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Hard Freeze Warning Tonight May Affect Trees and Plants

Friday, 27 March 2015

One or two nights of below freezing temperatures have been predicted for many areas of the state this coming weekend.  In most areas, buds and blossoms on tree fruit and small fruit crops are at their most susceptible point in regards to cold damage.  For tree fruits approaching full bloom and for a period beyond it, 28 degrees F for 30 minutes or longer is considered to be the point at which 10 percent of the buds and blossoms will be killed and 24 to 25 degrees F for 30 minutes or longer is considered to be the 90 percent kill point.  For many small fruit crops like strawberries and blueberries, the critical temperature is a bit higher – about 30 degrees. F.  For periods where the subfreezing temperatures last longer, or where there are back-to-back cold events, damage may be more severe.  The tolerance of the buds and blooms to cold will also be influenced somewhat by the overall health of the plant. 
Protection of the blooms from frost/freeze damage can be achieved in many cases, and often just a difference of a few degrees will mean the difference between  no damage or minor damage and a severe loss.  There are several thoughts on frost protection – some effective and some totally ineffective or worse. 
For small trees or small fruit crops, covering the canopy of the plant with a sheet or blanket will slow down reradiation of heat accumulated in the soil during the day back up into the atmosphere at night.  Plastic sheeting is not as good a covering as cloth as burn on the plant will occur where the plastic rests against new plant tissue in subfreezing temperatures.  The more of the plant canopy that can be covered, the better, however, the cover does not need to completely envelope the crown of the plant from ground to ground.  The cover serves as a way to slow down heat loss from the ground under the plant.  Covers should be put over plants late in the afternoon to early evening to take advantage of as much heat accumulation in the ground during the day as possible.  Covers should be removed the following day before temperatures get too high.  A small, supplemental heat source such as a trouble light using an incandescent bulb suspended in or under the plant canopy and under the blanket covering the plant will provide some added benefit.  More intense heat sources should be avoided.
Washing the frost off a plant in the morning is ineffective as the damage will have already occurred by that time. 
Overhead irrigation is the most effective way to protect tender buds from cold injury, however, it is also the most difficult to do effectively and the penalty for not doing it right can be devastating.  Therefore, this is not recommended for non-commercial growers. To be effective, overhead irrigation must begin before temperatures drop to the freezing point and continue nonstop throughout the night until active melting begins the following day, often midmorning or later.  Icing down a plant and stopping the irrigation while temperatures are near or below the freezing point will cause far more damage than would have occurred if nothing had been done.  Evaporative cooling on the ice will lower the temperature of the ice and the plant tissue under it to levels well below the air temperature.  Also, the weight of the ice load can cause substantial damage to the plant. 
The critical temperatures for damage with developing fruits shortly after blossom are the same as for bloom.  It is important to keep in mind that a healthy fruit tree can set a full crop on a small percentage of its blooms.  Following a frost, it takes a while before the amount of damage can be assessed.  With this in mind, it would be a mistake to quit caring for the crop immediately after the cold event because there may be more surviving buds than thought and by the time this can be recognized, other factors such as insects and diseases may have damaged the remaining fruits.

MTEMC Donates $5,000 To Cannon County Rescue Squad

Friday, 27 March 2015

From left, Cannon County Rescue Squad COO Tim Bell, Richard Bagley, Dylan Bogle, Monica Hayes, Ronnie Hayes, CEO Michael Underhill and Jonathan Buckingham display a replica check for $5,000 from MTE Customers Care.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation’s Customers Care has donated $5,000 of its Operation Round Up funds to the Cannon County Rescue Squad.
“We are so very grateful to MTE Customers Care for supporting our volunteer rescue squad,” Cannon County Rescue Squad Chief Operating Officer Tim Bell said. “This donation will help with the purchase of emergency equipment needed to serve the community.”
The Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc., is a nonprofit organization which provides primary rescue services to the citizens of Cannon County. 
In 2014, Customers Care has given more than $804,393 to 120 organizations across MTEMC’s four-county service area. The receiving organizations use the funds to assist MTEMC members and their families during their times of need.  Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative providing electricity to more than 200,000 residential and business members in Cannon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties.
These grants are administered through the Customers Care board, which tracks incoming contributions from Operation Round Up, an initiative that rounds up a member’s bill to the next highest dollar. Since 2003 Operation Round Up has distributed more than $7.5 million to 545 organizations across the region.
For more information on Customers Care or Operation Round Up, log on to our website at www.mtemc.com or call 615-494-1065.

