This has to affect Roane County as well. Do we know what is happening here?

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Fri
Apr 28 2017
07:53 am

I have always supported my local newspapers. I have had a subscription for over twenty years. It bugs me that at 8:45 on Friday morning the digital paper is still last Wednesday's... Especially since today's dead tree edition was available on the street yesterday.

In a time when online news is danged near everything you would think this would be a priority. This is not the first time I've made this complaint.

Why isn't the digital edition of the RCN available at the exact same time as the printed version?

Fri
Apr 28 2017
06:17 am

Evidence piles higher every day that the biggest threat to education in Tennessee is the Tennessee Legislature.

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Thu
Apr 27 2017
01:34 pm

Entertainment for the 2017 Tennessee Medieval Faire announced!

Click this link to read all about it!

Roane County Schools will be closed Monday, April 24, 2017, due to concerning road conditions throughout the county.

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Sun
Apr 23 2017
10:53 am

The previous high water level for April 23 was 16,500 CFS set in 1928. It was momentarily at flood stage of 40,000 CFS yesterday but has dropped to 26,000 at present.

flow

If it continues to rain, folks need to be careful. Here is a link to the gauge:

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Update: Flood stage is at 27 feet. Currently at 26.11 as of 6:11 PM.

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Sun
Apr 23 2017
08:08 am
By: WhitesCreek

The link to local weather is always over on the right but here's the biggie:

... Flash Flood Watch now in effect through this evening...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* portions of southwest North Carolina and east Tennessee,
including the following areas, in southwest North Carolina,
Cherokee and Clay. In east Tennessee, Anderson, Bledsoe,
Blount Smoky Mountains, Bradley, Campbell, Claiborne, east
Polk, Grainger, Hamilton, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs,
Morgan, NW Blount, northwest Monroe, Rhea, Roane, Scott TN,
Sequatchie, southeast Monroe, Union, and west Polk.

* Through this evening

* additional one to two inches of rainfall will be common across
much of the area through today with localized amounts in excess
of 3 inches possible.

* The persistent rainfall will fall on already saturated ground
across much of the area. The additional heavy rains could lead
to flooding of roadways, poor drainage areas, low lying areas
and small rivers and streams across the region.

Sat
Apr 22 2017
05:19 pm
Fri
Apr 21 2017
07:16 am

Just glanced at a nationally known plant catalog and spotted a hummingbird feeder for $39.99 that looks exactly like the one I bought at this place for about $10...

co-op

Fri
Apr 21 2017
07:04 am

Saint Thomas brings us a round up of contrasting commentary on the gas tax increase.

I haven't found an article that clearly lays out who gets the tax cut and where exactly all the money goes but it's plain to say that corporations and rich folks get most of the benefit with a little left over for roads and infrastructure. For a 7 cent increase in gas prices you get a half percent decease in food sales tax to give politicians a talking point. The Haslams and other rich folks get a break on the Hall Tax and big corporations get tens of millions in tax breaks. What started out as a good idea went rotten in the Tennessee Legislature.

Leave it to the out-of-touch and suck-up-to-donors Tennessee GOP to slap every hard-working Tennessean struggling to survive right in the wallet each time they must buy fuel. Yet again the TnGA have refused the most common sense actions to fund the state’s roads- pass an Open Container Law. Responsible state legislators have attempted for years to repatriate 12.1cents/gal of the Federal Gas Tax that Tennesseans have already paid simply by bringing our state into compliance with Federal Laws since 1998. Currently TN leaves $1.5 Million ‘on the table’ every year that could be spent here in our state to fix our roads and bridges. TN lawmakers have chosen to burden all 6.6 million TN citizens in order to ingratiate themselves to the 100,000 who attend University of Tennessee games.

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Fri
Apr 21 2017
06:13 am

Here's a good butterfly atlas that is a quick "go to" for identification. It's for Alabama but it covers us pretty well. have fun out there!

mourning

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Mourning Cloaks are among the first to appear in spring because the adults over winter.

Wed
Apr 19 2017
02:19 pm

The people who work at one East Tennessee restaurant joke that everything is breaking down except the owner of Mama Mia's. She is 91 years old.

