Panther Creek State Park 50-site campground re-opens on June 30


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Tennessee State Parks celebrated the grand re-opening of the Panther Creek State Park 50-site campground on June 30 with state and local officials.

The campground received upgrades to 50 amp electrical service, site improvements and new bathhouses. Wi-Fi will be installed at the park in the near future.

 The 1,435-acre park is located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley near Morristown. Panther Creek offers 17 different hiking trails covering more than 30 miles of terrain, at all levels of difficulty. Hikers can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail reaching 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. Panther Creek also offers seven miles of horseback riding trails. Cherokee Lake provides year-round catches of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, rock fish and bream. For more information, visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/panther-creek.





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WTCI HOSTS REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY DEBATE ON JULY 2, 2014


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – – WTCI-PBS and the Chattanooga Times Free Press will host a Republican primary Congressional debate for the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District.  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and the Republican primary challenger, Weston Wamp, have agreed to participate in a debate on July 2nd, 2014 at the WTCI studio at 7540 Bonnyshire Drive.  Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press Business Editor, will moderate the debate.

Viewers can watch the debate broadcast on Wednesday, July 2nd at 8pm on WTCI or streaming at wtciTV.org and timesfreepress.com.

“We’re grateful the candidates have agreed to participate in this debate. It’s our mission to inform viewers about the issues that matter in their lives, and we believe the community’s daily newspaper and the community’s PBS station are a perfect fit in making this a reality,” says Paul Grove, President and CEO of WTCI.

Alison Gerber, Times Free Press Editor, adds “We’re all aware of the ways social media has changed public engagement, and we’re asking the public to collaborate with us to make this debate even better.”  

WTCI and the Times Free Press are looking forward to hosting a second debate after the primary election. All eligible candidates will be invited to participate in a general election debate as the November election approaches.





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LEGENDARY BOXER OSCAR DE LA HOYA HONORED BY CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS IN SACRAMENTO


Recognition follows De La Hoya’s recent induction into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-June 26, 2014 – California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and State Senator Kevin de León today honored Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya for his many accomplishments in boxing and business, and contributions to the California community. Assembly Speaker Emeritus Pérez and Senator de León recognized De La Hoya from the senate and assembly floors during a presentation at the California State Capitol.

 

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in honoring Oscar De La Hoya for his many contributions to the sport of boxing, and for being a strong example of what can happen when one works hard to succeed, regardless of their background,” said Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). “We are proud to celebrate his accomplishments, especially his recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, as well as an athlete, businessman, community leader, Latino and Californian.”

 

“Oscar De La Hoya is an incredible athlete who has never forgotten where he came from,” said Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “He has given back so much to the community in East Los Angeles, and his continued success following his athletic career serves as an inspiration for all Californians.”
 

De La Hoya thanked his family, friends, fans, and community in brief remarks from the California State Senate and Assembly floors following the recognition presentation.

 

“I’m honored to receive this recognition in my home state of California,” De La Hoya said during the presentation. “I’m proud to represent my hometown of East Los Angeles today. I wouldn’t be standing here without the continued support of my family, friends, mentors, and amazing fans.”

 

De La Hoya, known as “The Golden Boy,” was born to Mexican immigrants in Montebello, California. Raised in a family that included amateur and professional boxers, he began boxing at the age of six. De La Hoya is one of the most popular and talented athletes in the history of boxing, having won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics at 17 years old and 10 world titles in six different weight classes. He was inducted in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2014 in Canastota, NY as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion, Joe Calzaghe.

 

De La Hoya invested back in his community of East Los Angeles following his success in the ring. In 1995 the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation was created to bring a better quality of life to thousands of people in East Los Angeles. The Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, and the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and Oscar De La Hoya Children’s Medical Center at White Memorial Medical Center. The Foundation also supports numerous after-school programs that guide young people toward leading positive lives and away from gang violence, juvenile delinquency, and substance abuse.

            In addition to boxing, De La Hoya is an accomplished businessman and singer. He established Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 and became the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2000, he released his first album, in English and Spanish, which topped Latin dance charts and had a single, ‘Ven a Mi,’ that was nominated for a GRAMMY award.



