Science & Environment

Great Smoky Mountains National Park battles graffiti

Great Smoky Mountains National Park battles graffiti

Local News, Science & Environment September 4, 2015 at 3:03 am 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers remind visitors that graffiti not only detracts from the natural beauty of the park, but can also permanently damage irreplaceable resources. Park resources including one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States, backcountry hiking shelters, live trees,Read More

Volunteers needed at Mingus Mill in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Volunteers needed at Mingus Mill in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Science & Environment September 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help provide visitors with historic information at Mingus Mill located one half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC. Mingus Mill, built in 1886, offers visitors a unique look into the inner workings of the turbine-wheelRead More

Smokies telethon tops $200,000 for second year

Smokies telethon tops $200,000 for second year

Local News, Science & Environment September 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0 comments

By Brent McDaniel Friends of the Smokies raised $202,351 through its 21st annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon thanks to hundreds of callers, online donations and help from sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Flying J and Tennessee State Bank. Since 1995, Friends of the Smokies’ telethons have raised moreRead More

Harnessing electrochemistry with Earth-abundant materials

Harnessing electrochemistry with Earth-abundant materials

Science & Environment, Technology August 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm 0 comments

By Rylan Bledsoe All over the world people are changing the climate of the energy industry. National figures show the installed price per watt of solar energy is dropping. Yet, major energy companies are not adopting renewable energy sources at substantial rates. Many communities still rely on fossil fuels becauseRead More

Volunteers needed at Great Smoky Mountains’ Clingman’s Dome

Volunteers needed at Great Smoky Mountains’ Clingman’s Dome

Local News, Science & Environment August 16, 2015 at 3:39 am 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help staff the visitor contact station at Clingman’s Dome on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from August 28–December 1, 2015. Volunteers will work at the seasonal information center that includes a bookstore/sales area managed by Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA).Read More

Increased funding needed for National Parks improvements

Increased funding needed for National Parks improvements

National News, News, Science & Environment August 7, 2015 at 3:11 am 0 comments

WASHINGTON (press release)—Local roads, bridges and other transit are integral parts of the national park experience. However, parks and their transportation infrastructure are facing a mounting financial challenge, say experts. Under the current law, the National Park Service is guaranteed $240 million per year for transportation projects through the FederalRead More

National Park visitation continues to increase in 2015

National Park visitation continues to increase in 2015

News, Science & Environment July 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is up eight percent through the first six months of 2015. Between January and June over 4.3 million visitors have enjoyed the nation’s most visited national park. In May 2015 alone, over 1 million visitors entered the park, the most everRead More

National Park and Tremont Hosted significant Monarch Butterfly Event

National Park and Tremont Hosted significant Monarch Butterfly Event

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont held an event on Friday, July 17 in Cades Cove to mark the return of a 14 year-old Smokies monarch butterfly tag recovered on a forest floor in Mexico. Park and Tremont staff will be joinedRead More

New species of turtle unknown to science is found at Gray Fossil Site

New species of turtle unknown to science is found at Gray Fossil Site

JOHNSON CITY (press release)—The Gray Fossil Site has produced another animal that is completely new to science. This time, it is an ancient type of small pond turtle. The new species, Sternotherus palaeodorus, derives from the name of a living genus, Sternotherus, but is represented by the name palaeodorus. TheRead More

Park named for the Everly Brothers

Park named for the Everly Brothers

KNOXVILLE (press release)—Bearden has a new pocket park named for the legendary Everly Brothers, who lived in the area as teenagers. The Bearden Council, which represents local neighborhoods and businesses, is planning a fundraising campaign to add landscaping, educational and biographical information. The small park is at the corner ofRead More