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Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day-Free Guided Hikes Statewide on Saturday, June 4 Wednesday May 25, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 4.

The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and much more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone.

“Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country and you won’t be disappointed at any one of our state parks,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill. “From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail.”

This event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Tennessee State Parks will also host a photo contest on National Trails Day. Hikers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #findyourtrailTN. Submissions are required to incorporate the National Trails Day sticker, which will be available to hikers at all Tennessee State Parks for no charge on June 4 while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and food, and wear long pants and appropriate footwear. To find a hike near you, visit

The National Trails Day hikes represent the third in a series of statewide hiking events for 2016. Additional statewide hiking events include First Hikes in early January, Spring Hikes in March, National Public Lands Day Hikes in September and an After-Thanksgiving Day Hike in November.

Tennessee’s 56 State Parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices.


Submitted: LT. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Wednesday May 25, 2016

The City of Crossville Police Department is proud to announce the introduction of this city’s first ever V.I.P. (VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING) program. This exciting new program will allow citizens to become even more involved in partnering with the Crossville Police Department, to give back to their community!

Some of the duties volunteers will be able to perform include:
· Neighborhood Patrol and Canvass

· Bicycle Patrols in Parks and other areas of the City of Crossville

· Traffic Control and School Crossings

· Performing Home Checks when home owners are away on vacation

· Helping with daily operations of the Police Department’s Office

All volunteers will attend a specially designed training program that will introduce patrol techniques, report writing, radio procedures, finger printing and many other aspects of police operations. Some of the requirements for potential volunteers will be:
· 18 years or older with NO criminal record

· Possess a valid TN driver’s license with a safe driving record

· Pass our academy curriculum

If you are interested and would like to participate in the V.I.P. program, please fill out an application from the City of Crossville website: APPLICATION FOR VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING or stop by Crossville City Hall to pick up an application. For more information on the V.I.P. program, call the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231 and ask to speak with Kristi Cook!


“Out of Vase” at Crossville City Wed., May 25-Wed. , June 15
City of Crossville Wednesday May 25, 2016

During the Memorial Day holiday, the City of Crossville allows and “out of vase” period at the Crossville City Cemetery. This period will run from Wednesday, May 25, 2016 until Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Beginning Monday, June 20, 2016, any flowers that are not in vases or monument saddles will be removed by staff.


Record-Breaking Number of Jobs Available in Tennessee Tuesday May 24, 2016

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) reported Friday almost 200,000 jobs were posted on the website in April 2016. That marks a record number of job opportunities employers across the state have advertised on the site. “As the unemployment rate in Tennessee declines, we continue to see job postings go up. Employers need workers and the Jobs4TN site is the best source for jobseekers to find jobs,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. Middle Tennessee recorded 96,503 openings, almost half the total job openings for the state. West Tennessee had just over 60,000 openings and East Tennessee reported 42,000 job including 779 jobs in Cumberland County.


Watts Bar Unit 2 Operates Under Own Power for First Time Tuesday May 24, 2016

SPRING CITY, Tenn. – Licensed reactor operators at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 project reached a major milestone at 2:16 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 23, 2016, when the unit’s reactor achieved its first sustained nuclear fission reaction.

Also known as achieving “initial criticality,” Unit 2 is now generating heat under its own power and will soon be producing safe, carbon-free electricity as the nation’s first new nuclear unit in the 21st century.

“This milestone is the result of the hard work by Watts Bar employees supported by the entire TVA nuclear team,” said Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Grimes. “While this achievement is important, safety remains our top priority and we will now move forward with fully integrating the seventh unit into the fleet with that focus in mind.”

Like its sister, Unit 1, Watts Bar Unit 2 is designed to produce electricity by using controlled nuclear fission to generate heat, which is then used to produce steam to turn turbines and a single, large generator. More information about this process can be found on TVA’s Watts Bar webpage.

The reactor is now operating in a stable condition at low power levels. During the coming weeks, power levels will be slowly increased as part of scheduled power ascension testing and the unit will begin producing electricity that will flow onto TVA’s transmission system.

Plant systems and controls will be monitored and tested at various power levels up to 100 percent. These tests will be repeated multiple times to ensure the entire system operates safely as designed.

Once all tests have been completed successfully, the unit will provide a sustained 1,150 megawatts of safe, low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electricity to the Tennessee Valley. Combined with Watts Bar Unit 1, the plant will supply power to roughly 1.3 million homes in the TVA service area.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.


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