Summer Heat is Here!

With summer bringing the heat, everyone needs to know how to stay cool. Whether you’re in the best shape of your life, or you’ve been on 65+ trips around the sun. Here are a few helpful tips from the CDC on how to take care of yourself during a heat wave!

  • There were an estimated 7,415 deaths due to heat-related circumstances from 1999 to 2010.
  • The CDC states that these heat-related deaths are preventable, if you following these simple precautions.

You need to make sure to:

  1. Stay cool. Even if that means stopping what you are doing and finding a spot to cool off slowly. If you cool off to quickly, you could send your body into shock from a sudden temperature change.
  2. Remain hydrated with water or a sports drink that offers electrolytes. You will need to replace the electrolytes in your body to help cool off and reset your system.
  3. Stay informed with your areas weather and temperature forecast. If you know that it is going to be an extremely hot day, it would be best to  be prepared.
    • Have a cold non-alcoholic beverage handy.
    • Have a cool towel near to help your body cool off.
    • Try to stay in a shaded area, if at all possible.
  4. If you feel that you are going to be sick due to the heat, stop what you are doing and contact your doctor for help.

There are two main factors that have an effect on you when it comes to extreme heat:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

There are four main groups that are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses. It is best to monitor these groups of people when they are in your care:

  1. People who are of the age 65 or older.
  2. Children under the age of two years-old.
  3. People with a chronic disease.
  4. People with a mental illness.

Some simple questions to ask them, or make sure of for them are:

  • Are they drinking enough water?
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they need help keeping cool?

Some precautions for not only people at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, but anyone who will be in the extreme heat are:

  • Find an air-conditioned building. If your home is without air-conditioning, stay in public facilities as much as possible. If your vehicle has air-conditioner, use it as much as possible.
  • Do not only rely on a fan as your primary cooling option. A fan only distributes the hot air to keep it moving, and it is not a source of cool air.
  • Drink as much water as possible, not only when you feel thirsty.
  • Find a “Heat Wave Buddy”. Check in on your buddy, and have them check in on you. Use each other to make sure that you both make it through the extreme heat without a heat-related illness.
  • Try to keep from using the stove or oven in your house to cook. It will only cause you and your house to stay warmer, and not allow anything to cool off.

Even if you are young, healthy and in the best shape of your life, you still run a risk of suffering from a heat-related illness. If at all possible, try not to participate in strenuous physical activities during extreme heat.

  • Try to stay inside during midday when the temperature is the highest. If it is not possible for you to stay indoors, try to keep your physical activities to a minimum.
  • Make sure to have plenty of sunscreen handy, and also reapply as recommended.
  • When participating in activities, start slow. Gradually allow yourself to become accustomed to the heat before going full force into an activity.
  • Drink PLENTY of water / sports drinks throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty at the time. A lack of hydration can lead to muscle cramping, and that may be an early sign of a heat-related illness.
  • Make sure to dress appropriate for the activities you are participating in. Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light-colored.

If you play a summer sport, make sure to protect yourself and keep an eye on teammates. If possible:

  • Try to have practices or workouts during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning or later in the afternoon are better choices than midday.
  • Use the “Heat Wave Buddy” system between you and your teammates. Keep each other safe and in line with the safety precautions.
  • Make contact with a doctor or medical provider if you or a teammate has any symptoms of a heat-related illness.
  • There is a CDC course that can help you look for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Here are a few steps, from the CDC, that are good for any and everyone to keep in mind to keep safe in the extreme heat:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

 

The original article can be found here: CDC Extreme Heat Information

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Freedom, Fireworks, Family & More

2017 Independence Day

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The Forth of July is quickly approaching, which means it is time to make holiday plans. Whether your plans involve spending time with family, floating in the water, relaxing by a grill, working or whatever else your plans end up being, at the end of the day you will soon hear the booming of Fireworks.

If you do not already have plans to set off your own fireworks, here are some local locations where you can go to relax and watch someone else run after setting fire to the fuse.

PSA: ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BE SAFE AND STAY BACK AT LEAST 100 YARDS FROM FIREWORKS


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  • Martin, Tenn.

    • Location: Parks & Recreation Complex
    • Entertainment: Neil Diamond tribute artist at 6 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at dusk

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  • Union City, Tenn.

    • Location: Discovery Park of America
      • DPA will have a $10 admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
      • Park grounds will be open for free after 5 p.m.
    • Entertainment: The local band Avonlea from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m.

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  • Reelfoot Lake, Samburg / Tiptonville, Tenn. July 1, 2017

    • Location: Reelfoot Lake
    • Activities: For family fun, there will be bounce houses and yard games
    • Entertainment: Concert at 7 p.m.
    • Concessions: There will also be an opportunity to purchase food & drinks, and also beer & wine.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m. near the Tiptonville American Legion area

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  • Kenton, Tenn.

