Jun 26 2016
07:15 am

This is a tragic and heroic story. I'm glad to see the monument being cared for. Here are links to two Ray Collett posts on the flood from first hand accounts:



And today's story about the work at the monument:

Today, White’s Creek is peaceful and the flow of water is gentle. But in the early morning of March 23, 1929, a flash flood roared down White’s Creek. Scouts and their leaders from troop 45 were huddled in a cabin asleep when the rising water of the creek took everyone by surprise. Seven boys drowned. Scoutmaster James Wright drowned while trying to save one of his scouts.


Jun 22 2016
07:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

75% of Americans support background checks and other measures to keep assault weapons out of the hands of potential terrorists and the mentally ill. Not Republicans, it appears.



Jun 21 2016
07:44 am

Melanie Sherrod is raising money for an environmental cause in memory of her late husband, Marc Sherrod. Marc was the Pastor at Bethel Presbyterian Church before he passed away from cancer. He was a good person and gave much to our communities.

Melanie sent more info:

I am riding the Tour des Trees again this year raising money for the TREE FUND, a non-profit organization for urban tree research and education. Caleb Sherrod, Graham Waldrip and Friends will be giving a benefit jazz fund raiser for me at Bethel on July 22 at 7:00. Light snacks will be provided. Cost of admission is a donation to the TREE FUND.

More information on the tour:


You would think a business would be supportive of our local community given that it would do better if the local community did better. Of all the good things that happened in Roane County this weekend the Roane County News Front Page is a scandal sheet with three Damon Lawrence stories full of accusation and innuendo to make us look bad. I think we should make a habit of skipping the RCN front page and go straight to page two. Goose Lindsay always makes me feel good about my home county.

Jun 20 2016
08:09 am

The Summer Solstice in Roane County, Tennessee, USA is on
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM EDT.


It's also the first time a full moon was on the solstice since 1967. The next time this happens will be June 21, 2062. (link...)

Jun 18 2016
07:53 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Thank goodness the New Madrid Fault line is all the way on the other side of Tennessee. Got insurance?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Military Department says it plans to conduct one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in its history.


Tennessee law allows for special protections for exceptional Tennessee Waters while preserving landowner's rights. Tennessee law preserves private ownership to the "bed and bank" of waterways flowing through private land. Trespass law, for instance, applies to the banks of a stream, islands and the bed of a stream. Legally this means that fishermen are trespassing if they walk up a stream without the property owner's permission. None of that changes with Scenic River designation. This is an excellent tool for promoting and protecting our streams.

The push for designation came about from the support of local landowners and with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, American Whitewater, and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation assisted in preparing the bill filed by The Nature Conservancy. Senator Ken Yager and Representative Ron Travis introduced SB2520/HB2566. The State Scenic River designation provides protection to the river without impacting property rights. The designation also promotes public awareness about river stewardship and long-term protection of the river and its corridor.


This would be a sad sad thing for our area if it goes through. Developers can't wait to get their hands on the 17 acres of Federal property. "Federal" means "OUR" property.


This makes me sick. This is the co-prime sponsor of the idiotic bathroom bill. Our legislature is an embarrassment to rational Tennesseans.

State Rep. Andy Holt announced a campaign fundraiser and turkey shoot last week at which he'd be giving away an AR-15 assault rifle as a "door prize." And after this weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, the deadliest one in the history of the country, in which 49 people were killed by a gunman wielding an AR-15, Holt is doubling down on his door prize, quite literally — he's now going to give away two.


I really don't like being against an alternative energy project but the wind mill farm on the Roane County Cumberland County border would negatively impact Roane County forever ruining the view of the Cumberland Mountains from Mt. Roosevelt. It would be the worst form of ridge top development at a time when Roane County is embracing adventure tourism, which relies heavily on views and vistas to draw people to our county.

“There are few places in our state more beautiful than Cumberland County,” his (Sen Lamar Alexander's) letter to Woody said. “We should not allow anyone to destroy the environment in the name of saving it.”

Woody said he believes Alexander made a good point about the wind project’s impact on the area’s aesthetics.

