DUCKTOWN, TENNESSEE - This weekend's national slalom championship could be the last on the $26 million Ocoee Whitewater Center Olympic venue. <br>
A spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority says a five-year agreement for the power company to provide free water for competitions has expired. <br>
Outside of the agreement for free water, the agency charges $6,000-$12,000 a day to fill the Ocoee River with water. Rafting outfitters and area leaders say low commercial rafting ridership this year has already imperiled the industry. <br>
Supporters say making up the shortfall by raising rafting fees could kill commercial rafting on the upper river and deal a $15 million blow to the region's economy. <br>
The slalom course was built for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. <br>
TVA water specialist Robin Kirsch has told outfitters and local leaders that the utility is aware of the economic impact on the region. But she says it also owes ratepayers the lowest costs possible. <br>
The agency charges river users to make up for lost power generation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to ful...
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the d...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champi...
Three school districts in northeast Georgia - Hall, White, and Jefferson - have received national recognition for their use use of innovative technologies. They earned top spots in the Center for Digital Education's and the National School Boards Association's 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted after about two hours Saturday following a suicide by a man carrying a protest sign.The man died after shooting himself on the...