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KNOXVILLE – PUBLIC NOTICE – CLASSIFIEDS // AVISO PUBLICO – CLASIFICADOS


AVISO PÚBLICO: La Organización de Planificación del Transporte Regional Knoxville – Reunión del Comité Técnico, 8 de julio de 2014.

 

El Comité Técnico de la Organización de Planificación del Transporte Regional Knoxville (TPO) se reunirá el martes 8 de julio a las 9 horas, en el Salón denominado Small Assembly Room del edificio City/County Building, localizado en 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN. Temas a tener en cuenta: Enmiendas propuestas al Programa de Mejoramiento del Transporte del año fiscal 2014-2017 para incluir los proyectos financiados con las Secciones 5307 y 5339 de los fondos FTA para la ciudad de Knoxville, Agencia de Recursos Humanos del Este de Tennessee y del Comité de Acción Comunitaria del Condado Knox y para el desarrollo de un estudio para un parque lineal de vía verde que corra en paralelo a la carretera estatal US 444 desde Hwy 321 sur hasta State Hwy 72, Revisión del Proyecto final del Programa de Trabajo de Planificación del Transporte del año fiscal 2014-2015, Actualización de la legislación federal; y otros asuntos.

 

Si desea una agenda completa, por favor póngase en contacto con MPC a 865-215-2500 o visite el sitio web de TPO en http://www.knoxtrans.org. Si necesita ayuda o acomodo para una discapacidad, por favor póngase en contacto con MPC a 865-215-2500 y estaremos encantados de trabajar con usted en cualquier solicitud razonable.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization – Technical Committee Meeting, July 8, 2014.

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Technical Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 8, at 9 a.m. in the Small Assembly Roomof the City/County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN. Topics to be considered: proposed Amendments to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program to include projects funded with FTA Sections 5307 and 5339 funds to the City of Knoxville, East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Knox County Community Action Committee and for development of a study for a linear park greenway to run parallel to State Hwy 444 from US Hwy 321 south to State Hwy 72, review final Draft of the FY 2014-2015Transportation Planning Work Program, federal legislation update; and other business.

If you would like a complete agenda, please contact MPC at 865-215-2500 or see the TPO web site at www.knoxtrans.org. If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability, please contact MPC at 865-215-2500 and we will be glad to work with you in obliging any reasonable request.



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Women’s Expo coming to Knoxville


Night Moon Productions, LLC presents the Knoxville Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday, July 12th & 13th at the Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway.
 
Southern Women Laugh, Southern Women Love, Southern Women Live!  Join us for the Knoxville Women’s Expo!  Two days of shopping, food, entertainment, contests and fun!  
 
In addition to fabulous shopping from truly unique vendors, attendees can enjoy:
 
The Southern Woman Quilt Exhibit and Sale
The Southern Woman Pie Contest
The Southern Woman Fashion Show
Live Entertainment from Johno, Jesse Gregory, Laurel Wright, Comedian Danny Whitson and Hip Hop Dance Group Phla’less. 
The hilarious “Southernize this Northern Girl” segment hosted by a Dolly Parton Impersonator
Silent Auction to benefit Knoxville’s Ronald McDonald House
A chance to win tickets to see Tim McGraw in concert and overnight hotel accommodations in Cherokee, NC 
A chance to compete in One Minute for One Direction to win tickets to see the hit group One Direction in Nashville!  
 
Tickets are $5.00 per person for age 16 & up. Parking is FREE!  
 
Sponsored by Q100.3, Xfinity, Sugarbakers, Imagination Forest, Byron’s Printing, Inc., Historic Cherokee Caverns and Southern Grace Mercantile.


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OSCAR DE LA HOYA INDUCTED INTO INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME


(CANASTOTA, NY): Capping a legendary athletic career that included 10 titles at six different weight divisions; a gold medal and dozens of championship fights, International “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY.

“Today marks an incredible personal achievement, but it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans,” De La Hoya said during the ceremony on June 13th.

