Oct 9 2014
07:08 am

Anyone who meets Mary Headrick would be proud to have her serve us in Congress. A recent poll shows this race tightening as people keep asking what Chuck Fleischmann has done for us in Congress and learning that most of his money comes from outside our district and from Washington PACs. Here's your chance to ask Headrick the tough questions, something you'll never get with Chuck.

Dr. Mary Headrick will be in Oak Ridge tonight, at the DFET Candidate's Forum at the OR Civic Center Gym from 7:00-8:30 pm. She is our Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional district, to unseat Chuck Fleischmann.

Many other candidates will also be there including candidates for Oak Ridge city council and for school board.

Booher had previously been found guilty of two counts of statutory rape for hiring an underage prostitute.



The event, cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America East Tennessee Society, will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive.

UT archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists and their graduate students will host displays about their projects locally and around the world. They will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work and offer hands-on activities demonstrating their research. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils to the museum for the experts to identify.

The event will have a number of activities for children, including make-and-take Roman-style shield decorating, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, creating clay fossil molds, writing on clay tablets, identifying plant remains in sandboxes, and matching animal bones.


Oct 8 2014
06:01 pm

The complaint said a school resource officer and the boy's teacher dragged the child into the principal's office in May before the SRO put the boy into a chokehold while someone else restrained his legs.

Attorneys said the child had bruises on his arms, stomach, legs and buttocks.

Monroe County


Oct 8 2014
03:39 pm
By: Creativeartsco-op

Everyone's invited... King Henry VIII is coming to the...
East Tennessee Renaissance Festival!

October 25 & 26 10am-5pm
Tickets: $8 for ages 13 and up $5 for ages 5-12
Enjoy Human Combat Chess! Celtic Music & Dance!
Stage Performances! And of course, food, beer and crafts...!

Where, you ask? It's closer than you think!
550 Fiske Road, Harriman (Exits 350 and 347 on I-40)
(link...) for more!

Oct 8 2014
12:31 pm

For some really weird reason it is illegal for elementary school kids to walk to school in Roane County.


Well how about that?

Mary Headrick deserves our votes on Nov. 4 or in early voting beginning Oct. 15 to elect her to represent the 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is intelligent, thoughtful, honest and experienced in a number of fields. She has been a computer analyst, a math teacher and an emergency room physician. She is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She studies every issue in minute detail. And she makes an informed decision -- not a political one.

And finally:

"True patriotism means putting loyalty to country before loyalty to party just as in 1787 [during the "Great Compromise" when the U.S. Constitution was hammered out] it meant putting loyalty to country before loyalty to state," she said. "The founders gave us the bones and the marrow, but our ability to work cooperatively and respectfully together is the heart. We cannot keep that heart beating if we make politics a blood sport."

We strongly support Mary Headrick for Congress for the 3rd District congressional seat.


Oct 7 2014
08:57 pm
By: Mello


Very Happy Merry! Happy, Happy, Joy! Joy!

I was reminded of the upcoming concert while listening to the Phil Williams show yesterday. His guest was 17-year-old Emery Francis and her mother. Phil was blown away with Emery's "House of the Rising Sun" performance! Emery told Phil that she was uncertain whether or not she would continue to pursue music as a singer, writer, or teacher. Whatever she decides, she will continue to entertain us in the interim.

EmiSunshine will be new to the Princess stage, but this will be Emery's third time performing there. She first appeared in, and won, the Princess Foundation's First Annual Multi-County Talent Show; performing "House of the Rising Sun", and again opening for 2Steel Girls in June of this year!

Details and concert information is on the Princess blog...CLICK HERE!

Channel 8 has a little info: (link...)

This site tells us more: (link...)

Oct 6 2014
06:18 am

Roane County has an image problem and TVA is the cause of it. This observer was stunned but not surprised that behind the scene forces got their hands on the one million dollar TVA funding that was supposed to go to Roane County to rebuild that image. This county appears to be unable to come together and work for the common good.

“There’s just so much distrust in this county it’s almost sickening.” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason

“The primary reason for my disappointment is that the division of these funds further exacerbates Roane County’s real image problem, which has very little to do with the ash spill,” Creswell wrote.

“The most significant detriment to Roane County’s image is the division between the municipalities and the county that prevents collaboration that could lead to a stronger and healthier local economy.”

(Roane Alliance President Wade) Creswell said an opportunity to bring the county together was wasted.

