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So, if you see a three-sided purple box kite in a tree..

News release from state Department of Agriculture:
NASHVILLE – Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering to survey for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada.
“Trapping is a very important tool for us to know how extensive the infestation is and whether additional control measures are needed to slow it from spreading to new areas,” TDA Plant Certification administrator Gray Haun said. “This year, as last year, traps have been placed across the state as a part of a national survey program.”
The goal of the trapping program is to provide a more complete national assessment and to locate new infestations for possible treatment and quarantine. Nearly 1,400 traps have been placed in trees across Tennessee by state and federal officials and private contractors.

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Haslam’s Advice for Romney: Break Out of that Bain Box

In a Politico report from a national governor’s gathering, Gov. Bill Haslam is among Republicans quoted in giving their thoughts on what Mitt Romney should be doing differently in his campaign.
While Walker said Romney should run a singular campaign on the economy and the budget, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam suggested the nominee-in-waiting push back against Obama’s Bain-bashing by explaining further about what he did in the business world.
“I would hope that he’ll do more of that,” said Haslam, himself a businessman before turning to politics.
The Tennessean said Obama wanted to put Romney “in a really tight little box.”
“His job is to break out of that and show, ‘Here’s who I really am,'” Haslam said, adding: “In my mind, he’s got a heck of a story to tell.”
Other GOP governors, however, channeled the increasingly common complaint among conservatives when it comes to Romney, contending that he needed to go beyond mere criticism of Obama and detail his own plans for the presidency.

New Locks for Ballot Boxes

Citing state law requiring “maximum security” for election machines and ballots — and “no direct knowledge” of just who all had keys — Administrator of Elections Jason Booher has changed the locks at the Sullivan County Election Office, reports the Kingsport Times-News.
Booher also has purchased all new padlocks for ballot boxes to be used beginning with the upcoming presidential preference party primaries.
… The cost of 100 padlocks, two sets of 50 each ($4.50 each) keyed differently, was $515.71. “When I checked with several other counties who have replaced locks I found that they had paid $11.98 per lock, after checking prices at various retailers we only paid $4.50 per lock, so we got an outstanding deal!”
The cost to have the door locks with copy proof keys was $289.00.

Group Pushes Repeal of Photo ID; Legislators Make Make Changes Instead

A new coalition was launched Tuesday with the goal of repealing Tennessee’s law requiring a photo ID for voting but legislators instead raised the possibility of enacting revisions that would ease the path to the polls for some.
Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, who sponsored the original photo ID law approved by the Legislature earlier this year, said he and other Republicans would adamantly oppose the repeal sought by a coalition called No Barriers to the Ballot Box.
But Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, proposed one change himself. He filed a bill Tuesday that would allow all voters over age 60 to cast their ballots on an absentee basis and avoid presentation of a photo ID.

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