Tue
May 5 2015
08:06 pm

OK, look...Most snake bites in TN are nonvenomous. The venomous bites are mostly copperheads. The protocol for a copperhead bite is a tetanus shot and 24 hours medical observation. It hurts (really hurts a lot) but is almost never more than that, except for the black and ugly lymphatic reaction. On the rare occasion that there is more to the bite, the observation will indicate treatment of symptoms is needed. The short version of a copperhead bite is that you are going to hurt and it will look really bad but everything will be OK in the long run, except in very rare instances.

Everything is different if the bite is from a timber rattler. Fatality is still highly unlikely but secondary effects can be a real problem. Go to the emergency room in all cases. Have the doc get on the internet tubes and check the most recent protocol. Do NOT take antivenin without obvious signs that it is needed. That stuff is a problem all its own, but if you need it, you need it.

Prevention is better than treatment. Look around and move slowly in the dusk hours. Look where you will take your next step. Snakes really really don;t want to bite you. Give them the opportunity to avoid that. It's better for everyone.

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If you look at this graphic, we are at the point of the "4". That's us! We have a lot of saving to do!

save us

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Now this is different. When I was a kid beer stores in Memphis had delivery boys on bicycles. Under-aged consumption was pricey but that held things down a bit. Now we get this bill that was not on any body's radar:

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I appreciate letting officers have some leeway in how tickets are handled. The goal is the public good, after all, and not necessarily how many tickets they can write or how much revenue they can produce for the court system. This one seems pretty straight forward, though.

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Mon
May 4 2015
02:03 pm

The 6.5 million citizens of TN spend about $32 million on our state legislature. 557 registered lobbyists spend twice that much. And we wonder why they don't listen to we the people?

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The people who plan to make money on charter schools deceptively named "The American Federation for Children" Took out one of the best legislators in the state, Gloria Johnson.

In last year's elections, at least two House incumbents were defeated after being targeted by six-figure spending by AFC and StudentsFirst, much of it on attack advertising. They were former Rep. Dennis "Coach" Roach, R-Rutledge, defeated in the GOP primary, and former Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, who lost in the general election.

This is a nasty story that depicts the end of citizen representation in America. It's that bad...

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Sat
May 2 2015
04:59 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Rabies shots being offered at some Knox County Schools

But it's always OK if Republicans do it. Slap the wrist and go on with business as usual...

Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxille, have both written reimbursement checks to the state after a WTVF-TV review found they had been billing both taxpayers and their campaign accounts for out-of-state trips to legislative conferences.

Ketron, who chairs both the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus, wrote the state a check for $17,553 covering six trips over the past six years. Haynes, who recently became the Tennessee Republican Party chairman, wrote a check for $4,000 covering three trips over a four-year period.

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Fri
May 1 2015
11:36 am

Fri
May 1 2015
10:01 am
By: WhitesCreek

Something that strikes me as un-American also strikes me as just plain weird. TN Congressperson Diane Black of Gallatin thinks she should be able to force her somewhat perverted ideas on people who could not vote for her and that she doesn't represent. Black thinks a bill to let women make their own health decisions is an affront to religious freedom. Among other things she wants an employer to be able to fire women who use contraception. Guess what...So does every other Republican congressman from Tennessee.

The House passed Black's bill late Thursday night, 228-192

That and more atrocities from Crockett Policy Buzz:

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Thu
Apr 30 2015
04:52 pm

This is an excellent company that has amazing capabilities in wood beam CNC construction.

Sauter Timber's Production Facility in Rockwood, TN, built from CLT (cross laminated timber) and glulam, has a 23-foot-high ceiling supporting a six-ton bridge crane, which it uses to carry the heavy timber trusses during production. The unusual construction effort won a 2015 Design Award from WoodWorks, an industry group that advocates and promotes increased use of wood for for structural components in buildings.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015
11:44 am

As everyone knows, medical cannabis is the slippery slope to full legalization. This is primarily opposed by the for profit prison industry as the majority of people incarcerated are due to low level drugs. This bill is as strange as it gets because it lets people with doctor "permission" possess cannabis oil which still cannot be legally manufactured or sold in Tennessee.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015
06:54 am

The back shooting and griping between the Roane County Board of Equalization and the Property Assessor continues. The RCN published the normal "He said, she said" coverage with no real insight for us into what is going on.

Nowhere is there any mention of the questions about the Board's improper communications with the previous Assessor's office in its rulings on appeals by property owners and there is no mention of the Board's improper actions in reusing to notify property owners when their case is being reviewed as required by law.

Here is part of Morgan's letter that was deleted from the RCN article.

