Thu
Nov 19 2009
07:02 am

Injured Bald Eagle is being fed with meat provided by local hunters and anglers. Thank you from all the rest of us.

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Photo Link

Wed
Nov 18 2009
04:51 pm

TVA is asked for a public written statement of their real estate policy.

Tax Assessor Teresa Kirkham explains why tax valuations went up in the ash spill area. (I don't understand it)

Randy Ellis asks who property owners need to go to in order to challenge their assessment?

Wed
Nov 18 2009
04:38 pm

Ya might want to file as a candidate if you expect the party chairman to mention your name at dinner.
Link
Link

Wed
Nov 18 2009
03:53 pm

The part we are more interested in starts at minute 32. Once the player loads and starts the curser can be advanced to the right minute.

(link...)

Sorry slow internet users. This one takes broadband.

Wed
Nov 18 2009
02:18 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 – 12:30 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER
A G E N D A

Continued...

Wed
Nov 18 2009
10:09 am

Spending billions on new nuclear plants may not be that good an idea. Apparently there is a large shortage of uranium and no ready solution.

"Uranium mines provide us with 40,000 tons of uranium each year. Sounds like that ought to be enough for anyone, but it comes up about 25,000 tons short of what we consume yearly in our nuclear power plants" (Technology Review).

Continued...

Wed
Nov 18 2009
07:16 am

Not for profit organizations enjoy tax exempt status as long as they don't lobby or try to directly influence legislation. Providing below market rent to Congressmen on the condition that they attend "prayer meetings" has come into seriuos question in the scandal laden C Street house in Washington. The names involved are bipartisan and familiar.

(link...)

Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:45 pm

Local journalists Don Dare and Scott Barker shared a few tricks of their trade with UT students and faculty Thursday night at the forum, “Tools for Investigative Journalists.”

Link

Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:43 pm
By: macmurchadh

Many folks like myself, didn't want or use his content when it was free; now he may charge. Yawn. His destruction of a once grand institution called the WSJ is complete. The rest of his properties hardly pass for legitimate news outlets. So go ahead, stop indexing. Shrug.

Google: Rupert Murdoch can block us if he wants to

Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:19 am

Sponsored by Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander and Virginia Democrat Jim Webb, the bill would provide $100 billion in loan guarantees for carbon-free electricity projects, adding to the existing $47 billion loan guarantee program.

Link

Mon
Nov 16 2009
04:48 pm

You know, everything would be just fine if those pesky auditors would mind their own business.

The auditors fault, first, a decision to allow continued harvest of shovelnosed sturgeon, even though they are similar in appearance to an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon, and information that identity mistakes lead to some pallid sturgeon being taken in violation of federal law. The federal government has recently moved to override the state decision and forbid harvest of the shovelnosed sturgeon in areas where the species overlap - such as Tennessee.

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Mon
Nov 16 2009
01:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Mr. Scott said there were scare headlines and front page stories about the Kingston ash spill soon after it occurred, but that has died down as tests showed the incident was not as calamitous as originally portrayed.

TVA Missed Signs $1 Billion Kingston Ash Spill Was Eminent

Mon
Nov 16 2009
01:14 pm

I have several meetings at Tennessee State parks each year and I have found their restaurants to be good solid dining at a reasonable cost. I have seen extended families show up for a hike and a meal but I had not thought about the holidays as an excuse for letting them do the cooking.

Continued...

Mon
Nov 16 2009
10:00 am
By: WhitesCreek

Drivers using...highways (61 and 62) should be prepared to stop and show proper identification, licensing information, insurance information, and other traffic-related information requested.

The only "other" information I am aware of would be the vehicle tag registration. Driver's should have all of this paperwork in a handy spot in the vehicle anyway.

(link...)

Mon
Nov 16 2009
07:10 am

White nose fungus is killing bats. It is spread by humans who visit infected caves and carry it to other caves. This is serious stuff.

The white fungus infects hibernating bats, causing them to wake up and burn precious fat reserves. The bats fly early from their cave in search of food, and because the insects they normally eat are unavailable, they starve.

