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Alana Watson

Alana Watson is the 2019 spring reporting intern for WPLN. She is a Nashville and Franklin native and previously worked as a fellow for NPR member station WKYU in Bowling Green, Ky. She won Best College Radio Reporter in 2016 by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association for her work in post-apartheid South Africa.

She is currently a master's student at Austin Peay State University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, paddleboarding on Percy Priest Lake, experiencing different cuisines, and traveling to new places. 

Courtesy of TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority has voted to shut down two aging coal plants — the Bull Run Fossil Plant in East Tennessee and Paradise Unit No. 3 in western Kentucky — after determining they are outdated and unable to operate as efficiently as other plants.

Shalina Chatlani / WPLN

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he agrees with state lawmakers that police oversight boards should operate without subpoena powers. He said Tuesday that he would sign the legislation, formally introduced this week, that would take away the ability of oversight boards to conduct their own investigations. 

Courtesy of TDOT

Tennessee's Department of Transportation is dealing with funding complications as a result of the month-long shutdown.