Submitted by onetahiti on November 16, 2014 - 5:06pm.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, Link...) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood. The Food Pantry feeds an average of over 1000 people each month.

They also give out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food. Sign-up between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the Food Pantry. Bring identification and documentation of income.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 15, 2014 - 10:36am.

The Knots delivered the music to a full house. This is the encore.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:18am.

Since every thing else is perfect in the town of Rossville, TN, the city council has passed the first reading of a law that would make it illegal to support abortion rights.

Editorial opinion: These people are simply nuts.

The ordinance, which on Monday passed its first of two readings, reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person or organization to offer ... abortion services within the limits of the City of Rossville," and adds, "it shall be unlawful for any person or organization to advertise by newspaper, sign board, or otherwise within the limits of the City of Rossville, that the individual or organization does endorse or practice abortion services."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:05am.

This place was "raided/investigated" last year in September as I recall.

In Roane County TBI officials investigated the Interstate Spa at 108 Ole Patton Lane, Rockwood, Tennessee. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:00am.

Among other things, a week of vacation has been taken from more senior employees and given to new hires.

Fleischmann, Corker, and Alexander are "Looking in to the issue".

With benefit changes looming for Y-12 employees and retirees at the start of the year, Oak Ridgers Betty Hatmaker and Hyatt have launched a campaign to protest. According to both, the current insurance plan offered to employees and retirees will no longer be offered, even though it’s still available through the insurance carrier Cigna. The new plan changes from a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $2,000 annually for a family to more than $6,000. And while insurance premiums, and now deductibles, have continued to increase, retirees reportedly haven’t seen a pension increase since 1998.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:46pm.

Wait???? Increased air quality improves job prospects? That's way too obvious for a TN TV station to use in a headline...

Anderson, Blount and Knox counties may soon have increased employment because of improved air quality statuses.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has applied for clean air attainment status for Anderson, Blount and Knox Counties since their recently attained federal clean air standards.

"This announcement means Anderson, Blount and Knox counties are ready to say ‘we're open for business, our air is clean and healthy," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:38pm.

The NRA and Lamar...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 8:30am.

Ben Redden was flown by Lifestar Tuesday night after colliding head-on with a teammate.

"Last thing I remember we were about to play the championship flag football game at intramurals,"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 11, 2014 - 8:31am.

The TN Elections Commission is being sued to force them to count the votes cast on Amendment 1 in exactly the manner the sate constitution requires. The Election Commission says it's never been done that way so why start now? Does any one else find it somewhat ironic that they want to count the votes for an amendment to the constitution in a manner that defies the constitution in the first place? Link...

In the predictions department, I think Haslam will approve expanding medicaid now that the election is over. (Note that all that scary ebola stuff has subsided as well)The state is losing too much money on this and if there's one thing a Republican loves, it is money! Link...

Submitted by mushy on November 10, 2014 - 7:59pm.

A new screen has arrived for the Princess and is currently being installed.

Photos and more info HERE!

Submitted by onetahiti on November 10, 2014 - 7:17pm.

Kroger shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity to receive funds from Kroger's Community Rewards® program. Sign in or create an account at Link.... Then designate West Roane County Volunteer Fire as your charity at Link.... After that, shop as usual at Kroger's, swiping your card.

Amazon shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 10, 2014 - 5:30pm.

In addition to dishonest photo shopped campaign ad, there's this:

The complaint takes issue with a $5,000 primary contribution to Fleischmann from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., reported on Fleischmann's pre-primary filing with the FEC.

Election law prohibits candidates from receiving more than $2,000 per election from another candidate's campaign.

Anything to win, I guess.


Submitted by onetahiti on November 7, 2014 - 11:01am.

We want to thank the kind volunteers at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (Link...), and also RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and the fine folks at Rockwood Electric. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbors and friends. Here is what happened.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 9:13pm.

Stopping access to internet content while still allowing internet is just plain tough!

"I simply typed in s-e-x and that is a word every kid in elementary knows how to spell... I can still pull up images in a search," she said.

We asked the director of schools to type sex into his school computer, too, and articles about sex came up.

"Yeah there were some problems with ours that we will report to ENA and our technology director will fix those. We will get those fixed," Aytes said.

According to Aytes, this is the first complaint he's had about the school's WiFi.

Friday, Shelly Stanley will bring the Kindle to the district so the director can trace where her daughter got the password.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 10:13am.

No, not the mouth on Knoxville talk radio, this is a real journalist at News 5 in Nashville.

In what may be the last real investigative news operation in Tennessee, Phil Williams shines a light on some things that should be real news all over this state, namely potential corruption in the Haslam Administration.

I've added a link over on the right column for convenience. Check this awesome man's work out.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 9:58am.

