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Pam Sohn

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As the sun edged over Missionary Ridge on Thursday morning, it cast long shadows onto the Ridgedale and Highland Park neighborhoods where Chattanooga police had just cleared away the crime scene from the city's eighth homicide of

  • March 22nd, 2013  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Chattanooga police have identified the victim of Wednesday night’s shooting and homicide as 22-year-old Charleston P. Beard.

  • March 21st, 2013  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

TVA has failed to adequately protect Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants from the potential for failure of earthen dams upstream and flooding that would ensue in the event of what utility and nuclear regulators call a probable maximum flood — an event that would surpass any known local weather occurrence.

  • March 19th, 2013  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says TVA has failed to adequately protect two nuclear plant sites from the potential for the failure of earthen dams upstream and the flooding that would ensue.

  • March 18th, 2013  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

The man charged with raping and murdering Tullahoma, Tenn., nursing student Megan Sharpton will spend the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of parole, according to the plea he made Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court.

A fracking decision for UT's Cumberland Forest is on hold for now.

Environmental groups around the state are outraged that the University of Tennessee is proposing to lease more than 8,636 acres of public land in East Tennessee to an energy company looking to do hydraulic fracturing for oil or ga

The University of Tennessee is proposing to lease more than 8,636 acres of public land in East Tennessee to an energy company looking to do hydraulic fracturing for oil or gas.

When Water for Elephants and "42" were filmed in Chattanooga, state officials rolled out the red carpet with nearly $1 million in incentives and tax credits.

East Tennessee in coming years may find itself front and center in the growing debate over fracking — the hydraulic or nitrogen gas fracturing of shale rock deep underground to free natural gas.

Seriously. Where else can you live where you can have a cold-and-ice day Friday and a sunny, near-50 afternoon of glory today?

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency.

Bill Tittle was there at midnight on New Year's Eve 13 years ago, sitting in Hamilton County's emergency command center as the world expected mass blackouts once computer clocks rolled into the new millennium.

The Paint Rock River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southeastern United States, and its Cumberland Plateau headwaters in Franklin County, Tenn., soon may become America's newest national wildlife refuge.

Tired of rain? Don't fret: Forecasters say the wet stuff will be snow later today.

As rain continues in the Tennessee Valley for the 10th straight day, local emergency officials aren't the only ones watching South Chickamauga Creek with worried eyes.

A problem that surfaced 18 months ago at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant's still-under-construction Unit 2 reactor has resulted in the safety reviews for 500 packages of TVA-purchased parts.

TVA is to begin today replacing 100 emergency sirens within the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant's 10-mile radius in McMinn, Meigs and Rhea counties.

It looks like any wheeled contraption made of Legos. But it's not.

TVA's tricky job of cutting two holes in the roof of a Sequoyah Nuclear Plant reactor to extract and replace four steam generators has come to a safe end, according to officials.

Tennessee Valley Authority announced today that Sequoyah’s unit 2 reactor is back online after the replacement of four generators.

With the recent flip of a switch, Bonnaroo officials in Manchester, Tenn., turned on the power of the sun to energize the country's first permanent solar array for a music festival.

Dig the flip-flops out from under the boots and galoshes. Chattanooga is about to get a weekend of spring right in the middle of winter.

Three days of concern should be coming to an end this morning as a state contractor fills in a collapsed mine shaft beneath a road leading to three or four homes on Signal Mountain.

Chattanooga zoo officials said Monday that Josie, a 37-year-old female chimpanzee, had been euthanized on Dec. 30 "after weeks of rapid deterioration and weight loss."

Question: How is Marilyn "Mary" Cody doing after Nancy Rus rescued the homeless woman from Chattanooga streets?

Two children were killed in a Murray County traffic accident Friday.

A UT researcher has completed a first-of-its-kind study to predict heat waves for the top 20 cities in the eastern United States.

After leading the Senate to a late nod Tuesday to approve four new TVA board members and give the nation's largest public utility a quorum for the coming year, Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker drew a line in the political sand.

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved four new board members to govern the Tennessee Valley Authority, ending concern that the board would be without a quorum in the new year.

Seeing as how the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world, 2013 yawns ahead with promise and plenty of topics to keep under watchful eye.

She was born during the Depression and grew up in the days when the Chattanooga trolley was for whites only.

Two Chattanooga foundations supporting a new Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund just helped protect 11,364 acres of Cumberland Plateau wilderness in the ecologically significant Paint Rock River watershed of Jackson County, Ala.

Chattanooga attorney Allen McCallie is receiving a national conservation award.

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — Nearly every Saturday morning for four years, Robert M. "Bob" Deacy has gone to a particular spot on Swan Pond Circle to sit with his coffee and watch workers clean up one of the nation's largest industrial environmental accidents.

The TVA vice president in charge of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant left the employment of TVA on Wednesday, but TVA will not say why.

The TVA vice president in charge of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant abruptly left the employment of TVA today, but TVA officials will not say why.

It was the year the Lusitania made its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. The Titanic wouldn't even be under construction for two years.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust is getting ready to announce who will fill the shoes of the retiring Jim Brown — a co-founder of the gorge trust 31 years ago and its executive director since 1995.

If a nuclear accident occurred at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, would you know what to do?

Flood seals protecting the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Soddy-Daisy were found to be degraded last week, just before TVA met for a second time with nuclear regulators about plans to add new protections against a potential giant flood.

Chattanooga should have blue skies and clear sailing under the Environmental Protection Agency's new, tightened air standards for soot pollution imposed Friday, according to local air pollution control officials.

Just as a newly released poll shows Tennessee voters by a 5-to-1 margin support stronger legislation to prevent the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two people recently convicted under the Horse Protection Act have followed a federal judge's order to write newspaper letters about the practice.

Anti-nuclear groups, including some local ones, wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday asking it to require distinctive visual dye markers on normal, permitted radiation emission releases.

Twelve anti-nuclear groups, including some local ones, today sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking NRC to require distinctive visual dye-markers on normal, permitted radiation emission releases.

East Tennessee's U.S. attorneys say justice pays for itself. Total collections in fines and forfeitures by federal prosecutors in the region for the past three years have been more than two and one-half times the office's total appropriated operating budgets for fiscal 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to William Killian, head of the district office.

Several environmental groups, including one that got a kickstart with TVA's Kingston ash spill, are offering the public an interactive Web page to track coal ash pollution.

TVA's incoming leader will have some authority previously not afforded to a TVA chief executive, thanks to some partisan bickering.

Five Tennessee Valley Authority board members today approved delegations of authority to enable TVA to do business while Congress considers new board nominees.

The battle is still going on to reform the Tennessee walking horse industry.

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