COAL CREEK WATERSHED
FOUNDATION, INC.
(CCWF)
A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation
3502 Overlook Circle, Knoxville, TN, USA  37909
(865) 291-2898

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Copyright© Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. 2000 through 2014
CELEBRATING OUR 14th YEAR!!


 

JOIN US FOR UPCOMING EVENTS! 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

 

Saturday, October 18th:  9:00 am until Noon -- TOUR OF HISTORIC SITES IN COAL CREEK

 Friday, October 31st -- Fourteenth Annual Coal Creek Health Day at Briceville School --
View previous Health Day results at
Health Day Link page

Saturday, November 1st:   9:00 am until Noon -- Work day at historic Militia Hill

READ the Associated Press Story
2 Ex-Mining Towns Try

to Change Their Fortunes
By TRAVIS LOLLAR

View AP story in
Knoxville News Sentinel

 

Coal Creek Charter Board Member
John Thurman named
Trout Unlimited's
"National Leader In
Youth Education"
Annual meeting with former Briceville Students at Anderson County High School
All these students are eligible for our Coal Creek Scholarships over the next four years!

University of Tennessee
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Students
tour Coal Creek to
prepare for teaching a class on
watershed ecology to the Briceville School students
20 August 2014

TEACHERS GO TO SCHOOL
 IN COAL CREEK

22 July 2014

IN SEARCH OF THE BIG CHESTNUT
Briceville Elementary School’s 14th Annual
Mining History Field Trip -- 16 May 2014

 

AWARDS ANNOUNCED!!
2014 Coal Creek (Nantglo) Scholarships
13 May 2014


(L to R): Lyndsey Phillips, Barry Thacker PE, Emily Patton, Drew Payne,
Carol Moore, Gordon Matheson, CEO of Schnabel Engineering

SEE RESULTS FROM THE 6th Annual Arbor Day Planting Event held
at Kopper Glo Mining site with Clairfield & White Oak School students

12th ANNUAL
COAL CREEK SCHOLARS DAY
19 December 2013
A very special Coal Creek

Scholars Day at Briceville School

SEE THE GREAT
COURIER NEWS STORY!
'Never forget where you came from..'
but go as far as an education will take you

An Open Invitation to
former and current
Briceville School Students


Click Image

Award winning writer
Fred Brown is
hosting a blog to
gather information
for his book on
Coal Creek
its mines and history:
VISIT BLOG AND JOIN IN!

Contribute your Coal Creek history
stories or comment on a blog post! 

Coal Creek Labor Saga
becomes part of
State curriculum for
Tennessee high schools

COAL CREEK
WATERSHED FOUNDATION
RECEIVES
EXCELLENCE IN
REFORESTATION AWARD!!

4 November 2013

 


L to R:  Chris Miller (OSM), Carol Moore and
Barry Thacker (CCWF) Will DeBord (OSM),
and Vic Davis, Reforestation Consultant
(formerly with OSM)
 

VIEW INFORMATION ABOUT AWARD!

Thirteenth Annual
Coal Creek Health Day 2013

Checking the Health of the creek
Who says 13 is an unlucky number?

Read Chris Silcox' story in The Courier News
 

INSTALLING HISTORICAL MARKERS
AND HIKING THE BRICEVILLE LEG
OF A POTENTIAL RAILS-TO-TRAILS

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Coal Creek
Miners Museum
building approved
by County Commission

VIEW THE PlanET study for the Musuem!

BIG WEEK IN
COAL CREEK!

August 19 to 24, 2013

Lots of good stuff
to check out here!

 HISTORY IN COAL CREEK!

Kids and Adults form
HUMAN-CHAINS to
transfer books to
new Briceville Library


Mock-up of two
new Historical Markers
to be placed at
the library site!

