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Tennessee Drafting Public Recreation Plan

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is in the process of developing the state’s 10-year public recreation plan after gathering public input on priorities.

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Ready for the Wild: Rescue Rehabilitates and Releases Young Bears

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The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tenn., has saved more than 300 bears from eight different states over the last 25 years.

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Asian Carp Barriers to be Erected on Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers

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As Tennessee continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction.

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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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