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230th Signal Company deploys to Kuwait

230th Signal Company deploys to Kuwait
Story by: Maj. Darrin Haas ;Photos by: Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro Tuesday December 6, 2016

More than 120 Soldiers from the National Guards 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, left December 4 on the first leg of a one-year deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The unit departed Houston Barracks, the Tennessee Military Department Headquarters, by bus and traveled to Nashville International Airport, where they boarded a plane headed to Fort Hood, Texas. The company will spend around one month at Fort Hood undergoing advanced pre-deployment training prior to departing for Kuwait.

Were all very excited to get to Hood to finish training, said Capt. Gilbert Abrams, the units commander. Weve been working really hard and are looking forward to putting it to use overseas.

During the deployment, the company will forward-deploy communications teams throughout Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries throughout the Middle East. They'll provide Information Technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops.

We have many talented and skilled Soldiers in the unit, Abrams said. Many are IT professionals or communications specialist in their civilian jobs. There are also many combat veterans in the unit from previous deployments with the Tennessee National Guard."

This is not the first time the company has deployed. It conducted a similar mission in Kuwait from July 2011 to August 2012.

More than 27,000 Tennessee Army and Air National Guardsmen have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001.


SFMO Honors Upper Cumberland Fire Departments for 100 for 100 Efforts Tuesday December 6, 2016

The Tennessee State Fire Marshals Office (SFMO) recently recognized the work of 10 Upper Cumberland fire departments who collectively installed over 2,500 smoke alarms in their communities as part of the SFMOs 100 for 100 initiative. Launched in 2015, the 100 for 100 canvasses commemorate the SFMOs 100th anniversary by challenging fire service organizations to install at least 100 free smoke alarms in just one day. The awards event also highlighted the record-breaking smoke alarm canvass in which Cumberland County Fire Department (FD), Crossville FD, and Fairfield Glade FD joined forces to install 1,613 smoke alarms in homes throughout Cumberland County. Other Departments receiving awards include: Baxter FD: 121 alarms; Cookeville FD: 102 alarms;; Doyle VFD: 104 alarms; Fentress County FD: 163 alarms; Harriman FD: 105 alarms; Putnam County FD: 102 alarms; and Willette VFD: 100 alarms. The alarms utilized in the 100 for 100 events are provided through the SFMOs Get Alarmed program. The Get Alarmed program has distributed over 133,000 free smoke alarms to 479 partnering organizations for installation in high-risk homes. Smoke alarms installed through the program are credited with saving over 154 lives since 2012. Tennesseans in need of a smoke alarm can utilize the SFMOs online alarm form to request a free installation.


Folklore & Legends Program at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center Saturday, December 10th, 2016 2:00 pm. (CT)
Submitted Monday December 5, 2016

Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center with the Big South Fork National Park is presenting a one hour Tall Tales, Folklore & Legends program at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork. This is on Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Come and enjoy The Edu-Tellers (Betty & Mike Roe local storytellers and musicians) narrate a plethora of oral accounts from folklore to true history in and around our surrounding area. Delight in individual stories and tales told in tandem, peppered with accompanying music, as these expert narrators expand the mind and delight the soul in regaling myths, legends and historical facts.

This program is free of charge and accessible. Everyone is welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For directions or additional information, please call Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755 or Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

Directions: Take Genesis Rd (SH 298) north just past the freeway (I-40). Take immediate right on Cook Rd (Right before Stonehaus Winery). Then take the next right on to River Otter Drive.


Dekalb County Fire Claims Three Lives
Peg Broadcasting News Monday December 5, 2016

A man, woman and child died in a trailer fire Sunday morning in Dekalb County. According to reports a neighbor attempted unsuccessfully to rescue the occupants before the mobile home was fully engulfed. Two people died at the scene, a 4-year-old died at the hospital. Firefighters were able to rescue a 2-year-old child and the toddler was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wildlife is returning to parts of the areas burned in the Smoky Mountains.

Wildlife is returning to parts of the areas burned in the Smoky Mountains.
WVLT Monday December 5, 2016

Wildlife is returning to parts of the areas burned in the Smoky Mountains.

The Chimney Tops 2 Facebook page shared a photo of a healthy looking bear.

"We're getting questions about impacts of the fire on wildlife. In most cases, critters know how to deal with catastrophic situations. They can run or fly and escape the heat. Or some may burrow down to survive. Some of them perish. But usually, the wildlife individuals that cannot escape are from populations that are adapted to quickly reproduce to fill the void. Since this fire, we have observed wild turkeys scratching and feeding in burned areas. These areas will recover, and the associated wildlife populations will thrive. It's simply what they do! This momma bear (fat in preparation for a long winter's nap) was seen yesterday by one of our Safety Officers. She doesn't show any signs that there even was a fire."
(Photo courtesy Chimney Tops 2 Fire Department)


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