First off Canola oil does not come from the Canola bean. It come from a genetically bred line of Rapeseed.

"Canola was originally a trademark name of the Rapeseed Association of Canada, and the name was a condensation of "Can" from Canada and "ola" from other vegetable oils like Mazola, but is now a generic term for edible varieties of rapeseed oil in North America and Australia."

Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils, yet little is known about its health effects. Now, a study links canola oil consumption in the diet with worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain in mice which model Alzheimer's disease. It's the first study to suggest that canola oil is more harmful than healthful for the brain.

It now costs less to install solar and wind generation than it does to merely operate a coal fired power plant.

A new statewide survey of 600 Tennessee voters found 81 percent of respondents want Tennessee to increase its use of solar power and 88 percent said they would use more solar energy in their home if it was available at the same or lower price.


"With actions like increasing mandatory fixed charges, limiting contracts with solar companies, and not paying fair rates for solar generation, TVA is undermining the solar power market, all in a desperate attempt to maintain control of power generation and limit customer choice," Stephen Smith the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said at a news conference Monday. "Public power has always prided itself on its ability to be different from some of the investor-owned utilities in its ability to work with customers and give them what they want. Yet, this is 180 degrees in the opposite direction; it is heavy handed, monopolistic behavior."

Agenda Item 7 is to abolish all County Commission committees that are not required by law and have the full Commission mrrt in one giant workshop to do the work of all of them. From the incomprehensible RCN article:

Committees tagged for abolishment are Animal Control Advisory, Back Tax, Building Inspector Code and Review, Cable TV, Courthouse Security, Emergency Services, In-Lieu-of-Tax, Industrial Liaison, Legislative, Long-Range Planning, Nonprofit, Personnel, Property, Road, Risk Management, School Liaison, Sheriff’s Liaison, Solid Waste, Sports Recreation, Tourism, Ad Hoc Probation Services and Ad Hoc Insurance and Benefits.

I have some questions on this. Did the Committee on Committees actually meet? (Yes, that is an actual thing) Or did some inner circle name the committee members?

Is that a sunshine rule committee? Was the rule followed?

Are we watching a small skirmish between factions or is this a bigger deal than it looks on the outside?

Here's the RCN link but it's behind the pay wall. You can't really figure anything out from the article anway.

Dec 7 2017
09:45 am

This is amazing work that took 20 painstaking years to complete.

little foot


Dec 7 2017
09:35 am
By: WhitesCreek

Whoever the Democratic candidate winds up being, they will be up against a man voted The Most Corrupt Member of the House of Representatives" or a woman who is one of the most radical Alt-Right members of the House and a paid shill for the cable, internet and phone companies. I'd be proud to have Phil Bredesen OR James Mackler as my Senator. This signals a rousing Democratic primary that gets a lot of attention.

Dec 7 2017
08:17 am

This ought to be fun!

According to multiple sources, Bredesen began calling major donors this afternoon to confirm that he is in the race….His entrance in the Senate race means there will be a contested primary next August, something attorney and political newcomer James Mackler was hoping to avoid. However, it’s possible a competitive primary could spur interest in the race from Democrats who have been used to having a slate of candidates on statewide ballots that range from bad to abysmal in recent years. And along with a possibly competitive governor’s race and a national atmosphere predicted to be like 2006 and 2010 — as far as flipping seats — Bredesen’s entrance should make for a very interesting race indeed.

From the Nashville Post by way of Humphrey

Here's a little info on Marsha:


Nov 30 2017
08:49 am

The Oak Ridge Airport, which could accommodate general aviation and corporate aircraft but not airlines, would be on the south side of Heritage Center, the former K-25 site in west Oak Ridge. It would have a 5,000-foot runway running parallel to State Route 58 that would accommodate nearly all corporate aircraft. Airport construction could take about 1.5 years, MKAA President Bill Marrison said earlier this year.

The FAA has already approved the site, Marrison said.

Heritage Center is in the Roane County portion of Oak Ridge.

or airport


Though the labor market has grown robustly nationwide this year, progress has been uneven across blue states and red states, reports the Wall Street Journal — using Tennessee as an example.

An increasing number of people in red states have stopped looking for work, while a larger share of people in blue states are actively in the workforce.


Nov 28 2017
07:17 pm

Got lucky and got invited to sit down today with a small group of Roane Countians and candidate for Governor Karl Dean. I should have known that a two time Mayor of Nashville Tennessee would be competent and impressive, but I was more than impressed. Mayor Dean has a firm grip on where Tennessee politics stand at present and a clear plan and path to be our next governor.


He was very disappointed in the closings of 9 rural hospitals in our state and blamed it on the failure of medicaid expansion by the legislature, even though Governor Haslam proposed a reasonable plan to bring those Federal dollars back to our state.

Karl Dean was supportive of public schools and questioned attempts to divert tax dollars from our students.

He said jobs are here but what we need are higher paying jobs and that he supports workplace continuing education. "We are in a rapidly changing environment and Tennessee needs to run with the big dogs in education."

