Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 3, 2009 - 8:04am.

If you haven't wandered through Cliff's country store in Grandview, it's time to take a short drive up the mountain.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 3, 2009 - 7:53am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, My column last week about the school bus-train wreck brought in some emails. Among them was this one from Rockwood City Councilman Stan Wassom. I will share Stan's email with you...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 2, 2009 - 6:56pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 1, 2009 - 8:31am.

Love these folks! Best thing going in Tennessee broadcast media.

Listen live NOW


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 1, 2009 - 8:22am.

Lincoln hosts a number of events that help build the economic health of his District and this is a big one. I will try to post as much info as I can as it occurs. Some of these topics should be a big help to diverse interests in our area. There are a number of big time speakers and topics so I'm posting the entire agenda.

Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 31, 2009 - 7:05pm.

We knew it was only a matter of time before the numbers were in... and as expected a huge loss for TVA...

I have read several stories, and noted that the blame is laid directly on the Kingston clean up... yet there are a few other reasons too.

Like "a significant decline in sales"... and I also noted some conflicting statements like TVA "will continue to pass the lower fuel costs along to consumers through our fuel cost adjustment" but yet in other stories it is noted that "an electric rate hike is likely".

And a spin on the positive where TVA says "The additional rainfall has allowed us to increase our hydroelectric generation by 66 percent during the first three quarters of FY 2009"

Here are two of the stories quoted:



Submitted by farmer leaf on July 31, 2009 - 8:33am.

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If we do this in an orderly fashion, we can pull it off without too much difficulty.

A few guidelines:

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2) Number your entry in chronological order. I will submit Entry# 1. The next
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so that we have range and diversity to choose from.

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submit new entry. :>)

This Wednesday, we will then set up a poll so we can vote on the entries. Good luck and thank-you everyone for your cooperation!

Submitted by onetahiti on July 30, 2009 - 10:50pm.

Over on Slashdot folks have been discussing the recent AP report that "funds are dwindling to dismantle old nuclear" facilities. Read the rest of the discussion: Link...

"Hugh Pickens writes, '... many plants may sit idle for decades posing safety and security risks as a result'" (Link...).

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2009 - 11:23am.

Anybody else read a call for resignations into this? (Somethiing like the six remaining Board of Directors members voluntarily resigning and returning all compensation received during their tenure?)

TVA management handled the root cause analysis in a manner that avoided transparency and accountability in favor of preserving a litigation strategy. TVA elected not to publicly disclose management practices that may have contributed to the Kingston Spill. TVA management did not identify any “lessons learned” from the root cause analysis which does not bode well for the future.

In case you missed it, the IG report is here. (Text Version, thanks to SFCharlie)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2009 - 11:17am.

We've heard "TVA is sorry" time and time again. Let's hear TVA say something like, "We are going to have direct and honest talks with landowners and businesses who feel they are damaged and we're going to negotiate settlements that don't include giving up medical rights."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2009 - 10:14am.


The only language I would change is the suggestion that local officials have had "patience" with TVA. Maybe so if you define patience as lubing up and bending over. (Sorry but I just can't think of a better analogy)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2009 - 8:25am.

Sometimes there's simply nothing that makes all right with the world except a fresh cucumber, tomato, basil...fresh from a rainy garden... sandwich for breakfast.

Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 30, 2009 - 5:36am.

This story caught my eye... I wasn't expecting to read the information on the fish... as the title talks about the ash shifting...

"Dr. George and fellow researcher Shay Tuberty, an associate professor from Appalachian State, have found emaciated, deformed and sick fish."

"Dr. Tuberty said autopsies of fish recovered from research during their March trip were very alarming. Many had no reproductive organs at all.

“No ovaries, No eggs. Nothing,” he said. “We were completely unable to tell if the fish were male or female.

“Others were emaciated. Some I don’t even know how they were alive,” he said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 3:51pm.

Mayor Farmer isn't present but he had Mayor Beets place a secret memo into the minutes that was not read out loud nor copies passed to those present. Anybody want to check and see if this is an open meetings violation?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 12:04pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 11:42am.

Based on 10 indicators such as the number of children living in poverty and rates of infant mortality and high school graduates, Tennessee ranked 46th in the nation, down from 42nd last year.

