This speaks louder than anything we could say about the fact that more guns don't make you safer. The NRA is a sales wing for gun manufacturers and doesn't give one bean about your "safety" or the safety of your children in schools or parks.

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Tue
Apr 7 2015
07:44 am

Both of Roane County's representatives and State Senator Yager have voted in favor of stripping the County Commission's control over whether guns are allowed in local parks. Since there has been absolutely ZERO coverage of this in the local newspapers I suppose it is left to RoaneViews to keep folks informed.

At any rate,here is the big question:

Why are our county leaders sitting by and letting their own power within their own county be stripped by their own state representation?

Roane County state Representatives Kent Calfee and Ron Travis both voted against a Senate version of the Guns in Parks Bill that Senator Yager supported that would effectively kill the bill due to lack of resolution between the House and the Senate. Our lamb in sheep's clothing governor is actually against this bill but has given no leadership and no indication whether he will veto it. With the NRA convention about to start in Nashville, our local little dog legislators are falling all over themselves to prove they can sell out local governments to the arms manufacturers the NRA represents.

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Sat
Apr 4 2015
07:32 am

Regardless of strong opposition to their plans to store ash in the "gypsum" landfill, TVA is plowing right along as if all the questions have been settled and there is no public outrage.

"TVA seeks comment on ‘dewatering’ facility at Kingston, would allow dry storage"

If built, the bottom ash/pyrite stream would leave the coal plant and be pumped via conveyor to the new dewatering facility. Moisture would be removed, and the dry product would be loaded onto trucks and hauled to an onsite landfill for disposal. The waste water would be processed and eventually discharged according to regulatory requirements.

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The Guns in Parks Bill is in trouble. Somehow an amendment got added that would include the Capital in with our parks as a place people with Concealed Carry permits could take their guns. Legislators didn't seem to be all that enthusiastic about letting guns into their chambers. In explaining why the Capitol building should NOT allow CC and why parks SHOULD allow CC There was this:

Guns in parks today exist by law-breakers. What we're saying is we want those law-abiding citizens that have demonstrated the ability to operate a weapon to be there and to avert a crime, which has happened many times across this country and this state. So, I think we're being naive-like if we say there is no guns in park, and this is a guns in parks. This is not. This is letting permit holders there to defend unarmed citizens.

Casada's answer then is that we need more guns to protect people who don't have guns, except that at the Capitol they have great security and don;t need these extra guns to be safe.

The transcript is here. You try and figure it out.

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Thu
Apr 2 2015
03:59 pm

The state Senate has voted to ban drones from recording images above ticketed events with more than 100 people in attendance.

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“A person commits an offense who intentionally carries an explosive, explosive weapon, permanently disabled firearm, hoax device, imitation firearm, machete, or sword openly within one hundred fifty feet (150′) of the real property that comprises the grounds or facilities of a public or private preschool, elementary school, middle school, or secondary school,”

I wish I were making this up...

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Water flows downhill and takes everything with it. Around here that means it all goes into Watts Bar Lake and winds up on or near shore. Way back in the last century we played a part, along with a large number of other civic minded folks, in getting an annual clean up going on. With a few bumps along the way this tradition of giving something back to improve your community continues.

The Watts Bar Lake Association has a web site that is a little out of date but it's a wonderful tool to get everyone involved. If you are interested in helping clean up Saturday April 11, the guy to call is Peter Giroux at 404-304-1115.

I promise you'll enjoy yourself with a bunch of good people.

