Wed
Jan 20 2016
11:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

snow

Wed
Jan 20 2016
11:01 am
By: WhitesCreek

Weather Underground is now showing 3-5 inches of snow for Roane County.

Wed
Jan 20 2016
07:14 am

The Chattanooga success story is tough to argue with, except there's that one argument that is near and dear to GOP hearts...Big corporations will lose money!

Here's the problem in a nutshell:

"I've been waiting for 27 years for Charter Spectrum, AT&T or somebody to come to me," said Forshee, who said the lack of residential broadband service is hurting his effort to build a national obesity education business. "I call every month, and I'm tired of waiting."

Here's why we haven't already solved the problem:

"I don't see the Legislature doing a lot this year when we have two studies underway that we are paying for at the same time we have a court challenge to the FCC ruling," said Senate Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R), one of nine members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee that must approve any change. "We don't need to be in any rush to make a judgment."

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Roane Schools closed on Wed!

... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 4 am EST /3 am CST/ to 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ Wednesday...

* event... snowfall will move into the area late tonight through Wednesday night with 1 to 2 inches of snow possible. During the day on Wednesday temperatures will warm causing snowfall to switch over to a wintry mix of snow... freezing rain... and sleet... then mostly rain by late afternoon.

* Timing... snowfall will move in from the west overnight and continue through much of Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night.

* Impacts... snowfall could cause hazardous driving conditions... especially on secondary roads through much of Wednesday. The wintry mix of precipitation could cause poor driving conditions across the area Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening. Allow yourself extra time when driving... especially during the evening rush hour on Wednesday.

Continued...

Tue
Jan 19 2016
09:17 am

For the life of me I don't why anyone is against free money!

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Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:31 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Leave the water dripping and hold someone you love close by. It's gonna be a cold one tonight!

Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:48 am
Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!

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Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:21 am

Bernie Sanders has far more supporters than Donald Trump based on every poll everywhere. So what does PBS lead off with in their news? Ted Cruz in New Hampshire.

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Fri
Jan 15 2016
09:21 am

I hiked one of these roads just recently and was saddened by what I saw. This is a beautiful area that should be utilized to better serve our community. It is upsetting that some folks callously soil Roane County's natural beauty with their trash.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has closed three access roads in the Mount Roosevelt Wildlife Management Area due to illegal dumping.

TWRA personnel found the remnants of shingles, lumber and other waste items on Jolley Road, Grant Helton Road and another unnamed road while on a December patrol of the area west of Rockwood.

“It’s upsetting to see waste like this,” said TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mime Barnes. “We’re very grateful to our hunters and anglers and when we see something like this, it’s very disrespectful to them.”

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Fri
Jan 15 2016
08:50 am

Can you see the end of the handle of the Big Dipper? Binoculars make this really easy. Let us know if you see Catalina.


Comet

Thu
Jan 14 2016
06:57 am

I'm mixed on this. At least it is not coal power. I'm more concerned with the transmission lines than I am with the windmills themselves. No word on that route yet.

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Wed
Jan 13 2016
07:49 am

I tend to go for the text of speeches when I can. I certainly don't let a news commentator or "strategist" tell me what was in the speech, so I'm not going to tell you that either. Go read it!

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I will tell you that the GOP rebuttal delivered by SC Gov. Nikki Haley was asinine, incoherent, self contradictory, and had little bearing on reality.

Mon
Jan 11 2016
07:41 pm
By: WhitesCreek

tiger

The Tennessee Valley Authority's executive management and board of directors have not been up to the task of overseeing the company's defined benefit plan and its pension promises.

The plan's funding has deteriorated to levels that force the TVA to propose drastic changes to the plan. Those changes include benefit reductions and freezing its cash balance plan. But the proposal falls short of a disciplined program for shoring up funding.

The reductions have been proposed even though the TVA had a net income of $1.1 billion on revenue of $11 billion in fiscal 2015, and invested almost $2.9 billion in new plant and environmental improvements, making it seem as if employees and retirees are footing at least part of the bill for these investments.

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Mon
Jan 11 2016
07:13 am

Fri
Jan 8 2016
07:57 am

...And it will last seven months until August 4.

I'm sure every candidate will run a positive campaign focusing on their own experience and merits and how those skills will be used to serve Roane County citizens in an honest and fair manner without regard to special interests.

I'm dreaming.

Announced so far:

County Road Superintendent:

Dennis Ferguson incumbent
Brian Mullins finished last in the previous election
Tim Clark Currently Kingston Public Works Director

Property Assessor:

Current Assessor David Morgan has not announced at this point.
Molly Leggins-Hartup has been praying about it.
Other names have been mentioned but no announcements that I know of.

Both new judicial appointees have stated their intentions to run for election. Being appointed by the full County Commission is about as strong an endorsement as a judge can receive but others have mentioned the possibility of running. Nothing official to date.

Today is the first day for candidates to pick up petitions and there may be surprises down the road. AS for discussions here, I suggest everyone review the special election season rules.

Here we go!

I am very supportive of this site being returned to public use, provided it is done safely. So far everything I see looks good.

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Roane County will be well served by Terry Stevens as our new General Sessions Court Judge, replacing Judge Jeff Wicks who has been appointed Criminal Court Judge replacing retired Judge Eugene Eblen.

Stevens leaves his position as Assistant District Attorney.

It's a musical chairs kind of thing but somehow the best people with the right temperament have risen to the top.

Congratulations to Judge Terry Stevens and congratulations to Roane County.