De La Hoya, 41, went into the Hall of Fame as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion, Joe Calzaghe.

Hours before the official induction ceremony, De La Hoya announced a $50,000 donation to the International Boxing Hall of Fame to mark the landmark’s 25th anniversary.

De La Hoya touched on numerous topics during his speech including the familial nature of boxing, his legendary matches with a cadre of superstars and the future of the sport.

“We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation. We, the promoters, must stop carrying petty grudges that serve no purpose but to divide our sport. And most important, we must give the fans the fights that they want,” De La Hoya said.



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Road Workers won $500,000 Settlement


17 Monroe County Road Workers Settle First Amendment Political Retaliation Lawsuit for $500,000
Settlement Sends Important Message to Government Officials Throughout Tennessee
June 12, 2014 – Knoxville, TN – Today, seventeen road workers who brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against their former employers, Monroe County, Tennessee government and its Road Superintendent, Steve Teague, reached a $500,000 settlement.
Following the August 2010 county elections, on September 1, 2010, newly elected Monroe County Road Superintendent Steve Teague eliminated the jobs of workers who had supported his political opponent. Shortly thereafter, 17 of these workers who lost their jobs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville alleging that their First Amendment right to political speech was violated by Mr. Teague retaliating against them for supporting his political opponent.
After three days of trial, the parties reached this settlement that Plaintiffs and their counsel hope will send a powerful message to all government officials in Tennessee – that government workers have the right to participate in elections without fear of retaliation from those elected to serve the public.
The Plaintiffs are represented by David Garrison and Scott Tift of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm, Barrett Johnston, LLC, and by Ned Pillersdorf of Pillersdorf, DeRossett & Lane of Prestonsburg, Kentucky – lawyers who specialize in civil rights litigation and the representation of employees.
“When employees like these county road workers band together to enforce their rights, our system of justice works – by achieving a just settlement for these workers and disclosing their struggle to the public,” said Scott Tift, lead trial counsel for the workers. “We hope that this case will ensure that government officials in Tennessee don’t let their politics trump their oath to abide by our Constitution when it comes to employing those who serve the public,” added David Garrison.
Contacts:
David Garrison (615) 714-7953
Scott Tift (615) 636-2495



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17 Monroe County Road Workers Settle First Amendment Political Retaliation Lawsuit for $500,000


17 Monroe County Road Workers Settle First Amendment Political Retaliation Lawsuit for $500,000
Settlement Sends Important Message to Government Officials Throughout Tennessee
June 12, 2014 – Knoxville, TN – Today, seventeen road workers who brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against their former employers, Monroe County, Tennessee government and its Road Superintendent, Steve Teague, reached a $500,000 settlement.
Following the August 2010 county elections, on September 1, 2010, newly elected Monroe County Road Superintendent Steve Teague eliminated the jobs of workers who had supported his political opponent. Shortly thereafter, 17 of these workers who lost their jobs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville alleging that their First Amendment right to political speech was violated by Mr. Teague retaliating against them for supporting his political opponent.
After three days of trial, the parties reached this settlement that Plaintiffs and their counsel hope will send a powerful message to all government officials in Tennessee – that government workers have the right to participate in elections without fear of retaliation from those elected to serve the public.
The Plaintiffs are represented by David Garrison and Scott Tift of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm, Barrett Johnston, LLC, and by Ned Pillersdorf of Pillersdorf, DeRossett & Lane of Prestonsburg, Kentucky – lawyers who specialize in civil rights litigation and the representation of employees.
“When employees like these county road workers band together to enforce their rights, our system of justice works – by achieving a just settlement for these workers and disclosing their struggle to the public,” said Scott Tift, lead trial counsel for the workers. “We hope that this case will ensure that government officials in Tennessee don’t let their politics trump their oath to abide by our Constitution when it comes to employing those who serve the public,” added David Garrison.
Contacts:
David Garrison (615) 714-7953
Scott Tift (615) 636-2495



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Father’s day Buffet at TN parks


Tennessee State Parks’ restaurants will serve a buffet on Father’s Day, June 15.

