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Conservation Grants Aim to Improve Cumberland Shortleaf Pine Forest

A series of grants and other funds totaling $2.6 million are slated for conservation work on more than 9,700 acres of shortleaf pine and riparian forest in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

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The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA’s energy system and shared their visions for the future.

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Tenn. electric co-op members condemn board’s actions

CONTACTS: Bri Knisley, Appalachian Voices Tennessee Field Coordinator 865-219-3225, brianna@apvoices.org Ewing, VA.- Actions by leadership at Powell Valley Electric Cooperative (PVEC) during the co-op’s annual membership meeting last Saturday have left many member-owners outraged at what they are calling an

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Taking on TVA

Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy.

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Taking Energy Democracy to the People Through Tours

Alongside partner organizations and concerned citizens, Appalachian Voices launched an Energy Democracy Tour to educate residents in Virginia, North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley on how to take back their electric system from monopoly utilities.

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Environmental Ethics in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is changing its behavior in response to critics that accused the agency of being too cozy with the companies they regulate at an annual conference.

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Keeping the Nolichucky “Wild and Scenic”

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A grassroots effort to protect the Nolichucky River has the support of lawmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and more.

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Fire Destroys Office at Highlander Center, White Supremacy Sign Found

The main office of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., burned down in March. A symbol associated with white supremacy was found spray painted outside the racial, social and economic justice organizing center.

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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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