Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 3:02pm.

In a surprise visit to the TVA site, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, spoke with members of the Roane County Citizen's Action Group who are charged with input into the cleanup process.

Update: KNS Story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 11:08am.

Here's an interesting quote that may have local implications:

“We’ve overhauled our complete organization,” said Mr. Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products. “We’ve committed to taking all of our fly ash ponds dry, and we’re taking a hard look at our gypsum ponds to see if we need to go dry with all of them.”

Sarah McCoin is skeptical...Us too!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 9:19am.

Now why would a Republican state election commissioner want to keep bad voting machines with no paper ballot and that can be easily hacked to change votes?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 7:30am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 6:42am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, What a hot day today is...I just got back from Big Ridge State Park in Union County, I am "picking and grinning" there with Ron Collin's band Aug. 22 and wanted to make sure I could find the place okay.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2009 - 7:47am.

Except for that, Steve Cohen gave a fine demonstration of how a meeting should be conducted. Everyone whoo livesin the area has an equal chance to speak and folks who disrupt things are escorted out. How simple is that?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2009 - 7:39am.
24% (17 votes)
76% (53 votes)
Total votes: 70

Submitted by onetahiti on August 7, 2009 - 7:34pm.

A colleague in local emergency services just told me he was robbed after being pulled over on Highway 27 by someone in a fake police car. My colleague said the police car "looked real."

The victim was slightly cut in the chest when the robber attempted to stab him.


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Submitted by Ray Collett on August 7, 2009 - 1:18pm.

Now comes Prince George County.

Full Circle Solutions Inc. wants to create an 18-hole course on the 440-acre Proctor Farm property off Courtland Road (State Route 35). The county Planning Commission is expected to look at the proposal at its September meeting.

Full Circle specializes in recycling the byproducts — mostly ash — created by the burning of coal in electric power plants. The company plans to use coal-combustion byproducts to reshape the flat terrain here into a pleasantly rolling landscape dubbed the Links of Locksley.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2009 - 11:43am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 3:33pm.

Several of us had lunch with State Senator Roy Herron, candidate for Governor of TN. Coincidentally, a group of teachers were also on the patio. Senator Herron spent as much time chatting with them as he did with the money folks. This man is way too genuine to be a politician. We'll add his campaign site to the side bar so you folks can check him out.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 3:23pm.

AUGUST 11, 2009 – 6:45 P.M.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 3:19pm.

I invite you, John Henderson, any other election worker or official, and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins, to offer evidence that any vote ever cast on any of the electronic voting machines we use now, during any election, has ever been recorded accurately, as per the voters’ intent.


In other words, our votes are being cast in secret, as they should be, but they are also being counted in secret, which violates the most basic rule of a free and fair election.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 3:10pm.

My Aunt Shirley can't work at Ruby's any more...

The American Mustache Institute is asking all people of "Mustached American descent" (and the clean shaven) to stop patronizing the Maryville-based restaurant chain on grounds it is violating the civil rights of its employees who wish to "express themselves in a limited manner by growing and maintaining facial hair."

I'm in!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 2:20pm.

TVA is gathering information from stakeholders on how to meet the needs of the Tennessee Valley and its residents for energy, environment, natural resource management and recreation.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 1:59pm.

Let me know if you are interested and I'll make the connections...

Steve, My daughter must give up her chocolate lab and she is wonderful (and very handsome). Good with children. We cannot take another dog and I don’t want her to go to the pound. Do you know of anyone who would be willing to take her? She is very well bred but we don’t have her papers and she needs to be spayed. Any ideas?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 1:53pm.

Over last several months, I have had increasing concerns over TVA’s handling of the ash spill in Roane County. After seeing the report from Inspector General Richard Moore, my concerns have turned to straight up anger at how this community was slighted both before and after the failure on December 22nd. TVA’s behavior is unconscionable and the people of Roane County deserve better. I think I speak for our county leaders in saying that we WILL hold TVA accountable.

Mike Farmer

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 1:42pm.

Congressman Lincoln Davis Holds Impromptu, Unscripted Town Hall Meeting with "Tea Party" Protesters


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2009 - 8:11am.

Eyebrows were raised when Mike Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, rose to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of TVA. Previous Chair, Bill Sansom, whose company H. T. Hackney anchors the new Roane County Industrial park, was outspokenly against Duncan's election, saying, "It sends the wrong message at a time like this."

