Nashville Zoo’s Andean Bear Exhibit Opens March 15th

Nashville Zoo

Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce that the new exhibit, Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, graciously funded by 12 significant donors, will open on Thursday, March 15th. The addition of Andean bears will mark the first time this species has ever been housed at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in its entire 21-year history.

“We’re excited to introduce our Andean bears and a brand new, outstanding exhibit to Nashville,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “One of our goals is to build the absolute best habitats for our animals and this exhibit is arguably the finest in the country for this species. We want to thank the community and our members for their unwavering support and patience during this period of exponential growth.”

Andean Bear. (Phoenix Zoo)

From the moment guests step into this new biome, they will be immersed in an authentic, indigenous village with a Peruvian lodge containing interactive educational displays and spectacular observation points to gaze at these South American bears.

Visitors will get unobstructed views of the bears from several areas, including one underwater. At other points, guests will have the opportunity to observe from a viewing deck and watch behavioral training presentations.

The Peruvian village not only includes Andean bears but is also the home of pudu (the world’s smallest deer), guinea pigs and freshwater stingrays. Exclusively for the Zoo’s female guests, there is a floor-to-ceiling exhibit of cotton-top tamarins in the women’s restroom.

“The Zoo is an important asset for Nashville, and we, along with our fellow Nashvillians, love it,” said John Ingram, lead donor of the exhibit. “We have long admired Rick Schwartz, and his enthusiasm for the Andean Bear exhibit was infectious. Nashville Zoo continues to grow in stature – nationally and internationally, and Stephanie and I appreciate having the chance to help make this growth possible.”

Nashville Zoo’s Expedition Peru – Trek of the Andean Bear

The Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) is South America’s only bear species. Often referred to as the spectacled bear, this omnivorous species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Nashville Zoo houses three of only 34 Andean bears currently residing in 20 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions across the United States.

Nashville Zoo is a strategic partner of the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance to address the remaining wild population of Andean bears. The Zoo financially supports Andean bear conservation through the Wildlife Conservation Network. We also participate in the AZA’s Andean Bear Species Survival Plan to ensure the genetic diversity in the captive population.

The generous donors that helped fund Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear are as follows: Stephanie and John Ingram; The Frist Foundation; Dugas Family Foundation; Speer Foundation; Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation; Andrienne and Richard McRae III & the Selby and Richard McRae Foundation; Cynthia and David Arnholt; Barbara and Rick Turner Jr.; Kim, Charles and Charlie Crews; Julie and Breck Walker; Kent, Nora and Emme Kirby; and Sally and Neely Coble III. Thank you to Middle Tennessee Honda Dealers for sponsoring the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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About the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard.

The Zoo attracts more than 980,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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UT Lady Vols

Nashville, TN – No. 12 Tennessee erased a 16-point first-half deficit and closed within three in the third quarter but couldn’t overcome No. 8 South Carolina, falling 73-62 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

Freshman Anastasia Hayes led Tennessee (24-7) in scoring, tying her career high of 17 points. Senior Jaime Nared posted a double-double for Tennessee with 15 points and 13 rebounds, playing her ninth 40-minute game of the season.

A’ja Wilson led South Carolina (24-6) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Jennings also recorded a double-double for the Gamecocks, logging 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers forward Cheridene Green (15) South Carolina Gamecocks guard Doniyah Cliney (4) and Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Anastasia Hayes (1) battle for positioning on a free throw during the first half of the SEC Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, KY – Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) student Joshua Rozmarynowski, 20, of LaFayette, Kentucky has been selected to travel to NASA’s Stennis Space Center February 20-23 to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) onsite experience.

Rozmarynowski has been selected as one of 171 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience.

Hopkinsville Community College student Joshua Rozmarynowski
APSU Sports Information

Clarksville, TN – Designated hitter Parker Phillips hit a grand slam to punctuate a seven-run second inning as Austin Peay State University’s baseball team posted a 15-8 series-opening victory against Indiana State, Friday, at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball gets win over Indiana State at Raymond C. Hand Park, Friday. (APSU Sports Information)
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APSU Softball

Bowling Green, KY – Morgan Rackel picked up her first NCAA Division I shutout, Friday afternoon at the WKU Softball Complex, as the Austin Peay State University’s softball team picked up a 5-0 victory over tournament host Western Kentucky, that followed an opening loss to Evansville that morning, 4-1.

Any shut is impressive, but Rackel (3-2) held a WKU team off the board, which came in averaging 7.5 runs per game and a .349 team batting average.

Austin Peay Softball beats Western Kentucky 5-0 Friday afternoon in Bowling Green, KY. (APSU Sports Information)
#16 Tennessee Vols vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 | 5:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena | TV: SEC Network

Tennessee Volunteers – UT Vols

Knoxville, TN – With a chance to at least claim a share of the SEC Championship, 16th-ranked Tennessee wraps up the regular season against Georgia in Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday. The game tips at 5:00pm CT and will be televised live on SEC Network and streamed online via WatchESPN.

The Volunteers (22-7, 12-5 SEC) can claim a share of the regular-season championship with a win, but if Auburn loses to South Carolina and UT wins, Tennessee would pass the Tigers for the top spot in the SEC and would be the outright champion after being picked to finish 13th in the preseason. The Vols sealed their top-2 finish on Tuesday with a dominating win at Mississippi State behind 24 points from Admiral Schofield. The junior forward is averaging 21.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg during UT’s three-game winning streak.

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Written by Bill Peoples
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Nashville, TN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced today that it is continuing its flood control operation by using flood control storage in Lake Barkley to help mitigate the ongoing flood event on the Ohio River. This may cause minor high water impacts to communities along the Cumberland River in Lyon and Trigg Counties in Kentucky, and Stewart and Montgomery Counties in Tennessee.

