If Georgia wants to tap our water, let us tap their money with a per gallon CHARGE! Tennessee is in need of new revenues and this could help keep our taxes low in years to come. With water being a natural resource, let the the majority of the money be used for natural resources such as state parks, enviromental clean up and even the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency that doesn't even receive any tax monies from the state budget. The TWRA already does the most of patroling the waterways on the back of sportsmen and out door enthusiest. If this comes to pass, there of course would have to be limits to how much of the weekly flow that could be taken out. By limiting it to weekly flow rates this would not put the river in jepordy during times of drought. If the weekly flow allotment was over used then stiff fines (say a dollar a gallon )would accompany the next billing cycle.
How many times have we seen where firefighters and rescue personal risk their lives to rescue a large animal, such as a horse, cow or even a deer? They spend hours trying to pull the animal over the top of the ice. I have had this to happen here on our farm in years past. There is a simple solution for those who have some basic equipment and knowledge to quickly rescue stranded animals with minimum effort. Equipment needed. two or three rescuers, cell phone to call for additional help if needed. long ropes, a flat bottom boat or long wooden planks, a life jacket, chain saw sleged hammer or busting maul. First put on LIFE JACKET! Using either the boat or long planks to distribute weight over the ice to prevent breakage near the hole carefully approach the animal and get a rope over its head. This keeps the animal to one side of the hole until and exit is cut out. Loosen the chain on the saw very loose. If not loose it will not operate when water contacts the blade. Cut a path about two or three feet wide starting at the hole toward the closest bank. ALWAYS WORK FROM SAFTY PLATFORM OF WOOD OR BOAT! Using the hammer break the ice into chunks and push the chunks under the solid ice. ( this will increase the strength of the edges of the ice by increased bouyance)After the path is cleared, simply lead the animal to the bank. If the animal is wild, take the rope off before it hits bottom and just let it swim out.
a theif is a theif, I don't care if they are stealing a candy bar from a store or a deer from tennessee sportsmen. If a judge will not uphold the law and throw the book at a criminal, then they need not to set on the bench. Thank you TWRA for working for the sportsmen of the state who pay your wages. Just a note, TWRA doesn't recieve any tax money from the state of Tennessee. Their funds come from federal dollars supplied by excise taxes on sporting equipment, license fees and fines. It is good to have judges that understand this and throw the book at criminals. In some counties we don't have the luxery to have different judges and the criminals just get turned loose without any fines or loss of privileges.
Check the CDC's stats on flu deaths annually, If I am not mistaking about 30,000 a year world wide from flu, all types combined
Another icy road driving tip, keep a bucket or bag of dry sand handy. if you get on ice and can't get moving, sprinkle a handful in front of the drive wheels to get traction and movement in the right direction. I have used this successfully to get two wheel drive ambulances into the mountians on several occasions. If you have a passenger, they can keep a window down and correct a slide at slow speed, under five miles an hour by throwing sand in front of the front wheel. Any faster will cause a spin out and wreck you quickly. Be sure to wear your seat belt!
the only good to ever come out of war is that there are true christians among our troops. they carry the gospel into lands that it is forbidden and teach it there, while good ole Uncle Sam picks up the tab for spreading the truth!
In most hospitals, they only test for type "A" and Type "B" flu strains.This takes about fifteen minutes and cost the hospital about five bucks a test. The cost of a "Swine Flu"test is about eight hundred dollars and takes a week to ten days to get back results.
It has been much easier to tell folks they have the swine flu instead of telling them the truth. Swine flu is only one of about fifty type "A" viruses. The "Bird Flu" virus was a type "B" virus.
I think that all the news media hype is tied to money. just think, If a news media mogul had a lot of stock in a certian pharmicutical company that makes certian products related to the treatment of the flu that suddenly sold millions of dollars worth of extra products, increased profit for that company. Then the stock value of that company soared and put money into the pockets of those who held the key to the profit in the media!
Ok news media, it has been two profitable years of scaring the public to death and making a profit, what is next, the dreaded duck flu? Horse flu? how about sheep flu? That should be enought to keep the pill pushers happy and profitable for the next three years!