On July 22, 2014 the first discovery of a freshwater sponge in the Cumberland River was discovered by Dr. John Copeland and his research team.
Freshwater Sponge Search Team; l-r back row: Chase Rich, Dr. John Copeland,
Stephanie Whitaker, Bill Reeves. Front l-r David Withers, Vic Scoggin.
not pictured, Chaplain Guy Ogburn
Dr. Copeland, Lead Researcher, Lincoln Memorial University