 Spend time with family and friends to celebrate dad’s big day and enjoy Tennessee’s natural wonders at one of eight state park restaurants serving a Father’s Day Buffet. Buffet selections and prices will vary, ranging from $14.95 to $17.95. Prices do not include drink, tax or gratuity. Special prices for kids and seniors over 62 are available. Group reservations are recommended.

 The Father’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until closing at the following state park restaurants:

 

  • Cumberland Mountain State Park – (931) 484-7186
  • David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg) – (931) 762-9541
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park – (423) 881-5241
  • Henry Horton State Park – (931) 364-8205
  • Montgomery Bell State Park – (615) 797-3101
  • Natchez Trace State Park – (731) 968-8176
  • Paris Landing State Park – (731) 642-4311
  • Pickwick Landing State Park – (731) 689-3135

 Tennessee’s 54 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit http://tnstateparks.com/

Summer Blast at Virginia College in Fountain City


Virginia College School of Business and Health in Knoxville will host Summer Blast for the community and former, current and prospective students on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will enjoy activities while learning more about the educational opportunities available to Knoxville-area students at Virginia College School of Business and Health.

 

WHAT:         Virginia College School of Business and Health in Knoxville Summer Blast

WHEN:         Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:       5003 N. Broadway St. – Knoxville, TN 37981

 

Various planned activities will provide fun for the whole family such as a photo booth, corn hole, face painting, a dunk tank and bounce house.Refreshments will be provided to guests, as well as free giveaways and the opportunity to win door prizes. Attendees will also be able to tour the campus and receive information about programs offered.



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¿Se ha vacunado contra la neumonía?


¿Se ha vacunado contra la neumonía?

Los expertos médicos recomiendan que las personas de 65 años o más deben vacunarse contra la neumonía cada cinco años debido a que la enfermedad es sumamente peligrosa en las personas mayores. Las personas de edad avanzada comprenden casi un 40 por ciento de más de los 1.1 millones de estadounidenses que fueron hospitalizados por neumonía en el 2011, y casi del 70 por ciento de las muertes de personas que fueron hospitalizadas con la condición.

Pero de acuerdo a un reporte de la agencia federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, por su sigla en inglés), muy pocas personas hispanas de edad avanzada  se están vacunando contra la neumonía.

AHRQ encontró que sólo cerca de 4 de cada 10 hispanos de edad avanzada se han vacunado alguna vez contra la neumonía, comparado con 6 de cada 10  anglosajones de edad avanzada. Una razón por la cual los hispanos de edad avanzada no están recibiendo esta protección importante puede ser debido a que no tienen conocimiento de que deben vacunarse contra la neumonía cada cinco años.

Para informar a las personas de edad avanzada sobre cómo proteger su salud, AHRQ, parte del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos, le ofrece los siguientes materiales impresos gratis: Mujeres: Sigan sanas después de los 50

y Hombres: Sigan sanos después de los 50 .

Have You Been Vaccinated Against Pneumonia?

Medical experts recommend that people age 65 and older should be vaccinated against pneumonia every 5 years because the disease is especially dangerous in older people. The elderly accounted for roughly 40 percent of the more than 1.1 million Americans hospitalized for pneumonia in 2011, and nearly 70 percent of the deaths when hospitalized for the condition.

But according to a recent report by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), too few elderly Hispanics are getting vaccinated against pneumonia.

AHRQ found that only about 4 in 10 elderly Hispanics have ever been vaccinated for pneumonia, compared with 6 of every 10 elderly Whites. One reason elderly Hispanics are not getting this important protection may be because they’re unaware they should be immunized against pneumonia every 5 years.

To inform older consumers how to protect their health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers the following free printed materials:

Mujeres: Sigan sanas después de los 50

(Women: Stay Healthy at 50 Plus)

Hombres: Sigan sanos después de los 50

(Men: Stay Healthy at 50 Plus).



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Servicios de emergencia salvan una vida


La siguiente es una carta de agradecimiento que recibimos de una lectora desde la ciudad de Knoxville, TN.

