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Nashville Zoo opens new Interactive Tortoise Experience tomorrow, July 4th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – The Shell Station will soon be open for business. Nashville Zoo’s newest interactive exhibit featuring Sulcata tortoises opens to the public this Saturday, July 4th.

“Nashville Zoo is thrilled to add another immersive experience that engages our visitors and connects them to the wild in a hands-on way,” said Rick Schwartz, Zoo president. “We thank Scott and Tracie Hamilton for funding this exhibit and adding another great educational opportunity for our guests.”

The Shell Station features up to 24 Sulcata tortoises that range in age from three to five years old.

Starting tomorrow, Nashville Zoo’s newest interactive exhibit will open to the public. “The Shell Station” will feature up to 24 Sulcata tortoises and allow Zoo guests to enter the exhibit and experience these animals up close. (Samantha Curington)

Starting tomorrow, Nashville Zoo’s newest interactive exhibit will open to the public. “The Shell Station” will feature up to 24 Sulcata tortoises and allow Zoo guests to enter the exhibit and experience these animals up close. (Samantha Curington)

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Austin Peay State University ranked 21st in Nation for students with children

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The website BestColleges.com recently released its list of the Best Colleges for Students with Children, and Austin Peay State University debuted at the No. 21 spot on the annual ranking.

More than four million students currently attending U.S. colleges and universities are parents, and the Best Colleges list singles out the schools that offer the greatest amount of support for these individuals.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 7th through July 11th, 2015

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs during the year. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Port Royal Birds, Snake Stalking, Cave Hike, Port Royal Hike and the Secret World of Bats.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

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APSU Athletics rebrands team Twitter accounts

 

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Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – In the waning hours of the 2014-15 season, Austin Peay State University’s athletics department worked to unify the department’s presence across all its Twitter platforms.

In all, Austin Peay athletics maintains 13 Twitter accounts. In addition to its primary account @LetsGoPeay, each of the department’s teams occupies its own space in the Twitter-verse. During the 2014-15 season, those accounts had varying names incorporating either the words Austin Peay or the university’s abbreviated name, APSU.

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Fort Campbell’s 716th Military Police Battalion reflects on their fallen

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, gathered at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum’s memorial park for a wreath laying ceremony in tribute to their fallen heroes, May 21st.

The wreath laying ceremony took place in front of the battalion’s memorial which is inscribed with “Our deaths are not ours they are yours. They will mean what you make them mean. Give them meaning, we were young, we have died, please remember us,” a saying by American poet, Archibald MacLeish.

The 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, bow their heads in a moment of silence for their fallen brothers and sisters at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum’s memorial park on Fort Campbell, Ky. May 21, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

The 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, bow their heads in a moment of silence for their fallen brothers and sisters at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum’s memorial park on Fort Campbell, Ky. May 21, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Heavy rainfall expected across Clarksville-Montgomery County Today through Saturday

 

National Weather ServiceNashville, TN – The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a series of weather disturbances are forecast to move through the Clarksville-Montgomery County region with the potential for an additional 2 to 3 inches of rainfall through Saturday.

With high atmospheric moisture content, these storms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall that could quickly fill creeks and streams along with pooling of water in low lying areas. Motorists are urged to drive with caution where water covers the road.

National Weather Service reports heavy rain to move across Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

National Weather Service reports heavy rain to move across Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says “Let The Pros Handle Fireworks This Year”

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has a simple message for Tennesseans this Fourth of July: Let the pros handle the fireworks.

With numerous professional displays scheduled for the Fourth including the nation’s largest in Nashville, there’s no shortage of festive and colorful fireworks to enjoy in Tennessee. State fire officials urge Tennesseans to take part in these professionally run events instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves.

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July By Attending Professional Fireworks Events

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July By Attending Professional Fireworks Events

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Clarksville Police reports Traffic Incident leads to Shots Fired on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – On Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 8:40pm, Clarksville Police Officers responded to a traffic incident that involved shots fired.

Samson Peltier, a 45-year-old Clarksville resident, was traveling north on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and was stopped at the traffic light at Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and Morris Road. A dark colored Jeep SUV rear-ended Peltier’s black pickup truck causing light damage to the rear bumper on the passenger side.

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NASA captures image of Cosmic Fireworks

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster populated with many young stars that are less than 2 million years old — a blink of an eye in astronomical terms for stars like these expected to burn for billions of years.

This new composite image combines X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (shown in pink) with infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (shown in red) as well as optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey and the National Optical Astronomical Observatories’ Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak (red, green, blue).

This new composite image of stellar cluster NGC 1333 combines X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink); infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red); and optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey and the National Optical Astronomical Observatories' Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Arizona. (NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/NOAO/DSS)

This new composite image of stellar cluster NGC 1333 combines X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink); infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (red); and optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey and the National Optical Astronomical Observatories’ Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Arizona. (NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/NOAO/DSS)

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone to Follow 10 Simple Steps to Pool Safely During Independence Day Weekend

 

On average, more than 20 children drown in pools and spas during the week of July 4th

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – In anticipation of family gatherings around public and residential pools during the Independence Day holiday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign is urging parents and children to follow 10 steps to stay safer when spending time in or near the water.

According to media reports and data compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, at least 152 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in a swimming pool or spa this year, with at least 86 of those fatal drownings happening since Memorial Day weekend.

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