Clean Water and Sprawl in Tennessee:

How to Make a Difference


Featuring Jim Hightower

Conference Keynote Speaker


November 10-11, 2001

at Lakeside Resort in Smithville, Tennessee

on  Centerhill Lake/Caney Fork River



“Clean Water Conference Schedule”


SATURDAY, November 10:  Conference Day One Features workshops and speakers.


8:45 –  Welcome and Plenary Session: 

Tennessee Trends in Sprawl and Making Sense of the Tools

            Trip Pollard, Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center


10:15 -  Concurrent Workshops

·        How Citizens Can Help Control Runoff Pollution in their Community

Doug Fritz, City of Chattanooga Stormwater Management

Mike Hunt, Nashville Stormwater Program (invited)

·        Conservation Easements and Other Land Protection Tools

Kathleen Williams, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation)

·        Helping to Protect Tennessee’s Small Streams and Wetlands:  the Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit

Dan Eager, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation


11:30 – Break


NOON – Lunch

12:45 – Lunch:  Keynote Speaker, Jim Hightower 


Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of If Gods Had Meant us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates.  He has spent three decades battling the “Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.”  Hightower is a popular public speaker and frequently appears on television and radio programs, bringing a hard-hitting populist viewpoint that rarely gets into the mass media.


2:00 – Concurrent Workshops

·        Field Guide To Forest Watching:  Learn How to Use It!

May Sligh, Forest Watch and Dogwood Alliance)

·        How to become involved with Tennessee’s Watershed Management Program


3:30 – Panel:  Transportation, Road Building, and the Environment

·        Jim Bryson, Tennessee Dept. of Transportation

·        John Eley, PhD, Tennessee Environmental Council

·        Gene Cotton, SouthWest Williamson County Community Assn.


4:45 – Closing Remarks



*  Dinner and Cookout!

*  Watershed Watch:  We will hold a brief roundtable on goings-on with watershed groups across the state after dinner and before the evening music and fun!  Bring news of what is going on with your organization!



SUNDAY:  Day two (optional) of the conference features the beautiful outdoors of Tennessee’s watersheds!  TCWN will sponsor the following outdoor activities:

·        Canoe trip on the Caney Fork river (Class 1) – equipment charges may apply

·        Hike at Tennessee Technological University’s William Stacy Trail System

·        Boat ride on Centerhill Lake

·        Water Quality Monitoring workshop at nearby creek

·        Set aside time for craft projects that will make for great holiday presents!


Conference Registration Form




Please make checks payable to TCWN.  Mail to TCWN, PO Box 1521, Knoxville, TN, 37901.  Email: [email protected].  Phone: 865/494-3243


____Please sign me up for the conference.  Registration fee includes entrance to the conference, materials, and lunch and dinner on Saturday.


         ____I am a TCWN and/or TEC member.  Registration cost $25* (add $10 after October 20)


         ____I am NOT a member of TCWN nor TEC.  Registration cost $40* (add $10 after Oct. 20)


____Yes, I want to take advantage of this special opportunity to join TEC and/or TCWN at reduced rates.

____TEC only ($20)     ____TCWN only ($20)       ____TEC & TCWN ($35)


*To make it possible for everybody to attend, registration fees are based on a sliding scale.  The minimum is required, but if you can pay more, the extra amount will be placed in to a scholarship fund allowing others to come.  Thank you!


____I would like lodging reservations for Friday Night**  $35.00 includes lodging and Saturday breakfast.


____I would like reservations for Saturday Night**  $35.00 includes lodging and Sunday breakfast.


**Lodging is in group cabins with 4-6 persons per most rooms.  If you wish to share a room with someone(s), please indicate their name(s) here and we’ll do our best to accommodate:



____I am interested in applying for a scholarship (see below)


With sufficient interest, the following activities will be offered Sunday. Please mark the activity you plan to join.  Feel free to mark more than one; just indicate which is your top choice.

____Canoe trip on Caney Fork River (small equipment charge may apply)

____Centerhill lake trip

____Water Quality Monitoring Workshop                    

____Craft activities


____I can bring gear for the river trip for myself and/or others:_____________________________________________________________





Organization Affiliation:______________________________________________


FULL Mailing Address:_______________________________________________


____________________ City: ___________________ State: _______ Zip: _________


Email: ________________________________ Phone: ________________________


Dietary Restrictions: ___________________________________________________


Please make checks payable to TCWN.  Mail to Box 1521, Knoxville, TN, 37901.  Email: [email protected].


Organizations requesting scholarships must make their requests via fax or email by October 1 to include the following:

1.            Organization name

2.   Person requesting scholarship

3.   Amount requested.  (We will provide scholarships for lodging, meals, and possibly some travel.  EVERYONE must pay the registration fee.)

4.   Your organization’s annual budget (FY ’00)




Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarships are available. Organizations requesting scholarships must make their requests via fax or email ([email protected]) by October 20 and include the following in the request:


1.      Organization name

2.      Person requesting scholarship

3.      Amount requested. (We will provide scholarships for lodging, meals, and SOME travel.  EVERYONE must pay the registration fee.)

4.      Your organization’s annual budget (FY’ 00)



Accommodations:   The Lakeside Resort and Educational Complex, located in Smithville, Tennessee, has eight guest houses, cottages, and a group unit.  All guest houses and cottages are equipped with a color television, linen, and towels.  The kitchens are equipped with stove, refrigerator, toaster, coffee makers, and basic kitchenware.  In addition, there is a charcoal grill, patio table and chairs or a picnic table outside each house.  Those who register EARLY will get first preference on cabins that have fireplaces and telephones.  NO PETS are allowed in the guesthouses.