Mon
Sep 14 2009
06:14 am

I need to make a pilgrimage to Philidelphia to see if Muir's assessment still holds...

September 14. Philadelphia is a very filthy village in a beautiful situation. More or less of pine. Black oak most abundant. Polypodium hexagonopterum and Abspidium acrostichoides [Christmas Fern] most abundant of ferns and most generally distributed. Osmunda claytoniana rare, not in fruit, small. Dicksonia abundant, after leaving the Cumberland Mountains. Asplenium ebeneum [Ebony Spleenwort] quite common in Tennessee and many parts of Kentucky . Cystopteris [Bladder Fern], and Asplenium filix-foemina not common through the same range . Pteris aquilina [Common Brake] abundant, but small.

Walked through many a leafy valley, shady Prove, and cool brooklet. Reached Madisonville, a brisk village. Came in full view of the Unaka Mountains, a magnificent sight. Stayed over night with a pleasant young farmer.

Sun
Sep 13 2009
11:29 am

How else can you read this statement by Peyton Hairston?

"We have to find a balance between doing the right thing for the folks that were impacted and dealing with the overall cost which could be absorbed by our ratepayers," TVA executive Peyton T. Hairston said.

I don't get this. Do they ever actually think about the statements they make? This article also repeats the red herring about some claims are made by people who live well away from the spill site. I do as a matter of fact, but I have property on the water in the contaminated part of the lake. My business associates and I have lost well over three quarters of a million $ in revenue directly provable to be caused by the TVA landfill collapse. other's have lost pending sales of their homes because of the ash in their cove. How can these folks make these statements and continue to look themselves in the mirror?

There's so much to rant about in this AP piece and TVA is not the only target.

Sun
Sep 13 2009
08:37 am

John Muir was the force behind the creation of our National Park System. We are following his early journal as he walks through Roane County. Last night, 142 years ago, Muir spent the night in Kingston and is headed to Philadelphia...

September 13. Walked all day across small parallel valleys that flute the surface of the one wide valley. These flutings appear to have been formed by lateral pressure, are fertile, and contain some fine forms, though the seal of war is on all things.

Continued...

Sat
Sep 12 2009
12:12 pm

WATE has a story about a local Girl Scout and coal ash spill witness, "nine-year-old Elise Murphy," who "has already earned a lot of patches" and is now working on "the new one for emergency prepardness, developed with the Department of Homeland Security."

It is always good to see the efforts of Scouts recognized. Kudos to Elise Murphy and her troop! :)

Sat
Sep 12 2009
09:29 am

Excerpted from "A Walk of a Thousand Miles to the Gulf"

September 12. Awoke drenched with mountain mist, which made a grand show, as it moved away before the hot sun. Passed Montgomery, a shabby village at the head of the east slope of the Cumberland Mountains. Obtained breakfast in a clean house and began the descent of the mountains. Obtained fine views of a wide, open country, and distant flanking ridges and spurs. Crossed a wide cool stream [Emory River], a branch of the Clinch River. There is nothing more eloquent in Nature than a mountain stream, and this is the first I ever saw. Its banks are luxuriantly peopled with rare and lovely flowers and overarching trees, making one of Nature’s coolest and most hospitable places. Every tree, every flower, every ripple and eddy of this lovely stream seemed solemnly to feel the presence of the great Creator. Lingered in this sanctuary a long time thanking the Lord with all my heart for his goodness in allowing me to enter and enjoy it.

Continued...

Sat
Sep 12 2009
07:23 am

According to WBIR, Roane County youth "are making a difference."

From WBIR: "This week's top 5 young people doing good things is topped by two youth groups from Roane County churches."

Way to go, "children and youth at Victory Baptist Church in Kingston" and "youth at Potter's House Fellowship in Harriman!"

Sat
Sep 12 2009
07:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County Constable Leon Moore passed away Friday morning. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later this evening.

Over the years our Constables have given Roane County a lot of unpaid service. Let's not let the bad apples taint the good these folks have done for us.

Fri
Sep 11 2009
02:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Muir and Roosevelt

This is the anniversary of another 9-11. One with great promise that ultimately led to the founding of our National Parks. This is an excerpt from John Muir's journal, "A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf."

Continued...

Fri
Sep 11 2009
12:55 pm

Sanity and the public interest have returned to the EPA. Thank you, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson! This is BIG!

The 79 pending permit applications on which EPA focused are for proposed surface coal mining operations in 4 Appalachian states. EPA’s initial review concluded that all of the projects would likely cause water quality impacts requiring additional review under the Clean Water Act.

Link

Fri
Sep 11 2009
10:03 am

As of the time of this post, the information is not on the EPA site that I can find.

Thu
Sep 10 2009
09:00 pm

These folks look like worthy nominees at first look.

(link...)

There are two more vacancies that need tobe filled ASAP, Mr. President. (I'm still available, in case you were wondering)

Wed
Sep 9 2009
11:06 am

Calvino Inman isn't by himself.

(link...)

