Author: Chelsea Adams

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Family Activities in Tennessee to Enjoy After School Starts

The kids may be heading back to school soon, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many opportunities to spend time together well after summer ends and the first school bell rings. Here are some ideas for late summer family activities in Tennessee. Outdoor Adventures Tennessee is full of places to get outside and enjoy nature as a family. Pack a picnic and head to one of a dozen state parks, where you’ll find plenty of inspiration to go hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and even swimming. Interpretive centers and outdoor educational opportunities — like Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge or Discovery Park of America in Union City — also offer families the chance to spend an afternoon learning about the science of local nature. Historic Day Trips It’s fairly easy to get across the state, so consider taking a weekend trip to learn about Tennessee’s rich history — after the kids finish their homework, of course. In East Tennessee alone, you’ll …

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Health Benefits of Local Honey

Honey has been used as a natural sweetener for thousands of years. Today, local honey is still used to improve food and drinks, and many people also use it as a way to maintain good health. Raw, local honey contains many enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that your body needs — and it may even help prevent seasonal allergies. What Is Raw Honey? Honey is considered raw if it has not been heated during a pasteurization process. Commercial honey is often heated to kill bacteria and other contaminants. However, the heating process also destroys enzymes and other healthy components. While pasteurized honey looks clear and smooth, raw honey usually has a cloudier appearance and may contain pieces of the beeswax called cappings. Raw honey is in its pure, right-out-of-the-hive form. It’s harvested from the honeycomb using a centrifuge, and then strained through cheesecloth to remove large pieces of beeswax. Raw honey and organic honey are not necessarily the same. Organic honey is made by bees that pollinate organic flowers. It may also be unpasteurized, and …