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Oak Ridge National Laboratory opening Chattanooga office

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann listen to speakers at the opening of the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop in Chattanooga on May 23. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open an office at EPB headquarters in Chattanooga’s Innovation District that will link local companies to the national laboratory’s resources and expertise. ORNL Director Thom Mason announced the office at the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop at The Chattanoogan hotel.


New Cree XSP HO Series Delivers Breakthrough 25 Percent Performance Increase, Enabling New Applications

Cree, Inc. extends its industry-leading street lighting portfolio, delivering more performance and efficiency breakthroughs with the next generation of its new Cree® XSP HO Series. Leveraging the innovations from the existing Cree XSP Series LED street light platform, the new XSP HO Series features an increased level of lumens and up to 25 percent more LPW over the standard XSP Series. Now available in new packages up to 18,523 lumens and 116 LPW, the new XSP HO Series is ideal for any roadway, enabling better light for new applications ranging from collector roads to highways.


UT Engineer Helping NASA Understand Changes in Arctic Ice

NASA first began using satellites to monitor Arctic sea ice in 1979, putting attention on a key player in the planet's health.

Since that time, the agency has tracked the decline of the ice pack as it has continued to shrink. As of March, the ice pack was 620,000 square miles smaller than it was in 1979.

While the cause of global climate change continues to be a hot-button political topic in the United States, a researcher in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering may have pinpointed the reason for the retreat of sea ice.


Falcon Ridge Farm Announces New Expansions for 2016 Growing Season

Ray Gilmer with a beautiful head of broccoli. (PRNewsFoto/Falcon Ridge Farm)High Tunnel Farming Allows for Full Year Growing Season

Fruits and vegetables have never been easier to find locally; Falcon Ridge Farm's recent greenhouse expansion uses new growing methods to provide a bountiful harvest year round. High tunnel greenhouses are designed to allow for easier modulation of interior temperatures and protection from the elements while still growing the plants in the farm's fertile soil. This method can provide a full year harvest season, something that is very uncommon in Tennessee.


City of Franklin, Tennessee HRWA Reach Settlement Agreement over Harpeth River Lawsuit


The City of Franklin, Tennessee and the conservation organization, Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), have resolved their differences regarding the City’s operation of its Water Reclamation Facility, ending a 2014 federal Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by HRWA in which HRWA has been represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). The parties are moving forward and are participating in a comprehensive study focusing on the entire the Harpeth River watershed, the first such study in the State of Tennessee. This study, led by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), will involve other stakeholders associated with the Harpeth River and will assess the health of and the risks to the Harpeth River and its tributaries. The study will document and establish a plan to ensure activities and priorities in the Harpeth River watershed are accounted for so the river will meet water quality standards.


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