Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 3:58pm.

(Due to the large crowd expected this show will be just up the street from Market Street at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse. Directions are down there somewhere...)

We are on a roll for great music. Nothing but awesome from now until the end of May and these folks are going to keep the bar set high. Get ready for The Fairview Union. Come see these folks while you can. They won't be in a listening room like ours for much longer.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 9:32am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 8:07am.

Sen Yager sponsored this bill. It helps "Federally designated distressed counties".

Interesting that Roane is "distressed" except for the BEP formula which funds our schools.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 7:06am.

From the Chamber program for school "improvement":

(1) Public school choice including charter schools and private school choice (vouchers)
(2) Abolishment of teacher tenure
(3) Teacher evaluation models based on student growth as measured by assessments
(4) Performance based pay based on student growth as measured by assessments
(5) Increased competition among schools, including the request that "American businesses be allowed to compete for federal funds to serve students"

Knox County School Board Candidate Tamara Shepherd posts her response.

I wonder how our candidates stand on this? Any teacher that votes to support a Board candidate that is supported by the Chamber of Commerce is suicidal.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 6:57am.

From the summary: (HB0190 would) Increase State Expenditures - $173,000 Other Fiscal Impact - There will be annual shifts of state and local BEP funding from local education agencies to the non-public participating schools of the proposed program. Approximately $15,842,500 is estimated to shift in FY13-14; $24,356,300 is estimated to shift in FY14-15; $33,285,000 is estimated to shift in FY15-16; $68,230,000 is estimated to shift in FY16-17; and an amount estimated to exceed $68,230,000 is estimated to shift in FY17-18 and subsequent fiscal years.

Calfee's office says he's FOR public schools but wouldn't directly say he'll vote against this bill in committee. We'll be watching to see how it goes today.

Play along at home right here.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 7, 2014 - 11:58am.

You kill the Assist. Principal, try to kill the Principal and others and you walk out of jail at your sentencing hearing?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 7, 2014 - 8:05am.

Lt. Gov Ramsey runs this state, Haslam's veto power is meaningless. Press Corp says Haslam conducting secret meetings, demand transparency in the State's business. And a lot more...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 7, 2014 - 7:24am.

Weston Wamp:

“Till he’s blue in the face, he’s voted to repeal Obamacare,” Wamp said. “Don’t just vote to repeal Obamacare. Come up with a solution that Republicans can actually stand behind, so that our party can have a positive agenda to fix the country’s problems rather than just blame the other party for what they’re doing wrong.”

Chuck Fleischmann: (Well actually, Fleischmann hasn't said all that much. However, His spokesmen have gone after Wamp.)

“He comes from a family consumed with politics and is simply continuing that tradition,” Fleischmann campaign spokesman Jordan Powell said.

RCN story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 6, 2014 - 12:01pm.

As we have noted previously, our elected officials no longer work for us. Rather, they increasingly genuflect to organizations pushing radical ideologies with no concern whatsoever for local best interests. Tom Humphrey posted the unedited version of his opinion piece. Read it.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 5, 2014 - 2:09pm.

I don't think I can explain this so you better read it:

Tennessee ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Liberates People From All Their Worthless Federal Money

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 4, 2014 - 3:38pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 4, 2014 - 9:29am.

GOP state legislatures have figured out how to loudly squawk the talk of small government while quietly reaping the benefits of the federal safety net. They've reduced their states' aid to poverty programs and health care, fought higher minimum wage standards, raised the cost of higher education, lowered public education funding, privatized any state program they can dole out to their supporters - and reduced the corporate and personal taxes that pay for these services in blue states. Most of this legislation is bought and paid for by corporate and special interest lobbyists.

So, the red states get to boast about their favorable business climates and their low-cost workers. And corporations love them - and show their love with generous campaign contributions.

The full editorial and more things you should be aware of:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 4, 2014 - 7:25am.

Brendon James Wright will perform an "After the Storms" show with Daniel Kimbro at Market Street tonight at 7:30. Reservations are not required for this show. Come on and let's have some fun!

Show info and more music


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 7:24pm.

A bill to allow local governments to obtain permits to sell beer is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after being approved by the House on Thursday.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 12:39pm.

Congratulations to County Attorney elect Greg Leffew, District Attorney General Russ Johnson, Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett, County Clerk Barbara Anthony, and all incumbent judges. We hereby declare them the winners of the August 7 elections. Also congratulations to Commissioners Kelly and Brummett. These folks are unopposed.

