Nov 11 2014
08:31 am

The TN Elections Commission is being sued to force them to count the votes cast on Amendment 1 in exactly the manner the sate constitution requires. The Election Commission says it's never been done that way so why start now? Does any one else find it somewhat ironic that they want to count the votes for an amendment to the constitution in a manner that defies the constitution in the first place? (link...)

In the predictions department, I think Haslam will approve expanding medicaid now that the election is over. (Note that all that scary ebola stuff has subsided as well)The state is losing too much money on this and if there's one thing a Republican loves, it is money! (link...)

Nov 10 2014
07:59 pm

A new screen has arrived for the Princess and is currently being installed.

Photos and more info HERE!

Nov 10 2014
07:17 pm

Kroger shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity to receive funds from Kroger's Community Rewards® program. Sign in or create an account at (link...). Then designate West Roane County Volunteer Fire as your charity at (link...). After that, shop as usual at Kroger's, swiping your card.

Amazon shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity



In addition to dishonest photo shopped campaign ad, there's this:

The complaint takes issue with a $5,000 primary contribution to Fleischmann from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., reported on Fleischmann's pre-primary filing with the FEC.

Election law prohibits candidates from receiving more than $2,000 per election from another candidate's campaign.

Anything to win, I guess.


Nov 7 2014
11:01 am

We want to thank the kind volunteers at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)), and also RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and the fine folks at Rockwood Electric. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbors and friends. Here is what happened.



Stopping access to internet content while still allowing internet is just plain tough!

"I simply typed in s-e-x and that is a word every kid in elementary knows how to spell... I can still pull up images in a search," she said.

We asked the director of schools to type sex into his school computer, too, and articles about sex came up.

"Yeah there were some problems with ours that we will report to ENA and our technology director will fix those. We will get those fixed," Aytes said.

According to Aytes, this is the first complaint he's had about the school's WiFi.

Friday, Shelly Stanley will bring the Kindle to the district so the director can trace where her daughter got the password.


Nov 6 2014
10:13 am

No, not the mouth on Knoxville talk radio, this is a real journalist at News 5 in Nashville.

In what may be the last real investigative news operation in Tennessee, Phil Williams shines a light on some things that should be real news all over this state, namely potential corruption in the Haslam Administration.

I've added a link over on the right column for convenience. Check this awesome man's work out.

Thank you, News 5! It appears that we still have one news organization left in Tennessee.

The Haslam administration looks like it illegally broke contracts so that it could funnel money to an out of state company.

Sanders Moving had the state's moving contract, but the Haslam administration abruptly cancelled it, awarding much of the work to Flood Brothers out of Atlanta.

Emails show one state employee, Kurt Herron, objected, writing: "We've already broken several laws."


Nov 6 2014
09:16 am

A few minutes ago...


I wish these events got more publicity, but of course that would upset the big oil companies. I'm proud that we have people like Professor Cliff Ricketts at a Tennessee university showing students there might be other paths to follow.

“This has viability for not only daily driving, but also big semi-trucks,” said Ricketts, who admits there is a lot of emotion attached to petroleum prices. “Gas is one dollar less now than when it reached its peak, and people are pretty content right now.”

Knowing gas prices will rise again, the 38-year veteran School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty member knows pure biodiesel is a nontoxic, biodegradable, sulfur-free, renewable fuel. Using biodiesel could make a major impact on U.S. petroleum consumption.


Nov 5 2014
08:01 pm

I just don't think the world knows how beautiful our County is. With that in mind RoaneViews has a new banner at the top with photos taken in Roane County. Please feel free to post your own, or links to your own shots that show off this fabulous part of the world.

I'll get this started. This is a Stewartia, or Mountain Camelia. It is rather rare but can be found in several places in Roane County. It is a close relative of the Franklinia, or Franklin Tree, which has never been identified in the wild since William Bartram found it and sent seeds to Benjamin Franklin, who planted them and grew a plant in his yard from which all current specimens descended. This is a Roane County specimen of stewartia...


Mayoral elections results:

Brillo Miller Rockwood

Tim Neal Kingston

Jerry Vann Oliver Springs

Rockwood City Council: Dudley Evans, Harold Holloway, Bobby Anderson

Kingston City Council: Randy Childs, Sarah Humphreys, Don White

Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen: Robert Miller, Jeffrey Bass, Terry Craze

Nov 4 2014
09:51 am

We have reports that the machines were down for over a half hour at the Kingston Community Center (Ward 2) and that several voters were turned away without casting a vote. There are more questions than answers at the moment. Please post in the comments if you have verified information on this, no rumors please!

Nov 4 2014
09:39 am
By: onetahiti

In Tennessee, go to (link...) to look up your voting location.

-- OneTahiti

Nov 4 2014
08:30 am

A study by the fossil fuel industry seems to pronounce that reducing fossil fuel use will cost you money except that their own study shows that electricity costs will only grow at one third the cost of living over the 15 year period if coal usage is eliminated.