Wed
Sep 9 2009
09:32 am
By: onetahiti

Coal ash is in the local and regional news across the country, from California to Colorado to Baltimore.

Nationally, the EPA released the results of their coal ash dump survey and Dina Cappiello gives her take on the results for the Associated Press.

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Sep 9 2009
06:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

Big deal...Happens every hundred years, right?

I want to take you back to another September 9th...The one that occurred in 1867. The great American naturalist John Muir was on a little journey of about a thousand miles. He was in Kentucky on his way to the Gulf of Mexico. He would pass through Kingston in a few days on his walk. Here is the excerpt from his journal...

Continued...

Wed
Sep 9 2009
06:08 am

Think about how annoying someone is that does nothing but bitch and moan. We get tired of hanging around them. Listening to the shifting tone of political coverage over the last three to four days, the American people have gotten tired of hanging around with the teabaggers. You know, maybe they were kinda entertaining at first. Then we just smiled and started talking to someone else. Now we want them to sit at another freaking table in the lunchroom.

(link...)

ARD (full name Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – "Consortium of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany")will be in Roane County covering the TVA disaster.

Since Germany has moved to a distributed solar power generation system where new houses have solar panels on their roofs, I wonder if the story will be "See what happens when you don't move away from burning coal!"

Tue
Sep 8 2009
10:22 am

A truly good and courageous man, Reverend Marc Sherrod of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston, passed this morning after a valiant struggle with cancer and a life filled with giving and service to others.

In his own words, a Welcome.

PUBLIC HEARING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 – 6:45 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM

A G E N D A

An Ordinance Amending Section B of Article III, General Provision of the Kingston, Tennessee Municipal Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 – IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PUBLIC HEARING.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM

Continued...

Mon
Sep 7 2009
09:05 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
Football season has started once again and our Vols sure opened the "Kiffen" season with a bang didn't they. Let's hope it continues. Our Tigers are certainly giving a good account for themselves also, two games and as of yet unscored on. How about a little history on Rockwood football..

Continued...

Sun
Sep 6 2009
08:38 am

Congressional Candidate Paula Flowers let everybody know she's going to be a great candidate to replace Zach Wamp. Wouldn't it be nice for the 3rd District to have a Congressman with an actual resume of public service and personal accomplishment? Lincoln seems to think so.

Lincoln gave a real stem winder of a speech that got the crowd going, but his real talent is that personal touch...

Lots more HERE

Lots of folks have told us they'll see us there. Come on out and say hi.

Coming for sure are Lincoln Davis, Paula Flowers, Jim Kyle, Ward Cammack, Dennis Fergusen, and an un-named local blogger of some note.

(link...)

Ward Cammack interview

Fri
Sep 4 2009
02:17 pm

Roane County Park is about ready with its first ever corn maze located next to the softball field at Roane State Community College. These pumpkins will be a part of the decor in the four acre maze. Proceeds will be shared by Roane County Park and Roane State and the Roane State softball and baseball teams will operate the concession stands to help support teams this coming season.

Fri
Sep 4 2009
02:04 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Thursday afternoon a multi county task force with divers searched a Roane County creek for a weapon allegedly used in two Roane County shootings. That's all I know right now, but when more information is released I'll post it.

Fri
Sep 4 2009
08:46 am

I've posted a permanent link to the CAG over on the right under "Folks that Help". There is a contact link there that folks can use to ask for information or bring itemms to the attention of the CAG. The CAG is currently buried under all the organization stuff required by the EPA but the first official meeting will be in a couple of weeks. Meetings will be open to the public and dates and times will be publish at the website. I'll also try to have the info posted here as well.

Lincoln has let us know he'll be there supporting Roane County as always. We may have to order more barbecue!

Master musician, bassist Graham Waldrip, is bringing his jazz trio friends to Roane County Park Saturday. We lured him away from the UT-WKY football game with promises of barbecue and tips. He promises to shift into some blues if the crowd gets right (and we tip really well).

Thu
Sep 3 2009
11:41 am

Ya never know how they'll work out in the long run. But it seems like a positive idea that could help our state - which could help our county. Tennessee is developing a website to promote economic development in the entire state. See (link...)

RB

This is a great chance to speak personally with several statewide candidates and learn more about what they want to do for Tennessee.

Candidate for Governor, Ward Cammack , has just let us know he will attend the picnic at Roane County Park on Saturday.

Wed
Sep 2 2009
05:58 pm

Randy Neal shares his magnificent slide show of today's event.
Governor Bredesen had a tough time smiling it seems.

(link...)

Update: Randy's coverage to go with the photos.

Wed
Sep 2 2009
10:18 am

Candidate for Governor, Senator Jim Kyle, has confirmed that he will attend and speak with Roane County Democrats. Candidate for Congressional District 3, Paula Flowers, will also speak.

The Roane County Democratic Party will host its traditional Labor Day weekend barbecue lunch and picnic at Roane County Park from 12 until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the event with kids under 12 eating for free.

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