The Crockett Buzz for 5-29-15

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This is a pretty sorry state of affairs at TDEC. It appears that powerful people don't have to obey our laws. In this case it's Republican State Rep Andy Holt. This is what happens when the Governor appoints a polluter's attorney as TDEC Commissioner...

NewsChannel 5 Investigates reported in February that Holt's hog farm polluted a nearby creek and operated for years without a permit.

We also reported that a state inspector wrote in his notes that "enforcement action was discouraged by upper management" at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

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Wed
May 27 2015
06:17 am

Our Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is not exactly beloved in his own district. With the last election seemingly just over he is already seeing a primary opponent rustling the bushes. To combat this Chuck held a private fundraiser for the folks Chuck actually represents (not you nor me) and picked up a half a million quick ones. Problem is, Chuck hasn't declared his candidacy and starts out breaking campaign finance regulations.

Unfortunately for us, his primary opponent looks to be state Senator Bo Watson, who is not exactly know for representing "We the People" any more than Chuck is.

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Tue
May 26 2015
07:22 pm
Tue
May 26 2015
02:33 pm

Folks, Commissioner Steve Kelley is a good friend of mine. He's a bright person. What on earth is he doing making this statement regarding the fact that the 2015 property appraisal will reflect less than a 10% reduction in valuations?

“That means the 2010 reappraisal wasn’t that far off,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

I'd like to see Steve graph out a yearly property value chart that gets us to a 9% reduction in values after 6 years of recovery without the 2010 Roane County property valuations being outrageously overblown.

Even the State says properties were valued by at least 7% over the sales data used to determine values..Last Year!

“The 2014 ratio study provided by the State Division of Property Assessments showed that Roane County was at a 1.07, which means that Roane County’s assessed values were at least 7 percent higher than the actual sale prices that the state used for their study,”

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Tue
May 26 2015
02:25 pm

From NOAA:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm.

And then maybe a scattered shower and a thunderstorm before and after that?

Thu
May 21 2015
08:31 am
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
May 21 2015
07:18 am
By: WhitesCreek

I'm looking for confirmation on this. I've only found the story from Nashville Channel 4. If true this is as stupid and wasteful as it gets. And the logo is ugly, too!

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Thu
May 21 2015
06:45 am

Watts Barr Lake property owners should brace for the effect this will have on their property values. I've spoken with two realtors who believe this will further kick lakefront property values in the teeth, at least in the short run.

The date is Saturday July 25 and all properties will be offered with no reserve. The file TVA sent out is attached.

Wed
May 20 2015
07:26 pm

You have been warned...Now behave!

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Judge Eugene Eblen will retire at the end of this year. This will leave 6 years in his unexpired term. What happens in cases like this is that the Governor appoints an interim judge until the next election when it will become an open contest. So someone will get appointed to begin serving Jan 1 (or whenever they can be sworn in) until an election is held in Summer 2016.

The major questions in the air...

Who will have the Governor's ear to get the interim Judge appointed? This would be a huge advantage in the election but not as much as in other elected positions.

Will this scramble the legal arrangement? Ordinarily there is a progression of judges, with the next higher level being drawn from lower courts. That could start an all out scramble in the General Sessions Court, for example, or a candidate could arise from one of the other prominent situations in the county.

Which County will the next Judge come from? The criminal court judge for the Ninth Judicial District Criminal Court in Tennessee presides over Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, and Roane counties.

In today's highly charged heavily partisan arena judicial positions are far more important than in past times. Let's hope we get a fair appointment from Gov. Haslam and good candidates to choose from in the election. Then let's hope we don;t have to listen to rude irrelevant political charges that have nothing to do with qualifications in this very important position.

Wed
May 20 2015
05:58 am

The next time you hear a Tennessee legislator pontificating about how he (or she) votes in accordance with what we constituents want, just go ahead and laugh out loud.

Slap your knees. Wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes. Write up a quick chain email about this uproarious joke.

Then look your Volunteer State lawmaker square in the eye and ask who those constituents are: the residents of Tennessee or his precious thousand-dollar suited, donor-currying lobbyists from the tea-party-leaning Beacon Center or Americans for Prosperity?

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Mon
May 18 2015
12:28 pm

How does someone who was smart enough to be President of UT, Governor, and our Senator make the stupidly obviously false statement that Nuclear Power has No Emissions? When did radiation quit being emitted? And does he realize that there is still, after 50 years of working on it, no solution to the spent fuel problem?

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Mon
May 18 2015
08:30 am

NIKE wants UT to keep it a big secret regarding the process of ending "Lady Vols" as the name for women's teams. As a result UT is doing everything it can to avoid complying with Freedom of Information requests. I have conflicting thoughts on this, since I hold with those who think referring to the men as "Vols" and women as "Lady Vols" somehow subjugates the women teams. I think it should be the Lady Vols and the Men Vols or something like that. That said, the process should serve the student athletes and not be subservient to financial interests of the University in a manner that sidesteps its main role of education.