Releases from Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River in Kuttawa, KY, are being reduced today as the Ohio River flood crest passes downstream. This reduction in discharge contributes to lowering the crest on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, thereby reducing flood risk at cities such as Paducah, KY, Cairo, IL, Memphis, TN, Vicksburg MS, and New Orleans, LA.

Cumberland River may rise due to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood Control operation at Lake Barkley.
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Clarksville, TN – While most college students will take their Spring Break to, well, take a break, Austin Peay State University volleyball junior setter Kristen Stucker will at least start her Spring Break under the microscope of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s coaching staff and evaluators.

You see, Stucker was one of 234 athletes from 89 colleges and universities across the nation to be invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts which will be held March 2nd-4th at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, around 8:15pm, Clarksville Police report a woman was riding a bus and had a large amount of money stolen from her wallet. The victim accidentally left her wallet on the bus and the couple in the video may have taken it. They got off of the bus at Adkins Street and Providence Boulevard.

Anyone who can identify the man or woman in the video can contact Detective Coleman, 931.648.0656, ext 5589, TIPSLINE, 931-645-8477 , or go online and submit a tip anonymously at

#12 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. #8 South Carolina

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena | TV: SEC Network

Nashville, TN – No. 12/12-ranked Tennessee (24-6, 11-5 SEC) faces No. 8/8 South Carolina (23-6, 12-4 SEC) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at 6:00pm CT (7:00pm ET) Friday at Bridgestone Arena.

This will mark UT’s 100th SEC Tournament game, standing at 78-21 entering the contest. Tennessee also will be seeking its 25th win of the campaign, which would mark the 35th such season victory total all-time and the fourth occasion under Holly Warlick.

The Lady Vols, who tied for fourth in the SEC regular-season standings (one game out of second place), slid to a No. 7 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker with No. 4 LSU, No. 5 A&M and No. 6 Missouri. South Carolina tied for second in the standings and earned the No. 2 seed by tiebreaker over UGA.

Tennessee Women’s Basketball takes on South Carolina in the OVC Tournament Friday at Bridgestone Arena. (Tennessee Athletics)

Clarksville, TN – On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, around 10:00pm, local law enforcement was made aware of a potential threat against Kenwood Middle School which was supposed to occur on March 2nd, 2018.

The Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Clarksville Montgomery School Officials all worked in concert to expeditiously investigate the threat.

A juvenile was charged after making threats of violence toward Kenwood Middle School faculty and students.Efforts will beautify Greenway and Billy Dunlop Park
Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville’s trails and parks need constant maintenance, so the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department schedules volunteer maintenance days throughout the year.

This spring, the community is encouraged to join in the effort to help maintain the cleanliness of two of the City’s most popular recreation spots.

Clarksville Greenway Trails Cleanup Volunteers
Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – On Thursday, March 1st 2018, around 3:30pm, the 911 Center received a call about a man threatening suicide and reportedly had a gun. When officers arrived the man fled into a field at the end of Huntco Drive. At some point, a firearm was displayed but, the man never pointed it at anyone except himself.

The area surrounding the field was cordoned off by officers and Crisis Negotiators and The Tactical Unit were called out to the scene.

Suicidal Man was taken into Custody this morning by Clarksville Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Clarksville, TN – On a recent February afternoon, Dr. Korre Foster, Austin Peay State University associate professor of music, sat in his office, looking surprisingly alert. It’s been a busy year for the University’s famed choral program, and with a raise of his eyebrows, Foster said he intends to maintain its strong reputation.

“We continue to become more well known,” he said. “Schools from Memphis want to come three hours just to perform here with us.”

APSU Chamber Singers

What to do During Severe Weather Situations

Montgomery County Government Tennessee

Montgomery County, TN – Ready or not, the severe weather season is upon us. It began with unseasonably warm temperatures last week followed by strong winds and tornados that impacted more than 150 homes and hundreds of people in our community. Planning for severe weather can help tremendously.

It is strongly recommended that rural and municipal residents use a NOAA weather alert radio which can be purchased for less than $50.00 at several local stores or online. There are also free and low-cost severe weather apps including the NOAA app and apps from News Channels 2, 4 and 5.

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Clarksville, TN – After 30 years as a studio artist, Paul Collins now works exclusively in public spaces.

For each of new project, the Austin Peay State University associate professor of art spends two weeks painting at sites chosen for their history, politics or public use. This March, Collins will present seven of these projects in a new exhibition, “Fortnight Session,” at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville Tennessee.

Austin Peay professor Paul Collins new exhibition, “Fortnight Session,” on display at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.
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NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pasadena, CA – Much like detectives who study fingerprints to identify the culprit, scientists used NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to find the “fingerprints” of water in the atmosphere of a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away. And, they found a lot of water. In fact, the planet, known as WASP-39b, has three times as much water as Saturn does.

Though no planet like this resides in our solar system, WASP-39b can provide new insights into how and where planets form around a star, say researchers. This exoplanet is so unique, it underscores the fact that the more astronomers learn about the complexity of other worlds, the more there is to learn about their origins. This latest observation is a significant step toward characterizing these worlds.

Using Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, scientists studied the “hot Saturn” called WASP-39b – a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet located about 700 light-years from Earth. By dissecting starlight filtering through the planet’s atmosphere into its component colors, the team found clear evidence for a large amount of water vapor. (NASA, ESA, G. Bacon and A. Feild (STScI), and H. Wakeford (STScI/Univ. of Exeter))

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