 

 


Coal Creek Watershed Foundation
awards the $10,000 Nantglo Scholarship
to the Iron Maiden of Coal Creek,
Victoria Wright

 

122 year-old Coal Creek War ends...
Treaty of Peace signed
17 May 2013
 

 

Coal Creek Watershed Foundation receives
The East Tennessee Historical Society's
Community History Award
7 May 2013

 

 

SEE RESULTS of our Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Event with Lake City (Coal Creek - Anderson County) Middle School and Wynn-Habersham School (Campbell County) Students on a coal mining site.  

 

 

 

More info on these activities is available by contacting Carol Moore at 865-584-0344 Ext. 102 or clmoore@geoe.com.  (Cell:  865-660-2620


RESULTS!!
Annual Coal Creek Scholars Day
at Briceville School

 

Knoxville News Sentinel story 
Foundation Helping Kids in Coal Creek Area

RESULTS!
Welshman Dr. Eirug Davies of Harvard University

VISIT TO COAL CREEK AND KNOXVILLE

View the results of visit

VIDEO OF Welshman Eirug Davies' LECTURE!!
Good news!!! Thanks to Adam H. Alfrey of
the East TN History Center, Eirug Davies'
lecture is now up and live on ETHS' YouTube
Channel. The recording, which lasts about
an hour, can be accessed by clicking here.

Listen to PODCAST of Dr. Eirug Davies'
interview with
WUOT's Chrissy Keuper
http://wuot.org/mt/archives/2012/12/000847-eirug_davies_on_the_welsh_of_tennessee.html

View the re-painting and restoration work at historic Briceville Church
November / December 2012
BEAUTIFUL!
!
RESULTS!!

Annual Coal Creek
Health Day at
Briceville School

 

Coal Creek featured in national
Engineering Magazine

View PDF of Article in October 2012
Engineering News Record

Scholar Chad Whitaker performs research at East TN History Center

ASSISTED IN RESEARCHING AREA NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED
AT THE TIME OF THE COAL CREEK WAR AND
THE HANGING OF MINER DICK DRUMMOND
RESULTS!!  Installation of additional historic markers

A total of eighteen historic markers are now installed in the watershed to mark the rich Coal Creek mining history.  You can view them on a drive through the area as shown on the Brochure of Coal Creek history HERE.
COAL CREEK HISTORY TOURISM BROCHURE
CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW PDF


 
RESULTS!!
GPR study, Coal Creek ghosts,
and B. Rule Stout tales

Oh My!
Briceville Elementary School’s
12th Annual Mining History Field Trip
18 May 2012

RESULTS

110th Anniversary Tour

The Great Fraterville Mine Explosion
19 May 2012

Engineering Better Readers
KICK-OFF a success!!


View video of ABC-TV WATE's
news story about the
Engineering Better Readers Program

- PRESS RELEASE -

The Welsh of Tennessee

Purchase new book
of Coal Creek history!

2012 Scholarship
Recipients Announced
$25,000 awarded

PDF of by Barry Thacker, PE
to Knoxville Civitan Club
July 2012

SPRING CLEANING
RESULTS!!



Fraterville Miners' Memorial Highway
cleaned in honor of the miners!

RESULTS!
4th Annual Arbor Day
Tree Planting Event

on Reclaimed Mine Land

Friday, 4 May 2012


100th Anniversary of the
Cross Mountain Mine Disaster
9 December 2011

RESULTS OF EVENT

Read:

Coal People Magazine article
January / February 2012
Message from the Darkness

 


10th Annual
Coal Creek Scholars Day
& Santa's helpers visit
Briceville School

 

2011 Coal Creek Dream Contest
WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!

 


Coal Creek Health Day 2011
RESULTS!!

Coal Creek Scholars
assist with preparations


100th Anniversary of
Cross Mountain Mine
Disaster
Dedication Ceremony

Cleaning a church, clearing brush from
a cemetery, and installing a trail bench

OCCUPY COAL CREEK RESULTS!!

Additional historic markers installed

Tennessee Magazine articles about
Coal Creek history
September 2011
HISTORY LESSON -- Miners went to war against state government in Coal Creek
October 2011
Doomed miners take time to write poignant farewells
Learn more about the Welsh and visit
http://www.welshheritage.org/
Annual Coal Creek History & Ecology Field trip with students!
Check out the photos and results!