Here you go:

“Because your brand has an emotional connection with your students, staff and alumni, it is critical to keep the development of the work confidential and on a need-to-know basis.”

There is also a good show of what happened at other schools and how their logos got really boring.

deadspin.com/nike-to-tennessee-dont-talk-about-what-were-doing-1704544586?

Mon
May 18 2015
08:16 am

"There is across-the-board support for Insure Tennessee," he said, "and even more support for letting the full legislature vote on the bill. Yet there does not seem to be much interest among our legislators to discuss and vote on this bill supported by Gov. Bill Haslam — who himself remains wildly popular."

In other words, Tennesseans are knocking on the door — wanting fairness and reason and good health care to come out — but our elected reps won't let us in.

That and more at Crockett:
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Sun
May 17 2015
06:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

"There is a major disconnect between the thinking of Tennesseans and the action of our state legislature,”

Of course there is. Our legislators don't work for us, anymore.

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Fri
May 15 2015
01:46 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Found this at the other end of our yard this morning.

Lilyleaf Twayblade

Fri
May 15 2015
12:32 pm
By: WhitesCreek

“We’re becoming a party (where) what conservatism means is spending almost the same amount of money, in some cases more, but not paying for it.”

Bob Corker

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Fri
May 15 2015
06:57 am

Thu
May 14 2015
09:33 am

The news round up is particularly telling today.

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Wed
May 13 2015
08:55 am

Update: The human that belongs to these pups has been returned to them. All is well!

These two showed up at one of the TVA trailers at Swan Pond. If you know who they belong to the contact info is below...

pups

Beverley Kelley
Kingston Recovery Project

(865) 717-1605 - office

(865) 599-4561 - cell

Mon
May 11 2015
07:17 am

It looks like we are down to two branches of government in this state, with Haslam holding a mostly ceremonial position and zero power.

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Sun
May 10 2015
07:22 am
By: WhitesCreek

My mom passed away over two decades ago. I still think about her daily. Of all the things she wanted in life most of them were for her children. There are four of us. Now that I have a spouse and children of my own I have come to know the perspective of caring for someone else more than for your own self, though I am a male and accept that maleness prevents me from fully knowing love as a mother loves. It is just different and I accept that. One part of that love that I can understand is that the majority of my mother's life decisions and actions were based on her judgement of how this would make her children's lives better.

In that thought I find a philosophy and guiding moral compass that I can follow. "If I do this will it make my children's lives better?"

On this Mother's Day, originally founded as the women's campaign against war, I propose that we put things to this moral test.

"If I do this will it make my children's lives better?"

Happy Mother's Day!

It's for the children. It always was.

Fri
May 8 2015
01:10 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Koch brothers clash with GOP lawmakers as their lobbyists turn Tennessee into a ‘horror movie’

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I might have phrased that differently but...

Rotating on the stages will be professional, interactive, comedy shows. These include The ridiculously dangerous Fire * Whip * Sword Show; The Steele Sisters; Fantasies, Fables & Fortunes; and Albi Belly Dancers. There will also be Celtic musicians, interactive folk dancers, puppet shows, games, and The Royal Players whose characters include young King Henry VIII. Period crafts, food and beer will be available.

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From TVA:

Today, the TVA Board of Directors approved the auction of the TVA-owned properties (23 homes and 39 lots) on Emory River Road. The homes have been used to house project staff, and TVA has performed general maintenance and mowing of the properties.

TVA will contract with an auction company to manage the auction process. Prospective buyers will have the opportunity to view the properties, which will be auctioned ‘as is.’ Purchasers of the properties with water frontage will be able to apply for a 26(a) dock permit.

Tue
May 5 2015
08:06 pm

OK, look...Most snake bites in TN are nonvenomous. The venomous bites are mostly copperheads. The protocol for a copperhead bite is a tetanus shot and 24 hours medical observation. It hurts (really hurts a lot) but is almost never more than that, except for the black and ugly lymphatic reaction. On the rare occasion that there is more to the bite, the observation will indicate treatment of symptoms is needed. The short version of a copperhead bite is that you are going to hurt and it will look really bad but everything will be OK in the long run, except in very rare instances.

Everything is different if the bite is from a timber rattler. Fatality is still highly unlikely but secondary effects can be a real problem. Go to the emergency room in all cases. Have the doc get on the internet tubes and check the most recent protocol. Do NOT take antivenin without obvious signs that it is needed. That stuff is a problem all its own, but if you need it, you need it.

Prevention is better than treatment. Look around and move slowly in the dusk hours. Look where you will take your next step. Snakes really really don't want to bite you. Give them the opportunity to not bite you, OK? It's better for everyone.

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If you look at this graphic, we are at the point of the "4". That's us! We have a lot of saving to do!

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Now this is different. When I was a kid beer stores in Memphis had delivery boys on bicycles. Under-aged consumption was pricey but that held things down a bit. Now we get this bill that was not on any body's radar:

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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.