I am becoming a follower of Jamie Satterfield's work. This is a prime example of why...

Whodunnits in the courtroom are rare, especially when it comes to murder. The question almost always is not the who but the why. That’s because the law grades, if you will, the crime of murder by degrees.

At the top of the list is first-degree murder, the worst of the worst. The simplistic definition is that of a cold-blooded killer who makes a conscious decision to take someone’s life. But as the case currently on trial in Knox County Criminal Court shows, it is anything but simple.

Read the whole piece...

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A "free*" concert by the Air Force "Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble" is coming Monday evening, at 7:30 PM, February 2nd to the Princess Theatre. This is an evening's entertainment, sponsored by the Princess Theatre Foundation, and Roane State Community College Arts and Lecture Departments, that is sure to please the whole family! Zack Williamson also played a great role in booking this event.

Even though this is a "free" event, tickets must be obtained in order to assure seating. Tickets will be made available at the usual locations: Rocky Top General Store and Harriman Jewelry Exchange. They should have tickets sometime next week, so call ahead to ensure availability.

For more information GO HERE!

Sun
Jan 18 2015
09:21 am

Is this a good thing?

A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.

Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

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A state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to outlaw red light cameras in Tennessee.

Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) says people "are sick and tired" of the cameras. Holt adds that the cameras are nothing more than modern versions of speed traps.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015
02:49 pm

Thursday, January 22 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library

Ken Wise, Professor at the University of Tennessee Libraries, author of "Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains," and co-author with Anne Bridges and Russ Clement of "Terra Incognita : An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934."

This event is free to all and there is no need to RSVP.

Kingston Public Library
1004 Bradford Way
Kingston, TN
865-376-9905

More information at the Kingston Public Library.

“Any group that goes to such lengths to conceal its donors, activities and intent will consider a $5,000 fine to be nothing more than the cost of doing business,” he said. “Average Tennesseans who wish to be involved in the political process and can’t financially compete with secretive PACs dumping thousands of dollars to buy influence are the losers in this ruling. The commission sided with wealthy interests over truthful politics.”

...Mark Winslow, a member of the Tennessee state executive committee and former Tennessee Republican party employee, said the group’s filings “still raise huge questions about their disclosures.” Winslow was among several Republicans to file a complaint with election officials about Strong & Free Tennessee.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015
08:39 am
By: WhitesCreek

So let me get this straight...Accepting two billion dollars in Federal tax incentives is a dreaded "expansion of government" but giving another $300 million in TN taxpayer's money to VW is not? The TNGOP is expected to go along with this as long as VW doesn't strike a secret deal with workers that lets them organize and be represented by a union.

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TVA is incredibly brain dead to the effect their actions have on people's quality of life in their never ending quest to sell more electricity.

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Haslam's plan to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is encountering problems among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature, with Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris saying he has yet to decide whether he will sponsor it.

And from our Glen Cassada is a slave to extreme right ideology Department:

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin said, "There's just several concerns that I have and my constituents have. ... It's an expansion of government. More people are dependent on government."

Secondly, he said, "we're going into partnership with a federal government that's on the verge of bankruptcy."

The hypocrisy of those statements just astounds. This is mostly positioning to pretend that they are keeping the ideology foremost for a little while before they work a deal begind closed doors to get this passed. If there's one thing the GOP loves it's tax money. They've lost over $2 billion for the Tennessee economy already.

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The Tennessee Legislature says they should be free to pass laws to force us to keep lousy internet service. President Obama cites Chattanooga ERB service as good example of what our Legislature is trying to stop. Why are they trying to keep us from having fast internet? Because they are being bribed with campaign contributions to keep lousy providers in business.

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We have a situation in which our governments incentivize large corporations into locating in our region. That's our tax money being funneled to corporations in various forms. I tend to think of it as a bribe. The public has right to know what kind of money is involved since it is, after all, the public's money.

TVA doesn't feel like the public has any right to know how much money it is giving to a Korean corporation to get it to locate in Clinton. Frankly, I totally support the Knox News Sentinel's FOI request to know how much TVA is spending on its bribes. Since the company will create jobs in Clinton, why should Roane County rate payers have to pay for it?

Our Congressman Chuck Fleischmann agrees,

saying it is important that “our government and all related agencies function with proper transparency and oversight.”

KNS Story

This is a great step by the Environmental Review Board and the Roane County Commission. Now will TDEC step up and protect Roane County?

RCERB

Mon
Jan 12 2015
03:38 pm

A worker at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant doing regular walk-around monitoring Jan. 7 identified a leak of radioactive water at the plant last week.

A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said today the leak resulted in a spill of between 100 and 200 gallons and some of that water, mixed with millions of gallons of cooling water, could have migrated to the Tennessee River.

