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Plans for Development at Tennessee’s Rocky Fork State Park Meet Opposition

Conservation advocates claim that the state’s plans to build build a visitor center, parking lot, bridge and two-lane road at the rustic state park would endanger wildlife habitat.

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Deadly Elk and Deer Disease Spreads

Wildlife officials discovered cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, which causes brain degeneration in elk and deer, in Tennessee. This has led to some states taking precautions to avoid disease spread.

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Tennessee Law Blocks Localities From Banning Plastic Bags

Gov. Bill Lee signed a law banning local governments from enacting regulations against certain plastic bags and utensils after Nashville and Memphis considered taxes on single-use plastic bags.

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Tennessee: Tellico River and Norris Lake

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Tellico River Location: The Tellico River is approximately 60 miles from Knoxville and 90 miles from Chattanooga. The river primarily runs through Monroe County near Tellico Plains. How to access: The aptly named River Road provides several access points. All

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Laura Dillon

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Through Team River Runner, Laura Dillon shares the experience of kayaking with veterans. “When you’re paddling whitewater, it’s you and your boat, the water you’re on, and the people on the right and left of you,” she says. “The rest of the world ceases to exist.”

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Caving Adventures

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Explore the incredible hidden world that lies beneath the Appalachian Mountains.

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Going Caving in Tennessee

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Worley’s Cave Where: Bluff City, Tenn., in Sullivan County How to access: Worley’s is located on private property, and it is recommended that visitors tour the cave with a third-party outdoor recreation company, such as High Mountain Expeditions, River &

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Community-owned Broadband Expands Rural Opportunities

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The Southern Connected Communities Project is helping rural communities build locally owned and operated wireless broadband infrastructure.

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Takeaways from the TVA quarterly meeting

Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked TVA’s recent quarterly meeting, which included a vote to close two of the utility’s coal plants.

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States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

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