Fri
Apr 23 2010
11:04 am
By: WhitesCreek
Fri
Apr 23 2010
08:34 am

I said no dancing!

Well...OK then.

Fri
Apr 23 2010
08:20 am
By: WhitesCreek

500 million years ago, a year on Earth lasted 417 days, but had nearly the same number of hours as today's year. How can that be?

On the planet Jupiter it rains helium.

Fri
Apr 23 2010
07:18 am
By: WhitesCreek

Look, our cave bats are very susceptible to whitenose fungus. We don't fully know what causes it to spread or where it can hide out. It's a killer and may completely wipe out our cave bats no matter what we do. That said, let's not be stupid and risk losing one of nature's best insect control agents.

Stay out of caves until we figure this thing out.


A mysterious fungus that has wiped out millions of bats in the northeastern United States is spreading across Tennessee faster than expected, biologists say.

Drew Gregory, noted outdoorsman and fisherman, rose to fame as the kayaker who was attacked by a goose. It's too funny to describe, but Drew is a good sport about it and has worked to put together a fishing tournament with BassPro shops that uses human power to get to the fish. I've fished with Drew on Roane County waters and the man is really good at bringing them in...quietly! We've been testing a new fishing kayak in Roane County that I designed for Drew and that will be manufactured in Tennessee at the Jackson Kayak facility in Sparta. Here's the tournament info...

(link...)

Thu
Apr 22 2010
08:03 pm
Thu
Apr 22 2010
06:56 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Rank of the South among least energy-efficient regions of the U.S.: 1

Rank of the 2008 coal ash spill from TVA's Kingston plant in eastern Tennessee among the largest industrial waste spills in U.S. history: 1

Minimum number of states where water supplies have been contaminated by coal ash: 23

Date by which the EPA promised to release a proposed regulation for coal ash, which is currently not overseen by the federal government: 12/31/2009

Date on which EPA announced it was delaying the rule's release amid heavy lobbying by utilities: 12/17/2009

Thu
Apr 22 2010
12:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek

From WBIR:

One and one half years ago, the ash spill at Tennessee Valley Authority's steam plant nearby left cenospheres in the water. While tests showed the drinking water in the area was safe, and state officials said the fish are safe as well. The gray, cloud-like material floating in the water scared away a lot of fishermen and recreational users.

Just so you folks know, an 8 ounce portion of Watts Bar fish contains three times more than the FDA daily maximum allowable selenium consumption. There are consumption advisories for our fish because of other contaminants as well. Using the "safe" in conjunction with eating Watts Bar Lake fish is a disservice to public health and maybe just a flat out lie.

Thu
Apr 22 2010
09:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Of all the people who have ever lived to be 60 years old, half of them are alive right this very minute.

Today, the population of the world will grow by 211,000 people. A new Akron, Ohio will be added every day.

The elevator is an extremely energy efficient method of transportation. Having been stuck in one in the airport in San Jose, Chile I will take the stairs most of the time.

Today the Sun will hit the Earth with somewhere around 6000 trillion kilowatt-hours, about 600,000 times the quantity Americans consume in a day.

Instead of learning to use the one six hundred thousandth of what we need of the Sun's energy each day, we will instead dig up and drill up enough carbon based fuels that were previously sequestered by nature to put 70 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere. This will cause our air to retain more heat energy than it would normally release into space.

1500 acres of mixed hardwood forest replace the oxygen used up by about 80,000 people. You're welcome.

If everyone on earth would stop breathing for just 5 minutes the problem of global warming would be solved.

So what's my second choice?

Wed
Apr 21 2010
03:19 pm

Those of us in the rural areas of Roane County and environs, except the very lucky, must make do with dial-up Internet or, if we have the funds, satellite service from Hughes or WildBlue.

In our house we chose Hughes years ago. We noticed that many less popular sites would give us DNS errors if we hadn't accessed them recently, or sometimes give a very old version of the pages instead of fresh content.

Finally this happened with a couple sites of our own.

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Wed
Apr 21 2010
02:58 pm

Boy would I love to see this enacted into law before next year...

"Both political parties conspire to produce congressional districts that are either heavily Democratic or Republican," Cooper said. "They draw maps that may look like snakes, salamanders, butterflies and octopuses to zone certain voters in, and out, of districts. This is not only unfair to independent voters, but all voters, because it creates a Congress of highly-partisan representatives when most Americans are centrists.

(link...)

Wed
Apr 21 2010
02:46 pm

To the Roane County CAG April 21, 2010

Equipment Testing

Beginning Thursday, April 22, and continuing Friday and Monday and Tuesday next week, the Kingston Fossil Plant will begin testing equipment. The testing could create a plume from the scrubber but it is from the testing only and not tied to power generation. The plant is not currently running units.

Jane Greenwalt

Project Manager, Community Outreach
Tennessee Valley Authority
Kingston Ash Recovery Project

Wed
Apr 21 2010
06:38 am

Dear Mike Ross, For relief dial 1-800-Wah-Wah!

Mr. Ross's Rarity developments were hit with millions of dollars in fines for environmental violations which were greatly reduced on condition of remediation. To date neither the reduced fines have been paid nor the remediation work performed. This man appears to be a bad actor and the rest of us have to make up for his failures.

(link...)

Wed
Apr 21 2010
06:21 am
By: WhitesCreek

Booker T. Gipson, whose daughter lives beside the landfill, said: "Everybody says it's not harmful. But if it was harmful to the people in Kingston, I want to know in a small location like Uniontown why it's not harmful to us."

(link...)