    • Location: Downtown Kenton
    • Activities: A 5K-Run at 8 a.m., a parade at 11 a.m. and a street dance at 6 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m. at the ball field

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  • Hickman, KY.

    • Location: Downtown Hickman
    • Entertainment: The band Stealin’ Tyme from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Concessions: A beer garden and BBQ from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Fireworks: From the Elvis J. Stahr Harbor at dusk

 

For more information on local news and events: http://www.thunderboltradio.com/local-news/

For more information on firework safety: http://www.tntfireworks.com/safety

July Committee Meetings in Weakley County, TN.

Public Committee Meetings in July

Monday July 3, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 10-11 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413

Wednesday July 5, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 9-10 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413

Thursday July 6, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 9-10 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413
  • Election Commission Meeting from 6-7 p.m.
    • Weakley County Election, 135 S. Poplar St. #A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5564

Friday July 7, 2017:

  • Financial Management Committee Meeting from 9-10 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413

Monday July 10, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 9-10 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413

Tuesday July 11, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 5-5:15 p.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413

Thursday July 27, 2017:

  • FWM Committee Meeting from 9-10 a.m.
    • Weakley County Board-Education, 8319 Old State Hwy 22 Suite A, Dresden, TN. 38225
    • 731.364.5413
  • Weakley County Commission Meeting from 5:30-6:60 p.m.
    • Weakley County Court House, 116 W. Main St. Dresden, TN 38225

July Activities for Children in Weakley County, TN.

Coming up for Children in Weakley County:

Wednesday July 5, 2017:

  • Story Hour at 9:30 a.m. at the Weakley County Public Library 341 Linden St. Dresden, TN. 38225

Friday July 7, 2017:

  • Game On from 3-5 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library 100 Main St. Martin, TN. 38237

Wednesday July 12, 2017:

  • Story Hour at 9:30 a.m. at the Weakley County Public Library 341 Linden St. Dresden, TN. 38225

Friday July 14, 2017:

  • Game On from 3-5 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library 100 Main St. Martin, TN. 38237

Monday July 17, 2017:

  • Weakley County Historical & Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library, 100 Main Street, Martin,TN. 38237

Wednesday July 19, 2017:

  • Story Hour at 9:30 a.m. at the Weakley County Public Library 341 Linden St. Dresden, TN. 38225

Friday July 21. 2017:

  • Game On from 3-5 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library 100 Main St. Martin, TN. 38237

Monday July 24, 2017:

  • Magic School Bus grades 2-5 from 3-4 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library 100 Main St. Martin, TN. 38237

Wednesday July 26, 2017:

  • Story Hour at 9:30 a.m. at the Weakley County Public Library 341 Linden St. Dresden, TN. 38225

Friday July 28, 2017:

  • Game On from 3-5 p.m. at the C.E. Weldon Public Library 100 Main St. Martin, TN. 38237

Soybean & the Music Scene in Martin, Tennessee

Officials of the Tennessee Soybean Festival have announced the nightly musical lineup for the 2017 Soybean Festival.

Tuesday, September 5:

  • “Live and Let Die” a symphonic tribute to Paul McCartney
  • FREE ADMISSION

Wednesday, September 6; UT- Martin Student Night:

  • Echosmith
    • Known For: Cool Kids, Bright, Tell Her You Love Her and many more
  • The first 2,000 UT- Martin Students with ID’s will be admitted for free
  • Ticket cost: $5

Thursday, September 7:

  • Clint Black
    • Known For: Desperado, Killin’ Time, You Still Get to Me and many more
  • FREE CONCERT: to the first 3,400 to enter the gate

Friday, September 8:

  • Air Supply
    • Known For: Making Love Out of Nothing at All, All Out of Love, Lost in Love and many more
  • Ticket cost: $5 – $15

Saturday, September 9:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Known For: Free Bird, Simple Man, Don’t Ask me no Questions and many more
  • Ticket cost: $35 – $50

 

Miss UT Martin on Track for Miss Tennessee

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Newly crowned Miss University of Tennessee at Martin, Miss Brenna Wilkins, is on her way to compete for the Miss Tennessee 2017 title. Miss Wilkins is a Union City, Tenn. native where she resides with her family and works at the local family owned restaurant, Charlie T’s. Charlie T’s is not only a well-kept local secret of Union City natives, a great southern breakfast spot but Charlie T’s was originally owned by Miss Wilkins grandparents who made a huge impact on her life.

