Fri
Jul 31 2015
04:50 pm
By: WhitesCreek

R B Morris played this for us the very first time we saw him. It's still a favorite of mine, showcasing RB's poetic mastery coupled with that fabulous crooner's voice.

Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Consists of 11 people from elsewhere. West Tennessee is heavily represented. This will be interesting to watch as the appointee will have a huge leg up in the 2016 election. This is a rather well paid plum of a position and is often a "For Life" appointment. We have a pretty good cadre of judges at the moment. Let's hope this goes to another technically competent and fair person.

Candidates for the seat must be a licensed attorney, at least 30 years old, a state resident for at least five years and live in the 9th district, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

The criminal court judge position pays $167,676 a year. The council will pick three candidates to send to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration. If he chooses to make an appointment, that person’s term will end on Aug. 31, 2016.

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Fri
Jul 31 2015
07:56 am

What sane person feels the need to carry a concealed weapon to a concert? What sane society thinks that should be just fine?

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Today is the day for Windows 10 FREE upgrades to start. By now you may have seen that Windows icon on the lower right of your screen if you are a PC user. (Apple folks are damned to their own purgatory and may skip this post.) Click the icon and see what happens. Some of them don't work, so you can go here:
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Share your experience if your computer still works after the upgrade.

Mon
Jul 27 2015
04:47 pm

Watts Bar Lake is an incredibly productive water resource for fishermen. Troy Powers of Kingston landed a 100 lb flathead catfish that measured over 5'9". This is a dated story but it's still amazing and Roane County needs to play this for all it's worth.

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Wed
Jul 22 2015
09:15 am
By: WhitesCreek

A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch

When our discussions are about whether a flag should be lowered instead of asking how a deeply disturbed man got assault weapons,

...about how to stop consenting adults from having equal rights under our constitution rather than talking about how to provide all Tennesseans with affordable health care,

...about building a giant fence at our Mexican border instead of requiring minimum wage jobs be paid a livable wage,

...about which candidate can insult the other the most rather than about concrete steps to solving the problems facing our citizens...

Well, then you can see how America is in deep trouble.

That and more at the Buzz:

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Wed
Jul 22 2015
07:30 am

This is what happens when you don't effectively enforce laws and regulations for 37 years and try to reign things in all of a sudden.

The TVA says non-navigable houseboats have not been allowed since 1978, but many continued to build them, claiming they are watercraft. A TVA spokesperson said in June some of the houses are 1,500 square feet or more, and they present safety issues that include electrical hazards and waste disposal problems.

I have more questions than answers about this. The folks who live in these things certainly use municipal services but do they pay property taxes like other home owners?

How are the household wastes dealt with? And so on.

TVA looks like they are admitting defeat on the floating houses that have been installed up until now but are going to get tough an new water homes. We'll see how this goes.

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Tue
Jul 21 2015
08:48 pm

As if from a line in his own literary works:

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born Jan. 6, 1931, in New York. He was named after Edgar Allan Poe, whom he often disparaged as America's "greatest bad writer." His father, David Doctorow, ran a music store, and his mother, Rose Doctorow, was a pianist.

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Mon
Jul 20 2015
08:16 am

With coal plant emissions cleaning up as a result of EPA regulations and a lawsuit by the NC Attorney General, visibility on hazy days in the Smoky Mountains has gone from 9 miles to 30 miles. This is a big deal for health and jobs. But before we pat ourselves on the back too much lets remember that this is a long term effort and there is much left to do. The worst of air pollution is the fine particulate particles, which are grave health risks for respiratory diseases. Here's the bad news:

Knox, Anderson,Blount, Loudon County and a portion of Roane County, are listed as non-attainment areas for fine particulate matter, or soot. Monitoring information for 2015 will be needed to seek attainment status for that issue.

So every time you hear a politician say EPA regulation kills jobs you need to respond that dirty businesses kill people. If you claim to be "pro-life" then you also need to be "pro" clean air and water as a part of that. It's time to end our usage of fossil fuels as the primary source of our electrical energy.

The Knox News Sentinel makes note of some of this but they don't make the case forcibly enough. Dirty businesses kill people. Environmental regulations save lives. It's just that simple!

