Walker County tax map image of the McLemore (AKA Canyon Ridge) wastewater treatment plant the Dade water board is considering giving away.  

How much is a sewer worth?

That's the question The Dade Planet has been striving to get answered since, at a meeting on July 8 cal...

A Trenton electroplating company that uses the carcinogen chromium-6 was written up for  "secondary violations" after the Georgia Environmental Protective Division (EPD) inspected it on May 23, but it was given a pass on the primary offense it was accused of--leaking c...

Back in September 2016, when The Planet, if not the world, was new, this newspaper did a long investigative piece headed, "Is Dade Being Poisoned Through Its Drinking Water? More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Chromium-6."

(Photo of C&S Plating from Dade Tax Assess...

The B&G Jiffway, the modern, spanking-new convenience store at I-24 and Hwy. 299 where Bea Haygood and Glenda Scott wanted to sell beer in 1981.  (Photo courtesy of Lawton Haygood.) 

This series is about how alcoholic beverages came to be sold in Dade County....

On May 20, 1981, a tiny "filler copy" article on an inside page of The Dade County Sentinel--in those days, a well-written, newsy little paper edited by the late Myrna McMahan-- reported that Georgia had collected $48,968,870 in beer taxes in 1980, and that the 336 cit...


 

Dade Water Authority head Doug Anderton shows a chart of contaminants local water is tested and treated for. Chromium-6 is not among them. It is what's called in the industry an unregulated contaminant -- though Anderton thinks that may ultimately change.

Reports of a...

This is the fifth and final in an ongoing series on local electric companies, compiled in 2015 and published now for the first time in The Dade Planet.

       

Onstage, a woman is talking about the Second Coming.

“It’s gonna be better when Jesus comes back,...

This is the fourth in an ongoing series on electric companies, compiled in 2015 and published now for the first time in The Planet.

As discussed in the previous article in this series, the Fort Payne Improvement Authority (FPIA) and co-ops Sand Mountain Electric and Mar...

This is the third in a series on electricity, compiled in 2015 but never published before now in The Dade Planet.

To understand how there came to be three independent electric companies within one not particularly large northeastern Alabama county, you have to...

Part 2 in the series about electricity compiled in 2015 and published now in The Planet for the first time. 

Here is the first question asked of Mike Simpson, chief executive officer of Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative (SMEC), and the only local power company CEO...

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