I went away from the meeting kinda liking the guy.

Here's his web site so you can decide for yourself: (link...)

Nov 28 2017
01:01 pm

A lot of good things are happening here:

Spring City, TN — The Tennessee Valley Theatre is now accepting reservations for the highly anticipated production of “Annie: The Musical”. Over 70 youth and adult cast/crew members are involved in the making of this show. Youth involved in the show represent students from Hamilton, Rhea, Roane and McMinn Counties. Schools represented in this production include RCHS, RCES, DCS, SCES, SCMS, Graysville, Frazier, Cherokee Middle, Sale Creek High, Dyllis Springs Elementary, Riceville Elementary, Roane County Homeschool and Rhea County Homeschoolers.



Nov 28 2017
11:39 am

Nov 27 2017
10:49 am

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WATE) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty is coming to East Tennessee.

Petty will make an appearance at the Food City in Kingston Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The store raised the most funds during the company’s Mission ABLE campaign which benefited veterans.

Nov 25 2017
08:49 am

Tennessee is so rich in diversity. We need to take every step possible to protect and preserve our natural heritage.

The result of their studies was an article in the October 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History titled “New Species of Logperch Endemic to Tennessee” that announced the new fish to the scientific community.

Simmons said naming the fish as “percina apina” was easy.

“I was snorkeling one day at Hurricane Creek with this new species and the water was so clear and clean, and the visibility was excellent, and I thought, ‘This fish needs a name that reflects these qualities,’” he said. “So we gave it the name apina, which in Greek describes things that are clean or without dirt.”


Nov 23 2017
10:25 am

On the day he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy planned to present a speech in Dallas on the theme of moderation in foreign affairs. He believed that Americans had to learn to live with the fact that it was unrealistic to exert unlimited control over world affairs. The following is from the speech President Kennedy would have given that day, November 22, 1963.

"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable. But today other voices are heard in the land--voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality, wholly unsuited to the sixties, doctrines which apparently assume that words will suffice without weapons, that vituperation is as good as victory and that peace is a sign of weakness.

At a time when the national debt is steadily being reduced in terms of its burden and our economy, they see that debt as the greatest single threat to our security. At a time when we are readily reducing the number of federal employees serving every thousand citizens, they fear those supposed hordes of civil servants far more than the actual hordes of opposing armies.

We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will talk sense to the American people. But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense...

Finally, it should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad that she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defense of freedom while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society."

President John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963 Dallas, Texas

Nov 22 2017
09:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Let's make them angry because we think for ourselves..and be thankful for that.

We are allowing the importation of nuclear waste from other countries and now TDEC will hide where it will be deposited? This concerns me a great deal!

Asked why, TDEC spokesman Eric Ward cited a ten-year-old state law the agency has just begun referencing to deny information.

TDEC’s withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons – or more than 22 million pounds – of low-level nuclear waste from Canada for processing.


Nov 22 2017
07:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

No mention of this in the Roane County News, even though it happened last Friday night. I feel badly for Deputy Scalf, if this is a one time mistake.

"An investigator with the Roane County Sheriff’s Department found himself being arrested by Knox County authorities this past Friday night (November 17, 2017). According to the arrest report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, numerous calls were made to 911 in Knox County regarding a black SUV driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Watts Road. Several officers were able to stop 43-year-old Greg Scalf who reportedly failed a field sobriety test. Scalf was charged with driving under the influence. According to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, Scalf is under administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case."


TN Supreme Court: You can't claim self-defense if 'engaged in unlawful activity'

Press release from Administrative Office of the Courts

Nashville, Tenn. – The Supreme Court of Tennessee clarified the law of self-defense when the person making the claim is engaged in unlawful activity at the time the need for self-defense occurred.

Via Humphrey

Nov 21 2017
12:26 pm

So far this month:

> November 16, 2017 – Memphis – Adult – Injuries
During a church luncheon, a group was discussing carrying guns in church. A man in his 80s told everyone he carried his gun everywhere. As he was showing the gun off, he pulled the trigger, not realizing he had chambered a round. The bullet went through his hand and into his wife’s abdomen, injuring them both. No charges will be filed.

>> November 12, 2017 – Desden – Child – Fatality
A sixth grader was fatally shot while at a friend’s house. The boys were in the living room when a pistol went off, killing the victim. It is not clear who pulled the trigger or how the boys had access to the gun. No charges have been filed.

>> November 10, 2017 – Memphis – Child – Fatality
A man laid an infant and his gun on a bed and left them unattended. The 3-year-old sibling of the infant found the gun and discharged it, killing the baby. The gun owner took his gun and ran but later turned himself in. was arrested and charged him with criminally negligent homicide, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and tampering with evidence.

> November 9, 2017 – Nashville – Adult – Fatality
A 20-year-old man was unintentionally shot and killed by a close friend. The shooter was handling a gun he thought was unloaded. He pulled the trigger and the weapon fired, hitting his friend in the head. No charges were filed.

