Tim Ezzell News

West Virginia Paper Features UT Effort to Spur Economic Development in Appalachia

Tim Ezzell, a UT political scientist, and other partners recently organized a stargazing party in Calhoun County Park in West Virginia. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States. The event was part of a project aimed at spurring economic development in distressed Appalachian communities. The West Virginia-based Parkersburg News and Sentinel featured the

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UT Co-Hosts Stargazing Party in Calhoun County, West Virginia, September 30–October 2

Amateur and professional stargazers alike are invited to watch the nighttime sky during an event in Calhoun County, West Virginia, from September 30 to October 2. A partnership that includes UT will present the third annual Calhoun Stargaze at Calhoun County Park. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.

Charleston Gazette-Mail Features Ezzell in Story about Creation of ‘Dark Sky’ Park

The Charleston Gazette-Mail featured research scientist Tim Ezzell in a story about the potential creation of a “dark sky” park in West Virginia. Fairmont State University architecture students have produced a conceptual design for a planned addition to Calhoun County Park, which boasts some of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States. The goal is to help draw stargazers to the site.

Helping Green The Basin


The Chattanooga Times Free Press featured a UT class project. Ducktown, Tennessee is attempting to become the greenest small town in America, and a project led by a UT professor and former Chattanooga area resident is expected to help play a part. Tim Ezzell, a political science lecturer and director of the school’s Appalachian Teaching

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Calhoun County’s Darkness May Be Worth A Lot of Money

Amateur astronomers are seeking nice dark places where they can watch the nighttime sky.  They just might find it in Calhoun County. Tim Ezzell is a researcher at UT and he is leading a team of other UT researchers and officials in Calhoun County to determine if this area is dark enough to become an

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UT Releases Groundbreaking Study on State of Economy in Appalachia

Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties

A strong community is not unlike a computer. It needs good hardware—transportation, housing and infrastructure—and software—education, health care, and workforce development. A groundbreaking study conducted by UT researchers sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of communities in Appalachia.