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Fort Campbell’s 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion opens Task Force Engineer Academy

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Engineers from 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), opened their doors up to the first ever Task Force Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, January 7th-14th.

The academy is the first of its kind in Strike brigade, and the thought of starting an academy began during the brigade’s last rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center, Louisiana, in the fall of 2015.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires selected “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism Society

 

Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The Southeast Tourism Society has named Clarksville’s Rivers & Spires Festival one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for April 2016.

This year’s Rivers and Spires Festival is scheduled for April 14th-16th, 2016.  The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Rivers and Spires Festival

Rivers and Spires Festival

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Texas Guardsmen stand battle ready after Warfighter at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Elizabeth Peña
Joint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Army National GuardJoint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)Fort Campbell, KY – Texas Guardsmen from the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based out of Round Rock, Texas, exercised their combat readiness skills during a three-week Warfighter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, just in time to get home for Thanksgiving.

The 136th MEB went to Fort Campbell November 5th-22nd in support of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for the real-time scenario spanning three fictional countries in the Middle East. The purpose of Warfighter is to test a unit’s battle skills and ensure it is fit for overseas combat.

“This is our available year, so generally that is when you are going to see a brigade assigned to a warfighter exercise,” said Col. Scott Mac Leod, commander of the 136th MEB. “It’s part of the [Army Force Generation] cycle, which means, theoretically, that if an overseas contingency requirement occurred, it’s possible that the 136th MEB could be assigned to deploy in support of that assignment.”

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards' 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards’ 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

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Fort Campbell area officials, Fort Polk Progress launch national coalition of Army communities in opposition to defense cuts

 

Fort Polk ProgressLeesville, LA – A community organization that opposes budget cuts to Fort Campbell announced that they would unite with Fort Polk Progress during a recent visit to Central Louisiana.

Officials with the Friends of Fort Campbell said they hope that the 30 other Army defense communities recently studied for force structure reductions would join with them and Fort Polk Progress to create a unified opposition against budget-driven reductions to active-duty Army.

(From Left: Jim Durrett, county mayor, Montgomery County, Tenn; Katie Lopez, Christian County's Director of Military and Governmental Affairs; Lisa Adams, executive director Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Truitt, chief of staff for Mayor Durrett; Jeffery L. Solinsky, alderman, Town of Rosepine and incoming president of the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Misty Clanton, community services director, DeRidder; Michael Reese, chairman, Fort Polk Progress; Traci Weaver, of Leesville; Leesville Mayor Rick Allen; Anacoco Mayor Keith Lewing; Rhonda Plummer, Vernon Parish Police Jury Administrator; Jim Tuck, President of the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe; Leroy Cooley, Fort Polk Progress; Chris Goode, Roosevelt Group; Rich Liebe, Christian County Magistrate, Hopkinsville, Ken.; and John C. Mahre, special assistant to Chiristian County Judge Executive.)

(From Left: Jim Durrett, county mayor, Montgomery County, Tenn; Katie Lopez, Christian County’s Director of Military and Governmental Affairs; Lisa Adams, executive director Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Truitt, chief of staff for Mayor Durrett; Jeffery L. Solinsky, alderman, Town of Rosepine and incoming president of the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Misty Clanton, community services director, DeRidder; Michael Reese, chairman, Fort Polk Progress; Traci Weaver, of Leesville; Leesville Mayor Rick Allen; Anacoco Mayor Keith Lewing; Rhonda Plummer, Vernon Parish Police Jury Administrator; Jim Tuck, President of the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe; Leroy Cooley, Fort Polk Progress; Chris Goode, Roosevelt Group; Rich Liebe, Christian County Magistrate, Hopkinsville, Ken.; and John C. Mahre, special assistant to Chiristian County Judge Executive.)

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Austin Peay State University to host recital with Kate Rawls, Mei-En Chou

 

Recital presented APSU Department of Music, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present a guest artist recital by soprano Kate Rawls and pianist Mei-En Chou on Thursday, September 17th at 7:30pm in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus.

The varied program will feature beautiful, melodic songs and arias by J.S. Bach, Amy Beach, Gabriel Fauré and contemporary American composer, Ben Moore, as well as two exciting and atmospheric solo piano works by Ravel and Bolcom.

(L to R) Kate Rawls and Mei-En Chou to give a recital at APSU on Thursday, September 17th.

(L to R) Kate Rawls and Mei-En Chou to give a recital at APSU on Thursday, September 17th.

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American Heart Association says a Southern Diet could raise your risk of Heart Attack

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – If your dinner plate often includes fried chicken, gravy-smothered liver, buttered rolls and sweet tea — your heart may not find it so tasty.

Eating a Southern-style diet is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, according to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

Fried Chicken. (American Heart Association)

Fried Chicken. (American Heart Association)

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Consumer Reports digs into Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices

 

Poor Credit May Raise Premiums Higher Than a Drunk Driving Conviction

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.

The organization, w­hich believes that knowledge about the going rate of any product or service is a fundamental consumer right, has released the findings of a two-year, in-depth car insurance investigation. The report analyzed more than 2 billion price quotes for sample drivers that were obtained in August and November 2014 from more than 700 companies across all 33,419 general U.S. ZIP codes. «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA completes study of Louisiana Gulf Coast Levees and Wetlands

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA recently completed an intensive study of Louisiana Gulf Coast levees and wetlands, making measurements with three advanced imaging instruments on three research aircraft.

NASA instruments fly over the Gulf Coast one to three times per year to keep consistent records of ground subsidence — the gradual sinking of an area of land — which can compromise the integrity of roads, buildings and levee systems. Scientists also closely monitor vegetation changes in the coastal wetlands to better understand how to preserve them.

UAVSAR image of Wax Lake Delta at low tide captured during a flight on May 5, 2015. Research on the delta's growth through natural sedimentation processes can aid future work on restoring deltas worldwide. (NASA)

UAVSAR image of Wax Lake Delta at low tide captured during a flight on May 5, 2015. Research on the delta’s growth through natural sedimentation processes can aid future work on restoring deltas worldwide. (NASA)

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Miss Tennessee USA Kiara Young travels to Baton Rouge for 2015 Miss USA Pageant

 

Clarksville Montgomery County Convention and Visitors BureauClarksville, TN – It’s just a matter of days before Miss Tennessee USA 2015, Kiara Young, 25, makes her way to Baton Rouge to compete for the title of Miss USA 2015.

The 64th annual Miss USA pageant will be telecast live from the Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana on July 12th at 8:00pm/7:00pm CDT on NBC.

Miss Tennessee USA Kiara Young.

Miss Tennessee USA Kiara Young.

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Tennessee’s in Top Ten for Lightning Damage according to State Farm®

 

State Farm® Releases Top States for Lightning Claims; Joins IBHS for Lightning Awareness Week

State FarmMurfreesboro, TN – Lightning may not seem as destructive as other natural disasters, yet a strike can cause serious damage to business equipment and electrical appliances, disrupt electrical service for long periods of time, and spark wildfires.

In 2014, State Farm paid nearly $149 million dollars for insurance claims as a result of damage from lightning strikes.

Lightning strikes. (NOAA)

Lightning strikes. (NOAA)

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