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101st Airborne Division, Coalition celebrate Independence Day

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – When 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) service members started their day Saturday morning, “Cover Down,” part of the 101st Band, was already playing popular music. Shortly after 6:00am, personnel from 101st, sister services and Coalition were getting covered in colors – blue, green, red, orange, pink, purple and yellow.

The USO-sponsored 5K color run started off an early celebration of Independence Day, which began a day of activities for service members deployed in support of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, led by the 101st at Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad.

Volunteers from across the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command -- Operation Inherent Resolve, prepare food in support of the Independence Day celebration sponsored by the USO, held at the former Erbil International Airport, Erbil Iraq, July 4, 2016. The event was held for all U.S. and Coalition service members in Erbil and included a variety of food and drink, games, and live music provided by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) group, The Other Guys, and a raffle sponsored by the USO and other organizations. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Allen Hill/Released)

Volunteers from across the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command — Operation Inherent Resolve, prepare food in support of the Independence Day celebration sponsored by the USO, held at the former Erbil International Airport, Erbil Iraq, July 4, 2016. The event was held for all U.S. and Coalition service members in Erbil and included a variety of food and drink, games, and live music provided by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) group, The Other Guys, and a raffle sponsored by the USO and other organizations. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Allen Hill/Released)

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TWRA Reports Two Boating-Related Fatalities Over July 4th Holiday Weekend

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported there were two-boating related fatalities over the July 4th holiday weekend. The separate incidents involved victims following off a boat.

The first fatal incident occurred on the Cumberland River in Clarksville when a 59-year old Goodlettsville resident fell overboard Sunday night when he was apparently trying to pull up his anchor on a pontoon boat.

Two fatal boating accidents occured over the July 4th holiday weekend.

Two fatal boating accidents occured over the July 4th holiday weekend.

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City of Clarksville celebrates Independence Day with a Blast

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville held the ninth annual Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at Liberty Park and what a celebration it was. Featured were great music, good food, games. Just about something for everyone.

The “Ten Strings and Tom” trio kicked things off around 6:00pm. This band is named for the instruments in their band–six string guitar, four string bass, and a tom or one drum of a drum set. They performed songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and others.

City of Clarksville Celebrates our nation's Independence Day.

City of Clarksville Celebrates our nation’s Independence Day.

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AAA reports July 4th Gas Prices were Lowest in Eleven Years

 

AAATampa, FL – AAA forecasted that a record-breaking 36.3 million Americans would take an Independence Day road trip this weekend. Those who did, found the lowest gas prices on July 4th in 11 years.   

“Despite the high demand, gas prices declined throughout the holiday weekend making travel even more affordable,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

2016 Independence Day Gas Prices

2016 Independence Day Gas Prices

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft completes burn, now in Jupiter Orbit

 

Written by DC Agle
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53pm PDT (11:53pm EDT) Monday, July 4th.

“Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another reason to cheer — Juno is at Jupiter,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. “And what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.”

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter's orbit. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This illustration depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter’s orbit. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Celebrating the American Idea

 

Tennessee Republican PartyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Republican Party released the following statement from Chairman Ryan Haynes to mark the anniversary of our nation’s independence:

“You cannot strengthen or weaken America because it is an idea—an enduring one—that opened a new horizon for mankind. No longer would individuals have to submit to a monarch, be constrained by class, or be governed by geography. Instead, a free society was formed, founded on the principles of self-reliance, limited government, economic independence, and religious liberty.

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The History of Independence Day

 

Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – The Second Continental Congress announced the colonies’ separation from Great Britain by unanimously adopting the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft takes a look at Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

 

Written by Sarah Schlieder
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4th. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our solar system’s largest planet, including the origin of its massive magnetosphere.

Magnetospheres are the result of a collision between a planet’s intrinsic magnetic field and the supersonic solar wind. Jupiter’s magnetosphere — the volume carved out in the solar wind where the planet’s magnetic field dominates –extends up to nearly 2 million miles (3 million kilometers).

Scientists will use the twin magnetometers aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft to gain a better understanding about how Jupiter's magnetic field is generated. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Scientists will use the twin magnetometers aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft to gain a better understanding about how Jupiter’s magnetic field is generated. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

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AAA says Declare a Designated Driver this Fourth of July Weekend

 

Tow to Go Program Available All Holiday Weekend

AAATampa, FL – Independence Day traditionally ranks as one of the year’s deadliest holidays due to drunk-driving crashes.

The most recent data available from the 2014 holiday weekend revealed that 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That number represents almost half (41%) of all crash fatalities for the entire holiday weekend.

Celebrate Independence Day Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

Celebrate Independence Day Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

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City of Clarksville Offices closed July 4th

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – City of Clarksville offices will be closed Monday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

Offices will be open Tuesday, July 5th at normal hours.

Have a safe and fun holiday!

Happy Fourth of July

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