- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Battle of Franklin flag losing fight with time

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Time is defeating a flag that last flew 150 years ago during the Battle of Franklin and donors are trying to come to its rescue.

Preservationists need $6,500 to restore and conserve a 2-foot-by-3-foot flag last flown by Confederate Gen. John Adams during the Battle of Franklin. Adams, along with five other Confederate generals, was killed during the battle on Nov. 30, 1864, when Confederate and Union forces collided in Franklin.

The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1rizZtLhttp://tnne.ws/1rizZtL ) that members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are seeking $6,500 needed to preserve the flag and slow the march of time.

The flag was made by an unidentified Mississippi woman in 1863, but little else is known about its history or markings. The Confederate flag was known as a headquarters flag because it was flown specifically to mark where a general’s headquarters were located.

Donated by Adams’ widow to the Tennessee Historical Society in 1907, the flag is kept today at the Tennessee State Museum, where curators hope they can restore the flag and keep a tie to the battle, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary later this year.

Made of wool and silk, the flag’s silk fringe has begun deteriorating more than expected during the past decade.

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Farragut to vote on wine in grocery stores

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Voters in Farragut will have a chance in November to decide if grocery stores will be able to sell wine along with food.

Knox County Election administrator Cliff Rodgers told WBIR-TV in Knoxville (http://on.wbir.com/1pvYyAmhttp://on.wbir.com/1pvYyAm ) on Monday workers stopped counting and verifying signatures to get the referendum on wine sales for the Farragut ballot when they hit 800.

To meet the measure on the ballot, supporters had to gather at least 782 signatures, which equals 10 percent of voters in the most recent gubernatorial race in Farragut.

The nonprofit group, Red White and Food, has gathered signatures across the state for the wine in retail stores petition campaign.

In communities where the referendum passes, retail stores will be able to sell wine starting July 1, 2016.

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US nuclear regulator looks to reposition staff

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. nuclear regulators may need to shuffle staff as fewer nuclear plants are built and financial pressures prompt utilities to shutter existing plants, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane said Monday.

Macfarlane said NRC officials are in the early stages of researching how to reposition its roughly 3,800-member workforce as the industry’s outlook changes. A recommendation is due in early 2015.

Expectations for the U.S. nuclear industry have radically shifted. Just six years ago, electric utility companies proposed building 26 reactors at 17 power plants spread across the United States. Instead, natural gas prices hit record lows, making it significantly cheaper to build gas-fired plants than nuclear plants. Around the same time, the U.S. economy fell into a deep recession, which further trimmed the demand for electricity.

Three nuclear plants are under construction in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“… We are not living the future that we had thought we were going to have a few years ago, right?” Macfarlane said during an interview at an NRC office in Atlanta. “We had, folks had thought that things would be quite different, that there would be quite a few more reactors being constructed right now. So, that’s where the agency was sized and arranged, and now we have to rethink that.”

The same trends that have discouraged electric utility companies from building new nuclear plants have encouraged them to take existing nuclear plants out of service.

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Mowing crew finds hand grenade in grass

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knoxville police say a mowing crew found what appeared to be live hand grenade tucked away in some grass while cleaning.

Police say the mowers found the explosive device Monday morning and moved it to a curb before calling 911.

WVLT-TV in Knoxville reported (http://bit.ly/1rvZXvthttp://bit.ly/1rvZXvt ) that a bomb squad arrived at the scene and took the grenade to a remote location to detonate it.

No injuries were reported.

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Information from: WVLT-TV, http://www.volunteertv.com/http://www.volunteertv.com/

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