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Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my grandfather was a coal miner, on my mother’s side. I was the first in my family to go to college. I went to Alice Lloyd College in Knott County, Kentucky, to study science and biology. But I […]

Groups: 'Harmful' Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

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A coalition of environmental and community groups won an agreement this month to help protect two species of fish from mining pollution in the streams of Tennessee.  On Jan. 19, a federal judge approved a settlement that calls on the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with […]

Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining

Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining

  The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently.  The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community […]

National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia

National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia

  Environmental groups in Tennessee concerned about coal pollution are reporting a significant victory with National Coal’s decision to effectively leave the surface mining business in Appalachia. An agreement reached in late June with Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Tennessee Clean Water Network and the Sierra Club involves three sites owned by the company: […]

Tennessee Activists Call for End to Negative Racial Stereotypes

Tennessee Activists Call for End to Negative Racial Stereotypes

  Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), a Tennessee organization that has worked for four decades to improve social, economic and environmental conditions in the state, is launching a statewide campaign calling for an end to ethnic and racial stereotypes in the media. SOCM members in Rutherford County have been meeting on this issue since […]