by Ray Collett
While this isn't a regular "Rockwood Memories" column, I had a little spare time on my hands this morning and thought I would send out a couple of items.
OK, party's over. I'm back from New Zealand as of 1 am Sunday morning. We drove home from the Nashville airport through a snowstorm this side of Cookeville to find our water frozen, even after I built the new insulated pump house. Three pots of boiling water and we're going again. "Best Christmas present ever," says the youngest Creek. Pictures as I recover from jet lag and get them posted.
(And, thanks to the folks who watched the hen house while I was gone.)
Judge Humphrey says Roane County had 40 criminal cases on a typical Monday in 1984 and has 300 today. The population of Roane County was about 48,000 in 1984 and is about 55,000 today. Anybody want to hazard a guess as to the reason for the manifold increase in criminal cases as opposed to the population growth? I would be curious to see a typical court docket from 1984 compared to 2010. Are we that much more criminal or are we just arresting more people (not that those are the only two choices)?
Here's a Kiwi road sign I thought might be appropriate this morning...
I have seen two machines infected this week with the malware "Security Tool". The popup window is pink and they appear to have ripped off the Norton logo.Continued...
Two opinion pieces from the RCN are testing my gag reflex. The above post at their site is irritating and paternalistic enough in telling only half the story.
In East Tennessee, the breakdown shows that 13.5 percent of adults in Anderson County have been diagnosed with diabetes.
It is incredible to me that we allow this situation to exist, and the number of states that do not require even basic CPR training of these workers is alarming. Can someone inform us of the training and certification requirements for 911 operators in Tennessee and Roane County?
It seems to me that this essential service should be off limits to budget cuts.
"This is a waste of valuable resources, and it is a growing environmental problem," Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said last February when the bill passed out of committee.
The reported death of the democratic party in Tennessee and the US at large may be greatly exaggerated! Actually it seems more republicans are leaving or retiring than are dems. Either way, it might not matter much if these candidate slots on both sides are filled with even more corporatists who will continue to protect the interests of bankers, insurance companies, and environmental polluters.
The EPA has identified three industries — chemical manufacturing, petroleum and coal products manufacturing (including refineries and not coal mines), and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry —
Is there an "adrenalin blocker" our water?
"The point of remembering bad events is to stop them from repeating. So remember, and remind others if they start to forget. Because really, this is one trip to the water hole we can't afford to repeat."
December 17, 2009 - photo gallery at Knoxnews.
"Giant of Tennessee politics will be best remembered for his support of civil rights activists, efforts to eradicate the boll weevil and his political longevity "
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has cleared the way for another round in the battle between Harriman and Kingston over a strip of land in the Midtown community.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.
A recent study by a consortium of economists from three universities found that, if polices implemented in the House-passed version of the climate and energy bill were enacted today, Tennessee stands to gain up to 20,000 jobs.
I was reminded by Louis Bayard over at Salon of just how great George C. Scott was in one of his final performances as Scrooge in the nineteen eighty four version of this classic story. Perhaps the work is just too dark and sober for a marathon broadcast over the holiday, as so many cable stations do with other lighter Christmas film.Continued...
OK, this is a Kea, not a Kiwi.
The award will help Connected Tennessee, the organization that helps accelerate the availability of broadband in Tennessee, deliver a comprehensive map of existing broadband service to the state.
Two legislators have asked the TN Attorney General, Robert Cooper, to prepare to take legal action to protect the state from the unfndated mandate portions of the healthcare reform bill currently being considered. According to the legislators, the bill would require to increase its state Medicaid program with $1.4 BILLION in additional funds from the state's taxpayers.
I have had dealings with one of these legislators on other issues, and have found her to be a very bright and thoughtful legislator.
"EPA under the Obama Administration has promised change and is working to deliver it through a rededication to science, transparency and the rule of law," EPA spokeswoman Adora Andy said in a statement Monday.
Dozens more filed by the Monday deadline.Continued...
The state health department has completed its health assessment of the TVA Kingston coal ash spill disaster site. Key findings according to the TDH:Continued...
The Creative Arts Co-op closed its community theatre production of 'A Christmas Carol' Saturday, December 19, 2009. And the show was an amazing success. The cast of young adults succeeded in presenting the iconic tale in an entertaining and lively way - engaging the audience. And brought to life the meaning of Christmas. To those of you who joined us over the two weeks of performances - THANK YOU! To those of you who missed it, you missed a great show.
Our next show will be our murder mystery 'The Lady Luck Murders' on New Year's Eve. You can visit us at (link...). We hope to see you there!
A neighbor is kind enough to pass on her copies of the Roane County News when she stops by the farm to purchase produce. While the news isn't always new and fresh with this arrangement, it does allow us to keep somewhat in the loop concerning the happenings around the County.
As an unabashed "tree hugger" whose road frontage trees and boundary fences have been mutilated by the County's articulated arm bush hog, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened to page 4A in the December 10th edition. There a photo of the smoldering and ruined hulk of this machine greeted my eyes. There is a Santa Claus after all!
When one drives along our lovely tree lined rural roads, the scene is often marred by broken and shattered limbs of trees poking out from gouged and shattered tree trunks. I have watched the operator push his bush-hog high overhead into our neighborhood cedar trees, leaving them looking like victims of wanton and mindless destruction, and for no apparent reason as the road in question is a dead end gravel road with no school bus or mail route.
Visitors to our farm from out of the County look at the trees and ask me why Roane County hates its' roadside trees. I have no answer for this question, as I often wonder the same thing.
I am not against trimming trees in a scientifically sound manner, but the operation of this particular machine is an abomination to good horticulture. A good solution for this former tractor would be to beat this hulk into pruning shears.
I think that means this is what they (want to)believe the stuff is:
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