Mon
Aug 10 2015
05:09 pm

Here's the short version but you should follow the link and see the photos. That says more than any words could possibly convey.

Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during their marriage is when Tom, an Army veteran, was stationed in Korea. This made their stay in different rooms in the hospital very difficult for them, so Tina Mann, Manager, Orthopedics Medical-Surgical 4, with help from the clinical staff, went above and beyond to make a special arrangement for Tom, 96, to visit his wife, in her room. Overcome with joy, he wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen, 92. “I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.” Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the Clarks and many more happy years together.

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Tennessee officials today ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to investigate, assess and remedy problems with all coal-ash deposit sites across the state.

Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau's order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) and is intended to ensure not only that the state keeps abreast of the federal electric utility's progress in complying with the federal rule but goes beyond it as well.

"Our goal in issuing this Order is to ensure that historical coal ash disposal sites are addressed in a manner that is fully protective of both the public health and the environment, as well as meeting state and federal requirements," Bob Martineau said in a news release. "The Order addresses all CCR disposal areas in the state, even those not under the jurisdiction of the federal rule."

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Fri
Aug 7 2015
07:18 am

Way back in the last century we had just moved to Roane County and were struggling to build a business. We were scratching to get by and had very little to live on. Keeping our aged cars and trucks running was tough and costly, but we quickly found Terry Webb and the business that is now Precision Battery Service. For what seems an impossibly low cost, Terry would rebuild alternators and starters that stayed rebuilt.

Time marches on and deals its cards along the way. Terry has been dealt a tough one lately. Rather than shut his business down, he decided to give it to his employees and let them keep it going.

“I can’t imagine anyone having better employees than I have,” Webb said. “They’re going to need a job, so I’m going to turn this over to them.”

A few months back I bought another battery from Terry's shop. I'm glad I'll still have his people to rely on when the next time rolls around.

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Fri
Aug 7 2015
06:07 am

I can't help but agree:

Formerly referred to as non-navigable houseboats in the regulations under Section 26a of the TVA Act, these floating houses are prohibited on TVA reservoirs, except those that were grandfathered in 1978. So why is TVA now dealing with the proliferation of the illegal floating houses? It is because TVA began ignoring these floating houses in the early 1990s and took no action to enforce its own regulations. So now TVA is trying to remedy its own negligence and lack of enforcement by taking the easy way out and just grandfathering the illegal structures. Do you really think TVA will enforce the rules after this grandfathering of illegal floating houses? It didn't after 1978.

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I don't have much sympathy for acts of this nature. This was public land and our history that was stolen and sold, with no regard for our historical or archeological record.

The men pleaded guilty in February 2015 to multiple counts of violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, including violations in Tennessee and Alabama.

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Tue
Aug 4 2015
08:16 pm

It appears that we may have been misled about the nature of this facility.

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Tue
Aug 4 2015
05:45 pm

I really hope we can one day put all this behind us and see people as people, not gay, white, black, or whatever. Consenting adults should have the right to define their own relationships and the dissolution of same. The courts now agree. Judge Simmons could have been on the right side of history but chose not to.

In the end...right prevails.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion Tuesday striking down Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr.'s decision last year to bar a divorce between two men legally wed in Iowa.

Citing the high court's recent ruling requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages as legally sound, Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney stated in the opinion Frederick Michael Borman and spouse Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman now have the legal right to divorce in Tennessee.

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Tue
Aug 4 2015
08:58 am

OUr old friend and favorite Congress person, Lincoln Davis, will join Dr. Don Arnold at a presser today regarding the President's Clean Power Plan to protect our grandchildren from the worst effects of climate change. I'm personally glad to see Lincoln standing up for all of us. We've had more than our fair share of representation by toadies since he left us.

Clean Power Plan Fact Sheet

What this means for Tennessee

ABOUT DR. DON ARNOLD

Dr. Arnold is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency, pediatric emergency medicine, and public health training at The University of Virginia, UAB, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for over 3 decades and is active in research pertaining to acute asthma exacerbations in pediatric patients.

ABOUT CONGRESSMAN LINCOLN DAVIS

Congressman Davis served 8 years in the US House of Representatives representing Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. He served on the Appropriations Committee and Science Committee in 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, he served on the Financial Service Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Agriculture Committee. As you might imagine he can speak with some authority and credibility on climate change, its effect on public health and the economy.

Governor Haslam signed that bill but is now having second thoughts. (We are proud Haslam is having thoughts,but wish he could have thought BEFORE he signed this insane bill into law)

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Mon
Aug 3 2015
07:57 pm

Here's the story, but I have some thoughts after you check it out...

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I consider it a privilege to have friends, some of whom happen to be black. I don't think of them as "Black" friends so much as just friends, but the rest of the world won't let that be, so...

