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03 Apr 15

Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Funds Presentations

4/3/15 - Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Funds Presentations - AML Policy Priorities Group Educational Tour: Monteagle, Crossville, Rocky Top ABANDONED MINE LANDS (AML) FUNDS PRESENTATIONS AML POLICY PRORITIES GROUP EDUCATIONAL…

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23 Dec 14

How TVA Has (not) Changed

12/23/14 - How TVA Has (not) Changed - SOCM members call on TDEC to reject the major modifications to the Kingston Gypsum Landfill Permit Kingston, Tenn. – On Tuesday, December 9th…

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If you are with the media and would like to talk with a SOCM staff person regarding Chapter progress, Committee work, or general program efforts in Tennessee, please contact Ann League, Executive Director, at ann@socm.org  or 865.249.7488. She will connect you with the appropriate specialist.

SOCM In The News

2015

“Community turns eye to gypsum pond,” Roane County News 6/16/15 click for PDF

“This Democratic coal baron wants to be the next governor of West Virginia,”Grist.org 6/13/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Local parents group, others call for testing transparency,” Lebanon Democrat 6/3/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Groups call for testing transparency,” Columbia Daily Herald 6/1/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Uniontown, AL: Community with civil rights legacy demanding justice,” Cleanenergy.org 5/29/15 click for PDF

“Young Guns: Matt Ferry fights cynicism with SOCM,” Daily News Journal 5/28/15click for PDF

“Citizen groups sue to protect imperiled fish from strip mining pollution,” WATE-TV Channel 6 5/4/15 click for PDF

Letter to the Editor, “Report Abandoned Mine Sites to TDEC,” Crossville Chronicle 4/29/15 click for PDF (scanned copy)

Letter to the Editor, “Bible bill wasted time and money,” Knoxville News Sentinel 4/21/15 click for PDF

“Five Things to Know This Week,” Daily News Journal 4/20/15 click for PDF

“Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Policy Priorities Group Educational Tour,”Community Shares 4/7/15 click for PDF

“Agencies seek area coal mine sites,” Winchester Herald Chronical 2/3/15 click for PDF

“David Beaty – ‘Always at the Forefront’ of Positive Change,”(Cesar Chavez Day Hero 2015) Equal Voice News 3/31/15 click for PDF

“Agencies seek area coal mine sites,” Tullahoma News 3/29/15 click for PDF

“Unity raising funds to keep doors open,” Daily News Journal 2/27/15 click for PDF

“Mt. Pleasant won’t renew Williams’ contract,” The Daily Herald 2/24/15 click for PDF

“Kingston Residents Gather and Call for a New Public Hearing on Proposed Coal Ash Landfill,” CleanEnergy Footprints 2/6/15 click for PDF

“Community organization continues fight against coal ash landfill,” WATE Channel 6 2/5/15 click for PDF

“Film screening, discussion to highlight 2008 ash spill,” Knoxville News Sentinel 2/4/15 click for PDF

“City, partners compete to curb energy use,” Knoxville News Sentinel 2/2/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Court Clears Way for Lawsuit to Protect Endangered Species from Destructive Coal Mining in Tennessee,” WTVC News 1/30/15 (article not available on news site)

“Endangered Species Act suit targeting coal mine regulators allowed to proceed,” SNL 1/30/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Federal judge allows mining permit challenge to go forward,” Idaho Statesman 1/29/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Federal judge allows mining permit challenge to go forward,” Knoxville News Sentinel 1/29/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Residents: Water, solid waste need full attention in Murfreesboro 2035,” Daily News Journal 1/28/15 click for PDF

“Coal ash films to be followed by public Q&A,” Roane County News 1/27/15 click for PDF

“Scenes from the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade,” Knoxville News Sentinel 1/20/15click for PDF

Groups concerned about TVA landfill,” The Clarion-Ledger 1/1/15 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

2014

High bills, officials’ bottled water usage draws ire of citizens,” Columbia Daily Herald 1/23/14 click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Chemical danger still looms for all,” submitted by Kathleen Ferris to the Daily News Journal 1/23/14 click for PDF

“Claims of bias fuel TN textbook battle,” The Tennessean 2/22/14 click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Reader calls for heritage protection,” submitted by Patrick Morales to the Maryville Daily Times 2/25/14 click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Anti-coal campaign a diamond in the rough,” submitted by Vickie Terri to the Lafollette Press 3/27/14 click for PDF