“Once you have a power plant, whether it be wind, solar or whatever, you have to put the grid in,” Woody said. “You have to put all the power lines in to transmit the power.”

Cumberland is to the west of Roane County. Commissioner Darryl Meadows, who represents the Rockwood area, said he hasn’t received any feedback from his constituents about the wind project.

Darryl, I hope you will consider this feedback. Most of your constituents have no idea how this will negatively affect the future of tourism in our area.


“Dear Susan (Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet): Susan there’s a timeline right? This is the present. You’re all in the present. I can see you’re in the present. I am in the present. This is past. And that’s the future, it's this way. You don’t want to preclude us from getting into the future. I want you to be on the right side of the future.

“Because this generation, this generation, and the ones to come they’re more tolerant, they’re more understanding, they’re more empathetic of others. And Susan you can either be part of history or you can be history. These people want you to make the right decision, am I correct?


Jun 12 2016
08:12 am

I hope folks will keep an open mind until we know more. "Anonymous" complaints can turn out to be anything from true to complete fabrications.

The police chief of the Harriman Police Department, Randy Heidel, is on administrative leave after the city of Harriman received anonymous allegations against him.
The city attorney for Harriman, Allison Rehn, confirmed it this morning.
Rehn also says, to her knowledge, this is the first time that any formal complaint has been made against him and the matter will be handled according to city and state policy procedure.


Jun 9 2016
07:59 am

Yes, I am a science nerd, but this is pretty cool.

...element with atomic number 117, the name proposed is tennessine with the symbol Ts. These are in line with tradition honoring a place or geographical region and are proposed jointly by the discoverers at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russia), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA), Vanderbilt University (USA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA).


Anyone who wants a strong university system in our state should be concerned with this.

Under the FOCUS plan, the six universities in the Board of Regents system, including Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee State universities, will getting their own boards that will oversee tuition, hiring and firing of presidents and other issues.

That sounds reasonable until you learn Haslam will appoint eight of the 10 members in each university board. This could be very dangerous depending on who gets elected governor in the future.


Jun 8 2016
08:21 am

I guess I'll be peeling that yooge Bernie sticker off my car later today.


Jun 7 2016
06:24 pm



From Mike Donilla at WBIR:

the Knox County Election Commission agreed to give residents a chance to vote on whether to legalize recreational and medical marijuana.

The vote, though, would be symbolic only since marijuana is still illegal in Tennessee.

That meant Steve Cooper, who is spearheading the initiative, has until June 15 to get about 16,100 signatures from registered Knox County voters to put the two questions on the November ballot.

One question will ask whether recreational use of marijuana by people older than 21 should be allowed in Knox County.


28 year old New York born lawyer, Grant Starrett, has about a million bucks in family money pouring into his campaign to unseat our old friend Scott DesJarlais. Starrett is attacking DesJarlais from the right, claiming Scottie is soft on Muslims, Planned Parenthood, and Obama's radical economic policies. Apparently trippling the stock market averages in 8 years is not nearly enough for young Starrett.

Frankly, I never thought I would be seeing DesJarlais as the "moderate" in his contest. Pity the poor folks in the 4th. This is going to get ugly early and often.


Jun 6 2016
01:12 pm

State Sen. Ken Yager has formally protested a federal agency's move to let doctors issue prescriptions to more patients for the use of a drug designed to treat opioid addiction, contending the move opens the door to substituting abuse of one drug for another.

From the Knoxville News Sentinel:

The Kingston Republican, who chairs the Senate State and Local Government Committee, said in a news release last week that he has filed formal comments with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration opposing the rule proposed by the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.

The rule deals with buprenorphine, a substitute opioid used to treat opioid addiction, mostly marketed under the name Suboxone. Under current rules, an individual doctor can prescribe the medication to no more than 100 patients in a year. The proposed change would allow up to 200 patients per year.

"This proposal is an important step to increasing access to evidence-based treatment to help more people get the treatment necessary for their recovery and is critical in our comprehensive approach to addressing the serious opioid epidemic facing our nation," HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a March 29 news release announcing the revised rule.

