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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

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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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Tennesseans Raise Coal Ash Concerns

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Local residents are fighting against the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed coal ash landfill in Anderson County, Tenn., while others sued the utility in court over health problems they allege are linked to the Bull Run power plant.

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Oak Ridge Funding is Secure; Waste Cleanup Remains Uncertain

Tennessee regulators, communities and grassroots groups have yet to resolve a dispute with federal agencies on how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

A dispute between federal agencies and Tennessee regulators over how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.,

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An Appalachian Solar Tour

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Numerous Appalachian homes and businesses took part in the 2019 National Solar Tour in October, sharing their experiences and opening their doors to the public to view their solar installations.

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