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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Tue
Apr 13 2010
07:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

Here's a must read post with some rational observations that the Obesity Task Force should consider. Community planners here's your chance to do some real good for human health.

Mon
Apr 12 2010
09:11 pm
By: Ron Woody
Ron Woody

I'm Ron Woody and I'm new to this blog. I will not have a lot of time to spend updating information or maybe even reading the daily blogs but I would like to share a little about the upcoming elections and my qualifications.

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Mon
Apr 12 2010
12:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Do we have anything like this in Roane County?

(link...)

Should we make one of our own or just join the existing group for wider scope? Thoughts?

Sun
Apr 11 2010
07:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Update: Councilwoman Judy Wassom just passed away.....Ray

earlier: An ambulance was dispatched to Councilwoman Judy Wassom's residence a little while ago. Judy's daughter found her apparently having a heart attack. Judy's son-in-law performed CPR and an ambulance took her to Roane Medical Center. The word I received from the emergency personnel was not good at all. The family has been called in...As you know Judy recently lost her husband Stan and she stayed 40 or so days at the hospital with him. It certainly took a strain on her. Please remember Judy in your prayers, she means so very much to all of us and to our city....Ray Collett

Sun
Apr 11 2010
06:59 pm

I shot photos at Bill Landry's 60th birthday party after the play Saturday evening, and went back today to see the production. I was quite impressed by Michael Golebiewski's production of the stage play. Mostly, I was taken by Bill Landry's portrayal of Atticus Finch. His plea for decency in the 1935 courtroom nearly brought tears to my eyes.


Here is the wonderful cast...they will be back next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for their final performances. At $10 a head, you will not find better entertainment for your buck on Broadway! Support'em folks...they are our own!

Sun
Apr 11 2010
05:35 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Gotta love it...I sense there is a broken heart somewhere in Roane County.

Sun
Apr 11 2010
09:28 am
By: WhitesCreek

This whole process bothers me. The Roane Alliance has dirty hands on this one. A good bill promoting the safe handling of coal waste had been working its way through the legislature with broad support and then behind the scenes, it appears the Chamber lobbyist had it killed. (link...)

Sat
Apr 10 2010
09:10 am

"In Tennessee, legislation to limit mountaintop removal was thought to have broad support but was stalled in subcommittee by legislators who regularly oppose environmental initiatives at the behest of business."

Link

Sat
Apr 10 2010
08:37 am

This is a huge and tragic event that took the lives of many other officials as well.

Fri
Apr 9 2010
10:16 pm

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird" is under way at the Theatre in the O'Brien Humanities Building at Roane State Community College.

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Fri
Apr 9 2010
05:42 pm

A friend of mine does computer work for a home health agency in Oak Ridge. He just called and asked if I knew any good RNs looking for work in Roane County. There are two openings, one requiring supervisory experience. I didn't know of anyone offhand so thought I'd post about it here. Someone wanting to apply for one of those jobs should call his cell at 865-304-3226.

-- OneTahiti

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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.