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The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County.
HPAI is known to be deadly for domesticated chickens and turkeys. On March 3, a commercial chicken facility in Lincoln County alerted the state veterinarianís office at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to an increase in chicken deaths. Testing at state and federal laboratories confirmed the presence of H7 HPAI in samples from that flock. The facility is under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 10 kilometer radius (6.2 miles) of the site. The affected flock is being depopulated to stop potential spread of the illness, and officials are testing and monitoring other flocks within the quarantined area. No other flocks have experienced an increase in mortality.
HPAI does not pose a risk to the food supply. No affected animals entered the food chain. The risk of human infection with avian influenza during poultry outbreaks is very low. In fact, no transmission to humans was reported during the outbreak that affected commercial poultry farms in the Midwestern United States in 2015. Also, this is not the same strain identified in that outbreak. However, out of an abundance of caution, officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Agriculture are working together to address concerns about the health of individuals who are working on site or had contact with affected birds.
This is the first time highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in Tennessee, however low path avian influenza has affected Tennessee poultry flocks in the past. State officials and partners have extensive experience in effectively containing the virus. The plan for the control of avian influenza includes coordination of resources and response, and protocols for quarantine, testing, disposal, cleaning, disinfection and monitoring.
Owners of commercial and backyard poultry flocks are encouraged to closely observe their birds.
-- Report a sudden increase in the number of sick birds or bird deaths to the state veterinarianís office at 615- 837-5120 and/or USDA at 1-866-536-7593
-- Prevent contact with wild birds
The source of the Lincoln County virus has not yet been determined. This version of H7 HPAI is confirmed as a North American wild bird lineage.
The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets fell to the Lady Warriors at Riverdale High School 79-58 Saturday night in the sectional round of the TSSAA state tournament. The Lady Warriors, the defending state champions, are the top ranked team in the state according to the AP and their number one in the nation according to the USA Today Super 25. The Lady Jets end their season with 27 wins and only 5 losses, winners of the District 6AAA regular season and tournament titles, finished as the Region 3AAA runner-up, advanced to the sectionals for a fourth straight year and were ranked 10th in the state in the final AP Poll.
Tennessee Stars AAU Basketball will hold an informational meeting for 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Sunday, March 5, at 3:00 pm in the CCHS Gymnasium. For information contact Coach Foster 931-248-3220 or Coach Miller 931-337-1559.
The Haslam administration has postponed the deadline for private companies interested in running Fall Creek Falls State Park to submit proposals.
State Department of Environment and Conservation spokesman Eric Ward told local media Wednesday that the request for proposals to privatize was delayed ďto incorporate amended process language which will be available soon.Ē
The administrationís process has drawn criticism from the Tennessee State Employees Association, several lawmakers and others who question the effort to privatize hospitality services at the park.
Among concerns of critics is that the request for proposal language allows significantly less oversight by the State Building Commission, which critics say could lead to buildings that are less safe.
Governor Haslam says privatization of amenities could help state parks run better and could save taxpayers money.
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The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets battled the Bearettes at Bradley Central High School in the Region 3AAA Championship game on Thursday. Through three quarters neither team could take control and the Bearettes held a two point lead as the final quarter began. Bradley, ranked second in the state, claimed the title as they improved to 32 and 0 on the season with a 59-47 win. CCHS, the 10th ranked team in the state in the final AP Poll, is now 27 and 4. Both teams advance to the Sectionals and will be in action Saturday night.
A pair of Lady Jets were named to the All-Region Tournament Team: Destiny Carlton and Gracee Dishman. Two SMHS Lady Panthers were also named to the squad: Lexi Hinch and Tesa Johnson.
The CCHS Lady Jets will travel to play the Riverdale Lady Warriors in Murfreesboro in the Sectionals of the TSSAA State Tournament Saturday night at 7:00. The Lady Warriors, the defending State Champions, are unbeaten this season, they are ranked number one in the State according to the final AP Poll and the number one team in the nation according to the USA Today Super 25 Basketball Rankings. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:55 on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.