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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2014 - 5:42pm.

Chuck Fleischmann voted to prevent the Pentagon from taking climate change into account. How long are we going to tolerate politicians ignoring science?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2014 - 6:49am.

You may find this surprising, given that I am a tireless critic of TVA, but I agree with the IG for the most part on the clean up. TVA has failed to make our County and its property owners whole from a financial stand point but environmentally we are better than we have been since TVA came to town in the early 1950's.

“Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 18, 2014 - 11:31am.

This should be a model for the other towns in Roane County on how to put your best foot forward.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 18, 2014 - 11:00am.

Not the normal happening in Rockwood, actually.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 17, 2014 - 5:06pm.

October 18, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, called for both immediate action by government to address Ebola and by individual Tennesseans to address influenza.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing the results of drastic government cost-cutting in the name of ‘smaller government’ as well as the results of years of congressional gridlock,” Dr. Headrick noted.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 17, 2014 - 9:36am.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2014 - 7:38pm.

Congratulations to Rockwood Girls Soccer District 3 A/AA Champions!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2014 - 8:31am.

Between phone calls and email I had more than one staunch Republican tell me they voted for Mary yesterday. They pretty much hate Chuck Fleischmann. There might be a surprise in this election after all.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2014 - 3:23pm.

Meet Charlie Ingram & Ray Brazier from the Outdoor Channel on Monday, October 20 at 7 pm at The Roane Alliance. This is a free event. More info:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2014 - 3:16pm.

It's Fall. Whites Creek is running strong and several thousand common grackles have us surrounded. They are wonderfully noisy.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2014 - 3:08pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2014 - 6:50am.

With a just released report from NASA calling September the "Hottest month in history" There's this from the Pentagon:

"Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe," he adds.

The report asserts that climate change will affect the Pentagon's ability to "defend the nation" and "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,"

Can we do something yet?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 13, 2014 - 6:03pm.

Sorry Chuck Fleischmann. Why is it that people who know you personally seem to have decided to support Mary Headrick for Congress in the 3rd District?

Today at the JFK Club luncheon meeting at The Chattanoogan, Mayor Andy Berke spoke in glowing terms in support of Mary Headrick's run for U.S. Congress. He told those assembled that Mary Headrick has his support. This announcement was received with obvious pleasure from the crowd.

Headrick stated, "It means a lot to me to have the approval of an elected official from the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Just as important, in fact more important, is the support I have received form citizens in Chattanooga and throughout the 3rd District. Together, we can bring greater prosperity, progress and fairness to East Tennessee."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 13, 2014 - 8:32am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 12, 2014 - 6:56am.

John G. Stewart lives in Knoxville and is a former assistant general manager and vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is aghast but not surprised at the idiocy of TN's Constitutional amendments.

Pity the poor voter this time around, especially when it comes to the four constitutional amendments on the ballot. First, the wording of the amendments themselves is all but incomprehensible. Who writes this stuff?

Then the media — and your mailbox — are filled with one half-truth and one misleading assertion after another.

The classic example of this are the assertions being trumpeted far and wide by the advocates of constitutional Amendment 3

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 10, 2014 - 1:52pm.

This is extremely alarming! I hope the penalty for this is substantial.

According to reports, a woman told police she was taking her children to school along Sugar Grove Valley Road when she saw emergency blue lights behind her car.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 6:50pm.

“Sometime during this incident, Officer Medina restrained Billy’s arms and upper body in a choke hold while another individual restrained his legs and forced Billy to bend over a desk while Principal Shadden paddled him,” the lawsuit stated.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 6:29pm.

How insane have Tennessee politics become when we are voting on an amendment to our state constitution that would give Ken Yager and Kent Calfee the power to decide whether your 14 year old daughter has to bear her rapist's child or whether your wife will die rather than terminate a life threatening pregnancy?

I have decided to vote NO on all amendments. That simplifies everything.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 3:42pm.

Headrick Urges Flu Season Preparation

October 9, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick,, congressional candidate for the Tennessee Third District, stepped off the campaign trail briefly today to remind everyone who is able to do so to get a flu shot.

“There is so much in the news today about the Ebola virus and about the entereovirus D-68,” Headrick said, “and they are serious and worthy of attention, but influenza - the flu - is the thing that we here in Tennessee should focus our attention on first because it is the thing we can all do something about.”

“By getting flu shots, we protect ourselves and protect others at the same time.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:34am.

A letter has been sent out to HUB water customers but there is nothing on the HUB web site. Instead there is a link to the report showing HUB has great water quality...Problem is that the report is from 2011, even though it has a "NEW" banner beside it, and the violations were from July 1 to Sept 30 of this year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:17am.

The Roane County Sheriff's Office bought a drug incinerator with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It uses high heat to turn pills into piles of ash.

This is nothing short of weird. TDEC isn't doing its job in the first place, with water quality enforcement actions only one half of what they were under Bredesen, and now money for environment and conservation is going to incinerate drugs? If TDEC is going to siphon off its money to other causes how about buying Roane County some science text books?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:12am.

We're watching our Eastern Hemlock trees die from an invasive insect that was most likely brought in by the tree nursery trade in the 1950's. It will drastically alter our streams and rivers if the hemlock wooly adelgid isnt controlled.

For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.

But state scientists say they might have a secret weapon to retake the ridge -- a bigger bug.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:08am.

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.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:03am.

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

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 6:49pm.

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.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 6:01pm.

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

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 12:31pm.

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

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 12:24pm.

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.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 7, 2014 - 8:35am.

Channel 8 has a little info: Link...

This site tells us more: Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 6, 2014 - 6:18am.

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.

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