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Carson-Newman proposes new environmental forensics program

Carson-Newman proposes new environmental forensics program

Carson-Newman College is proposing a new environmental forensics program. Students would measure the effects of both animal and human decay on the air quality, the water supply and surrounding soil.

There are several labs, like UT's famous Body Farm that study actual bodies, but right now there is no facility to show what happens where a body breaks down.

The prospect of an environmental study has drawn the endorsement of Dr. Bill Bass, who founded the Body Farm, and other forensic experts.

USDA vaccinating wildlife for rabies

USDA vaccinating wildlife for rabies

Over the next the two weeks, by land and air, federal teams will work to vaccinate wildlife up and down the east coast.

The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services has the goal to create an immune barrier to halt the spread of "raccoon variant rabies."

The Oral Rabies Vaccination Project goes through East Tennessee and includes McMinn, Hawkins, Greene, Hamblen, Cocke, and Monroe counties.

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Today Deal Chicken is offering 50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park in Sevierville!

This safe yet exhilarating activity will have you close to wildlife and one with nature as you cross the Bridge to Prosperity to a covered walking bridge, leading into the Lost Mine Falls trail and finally the Cliffhanger Swinging Bridge where you’ll peer 60 feet below into the pooling water from above the falls. This hour-long experience will leave you feeling alive and vibrant.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Jefferson County

Emerald Ash Borer found in Jefferson County

A tree-destroying insect has popped up in another East Tennessee county and has spread to other parts of the state.

Officials have discovered Emerald Ash Borer in Jefferson County, and for the first time, they found the bug in Middle Tennessee in Smith County.

State officials say finding the insect in Smith County is concerning because it's far from the already quarantined areas of East Tennessee.

Smith and Jefferson counties will now be added to the quarantine, which already includes many of our area counties.

Gov. Haslam announces grants for parks, communities

Gov. Haslam announces grants for parks, communities

Monday afternoon, Governor Bill Haslam was in East Tennessee to announce which parks and communities could be getting some additional help for community projects.

He visited the Oliver Springs City Hall to hand out community development grants and local parks and recreation grants.

Among the lucky recipients, Oliver Springs and Lenoir City both received $500,000 for water or sewer system improvements. Cocke County got nearly the same amount for a water line extension, and Clinton received $339,000 for housing rehabilitation.

Bacteria subsides after sewage spills into Cherokee Lake

Bacteria subsides after sewage spills into Cherokee Lake

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- Cherokee Lake is beginning to return to normal after an accident created a sewage spill that caused levels of E. coli bacteria to spike.

Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox told the Citizen Tribune that health advisory signs posted along the lake have been removed. The newspaper said bacteria readings in the lake water for a time reached critical levels.