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CCHS New Student Registration Thursday, July 28, 2016
Submitted: CCHS Principal Mr. Jon Hall Friday July 8, 2016

New student registration for Cumberland County High School is scheduled for Thursday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the school. This is for any student new to the area or any student who withdrew from CCHS and plans to return for the 2016-2017 school year. This does NOT include incoming ninth grade students from elementary feeder schools.

 
TBI Issues Warning about Recent Spike in Fake Percocet Pills Being Sold on the Streets


TBI Issues Warning about Recent Spike in Fake Percocet Pills Being Sold on the Streets
TBI Friday July 8, 2016

NASHVILLE Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are warning the public about a recent dramatic increase in the prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee.

In recent days, Agents in the Middle Tennessee area have seen a spike in adulterated Percocet pills being sold on the street and are warning users that these counterfeit pills have deadly consequences. Active and ongoing investigations continue into the source of these pills.

These counterfeit drugs have a very similar look and appearance to legitimate Percocet pills, but contain potentially lethal ingredients that cause law enforcement officials immediate concern. Numerous overdoses across Middle Tennessee are being attributed to this batch of dangerous drugs, and Agents are warning users that more overdoses and deaths are likely as these pills make their way to users.

We want to make the public abundantly clear that these pills being made in clandestine labs present a very real and life-threatening danger to anyone who takes them, says TBI Deputy Director Jason Locke. We cant stress enough that the pills people buy on the streets can and do contain deadly elements.

In the last year, dozens of case submissions from counties across Tennessee have shared a common, concerning trend: Pills shaped, colored, and stamped to look like a particular type of prescription medication have proven to be something different in laboratory analysis.

(Photo Courtesy TBI)

 
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Free Workshop on Tennessee's Folk Traditions July 30
Submitted: TN Secretary of State Friday July 8, 2016

Tennessee is a state rich with folk traditions. By studying oral history interviews and song recordings, we can learn a lot about how people lived during simpler times. From hog killings to sorghum making to wash days to building railroads and banjos, the old ways of life in our communities have been passed down from generation to generation. Fortunately, these traditions of the past are not lost - the Tennessee State Library & Archives holds a vast collection of material about them.

Carol Roberts, conservation manager at the Library & Archives, will discuss these homespun traditions during the next event in our free lecture series. Her talk, titled "Preserving Tennessee Folkways: Highlights of the Folklife Collections of the Tennessee State Library & Archives," will be held in the Library & Archives auditorium July 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Although the lecture is free and open to the public, registration is required due to limited seating in the auditorium. To register, please visit: http://tennesseefolklife.eventbrite.com

The Library & Archives is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available around the building.

(Photo Courtesy TN Secretary of State)

 
CONSERVATION PARTNERS ADD 2,600 ACRES TO BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS


CONSERVATION PARTNERS ADD 2,600 ACRES TO BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS
Submitted: TWRA/edited by Peg Broadcasting News Friday July 8, 2016

Sparta, TN The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and The Land Trust for Tennessee celebrate the permanent protection of 2,600 acres within the historical Scotts Gulf located in White and Van Buren Counties. The newly conserved property connects tens of thousands of acres of public recreation land in the area including Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Lost Creek State Natural Area and Bledsoe State Forest. The property also provides habitat for several rare and endangered species including three federally listed species of bats as well as fish, mussels and plants. The long-reaching effects of this conservation project mark a major accomplishment for land and resource conservation in Tennessee.

The Scotts Gulf region of the Cumberland Plateau is a rugged, scenic area of the state. The State of Tennessee has worked diligently with landowners and non-governmental organizations over the past decade to purchase land in the area to conserve its biological resources and beauty. Much of Scotts Gulf is located within the 10,000 acre Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness a TWRA wildlife management area with waterfalls, 26 miles of hiking trails, overlooks of the Caney Fork River Gorge, public hunting access and primitive campgrounds.

The State of Tennessee purchased the property from landowners Bobby and Joy Cunningham, and the deal officially closed on July 6, 2016. The Land Trust for Tennessee was essential in finding additional funding and facilitating the deal. The organization has also been working with the Cunninghams and other family members since 2012 starting with three conservation easements on 9,500 acres in Van Buren, White and Putnam Counties. The priority for the Cunninghams is that the land is available for public use for generations to come.

This sale is made in honor of my father, the late Charles Robert [Bob] Cunningham, explains Bobby Cunningham, who inherited the land from Bob. He would be happy that so many visitors will now be able to use and enjoy this very special property.

The Land Trust for Tennessee is honored to work with the Cunninghams and TWRA on this crucial conservation purchase, says Liz McLaurin, the president and CEO of The Land Trust. It is inspiring to see this private land become accessible to citizens of today and tomorrow and reassuring that this critical wildlife habitat corridor will remain intact.

By connecting and linking some 60,000 acres of protected land, including the beloved Fall Creek Falls State Park, this project helps to ensure the integrity of large, intact forests and safeguards the many benefits for wildlife and people they provide, explains Peter Howell, executive vice president of the Open Space Institute. We salute The Land Trust for Tennessee, the State of Tennessee and their partners for their commitment to protecting this extraordinary region a true jewel in the southeast.

OSIs funding for the project came from its Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund, which provided a $475,000 grant to the project. The mission of the Fund which was created with support from the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations as well as the Merck Family Fund is to protect wildlife habitat and biodiversity by protecting large forest tracts in landscapes critical to facilitating wildlife adaptation to changes in temperature and precipitation.

 
Portion of Old Hwy 28 Closed on Friday, July 8, 2016


Portion of Old Hwy 28 Closed on Friday, July 8, 2016
Submitted: Robbin Griffin, Assistant, Cumb. Co. Hwy. Dept. Friday July 8, 2016

The Cumberland County Highway Department will close a section of Old Hwy 28 on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the old Grist Mill, Daddy's Creek Bridge. An accident occurred there last week, and we have to replace the guardrail that was destroyed. The project could take take 1/2 day or an entire day. Motorists are advised that the Road Closed Ahead sign will be at Lige Rd, so you can turn around there. The other Road Closed Ahead sign will be at near 2967 Old Hwy 28. The road will not be closed at these areas, However, the Bridge will be NON PASSABLE. Please use alternate an alternate route such Rhea Rd. to get to Old Hwy 28 to drive back North on old 28 or to get to a residence if needed. The Highway Department apologizes for any inconvenience.

 

 
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