Thu
Dec 8 2016
09:56 am

The focus of the meeting was about spending the budget surplus. Somehow I just don't trust these guys when they want to spend our tax money in secret.

...prior to the open discussion among lawmakers, Williams asked The Tennessean — the only member of the media present for the meeting — to leave the room. The move is a departure from the past and is out of step with Senate Republicans, who have historically held open meetings.

Tom Humphrey has more

Wed
Dec 7 2016
07:46 pm
By: WhitesCreek

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday banned mountaintop coal mining from more than 500 miles of ridges in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, handing a victory to the state and to conservationists who have long sought to protect the region’s forests and streams.

The Department of Interior said it is designating nearly 75,000 acres of mountain ridges as unsuitable for surface mining, in essence barring a controversial form of mining known as mountaintop removal.

“Today’s action honors Tennessee’s request to protect the Cumberland Plateau’s majestic forests, mountains and streams for future generations,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.

“This is great news for the hunters, anglers, hikers and birders who come, year after year, to enjoy this incredible place. I applaud the state for their forward-looking vision that will help strengthen the local economy and help protect a critical watershed.”

The decision comes in response to a petition filed in 2010 by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, just three months before he left office.

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There are usually a few fascinating articles linked in "Other Voices" over on the right hand column. We just witnessed the reality of fake news as a certain percentage of folks were suckered by fake news during the recent election.

In a study on false memories, Dr Kimberley Wade in the Department of Psychology demonstrates that if we are told about a completely fictitious event from our lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half of us would accept that it did.

Over 400 participants in 'memory implantation' studies had fictitious autobiographical events suggested to them -- and it was found that around 50% of the participants believed, to some degree, that they had experienced those events.

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Roane County has several great opportunities to protect our natural heritage and get the benefit of outdoor recreation dollars. We don;t seem to appreciate what we have sometimes...

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who once chaired the President’s Commission on American Outdoors, grew up hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. In a statement, he praised Tennessee’s “proud tradition” of protecting lands and heritage while increasing tourism and bringing in money from around the world.

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Mon
Dec 5 2016
09:31 am

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

Drug overdose has just passed auto accidents as a cause of death in Tennessee.

This is highly unlikely to pass the GOP controlled Congress since they are happy to keep power as a minority party regardless of what the majority of American voters want, but it's a good try.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen thinks it’s time to do away with the electoral college.

The Memphis Democrat filed a constitutional amendment Thursday that calls for eliminating the electoral college and allowing for direct election of the president and vice president.

The congressman’s amendment comes as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote in last month’s presidential election topped 2.5 million. Clinton lost the electoral college – and the presidency – to Republican Donald Trump.

The executive order includes the following provisions:

Gives the Commissioner of Health the discretion to allow health care professionals licensed in other states to practice their profession in Tennessee if they are assisting survivors or evacuees from the disasters.

Allows pharmacists to dispense a 14-day supply of a prescription drug without proper authorization to victims of and evacuees from the disasters in the following counties: Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cannon, Cocke, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Lincoln, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Moore, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Sevier, Van Buren, and Warren.

Continued...

Wed
Nov 30 2016
07:32 am

Except for the tornadoes I'm not complaining.

East TN Radar Link

We noticed the link is bad for the Noaa weather info. We're working on it.

Tue
Nov 29 2016
07:00 am

We're very concerned for the people of Gatlinburg. KnoxViews has the news roundup on the fire situation.

Rockwood Weather

Mon
Nov 28 2016
05:24 pm

Roane County Highway Department:

From the NWS- WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST /6 AM CST/ TUESDAY... * EVENT... SOUTHERLY WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 TO 45 MPH * TIMING... STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING UNTIL AROUND DAYBREAK TUESDAY. * IMPACTS... THE WINDY CONDITIONS MAY DOWN TREE LIMBS. LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS SHOULD BE SECURED. MOTORISTS SHOULD BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS TO CROSS WINDS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 26 TO 39 MPH AND/OR GUSTS OF 40 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. &&

Sun
Nov 27 2016
05:56 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The UT football coach is the highest paid state employee in Tennessee at $4,110,000.00. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is the lowest paid coach in the SEC.