Something I noticed when the white Memphis cop was shot and killed is that my "black" friends posted the picture of the man wanted in that shooting. The person of interest is black. He has now surrendered. I suspect that had something to do with the fact that the black community refused to harbor him. He is a wanted criminal and that's that.

I don't feel like writing all that much about this tonight so the short version is...We're all in this together. We can't let the forces of evil divide us because we don't look like each other or we grew up in different neighborhoods and different cultures. We all need good paying jobs and decent healthcare and the right to vote in or out whosoever we decide. We make better decision as one people, all in this together.

So, we need to look at the person who shot that Memphis cop as a plain and simple criminal. He was the only person who pulled that trigger. I didn't, you didn't, and none of our friends, black or white or yellow or green or whatever, did either. It was a criminal. Let him face the judgement of our judicial system and let the rest of us walk as free men and women without taint.

Come together and fight those who would divide us. We can choose to build Eden or Hell, at this point. I'm going for Eden!

Fri
Jul 31 2015
04:50 pm
By: WhitesCreek

R B Morris played this for us the very first time we saw him. It's still a favorite of mine, showcasing RB's poetic mastery coupled with that fabulous crooner's voice.

Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Consists of 11 people from elsewhere. West Tennessee is heavily represented. This will be interesting to watch as the appointee will have a huge leg up in the 2016 election. This is a rather well paid plum of a position and is often a "For Life" appointment. We have a pretty good cadre of judges at the moment. Let's hope this goes to another technically competent and fair person.

Candidates for the seat must be a licensed attorney, at least 30 years old, a state resident for at least five years and live in the 9th district, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

The criminal court judge position pays $167,676 a year. The council will pick three candidates to send to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration. If he chooses to make an appointment, that person’s term will end on Aug. 31, 2016.

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Fri
Jul 31 2015
07:56 am

What sane person feels the need to carry a concealed weapon to a concert? What sane society thinks that should be just fine?

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Today is the day for Windows 10 FREE upgrades to start. By now you may have seen that Windows icon on the lower right of your screen if you are a PC user. (Apple folks are damned to their own purgatory and may skip this post.) Click the icon and see what happens. Some of them don't work, so you can go here:
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Share your experience if your computer still works after the upgrade.

Mon
Jul 27 2015
04:47 pm

Watts Bar Lake is an incredibly productive water resource for fishermen. Troy Powers of Kingston landed a 100 lb flathead catfish that measured over 5'9". This is a dated story but it's still amazing and Roane County needs to play this for all it's worth.

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Wed
Jul 22 2015
09:15 am
By: WhitesCreek

A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch

When our discussions are about whether a flag should be lowered instead of asking how a deeply disturbed man got assault weapons,

...about how to stop consenting adults from having equal rights under our constitution rather than talking about how to provide all Tennesseans with affordable health care,

...about building a giant fence at our Mexican border instead of requiring minimum wage jobs be paid a livable wage,

...about which candidate can insult the other the most rather than about concrete steps to solving the problems facing our citizens...

Well, then you can see how America is in deep trouble.

That and more at the Buzz:

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Wed
Jul 22 2015
07:30 am

This is what happens when you don't effectively enforce laws and regulations for 37 years and try to reign things in all of a sudden.

The TVA says non-navigable houseboats have not been allowed since 1978, but many continued to build them, claiming they are watercraft. A TVA spokesperson said in June some of the houses are 1,500 square feet or more, and they present safety issues that include electrical hazards and waste disposal problems.

I have more questions than answers about this. The folks who live in these things certainly use municipal services but do they pay property taxes like other home owners?

How are the household wastes dealt with? And so on.

TVA looks like they are admitting defeat on the floating houses that have been installed up until now but are going to get tough an new water homes. We'll see how this goes.

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Tue
Jul 21 2015
08:48 pm

As if from a line in his own literary works:

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born Jan. 6, 1931, in New York. He was named after Edgar Allan Poe, whom he often disparaged as America's "greatest bad writer." His father, David Doctorow, ran a music store, and his mother, Rose Doctorow, was a pianist.

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Mon
Jul 20 2015
08:16 am

With coal plant emissions cleaning up as a result of EPA regulations and a lawsuit by the NC Attorney General, visibility on hazy days in the Smoky Mountains has gone from 9 miles to 30 miles. This is a big deal for health and jobs. But before we pat ourselves on the back too much lets remember that this is a long term effort and there is much left to do. The worst of air pollution is the fine particulate particles, which are grave health risks for respiratory diseases. Here's the bad news:

Knox, Anderson,Blount, Loudon County and a portion of Roane County, are listed as non-attainment areas for fine particulate matter, or soot. Monitoring information for 2015 will be needed to seek attainment status for that issue.

So every time you hear a politician say EPA regulation kills jobs you need to respond that dirty businesses kill people. If you claim to be "pro-life" then you also need to be "pro" clean air and water as a part of that. It's time to end our usage of fossil fuels as the primary source of our electrical energy.

