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Great Smoky Mountains National Park changing permitting and reservation process
National Parks Dept Tuesday November 20, 2012

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is changing its backcountry reservation and permitting process. Beginning early next year, the park will collect a $4 per person per night fee for backcountry camping. The money collected from the fees will be used to improve customer service for backcountry trip planning, reservations and permits.


TN Sportsmen have a good opening weekend for deer season
AP Tuesday November 20, 2012

Tennessee sportsmen harvested more than 17,000 deer on the opening weekend of gun season. Harvest numbers continue to be reported, but as of Monday sportsmen had reported 17,093 deer harvested last weekend. That was 2,630 more than last year's opening weekend.


Federal Judge orders mediation between TVA and Coal Ash lawsuit plaintiffs
AP Tuesday November 20, 2012

A federal judge has ordered mediation between the Tennessee Valley Authority and Roane County residents who are suing over that massive coal ash spill in 2008. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan has given the two sides 120 days to reach a settlement. Varlan already found TVA liable after the Kingston Fossil Plant dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash sludge into the Emory River and surrounding land.


Governor declares November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
TN.Gov Tuesday November 20, 2012

Governor Bill Haslam has declared November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Tennessee. The governor made the announcement at a ceremony in Nashville. Among those joining the governor was State Representative Lois DeBerry who is a pancreatic cancer survivor. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were about 44,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the U.S. this year and more than 37,000 deaths.


Additional funds approved after deadlock vote
WOWNews Tuesday November 20, 2012

A deadlock between County Commissioners regarding whether or not to approve an additional $20,000 as recommended by the Emergency Services Committee for a new paging system to be installed for the county was settled by a "yes" vote by Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. The long debated issue of the new system bid out as a single site system at $100,000. However, upon talking with the group installing the system, it was found that a single site system would not be one that could be added on to without significant additional future costs. County Commissioners were told by representatives from the firm that no other single site systems had been installed by this firm in the past 15 years, as everyone was looking to the future, and installing multiple site systems. The Committee suggested that this would be a prudent expenditure for our growing county, and requested the additional funds. A 9-9 split of votes was decided with the chair agreeing to the additional funds.


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