Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 3, 2014 - 9:46am.

The race between State Rep Rick Womick and current House Speaker Beth Harwell illustrates how institutionally crazy the Tennessee GOP is right now. There's a robo call going around accusing Governor Haslam and Rep. Harwell of corruption. So when asked about it, Womick says it's a plot by Haslam. Really? Here's a link. See if you can make sense out of this looney bin we call the Tennessee House of Representatives.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 3, 2014 - 8:59am.

Before we click over to the Buzz, let's take a moment to see what we can do to help the kids and adults in yesterday's school bus crash that killed two children and an adult teacher's aide. The aide has a Rockwood connection. This is a tough thing for children at any time of year and I have a hole in my heart thinking about the parents who lost children. I won't link that story, since we'll be bombarded even on national news.

Here are the main stories from CPI:

Tennessee teachers pressure Gov. Haslam to provide 6 percent raises
Womick says GOP behind attacks on Harwell
Tennessee Spends Millions to Save Emails for Lawsuits
Head of TN Dem Party has heart procedure

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 2, 2014 - 12:51pm.

Shouldn't they at least have deducted the costs of hunting Shawn Smoot down and extraditing him from Alabama? I don't get this one.

In March 2013, Smoot's parents posted his $250,000 bond with the Roane County Criminal Court. But then in late April, officials arrested Smoot on a DUI charge in McMinn County. A judge later revoked his bond, but officials had already released Smoot from jail. Smoot was on the run until U.S. Marshals captured him at a mental hospital in Chattanooga on May 5.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 2, 2014 - 12:38pm.

Chief Wright has my respect and support...

Police Chief Danny Wright says each camera cost about $300. He says budgets are tight in small departments, but it's money well spent.

"It better documents what actually happens at the scene of any call we answer," Wright said.

He says the cameras offer better protection for the officers, as well as the public.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 2, 2014 - 8:52am.

Farm welfare queen who is also a TN Congressman Fincher's aide resigns after insulting Obama girls.

If you thought things were bad in our state legislature before, Beth Harwell is being attacked by fellow Republicans for being a "moderate". This is beyond bizarre!

And more...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 1, 2014 - 4:43pm.

Division of Solid Waste Management
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(615) 532-0780


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM), will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on its tentative decision to issue a solid waste disposal facility major modification to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for construction, operation, closure, and post-closure care of the existing Class II landfill for the disposal of industrial waste consisting of gypsum waste, fly ash, bottom ash boiler slag, cinders, and clinkers generated onsite from the burning of coal and the operation of air pollution control equipment by the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant – IDL730000211. It is worth noting that TVA is moving from wet placement of its coal combustion residuals to a dry stacking waste management process. The dry stack landfill method will produce a more stable final fill.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 1, 2014 - 9:36am.

Nothing classy about Elizabeth Lauten’s criticism of the Obama girls...

Legislators get less than $2 daily increase in base pay, $10 bump in per diem...

Congress Raises Tax on Working Americans, Cuts it for Corporations...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 1, 2014 - 8:02am.

I have trouble understanding why this guy hasn't been tried for murder already and no trouble whatsoever thinking the bond his parents put up should be forfeited. From the RCN story:

Chris and Jane Smoot are his adoptive parents. They secured his release by posting the $250,000 cash bond.

The conditions of release required Smoot to maintain good behavior, but he continued to have trouble with the law while out on bond. A Knox County woman accused him of stalking her. Smoot was also arrested in McMinn County on April 22 for DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 30, 2014 - 11:34am.

We see some interesting things when we check our security cameras. This was just a few days ago. These guys are about 5 months ahead of schedule.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 28, 2014 - 8:45am.

November 25, 2014

Mr. Don Osborne
Director, Assessment and Field Operations
Division of Property Assessments
James K. Polk State Office Building
505 Deaderick Street, Suite 1400
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1402

Re: Roane County 2015 Reappraisal

Dear Mr. Osborne,

This letter is in response to your letter dated November 10, 2014 in which you requested estimated completion dates for major phases of our reappraisal program. Some of the items have been completed, but will be adjusted at some point during the reappraisal as we gather more data and run our statistical and quality reports.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 26, 2014 - 7:09pm.

I'll be up before dawn getting the turkey going in the smoker. Looks like it's going to be an adventure...

Tonight A chance of rain before 3am, then a chance of rain and snow between 3am and 5am, then a chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thanksgiving Day A chance of rain and snow before 10am, then a slight chance of rain between 10am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 26, 2014 - 4:28pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 26, 2014 - 9:24am. has the study and story...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 26, 2014 - 9:21am.

Ferguson Protests in TN, TN Sec of State promotes self with taxpayer money, and more...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 25, 2014 - 12:58pm.

It looks like Commissioner Berry and County Executive Ron Woody may have jumped the gun somewhat in going all sky is falling on the Assessor's office and the scheduled 2015 reappraisal. The appraisal process is behind schedule but so was the Commission's approval of the new appraisal software system, which the Assessor uses for the job.

Could we all just work together here?

Previously on RoaneViews

Attorney Leffew's letter is attached. Due to the way it was scanned you will have to rotate the PDF to see it right side up.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2014 - 9:14am.