“Industry critics laud ‘historic’ meeting with Jewell,” E&E News 4/8/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Claiborne coal mine plan returns to TDEC for review,” Knoxville News Sentinel 5/6/14 click for PDF

“Removing a curse: Mt. Pleasant preps for clean-up of contaminated land,”Columbia Daily Herald  6/23/14 click for PDF

“Tennessee, feds clear the way for coal mining in Rhea County,” Times Free Press 10/23/14 click for PDF

“Grassroots Progress Report evaluates Obama’s mountaintop removal legacy,”August Free Press 12/1/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Flat Rock nature area lies amid pollution debate,” Daily News Journal 12/7/14click for PDF

“Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection from Coal Mining,” Equal Voice News 12/18/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

TVA Coal Ash Landfill Will Be Visible From Senator Yager’s Condominium…Oh, and SOCM Blisters TDEC in Presser,” RoaneViews.com 12/22/14 click for PDF

Groups Praise TDOT Decision to Reexamine Proposed Widening of U.S. Highway 127 / State Route 28,” Southern Environmental Law Center 12/23/14 click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Do Roane County people still care about ashstorage?” submitted by Franz Raetzer to Roane County News 12/23/14 click for PDF (scanned quality only)

“Letter to the Editor: Public notice about meetings lacking,” submitted by Patrick Morales to the Knoxville News Sentinel 12/27/14 click for PDF

“TVA permit opposed,” Knoxville News Sentinel 12/29/14 click for PDF (scanned quality only) (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental group wants do-over on hearing for TVA landfill modification,”Roane County News 12/29/14 click for PDF (scanned quality only) (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” News Observer 12/29/14click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Groups rip plan to expand TVA landfill,” Maryville Daily Times 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” WRAL 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” Northwest Georgia News 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” San Francisco Chronicle 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” WSMV Channel 4 12/29/14click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmental groups concerned about TVA landfill,” Daily Journal 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Environmentalists criticize plan to expand TVA landfill,” The Tennessean 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

“Kingston landfill state-of-the-art, compliant, says TVA,” Knoxville News Sentinel 12/29/14 click for PDF (joint organizational coverage)

2013

“Cap on TVA purchases brings solar eclipse to industry,” Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/23/13, click for PDF

“Hearing on Middle Point Landfill and their Permit to be Held on August 22nd,”WGNS Radio, 8/21/13, click for PDF

“National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia,” Equal Voice Newspaper, 7/23/13, click for PDF

“Board Surveys Water Contest Funding,” Columbia Daily Herald, 7/13/13, click for PDF

“Our View: Community Group Can Help Keep Landfill Clean,” Daily News Journal, 7/1/13, click for PDF

“State Tests City Water in Wake of ‘Terrorism’ Comment,” Columbia Daily Herald, 6/29/13, click for PDF

“Factory Farm Application Draws Crowd,” Marshall County Tribute, 6/28/13, click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Case of County Landfill Not Over,” submitted by Kathleen Ferris to the Journal News, 6/28/13, click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: TDEC Turns its Back on Involved Citizens,” submitted by Landon Medley to The Tennessean, 6/27/13, click for PDF

“UT Opens Bidding for Oil and Gas Drilling – and Fracking – on State Land,”Knoxville MetroPulse, 6/26/12, click for PDF

“National Coal agrees to End Surface Mining Efforts in Tennessee,” Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/26/13, click for PDF

“State Official Bullies Mt. Pleasant Residents about Water Complaints,” WSMV Nashville, 6/24/12, click for link

“SOCM Raises Money to Support Land Rights,” Cookeville Herald Citizen, 6/23/13, click for PDF

“Sherwin Smith, Tennessee Official Says Water Quality Complaints Could Be ‘Act of Terrorism,'” The Huffington Post, 6/22/13, click for link

“Mt. Pleasant Citizens feel Threatened by Water Official’s Remarks,” WKRN Nashville, 6/21/13, click for link

“Crazy Crap- TDEC Official: Water Complaints Could Be Considered an ‘Act of Terrorism’,” Nashville Scene, 6/21/13, click for PDF

“Official: Baseless Water Woes Possible ‘Terrorism’,” Columbia Daily Herald, 6/20/12, click for PDF

