Tue
Jan 17 2017
05:41 pm

Apparently the sugar lobby paid Sheila a visit...

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Surely not!

Entitled “It’s Up to You: Stopping Sexual Harassment for Employees,” the video outlines numerous scenarios that could be considered sexual harassment or that contribute to a hostile workplace. There is no interactive quality to the video — no questions to fill out, no quiz at the end, nothing at all to ensure the person watching the video actually paid any attention whatsoever. And although the staffer we watched it with did pay attention, being a scrupulous sort of person, we have heard that many other staffers are just playing the video in the background on mute and then printing out the certificate of completion at the end. It’s also been rumored that staff are “watching” their bosses’ versions of the video for them. (There’s a separate, different video of about the same length for anyone in a management position, which obviously includes legislators.)

As always, Tom Humphrey has the story

Tue
Jan 17 2017
08:16 am

Invasive weeds are attacking Watts Bar Lake. The attack is just beginning. I personally have seen what happens to a lake when the infestation continues for a few years. At first things seem really good. There's additional cover for top predators to attack and feed from. But then, after a couple of years, the native plants are shaded out and the understory fish species decline. Then the big bass decline because they don't have as much food. At some point this doesn't matter because fishermen can't get through the mats of invasive plants to fish.

Two things are needed:

1 Education...Hunters and fishermen are crucial to managing our outdoor resources. Recreational boaters and sportsmen must educate themselves and each other and not refuse early action to reduce the impact of invasive plants on Watts Bar Lake and our County"s economy.

2. Promote a unified approach...We all have to act together. This is going to be harder than most of us realize. The idea of every man for himself could lead to a haphazard pouring of rather dangerous if misused chemicals into a large source of East Tennessee's drinking water.

Step one is to get the knowledge of the experts out to the public. One dangerous misconception that needs to be eradicated is that these plants can be in any way beneficial to Watts Bar Lake and Roane County's economy in the long run.

“We do know there is a problem and we’re trying to learn more,” County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said last Monday.

County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, a member of the county Environmental Review Board, told the commission that a workshop where more information will be presented on weeds is scheduled February 6.

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Previously at RoaneViews

The outdoor recreation industry, which is THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE FOSSIL FUELS INDUSTRY, has its biggest show in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's the biggest convention in Utah each year bringing $40 million in direct spending to the state over two five day periods. Utah is a battle ground (so is Tennessee) in the war between those who would destroy public lands for the benefit of a few corporations and those who want to protect public lands for the benefit of every member of the actual public. The Outdoor Industry is telling the governor of Utah to make a decision whether to support the people's lands or the corporations.

The outdoor industry creates three times the amount of jobs than the fossil fuels industry, yet the Governor has spent most of his time in office trying to rip taxpayer-owned lands out from under us and hand them over to drilling and mining companies. And just a few days ago, the state announced plans to sue the federal government to reverse the recent protection of Bears Ears, a site containing thousands of years of Native American archeological treasures and craggy red rocks beloved by climbers from all over the world. Politicians in the state don’t seem to get that the outdoor industry – and their own state economy – depend on access to public lands for recreation.

Yvonne Chouinard...Founder Patagonia

Mon
Jan 16 2017
03:01 pm

Parks and Recreation Draw New Residents to Oak Ridge, TN

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Sat
Jan 14 2017
12:44 pm

The problem with being a powerful lobbying group is that you have to keep delivering something or you lose relevance and people stop giving you money. The idiotic paranoia built upon Obama coming to take your guns has no viability now that Obama didn't take anybody's gun and Trump is taking his place. So what will the NRA campaign on now?

Open carry for everybody everywhere, apparently.

Surprising absolutely nobody, Republican House Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough has filed a bill allowing the open carry of handguns without a permit.

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Fri
Jan 13 2017
09:56 am

Earlier this week, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) did something few Republicans have dared to do since the election: go into some detail of how he would like to see lawmakers go about transitioning into a replacement for an Affordable Care Act.

