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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, December 08, 2018

  • Friday evening hit and run in Cocke County
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  • Pedestrian struck on West Broadway in Newport
  • Jefferson County carjacking

    Friday, December 07, 2018

  • Shots fired at Hamblen officer
  • Jail and justice center options
  • Inmates charged with assault
  • Alexander lauds Corker

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

  • TennCare fraud is alleged
  • Couple arrested in Evans assault
  • Judge Carter Moore hears pleas
  • King arrest
  • Pennington found competent
  • Tennessee attorneys provide more free service
  • New laws effective January 1

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

  • Newport swearing-in
  • Victim remembrance
  • Life insurance benefits
  • Senate Republicans

    Monday, December 03, 2018

  • President George H.W. Bush dead at 94
  • Tennessee musicians laud President Bush
  • Republicans want to change Tennessee election rules
  • Smokies fatality
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