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.

Continued...

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...

Wed
Jan 27 2010
11:50 pm

Margaret Carlson describes them to a "Tee".

The National Tea Party Convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, next week is unraveling. And no wonder. Herding cats is never easy, and a convention, as opposed to demonstrations, is antithetical to the anti-establishment Tea Party philosophy.

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Wed
Jan 27 2010
08:59 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time for something new. Let’s try common sense.

How about...Ignore Republicans and Blue Dog Dems. Their way has failed us. Rather than giving Corporations the vote, how about giving real human beings basic health care?

Wed
Jan 27 2010
04:25 pm

A bankruptcy filing has halted any threat of legal action against the operators of a Perry County landfill that has been receiving shipments of toxin-laden coal ash that spilled from a Tennessee power plant in 2008.

As a result, Perry County taxpayers have yet to receive almost $780,000 in fees from the coal ash deposits, the bankruptcy petition alleges.... read more on the following link....

(link...)

Wed
Jan 27 2010
08:03 am

At last night's public meeting the EPA stated that they would be extending the closure of the Emory river past the Feb. date previously announced. Editor Terri Likens of the Roane County News pressed for a new date when we could expect the river to open and the EPA spokesperson said, "The first week of May."

Tue
Jan 26 2010
05:57 pm
By: Ray Collett

A birthday celebration in the honor of Ms. Roxie McClendon's 107 birthday will be held Sat. Jan. 30, 2010 at Victorian Square in Rockwood at 2pm. While Ms. Roxie is weak, she is still very alert and is looking forward to her celebration. Everyone is invited and no gifts please...

Tue
Jan 26 2010
05:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I believe that you raise elected officials like you do children...Praise them and give them cake when they do good and give them a good talking to when they mess up. This causes some of my elected friends heartburn and that's just too bad. If they would just look out for the people they are supposed to look out for and not some big cigar chomping coal company CEO in the next county, for example, things would be all roses and margaritas and I wouldn't have to point out uncomfortable facts. I try to do this with humor when it must be done. I have a hero that does this far better than me. She runs the "World's Most Dangerous Beauty Shop" and you ought to go in for a new "Do" from time to time. The gossip alone is worth it.
(link...)

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.....

Continued...

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.

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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,

Continued...

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.

Continued...

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.

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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...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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