Interview With Spring Duckett, CWEET organization, (Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee) Episode 109

March 15, 2024

One subject which continues to inspire grassroots community organization in Tennessee in water quality.   Tennessee wants fishable and swimmable waterways.  People in Tennessee recognize that clean water is imperative to our health, the environment and to our way of life.

The CWEET organization in Cocke County  has been working to protect the Pigeon River and waterways in neighboring communities for many years.  The Pigeon has endured a century of pollution from a paper mill on the North Carolina side of the Tennessee/North Carolina border.   This has been the subject of much controversy and litigation over many decades.  Now that the paper plant is closed, the river is slowly recovering and a new economic vitality has emerged in that otherwise distressed area.  River based recreation industry had made a  huge economic contribution.

Today we talk with Community Organizer Spring Duckett about the CWEET organization.  We discuss their current activities to continuously monitor the health of the river and their various program activities which enrich that community.  CWEET is constantly working to assure that developmental activities  do not degrade the natural beauty of the area.

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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

Mark practiced law in Nashville Tennessee from 1987 until retirement in 2017.  He had a general practice with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims.  He was a faculty member of the Nashville School of Law ( 1997-2009) teaching the course on Social Security Law.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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