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Experimental Asian carp harvest method to be employed at Kentucky Lake during February

The deployment of an experimental Asian carp harvest method on Kentucky Lake will impact public access during the month of February. In an effort to rid the lake of thousands of invasive Asian carp, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have scheduled a research...

Experimental device could block Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley; construction now underway

An experimental project designed to deter Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky is now underway. If weather conditions remain stable, the project is scheduled to become operational by fall. “We’re anxious to get this test underway because it has the potential to be a real game changer in the battle against Asian carp,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for the Kentucky...

Constance Alexander: A host of golden daffodils tells stories of the past in Kentucky’s Golden Pond

In springtime, daffodils cluster around invisible houses in what used to be Golden Pond. A sharp eye might spot remnants of foundations from family homes, or a pair of maple trees that once flanked a front porch. Random artifacts like these offer silent testimony from the hundreds of families displaced from that close-knit community when the Tennessee Valley Authority created Land Between the Lakes. According...

Rural Blog: Despite opposition from lawmakers, residents, TVA to close last coal-fired unit at Paradise

Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday morning to close the last remaining coal-fired generating unit at the federal utility’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, despite opposition from President Trump, Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s other senator, Rand Paul. TVA service region and facilities; Paradise plant is near top...

Rural Blog: Trump, McConnell urge TVA not to close two of its oldest coal-fired plants, one in Paradise

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The town of Paradise, which no longer exists, was made famous in 1971 by John Prine’s eponymous anti-strip mining song. (Photo by Kathleen Cole) President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are trying to convince to the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority not to close two of its...

WKCTC’s Robot Extreme Challenge draws 32 teams and nearly 200 students for annual competition

Nearly 200 students competed for top honors at the fourth annual Robot Extreme Challenge (RCX) held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With 32 teams participating in the competition, the most to compete in an RCX tournament at the college, the day’s events were divided into a morning competition for elementary and high school student and an afternoon competition for middle school...

Public Service Commission approves agreement allowing rapid response to outages, emergencies

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved an agreement that will allow participating electric utilities to respond more rapidly to power outages and other emergencies by giving them greater flexibility to transfer equipment to each other. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC agreed to pre-approve emergency transfers of large electric transmission system transformers with a value of...

FCPS among 13 organizations to receive TVA grant, will use funds to collect live energy data

Fayette County Public Schools has been awarded $335,000 to help finish an integrated live-energy metering project, which includes monitoring equipment, live data analysis software and a districtwide, public-facing energy and sustainability education portal. The completed project is expected to save more than $1.1 million a year in energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tons per year.   “We’ll...