17,000 Species — and Counting
More than a decade ago, scientists in the Great Smoky Mountains set themselves a daunting task: Count every kind of plant and creature living in the national park. Since then, the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has nearly doubled the number of known species in the Smokies. The project, the first of its kind in the world, could provide crucial data about the effects of climate change, pollution, and invasive species. But as Jesse Fox Mayshark reports, it is fighting for increasingly scarce resources, and struggling to find enough scientists to complete the work.
NEWS & VIEWS
Citybeat: Dirty Boys
For the second time in two years, local environmental groups are suing a Campbell County mine operator for allegedly fouling the waters. Cari Wade Gervin takes a look at the case.
Citybeat: Long Slog
It’s been a difficult year for the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, which has yet to be adopted by either County Commission or City Council. Jesse Fox Mayshark tracks its slow progress toward Monday’s Commission meeting.
Jack Neely on the mental institution that made Bearden.
Frank Cagle sees positive news for women in politics.
Rikki Hall says absentee landowners help fuel rural poverty.
Ask Doc Knox by Z. Heraclitus Knox
Soluble Solutions by Pink Lady
Turkey Day Toddlers
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
Local CD Review
Thrift Store Finds by Anthony Nownes
Magic Trip, Going Places