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A Pass Through the Mountains

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The setting is the Wilderness Road Campground in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. A soft breeze blows through the stately pines. The ebb and flow in the buzz of the cicadas is ever present. It is joined by the flute like call of the wood thrush, described by naturalist Henry David Thoreau as the most beautiful sound in nature.“The thrush alone declares the immortal wealth and vigor that is in the forest. Whenever a man hears it, he is young, and Nature is in her spring. It is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut against him.”

 

Converting from year-round calving

Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. Uniform, heavier and more valuable calves are key reasons to keep the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season. However, you shouldn’t convert from yearlong breeding to a shortened breeding season without a lot of planning.A system for converting from year-roun...

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Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer’s latest earnings surpass analysts’ expectations.The St. Louis-based company posted a loss of $96.9 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $72.2 million, or 34 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.Losses, ...

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Justice mines have 266 violations in 5 states

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A West Virginia coal billionaire has more than 250 pending violations at mining operations in Kentucky and four other states.The Courier-Journal cited data from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in reporting that almost half of the citations against mines owned by Jim Justice are located in Kentucky, where enforcement officials have set an Aug. 11 deadline to take corrective action. Other violations are pending at operations in...

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McConnell offers immigration amendment

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country’s interior, offering the proposal days after a flap surfaced about whether Fort Knox was targeted to temporarily house some of the young immigrants.The Kentucky Republican raised the issue in an amendment he filed to the Senate’s border legislation. McConnell’s proposal would require the Obama administrati...

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First plea agreements signed in lottery scam case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The first plea agreements have been reached in a wide-ranging federal investigation into a Jamaican lottery scam targeting mostly elderly victims in the United States, including one woman from North Dakota who agreed to empty her savings account and then take out a loan on a life insurance policy.More than two-dozen people have been indicted in the case, including some who will likely go to trial. Prosecutors say the defendants induced people to send millio...

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News in Brief

Coal dust limit to try to combat black lungCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Obama administration’s push to reduce black lung disease by limiting coal dust in mines is taking effect.Initial requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s coal dust rule become effective Friday. It was proposed in 2010.New requirements include increased dust sampling in mines and citations when coal operators don’t take immediate action for hig...

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No broad permit for state coal mining

General environmental permits are for small, routine disturbances or discharges that pose little risk to the public and that require the same basic precautions: controlling runoff from excavating a small site, for example, or disposing of dry- cleaning chemicals.Kentucky is seeking to renew its general permit for the coal industry — including mountaintop surface mines that disturb hundreds of acres, pollute streams already impaired by earlier mining and threaten aquatic life ...

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The Dog Days of Summer TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

I’ve heard the term Dog Days all my life, but only knew that it referred to the sweltering heat of late summer when dogs laid around more and were more prone to go mad (with rabies). I had a request from a reader to look into the subject in more depth, so if you’re curious as well, read on.

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Gripped by the adventure, thrilled by the prize

I had watched several bucks from the safe confines of a barn. They came out each evening and fed in a field that had only been planted about a month prior. Of the five bucks that were pretty consistent, there was one 10 pointer that I kept my eye on even though he was not much bigger than one of the large 6-pointers.

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Court filing details carnage of fatal bank robbery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of killing two Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery attempt — stabbing one of them more than 50 times — told officers he “made sure” they would die, investigators say in an unsealed court filing.In an application for a search warrant, made public Tuesday and first reported by St. Louis’ KMOV-TV, investigators say James Watts slashed the throats of the three women during the ...

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Ky. speaker: Local option sales tax is focus

FRANKFORT (AP) — House Democrats’ top priority in January could be allowing local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for construction projects, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday.Stumbo had previously said that House Bill 1 - the spot reserve for the House majority’s top priority - would be a bill to legalize casino style gambling in Kentucky, an issue pushed by the state’s formidable horse racing industry and its popular Democratic gov...

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Daily Bible Thought

Refuge can be found in the Rock of Ages.I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.—Psalm 59:16

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Today in History — July 31

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.On this date:In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general i...

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Book signing at Bell Museum

Native R. L. Longworth has returned home to Bell County after years of living in California “planting churches.”“I love the area, I was raised here and I know a lot about Middlesboro,” said Longworth. “I moved to California in 1962 to plant some churches and I have been out there every since.”Longworth will be at the Bell County Museum today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Homemade appeti...

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Eden Floral Design to open Friday

Main Street in downtown New Tazewell, Tenn. is welcoming a new florist.Eden Floral Design will open it’s doors to the public at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1.Owner and designer Elora Hamlin is excited to bring her unique style and love of designing flowers to the downtown area. “Downtown New Tazewell is really growing with new business, and I’m blessed to be a part of this area,” says Hamlin.Eden Floral Design will offer floral designs which include...

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Couple to wed

Keith and Melissa Burnett, of Pineville, are proud to announce to forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Kristen Nicole Burnett, to Richard Justin Baker, son of Richard and Jamie Baker, of Stoney Fork. The wedding will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Laurel Hill Pentecostal Church. A reception will follow at the Middlesboro Country Club. Friends and family are encouraged to attend. The couple will reside in Richmond where the groom is currently employed and the bride is a senior at Easte...

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Letters to the Editor

Editor,I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your time off. I appreciate your hard work and loyalty to Pineville Independent. It is vital to our continued success.There are exciting things happening at Pineville Independent. As we gear up for another great year, I want to send a friendly reminder that on Monday, Aug. 4, we will have our Back to School Bash from 6-7:30 p.m. on the football field. Kindergarten and other new students may tour th...

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