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Quarry Closed During Investigation

Friday, 24 May 2019

One of several damaged areas on the vehicle.

This was not a good week for the rock quarry operated by Southern Rock Manufacturing in Woodbury.
 
On Monday at 10:00am, Staci Jackson of Rockvale was traveling west on John Bragg Highway. She told Tennessee Highway Patrol, suddenly rock and clouds of dust began to rain down on her vehicle. This caused damaged to her vehicle hood and radiator.
 
According to Cannon County Emergency Management, rock from the quarry was blown out from apparent blasting traveled and across both lanes of John Bragg Highway and hit the moving vehicle.
 
No injuries were reported but several deep marks were observed on the highway because of the hard impact.
 
The State Fire Marshal's Office responded Tuesday and deemed it necessary to order the immediate shutdown of all quarry operations for a minimum of five days, effective immediately.
 
Part of the reason involved the discovery of additional damage caused by the rock fragments, authorities said.
 
Blasting Conducted by: Hermitage Explosives Corp. of Nashville.
 
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
 

Projects Take A Break for Weekend

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on tomorrow through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
 
Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 
 
 
AAA estimates nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, 3.6% more than last year. Over 863,000 Tennesseans plan to travel, with more than 752,000 driving to their Memorial Day destinations.
 
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 
 
 

Puting Litter In The Picture

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Tennessee Wildlife Federation wants your litter pictures. Whether it’s in the woods, on the lake, along a river, or by the road, send the Federation your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that make our great outdoors a little less great.
 
To submit your photos and help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem, visit tnwf.org/litter.
 
According to Mike Butler of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, “With the unofficial start of summer, we want Tennesseans to take and share photos of all the litter they see when they are outdoors. Litter is such a big and old problem that we’ve all become blind to how much of it there is in our lives every day.”
 
Litter is more than an eyesore. It has real, measurable effects on Tennesseans and the state’s wildlife, water, and wild places.
 
The Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates there are 100 million pieces of litter on Tennessee’s roads at any given moment and that 18 percent of it will end up in waterways. The Tennessee Valley Authority removed 230 tons of trash from the Tennessee River in 2018.
 
Studies regularly uncover new impacts to wildlife and habitats. For example, after decades of litter that sinks in water—glass, cans, and heavier plastics, such as those used for drink bottles—the beds of our lakes and rivers are fouled, potentially impacting important habitat for native fish.
 
Litter costs Tennesseans millions of dollars each year to clean up and costs others even more. Farmers suffer an estimated loss of $60 million a year and litter stunts the outdoor industry, which generates $21.6 billion in economic activity for the state.
 
Go to tnwf.org/litter and share your photos. And then please pick up the trash.
 
 

Gas Prices Down Prior to Memorial Day

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Tennessee’s state average gas price is $2.54 per gallon for regular unleaded making it the sixth lowest state average in the nation. Today’s average is three cents less than the average a week ago and six cents less than one month ago and 13 cents less than one year ago.
 
The national gas price average today is $2.85, one cents less than last week’s average, one cent less than one month ago and seven cents less than this time last year.
 
Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6% increase.
 

Elrod Serving As Race Director

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Cannon County cross country runners call Coach Brian Elrod “the Machine.”
 
But no matter what he’s called, Elrod and his students will run to support children during the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center’s 3rd Annual Cannon Runs for Children 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
 
Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. at Dillon Park, welcome and instructions at 7:15 a.m., and the race begins at 7:30 a.m.  The entry fees are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens.  New this year, the event will be FREE for children and youth age 18 and under.  Event t-shirts will be available for $15.
 
Runners and walkers may pre-register online at cannoncac.org or through runsignup.com by searching Cannon Runs.  You may also register by contacting the Child Advocacy Center at (615) 563-9915 and requesting a registration form be emailed to you.
 
All contributions to Cannon Runs for Children will be used to provide services to Cannon County child abuse victims, child sexual abuse victims, drug endangered children and their non-offending parents and family members.
 
Elrod, who is the race director, said Judge Susan Melton encouraged him to get involved in the race and fun run.
 
“It’s a wonderful cause to help these children out, otherwise they might not have the funding,” Elrod said. “The Child Advocacy Center is great and provides for a lot of kids.”
 
A cross country team of Cannon County students and a physical fitness class Elrod coaches will run in the race. He encourages everyone to participate, no matter their running ability.
 
“You can run, jog, walk or crawl to support kids,” Elrod said. “As long as you’re out there doing it, you’re a runner. Anything you can do to help a child, you do it. It’s that simple.”
 
The Cannon County Child Advocacy Center works as a team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to respond to child abuse cases, aggressively prosecute offenders, and help children and families heal from the trauma.
 
Cannon Country Coordinator Cassell Galligan-Davis commented, “The Child Advocacy Center wants to say a huge THANK YOU to Brian Elrod for designing the race course and working his heart out to make this a wonderful event for runners and walkers of all ages.” 
 

EP Advisory from State for Horse Owners

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The state veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) in a group of racing Quarter Horses in Middle Tennessee.
 
Twenty-two horses have tested positive for EP in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties. The horses are all under quarantine and being treated.
 
EP is a blood parasite that affects equines. The disease is not contagious to humans. Although it can be transmitted through infected ticks, it is more commonly spread by blood and blood products through the sharing of needles, syringes, or improperly cleaned and disinfected dental, surgical, or blood product equipment between infected and uninfected horses.
 
It may take as long as 30 days for an infected horse to test positive for the disease after exposure. Early clinical signs can range from weakness and lack of appetite to swelling of limbs and labored breathing. Horses that survive the acute phase continue to carry the parasite for an extended period of time. Horses that test positive for the disease are quarantined and may be euthanized.
 
Horses will not transmit the disease to other horses through casual contact. However, it is critical that horse handlers practice good biosecurity. If a needle is required, use a new sterile needle and syringe on every horse and clean and disinfect all equipment that may be contaminated with blood.
 
Some states and equine competitions require EP testing for entrance. If you plan to travel with your horse, check with the receiving state for current import requirements.
 

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