Since this landfill should never have been permitted in this location in the first place, and it has already suffered several failures and leaks into the Clinch River and since the public comments were overwhelmingly opposed to depositing coal ash into it, TDEC has decided to grant TVA's request and allow coal ash to be deposited along with gypsum. They did agree to lower the allowable height of the landfill so that the top would not tower over the trees and be as much of an eyesore from downtown Kingston.
A Harriman man is making a name for himself in the world of Dragon Con conventions for his costume creations.
RJ Foster is a man who loves to tinker and create. In the attic of his Harriman home, Foster has spent countless hours working to build a costume that has won him awards on some of the biggest stages in costume design.
"It took me about 724 hours worth of work," Foster said.
Steps in Tyme Designs:
From the announcement:
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Mr. Bobby Collier. He will be missed by many, especially his Leadership Roane County family. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation REACH (PO Box 981, Kingston, TN 37763) or First Baptist Church of Kingston Building Fund.
Our thoughts are with Bobby's family and the many people he touched.
Congressman DesJarlais faces a primary opponent whose platform seems to be that DsJarlais isn't crazy enough...
“Scott DesJarlais just showed the American people why Washington, D.C., is so hated and why he is unfit to be a congressman,” Starrett campaign manager Tommy Schultz charged in a statement.
Humphrey has the answer...Lobbyists.
The news roundup is troubling at best.
The TN Corrections Dept refuses to release the autopsy and medical records of a prisoner they list as having died from "natural causes", when what we have seen states that he was beaten severely, had multiples burns, cuts, and at least 9 broken ribs. They even had the gall to use the "He fell out of bed" excuse.
Having nearly $200 million in unspent federal grants for drinking water improvements is a travesty. That is only eclipsed by the Billions of dollars we've lost by the refusal to expand medicare coverage in our state.
Here you go:
Yes, there are some of these in Roane County. Unfortunately, people dig them up thinking they can be transplanted. They are symbiotic with a fungus in certain soils and require a special soil, water, sun habitat. Great video from Nashville's channel 5.
Roane Academy’s facility director Mark Akers and clinical director Dr. Andrea McCarter resigned last week.
How can this be? Is this a judge forcing her own religious viewpoint that suicide under any circumstances should be illegal? What is to be gained by refusing a terminally ill 84 year old person a pain free death?
John Jay Hooker has terminal cancer and has doctors who have expressed a willingness to prescribe him a lethal dosage of painkillers.
The doctors sought protection from prosecution if the 84-year-old Hooker was administered the drugs.
But Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the plaintiffs on Tuesday, saying they "do not have standing to bring this action." She said administering such drugs would be engaging in "criminal conduct."
After reading more about the Vandy study I conclude that the headline is way off base. You would think that since pre-K advantages fade away by third grade we should do away with it as a waste of resources. What we should be asking is what is wrong with First Second and Third Grades in that they aren't utilizing and gaining from the benefits of Pre-K?
That story and more from Crockett...
Commissioner Collier is in the hospital after serious surgery. He is an effective advocate for those he represents and has been the driving force behind Operation Reach for years.
We send our good thoughts and best wishes to Bobby and his family. Hang in there, brother!
West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.
We've been there ourselves and had to drive over to the game a ref was officiating to get him to admit there was a mistake and correct his own paperwork. This is one of "those" calls.
Rockwood High School football coach John Webb is still racking his brain to determine why star running back Isiah Jones was flagged for taunting after scoring a touchdown late in last Friday’s 34-27, overtime loss to Grace Christian Academy.
The infraction, Jones’ second personal foul of the game, resulted in an ejection, meaning the standout runner, who transferred from Oak Ridge last season, will miss Friday’s matchup with area rival Harriman.
KINGSTON, TENN. — While the University of Tennessee prepares to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts in gridiron action this Saturday evening, final preparations are also taking place at nearby Roane County High School as the Yellow Jackets Marching Band takes advantage of a rare opportunity to perform with UT’s famous Pride of the Southland Band on game day.
“This is quite an honor,” said RCHS band director Zack Williamson. This year’s band boasts nearly 200 students who are looking forward to walking the Vol Walk route, enjoying a bit of tailgating — and performing in Neyland Stadium.
On Friday at 5 PM, support the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department and have some good food and fellowship too! Chief Charlie Redwine donated his grant-writing skills to get a usually elusive $200,000+ grant from FEMA for a much-needed new tank truck.