"I'm not going to quit until I go bye-bye," Lottie O'Brien said with a laugh

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Wed
Apr 19 2017
06:53 am

Like a lot of news articles this one leaves me with more questions than answers. A drone is considered an aircraft and it violates FAA regs to shoot one down. It was also flying at 350 feet. If it was not over the owner's property it is required to be higher than 365 feet above the highest structure. No info given in that respect. Since it's illegal to shoot one down even if it is over your property, I wonder what recourse a property owner has against a low flying drone?

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Sun
Apr 16 2017
01:25 pm

"The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes,"

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Sun
Apr 16 2017
11:52 am

the fact of the matter is that if these standards are adopted, a lot of Tennessee history will be removed. That’s why state historian Dr. Carroll Van West has spoken out against them. That’s why the Tennessee Historical Commission passed a resolution against them.

For Tennessee to adopt these standards at a time when we are building a new state museum makes little sense.

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Fri
Apr 14 2017
08:09 am

"Tennessee taxpayers may subsidize AT&T to build DSL service to Chattanooga's neighbors rather than letting [EPB] expand its fiber to neighbors at no cost to taxpayers," Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance said. "Tennessee will literally be paying AT&T to provide a service 1000 times slower than what Chattanooga could provide without subsidies."

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Thu
Apr 13 2017
06:43 am

One out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was created by the solar industry, representing 2% percent of all new jobs.

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solar

Senator Yager?

Wed
Apr 12 2017
09:27 am

Lots of folks don't realize what a jewel of biological diversity the Tennessee River Basin is. Check this out:

Considering that the Tennessee River Basin is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in North America, that’s a critically important job. Winding its way through roughly 650 miles and encompassing over 41,000 square miles, the Basin is home to 270 species of fish and over 100 species of mussels. For comparison, the state of Wisconsin, which includes portions of the Upper Mississippi River, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan is only home to 160 fish species. In China, there are only 60 species of mussels. In Europe, just 12.

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I don't know how to say this any other way except that TN Republicans are blatantly screwing the citizens of TN so that their corporate overlords can get more and more tax cuts. Couple that with a bill to double the amount of money state senators can receive from PACs and what do you think is going on?

Has corruption been legalized in Tennessee?

Sure looks like it!

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has calculated that one provision in the governor’s tax package would collectively give $113.8 million annually ib tax breaks to 518 Tennessee companies with just 24 big firms get more than half the benefits in corporate tax cuts...

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Mon
Apr 10 2017
09:29 am

Yes..or possibly No.

Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe initially reported that Yager is under consideration, but said in a Shopper News column that the senator would have to give up his seat in the General Assembly to serve. Yager, asked about the report, said he had been advised that he would not have to give up his seat.

Ashe said in an interview later that “another legislator,” who he declined to name, had told him a resignation from the legislature would be required to accept the TVA post, but that might be mistaken.

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Fri
Apr 7 2017
06:13 am

Same Old Same Old

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Wed
Apr 5 2017
07:54 pm

From Victor Ashe...

Another name being mentioned for the TVA board of directors is state Sen. Ken Yager from neighboring Roane County, who chairs the legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee. He is a former county mayor and would be an interesting choice given the massive TVA spill several years ago in Roane County. However, if nominated and confirmed he would have to resign his state Senate seat to serve. He cannot do both at the same time.

At present, there is no one from East Tennessee serving on the TVA board for the first time in recent memory.

It appears TVA has caved on the citizens’ lawsuit over the program for tree-cutting under power lines. This lawsuit has been twice to the federal court of appeals under attorney Don Vowell’s direction, where his arguments have prevailed. TVA attorneys are finally acknowledging they have not complied with all aspects of the law.

Wed
Apr 5 2017
09:08 am

I don't know how many of you have noticed but the Roane County News has pretty much a nonexistent coverage of our TN State Legislators. We try to hit the high spots and cover the more egregious transgressions of our elected officials but there are a lot of bills pushed by a lot of lobbyists and it's tough to read them all. For years we have relied on the best newsman (We have news Women of note as well) in our state to point out targets for our outrage, and to say the TN Legislature is a target rich environment is understating it a bit.