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In spite of my misgivings about TVA giving Duncan Mansfield a job after his somewhat glossed over coverage of the TVA coal ash disaster, I respected his skills as an AP stringer. Duncan was a decent reporter when he wanted to be and a great writer all the time. Pancreatic cancer is a tough way to go. He leaves a family who loved him.

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Sat
Jul 18 2015
10:51 am

Last Quarter: Raised Self loan spent CTD COH
(numbers in thousands)
Scott Desjarlais $52 $0 $35 $213 $162

Grant Starrett $507 $227 $80 $507 $653

So Grant Starrett had a quarter Mil to loan his own campaign and has raised ten times as much as DesJarlais, spent twice as much, and still has 4 times as much cash on hand (COH).

I'm thinking TN 4 is going to be a mudfest, even more so than last time.

Fri
Jul 17 2015
09:10 am
By: WhitesCreek

Why do we let them divide us? I'm not talking about people harboring the misguided fear we call racism. I'm talking about the puppet masters behind the curtain who divide us for their own evil purposes.

Yet we must still face what racism means and what its manifestations do to us as a society.

Yes, many Confederate soldiers were brave and heroic. And yes, many Southern generals were brilliant tacticians and dashing warriors. But the cause was not noble or glorious. And we're still paying the price for it.

Still, this is a free country. No one will stop you from flying any flag you choose on your property. No one will begrudge you your right to dress up and reenact glorious — if bloodless — scenes of epic battle. If you want to put the Confederate flag on your bumper or wear it on your T-shirt, go for it. It says more about you than you think.


The Crockett Buzz for 7-17-15

Fri
Jul 17 2015
07:07 am

So it appears that Mike Beard, the manager at Roane County Park, has noticed that goose poop is a problem and that perhaps those coin operated feed dispensers might be contributing to the problem. This is the old "Please don't feed the wild animals" problem, except that these aren't wild animals anymore.

There is some misinformation in the article and it comes from people who should know better, the US Dept. of Agriculture. The claim is that Watts Bar Canada geese aren't migrating because they are being fed. People, the sub-species of Canada goose that is still here in the winter never has migrated. In my opinion it's a farm animal.

Continued...

Wed
Jul 15 2015
05:38 pm

On average, the Tennessee Promise pays $1,156 per student. It covers the cost of tuition, not covered by other scholarships, and mandatory fees -- like buying a student ID.

But officials with the Tennessee Promise said a student attending Roane State, for example, should expect to dole out about $1,500 a year for books and supplies.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
09:24 am

You can learn the most interesting things from the Morning Energy Report. House Republicans, for instance, are pretty much trying to end the EPA regulations on everything, Hillary is soft on dealing with Climate Change, and coal ash has been demonized and has this "stigma" unfairly attached to its beneficial reuse (Rep McKinley's bill actually says that).

Fun reading if you want a really bad taste in your mouth watching sausage get made at the Federal level:

Politico Morning Energy Report

Commissioners David Bell, James Brummett, Bobby Collier, Randy Ellis, Todd Fink, Carolyn Granger, Chris Johnson and Steve Kelley voted for the increase.

Ron Berry, Benny East, Greg Ferguson, Junior Hendrickson, Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted against.

Why must our state representatives continually embarrass us by demonstrating ignorance of basic civics that most 7th graders are well versed in? How many constitutional ignorances can you find in this guy's statement? I'll get you started. Supreme Court justices go through an arduous nomination and approval process.

In a Facebook posting, state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Murfreesboro, wrote "and where is Tennessee's leadership . our Governor bowed down to the five self appointed gods in black robes just minutes after they issued their 'opinion!'

"He changed Tennessee state law and our State Constitution without ever consulting with the General Assembly," Womick continued. "I think it's time to give serious consideration to impeachment hearings against Gov. Haslam and these five rogue SCOTUS justices!"

This makes my head hurt sometimes.

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This is common across many newspapers. They want to force you to get the paper version. This is an amazingly bad business model in the long run. Here is the sample TFP subscription page:

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We may currently have the meanest stupidest legislature and the wimpiest governor in Tennessee history.

