• Outdoor Tip

    Pay attention to what you’re feeling - If you even feel the slightest bit dizzy or lethargic, alert someone in your party and get out of the sun. If you’re feeling confused, nauseous, have an increased pulse or headache, seek medical attention immediately. Heat stroke is a real condition that can hit you before you realize it from prolonged sun exposure.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    A tree connection to the Declaration of Independence

        When holidays roll around, I like to poke around for a connection with the natural world, and I found some interesting stuff about The Declaration of Independence. This most revered American document kicked off our nation’s quest to rule itself, which we celebrate on the 4th of July, Independence Day.

  • Frozen Head State Park Programs

    July 4 – 2 p.m. – Salamander Hunt: Meet Ranger Hannah at the playground by Shelter B. Join in on the fun identifying salamanders or any other critters we find. It’s also a good chance to cool off in the creek.

  • Outdoor Tip

    Stay out of the garden midday - The sun is at its hottest and most harmful point during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to avoid those hours, particularly between noon and 2 p.m. Yes, that’s a big chunk of the day, but doing your gardening in the early morning or evening keeps you cool and leaves you with the rest of the day to pursue other hobbies.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Medicinal Plants

        Thousands of years before modern medicine, people depended on medicinal plants to ease pain and aid healing. Our early pioneer ancestors learned from native Indians what plants were useful to treat maladies. Many of these plants are common in our area and easy to identify. What follows is a description of some of the more easy to find medicinals found in our area.

  • 2019 application period for Peregrine Falcon trapping for falconry usage begins July 1

        The 2019 application period for the trapping of a peregrine falcon to be used in falconry will begin July 1, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.
        The number of permits to be allowed for the taking of peregrine falcons to be used in falconry has increased from one to five in as announced in 2018 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Roane/Morgan Bee Association meeting is July 9

        The Roane/Morgan County Beekeepers Association welcomes new and experienced beekeepers to attend its meeting and join the club for education and fellowship in beekeeping. The association will meet Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at North Point Church, located on Harriman Highway in Harriman. For more information, call 865-314-1391.


  • Night Skies over the Obed ­— Viewing Saturn at its brightest on July 13

        Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects. National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource. The Obed Wild and Scenic River is an International Dark Sky Park and is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night.

  • Outdoor Tip

        Use a vertical garden or trellis - Not only do these add visual interest, but think of how much easier it will be to garden without having to bend over uncomfortably for hours on end. And if you have limited mobility, you could sit on a stool to garden. As an added bonus, it won’t take up as much yard space and it’s easier to keep critters at bay.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Mountain Coffee: Chicory

        Chicory was a popular wild plant back in the day when it was used to make a coffee-like beverage. It is very common in our area and can be seen right now growing along roadsides and abandoned places.