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The Tennessee Valley Authority first formed as a quasi-Federal agency in 1933. In 1937, President Roosevelt dedicated the Chickamauga Dam, which was completed in 1940. The TVA Act listed needs to address flooding, provide navigability, help ... Read more

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It was about 300–400 A.D. when a small group landed on Rapa Nui, the 63-square-mile island now known as Easter Island. It was lush with trees. They set up a civilization, cleared trees for farming, and slowly grew in population. Around 1100 A.D. ... Read more

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Here’s the recent warning from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Report: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history—and the rate of species extinctions is ... Read more

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People around the world play soccer or follow it with passion and excitement. It entertains and brings economic benefits, but requires a large area for play. Where then to build a 5,500-seat soccer stadium with easy access, preferably close to ... Read more

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It’s a miraculous process! We mostly notice the end product, i.e., the beautiful, brilliantly colored orange, black, and white monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It begins as an egg, hatches as a caterpillar that eats a lot of milkweed, molts ... Read more

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The Tennessee Valley Authority, is a quasi-Federal agency that first began in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal when the average income in the Tennessee Valley was $639 a year. Its mission was to modernize a depressed region, develop ... Read more

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Step on brake. Push starter button. Press pedal. Quietly move to your destination with zero emissions and little expense. Help reduce climate change impacts, improve public health, and spur new jobs. It’s an electric vehicle. What’s not to like? Read more

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2019. It’s here. We didn’t do so well preserving the planet and its sustaining ecosystems last year. Let’s hope this year, given catastrophic signals of huge wildfires, disastrous flooding, heat waves, prolonged droughts, coral bleaching, and sea ... Read more

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The Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus has turned into a hodgepodge of celebrations around gift giving. Even though Jewish Hanukkah is an eight-day “Festival of Lights” commemorating the rededication of a Jewish temple, gift giving ... Read more

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Did you know THAT Water flows downhill? Did you know when you shake up a jar of muddy water and let it sit still, eventually the mud sinks to the bottom? Did you ever pour water on a pile of dirt to create little ditches that the water runs down? Read more

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October is here! It’s my custom at this time to remind you once again of the wondrous seasonal change now beginning and answer that burning question: Why do leaves fall off trees? To quote myself from past writings: Read more

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What do you pay for a gallon of gas? $2.49 or more for regular unleaded? How many miles per gallon do you get? 20? 37? 60? Gee, those old enough can remember when they had gas wars and the price per gallon would be $.33 forcing the station across ... Read more

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Mayor Berke will kick off the Climate March at Station Street on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. The marchers will move to the TVA plaza at 11th and Market Street to emphasize the need for governments, utilities, businesses, and people from all ... Read more

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Let’s get this straight: Nuclear is not an answer! In the 21st century we are moving on to renewable energy for electricity generation. Coal, gas and nuclear are going the way of buggy whips. We didn’t run out of rocks either, but the Rock Age is ... Read more

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Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean has always wanted to bring stories to life. When she was five years old, she put her dolls in long dresses as ugly stepsisters and directed her sister to play Cinderella. By the time she graduated from high school in ... Read more

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During this time of environmental assaults emanating from Washington, DC, what is a concerned person to do? We can make a lot of noise with petition signing, marches, and visiting legislators. Those actions all help. After all, EPA head Scott ... Read more

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There must be a mole in the Walker County Government lower echelons. How else could the word have leaked out that Pilgrim’s Pride wants to build a chicken processing plant in McLemore Cove? Walker County officials say they can neither confirm nor ... Read more

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Sit down. Look around. See any plastic? Of course you do. Your computer keyboard, water bottles, cups, plates, take-out containers, medicine bottles, grocery bags, furniture laminates, Styrofoam packing, shower curtains, disposable diapers, food ... Read more

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Well, the recent cold temperatures might have fool ed you, but the dogwoods and redbuds are blooming so it must be spring. The bright green of new tree leaves gives hope for life ongoing as many humans before us have noted with ceremony. Read more

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How will energy usage change in the next 20 years in the Tennessee Valley? Good question. It’s one that Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking the public as it puts together its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Read more

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