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The Amish of Lawrence County

The Amish of Lawrence County

Imagine living today in the United States without electricity, a telephone, an automobile.  It wagon1seems virtually impossible, doesn’t it?   But that’s life as usual for the Amish. The motivations for this unique way of life are widely misunderstood by the “English”...

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Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Imagine this.  In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the blue-sky entire world uses during a whole year. How is that for a plentiful energy source? The sun is the most popular of all renewable energy sources and most likely will be the...

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The Story of the TVA

The Story of the TVA

The situation was bleak.  The soil was depleted. The best timber had been cut or burned.  Flooding devastated areas and washed away what decent topsoil remained.  Few had jobs.  Most lived primarily on the raw resources of the area, which were sparse. Many were...

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Micro Hydro Power

Micro Hydro Power

Anyone who has a river or creek nearby has the potential to supply their own clean, efficient electricity.  And in this day and age, an opportunity to create your own power topicalmap.jpgis an enviable position to be in. Streams offer a renewable natural source of...

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Where the Critters Play!

Where the Critters Play!

Where DO the critters play? Often those who plan to move to the country have dreams of deer, squirrels, all sorts of birds, fox, raccoons, eagles, etc. as being a part of where they live. I love to help folks purchase a dream property – a getaway – out in the country...

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Going Off the Grid

Going Off the Grid

On a typical morning, we wake up and flip on the lights and crank up the heat. We start the coffee maker and turn on the hot water for a shower. We check our email and do a powerline multitude of other tasks that require electricity.  The vast majority of us take it...

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Watersheds

Watersheds

Last February, the Tennessee Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation began erecting watershed 2watershed signs along highways. This watershed awareness program has been in place in many other states to...

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Wind Energy

Wind Energy

Air is constantly on the move. In some areas of the country, it provides a highly reliable wind1source of mechanical energy. Fortunately, humans have invented an astonishing array of devices that can harness the power of the wind and put it to practical use. Wind...

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