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Sun
Nov 15 2009
09:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
This weekend I was invited to the "Roane County Writers Group" festival by noted author B.J.Gillium. Bill Landry was a keynote speaker and lots of interest was sparked by the young writers attending. While there, displaying my "Rockwood Memories", I also had a few of the "Rockwood 1951 DVD's. So many "immigrants" who have moved from all around these United States and retired in our beautiful Roane County were really interested in Rockwood in the "hustling and bustling" 1950's. Along this line, I will conclude Mr. Harry Shamhart's memories of Rockwood with his listing of businesses along Rockwood's main streets as he remembers.....

Continued...

Sun
Nov 15 2009
08:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

Al Gore recognizes that America will act to fight climate change.

"The only question," he says, " is how long will it take for us to get our act together?"

"We help solve the climate crisis. We put millions of people in good new jobs and we sharply reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

The Tennessean

Sat
Nov 14 2009
06:33 pm

"It has been six years since a contractor from Delray Beach brought the black dusty residue to the province of Samaná, and three years since the ash was cleaned up."

More

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The money quote:

People who live near sites used to store ash or sludge from coal-fired power plants have a one in 50 chance of developing cancer, according to a...government report kept from the public for seven years by the Bush Administration.

(link...)

Sat
Nov 14 2009
09:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

Congressman Lincoln Davis was in town Friday and took some local folks to lunch for a casual sit and speak. The subject of getting the message out and the lousy accuracy of the major news networks came up and at some point Lincoln joked about bloggers and looked at me. I pointed out that I have 6000 factcheckers here at RoaneViews and can't get away with anything. Contrast that with news organizations who get to pick and choose the letters they print and emails they quote. I also said that everybody can get the best and most accurate information every night at 11 p.m. on the Comedy Channel. It's true! The Daily Show viewers consistantly stomp all the other news shows on current events knowlege.

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Sat
Nov 14 2009
09:23 am
By: WhitesCreek

Ok, I'm late with this. When I heard Eva Cassidy's version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" for the first time I had to stop the car and wait for her to finish. Then I found out that she had passed before I ever heard her sing for the first time. Here's one for the home state.

Fri
Nov 13 2009
08:35 pm

"You have to live with a verdict regardless of whether you like it or not."

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Fri
Nov 13 2009
06:27 pm

SWAN POND RESIDENTS PRESS CONFRENCE
THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSY OF THE TVA COAL ASH SPILL

The Swan Pond Community residents would like to meet with the members of the press to express the past, present and the future direction they would like to see the Swan Pond Community take. The residents of the Swan Pond Community were the first to be affected by the ash spill on 12/22/08 and continue to be affected to this day.

When: Saturday December 19, 2009
Where: 993 Swan Pond Rd Harriman, TN (behind the Swan Pond Baptist Church)
Time: 2 PM eastern

Back Ground Inforation: (link...)

Contact:
Randy Ellis
randyellis@gmail.com
865-335-7981

Fri
Nov 13 2009
06:25 pm

The PDF file is attached but I've included the text version.

Continued...

Fri
Nov 13 2009
05:41 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A "significant amount" of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.

Link

Fri
Nov 13 2009
03:09 pm

Here's a Blog "heads up" for the Event shown on bottom of right column of this website. Check it out!
RB

Fri
Nov 13 2009
10:21 am
By: WhitesCreek

On Tuesday, November 17, the Kingston Fossil Plant will be performing maintenance on some of the units at the plant that are not being used right now. The units are not going to be started up, but smoke will be coming out of the stack for about 16 hours. The fact sheet below explains the procedure. We’re sending this information to elected officials and the media today, and we’ll go door-to-door with this information in the neighborhood near the plant on Monday.

Continued...

Fri
Nov 13 2009
07:05 am
By: WhitesCreek

Brown's mother, Pat, exchanged expletives with Leon's sister, Debbie Cofer, as she was leaving the courtroom.

“There's going to be some arrests that start taking place,” (Judge)Hayes warned. “I don't want to hear one other word.”

RCN

"God knows that I couldn't help what happened that day," Houston said. "I just thank him for bringing me through this. It don't seem real. I just thank him and pray for the Jones and Brown families."

KNS

"Thank god, thank god, thank god. that's all that was going through my head was thank god," Leon's sister, Lisa Burris said. "I knew my brothers acted in self-defense. "

"Now you've got cop killers walking the streets. Come on down to Roane County, if you want to come to beautiful spot," Pat Brown said.

WVLT

Lost Medicaid Funding

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