Wed
Apr 1 2015
07:31 am
By: WhitesCreek

If you want the best information on about any subject you should go to membership supported sites with a clear history of objectivity. I am continually amazed at the wide range of subjects Mother Jones covers and the accuracy of their reporting. This is a prime example:

Last week, lovers of rice rejoiced when The Washington Post reported on a simple trick to improve the nutritional value of the food. According to researchers in Sri Lanka, all you have to do is add a fat (they used coconut oil) to the cooking water, cool your rice over night, and voila!—up to to 50 percent of the calories (a cup of rice contains about 200 when cooked conventionally) are gone.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:18 am

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a retired Tennessee Valley Authority police officer to home detention and probation for his role in providing police protection for an illegal $1 million poker game.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
08:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee

Will governor veto guns in parks? Harwell recommends against it

Voucher bill clears Senate 24-8

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The 2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show was a wonderful experience, and proved again this year that there is talent in the youth of this area! As Jason Benjamin expressed it, "I came here expecting the 'normal', 'run of the mill' small-town talent show, but I was blown away!"

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He was right too. The talent show at the Princess Theatre in Harriman, TN never fails to amaze those in attendance. This area is full of talent just begging for a place to express it, and the Princess is just the place to do that!

Read and see more photos HERE!

Sat
Mar 28 2015
10:47 am

Senator Yager is a very good friend to big coal. Anybody who thinks the state will do an adequate job of enforcing regulations needs to think about what a great job TDEC did preventing the TVA Coal Ash disaster.

From Tom Humphrey:

A renewed push to have state government take over regulation of Tennessee coal mining after 31 years of federal oversight has won approval in state House and Senate committees where similar legislation died last year.

The bill sponsored by Republicans with coal mines operating in their district, Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro and Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, advanced last week with the sponsors assuring colleagues that the transition from federal to state oversight can be accomplished with no new cost to Tennessee taxpayers.

Environmentalists are skeptical of that contention and many oppose the bill in general, arguing the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is not prepared to replace the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the change will lead to less effective protection from coal mine pollution.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
09:19 am

We had no doubts about real governor Ramsey's tendency toward blantant crocodile grin political falsehoods, but come on. Who believes Ramsey didn't tank Insure Tennessee as a shot through the bow of Haslam's governorship?

That jewel and more at Crockett:

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
08:49 am

Pastafarians have already made a laughing stock out of Cumberland County when its pandering monuments went up. As the "In God We Trust" plaques get mounted on the Roane County Courthouse, we have to wonder if this will be one more black eye on Roane County's much battered but recovering face? Regardless of anyone's feelings bout religion and its place, acts like this do not bring us together. At best, this is patently unnecessary.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
07:41 am

Joseph Lemay has cancelled his show tonight due to a family emergency. Please let others know.

I've been critical of Roane County's efforts at encouraging high speed internet into rural and less densely populated areas. Why, for instance, has Morgan County run fiber optic lines to most of their county while we sit and watch? And I don't want to hear this bull about it costing too much. If water lines can be run all over the county, there is no excuse for there not being broadband in at least those areas. Projects much like rural co-ops for electrification and telephone service provide ample models for how this can be done, but that was so last century.

Apparently we aren't supposed to work together to make everyone's lives better these days. We apparently are supposed to suffer in order to guarantee the massive profits of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other corporate behemoths. Even our public officials have abandoned us in order to protect corporate profits. Haslam's Attorney General is a prime example of how we have lost our state government to corporate lobbyista:

Attorney General Herb Slatery has asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the FCC's decision to allow municipalities to expand broadband service outside their jurisdictions:

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From the press release:

EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN IS A $7 BILLION PROBLEM

Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Sen. Sara Kyle to meet with press on the issue

NASHVILLE – State Rep. John Ray Clemmons and State Sen. Sara Kyle will join other Democrats to address legislation guaranteeing Tennessee women earn pay equal to men.

Women in Tennessee lose $7 billion each year in lost wages, because they earn anywhere from 77 to 83 cents for every dollar paid to men in similar jobs.

As someone who has employed men and women in the same job, there is absolutely no reason for this disparity. Frankly, from my experience, there might be a better case for paying men less than women based on productivity.

Our public school system is under heavy attack by interests that want to get their hands on the money we spend on our children's education. Voucher proponents and Interests from outside our state didn't spend a quarter of a million dollars lobbying our elected officials just because they care about Roane County children getting a good education.

