Master Gardeners Of Hamilton County UT Extension Registration Open For 2019 Master Gardener Training Course

Friday, January 4, 2019
The University of Tennessee and Master Gardeners of Hamilton County announce that registration is open for the 2018 Master Gardener Training Course.  Classes run from early January through the end of April and take place at the UT Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle (off Bonny Oaks Drive) in Chattanooga.

There are two class options: Monday evenings beginning Jan. 7 from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday mornings beginning Jan. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon. Classes meet for 15 consecutive weeks (40 hours) ending with a graduation ceremony in April.

"The UT / Master Gardener Training Course is open to both experienced and beginning
gardeners and offers the most current, research-based information available on topics
related to home gardening and landscaping," officials said.  Subjects to be covered in the 15-week course including soil and water management, mulch and fertilizers, controlling pests and
plant diseases, basic landscaping, vegetable, flower and herb gardening, understanding
native plants, attracting wildlife, beekeeping and other related gardening issues.

The cost of the Master Gardener Training Course is $170 per person, which includes a
comprehensive information handbook, numerous handouts and much more.
Couples
taking the class and sharing materials may enroll for $270. A limited number of
scholarships are available. Applications can be obtained at the Master Gardeners of
Hamilton County website or by phone at 423-855-6113. For questions,
contact Tom Stebbins, extension agent, at tstebbins@utk.edu.

Extension Agent Tom Stebbins said, “Each year we offer our Master Gardener
Training Classes for an eager group of interested gardeners. Over the 15-week course,
they are introduced to the most up-to-date information about gardening and landscaping
techniques presented by UT Extension specialists and local experts in horticulture. Our
own experienced Master Gardeners serve as mentors and guides into the many
volunteer activities undertaken by MGHC members all around Hamilton County. In
addition to 40 hours of informative lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience,
trainees attend MG meetings and earn both volunteer hours and education credits
toward becoming Certified Master Gardener Volunteers. We look forward to meeting
new Master Gardeners at this year’s classes and welcoming them into our community.”

2019 Application Period For Peregrine Falcon Trapping For Falconry Usage To Begin July 1

Sun And Star Party Will Be Held July 6 At Cloudland Canyon State Park

“The Highest Flag . . . Planted During The War,” Raising The Flag On Lookout Mountain Program Set For July 6-7


The 2019 application period for the trapping of a peregrine falcon to be used in falconry will begin July 1, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced. The number of permits ... (click for more)

The July Sun and Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park will be held on Thursday, July 6, at the beginning of the disc golf course. Solar observations will begin at 6:30 p.m. Specially ... (click for more)

On Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct living history programs at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Demonstrations, each lasting approximately ... (click for more)


Outdoors

2019 Application Period For Peregrine Falcon Trapping For Falconry Usage To Begin July 1

The 2019 application period for the trapping of a peregrine falcon to be used in falconry will begin July 1, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced. The number of permits to be allowed for the taking of peregrine falcons to be used in falconry has increased from one to five in as announced in 2018 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The TWRA will award ... (click for more)

Sun And Star Party Will Be Held July 6 At Cloudland Canyon State Park

The July Sun and Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park will be held on Thursday, July 6, at the beginning of the disc golf course. Solar observations will begin at 6:30 p.m. Specially equipped telescopes will reveal sunspots on the solar surface, as well as other phenomenon, such as solar flares. "As it gets darker, we will observe the brighter night objects, such ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Commission Votes 5-4 Against 34-Cent Property Tax Increase For The Schools

The County Commission voted 5-4 on Wednesday morning against a 34-cent property tax increase for the county schools. Opposed were Greg Martin, Randy Fairbanks, Chester Bankston, Tim Boyd and Sabrena Smedley. In favor were Chip Baker, Katherlyn Geter, Warren Mackey and David Sharpe. County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the action means that none of the budget is approved ... (click for more)

Fire Heavily Damages Vacant Hixson Home Early Wednesday Afternoon

A fire heavily damaged a Hixson home early Wednesday afternoon. At 1:20 p.m., a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 1833 Bay Hill Dr. The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy fire on the front door and porch area. Firefighters entered the front and back side of the home to find heavy fire downstairs and heavy smoke ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thank You, Commissioners

I want to thank the five county commissioners who voted down the ridiculous property tax increase. Your votes reflected the wishes of the electorate – and that is exactly as it should be. The voting citizen is inundated by “promises” during pre-election campaigns. By casting our vote we select the candidate that will (we hope) best represent our best interests. Yes, there are always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hall Is (Still) Tired

About 10 years ago, Robert A. Hall, a five-time member of the Massachusetts State Legislature, wrote an essay on “Why I Am Tired.” In 2009 his story was on hundreds of others’ blogs – really made the rounds on the Internet – and thousands adored the Viet Nam veteran's candid assessment of what makes an ex-Marine grow weary. Again, this was written when he was 63. Now he’s ... (click for more)