Funny how this works. Watch for the news media pronouncements that are sure to quote the 17% number.


Nov 3 2014
07:59 am

Under the guidance of the EPA restoration efforts have somewhat restored the over 50 square miles of devastation along the upper reaches of the Ocoee river at Copper Hill. It was created, not by surface mining, but by the emissions from the copper extraction process.

I remember my first visit to the area in the early 1980's. The TN state line had a small sign marking its location along a red dirt expanse that stretched to the horizon and beyond. There was a small patch of greenery about a half mile away where the "Welcome to Tennessee" sign was placed, possibly so that Tennessee wouldn't be forever associated with this massive area of scorched earth. It will never return to what it was before unregulated mining wiped out everything but it has been re-vegetated to a degree. Aquatic life in the Ocoee river struggles to return and it has made some progress. The Ocoee itself has been opened to recreational activities and has created an economic oasis in southeast Tennessee.

A mine museum has been created and several of the mine buildings are planned for restoration. Here's the TFP story:


Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third District Congressional seat, says Tennesseans should be outraged at the lack of attention paid by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to the critical needs of the Tennessee Third District.

“In the WTCI-TV Monday night debate, Chuck Fleischmann finished by calling for more military funding,” Headrick noted. “Not once did he call for more District 3 infrastructure funding. Currently, there is not even one dollar dedicated to resuming construction on the new Chickamauga Lock, ever. This is totally insupportable on Fleischmann’s part. As it stands, we are 12 or more years away from resuming work on the new Chickamauga Lock. Because the Army Corps of Engineers does 'one-at-a-time', we remain fourth, at least 12 years. If we have to, let's dismiss the Army Corps of Engineers and ask TVA to build the Lock....starting now."


Oct 31 2014
07:07 pm

The Tennessee Republican Party says it has filed a formal complaint with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gambling after Ball's campaign offered to enter donors' names in a drawing to wear a chicken costume.

You have got to be s******g me! Really Republicans?


Oct 31 2014
06:43 am

Gene Patterson is one of the nicest people in the news biz. He's also one of the best.


Oct 31 2014
05:50 am

What? You mean instead of disappearing for two years until the next election cycle like our current Congressman?


And then there's this from the Times Free Press Editorial Dept.:

It wasn't until an election debate Monday that Fleischmann finally said -- three hours after the gate problem forced the Corps to close the lock -- that he now is willing to support that "user fee."

"This is appalling on so many levels that it leaves one nearly speechless," said Mary Headrick, the Democrat trying to unseat Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd District after the lock closure was made public the next day. "Our current representative does not understand the urgency of the lock issue nor how to interact with others to achieve funding."

There's a lot more to this story but mostly about how Congressman Fleischmann just isn't doing his job:


The GOP controlled Congress has NOT COMPLETED the 6 year highway funding bill. This is ridiculous!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The uncertainty of federal funding has led Tennessee's highway director to delay road projects worth $400 million.

The Tennessean reports 12 construction projects and 21 right of way acquisitions were supposed to be complete by Sept. 30, 2015; now they will have to wait until fiscal year 2016.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer sent lawmakers a letter on Friday to notify them of the change.

Schroer says while Congress has approved enough funding to continue road projects through May, it hasn't completed a full six-year highway bill. He says state transportation officials rely on the bill for revenue for long-term projects.

The 33 stalled projects include an Interstate 55 interchange in Shelby County and a truck climbing lane on I-40 east in Dickson and Williamson counties.

Oct 30 2014
05:54 am

Early voting locations for Roane County residents are

First Christian Church, 100 Gum Hollow Road, Oak Ridge;

Rockwood Community Center, 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.;

Harriman Community Center, 631 Clinch St.;

Kingston Community Center, 201 Patton Ferry Road.

I voted did you?

Oct 29 2014
06:17 pm

Children's Halloween Party
Kingston Public Library
Thursday, October 30 from 5pm to 7pm


This is one of the best editorials on Chuck and all the good things he hasn't done for his Congressional District. It comes as his effectiveness as our Congressman is starkly exposed with the closure of the Chickamauga Lock. For folks who don't understand that issue, it shuts down barge traffic on the Tennessee river which comes into Roane County. Barge operators have offered to pay a marine fuels fee to pay for the needed upgrades and repairs but Chuck refuses to act on that because he says it is a tax and he is controlled by Grover Norquist and signed the NO TAX Pledge. An ideological maggot has eaten Chuck's brain and we're going to suffer as long as he continues as our Congressman.

Here's the Time Free Press Editorial:


I predict privatizing schools will do the same thing...

"There has been a vehicle anomaly," Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.


Oct 28 2014
06:08 pm

I plan to go meet this man...I should since I already voted for him.

U.S. Senate Candidate

Friday, October 31 at NOON

At the Krogers parking lot
1820 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, TN

Lost Medicaid Funding

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