NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is officially seeking bidders who want to drill natural gas wells on land it owns on the Cumberland Plateau. The Tennessean reports UT released its request for bids on Friday.
The proposal has generated controversy because it will involve a process known as fracking to extract the gas. Energy companies use the procedure to remove gas or oil from rock formations by forcing liquids underground at high pressure. Those opposed to the effort cite concerns that the process could pose to the environment.
Senator Dolores R. Gresham, R-Somerville, District 26 — Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee says the panel will hold meetings during the summer or fall to discuss a new set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading.The common core state standards are being adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association says the walking horse industry has "clearly lost the public."
According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/10H5Rbx ), association president Tracy Boyd posted a message this week on the group's website, stating he believes modern-day show horses are cleaner than they've ever been. But Boyd said no one outside the industry believes it after a series of horse soring cases came to light.