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This weekend will mark the end of a 28-year tradition in East Tennessee. After almost 30 years, this Sunday, September 6 will be the last Boomsday in Knoxville. Visit Knoxville, the group that organizes the event says they can no longer afford the $200,000 price tag. Boomsday bills itself as the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show. And Boomsday 2015: The Final Countdown will be no exception. The festival, held at Volunteer Landing along Neyland Drive, will start at 3 p.m. ET, and includes music, vendors, a Family Fun Zone, and numerous attractions. The fireworks show will start around 9:30 p.m. ET and Visit Knoxville says this year’s event will have some special surprises to send out Boomsday in grand style.
UT freshman football player Andrew Lee Butcher, 18, was arrested Sunday on charges of public intoxication and drinking under the legal age. Authorities say that Butcher, a defensive lineman, was “running around” I-40 near James Parkway a little before 2 a.m. Sunday. He was reportedly unsteady on his feet had apparently been drinking. UT plans to handle the incident internally.
For the first time in decades all 95 Tennessee counties have adopted their annual budget resolutions by August 31. This extraordinary achievement means that Tennessee counties are now operating under a locally adopted budget for the current fiscal year. In the past, it was not uncommon for some Tennessee counties to operate without a current budget into October. “This achievement is a result of the tremendous effort by county executives, mayors, commissioners, and school board members to better manage their counties by adopting a budget in a timely manner,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “This is a significant step toward making government work better for all Tennesseans.”
The Tennessee Senate has filed legislation to change the “Guns in Parks” law. The amendment would ban guns in public parks during events that require a ticket and would also clarify that the law does not apply to stadiums or sports complexes.
The Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) and the Cumberland County Livestock Producers Association will be having a Farm Field Day on Thursday, September 10, 2015. It will be held at Rocky Top Farm owned by Terry and Sandy Gupton in the Potato Farm Road Community and will start at 5:00 p.m. CST. There will be a tour of the Gupton’s farm to observe the conservation practices that have been installed on the farm and Mr. Gupton will discuss his beef cattle operation. In addition to the tour, Greg Brann, State Grazing Lands Specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss how to improve pasture management by improving soil health. There will be a meal served at the conclusion of the presentations and reservations are requested so an adequate amount of food can be prepared. If you have any special needs or need a reasonable accommodation, please discuss them when you make your reservations. For more information, or to make your reservation, please call the CCSCD Office at 931/484-5442, Ext. 3 or the UT/TSU Extension Service at 931/484-6743. Please make your reservations by September 8, 2015.