Mon
Apr 19 2010
07:14 am
By: WhitesCreek

This gives me some small hope:

The pending addition of four President Obama-nominated TVA board members — including Republican Bill Sansom who would serve a second term — the Obama administration's explicit support of renewables and pending carbon reduction requirements, however, could nudge TVA in a new direction, says Susan Richardson Williams, former TVA director and co-founder of Tennessee Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy.

'I think we're sort of at a real crossroads, but it's a crossroads of opportunity to make some very wise decisions going forward,' she says.

(link...)

Mon
Apr 19 2010
06:58 am
By: WhitesCreek

Sun
Apr 18 2010
08:44 pm
By: Creativeartsco-op

GRAND OPENING OPEN HOUSE!!!

The Creative Arts Co-op is excited to announce the latest and greatest...we are getting ready for a grand, new beginning, and we want you to see what we're up to!

Please stop by our open house on Friday, April 30th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and check out our new home. And......

Join us at our Premiere Night Casino Gala!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
7:30pm
at the Creative Arts Co-op Visual and
Performing Arts Center
426 Ruritan Road
Harriman, TN
Tickets: $15.00 per person

Enjoy the excitement of gaming, desserts, and door prizes and a lot of fun!

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

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Sun
Apr 18 2010
08:43 am

OK, I'm a science junkie and the volcano is blowing off in Iceland, not East TN, but the ash cloud will circle the globe in the next few weeks and we'll see some of it right here eventually. It will be very dilute and won't disrupt life and travel as it is in much of Europe but we could see more interesting sunsets and sunrises through the dust. Air traffic is already affected in the US due to the disruption of European flights. Here are some great photos taken from a light plane flying just upwind of the volcanic ash cloud. As you look through the pictures, imagine what the worldwide disruption would be if the volcano just north of Eyjafjallajökull erupted. It's called Mt. Katla and is 30 times larger!

Sat
Apr 17 2010
08:00 am

From the TCWN Report on TDEC's Enforcement Program:

“We think that it is important for the public to understand how water protection works in the state, or rather, how it doesn’t work,” says Renée Victoria Hoyos, Executive Director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network. “The public has an expectation that the state is doing its job to protect the quality of our drinking water as well as protecting our beautiful rivers and streams. This report shows that TDEC is not protecting this resource very well.”

Of course this is exactly how the lobbyist friends of our elected officials want TDEC to work and that is OUR fault. They need to know we want a safe and clean environment in spite of the fact that the money is in pollution.

Here's the link to the TCWN page on their report. You have to see the hard copy to really appreciate the work they do for us.

Fri
Apr 16 2010
07:52 pm
By: onetahiti

The dedicated men and women who volunteer at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) have been busy. They went out on 345 runs this past year, an average of almost one per day. About half were emergency medical runs, the rest fires, vehicle extractions, and other emergency calls.

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Fri
Apr 16 2010
06:20 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Judith Owings Wassom

WASSOM, JUDITH OWINGS - On Sunday, April 11th, 2010, Roane County said farewell to a grand southern lady.

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Fri
Apr 16 2010
05:11 pm

The Roane County Election Campaign Kick-off Event has been schedule for May 14th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood. All local county and city candidates are invited to attend including candidates for County Executive, County Commission (Districts 1 - 7), Circuit Court Clerk, Trustee, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Attorney, School Board (Districts 1 and 3/4), Constable (Districts 1 - 7), and the OS Clerk/Finance Officer.

This event is sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party. For more information, contact Bob Cowan at 717-2767.

Wed
Apr 14 2010
06:40 pm
By: onetahiti

The Citizens for Tax Justice group has taken a state-by-state look at President Obama's tax changes with results that according to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll may surprise some readers.

Nationally, 98% of working families have tax cuts in this April's filing. Check out the results for Tennessee (PDF).

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Apr 14 2010
01:38 pm

Jennifer Gibson invites all her friends in Roane County, Sunday, April 18, 3 PM to Trenton St. Baptist in Harriman for the Roane Choral Society's 100 years of music!

It's for their Spring Concert & in honor of the Harriman Music Club. This concert consists mostly of show tunes, but also "Danny Boy", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and more. Please come join them!

Tue
Apr 13 2010
03:06 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Services for Judy will be on Sunday, April 18, at Rockwood United Methodist Church.

Visitation 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Service 3:00

Tue
Apr 13 2010
03:05 pm
Tue
Apr 13 2010
12:15 pm

Over the Easter break, Lincoln visited around the District and took this opportunity to participate in a weapons demonstration at the invitation of Metro Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan.

The Roane County Citizens Advisory Group is a group of local citizen volunteers organized under the EPA CERCLA act to watch out for the interests of the local community in the aftermath of the TVA Coal Ash disaster. The collapse of the 85 acre pile of coal ash sludge has affected, either directly or indirectly, everyone in Roane County, not just the several hundred families and property owners in the immediate area of the event. A long term storage solution is required that protects the integrity and viability of Roane County for the long term.

After reviewing testimony and materials from the EPA and TVA and in consultation with their Technical Advisor (TA,) Wayne Human, the CAG found that the permanent storage facility proposed in all three alternatives was of a nature that it would not be allowed under today's regulations as being insufficient to protect the community. None of the alternatives have composite liners or leachate control systems to isolate the ash from the environment.

Spending hundreds of millions of our dollars on a substandard facility to store coal ash near our residential communities would be a second monumental PR disaster, particuarly since the EPA may well classify coal ash as a hazardous material in the near future.

Members of the CAG will be at the TVA/EPA/TDEC joint availability meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 PM today at the TVA Outreach Center in Kingston.

Here is the RC CAG's cover letter to their official EE/CA comments:

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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.