With the help of not only her grandparents but also her entire family, Miss Brenna Wilkins possesses all of the qualifications to be crowned not only Miss Tennessee but also Miss America. Miss Wilkins is a caring young lady with the platform of depression and suicide awareness. She is currently in her Junior year at The University of Tennessee at Martin and is studying for a degree in Social Work.

Miss Wilkins is in Group A for the Pageant and is also contestant number 1. She is a shoe-in to wow the judges with her beauty, voice and loving personality. Number 1 is sure to be her lucky number!

Event Line-Up:

  • There are three groups (A, B & C) made up of 12 contestants each
  • Each group has a different event on each night
  • Wednesday

    • Group A has the Talent event
    • Group B has the Swimsuit event
    • Group C has the Evening Wear event
  • Thursday

    • Group A has the Evening Wear event
    • Group B has the Talent event
    • Group C has the Swimsuit event
  • Friday

    • Group A has the Swimsuit event
    • Group B has the Evening Wear event
    • Group C has the Talent event

This weeks events will include:

  • Preliminary Nights (Wed. June 21 – Fri. June 23) of a Multi-Night Competition

    • 25 percent Private Interview
    • 05 percent On-Stage Question
    • 35 percent Talent
    • 25 percent Evening Wear
    • 15 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Scoring of a Multi-Night State Pageant:

    • 30 percent Composite
    • 30 percent Talent
    • 20 percent Evening Wear
    • 20 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Top Five Finalists:

    • The top five enter the final round of the competition with zero points. The judges will rank to contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a final ballot.
      • First place vote is worth 10 points
      • Second place vote is worth five points
      • Third place vote is worth three points
      • Forth place vote is worth two points
      • Fifth place vote is worth one point

There are many requirements to be a Miss Tennessee contestant:

  • High school graduate, or equivalent by June 30 of the preceding year
  • Resident of Tennessee for the last six months
  • No younger than 17 at the time of the local competition
  • No older than 24 by December 31 of the year before she would be crowned Miss America
  • United States Citizen
  • Female that has never been married or pregnant
  • Registered as a full-time student within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter for at least six months OR
    • Employed full-time (minimum 32 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter,
    • Employed part-time (minimum 16 hours per week) and attend school part-time (minimum 6 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter
    • For at least six months prior to local competition date.

To be a contestant in the Miss Tennessee Pageant one must possess the qualities and attributes of Miss America:

  • Roll Model who cares about her role and other women’s roles in society
  • Physically conscientious women with a confident and commanding presence
  • An ambassador and public relations representative of the Miss America Organization
  • Considered both talented and intelligent
  • An activist on issues she deems important
  • Independent and eloquent communicator with the courage of her convictions
  • Accomplished individual whose diversity represents a composite of the “Best of Modern Women”
  • A leader by virtue of her experiences
  • One who takes personal pride in physical fitness and health
  • Raise $100 donation for the Miss America and the CMN (Children’s Miracle Network)

If you are interested in watching the Miss Tennessee pageant but are not able to attend, you can watch live at www.EPlusTV6.com or Channel 6 Jackson News. The pageant events start Wed. June 21 at 8:00 p.m. and run until Sat. June 24.

What to do When you see a Baby Wildlife Animal Alone in the Wild

Local News Station WBBJ out of Jackson, TN

When it come to baby wildlife animals, experts say it is best to leave them alone. Leave them in their natural habitat. If you feel they are in danger call your local Animal Control Office, or the local Wildlife Resources Agency in your area.

As a way of protecting them, experts say that it is completely natural for mother deer to leave their fawn out in an open area alone (open field, side of the road etc…). Summer is usually the most frequent time to find baby deer “abandoned” according to local Madison County, TN TWRA agent Matt Canada.

Canada stated, “People end up picking these deer up, thinking they are abandoned or something is wrong with them; then they end up trying to take care of this deer.”

Another local TWRA officer, Brian Thompson, made reference to the fact that the mother deer will come back for their fawn; however, she can only come back for them if they are where she left them.

The best way to handle the situation is to let nature work itself out. TWRA officer Matt Canada also stated, “The best thing is to just leave that deer right where you see it, leave it alone and let it stay there in its natural habitat.”

White Tail Deer are a Class IV species; this specific class of species may only be possessed by zoos, temporary exhibitors or rehabilitation facilities. These standards are addressed in Tennessee State Wildlife Law: 1660-01-18-.01. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING POSSESSION OF LIVE WILDLIFE.

For the original post from WBBJ and more information on TWRA State Laws use these hyperlinks: Local News Station WBBJ out of Jackson, TN1660-01-18-.01. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING POSSESSION OF LIVE WILDLIFE, or also the  TWRA website.