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TWRA Says Watch for Bear Cubs
Thursday May 18, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding residents that there may be a good reason why some black bear cubs appear to be alone.
Mother bears tend to search for food when it is scarce. Mothers place cubs in areas that they believe are safe while she is searching for food. A cub may be alone for hours until the mother returns.
TWRA says this is similar to a human leaving a child with a babysitter, however, the "sitter" could be a tree near a person's home.
If a cub is actually an orphan, TWRA will take the animal to the Appalachian Bear Rescue for rehabilitation. Only TWRA and National Park Service are allowed to catch and deliver a bear to the organization.
TWRA should only be contacted about a suspected orphaned bear cub if the animal has been alone for more than 36 hours or if the mother is confirmed dead.
ABR says if you spot a bear cub, do not go near it. Also, do not take pictures of it by standing under a tree. This can make the mother feel threatened and not return.
You might remember that last year a bear was spotted in Warren, Coffee and Grundy counties.

 


National Trails Day
Thursday May 18, 2017

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 3.
Events will include free, ranger-led hikes through areas with waterfalls and scenic vistas as well as hikes focused on local history and trail clean-ups.
Several Tennessee State Natural Areas, including Short Springs Natural Area near Tullahoma, are hosting free, guided hikes.
Those planning to take part in National Trails Day are reminded to come prepared by wearing clothes and sturdy shoes you do not mind getting dirty or wet. A personal water bottle and snacks are also recommended.

 


Democrats Ready for J-Day
AP Thursday May 18, 2017

Tennessee Democrats are preparing for their annual Jackson Day fundraiser they are now referring to as "J-Day."
The event has long been named after President Andrew Jackson, a Tennessean who is considered the father of the Democratic Party.
While the state party has celebrated Jackson's legacy as a general and the country's seventh president, Chairwoman Mary Mancini has said Democrats shouldn't ignore the former president's participation in slavery and the forced removal of native Americans.
Party spokesman Jason Freeman says the official name of Friday's event is the Three Star Jackson Day Dinner. But a Tuesday press release touting the event as being sold out refers only to "J-Day."
Numerous speeches are scheduled for statewide candidates and office holders.

 


Building and Grounds
Jay Walker Thursday May 18, 2017

The Warren County Commission's Building and Grounds Committee will meet Thursday to discuss budgets, to discuss the fairgrounds ball fields, and to discuss property conveyance negotiations.
The meeting will begin at 5pm at the Administrative Building.

 


HRC Executive Charged
WSMV Wednesday May 17, 2017

A member of the executive staff with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission is accused of sexual exploiting a minor.
Christopher Stephenson, 42, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators, acting on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, determined that an IP address used to access child pornography online was registered to Stephenson's Antioch address.
A search warrant was executed and Stephenson's electronic devices were seized. Police said sexual images of minors were found during forensic examinations of the equipment by Metro police.
Stephenson is the Title VI compliance director with the state-run organization.
His bond was set at $500,000.
Police said Stephenson possessed child pornography and distributed it, but did not produce it.

 

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