Mon
Jan 12 2015
03:38 pm

A worker at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant doing regular walk-around monitoring Jan. 7 identified a leak of radioactive water at the plant last week.

A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said today the leak resulted in a spill of between 100 and 200 gallons and some of that water, mixed with millions of gallons of cooling water, could have migrated to the Tennessee River.

(link...)

Mon
Jan 12 2015
12:23 pm

From the Hard Knox Independent:


Mocksville Reporter: Ramsey Proposes Monument to Lives Lost in War for Profitable Tennessee Health Insurance

The Hard Knox Independent is one of a few new alt weekly newspapers rising up to fill the void of the MetroPulse.

Mon
Jan 12 2015
12:10 pm

I'm so sorry. Up until right this minute I had always thought you were rude to stare at your phone while we were trying to have a conversation.

...research from the University of Missouri has found that cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests.

(link...)

Sun
Jan 11 2015
10:08 am

Tom Humphrey is Tennessee's most astute political observer. He is not only astute, he's honest and accurate. Maybe that's why the good guys love him and the bad guys don't.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s choice of Groundhog Day for the start of a special legislative session seems appropriate given that the political weather forecast for his second term may be strongly influenced by the outcome of those extraordinary proceedings...

...Ah, but now he’s ready to go for some tough stuff. Why, he’s even declared an intent to jack up the state’s gas tax rate during his second term. Of course, the groundhog governor has not been specific about how or when he will do this. Maybe this year, maybe not. It depends.

Tom Humphrey

Sat
Jan 10 2015
02:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Most everyone can find Orion's belt. If you look to the right of the belt towards the Vee shaped cluster, Hyla (within Taurus), the V will be pointing toward the comet for the next few days. The bright light at the top left in the V is Aldebaran, just so you know.

Path of Comet Lovejoy

Sat
Jan 10 2015
12:29 am

RNeal covers the awesome Air Force 1 and the people it carries about this nation...

(link...)

Did you know that Bob Corker was that short?

Thu
Jan 8 2015
09:46 pm
By: mushy

I got to the fire around 2:30 and stayed about an hour and a half. The building caved inward between 5 and 5:30.

Miller and Brewer Fire

More shots of the fire are posted HERE!

Thu
Jan 8 2015
07:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ford Branch is a tributary to Whites Creek in Roane County.

Ford Branch

Thu
Jan 8 2015
04:40 pm

RNeal has the story at KnoxViews.com:

(link...)

Thu
Jan 8 2015
02:18 pm

From Facebook reports it appears to be the Miller building. Several fire departments have responded.

Update: Video

Thu
Jan 8 2015
11:00 am

$10 Doors at 7 Music &:30 BYOB

Daniel Kimbro and Greg Horne in supporting roles!

RB Morris

More info right Here

Wed
Jan 7 2015
06:02 pm

It's going to be cold tonight. Some school systems are delayed or closed already but nothing is up at the Roane County School web site. Here's the link so you can check it easily:

Roane County Schools web page

Update: 8 F at our porch. I'm hearing others have even lower temps. Time for some good hiking and pictures of ice formations.

Wed
Jan 7 2015
04:52 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The wise and powerful RNeal has been slaving away cleaning up the RoaneViews.com house and boiler room for the last two days. I have to figure out how to repay him. In the meantime let us know if you see anything.

Anyone having any problems can email me direct at stevescarb@aol.com and I'll try to fix them.

This action concerns TVA pollution of the Cumberland River and is based on a notice of intent to sue the Southern Environmental Law Center, not any initiative out of TDEC, unfortunately.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have filed a joint enforcement action against the Tennessee Valley Authority.

(link...)

Wed
Jan 7 2015
07:58 am

Smile for the cameras! Police Chief Danny Wright says Facebook post of photo was big...

Police in Rockwood have arrested a man they say broke into city hall.

Officers say Dustin Scarbrough is the man on surveillance video recorded Saturday night.

(link...)

Wed
Jan 7 2015
07:47 am
By: WhitesCreek

The media is all "Danger, Will Robinson" over some projected low temperatures. Don't be silly. It's winter and it is supposed to be cold. When media misuses the term "Normal" just remember that normal in East TN is a range of winter temps. Here is some weather history so you won't feel that bad about the temperatures today.

Almanac for January 7, 2015

Temperature

Forecast Average * Range *

High 27 °F 47 °F 18 to 66 °F
Low 5 °F 29 °F 1 to 46 °F

Almanac for Yesterday January 6, 2015

Actual Average * Record
Temperature
High 46 °F 47 °F 73 °F (1913)
Low 25 °F 29 °F 2 °F (2014)

I don't have the exact date at this point. Now the question is will our elected officials go to bat for Roane County and get this ticking time bomb defused?

