Ward Cammack gave a deep and substantive speech to the Roane County Democratic Party. There's no question that Cammack knows his stuff and has powerful ideas that Tennessee would do well to embrace. If the Tennessee Governor's race can be purchased then this doesn't matter, but if the good people of this state get the chance to really decide what they want Tennessee to be in the future, then Kim McMillan will have an excellent advisor in Ward Cammack.
The Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ward Cammack endorses Gubernatorial Candidate Kim McMillan
The EPA has released a document that shows where they think the remaining coal ash is situated in the Emory River. Interesting to note that there are several significant ash deposits located as far up river as mile 6. One has to question if there are additional ones even further upstream?
Here's the PDF. I encourage folks to check it out. It contains a lot of info and raises a number of questions.
KnoxViews.com is following the Justice Department anti-trust action concerning voting machines and Diebold.
Every place on earth has its challenges and I would rather work on changing things than sweeping them under the rug. I still think Roane County is a great place to start a business, retire to, raise a family, recreate, and just plain visit with folks when there's time.
We do seem to have more than our fair share of certain things like this. Actually, I think we get a bad rap. Does anyone keep current crime stats in our county?
Update: It was an elaborate suicide. (note to commentors at KNS...Suicide is a tragic and painful thing for friends and family. Could you put aside the "mean" for just a little while?)
Everybody wants the money, nobody wants the pollution, except for those who get the money.
Humphrey notes a big contributer getting a private easement on state land over the objections of TDOT and others. Wonder how our folks will vote?
Roane County Environmental Review Board (Board)
February 4, 2010 Meeting Minutes (approved March 4, 2010)
Destiny Carter, a Rockwood fifth-grader, has won the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's poster contest. Her entry will go on to compete at the national level in the Department of Justice-sponsored event. See: (link...)
Congratulations, Destiny Carter!
A Billion dollar cleanup bill is small potatoes:
...an audit report published by TVA's inspector general found that the retirement systems assets are currently $3 billion below what actuaries say is needed to meet future financial obligations...
Every 100 ton train car that leaves the TVA disaster site contains about 30 tons of water, and there are between 80 and 110 cars a day headed to Alabama. It's a problem...
In Demopolis, about 20 miles from Uniontown, officials failed to renew their wastewater treatment operating permit but the wastewater plant has continued receiving the landfill's drained fluids while operating under a special state order.
TVA was operating under a "special" interim permit at the Kingston Coal plant when this disaster happened as I recall. More:
We had a great time talking with Kim McMillan today. If qualifications won political races this one would be over and Tennessee would historically have it's first Woman as Governor. McMillan has more credentials for Governor than all the other candidates in both parties combined as several Roane Countians found out today.
McMillan hopes to succeed Phil Bredesen as Governor of Tennessee and already has an impressive record of achievement behind her. McMillan was the first woman elected House Majority Leader in the history of Tennessee. Governor Bredesen asked her to move up and serve in his cabinet during his second term. Roane Countians got to see first hand why Bredesen asked her to serve at the higher level as she visited Rockwood, Kingston and other communities in Roane County today.
Kim McMillan at Junior's in Rockwood
Kim chats with Nick Forrester at the Market Street Fountain at Ladd's Landing in Kingston.
Google is offering ultrafast broadband to cities, but they must apply by March 26: (link...)
I hope cities in Roane County, perhaps even the county itself, are applying. This broadband would propel us into the modern age and would attract both new business and new residents.
To Roane County Community Advisory Group
March 5, 2010Continued...
Well done, Harriman! Other than having good schools, Broadband Internet availability is the singlemost important amenity for a community.
"I would love to turn him loose right now," Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said this afternoon. "But we have to have the proper paperwork to release him. And without a piece of paper with a judge's signature on it, we don't do anything."
The CAG is hearing from TVA:
TVA Safety standdown still in effect. Injured worker seriously injured but will be released from hospital soon. Other accidents and near misses triggered decision to review and train for safety considerations. Overtime and fatigue issues are a concern. 60 hours per week is OK. More than 60 hours, employee must be certified by employer as being safe. There are no hour limitations on a per day basis.