The Knox News Sentinel makes note of some of this but they don't make the case forcibly enough. Dirty businesses kill people. Environmental regulations save lives. It's just that simple!

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In spite of my misgivings about TVA giving Duncan Mansfield a job after his somewhat glossed over coverage of the TVA coal ash disaster, I respected his skills as an AP stringer. Duncan was a decent reporter when he wanted to be and a great writer all the time. Pancreatic cancer is a tough way to go. He leaves a family who loved him.

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Sat
Jul 18 2015
10:51 am

Last Quarter: Raised Self loan spent CTD COH
(numbers in thousands)
Scott Desjarlais $52 $0 $35 $213 $162

Grant Starrett $507 $227 $80 $507 $653

So Grant Starrett had a quarter Mil to loan his own campaign and has raised ten times as much as DesJarlais, spent twice as much, and still has 4 times as much cash on hand (COH).

I'm thinking TN 4 is going to be a mudfest, even more so than last time.

Fri
Jul 17 2015
09:10 am
By: WhitesCreek

Why do we let them divide us? I'm not talking about people harboring the misguided fear we call racism. I'm talking about the puppet masters behind the curtain who divide us for their own evil purposes.

Yet we must still face what racism means and what its manifestations do to us as a society.

Yes, many Confederate soldiers were brave and heroic. And yes, many Southern generals were brilliant tacticians and dashing warriors. But the cause was not noble or glorious. And we're still paying the price for it.

Still, this is a free country. No one will stop you from flying any flag you choose on your property. No one will begrudge you your right to dress up and reenact glorious — if bloodless — scenes of epic battle. If you want to put the Confederate flag on your bumper or wear it on your T-shirt, go for it. It says more about you than you think.


The Crockett Buzz for 7-17-15

Fri
Jul 17 2015
07:07 am

So it appears that Mike Beard, the manager at Roane County Park, has noticed that goose poop is a problem and that perhaps those coin operated feed dispensers might be contributing to the problem. This is the old "Please don't feed the wild animals" problem, except that these aren't wild animals anymore.

There is some misinformation in the article and it comes from people who should know better, the US Dept. of Agriculture. The claim is that Watts Bar Canada geese aren't migrating because they are being fed. People, the sub-species of Canada goose that is still here in the winter never has migrated. In my opinion it's a farm animal.

Continued...

Wed
Jul 15 2015
05:38 pm

On average, the Tennessee Promise pays $1,156 per student. It covers the cost of tuition, not covered by other scholarships, and mandatory fees -- like buying a student ID.

But officials with the Tennessee Promise said a student attending Roane State, for example, should expect to dole out about $1,500 a year for books and supplies.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
09:24 am

You can learn the most interesting things from the Morning Energy Report. House Republicans, for instance, are pretty much trying to end the EPA regulations on everything, Hillary is soft on dealing with Climate Change, and coal ash has been demonized and has this "stigma" unfairly attached to its beneficial reuse (Rep McKinley's bill actually says that).

Fun reading if you want a really bad taste in your mouth watching sausage get made at the Federal level:

Politico Morning Energy Report

Commissioners David Bell, James Brummett, Bobby Collier, Randy Ellis, Todd Fink, Carolyn Granger, Chris Johnson and Steve Kelley voted for the increase.

Ron Berry, Benny East, Greg Ferguson, Junior Hendrickson, Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted against.

Why must our state representatives continually embarrass us by demonstrating ignorance of basic civics that most 7th graders are well versed in? How many constitutional ignorances can you find in this guy's statement? I'll get you started. Supreme Court justices go through an arduous nomination and approval process.

In a Facebook posting, state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Murfreesboro, wrote "and where is Tennessee's leadership . our Governor bowed down to the five self appointed gods in black robes just minutes after they issued their 'opinion!'

"He changed Tennessee state law and our State Constitution without ever consulting with the General Assembly," Womick continued. "I think it's time to give serious consideration to impeachment hearings against Gov. Haslam and these five rogue SCOTUS justices!"

This makes my head hurt sometimes.

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This is common across many newspapers. They want to force you to get the paper version. This is an amazingly bad business model in the long run. Here is the sample TFP subscription page:

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
08:57 am

The Rockwood Ministerial Association is hosting a Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 1st at 8am. The Tournament will be played at the Rockwood Golf Course (5159 Roane State Hwy, Rockwood). Cost is $100 a player ($400 for teams of 4). Businesses and individuals are also invited to sponsor a hole for $100.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association is an all volunteer run ministry that serves those in need in Rockwood. The largest ministry is the food pantry. For more information about the RMA, check out: (link...). For more information about the tournament, contact: Kara Foster at fcckara@bellsouth.net or 354-1753

We may currently have the meanest stupidest legislature and the wimpiest governor in Tennessee history.

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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.