“Official: Water Complaints could be ‘Act of Terrorism,'” The Tennessean, 6/20/13,click for link

“Local Residents Press Officials for Relief at Mt. Pleasant Town Hall,” Mt. Pleasant Review, 5/3/13, click for PDF

“Fracking Industry Greases Gears of Government in Tennessee,” EcoWatch, 4/4/13, click for PDF

“Students Support Legislation against Mountaintop Removal,” The Richmond Register, 3/27/13, click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: SOCM Congratulates JMC School Leadership on Superintendent Search,” submitted to the Jackson Sun by Martha White, 3/13/13,click for PDF

“Education Fracking: UT Wants to Research Oil and Gas Drilling, but at What Cost?” Knoxville MetroPulse, 3/13/13, click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Green Jobs Benefit Tennessee,” submitted by Lauren Bush to The Tennessean, 3/11/13, click for PDF

“Letter to the Editor: Anti-Business Bills,” submitted by Henry Stokes to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, 3/5/13, click for PDF

“Crossville Observes MLK Day with Fair, Prayer Service,” Crossville Chronicle, 1/24/13, click for PDF

2012

“New Website Provides Info on Coal Ash Across the South,” Knoxville MetroPulse, 12/11/12, click for PDF

“Power Play: TVA’s Plans for Gallatin Plant Draw Ire from Environmentalist,”Knoxville MetroPulse, 11/14/12, click for PDF

“Henry A. Stokes: Fund Could Save Tennesseans Energy and Money,” Knoxville News-Sentinel, 10/27/12, click for PDF

“An Old Time Tradition: Duncan Family Barbeque Continues,” Knoxville News-Sentinel, 10/24/12, click for the PDF

“SOCM Hosts First Maury County Unity Day,” Spring Hill Informer, 9/24/12, click for PDF

“Community Unity Night,” Shelbyville Times-Gazette, 08/29/12, click for PDF

“Editorial: State Needs Citizen Input on Rules for Hydrofracturing,” Knoxville News Sentinel, 07/07/12, click for PDF

Groups Advocate “American Clean Energy Agenda,” Tennessee Report, 06/28/12,click for PDF

Keep Greenhaw Green Fights Rock Quarry, The Sewanee Mountain Messenger, 06/01/12, click for PDF

Earth Day Highlights Monthlong Awareness Event at Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel, 04/21/12, click for PDF

Local Groups to Host Trayvon Martin Rally, Columbia Daily Herald, 04/11/12, click for PDF

New Era of Deep Coal Mining Looms on Walden’s Ridge, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 04/08/12, click for PDF

Forum Held to Discuss Possible Maury County Metro Government, News Channel 5 Nashville, click for PDF, click for video

Metro Forum Examines Pros, Cons, Columbia Daily Herald, 02/29/2012, click for PDF

Coal Mining Prospects on Walden’s Ridge, News Channel 9 Chattanooga, 02/28/2012, click for PDF, click for video clip

Maury County Votes on Metro Government, Nashville Public Radio, 02/27/12, click for PDF

Officials Set to Speak at Metro Forum, Columbia Daily Herald, 02/27/12, click for PDF

Coal Mining May Return to Walden’s Ridge, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 02/22/12, click for PDF

Sewanee Coal Seam Mining Ban Introduced to Tennessee Legislature, Nooga.com, 02/5/12, click for PDF

Residents Say “No Dump”, Crossville Chronicle, 02/12/2012, click for PDF

Proposed Landfill Brings Concerns for Crab Orchard Residents, WBIR, 01/28/2012, click for PDF

Public Hearing Friday on Crab Orchard Landfill, AP News, 01/27/2012, click for PDF

State cites Premium Coal for Water Quality Permit Violation, Knoxville News Sentinel, 01/24/2012, click for PDF

Notice Sent on Premium Coal Discharge in New River, Canadian Business, 01/24/2012, click for PDF

Clean Water Support Urged: Letter to the Editor by Patrick Morales, The Maryville Daily Times, 01/17/2012, click for PDF

Coal Tainted Slurry Hits TN’s New River from Premium Coal Co., The Tennessean, 01/09/2012, click for PDF

State, Feds Probe Coal Plant Discharge Into New River, Knoxville News Sentinel, 01/09/2012, click for PDF