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APSU Students to launch High-Altitude Balloon during 2017 Eclipse

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Almost like dominoes toppling over, only in reverse, a line of high-altitude balloons will gradually rise into the late summer sky, from Oregon to South Carolina, on August 21st, 2017.

That afternoon, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will traverse the entire country, and as it nears Clarksville, a team of Austin Peay State University students will release their own helium-filled inflatable.

Austin Peay Physics students Mary Sencabaugh, Jacob Robertson, Megan McCracken and Dominic Critchlow prepare the ground system they built to track the high altitude balloon they will release during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. (APSU)

Austin Peay Physics students Mary Sencabaugh, Jacob Robertson, Megan McCracken and Dominic Critchlow prepare the ground system they built to track the high altitude balloon they will release during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. (APSU)

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AAA reports Average Gas Prices Holding Steady to Begin August

 

AAATampa Bay, FL – The national average price of gas has held relatively steady over the past week and has declined on just one of the past four days.

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.12 per gallon, which is the lowest price for this date since 2004 and 26 cents below 2016’s peak price to date of $2.40 on June 11th.

Today’s price is one cent less than one week ago, 12 cents less than one month ago and 48 cents less than the same date last year.

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AAA reports Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Price Since April

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – National pump prices have fallen for 43 of the past 44 days, dropping 22 cents during this span. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline sits at $2.21 per gallon, which is the lowest mark since April and the lowest price for this date since 2004.

Today’s price is five cents less than one week ago, 15 cents less than one month ago, and 56 cents less than the same date last year.

With abundant fuel supplies across the nation and declining crude oil costs, gas prices dropped in 47 states over the past week, led by double digit drops in several Midwestern states.

Price at the pump continues to fall.

Price at the pump continues to fall.

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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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Tennessee Ranks in Top Five as Retirement Destination

 

Tennessee Department of TourismNashville, TN – Tennessee has been named No. 4 in a recent analysis of the 10 Best States for Retirement 2016 by Kiplinger.com, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The report rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to retirees.

Affordability, especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs, was a key factor in the research. The economic health of the state, as well as the overall health of the population, was also taken into account. States with prosperous populations of residents age 65 were also important in the comprehensive analysis.

Kiplinger Report Rates 10 Best States for Retirement 2016

Kiplinger Report Rates 10 Best States for Retirement 2016

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AAA says Gas Prices Drop for Nine Straight Days

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have fallen for nine consecutive days, reaching today’s average of $2.33 per gallon.

Gasoline demand remains on track to set a new all-time high for the 2016 summer driving season, however, crude oil remains relatively less expensive than recent years which is contributing to direct savings at the pump.

Drivers are saving a nickel per gallon on the week, but are paying five cents per gallon more on the month.

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AAA reports Average U.S. Gas Prices Climb to 2016 High

 

AAATampa, FL – The national average price of gas reached a new 2016 high over the weekend, and today’s average of $2.38 per gallon is the most expensive average since September 2015.

Gas prices have moved higher by two cents per gallon on the week and 16 cents per gallon on the month.

Although pump prices have increased for 28 of the past 33 days, consumers continue to benefit from yearly savings and prices are down 42 cents per gallon compared to a year ago.

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Memorial Day’s Beginnings

 

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U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – The head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), On May 5th, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Major General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th.

It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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Registration for 12th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference going on now

 

Clarksville Writers ConferenceClarksville, TN – The Twelfth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference will be held June 2nd and 3rd, 2016, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The conference is put on by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker Jim Squires, former Tennessean reporter, former Chicago Tribune editor and author of much-buzzed-about political Roman a clef West End, published under the pen name Crockett White.

Jim Squires

Jim Squires

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APSU Governors Golf finishes regular season at Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational

 

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APSU Men's Golf - Austin Peay State UniversitySpartanburg, SC – With the Ohio Valley Conference tournament just around the corner, Austin Peay State University men’s golf team will play one final regular-season event when it returns to The Country Club of Spartanburg to participate in the 28th Annual Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, Monday and Tuesday.

This is the second straight year the Govs have participated in the Wofford-hosted event. They tied for sixth last year.

Austin Peay Men's Golf plays in Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational before heading to the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Golf plays in Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational before heading to the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

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