Cicadas predicted to return after 17 years
Allons man seriously injured in boating accident
on Dale Hollow
Limited funds available through LIHEAP program
predicted to return after 17 years
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
After molting, a cicada emerges from its shell.
It happens every 17 years, and in some areas the "song"
can be deafening. This spring, the 17-year cicadas are predicted
Designated as Brood X, or Brood Ten, this periodical
insect should emerge from subterranean dens in early May, about
the time the soil temperature (four inches deep) reaches 67 degrees
Infestations should be particularly widespread throughout
Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as parts of Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and northern Georgia.
In terms of volume, their distinctive call is truly
one of nature's most impressive love songs. Male cicadas "sing"
to attract mates, and with populations numbering in the hundreds
of thousands of cicadas per acre Ð more than a million in some locales
Ð Dr. Frank Hale, an entomologist with University of Tennessee Agricultural
Extension Service, says the noise will be hard to escape.
He also notes their sheer numbers can make these insects
quite a nuisance to people and that they are attracted to some running
lawn mower or garden tractor engines. They can also threaten young
trees and ornamentals.
"Females can damage young trees when they slit
the bark to make furrows for their eggs," Hale said.
He recommends property owners take damage prevention
measures in areas that have a history of high cicada populations.
"In young fruit tree plantings, delay pruning
until after the cicada emergence so you can remove damaged branches
and establish a proper scaffolding of branches. If you prune before
the eggs hatch, which is five weeks or less after the eggs are laid,
burn the damaged twigs," he said.
When it is feasible, Hale recommends covering small,
valuable shrubs, trees, and ornamentals with cheesecloth or spun
row cover for protection while cicadas are present.
Those with extensive nursery holdings or who may
need more extensive control should consult with their local county
Agricultural Extension agent, Hale said.
"The good news is that periodical cicadas do
not eat foliage or crops," he said. "That's locusts. Locusts
are certain species of grasshoppers."
In addition to the myth of causing total defoliation,
cicada emergences have been associated with predictions of war because
of the distinctive "W" formed by the pigmented veins on
the outer end of their front wings. Hale says they have also been
incorrectly accused of poisoning fruit by stinging.
"Cicadas cannot sting," he said.
A detailed publication about periodical cicadas is
listed at utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/. Click on the
category "Insects, Pests and Plant Diseases" and follow
the link for Periodical Cicada.
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man seriously injured in boating accident on Dale Hollow
Allons man seriously injured in boating accident on
An Allons man was seriously injured in a boating accident
on Dale Hollow Lake around noon Monday, April 26.
According to reports, Ronnie Melton, of Allons, was
driving a bass boat on Dale Hollow Lake near Hendricks Creek when
the boat hit debris in the water, throwing both Melton and his passenger,
Rex Stannard, also of Allons, into the water. The driverless boat
circled and struck Melton, causing severe cuts to his left leg and
The men were picked up by a couple, who were fishing
while visiting from Oklahoma. They brought the men to Willow Grove
Melton was reportedly transported to Livingston Regional
Hospital for treatment, and then was transported to Cookeville Regional
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funds available through LIHEAP program
Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency has announced
that a limited amount of funds are available for summer cooling
assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
UCHRA will be distributing applications for summer
cooling assistance in 10 counties on Thursday, May 6 only.
Cooling assistance is available only to households
of elderly or disabled members or households that have obtained
a signed statement of medical need by a physician, nurse, or medical
Applicants must provide proof of income and Social
Security numbers for all household members, and must bring an electric
Benefit levels will be either $175 or $275, based
upon the total number of household priority points. Households qualifying
for a benefit may choose to apply the total award amount to its
utility bill, use the award to purchase an air conditioner or a
fan (if they have not previously received one with LIHEAP funds),
or a combination of the two.
Applications for summer cooling assistance will be
distributed at the UCHRA offices in Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb,
Fentress, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, and White
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.
Medical statement forms will be available one week
prior to application date. Persons wishing to apply should go to
the UCHRA office in the county of their residence.
Applicants receive notification of their approval
or denial by mail.
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