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TUESDAY, September 6, 2016 Issue No. 9

LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL . . Officer Kenny Moats, a Maryville City Police Officer, was shot and killed on August 25, 2016, while responding to a domestic violence call. Moats became the 37th member of U.S. law enforcement to be shot and killed in the line of duty this year. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, that is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States. This mission is accomplished through programs such as Officer of the Month, Officer Roll Call, and the National Law Enforcement Museum that is currently under construction. To learn more about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, visit this link and check out the Facebook page dedicated to the museum at this link.

SAVING CAVE BATS . . . Bat Conservation International and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy are donating $100,000 to combat the death of cave bats in several areas, including Tennessee. A lethal fungus, called Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), causes what is known as white-nose syndrome - the culprit in the death of more than 6 million bats since 2006. The fungus invades their noses, mouths, and wings while they are in hibernation and causes dehydration and starvation. These two organizations have chosen to provide critical funding to manage the spread of Pd through a variety of different approaches. To learn more about Bat Conservation International and this fight against white-nose syndrome, visit this link.  
OVERDOSE PREVENTION . . . Tennessee Overdose Prevention (TOP) is a Tennessee based grassroots nonprofit organization comprised of parents, healthcare professionals, harm reduction advocates and friends of those who have lost loved ones to accidental drug overdose. Fatal overdoses in Tennessee have increased in recent years and are linked to an upsurge in prescription drug abuse and availability. TOP provides the resources to help inform parents and educators, as well as teens in our community, about Tennessee’s Naloxone and Good Samaritan Laws. Recently, the group held an event as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. Speakers included Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen, who spoke about her office’s role in the fight against addiction. Find out more about Tennessee Overdose Prevention by visiting this link and more about the Overdose Awareness Event at this link.

COAST GUARD SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Coast Guard Foundation has awarded a record number of 163 scholarships to students this year, including multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, totaling $576,500 in support. One of these scholarship recipients is South Carolina native, Austin Rutledge who will be attending University of Tennessee in Knoxville this fall. The scholarship program aims to assist members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families in achieving higher education. It is only fitting that those who have invested so much into the future of our country should receive an investment in their own future. The Knoxville community welcomes Austin Rutledge to our beautiful city and hopes that he finds fulfillment here. For a full list of Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship recipients please visit this link.

FARM MARKETS . . . East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing (FARM) is a nonprofit corporation that operates farmers markets in three locations – Ebenezer Road and Lakeshore Park in Knoxville and Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. The organization recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Festivities included live music, prizes, and special food treats. Also on hand were special guests including Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and three original members of FARM who signed the original charter in 1976. Find out more about East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing, each market, and how to become a vendor at this link.

LOCAL MOTION IPA . . . A new beer is on the market in East Tennessee! Created by Blackhorse Pub and Brewery and Eagle Distributing, this limited edition beverage labeled Local Motion IPA will be sold locally to benefit the Legacy Parks Foundation which, according to their website, “works to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.” Legacy Parks Foundation is involved in many initiatives in the Knoxville area, including the connection of Knoxville’s green spaces to create a 1,000 acre urban playground, the instillation of the Outdoor Adventure Center, and increased access to Knoxville’s waterways. The beverage will be sold in cans and on tap through October 8th at many local restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. To find out more about Legacy Parks Foundation visit this link.

LIVE ANIMAL TESTING . . . Knoxville Mercury reports that the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga has announced that it is abandoning the practice of using live animals in medical training. Of the 197 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, UTHSC Chattanooga was the only school using live animals to train students. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes ethical research and education practices in the medical field. Since 1985, this group has been working for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education & research and advocating for more effective scientific methods. To find out more about Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, visit this link. To read the full article published by Knoxville Mercury, visit this link.

DRAGON BOAT RACE . . . The Tennessee River came alive recently with the beating of drums, the slapping of paddles and the cheers of onlookers from the shore during the annual Dragon Boat Race Festival. Nineteen teams gathered in August to battle and determine who had the fastest boat. Groups of 3 - 4 teams flew their 650-pound boats down the river in 250-meter sprints. The two winning teams were Charlotte Fury taking gold with a final time of 1:14 and Chattanooga Dragon Boat Club pulling off the silver with a final time of 1:22. The main purpose of the annual festival is to raise awareness and money for the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), a local nonprofit that works to advocate for policies that will increase the water quality for communities in the state. To learn more about Tennessee Clean Water Network, visit this link.

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