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


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

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


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.

2017 Stanley Cup- Predators Making a Name for Hockey in Tennessee: Games 5 & 6

Game 5 did not go as the Pred Nation would have hoped for the Nashville Predators. It was a complete defeat by the Pittsburgh Penguins with a resulting score of 6-0. This led to a HUGE need for the Predators to win Sunday, June 11, to stay in the game.

Game 6 ended the Predators season with a close 2-0 win for the Penguins. This win marked a back-to-back Stanley Cup win for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even though they did not win, the Nashville Predators made history, and also continue to bring the sport more recognition in Tennessee.




2017 Stanley Cup- Predators Making a Name for Hockey in Tennessee: Games 2-4

Game Two of the Stanley Cup 4-1 Pittsburgh Penguins

With a second night of “home-field-advantage” the Penguins took Game two of the Stanley Cup.

Both the Penguins and the Predators managed to score in the first period. Both teams also managed to hold either other off from scoring in the second. What was an extremely close game for the first two periods, gave an upsetting turn during the third. The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to achieve three points bringing the end score to a devastating 4-1 loss for the Predators.

Game Three of the Stanley Cup 5-1 Nashville Predators

Finally the Predators take their “home-field-advantage” to the brackets. Winning their first Stanley Cup 2017 Game in their hometown of Nashville, Tenn.

Game three brought on a tough night for the Predators. They needed this win to stay in the game, and a win is what they left with. In the first period the Penguins started off with 1-0 victory; however, that would be the last period they would win in Game three. The Predators went on the score three points in the second period, and two points in the third. The Predators brought home their first win of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs!

Game Four of the Stanley Cup 4-1 Nashville Predators

Again, Nashville scores another spot in the winning bracket to secure a Game 4 win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Resulting in a 2-2 tie for the Stanley Cup.

Just as Game two started off, so did Game four. Both teams ended the first period with a 1-1 score. However, the rest of Game four played out similar to Game three. The Predators kept the Penguins to a one score hold. The Predators scored two points in the second period, and one in the third. Continuing their winning streak on the road to the Stanley Cup!

Fans’ Prospective

From a Nashville Predators fans’ prospective, win or lose this is an awesome experience to be able to witness in person! At the beginning of Game four, the fans and the players could not help but cheer and rejoice in victory for making it this far!

Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup series is June, 8 at 8 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. CDT in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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2017 Stanley Cup- Predators Making a Name for Hockey in Tennessee: Game One

Game One: 5-3 Pittsburgh Penguins

In Game One of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators trailed 3-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period. However, the Predators did not go down without a fight. Not allowing the Penguins to score all through the second period, the Nashville Predators made history for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This marked the first time in franchise history that they did not register a shot on goal during a playoffs period.

Ryan Ellis got the Predators on the board with an amazing power play at the 8:21 mark of the second period. Colton Sissons followed up with a second shot bringing the game to a 3-2 score.

With a 2-player effort, Austin Watson and Frederick Gaudreau tied the game to a score of 3-3. However, that’s when the Penguins decided it was time to make a come back. In the third period Jake Guentzel and Nick Bonino both achieved a shot on goal to bring the final score to 5-3, securing the win for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One.

“From the way we started and the way we continued on after that, I thought our guys played great,” Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought we played a good game. We hate the score. We hate the result. But we’ll move forward.”

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Weakley County Senior Citizen Centers Make a Huge Difference!


For a place like Weakley County, our local senior centers make all the difference in the world. Not only are they a place for people to go unwind, exercise, fellowship, and have fun – they also support and provide so much for the people of Weakley County. They are thriving pieces of this county that we should appreciate.

This post is a cheers to the Senior Centers of Weakley County, all that you do, and all that inspire in others.  It means more than you know.

Most people know that Senior Citizens Centers provide daily activities like cards, dominoes, and other fun games for all wanting to participate.

Did you know that senior centers also have Bingo, shuffleboard, singings, pot lucks, dances, trips,  $5.00 fundraiser lunches, line dance aerobics, ping-pong, exercising, ZUMBA, movie day, crafts, quilting, and ice cream and cake parties? Did you know that senior citizens centers are also for anyone who wants to come? What an amazing resource for fellowship in small communities like ours.

  • In Sharon, they have a bustling Senior Center that is sure to always have a card game or two going on. Call 731-456-2213 to see what is going on today.
  • The Martin Senior Center has a great list of event with exciting things going on! Check it out by clicking here: or call 731-587-3900.
  • The folks at Greenfield City Senior Center are walking and playing cards. Call and join them at 731-235-2815 .
  • The Dresden Senior Center has a full calendar of fun events, too! Click here to see all that is happening in Dresden:
  • Gleason has a Senior Center, too. Visit them at 120 South Cedar Street in Gleason.

The Office on Aging in Dresden is doing so much to enhance the lives of the people in this community. With the help of United Way, they provide thousands of Meals on Wheels to people in the county including Dresden, Martin, Sharon, Gleason, Greenfield, Palmersville, Sidonia, and Latham. Without these meals, many people would not get to eat at all some days.

The Office on Aging also has nutrition services, homemake service, telephone reassurance, health screenings, friendly visiting, physical fitness, educational programs, transportation, and even respite. It is a largely used and necessary element for the well-being of Weakley County’s elderly, disabled, sick, and/or rehabilitating population.

Click here to see everything the Office on Aging provides in detail:

Support your local Senior Centers with a visit, volunteering, or sending a card of thanks. They do so much to support our communities– we should support them, too.

As always, thanks from your friends at the Weakley County Department of Finance