REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
DECEMBER 8, 2009 – 7:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM
A G E N D AContinued...
Birding workshop with Ijams naturalist and other experts. Learn what you can do to enhance your backyard habitat.
I would describe Ward Cammack's campaign as a strong big brained motor and sick tires. Frankly, he has some of the best ideas for this state of any candidate but no name recognition and no traction to get moving. He's an impressive guy and here's hoping he sticks around in some capacity that will let him push for his Progressive ideas in a state that sorely needs them.
The folks at SunshineReview.org have rated the web sites of counties in Tennessee. Roane County's RoaneGov.org received an "F." However, few East Tennessee counties fared better and some with no web sites weren't even in the running. WLVT (Volunteer TV) has an overview: (link...)
We can do better.Continued...
Better watch out for those Mountain Waves!
TODAY AND TONIGHT
A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO APPROACH THE
TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEY TODAY...BRINGING A STRONG SOUTHEASTERLY WIND
FLOW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS. IN ADDITION...MOUNTAIN WAVES ARE
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP...
In today's news from Texas:
"The State of Texas will pay $24 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed against the Department of Transportation more than a dozen years ago claiming that the $5 fee the state charged for disabled parking placards violated federal law."
Doesn't Tennessee charge something like $21?
11 term Congressman John Tanner says he's done and before he gets off the phone, State Senator Roy Herron drops outs of the Tennessee Governor's race and into the race to succeed Tanner. Most folks will see that as a far more winable race for Herron than the big money gubernatorial challenge. Herron has spent a good bit of time in Roane County and we've grown to know and like him. We wish him the and good luck.
The cover letter and report are found here:
Update: One thing I see is that this report is merely an engineering examination of the structural problems with wet coal ash storage and states that the engineering problems can be solved. What it fails to state is that coal ash should not be stored wet in the first place. No consideration has been given to the heavy metal leachate that exudes from these facilities into surrounding watershed. I am rather disappointed so far.
Even the cheat sheet is 20 pages long but it compares the House and Senate bills side by side. There will be much false info flying around so read and think for yourself on this one. I watched the US Chamber of Commerce ad last night and was amazed at the out right lies. I don't get that one because employer based insurance is a huge problem for most businesses and both reform packages are deficit neutral and lower costs for everybody except for those making over $250,000 a year. I want my Public Option.
I wish I had written this: Open Letter to President Obama by Michael Moore.
Kingston Site Activity Update:
1. When the ash spill occurred last December, a TVA excavator (large piece of equipment) was pushed into the river. We are now at a point that in order for dredging operations to proceed without delay, the excavator must be removed.Continued...
A recent Microsoft security patch has reportedly resulted in occurrences of a "Black Screen of Death" in some XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computers.
A free tool--with directions--is available to fix the problem. While not all "Black Screens of Death" are caused by the recent update, the tool is "worth a try." See: PC World.
Update 12/4/2009: Apparently the Black Screens of Death are "not all Microsoft's fault." "Microsoft is now blaming the problem on malware." See: (link...)
Little noticed in the past legislative session was a bill sponsored by our elected state officials to eliminate the "R" word. The unfortunate acronym DMRS is now DIDS. I like that, even if it is only symbolic. Now let's see some positive action to follow up.
Has anybody seen any angel trees up in Roane County? If so, where? :)
Lawmakers target radioactive waste in TN landfillsContinued...
Teacher's Birthday Wishes Arrive Yearly
Most of us have a favorite teacher we think about now and again. But few of us ever hear from that teacher again. Not so the students of Mr. Stroup's eighth-grade class at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis.
Any Word on this house fire near Teague Road and Eureka? Doesn't sound good from this report...
Find PSR's report here: Coal's Assault on Human Health.
In a nutshell, coal really is just as bad as we thought, maybe worse.
Update: I just noticed that Matt Landon has already posted about this. Way to go, Matt! :)
Even after the U.S. and China set targets this week for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the world's combined pledges ahead of next month's climate summit fall far short of what experts say is needed to avert dangerous global warming.
Zach says legalizing the smoking of marijuana while trying to stop the smoking of tobacco sends a mixed message. Did I miss something here? Is there a bill to outlaw brownies coming up?
Have undeveloped rolls in the back of that drawer? Send them off to Dwayne's before it's too late.Continued...
...when a small town's football team returns to the state semifinals for the first time in 32 years, its fanbase goes a little bonkers.
Update: Boyd Buchanan 42 Rockwood 0
Congratulations on a great season and reaching the Quarter final game.
What they said
As of November 2009: Microsoft's Bing.com search site allegedly leaves 3-month cookies on your computer that cause prices to be raised for you, even markedly raised, when you visit many other online stores. Before shopping online, make sure you close all browser windows showing Bing.com, then clear your cookies. See a vivid example and more at: (link...)
And... Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm aghast at a number of things but I can sum it up as a Board of Directors that is either asleep at the wheel or lost in space. I wonder if any of them have ever read the TVA Charter?
The Hiwassee Wildlife refuge is on the migration path for a special group of Whooping Cranes. A pox on the creeps who vandalized the ultralight that leads them to their winter home...
I am taking a major step out and planning to smoke our Turkey tomorrow. The youngest son is getting up before dawn to hunt and I'm going to start the fire at the same time. What are you guys planning to do with your turkey? What dish is your family specialty?
Update: Four more hours to go...
5 Year Staff Salary Changes for Tenn. Congress Members:
Roe: (Was not in office 5 years ago)
Cohen: (was not in office 5 years ago)
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