KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging a state permit for a mountaintop removal mining operation in East Tennessee.
The Sierra Club and two other groups filed an administrative appeal yesterday with state environmental regulators. The petition says the permit from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation doesn’t meet federal clean water standards.
The Zeb Mountain mining site in Campbell and Scott counties is operated by National Coal. It’s the largest mountaintop mining site in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials report that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased by five to 49 cases.
The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at six. That’s according to an update posted on the state Department of Health website. Nationwide the number of cases increased to 170 cases, including 14 deaths in 11 states.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/MT10) -- Sheriff Robert Arnold says Rutherford County’s Adult Detention Center is badly understaffed and is asking County Commissioners for a budget increase.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Lisa Marchesoni says there are currently only two deputies on each floor of the jail. Each floor houses roughly 150 to 200 inmates. She says some guard posts in the jail are routinely left unmanned, a situation that's dangerous for the guards as well as the inmates.
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP/WMOT) — Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan meet tonight in a vice presidential debate that’s mushroomed in importance following Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential debate.
This time, it's the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the other guy's momentum.
The veep showdown tonight at Centre College in Danville, Ky., matches up two skilled politicians with strong policy credentials and very different styles.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Putnam County Commission will consider placing the motto "In God We Trust" on all four sides of the courthouse in Cookeville.
According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, the Colonial View Baptist Church is leading the effort. The church brought the proposal to the county's planning committee this week. The committee recommended the proposal to the full commission for consideration. That vote is scheduled for October 15.
The Rev. Al Gaspard is the pastor at Colonial View Baptist Church.