In a recent audit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found fault with the Department of Environment’s enforcement of anti-pollution laws, reports The Tennessean. The auditors say TDEC neglected to penalize permit holders despite months of documented pollution, failed to assess appropriate fines and didn’t report sewage overflows from major facilities, among other findings small and large.
I would be surprised if anyone in the 32nd House District who reads the RCN could name one single issue in this campaign. They certainly know about Tyler's rescue of his girlfriend who went mamma grizzly after three men who had been harassing her home and her son, though it was characterized very differently in the Damon Lawrence piece. What wasn't mentioned is the extensive criminal history of the men involved. It's sad that elections can be decided by personal attacks and not by issues that greatly affect us all.
So tonight at the Kingston Community Center the public can ask their own questions of Tyler and Calfee...if he shows up. Personally I'm betting Calfee will be a no show at the only event that showcases the candidates side by side and lets us ask questions.
If I get a question I would like to ask Calfee why he voted to protect AT$T's profits and against the County Commission's resolution to allow Municipal Internet providers to serve Roane County?
Even the dump has better hours to serve working folks.
Early Voting Dates & Hours:
October 19 - November 3, 2016
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM
Absentee Voting: August 10 - November 1, 2016
Election Day Hours for Tuesday November 8, 2016
8AM to 8 PM
Compared to this:
Convenience Center Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
“Nothing bothers me,” she said. “Nothing he’s said, nothing’s they say he’s done, bothers me. I’m still voting for Trump.”
This kind of face to face comparison is what voters need to see for themselves, before they make their choice for State Representative. Be there and ask the tough questions.
So far Calfee has not committed to the debate , which will be moderated by Roane County News Editor, Hugh Willett.
That and more from Tom Humphrey
It looks more like Trump is losing as opposed to Hillary gaining. Trump is at 44%, not good in this solid red state.
And it is the night of the Orionid meteor shower
There are 5 arson fires burning at this moment. Here's the daily fire report...
Yes, it's true. I love this stuff...
The European Space Agency (ESA) is leading a new mission to Mars called ExoMars, and today (October 19, 2016) it will attempt to land a probe on the Red Planet’s surface. The probe is called Schiaparelli for the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, one of the first to map Mars’ surface in the late 1800s.
There are a lot of questions yet to be answered but this is more than big...
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.
We can't help but notice a few other oddities, such as the fact that Governor Haslam has given Trump over $5 grand but still calls for his defeat.
It should be disgusting to every person in Tennessee that our legislature is for sale! From Tom Humphrey...
Recently-filed campaign disclosures show three political action committees supporting charter school expansion and/or vouchers have pushed their Tennessee campaign spending toward the $2 million mark and are poised to pass it.
The Harriman Police Department is searching for a man wanted in connection with the robbery of McKinney’s Bridal in Harriman, Saturday afternoon.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20’s.
Witnesses said he had short blond hair, was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. He was also seen carrying a red hoodie.
He was described as being 5’10” weighing 180 lbs. The suspect is believed to be armed.
No employees were injured during the incident.
If you have any information leading to the identification of this person, please contact the Harriman Police Department 865-882-3383 or their crime tip line at 865-590-9010.
You have to hand it to the Tea Party. For a very small group they certainly get a lot of press. They are mad at our Governor for not supporting Donald Trump for President. Or is it the entire Republican Party they don't like now?
“The Republican Party, they seem to don’t want Trump for some reason,” McNabb said. “That makes us want him more. When the establishment doesn’t want him, I do — and that’s why we send out things like that.”
Said Governor Haslam, “None of us in elected office are perfect, but the decisions that are made in the Oval Office have too many consequences to ignore the behavior we have seen.”
Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, said they have an email list of 450 people that they have urged to write the Governor and express their displeasure. 450 people out of 55,000 people in Roane County is vanishingly small.
Most critical issue facing this state this election cycle
Rain A-Comin': Paw's trick knee done say so.
Biggest race in the state
Gerald Booker vs. Arlene Mays (Murfreesboro School Board): In a true political litmus test, this race is expected to come down to whether residents prefer Booker's platform to ban health education or Mays' platform to ban science education.