Briceville School 4th & 5th grade trip -- 20 May 2011

Lake City Middle School 7th grade trip -- 11 May 2011
 

American Chestnut Nurseries
in the Classroom
2011 nurseries set up
in preparation of Arbor Day
planting in April

3rd Annual Arbor Day
Tree Planting Event
Kopper Glo Fuel site
26 April 2011

Coal Creek 2011
Scholarship Awards

Six scholarships
totaling $40,000 for
some fine

Coal Creek students!


Scholars Program featured in
Geo-Strata Magazine May-June 2011

Coal Creek Scholars Day
and delayed Santa Visit
4 January 2010

Coal Creek Health Day 2010 and
Briceville Church/Cemetery
Dedication Ceremony

Checking the health of Coal
Creek and honoring a
historic structure built by
the Coal Creek miners

Coal Creek Scholars visit
University of Tennessee
Engineering School

 



First Historic Markers Installed at Fort Anderson on Militia Hill

Coal Creek Scholars help in their community

Listen to Podcast of NPR/UT live interview discussing Coal Creek War and history

Dialogue: (August) The Coal Creek War
The Cumberland Mountains to the north of Knoxville are home to most of the coal mines in East Tennessee... and towns like Briceville, Fraterville, and Lake City grew up around the mining industry. Lake City was once called Coal Creek. In the 1890s, Coal Creek and the surrounding area experienced a major labor uprising involving coal miners, leased convict labor, the Tennessee Legislature and Governor's office and the state militia. On August's Dialogue, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Barry Thacker and Carol Moore of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation about that period of East Tennessee history...
Listen Now

Sorrows EndDo you know the connection between
Jesse James and Coal Creek?

Find out here!

Coal Creek Scholars tour of
Tusculum College
27 May 2010

108th Anniversary of the Fraterville Mining Disaster
May 19, 1902 to May 19, 2010

In honor of the anniversary, visit the new web site created by Bailey Francis.
If you have more information on the history of the miners or their families,

             E-MAIL QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ETC. or write
on his blog at http://www.seventyyearsinthecoalmines.blogspot.com/
 

Trout, American Chestnuts, and
Coal Creek Mining History:
10th Annual History/Ecology
Field Trip for Briceville School

14 May 2010


2010 Nantglo
$10,000 scholarship
awarded to
Bethany Wrede

RESULTS OF ARBOR DAY
TREE PLANTING EVENT
Monday, April 12th

Click for more info
 

SEE RESULTS OF ANNUAL
COAL CREEK

SPRING CLEANING DAY


Articles
in the
News!

Bank Stabilization
Projects
& Flood
Abatement

Historic
Site
Preservation

Annual
Coal Creek
Health Day

American Chestnut
Restoration
Trout nurseries
and reintroduction
of native species to
Coal Creek

Coal Creek
N
antglo
Scholarship

Program
& Awards

Awards & Honors


School Field Trips

 

     

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

COAL CREEK SCHOLARS DAY AND EARLY VISIT FROM SANTA:
"You have the possibility of making a million dollars more over your career if you get a college degree!" said Barry Thacker to the Briceville 4th and 5th graders to begin Coal Creek Scholars Day. 

BANK STABILIZATION PROJECT #5 IN FRATERVILLE:
Our fifth bank stabilization project is underway in Fraterville.  Tree planting on the site is next and we will need volunteers.  Click here to view the photos of the Fraterville project.

 

EFFORTS TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE HISTORIC BRICEVILLE CHURCH CONTINUE:
We continue our ongoing efforts to preserve and protect Coal Creek's historic Briceville Church built in 1888 by Welsh immigrant coal miners.  See the latest results of the restoration efforts.  If you are interested in helping with this effort, contact Carol Moore at 865-584-0344 or clmoore@geoe.com.  Labor, materials, and monetary contributions are welcomed and needed!

VIEW RESULTS OF COAL CREEK HEALTH DAY 2009!
Click here for photos, results and news story!

