Wed
Jun 2 2010
06:33 am

From the Knox News Sentinel:

"Personally, I think there has been a decline in real estate values," (Chad Lala)

(Leslie) Henderson believes people are finally beginning to forget about the ash spill. "They may remember an ash spill, but hopefully they don't remember Roane County in connection with it,"

And from our "Missed the Point" Department:

"The specific part about the Emory reopening probably doesn't make much of a difference," said Henderson. "There are very few businesses that are located on the Emory."

(link...)

Tue
Jun 1 2010
07:00 pm
By: WhitesCreek

(Moved up from the comments on Patriotism)

What I'm trying to get candidates to do is get away from label politics and give us some idea of the policies, actions, and initiatives they would push. For too many of our local officials, it is about being re-elected in a popularity contest. If a candidate wants my support they have to share the vision of what they will work to make Roane County be in the next 4 years.

Will a candidate say they "support our schools" or will they commit to voting to spend the money it will take to have excellent public schools instead of diverting our tax money into an industrial park in a foreign county with no hope of a return on our investment?

Will a candidate commit to a five year plan and budget projection on any capital expenditure instead of a reactionary vote to spend millions on a Taj MaJail without even making a cursory projection of the cost of running the danged thing?

My problem with our current crop of campaigns (and several of them are my good friends) is that there is not a single candidate who has painted me a picture of Roane County's future. Instead I hear reactionary and meaningless drivel, or worse, transparent justifications for the missteps of the last four years and promises of more of the same.

Instead...Show us your vision! Show us our future if we vote you into office.

Mon
May 31 2010
07:15 pm
By: WhitesCreek

"They lived with integrity. They served nobly. They gave everything. They fought for what they believed in. And maybe most importantly, they believed in something bigger than themselves. They believed in all of you. They believed in all of us. And they believed in America."

...Vice President Joe Biden speaking today

Sat
May 29 2010
06:03 pm
By: macmurchadh

"I can be in the 24-hour grocery store at midnight, and suddenly someone come up and says, 'Man, you know I loved you in 'Chainsaw Massacre 2,' " Hopper said with a laugh. "Well, 'Chainsaw Massacre 2' is not my favorite film to be remembered for. Then there was 'Hoosiers,' which was a very likable, inspirational sports film. Kids will come up asking for the coach's autograph.

"Somewhere in my strange career, someone has liked something."

Link

Continued...

Fri
May 28 2010
09:01 pm
By: macmurchadh

“The people who set the fire are now the ones calling the fire department,” said Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts.

House Approves Bill to Extend Jobless Aid

Fri
May 28 2010
07:00 pm

Volunteers at the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) have just received notice from FEMA that WRCVFD will be receiving funds for 538 10-year smoke alarms.

Once the alarms arrive, they will be distributed to 269 local families, 2 to a family. The Food Pantry in Rockwood will assist with distribution.

Continued...

Thu
May 27 2010
08:19 pm

The 2010 “Fittest Schools” are East Knox County Elementary School, John Sevier Elementary in Blount County and Kingston Elementary in Roane County.

(link...)

Wed
May 26 2010
08:10 pm

Wow! This is the hugest thing in recent memory: (link...)

Poor Bill Gates. How is he ever going to get by on 150 Billion?

Wed
May 26 2010
05:57 pm

Due to the construction not being complete at City Park, the Hooks & Crooks Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Kingston Reserve Police Officers will be moved to the Gravel Pit.

Wed
May 26 2010
04:35 pm

Roane County Park is hosting Summer Fest 2010 on June 12, all day.

The 5k Run/Walk event starts at the park at 8 AM.

Register for the run at: (link...)

There are many other events at the Summer Fest for the whole family, including a "Cruisin' for the Kids" motorcycle ride, disc golf tournament, Carnival Cove for the kids, splash pad, softball game, and more. See: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Wed
May 26 2010
09:10 am

It's that time of year again... another season of murder and mayhem and delicious desserts, of course.

Our fourth season of Murder a la Mode is scheduled to begin with the throwback mystery 'Gumshoe Memoirs'. Step back to a time of dames, P.I.'s, trench coats, and smoking guns. This show is a little different from previous seasons, but just as entertaining.

The details are...

'Gumshoe Memoirs'
June 12 & June 19, 2010
shows begin at 8:00pm
at the new Creative Arts Co-op Visual & Performing
Arts Center
426 Ruritan Road
Harriman, TN 37748
Please call for reservations as seating is limited.

TIckets are still $20.00 per person and include dessert and the show.

For more information, call the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit (link...).

TN's Real Estate Transfer Fee pays for parks and important lands to be purchased by the state, saving them forever. House and Senate Republicans must hate the idea of government actually doing good things for its people. Their budget proposal confiscates those fees for their own purposes. (Update: TN House budget calls for full funding of RET Fees for Lands purchases! (link...) )

This happens at the exact moment that...

Obama's new Report on Childhood obesity "calls for increasing the number and accessibility of public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces.

Continued...

Too weird not to pass on, particularly with Uber Conservative pols introducing legislation to "Prevent mind control chips implanted at birth"... (link...)

Tue
May 25 2010
09:33 pm

League of Women Voters non-partisan?
Jackson businessman Mike McWherter, the lone Democrat in the race, was not invited to the debate. [Why?] He has taken aim at Haslam for opposing his plan to create tax breaks for small business when Haslam's family business has received more than $500,000 in state grants and subsidies since 2007.
Link

Tue
May 25 2010
07:07 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Looks like I'm changing brands. I have the classic skin type for bad things in the sun.