“If they don’t want to crash the system this is the only way they can proceed, which is very carefully,” said Timothy Jost, a health law specialist at the Washington and Lee who is supportive of Obamacare. “Not following President-elect Trump in trying to replace it in one hour, but rather by taking time to disassemble it, in a very thoughtful and careful basis.’

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Now we have a study suggesting rudenes to doctors could account for up to 40% of doctor errors in child patient care. Who'd a thunk it?!

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Ron Travis is the Rockwood and Glen Alice State Representative from when Julia Hurley gerrymandered us. He's actually been pretty good, for the most part.

Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, who will chair the House Insurance and Banking Committee, succeeding former Rep. Steve McManus, who lost a bid for reelection to his House seat.

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I get regular reports on the massive economic engine that is the Outdoor Recreation Industry. Bringing these dollars into a community is inexpensive, mostly requiring that we don't screw up what we have. That's harder than it should be due to organized corporate interests with little in the way of a conscience.

The good news is that the outdoor industry is a sleeping giant. In 2012, the OIA estimated its value to be as large as $646 billion, which means it pumps more money into the American economy than either the auto or pharmaceutical industries. And in a hostile political climate, economics may be the only common ground. “Republicans and Democrats both care about outdoor recreation, and both care about business,” says Benitez. (A bipartisan bill, championed by Benitez and the OIA, would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to officially measure the size of the industry.)

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Wed
Jan 11 2017
08:56 am

Well it is billed as the "Hearing Protection Act" to stop hearing loss in people who use firearms excessively.

Republican Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown has filed legislation (HB11) that would remove silencers from the list of weapons banned for having “no common lawful purpose.” Others include machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, brass knuckles and explosive weapons.

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Thank you, Tom HUmphrey, for reporting on our legislature. Nobody else does it.

A potentially very important development this evening on the Obamacare repeal front, as TPM's Lauren Fox reports. HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a key figure in internal GOP wrangling over repeal and eventual (if ever?) replacement, told reporters on the Hill that Obamacare repeal should come after a replacement is in place and "available" to consumers.

At the same time and in a similar vein, Alexander's fellow Tennesseean, Bob Corker, was expressing his frustration that repeal as planned would wipe out the tax revenue to pay for an Obamacare replacement.

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Mon
Jan 9 2017
07:05 am

The WBIR website lists us as closed but the Roane Schools website makes no mention as of this post. Fail!

The Tennessean exposes its own wishful thinking that will never ever, in my opinion, come to pass:

Let the new year bring an end to distractions like past bills to make skunks pets, make the Bible the state’s official book or regulate bathroom use.

There are many more important matters to handle.

Humphrey's overview on what is about to happen in the Legislature: (link...)

Marsha has been a leader in eliminating competition for internet providers along with our own Kent Calfee, also a leader in protecting AT$T, Charter and Comcast profits.

First you should understand what Net Neutrality is: (link...)

Congresswoman who tried to end net neutrality now chair of committee on telecommunications

Sat
Jan 7 2017
01:17 pm

I would be in favor of aggressive enforcement of litter laws and deposits on most containers but this seems to be working fairly well.

litter trap

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Sat
Jan 7 2017
01:07 pm

Tennessee’s lowest grade was in spending: an F and a national ranking of 46th. However, the state received a B-plus and ranked No. 5 for equity in distributing funding across districts. The finance grade was based on federal data from 2014.

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Sat
Jan 7 2017
07:45 am

putin

Fri
Jan 6 2017
04:35 pm

Don't get me wrong. I am a total fan of Greg LeMond. Starting businesses and brands can involve some strange bedfellows if everyone doesn't keep their eyes open.

After a lot of hoopla LeMond Composites appears headed for some bumpy road. The LeMond brand has been troubled for many years, even though Greg LeMond is still widely respected as a cycling legend. Hiring Connie Jackson seemed like a good idea. She knows the business. But two months later she signed a non compete agreement and then was terminated just over a month after that. There will be a lot to this that we will never be privy to so keep open minds about everything.

From the Roane County News(subscription):

Jackson was fired as chief executive officer of LeMond Companies on Dec. 9.