Sat
Jan 2 2016
08:31 am

It takes binoculars to see but it's worth it. Viewing should be good by the end of next week if the clouds cooperate, but you can see it now in the pre dawn. The comet is on a path that will hurl it completely out of our solar system by the gravitational slingshot of the sun. We will never see it again, so take the opportunity and check this wonder out.

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Fri
Jan 1 2016
09:58 am
By: WhitesCreek

After all the food and TV football it's time for a resolution. The folks at Wild Trails in the Chattanooga area do a lot of good protecting trails in the area and have come up with a 100 mile club to get us off the couch. They have set up a web site to keep track of your activities in the hopes that you will cover 100 miles in the first three months of 2016.

That isn't too difficult but you have to be consistent. You would be right on track if you walk the Ladd Landing Greenway trail, out and back, three times a week or take two loops on the Roane County Park walking trail three times a week. Swimming and biking count too and have factors to adjust and add to your miles.

So as soon as your vision clears up today, why don't you take a walk?

Here's the link to Wild Trails...(We need this in Roane County!)

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Thu
Dec 31 2015
07:01 pm

Our hike today.

Trib to Ford Branch

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Thu
Dec 31 2015
11:27 am

Black Mountain is very close to Roane County and has spectacular views and easy trails that wind through some pretty cool geology. It is a kid's paradise with very short walks to cool stuff. This Ranger guided hike will get you familiar with one of our local natural treasures. It starts at high noon central time, meaning 1 PM for us Easterners.

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Directions and more info

Black Mountain

Wed
Dec 30 2015
08:52 am

It's confusing because the name associated with the site is the Clinch River Corporation or CRC site, but it is actually located on the bank of the Emory River. If it is cleaned up it will make a wonderful addition to Harriman's waterfront park.

There are two alternatives proposed, one of which is to do nothing. As the study states, the site would be safe for adult and adolescent recreators left as is as long as activities were kept to certain restrictions.

Alternative 2 is to perform a number of remediation actions that look reasonable to me at first read. I reserve the right to change my mind as I digest the information.

What I don't see is an evaluation of risk for infants, who most certainly will be present and crawling around on any public park space.

Scott Miller at the EPA has been very prompt and cooperative with us and provided the digital documents attached for your perusal. What do you see?

Tue
Dec 29 2015
08:36 am

Via Tom Humphrey:

Attorney General Herbert Slatery is suing Chevron and its subsidiaries for a “prolonged and costly scheme” to take more than $18 million from a state fund used to cleanup spills of oil and gas, reports The Tennessean.

The fund reimburses tank owners for expenses during spill cleanups, but is intended as a last-resort fund for owners who cannot afford the costs. Owners with private insurance must first seek cleanup costs from their insurance companies.

The lawsuit alleges the companies used taxpayer funds to pay for leaks and spills at more than 100 Tennessee gas stations — despite having private insurance that paid for the cleanup costs.

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Tue
Dec 29 2015
08:32 am

When I was in the 9th grade in Memphis, I took a civics class. Apparently that isn't done these days. Otherwise how can you explain anyone actually believing Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would be capable of running this Nation for the good of "We, the People"?

Excerpt from a Politico piece on why Tennessee seems likely to play a pivotal role in the 2016 Republican presidential primary after being widely ignored in past presidential campaigns:

It’s not quite Iowa, but Tennessee — a state long ignored until much later in the cycle, and then often just turned to for donations — is now one of the biggest hubs for GOP political activity in the country.

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Mon
Dec 28 2015
04:18 pm

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* a portion of east Tennessee... including the following areas...
Anderson... Campbell... Loudon... Morgan... Roane and Scott TN.

* Until 1 am EST Tuesday

* another 1 to 1 1/2 of rain can be expected on this afternoon and evening as a cold front moves across the plateau...southeast Tennessee and Cherokee and Clay counties of North Carolina. Since the ground is already saturated as well as elevated creeks and streams... additional flash flooding is possible.

Continued...

Sun
Dec 27 2015
09:07 am

It's very difficult to observe my planet's ability to support my species being intentionally wrecked for profit.

Record warmth for Christmas Day across the East Coast. Many more record high temperatures set or tied today. pic.twitter.com/Dr0WDdSdna

— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) December 25, 2015

Thanks to a combination of an intense El Niño weather pattern, marked by a burst of warming in the Pacific, and long-term human-caused climate change, 2015 is poised to be the hottest year on record by a significant margin.

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Sat
Dec 26 2015
06:21 pm

Morgan County has yet to realize that it is a gateway community to beautiful wild lands that are the equal of any park in the Southeast. I am constantly amazed at people who oppose additions to state parks and TWRA lands because "It takes land off the tax rolls". Yes it does. But I challenge anyone to show how these wild lands were receiving county services any where close to the taxes they were paying. They had no homes requiring fire and police protection, no families whose children needed schools, no roads, no nothing that the county was obligated to provide. But they were being charged on the tax roles. Gee, what a deal for politicians and what a burden for the property owners.

Look, GIS studies prove that lands adjacent to parks, natural areas, and wilderness areas more than make up for lost revenue because they radically increase in value over time. Ask Oneida if the Big South Fork has been a boon to its economy? Ask Gatlinburg if the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has been a boon to its economy? When I was on the TN Conservation Commission Gov. Bredesen doubled the size of Fall Creek Falls park. If you look at where the building boom has been in the last 8 years it magically surrounds the Park. People want to be near wild areas.

I suggest the County Exec for Morgan County rejoice in another almost 2000 acres being added to the wilderness majesty of his county and invite people from all over the world to come visit Morgan County to see its majestic beauty. That's much better than loading up a tax burden on lands you don't provide services to. And the whole world will be a better place for it.

Thank you, Tom Humphrey for alerting us to this story...

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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.