Mankind has sought to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening.
There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of their seasons.
Forcing plants and building greenhouses have become sophisticated arts, despite the advent of modern transportation capable of bringing us fruits, flowers and vegetables from other climes so that the seasons no longer really matter.
As summer approaches and many Tennesseans go outdoors for hiking and boating and other warm-weather activities, snakes will emerge as well. Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical toxicologist John Benitez, associate professor of clinical medicine and emergency medicine, offers tips for avoiding these reptiles and what to do if bitten.
Saundra Gillum thought it was probably just some sort of cold virus and, like most moms, disregarded her health concerns in favor of caring for others. Her adult son was going through cancer treatment, the holidays had arrived, and her time was precious.
“I didn’t think about myself,” Gillum said. “I was thinking more about my son.”
25 Years Ago
Kingston property owners who did not live in the city had their hopes — and their votes — dashed with a 1987 Kingston City Charter change. It was the first time in many years non-residents who own property were excluded from determining Kingston mayor and City Council members. Consequently, it kept residents of Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge who owned property in Kingston from voting in two of the county’s municipal elections.