Once in place, casino’s surprise benefit could be environmental

2013 COUNTY-BY-COUNTY WATERSHED HIGHLIGHTS: CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. – Volume 3 By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Murphy, N.C., Dec. 29, 2013 – The Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Resort construction on 85 acres of Palmer trust land east of Murphy during the next couple of years will include the next mountaintop removal here in the...

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Amid rock and fire, rugged men replace a 1940 bridge

2013 COUNTY-BY-COUNTY WATERSHED HIGHLIGHTS: UNION COUNTY, GA. – Volume 3 By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Blairsville, Ga., Dec. 17, 2013 – On a grade almost vertical, a few feet from burning brush piles, and constantly shifting positions to maintain their footing, men in t-shirts in 40-degree weather use shovels to guide last bits of...

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For a day in ’13, western N.C. targeted for study of fracking feasibility…

For a day in ’13, western N.C. targeted for study of fracking feasibility – and then the new gas-happy DENR relents By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Murphy, N.C., Dec. 5, 2013 — YouTube’s “The Fracking Song: My Water’s On Fire Tonight,” heard around this oft-drilled world, has had 376,889 hits at this writing. The rap song...

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