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New virtual power plant in Tennessee

New virtual power plant in Tennessee

Power plants are now going virtual.

Forget the old model of smoke stacks and coal, in Anderson County, the need for power happens with the click of a button.

The Clinton Utilities Board just opened a brand new control room at their facility in Clinton.

Assistant General Manager, Ernie Bowles, said, "This is overall our control center. This is where all of our operations activities take place both routinely and during emergencies."

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Some Oliver Springs leaders want flouride out of the public water supply, but several doctors and dentists are fighting to keep it in.

Thursday, the town held a public meeting about the floride levels.

Over the summer, the town's water board voted to remove flouride altogether from the water system. After that vote, leaders learned they were required under state law to give residents a 30-day notice and hold a public forum, which led to Thursday's meeting.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Today Deal Chicken is offering 50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park in Sevierville!

This safe yet exhilarating activity will have you close to wildlife and one with nature as you cross the Bridge to Prosperity to a covered walking bridge, leading into the Lost Mine Falls trail and finally the Cliffhanger Swinging Bridge where you’ll peer 60 feet below into the pooling water from above the falls. This hour-long experience will leave you feeling alive and vibrant.

First African-American astronaut to walk in space visits ORNL

First African-American astronaut to walk in space visits ORNL

Dr. Bernard Harris was greeted with applause at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Friday morning.

It was a welcome befitting one of our nation's elite.

Gov. Haslam announces grants for parks, communities

Gov. Haslam announces grants for parks, communities

Monday afternoon, Governor Bill Haslam was in East Tennessee to announce which parks and communities could be getting some additional help for community projects.

He visited the Oliver Springs City Hall to hand out community development grants and local parks and recreation grants.

Among the lucky recipients, Oliver Springs and Lenoir City both received $500,000 for water or sewer system improvements. Cocke County got nearly the same amount for a water line extension, and Clinton received $339,000 for housing rehabilitation.

UT students conducting tree study in Oak Ridge

UT students conducting tree study in Oak Ridge

UT students will counting trees in Oak Ridge this weekend.

According to a press release from the City of Oak Ridge, their Recreation and Parks Department is partnering with a group of forestry students to conduct a tree inventory for the City. 

The inventory will begin on Saturday September 15th at the west end of Oak Ridge near Rarity Ridge, and continue eastward along SR95/58 to the intersection with SR62.  The students will be wearing bright orange vests marked with the UTK logo so they are easily identifiable.