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Building Community Internet in the Clearfork Valley

The Southern Connected Communities Project is working to bring high-speed internet to Clairfield, Tenn., and other underserved rural areas.

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Cooperative Connectivity: Some Electric Co-ops Aim to Meet the Broadband Challenge

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Nearly a quarter of rural Americans don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative and others are working to change this.

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Scorecard shows lack of transparency, high fixed charges at Tenn’s electric co-ops

Fewer than half of Tennessee’s electric cooperatives allow their member-owners to attend board meetings, and only three offer community solar programs. These are two of the findings in a new report released today by Appalachian Voices and two rural community

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Tennessee Adds Seven Sites to National Register of Historic Places

Four of the sites added by the Tennessee Historical Commission are in the Appalachian region.

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Celebrating Mack Prichard, A Tennessee Conservation Leader

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Dubbed “The Conservation Conscience” of Tennessee by the state legislature, Mack Prichard’s legacy is found in the lands and waters he helped protect.

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Fire Ants Adjust to Higher Elevations

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A recent study indicates that fire ants, an invasive species in Appalachia, are becoming acclimated to cooler conditions.

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Workers Demand Compensation after Kingston Coal Ash Exposure

Sick and dying workers who helped clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill rejected a settlement in April, and are now looking to sue for damages.

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Energy Burden in a Pandemic

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Many families in Appalachia already struggled with high energy bills — and COVID-19 is making it even worse.

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Tennessee needs a moratorium on utility shutoffs

quote from a Volunteer Electric Co-op member about her and her husband's experience being disconnected and then having to pay $30 to be reconnected

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health and livelihoods, utility shutoffs are hurting residents throughout Tennessee. Call Gov. Bill Lee today to ask him to stop utilities from disconnecting people from vital services during this crisis.

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Groups call for stop to electricity cutoffs in Tennessee Valley due to pandemic

CONTACT: Daniel Tait, Energy Alabama dtait@alcse.org (256) 812-1431 Bri Knisley, Appalachian Voices brianna@appvoices.org (865) 219-3225 More than a dozen organizations in Tennessee and Alabama have called on the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) to urge its member utilities to

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