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Dunbar Cave State Park, Port Royal State Historic Park to hold National Trails Day Hikes, June 1st

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – On Saturday, June 1st, 2019, Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free guided hikes at all 56 state parks. Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal State Historic Park will be holding hikes led by park rangers.

This will be the third of the state parks’ signature hikes this year, following First Day Hikes in January and Spring Hikes in March. Thus far, 4,787 park visitors have participated in the hikes.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Dunbar Cave State Park, Port Royal State Historic Park to host Spring Hikes, March 23rd

 

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Tennessee State ParksClarksville, TN – With warmer weather coming, Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal State Historic Park are hosting free guided spring hikes led by park rangers on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.

The hikes fit every level, from short easy-to-walk trails to longer treks through more adventurous terrain, each featuring the natural settings that are so diverse across the state.

“The spring hikes are a great way to explore our parks, as well as get to know other people who share the outdoors in a group setting,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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First Day Hike to be held at Dunbar Cave State Park January 1st, 2019

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Dunbar Cave State Park will hold a First Day Hike on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.  Join us for our first guided trail hike of the year! The hike will start at 1:00pm and end around 2:00pm.

We will hiking the 3/4 mile Short Loop Trail. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Everyone will meet up at the Dunbar Cave Visitor Center. Dunbar Cave State Park is located at 401 Old Dunbar Cave Road.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Tennessee State Parks Add Their Own Flavor to Holiday Shopping

 

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Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks is encouraging shoppers this holiday to support conservation efforts through making a seasonal toast with their coffee roast or by spreading some cheer with their beer. A portion of the sales of the “State Parks Coffee” and the “State Park Blonde Ale” support the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit partner of the state parks system.

The state parks have joined Just Love Coffee on three flavors branded as Tennessee State Parks varieties – Earthy Blueberry for West Tennessee, Chocolate Raisin for Middle Tennessee, and Smoky Blueberry for East Tennessee.

Give Loved Ones a Tennessee State Park Gift Card for Christmas.

Give Loved Ones a Tennessee State Park Gift Card for Christmas.

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Dunbar Cave State Park, Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes the Day After Thanksgiving

 

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Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, November 23rd, 2018. Dunbar Cave State Park will be holding an “After Thanksgiving Hike” Wednesday.

“Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving to engage in healthy, fun activities,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It’s a chance to explore the state parks with loved ones around the holidays, with skilled rangers leading the way.”

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Tennessee State Parks Offer Rewards through Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Being active outdoors is not only good for your health – it can earn you Tennessee State Parks merchandise, golf rounds, free camping or even cabin stays thanks to a new program.

Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Health have partnered to develop a web application called Healthy Parks Healthy Person, which allows Tennesseans to log their activities at Tennessee State Parks in exchange for points that can be redeemed for rewards.

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Swan Lake improvement projects delayed due to Wet Weather

 

State of Tennessee still expects to finish projects this Summer

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – A wet summer has delayed work on two projects to improve Swan Lake at Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation released a conceptual plan in May that outlines the two projects. One is a water quality project to restore the lake being performed by TDEC. The second is a dam repair project in and around the Swan Lake spillway being managed by STREAM – the State of Tennessee Real Estate and Asset Management Division within the Department of General Services.

Swan Lake improvement projects still slated to be completed by end of Summer.

Swan Lake improvement projects still slated to be completed by end of Summer.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, TDEC Present APSU’s Dr. Edward Chester with Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau presented Dr. Edward Chester with the Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards on June 16th. 2017.

“Over the past 50 years, Dr. Chester has instilled the importance of environmental conservation to his students, botanists, and nature enthusiasts across the state,” said Haslam. “Through his writings, teaching and scientific contributions, we know more about Tennessee’s flora than ever before.”

(L to R) Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau, Austin Peay's Dr. Edward Chester and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

(L to R) Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau, Austin Peay’s Dr. Edward Chester and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Dunbar Cave State Park to host Student Volunteers on Tennessee Promise Saturday

 

Dunbar Cave State ParkClarksville, TN – Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Get some of your Tennessee Promise hours knocked out by volunteering at Dunbar Cave State Park. They could use your help to repaint the fence around the parking lot. They will provide the paint and the brushes, you provide the labor! It is recommended that you wear old clothes and shoes as painting can be messy.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 11

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 11 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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