Bright & Early: One Year After Kingston Edition

Good morning, Nashville. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the TVA ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee. Since this is one news story we’re absolutely guilty of harping on here at Nashvillest, we didn’t want today to pass by unnoticed. On December 22, 2008, 5,4 million cubic yards of fly ash (or 1.1 billion gallons) spilled out of a containment area when the dike ruptured, causing enough environmental destruction to be visible from space–the before and after images of which are seen above courtesy of NASA. Nearly $231 billion has already been spent on cleanup and it could take as long as four more years to finish. Each day, workers shovel ash into 100 train cars and ship it to Perry County, Alabama. Since the spill, many residents of Kingston have seen property values plummet and complained of health problems. We’re hoping things will look better a year from now.

Images courtesy of NASA, mashed up by us.

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  • You forgot that he also sat out a few games earlier this year and is still recovering from a broken finger.

    At least he’s on the All-Star Ballot (

    • Ah, wow. I’d forgotten about that. Not exactly a banner year, eh?

      • That’s the amazing part, he’s still managing to be one of the team leaders in points

    • I voted for him!

  • Jeremy

    A cop speeding? Perish the thought! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a police officer drive the posted speed limit, since the boys in blue, being the law, are obviously themselves above it. And what can we do? If we attempt a citizen’s arrest, we get arrested for use of force on/harassing an officer. Kudos to this video vigilante on calling out one of “the finest”. Maybe News Channel 5’s Phil Williams should do an exposé on that very issue.