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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 12:20pm.

Nooga.com's David Allen Martin...

Think about it. In any political race, campaigns will push out nothing but pretty pictures, friendly soundbites and positive buzzwords about themselves and their candidacies. Aside from a handful of debates or forums where contestants are forced to address specific queries in front of the public, most races come down to which candidate can out-market the other. Given this dialogue deficit, it falls upon the shoulders of voters to figure out ways to draw additional answers out of politicians.

With this in mind, the truly irresponsible thing to do would be to think, "Well, these TV commercials sure are handsome. I guess that’s the whole story." Actually, that would be naïve. Irresponsible would be for a voter to have a hunch that there are more stones to turn over but be too lazy or too timid to see what’s under them.

That is from the Nooga.com story that is a result of another story asking Weston Wamp to refuse $300,000.00 in secret PAC money or admit he likes PACs. It's not that secret that Weston's business partner wrote the check, but it is really curious in several ways, including whatever it is that Weston does for a living. Link...

Lest anyone think David Allen Martin is pro Chuck and anti Weston, there's this story that points out that Chuck is taking credit for funding the Chickamauga lock even though it hasn't been funded yet.

The moral of Martin's piece is that it would be irresponsible of voters to believe campaign commercials without asking questions. We agree.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 8:04am.

Great singer/songwriters and consumate musicians, these guys are on the rise in a big way. The audience was different in that we didn't see anyone we knew. They seemed to be teenagers and boomers, with a few in between. How do you reach that demographic? NPR!

It was a sell out show at the Bijou on a Monday night. The NPR connection is Prarie Home Companion and the Tiny Desk Concert. Here is the latter:

You can download their first two albums for free at their website. Buy something anyway.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 7:22am.

Women in Tennesee need to ask themselves if they want Stacey Campfield, Ken Yager and Kent Calfee making their reproductive healthcare decisions? That's what Amendment 1 would do. Is that what you want?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 6:14am.

It appears that our East TN media have decided to report on the 3rd District Congressional contest as a society fashion social and leave the voters to be informed by campaign commercials. There is nothing of substance in the Times Free Press coverage of the only event that has all three congressional candidates present and answering the same questions. One wonders if the reporter were even present, given the inane coverage. The TFP is obviously backing Wamp from the photo they chose to use.

The big news of the night appears to be that Chuck cries when he thinks of children pledging allegiance to the flag and that Mary Headrick told Democrats it is foolish to crossover and vote for either of the Republicans because it won't make a lick of difference in Tennessee's future.

Here's the story for what it is worth:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 21, 2014 - 9:22am.

As I pour 2 more inches out of the rain guage. That's 5 inches this week here in Whites Creek Gorge.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 21, 2014 - 8:16am.

Election rhetoric is an astounding thing and it's not helped by the "he said, she said" style of lazy reporting we get these days. Speaking to the Tea Party, which eats political BS like strawberries on ice cream, Wamp repeated his "do nothing Congressman charge against Fleischmann by denigrating his House Appropriations Committee assignment:

Wamp said Fleischmann’s committee assignment...

“That’s not some sort of rare thing,” Wamp said. “My father was also on the Appropriations Committee. He (Fleischmann) is grabbing a hold of anything he can to get people to give him one more term in Congress, despite the fact he hasn’t accomplished anything of significance.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2014 - 1:10pm.

The status of Wamp's employment being a "paid leave of absence" could result in significant fines from the Federal Election Commission if a complaint by a Signal Mountain businessman proves valid. If Wamp is campaigning instead of working while drawing a paycheck that is a rather large problem for him. The FEC has not responded to the complaint at this point. Wamp and his employer both claim Wamp is "working remotely" and is not on paid leave.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2014 - 11:07am.

This is aimed at Kentucky, but it could just as well be Tennessee.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 17, 2014 - 7:38am.

Here are today's top reads from around Tennessee, brought to you by Crockett Policy Institute:

EPB Considers Plan to Take Gigabit Service To Rural S.E. Tennessee

Chattanooga has the fastest internet service in the nation. We could have that internet in Roane County only there is a state law that says you can't. That make sense to you? Well there is a conflict between the FCC and that state law. Now the US House wants to stop the people from competing with corporations. Ever the servant of corporations who want to eviscerate competition, Marsha Blackburn want you to keep your slow old steam powered internet under the mantle of "state rights" and how dare the FCC try to do anything for the people that will make corporations have to earn their money!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2014 - 7:59am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2014 - 7:57am.

This is going to be trouble for Wamp if that amount of money was mishandled according to the campaign finance regulations. Chuckie F might find a few regulations that he's happy about for a change.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2014 - 5:33pm.

From D Senate Primary Candidate Terry Adams:

"Gordon Ball’s endorsements of Haslam and Alexander aided in the failure of Tennessee to expand Medicaid, failure to raise the minimum wage, failure to pass the Fair Pay Act, failure to pass a comprehensive veterans bill, and failure to pass student loan reform."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 7:20pm.

