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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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Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Appropriations Committee considers the Farm Bill
  • Lots of new jobs in Tennessee
  • Cocke County man injured in dog attack
  • Jefferson crash injures three
  • THP beefs up enforcement

    Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Traffic...........Traffic
  • Indecent exposure arrests
  • Smokies lawsuit
  • April jobless numbers
  • Auto import tarriffs
  • Reward in Sevierville pedestrian death

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Smelly South Highway 321
  • Hemp licenses available
  • Holiday travel

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • Shelton pursuit and arrest
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Seat belts may be required on school buses

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

  • Cocke Legislative Body
  • Memorial Day boating
  • NAFTA and tarriffs
  • Wallace in Newport on Saturday
  • Corker turns down ambassadorship
  • Immigration
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