However, the community is required to raise 5% (a little over $10,000) to quality for this substantial grant. So, come to the Chili/Soup Fundraiser Supper on 9/25, have some fun, and help these fine volunteers get that truck.
Read more at: (link...).
I just made an appointment for a hearing before the Bord of Equalization regarding a condo in Ladd Landing. I've been here before, for the exact same reason.
(Call 376-4362 ASAP if you wish to appeal your appraisal)
We received our appraisal card for the condo and it was for the amount that was approved by the state in our appeal after the BOE refused to accept our position last time. They put us througfh the expense and time involved, first with going before them, and second going before the state appeals board, where the BOE was over ruled and we were granted a fair and reasonable valuation.
Then, weeks after the original card was sent out, we received another card last Friday, Sept. 11, that revised the valuation upward to a ridiculous number. I was told that the state did not account for land values in appraising our condo. This is exactly what they did last time. Land values are included in a condo's market price. Don't believe me? Try selling your land and keeping your condo. We won this on appeal.
Now, even though revised appraisal cards just went out, they are saying they will not remain in session after Sept 25, even if they have no hearing slots available t everybody who wants one. I am very uneasy with the practices of this Board.
Here we go...
Gatlinburg is already running its PR machine about leaf season. And, the Smokies have a really nice one, but so does Roane County!
We took a nice jaunt along the creek this evening and noticed that the black gums and sweet gums are showing wine red color already. That bodes well for Roane County leaf season. Here's a shot from a past year. Frankly I think the drive up Hwy 70 to Roosevelt Mountain is the equal of anywhere. Now if only we could exterminate the litterbugs!
So we have a number of actors and actresses with Roane County connections, even though some of them (who shall remain nameless, Megan Fox) disavow the connection. Then we get this:
HARRIMAN (WATE) – A woman who played the medical assistant in the first three season of Star Trek: Voyager was arrested for indecent exposure.
Jennifer Ann Lien
Phil Williams at News Channel 5 in Nashville takes a look at the Governor's privatization schemes and finds they aren't justified.
Among the findings: it won't save any money because universities are already doing it cheaper than the proposed outsourcing costs.
We are at the very end of the flowering period so look for it in wetland and bog areas right now!
The common name for this beauty is "monkey faced orchid". Plant people know it as the "white fringeless orchid" and scientists know it as Platanthera Integrilabia. I'm going with white fringeless orchid. It lives in Roane County, TN or at least it did live here before a less than thoughtful highway project wiped it out.
While I suspect that there may be a few plants surviving in the wilds of Roane County, I think there is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to recovery by establishing a project to restore this and other native species in some form of nature park in a prominent location in our county.
Roane County has suffered and continues to suffer from the public impression that we are an environmental disaster area. Everytime TVA is mentioned the news services show that same old totally outdated ash disaster photo from 8 1/2 years ago. What better project could we have than a garden to our native heritage?
There are significant resources available for something like this, including people at the US Fish and Wildlife Service who are friends of Roane County having attended music events here. The Fish and Wildlife Service people in Cookeville are very interested as well. Here's more: (link...)
Today is a new moon. None of the moon's illuminated surface faces the earth.
Today will be 12 hours and 29 minutes long. Tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 13 seconds shorter.
Last night's low temperature was 49 degrees F. The record low was 47 degrees set in 1940.
Average temperatures for this date are 87 and 63 degrees. Averages are now calculated with data from 1999 to the present due to the increase in global temperatures worldwide and uncertainties due to climate change.
I suppose one could make a career out of correcting the Damon Lawrence stories in the Roane County News, but our interest is in giving everyone good information and letting them judge for themselves. We are only going to mention the most obvious misleading statements in this story for now.Continued...
Ladd Landing Listening Room is a house concert venue. Everyone who wants to listen to good music in a family friendly atmosphere is welcome. Come out and meet all the good folks who have made this a great grown up social scene in Roane County.
Americana Country group Guy Marshall brings us their hard hitting songs and great harmonies tonight.
$10 BYOB Family Friendly Doors at 7:00 PM
Directions and the calendar of music can be found by clicking Daniel Kimbro's bass over on the right.
Scientists say they’ve discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-dark chamber of a cave in South Africa.
The creature shows a surprising mix of human-like and more primitive characteristics — some experts called it “bizarre” and “weird.”
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- GRAND PREES "Last Dance" - August 15th - Princess Theatre (mushy)
- WWII Reenactment at the Secret City Festival (mushy)
- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
- Don't miss the last day of the Tennessee Medieval Faire (mushy)
- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)