Happy Earth Day!

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—and it truly is an Earth Day unlike any other. While large Earth Day events around the world have been canceled, Earth Day Network encourages people to take action in three ways.

  1. Join the Global Digital Surge by filling the digital landscape with global conversations and calls to action.
  1. Watch Earth Day Live, digital programming that starts at 9am EST and cover topics like “The Fight to Save Our Species” presented by the San Diego Zoo and a panel discussion on fighting climate change with diet change. 
  1. Take 24 Hours of Action as the Earth Day Network issues a new call to action every hour.

Most Tennessee State Parks to reopen Friday

After closing April 4 due to coronavirus, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced this week that most state parks will reopen on Friday, April 24. Parks will be open for day use only. The parks that will remain closed will be announced online before Friday. Pavilions, playgrounds, cabins, and campgrounds will remain closed. 

“We are eager to serve once again but we urge Tennesseans to continue to practice physical distancing when visiting parks,” deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Jim Bryson, told WJHL News Channel 11. “We have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure safety among visitors and our staff.”

Town of Erwin, TN plans world class mountain bike park

Earlier this week, the Erwin, TN Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a lease on 115 mountainous acres for development of a “multi-modal biking and hiking park developed with a planning grant from the International Mountain Bike Association,” the Johnson City Press reports. Construction of the park is expected to cost approximately $1.9 million.

“The great thing about the project is it will help retain and attract a great work force,” said Lee Brown, Erwin Utilities President and CEO. “It will be a major tourist attraction for people who will visit here, stay overnight and spend money… there will be a lot of people who will visit this world-class park.” 

Photo of Earth from Getty Images

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