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Another black bear spotted in Overton County
Fresh veggies plentiful at local Farmer's Market

Access fees eliminated at TN state parks

 

Another black bear spotted in Overton County

photo courtesy of Beverly Paul
This black bear made itself welcome in the Alpine community last Thursday, hanging out for about 2 hours, before heading back into the woods.

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN staff
The black bear saga in Overton County took another turn on Thursday, June 29, when several Alpine residents got a two-hour visit from a Yogi wanna-be

This time, Beverly Paul, of John McDonald Lane, got pictures.

Danny Simpson was the first to spot the large black visitor, and summoned Paul so he'd have a witness. But apparently, this bear had no intentions of going anywhere fast.

"It obviously wasn't intimidated by humans at all," Paul said.

Carolyn and Alvin Copeland, who were outside with their grandchildren, got a closer look than they may have liked as well, while the bear meandered from one yard to another,

"It went right into their front yard and scared them to death," Paul said.

After "visiting" the Copelands, the bear went back to the Pauls' yard, then paid a visit to her mother-in-law and father-in-law's garden during it's roughly two-hour visit. The bear apparently wasn't concerned about getting up close and personal, often staying within 30 feet or so of the houses.At one point, the bear was about 13 steps away from Paul, reared up on its back legs.

Although the bear stories seem to be fairly common this summer, TWRA game warden Johnny Poston isn't sure why they're flocking to the Upper Cumberland.

"I wish I could tell you the reason why," he said. "But Overton, Fentress, and Pickett counties have had more bears spotted this year than the last few years combined.”

He said the bears shouldn't prompt panic among residents, though.

“If you take cautious steps, your chances of being hurt are slim to none," he said. "What happened in Polk County (when the woman was attacked), those incidents are rare. It's just not typical.

Of course that doesn't mean that anyone who sees a bear should try to approach it.

"When you see a bear, treat it like a black bear. Give them their space and don't get close," he said. "It's OK to watch, but keep your distance."

If you see a black bear call TWRA at 1-800-262-6704.

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Fresh veggies plentiful at local Farmer's Market

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Area farmers are supplying garden-fresh foods at the Overton/Livingston Farmers Market, located on First Street. Under the management of Mrs. Vella Ledbetter, the market is open Monday through Saturday from about 7 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m.

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Access fees eliminated at TN state parks

Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke visited three Tennessee parks on June 30 to celebrate the July 1 end of the access fee program at the 23 parks that charge them.

Bredesen said, "From the time I took office, I knew making basic access to our state parks free again was something I wanted to do. Now we have the financial stability within the state budget to do it, and I'm thrilled to help celebrate the end of park access fees and see all our parks back on even footing.

"I appreciate the support of the General Assembly in approving this budget improvement, which will benefit Tennessee families and visitors to our state alike."

A $924,000 improvement in the FY 2006-2007 budget proposed by Governor Bredesen and passed by the General Assembly makes removal of the access fees possible.

Fyke said, "We have certainly come a long way under Governor Bredesen's leadership in the last three years. When he took office, 14 parks were closed and 23 others forced to rely on access fees to support their facilities. Today, all of our parks are open, access to all of them is once again free, and we have a staff of parks professionals that have led to us to national recognition for the quality of our parks system."

The access fee program was established in 2001 when several state parks were also closed to the public by the previous administration due to the budget crisis at that time. The access fee program, which was originally scheduled to be implemented in phases across Tennessee's system of 54 state parks, had only been put into place at 23 parks when Bredesen took office in 2003.

Gov. Bredesen said, "With a state park within an hour's drive of any point in Tennessee, I hope more families will come out this holiday weekend and in the months ahead to really take advantage of these special places that have been set aside for their employment and all the features and activities that our parks have to offer."

The Department of Environment and Conservation oversees Tennessee's 54 state parks and 75 natural areas. For more information about Tennessee State Parks visit online at www.tnstateparks.com or call 1-888-TN-Parks.

 

 

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