The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court, alleges that the state has "breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education for the children of this state."

The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education "has instead created a system that impermissibly shifts the cost of education to local boards of education, schools, teachers and students, resulting in substantially unequal education opportunities across the state."

The local school systems name Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and a handful of other officials who serve on the Tennessee Board of Education as defendants.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015
09:55 am
By: WhitesCreek
Tue
Mar 24 2015
09:03 am

And more news from Crockett:

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Mon
Mar 23 2015
12:50 pm

Just as I was thinking things were getting better...

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Sun
Mar 22 2015
08:25 pm

The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual elegant junk 'yard sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood. Please call 865-354-8201 to arrange for pick-up or to drop-off your slightly used items.

UPDATED: Hours: May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM; May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM.

Also, please limit the amount of clothing donated since we have limited remaining clothing space.

Support the West Roane VFD and have fun at the same time. Donate, then shop! Come meet with your neighbors and find bargains.

The dedicated volunteers of the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department make hundreds of runs each year; about half have been emergency medical calls and the rest were fires, searches, rescues, vehicle extrications, and a long list of other categories.

WRCVFD is a Roane County United Way Partner Agency.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is a United Way Partner Agency

-- OneTahiti

Sun
Mar 22 2015
12:06 pm

I really detest political statements like this:

Corker Press release: The job of the U.S. attorney general is to enforce federal laws as written, not as the administration wishes they were written, said Corker. While I believe Ms. Lynch is an impressive attorney and a committed public servant, nothing revealed during our personal meeting or at her confirmation hearing has assured me that she will be an independent attorney general and refrain from selective enforcement of the law, and therefore I will not be supporting her confirmation.

That's like saying I will filibuster the President's nominee because Obama is the President, even though she is rather spectacularly competent, and nothing revealed during our personal meeting leads me to believe she has never been abducted by aliens.

Sun
Mar 22 2015
08:59 am

...maybe it’s a good thing that legislators are having secret pre-meeting sessions. Better secret consideration than no consideration at all, right? And we can surely trust the legislators to decide what “ought to be kept secret.”

I personally see no reason for the business of the people to be conducted where the people can't see what is being done in their name.

Tom Humphrey's Sunday Column

Sun
Mar 22 2015
08:17 am

The TVA charter morphed from good to evil sometime in the Bush administration. TVA was chartered to serve the economic needs of the Tennessee Valley. Now it has become a for profit entity and the economic welfare of the Ocoee River basin be damned. I suggest TVA begin paying a fair property tax to the communities it occupies first and then let's talk about fair compensation for something it controls unfairly in the first place.

If TVA were to fore go all compensation from the "lost water" on the Ocoee is would reduce TVA gross profits by 0.0435%. That's $1.8 million on $4.13 Billion. That's about a third of the TVA CEO's bonus. This is typically short sighted even for TVA. If you look at the economic oasis the whitewater community has created in Benton Tennessee and the surrounding area, I suspect TVA profits benefit by many times the amount of lost generating capacity. This is absurd.

The TVA Board of Directors need to take a hard look at where they are headed, because this is just a symptom of a far larger systemic problem at TVA.

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Authorities identified the suspect as Alex Gambriel, a former police officer for Lenoir City and TVA.

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Sat
Mar 21 2015
06:23 pm

I have no problem thinking that if there's a cop there should be a camera. It protects the cop and the citizen.

Video surveillance cameras are outside the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and each patrol car is fitted with in-car cameras...

Currently at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, body cameras are not part of the standard uniform.

“We’ve had some deputies take it upon themselves to purchase body-worn cameras,” said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.Because of so many unknowns and questions, these deputies are not wearing those cameras just yet.

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It's a really mean person who would even suggest defunding the Public Defender office. So far Sen Randy McNally Bill is going nowhere, but who knows in this crazy time...

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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.