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A Mother’s Baby


motherchildShe pulled out of her purse a small, silver, Kodak easy share camera, like a proud Momma showing off her brag book. She turned it on and began to show me the most recent pictures of her children. There was her youngest daughter who is growing into such a stunning young girl, and there were pictures of laughter and silly moments between siblings on the couch. Then she got to the pictures of her oldest daughter who just turned eighteen-years-old last week. She had pictures of her in her poster-clad room surrounded by all the latest heart throbs, and pictures of her getting ready for her first real date. Then she came to a picture of this same daughter asleep on the couch with her hands curled up underneath her chin. This particular picture really took my breath away, because I had seen that sleeping face before. I had seen that face because it looked my little girl who turned the big 20-months-old last month. They look the same because they are related; the young sleeping beauty was my sister-in-law, and the proud Momma my Mother-in-law. I smiled as she showed me that last picture and said, “That’s your baby.” «Read the rest of this article»


The Friends of Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling is perennial fun


Dunbar Cave seen from across Swan LakeDunbar Cave held their annual Spring Fling on Saturday May 9th.  Despite the rainfilled beginning, hundreds came out to attend guided nature hikes, see live birds of prey (Raptors), reptiles, and other rescued wildlife.

Over the course of the day’s events, visitors took hikes, pausing to look at wildflowers or spot birds along with the general trekking. They learned about bluebirds, backpacking and many other things. Dozens of enthusiastic volunteers helped set up and take down equipment for the event, which was sponsored by the Friends of Dunbar Cave, the Warioto Audubon Chapter, Tennessee Trails Association and TN Wildlife Resources Agency.

Save Our Raptors is a yearly treat at spring fling. Having the opportunity to see these birds of prey up close up is a thrill for everyone who attends. While teaching the crowd about Raptors they flew them back and forth over the crowd’s heads. One gentleman even received a gentle pat on the top of his head by the wing of a Casey the Vulture. «Read the rest of this article»


Cumberland and Red Rivers are flooding


nws-logoAccording to the National Weather Service (NWS) the Cumberland and Red rivers have exceeded their flood stages. Low level areas are already experiencing flooding. The high water is not expected to last long, however be sure to exercise caution.

The NWS offers these tips for dealing with high water. Avoid flooded areas along the river…and move personal belongings to higher ground. Never drive through flooded roads as the depth of water may be too great to pass…even in trucks or sport utility vehicles. If you come across a flooded road…turn around don`t drown.

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APSU Extended Ed announces new online seminar for older job seekers


Austin Peay State University LogoThe Austin Peay State University Center for Extended and Distance Education will launch a new course for those older than 50 years of age and considering a new career.

The new course, titled Make Age an Asset in Your Job Search, is a six-week seminar that will begin May 20. New sections will be offered beginning the third Wednesday of each month after that. Provided in a convenient, fully online format, the course costs $49. «Read the rest of this article»

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National Police Week 2009


A Time for Honoring, Remembering, and Healing

cpdIn 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 that set aside May 15th as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th  falls as National Police Week. This year, National Police Week will run from Sunday, May 10th through Saturday, May 16th.  The law was later amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1995, Public Law 103-322 signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year as a tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

During National Police Week we show support by wearing Mourning Bands on our badges. These bands are worn for the entirety of Police Week. «Read the rest of this article»

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Civil War Event Re-enactment May 9th in Linden


Linden TN Re-enactment Poster 2009

Linden TN Re-enactment Poster 2009

Civil War re-enactors will invade Linden, Tennessee this Saturday for the 146th anniversary of the burning of the county court house. History will come alive as the forces of the Blue and the Gray re-stage this historic moment of Perry County history.

May 9th will be a day filled with activity in Linden, Tennessee, the county seat of Perry County, as Civil War re-enactors invade to commemorate the anniversary of the burning of the County Courthouse.  The actual date it was burned was May 12, 1863, 146 years ago. The original county courthouse for Perry County was a log cabin, which was replaced by a wooden frame, 2-story structure in 1849-50.  It is this is the building which was burned by Union troops on that fateful day. «Read the rest of this article»

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Club Beyond Presents Muck Wars 2009 on Saturday


Fort Campbell, KY.  The Home of the Screaming EaglesFORT CAMPBELL, Ky., May 7, 2009 – Fort Campbell’s Military Community Youth Ministries Club Beyond will present “The Braveheart Battles” for the second annual Muck Wars Saturday on the front lawn of Fort Campbell High School, 1101 Bastogne Avenue.

The teenage warriors will divide into two armies (the Brits and the Scots) and take to the battlefield at 11 a.m. for gladiator games and then again at noon to bide for a trophy and bragging rights for 2009.

The battle is expected to launch over 800 water balloons, 1,000 pounds of mud, splash artillery and flour bombs; while stench cannons will be the weapons of choice. It’s a way for teens to have good, clean fun while getting filthy and showing off their battle skills during the 2009 Muck Wars event. «Read the rest of this article»

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Postal Food drive tomorrow

Loaves and Fishes Make sure you support our local food banks by putting your canned goods out for your Postal workers to pick-up on May 9th. Loaves and Fishes  will be receiving canned goods that arrive at the Ringgold Post office for their area.
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HUD & DOE sign agreement to help working families weatherize their homes


Unprecedented interagency collaboration will help save energy cost, lower carbon footprint

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu today announced an important step forward in the partnership between HUD and DOE to streamline and better coordinate federal weatherization programs. These efforts will make it easier for low-income families to weatherize their homes, saving money for working families and creating tens of thousands of new green jobs. «Read the rest of this article»

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Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling: Celebrating nature, wildlife and outdoor exploration


The annual Spring Fling, a celebration of nature, wildlife and outdoor exploration, will be held at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area on Saturday, May 9th, rain or shine. All activities begin at the visitor center and are free of charge. The start times of some programs may overlap, and children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Donations accepted. Food, Tee shirts, and membership to Friends of Dunbar Cave can be purchased during the day. «Read the rest of this article»

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