 

 

View efforts to preserve and restore Coal Creek's historic
Fort Anderson on Militia Hill
Site from the Coal Creek War of 1891 - 1892

Proposed Trail Guide                SAMPLE MARKER

Coal Creek Watershed Foundation's Barry Thacker, PE, President and Founder receives 2009 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award issued jointly by the American Society of Civil Engineers and ASFE, an international, not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms.

Coal Creek Scholar
Jonathan Sharp inspiring
others and paying it forward

2009 Scholarships
Announced
$32,000 awarded

Chestnuts may grow on trees,
but coal does not:

Field trip by Coal Creek
and Elk Valley students to
National Coal Corporation’s
Zeb Mountain surface mine

Trout, American Chestnuts, and Coal Creek Mining History:

9th Annual History/Ecology Field Trip for Briceville School

15 May 2009

Arbor Day 2009
1200 trees planted!!

Saturday, 4 April 2009


Indoor American Chestnut Nursery
at Elk Valley School and Lake City Middle School
Engineering a Better Chestnut Pot
12 January 2009

PILOT PROJECT!
Trout Hatchery in
Briceville School
classroom

Coal Creek Scholars Day
(with a visit from Santa's Helpers)

Coal Creek Health Day 2008 --
See the results!
2008 Coal Creek Nantglo
Scholarships announced!
First Coal Creek Scholar Amy Dugger receives Masters Degree Joint Briceville and Elk Valley School History Field Trip results

Restoring the American Chestnut
Operation Springboard

Elk Valley Elementary School students plant American Chestnuts to celebrate Arbor Day on Zeb Mountain, Elk Valley, Tennessee

COAL CREEK SPRING CLEANING DAY
See the results!

Coal Creek
Scholars Day at
Briceville School
17 December 2007

Briceville Scholars
Bowl Students
teach University of
Tennessee Forestry
& Wildlife students

 

Santa
visits
Briceville

School


Coal Creek's
Jonathan Sharp
in the news

Fraterville Mine Disaster Documentary in the works!!  Click here to watch "teaser" of  Keith McDaniel's Fraterville Mine Disaster Documentary
coming in 2010 
Warning: Get out your tissue and turn up your speakers

Coal Creek
Health Day and
Archaeological Dig
for the Old
Briceville Opera House

View the historic Photos from the time in the days after the Fraterville Mine Disaster of May 19, 1902 From the collection taken by Mr. W. L. Wilson

National Coal Miners'
Museum at Coal Creek
Conceptual Plan

Introduction to Coal Creek
Aquatic Invertebrates
(Looking for Bugs and
Critters in Coal Creek)

RESULTS AND PHOTOS!

See Results of the tour of
Fraterville Mine Disaster
historic sites
Saturday, May 19, 2007
105th Anniversary of Disaster

2007 Coal Creek
Scholarships announced
$30,000 awarded to three students
Briceville School
4th & 5th Graders
7th Annual History Field Trip
18 May 2007
5th Annual Coal Creek Scholars Day at Briceville
School in Coal Creek
3 January 2007
Coal Creek Spring
Cleaning Day
Saturday, March 17th
SEE RESULTS!!
Coal Creek Restoration Project
Reintroducing native fish species
to Coal Creek

Coal Creek Annual
Health Day
Results!

Efforts to Restore
and Preserve historic
Briceville Church

Coal Creek volunteers
recognized as
Anderson County
Heroes!

Results of Archaeological dig
at Coal Creek’s historic Militia Hill

June 26 through
June 30, 2006

Coal Creek loses a hero
Rev. Roy Daugherty
1938 -- 2006

Camp family heirs donate
historic property to
Coal Creek Watershed
Foundation!!
Increases potential for Mining History
Tourism opportunities in Coal Creek
Dedication Ceremony of the
Fraterville Miners' Circle
Listing on the National
Register of Historic Places
Cross Mountain Mine Disaster
Tour and Concert

15 OCTOBER 2005
 
Are you related to the Coal Creek miners who were in the disasters?
Check the list of names of
Fraterville and Cross Mountain Mine Disaster
and contact us at clmoore@geoe.com.

