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Vanderbilt upset Tennessee 45 – 34 on Saturday. The Vols came into the game with a chance at a Sugar Bowl berth needing Auburn to lose to Alabama in the Iron Bowl. That happened. Before they could wait to see if Florida lost to Florida State, which also happened, the Vols couldn't help themselves by beating Vanderbilt. That leaves them waiting to see just which bowl they will be playing.
Multiple people died in a single-vehicle crash in Manchester, TN over the holiday weekend. The Tennessee Highway Patrol did not immediately release the number of deceased or their names. The THP says the crash occurred Saturday afternoon on I-24 East at the 107 mile marker. No other details have been released at this time the wreck is under investigation.
With much of Tennessee and the Southeast coping with extreme drought, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease restrictions on trucks hauling hay.
“Agriculture is critical to our state’s economy, and rain is a critical ingredient that farmers need to keep their businesses running,” Haslam said. “This order will allow haulers to move hay across and through Tennessee efficiently, so farmers can feed their livestock during these drought conditions.”
Haslam’s executive order increases the height of hay trailer loads to 13 feet, 6 inches and the width to a maximum of 14 feet during daylight hours on Tennessee highways. The average round bale of hay measures seven feet across. The increase in width allows haulers to transport standard round hay bales side by side, increasing the capacity hauled per truck without a special permit. Transporters must have the proper oversize signs and escorts as required by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and trucks and their drivers must be properly licensed. Maximum weight limits outlined in TCA, Section 55-7-203 remain in effect.
The executive order will expire January 31, 2017.
Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said the governor’s decision is an important one for the agricultural community.
“Tennessee farmers have seen their share of weather-related challenges this year,” Templeton said. “I thank Governor Haslam for recognizing that farming is a tough but important business. This order will help enable livestock owners to provide the best care possible during this drought.”
Tennessee is a major producer of hay, ranking fifth in the nation in 2015, excluding alfalfa. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that Tennessee farmers will produce 3.96 million tons of hay this year.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is warning hunters about restrictions on bringing deer carcasses into the state to help avoid the spread of chronic wasting disease.
The wildlife agency says that there were three instances on the opening day of gun season in which deer were brought into Middle Tennessee from states where the disease is found in deer, elk or moose. The animals were confiscated and court cases are pending.
Tennessee has carcass import restrictions from 24 states and two Canadian provinces. Among Tennessee's neighboring states, those restrictions apply to Arkansas ,Missouri and to Frederick and Shenandoah counties in Virginia.
Those rules ban bringing in carcasses other than meat that has had bones removed; antlers or cleaned skulls; cleaned teeth; finished taxidermy; or hides and tanned products.
There is no holiday break for those on the frontlines of Tennessee's battle against wildfires. On Thanksgiving, 72 different fires are keeping firefighters busy throughout the state. These fires have been burning more than 26,000 acres of land.
Sprinklings of rain have offered little relief during this dry fire season.
Hundreds of firefighters from other states are in Tennessee to help get wildfires under control.
Major fires in East Tennessee this Thanksgiving include:
Stoney Fork - Campbell County - burning 750 acres
Beech Grover Road - Anderson County - burning 400 acres
East Miller Cove - Blount County - burning 1,458 acres
Bald Knob Road - Morgan County - burning 790 acres
Lee Valley "Boy Scout Camp" - Hamblen County - burning 311 acres
Cool Branch Cove - Hancock County - burning 350 acres
Highway 165 - Monroe County - burning 690 acres
Neddy Mountain - Cocke County - burning 1,076 acres
Mile Marker 156 - Campbell County - burning 1,010 acres
Flippers Bend - Hamilton County - burning 981 acres
Poe Road - Hamilton County - burning 712 acres
Mowbray - Hamilton County - burning 899 acres