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Mon
Jan 12 2015
12:23 pm

From the Hard Knox Independent:


Mocksville Reporter: Ramsey Proposes Monument to Lives Lost in War for Profitable Tennessee Health Insurance

The Hard Knox Independent is one of a few new alt weekly newspapers rising up to fill the void of the MetroPulse.

Mon
Jan 12 2015
12:10 pm

I'm so sorry. Up until right this minute I had always thought you were rude to stare at your phone while we were trying to have a conversation.

...research from the University of Missouri has found that cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests.

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Sun
Jan 11 2015
10:08 am

Tom Humphrey is Tennessee's most astute political observer. He is not only astute, he's honest and accurate. Maybe that's why the good guys love him and the bad guys don't.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s choice of Groundhog Day for the start of a special legislative session seems appropriate given that the political weather forecast for his second term may be strongly influenced by the outcome of those extraordinary proceedings...

...Ah, but now he’s ready to go for some tough stuff. Why, he’s even declared an intent to jack up the state’s gas tax rate during his second term. Of course, the groundhog governor has not been specific about how or when he will do this. Maybe this year, maybe not. It depends.

Tom Humphrey

Sat
Jan 10 2015
02:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Most everyone can find Orion's belt. If you look to the right of the belt towards the Vee shaped cluster, Hyla (within Taurus), the V will be pointing toward the comet for the next few days. The bright light at the top left in the V is Aldebaran, just so you know.

Path of Comet Lovejoy

Sat
Jan 10 2015
12:29 am

RNeal covers the awesome Air Force 1 and the people it carries about this nation...

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Did you know that Bob Corker was that short?

Thu
Jan 8 2015
09:46 pm
By: mushy

I got to the fire around 2:30 and stayed about an hour and a half. The building caved inward between 5 and 5:30.

Miller and Brewer Fire

More shots of the fire are posted HERE!

Thu
Jan 8 2015
07:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ford Branch is a tributary to Whites Creek in Roane County.

Ford Branch

Thu
Jan 8 2015
04:40 pm

RNeal has the story at KnoxViews.com:

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Thu
Jan 8 2015
02:18 pm

From Facebook reports it appears to be the Miller building. Several fire departments have responded.

Update: Video

Thu
Jan 8 2015
11:00 am

$10 Doors at 7 Music &:30 BYOB

Daniel Kimbro and Greg Horne in supporting roles!

RB Morris

More info right Here

Wed
Jan 7 2015
06:02 pm

It's going to be cold tonight. Some school systems are delayed or closed already but nothing is up at the Roane County School web site. Here's the link so you can check it easily:

Roane County Schools web page

Update: 8 F at our porch. I'm hearing others have even lower temps. Time for some good hiking and pictures of ice formations.

Wed
Jan 7 2015
04:52 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The wise and powerful RNeal has been slaving away cleaning up the RoaneViews.com house and boiler room for the last two days. I have to figure out how to repay him. In the meantime let us know if you see anything.

Anyone having any problems can email me direct at stevescarb@aol.com and I'll try to fix them.

This action concerns TVA pollution of the Cumberland River and is based on a notice of intent to sue the Southern Environmental Law Center, not any initiative out of TDEC, unfortunately.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have filed a joint enforcement action against the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Wed
Jan 7 2015
07:58 am

Smile for the cameras! Police Chief Danny Wright says Facebook post of photo was big...

Police in Rockwood have arrested a man they say broke into city hall.

Officers say Dustin Scarbrough is the man on surveillance video recorded Saturday night.

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Wed
Jan 7 2015
07:47 am
By: WhitesCreek

The media is all "Danger, Will Robinson" over some projected low temperatures. Don't be silly. It's winter and it is supposed to be cold. When media misuses the term "Normal" just remember that normal in East TN is a range of winter temps. Here is some weather history so you won't feel that bad about the temperatures today.

Almanac for January 7, 2015

Temperature

Forecast Average * Range *

High 27 °F 47 °F 18 to 66 °F
Low 5 °F 29 °F 1 to 46 °F

Almanac for Yesterday January 6, 2015

Actual Average * Record
Temperature
High 46 °F 47 °F 73 °F (1913)
Low 25 °F 29 °F 2 °F (2014)

I don't have the exact date at this point. Now the question is will our elected officials go to bat for Roane County and get this ticking time bomb defused?

Previously on RoaneViews: This is a horrible mistake

Tue
Jan 6 2015
03:32 pm

Everyone will have to sign in again and things are a bit different. Look around and let us know if you have any problems.

A huge Thank You to RNeal!

We've found a couple of things that don;t function. Hang in there while we debug.

WhitesCreek

Lost Medicaid Funding

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