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Dandridge, Tennessee

June 6, 2011

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Black Bear Gets Help in Moving Through Town

Bears sighting are a relatively common phenomena when traveling in the Great Smoky Mountains. As the human population in Jefferson County increases, so do the occasional black bear sightings. Thursday June 2, 2011, brought an up close encounter with a black bear, as one was tagged and captured in White Pine. He was located in a trash convenience center, availing himself of the discarded food. Tragically, another bear was not so lucky, as he was struck and killed near the 415 exit in Dandridge that same morning. While the bear sightings were generally located in the Dandridge area, according to Tennessee Wildlife Recourses Officer Wayne Rich, bears can cover an enormous amount of ground very quickly. The young males are ousted by older males and must find their own territory. The trek from one mountainous region to another often takes them by way of Jefferson County. In fact TWRA lists Jefferson County as one of the places that black bears inhabit in Tennessee. Most of the counties designated by TWRA as having more than an occasional black Bear population are on Tennessee’s eastern border. The TWRA does not consider the most recent sightings to be “local” bears, rather bears in transit from one location to another. Although two bears are now accounted for, there is a possibility that a third visiting bear may be moving through the area.

Though black bears have long been inhabitants of Jefferson County, the 

cities expansions into the outlying regions have played havoc with their patterns. Many of the bears are just traveling through the county, on their way to higher and more wooded areas. The most recent bear encounters have originated near a busy interstate motel in Dandridge. It appears that the bear identified the area as a feeding location, as locals and tourists have provided meals for him. While it may be exciting to view such magnificent animal, TWRA Officer Rich says that it is detrimental to the animal and could be hazardous to humans to give in to the impulse to feed wildlife. If a wild animal becomes accustomed to humans and looses its fear, it becomes a liability. Bears, as well as all wildlife, are designed to forage for food. If they are conditioned to humans providing food, they will venture into populated areas. This is the case with Jefferson County’s recently captured black bear, as well as the one struck and killed. He has been fed at the local restaurants and motels and now will need to be relocated, as he is wandering into residential areas. The bear had been sighted near Waffle House in Dandridge, around the Justice Center area, and as far away as his capture site. TWRA will relocate the bear to a suitable area. There is still the possibility of seeing more bears in Jefferson County, as the population is higher than normal due to a good winter feeding season and below average hunting season. All bear sightings should be reported to TWRA and the bear should not be approached. TWRA reminds all residents of Jefferson County that feeding wildlife is not in the best interest of the animal. Wild animals can, and sometimes do, bite. And though black bears are considered the mascot of the Smoky Mountains, they are not domestic animals and should never be treated as such.

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Keepin' Cool

Jefferson County has been experiencing some abnormally hot weather conditions, and the impact is being felt around the area. Outdoor workers are particularly feeling the stress as temperatures have soared to, and stayed in, the 90’s for several days. According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tn, the current weather pattern will persist for at least the next week. Though temperatures will run around 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of year, the heat index will not be as extreme as last week. Heat Index is a combination of temperature and moisture, and the next week is expected to be dry, though hot. According to a Forecaster at the National Weather Service, Jefferson County as well as the East Tennessee Region, has had the right ingredients to produce weather complications. It is possible that Jefferson County weather is being influenced by a La Nina weather pattern which produces colder water off the west coast of South America. The cooler Pacific water temperatures have an effect on the upper level jet stream, which in turn 

M. Block & Sons, Inc. announces the opening of a new Distribution Center in Jefferson City, TN

Bedford Park, IL June 2, 2011: M. Block & Sons, Inc., a leading provider of supply chain distribution and logistics is pleased to announce the opening of a new distribution center in Jefferson City, TN. This 500,000 square foot facility will provide a strategic location for distribution to retailers in southern and southeastern U.S. 

M. Block expects to employ over 100 people at this facility in warehousing and distribution management. M. Block will host a job fair during the month of June to recruit prospective employees. 

The facility is located at 1400 Flat Gap Road, Jefferson City, TN 37760 and is expected to be fully operational by August 1, 2011. 

About M. Block & Sons: 

M. Block is the leading distributor of consumer products to retailers throughout the United States. Vendor partners include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and their Keurig single serve coffee division, Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Sensio, Tristar Products, Inc., Applica, Inc., Jarden Consumer Solutions, Blue Avocado, and Arc International. Major retail accounts include Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Target, JC Penney, Macy’s, Costco, Kohl’s and other leading home retailers. M.Block manages distribution centers in Redlands, CA. and Bedford Park, IL. 
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impacts the weather patterns in the Southeast United States. There is an expected pattern change over the next few weeks that the Climate Prediction Center in Washington believes will bring slightly below average temperature for the remainder of the summer. They are also predicting that rainfall will be normal during the summer months. Locally, Appalachian Electric has seen a usage increase as Jefferson County residents turn up the air conditioning and fans to cool homes and offices. 

However, according to Joe McCarter, Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Appalachian Electric, the increases are not stressing the system. They have altered the hours of the crews to try to keep them out of the worst of the heat, so they are coming in earlier and leaving a bit earlier. Construction crews are also clocking in during the early morning hours to try to get some time in before the hottest part of the day. The recent storms and hail damage have many roofers busy and they now must monitor their time in the extreme heat.

The consolation may be that Jefferson County is predicted to have a normal fall in both temperature and precipitation. The National Weather Service stated that in many ways this is a difficult region to forecast. There is no certainty if a west approaching system will hold together as it crosses the Cumberland Plateau. For now, Jefferson County waits to see if the Climate Prediction Center is correct in their forecast for the summer and fall. But for the next several days, residents will resign themselves to the heat. It is prudent to exercise caution during the heat wave, and be aware that elderly and children do not respond as well to extremely hot conditions. Staying hydrated and indoors during the peak temperature hours is advised by Tennessee Department of Health. Also, be sure that pets are watered and have shelter from the sun. Never leave a pet in the car, as even a short time in the heat can have a life threatening outcome.

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