Previously on RoaneViews: This is a horrible mistake

Tue
Jan 6 2015
03:32 pm

Everyone will have to sign in again and things are a bit different. Look around and let us know if you have any problems.

A huge Thank You to RNeal!

We've found a couple of things that don;t function. Hang in there while we debug.

WhitesCreek

Tue
Jan 6 2015
03:27 pm

This Friday night is the RB Morris Trio.

$10 doors open at 7 PM BYOB

(link...)

This is a serious and tricky issue that is boiling over in our country. Thanks to Congressman Steve Cohen for being brave enough to tackle it.

One, which he filed shortly before the conclusion of the 113th Congress, would push states to require law enforcement agencies to report detailed data on deadly force to a national database.

He’s still working on the other. It would call for an independent commission to investigate instances of deadly force and determine whether to proceed with pursuing indictments.

(link...)

Tue
Jan 6 2015
08:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

Here's what's going on...

Continued...

From the Times Free Press:

Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's wife, Jill Biden, will be speaking about plans to make college more accessible to Americans and to boost manufacturing jobs.

So far, Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker plan to attend the president's talk. When Obama visited Chattanooga in July 2013, neither the governor nor congressional Republicans joined him.

(link...)

Hello Commissioners & Mayor Woody,

I would like to give a brief update on our reappraisal.

Continued...

I've sent out messenger pigeons to the elves that keep everything running at RoaneViews. They are the best elves ever, so hang in there with us.

This looks like fun for Gerald. I wouldn't bet against him but this is the longest of shots.

“Our Appellate Courts have held that the requirement that annexed territory must be contiguous is mandatory, and that any noncontiguous annexation is void ab initio,” Largen said in his complaint.

“The said Appellate Courts have further held that contiguity requires that the adjoining land must include people, private property, or commercial activity, or otherwise the attempted annexation is void.”

That means, in Largen’s opinion, the Emory River kept Harriman from legally annexating into South Harriman, including properties he owns there.

“The Court is, and will be, called upon to take judicial note of the fact that the Emory River, as a navigable stream and part of the waters of the State, as well as the adjacent flood plain belonging to the Tennessee Valley Authority as agent of the United States is factually, and by definition, incapable of including, ‘people, private property, or commercial activity’, and thus cannot serve as the link to establish contiguity, and as shown by the original boundaries of the city,” Largen said in the lawsuit, “and the map thereof, said Emory River separates the ‘existing boundaries’ of the city from all the territory to the west and south of the original boundaries.”

(link...)

Fri
Jan 2 2015
09:25 am

Columnist Pam Strickland...

If I didn't know better, I'd swear that the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are in cahoots to set up circumstances that would create another coal ash storage failure.

Pam drops some names that seem rather familiar. This is a must read:

The very fact that Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Martineau (TDEC Commissioner) knowing his background (as polluter attorney for TVA) doesn't bode well for folks who might ask Haslam to step into this mess on behalf of Roane County residents.

For the record, my objections to this damaging move by TVA are as much economic as environmental.

(link...)

Thu
Jan 1 2015
09:37 am

Here's to all of us in a better and more caring new year to come!

Steve

Wed
Dec 31 2014
04:24 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Comet Lovejoy (Don't you just love that?) will be visible for the next few weeks. It won't be back for 10,000 years. For now it is visible with binoculars in the constellation Orion near Rigel the left foot of the swordsman. The moon will interfere somewhat but tonight may be the best shot at seeing it until sometime next week.

Here is a time lapse video showing the movement. The tail points away from the sun, since it is mainly ice and dirt particles scoured off the cometary surface by the solar wind.

(link...)

Tue
Dec 30 2014
06:13 pm

Time is growing short for Mrs. Burgess's first graders in their quest on DonorsChoose for LCD writing tablets. They are over halfway to their goal, with $165 left to go.

To help these students, go to: (link...) Every little bit helps!

All donations are tax-deductible.

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Dec 30 2014
11:15 am

My comments to greg.luke@tn.gov

(Feel free to send your own to greg.luke@tn.gov)

Regarding TVA Permit IDL 730000211

TDEC is called upon to protect not only the environment but the economic well being of Tennessee's communities. The TVA charter calls for TVA to act as an economic engine and improve our economies. It has not done so, nor does this permit modification indicate that TVA has any intention of working for a better Roane County.

Therefore, due to economic as well as environmental considerations, I ask that this modification be denied and that the currently existing gypsum landfill be considered for closure as soon as possible.

Continued...

Lost Medicaid Funding

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