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Five Tennessee Counties Help State Reach Air Quality Standards

For the first time in 20 years, Knox, Anderson, Loudon, Blount and Roane counties in Tennessee have met federal air quality standards for particulate matter.

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Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

April Jarocki and Appalachian Voices' Matt Hepler standing next to a drill rig parked next to the Hatfield Cemetery near Cooper Ridge Mine, owned by KopperGlo.

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge.

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A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

David Hairston

Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.

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Appalachian Access to Affordable Healthcare

health clinic workers

Changes in federal health policy could leave even more residents without adequate access to healthcare — and increase the number of patients who rely on nonprofit safety net clinics. In Southwest Virginia, the grassroots group We Care aims to create more dialogue between the public and legislators about the healthcare system.

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White House halts review of mountaintop removal health impacts

The White House abruptly halted an active review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts in Central Appalachia. Photo by Dot Griffith.

The U.S. Department of the Interior ordered the National Academy of Sciences to halt its review of the links between mountaintop removal coal mining and human health impacts.

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Member Spotlight: Lucy and Rich Henighan

Lucy and Rich Henighan

Lucy and Rich Henighan — Appalachian Voices members since 1999 — are making a difference in East Tennessee.

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In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Bee keepers in Claiborne Co., Tenn.

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out.

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Report finds thousands in western N.C. and eastern Tenn. need energy efficiency financing

Marshall, N.C. on the French Broad River. Photo by Jamie Goodman

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, Appalachian Voices Energy Savings Program Manager, rory@appvoices.org, (828) 262-1500 Boone, N.C. — A program that pays for the upfront cost of home energy improvements could lower monthly bills for thousands of families in western North Carolina while

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Tennessee Advances Partial Privatization of Fall Creek Falls State Park

The Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Photo courtesy of Fall Creek Falls State Park

The state of Tennessee is moving forward with plans to privatize hospitality facilities at Fall Creek Falls State Park, while park employees and local officials have expressed concerns.

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Surface Mining Banned in 75,000 Acres of Tennessee, But New Mine Proposed

In December 2016, mountaintop removal coal mining was banned from 75,000 acres in East Tennessee. Yet other mining permits continue to be issued.

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