Jack Benson Heritage Park To Get New Inclusive Playground

  • 5/23/2024

State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes, R-East Ridge, has secured $250,000 in state funding for an inclusive playground at the Jack Benson Heritage Park. The money will be used by the Kiwanis Club of East Brainerd to build the 15,000-square-foot playground to provide opportunities for children of all abilities to experience sensory-rich play. “Every child deserves to have access to quality recreational opportunities in our community,” Rep. Helton-Haynes said. “This remarkable new playground will be a place that everyone, including those with a disability, can enjoy and build memories together. I appreciate my colleagues in the General Assembly for their support of this worthy investment.” ... (click for more)

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Tennessee National Guard Rescues Hiker In Smoky Mountains

  • 5/22/2024

On the evening of May 20, a UH-60 Blackhawk medical flight crew from the Tennessee National Guard rescued a hiker suffering from a severe illness in a remote part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shortly before 7 p.m., the Tennessee National Guard and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified of a hiker requiring ... (click for more)

Summer Means Road Trips And Increased Bear Activity

  • 5/21/2024

In advance of summer travel and to help preserve Tennessee's natural beauty and protect both wildlife and visitors along the state’s scenic byways, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are reminding residents and visitors to be vigilant and safe during the summer travel season, especially when ... (click for more)

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Tennessee State Parks Conservancy Names Alex Wyss As New Executive Director
  • 5/21/2024

The Tennessee State Parks Conservancy announces the appointment of Alex Wyss as its new executive director, effective May 1. Officials said, "With over 30 years’ experience in conservation and fundraising, Mr. Wyss brings a wealth of expertise to his new role, where he will lead the Conservancy’s fundraising and preservation efforts to inspire the next generation and expand access to the natural wonders of Tennessee State Parks." "Tennessee has some of the greatest state parks ... more

Poor Staffing Model At Soddy Daisy High
  • 5/21/2024

I was told that the administrative staff at Soddy Daisy High School will increase by two. So, there will be a principal, dean of students, and four other assistant principals. This is for a school of around 1,000 students. When I was an assistant principal at Soddy Daisy we had over 2,000 students and only one principal and three assistants. We walked the halls every period, served a two-hour lunch supervision, observed classes, met with parents and students and got things done. I ... more

Farr Shines in Lookouts 4-2 Loss
  • 5/23/2024

Lookouts starter Thomas Farr turned in a quality start, but the Lookouts allowed runs late in their 4-2 loss to Mississippi. Tonight's game started out as a pitching duel between Braves number three prospect Spencer Schwellenbach and Farr. The Braves starter only allowed two hits with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. Farr matched the right with six scoreless innings of his own. Braves ended the stalemate in the top of the seventh with two runs on back-to-back doubles. ... more

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