Arctic blast brings snow and sub-freezing
THP to begin animal training for all officer
Poster contest open to state's fifth graders
blast brings snow and sub-freezing temps
An arctic blast blew into Tennessee last Wednesday
night bringing with it more snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
With the temperatures diving into the single digits, and below zero
over the weekend, the snowfall remained for days, causing schools
to be canceled Thursday and remain closed Friday and the following
Monday and Tuesday.
The snow and cold conditions created problems for
not only the school system, but also for emergency medical personnel.
An Overton County Ambulance Service spokesperson expressed appreciation
to Overton County Rescue Squad for assistance during the cold and
snowy conditions of the past couple of weeks. The Rescue Squad has
been traveling with many of the Ambulance Service's call runs on
bad roads with their four-wheel drive rescue vehicle.
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begin animal training for all officers
As part of an effort to address the increasing challenges
faced by law enforcement officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol will
develop a new training program to teach all troopers and communications
officers how to deal with situations involving animals.
Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Fred Phillips
made the announcement in the wake of the January 1 incident involving
the Smoak family of North Carolina, whose dog was shot and killed
by a Cookeville police officer who was assisting the THP with a
"We plan to institute a block of training on
dealing with animals, particularly canines,Ó Phillips said. "This
training will not only be for uniformed officers, but also for dispatchers
who send those officers out to potentially dangerous scenes.
"We want to put an emphasis on fact gathering
by communications officers, and stress the importance of getting
accurate information out to our troopers in the field."
THP will seek the assistance of animal organizations
whose representatives have contacted the Department of Safety to
offer their assistance in developing training curriculum. THP currently
has no specific policy on situations involving animals. A survey
found that of the eight states surrounding Tennessee, only one state,
Missouri, has such a policy.
In addition, once the new course is developed, it
will be offered to local law enforcement agencies so they can incorporate
it into their own training programs, according to Phillips.
Phillips plans to have the new training program in
place within 30 days.
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contest open to state's fifth graders
The theme for the 2003 Arbor Day poster contest recently
announced by Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), Division".
The contest, co-sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation,
is open to all Tennessee fifth graders. The purpose of the contest
is to educate children about the importance of planting and caring
Teachers in public, private, and home schools can
participate in the contest by selecting a winning poster from their
school for the state competition. Posters may be sent to: Arbor
Day Poster Contest, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division
of Forestry, P.O. Box 40627, Nashville, TN 37204. Entries must be
postmarked by Arbor Day, March 7, or hand-delivered to the TDA Division
of Forestry office at Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road
in Nashville by 4:30 p.m.on Arbor Day.
Other posters that meet guidelines will be eligible.
Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony on
March 31. First, second, and third place winners for Tennessee will
receive a savings bond. Winning teachers will receive a gift certificate
for school supplies. A tree-planting ceremony will be held at the
first place winner's school and at the state capitol. For a list
of all prizes visit www.state.tn.us/agriculture/forestry/arborday/posters.html.
Tennessee's first place poster will be entered in
the national contest, which awards a $1,000 savings bond, a lifetime
membership in The Arbor Day Foundation, an expense-paid trip to
the home of National Arbor Day in Nebraska City, NE, for the National
Awards Weekend and teacher classroom materials. The national second
and third place winners also receive a savings bond and teachers
receive cash prizes.
Last year's winning poster by Courtney Pierchoski
of Pulaski and other entries may be viewed at www.state.tn.us/agriculture/forestry/arborday/posters.html.
More information about the national contest can be found at www.arborday.org.
Arbor Day Poster Contest materials have been sent
to all Tennessee fifth grade teachers. For more information contact
contest coordinator Kay Fermann, TDA Division of Forestry in Nashville,
at (615) 837-5437.
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