Wed
Dec 24 2014
05:22 pm

Whites Creek

Wed
Dec 24 2014
09:42 am

How TVA Has (not) Changed
SOCM members call on TDEC to revoke Kingston Gypsum Landfill Permit

Kingston, Tenn. – On Tuesday, December 9th concerned SOCM members joined partners and other Roane County citizens to voice opposition to TVA’s proposal to store coal ash in a current gypsum landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant site in Kingston, TN. The news of TDEC’s approval to allow TVA’s new permit to go through should have shocked the community. It would have shocked the community, had it been given the proper coverage it was due.

As it was, attention was instead focused on TVA’s announcement at the spill-site ceremony of the completion of the clean-up of the 2008 disaster, which was held, notably, at the beginning of last week. At the ceremony, TVA president, Bill Johnson, proudly proclaimed that “TVA has changed”. At the same time, behind the scenes, as a result of the outcry among those at the hearing, TDEC quietly announced an extension of the public commenting period to December 30th.

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Mon
Dec 22 2014
10:31 am

Roane County Commissioners
September 1-2014 – August 31, 2018

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In a curiously timed public hearing, TVA has announced its intention to add coal ash to the gypsum landfill being built on the banks of the Clinch River. This landfill has already failed several times and has even leached gypsum into the Clinch River, we are just finding out. The public hearing was after the December County Commission meeting and the public comment period ends before the next Commission meeting in a very transparent attempt to force this through before anybody finds out about it.

We are calling on County Executive Ron Woody and the County Commission to get involved and stop this travesty. The first thing is to demand an extension of the comment period for 90 days so all the facts can come out. They won't be pretty.

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Sat
Dec 20 2014
09:15 am

While checking out at Kroger yesterday the cashier informed us that Rocky Top Markets would be ending their participation in the Kroger Fuel Points program soon. She said there was a list of Rocky Tops that had already stopped accepting the fuel points posted at the customer service desk but I didn't have time to look at it. The cashier said we would have to drive to Oak Ridge, Knoxville or Crossville to use the Kroger fuel points we earn when we make a purchase at Kroger.

Getting 80-90 cents per gallon discount on gas by using the Kroger fuel points at Rocky Top Markets made a big difference in our fuel cost each month. If Rocky Top Markets stop accepting the Kroger fuel points I will stop using Rocky Top Markets to purchase gasoline. I hope all of you do the same.

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Fri
Dec 19 2014
09:27 am
By: WhitesCreek

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The link to this over on the right has been updated.

Thu
Dec 18 2014
07:11 am

West Roane VFD ((link...)) receives their first quarterly donation check from Kroger this month. So far the donation averages over $25 per signed-up family per month. Thank you, Kroger!

If you shop at Kroger and want to get more donations for the fire department by shopping as usual, here's how to sign up:

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

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I was hoping we would see some legal action on this.

Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people were arrested early Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
12:56 pm

OK, the predictable happened. A fake town social media account was opened and is bubbling with positive social comments:

@FakeMayor account posted "just have to be positive. i learned today that 2 of my 6 staffers are not arsonists.#staypositive"

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Republicans can't stand to let Federal tax dollars go somewhere else. So how do we make up the TWO BILLION DOLLARS lost because of GOP politics and how do we get the rural hospitals back that were closed because of this?

In a major policy move, Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the new Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program that would provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Tennesseans who currently don't have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The plan would be leveraged with federal dollars, said Haslam, who has been working for more than a year on a Medicaid expansion plan that could gain approval from both federal officials and the Republican-dominated state legislature.

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Actually, I hate to disagree with my buddy, Steve Cohen, but I think Haslam's plan will work quite well, just not at giving Tennessee's college students a better education. What it will do well is funnel students into two year schools with abysmal graduation rates while raising tuitions at our states four year institutions by about $500 the first year.

Congressman Cohen's numbers and comments brought to us by Tom Humphrey:

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Sun
Dec 14 2014
06:33 pm
Sat
Dec 13 2014
02:58 pm

WVLT has the story: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Dec 12 2014
11:13 pm

The showing of "It's A Wonderful Life" marks the first movie to be shown at the Princess in 15 years! It was a historical moment and the house was packed!

For more photos go to the PRINCESS BLOG!

Fri
Dec 12 2014
04:09 pm

EXTRA! EXTRA!! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Today, December 12, 2014, THE PRINCESS THEATRE in historic downtown Harriman opens her doors at 6 PM for the first movie on the screen since the theatre's restoration.

The Christmas classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE will be shown FREE ADMISSION at 7 PM. However, all are asked to bring a canned good item for the local food bank. will be sold.

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES TONIGHT!

Fri
Dec 12 2014
09:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

Crucial Deadline Looms For The Uninsured

Ramsey wants to limit new Tenn. abortion laws

Sen. Kelsey, Rep. DeBerry File Bill Aimed at "Racial Profiling"

TN U.S. House delegation splits — 4 yes, 5 no — on $1.1 trillion budget bill

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...hours before the Ferguson grand jury returned its decision on Nov. 24, (Chattanooga Police Chief Fred) Fletcher sent out an email to all officers that urged them to "be mindful" and "deliberate" on social media because officers' comments reflect on the department. And after Puckett's comments surfaced on Dec. 4, Fletcher sent out a second email.

