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State of Tennessee

  • Wildlife photo contest now taking entries

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2019-20 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar issue.

    All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

    The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife, which is the summer issue.

    If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

  • TVA ready for earthquakes

    When a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rumbled across east Tennessee on Dec. 12, 2018, near Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and Watts Bar Dam, TVA safety and inspection teams leapt into action, only to find no impacts to any TVA generating facilities or dams.

    The seismic event prompted inspections at several TVA generating facilities and dams.

    Most of the inspections were completed within 24 hours, and no impacts to TVA generating facilities or dams were identified. Through it all, the TVA generating system continued to operate safely and on its normal schedule.

  • Topwater time for Tennessee bass fishing

    Chilly autumn mornings and vibrant foliage mark a magical season for sports enthusiasts across the Valley.

    And for a Tennessee River angler, a school of shallow-running shad can be as exhilarating as a throwing a Hail Mary pass into an end zone. In each case, there’s a potential for a big score.

    Yes, it’s topwater time on the Tennessee — the wonderful fish-slamming window where amateur and professional anglers can dance topwater lures across the surface to take advantage of bass feeding frenzies.

  • Medicaid expansion would help Tennesseans access insurance

    Residents of Tennessee’s small towns and rural areas have the most at stake in the debate over whether to expand Medicaid, according to a new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Project.

    States that expanded Medicaid saw more than three times as large a decline in the uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns than non-expansion states experienced for the period between 2008-2009 and 2015-2016.

  • Refineries unaffected by tropical storm

    Concerns of a gas price hike from Tropical Storm Gordon have been abated, AAA reported Wednesday.

    Oil Price Information Service confirmed that Gulf Coast refinery operations were not impacted by the storm.

    “Refineries dodged a bullet, but are not out of the woods just yet,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

    “This year’s hurricane season is far from over,” he said. “If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure.”

  • Tennessee State Parks Healthy program applauded

    Tennessee State Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy Person program has been designated as a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection by The Center for Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyo.

    Through the use of the Healthy Parks Healthy Person app, participants can use their mobile device to create a profile and begin earning points and rewards for getting outside and active in any park in Tennes-see.

  • Lane closures on hold for the Fourth

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes through 6 a.m. July 5 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

    “Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

  • Kids’ Lunch and Learn each Friday at Obed, Frozen Head

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is partnering with Morgan County School Food Services and Frozen Head State Park to offer a “Lunch and Learn” program series at 10:30 a.m. each Friday from June 8-July 20.

    All participants younger than 18 will receive a free snack, lunch and drink after the one-hour program.

    The free ranger-led nature-based interpretive programs will be at:

    June 8, June 15 and July 13 — Frozen Head State Park, Visitor Center

    June 22 and 29 – Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lilly Bluff Overlook Parking Area

  • Original copies of Tenn. Constitution to be on display for Statehood Day

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.

    The constitutions are typically protected in a vault, but all three versions will be in the Library and Archives’ lobby for public viewing June 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

    The Library and Archives is at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

    Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.

  • Louckes honoree at annual Gala

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will have its 15th Gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on May 5.

    Gala Committee Chairwoman Mary Pippin said the social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Courtroom.

    A silent auction will offer such items as stays at regional hotels, tickets to area attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, collectibles and art works.

    This year’s honored Gala guest is Barbara Louckes.