Mon
Jan 25 2010
03:35 pm

There have been concerns expressed at several meetings about long term health affects from living in the shadow of a TVA coal fired plant. Draw your own conclusions.

Mon
Jan 25 2010
09:49 am
By: WhitesCreek

by Ray Collett

Hello Readers, I received an email the other day from our Classmate Chester Taylor. Chester is a regular reader and contributor to "Rockwood Memories" and it is always great to hear from him. Here is what Chester had to say.....

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Mon
Jan 25 2010
07:47 am

This is the second highest flow since De. 22, 2008. The first high water event was on May 4, 2009 and flushed between (we think)150,000 and 250,000 cubic yards of ash past the newly constructed weirs and into the lower Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers. Water quality was not sampled by either TVA, EPA, or TDEC during that time.

These agencies have repeatedly failed to sample during high water events despite their promises to do so, failed to note this in their published data, and yet have continued to make the claim that their data shows safe levels of contaminants in the rivers. After constant and insistant urging from the Community Advisory Group (CAG) TVA has responded by obtaining a remote programmable sampling unit that is supposed to take samples at approximately mile 0.4 on the Emory River. The CAG will meet with these agencies tonight. The CAG will be at the TVA, EPA, and TDEC public meeting at Roane County High School Tuesday night.

We just received a call saying Whites Creek may be rising above Eagle Furnace Road. Caution is urged, and there may be many more Roane County roads with a similar problem. Relax and give things some time if your road has a current of water flowing over it. I'm warm and comfy and I don't want to have to come out and get you tonight, and I certainly don't want to have to notify any of your relatives that you did something really stupid.

Sun
Jan 24 2010
08:18 pm
Sun
Jan 24 2010
07:52 pm

OK, This is from a feminist journal but if you can put the rag's name on the side burner and read what they say about this cookbook, it reflects on my personal version of what welfare ought to look like in a modern society: "Beans and rice are free. Everything else you have to earn."


If you know someone who cares about the environment, their body, animals, and taste, yet nobody has ever taught them to cook, give them this book.

Sun
Jan 24 2010
07:43 pm

In the wake of the devastating "Corporations are People" ruling maybe they are trying to cover their slimey rear ends with people who have actually read the Constitution:

(link...)

Sun
Jan 24 2010
07:30 pm

Eagle Furnace Road near Waldo Road is reportedly closed because of flooding. The emergency phone message from Howie Rose said the road could be closed for the next three days.

That new emergency notification phone system is pretty handy. :)

-- One Tahiti

Sun
Jan 24 2010
04:55 pm

Another rockslide has reportedly happened sometime overnight on a portion of Interstate 40 that was closed by another slide months ago.

link

This is being appealed. Here's the link to the appeal which is recommended reading. I note some friends names on the appeal. We thank them for standing up for Roane County.

Wouldn't you think that Mr. Kilgore should face the press when announcing TVA's failure to reduce its debt as promised during the Clinton administration? Instead of a one third reduction, TVA wants to raise it's mandated debt ceiling.

(link...)

Fri
Jan 22 2010
09:17 pm
By: WhitesCreek

If you aren't watching the Haiti telethon you're missing some awesome performances. Best of show so far...Live trio performance of Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban on "Lean on Me".

"In 2009, the F.B.I. reported a 20 percent decrease in the number of people robbing banks. There was, however, a huge increase in the number of banks robbing people."

---Jimmy Fallon

Fri
Jan 22 2010
02:29 pm

This lovely thing is a male chaffinch. He bounced around us as we were hiking near Franz Joseph glacier in New Zealand. Unfortunately his species is not native to NZ, being introduced from Europe in the 1800's before the damage exotic species do to the environment was learned.

Fri
Jan 22 2010
09:52 am

TVA President and CEO Kilmore Trout said the agency would focus on losing money for the show.

"I believe losing money is one of our demonstrated core competencies," he said. "I challenge any other agency to hemorrhage money the way we do. Moreover, we plan to challenge Coach Kiffin in the credibility loss category, as well. I think our record in credibility loss over the past year stands against his or anybody's."

(link...)