>> November 7, 2017 – Knoxville – Child – Injury
A 16-year-old was in a car with friends and unintentionally shot himself He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. It is not clear why the teen had a loaded gun. No charges have been filed.

Safe Tennessee Project

Nov 20 2017
09:27 am

From the RCN:

“Roane Academy has been sold,” Omni Visions spokeswoman Jennifer Wigal said Friday. “I can send you a statement regarding that.”

Wigal did not provide that statement and she also didn’t respond to questions about who purchased Roane Academy.

“Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a statement at this time,” she said later via email.


It seems like this was never exactly what many of us were led to believe. What now?

Nov 17 2017
09:05 am

In today's RCN Op-ed Flo seems like she just can't help herself. She had such a nice piece going but then once again spiraled off into her imaginary world where Donald Trump is magnificent and anyone who thinks otherwise is despicable. Somehow she managed to drag up the much debunked claim that Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals" is the Obama-Clinton playbook and was dedicated to Satan. This is a lie.

She also neglects to mention that Tea Party jihadist, Dick Armey's use of this very book.. The book was disseminated by the Tea Party conservative group FreedomWorks during Dick Armey's tenure as chairman.


Saul Alinsky made a literary allusion to Lucifer as 'the first radical known to man' in an epigraph to his book 'Rules for Radicals,' but he did not dedicate the book to Lucifer.

Shouldn't someone who has a forum in the only local newspaper be required to be fact checked prior to publishing?

Flo has to know by now that her breathless op-ed was completely false. She was just a pawn in the attempt to deflect attention from the Trump Putin national security scandal. She has to know this because her main news source is the right wing propaganda source, Fox News, and even Fox News has come out and said Flo's editorial is false.

We'll be waiting for the Friday RCN to see if Flo has a conscience.


A Times Free Press article touts the "average" bonus of $10,970 for each of 10,000 employees. That is a statistical lie. Most TVA employees will see far less than that. Most of the money goes to the top.

TVA executives, such as Johnson, who have the biggest share of their income at risk, got the biggest incentive payments from TVA in fiscal 2017.

Johnson’s total direct pay and compensation in the past fiscal year totaled more than $5 million, or five times his base annual salary of $995,000.


Nov 15 2017
04:47 pm

"...Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by continuing to frequent and profit from his businesses; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and freedom of the press."

"We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings," Cohen said. "It’s not a call for a vote. It’s a call for hearings."


A hunter is supposed to be able to see whether they are shooting at an antlered deer or not. It is NOT an accident if they shoot a person. It's murder. Deer season is on right now in Roane County. I'm glad to see attitudes evolve in Maine, but I wonder about Tennessee?

“Just because it’s fall and it’s hunting season, the woods do not belong to the hunters,” he said. “It’s not a person’s responsibility to wear orange or not go into the woods. It’s the hunter’s responsibility not to fire at something unless they know what they’re firing at. That’s really the biggest thing to me, is people are acting like she should have been wearing a lot more orange or she should have not been in the woods. Anybody can be in the woods. Especially on their own property. Hunters need to just know what they’re shooting at.”

Here's the whole story but you may have to take a survey to view it: (link...)

Nov 15 2017
08:04 am

This action is about 20 years too late but we'll take it. Shielded lighting yields better vision, is safer to be around, and costs less. Lousy lights have all but stolen the stars from us and there's absolutely no reason to allow it to continue.

The newly adopted regulations will apply to new lighting structures, not existing ones.

“From a layman’s standpoint, it’s to keep the illumination on your property boundaries,” Woody said.

“It’s encapsulating the light only on your property,” Woody said about the resolution. “It illuminates your property, but it doesn’t have light pollution so to speak off your property.”

Commissioners discussed the resolution in a previous workshop. Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said the ordinance has the chance to prevent disputes that could arise over lighting issues.


Nov 13 2017
10:07 am
By: WhitesCreek

So everybody knows (or should) that reading at home with your preschooler increases vocabulary and reading skills. Now research shows that including math at home, not just improves math I Q but reading and vocabulary, too!

There are a number of ways parents can encourage math learning at home, such as talking about counting, connecting numbers to quantities and comparing values -- more and less. It also helps to focus on counting as purposeful, such as "there are three cookies for a snack" rather than "there are cookies for a snack."


Nov 11 2017
07:52 pm

Sandra Clark rips KNS op-ed-con Greg Johnson a new one...

Reading Greg Johnson’s opinion column in the daily paper is often painful and sometimes excruciating. Take today, for instance.

He acknowledges the historic election of four women to Knoxville City Council by patting them on the head and saying, “How nice.”

Actually, he wrote, “The female winners share a background in community work. None have business backgrounds.”

That turns out to be a whopper of a lie!


...To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with - solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


How different our eternal war is today with no real goal and no end in sight. Will there ever be an instant, a point in time, whereupon we regain our moral high ground and pursue peace instead of for-profit never ending war? What a magnificent way of honoring our warriors that would be.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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