As a kid I lived in Memphis, about two blocks from the Overton Park Zoo. I remember hearing lions grunting in the night. They don't actually roar. I haven't actually heard what the impacts are of Tiger Haven on the neighbors other than fear of the beasts. All farms have a certain amount of impact. How is this one greater than normal?
...the county attorney has been in talks with Tiger Haven. County leaders want the tiger sanctuary to not expand, get a permit for the fence, and have the TWRA inspect it.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction and I’m very hopeful that we can get this resolved and not have to take the matter to court,” said Commissioner Mike Hooks
This is a small university with an amazing history of accuracy in its election results. Let's note that in most current polls Bernie destroys every GOP candidate in the general election results.
It appears that the no tax people in the legislature have our state in a gridlock while state services get sold to the most connected bidders and quality spirals downward. At some point it will crash and we will be left holding the bill. Fair warning...Delayed maintenance always costs much more than doing it now!
Haslam is facing strong resistance among many fellow Republicans in the Legislature about taking steps to increase roadbuilding revenues. But the governor argues that ignoring the growing shortfall now will result in an infrastructure crisis down the road.
Our state has an amazing geological and biological natural history. Too bad that so many of our neighbors know so little about it and seem to care eve less. We live in an amazing area that is, frankly, far more interesting than the Great Smoky Mountains.
In 2011, a team led by Jason Richards, cartographer and cave diver with the National Speleological Society, was able to get permission to explore the cave. Initially, they penetrated 1,300 feet into the cave. On their most recent dive in spring 2013, which lasted 349 minutes, they surveyed 10,800 feet, including 1,500 feet of new passageway, making this the longest known underwater cave in the U.S. outside of Florida.
Here's more from Nooga.com...
Ryan Joseph Anderson will be at Ladd Landing tonight. Doors at 7. $10 BYOB
With Daniel Kimbro
There's no better way to spend a rainy Friday evening and we're done early compared to all those other places, usually before 10 pm.
From our "If it ain't illegal it's legal" Dept:
Maybe the best voices and harmonies. Listen for yourself...
It will be interesting to read the comments on this one...
Court filings show the 19 attorneys who worked on the case clocked 5,974 hours. Given their average hourly rate of $390 per hour, they say their fees and costs exceed $2.3 million. They also want repayment of $65,555 of expenses.
“We worked for two years on this case and we were successful,” said Abby Rubenfeld, a Nashville attorney who led the case. “All the attorneys for the state of Tennessee got paid while they worked on it, so we should be paid, too.”
There are several items of interest on the agenda. I note an authorization for the County Attorney to file a lawsuit against Tiger Haven. Tiger Haven has fair amount of support as well as a fair amount of opposition. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.
I also note a resolution in support of Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal. The efforts to block the Governor's plan by the Legislature are costing Tennessee billions of dollars...yes, BILLIONS!...and thousands of Tennesseans medical care and even their lives, in some cases. We'll be watching to see how that turns out.
The Taurid meteors peak this week. The Leonids, always a favorite, are Nov. 18. Venus Jupiter and Mars continue their dance, and comet Catalina will be visible the 22.
Can we have a few clear nights for all this, please?
And the nominees are Thomas Radcliffe Frierson of Morristown, Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. of Kingsport and Roger Amos Page of Medina.
This is important because: " Justice Gary Wade, writing before his resignation from the bench took effect in September, that quoted Alexander Hamilton writing in the Federalist Papers on the dangers from the “natural feebleness of the judiciary” that is “in continual jeopardy of being overpowered” by the executive branch."
You should read all that. It's important.
Here is the question CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla asked Ted Cruz which Cruz avoided answering:
"Congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, prevent a government shutdown, and calm financial markets of the fear that a Washington crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show you're not the kind of problem-solver that American voters want?"
The beloved Barstool Romeos will grace the Ladd Landing Listening Room tonight in a special Halloween Eve show. Dress up, BYOB, and come out and have some fun with a great bunch of people listening to great music.
Why did it take a fighter jet to keep up with a balloon?
It's your last chance - don't miss out!
BOO-TOWN will be open nightly Thursday (10/29) through Saturday (10/31), and then it's gone...!
Join us for a family friendly Halloween - complete with games, craft vendors, storytellers, bouncy house, magic, and more. There is even an additional Haunted Hayride (if you dare...). Tickets are $5 for kids, $8 for adults (Hayride extra). Hours are 5:00-10:00pm nightly.
Boo-Town is located at the TN Medieval Faire site at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Visit (link...) for more information
The fun is closer than you think!
I love to watch our bats fly around the house and out over the gorge. There is no question in my mind that the numbers are in serious decline and I am very concerned.
...bats help with pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal. But 40 percent of bat species in the United States are endangered or at risk, and more than 5.7 million bats have recently died from white-nose syndrome.
Here's my favorite weather nerd site. Dr. Jeremy has all the info...
Roane County has a very high obesity rate for school children. We also have a high rate of medicated kids. Frankly, I've never bought into the HDD diagnosis for figity kids. I was one. OK, I still am one. I would love to see Roane County get a pioneer program going in elementary schools using stand up desks. They also can come with stools which seems best. I may look into this for my home office.