Tom Humphrey is the go to journalist to keep Tennessee citizens alert to what is happening in Nashville. Saint Thomas is now linked in our "Eco Warriors and Politics" news feed over on the right. I strongly suggest you make Tom H a daily read. Even though Tom is officially retired he still has the best legislative digest in Tennessee.

And thanks to our chief elf, Randy Neal from over at KnoxViews.com, in doing the grunt work to make it happen.

...the bill would effectively raise the total caps on all PAC money from the current $236,200 in a four-year campaign cycle to $472,400 and political party money from $126,000 per cycle to $252,000...

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Tue
Apr 4 2017
07:27 am

Funny that this is a GOP Rep getting quoted since the GOP is the biggest player in taking away the effective power of our local school boards and civic bodies. Perhaps even R's are beginning to see that turning over our government to corporations is not really a good idea in the long run.

This particular instance has a large pet supply corporation wanting to eliminate cities and counties ability to regulate pet stores. Much fewer people to bribe contribute campaign money to.

Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, who sponsored the Blount County exemption amendment, said the legislature in recent years has adopted 40 laws taking authority away from local governments in one way or another and “this is another loss of self-government.”

Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville, who failed in an effort to exempt Knox County, declared “we are neutering our locals.”

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Critics cited campaign contributions as a reason for the vote. Among Tennessee Republicans, Sen. Lamar Alexander received $84,000 from telecommunications companies in his last election campaign, according to figures compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics ((link...)). Sen. Bob Corker received $43,000 and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann got $18,000. In North Georgia, Republican Rep. Tom Graves got $33,000.

But here is the queen herself making all the others look like pikers...Chuck is selling his vote way too cheap!

Marsha

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To say Republicans are playing politics with American lives is more than accurate. In TN we have lost at least 8 rural hospitals due to the loss of Federal dollars that would have kept them serving those who need care. We've kept the dollar counter going over on the right column just so you can see how much money Republicans have cost Tennessee in Federal healthcare dollars. With the failure to repeal "Obamacare" several states are moving ahead with medicaid expansion. Not Tennessee, however. We know why!

"Tennessee Democrats describe the death of the American Health Care Act in Washington last week as a gift from God and a new opportunity for the state to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 additional low-income Tennesseans.

But Republicans have been much more reserved, suggesting a more strategic approach might be the best route forward."

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Fri
Mar 31 2017
11:09 am

“What chapped me is these damn lobbyists, these pharmaceutical people and the people that think they run this building – and nobody’s voted for them – guaranteeing if you do this and put an amendment on it they’re going to kill the damn bill. That’s what I don’t like,” Towns says.

You think the TN Legislature represents you? Think again:

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Fri
Mar 31 2017
06:01 am

Please make arrangements to contact your child's current school by April 15 if you plan on your child continuing at his/her current school. If you intend to move your child to the new assigned school district, please contact the new school by April 15. Please do not hesitate to contact the Transportation Department (865-590-0153) if you have additional questions about addresses impacted by redistricting.

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Roane County Schools redistricting web page

Large Map

The Watts Bar Lake Association (WBLA), IJAMS Nature Center, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will sponsor the annual River Rescue shoreline cleanup on Saturday, April 1st, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m.

All who are interested in keeping the shoreline clean and beautiful should volunteer to help. Gloves, trash bags, and grabbers will be furnished.

Rhea County participants will meet at Veterans Park in Spring City and are asked to contact Dan Uhler at (423) 240-6327 for information.

Meigs County participants will meet at Mr. Twister Restaurant in Ten Mile and are asked to contact Peter Giroux at (404) 304-1115 for information.

Roane County participants on the east side of the lake should contact Janice Moody at (865) 376-1982 and will gather at Crow’s Nest Restaurant/Blue Springs Marina. Folks in the Kingston area are asked to Contact Andy Holmbeck at (772) 485-4737 and will meet at The Gravel Pit Park.

Following the cleanup at 1pm there will be a picnic at Rhea Harbor Resort & Marina, 385 Lakeshire Dr, Spring City. All participants are encouraged to attend, meet new friends and share memorable moments of the day.

Continued...

Eco Warriors and Politics

Science and Stuff

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.