Nuestra lectora narra un episodio de la vida que pocos desearían vivirlo. Su carta incluye un profundo agradecimeno a los servicios de emergencia que operan en Knoxville y al doctor cardiólogo, Clint Doiron quien hace dos años recibió un honor como héroe de la salud por parte de líderes del sistema de hospitales del área de Knoxville.

“Me llamo María y vivo en Knoxville desde hace un año.

El martes 22 de mayo de 2014, mi esposo David llegó a la casa a las 5 pm como de costumbre, se sentó en la sala y angustiado me dijo: “No me siento bien, dame dos aspirinas rápido!”

Nunca antes lo vi tan asustado y nervioso, además con un semblante tan pálido que realmente me preocupó. En mi desesperación marque al 911 cosa que a él no le gusto (pensando que no era tan grave) y me hizo colgar el teléfono. Yo no hablo inglés y lo único que alcance a decir fue que mi esposo no estaba bien.

En menos de 5 minutos estaban con nosotros 3 paramédicos de los bomberos, con sus aparatos midiéndole la presión y demás. Yo estaba aterrada! No sabía que decían y que pasaba. Minutos después llegó una ambulancia con 3 mujeres trayendo una camilla y más aparatos de emergencia… una de ellas hablaba español y me dijo con mucha calma: “El tiene un infarto y hay que llevarlo al hospital.”

Llegamos rápidamente al Hospital Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s y le hicieron una cirugía con un catéter de la ingle al corazón, bendita tecnología, pensé. Buscaron la obstrucción que según el doctor era del 95% y le colocaron un “stent” o cánula intraluminal de arteria coronaria.

La rapidez con la que se actuó fue el factor determinante para salvarle la vida a mi esposo.

Agradezco sincera y profundamente a esos hombres y mujeres que prontamente nos brindaron su ayuda. Benditas sean las manos del Cardiólogo Dr. Clint Doiron quien tuvo a su cargo la emergencia, le agradezco el amor que le tiene a su profesión, porque aunque con idiomas distintos pude ver en sus ojos esa luz de esperanza que con humildad me transmitió.

Agradezco también al cielo por poner a las personas correctas en el momento correcto, A Kj y Steven por su compañía y a todos los que intervinieron en esta historia. Gracias infinitas!”

NOTA: Mundo Hispano anima a todos los lectores y amigos a enviarnos sus cartas de agradecimiento y elogio semejantes a la carta de la señora María. Como medio hispano de comunicación nos sentimos humildes de poder irradiar los mas nobles sentimientos de uds, nuestros lectores hacia el resto de la comunidad en la que cada uno de nosotros vivimos y aún un poco más allá a traves de Internet.

Véa al Dr. Doiron al recibir el honor de Héroe de la Salud en el 2012.
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Knoxville News Sentinel

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Junio empieza con muerte en Nashville


     El conductor muerto en un accidente de un solo vehículo del sábado a las 11 pm en la intersección de Whites Creek Pike y Morgan Road fue identificado como Raymond D. Barney, de 58 años, residente de Joelton, 15 millas al noreste de Nashville.
La investigación preliminar muestra que Barney conducía su camioneta Chevrolet 2004 al oeste de Morgan Road a alta velocidad y no se detuvo en la señal de stop en la intersección Whites Creek Pike y Morgan Road. Barney perdió el control de vehículo al intentar girar a la derecha. El vehículo se salió de la carretera y chocó contra un árbol. Barney murió en el lugar.
La policía metropolitana sospecha que el alcohol pudiera ser un factor contribuyente al accidente.

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The driver killed in Saturday’s 11 p.m. single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Whites Creek Pike and Morgan Road is identified as Raymond D. Barney, 58, of Joelton.
The preliminary investigation shows that Barney was driving his 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck west on Morgan Road at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for the stop sign at the Whites Creek Pike intersection.  Barney lost control of the truck while attempting a right turn.  The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree.  Barney died at the scene.
Alcohol is suspected of being a contributing factor.<hr><hr>

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