Mike Hicks and the Contribution at Ladd Landing tonight.
This song speaks to something most of today's college students can relate to. Deep thoughts delivered with smooth buttered soul...
Click the ad on the right for the full calendar info and directions...
A very enthusiastic thanks to the Road County Road Department...the Caney Creek Bridge...one of the most picturesque bridge settings in the state is getting a fresh coat of paint...it is looking great. The littering along Caney Creek and all around the Roiane County Park has dropped remarkedly...yeehah! What a beautiful county we have...the county is a natural park....Take a drive out Caney Creek... honk twice!!!
I wish I had a picture of the bridge...I will tomorrow....here is the sunrise out toward The main channel from the Caney Creek inlet.....hope this posts right
This is a step toward ending the practice of profiting from those who can least afford it...
Federal regulators took new steps on Thursday to slash the cost of calls in prison, which they said can run as high as $14 a minute.
Update: A man drove his vehicle past the gate, crashed it in a parking lot, and fled on foot. He has been apprehended and things are back to normal.
Officials at the Y-12 National Security Complex are responding to a law enforcement matter that has affected access to Y-12. The facility and its employees are safe and secure and all entrances to the plant are closed.
Employees who are not on site are asked to check with the plant operating status line at 241.1212 for more information regarding access to the plant later today. NNSA and CNS officials are working closely with the City of Oak Ridge Police Department on this matter.
So the University of Kentucky "owns" the word "Kentucky"? Really?
This ought to be fun to watch...
The owners of Kentucky Mist Moonshine distillery in Whitesburg say attorneys for the University of Kentucky have sent them a letter asserting the school owns the exclusive rights to the word "Kentucky."
From the AP story:
The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking public comment on newly revised K-12 math and English language arts standards.
The standards were developed by expert educator advisory teams throughout the summer. They set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.
The standards will be available for feedback online through mid-November at
Registration is required. Let us know what you think.
Get up early Thursday morning and go outside...
...one of the more reliable meteor showers — sort of a junior version of the Perseids — is set to reach its maximum before sunrise on Thursday morning (Oct. 22). This upcoming display is known as the Orionids, because the meteors seem to fan out from a region to the north of the constellation Orion's second-brightest star, ruddy Betelgeuse
KnoxViews has the story and the discussion:
Okay, let's repeat the important point in here: We, as a state, need the best credit rating we can get. In order to show that we we deserve a good credit rating, we have to show that we can cover our obligations and repay any debts we might have. And here's the jam Haslam rightly identifies us as being in—our Medicaid and education costs keep going up but our politicians will not raise taxes to cover those costs (or for any reason). So, in order to show that we can cover our obligations, Haslam has to be able to show them ways we have of coming up with the money. When you can't raise taxes, you have to cut sh##t.
We can argue—and I think fairly—that we've not seen any proof that outsourcing things to Haslam's friends actually cuts costs, but this is the thing that Haslam isn't quite ready to be honest about. Even financial disasters are okay if they benefit the right people. If the Tea Party Republicans run the State into the ground with their refusal to raise taxes, all an Oligarch Republican can do for us is to make sure that it's apparent that his Oligarch friends will benefit from our ruin.
Haslam has a lot of rich and powerful friends
Mike Hicks is the keyboardist and Music Director for multi-Grammy bluesman, Keb Mo. He's played all over the world in huge arenas but we have him right here in a small venue this coming Friday night. Here's a short teaser of Mike kicking around on guitar.
Mike will bring a small cadre of some of the best sessions musicians in Nashville and smoothly tear our little room apart. One of my favorite singers/songwriters/keyboard wizards/showmen, He claims his genre is Funk - Blues but how does that fit THIS ONE?
Frankly, I don't know the set list but I promise it will be awesome. Join us won't you? It's a great scene with good people and great music.
See you there!
Info and directions right HERE
Are you ready for a merry-not-too-scary, outdoor, Halloween adventure?!? Come to Boo-Town--a new, family-friendly, Halloween event at the TN Medieval Faire site (550 Fiske Rd, Harriman, TN). If you like costumes (Steampunk, Cosplay, Princesses, Pirates, Medieval, Theatre...) Boo-Town is the place for you!
5 show days: Oct 23-24, 29-30-31. Hours 5-10p EDT.
Tickets sold at gate. We can accept cash & credit cards. Free parking.
General Admission [Rain or Shine]
$5 (ages 2-12), $8 (ages 13+)
Visit Treat Village and the Bouncy House. Play the Games and listen to the Story-Tellers. Join in the Costume Parade (6-6:30 nightly), and Monster Music & Dance - plus enjoy the Costumed Characters. Don’t forget the Crafts, Food, Beer, and Soda available for purchase.
And if you dare…
Haunted Hayride [Fair weather only]
Additional $10 (ages 8+ only)
Ride through the deep, dark woods, pulled by an ancient tractor and even more ancient driver! Ghouls await! What could go wrong?!?
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- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
- Don't miss the last day of the Tennessee Medieval Faire (mushy)
- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)