderbilt researchers last week reported updated find-
ings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.
The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.