Wed
Jul 1 2015
05:09 pm

And how many have to do with creating jobs or protecting Tennessee's environment? Not very many.

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Interesting reading:
maps

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
09:08 pm
Tue
Jun 30 2015
11:10 am

Boaters Notice / River Closure:

On July 1st, the race boats will be running trials from 10:00 am til 5:00 pm. The course will be between Kingston City Park and 58 landing on the water way. Law Enforcement will be shutting down the river around 10:00 am and open the river for boaters at 4:00 pm.

On July 2nd, the race boats will be running trials from 10:00 am til 5:00 pm. Law Enforcement will be shutting down the river during that time.

On July 3rd, the race boats will be racing from 10:00 am til 5:00 pm. Law Enforcement will be shutting down the river during that time.

On July 4th, the race boats will be racing from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Law Enforcement will be shutting down the river during that time.

During the river closures, law enforcement will open the river from time to time to let boaters through. We can not predict how long the river will be shut down between each break. In the past the racers have took a break every hour or two and that is when law enforcement will allow boaters to pass.

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
10:57 am

Starting today and continuing through Monday, forecasters from the National Weather Service have warned of severe thunderstorms moving through our area. That means we face a full week of thunder, lightning, and of course...rain, .

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This bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. Country of origin labeling requirements are administered by the Department of Agriculture and require a retailer to inform consumers of the country of origin of a covered commodity.

I have to say I'm outraged at this. Fleischmann wasn't the only one to sell us out on this. So do you trust China to inspect your chicken?

Here's the vote in the House. The Senate has not yet voted. Any bets on how Corker and Alexander will vote?

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The Supreme Court has ruled. Consenting adults have the right to marriage in the US of A. The TN Attorney General has affirmed that this is the law. The overwhelming majority of County Clerks in Tennessee have stated that they will obey the law. Seven county clerks are openly disobeying the law. Plain and simple:

A public official should not be allowed to remain in office if they intentionally refuse to follow the law.

A person of conscience would resign rather than break the oath they took when sworn in to their position.

Oh and our President will speak in Nashville today. I predict he will be snubbed by Tennessee's elected officials who are Republicans. This makes me ill to think about. President Obama has a rock star presence. Here's a shot from his last visit to a Nashville School:
Obama in Nashville 2014
All that and more at the Buzz:

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
07:02 pm

It's the 4th of July week and fireworks will be everywhere. Read this!

Fireworks safety tips

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The vote was split 5-4 with Liberal judges thinking the EPA can regulate emissions that kill humans and the Conservative judges say not if it's too expensive. This is a victory for Big Coal and a huge loss for everyone else.

A look at the case is here:

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
11:46 am

Public Comment Collection Session on TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Class II Landfill Major Modification

Date & Time: Monday, June 29, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm

Meeting Location: Room C of the Kingston Parks and Rec Center, 201 Patton Ferry Rd, Kingston, TN 37763

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
08:25 am

Veterans groups across Tennessee are fuming over changes to a property tax relief program for totally disabled veterans and elderly residents that will double taxes for some homeowners this year.

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
08:16 am

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center notes that "virtually everyone agrees that the First Amendment ... protects clergy from being required to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples and churches from being forced to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in their sanctuaries."

Of course reason and sanity never stopped a Republican politician from grandstanding against the Boogieman. That story and some more in today's state of the opinion from Crockett...

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Sun
Jun 28 2015
07:40 pm

From our "Coulda Fooled Me" Dept:

"The real mission of TVA is not electricity. That's secondary. The real mission is to improve the quality of life for the people that live here," Johnson said.

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Roane County issued its first same-sex marriage license on Friday afternoon, just a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court backed gay marriage in a landmark 5-4 ruling.

The Roane County license was issued to two women at about 3 p.m. Friday, Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony said. She said she can’t identify the two women.

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Sat
Jun 27 2015
09:13 am

From the summary:

H.R. 2874 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of indebtedness income on education loans of deceased veterans.

Fri
Jun 26 2015
09:08 am

Now that nice Roane County couple and get that divorce they've been wanting.

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Update: TN Attorney General says county clerks may immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Any body want to bet some TN County clerks will refuse and get sued?

Looks like Walt Wilkins will get to change a few words in this one...

Thu
Jun 25 2015
01:40 pm

In the end it wasn't even close, with only the three neo-conservative ideological judges voting against it. Humphrey has some of the reaction around TN:

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Wed
Jun 24 2015
08:10 am

I am suffering from Houston saga fatigue but there is something in the current round that I wonder if many Roane County citizens know about?

Leon Houston was charged with a Federal offense because of a phone call he made to his girlfriend during which he stated he would kill his ex attorney when he got out of jail. The phone call originated in the Blount County jail and went to his girlfriend in Roane County. In order for the Feds to get involved the call would have to be made across state lines and fall into the jurisdiction that governs interstate crime. Houston had no idea that his call was routed to Louisiana where a corporation is contracted to make sure an inmate has enough money in their jail account to pay for the call, and of course it was recorded.

