• Tennessee State Parks offers guided hikes

        Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at 55 state parks as part of the annual First Day Hike program across the state.
        “This is a great way to start off that New Year’s resolution to be more active, and we’re glad Tennessee State Parks can offer these free hikes,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Lesser known Christmas traditions

        The Christmas traditions we are all familiar with: Holly, mistletoe, Christmas trees, all were imported to the US from Europe, the United Kingdom in particular. There are other traditions still celebrated in the United Kingdom that never caught on here, some of which go beyond Christmas Day.

  • Business opportunities in the BSF NRRA and Obed WSR

        With roughly a million yearly visitors, there are numerous business opportunities within the boundaries of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River, and the National Park Service must determine what types of commercial activities are necessary and appropriate. That is to say, all commercial activities should provide high quality visitor experiences while protecting important natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

  • Ten deer confirmed as CWD positive; three additional preliminary positive

        Ten deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been confirmed as positive with chronic wasting disease (CWD).
        The deer preliminarily tested positive late last week. In addition, three more deer have tested preliminarily positive this week from the same counties.
        The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission had a special called meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 specifically to discuss and consider regulatory changes in Hardeman and Fayette counties as a result of CWD being confirmed there.

  • Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission makes regulatory changes in regard to CWD confirmation

        The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has made regulatory changes in response to the confirmation of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties. The changes came at a special called meeting of the TFWC on Thursday (Dec. 20) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency headquarters.

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  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The Flora and Fauna of Christmas

        We often come up with mind games to pass time with our grandkids on extended road trips, and being the Christmas season, we recently did a guessing game that involved plants and animals associated with Christmas. It was interesting enough that I decided to share the list and researched how certain plants and animals became synonymous with Christmas.

  • Protect your home (and more) from winter’s freeze

        Freezing temperatures may be good for ice skating or building snowmen, but sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous for the average person and his or her home.
        Cold weather often leaves people scurrying to do whatever is necessary to safeguard themselves from the big chill. But it’s important homeowners also protect their homes in cold weather.


  • Outdoor Tip

        Hypothermia - Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below 95 degrees. Severe shivering, one of the first signs of hypothermia, is beneficial in keeping the body warm. But as hypothermia progresses, shivering gives way to drowsiness or exhaustion, confusion, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, loss of coordination and, eventually, unconsciousness and even death.

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    Chestnuts roasting

        One of the more popular Christmas carols is “The Christmas Song”, sometimes called “Chestnuts Roasting”. The first line goes (sing it with me): “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. It occurred to me that most folks sing it with only a vague idea of what it means, so allow me to illuminate.