I thought you nice people would like to know this.

Thu
Nov 24 2016
08:51 am
By: WhitesCreek

I am thankful that we have a national holiday dedicated to families gathering together. We should do this more often.

Travel safely and here's to an enlightening season of joy and excess. May you have all the love you can endure.

Wed
Nov 23 2016
07:10 pm

I have to say that I think this is a very smart man! Jack Matlock served several administrations R and D in his dilomatic career. We should pay attention to the career diplomats and not the career ideologists.

“I have to be very modest about my ability to predict,” Matlock said. “When I was ambassador to the Soviet Union, people often would come to me and ask me, well what’s going to happen about this, what’s going to happen about that, and I had a standard answer. I would say, I don’t know what’s going to happen. When it happens, I’ll be happy to explain to you why it was inevitable.”

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Wed
Nov 23 2016
05:14 pm

I am astounded at this.

Durham's vehicles have been in 346 crashes in the past two years, according to federal figures. Of those, 142 crashes caused injuries and three fatalities. During the same time frame, records show the company had 53 incidents involving "unsafe driving violations."

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Wed
Nov 23 2016
08:53 am

Why not just use less sugar and drink water instead of soft drinks?

...mice receiving aspartame in their drinking water gained more weight and developed other symptoms of metabolic syndrome than animals fed similar diets lacking aspartame.

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Allen said the emails appear to be written by residents across the nation, not an automated system. In several she shared with The Tennessean, the emails do circle around the same talking points but have different subject lines, body text and signatures.

... Trump lacks experience, is a misogynist and xenophobe, and that Clinton won the popular vote.

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Sat
Nov 19 2016
09:31 am

November, we're glad you finally decided to come visit.

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The Clinch River flows into Roane County and is a large source of drinking water for us. The upper Clinch is a free-flowing river and among the most bio-diverse in North America. It is a treasure that too few Tennesseans appreciate.

“This is our Amazon River. This is our Great Barrier Reef,” said Ahlstedt, shouting to be heard over the flowing water.

“Mussels are indicator species,” he said as he searched. He was looking in a beautiful stretch of the river in Hancock County about six miles south of the Virginia state line.

“Clean water is essential for their survival and they are often referred to as the canary in the coal mine. This river supplies our drinking water all the way down.”

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Wed
Nov 16 2016
08:22 am

The Fountain at Baggett's Pharmacy in downtown Kingston. $1.50 Carefully weighed beans (Yes, they actually weigh them to give you the desired strength) Ground on the spot and individually dripped.

Sorry Starbucks, but you aren't even close.

Wed
Nov 16 2016
08:17 am

TVA CEO Bill Johnson is the highest paid Federal Employee.

Bill Johnson, president $6.45 million, up 0.7 percent

Charles Pardee, chief operating officer $3.34 million, up 12 percent

John Thomas, chief financial officer $2.89 million, up 10.4 percent

Mike Skaggs, executive vice president $2.36 million, up 15 percent

Joe Grimes, TVA chief nuclear officer $2.19 million, up 4.8 percent

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Wed
Nov 16 2016
07:42 am

It's difficult to get crucial information out to the public these days. There is no organization, public or private, that shoulders the duty to get this done. What we currently have is noise and corporate news. To help with this problem we will try to step up but we could use everyone's help. Let us know about information you feel is important to Roane Countians. For now here is the official announcement banning outdoor burning of all kinds.
fire

On Monday, November 14, 2016 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee.

Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15. The counties under the ban are listed below.

A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

Here's the zoomed in view of the state fire alert map that your tax dollars pay for. This would be a mediocre presentation in 2004. With today's web graphics there is no excuse for this kind of lousy work.