* Infant death rate: 8.3 (per 1,000 births)

* High school dropout rate: 9.6 percent

* Teen birth rate: 28.6 (per 1,000 females ages 15-19)

* Low birth-weight (less than 5.5 pounds) babies: 1.8 percent

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 28, 2009 - 6:28pm.

"They were slow reacting. They had bad communication. This isn't a citizens group coming forward with all of these things. This is the inspector general basically saying to their face things TVA is in denial about," says Steve Scarborough, a local businessman and chair of the Tennessee Conservation Commission.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 28, 2009 - 9:25am.

We have noted several times TVA appears to have opted for a "So, sue me," attitude rather than making good on CEO Tom Kilgore's promise to make everybody whole again. Now the Inspector General has come forward to agree with us...

"We conclude that TVA defaulted to a preference for litigation strategy over transparency and accountability once the root cause study was turned over to the lawyers,"


The Times Free Press version

And then there's this excoriating statement by the Inspector General:

In fact, it appears that TVA management made a conscious decision to present to the public only facts that supported an absence of liability for TVA for the Kingston Spill," Moore wrote.

I strongly advise TVA to accept the formation of an outside team of mediators to determine the financial damages to everyone who feels harmed and get out the checkbook.

Here is the TVA Inspector General report in full. It's a 2.5 meg download and I have been unable to clip the one page that summarizes everything because of the document's security stamp. If all you read is the Executive Summary (pdf page 5) you'll understand the importance of this document.

Full IG Report

update: Additional discussion at

Update 2: GIF of Executive highlights attached (Thanks to our RoaneViews PDF expert)

Submitted by farmer leaf on July 27, 2009 - 11:26pm.


By Frank Jacobs of Mad Magazine


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Submitted by onetahiti on July 27, 2009 - 10:34pm.

The good folks at turn their attention to Tennessee's Ethics Commission: Link...

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by onetahiti on July 27, 2009 - 7:19pm.

I was just writing a letter to Rep. Lincoln Davis about transportation allocations. The two choices seem to be Obama's plan to leave spending at $20,000,000,000.00 for now, or Rep. Oberstar's (D., MN) plan to up it to $500,000,000,000.00 right away.

Now I like roads, but in thinking about this issue it seemed to me that there are a lot of other infrastructure things that rural America might need improved first.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 6:18pm.

This series welcomed us to East Tennessee 21 years ago. All good things come to an end, and fans are invited to the last day.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 6:05pm.


After attending Level 1 and Level 2 University of Tennessee MTAS leadership training courses, the City of Kingston Department Heads began looking for a Level 3 project that they could all work on together. Then Fire Chief Willie Gordon came up with the idea of building a new city pavilion.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 2:28pm.

Inside the largest industrial spill in American history. How coal ash ruined one Tennessee town—and why it could happen again.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 8:03am.

It was Smith who, as state GOP chairwoman in February 2008, fired off a notorious and racially freighted news release titled “Anti-Semites for Obama,”

Republicans will decide if they want to destroy what's left of their party's fading credibility by endorsing Smith's brand of racism.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 7:49am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,...I found some newspaper accounts, some as far away as Des Moines, Iowa about the school bus accident in Spring City, in August 1955.


Submitted by onetahiti on July 26, 2009 - 5:41pm.

Just for fun, last night I took one of the many free web-based FEMA classes. This one was a half-hour class called IS-814 Long Term Community Recovery (Link...). (Well, it took me 45 minutes because rural Internet here is slow, but that's a subject for another day.)

A summary of the class is available at: Link...

The summary has some reasonable-sounding steps to "Building a Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) Program:"


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 26, 2009 - 12:05pm.

I don't have many "must see" TV programs, but Friday night, I faithfully tune in to Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS at 9 p.m. This past Friday, he did a segment on the hate mongers on Talk Radio.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 26, 2009 - 8:31am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2009 - 8:16am.

Ok, sorry, but I find this as tragic as I do funny...Comedian Jon Stewart has been voted America's most trusted news person.

This is reminiscent of a previous survey that found watchers of Stewart's "Daily Show" more knowlegeable on current events than any of the "real" news shows. Fox News was dead last, unsurprisingly.


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