Fri
Aug 26 2016
09:04 am

For nearly nine decades, science’s favorite explanation for the origin of life has been the “primordial soup”. This is the idea that life began from a series of chemical reactions in a warm pond on Earth’s surface, triggered by an external energy source such as lightning strike or ultraviolet (UV) light. But recent research adds weight to an alternative idea, that life arose deep in the ocean within warm, rocky structures called hydrothermal vents.

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Fri
Aug 26 2016
05:45 am

TN team advances to the USA championship game:

Goodlettsville earned a Saturday afternoon rematch (2:30 p.m., WKRN-2) with the only unbeaten U.S. team in the field, Maine-Endwell, N.Y., the Mid-Atlantic Region champion. Maine-Endwell won the first meeting, 3-1, behind pitcher Michael Mancini, who is ready to go again Saturday.

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Wed
Aug 24 2016
07:03 am
By: WhitesCreek

Only 75 more days until the election!

Sun
Aug 21 2016
09:10 am

I guess as long as you smile and "Okey-Doke" you can get away with robbing the taxpayers.

Tennessee drivers continue to shoulder most of the cost of petroleum spills at Pilot Flying J, Chevron, Exxon and other companies, large and small, through a one-fourth of a cent per gallon gas tax that added up to about $18 million last year. Companies contribute about $2 million in fees each year.
Taxpayers are shouldering more of the costs to clean

Taxpayers are shouldering more of the costs to clean up toxic spills at gas stations and truck stops. (Photo: Bill Campling / Nashville Design Studio)

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The fund has paid out millions to private petroleum companies since it began operating in 1990, including $10 million to Pilot Flying J, the Haslam family truck stop chain worth an estimated $33 billion. The governor continues to hold an undisclosed financial stake in the company.

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Sun
Aug 21 2016
07:24 am

August 21, 2017 there will be an eclipse of the sun. Tennessee is one of the states that will actually have a total eclipse. Hasn't happened since 1979.
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Sat
Aug 20 2016
08:35 am

“Failure to provide broadband to rural areas of America is a death sentence for those communities,” ...Maine Independent Senator Angus King

Long but well done article laying out the payers and the risks to small communities if corporations get their way...

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Now if we could only end "For Profit" Prisons in TN...

The Department of Justice will stop contracting with private prisons, the department announced Thursday morning. The decision comes a week after the DOJ inspector general released a damning report on the safety, security, and oversight of private prisons, which incarcerate 12 percent of federal inmates.

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Thu
Aug 18 2016
07:27 am

Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month

The goal: to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.

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Thu
Aug 18 2016
06:37 am
By: WhitesCreek

Mime to perform wedding for 2 clowns in South Knoxville

It appears to be legit: (link...)

Roane and Loudon Counties can do something about this Nov 8. Our current state representative was the deciding vote to protect internet monopolies. (The Knox News Sentinel calls it a stench emanating from the Capitol)

"Ultimately, Tennessee’s broadband gap is a problem for Tennesseans, and we need a Tennessee solution," EPB President David Wade said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work with the growing number of state legislators and grassroots citizens interested in removing the barriers that prevent EPB and other municipal providers from serving our neighbors in surrounding areas who have little or no access to broadband."

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Gov. Haslam and his administration is willing to sell anything that isn't nailed down in state government.

...Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville

"This issue is about jobs and families," Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, told reporters this week. "Now, Gov. Haslam's conspired to unemploy thousands of state workers behind closed doors. He's done so in a secretive manner. If it were not for local media in uncovering these, we might still be in the dark."

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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) will have a Chili and Soup Fundraiser on Friday, September 9th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Grande Vista Bay Clubhouse located at 1405 New Hope Road in Rockwood. A donation of $10 is requested. The meal will include chili or soup with dessert and drink.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will use the funds to match a FireFighter Grant to obtain turn out gear and equipment for the new tanker truck. The new tanker truck will be available for viewing at the event and also this will be an opportunity to meet the volunteers.

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Sun
Aug 14 2016
07:44 am
By: WhitesCreek

It's not what you think...or maybe it is!

Hidden behind a row of sunflowers just outside Chapel Hill, Tennessee, sits a one-acre life-size maze, but this maze is different than most.

“This is about an acre of hemp that is growing,” said Colleen Keahey, director of Tennessee Hemp Industries Association.

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Sat
Aug 13 2016
08:47 am
By: WhitesCreek

So the UT administration says handicap parking spaces are being abused so they cleverly decided that charging handicapped drivers $180 to park in the handicap spaces is the obvious solution to people who aren't handicapped parking in the handicap spaces.

Somebody cut the class on critical thinking.

Fri
Aug 12 2016
10:39 am

hooray

At some point we might want to think about the fact that the defense is more dangerous than the threat!

A Rockwood Police Officer accidentally fired a live round of ammunition during a “blank-fire” drill at Rockwood Middle School Thursday morning.