RCN Story (paywall)

Today is the last day ‪to Register To Vote‬ if you want to ‪vote‬ ‪this November.
Supposedly You can register in person at:

1) County Clerk’s Offices
2) County Election Commission Office
3) Public Libraries
4) Register of Deeds Offices

Property owners in the City of Kingston can register and vote in the city election regardless of place of residence. Interesting, isn't it?

Oct 5 2014
10:25 am

Paul Revere passed yesterday. A reflection is after the break.


Oct 3 2014
07:28 am

Your Roane County property tax bills are late this year because the County Commission didn't decide what the tax rate should be until too late to get them processed. Funny how election cycles work on elected official job performance.

You electric bill this month will reflect the TVA rate increase to residential customers that was enacted to hold down commercial electricity rates. So how do grandmothers feel about subsidizing J T Hackney?

Every nuclear power plant under construction in the USA has three things in common...They are all behind schedule, over budget(by a lot), and no private insurance company will insure them...Your tax money insures all of them, every single nuclear plant in this country.

The former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who oversaw the housing bubble and economic crash under the Bush Administration, has been unable to refinance his own home mortgage.

Current DNA studies suggest that Native Americans and Northern Canadian Inuit are not genetically related, with the Inuit immigrating to North America 8000 to 10,000 years after the first wave of Asian immigrants. Yes, Virginia, every human being in America is an immigrant. Think about that for a minute or two.

Oct 2 2014
09:42 am

Jennifer Daniels will be at Ladd Landing Friday at 7:30. The videos just don't do her justice. A live show in a small room is the treat of a lifetime. More show info and the rest of the calendar is here: (link...)

Oct 1 2014
01:09 pm

You have to wonder how sick some is to have done such nasty things. Let's hope they get found out, arrested, and prosecuted for assault and everything else.

The department believes locals were behind the sabotage and officers said they are taking the investigation very seriously.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke acknowledged the incidents were upsetting but said they should not overshadow the enthusiasm and support from everyone who cheered for the Ironman on Sunday.


Arguments were heard on Monday in McFarland's lawsuit to overturn the election of Mike Pemberton. Judge Blackwood originally stated that he would issue a ruling the next day but instead took care of it later the same day. He basically decreed that this was old news and time has run out for any lawsuit. The State Attorney General joined Pemberton in asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

“This case, there was clearly a voter who filed a complaint, the commission had a hearing, heard evidence, issued a final determination,” Assistant Attorney General Ryan A. Lee said. “Once that final determination is issued, the only way it can be reviewed is through a common law writ of certiorari. The statute of limitations for that action has run, and therefore plaintiff’s complaint in this case is time barred.”


Sep 30 2014
08:07 pm

Jordan Underwood says he got a call at 3 a.m. about a loud noise at his hotel on Historic Nature Trail Drive in Gatlinburg. He said he found something different than he expected.


OK, I need this explained:

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.


Sep 30 2014
07:04 am

From Davidson County Grand Jury:

"charges should be brought against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell who willfully and arrogantly ignored the law regarding those appointments."

If you want to hear Ms. Harwell she will be speaking at a Kent Calfee fundraiser promoted by the Roane Chamber of Commerce which sent out a political ad for Kent in its monthly email. Here it is in part:

I trust that our County Commission is keeping a close accounting of where our county tax money is going to make sure that none of it is being used to pay for the Chamber's political activities, since that would totally be just as against the law as the activities for which Ms Harwell is being considered for indictment. .

Why is Chuck so afraid of Mary Headrick?

Headrick said she had hoped Fleischmann would agree to a date before Oct. 15 -- the start of early voting -- but she will take what she can get.

"As my campaign manager said, 'We'll just have to work harder,'" Headrick said in an email Friday.

But don't the voters of the 3rd Congressional District deserve to know what Chuck is all about?

"When you've got a lot more money than your opponent, there's no reason to give them free visibility. But one way to get away from the idea that you won't debate your opponent is to have it close to the election. It may minimize damage...


Sep 24 2014
08:54 am

These are pretty heavy charges.

I’m regret that I accepted the dirty money from RAAMPAC. If I had the means t pay it back, I would.

But speaking of paybacks, the people of Tennessee are going to learn about the sale of chairmanships as soon as the general election is over.. Fortunately, I can bring this forward, since you have nothing I want and I no longer have anything you can take away.

