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Roane Co. residents learn more about coal ash plan

Roane Co. residents learn more about coal ash plan

Residents are reacting to a plan to leave 500,000 cubic yards of coal ash at the bottom of the Emory and Clinch Rivers near Kingston.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its approval of TVA's plan Thursday. The move comes almost four years after a retaining wall at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant failed, unleashing more than a billion gallons of coal ash into the ecosystem.

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East Tennesseans honor veterans leading up to Veterans Day

East Tennesseans honor veterans leading up to Veterans Day

Although Veterans Day is on Sunday, on Thursday in Oak Ridge the Department of Energy paid tribute to our nation's veterans.

"All those veterans who was a part of this great institution and the freedom that we share, I salute them," said Freddie Owens.

Vietnam War veteran Freddie Owens served as Thursday's featured speaker. He has received nearly a dozen military decorations.

TVA ash to remain in Emory and Clinch rivers

TVA ash to remain in Emory and Clinch rivers

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan by TVA to leave more than 500,000 cubic yards of spilled coal ash at the bottom of the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County.

In December 2008 more than a billion gallons of sludge was unleashed from the TVA Kinston Fossil Plant when a retaining pond failed.  A large portion of that ash went into the Emory River and Clinch River beside the plant.  After a year and a half of dredging the ash out of the water, crews stopped in the summer of 2010 and intentionally left a layer of ash at the river bottom.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

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Kickoff time announced for UT/Vandy game

Kickoff time announced for UT/Vandy game

The Tennessee Volunteers will take on the Vanderbilt Commodores Nov. 17th in Nashville.

Kickoff will be at 7:00 pm EST. This game will air on ESPN2.

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

The American Red Cross is hosting a Hurricane Sandy recovery effort fundraiser at its West Knoxville location on Monday.

The fundraiser drive-thru will be open from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm at its location on 6921 Middlebrook Pike.

The organization is asking for people to drop off monetary donations only.

Some local celebrities will make stops at the drive-thru. The Knoxville Ice Bears' hockey players are scheduled to drop by around 2:00 pm. Pro Bass Master Ott DeFoe will visit with people from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

East Tennessee Zumba team reaches for top prize

East Tennessee Zumba team reaches for top prize

East Tennessee Zumba instructors know how to dance.

In fact, their original choreography landed them in the top ten in an international competition where they hope to bring home the top prize.

They call themselves the Hard Knox Crew: Shanie Marshall, Paulette Ray, Jen Celeste, Liz Harding, Kay Houser and Gabbie McConkey.

They are Zumba instructors mostly from East Tennessee.