"We had taken the security measures to keep everyone safe, in a locked room, to lock people out from anyone from accidentally coming in while we're doing it. And we had that incident. No officers were hurt, no-- minor damage, so considering, you know, we were - I hate to say we were lucky - we were lucky," Chief Wright said.

Officials then canceled a second drill planned for Ridge View Elementary School later in the morning.

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Tue
Aug 9 2016
08:03 am

Each year at this time our planet Earth passes through the debris field left behind when Comet Swift-Tuttle passed through. Yep, we are going to travel through the debris from a comet's tail. It won't hurt.

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The weather doesn't look cooperative but since the best time to see meteors is after midnight until dawn, we may get a break in the clouds. There is a lot going on in the night sky this time of year. I hope we get to see some of it.

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TDEC is supposed to be on the Citizen's side but that seems rarely the case. A group of environmental organizations sued TVA and TDEC 6 years ago to force them to meet Federal guidelines for pollution...

"After fighting the issue for more than six years, TDEC and TVA finally agreed to reduce the pollutants in water discharged under the three plants’ Clean Water Act operating permits issued by TDEC. Under the settlement agreement, TVA must incorporate new federal guidelines for the discharge of toxic pollutants like arsenic and selenium and submit updated permit applications for Gallatin, Bull Run and Kingston to TDEC by November 2, 2016...

"It is past time for these three dinosaur coal plants to modernize," said Earthjustice attorney Mary Whittle. "These new, stronger permit requirements are critical to protecting the Cumberland, Clinch, and Emory Rivers and to protecting the people of Tennessee who depend on these rivers for drinking water and recreation."

Big Thank You's to TCWN, SACE, Earth Justice, and the Sierra Club for going to bat for Roane County lakes and rivers!

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Mon
Aug 8 2016
05:47 am

Students start with a half day Wednesday and the first full day for students is Friday.

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Sat
Aug 6 2016
06:03 pm

Nah...They got a luxury yacht instead...

bball

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Fri
Aug 5 2016
06:49 am

Dennis Ferguson was reelected Road Supervisor with a majority of voters supporting him.

David Morgan will be replaced by Teresa Kirkham backed candidate, Molly Hartup, as Property Assessor. Sammy Sams had a decent showing for second place. With no runoff Roane County will once again have elected an important county position with less than a majority vote, 39% in this case.

Republican incumbent Kent Calfee will face Tyler Overstreet in the race for State Rep in District 32. Corey Stafford won the Democratic Primary. Corey is a great young man who is only 20 years old and a student at Roane State in Chemical Engineering.

Judging from the math there are a large number of registered Republicans who have strong enough doubts about Calfee that they withheld their vote in the primary. Overstreet's name was not on the primary ballot since there is no independent primary in Tennessee.

The full results are here: (link...)

Thu
Aug 4 2016
10:00 am

We have one entire political party that is working for entities that think it is OK to destroy our climate for profit and one party that thinks it's past time to do something. The news is not good!

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Thu
Aug 4 2016
07:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

Voting Locations for Roane County:

Polls open at 8 am and close at 8 pm

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Hilary Clinton's non-existent email problem has dominated weeks of news cycles while Trump's ACTUAL fraud and racketeering trial get's crickets. Trump seems to be well on his way to losing a RICO action that could be devastating to his personal financial health and shred his already failing personal brand.

Federal District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel has ruled that Donald J. Trump, founder of Trump University, must face civil trial for fraud and racketeering under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). Trump had moved for summary judgment...

Denying the motion, Judge Curiel ruled that there were genuine issues of material fact for trial as to whether Trump had personally committed fraud and racketeering.

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Mon
Aug 1 2016
09:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

I know most feathers I usually find in our forests but there are several I don't recall and I like being able to guide my grand daughter through the process of identifying them. Here's a great tool for us to use:

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feathers

Fri
Jul 29 2016
07:23 pm

I drove past the train wreck in Spring City this afternoon. No, I did not have a camera with me. But...I can say that there were dozens of cars that were a mangle mess and coal was spilled all along the tracks that spanned downtown Spring City.

I don't know what caused the wreck but I do know that TVA (where was the coal actually headed?)
will NEVER compensate the downtown merchants for their lost business.

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Roane State Community College basketball player claims police lied about arrest to cover up excessive force

Howard said he lost his scholarship after he was charged with underage consumption and domestic violence. The domestic violence charge was eventually dropped, but Howard said he was forced to drop out of college after losing his scholarship.

The lawsuit claims Officer Kennedy’s body camera shows him discharging a chemical weapon in clear violation of written policies and procedures and says he used excessive force. It claims “Kennedy lied in his report to cover up those facts, a clear indication that he understood that his conduct was unlawful and unconstitutional.” Howard also also says he was injured during the arrest.

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Tue
Jul 26 2016
06:11 pm

Hillary Clinton is nominated as the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States of America by Bernie Sanders, no less!

Lost Medicaid Funding

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