Wilkerson picked as next Shiloh National Military Park superintendent

Jan. 8– Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced Wednesday that Dale Wilkerson has been selected as the next superintendent of Shiloh National Military Park.   

Wilkerson has served since 2007 as the administrative officer at the Natchez Trace Parkway, headquartered in Tupelo, Miss.  He will begin his new assignment in early February.

“We are very fortunate to have Dale coming on board as the superintendent at Shiloh,” Austin said.  “In his 20-year Park Service career he has proven himself to be a dedicated and effective leader. He did an outstanding job as acting superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway and has shown a great ability to work with park partners and community leaders.  We know he will be a great leader for one of our most significant and iconic Civil War parks.”

“Shiloh National Military Park, Shiloh National Cemetery, and the Corinth Interpretive Center are such great places, and I am truly honored to have been selected as superintendent,” Wilkerson said. “Although the Revolutionary War established the nation, we are defined as a people mostly by the struggles endured during the Civil War.  At the Battle of Shiloh, there were almost 24,000 casualties, more than all the previous U.S. wars combined to that date.

This is truly a place of honor, one of the hallowed grounds in the United States. As we move toward celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, I look forward to working with the staff, our partners, and the local communities in preserving and protecting these treasured resources.”

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TVA asks power consumers to voluntarily reduce electricity use

Jan. 7– The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.

The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Locally, Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative is requesting its members to reduce their electric consumption where possible starting today at 5 p.m.

"Even though TVEC has ample distribution capacity to meet the increased load, the extreme cold will test our system," TVEC said in a news release. "Any help that you as members of TVEC can provide by reducing your electric usage during the extreme cold will be greatly appreciated."

The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.

TVA said this morning that all its available generating resources are being used to meet the peak power demand. TVA’s bulk electric system remains secure and stable at this time.

“When it’s below freezing, each time the temperature drops one degree another 400 megawatts of electricity is needed for our system,” said Jacinda Woodward, senior vice president of TVA Transmission and Power Supply. “Setting your thermostat 2-3 degrees below normal this evening and Thursday morning can really help TVA manage the high power demand during this challenging time.”

Wednesday’s peak power demand is expected to occur this evening as regional temperatures are forecast to drop into single digits causing electricity demand to exceed 31,000 megawatts. Another peak demand will occur again Thursday morning with electric loads peaking around 32,600 megawatts. In comparison, demand was just below 32,500 megawatts during the height of the cold wave on Jan. 7, 2014.

Consumers can reduce their power consumption and lower their power bills by:

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Donations from around world pour in to help tortured dog

Jan. 6– Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team – HARTT – received a call from a remote area of Ramer about two puppies that had been dumped, one severely injured, right before Christmas.

The blond lab mix, now known as Chip Hartt, has become an international phenomenon.

His story has gone viral with Hartt volunteers handling literally thousands of emails and phone calls from around the world.

A post office box has been set up to handle the incoming mail and gifts.

“We had no idea it would get this much notoriety,” said Hartt founder Jennifer Pennick. “It exploded beyond anything we could have imagined.

“At first we told his story hoping to raise the funds to get him the medical help he needs. We exceeded that goal and now we just want people to be aware of the animal cruelty going on in our area.”

The facial disfigurement and obvious pain it was causing was the immediate concern of volunteer Julie Marecki when she rescued him.

“He just looked miserable and smelled terrible. He had oozing eyes and sores on his muzzle and a swollen mouth. The hair up to his eyelids was completely gone,“ said Marecki.

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