The destruction of our public schools is high on the list, funded by Students First:

...dark money — funding where the donors are undisclosed to the public — has generally come from national organizations. StudentsFirst, for example, reports in Tennessee only that six-figure chunks of cash came from the national headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., then was spent bashing state legislative candidates or local school board candidates who don’t support the “education reform” organization’s agenda or supporting those who do

That story and a bunch more from the CPI Buzz...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2014 - 8:14am.

From the TCWP newsletter:

Emory River property at Camp Austin donated by Reisters A few months ago TCWP members David and Willa Reister donated 50 acres on the Emory River to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA). A dedication ceremony was held November 5.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2014 - 7:37am.

Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group are the finalists. Both groups are well versed in building schools, the question is which one can best study our situation and show us the best future for our children's education? Loyalties and football rivalries must be set aside and an objective decision must be made. Our schools should be at least as modern as our jails.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2014 - 7:11am.

Wouldn't you know it, right after I order a new audio receiver the place I go for wires and connectors closes. I guess the fact that I "ordered" the electronics instead of buying local may be indicative of part of the problem. The other bit of info you should know is that I made several calls to find out that no one within 50 miles carried the Consumer Reports "best" component I was interested in.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 22, 2014 - 1:30pm.

So not only does TVA not have to pay for damage to property values in Roane County because of federal immunity, workers can't get their medical bills due to ash exposure paid for the same reason. TVA just paid out $137 million in bonuses but refuses to be responsible for its actions because the law says it doesn't have to?

Jacobs Engineering Group argued that it was entitled to the same immunity given to contractors in other litigation over the TVA ash spill.

U.S. district court judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed the case in September.

The plaintiffs have since filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 5:34pm.

Robert E. Cummings, the former UT officer, and Benito D. Lopez, formerly of the TVA, are scheduled to be sentenced in March and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 5:28pm.

TVA to the Roane Community Advisory Group:

We are nearing completion of major construction activities associated with the Kingston Recovery project. The landfill will be capped and covered by early December, and over the next three months, we will be removing haul roads, cutting a channel under the overpass to connect the north and middle embayments, and general site clean-up. As such, we are making the following changes:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 7:42am.

The Roane County News carried a Damon Lawrence story on a letter from the state regarding the 2015 reappraisal progress...

In a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments expressed doubts about the assessor’s office ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal program on time.


Morgan has consistently refused to be interviewed by Damon Lawrence or cooperate with the Roane County News as a result of what Morgan says is misinformation in their published news articles. Here is his response to the state.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 20, 2014 - 8:06am.

Tonight at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse

I could post a video of Johnny with the Allmans on the Johnny Carson Show or any number of other project this phenom has played ans sang on but this is more like what he did for us the last time he was here.

Show time is 7:30, $15, BYOB and we'll end it around 9:30 so you can get to work next day.

Reservations are not required but we will take them. We are about 2/3 filled right now. email or call me 865-603-6981

Now turn it up and get ready for a musical treasure...

Directions and more about our music series right here

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 20, 2014 - 7:00am.

"Find Yourelf Here" The Obed River Wild and Scenic Movie. Watch it at the link below. These waters flow to us. We must protect them for our own selfish reasons, but even more so, for our collective souls to be nourished.

There are several streams involved, not just the Obed, which flows right through Crossville (Where it is treated badly). Most of the footage is actually on Clear Creek and the Emory River, which we have treated badly at our end, but which is now recovered and flourishing. Spread the word!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 19, 2014 - 8:49am.

Best quote:

“We cannot have an industry here if we don’t invite law enforcement in and make them a part of the process,” Jarboe said. “Because if I’m hauling 50 pounds of hemp tops up to the juice company to be juiced and I get pulled over, I can’t have my crop confiscated while they figure out if its legal or not.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 19, 2014 - 7:44am.

My experience with sewage "leaks" is similar to an ash "spill". I've going with a better term: disaster! Roane County has recovered from the environmental effects of TVA's negligence but it will be some time before a full recovery from the stigma and economic damage TVA generated. Some private landowners in Oliver Springs feel damaged in their own right.

Government entities exist for the purpose of serving the common good, or "general welfare" as it is termed. Everybody dislikes paying taxes and there is always pressure to keep them low, sometimes by refusing to deal with capital projects in a timely manner, say like repairing and building suitable infrastructure required to properly treat a town's sewage. Oliver Springs' infrastructure problems have been long known. Now they have to pay the piper, specifically in the form of a lawsuit from people who are tired of wastewater being allowed to flow onto their property because Oliver Springs refused to deal with its mess. One of the most respected law firms in East TN has taken the case and this could be interesting to watch.

Perhaps the Town of Rockwood might want to turn its attention to its own problems of a similar nature.


Submitted by mushy on November 18, 2014 - 7:54pm.

The first two movies at the Princess have been scheduled, plus a great Holiday lineup of other entertainment.

"It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Snow" are coming up on December 12th and 20th.

Click on the blog link for more information.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 7:45pm.

Roane County has a very strong connection to the Manson Family in Bruce Davis, a brilliant student with a very troubled childhood in Roane County.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 11:23am.

Pretty fun what students do in college these days...


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