April 2012

News

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    2012 Shutterbug Winners Announced

    Adult and Junior winners of our State Parks Photography Contest Tennesseans love their state parks! There’s no other way to describe the almost-overwhelming response to our latest Shutterbug Photography Contest celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks. Legislation passed in 1937 established the parks system and remains the framework by which the parks preserve and protect Tennessee’s historic, recreational and natural areas. Today there are 54 state parks and 82 natural areas across Tennessee, and chances are there’s at least one within an hour’s drive of your home. For our latest Shutterbug contest, The Tennessee Magazine partnered with Tennessee […]

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    National Breathing Policy

    Shawn Taylor,  Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association Here’s an idea. Let’s regulate how much air we in the United States can breathe.  Then let’s gradually, or not, increase the cost for breathing until people decide not to breathe. Or better yet, let’s have people from other countries sell us and decide how much air we can breathe and at what cost. We’ll call it the “National Breathing Policy.” OK, so that example is a bit extreme. But if you look at everything that oil and its refined products provide for our country in our everyday lives, it […]

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    General Assembly adjourns

    On May 1, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned its second session and brought to a close legislative business for the year – it’s earliest finish since 1998. The TECA Bill Tracker is finalized, and available by clicking the links below. High Value Bills Complete Bill Tracker A $31.5 B budget for the state government was approved, which is a a $400 M reduction over last year’s $31.9 B budget. Even with the reductions, state employees will receive a two-and-a-half percent increase in their base pay and there will be a 0.25% reduction in the state sales tax levied on […]

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    2012 Farm Energy Audits through USDA NRCS

    With America’s farmers continuing to face high energy costs, help is on the way in the form of Headquarters Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMPs), commonly called on-farm energy audits.  Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding is available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for farm energy audits and equipment upgrades. Farm energy audits can generally identify energy savings between 10% and 35% of total energy use, which enables farmers to take more control of their energy use and increase their energy independence. Although the New Year has barely begun, producers must act quickly in order to secure their AgEMP for […]

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