I have no problem with the recording part, Leon is in jail after all. I do have a problem with charging him with a federal offense because of technological quirk he had no idea about. Could he have been charged under state law, I would have no problem with that. He said he was going to kill somebody in return for a perceived grievance. The legal system is not particularly fair but it's what we have and you can't go around killing or saying you're going to kill people who acted through the legal system to collect a debt.

The other question here involves jail phone calls and how much they cost. They might be the most expensive form of communication in America at the moment. I'm not singling out Blount County here. This is common practice in many counties but should it be?

I have no answers here. What I do know is that Leon may walk out of jail soon because of another higher court decision that due legal process must be observed by prosecutors and judges. I also think that the financial burdens of people who are in our jails could be eased by not viewing them as a profit center.

RCN Story

Tue
Jun 23 2015
07:04 pm

This came a bit too late for Midtown but it puts a halt to the giant Amoeba that ate Roane County...also known as Harriman.

The legislative process of dismantling involuntary annexation began with a 2014 law requiring cities to hold a referendum in areas targeted for annexation and imposed a one-year annexation moratorium to give the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations time to work out the details. TACIR did its work, and the governor signed a new and much more restrictive annexation law this April.

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
05:57 pm

Thanks you, David Wasilko. Will they listen?

A satisfactory landfill would be one that never contaminates the river again. It is not impossible or unreasonable to ask for TVA to find a safer, more stable site for storage of this coal ash waste. A good step in rebuilding trust would be protecting the people of Roane County.

The full letter is attached.

This one should bother every tax paying citizen. Humphrey shows why he is the Dean of Capital reporters, even in retirement.

...the governor in 2012 backed a phased-in repeal the state inheritance tax, foregoing more than $100 million in annual revenue. The repeal takes full effect Jan. 1, 2016, meaning Haslam will be at the Legislature asking for more money from all living motorists while eliminating any levy whatsoever on the state’s wealthiest deceased citizens, including those with $1 billion estates.

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Sat
Jun 20 2015
07:33 am

This bothers me, mainly because Haslam issued his own executive order giving himself the power to take over the judicial selection process from the judicial selection committee:

The 11-member Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments had nominated two assistant district attorneys general, Leslie Longshore and Boyd Anderson, along with Mike Little, a deputy public defender. The seat was left open by the retirement of Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern.

Haslam hasn't said why these attorneys were not acceptable to him, which raises even more questions. "Because he can" seems to be the answer from his spokesman. I'd like to know the inside baseball on this. Humphrey has more:

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Wed
Jun 17 2015
09:30 am
Tue
Jun 16 2015
08:30 am

I am not allergic to poison ivy but some people are highly allergic. Everybody will get the rash if skin comes in contact with the juices of the crushed leaves or cut stems. If you come in contact you have about an hour to wash it off, After that the juice is absorbed and it's only a matter of time. Cortizone creams don't work well after the rash appears. The best plan is to be aware of what poison ivy looks like and avoid it.

Poison Ivy First Aid: (link...)

Poisonous plant identification: (link...)

This time it's local regulation of taxi service.

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Tue
Jun 16 2015
08:10 am

From Channel 6:

If you have questions about the scam, or if you’ve been scammed, call the Roane County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 717-4217.

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Note to Sheriff Dept....Please update your web page. www.RoaneSheriff.org

Roane County's own new country band releases its new album August 15 at the Bijou. The first 200 tickets sold go with the new cd. Last time I counted it was over 170 sold. Better hurry!

Buy Tickets!

TFU

Snippets:

Haslam wants to cut 2000 State jobs but can;t say exactly why.

Supreme Court decisions will be huge at the end of this court term.

The future of same-sex marriage and President Obama's health care law hang in the balance as the Supreme Court's 2014 term draws rapidly to a close this month. But those aren't the only big issues on the justices' plate.

Free speech and fair elections. Religious liberty and racial discrimination. Clean air and capital punishment. All await rulings over the next three weeks as the court completes action on 20 cases remaining this term.

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How many of us have left our dog in the car for a quick trip into the grocery store? I suspect there are thousands of dogs that are perfectly safe and healthy after being in the car alone for a few minutes. Like most legislation in the modern era, there were no hearings, data, statistics, or any other information to allow a rational decision on this to be made...Yes, I realize "rational" and "TN Legislature" is an oxymoron. This will be interesting to watch.

Present law confers immunity from civil liability for any damage resulting from the forcible entry of a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing a minor from the vehicle for any person who:

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Fri
Jun 12 2015
09:31 am

I first heard this song in a songwriter's round with Darrell Scott, Malcombe Holcombe, and Ben Bullington just sitting there with guitars. I got to meet Ben and told him this song nailed it to the wall. We didn't know at the time that he was on the home stretch with pancreatic cancer. Darrell Scott wrote "Long Time Gone", the Dixie Chicks' biggest hit. he has released an album of Ben songs. Here's the main one live with an interview.

By the way, the Dixie Chicks sold more more records after the "boycott" than they did before, so while the country music establishment went off on them, the rest of the nation has embraced them in a big way.

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.