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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 31, 2014 - 6:43am.

Gene Patterson is one of the nicest people in the news biz. He's also one of the best.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 31, 2014 - 5:50am.

What? You mean instead of disappearing for two years until the next election cycle like our current Congressman?

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And then there's this from the Times Free Press Editorial Dept.:

It wasn't until an election debate Monday that Fleischmann finally said -- three hours after the gate problem forced the Corps to close the lock -- that he now is willing to support that "user fee."

"This is appalling on so many levels that it leaves one nearly speechless," said Mary Headrick, the Democrat trying to unseat Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd District after the lock closure was made public the next day. "Our current representative does not understand the urgency of the lock issue nor how to interact with others to achieve funding."

There's a lot more to this story but mostly about how Congressman Fleischmann just isn't doing his job:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2014 - 6:19pm.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2014 - 5:13pm.

The GOP controlled Congress has NOT COMPLETED the 6 year highway funding bill. This is ridiculous!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The uncertainty of federal funding has led Tennessee's highway director to delay road projects worth $400 million.

The Tennessean reports 12 construction projects and 21 right of way acquisitions were supposed to be complete by Sept. 30, 2015; now they will have to wait until fiscal year 2016.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer sent lawmakers a letter on Friday to notify them of the change.

Schroer says while Congress has approved enough funding to continue road projects through May, it hasn't completed a full six-year highway bill. He says state transportation officials rely on the bill for revenue for long-term projects.

The 33 stalled projects include an Interstate 55 interchange in Shelby County and a truck climbing lane on I-40 east in Dickson and Williamson counties.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2014 - 5:54am.

Early voting locations for Roane County residents are

First Christian Church, 100 Gum Hollow Road, Oak Ridge;

Rockwood Community Center, 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.;

Harriman Community Center, 631 Clinch St.;

Kingston Community Center, 201 Patton Ferry Road.

I voted did you?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 29, 2014 - 6:53am.

This is one of the best editorials on Chuck and all the good things he hasn't done for his Congressional District. It comes as his effectiveness as our Congressman is starkly exposed with the closure of the Chickamauga Lock. For folks who don't understand that issue, it shuts down barge traffic on the Tennessee river which comes into Roane County. Barge operators have offered to pay a marine fuels fee to pay for the needed upgrades and repairs but Chuck refuses to act on that because he says it is a tax and he is controlled by Grover Norquist and signed the NO TAX Pledge. An ideological maggot has eaten Chuck's brain and we're going to suffer as long as he continues as our Congressman.

Here's the Time Free Press Editorial:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2014 - 6:16pm.

I predict privatizing schools will do the same thing...

"There has been a vehicle anomaly," Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2014 - 6:08pm.

I plan to go meet this man...I should since I already voted for him.

GORDON BALL
U.S. Senate Candidate

Friday, October 31 at NOON

At the Krogers parking lot
1820 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, TN


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2014 - 7:39am.

I wonder if this will be mentioned in Tennessee churches this Sunday? Can we go back to teaching science in schools now?

Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand'


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2014 - 7:22am.

Essentially we know nothing more about these two people from the media coverage of the debate. Giant media fail. However the totally unscientific poll at the Times Free Press has Dr. Mary Headrick winning by 77% to 23%. It appears that the engaged and knowledgeable voters have stated their clear choice for Dr. Headrick. Unfortunately it is not the knowledgeable voter who decides elections in Tennessee.

Here's the TFP coverage. WBIR is far worse.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2014 - 7:39pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 26, 2014 - 10:22am.

“You’re talking about a district that has 650,000 people,” (Political Science Professor, Kent)Syler said. “Most people never meet the candidate.”

But he said it hardly matters.

“The most important thing that a candidate can do is raise money and set up advertising.”

Congressman Scott DesJarlais is recovering from cancer surgery. His campaign won't reveal any details but says he has a 90% chance of a full recovery. He's off the campaign trail but that doesn't matter. It's all about the money.

Tom Humphrey has the story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2014 - 6:22pm.

The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival runs Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman (near the Radio Control Airport). Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2014 - 8:19am.

This is rather nice for Dr. Mary...

October 25, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, was both delighted and gratified to receive the endorsement of Robert Reich, who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration.

“Mary Headrick is a fighter for average working Americans against the moneyed interests that are wielding more power than ever. She’ll stand up for you, not for them. She deserves your support, and we all deserve her in Congress,” Reich stated in his endorsement.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 23, 2014 - 9:02pm.

Watts Bar construction began in 1973, but because of America's on-again, off-again romance with nuclear energy, Unit ONE was delayed until 1996.

The romance rekindled in 2007, and TVA committed to finishing Watts Bar Unit TWO, at a cost of 2-point-2 billion dollars. In just 5 years, that cost doubled to 4-point-2 billion dollars and TVA now says, Unit Two will FINALLY be ready by late next year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2014 - 8:11am.

Looks like it. One million dollars in the TVA Ash Disaster pay off money was earmarked as image repair money back when. A sound plan was proposed by County Exec Ron Woody and Roane Alliance President Wade Cresswell. That plan would have allocated the money to the one organization in Roane County that has the sole purpose of promoting Roane County. Instead, the money was divided up with the bulk of it going to Harriman and Kingston. I can see the case for Kingston but Harriman has made out like a bandit on the backs of TVA ash spill victims. Rockwood can make a far greater case for having been harmed by the ash spill stigma than Harriman can. Rockwood is, after all, downstream. Harriman is somewhere else.

A sensible use of the million dollars would be to allocate it to the Roane Alliance and use it for specific public relations programs that would begin the process of erasing the TVA disaster stigma that hangs over Roane County property owners and businesses. But it's money after all and there's nothing local officials like better than money they don't have to levy taxes to get.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2014 - 6:47am.

American alligators use tools. The only other Reptilia known to use sticks to lure birds is the mugger crocodile. Both species collect sticks on their heads which birds looking for nesting material try to pick up, thereby becoming food for the local apex predator.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2014 - 7:02am.

Roane County had 86 deer related traffic accidents last year. Slow down and don't swerve, even if a collision is imminent. Remember that there is almost never just one and that they are incredibly stupid where vehicles are concerned.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2014 - 6:45am.

A few items that caught my eye:

Despite all the scare mongering by the GOP, ebola is exactly as difficult to catch as the CDC said it was. Family members of the only victim so far who had very close contact with him have been cleared and released from quarantine.

An experimental herpes drug is named "pritelivir". Is that pronounced "Pretty Liver"?

As of this exact moment in time you have arachnids living on your face. Members of the arachnid family include scorpions, spiders and mites. Researchers have found Demodex folliculorum or D. brevis (human follicular mites) in the facial follicles of 100% of adults tested. Time to get over that Arachnophobia of yours. You are where they live! I thought about posting photos but didn't want to ruin your breakfast.

A virus that makes its way to a door knob can be transmitted to between 40% and 60% of the people in an office within two to four hours. If half of the people use disinfectant hand wipes the rate of transmission is cut by 80%.


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.