Sat
Apr 30 2016
05:56 am

The economic benefit of public open spaces and unspoiled forest trails is immense. Good developers know this and build it in to their projects. Bad developers just want to maximize their upfront take and don't want you to know these things.

There are a number of trails and greenways already in Roane County, such as the Black Oak Ridge trails near K-25. There is another huge project in the works at Gallagher Point in Roane County and a new project being developed near Rockwood that will be announced in the coming months.

Get out there and hike, bike, and enjoy Roane County!

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Sat
Apr 30 2016
04:56 am

It never ceases to amaze me at how cheaply America can be sold out and how easy it is to do. And then there is this:

Six unidentified American co-conspirators were listed in the indictment.

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Thu
Apr 28 2016
03:57 pm

We caught Andrew McKnight's Blue Plate Special show today. If you didn't hear it you can stream it any time at:

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Click 4/28/18...Scroll down and click on "12 PM Blue Plate Special"

See him up close and personal at Ladd Landing Listening Room Friday April 29

Wed
Apr 27 2016
05:50 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Tests are cancelled for the year and the $107 million contract has been terminated.

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Tue
Apr 26 2016
07:43 pm
Tue
Apr 26 2016
05:13 pm

OK, all you lake people! Make a note of where you see groups of nests of Heron, egrets, cormorants, etc.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is conducting a statewide colonial waterbird survey in 2016 and they need your help. TWRA recently conducted aerial surveys of the major reservoirs and rivers throughout the state to document locations of colonial waterbird colonies (i.e. herons, cormorants, egrets, etc.). They are now in the process of compiling a list of all known waterbird colonies in the Tennessee that have been documented by groups and individuals. If you know of the location of a colonial waterbird colony please contact David Hanni (david.hanni@tn.gov). The information provided will help document a more comprehensive picture of the status and distribution of colonial waterbirds throughout the state.

So while you’re out and about this spring looking for migrants, or boating or fishing on TN many rivers and lakes please take note of any waterbird colonies…the latitude and longitude would be great, but directions or location name will also work.

“During a recent inspection of the community on April 19, 2016, it was noted that there is a zombie in your yard that needs to be removed.”

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Mon
Apr 25 2016
08:34 am

Here's the link to the digital paper. If you don't have a subscription you may not be able to see it.

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Is the usual "No Good News on the Front Page" theme. Ask yourself why there's nothing on the front page that would make someone interested in moving to Roane County or starting a business here?

I think it's because our paper is corporate owned by people who don't live her and run by people who didn't live here and don;t care about Roane County's future. In most markets there is a main paper that operates like the Chamber of Commerce with all rah rah and good news to spur growth. Then there's another that is pretty much a car wreck and scandal sheet with no intent other than to sell papers and send the profit out of the county back to corporate headquarters.

Unfortunately we don't have but one paper and it's the second one.

It doesn't have to be this way. There's plenty of writing talent at the RCN if only they were guided into being a positive force for our county.

Sat
Apr 23 2016
11:41 am

This is pretty big. It fundamentally changes how Amendments are ratified in Tennessee. It could also revoke the anti abortion amendment passed in 2014.

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Get ready for a lot more things like this as Gov Haslam moves to privatize everything...

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This makes me ill! Can somebody make sense of this? How corrupt is this state?

...I have concerns about the potential impacts of this legislation and the limits it places on the State’s ability to protect our water resources adequately. In addition, the bill imposes on local governments a cumbersome procedural mechanism that will cause confusion for those communities as they seek to implement required storm water pollutant removal programs. I am concerned that some of the ambiguous and confusing language of the bill could lead to costly litigation. As Governor, I am a strong proponent of economic growth and development, but I am equally committed to ensuring that we protect Tennessee’s air, land and water resources for today and for future generations of Tennesseans...

I am letting Senate Bill 1830/House Bill 1892 become law without my signature...

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Fri
Apr 22 2016
07:28 am
By: WhitesCreek

Was this a typo or an indication that Chuck Fleishmann is both sexist and racist? Here are two quotes from his press releases this morning:

On April 21, 2016 Congressman Chuck Fleischmann joined his colleagues on the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Heroine Epidemic, for a press conference outside of the U.S. Capitol.

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It certainly looks like there is a "heroine" epidemic what with all these historic black women being put on our folding money.

“The U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill is unnecessary. It is important, however, to remember this should not be considered a Harriet Tubman versus Jackson controversy. We are lucky to have a rich history of outstanding individuals who worked hard to make our nation great. Andrew Jackson will continue to be a pillar of that history and his legacy is one that will never be forgotten. He was a patriot, a Tennessean, and a president the common man could stand by,” said Fleischmann.

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Andrew was definitely a President the common man could stand by as long as the man was a white man.

Waterways may remain in private hands with no loss of property owners' rights when they become a TN Scenic River. The river gains protections that can increase property values as a result.

American Whitewater, Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, The Nature Conservancy and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association took an active role in advocating for Scenic River designation for Soak Creek. We would like to recognize the leadership of Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager and State Representative Ron Travis who introduced the bill and shepherded it to passage on behalf of the landowners and citizens of Tennessee.

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Thu
Apr 21 2016
09:54 am

This is an interesting piece in the Oak Ridger, with lots of information from Ron Woody. The thoroughness of the article makes me sad for what we have to deal with from the Roane County News.

“Whether it’s Roane or Anderson County, about 65 percent of your taxes are going to education — and another 10 goes toward ‘justice service’ such as jails, the sheriff’s office and judicial,” said Woody. “We are trying to educate responsible citizens, but some are irresponsible and don’t want to follow the rules.