"We're creating a culture of accountability, so that every individual, not out of fear but out of a sense of proactive duty, takes responsibility individually so the organization can be responsible collectively"

Tom Kilgore, CEO TVA

Actually, though I type snark, I hope he's saying something he really believes. I am, however, skeptical with an open mind.

Tips to Randy

Perched on 60-foot-high platforms in tulip poplar and oak trees,

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Thu
Jan 21 2010
06:06 pm

Hooray for Corporate America! Now big business has even more "free speech" with which to buy and affect the outcome of our elections.

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Thu
Jan 21 2010
04:10 pm

Only in Tennessee...

(link...)

Wed
Jan 20 2010
06:27 pm
By: WhitesCreek

From a communication from TVA to the Roane County CAG:

Today, at approximately 3:45 p.m., three people, a man and two women, were arrested on the TVA Kingston Plant site. TVA Police found the three offenders in and on top of ash-loaded rail cars located on tracks adjacent to the middle road entrance to plant. They were taken to the Roane County jail for processing and charges.

(link...)

Update: This may well be another case of TVA heavy handed tactics. UMD claims that Matt Landon was driving two Appalachian Voice Reporters around and was turning around at TVA when they were arrested by TVA police. The claim that they were in rail cars is more than likely false. Roane County News will post their update in a very few minutes.

Update II: From UMD...On Wednesday, January 20th, TVA police pulled over United Mountain Defense (UMD) volunteer Matt Landon Jones and two journalists from the North Carolina based newspaper_The Appalachian Voice_ for no apparent reason. They were on their way to a previously scheduled appointment to interview a local resident of Roane County who had been devastated by the TVA coal ash disaster. After detaining them and taking away their video cameras, the TVA police searched them and their vehicle and then arrested them on charges that have not been made clear. While on the phone with Jones, UMD volunteer Bonnie Swinford heard Jones asking the officer if he was being arrested, to which the officer answered "yes". When Jones then asked the officer what he was being arrested for, the officer replied, "I'll get back to you". At that point the phone connection was broken. They are now being charged with criminal trespass.

Update: The RCN Story

Wed
Jan 20 2010
06:21 pm

The (EPA's) recommendations, which have not been made public, are now the focus of a huge dispute inside the Obama administration, with industry lobbying hard for changes that would essentially preserve the status quo. The dispute should be resolved in favor of the environment and public safety.

(link...)

Wed
Jan 20 2010
12:08 am

The CAG meeting tonight was confrontational to say the least. Concerns centered on the fact that TVA was given the opportunity to have prerelease input on the Public Health Assessment document. TVA is a defendant in numerous lawsuits and the concern is that there may be a perception of manipulation in the documents when TVA has prepublication input.

CAG members also pointed out gaps in sampling data, specifically the fact that high water days on the Emory River were not sampled for water quality even though this had been specifically requested by CAG members. The methodology of the Public Health Survey was also questioned by the CAG since participants were self selected rather than being sampled in any objective manner.

Here are the draft highlights

Mon
Jan 18 2010
05:31 pm

The hottest global temperature ever recorded was on January 16, 2010.

Warning: Science involved!

Mon
Jan 18 2010
05:23 pm

Political races bring out the odd and the unusual.

How do you justify a campaign slogan "People not Politics" and then state that you are a conservative? Conservatives by current day definition are pro Corporations and anti people.

Mon
Jan 18 2010
10:14 am

Updated meeting schedule:

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Sun
Jan 17 2010
01:21 pm

The air quality in Blount County and four other East Tennessee counties is already too dirty to meet federal standards.

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Sun
Jan 17 2010
10:45 am

"It's bad news for openness and honesty that David Mould would have been chosen as the public relations guy for the Tennessee Valley Authority," Bowen said.
Link

These creeps just keep on coming, courtesy of the good people at TVA. With one Inspector General Report slamming TVA's dishonest public relations, they bring in David Mould, who brings in his resume the NASA Inspector General's Report stating among other things that:

"News releases...suffered from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency and scientific dilution."

Gee that sounds rather familiar. TVA seems to have taken the positioin that if their lies aren't working they need a better liar.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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