Jim Summerville


Sep 24 2014
07:15 am

I fail to see how the law was followed here. The female victim was 14. From the original charges it would seem that she was an underage prostitute.

Booher, 59, was charged with one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of solicitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated statutory rape.

He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

He is 45 years older than the victim.


Crimes are often committed by people suffering from mental illness and the resuting confrontations with law enforcement often end tragically. This program could well prevent future tragedies by giving officers the tools they need to effectively deal with these situations.

The training could also have extra benefits for officers:

For one Oak Ridge Police officer there was an unexpected benefit. It helped him deal with his own child.

A wife of one of the officers said her husband came home one day during the training and said he got it.

“He sat down with his child and their relationship is totally different now. It changed their family dynamic. I think that is a very very strong statement for CIT,”


Sep 24 2014
06:54 am

This is about the scariest thing I've read lately:

In Martineau’s words, “state primacy and autonomy must be respected.”


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will hold a public meeting in Athens, Tenn., Oct. 1, to review progress on the TVA Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor project.

Those unable to attend the meeting may participate through a webinar by registering online at


Sep 23 2014
08:13 am

This guy has been called a lot of names and none of them are good. He was the driving force in preventing the TVA disaster victims from being made whole. He was well paid for his work. Victor Ashe decried his exorbitant salary many times.


Sep 22 2014
11:04 am

My experience in observing Mr. Brummett is that he is an excellent chair person.

The Committee on Committees has been chosen and will meet soon to fill out the rest of the committee assignments.


“Did the trial court err in concluding that the Equal Protection, Due Process and Full Faith and Credit Clauses of the United States Constitution are not violated by Tennessee Constitution Article XI 18 and Tennessee Code Annotated 36-3-113 when such laws, as applied in this case, prohibit recognition of plaintiff’s valid marriage in and under the laws of the state of Iowa to another man, and thus prohibit plaintiff from seeking a divorce in Tennessee, where both spouses currently reside?”


Sep 20 2014
01:55 pm

Celebrating good live music in a friendly atmosphere. We bring in the best of the best performers as they sojourn through our area and the best of the East Tennessee music scene. We are the birthplace of Country Music after all! I'll put our homegrown talent up against anybody's.


We're family friendly, don't serve food or beverage but you're welcome and encouraged to bring your own. Most folks do.

The show calendar is RIGHT HERE.

A Little History and Stuff

Our music series grew out of a few like minded people who wanted to have a listening room music venue where serious artists could perform good music in an intimate supportive atmosphere.

Music at Ladd Landing used to be Music at Market Street but we grew and moved a short walk away to the Ladd Landing Clubhouse. It combines our serious affection for singer songwriters, live performance of original music, and socializing with our friends and families. We started it up in the Spring of 2012 on a whim. The idea was to have a family friendly atmosphere where we could chat and visit, share adult beverages if we so choose, and listen to some of the best music in Tennessee. So far it's working. We meet new people every week and folks are now driving out from Knoxville and other far flung places to experience their favorite artists in a small room with great acoustics. The only complaint we ever hear is "Why didn't you tell me about this sooner?"

The people who play for us are very good. They write and record songs and are excellent musicians. We tend to be heavy on Americana genre but we've had ex Allman Brother Johnny Neel and R&B virtuoso Jason Eskridge, so good music is good music. Most of our artists are suggested by the artists who have played at Market Street, on the theory that musicians know music. So far everyone has been better than good. We also pester artists we like after hearing them on stage at one venue or another and we try to get people you would have to go to the Bijou, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's music festival, or someplace like that to hear. They bring their CD's and other stuff for purchase. We pay artists all we can and, after expenses, donate any extra to charities we like. We take no money ourselves.

More information, links to artists, music, and lots of photos are on our Facebook page.


Music at Ladd Landing is at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse in Kingston. The official address is 1100 Waterford Place, Kingston, TN but that won't tell your GPS how to find us.

Take Exit 352 then left and go one half mile north (left off I 40 away from Kingston proper). Turn right into Ladd Landing at the 3 way stop. Drive past the Food City shopping center and Ace Hardware about a city block and turn right just before you would go under the Iron Greenway bridge. Park on the road and walk up. Passengers who need it may be let off in front of the clubhouse. Let me know if you need anything. We'll take care of you.

Questions? or day of the show: 865-603-6981

Lost Medicaid Funding

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