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TVA River Management Handles Rainy 2018, Prepares for New Year

 

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Tennessee Valley AuthorityKnoxville, TN – As 2018 draws to a close, yearly rainfall totals for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region continue to climb to near record levels, and the trend for above average rainfall totals continues right up to year’s end.

“For the week before Christmas, rainfall averaged 2 inches in the eastern Valley and 1.4 inches in the western Valley,” said James Everett, senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center. “We began spilling and sluicing at several locations the day after Christmas to increase flows and increase flood storage capacity, and that will likely continue into the New Year.”

TVA’s River Management team is continuing its work over the holidays by doing what it’s been doing a lot this year: handling above average amounts rainfall and runoff across the Valley.

TVA’s River Management team is continuing its work over the holidays by doing what it’s been doing a lot this year: handling above average amounts rainfall and runoff across the Valley.

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American Red Cross calls for healthy donors to maintain Blood supply

 

American Red Cross

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.

Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall.

LaDeodra Drummond donates blood. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio/American Red Cross)

LaDeodra Drummond donates blood. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio/American Red Cross)
Members of Congress and staff roll up a sleeve in honor of Representative Steve Scalise and those wounded during a terrible shooting on June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. In this photo, LaDeodra Drummond donates blood at the event. Photos by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio/American Red Cross

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NASA’s RainCube CubeSat satellite measures storms

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – How many times have you stepped outside into a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella and wished that weather forecasts were more accurate?

A satellite no bigger than a shoebox may one day help. Small enough to fit inside a backpack, the aptly named RainCube (Radar in a CubeSat) uses experimental technology to see storms by detecting rain and snow with very small instruments. The people behind the miniature mission celebrated after RainCube sent back its first images of a storm over Mexico in a technology demonstration in August. Its second wave of images in September caught the first rainfall of Hurricane Florence.

RainCube is a mini weather satellite, no bigger than a shoebox, that will measure storms. It's part of several new NASA experiments to track storms from space with many small satellites, instead of individual, large ones. (UCAR)

RainCube is a mini weather satellite, no bigger than a shoebox, that will measure storms. It’s part of several new NASA experiments to track storms from space with many small satellites, instead of individual, large ones. (UCAR)

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American Red Cross in need of Blood, Platelet donations in wake of Hurricane Florence

 

American Red Cross

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country.

People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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NASA’s TEMPEST-D satellite looks inside Hurricane Florence

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A new experimental weather satellite no bigger than a cereal box got an inside look at Hurricane Florence in a test of technology that could influence the future of storm monitoring from space. The satellite took its first images of Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, September 11th, just hours after its instrument was turned on.

TEMPEST-D, which deployed into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station in July, carries a state-of-the-art miniaturized microwave radiometer, an instrument that sees through the thick clouds to reveal the hidden interior of storms, just like a security scanner can see inside luggage at the airport.

This image combines the TEMPEST-D (Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems Demonstration) data with a visual image of the storm from NOAA's GOES (Geoweather Operational Environmental Satellite) weather satellite. The brightly colored image taken by the small, experimental satellite TEMPEST-D captures Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean. The colors reveal the eye of the storm, surrounded by heavy rain. (NASA/NOAA/Naval Research Laboratory Monterey/JPL-Caltech)

This image combines the TEMPEST-D (Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems Demonstration) data with a visual image of the storm from NOAA’s GOES (Geoweather Operational Environmental Satellite) weather satellite. The brightly colored image taken by the small, experimental satellite TEMPEST-D captures Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean. The colors reveal the eye of the storm, surrounded by heavy rain. (NASA/NOAA/Naval Research Laboratory Monterey/JPL-Caltech)

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Tennessee National Guard sends Military Police Company to South Carolina for Hurricane Florence support

 

Tennessee National Guard

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The Tennessee National Guard sent a military police company to South Carolina today to assist residents of that state in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

More than 100 personnel of the 117th Military Police Battalion departed Athens, Tennessee this morning with the necessary equipment and supplies to operate for approximately two weeks.

Soldiers of the Tenn. Army National Guard’s 117th Military Police Battalion conduct a convoy operations briefing prior to departure from battalion headquarters in Athens, Tenn. on September 16, 2018. More than 100 personnel from the battalion are headed to South Carolina to provide assistance to residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (CW4 Nick Atwood, Tenn. National Guard)

Soldiers of the Tenn. Army National Guard’s 117th Military Police Battalion conduct a convoy operations briefing prior to departure from battalion headquarters in Athens, Tenn. on September 16, 2018. More than 100 personnel from the battalion are headed to South Carolina to provide assistance to residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (CW4 Nick Atwood, Tenn. National Guard)

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Tennessee Gas Prices Unfazed by Hurricane Florence

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County has third cheapest Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN Hurricane Florence had little to no effect on prices at the pump last week. Gas prices in Tennessee have held steady through the past week.

Sunday’s state average of $2.59 per gallon is the same as a week ago and 3 cents less than last month. However, motorists are still paying 2 cents per gallon more than this time last year.  

Gas Pump prices in Tennessee remain steady. (AAA)

Gas Pump prices in Tennessee remain steady. (AAA)

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Tennessee Consumers Should Be Wary of Hurricane-Related Price Gouging

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – Ahead of the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Florence this weekend, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak are urging consumers to be alert to potential price gouging that could occur.

Tennessee Attorney General Slatery, TDCI Commissioner McPeak Warn Consumers of Price Gouging.

Tennessee Attorney General Slatery, TDCI Commissioner McPeak Warn Consumers of Price Gouging.

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Tennessee Vols Football holds UTEP scoreless in 24-0 Win

 

UT Athletics

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Sophomore running back Ty Chandler rushed 12 times for a career-best 158 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee recorded its first shutout since 2016 in a 24-0 victory over UTEP on Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
 
A crowd of 87,074 was on hand for the contest, including 1,067 evacuees of Hurricane Florence from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. They received complimentary tickets to the game from UT Athletics.

Tennessee Football running back Ty Chandler rushed for 158 yards and scored a touchdown Saturday against UTEP. (UT Athletics)

Tennessee Football running back Ty Chandler rushed for 158 yards and scored a touchdown Saturday against UTEP. (UT Athletics)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers deploy for Hurricane Florence Relief

 

101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Nearly 200 Soldiers consisting primarily of the 74th Composite Truck Company, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, departed Fort Campbell Friday, September 14th, 2018 en route to North Carolina to assist in Hurricane Florence response and recovery efforts.

The “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers departed with almost 100 vehicles, consisting of heavy transport trucks and associated equipment, en route to Fort Bragg, NC. There, they will assist in DOD efforts supporting FEMA and other relief agencies. The 74 CTC’s current mission task is to provide sustainment and container movement, personnel movement, and any additional transportation tasking.

Soldiers assigned to 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct preparations and deploy in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts, Sept. 14, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers will provide logistics and transportation to assist FEMA and other relief agencies. (Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia)

Soldiers assigned to 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct preparations and deploy in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts, Sept. 14, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers will provide logistics and transportation to assist FEMA and other relief agencies. (Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia)

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