Not much is known about hummingbirds that spend the cold-weather months in the United States, rather than commute further south. In Tennessee, in particular, winter bird sightings have been especially rare — until now.
To combat our feelings of isolation and everyday repetitiveness, Curious Nashville is bringing back four short stories that deliver surprises about things we might otherwise overlook.
Sassafras trees often go unnoticed in forests, so we were surprised by the seemingly keen eye of one Curious Nashville listener, Stacy Widelitz.
Listen / It could take more than two decades, but the Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to relocate nearly 12 million cubic yards of coal ash from an unlined pit at the Gallatin Fossil Plant. The federal utility announced Thursday it had settled a lawsuit with state regulators and environmental activists.
Listen / A unique species of crayfish that lives only around Fort Campbell has been officially recognized by the scientific community. But already, the crustacean seems to be facing challenges in its habitat. Researchers from Austin Peay State University recently had their findings published in the Journal of Crustacean Biology.
Listen / Exactly 10 years ago, one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history happened near Kingston, Tennessee. Over a billion tons of coal ash spilled from a pit at a Tennessee Valley Authority plant into the Emory and Clinch rivers and surrounding land on Dec. 22, 2008.
Listen / Look around Nashville and they’re hard to miss: Magnolia trees grace the Nashville City Cemetery, Vanderbilt and Belmont universities, Sevier and Centennial parks, and the grounds of the Hermitage, Grassmere and Glen Leven Farm.
Amazon says its new operations hub in downtown Nashville will include 1 million square feet of “energy-efficient office space.” But it’s still unclear how the facility will be powered.
Listen / TVA unveiled a new solar project this month that’s split across two sites in Tennessee and Alabama. It will provide over 300 megawatts of power to Facebook’s new data center in Huntsville.
Listen / Gallatin Fossil Plant, one of several coal-fired power plants in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s network, has been cited for ineffective leadership and safety concerns. That comes from TVA’s Office of Inspector General, an independent arm that looked into the utility’s business operations and interviewed employees over a four-year period.