Written by Guy Webster
Pasadena, CA – Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has been exploring sedimentary rocks within Gale Crater since landing in August 2012. In July 2015, on Sol 1060 (the number of Martian days since landing), the rover collected powder drilled from rock at a location named “Buckskin.” Analyzing data from an X-ray diffraction instrument on the rover that identifies minerals, scientists detected significant amounts of a silica mineral called tridymite.
Tampa, 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.
#7 Seed Tennessee Lady Vols (21-13) vs. #3 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7)
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | 8:30pm CT/9:30pm ET
Knoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (21-13) will take on No. 3 seed Ohio State (26-7) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday at 8:30pm CT/ 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.
The winner will advance to Sunday’s Sioux Falls Regional final and will play the winner of the other semifinal game featuring No. 1 seed and #3/2-ranked South Carolina (33-1) vs. No. 4 seed and #14/15-ranked Syracuse (27-7).
Tennessee advanced to the semifinal round on Sunday night by upsetting No. 2 seed and #11/11 Arizona State, 75-64, in the second round on the Sun Devils’ home court in Tempe. UT had beaten No. 10 seed Green Bay in the first round last Friday, 59-53.
Written by Elizabeth Landau
Pasadena, CA – One year ago, on March 6th, 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft slid gently into orbit around Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since then, the spacecraft has delivered a wealth of images and other data that open an exciting new window to the previously unexplored dwarf planet.
“Ceres has defied our expectations and surprised us in many ways, thanks to a year’s worth of data from Dawn. We are hard at work on the mysteries the spacecraft has presented to us,” said Carol Raymond, deputy principal investigator for the mission, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Clarksville, TN – Author and essayist Ann Pancake, a native West Virginian with a bit of a wanderlust, has traveled the world in search of a story.
After graduating from West Virginia University, Pancake earned an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina before teaching English in, among other places, American Samoa, Japan and Thailand. Even now, Pancake lives in Seattle, teaching in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.
Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly reconvened on Capitol Hill this week to begin work on a number of important issues facing Tennessee. I was pleased to officially be named as Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.
On Monday, the Brig. Gen. Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor Bill Haslam. This project was years in the making, and I am pleased that it is finally opened to serve our veterans.
Washington, D.C. – Gas prices rang in the New Year by reaching the lowest average price ($1.997) for the holiday since 2009. Today’s average price of $1.99 per gallon is the cheapest average since March 25th, 2009, and the national average has moved lower for 50 of the past 59 days, largely due to an abundance of crude oil. Pump prices are discounted by fractions of a penny on the week, by five cents per gallon on the month, and are down by 22 cents on the year.
In 2015, consumers paid an annual average of $2.40 per gallon, which was the lowest annual average since 2009.
Murfreesboro, TN – Tis the season for peace on earth and goodwill towards men, but it’s also the time of year for people to steal your stuff.
According to State Farm, Tennessee is ranked ninth on the list of states for December theft claims in 2014. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee (5-4) vs. Gonzaga (7-3)
Saturday, December 19th, 2015 | 11:00pm ET (10:00pm CT)
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee heads to the West Coast for the first time in six years when it takes on Gonzaga in the annual Battle in Seattle on Saturday night. The Vols and Bulldogs tip off at 11:00pm ET (10:00pm CT) on ESPNU.
The cross-country trip comes on the heels of an 81-62 win for Tennessee (5-4) over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday night. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Volunteers and improved their home record to a perfect 5-0. UT is still seeking its first win away from Knoxville under head coach Rick Barnes — an ailment it will seek to remedy as it makes only its second-ever appearance in the Emerald City.
APSU Art Exhibit
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is bringing “Traces: A Fragrant Installation,” by Stephen Watson, to Clarksville this autumn.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is now open and runs through November 18th.
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