I need help undestanding this one. There are consumption advisories for catfish, bass, striped bass, and several others in Watts Bar lake. But commercial licenses are issued and thousands of pounds of catfish caught in Watts Bar are sold into local markets. Is this a good idea?
The EPA's Craig Zoeller looked at me incredulously when I told him there are people who eat Watts Bar Fish every day. Here's the study.

Update: Watts Bar was closed to Commercial Fishermen by TWRA in 2008

Sat
Feb 6 2010
11:25 am
By: Creativeartsco-op

As some of you may already know, the Creative Arts Co-op lost its agreement with Holy Joe's and is no longer able to rent the space for its theatre division (youth camps, recitals, murder mysteries, etc.) We are currently searching to find a new home in Roane County before camp and murder mystery season are upon us. But - to date - have been unsuccessful. So, I am reaching out to the community for help in the search. The Co-op primarily works with children, but also produces community theatre and professional theatre shows (in addition to visual arts, etc.). If anyone has any suggestions or a city is interested in having a theatre outfit in town, please let me know. Please e-mail me directly, so we don't clog the web site. Thank you for your help. My e-mail is mkeisenberg@creativeartsco-op.com.

Sat
Feb 6 2010
09:50 am

[...]40 more coal ash impoundments showing they have the "high" or "significant" potential to cause loss of human life, environmental damage, or damage to infrastructure.

Link

Sat
Feb 6 2010
09:05 am

I'm puzzled by the introduction of legislation supporting surprise inspections of Tiger Haven? Didn't our legislators just last year introduce a bill to stop suprise inspections at our County waste treatment facilities?

Oh boy. Last Thursday at the Roane Community Advisory Group meeting I asked if the Alabama Landfill bankrupcy was going to cause a problem and one of the few TVA folks I believe told us "No." But now they have a problem finding a place to treat the 30 tons of water in every train car of ash we're sending them. (link...)

Fri
Feb 5 2010
03:07 pm

REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

February 9, 2010 – 7:00 P.M.

KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM

Continued...

Other than higher summer temperatures, increased flooding, more severe droughts, crop failures, disease, and increased pollution, not much will change according to this draft EPA paper released last week. Get ready for the water wars that are coming. We already see Georgia trying to steal the Tennessee River.

Check out Figure 1 all you climate change deniers out there. Just keep burning that coal, people!

Thu
Feb 4 2010
10:08 am

Reading about Tennessee's dwindling unemployment compensation fund led me to wonder whether the fund had lost any money in the downturn through bad investments.

I didn't find out the investment performance but did discover other things. One document, available behind a disclaimer on the tn.gov web site, is packed with some alarming numbers.

Continued...

Thu
Feb 4 2010
07:05 am

The TVA nuclear facility at Watts Bar dam has produced tritium for nuclear weapons for approximately a decade. Now TVA plans to add that capability to the Sequoyah facility near Soddy Daisy. (link...)

Tue
Feb 2 2010
12:32 pm

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) is getting a grant from FEMA for a much-needed pumper truck.

Back in March and April of 2008, community members donated over $10,000 in "pumper pledges" to go toward the required 5% matching funds.

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Tue
Feb 2 2010
09:00 am
Mon
Feb 1 2010
01:15 pm

Roane County residents have an excellent opportunity to express their opinions about education and workforce issues to county leaders. It's often said that education plays a key role in the economic well-being and quality of life in Roane County. To ensure the county makes smart choices in this regard, an Education and Workforce Summit is scheduled for May 12, 2010, to address the education and workforce needs of our county. To help prepare for the summit, adult residents of Roane County are asked to complete a survey which is online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RoaneCountyEducation.

Article here - http://www.roanealliance.org/news/show/90

Mon
Feb 1 2010
10:08 am

FEBRUARY 2, 2010 – 5:30 P.M.
(update: Note new time)
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C

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Sun
Jan 31 2010
07:15 pm

Doesn't sound good. Stay home, people!

Sun
Jan 31 2010
06:28 pm

Mrs. Creek will sleep in tomorrow morning.
Here's the WBIR site with a list of closings.
Anybody know about the various government offices?

Sun
Jan 31 2010
11:30 am
By: Rockwood Lawyer

I was surprised to learn Friday that attorney Kim Nelson has taken out a petition to run for Roane County Circuit Court Clerk. Kim says that Angela Randolph, the current Circuit Court Clerk, has told several people that she is not running for re-election.

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Fri
Jan 29 2010
09:53 pm

Where have we heard this before, the regulated calling the shots on the regulator?

The coal ash industry manipulated reports and publications about the dangers of coal combustion waste, reports Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

link

This is an outrage! It's all about controlling the message to the people of Tennessee.

(link...)

Fri
Jan 29 2010
07:25 pm
By: Ray Collett

Ms. Roxie McClendon's birthday party has been rescheduled due to the weather. It is scheduled for Sat. Feb. 6 th at 2pm at Victorian Square in Rockwood...

Fri
Jan 29 2010
02:32 pm

Kingston City Hall will close at 2:30 p.m. EST due to weather conditions and to ensure the safety of our employees.

Thu
Jan 28 2010
11:06 pm

"Mama, no reason to cry...Just think of something beautiful."

Jasmina

Thu
Jan 28 2010
10:16 pm
By: chelsea

Probably a good call. If the forecasts are accurate, it is better to have them at home. It is always harder to get them there and then try to fight bad roads and weather while transporting our most precious cargo. Although I don't always agree with the DOS, she has made a good decision this time.

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Thu
Jan 28 2010
03:51 pm

Here's the link to the web site where TVA communications to the CAG are posted. Current construction info is also posted.

(link...)

Thu
Jan 28 2010
03:19 pm
By: RoaneBooster

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY. TIMING: LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN FALLING ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON...AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. THE SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES FRIDAY NIGHT. THE... SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TO DECREASE THROUGH SATURDAY.

ACCUMULATIONS: SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS.

Snow should start in Roane County between 1-2PM in the southern areas, e.g. Whites Creek. The part of the county north of I-40 likely to receive more than the rest of the county.

RB

Thu
Jan 28 2010
09:07 am

The economy seems to be taking its toll on pets in Roane County. Our Eagle Furnace neighborhood is the new home of a number of abandoned pets.

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Thu
Jan 28 2010
07:13 am
By: WhitesCreek

Here's the quote I like best from the SOTU:

...To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.

Your turn...

Lost Medicaid Funding

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