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New ways to keep up with TCWN

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

If you just can’t get enough of TCWN, then have I got great news for you.

You can now follow us on Twitter.

You can join our cause on Facebook.

You can even be our friend on MySpace.

Still not enough?  Then feel free to upload water-related photos to our group on Flickr or link your water videos to our YouTube Channel.

That should keep you busy for awhile.

Where’s the Creek?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Have you ever been driving along a stretch of road that you have driven hundreds, if not thousands, of times before, then you see something odd- out of place?  You can’t quite place it so maybe you make a u-turn and drive back past it.  Then you wonder, “how long has it been like that? and “how could I have missed that?”

Well, that happened to me a couple of weeks ago.  See, I was driving through Jefferson City on Andrew Johnson Highway, like I do almost every day, when I saw this:

Mossy Creek in Jefferson City

This used to be Mossy Creek- where the pipe is.  Here is what it looks like just half a mile from here:

Mossy Creek in Jefferson City

I have no idea what is going on with the creek.  Mossy Creek holds historical significance to Jefferson City so I have a hard time imagining that whatever is going on is acceptable to the community.

I find it alarming that a creek can be here one day and gone the next.  I’m told this kind of thing happens often in Tennessee.  Even more alarming.

I’ll keep you posted on what I find out.  If you have anything like this going on in your community, we sure would like to know about it.  We can’t be everywhere, so we are relying on you to be our eyes and ears.  Together, we can protect our precious creeks and streams.

River Hero Award Wrap Up

Friday, October 3rd, 2008


We had a wonderful time last night honoring Dr. Liane Russell as the 2008 Bill Russell River Hero Award recipient.  A crowd of about 80 people gathered at the beautiful Foundry at World’s Fair Park to celebrate Lee’s many incredible accomplishments.  Check out our Flickr page for photos from last night’s celebration.

After the presentation, TCWN Board President Greg Buppert announced the award will now be the “Liane and Bill Russell River Hero Award.”  Greg also presented Lee with two white fringetrees that will be planted in her honor at two of her favorite places, Obed Wild and Scenic River and Frozen Head State Park.

We have to thank our sponsors for their support:

Communication Resources
Globally Green Consulting, LLC
Knoxville News Sentinel
Joe W. McCaleb & Associates
The Nature Conservancy- Tennessee Chapter
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning
Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

We’d also like to thank Anetta Watson, WATE 6 News Anchor Gene Patterson, Phil Campbell, the staff of The Foundry, TCWN board members Greg Buppert, Katie Larue, Janet King and Dennis McCarthy, TCWP board members and all those that joined us for an unforgettable night.

One Week From Tonight

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

One week from tonight- what will you be doing?  I hope you answered, “Celebrating the amazing accomplishments of Lee Russell at the 2008 Bill Russell River Hero Award.” 

No, that wasn’t your response? 

Well, that can easily be changed.  Seriously, it is going to be a great night for a great woman.  The award ceremony is set for next Thursday, October 2, at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 per person and there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Best of all, we get to spend the evening honoring an incredible conservationist that embodies the spirit of the River Hero Award.  Tickets are available online and by calling 522-7007 ext. 102.

About Liane:
For more than 40 years, Dr. Liane Russell has been working to preserve and protect Tennessee’s rivers and parks.  Lee and her husband Bill (for whom the River Hero Award is named) organized Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and were instrumental in protecting the Obed River and the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.  Lee played a lead role in the drafting and passage of the State Scenic Rivers Act, which is the first such act in the United States.

Through her work more than 150,000 acres of land and more than 120 miles of river are permanently protected from adverse development in the Cumberlands.  Because of her efforts against strip-mining, many of Tennessee’s rivers are spared siltation and acid mine drainage.  Throughout Tennessee and in her hometown, her work has helped protect lands and water to make them available for generations to come.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Observations from the new kid

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Hi. This is Kristina Shands. I am the new director of development and communications. I have known two previous directors that held this position and I am humbled and honored to follow in their footsteps.

Today is my one-month anniversary. It’s hard to believe that I have been here a month. On one hand, I have learned so much that it is sometimes a challenge to keep it all in my brain; on the other hand, there is so much I need to know just to keep with the other folks in the office.

Here are a few of the things I have learned over the past 30 days:

  • The level of dedication, not just from the TCWN staff and board but also our members, consultants and partners, is beyond anything I have seen before. This isn’t just a job- it is a passion.
  • Clean water is about more than conservation and river cleanups. I always thought of water issues in terms of energy issues- the amount of water it takes to run power plants (coal and nuclear) and pollution from industrial processes- but I never imagined the impact agriculture, irresponsible development and storm drainage has on our drinking water, streams and rivers.
  • The TCWN staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable and committed. Renée, Dana, Greg and Morgan are the best at what they do. They inspire me to work hard and be my best. I enjoy the challenge.
  • Legislation, permits and enforcement are tough to understand. I am glad to have Dana and Renée here to explain things.
  • TCWN is 100% accountable to its members and the community. We truly care about the health of our cities and state. We are active citizens who strive to make the world a better place.
  • We can’t do it alone. And we don’t. I have met some very interesting people over the past month. People who are fighting along side TCWN to ensure we have clean water not just for drinking, but also for playing.

It has been a very busy first month, and I look forward to many, many busy months ahead. I invite every one of you to drop me a line and let me know what you think about TCWN- the organization, membership, website, water issues, whatever. You can reach me at 865-522-7007 ext. 102 or [email protected]. I hope to hear from you soon!