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1,000 Trees Planted at UT

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus became a little greener on March 3, with the planting of 1,000 trees in honor of Tennessee Arbor Day.

The university’s Make Orange Green initiative and Facilities Services are organizing the event, which is part of the greater Second Creek Restoration Project.

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Survey: 9 of 10 Americans Want to Protect the Environment, But They’re Focusing on the Wrong Things

Just half of Americans prioritize saving energy in their home. The good news: Inspiring them to ‘save the planet’ could change that

A new national survey finds good news for the environment: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the average person should be taking concrete steps to reduce his or her environmental impact. And two-thirds think that personal energy conservation habits can make a real difference in preventing climate change.

The only catch, according to the new survey conducted by Knoxville-based Shelton Group: The things Americans are prioritizing in their own lives don’t have the most environmental impact.

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Trump's EPA Pick Concerns Some Parents in Tennessee

Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompting groups such as Mom's Clean Air Force to oppose his nomination.

Clean Air Moms Action runs TV Ads Opposing Nominee Scott Pruitt

This week, the Trump administration is working to get its remaining Cabinet members confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including his pick to lead the EPA.

Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompting groups such as Mom's Clean Air Force to oppose his nomination.

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TVA refuses to disclose water quality data from leaking Gallatin coal ash site

TVA's Gallatin plant sits at a bend in the Cumberland River, upstream from Nashville, where leaks in its coal ash storage allow for ongoing pollution of the river, which serves as the capital city's water supply. (© Nancy Pierce/Flight by Southwings)

The Tennessee Valley Authority is refusing to turn over data showing that groundwater wells at the Gallatin Coal Ash plant on the banks of the Cumberland River—Nashville's drinking water supply—exceed maximum contamination levels of the state water quality standards. The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has now demanded TVA turn over the information to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, stating that its refusal to do so is a violation of state law.

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The Dollywood Foundation receives $50,000 from Verizon to aid Tennessee wildfire relief efforts

Verizon announced a $50,000 grant to support the wildfire relief efforts in Sevier County, Tenn. In partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, the donation will offer financial assistance to those displaced by the recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains area.

"I'm honored by Verizon's support of our My People Fund," Dolly Parton said. "The outpouring of support to help families in my hometown is truly humbling for me."

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Preventing Another Disaster Like Gatlinburg's

Experts say Historic Gatlinburg Wildfires Related to Climate ChangeExperts say Historic Wildfires Related to Climate Change

Thousands of residents and business owners are returning to their properties, or what's left of them, today, after historic wildfires swept through Gatlinburg on Monday night. While they confront the losses and cleanup ahead, there's talk about what advanced the fires so quickly and what could be done to prevent them.

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