Thank you, News 5! It appears that we still have one news organization left in Tennessee.

The Haslam administration looks like it illegally broke contracts so that it could funnel money to an out of state company.

Sanders Moving had the state's moving contract, but the Haslam administration abruptly cancelled it, awarding much of the work to Flood Brothers out of Atlanta.

Emails show one state employee, Kurt Herron, objected, writing: "We've already broken several laws."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 9:16am.

A few minutes ago...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 8:07am.

I wish these events got more publicity, but of course that would upset the big oil companies. I'm proud that we have people like Professor Cliff Ricketts at a Tennessee university showing students there might be other paths to follow.

“This has viability for not only daily driving, but also big semi-trucks,” said Ricketts, who admits there is a lot of emotion attached to petroleum prices. “Gas is one dollar less now than when it reached its peak, and people are pretty content right now.”

Knowing gas prices will rise again, the 38-year veteran School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty member knows pure biodiesel is a nontoxic, biodegradable, sulfur-free, renewable fuel. Using biodiesel could make a major impact on U.S. petroleum consumption.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 5, 2014 - 8:01pm.

I just don't think the world knows how beautiful our County is. With that in mind RoaneViews has a new banner at the top with photos taken in Roane County. Please feel free to post your own, or links to your own shots that show off this fabulous part of the world.

I'll get this started. This is a Stewartia, or Mountain Camelia. It is rather rare but can be found in several places in Roane County. It is a close relative of the Franklinia, or Franklin Tree, which has never been identified in the wild since William Bartram found it and sent seeds to Benjamin Franklin, who planted them and grew a plant in his yard from which all current specimens descended. This is a Roane County specimen of stewartia...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 5, 2014 - 7:07am.

Mayoral elections results:

Brillo Miller Rockwood

Tim Neal Kingston

Jerry Vann Oliver Springs

Rockwood City Council: Dudley Evans, Harold Holloway, Bobby Anderson

Kingston City Council: Randy Childs, Sarah Humphreys, Don White

Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen: Robert Miller, Jeffrey Bass, Terry Craze

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 4, 2014 - 9:51am.

We have reports that the machines were down for over a half hour at the Kingston Community Center (Ward 2) and that several voters were turned away without casting a vote. There are more questions than answers at the moment. Please post in the comments if you have verified information on this, no rumors please!

Submitted by onetahiti on November 4, 2014 - 9:39am.

In Tennessee, go to Link... to look up your voting location.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 4, 2014 - 8:30am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2014 - 10:57am.

A study by the fossil fuel industry seems to pronounce that reducing fossil fuel use will cost you money except that their own study shows that electricity costs will only grow at one third the cost of living over the 15 year period if coal usage is eliminated.

Funny how this works. Watch for the news media pronouncements that are sure to quote the 17% number.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2014 - 7:59am.

Under the guidance of the EPA restoration efforts have somewhat restored the over 50 square miles of devastation along the upper reaches of the Ocoee river at Copper Hill. It was created, not by surface mining, but by the emissions from the copper extraction process.

I remember my first visit to the area in the early 1980's. The TN state line had a small sign marking its location along a red dirt expanse that stretched to the horizon and beyond. There was a small patch of greenery about a half mile away where the "Welcome to Tennessee" sign was placed, possibly so that Tennessee wouldn't be forever associated with this massive area of scorched earth. It will never return to what it was before unregulated mining wiped out everything but it has been re-vegetated to a degree. Aquatic life in the Ocoee river struggles to return and it has made some progress. The Ocoee itself has been opened to recreational activities and has created an economic oasis in southeast Tennessee.

A mine museum has been created and several of the mine buildings are planned for restoration. Here's the TFP story:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 1, 2014 - 5:12pm.

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third District Congressional seat, says Tennesseans should be outraged at the lack of attention paid by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to the critical needs of the Tennessee Third District.

“In the WTCI-TV Monday night debate, Chuck Fleischmann finished by calling for more military funding,” Headrick noted. “Not once did he call for more District 3 infrastructure funding. Currently, there is not even one dollar dedicated to resuming construction on the new Chickamauga Lock, ever. This is totally insupportable on Fleischmann’s part. As it stands, we are 12 or more years away from resuming work on the new Chickamauga Lock. Because the Army Corps of Engineers does 'one-at-a-time', we remain fourth, at least 12 years. If we have to, let's dismiss the Army Corps of Engineers and ask TVA to build the Lock....starting now."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 31, 2014 - 7:07pm.

The Tennessee Republican Party says it has filed a formal complaint with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gambling after Ball's campaign offered to enter donors' names in a drawing to wear a chicken costume.

You have got to be s******g me! Really Republicans?


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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