I really don;t like the bad Bob Corker, you know, the one who says we have to get rid of Social Security as we know it because of the deficit. That's the lying Bob. The guy we're seeing to day is the good one, well deserving of playing on the international stage:

The bill got through the SFRC as a consequence of vigorous efforts by Sen. Bob Corker and ranking committee Democrat Ben Cardin to take poison pills out the original text to that gives Congress 30 days to review and, if unhappy, additional days to reject any deal curtailing Iran's nuclear program. Although it had strong Democratic opposition in committee, that was overcome when President Obama said he could support a bill with the poison extracted. The needed changes were made and Corker managed to keep out amendments that would have restored the opposition from several Democrats and Obama.

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Mon
Apr 27 2015
09:30 am
Fri
Apr 24 2015
09:14 am

This flawed bill waits on Haslam to sign, veto, or do nothing and let it become a bad law. That one and a lot more from Crockett:

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
06:13 am

David Morgan states that he plans to have the reassessment done in the next few weeks. He also notes the relationship between the property valuations and the school budget shortage. Morgan says the overvaluations of the 2010 re-appraisal made Roane County look like the 16th richest county in Tennessee. (We all know better)

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Thu
Apr 23 2015
08:12 pm

This...Tonight... Doors at 7... Music at 7:30

More info

Click on Daniel Kimbro's bass fiddle over there on the right. The fiddle has details and info if you aren't a regular.

Thu
Apr 23 2015
10:02 am

A "combination of winds and low relative humidity will lead to increased fire danger this afternoon. Residents of east Tennessee... are discouraged from burning this afternoon."
Source: National Weather Service

Note that burning permits are required October 15 through May 15 and are always a good idea: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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How have we arrived at a point in time when the Speaker of the House plays pure politics with people's lives just to defeat the governor, who now seems like the weakest one in Tennessee history?

Oh, and Technical College is now FREE in Tennessee but no one seems to know that...

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Thu
Apr 23 2015
06:31 am

The short version of any analysis is that our elected Reps and Senators served the lobbyists interests well and the people's not at all.

...Unless you count that important bit of legislation that says any spirit labelled Tennessee Moonshine must actually be distilled in Tennessee.

Here's the AP report:

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Wed
Apr 22 2015
06:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

A beautiful local Roane County resident.

scarlet

A Cope's Tree Frog is not necessarily as beautiful as a scarlet tanager but it gives me great joy when they start "singing" in the trees.

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I'll be in the field doing a baseline survey for another conservation easement in Roane County today.

Mon
Apr 20 2015
07:21 am

The fishing dock at Harriman's Riverfront Park is closed due to the bank eroding away. The proposed solution appears to be concrete or rip-rap, where large quarry stone is dumped on the bank. I can't think of an uglier and less environmentally friendly proposal.

First of all river banks are living systems that sometimes move around. When part or all of the trees are removed so that people can see the water, the single major stabilizing feature of a natural system is taken away.

Let's hope Harriman steps back and looks at ways to stabilize the river bank that are more in keeping with the beautiful resource they have in Riverfront Park. In the long run it will be far less costly.

Fema has a good primer on this that starts with all the things that go wrong with rip-rap. Google "Engineering With Nature FEMA" and start reading.

Mon
Apr 20 2015
06:51 am

Roberta Dennis stood before the Roane County Commission and spoke out loud something we all know...

Dennis said she believes property values in Roane County are too high, and Morgan has drawn the ire of other officials for trying to get them in line with the market.

“The value for the County Commission having it too high is very clear,” Dennis said. “They think they can collect more taxes.”

Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry confronted Dennis about her comments during a break at the meeting.

“Are we after Morgan now?” Berry asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”

“Absolutely,” Dennis responded.

RCN story

Sun
Apr 19 2015
11:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

The Tennessee legislature continues to amaze and disappoint...

Without doubt, the most entertaining debate of this year’s legislative session came in two days of impassioned House floor discourse on whether the Holy Bible should be Tennessee’s official state book – a striking contrast to the utter lack of discussion on most everything else considered.

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Thu
Apr 16 2015
05:22 pm

Yager and Calfee vote Yes to take away the Roane County Commission's ability to control weapons in County Parks.

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What a waste of time...

After hours of debate in the House earlier this week, the Tennessee Senate on Thursday likely dealt the Bible-as-Official-State-Book bill a death blow for the year by sending the bill back to committee for further review.

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Thu
Apr 16 2015
10:49 am

Thursday, April 16 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library

Gerald L. Augustus, Author and Civil War Historian:

“The Civil War in Tennessee, The Loudon County Area of East Tennessee in the War 1861-1865," Published May, 2000

"The Battle of Campbell’s Station, 16 November 1863," Published September, 2013

Mr. Augustus is a retired teacher and principal from Lenior City Schools. Originally from Kentucky, he received his masters from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid collector of all things Civil War. Besides his books, he co-wrote and edited "Loudon County and Its People 1870-1999," has been published in antique magazines, and has been featured in the Heartland Series, “The Hidden Battlefield. “ Mr. Augustus has much to share with us about Tennessee’s role and involvement in the Civil War.

Refreshments will be served. This event is part of our "Thursday Night at the Library" series.

Sponsored by
Kingston Public Library
865-376-9905

This event is free and there is no need to RSVP.