Tue
May 25 2010
02:03 pm

To the Roane County CAG

May 25, 2010

Rain Event Sampling Results

As requested, attached are two laboratory reports for surface water samples collected from Swan Pond Embayment on April 27, 2010, and May 2, 2010. The samples collected on April 27 were part of the routine twice-weekly (Tuesday/Thursday) sampling schedule and were not associated with a storm event. A sample and a field duplicate were collected from the Clean Water Ditch (“KIF-CWDITCH”) and one sample was collected from the effluent of the Embayment settling basins for the Dirty Water Ditch (“KIF-SETTB”). The sample collected May 2 in response to a 24-hour heavy rain event was from the Clean Water Ditch. The effluent of the settling basins could not be sampled, as the effluent pipes were under about 2 feet of water and could not be accessed safely.

Continued...

Tue
May 25 2010
01:03 pm

For those of you who have a hankering for the drive-through window at the Mac Shack (and other fast junk-food shops), you might want to watch a shocking documentary movie called "Super Size Me. It might answer the question of "why is my waistline size rapidly outpacing my age?"

Junk food = burger, fries and coke not only makes you sickly, it can prematurely kill you!

The movie is available on DVD.

Mon
May 24 2010
08:22 pm

I have to think whoever did this is ignorant of the fact that service to your country is a very high calling, a gift to one's nation and countrymen of the highest order. Roane County's veterans have vowed to build the memorial back and make it even better.

"David Webb said members of the community have already called offering labor and money to fix the marred memorial."

(link...)

Mon
May 24 2010
04:24 pm

To the Roane County CAG

May 24, 2010

Due to Transmission System reliability needs, the Kingston Fossil Plant will place two units online using the south stack this evening with the potential to stay online the remainder of the week. If you have any questions please contact me at 865-399-5298.

Michael Clemmons

Jacobs/Public Relations/Outreach

865-399-5298

Fri
May 21 2010
10:16 am

ATLANTA – May 21, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plan to lift the recreational advisory for and reopen the Emory River on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 7:00 a.m. The main river channel will be accessible to the public, but caution is advised. A no-wake zone has been established from Emory River mile 1.5 to mile 3 because large equipment remains in the area as TVA and EPA continue recovery of the Kingston ash spill.

For safety, work zones will be marked and boomed off, and will only partially obstruct the main channel. The public will not be allowed in work zones. EPA, in consultation with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Tennessee Department of Health, has determined that any coal ash remaining in the river presents minimal health risks to recreational users.

(link...)

Fri
May 21 2010
08:59 am

Sax in the Tub

Thu
May 20 2010
05:21 pm

The Roane County Community Advisory Group declined to participate in the presentation but is present and talking with citizens. there is a TVA outreach table but no one is behind it. TVA reps were there and left. Forms to fill out are on the table.

TVA has cameras and recording crew. Channel 8 is here.

TVA's Steve McCracken gave an overview. The Emory River will be open in a few days.

Craig Zeller EPA Project manager went over final disposal alternatives(closure options).

36 comments received. Roane CAG Rejected all alternatives because of the failure to isolate the coal ash from Watts Bar Lake.

Continued in the comments

Thu
May 20 2010
04:53 pm

No bias at knoxnews or BIR, no siree. As noted at Knoxviews, WVLT was the only media to cover it. I believe someone on this site excused KNS a few weeks ago stating that the story was not news yet, since the story was still in the future. After nearly 24 hours, I'd say it's pretty stale. Seems like they should be all over it right about now.
Link

Thu
May 20 2010
08:49 am

Here's to a good superlative.

Tennessee ranks 3rd nationally for adults who find jobs after participating in Workforce Investment Act training programs, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today.
Link

Thu
May 20 2010
05:55 am

Cliche master and local attorney Chris Cawood

"lawsuit alleges the deputy "proceeded to choke, assault, manhandle and arrest" Cawood for no reason."

(link...)

Wed
May 19 2010
08:18 am
By: WhitesCreek

We may be near the bottom in education but TN is First in Corruption.

Wed
May 19 2010
06:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

EPA's Craig Zeller:

"I would counter that this reconstructed cell is going to be a dramatic improvement over what was there," Mr. Zeller said.

Well, duh! A car with two wheels is dramatically better than a car with no wheels but it is still a half assed way to get anywhere.

(link...)

Wed
May 19 2010
06:09 am

This article really downplays just how bad the violations were/are at Rarity Ridge.

(link...)

AS we predicted:

"TVA will place the dry ash atop an engineered foundation of sand, gravel, and geo fabric enclosed by an underground perimeter wall constructed of cement mixed with subsurface soil to divert drainage and control runoff. Upon completion, the area will be capped with layers of clay and topsoil, and graded to drain in order to minimize water moving through the ash. The area then will be seeded, mulched and regularly inspected to ensure public health and safety.
The area will not include a liner system, however the long-term closure plan will include extensive groundwater monitoring of existing and new wells.
On May 4, 2010, EPA issued its proposed rules for regulating coal ash. These proposed rules do not affect TVA’s selected alternative for recovery of the ash spill site.
TVA will continue to follow the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act guidelines as outlined in the Administrative Order and Agreement on Consent signed by TVA and EPA in May 2009."

Full Press Release at the Roane County Community Advisory Group Web Site.

TVA response to comments attached.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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