Nine Tennessee State Parks rangers graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) in Nashville on Dec. 22. The rangers were part of a class of more than 80 newly trained law enforcement officers that completed a rigorous 10-week course.
Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year. The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.
Tennessee State Parks Junior Rangers from across the state visited Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays open house at the Tennessee Residence on Dec. 6 to participate in a special holiday event. More than 30 Junior Rangers and their families were in attendance. They toured the residence decorated for the holidays and enjoyed games, a puppet show, and State Parks’ birds of prey and snake programs.
Short days and long nights are what characterize December. In fact, the shortest day and the longest night of the year is the winter solstice which is on December 21st. After this day the days start getting longer but are still very short until the equinox on March 20th. This time of year is also prone to long periods of grey cloudy weather with rain and sometimes snow making the days seem almost like night. No wonder then that a lot of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., where you feel depressed and unmotivated. The best treatment for this malady is as much exposure to sunlight and/or daylight as possible. Some recommend getting up early, especially on sunny days, to insure you are not sleeping thru any precious daylight hours. Also recommended is getting outside, despite the cold, and soaking up as much light as you can. Your local greenspace or nearby state park can be your venue for the light treatment.