Alexander’s Resolution Celebrating June 20 As “American Eagle Day” Passes Senate

Friday, June 16, 2017
Senator Lamar Alexander welcomed Challenger the American Bald Eagle from the American Eagle Foundation of Pigeon Forge to his Washington, D.C., office on April 27
Senator Lamar Alexander welcomed Challenger the American Bald Eagle from the American Eagle Foundation of Pigeon Forge to his Washington, D.C., office on April 27

Senator Lamar Alexander Friday announced that his resolution to designate June 20, 2017 as “American Eagle Day” unanimously passed the Senate.

“American Eagle Day is a day to celebrate the recovery and restoration of our national symbol, the bald eagle,” Senator Alexander said. “I’m also especially proud as a Tennessean that the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge has played such a leading role for more than 30 years in preserving this magnificent bird.”

This is the 10th year the Senate has passed a resolution to designate June 20 as “American Eagle Day,” and Alexander has been the lead sponsor each year.

The bald eagle was officially designated as the national emblem of the United States on June 20, 1782. The Alexander resolution designates June 20, 2017, as “American Eagle Day” and encourages educational entities, businesses, conservation groups, government agencies, and others to collaborate on information about bald eagles for use in schools.

In 1963, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states dropped to about 417. By 2007, that number had increased to approximately 10,000 nesting pairs, an increase of approximately 2,500 percent from 40 years ago. Because of this success, the U.S. Department of the Interior officially delisted the bald eagle from both the “endangered” and “threatened” species lists under the Endangered Species Act on June 28, 2007.  Today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are approximately 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states and 70,000 in Alaska, officials said.


TVA’s Chickamauga Reservoir Herbicide Treatment Schedule Is Announced

The summer heat came early to east Tennessee. That means the Tennessee Valley Authority’s aquatic plant management teams are already out on the water surveying public access areas of Chickamauga Reservoir.   Dr. Brett Hartis, TVA aquatic plant management program manager, said,  “We will begin implementation of our aquatic plant management program on Chickamauga ... (click for more)

Event Marks Signing Of Legislation Promoting Continued Recreational Use Of Ocoee River

An event marking Governor Bill Haslam’s signing of major legislation promoting the continued recreational use of Tennessee’s world famous Ocoee River was held in Nashville  on Wednesday .  Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown), who sponsored the new law, said it ensures that recreational use of the river continues for many more years to come. ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Ghost & The Eclipse

So you don’t believe in ghosts, haints or spirits? And you don’t believe that smack in the middle of this August, it is going to be nighttime in the middle of the day? Then put on your seatbelt and sit next to me … First, the ghost. The 6 th Congressional District in the State of Georgia is in the northern part of Atlanta’s suburbs. It includes Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody ... (click for more)