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Record drought continues in the South

By R. Neal
December 13, 2007 - Most of Alabama and Georgia, the Tennessee Valley, and now North Carolina are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions in the record-breaking drought that has plagued the South throughout the second half of 2007.

Graphic anatomy of a toxic radioactive waste plume

By R. Neal
December 11, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Energy published a public notice in local newspapers today to "inform the public of DOE enforceable requirements for protection of human health and the environment from past releases of contaminants within the Melton Valley portion of the Oak Ridge Reservation located in Roane County, Tennessee."

Dollywood Values

By R. Neal
December 6, 2007 - This recent Economist article about Dollywood is making the Tennessee blog rounds. It's a somewhat amusing look at Southern/Appalachian culture from a British/European point of view. Characterizing Dolly Parton as the "backwoods Barbie", the article observes:

Open source government

By R. Neal
December 5, 2007 - Good Jobs First, a "national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families" has compiled a report entitled The State of State Disclosure which evaluates "online publi

Local governments make run on Florida investment fund

By R. Neal
November 30, 2007 - Citing concerns about investments in sub-prime mortgage backed securities, Florida local governments have withdrawn billions of dollars from a State of Florida investment fund, including withdrawals of $3.5 billion in one day. The run on the State Board of Administration operated Local Government Investment Pool has resulted in a freeze on withdrawals from the fund.