“The rest (of the tax dollars) goes to bean counters and check writers like me and public health.”

The whole piece is at this link:

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50 Nay to 43 Aye

4 Present Not Voting

2 Not Present (Calfee was one of them)

It's no wonder the GOP hates a college education when bright students can see through the fog into the future that they are being locked into...

...the TVA itself has found clean energy to be cost competitive with coal, oil and natural gas. But, oddly enough, the IRP recommendations do not reflect this important finding. I understand that the TVA wants to find the least-cost option, but a cost that is brushed aside in this evaluation process is the cost dirty energy has on the people of the valley region. Externalized health costs, air pollution clean up, when kids stay home from school because they’re having asthma attacks and their parents must take off work … We need energy policy that supports the quality of life of our citizens because, when you really think about it, what has more value than that?

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Tue
Apr 19 2016
10:19 am
By: WhitesCreek

Guess who was a sponsor of the pet skunk bill...

As recently as 1990 Tennessee was over two thirds planting zone 6 with the Southwest and southern TN Valley being the warmer zone 7. In 2016 the entire state has warmed to zone 7 except for the higher elevations of the Smoky Mountains and upper Cumberlands.

zones

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I don't understand this bill except to note that the lobbyists who control our state legislature apparently hate the natural environment.

Currently, funds from the tax are earmarked for four other funds — one for wetlands acquisition, one for state park land acquisition, one for local park acquisition and the Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund. Under the bill, those accounts will be frozen at their current levels of annual funding and all growth money will go to the new funds.

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Tue
Apr 19 2016
09:26 am

In a budgetary move that inserts legislative bullying into the administration of the University of Tennessee, Representative Calfee has voted for HB2248 which defunds the Department of Diversity and splits the money between minority scholarships and decals for Police cruisers that say "In God We Trust".

Tom Humphrey has more

Mon
Apr 18 2016
06:48 pm

The manager, who was not named in the indictment, worked for TVA from 2010 to 2014 as a senior manager for Probabalistic Risk Assessment in TVA's Nuclear Power Group. This type of work involves studying what might go wrong with a nuclear plant, how likely these things are to occur and how severe the results might be.

This is pretty significant!

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The Crockett Buzz for 4-18-2016

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It's time for some serious change in our Legislature when partisan bull takes precedence over over helping Tennessee citizens:

A sequence of partisan bickering events last week was the apparent death in the House — barring a last-minute change of heart by Republican representatives as the Legislature moves to adjourn this week — of a Senate-passed bill (SB2149) allowing indigent people convicted of driving with a suspended license to pay their court costs and fines through community service rather than cash, subject to local approval.

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Tom compiles a round up of the ridiculousness that our Legislature has become:

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Fri
Apr 15 2016
07:31 am

In the never ending battle of form over substance, Rep Diane Black has introduced a bill to stop the Library of Congress from changing a book classification from "aliens" to "non-citizens". I'm wondering when was the last time Representative Black was even in a library? She does have a degree in nursing and has somehow become very rich.

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Thu
Apr 14 2016
07:36 pm

Calfee and Yeager voted aye!

Haslam said such a move desecrates the sanctity of the Holy Bible an separation of church and state. (link...)

Did you know that there are nearly 20 miles of multi use trails for mountain biking in Roane County? Did you know that development is already in process for a multi use park with over 800 acres devoted to trails? Did you know that the term "Industrial Development" includes outdoor recreation? There are dollars to be captured for local economies by promoting outdoor recreation and Roane County is perfectly suited to bring in those dollars. The city of Oak Ridge gets it.

The city of Chattanooga gets it. Wouldn't it be good for some of our local officials to attend this event in Chattanooga and learn what this could do for Roane County?

The 5th Annual Tennessee Bike Summit will be held in Chattanooga’s Innovation District on April 22-23, 2016. This two-day conference will feature keynote speakers from around the country and experts from across Tennessee focusing on the role that bicycling plays in improving public health, spurring economic development and creating vibrant neighborhoods.

There is a lot going on that could have significant economic benefits and make our towns and communities even more wonderful places to live and raise families.

TN Bike Walk

From TDOT...

Bridge Repair
Interstate 40 both directions in Roane County - Between EXIT 350: SR-29 MIDTOWN and EXIT 352 / SR-58 SOUTH / KINGSTON, bridge repair will result in lane closures every day. This work is expected to be completed by 05/26/2016.

Current Activity:
Bridge Repairs will cause Eastbound and Westbound to be reduced to one lane and 12 foot width restriction between Exit 350 and Exit 352. Wide Loads over 12 feet must follow designated detour route. Expect delays and be prepared to stop.

This is supposed to be finished by Memorial Day weekend. I wonder how many times this bridge has been worked on over the years?

Wed
Apr 13 2016
04:19 pm

I had never seen a spotted mandarin before today. Very uncommon!

We live in an amazing part of the world!

Wed
Apr 13 2016
09:09 am

Corker quoted in a Politico article...

The reality lays bare a few critical dynamics. Republicans have undermined one of their core arguments for governing. On key fiscal matters, they have not been able to normalize legislating and hopes for regular order have been dashed. And that Congress can completely forgo a budget without consequence shows that the non-binding process means little, and proves to be just an annoyance for the party in power...

“It’s a hoax. The assumptions that are made are totally unrealistic, there’s no policies behind them to follow up.

Via Tom Humphrey

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.