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Mon
Jul 13 2015
08:12 am

So I'm thinking We need a need ad campaign for Roane County to let the world know that the TVA environmental disaster is over. (The TVA economic disaster continues but that's only for property owners outside the ground zero zone, so everything's cool now.)

Then I saw this map of shark attacks and realized that Watts Bar has a really desirable feature that is rarely mentioned in the press. In the 83 years of its existence there has never been a shark attack on Watts Bar Lake! Not one!

This is BIG, People! Spread the word...

shark

Sat
Jul 11 2015
06:53 am

From WBIR:

On Friday, the office sent a brief to the Tennessee Court of Appeals making clear that it won't stand in the way of Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman getting a divorce.

The couple married in Iowa in 2010. Rockwood attorney Mark Foster, who represents Frederick Michael Borman, said they have been denied a divorce since filing in Roane County in March 2014 because the state didn't recognize same-sex marriages before last month's Supreme Court decision.

From BizGrrl at KnoxViews.com:

Tenncare had to cancel a $31 million contract for a failed call center for state residents checking on their Medicaid eligibility.

So not only has TN lost Billions in federal dollars for the uninsured, this administration is incapable of managing the taxpayer's money anyway. (Or perhaps this was the intention all along?)

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Thu
Jul 9 2015
08:03 am

Another symptom of why TN is at the bottom of lists:

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Thu
Jul 9 2015
08:00 am

Most nations have abandoned the death penalty, but not ours, in spite of hundreds of people being exonerated after spending years on death row. We seem hell bent on using the meanest method of execution we can drum up, including using the electric chair if everything else fails.

Dr. James Ruble is a professor with the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. He testified Wednesday that Tennessee’s protocol lacks the safeguards to prevent problems with the compounded drug and could cause the condemned inmate to suffer extreme pain.

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The attorney for the condemned man wrote this after the last electric chair execution in Tennessee.

...almost a decade after I wrote this the Tennessee legislature has voted to bring back the electric chair. We are the only nation in the world that employs the electric chair. On that standard alone it should be deemed both cruel and unusual.

The death penalty is not for revenge or punishment. It is for public condemnation of those whose outrageous murderous acts warrant the ultimate sanction. And so the means of execution is just as important as the execution itself. This is demonstrated in Tennessee whose electric chair was manufactured from the wood of the old state gallows which it replaced in 1916.

It demeans us as a society to have this electric chair execution on the books much less to actually use it. The electric chair is a carnival of death which brings no dignity to the victim or our judicial system.

Folks who look at things from a property tax revenue see it one way:

“Anytime you put property back on the tax rolls, it’s a good thing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

The auction is slated for Saturday, July 25.

The properties, most of which are on Emory River Road, include 22 homes and 39 vacant lots.

My real estate connections aren't that happy. Folks who have properties on the market will no doubt see at least a short term price drop on those properties as a glut of homes and lots suddenly develops.

Speculators, however, may be chomping at the bits.

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Wed
Jul 8 2015
09:09 am

Two things here. The point of cop cams is to provide transparency in the operations and actions of law enforcement. Citizens like that a whole lot better than LE seems to.

We need to watch and learn from this and set Roane County policy accordingly. One other thing is that we need to read Jamie Satterfield as much as we can.

The News Sentinel reported Wednesday KPD was considering a policy change that would pretty much block taxpayers from seeing the videos produced by the cameras they paid for showing the actions of officers whose salaries they pay. And, if that weren’t enough to ire the public, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was caught like a deer in the headlights of cluelessness about the proposed change.

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Is Roane State doing this as well?

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TN House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R) gives an amazing example of talking out of both sides of your mouth, citing hysteria as the reason he will wait to remove statue of Nathan Bedford Forest. Let's note, just for the record, that this statue was placed in the State Capitol building lobby in the 1970's in hysteria against the civil rights movement.

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Sun
Jul 5 2015
08:41 pm

* Cameras Always On Dept.: 88 percent believe citizens should be able to record police activity, and 83 percent believe that any footage from police "body cams" should be part of the public record.

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Sun
Jul 5 2015
12:07 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Maine State Police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.

The was alcohol involved. Sad...

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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.