Sun
Feb 21 2010
06:40 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Great R. Neal slide show. The spring juices are flowing.

(link...)

Sun
Feb 21 2010
09:28 am
By: Ray Collett

I received word this morning that Rockwood City Councilman, Stan Wassom, passed away. Please keep Judy and the family in your thoughts and prayers...Ray Collett

Fri
Feb 19 2010
10:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

Think about this and remember the "Body Snatchers":

The human genome is the DNA code from which our bodies build themselves. 8% of our genome is not human at all. It is endogenous retroviruses which have inserted themselves into our biomolecular coding.

Thu
Feb 18 2010
06:49 pm

Here is the EPA handout that summarizes the proposed EE/CA alternatives for dealing with the TVA ash in the next phase. The differences are in the final height, shape and size of the storage structure, cost, and how long it will take to get it done. The Roane CAG is reviewing these and will make official comments but everybody should look at them and express your thoughts. I'll be glad to discuss them as would any other member of the CAG. Official EE/CA comments will have to be written in order to be officially considered.

Thu
Feb 18 2010
05:06 pm

Long time Roane County and Princess Theater supporter Muse Watson is in Oklahoma working on the male lead role in Tracy Trost's "Christmas Snow". Muse is having a ball and finally getting to show what he can do with a dramatic lead.

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Thu
Feb 18 2010
01:45 pm

Please join us and pass the word! Kingston City employees are sponsoring a spaghetti supper on February 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center in the Banquet Room. Tickets are $5.00 for spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert and may be purchased at City Hall. We will also have a silent auction for an assortment of gift baskets.

All funds raised will be used toward our new pavilion at City Park!

Oh boy! Eye witness account sounds like an intentional act, but nothing sure at this point. There are reports of injuries and several floors of the 7(?) story building are on fire.

(link...)

Thu
Feb 18 2010
10:34 am

"One of Roane County’s most well-known stories is being retold for the big screen."

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Thu
Feb 18 2010
08:31 am
By: WhitesCreek

I know there is still snow on the ground but I'm hearing the sounds of Spring from the early birds. Easily the most monotonous callls is from the Carolina Chickadee who set up right outside the window this morning at first light. Every locality has its own dialect and ours don't quite sound like this one but it's close. It's the first "call" (not song) at the Cornell site: (link...)

And then there's this guy

Wed
Feb 17 2010
10:26 am

See our elected officials in action. You can scroll to the ten minute mark unless you just want to watch the place fill up. Keep in mind, as they ask TDEC questions, Yager and Fergusen have introduced legislation to cut TDEC's budget.

(link...)
AS I listen I'll post...

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Wed
Feb 17 2010
09:26 am

We're about in the middle for Tennessee, not that this is a good thing. I do question some of the stats. See what you think..
(link...)

Thanks to R. Neal for the tip

Wed
Feb 17 2010
08:42 am

We found out about this at the last minute and were unable to attend the committee meeting. I look forward to reviewing the video and hearing the testimony first hand. A consistant error in these reports misstates the progress of the cleanup. The 70% complete number refers only to the Emory River Channel, not all of the ash spilled into the water. That process will continue for five more years.

The Tennessean
BusinessWeek

Tue
Feb 16 2010
11:21 pm

To post something positive about a community that is admittedly less than perfect. Harriman, and specifically Cornstalk Heights, won a singular distinction recently. And I think it is worthy of note.

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Tue
Feb 16 2010
07:26 pm
By: WhitesCreek

“I am pleased to see so many agencies and other groups committing to protecting Tennessee’s farms from development,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Agriculture is an important part of our state’s economy. Healthy, productive farmland provides balance in our communities and contributes to our environment, scenic beauty and quality of life.”

(link...)

Tue
Feb 16 2010
09:35 am

Why is it that an atheists group has to sue to enforce the Constitution? Who is bringing the suit will be the focus of those who want to preserve the property tax break rather than the merits of the case. I have to ask some of my preacher friends if they take this deduction. I know several in Roane County and for the most part they live in pleasant modest homes. There are exceptions, though, and this tax break means that the rest of us subsidize them. (link...)

