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New recreational boating statistics were released by the U.S. Coast Guard just in time for National Safe Boating Week, which kicks off this weekend through May 27. Tennessee ties with Washington for No. 10 in the nation for boating accidents, with 107 boating mishaps in the states in 2015. Download the full report at http://uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php.
Nationally, drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. You never know when there may be a boating mishap, so it's important that everyone onboard always wears a life jacket.
The National Safe Boating Council will kick off its Wear It! campaign promoting safe boating and life jackets with National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27. I'd love to connect you with a local boating expert or Rachel Johnson, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, to talk about boating safety.
LiviaJo Abston of Crossville was recently awarded a $1,500 UGO-Bargain Barn Scholarship Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation.
A graduate of Cumberland County High Scool, Abston will attend Tennessee Technological University and major in Nursing. “We are so proud of LiviaJo and all of our scholarship recipients”, said Rob Ikard, TGCSA president. “These awards represent investment in what makes Tennessee’s food industry work: its people”.
The Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation presented 134 scholarships this year valued at $139,150 to students in the food industry. Eligible recipients are either employed by TGCSA member firms, or have parents who are full-time employees of a TGCSA member firm.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Just a week after voting to scrap an unfinished 1970s-era nuclear power plant in Alabama, the Tennessee Valley Authority began taking steps toward possible future construction of small modular reactors.
TVA spokesman Jim Hopson says several designs for the new generation reactors are in the pipeline to be certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. TVA is asking the commission to approve a site plan that could accommodate any one of those designs at its Clinch River site near Oak Ridge.
Hopson says the small reactors produce around 80-200 megawatts of power. In comparison, the traditional reactor at TVA's Watts Bar Unit 2 will produce around 1150 megawatts.
Unlike large reactors, the small reactors can be operated at different power levels and are designed to be used in combination.
Superintendent Donald Andrews, after corresponding with Governor Haslam, has issued a statement that Cumberland County Schools will follow current transgender protocol for the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic school year.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who opposed a transgender bathroom bill in the Tennessee Legislature, is speaking out against a directive by President Barack Obama's administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
Haslam said in a statement Monday that he disagrees with what he called a "heavy-handed approach." The governor said such sensitive issues should be handled by local school boards - and not by the state or the federal government.
The Tennessee bill seeking to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates was withdrawn before the end of the legislative session last month to allow legal challenges to play out in other states that have passed similar measures.
Everyone is invited to the Police Officer Memorial at the Cumberland County Courthouse Lawn on Thursday 5-19-16 @ 11a.m.