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Instant Peay Play: Former APSU softball standout Lauren de Castro helps former high school to state title in California

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Lauren de Castro, just a year removed from a three-time First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference softball career at Austin Peay State University, put her playing experience to work this spring in being a part of the coaching staff at Torrance (CA) High School and winning the CIF Southern Section Division 4 title.

The tournament victory was the first CIF Southern Section title for the Torrance Tartars (27-9) since 1991 and would translate to winning a state championship title game in the Tennessee State Secondary Athletic Association (TSSAA).

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Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Named PCL Pitcher of the Week

 

Nashville Sounds Left-Hander Threw 14.0 Scoreless Innings, Earned Two Wins

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville Sounds pitcher Barry Zito has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the May 25th – 31st period.

The 37-year old was a perfect 2-0 in a pair of starts during the week, shutting out both the Sacramento River Cats and Las Vegas 51s through 14.0 innings of work. He was one of four hurlers to win two games over the week and the only pitcher with two starts to not allow a run. In addition, opponents batted .111 (5-for-45) off him, the third-best mark in the league.

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NASA’s prepares InSight Mars Lander for journey to Red Planet

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

The lander is called InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the interior structure of the Red Planet. Examining the planet’s deep interior could reveal clues about how all rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved.

The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. This configuration is how the spacecraft will look on the surface of Mars. The image was taken on April 30, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)

The solar arrays on NASA’s InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. This configuration is how the spacecraft will look on the surface of Mars. The image was taken on April 30, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)

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AAA says Drivers paying Highest Gas Prices of the Year

 

AAAClarksville, TN – Thursday’s national average price for gas was $2.58 per gallon – the highest average so far this year. Average U.S. gas prices are up 55 cents per gallon since reaching a low of $2.03 per gallon in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in gas prices since 2012.

“Gas prices have climbed to the highest levels of the year due largely to rising crude oil costs,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As prices keep climbing, it getting more difficult to believe that gas was below $2.00 per gallon at the majority of stations earlier this year.”

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

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NASA and U.S. Forest Service maps used to help recovery from California Megafires

 

Written by Carol Rasmussen
NASA Earth Science News Team

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – New maps of two recent California megafires that combine unique data sets from the U.S. Forest Service and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are answering some of the urgent questions that follow a huge wildfire: In all the acres of blackened landscape, where are the live trees to provide seed and regrow the forest? Which dead trees could endanger workers rebuilding roads and trails? What habitats have been created for fire-dependent wildlife species?

The maps, so detailed that they show individual trees, cover the areas of two California megafires — the 2013 Rim fire, which burned more than 250,000 acres (1,000 square kilometers) near and in Yosemite National Park, and 2014’s very intense King fire near Lake Tahoe — before, during and after the active burns.

The 2013 Rim fire in and near Yosemite National Park, California, was the third largest in the state's history, burning more than 250,000 acres. Almost two years later, forest restoration efforts are still ongoing. (USFS/Mike McMillan)

The 2013 Rim fire in and near Yosemite National Park, California, was the third largest in the state’s history, burning more than 250,000 acres. Almost two years later, forest restoration efforts are still ongoing. (USFS/Mike McMillan)

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Cumberland Arts Center to present the comedy “Here Lies Jeremy Troy”

 

Cumberland Arts Centre Dinner Theatre - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Make your reservations now for the upcoming dinner theatre production of “Here Lies Jeremy Troy” scheduled for April 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th.

“Here Lies Jeremy Troy” is a comedy written by Jack Sharkey and is being directed by Art Conn.

The play centers on a law clerk, who is up for promotion, and is visited by a school chum who lives by sponging off classmates.

“Here Lies Jeremy Troy” stars (L to R) Benny Jones, Ila Mae Avitia, Alex Syler, Denise Fuller, and Bill Colclough.

“Here Lies Jeremy Troy” stars (L to R) Benny Jones, Ila Mae Avitia, Alex Syler, Denise Fuller, and Bill Colclough.

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NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory data reveals California Tuolumne Snowpack 40 percent less water than 2014

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – New NASA data find the snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California’s Sierra Nevada — a major source of water for millions of Californians — currently contains just 40 percent as much water as it did near this time at its highest level of 2014, one of the two driest years in California’s recorded history.

The data was acquired through a partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts.

Spatial distribution of the total volume of water in the snowpack across the Tuolumne River Basin on March 25, 2015 (left) and April 7, 2014 (right) as measured by NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Spatial distribution of the total volume of water in the snowpack across the Tuolumne River Basin on March 25, 2015 (left) and April 7, 2014 (right) as measured by NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Tilted Kilt of Clarksville’s Anaeli Gomez is Top 50 Finalist for Scholarship and National Calendar

 

Clarksville's Tilted KiltClarksville, TN – Anaeli Gomez of Clarksville has placed as a Top 50 Finalist in the Tilted Kilt 2016 National Calendar Girl Competition, beating out hundreds of Kilt Girl competitors across the country. Gomez is a bartender and server at Tilted Kilt Clarksville.

The final round of competition is an online voting round taking place now through April 30th. The 15 girls that get the most votes online will receive a spot on the 2016 National Kilt Girl Calendar as well as trip to California and a $2,000 scholarship.

Clarksville's Anaeli Gomez Top 50 Finalist in the Tilted Kilt 2016 National Calendar Girl Competition.

Clarksville’s Anaeli Gomez Top 50 Finalist in the Tilted Kilt 2016 National Calendar Girl Competition.

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Clarksville Montgomery County School System earns National Recognition for Oasis Café program

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) will be among a small handful of districts nationwide to receive an honorable mention at the National School Boards Association Magna Awards ceremony this week.

CMCSS joined four other districts in Georgia, California, South Carolina and Louisiana in being honored for “taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.”

Two students participating in the Oasis Café program met with State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and CMC School Board Chairman Jimmie Garland. (CMCSS)

Two students participating in the Oasis Café program met with State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and CMC School Board Chairman Jimmie Garland. (CMCSS)

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AAA says Orlando Florida Tops List of Spring Travel Destinations in United States

 

Sun destinations are travelers’ top getaways following harsh winter

AAATampa, FL – Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season. Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at number one.

Sunny, beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco. «Read the rest of this article»

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