More information at the Kingston Public Library.

The level of maturity in our state legislature continues to nosedive. While Roane is not party to this lawsuit, there is no question we have been greatly harmed by the BEP formula. The message from the Legilature seems to be, "We're going to hurt your schools and if you fight back we'll hurt you even more." This is a sad situation for our school children.

Last month, school boards in Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, McMinn, Grundy, Marion and Coffee counties sued Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The suit charges the BEP formula is underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars and thus violates the Tennessee Constitution, which provides the state will offer a free system of education.

The Senate's and, later, House Finance Committee added an amendment Wednesday night to the proposed state budget implementation bill. The amendment, which will be considered in the bill that will be heard in both chambers today, specifically bars the systems from using any state or BEP funds for attorneys' fees, court costs or other expenses associated with the litigation.

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Yager gives "Because we can!" as reason for changing this longstanding legal protection for those accused.

A preliminary hearing is designed to make prosecutors show some ever so slight evidentiary basis for the charge leveled against the accused. Let’s say our old buddy Joe swears on a stack of Bibles you stole his Bible. Joe gets a warrant. You get arrested. You then have the absolute right to ask for a preliminary hearing at which the state must convince a judge a Bible was probably stolen and you probably did it. It’s a low, low standard, but that’s OK because all that probable cause finding does is open the door for a grand jury review of the charge.

The prosecution would rather skip the thing because it a) forces them to put on evidence that might not yet be ready for legal prime time (odds are they haven’t even interviewed Joe before court) and b) gives the defense a fishing pole with which they can start gleaning details about the prosecution’s case and, more importantly, its evidentiary strength.

And that’s why Yager’s bill is a bit of a head scratcher.

A new lawsuit by Tennessee Clean Water Network and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association goes after TVA for polluting groundwater and TDEC for letting them do it. TVA has the clever response that it is TVA's groundwater and they can pollute it if they want to. This is not the first time this attitude has shown itself and it is very disappointing in an agency that is supposed to serve the public.

The new lawsuit claims TDEC's January suit does not address all of the problems at the plant, including multiple permit violations and toxic seepage into Sinking Creek and the Cumberland River, a drinking source for millions of people.

It also suggests that TDEC Commissioner Robert Martineau might have a conflict of interest. The suit states that Martineau previously represented TVA as legal counsel.

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I'm pretty stunned at this!

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This is really just strange.

The official version of how a Roane County detainee wound up dead was this — Dustin Barnwell overdosed on muscle relaxers and stopped breathing as a result.

It would take a civil-rights lawsuit and two years of legal wrangling for a crucial detail missing from that official version to emerge. Barnwell, 26, did not stop breathing on his own. Instead, medics paralyzed his lungs via a drug and then allegedly flubbed the insertion of a breathing tube.

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This year’s legislative session is drawing to a close over the next couple weeks, and we can’t thank you enough for speaking out against vouchers. We know we’ve asked you to contact legislators several times but it’s so important that our lawmakers hear voices other than the big money organizations that attempt to pit elected officials against our schools.

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Mon
Apr 13 2015
08:25 am

The GOP has a serious problem in that Obamacare has been a resounding success and the great state of Tennessee has lost a couple of billion dollars due to Republicans being unable to admit they were flat out lying about it. They can;t stand to see Federal tax dollars get away, so now they have to play these silly games, each hoping the other will crack and do the right thing. Doing the right thing is not something that comes easy to a Republican, but let's hope a few of them let their greed overtake their political rantings and get Insure Tennessee passed. People are dying for this legislation to pass. Really dying!

That and more at the Buzz:

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Fri
Apr 10 2015
08:07 am
By: WhitesCreek


Insure Tennessee town hall blasts no-show Harwell, others

Lawmakers could soon be packing heat on Capitol Hill

Guiding principles for a more enlightened U.S. education policy

Roadblocks to the budget

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Fines for employers who risk employee lives must be large enough and clear enough to get the attention of companies. In addition to fining a corporation, the people who make decisions regarding this need to be held personally responsible. In this case the fines aren't even large enough to cover the cost of the investigation into this accident.

A Tennessee construction company is being fined $6,400 for violations in connection with a December trench collapse in Roane County that ended up burying a worker in dirt up to his chest.

Danson Construction, which has a Sparta, Tenn., mailing address, is being fined $3,200 for violations related to excavation requirements and $3,200 for violations tied to protective systems, according to documents obtained by 10News.

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We are represented by idiots, and yes both our state Reps voted for this. The national media is picking up on this. Could our elected officials PLEASE stop making this state a laughing stock? It drives up the cost of the concessions the governor has to give giant corporations to bring jobs here.

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The Roane County Commission needs to step up and get in Senator Yager's, Rep. Calfee's and Rep. Travis's face about voting to take away local control of our parks schools and businesses property rights. Do you want a State Representative from Memphis deciding whether you will have to sit next to a person with a gun at high school football games?

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Roane County's Jim Henry has done quite a lot of good work. It's good to see him honored.

Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.

“The outstanding work that Jim and his team are doing for Tennessee’s at-risk children and families should be brought to the forefront,” said Sara O’Meara, co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board for Arizona-based Childhelp. “The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is a beacon for the fight against child abuse and neglect. It is a wonderful program, parts of which should be implemented in every state throughout the country.”

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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.