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The Tennessee Virtual Archive, an online program of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, is presenting a new digital collection featuring one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I and one of Tennessee's greatest native sons, Alvin C. York. The collection provides details about Mr. York's heroic actions in the Argonne Forest in 1918 when he joined other American troops in taking a heavily-defended hill from the Germans. Other highlights of the collection include Mr. York's commitment to education right here in the Cumberland Plateau including his tenure on the Fentress County Draft Board during World War II, and his contributions to the movie, "Sergeant York", which was based on his experiences in World War I.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits to Tennessee households now through July 30, 2012, as part of an ongoing effort to educate citizens across the state about the dangers of radon exposure. . Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled, but in concentrated levels radon can pose a threat to human health. According to the EPA, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. There is a limit of one free test kit per address. Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau says "This outreach effort is our way to encourage action and to help Tennesseans identify and address potential radon problems in their homes with these easy-to-use test kits." To receive a free test kit during this special offer, visit www.tn.gov/environment/ea/radon or mail a request to the Office of Sustainable Practices / Tennessee Radon Program, 8th Floor L & C Tower, 401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243.
Spring Hill's Lauren Stratton claimed the 2012 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open title posting a final round 72 to win the event with a three-round total of 211 (69-70-72), five under par. Stratton is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University and made very few mistakes on her final round. Vanderbilt now has had three players claim the Tennessee Amateur and Open titles in the same year—Sarah Jacobs in 2003, Kendall Martindale in 2011, and now Lauren Stratton.
Former Vol Lance Asti has been named the new UT swimming and diving assistant coach. Asti is certainly no stranger to the Southeastern Conference, as both a student-athlete and a coach. According to WBIR, He swam for the Vols from 1998-2001 and has spent the last two seasons as the recruiting coordinator and sprint coach for the men's and women's swimming programs at LSU. He previously held the same position at Clemson from 2006-10. "Lance Asti is one of the brightest, most respected, and most accomplished assistant coaches in the country," UT Head Coach Matt Kredich said. "He's a fantastic role model and is known as an innovative and energetic teacher. Lance's character, expertise, and competitiveness will make him a tremendous addition to our program."
After leading the second round, Nashville born and raised Brandt Snedeker finished tied for third overall in the British Open. Ernie Els won, Adam Scott second and Tiger Woods and Snedeker tied for overall third with three under for the championship. Snedeker attended Vanderbilt University and has five PGA wins.