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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports additional Tennessee counties quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include more Tennessee counties. Bradley County, McMinn County, Meigs County and Polk County have been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.

EAB was recently found in McMinn and Polk counties and it is believed that EAB is also likely to be present in Bradley and Meigs counties. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 38.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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American Heart Association says TeleStroke units improve Stroke Care in underserved areas

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX - Using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients in rural areas continued to improve and sustain stroke care, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

This is the largest and longest evaluation of telemedicine for stroke and took place in rural Bavaria, Germany. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell to celebrate Women’s Equality: Voting right into combat

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell is preparing to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th. The celebration will mark the 94th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S.

Colonel Kimberly Daub, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” will be the guest speaker at this year’s celebration scheduled from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Sportsman’s Lodge. She will discuss the history of women’s equality in the Army and how women can celebrate their successes and contributions to the Army today.

“The right to vote was a watershed held moment of all women in the U.S., but just the beginning of things to come in women’s equality,” said the commander of the Lifeliners. «Read the rest of this article»

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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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AAA gives Tips to help you avoid Back-To-School Tragedy

 

Most Child Pedestrian Fatalities Occur during After-School Hours

AAATampa, FL - Over 55 million children across the United States are heading back to school. With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists during, before, and after school hours.

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children.

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CoScentrix Recalls Candles in Metal Tins Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Hobby Lobby

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that Candles in Metal Tins are being recalled by CoScentrix because the candle’s surface can ignite causing a fire hazard. These candles were sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

CoScentrix “DD” Candle

CoScentrix “DD” Candle

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launches new Initiative to raise awareness, Combat Human Trafficking

 

‘It Has To Stop’ Hopes To Education, Inspire Action in Tennessee

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officially launched a new outreach to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee.

The campaign, titled “IT Has To Stop,” hopes to increase awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee and beyond. The centerpiece of the campaign, ITHasToStop.com, features information, current research and statistics, video, important contacts, and links for visitors to join nonprofits and other groups in the efforts to curb trafficking in Tennessee. Visitors can also connect with the campaign on designated Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft gets images of Clouds moving over a Sea on Saturn’s moon Titan

 

Written by Preston Dyches
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recently captured images of clouds moving across the northern hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s moon Titan. This renewed weather activity, considered overdue by researchers, could finally signal the onset of summer storms that atmospheric models have long predicted.

The Cassini spacecraft obtained the new views in late July, as it receded from Titan after a close flyby. Cassini tracked the system of clouds developing and dissipating over the large methane sea known as Ligeia Mare for more than two days. Measurements of cloud motions indicate wind speeds of around 7 to 10 mph (3 to 4.5 meters per second).

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.

As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon’s northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.

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AAA reports Gas Prices Decline as Oil Stabilizes

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have fallen more than 40 consecutive days in the southeastern United States.

Since late June, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped 26 cents in Florida, 25 cents in Georgia, and 24 cents in Tennessee.

“Prices are falling at about a half cent a day and aren’t showing signs of slowing down,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Slowing Brain Functions linked to increased risk of Stroke, Death

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Cognitive abilities such as memory and attention are not only important after a stroke but also before; according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Previous studies have shown poor cardiovascular health can increase the risk of cognitive impairment such as problems in memory and learning. However, the opposite idea that cognitive impairment may impact cardiovascular health, specifically stroke, was not established before.

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