Channel 4Weather Alert Team To Host Public Event At Plainview Baptist Church April 2nd

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Nashville TV station will be in Cannon County Thursday April 2nd as part of a Alert Weather Tour.  Channel 4 WSMV of Nashville is scheduled to visit Plainview Baptist Church Thursday April 2nd 6088 Jim Cummings Hwy starting at 6:00.  The weather team will present the 4Warn Alert Weather Tour.  The 4 Warn Weather Alert Tour is a live event where you can learn the what, why and how of severe thunderstorms and learn what you can do to be safe.
Lisa Spencer, Dan Thomas, Paul Hoggen, Nancy Van Camp and Snowbird will take the center stage with a multi media show that will help you get ready for the next time weather gets bad.  There will be dramatic pictures, games and door prizes.  The event is free to the public, everyone is welcome.  Doors open at 6 with the show starting at 7:00.

Identification In Tossed Out Trash Bag Leads To Littering Citiation

Thursday, 26 March 2015

At some recent Cannon County Commissioners meetings, several commissioners voiced their opinions on people dumping trash and littering in the County.  Sheriff Darrell Young responded by informing the Commissioners that when a trash bag is picked up off the road by a Sheriff's Deputy, they look in the bag for possible identification of the offender.  One man learned this the hard way recently.  Last Friday Deputies was shown trash picked up off of Parchcorn Hollow Road in two bags and within the bags were multiple pieces of mail with the address removed and two cards with burn marks over the names and addresses.  According to the Sheriff's reports. a name could still be made out on one card.  After looking up information it matched up Bobby Holden to a residence on Gassaway Road.  Deputies went to Holden's home and was met in the driveway with Holden stating that he expected the Sheriff's Department to show up because someone had confronted him the day before about the trash and he spoke with another Deputy about this.
Mr.Holden explained he had no idea how the trash was found on Parchcorn Hollow Road but that all of the trash wasn't his.  Deputies told Mr. Holden they were trying to prove that it was but the items with his name on them are considered his.  As a result Mr. Holden was cited for littering and will answer to the charge May 5th at 9 in the morning.

Tonights Lady Raiders Game Tickets Available At First National Bank

Thursday, 26 March 2015

It's being billed as Family Feud Chapter 2 as both the MTSU Lady Raiders and the Ole Miss Lady Rebels battle it out at Murphy Center for the right to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Women's NIT.  History was made after MTSU disposed of Arkansas State this past Sunday.  It marked the first time that the Lady Raiders has played past the first round of any postseason basketball tournament.  Cannon County native and Lady Raider head coach Rick Insell will meet his son Lady Rebel head coach Matt Insell in Murphy Center tonight.  These two teams have met before this season with MTSU grabbing a 71-65 win in Oxford Mississippi.  There are still some tickets left for purchase to this game.  You can buy them locally today at the First National Bank on Main Street in Woodbury.

Only One Stage For Stones River Relay This Year

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Stones River Watershed Association will hold its annual Stones River Relay on April 4th.  The relay has been restructured.  What once was a three stage event with biking, running and paddling in a canoe or kayak has been simplified to just the last leg of the relay which is the paddling down the Stones River from the Arts Center of Cannon County to the Readyville Mill.  The event starts at 9:30 in the morning.  This activity is weather permitting.  People participating must remember to wear a life jacket and dress appropriately according to the weather conditions.  To learn more visit their website at stoneswatershed.org


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