Talk about an understatement!

TVA Chairman Mike Duncan is hopelessly compromised, doesn't live in the TVA service area, doesn't work in the TVA service area, and will not be affected in any significant way if TVA's rates have to rise to cover the cost of this disaster. Not only that but Duncan is Chairman and CEO of Inez Deposit Bank in the heart of Kentucky coal country. His bank is heavily invested in coal production. Also sitting on his family's bank's board is James H. Booth, President, Beech Fork Processing, Inc, a coal company, plain and simple.

Most damning of all, Duncan is all too familiar with coal disasters. His hometown of Inez Kentucky was the location of the Massey Coal Slurry disaster on the Tug River in Martin County, Kentucky.

Mr. Duncan cannot possibly guide TVA in an objective manner, given his history and financial complications involving the Coal industry. In light of the TVA Inspector General's report that TVA has continued to act in a disingenuous, and possibly illegal, manner under Duncan's chairmanship, Mr. Duncan should help save what is left of TVA's ability to function and step down from the TVA Board. Viewing the world through coal colored glasses, Mr. Duncan cannot possibly see clearly what must be done to restore Roane County, its people, nor TVA to wholeness.

Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on August 5, 2009 - 10:57pm.

The Creative Arts Co-op announces its final show of the summer season with the performance entitled 'All Sales Are Final'. These interactive mysteries have been entertaining audiences for four years, and this show will end the season with a bang - literally. Join us as 'we showcase local talent and learn a little about our neighbors'. Just remember what they say 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.'

And you cannot forget the absolutely indulgent desserts.

Show details are:
'All Sales Are Final'
August 15 and 22, 2009
all shows begin at 7:30pm at Holy Joe's,
426 N. Roane Street, Harriman
Tickets are $20.00 and include show and all-you-care-to-eat dessert bar.

For reservations or more information, please contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit Link....

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2009 - 8:41pm.

Uh...I can't tell. At least he settles the issue and says Obama is a citizen and that's that. (Puts him in the minority among Southern R's even so)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2009 - 12:43pm.
Where it is illegal for anyone except Public Safety Officers to have a gun?
50% (28 votes)
Where it is legal for some people to have a gun who are not public safety officers?
50% (28 votes)
Total votes: 56

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2009 - 9:00am.

There are a number of topics that will be of interest to local businesses and municipalities. With all that is going on it is tough to get to every seminar that has merit, so Congressman Davis' agreed to let us post resources as they become available to the attendees. We'll try to get them posted as soon as we can. The Federal Funding Seminar button on the right is a convenient link to the happenings.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2009 - 8:13am.

Even our First Amendment right to free speech is limited in instances of the greater public good. It's good to see City Councils that have better judgement than our state legislators.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2009 - 6:38am.

From the KNS story:

...Plans call for the (Emory)river to be closed from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3 starting Aug. 11, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The closure will last at least 30 days...

In the last LTRC meeting EPA's Leo Francendese said that they would try to allow river traffic when the situation allowed but nothing can be guaranteed at this point.

With the dire predictions of unstable weather patterns for the coming year, I personally want everything possible done to clear out the Emory. That course of action looks to be the best chance of preventing the worst case damage to the Watts Bar Lake fishery.

Submitted by farmer leaf on August 4, 2009 - 11:54pm.

Attempting to direct some of the creative energy and wit from posters on this site is like herding chickens.


Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on August 4, 2009 - 8:30pm.

TVA's latest outrage
Utility has forgotten who's boss

An editorial from Lexington, Kentucky.

Talking about TVA culture, rot, indifference, coal waste, whitewashed investigations, narrowing liability, and stupid mistakes...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 4, 2009 - 1:54pm.

These reports are issued regularly by the EPA and are an excellent way to know what is planned. Things change so check back...(We're checking on the details of the Emnory River closure starting next week)

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960
DATE: August 3, 2009
SUBJECT: Pollution Report #35


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 4, 2009 - 1:16pm.

From the Kingston website:

Fort Southwest Point
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, the Kingston Police Department is hosting the 2009 Second Annual National Night Out Against Crime. This event is an opportunity for our citizens to come together and share goals for a safe and healthy community. It also reinforces the partnership of citizens and police to combat crime.


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