Blake Farmer

The latest skirmish about contamination near a coal-fired power plant in Gallatin involves a disagreement over raw ground water testing data.

President-elect Donald Trump will get an immediate opportunity to reshape the panel that governs Tennessee's power utility. Congress adjourned without confirming President Obama's nominees to the TVA board, and those Democratic appointees probably won't get another chance.

It's been a trying three years for the Nashville Symphony, which was teetering financially and barely avoided foreclosure on its iconic Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Now, audited financial statements show an organization that is operating in the black.

The Tennessee Valley Authority wants the public to weigh in on what should be done with all the coal ash piling up at its largest fossil plant, which is on the Cumberland River. But the federal utility has stated pretty clearly which way it's leaning, which is not in line with what most environmentalists want.

More than two weeks after a deadly wildfire burned through Gatlinburg, killing 14 people, city officials are giving a detailed account of what was done to save lives. 

As Tennessee's worst wildfire season in decades flames out, residents and visitors to fire-damaged areas are surprised to see the trees look fine.

But forestry officials say just because the woods weren't burned to stumps doesn't mean nothing is wrong.

Emergency officials increased the death toll Friday morning. There are now 12 deaths related to the firestorm that engulfed Gatlinburg Monday night. A 13th fatality was blamed on smoke inhalation as a woman fled the fire, leading to a heart attack.

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to stay the course on reducing its dependence on coal, even under the Trump Administration, which is expected to loosen environmental controls.

Leon Russell never was exactly a household name. But Elton John called the piano player and songwriter his idol. "He's the master, I'm the pupil," he said.

Leon Russell was a musician who worked his way to stardom and then nearly faded into obscurity. He died in his sleep over the weekend in Nashville.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's confident he'll have a good working relationship with President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though Haslam didn't support Trump before the election.

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