"Let me be clear," he wrote. "We will not tolerate any behavior by a Chattanooga police officer that is abusive, harassing, threatening, profane or otherwise reflects unfavorably on the Chattanooga Police Department."

The same policy is in force here at RoaneViews for ALL posters. We also put a premium on factual accuracy. We make mistakes but they are always corrected when we find them.

Look, We have an "Us v Them" problem in our society and it's not just law enforcement. We are polarized in several places across the societal spectrum. Until we work on opening things up for clear dialog and search for ideas that work, rather than trying to put each other down, things won't change. Law enforcement is in a special category in that they hold life and death power over all of us, and should fall under special training and scrutiny and process openness. Let us try to keep in mind through all of this that there are more good well meaning people on every side than there are jerks. We must not classify all protesters by the very few we see on camera breaking windows and cops by the very few who shoot and kill juvenile delinquents. This is a complex problem and will take a complex solution persistently applied.

The Chattanooga story is here:

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Wed
Dec 10 2014
06:06 pm

I wanted to post something on this earlier but I had Jury duty today. (No, I didn't sit on a case, since I have been a victim of the crime the defendant was accused of)

“You have got to satisfy the comptroller’s office because we rely on the comptroller’s office on all that we do,” Woody said. “If they’re not satisfied, we’re not satisfied, and if we’re not satisfied, we have a lot of confidence it’s not being done right.”

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Why would someone force a child to drink two and a half liters of grape soda as punishment and who knew it was deadly? We don't normally post these types of stories but this one warns of the dangers of several things including bad parenting and sodas.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014
07:55 am

This is a strange development and indicative of the Nation the US has become. Our elected officials are told what to do by moneyed and corporate interests rather than asking themselves what would be best for the people of these United States. As if the $4.5 billion Watts Bar debacle isn't enough, now we have more nuclear plants being proposed and financed by private interest who only want to make an obscene amount of money on them. So who bears the risk? The American taxpayer who insures nuclear plants, since no private insurer will touch them.

Two nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority are expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate today, but only after the pair made an unusual commitment Monday not to vote or involve themselves with any matter involving developer Franklin L. Haney and his effort to finance TVA’s unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant.

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Since 1937, The Tennessee Conservationist magazine has specialized in showcasing Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. In fact, the award-winning magazine is considered one of the longest-running chronicles of Tennessee’s natural and cultural history.

Well, except for that period of time when Governor Sundquist used it as his personal political campaign rag. Thank Gov. Bredesen for pulling in Commissioner Jim Fyke to save TDEC and the Conservationist. I will mention that Gov Haslam has continued the GOP tradition of destroying the entities in this state that work for a better environment by eliminating the TN Conservation Commission. Still surviving is this best of all Tennessee publications. You should give subscriptions to all of your family!

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Mon
Dec 8 2014
03:00 pm

For tonight...

Mon
Dec 8 2014
11:03 am

Gotta love that free market. Price gouging anyone?

The price that hospitals and pharmacies pay for a bottle of 500 tablets of doxycycline, a decades-old antibiotic, rose to $1,849 in April, from $20 in October 2013. The price they pay for a bottle of pravastatin, a drug to lower cholesterol, rose to $196 from $27 in that same time. The price of a pill of digoxin, a centuries-old medicine that is irreplaceable for some cardiac patients, rose to $1.10 this summer from 11 cents in 2012.

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As Dr. Shea Tuberty noted, "We are seeing NO lasting effects from the ash spill." But this is the perception that remains:

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Now U T fans have an even better connection with Dale Jr.

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Sun
Dec 7 2014
07:42 am
By: WhitesCreek

Food for thought on this lovely morning...

Assisting in a suicide is a crime in Tennessee. It's a Class D felony, and anyone found guilty can be sentenced to between two and 12 years in prison.

But the charge is rare -- in the past five years, only two people have been indicted on suspicion of assisted suicide in Tennessee, and in one of those cases the charge was later dismissed by prosecutors, state records show.

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Sat
Dec 6 2014
06:40 pm

Want to see what various police groups got from the Pentagon? Scroll down to the picklist on this page to search by state and department: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Fri
Dec 5 2014
08:39 am

“TVA board members are robbing the funds collected from the rate payers for the pension plan for other funding,” Stalvey complained on the social media site. “This is the same as stealing and should be stopped.”

The TVA retirement plan, which covers nearly 36,000 employees, retirees and family members, had assets of $7.5 billion as of Sept. 30 and has no immediate problem continuing to pay more than $600 million a year in retirement benefits to about 23,500 retirees.

But to sustain such payments over the long term, actuaries estimate TVA’s retirement plan has liabilities of more than $12.2 billion. In its fiscal 2014 year end report, TVA reported that its retirement system is only about 61 percent funded, based upon projected benefit costs and investment earnings for the future.

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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.