The firing came less than two months after the pair got together with local, state and federal officials to announce the creation of 242 new jobs in Roane County.

Jackson, who lives in Harriman, responded to the firing by filing a federal lawsuit against Greg LeMond, LeMond Companies, LeMond Composites, Nicolas Wegener and Alex Jacome.

Continued...

Fri
Jan 6 2017
08:11 am
Health care accounts for 18.5 percent of America's economy, and cutbacks in that industry are likely to reduce industry employment in Tennessee by 17,000 jobs and, through extension to the rest of the economy, cost another 40,000 jobs and $34.2 billion of lost gross state product by 2023, Ku said.

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Fri
Jan 6 2017
07:05 am
By: WhitesCreek

You can keep up with Roane County Schools snow situation by clicking: RoaneSchools.com

Director's Letter on School Closings: (link...)

Thu
Jan 5 2017
07:51 pm

Same song, next verse from TVA...

Assistant Attorney General Emily Vann sent a letter to TVA Wednesday explaining that it was violating state law by withholding water quality data. State environmental regulators learned about the high pollution levels when TVA contacted them on Dec. 16. After the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation requested the detailed data, TVA declined, according to the letter.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said the agency notified the state about the high levels, but didn't want to provide "unvalidated raw data." He added, "This data is from on-site monitoring wells and there is no evidence that drinking water supplies are at risk from coal ash at Gallatin."

Beth Alexander, senior attorney in the Nashville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, called the data issue a "blatant act of deception" and "just one example in a long line of egregious abuses of power and lack of transparency.”

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Thu
Jan 5 2017
07:24 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority is hosting a public meeting to involve interested residents in learning more about proposed changes to its land management plans associated with eight reservoirs, including Fort Loudoun. The public will also have the opportunity to provide comments during the meeting.

WHO: Members of the TVA Natural Resources team

WHEN: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

WHERE: TVA West Tower Auditorium
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tenn.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: TVA manages the lands surrounding its reservoirs and periodically reviews and updates the land management plans associated with eight of its reservoirs. These reservoirs are surrounded by 138,222 acres of land located in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama and are Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson.

In 2016, TVA began an environmental review as part of the planning process. A public scoping session was completed and comments have been incorporated in a draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is now open for public review and comment through Jan. 31, 2017. The EIS will be discussed at the Jan. 10th meeting.

A copy of the draft EIS and the associated land plans can be found at (link...).

Marsha Blackburn ✔ @MarshaBlackburn

Do you support the repeal of Obamacare? RT if you do, and share what you want to see as the replacement.

10:47 AM - 3 Jan 2017

16%Yes

84%No

I don;t think she will leave her twit up very long but the comments are priceless: (link...)

Wed
Jan 4 2017
12:39 pm

Start your new year with a great new excercise: Tai Chi. There are so many great things associated with Tai Chi. If you need convincing, visit the website Taoist Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tue
Jan 3 2017
05:53 pm

So how did our Congresscritter vote? He ain't tellin'! He's listed by TPM here:

The weasels (Staff would not disclose these congresspeople's votes):

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), from a TPM reader who contacted his office. Staff gave two reasons: "they just didn't know and it was a secret vote and plus, it doesn't matter now because it has been removed from the package."

Jimmy Duncan and Scott DesJarlais claim they weren't even there.

(link...)

Sun
Jan 1 2017
11:02 am
By: WhitesCreek

Some of these are for the greater good. Some are not. Some make sense and some don't.

TN high school students will now be required to take the same civics test given to immigrants who want to become US citizens but they are not required to pass it in order to graduate.

Here you go...

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Sun
Jan 1 2017
09:00 am

Way to make people love you, Charter!

Several residents said Charter is billing them for service they don't have, including service to structures that burned down, and is demanding the return of equipment destroyed in the fire.

"There's some people out there who don't have anything left, and the last thing they need to worry about is Charter coming after them for cable boxes," Michael Luciano said.

KNS Story

Sat
Dec 31 2016
06:43 pm
By: WhitesCreek

2016

Two murders and a high school football game.

rcn

Lost Medicaid Funding

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