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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  |

Public clamor over a recommendation of probation for the man caught by hidden camera beating a Tennessee walking horse has led federal prosecutors to file a 16-page explanation that points out sentencing limitations in the federal Horse Protection Act.

The students' questions for Alexandra Cousteau began with a focus on her exotic global travels, but her answers led them back to their own backyards and the Tennessee River.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The big red stallion named I'm Copperfield was a clear crowd favorite Saturday night at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The big red stallion named I’m Copperfield was a clear crowd favorite Saturday night at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The granddaddy of Tennessee walking horse shows drew to a rocky close Saturday, but the winners and losers of a two-week mud-slinging contest over the state's high-stepping icon are far from decided.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — At the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, Billie Nipper's horse paintings stole the show.

WARTRACE, Tenn. — Tiny Wartrace long has been known as the cradle of the Tennessee walking horse industry.

Mike Walden came by his love of horses honestly, taking easy steps behind his father, who founded Chattanooga Police Department's horse patrol decades ago with donated Tennessee walking horses.

The Humane Society of the United States is kicking back at Tennessee walking horse industry criticism of its effort to end soring.

Coby the cougar collapsed and died Tuesday afternoon at the Chattanooga Zoo of as-yet unknown causes.

Coby the cougar collapsed and died Tuesday afternoon around closing time.

Horse lovers in Shelbyville, Tenn., are reeling from empty stands and thinning numbers of horses in the arena in the final week of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

The Tennessee walking horse industry has come out swinging a "big lick" at the Humane Society of the United States for what one horse reform group insinuates is exploitation for fundraising.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The horses aren't just walking.

Zachary Swafford, of Pikeville, Tenn., was 8 days old when he attended his first Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Region is steeped in blue and gray Civil War history

In three days, when the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begins its 11-day run, audiences will be looking at a Southern way of life under fire.

A day after TVA's chief executive said he is stepping down, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., warned Friday that the board that will pick a new TVA head includes too many directors without corporate experience or the financial skills to oversee a complex agency like TVA.

At the end of a TVA board meeting that began with more than 30 unhappy people complaining about tree cutting, nuclear costs, not enough energy efficiency and new recreation fees, the utility CEO Tom Kilgore quietly announced his resignation.

Tom Kilgore today announced he will retire in four to six months.

TVA's board today approved a new $11.2 billion budget with no recommended rate increase.

One after another, at least 37 people addressed the TVA board this morning in Knoxville — most to complain.

TVA's Browns Ferry has received more safety flags from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A leak of ammonia water at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn., prompted TVA to file a notice of an unusual event Friday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Although TVA has excavated more than 1.6 million cubic yards of coal ash from the Emory and Clinch river area, the utility and EPA are looking at ways to handle another 500,000 cubic yards of ash that remain underwater in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.

Although TVA has excavated more than 1.6 million cubic yards of coal ash from the Emory and Clinch river area, the utility and EPA are looking at ways to handle another 500,000 cubic yards of ash that remains under water in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.

A leak of ammonia-treated water at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City prompted TVA to have to file a notice of an unusual event today to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

TVA's pumped storage facility on Raccoon Mountain hasn't worked since March, the result of four cracked rotors.

As Velsicol places a dirt cap on its groundwater-polluted vacant plant site in Alton Park, community leaders voiced concern about more than a mile of plastic piping stretching around the rear of the former chemical plant site.

John Mays, charged with violations of the Horse Protection Act in connection with soring horses with trainer Jackie McConnell, was sentenced Monday to four months of "time served" in jail and ordered to write a newspaper article about soring.

Just over 40 years ago, Chattanooga had the nation's "dirtiest" air.

Color offers kaleidoscopic drives and cruises

For the first time in 12 years, Hamilton County residents had a choice for assessor of property, and they used the opportunity to re-elect incumbent Bill Bennett to a fifth term.

One Republican incumbent lost his state House of Representatives seat, but three others will keep theirs, at least until November.

For the first time in 12 years, Hamilton County residents had a choice for assessor of property, and they used the opportunity to re-elect incumbent Bill Bennett for a fifth term.

On Wednesday evening, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's industry inspector group came out swinging at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's effort to decertify SHOW — Sound Horses, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections, Winning Fairly.

The question of whether federal horse show regulators will reject the inspector group that oversees the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration appears headed for a showdown.

With the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration less than a month away, federal animal regulators are moving to decertify five of the 12 horse industry organizations that are supposed to help them inspect for abuse.

TVA officials told nuclear regulators Wednesday that they continue to try to get things right at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in North Alabama.

TVA was taking the pre-emptive route Tuesday when it released a set of talking points about its part in preparing an environmental impact statement on the use of MOX fuel made from surplus nuclear weapons to power Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear plants.

Highland Park's very history is built around water.

Chattanoogans aren't alone in facing sewer rate increases to pay for federally mandated improvements.

A $250 million price tag for sewer repairs is a big pill to swallow.

A $250 million bill now looms for anyone who uses the Chattanooga sewer system, and they will have 15 years to pay it.

Chattanooga must pay a $476,400 civil penalty, on top of making $250 million in improvements to its sewer system and implementing an $800,000 green infrastructure plan and stream restoration project in the next 15 years.

Jim Brown, a founding member 31 years ago of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, has announced his intention to retire as the trust's executive director in the coming year.

A federal order that could cost Chattanooga hundreds of millions of dollars for sewer fixes will be made public this week.

Don't tell 19 high-schoolers who spent last week with Anna George that she's got a "Dr." in front of her name. They think she's way too much fun for that.

Michael Williams, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service out of Murphy, N.C., had a hot job Monday. He was setting a fire to stop a fire along the historic Ocoee Scenic Byway in the Cherokee National Forest.

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