Volunteers with the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) will hold a boot drive on October 27 starting at 9 AM. They hope to raise funds for local activities of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). All monies raised will benefit our area.

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Oct 2 2012
02:37 pm

State Rep. Jim Cobb (R), District 31, has been arrested for assault stemming from an election day incident. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the current story ((link...)) and the more detailed background ((link...)).

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Sep 26 2012
12:01 pm

Today we got a free copy of Roane County News in our mailbox, who knows why. We were delighted to find an excellent Kevin Siers cartoon inside. It was originally published in the Charlotte Observer: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Updated: A Ridge View Elementary class is hoping for classroom organizational and display supplies but has only until October 31 when their project expires. They have $164 to go. Please consider becoming a first grade hero by giving even a small donation: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Sep 25 2012
12:30 pm

Appalachian Voices has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Sep 24 2012
02:38 pm

WATE has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Sep 20 2012
07:45 am

To determine your new districts after redistricting, see this new set of interactive maps: (link...)

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Wed
Sep 19 2012
09:35 am

Update 9/20: Success! Donors from Maryland and Arkansas stepped up to help this local school, just in time. :)

Original post: Students in a local middle school class had only 12 days remaining in their fundraising effort to get books for their classroom. Their teacher at Rockwood Middle School, Mrs. Mead, has raised most of the funds needed, but still has $89 to go at DonorsChoose.org ((link...)) before their project expires.

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Fri
Aug 31 2012
12:40 pm

The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department has launched their August appeal. Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation by mail to WRCVFD, P.O. Box 417, Rockwood, TN 37854, or online at WestRoane.com ((link...)).

Our neighbors in this all-volunteer IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit not only fight our fires but also provide our emergency medical services. Last year they helped 430 individuals with medical emergencies and fires.

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Thu
Aug 30 2012
12:46 pm

In honor of Labor Day, here is a 1911 illustration from Industrial Worker, via Wikimedia.

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Tue
Aug 21 2012
04:43 pm

From CommonDreams.org today:

"Up to 240 million Americans will now lose protections against dangerous smog and soot pollution, following a decision by a US appeals court on Tuesday.

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Tue
Aug 21 2012
01:48 pm

I just received a beautiful, quality card in the mail made by a local organic farm neighbor who is also an artist, Cielo Sand. Wow! These would make excellent gifts. I received the "Maize" design: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

Tue
Aug 21 2012
11:42 am

Bring the whole family to the East TN/Roane County Labor Day Picnic in Roane County Park on Sept. 3 from noon to 3 PM. Cost: $10 adults, children under 12 free. Tickets may be purchased at the picnic or in advance by calling 865-332-1289.

This should be a wonderful feast of food and community. Park Overall will be the guest speaker. Tommy Santelli will be there too, for music and fun.

For more information, see: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Aug 18 2012
08:35 pm
By: onetahiti

Have you seen the billboard near I-40 exit 364 (Hwy. 321/Melton Hill Dam and I-40/I-75 split)? It says, "America or Obama / You can't have both / Paid for by the Roane County Tea Party."

Area Democrats are asking for donations to provide a countering billboard in the same area (the sign that did have a Julia Hurley ad).

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Thu
Aug 16 2012
10:52 am

A first-grade class in Rockwood and a kindergarten in Harriman are among the classrooms in Roane County seeking help from our community at DonorsChoose.org: (link...)

Please consider chipping in something, even $5? Every little bit helps and it is all tax-deductible.

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Aug 16 2012
10:28 am

"Focus Schools are the 10 percent of schools in the state with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, such as racial and ethnic groups, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities and English-language learners." (Source: tn.gov/education/accountability/)

Four schools in Roane County made this list: Harriman High School, Midway Elementary, Midway Middle School, and Rockwood High School ((link...) (PDF)).

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Aug 8 2012
03:57 pm

Dixie Damm of the Loudon Democratic Party asked that this be posted:

The Loudon County Democratic Party is holding an Obama-Forward Art Contest.

The contest is open to residents of all TN counties, especially the East TN counties.

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Wed
Aug 1 2012
05:57 pm

I loved his novels. And he spoke truth to the powerful and to us all: (link...)

The world has lost a great man.

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Jul 25 2012
03:53 pm

Classrooms in Rockwood, Harriman, and Oliver Springs are asking for help on DonorsChoose.org, the excellent 501(3)(c) charity site for public schools.

Supporters of education, please consider giving even a little: (link...).

"It takes a village to raise a child."

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Jul 23 2012
06:43 pm

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) has received new rehab cooling equipment designed to help firefighters and victims recover from heat stress. This follows the recent hospitalization of a firefighter at the Whites Creek forest fire.

After learning that WRCVFD lacked cooling rehab, an anonymous local citizen donated over $3000 for the 6-person vest system.

West Roane firefighters train on new rehab equipment - Photo by Tom van Dalen
West Roane volunteer firefighters try out new cooling vests
Photo by Tom van Dalen
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Fri
Jul 20 2012
03:03 pm

From a Second Harvest email just now:

Tomorrow, we need some hard working volunteers to help sort and bag about 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes!

The more hands we have, the faster it will go. We will be meeting at Sycamore Tree UMC at 1830 Clydesdale St. in Maryville. A Scout troop they support is co-sponsoring this sweet potato delivery.

We will be working from 8am-noon. Even a one-hour time commitment will be very helpful.

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Tue
Jul 10 2012
08:08 pm

Here is a table of census data from 2010: (link...) (via the Tennessean).

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Jul 6 2012
04:54 am

From The Scouter newsletter ((link...)):

"After nearly 40 years, our Camp Buck Toms Ranger Dave Wallace is retiring; sadly the date is set; he will be leaving at the end of August. Many of us have only known one Ranger in our Scouting lifetime. Dave has been such a part of Camp Buck Toms that it will be hard to imagine what it will be like without him.

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Wed
Jul 4 2012
05:05 am

For more information, see: (link...), or see the schedule of events on the Kingston Parks and Recreation web site. The fireworks show is at dusk on the river.

Please consider attending a public fireworks display instead of setting off fireworks yourself. Even with the recent rain, the county's woods are full of excess fuel in this drought. Our dry weather does not help the fire danger situation. Even sparklers can reach 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt many metals.

West Roane County VFD has a free fireworks safety brochure (PDF format, 685KB).

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Fri
Jun 29 2012
02:02 pm

The Rockwood Food Pantry has a current shortage of bottled water, milk, and other drinks, and is completely out of canned meat such as tuna.

Anyone who can help should call 354-1750 or visit them as soon as possible. Their website is RockwoodMinisterial.org ((link...)).

"The Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday 10-12am & 2-4pm, but is closed on Tuesday afternoons."

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Jun 14 2012
10:12 am
By: onetahiti

Education Week has a good piece on a highly successful program to increase student achievement by providing low-cost home libraries for students in 2nd and 3rd grades. Free registration required but worth it: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Jun 5 2012
05:26 pm

Here is food for thought and a nice chart: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
May 11 2012
05:31 am

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor ((link...)), Roane County is now officially in a condition of drought.

This drought combined with the excess fuel in our woodland areas means we are at a high fire danger. Residents should be extra careful about fire. Most wild fires start as "controlled burns."

-- OneTahiti

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Roane County United Way is hosting its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 12th from 11AM to 4PM at Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman.

Bring the whole family for fun activities with refreshments and more! Festivities and entertainment will be provided by local charities and services. West Roane County VFD will bring a fire truck.

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Sun
May 6 2012
12:08 pm
By: onetahiti

CommonCause.org has a list of the corporate members of ALEC: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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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.