The "Get Fresh with a Farmer" T-shirt slogan used by the Battlefield Farmers Market in Rock Spring, Ga., appropriately summarizes the market's requirement -- vendors must grow all the produce they sell to participate.

Lighter shade of green

Less demand for new floorcovering slows recycling gains in economic slump

The national recession that’s taking a bite out of floorcovering industries also is adversely affecting a national green initiative — carpet recycling, according to the latest report from an organization committed to recycling and reusing old carpet.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Bradley County recycling centers at Peerless Road and Urbane Road have recently installed receptacles for accepting No. 1 and No. 2 plastics.

An Environmental Protection Agency official says storing coal ash without a liner at the site of a toxic spill west of Knoxville will not make any groundwater in the area undrinkable.

Tennessee's business and natural environment could improve if Congress adopts a new energy plan to limit carbon emissions linked with global warming and promote more nuclear and renewable energy production, a coalition of state business leaders said Thursday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Bradley County Courthouse annex will receive an energy efficiency and conservation block grant of $87,530 for climate control and insulation upgrades.

The climate control bill introduced Wednesday in Congress gained the support of a coalition of Tennessee businesses, although a leading environmental group said it still is studying the measure.

Brisk winds across the Illinois plains began blowing power into the Tennessee Valley this week when TVA connected with an Illinois wind generator capable of generating 300 megawatts of power.

An energy sales company wants to help Dade County save money on its energy costs.

Ann O'Brien said she's tried recycling before but the effort always ended up being more trouble than it was worth. Cans and plastics accumulated in the garage of her family's East Brainerd home.

Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to buy the Greenlife stores in Chattanooga and Asheville, N.C, but store officials said customers will not see much change -- at least initially -- when grocery shopping.

The Cleveland city school system soon will be shedding new light on both energy conservation and economics.

Richard Hall remembers when his family's farm was considered in the country, not surrounded by the highest-growth area in Hamilton County.

Ron Swafford, a rural real estate agent for 30 years, said he once thought about putting condominiums or apartments on a 54-acre farm near downtown Pikeville, Tenn.

On Earth Day, EPA's new lead renovation, repair and painting program went into effect -- meaning many home renovation contractors now must have special training and certificates.

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