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.

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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.

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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

Thu
Nov 12 2009
04:44 pm
By: harrimanite

From Channel 6:
Leon Houston found NOT GUILTY on all counts.

Thu
Nov 12 2009
03:37 pm

Three environmental groups have appealed a state permit...

Link

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Thu
Nov 12 2009
02:49 pm

"Geology professor Roy C. Sidle has received approximately $80,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research evaluating the downstream impact of the coal fly ash spill in Kingston, Tenn."

Link

Thu
Nov 12 2009
07:44 am

That came up in a discussion on education in Roane County, mainly because of the perception that star athletes get a pass on the rules sometimes. Shouldn't we prize our scholars over our athletic stars? I'll bet more people can remember their senior year football quarterback and running back than can remember their valedictorian and saludatorian...And, if you can, ask yourself which one has the highest lifetime earning potential and greatest success after high school?

Thu
Nov 12 2009
06:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

"Maybe the laws of physics in Roane County are different," Logan said.

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"The mountains of Appalachia are responsible for countless folk, country and bluegrass songs. Now, the home of that rich tradition is being destroyed," Said Emmilou Harris.

Stars at the event in Nashville included Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Ben Sollee, Big Kenny Alphin, Delbert McClinton, Dierks Bentley, Gloriana, James Otto, J.D. Souther, Matraca Berg, Jeff Hanna, Michelle Branch, Kid Rock and Patty Griffin.

Music Saves Mountains

Wed
Nov 11 2009
12:13 pm

It's like that Alfred Hitchcock movie where all the birds attack humans only this time it's rocks that are trying to cut Tennessee off from the rest of the world!

Dang! My other route to the cabin in South Carolina is now blocked by a rock slide.

Anybody ho has rafted or paddled the Ocoee will recognize the ramp down to the river put in. Thank goodness this did not happen a month ago.
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Presented without comment (no how, no way)

F. Chris Cawood v. Linda Booth, et al., E2007-02537-SC-R11-CV, (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 25, 2008) has a set of facts you don't run into every day or, at least, I hope you don't run into everyday.

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Wed
Nov 11 2009
08:36 am
Wed
Nov 11 2009
08:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

While TVA, EPA, TDEC, and others in an official capacity waited inside the TVA Outreach Center Tuesday evening, several local citizens stood outside crowding under a ten by ten tent for a press conference giving their views of how things are going. What I heard:

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Tue
Nov 10 2009
04:42 pm
Tue
Nov 10 2009
09:27 am

Business Assistance and Procurement Opportunities

The Roane Alliance and TVA would like to invite
representatives from Roane County businesses
and industries to information sessions on economic
development financial assistance, energy efficiency
assistance and procurement opportunities.

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Tue
Nov 10 2009
08:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

The TN GOP needs to get this whack job off the ballot.

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Tue
Nov 10 2009
07:32 am

This was one of the best votes I ever cast. The key is to keep the reform process alive. There are many things in the House bill I disagree with. But the Senate bill is the more likely final product due to the difficulty of getting 60 votes over there. If we had dropped the baton at this stage, it wouldn’t have given the Senate a chance to improve the bill. It would have given the House what amounted to a one-chamber veto. The Senate could have powered through, but those folks are not noted for their courage.

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Mon
Nov 9 2009
05:59 pm
Mon
Nov 9 2009
12:45 pm

"When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Tennessee stands to get it first.

Republican Zach Wamp counts Democrat Bart Stupak as his best friend and C Street housemate.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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