2.7 million cyds ash removed... 166 trains transported 1.5 cyds million to Al.
New rail spur to ease switching blockages on Swan Pond Road date is within a week if weather stays favorable. This will reduce blockages to coal train ingress and exit, and ash train exit and return per day. These will be 80 to 110 car trains.
Breaking News... Rocky Houston CANNOT be retried........
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Kim McMillan, will be in Roane County this coming Friday. The schedule, which is always subject to change, is currently as follows:
2:00 P.M. Roane County Courthouse walk through
3:30 Rockwood at Junior's Restaurant
5:00 Kingston at the Market Street Fountain in Ladd's Landing
These will be informal meet and chat events for all Roane Countians.
The study, titled, “Economic Impacts of Tennessee’s State Parks,” was conducted by the University of Tennessee Human Dimensions Research Lab in the Institute of Agriculture. It concluded that in FY2008-2009, Tennessee State Parks visitors directly spent $725.2 million on items such as food, gas, lodging and activities for visits to state parks, financing nearly 12,000 jobs in Tennessee communities. Additionally, the study indicates that for every dollar spent on trips to Tennessee State Parks, an additional $1.11 of economic activity was generated, resulting in $1.5 billion in total industry output. That brings the total number of jobs supported by state parks in Tennessee to more than 18,600. Indirect business taxes from state park visitors were estimated at $106.3 million.
Heard some folks wondering about all the action in Harriman last night.
By Ray Collett
It seems like I can't get back on schedule at all. With so many of our classmates passing away lately, it seems like all I do is search obituaries and go to funerals. One that is coming is going to be my desktop computer I am afraid. It sure is acting up. I still have my laptop though even though it is slower and more difficult to type on.
I sent out an obituary recently, Ms . Maude Kendred and received a nice email from Jo An Gaines (Class of 1953). Jo An gave me permission to share it with you.
He's not the only one, but this illustrates how we as citizens of Tennessee have lost our State. When Zach Wamp makes as transparently false a statement as this:
Coal mining is "actually good for the birds, and good for the environment. … to actually mine coal in a responsible way."
"I wish that were true, but it is not," said Melinda Welton, of BirdWorks Consulting in Franklin. "There are no current surface coal mining practices that are beneficial to the birds that depend on the forested slopes of the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee."
There are several prominent or famous women who hail from Roane County, Tennessee. On one hand we have Megan Fox, actress and beauty.
On the other we have Nancy-Ann Min Deparle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Watching her on Meet the Press this morning was a treat.
This would bring the number from 56 lawsuits down to 54.
During these past months traveling our great state, I have said many times that "when hard work isn't enough, things have got to change." While I am very proud of the hard work of so many of you, it has become clear to me that hard work will not be enough for us to be successful in this campaign.Continued...
WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 2, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C
A G E N D AContinued...
At one point we had a line around the room and back out the door of good folks coming together to support the Kingston Park Pavilion project. There was an abundance of excellent food and good company. Some of the desserts were worth the price all by themselves. Here's the fiscal report from Joyce:
We are so thankful so many of our citizens supported us in our effort to build a new Pavilion at City Park. We had over 300 people show up for our spaghetti dinner and silent auction last evening and ran out of “cooked” noodles at one point causing a wait of several minutes.
The total “take” for the evening was (drum roll!): $3,221.00
THANKS AGAIN TO ALL THE EMPLOYEES WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS EFFORT.
City Manager’s Office
City of Kingston
125 W. Cumberland Street
Kingston, TN 37763
That's what the Republican gubernatorial candidates seem to think...
How does a sane person make a statement like that when every study shows that clean and green communities prosper over all others?
Oh, wait...I used "sane" and "candidate" in the same post. My bad.
Other RoaneViews blogs
- The "Last Dance" was great! (mushy)
- GRAND PREES "Last Dance" - August 15th - Princess Theatre (mushy)
- WWII Reenactment at the Secret City Festival (mushy)
- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
- Don't miss the last day of the Tennessee Medieval Faire (mushy)
- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)