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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

Daylight Savings Time

Hello everyone, hope you are embracing the beauty of Autumn and all that it has to offer. Some folks are still riding their motorcycles and will do so until ice is on the roads. But some have already put their bike on battery tender, covered them up and put them away until warmer weather. Please continue to ride safe. If you are on 2 wheels keep in mind the leaves are falling and can make the road like ice if they are wet, even on 4 wheels’ leaves can cause problems.

Now that the leaves are falling, and old man winter is just around the corner the time in most states is going to fall back an hour. Some folks say the government did it to help farmers, some say it was for the kids going to school, some say it was to save energy. As for me it’s a pain in the you know what. I don’t like and I don’t know anybody who does. On November 6th we fall back 1 hour. There are many rumors about why we have a time change, so I thought it might be nice to learn the truth.

Many think that daylight saving time was conceived to give farmers an extra hour of sunlight to till their fields, but this is a common misconception. In fact, farmers have long been opposed to springing forward and falling back, since it throws off their usual harvesting schedule.

The nominal reason for daylight saving time has long been to save energy. The time change was first instituted in the U.S. during World War I, and then reinstituted again during WW II, as a part of the war effort.

The real reasons for daylight saving are based around energy conservation and a desire to match daylight hours to the times when most people are awake. The idea dates back to 1895, when entomologist George Vernon Hudson unsuccessfully proposed an annual two-hour time shift to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Ten years later, the British construction magnate William Willett picked up where Hudson left off when he argued that the United Kingdom should adjust their clocks by 80 minutes each spring and fall to give people more time to enjoy daytime recreation. Willett was a tireless advocate of what he called Summertime, but his idea never made it through Parliament.

The first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I. On April 30, 1916, Germany and Austria implemented a one-hour clock shift as a way of conserving electricity needed for the war effort. The United Kingdom and several other European nations adopted daylight saving shortly thereafter, and the United States followed suit in 1918.

Most Americans only saw the time adjustment as a wartime act, and it was later repealed in 1919. Standard time ruled until 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-instituted daylight-saving during World War II. This time, more states continued using daylight saving after the conflict ended, but for decades there was little consistency with regard to its schedule. Finally, in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized daylight saving across the country and established its start and end times in April and October (later changed to March and November in 2007).

Today, daylight saving time is used in dozens of countries across the globe, but it remains a controversial practice. Most studies show that its energy savings are only negligible, and some have even found that costs are higher, since people in hot climates are more apt to use air conditioners in the daytime. Meanwhile, Hawaii and Arizona have opted out of daylight saving altogether and remain on standard time year-round.

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2022 - The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity. The Senate approved the measure, called the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote. The House of Representatives, which has held a committee hearing on the matter, Congress must still pass the bill before it can go to the President to be signed.

Useless Facts:

1. Benjamin Franklin was half-joking when he suggested daylight saving time.

2. Official credit for the daylight-saving time idea goes to a bug collector.

3. Germany made daylight saving time the law.

4. Daylight saving time gained new popularity during the energy crisis.

5. Daylight saving time may actually be an energy waster.

6. Daylight saving time might also be a health hazard.

7. Daylight saving time can deter crime.

8. Daylight saving time is not mandated by federal law.

9. The candy industry lobbied for an extension of daylight-saving time.

10. Different countries use different terms for daylight-saving time.

11. Daylight saving time wouldn’t help countries near the equator.

12. For decades, states could implement their own daylight-saving time.

13. Less than 40 percent of the world observes daylight saving time.

14. Most farmers actually oppose daylight saving time.

15. A study found that most people lose 40 minutes of sleep when daylight saving time starts.

Local Events:

1. Autumn Heritage Celebration Nov. 12th – 13th Fort Watauga

2. Speedway In Lights Nov. 18th to Jan. 7th

3. Bikers & Bowling at Holiday Lanes 6pm -9pm Nov. 18th

4. Grown & Sexy Johnson City VFW Nov 26th Cook out 11am to 4pm sale from cook-out go to help a child in need - then Dress To Impress Party at 7pm NO TENNIS SHOES, T-SHIRTS, HOODIES, OR BALL CAPS. Pre-sale $15, at the door $30 VIP $100 for more info: 423-557-7801

5. Winterfest Art Show Nov. 20th to Dec. 4th Sycamore Shoals

6. Bristol Christmas Parade 5pm Dec. 1st

7. Jonesboro Christmas Parade 7pm Dec. 2nd

8. Johnson City Christmas Parade 13:30am Dec. 3rd

9. Christmas at the Carter Mansion Dec, 3rd and 4th

10. Holiday Market 8am Pavilion Founder’s Park Dec. 10th

11. Elizabethton Christmas Parade 6pm Dec. 10th


1. Bikers 39th Annual Toy Run 1927 Irvin Cobb Drive Paducah KY Nov. 19th


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