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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.

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Some Oliver Springs leaders want flouride out of the public water supply, but several doctors and dentists are fighting to keep it in.

Thursday, the town held a public meeting about the floride levels.

Over the summer, the town's water board voted to remove flouride altogether from the water system. After that vote, leaders learned they were required under state law to give residents a 30-day notice and hold a public forum, which led to Thursday's meeting.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

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50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Today Deal Chicken is offering 50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park in Sevierville!

This safe yet exhilarating activity will have you close to wildlife and one with nature as you cross the Bridge to Prosperity to a covered walking bridge, leading into the Lost Mine Falls trail and finally the Cliffhanger Swinging Bridge where you’ll peer 60 feet below into the pooling water from above the falls. This hour-long experience will leave you feeling alive and vibrant.

TVA ash cash funds Roane County school upgrades

TVA ash cash funds Roane County school upgrades

TVA is spending more than a billion dollars to clean up the site of the 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.  The environmental disaster unleashed an avalanche of more than a billion gallons of sludge in Roane County.

While crews have made considerable progress in removing ash from the Emory River and clearing the ash-filled landscape, an investment from TVA has also provided a considerable upgrade to the county's schools.

Harriman riverfront greenway project gets a boost from TDOT

Harriman riverfront greenway project gets a boost from TDOT

A greenway project in Harriman got a big boost Wednesday from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT awarded a grant to Harriman worth more than $447,000 to help complete phase one of the city's riverfront greenway project.

Phase one will include the construction of nearly 1,500 feet of paved trail starting near Roane Street and ending at Morgan Avenue.

City leaders hope the project will encourage residents to be active and enjoy the great outdoors.

Federal judge finds TVA liable in ash spill

Federal judge finds TVA liable in ash spill

A federal judge has declared TVA is to blame for the massive 2008 coal ash spill in Roane County and can be held legally liable for property damages. 

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan comes almost a year after hearing testimony from residents who were suing TVA in September and October of 2011.