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Invasive tick new to East Tennessee found on animals

in Animals/Health/Local Round Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There’s a new kind of creepy-crawly to look out for in East Tennessee this summer. The invasive Asian longhorned tick, which can reproduce without mating, has been found on animals in Union, Roane and Knox counties.

The parasite was first discovered about two years ago on sheep in New Jersey.

“We kind of found the tick accidentally, and that’s led a lot of people to question what ticks are here and if there are others missing from what we know of ticks in the country,” said Dr. Rebecca Trout-Fryxell, a medical and veterinary entomologist at the University of Tennessee Institute of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

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Franklin Noon Rotary Club gives back through rodeo

in Animals/Events/Local Round Up

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — From cowboys to clowns, the Franklin Noon Rotary Club’s Franklin Rodeo is celebrating a milestone 70th year.

The Franklin Rodeo is Williamson County’s longest-running event, and Executive Director Bill Fitzgerald has been going to the Franklin Rodeo since he was six.

“It’s about God, country, family, and community. That’s the four things we build the rodeo around,” said Fitzgerald.

While the three nights of the rodeo are a lot of fun, it’s also a sanctioned event on the professional rodeo circuit. It’s also a massive fundraiser.


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News 2 partners with Midd. Tennessee animal shelters for adopt-a-thon

in Animals/Local Round Up

Williamson County Animal Center

The adoption fees will be lowered to $2.

The shelter will open from 10 am to 6 pm on Thursday.

106 Claude Yates Dr., Franklin.

(615) 790-5590

The Humane Society of Dickson County

The adoption fees will be $100 and cover spay/neuter costs for adult dogs.

The shelter will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday.

311 Tennsco Dr., Dickson.

(615) 446-7387

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Nashville Zoo opening new, state-of-the-art veterinary center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — This week, the Nashville Zoo is opening their new state-of-the-art veterinary center. Furry and feathered patients are already being treated at the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center.

“It’s amazing,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo Director of Veterinary Services, “We are just thrilled to be in the new space and have all this equipment.”

The clinic is 24,000 square feet.


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Williamson shelter provides Cuddle Grams for Valentine’s Day

in Animals/Local Round Up

FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) – Not everyone has a sweetheart to cuddle with on Valentine’s Day.

If you are in need of love, you can always count on the cute faces of puppies to do the trick.

The Williamson County Animal Shelter was out and about on Thursday with a few pups from the shelter. They called the wrapped-up cuties “Cuddle Grams.”

The shelter showed up at the Beacon offices on Thursday and were given a donation.

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