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Tue
Nov 15 2016
04:33 pm

Several members of Trump's transition team have been fired or have resigned already due to internal turmoil. The naming of Steve Bannon to Trump's staff threatens to torpedo any chance Trump has of pretending to care about bringing us together. Here's and excerpt of the letter that Cooper and 150 legislators have signed

As the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Mr. Bannon repeatedly and aggressively pushed stories that promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism. During an interview last summer, Mr. Bannon bragged that Breitbart was “the platform for the alt-right,” a movement that upholds White Nationalism while strongly rejecting diversity in any form. Under Mr. Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart has referred to a leading Republican who opposed your election as a “Renegade Jew,” suggested “Young Muslims in the West are a ticking time bomb,” declared that the “Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage,” and praised the alt-right as a “smarter” version of “old-school racist skinheads.”

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Tue
Nov 15 2016
08:10 am

I'm afraid we are in for a bumpy ride.

During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump's aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.

With all those promises of "Draining the Swamp" in Washington, it looks like Trump is sending in more alligators. The New Yorker calls it a massive "bait and switch on the American people".

I'll try to re-up Kitchen Table and stick to more local issues here at Roane Views, but I'm afraid there will be a little overflow from time to time.

Mon
Nov 14 2016
07:42 pm

A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

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Sun
Nov 13 2016
08:38 am

Here's a rough graphic depicting the smallest the moon appears and tonight.

supermoon

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Sat
Nov 12 2016
02:07 pm

The suits alleged that the 10 directors on the pre-merger Duke board had second thoughts about Johnson before the merger closed July 2, 2012, and resolved to remove him.

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Fri
Nov 11 2016
11:11 am

So since they had record high income they decided they would roll back the recent rate increase for the benefit of the customers, right?

NO!

They gave themselves a raise and bonus.

Wed
Nov 9 2016
11:01 am

This is a Progressive site so it's no secret that I am very disappointed by the election results. On our local level I'm a bit happier though not completely. We have some good people retained or moving into office.

Congratulations to Tony Brown, Tara Stockton, and Stephanie Wright winning Kingston City Council seats.

The Harriman Tax increase failed.

Jason Jolley, Mike Fuller and Shane Trew won Rockwood City Council seats.

Wine in grocery stores won in Rockwood and liquor by the drink won in Oliver Springs.

As for the national election and its reasons Donald Trump should thank FBI Director Comey for only following orders.

CNN


Southern Beale says it all

Tue
Nov 8 2016
07:30 am

It is our civic duty as citizens to educate ourselves, discuss with other people, and vote for candidates as if our future depends on it.

It does!

If you are voting today how about taking time to thank the people who are working at your polling places. Without them elections wouldn't happen or matter. They will receive a paltry pay check for serving us and deserve our respect and consideration.

I voted early at the Rockwood Community Center and was impressed as always by the professionalism, friendliness, and willingness to assist those who needed it, regardless of political persuasion. This is why democracy works.

Remember that at the end of the day, we are all in this together.

Mon
Nov 7 2016
08:45 am

I could sum candidate information up with one word..."Crickets"...

There is, however, headline coverage of death, destruction, a tax increase, and a man, by his actions, single handedly responsible for ending the Constable system in Roane County.

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It appears that the role of local newspapers in public policy and elections has deteriorated into one of National Enquirer style yellow journalism and paid advertisements.

In one ad Kent Calfee now seems to be running against "Obamacare", which is very odd since he voted FOR "Insure TN", which is..."Obamacare". The fact that it did not pass is the single largest reason why dozens of local hospitals have closed and insurance rates have gone way up. As a result our tax money goes out of the state and doesn't return. His ad says this is a good thing, somehow. If Kent fell off his tractor and got banged up, it would probably be front page news. His policies are a mystery to people who rely on our local news paper for crucial information. If you rely on his ads for information you would believe he is a solid conservative, when in fact he is the lowest ranked Republican Representative in the state by conservative groups.

I happen to think that's a good thing. Why pretend otherwise?

Does a reader of the RCN have any idea what the policy difference in our Congressional candidates is? No.

There has been a small amount of coverage of the local candidates but nothing of the depth and detail voters need to make a decision.

Tomorrow is Tuesday November 8 and will be an incredibly significant and historic national and local election day. If you haven't voted early, please educate yourself by going to candidate web sites, call them and ask questions, or something, because you won't learn enough to make a decision from our local news sources.

And VOTE!

Lost Medicaid Funding

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