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Dakota Tucker of Monteagle Arrested for Sequatchie County Wildfire

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie County, have charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres.

Tucker is now charged with setting fire to personal property or land for the fire that occurred November 14th near Sunshine Road in Sequatchie County. He is currently being held in the Grundy County jail. Additional charges against Tucker are pending.

Dakota Ashton Tucker has been arrested for setting fire that burned 65 acres in Sequatchie County.

Dakota Ashton Tucker has been arrested for setting fire that burned 65 acres in Sequatchie County.

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Tennessee Agriculture says Christmas Tree Farms are not just for Trees Anymore

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Christmas trees are not the only draw to Tennessee’s Christmas tree farms.

“The best reason to visit a local Christmas tree farm is to make great memories,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist Clay Dunivan said. “People have so much fun being outdoors at a farm during the holiday season.”

“Friends and families can enjoy a wagon ride through the trees, drink hot chocolate or cider, see Santa Claus, take a holiday crafts class, and even make their own wreaths and garland—with the help of the farmer, of course,” stated Dunivan.

A Christmas Tree Farm

A Christmas Tree Farm

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Fatal Horse Viruses Detected in West Tennessee

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – With unseasonably warm weather persisting well into the fall, mosquito-borne illnesses remain a serious health threat for horses in Tennessee.

A horse in Dyer County and a horse in Gibson County both recently tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

A horse in Chester County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Sick horses cannot directly infect people with WNV or EEE.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans of Danger Posed by Dry Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With dry conditions, low water levels, and little to no precipitation forecast throughout most of Tennessee for the foreseeable future, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to make fire prevention and fire safety a top priority this fall. 

“Drought conditions are increasing the threat of wildfires in Tennessee counties, specifically those in the eastern portion of the state,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge Tennesseans to heed any burn bans currently activated in their community. By employing just a few basic fire safety precautions, the public can help prevent the devastating loss of life and property.”

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Issues Waiver to Avoid Petroleum Supply Disruptions in Tennessee

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued Executive Order #56 Friday waiving federal hours of service requirements for petroleum transporters to prevent any fuel supply disruptions for Tennesseans from the Colonial pipeline leak in Shelby County, AL.

“This is a precautionary measure as we are not currently seeing any widespread unavailability of petroleum in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “We urge Tennesseans to maintain their normal fuel purchasing and driving patterns to help prevent any potential impacts on our fuel supply while the pipeline undergoes repairs.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Equine Piroplasmosis Detected in 17 Horses

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) in a group of racing Quarter Horses in Tennessee.

EP is a blood parasite that affects equines. Although it can be transmitted through infected ticks, today it is more commonly spread by blood and blood products through the sharing of needles, syringes or improperly cleaned and disinfected dental, tattoo, surgical or blood product equipment between infected and uninfected horses.

Equine Piroplasmosis is an acute tick borne disease of Equids (horses, mules, donkeys, and zebras) with a greater than 50% mortality rate.

Equine Piroplasmosis is an acute tick borne disease of Equids (horses, mules, donkeys, and zebras) with a greater than 50% mortality rate.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Local Farmers Markets Share Expert Advice For Peak Season

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Unless you grow your own vegetables, the local farmers market is the best bet for just picked, fresh-as-possible produce. August is Tennessee’s peak month for produce, so there’s no better time to visit a local farmers market than right now. August 7th-13th is National Farmers Market Week.

Starting August 7th, fresh tips for picking and storing summer produce will be as close as your favorite social media platform. Check out #FarmersMarketWeek for expert advice, or use the hashtag #FarmersMarketWeek to post your own tips for success. The handy tips are also available at the Pick TN Products Facebook page here.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans Detected in Tennessee

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee Departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Summer Isn’t Over Yet, National Farmer’s Market Week

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Many Tennesseans are ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Tennessee farmers however, want everyone to know that summer is far from over. In fact, August is the peak month of growing season for most of the U.S. That’s why the first week is always National Farmers Market Week.

This year, the celebration is August 7th-13th. Many local farmers’ markets will host special events to remind customers that there’s still plenty of summer and summer produce left.

The Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports White County Quarantined For Emerald Ash Borer

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – White County is the latest in Tennessee to be quarantined for an invasive pest targeting ash trees.

Officials have detected Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the eastern section of White County. An adult EAB beetle was recently captured in a trap near Old Railroad Grade Road. With this discovery, White County joins 48 other counties in quarantine with a prohibition on the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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