Tennessee is known as "The Volunteer State" in recognition of the state's shockingly low-wage jobs.
It's out there on the TN.GOV website but it sure isn't easy to find, but we thought you might want to know who your incumbent State Representative is obligated to. It would be a lot easier if we could dress them up like NASCAR drivers and see the AT&T logo biggest and right on top, but they want to be coy about all this.
Here are State Representative Calfee's reports. Check a few of them out and you might have a better understanding why he voted the way he did on issues such as Municipal Broadband Service, for instance. I haven't added up all the AT&T donations but I'm working on it.
Maybe we should raise some money and try to buy him back from one or two of the lobbyists?
I suspect a lot of TN lawmakers have traveled to Colorado for "marijuana research" but this one seems totally legit.
Today Oct 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 Presidential and State Election.
If you aren't registered already get yourself down to the Courthouse and take care of it. If you aren't sure or want to verify that you are registered you can check your registration at this State of Tennessee web page
In the next ten days there is a less than 50% chance that we will receive 0.17 inches of rain.
We warned folks about this years back. These plants are transported and infect new waters in the wet places of boats that are carried from one fishing or recreation spot to another. All you have to do to get rid of it is drain Watts Bar Lake and leave it dry for a couple of years.
...Or people could start listening to those pain in the rear environmentalists who just want to save your planet.
Roane State’s Arts and Lectures Committee invites you to a Halloween viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Psycho (1960, Rated R). Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, this movie has garnered attention and discussion for over 50 years. Introduction and brief lecture by Prof. De Anna Stephens of Humanities.
That little blue line at Weather Underground that shows the chance for rain for the next ten days seems to have flat lined for our area. I wish we could take some of the rainfall burden off the east coast as Hurricane Matthew rampages through.
From Stafford's letter:
“I appreciate the support given to me through this journey and ask all of my supporters to cast their vote for Tyler Overstreet, whom I’ve developed a great respect for over the process of my campaign and have determined to be the most qualified candidate running,” Stafford said in a statement released Tuesday.
Overstreet,as quoted by the Roane County News:
“When I started my campaign as an independent for State Representative I knew it would take both Democrats and Republicans willing to shed the party labels attached to an unresponsive and broken system,”
While everyone is focused on the Presidential election, our Congressmen are busy giving more tax breaks to rich people who don;t pay that much tax anyway. This from a letter to the KNS:
All four Republican members of Congress from East Tennessee — Phil Roe, John J. Duncan Jr., Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais — voted for HR 5719 on Sept 22. This bill would to allow employees to defer up to seven years the payment of income tax on compensation they receive in the form of stock options. Since stock options are available nearly exclusively to those in upper management, only they will benefit from this bill. This bill gives no tax breaks to middle-class workers. All four of them brazenly spout their fiscal conservatism, especially Duncan. This bill is estimated to add $1 billion to the national debt over 10 years.
Trump would still get Tennessee's 11 electoral votes if the election were held today.
MTSU released the results of its latest poll Tuesday and has Trump leading democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 48 percent to 36 percent.
"...The State Board of Education is looking to slim down the requirements of what kids learn about Tennessee history by getting rid of “extraneous” stuff like why the state is named Tennessee in the first place and much of the interesting stuff women and minorities have done in the state."
Corey Stafford has reportedly announced the end of his campaign for State Representative for the 32nd District. This leaves voters with the choice of incumbent Kent Calfee (R) or challenger Tyler Overstreet (I).
I'm in mourning! Tom Humphrey's state political blog is being terminated by the folks who own the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gannett Publications. They aren't from around here and they don't particularly care if Tennesseans know what is going on in their state Legislature. They have now bought every major newspaper in Tennessee except for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I think their motto is...
"All the News We Want You to Know"
I have repeatedly called Tom Humphrey a Tennessee Treasure. I think the official reason he is leaving is to spend more time with his fishing gear. I wish him the best, because he is and he deserves it.
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