Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Will Be Aug. 23

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Summer Constellations will be the topic of the upcoming Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23

Sponsored by the staff and friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, the program will be presented by members of the Barnard Astronomical Society and will be held at the tennis courts. The program begins at 8 p.m. and participants will learn how to identify the summer constellations.

Several telescopes will be provided by BAS and observations will begin at 9 p.m. The summer sky is alive with many DSO’s (Deep Sky Objects) such as star clusters, double stars, galaxies and nebulae.

Organizers said, "These objects are trillions of miles from earth and not visible to the naked eye, but are awesome as seen through our telescopes. Mars and Saturn in our own solar system will also be visible." 

The program and observing is free of charge but the usual park parking fee of $5 per car applies.


TFWC Updated On Chronic Wasting Disease, Boating Statistics, Endangered Species, And Budget Process

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission heard updates on chronic wasting disease (CWD), Tennessee’s In Need of Management, Threatened, and Endangered Wildlife Listing, boating statistics, and budget process during its July meeting. The two-day session concluded Friday and was held at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building. Chuck Yoest, assistant ... (click for more)

TVA Finalizes Environmental Reviews Of Proposed Reservoir Land Management Plans

The Tennessee Valley Authority has released the final Environmental Impact Statement for reservoir land management plans for eight TVA reservoirs in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee:  Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler, and Wilson. "The plans are an important part of how TVA manages its public lands, and will help ensure a long-term, ... (click for more)

3 Hikers Missing In Big Soddy Creek Gulf Area Are Found Safe

Three hikers missing since Sunday afternoon at Big Soddy Creek Gulf have been found safe. They left around noon, and were supposed to return around 6 p.m. The hikers are a married couple and their friend. They are avid hikers. Crews with the Soddy Daisy Police and Fire Departments began searching at daybreak on Monday. (click for more)

Pair Arrested In Connection With Lookout Mountain Vehicle Thefts, Break-Ins

Police on Lookout Mountain said two arrests have been made tied to the theft of  two vehicles stolen from a home in Lookout Mountain, Ga., last week.   In connection to the vehicle thefts, seven other vehicles were entered and several items were stolen. Lookout Mountain, Ga., Chief Todd Gann said, "Early  Wednesday  morning, a Georgia resident noticed ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not Many Know This

The best story of the summer – by far – came out of Panama City over the Fourth of July weekend when over 80 total strangers on a Panama City beach responded to screams. Two boys, ages 14 and 11, were caught in a rip tide and all of these “angels” quickly formed a human chain -- over 80 people with their arms locked -- to stretch out in the water, reach those kids and tug them out ... (click for more)