Roane County Homie and all around good guy and awesome voice talent, Jason Eskridge, has been nominated for a Nashville Independent Music Award for Best R&B Solo Male Vocalist. You can vote!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 12:04pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 9:25am.

OK, so this has a mass of truth disguised as snark that you have to read. Do that and you will better understand the moral, which is:

I know the Tennessee Republican solution to everything is to just try to increase people's misery until they behave in ways the Republicans like, but you're making us all look bad. We need people to come to Tennessee and spend their money. They're not going to come if they think we look like scary psychopaths.

Pith in the Wind

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 9:16am.

Senator Campfield Opponent running on "I'm NOT Stacey Campfield" platform...Should be enough

And more from Crockett:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2014 - 3:50pm.

Frustrated by the leadership of Tennessean publisher Silliman Evans, Jr., Seigenthaler resigned in 1960 to serve as an administrative assistant to incoming Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. On April 21, 1961, Seigenthaler was the only other Justice Department figure to witness a meeting between Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the Freedom Rides of 1961, Seigenthaler was sent in his capacity as assistant to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights John Doar[8] to be chief negotiator for the government, in its attempts to work with Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson. After several days of refusing to return calls, Patterson finally agreed to protect the Riders, but their state trooper escort disappeared as soon as they arrived in Montgomery on May 20, 1961, leaving them unprotected before the waiting white mob.

Seigenthaler was a block away when he rushed to help Susan Wilbur, a Freedom Rider who was being chased by the angry mob. Seigenthaler shoved her into his car and shouted "Get back! I'm with the Federal government" but was hit behind the left ear with a pipe. Knocked unconscious, he was not picked up until police arrived 10 minutes later, with Montgomery Police Commissioner Lester B. Sullivan noting, "We have no intention of standing police guard for a bunch of troublemakers coming into our city."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2014 - 8:43am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2014 - 8:00am.

Our natural resources are a huge source of pleasure and comfort to Tennesseans, but the economic benefit of outdoor recreation is often ignored. New figures from the Outdoor Industry Association note that outdoor recreation is responsible for over 83,000 direct jobs with $2.5 Billion in wages and salaries and results in $8.2 Billion in consumer spending. Communities that invest in greenways, bike paths, bike trails, parks, and other outdoor activities are cashing in on this trend. Roane County has several opportunities but lacks a direct push and program to get them developed.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2014 - 7:37am.

In a ruling released late Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis blasted the Republican establishment that created Florida's congressional map, saying they "made a mockery" of transparency, allowed for "improper partisan intent" and he ordered that two of the state's 27 districts drawn in 2012 violate the Fair District standards.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 7:55pm.

Here's my musical heritage: Carole Kaye...The Beat Goes On and Good Vibrations and Dang!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 7:07pm.

So far he's not getting much traction. Gee...Wonder why? How about we pass rules against speculation on gas prices first? They account for around a third of the price of gas. Maybe then we could pass something to pay for our much needed infrastructure repairs.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 6:22pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 6:03pm.

This is absurd on the face of it, but coal companies probably think they can keep the coal fired plants open long enough to make some more money, regardless of the people that get sick or the fact that coal is killing our planet with global warming.

The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The TVA announced last year that it would build a new natural gas-burning facility at the Muhlenberg County site, as well as keep a third coal-fired unit in operation.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 3:34pm.

There were fireworks early in this radio debate.

Political Spotlight, Wednesday, July 9th – Circuit Court Judge Candidates Mike Pemberton and Tom McFarland

Listen to it here:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 11:05am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 10:52am.

We have to wonder about this on several levels. It is very unusual for one Judge to mess with another Judge's orders at this level.

Here's what has gone pubic so far.

City Bonding Inc. has failed to pay forfeited bonds to the County as law requires. This appears to have been going on for decades. (Link...)

City Bonding was presented with bond forfeits totaling roughly $8000 and did not pay. They were given 180 days to appeal and did not appeal. They were given another week to respond and after failure to do so, Judge Wicks issued an order for them to cease doing business in Roane County.

An appeal was made after both deadlines had expired and Judge Wicks' order was issued.

Judge Eblen vacated Judge Wicks' order on the grounds that Sessions judges do not have the power to issue such orders. Eblen's order is clearly contrary to TN Attorney General findings.

Judge Eblen is unopposed in the Aug 7 election to retain his position as 9th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge. Judge Wicks is unopposed as General Sessions Judge.

We do not have Wicks' order but have posted Eblen's order and the AG rulings here:


We will keep an eye on this and will issue more information as we can confirm it. There are legal issues here and we would not want to unfairly post something that could be incorrect.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 7:17am.

I don't in any way condone the mother's actions, but what good will it do that child if we put its mother in jail for a year?

Deputies say they got the call from DCS after the baby girl, born Sunday at UT Medical Center, tested positive for meth. They arrested the 26-year-old new mom as she was being discharged.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2014 - 7:18pm.

Could have been any of us at one time or another...No, really!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2014 - 7:17pm.

State environmental regulators have ordered the town of Oliver Springs to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant or else face fines if the work isn't finished on time.