Scale Model of Coal Creek Watershed
Historical Sites


Coal Creek Sister-Schools in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales

COAL CREEK WAR AND MINING DISASTERS
Discover the rich coal mining history through the trilogy of events that took place in
Coal Creek that made impacts around the world.

Coal Creek Bank Stabilization Project #3
Hayes Property

Legacy18.jpg (27799 bytes)FRATERVILLE MINE DISASTER
TOURS

"THE COAL CREEK PROJECT"
The Play and the History

Welsh Scholar
Dr. Eirug Davies
from Harvard
visits Briceville School

2005
COAL CREEK SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CAMP
SEE PHOTO RESULTS!

CCWF board member
John Thurman named
Anderson County Hero


Boy Scout and Girl Scout
Service Projects
Historic Briceville Park Restoration Barry Thacker, P.E. receives
Hoover Medal for efforts
in Coal Creek

 Coal Creek Board member and Volunteer receives
Trout Unlimited
2004 Volunteer
Conservationist Award

Coal Creek in TROUT magazine

Visit Anderson County Tourism at
www.yallcome.org

 

Welcome to the online home of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. (CCWF), a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life in the Coal Creek watershed. We are working as volunteers with government agencies and other partners to effect change by combining the intellectual resources of our engineers/scientists in East Tennessee with the common sense of the residents from the Coal Creek watershed. 
The "CMD" section of this web site describes one of the tasks underway to achieve our mission: mitigation of coal mine drainage (CMD) impacts from abandoned sites mined prior to the development of current regulations. We are working in coordination with the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) through their Appalachian Clean Streams Initiative (www.osmre.gov/acsihome.htm) and other state and federal agencies to address the CMD problems.  (OSM water quality sampling)

Coal Creek Deadwood Removal Day 2000 on Saturday, June 24, 2000, brought out 137 volunteers to remove deadwood from bridge piers and thereby reduce flooding impacts. 

We are in the process of developing the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail to enable others to experience the unique history of the scenic Coal Creek watershed. 
On August 22, 2000, Congressman Zach Wamp, Anderson County Executive Rex Lynch, TN State Rep. William Baird, Commissioner Albert Slusher, Commissioner Jerry Creasey, and 250 students and volunteers participated in Coal Creek Discovery Day 2000 at Briceville Elementary School.

Barry Thacker, P.E. of CCWF, represented the 13-state Eastern Coal Region at the National Watershed Forum, as part of the EPA's Clean Water Action Plan.  He was also named the Tennessee Conservation League's Water Conservationist of the Year.

People are interested in Coal Creek as evidenced by the 10,000 visits per week to this web site.  If you want to join us, we could use your help. There are no monetary dues or membership fees. Instead, you must share our mission to improve the quality of life in the Coal Creek watershed and volunteer your time to our initiative. 

Watershed map

Click on image to enlarge

 

Vicinity map

Click on image to enlarge

Additional historical information on the Fraterville Mine Disaster of 1902 can be found on the web site of Carl Fritts at http://olecarl.com/FMD.html.

Link Briceville, Anderson County, TN site

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[Bank Stabilization Projects]
[Deadwood Removal Days] [Discovery Day 2000] [Scrape, Paint & Clean Day 2000
[Historic Fraterville Mine Disaster Field Trip 2001] [Fraterville Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary]
[Coal Creek War and Mining Disasters] [Mine Reclamation Lessons]
[CMD] [Economic Benefits] [Motor Discovery Trail] [Historic Cemeteries]
[Partners] [Schools in Watershed] [Mark the Trail Day]
[Awards] [Coal Creek Health Days]
[Briceville School History Field Trips] [Ghost Stories]
[Trout Stuff] [Join Us] [ Contact Us] [Eastern Coal Region Roundtable]
[Articles in the News] [Dream Contest]

Copyright© Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. 2000 through 2014
CELEBRATING OUR 14th YEAR!!