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State of Tennessee

  • Take a wildflower walk along the Cumberland Trail

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a ranger-led wildflower walk at 10 a.m. April 13.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead a moderate out-and-back hike of 5 miles total along the Cumberland Trail section to Alley Ford.

    Along the way, accompanied by the park’s botanist, hikers will discuss the wildflowers in bloom, plant communities, and forest ecology during this spectacular time of year to witness nature’s grand showing of flora.

  • AAA: Gas prices drop over the weekend

    Tennessee gas prices increased 2 cents last week, before declining a penny during the weekend, AAA reported.

    The state average of $2.32 is 11 cents less than a month ago, yet motorists are paying 25 cents per gallon more than this time last year.

  • Free showing of ‘Sgt. York’ Sunday

    A free showing of the movie classic “Sgt. York,” starring Gary Cooper as the World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Tennessee, will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    Michael Birdwell, professor of history at Tennessee Tech University, will provide commen-tary.

  • Honor those who preserve ET history

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites nominations from across East Tennessee for Awards of Excellence in the field of history.

    The Society annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. The awards have been presented each year since 1982.

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation or program, such as a conference, heritage event or lecture series.

  • Photogs encouraged to enter Obed contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for a photo contest and exhibit at Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • New Tennessee Blue Book dedicated to Gov. Haslam

    The 2017-18 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is dedicated to Gov. Bill Haslam.

    Haslam, a native Knoxvillian, was elected as Tennessee’s 49th governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.

    Major accomplishments from his two terms include tremendous strides in higher education and economic development as well as a historically low unemployment rate.

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

  • THP grant to boost BELTS

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has received $100,000 in traffic safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The THP will use the money to provide increased enforcement and public awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on state roadways in 2018.

    The THP continues to target seat belt usage across the state. The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to enhance the current seat belt usage rate of 88.5 percent.

  • State helping Irma victims seeking housing in Tenn.

    The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its Low Income Housing Tax Credit program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee.

  • 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.