17-Year-Old Builds And Installs Solar Powered Irrigation System

Friday, June 1, 2018

Zainab Muhammad, 17, joined the Southeastern Conservation Corps for a summer of labor intensive trail maintenance projects with a crew of eight others. Zainab had already decided that she would one day study engineering in college. As a senior in high school, Zainab began work on her senior project at Lula Lake Land Trust - a solar powered, pumped irrigation system to water a pollinator garden.

Prior to her experience with the SECC, Zainab had never explored the woods around her home, had never been camping, and had never seen a natural waterfall. It is now her intention to become an environmental engineer when she graduates college. 

Zinab will be installing and launching her solar powered, pumped irrigation system for Lula Lake Land Trust's pollinator garden on June 14.

Review on Lula Lake Land Trust's Conservation Education program: 

A student may be assigned readings by the likes of Thoreau, Bryson, Abbey, or Muir and still not have an appreciation for the need to protect and preserve natural and historic landscapes in their own backyards. It is through an immersive, educational experience that one comes to know and love the land. Experience, among other things, creates perspective and to educate future generations who are environmentally aware is, simply, our collective duty.  These instances are what  LLLT strives to achieve with the Conservation Education Program. Currently, the Conservation Education Program is involved with many education opportunities in the greater Chattanooga area.

The major component of the LLLT’s Conservation Education Program is free environmental education for K-12 students. LLLT is launching a pilot project with SECC for youth stewardship. LLLT is also working with the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy for the Bridges to Brighter Futures program to engage 9th grade students to provide project-based learning experiences. Additionally, LLLT is launching a free adult education program called Conservation Ambassadors to teach the importance of conservation in our everyday lives and how to be a steward of tomorrow.

Youth Fishing Event And Pier Dedication Set For Saturday At Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) invites the public to the Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp in Harrison, Tennessee, for a free youth fishing event and dedication of a new courtesy pier constructed by union volunteers.   The event will be on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, with fishing and lunch provided. The dedication will follow.   The Wolftever Creek ... (click for more)

Bell, Reedy Join In National Hunting And Fishing Day

State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Rep. Jay Reedy (R-Erin) will join millions of hunters and anglers across the nation on Saturday in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  The lawmakers are co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Sportsmen’s Caucus which works to protect Tennessee’s long-held tradition of hunting and fishing.     ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scream ‘Sexual Assault!’

Candace Owens, a communications director for the conservative non-profit “Turning Point,” wasted not a minute’s time as the Democratic debauchery of Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh raced like a prairie fire across America. There is little doubt that many politicians -- on either side of the aisle -- play a little loose with the truth. But this Eleventh Hour attack on the ... (click for more)