Mon
Feb 15 2010
04:27 pm

[...]Also at the top of Brune's first-year hit list is bringing an end to the coal industry's "mountaintop removal" mining practices.
Link

Mon
Feb 15 2010
01:43 pm

Sixteen states are backing the North Carolina Attorney General

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Mon
Feb 15 2010
10:58 am

What is going on with our state representation? In this particular time frame Roane County needs TDEC funding increased not cut. This is not good government guys. What are they trying to do, get rid of environmental oversight in Tennessee? Will somebody tell Dennis to be his own man and quit listening to Ken Yager's friends in the Coal business?

HOUSE BILL 3482 By Ferguson
SENATE BILL 3620 By Yager

Another post on the same problem

Fri
Feb 12 2010
08:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

But for many athletes, the Opening Ceremony IS the victory.

This is from Joe Jacobi, who won an Olympic Gold Medal in Spain. He lives in Tennessee near the Olympic WhiteWater course on the Ocoee river and spent a lot of time in Roane County leading up to the 96 games. I consider him one of our own.

He has a unique perspective on the Olympics and the opening ceremony...

(link...)

Fri
Feb 12 2010
08:05 am

This is a fun thing to do when you're stuck looking out the window. Get the kids involved. Information and our regional checklist are here.

Here's the "How To" Link

Here's the checklist link. Just enter your zip code and click.

You can enter each day's tally or do it all at once for all three days. I think we get a tally for our area at the end.

Thu
Feb 11 2010
07:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

What a beautiful shot! Click to see the full sized picture...

Thu
Feb 11 2010
05:05 pm

He has reportedly received a stent and I suspect all the news programs will fill us in on everything soon. He's done a lot of good work since he left office. Let's hope it's not serious. (link...)

update: Two stents, no big problems, should be OK.

Wed
Feb 10 2010
08:16 pm
By: WhitesCreek

In the Inskip School shootings, Knox County school board Chairwoman Indya Kincannon, whose district includes Inskip:

"I'm hoping and praying for the safety of the victims and glad they caught the shooter," she said. "I don't know why people turn to violence to try to solve their problems. It's not effective, and it's the cause of horrible pain and tragedy."

Don't let anyone think there is anything worth emulating in these actions. Villify creeps who do things like this. They are worse than excrement, but somehow glorify themselves in their own diseased minds.

Our thoughts go out to Amy and Elisa and their families.

Wed
Feb 10 2010
01:56 pm
By: WhitesCreek

It is OFFICIAL !!! The annual Rockwood High School Reunion will be at the First Baptist Church Lake Property ( same place as always) the week of June 13 thru June 20, 2010...Our catered meal will be Sat. June 19, 2010...More details will follow...Please make your plans to attend.....Ray

Wed
Feb 10 2010
08:42 am
By: WhitesCreek

Why is Obama reappointing Republican Mike Sansom to the TVA Board? He was the board chair during the time period when the Inspector General ripped TVA moves to cover its rear instead of protecting and making whole the citizens they have harmed. This also insures a Republican majority on the TVA board for the forseable future.


If confirmed, Sansom and Haskew would serve on the TVA board until 2014. Brown would serve through 2012; McBride's term would end in 2013.

Wed
Feb 10 2010
08:20 am
By: WhitesCreek

R. Neal at KnoxViews.com has alerted us to a USDA Food Environment Atlas.
Here's the Roane County info. I can't count 8 grocery stores or 22 full service restaurants. What do you guys see?

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Tue
Feb 9 2010
11:13 pm
By: RoaneBooster

I've come across a Facebook page that I think could be very useful to Roane citizens. The Roane County Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security has a (relatively) new page on the social networking site Facebook.

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REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
February 9, 2010 – 7:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM

A G E N D A

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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