CROSSVILLE — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Steak and Potatoes Field Day will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center. The free event, which includes a trade show and a sponsored lunch, begins with registration at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the main unit of UT's Plateau AgResearch and Education Center on U.S. Hwy. 70N west of Crossville. This year the program will appeal to three groups of visitors: those interested in land management issues; those interested in improved beef production; and those interested in fruit and vegetable production. Landowner discussions will hit on such topics as pond aeration, timber management in a declining market, and updates on forest damages caused by invasive species. The beef production presentations will highlight fencing, balanced rations, and re-establishing fescue stands among other topics. The field day’s fruit and vegetable production presentations will center on corn, melon, apple and peach production; weed, disease and insect control; and using high tunnels. There will also be a sprayer calibration demonstration. A total of two pesticide recertification points will be awarded in categories 1, 10, and 12 to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/. For more information, or to request an accommodation for accessibility, call the center at 931-484-0034. The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
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Working on the trail
Volunteers were out Saturday morning constructing a trail at Meadow Park Lake. This was phase one of trail building, explained John Conrad, Crossville Trails organizer, with volunteers clipping twigs and branches and raking a path. Bruce Whitehead, George Schlenker, Lee Skinner and Pat Schudiske rake a path about three feet wide. Later, larger obstacles, such as fallen trees, will be removed, and topsoil removed on the trail to aid in trail maintenance. The trail will be about 1.5 miles in length.
Panel waives ticket charge for boosters
The building and grounds committee approved a request to waive a portion of the ticket fees for a school sports booster group planning a truck and tractor pull at the Cumberland County Community Complex, but the committee cautioned the group it would take action by the full Cumberland County Commission to relieve them of the obligation to return 10 percent of the gate charge to the county.
Jury seated in Batty slaying case
A jury plus alternates has been seated and began hearing evidence in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.
New site sought for convenience center
An expansion at Colinx and the improvement of a city street will require Cumberland County to move a convenience center. The city of Crossville has proposed a site in the same general area, but commissioners on the county's building and grounds committee were concerned about the cost to make the site suitable for a convenience center and the proximity of the Little Obed River.
CCHS student dies in car crash
Crossville Police have identified the victim of a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday morning on Hwy. 70 W at the intersection of Dillon St. as a sophomore at Cumberland County High School.
Visitors center now open to the public
A ten-year effort to establish a gateway to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, as well as to point tourists and visitors to the many other area parks, historical sites and points of interest, concluded Thursday as the community gathered with officials from the city of Crossville, Cumberland County, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and the National Park Service to dedicate the Crossville-Cumberland County: Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center on River Otter Dr.
Shots fired during standoff over domestic situation
Chickens were killed, threats of bodily harm made and at least three shots fired in the presence of a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy during a domestic dispute between an uncle and nephew.
Jury selection set in Batty slaying
Jury selections were scheduled to begin today in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.
Thoughts for this holy time of Easter
The first performance of George Friderick Handel's masterpiece, "Messiah," was given in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, where it was well received. When it was performed in England there were criticisms of the music, performers and location of the performance. It was held that the subject matter was too exalted to perform in an opera house, but rather it should be performed in church. Wouldn't it be interesting if we knew how many times this magnificent music has been performed in the past 272 years?
Warden Joe Goodwin remains a true original
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and Crossville's Joe Goodwin is part of that living history.
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