For the other races it looks like we are in for a massive war of the yard signs. The complete list is at the link:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 11:07am.

Will this mean layoffs for local police? It certainly would apply to Kingston and Harriman.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 10:45am.

HEADRICK DECRIES SCOTUS RULING

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional seat, said today:

“A clear attack against both our democracy and our local representation...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 10:05am.

The movie will premier from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT May 23 at the park's visitor center in beautiful downtown Wartburg. We have several treasures like the Obed, and they all flow to Roane County.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 9:14am.

So, this is not "the Kochs" doing this, in the cartoonish sense of David or Charles calling up a henchman and saying "kill that new bus line in Nashville," and then cackling and dipping an orphan in fracking runoff and using it to light a cigar. But this is the story of how billionaires dedicated to advancing an agenda at every level of government can do so with practically no one noticing until they've already won. Because a couple of energy moguls are constitutionally opposed to mass transit spending based on a very self-serving definition of "liberty,"

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 6:09am.

It's too late to save Midtown, but this is welcome news.

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, the bill easily cleared the House on an 85-4 vote after decades of unsuccessful efforts to repeal an unpopular law that cities argue is critical for their continued growth and economic development.

That would be the same argument a tumor would make. Cities will now be forced to become functioning units within their own borders. This is going to be a drastic change for some of them. Harriman, I'm talking to you!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 8:16pm.

Police say that someone is calling people and pretending to be Lt. John David with the Rockwood Police Department.

Officers say there is no Lt. Davis at Rockwood PD. The caller is reportedly telling people they have outstanding warrants and need to send $400 immediately to clear things up.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 8:02pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 6:37pm.

Now this is the sort of positive story we need:

Six months have passed and Lollibaby remains in the care of a Roane County pet store. One Stop Pet Shop in downtown Rockwood rescued and has custody of the cockatoo.

Lollibaby has grown new feathers on her back and can fully open her wings. She has also become a great dancer.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 3:15pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 9:29am.

CPI News Buzz

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 7:45am.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 7:03am.

I wish people would stop and do a bit of arithmetic before opening their mouths or publishing a newspaper article. Damon Lawrence calls it a part time job, but that's not quite correct. Ron Berry says it is overpaid, so let's look at this. Damon's RCN story says:

The county attorney’s total budget for this fiscal year is $122,731. That includes the $93,775 salary, $26,456 in benefits and $2,500 for travel.

The County Attorney has to take on whatever the county hands him, except for conflict of interest instances. Our county has generated a lot of attorney work for things that should have been taken care of in advance.

Attorney fees in Roane County run from $150 to $300+ per billable hour. There are 2000 hours in a work year, so a full time attorney who worked full time would cost between $300,000.00 and $600,000.00. I don't think a person with an advanced college degree who has any semblance of competency and sanity should have to sit through the County Commission meetings and take the Commissioners' phone calls for less than $100k a year.

Just so you folks know, Greg Leffew has handled a number of things for me and is a solid attorney. He was Rockwood City Judge for years and he and I did spar in court on occasion. I won some and he won more. Greg has been Rockwood City attorney of late. I suspect the real reason he hasn't drawn competition is that no one wants to spend time and money on a losing cause.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 12:51pm.

At what point in Haslam's war on workers do the workers quit listening to Fox News and reading Koch Brothers billboards? At some point I'm thinking Tennessee's working people are going to wake up and go after the TNGOP.

“The incentives … are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee.”

And of course the State of Tennessee made no secret of what outcome would meet with their satisfaction. Tennessee’s junior senator, Bob Corker, was quite vocally (and maybe illegally) opposed to unionization at the plant. And oh look, it gets worse!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 8:39am.

For months, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has denied any connection.
But documents leaked to NewsChannel 5 Investigates offer conclusive proof that the Haslam administration wanted a say in the automaker's deal with organized labor -- in exchange for $300 million in economic incentives to help VW expand its Chattanooga operations.

This looks worse and worse for the Haslam administration. The Koch brothers run Tennessee.

More from Crockett Policy

Previously noted at RoaneViews


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 6:35am.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will be building a pedestrian bridge over the East Embayment as part of TVA’s commitment to restore the Swan Pond area near the Kingston Fossil Plant to as good as or better than it was before the 2008 ash spill.

For the safety of the public and work crews, access to the East Embayment by boat will be temporarily closed beginning today.
Signs will be posted on the shoreline and buoys will be installed across the embayment to restrict boating access.

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