Tims Ford plans outdoor survival school

Learn the keys to outdoor survival at Tim’s Ford Forged at the Ford. {File Photo}

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Think you could survive for three days and two nights on an island in Tims Ford Lake with just a handful of gear? Then you should definitely register for the next Forged at the Ford Outdoor Survival School, which will take place October 16-18. Registration ends on October 9, and there are limited spots available.

A Tims Ford Park Ranger will teach campers a variety of survival basics using minimal equipment and resources. Participants will learn friction fire, shelter building, knots, and more. During the three days, campers will live off the land by learning wild edible plants, trapping, fishing, and outdoor cooking. Rangers designed the program for all skill levels but campers must be at least 14 years old to attend and campers 14-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The list of required gear includes a fixed blade knife, ferrocerium rod, screw top water bottle, hatchet or axe, 8×10 tarp, 50 feet of paracord, a flashlight or headlamp, a small metal pot, a sleeping bag, fishing line with assorted hooks, and a extra set of clothes in a waterproof container. Optional gear will include a hand saw, insect repellent, and a small first aid kit. All campers will be inventoried upon arrival.

Forged at the Ford is a rain or shine event. The price is $200 per camper. For more information, contact the Tims Ford Park Office at 931-958-3536 or visit their website. To register for the event, click here. •

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Tims Ford plans evening canoe, kayak floats

Tims Ford State Park will offer an evening float for both canoers and kayakers on Friday. {File Photo}

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Floating on the picturesque Tims Ford Lake is always fun but a sunset float adds a bit of drama.

Officials at Tims Ford State Park in Franklin County plan an Evening Canoe Float and an Evening Kayak Float on Friday, August 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Fairview Campground Check In Station. If you prefer to kayak, the state park will also host a Sunset Kayak Float at the same time.

Life jackets can be provided for either float for both adults and youths but the state park can not supply vest for children weighing under 50 pounds.

The cost of the Evening Canoe Float is $25 and you can register by clicking here. There were eight spots available at press time. The cost of the Evening Kayak Float is also $25 and you can register by clicking here. There were six spots available at press time.

For information about event at Tims Ford State Park visit their website or like their Facebook page. •

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Locals report strange light over Tims Ford Lake

A mysterious object flies over Tims Ford Lake early Saturday morning. Thanks to Jack Daniel Distiller Mark Perry for use of the image.

MOORE COUNTY — Was it a plane, a satellite, an alien life form coming to try out some Tennessee whiskey? What was that strange light lots of locals saw flying over Tims Ford Lake in the wee hours of Saturday morning?

Multiple sources reported seeing a brightly lit object flying low over the lake on June 13. According to eyewitnesses, the object entered the lake area from the south and headed east flying horizontally. It maintained a steady horizontal trajectory … without dipping or falling the way a meteor or star would.

Blame it on science, Hix says

There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation says our local science guy, Billy Hix. Hix is a professor emeritus from Motlow State who founded a student/teacher STEM outreach program in southern, middle Tennessee.

He says it was a Space X satellite as part of the Starlink Program. Starlink is Elon Musk’s vision to provide Internet to every individual on the planet through a series of satellites. The one folks in Moore County saw on Saturday is one of 58 being launched.

“These satellites were being placed in an orbit that had the rocket headed more northward than normal,” he explained.

Hix says that despite the fact that we couldn’t yet see sunrise, the sun was up enough to shine on the rocket and it’s exhaust plume … making it more visible.

When asked why the exhaust plume was so wide, he explained that it was due to the fact that as the atmospheric pressure drops to almost zero very high up. This lack of pressure allows the plume to expand out and not be skinny and long as it is at liftoff … but wide and short at high altitude.

Even though the mysterious light appeared to be just over the hill, the Space X rocket was actually located 2,633 miles away over the Atlantic Ocean. For more information about the Starlink program, click here. •

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TWRA says boating, fishing, and hunting okay during Stay at Home order

STATE NEWS — Feeling antsy and wanna get out there and fish, Hunt, and boat? Go ahead, state wildlife officials say.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA), boating, fishing, and hunting are “essential” outdoor activities in alignment with Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23 … as long a social distancing rules are observed.

“Governor Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identify outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow health guidelines. As the Chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, I want to assure all hunters and fishers that Tennessee’s turkey hunting season will open Saturday as scheduled and public lands controlled by the TWRA will remain open. Likewise, Tennessee’s lakes and rivers and the access areas controlled by the TWRA will remain open to anglers and recreational boaters,” Chairman Kurt Holbert stated.

Readers should note that a “prank” story from a fictional Channel 22 News circulated on social media on Thursday stating that the “TWRA would be issuing $500 fines and possible jail time for anyone caught fishing ot using a recreational watercraft.” The headline on the false story was, “TWRA closes waterways to all recreational boating.”

The TWRA offices are closed to the public but continue to be available by email, ask.TWRA@tn.gov. Several TWRA ranges are also closed, so you should call before you go. Hatcheries are also closed to the public and WNA Check Stations are closed. Report your harvest on the TWRA On the Go app.•

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TVA releasing water ahead of weekend rain

Water from Tims Ford Lake spills into the Elk River early Wednesday morning. TVA plans to release water until further notice. {Lynchburg Times Photo}

LOCAL NEWS — According to the rain gauges at Tims Ford Reservoir, December was a wet one in Moore County. Over six inches of rain poured into area creeks, streams, rivers, and lakes. Since January 1, another 2.78 inches has fallen and according the National Weather Service, a strong storm system will impact the Tennessee Valley and southern, middle Tennessee this weekend with locally heavy rain.

Tims Ford Lake levels are high and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to release water at the dam until further notice. This means boaters and sports fisherman, especially those who frequent the Elk River, should be cautious. Large amounts of water can discharge without notice.

Tims Ford wasn’t the only spillway to start releasing water. According to the TVA, they opened the majority of their 49 dams this week in order to draw down upstream reservoirs ahead of this weekends expected rain storm, which could dump another three to five inches of rain.

For more information on TVA lake levels, visit their website or download the TVA Lake Info App on both iPhone and Android. •

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