My office understands that we cannot spot reappraise, and we are not trying to do that. Nearly every Trustee Change Notice that I sign, is because a taxpayer has come to our office and appealed his value (informally or formally). We verify the facts with a site visit usually, and make changes if they are warranted. To summarize, my office is doing the job that we were elected to do and we are here for the taxpayers of Roane County when they need us.

The Roane County News piece is here.

Assessor Morgan's full letter is here:

Continued...

I really don;t like the bad Bob Corker, you know, the one who says we have to get rid of Social Security as we know it because of the deficit. That's the lying Bob. The guy we're seeing to day is the good one, well deserving of playing on the international stage:

The bill got through the SFRC as a consequence of vigorous efforts by Sen. Bob Corker and ranking committee Democrat Ben Cardin to take poison pills out the original text to that gives Congress 30 days to review and, if unhappy, additional days to reject any deal curtailing Iran's nuclear program. Although it had strong Democratic opposition in committee, that was overcome when President Obama said he could support a bill with the poison extracted. The needed changes were made and Corker managed to keep out amendments that would have restored the opposition from several Democrats and Obama.

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Mon
Apr 27 2015
09:30 am
Sun
Apr 26 2015
06:58 pm
Fri
Apr 24 2015
09:14 am

This flawed bill waits on Haslam to sign, veto, or do nothing and let it become a bad law. That one and a lot more from Crockett:

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
06:13 am

David Morgan states that he plans to have the reassessment done in the next few weeks. He also notes the relationship between the property valuations and the school budget shortage. Morgan says the overvaluations of the 2010 re-appraisal made Roane County look like the 16th richest county in Tennessee. (We all know better)

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Thu
Apr 23 2015
08:12 pm

This...Tonight... Doors at 7... Music at 7:30

More info

Click on Daniel Kimbro's bass fiddle over there on the right. The fiddle has details and info if you aren't a regular.

How have we arrived at a point in time when the Speaker of the House plays pure politics with people's lives just to defeat the governor, who now seems like the weakest one in Tennessee history?

Oh, and Technical College is now FREE in Tennessee but no one seems to know that...

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Thu
Apr 23 2015
06:31 am

The short version of any analysis is that our elected Reps and Senators served the lobbyists interests well and the people's not at all.

...Unless you count that important bit of legislation that says any spirit labelled Tennessee Moonshine must actually be distilled in Tennessee.

Here's the AP report:

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Wed
Apr 22 2015
06:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

A beautiful local Roane County resident.

scarlet

A Cope's Tree Frog is not necessarily as beautiful as a scarlet tanager but it gives me great joy when they start "singing" in the trees.

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I'll be in the field doing a baseline survey for another conservation easement in Roane County today.

Mon
Apr 20 2015
07:21 am

The fishing dock at Harriman's Riverfront Park is closed due to the bank eroding away. The proposed solution appears to be concrete or rip-rap, where large quarry stone is dumped on the bank. I can't think of an uglier and less environmentally friendly proposal.

First of all river banks are living systems that sometimes move around. When part or all of the trees are removed so that people can see the water, the single major stabilizing feature of a natural system is taken away.

Let's hope Harriman steps back and looks at ways to stabilize the river bank that are more in keeping with the beautiful resource they have in Riverfront Park. In the long run it will be far less costly.

Fema has a good primer on this that starts with all the things that go wrong with rip-rap. Google "Engineering With Nature FEMA" and start reading.

Mon
Apr 20 2015
06:51 am

Roberta Dennis stood before the Roane County Commission and spoke out loud something we all know...

Dennis said she believes property values in Roane County are too high, and Morgan has drawn the ire of other officials for trying to get them in line with the market.

“The value for the County Commission having it too high is very clear,” Dennis said. “They think they can collect more taxes.”

Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry confronted Dennis about her comments during a break at the meeting.

“Are we after Morgan now?” Berry asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”

“Absolutely,” Dennis responded.

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Sun
Apr 19 2015
11:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

The Tennessee legislature continues to amaze and disappoint...

Without doubt, the most entertaining debate of this year’s legislative session came in two days of impassioned House floor discourse on whether the Holy Bible should be Tennessee’s official state book – a striking contrast to the utter lack of discussion on most everything else considered.

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Thu
Apr 16 2015
05:22 pm

Yager and Calfee vote Yes to take away the Roane County Commission's ability to control weapons in County Parks.

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What a waste of time...

After hours of debate in the House earlier this week, the Tennessee Senate on Thursday likely dealt the Bible-as-Official-State-Book bill a death blow for the year by sending the bill back to committee for further review.

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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.