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  • Nature Meets Technology Published 6/10/2009 at 3:11 p.m. 0 comments

    Bridgeview Grill went out of business, but right now it’s a fun place to visit. Along the water as it flows past the university, the building is home to a thriving colony of barn swallows. Walk the docks that pass ...

  • Bill Would Remove Some Tennessee Waterway Protections Published 4/15/2009 at 4:03 p.m. 1 comment

    Did you know Tennesseans have a right to unpolluted streams and rivers? Title 69 of state law says so, commanding the state to protect and restore waters.

  • Warming or Not, Carbon Glut is Core Problem Published 3/17/2009 at 10:15 a.m. 4 comments

    Arctic sea ice defied predictions this winter and reached its largest extent since 1979, and Tennessee experienced its first normal winter in more than a decade. If you are old enough to remember normal winters, you may recall that in ...

  • Full of Sap Published 2/11/2009 at 1:32 p.m. 0 comments

    As I type, my yard is full of robins, up in the trees, down on the ground, flying overhead. Looking over the few acres I can see from my porch, I count at least a thousand birds.

  • Let TVA Pay Damages Published 1/13/2009 at 5:14 p.m. 3 comments

    When TVA spokesman Gil Francis told reporters fly ash spilled in Kingston contained “nothing hazardous,” he was being misleading. The Environmental Protection Agency decided in 2000 that fly ash should be categorized as a hazardous material, but industry lobbyists convinced ...

  • Change We Hope to Avoid Published 12/17/2008 at 4:29 p.m. 0 comments

    Democrats have a weak environmental track record. They are long on lip service but short on action. Republicans tend to be even worse, favoring easier and accelerated exploitation of natural resources. Opposing such efforts is important, but a far cry ...

  • Evolutionary Evangelist Published 11/19/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    You’ve seen the fish medallion, a symbol of Jesus Christ, and you’ve seen the version with legs and “Darwin” on it. Keep your eyes peeled this weekend for a van with the two painted on its side, dolloped with lipstick, ...

  • Still Just a Bill Published 10/22/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    When you learned how bills become laws, whether from Schoolhouse Rock or in a schoolhouse, the first step was probably a citizen coming up with a great law. The citizen shares the idea with their friendly representative, who immediately recognizes ...

  • Do the Math Published 9/10/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    You most likely know Lou Gross as the mustached man behind the sound board at Laurel Theater, where he has been volunteering for the better part of three decades. He founded and for years hosted Live at the Laurel on ...

  • Renaissance Rush Published 8/13/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    That's Wild by Rikki Hall: I only listen to Rush Limbaugh by accident, but when it happens, it is like a four-car pile-up. I cannot turn away. I might hear three segments in a bad week, none if I am ...

  • Exploiting to Extinction Published 7/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    That's Wild by Rikki Hall: The phrase “hunted to extinction” applies to many creatures, from whales to birds to plants, but the hunter is always the same. We are the only predator that wipes out its quarry. With Carolina parakeets ...

  • Dam Broke Published 6/18/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    That's Wild by Rikki Hall: The dam break in Wisconsin last week that cracked open a couple houses and a sewer line generated some spectacular video, but the damage was minor compared to what could happen as aging dams square ...

  • Living Off the Land Published 5/21/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    That's Wild: When food prices rise, living off the land crosses everyone’s mind. It is a healthy thing to keep in mind even when living is easy. In the time it takes to boil noodles, you can make spaghetti sauce ...

  • Ancient History Published 4/23/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    That's Wild: The relatively flat land atop the Cumberland Plateau was once the bed of an inland sea bordering the young Appalachians. Coal seams are the residue of ancient swamps, and sandstones formed as ancient river sediments piled on top ...

  • Faith of a Mustard Seed Published 3/27/2008 at 11:56 p.m. 0 comments

    Viewed with eyes of wonder, any wander in the woods is a pilgrimage. The exuberance of life is plain whether trees are leaf-laden or bare winter sculptures to bending strength. The silence of winter woods lets you hear faint things ...