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A Look at Thanksgivings Beginnings

 

ThanksgivingClarksville, 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 has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks for hundreds of years.

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.

The First Thanksgiving 1621

The First Thanksgiving 1621

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Cook Safely this Thanksgiving Season

 

Thanksgiving is the Leading Day for Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts this Thursday, November 24th, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to avoid careless cooking habits that can lead to fires.

Cooking safety is a key component to the SFMO’s recently launched holiday safety campaign, developed in response to an annual increase of home fires during the holiday season.

“The excitement of a Thanksgiving get-together can lead to distractions for holiday cooks,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Dunbar Cave State Park to hold “After Thanksgiving TurkeyTrot” Friday, November 25th

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Take a break from Black Friday shopping and walk off some of your Thanksgiving turkey. Join Dunbar Cave State Natural Area on November 25th for a one mile hike on the Short Loop Trail where we can search for wildlife around us.

The hike will start at 10:00am and go until 11:00am.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Make Yeast Rolls for Thanksgiving

 

ThanksgivingClarksville, TN – It’s nearly Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here for you have a chance to turn around. If you are like me, you cook quite a bit during the holidays. One of the things that takes a lot of time and effort is yeast rolls.

I am going to show you a way to make old fashioned yeast rolls, freeze the dough, and have them all ready to defrost and rise on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

It is very handy to have these rolls in the freezer. You can pull them out whenever you want to make a meal special.

Yeast Rolls

Yeast Rolls

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Tennessee Department of Transportation suspends Lane Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

 

No Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 through 6:00am Monday, November 28th, 2016.

TDOT to halt lane Closures during Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

TDOT to halt lane Closures during Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

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This Thanksgiving try Sweet Potato Twist

 

ThanksgivingClarksville, TN – New on my Healthy Eating Menu is a great tasting casserole.

The taste of sweet potatoes and bananas go together so naturally. 

Its a tropical twist on the old sweet potato casserole.  Try this recipe this Thanksgiving.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

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Tennessee State Parks Host Day After Thanksgiving Hikes

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the third year for this event, and one in a series of five statewide ranger-led hikes throughout the year.

“Our public lands are here for all to enjoy and the After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to have fun with friends and family during the holiday,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Our parks offer something for everyone, so all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us for a peaceful stroll or a rugged trek.”

Enjoy an After Thanksgiving Hike at a Tennessee State Park

Enjoy an After Thanksgiving Hike at a Tennessee State Park

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APSU Basketball’s Tearra Banks scores career-high 34 points in road win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions

 

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APSU Women's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityPine Bluff, AR – Senior center Tearra Banks poured in a career-high 34 points as Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team earned its fourth win of the season, defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 69-55, Monday.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball senior Tearra Banks has 34 points in victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball senior Tearra Banks has 34 points in victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday night. (APSU Sports Information)

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AAA reports Gas Prices continue to fall as Thanksgiving Nears

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices are falling as 43.5 million Americans plan to hit the road for Thanksgiving. In the past week, state averages declined 5 cents in Florida, 7 cents in Georgia, and 6 cents in Tennessee. 

“Motorists are beginning to find gas prices under $2.00 a gallon again,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Low oil prices, lower demand and high gasoline supplies are causing the slump at the pump. Gas prices should push even lower through the holiday weekend, unless crude oil prices suddenly surge.” 

Oil Prices Decline

Oil Prices Decline

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Thanksgiving Holiday can be a time for New Traditions

 

Martha White®Nashville, TN – What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Thanksgiving dinner? Most people would say turkey, but running a close second is probably dressing or stuffing, specifically cornbread dressing if you have Southern roots.

A tried and true recipe that dates back generations is traditional cornbread dressing, seasoned with onion, celery and sage. To spice up the holiday table this year, add a few non-traditional ingredients to the dressing that will likely be the start of a new Thanksgiving dinner tradition.

Sausage Cornbread Dressing with Apples and Pecans

Sausage Cornbread Dressing with Apples and Pecans

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