Topic: Hurricane Katrina
Written by Alan Buis
Pasadena, CA – An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study.
These results, together with observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to the forests in southern and western Amazonia in the past decade, suggest these rainforests may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change.
Clarksville, TN – Dr. Antonio Thompson, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, sat in his office after final exams last December, contemplating the moral implications of killing a zombie.
“If it’s caused by a virus, then theoretically it could be cured,” he said. “So what’s your legal obligation to zombies? Are they humans, monsters, animals?”
His wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, was more concerned with how the undead came to take over the world.
Clarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University social work faculty member will explore the role of spirituality in natural disaster relief as the first session of the University’s Provost Lecture Series for 2012-13.
Dr. Tatsushi Hirono, assistant professor of social work, will present “The Role of Religious Leaders in Natural Disaster Relief: A Comparative Analysis Between the Clergy of American Christian Churches and Japanese Buddhist Temples” at 3:00pm, Thursday, September 20th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303.
All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville media veteran Deanna Lambert joins TDOT Communications Team
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer has appointed Deanna Lambert as the Community Relations Officer for TDOT’s Region Three area, based in Nashville. Lambert officially started Monday December 12th, 2011.
Lambert takes over the position previously held by B.J. Doughty, who now serves as TDOT’s Director of Community Relations and Communications.
Lambert has more than 10 years experience in television news reporting, anchoring, and producing in major markets, most recently working as a reporter/anchor for WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, announced the creation of a new directorate within the Tennessee National Guard aimed at aiding National Guard families at every level.
“The mission of the Military and Family Readiness Operations directorate is to provide guidance and implement long-lasting solutions to the needs of our Guard members and families,” Haston explained. “Although a number of programs have already been in effect, they are now combined with others and all fall under one umbrella.”
Director of the new department is Col. Patty Jones, of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, veteran of 29 years in the military.
In honor of the U.S. armed forces and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Austin Peay State University will feature a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who penned a book as a letter to her son about his father who was killed overseas.
Dana Canedy, author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor,” will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25 in the Clement Auditorium. The event – sponsored by the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and Student Affairs – is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Following her presentation, Canedy will be available for questions and a book signing. Books are available for purchase in the Ann Ross Bookstore on campus.
“A Journal for Jordan” is the story of her fiancé, the late 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who wrote a 200-page journal for their infant son in case he did not return from the war on Iraq. «Read the rest of this article»
It’s just a few days away from what most people would call the biggest game in Saints history. I am finding myself so excited I can’t sleep. I have to myself admit, I can’t believe it. I seriously CAN NOT believe it. Think about it, how many times have the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS had a legitimate shot to actually win a championship?
No, this isn’t “just a ball game”. It’s much bigger than that. Few things apart from God himself can bring people together like football.
While I want the win as much as anyone, I don’t want to be selfish. There are other people that need and want this more than me. I seriously don’t have time or energy to list them all, but the Saints are carrying the hopes of several thousand people on their shoulders. «Read the rest of this article»
The recent comment by Marsha Blackburn on the floor of the US Congress that she hoped that lawmakers would agree that “We’re not going to cry ‘emergency’ every time we have a Katrina, every time we have a tsunami, every time we have a need for extra spending” was incredibly insensitive, uninformed and embarrassing. Her comments also strongly suggest she is very disconnected from the plight of so many fellow Americans as a result of the billions of dollars of destruction caused by the very real emergency called Hurricane Katrina. «Read the rest of this article»
After seeing the funeral broadcast last night, I can finally have some closure. After 16 years of idolizing this quarterback, his life has come to a tragic and bizarre end. Being in the land of Titan fans, I have to really convince people that Air McNair may mean a lot to Nashville, but they forget he’s from my beloved home state of Mississippi.
Long before Steve McNair played for the Tennessee Titans, he was the quarterback at Alcorn State setting NCAA records, putting the state of Mississippi on TV, and being one of the few football players I would absolutely adore. I still remember him watching work absolute magic in front of nearly 68,000 fans in Jackson in the Capital City Classic in 1993. I still remember him being absolutely ROBBED of the Heisman in 1994 by the “superstar” Rashaan Salaam. Steve McNair was rare. He was the last of the great legendary SWAC players before the big business of blue chip recruiting. I guess that’s what made him stand out so much. Like most of the Magnolia State gridiron stars from small towns, Steve McNair was among the most exciting players to ever watch play the game. I sometimes think as I pass by his tiny hometown on Hwy 49 that instead of being at Mount Olive High School in Mississippi, what could have been if he could have gone to nearby Mendenhall, Collins, or even Hattiesburg? Maybe McNair then goes to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, LSU or another big BCS school just due to his exposure in high school. But I don’t know if that would make the story as fun. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington — Businesses planning to claim the newly-expanded work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) for eligible unemployed veterans and unskilled younger workers hired during the first part of 2009 have until Aug. 17 to request the certification required for these workers, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Newly-revised Form 8850, now available on IRS.gov, is used by employers to request certification from their state workforce agency. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted in February, added unemployed veterans returning to civilian life and “disconnected youth” to the list of groups covered by the credit. Though eligible unemployed veterans and disconnected youth who begin work anytime during 2009 or 2010 may qualify a business for the credit, certification by the state workforce agency is required. «Read the rest of this article»
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