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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Legislation to help the Smokies
A bill introduced in Congress could help with the years-long backlog of deferred maintenance projects in National Parks. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) joined a bipartisan group of senators and representatives to introduce the so-called National Park Restoration Act. The bill would create a restoration fund to provide mandatory funding for high-priority projects in National Parks. The maintenance backlog is nearly four times what the National Park Service receives in annual appropriations, currently standing at $11.6 billion. They include critical infrastructure and visitor service projects such as restoring and rebuilding roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems. It is also the only proposed piece of legislation dealing with the backlog that has the support of President Donald Trump and the Office of Management and Budget, which has refused to support the other bills due to funding concerns. The fund would receive 50 percent of energy production revenue from federal lands that is not already allocated to other purposes, with the rest of energy production revenue going to reduce the federal debt. In Tennessee, deferred maintenance projects totaled more than $282 million in 2017, most for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

  • Jefferson County murder/suicide update
  • Jefferson County shooting
  • CLB gets animal shelter update
  • Newport Utilities water project
  • TVA long range plan
  • CWD a risk to humans ?
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    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  • Newport Grammar..........Closed
  • Grassy Fork reduced ISO rating
  • Ball arrest
  • Drug baby legislation
  • Heavy rains....possible flooding
  • School bus cameras
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    Monday, February 18, 2019

  • Cocke County schools closed Tuesday
  • Holt/Morris arrest
  • Guns in cars
  • Stand Your Groend
  • McMinn drowning

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • Roe news conference
  • Alexander says the border is no national emergency
  • National Park funding

    Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Wilson charges are certified
  • Gardner convicted of aggravated sexual battery of a child
  • TVA moves away from coal
  • Alexander and Roe support budget legislation
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