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Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are asking TVA for more information about the utility’s plan to keep flood waters from disabling either Sequoyah or Watts Bar nuclear plants.

It has never happened. A wall of flood water so high that it topped dams on the upper Tennessee River and swamped emergency equipment at two nuclear plants just upriver of Chattanooga.

TVA will make its case next week to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the NRC should lower three white safety flags raised earlier this year at Browns Ferry Nuclear plant near Athens, Ala.

Three of Tennessee's five 2012 Green Development Awards and Grants are going to local cities or agencies.

A nuclear watchdog group is touting a memorandum sent by Bill Johnson -- TVA's soon-to-be new leader --as the smoking gun that should reopen the Duke-Progress energy merger that formed what is now the nation's largest utility company.

No matter how you pick your lottery numbers -- from the first digits you read in this morning's paper to the count of your dog's tail wags -- you still face tough odds to become tonight's Powerball winner of a cool half-billion dollars.

With more than 5,000 jobs created over the last three years at Volkswagen, Amazon and other Enterprise South-area businesses, city and county planners are looking to guide growth in the nearby community of Summit.

A man who chose the cheap way to tear down an old textile mill in East Chattanooga and exposed a neighborhood to asbestos will be allowed to appeal his four-year sentence on the taxpayers' dime — at least for now.

Sewanee biology professor David Haskell carefully has been researching Cumberland Plateau forests through one square meter of ground.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency this week formally outlawed four-wheeling in Aetna Mountain's Cummings Cove Wildlife Management Area.

Millions of people recycle at home and at work, but travel recycling has always been a challenge until now. Tennessee state agencies have joined the effort.

David G. Anderson, an archaeologist and professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is the speaker for today's final lecture in this year's Moccasin Bend Lecture Series.

Chattanooga has been called an environmental city, even in a time when some local leaders thought using the words "environment" and "sustainability" would drive away manufacturing.

A TVA decision to leave 500,000 cubic yards of spilled coal ash in the Clinch and Emory rivers near Kingston, Tenn., is drawing mixed reactions.

TVA is bringing the nuclear disaster warning sirens for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant into the 21st century.

Hamilton and area counties returned four incumbents to the Tennessee House of Representatives Tuesday, along with two new lawmakers.

Bill Johnson, the tall, incoming president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, walked through the halls of the Knoxville and Chattanooga headquarters buildings Monday to meet employees and shake hands.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has tapped the former head of one of the South's biggest electric utilities to be the federal power provider's next chief executive.

Environmental investigators have taken 230 soil samples in downtown neighborhoods from Missionary Ridge to St. Elmo and found high lead levels in more than 10 percent of them.

It's official. The Great Eastern Trail — America's newest long-distance trail for outdoorsy folks looking to bike or walk from Florida to the Finger Lakes of New York — will stretch through Chattanooga.

Contractors have completed lead removal on two properties in the Southside, says the EPA coordinator for the cleanup.

Perry Gaughan, the EPA coordinator for Southside lead cleanup project in Chattanooga, said contractors have completed lead removal on two yards.

Construction on the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor is on schedule to be complete in December 2015, and the work still is targeted to cost about $4.2 billion, according to Mike Skaggs, TVA senior vice president for nuclear construction.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today that construction progress on the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor is on schedule to be complete in December 2015.

Joshua Callaway was a young Alabama schoolteacher who left his home and classroom in March 1862 to join the 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army.

Conservationists are getting antsy that Congress for more than a year has failed to take up a bill that would cost nothing and protect 19,556 acres of Volunteer State wilderness — most of it in Southeast Tennessee.

In the coming week, a remote-controlled robot will begin a continuous run around what looks like a miniature train track suspended over the domed top of Sequoyah Nuclear Plant's Unit 2 reactor.

This Sunday's 2012 Hiketoberfest on the Cumberland Plateau starting on Signal Mountain comes with a special announcement.

The Great Walls of Chattanooga are rising.

Three Tennessee cities, including Chattanooga, made the top 11 of the nation's 100 fall allergy capitals.

When investment markets tanked in 2008 and TVA's pension fund took a nearly $2 billion dive, the tab for making sure there was enough money to cover commitments to 24,000 retirees fell to electric ratepayers.

TVA is about to peel the top off a reactor at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

At least 500 gallons of gasoline have spilled from an underground 12-inch pipeline in a marshy area of Moccasin Bend about 1,000 feet from the Tennessee River.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection today for two species of freshwater mussels, and the agency wants to designate 1,380 miles of the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries as "critical habitat."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection today for two species of freshwater mussels.

A federal judge has sentenced three Chattanoogans for polluting an East Chattanooga community with asbestos during the demolition of an old textile mill.

As a famed Tennessee walking horse trainer begins his federal probation and prepares to defend himself against 17 state misdemeanor charges related to soring, a new battle line is forming for possible prosecutions of horse owners.

  • Sept. 23rd, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

For one hour Tuesday afternoon a federal judge seemed to flirt with giving prison time to a nationally known walking horse trainer but by the end of the hearing balked and sentenced the man to three years probation and a $75,000 fine.

A federal judge today sentenced a former hall of fame Tennessee walking horse trainer to three years probation and fined him $75.000 for soring horses.

The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokees said the tribe has made great strides toward saving its language and heritage thanks to money from its casino in Cherokee, N.C.

  • Sept. 18th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

A federal judge today will decide whether to accept a horse trainer's guilty plea in a case that sparked a firestorm of public outcry over abuse in the Tennessee walking horse industry.

  • Sept. 18th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Inspections at this year's 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration found that 9 percent of the 1,849 horses presented for competition were cited for soring violations, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Sept. 16th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, first made friends in Chattanooga in April 2005 when he helped dedicate the Passage at the Chattanooga waterfront.

  • Sept. 15th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

To stop the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two congressmen from Tennessee and Kentucky today introduced legislation to end the use of chains, most pads and the industry's self-policing.

  • Sept. 14th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Court memos about the man who beat a horse on hidden-camera video and ignited a Tennessee walking horse and animals rights firestorm offer very different views of the former hall-of-fame horse trainer who will be sentenced here Tuesday in federal court.

  • Sept. 14th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

To stop the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee and Kentucky today introduced legislation to end the use of action devices and to end self-policing in the industry.

  • Sept. 13th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

More than 100 people crowded a room at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday to talk about using a largely untried fuel in local nuclear reactors to help keep plutonium out of the hands of terrorists.

  • Sept. 12th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

The Land Trust for Tennessee and the TWRA are hoping to raise money to complete the purchase of a 68-acre tract of land near the old Blythe Ferry site to add to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge.

  • Sept. 12th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Both Sequoyah and Watts Bar had unplanned reactor shutdowns last month.

  • Sept. 11th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

Local residents will have an opportunity Tuesday to tell federal officials what they think about using MOX fuel in TVA nuclear plants in Soddy-Daisy and in Athens, Ala.

  • Sept. 10th, 2012  |
  • By Pam Sohn  |

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