When you bring in the lawyer who kept Ronald Reagan out of jail for the Iran Contra affair and claim he's there to help pick your Veep candidate...

"If I were in trouble with the government or the private sector,” (Lamar) Alexander said, “the lawyer I would want to hire would be A.B. Culvahouse.”

"Culvahouse was born, fittingly, on the Fourth of July and raised in tiny Ten Mile, an unincorporated speck on the map that straddles Meigs and Roane counties and is now a summer cottage community for nearby Watts Bar Lake."


Tennessee has become the grand stage in a theater of the absurd:

We've had one of Donald Trump's most prominent New Hampshire supporters arrested for his role in the Bundyite takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge, and an infamous white supremacist got tapped as one of Trump's California delegates. At this point hearing that one of his Tennessee delegates is a militia-linked nut who openly opines that he and his fellow Americans might need to start assassinating federal officials doesn't even rate as surprising.

So now we're in the position where the Republican governor of the state of Tennessee has to put out statements like this.

Gov. Bill Haslam will be a Marco Rubio delegate at the convention, although Rubio withdrew after the Tennessee primary. Asked to comment on Riden's views, Haslam's press secretary, David Smith, would only say, "The governor has a strict policy against elected officials being assassinated."


Jun 3 2016
05:31 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I had high hopes for the TVA Advisory Council:

At last week's meeting of a Tennessee Valley Authority advisory panel — the 20-delegate Regional Energy Resource Council — the convened utility executives, environmental advocates, government officials and academics did not have deep discussions about the new East Tennessee nuclear reactor's progress coming online. They did not discuss the wind energy company that wants to run a pipeline from Oklahoma to deliver clean energy to the TVA grid, nor problematic coal-ash storage in Gallatin.

Customers want solar, they want wind, they have sustainability goals at the office, and they have a conscience at home. Many acknowledge that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are climbing and humans are responsible. They want a utility company that is responsive to their concerns.

What is offered in Tennessee is a federal monopoly on electricity.

Unfortunately this is a piercing read of our once great utility: (link...)

Show this one to your boss: ( I dare you! :)

Bosses play no role in fostering a sense of meaningfulness at work -- but they do have the capacity to destroy it and should stay out of the way, new research shows.

The study by researchers at the University of Sussex and the University of Greenwich shows that quality of leadership receives virtually no mention when people describe meaningful moments at work, but poor management is the top destroyer of meaningfulness.


Jun 3 2016
12:58 pm

The Payday Loan industry pays your TN lawmakers to keep its predatory loan shark business insanely profitable.

“Tennessee families pay more than $400 million a year in payday and car title lending fees,” Spears told reporters. “The average Tennessee borrower pays $490 in fees to borrow $300 for five months.”

Want to know why your state officials don't work for you? Look at their campaign financial statements!

Payday and title loan companies have contributed at least $2.1 million to Tennessee political candidates and committees between 2010 and 2014, said Spears, who added that has left “the deck so clearly stacked against Tennesseans.”

Noting he met a wall over the last two years pushing some proposed curbs in the Legislature, Spears said “we don’t have $2.1 million to give to Tennessee politicians.”

The numbers work out to spending $400,000 on your legislature gets them $400,000,000 in profits. I think our legislators are selling us out for way too little money. They should demand much more.


Jun 2 2016
05:14 pm

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee $5,479,110,009 in lost federal funding.


Jun 1 2016
07:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The billboard guy gets busted:

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Well-known Knoxville attorney Stephen A. Burroughs was arrested for boating under the influence on Memorial Day.

Burroughs was in a boat traveling on Fort Loudoun Lake, according to arrest records, at a high rate of speed near a patrol boat and a private doc. An officer checked the vessel for safety equipment, which was all there, but the officer noticed Burroughs was unsteady on his feet.


Jun 1 2016
06:22 pm
Jun 1 2016
09:48 am

Interesting factoid for today:

Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state.


The Volunteer State nickname came from the 30,000 volunteers who signed up to fight Mexico after Davy Crockett was killed at the Alamo.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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