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FCCA thanks supporters

We want to THANK everyone who had a part in the FCCA Chili Dinner/Silent Auction Fundraiser! Everyone who had a hand in it: volunteers, donors of food, businesses who donated auction items, and the media who helped to promote it! Together we made it a success and FCCA is closer to getting the much needed transport van! It takes a village to make a difference! THANK YOU!

Friends of Campbell County Animals

Reader thanks Rep. Powers and Sen. Yager

Dear Rep. Dennis Powers and Sen. Ken Yager,

I would like to thank you for supporting the autism insurance reform bill SB1286/HB1265. As you know a lot of children and adults in our area suffer with Autism, and this bill will help them and their families immensely. As a parent of a child with Autism, I believe this bill with help my child, as well as other children and adults to get the therapy and help they need to be productive citizens in the future.

Thank you,

Jennifer Richardson

Artist’s Village opens in downtown Caryville

The Artist’s village in Caryville Tennessee. I went to an open house there was live entertainment as well as local artist’s. The open house was meant for the community to get a chance to meet the artist’s and ask questions and look at some cool art work. Art is a way to express ones self and not get judged adversely. The chance to meet some very talented people that may some day be famous as Louie Bluie. Who we have a festival each year. The artist’s Village is a chance to the youth also to express them self’s we as parents are letting our kids play video games and do well what ever. The artist Village is a way for our children to do something that requires some thought and a desire to achieve a higher level of drawing or painting, Metal working, Music, Photography. The Artist’s Village is located at 203 Main St. Caryville, TN. 37714 (865)567-706.

A 1955 bell off of an old ship

Music provided by the metal work Artist's. On the right Joe Babb and his wife.

One of the Featured Artist's (Mildred Robinson of Caryville)

The snakes are crawling

This was a snake in the grass until Fred Cole chased it up a tree in his front yard. After a while Fred and his wife Misty convinced the snake to come down from the tree. By this time the Cole’s neighbor, County Commissioner Melvin Boshears, had joined the reptile containment effort, and identified the large black snake as a chicken snake.
Chicken snakes are not one particular species or type of snake. Instead, chicken snake is a term applied to several different kinds of reptiles that are nonpoisonous and tend to feast on eggs, rats, and small birds. Along with referring to this group of snakes as chicken snakes, there are several other common names applied to the group, including rat snakes, corn snakes, and pine snakes.

Some species of the chicken snake are relatively small in length and diameter, although it is possible for a chicken snake to grow to over seven feet long. Some types of the chicken snake will constrict their prey before consumption. Most will coil and attack when they feel cornered or threatened in any way. While their bite is not poisonous in most cases, it is usually extremely painful.

Concerned that some of their 16 rabbits, 6 chickens or 2 dogs might be on the snake’s menu the Cole’s turned to Commissioner Boshears who has some experience with grabbing snakes by the tail. Commissioner Boshears captured the slippery and by this time agitated serpent, took it down near the shoreline of Norris Lake, and let it go.

photo by Fred Cole

Why are there so many dead skunks on the road?

All those dead skunks are not due to mass suicide or disease. To understand why the roads are covered with dead skunks a little understanding of skunk biology is necessary.
The most common type of skunk in our area is the stripped skunk. These are common animals, but seldom seen since they are nocturnal. This means they do most their eating, drinking and reproducing after dark. During the day they sleep in underground dens or burrows. They eat almost anything from insects and worms to trash and pet food. Since they have very poor vision and can’t see for more than a few feet, they locate each other and food by their sense of smell. Most importantly,skunks are seasonally reproductive. After the first of the year, the increasing daylight and warming temperatures turns a little gear in their brains that tells them this is the season to reproduce. As spring comes around the weather warms up and there is a prolific bounty of insects and plants from which they can feed their babies.
So, skunks come out from their long winter slumber with a powerful appetite and an urge to make babies. It is these behaviors that puts them on the roads late at night. They are roaming about looking for a mate and something to eat. They are just doing their skunk thing, what comes natural, when along comes a car that they just can’t see and well, the rest of the story you know.