GPS issues in southeastern US due to Defense Department 'tests'

FAA warns of ongoing GPS issues in southeastern US due to Defense Department 'tests'


Don't panic, but anyone planning on using GPS in the southeastern US for the next month or so will likely want to make sure they have a fallback option. That's according to a flight advisory just issued by the FAA, which warns pilots that their GPS signal "may be unreliable or unavailable" due to "GPS tests" that the Department of Defense will be conducting between January 20th and February 22nd. Details are fairly light beyond that, but the FAA does note that when the "tests" occur they will be active for 45 minutes, and be followed by 15 minutes of off time -- additional notices to pilots will apparently be issued at least 24 hours prior to any test. Of course, while this particular advisory is directed at pilots, it will presumably will also affect all other GPS devices, as the FAA doesn't mention any GPS issues specific to aviation. The real question, however, is just what those mysterious "GPS tests" are -- if they're, in fact, GPS tests at all...

[Thanks, Brady]

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Be Prepared for that Winter Roadside Emergency

Roadside Emergency, Be Prepared!

Assemble an emergency kit and keep it in your trunk.
Include the basics:

Cell phone and car charger
Fold-up shovel
Flashlight with extra batteries
First aid kit
Non-perishable food/water
Blanket or sleeping bag
Booster cables
Duct tape
Tow rope and bungee cord
Multipurpose tool
Emergency flares
Sand or kitty litter



The colonists who followed Daniel Boone through the Cumberland Gap in the 1770s called their coloney "Transylvania" (wich means "through the woods" and has nothing to do with vampires). After the start of the Revolutionary War, representatives went to the Continental Congress seeking recognition, but Virginia, who claimed most of that land, would hear nothing of it. Later, the area was rearranged into Kentucky and Tennessee.

Michael Trinklein has written a book about: Lost States: Real Quests for American Statehood.

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Crossville Demographics

Population: 9,707
Relationship Status
Demographics for Crossville, TN
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  Crossville National
Median Household Income: $25,796 $44,512
Single Males: 10.5% 14.6%
Single Females: 8.3% 12.5%
Median Age: 39 36
Homes With Kids: 22.3% 31.4%
Average Household Size: 2.25 2.589
Average Commute Time (Minutes): 17.979 26.376

Costco Wholesale to get into the Chattanooga Market

Representatives from Costco Wholesale said they have been looking to get into the Chattanooga market for five to seven years and chose the Fort Oglethorpe location because of its proximity to Interstate 75.

The Costco club, scheduled to open on Cloud Springs Road in Catoosa County on Oct. xx, 2010.

Other than driving to the Westside of Nashville, you might find thiis location bit closer.  Now a Knoxville location would be really great.  It was said that Costco was looking at other locations in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, but could not comment on any other negotiations. 

Staff Photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press


Ghost Stories, Myths, Tales, Hoaxes, Legends, or Fact


FolkLore: Fact or Fiction

Ghost Stories, Myths, Legends and Tales, Hoaxes or Fact of Cumberland County and Nearby Areas

Cumberland Mountains Ghost Lights:

There are many people who have reported to have seen them, a phenomenon that occurs in the Cumberland Mountains at night. These ghost lights are just outside of Crossville, generally follow the Obed River near Interstate 40.

Stories claim two robbers killed an old man at his house for his money and the house burnt down with all of them in it, along with the money.

As I heard it, some robbers hid out in the area with the money they stole. The three died and the money was never recovered!

Grassy Cove Night Moans:

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Grassy Cove is a community just SouthEast of Crossville in Cumberland County, TN, near the Roane County line.

A petrified body of a man was found in a cave, removed and relocated in the cemetery surrounding the church. At night, moans could be heard coming from the cave where the body was found and screams in front of the church.

They later remove the body from the grave and return it to the caves.

The Sounds Ended!

Black Mountain Satanic Worship:

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Years ago, it was a pretty much known fact that Black Mountain (Crab Orchard) was a place that Knoxville area Satanist used to go to perform ceremonies. One person reports the he has actually walked up on a ritual one time, beating drums and carcasses, fire pit and all! Another reports seeing some evidence of several dog carcasses around a now burned house on the road leading up to Black Mountain. Also reported, there was a wire noose inside the old house and blood on the floor of the house, and there were at least two dog skeletons outside. There have been numerous reports of folk music being heard up there at very late hours.

Another states that there is a body up there that has never been found and they helped hide the body, but would never reveal the exact location. The person was killed and burned up, and left under a log.

Also heard, that a witch lives up there and that her house burned down. It's said she still resides up there and if you go to a certain spot you will see her and be cursed. The curse was said that she will attempt to kill you before you get off the mountain!

You make the call ......


Sunbright, Tennessee - Burntmill Bridge:

 People have recorded sightings of a young girl walking back and forth across the old ran down bridge (thats only about 25 feet high), looking for her father that killed her and threw her over the bridge in the early 1960's. No one ever reported her doing harm except one had said to seen her fall off the bridge and and not make a splash when entering the water. (Ref:

Bell Witch:

You'd have a difficult time finding a Middle Tennessee native who hasn't heard of the "Bell Witch". Located in rural Robertson County, TN.

See the movie, Summer 2006


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Watch for Falling Rocks

Though this is not on the Plateau proper. This happened at the Ocoee River Gorge along US Highway 64 in the scenic Cherokee National Forest of southeastern Tennessee. Here's what Watch for Falling Rocks means.


The same type of rock slides happened on the road between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A mud and rock slide also happened in Fentress County on Highway 85

Also the Tail of the Dragon

 (Dragon's tail)  TDOT's Live Cam Rockslide Look

Rockslide Info


Marion County - Tennessee


Chronology of Marion County land area

Indian territory , pre 1777
Washington County, NC 1777
Davidson County, TN 1783
Sumner County 1792
Smith County 1799
White County 1806
Warren County 1807
Franklin County 1807
Finally Marion County 1817

Indian Village, Chiaha  located on a Tennessee River island near South Pittsburg
County created from Bledsoe and White Counties and Indian lands
Formed by a legislative act of November 20, 1817
Boundary lines extended south only to the Tennessee River
Boundaries extended to state line, 1819
The first county seat located in East Liberty (near Cheekville or Whitwell)
First court held in home of John Shropshire
County seat moved to Jasper 1820


Franklin County - Tennessee


HISTORY of FRANKLIN COUNTY First white settlers arrived about 1800
County established December 3, 1807
Organized April 25, 1808
Formed from White County
County named in honor of Benjamin Franklin
County represented the Colonies at the Court of France
Helped create the Declaration of Independence
Negotiated treaty with England for colony's independence
Thirteen boundary changes since 1807
Moore, Coffee, Grundy, and Marion counties have been created from old Franklin County
County formed by legislature December 3, 1807
County home to four Tennessee governors, Harris, Marks, Turney and Horton



Grundy County - Tennessee



Established January 29, 1844
Organized August 5, 1844
Altamont is county seat
County formed from parts of Coffee and Warren Counties