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How Thanksgiving got started

 
The First Thanksgiving 1621

The First Thanksgiving 1621

Clarksville, TN – People have given thanks for many reasons throughout history. Thanks is given often in joyful celebration and sometimes in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony.

The United States, over hundreds of years, has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks.

It is a time to celebrate family and friends, the arrival of crisp fall weather, the turning of the leaves, football, turkey, cornbread dressing and pumpkin pie. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball ready for season opener Friday

 

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN - The Tennessee Lady Vols held a media session and open practice period Wednesday in advance of Friday’s season opener vs. Penn.

No. 4/4 UT and the Quakers will meet at Thompson-Boling Arena in a contest slated to tip at 7:00pm ET and be streamed live by SEC Network+.

The contest will be the first between the two programs and only Tennessee’s second vs. a school from the Ivy League. The Lady Vols, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, toppled Princeton, 107-39, on December 20th, 2005, in their only other meeting with an Ivy program.

UT Lady Vols prepare for Penn on Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena (UTSports.com)

UT Lady Vols prepare for Penn on Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena (UTSports.com)

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Global Trends Report ranks Tennessee as Top State for Foreign Job Investment

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development CouncilClarksville, TN – According to the most recent Global Trends Report, Tennessee has been ranked the top state in the nation for foreign direct investment job commitments in 2013.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2013 calendar year. Following Tennessee in the rankings were Texas, Georgia and Ohio. «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA Earth Scientists to study Arctic Sea Ice losses effects on Clouds, Weather, Global Warming

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Climate change is a global phenomenon, yet Earth scientists are keeping a wary eye on one place in particular–the Arctic.

“Polar regions are important for us to study right now,” explains Tom Wagner of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington DC. “They are changing rapidly.”

One of the most visible of signs of warming is the retreat of Arctic sea ice. Every year, sea ice waxes and wanes in a normal response to the changing of seasons; the annual sea ice minimum occurs near the end of northern summer. Since the 1970s, researchers carefully watched to see if the rhythm of Arctic sea ice would respond to global warming.

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AAA says Refinery Outages slow declining Gas Prices

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices remained relatively stagnant last week, falling a mere three hundredths of a cent nationwide.  Refinery outages in both Canada and Texas have caused the steady decline in gasoline to come to a halt and even spike in some markets. The Pensacola metro area in Florida saw a 6 cent rise in the average price of gas.

“Refinery maintenance, especially in the Gulf, is causing the tightening of supplies is some areas,” said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.  “As a result of these refinery issues, the downward pressure on gas prices motorists saw earlier in the month has stopped.”

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Clarksville’s Go Commando Half Marathon coming October 18th

 

Go Commando Half Marathon and 5kClarksville, TN – The Go Commando Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Fun Run, powered by CDE Lightband, is back and better than ever.

For those who are no stranger to going commando in Clarksville, Tennessee, you know that this beautiful, around-downtown course brings rewards to all those who dare to take on the challenge.

Clarksville's Go Commando

Clarksville’s Go Commando

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Nashville Sounds go deep three times in 7-4 win over Round Rock Express

 

Nashville Sounds Baseball

Nashville SoundsRound Rock, TX – The Nashville Sounds snapped a four-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Round Rock Express on Friday evening at The Dell Diamond.

With the victory, Nashville (75-65) stayed alive in the PCL American Conference Southern Division race. First-place Memphis held a late lead in its contest at New Orleans; with a win, the Redbirds would their magic number to one to clinch the title.

Nashville Sounds use the long ball in win over Round Rock 7-4. (Mateen Sidiq/Nashville Sports Network)

Nashville Sounds use the long ball in win over Round Rock 7-4. (Mateen Sidiq/Nashville Sports Network)

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NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite to help Farmers manage Drought conditions

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – About 60 percent of California is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California’s last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Without enough water in the soil, seeds can’t sprout roots, leaves can’t perform photosynthesis, and agriculture can’t be sustained.

Currently, there is no ground- or satellite-based global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors in the ground, but these only provide spot measurements and are rare across some critical agricultural areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

For several months, California has been in a state of "exceptional drought." The state's usually verdant Central Valley produces one-sixth of the U.S.'s crops. (White House via Wikimedia Commons)

For several months, California has been in a state of “exceptional drought.” The state’s usually verdant Central Valley produces one-sixth of the U.S.’s crops. (White House via Wikimedia Commons)

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Bedell apprehends Texas murder suspect Donald Brown

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOMontgomery County, TN – A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy last night apprehended a fugitive wanted in Texas on capitol murder charges.

Deputy Chris Bedell, assigned to the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, was conducting a routine stop when he encountered Donald Tremaine Brown, 34, who claimed to be homeless.

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Salon 615: The Home (and Heart) of the Blues in Printers Alley

 

Sandee Gertz - Author/WriterNashville, TN – As you know by now from my columns, Printers Alley, where I live and write is literally the “home of the blues” as the famed Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is situated right in the heart of the bustling historic district of downtown off Church Street. And though there are a few regulars here who are declared (or claim) to be the “mayor of the alley,” only one man is king of the blues in these parts: Gil Gann, “the man.”

If you’ve walked through the alley only once, you’ve likely seen him in his signature performing regalia of top hat and black cotton matching shirt and pants—either putting out the signs for the club, sitting on the café chairs outside grabbing a smoke, or where he weaves his daily magic “on da porch” as they call the famed stage at Bourbon.

Gil Gann performing in Nashville.

Gil Gann performing in Nashville.

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