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Outdoors

  • Apply for Morgan County Master Gardener program now

        The Extension Master Gardeners of Morgan County will host a Master Gardener program. The cost of the program is $175, which covers all materials and snacks. Class will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Applications are due Dec. 15.
        
    Feb. 12 — Welcome and introduction orientation
    March 12 — Database training
    April 9 — Basic botany, plant physiology and plant classification
    May 7 — Overview of Tennessee’s physical environment, flora and vegetation and soil science

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation

        Obed Wild and Scenic River received a field trip grant for the 2018-19 school year from the National Park Foundation, the official partner of the National Park Service. This program will bring fourth grade students to the Obed Wild and Scenic River to participate in nature-based learning, outdoor recreation and photography.
        This grant is part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program which creates pathways for kids to explore and connect with national park experiences.

  • Outdoor Tip

       Be Aware of Poor Visibility - Falling leaves, while beautiful, can obscure your vision, as can rain and fog. Shorter days are part of the fall season, making it more difficult to see children playing or people walking and riding bicycles. Be aware of limitations in your visibility, and slow down if you can’t see well. Use your dimmed headlights in bad weather with decreased visibility. If possible, try not to be on the roads when it’s hard to see.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Somewhat supernatural

  • Night Sky Celebration on Nemo Bridge Saturday

        A fundraiser will be held by Morgan County Tourism Alliance with supporting donation going to Obed Wild and Scenic River Cumberland State Trail Park. The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6-9:30 p.m. EST.

  • Oakdale’s Tilson bags 556 pound elk

        Participants harvested a total of 12 elk during the 2018 Tennessee elk hunts in the three segments.
        Participants could hunt on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding private lands. This year was the most harvests since the managed hunts began in 2009.

  • 2018 Muzzleloader season for deer opens Saturday

        The 2018 muzzleloader/archery season for deer opens in Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 3 and continues through Friday, Nov. 16 in all of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
        The opening of muzzleloader season in the state has a permanent opening date of the third Saturday before Thanksgiving.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Fairy Rings: Mysterious Mushrooms

       I’ve seen two postings with photos of Fairy Rings on Facebook this week, so there is an apparent outbreak of them, likely caused by all the rain we’ve gotten lately. Fairy rings are those peculiar sprouting up of mushrooms in a well-defined arc or circular pattern. This has caused a lot of myths about their origin to sprout up over the centuries, but there is an explanation as to what’s going on with the rings.

  • Coalfield High School Bass Fishing Team places in tournament

        The Coalfield High School Bass Fishing Team was on the water Saturday, Oct. 13, competing against high schools from the region in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament on Fort Loudoun Lake. There were 170 boats registered that fished this event and 30 schools represented from across the region. 

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River announces that Autumn Owl Prowl is Friday

        The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be presenting a ranger-led owl prowl program on Friday, Oct. 26. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. (EST) at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot, which is located just off of Ridge Road in Morgan County.