• Soak Creek Named Tennessee’s First Scenic River in 15 Years

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 10:21am

    Soak Creek, a tributary of the Piney River in East Tennessee, has been named Tennessee’s newest Scenic River – the first designation since 2001.

    After unanimous bipartisan approval by the State House and Senate, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation adding Soak Creek to the list of 15 state waterways designated as Scenic Rivers. Winding through Bledsoe, Cumberland and Rhea Counties, a specific segment of Soak Creek – from its junction with Georgia Branch near Stinging Falls State Natural Area to its intersection with the Piney River near Piney Falls State Natural Area – received the designation.

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  • More than $60 Million in Water and Wastewater Construction Loans Awarded

    Friday, June 10, 2016 | 9:07am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced that five communities and one Water and Wastewater Authority have been approved to receive more than $60 million in low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

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  • 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards Announced

    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | 7:39am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced the winners of the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.

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  • Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Events

    Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 11:39am

    Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 4. The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and much more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone.

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  • Tennessee State Parks Asks Public Not to Move Firewood

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 3:05pm

    Tennessee State Parks, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and The Nature Conservancy, is advising the public of a new policy regarding bringing firewood into parks.

    Beginning June 1, Tennessee State Parks will advise visitors to use certified heat-treated wood. The new policy aims to prevent or slow the introduction of exotic insects or diseases into parks that could otherwise threaten the health of our trees and forests.

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  • $9.2 Million in Water and Wastewater Construction Loans Awarded

    Monday, April 11, 2016 | 10:59am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced that two communities and one Water and Wastewater Authority have been approved to receive $9.2 million in low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program.

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