Submitted by BrantWW on July 16, 2009 - 7:44pm.

Budget Committee just voted to recommend a 10 cent tax hike (8 in city, 10 in county).
ten cents to include one percent county employee pay increase (excluding executives and elected officals).

Budget commIttee also voted unanimously to recommend to the full commission to move foward with plans to open the midtown landfill for TVA fly ash One condition of the committee's recommendation was that if possible the plan should be sent to the voters. Unfortunately it may not be legally possible to place the question of the landfill on the ballot.

The budget committee said they expect as much as $200,000,000 for storing the TVA fly ash.

Whole commission is now budget workshop.

Posted from my iPhone.

Submitted by SFCharlie on July 16, 2009 - 4:47pm.

On July 13, TDEC responded to the TVA Corrective Action Plan of March 2 with comments and requirements of work remaining to be completed. Link... for TDEC response to TVA Correction Action Plan
TDEC is committing TVA to cleanup the "Swan Pond Embayment" by fall 2010.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2009 - 1:14pm.

Funny about that...I mean we did point out that TVA's self oversight found the Kingston sight totally safe just last Fall...

TVA is raising the risk from "low" to "high" at four sites - Bull Run, Colbert and Cumberland in Tennessee and Widows Creek in Alabama.

I think this shows why TVA needs far more serious oversight that just being allowed to audit its own books... Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2009 - 3:48pm.

6 of 11 members present. Rick asks the Committee to take actions, Mayor Farmer says the Committee has no power to make TVA do anything, but did not take the opportunity to disband the committee and let us go on to something more productive.


Submitted by onetahiti on July 15, 2009 - 3:02pm.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story: Link...

Read the comments, too.

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by BrantWW on July 15, 2009 - 11:26am.

There is a new plan making the rounds at the courthouse (confirmed to me by the County Commission Chairman).

Privatize the jail. Turn it over to a for profit company.

There seems to be much support for this plan.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 15, 2009 - 8:01am.

While we were busy trying to beat back bad Food Safety Acts by Congress and their Agri-business allies, a new bil HR2749 alipped in, has been voted out of committee and is headed for a full vote soon. Once again, this bill targets the solution (to food contamination) small farmers and farmer's markets, and not the problem, industrial agriculture and factory-like CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations)
A provision in this new bill would make me a "food processing facility" if I baked a loaf of bread or canned a jar of tomatoes and sold it to one of our customers. Registration for a food processing facility is pegged at $500 for 2010. Chump change for industry, a crippling expense for a small family farm.

Help save your local food grower and processor, i.e. Amish bakeries, sorghum growers, County Fair preserves, etc.

Please go to this link and voice your opinion.

Thank you.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2009 - 6:10am.

Wouldn't that be the same water that has already flowed past the Roane Alliance boat dock? When's the fish fry, Leslie?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 8:43pm.

God, these people are self servingly stupid!

"It shows that Roane County is an awful lot more than just a tragic spill that happened in one small part of our county," Henderson said.


Remember that our County Commission took money away from schools to pay this person's salary.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 9:26am.

Today, July 14, is a national holiday in France.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 14, 2009 - 7:42am.

Perhaps it is because we have become so cut off from the natural world, that we have skewered the lexicon to confuse biological with industrial.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 7:02am.

Then came December 22, 2008. TVA had made its own determinations of safety, unlike every other utility in the Nation.

"The states give the sites their ratings. EPA does not rate the sites," EPA spokeswoman Tisha Petteway said.

However in Tennessee, the self-regulating TVA assumes this authority.

"TVA determined that not a single one of its 11 coal fired plants was "hazardous."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 4:31pm.

(Insiders may get that)

Lamar wants 100 new nukes when conservation and alternative energy would be $4 Trillion cheaper for us.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 2:19pm.

Too bad the Roane County news doesn't have a full online presence because their coverage of the County Commission meeting cracks me up.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 9:38am.

...the mounds of dark, viscous coal ash are sapping the spirit of this community.

Maybe, Maybe not. If we can work over the community leaders who are in denial about how serious this is, we can make a disaster into something that brings us all together. We may be knocked down but we're not knocked out. We just have to work a little harder to fix this mess.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 7:03am.

By Ray Collett

Our friend Chester Taylor, (Class of 1960) sends me a much appreciated email quite often. He is asking if there has been any talk about the class of 1960 having a 50 year reunion next year.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 11, 2009 - 10:54pm.

how to build a solar heated sauna for $50 or less?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2009 - 8:24pm.

The Hackensaw Boys put on a show, up close and acoustic. This is the way to raise money for a great cause.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2009 - 7:26am.

Don't worry Loudon...It's only going to be in your community, like...forever.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 2:46pm.

Alright! We have a hair pulling contest between engineers. I'm hanging in the bleachers and watching this one. Could be fun.

"That wasn't an explanation," Barry Thacker, who has been designing hydraulic-fill structures similar to the Kingston Fossil Plant landfill for 30 years, told The Associated Press. "That was smoke and mirrors."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 2:34pm.

I want these guys at my next birthday party!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 1:15pm.

Well that may be a slight exaggeration but not much. We all have suffered through traffic light hell and Harriman, Kingston, and Rockwood each have their challenges (although I have to say downtown Harriman works pretty well). How many times have you sat at the light at the I 40 Kingston exit and then only gotten 50 yards to the next light in front of the Calvary Baptist Church? Have you sat at a light in Rockwood and wondered why a street that's only two blocks long has a traffic light? Each of us has a personal list of "most irritating traffic light that has no valid reason for existing in the first place."

Now we find out that it's costing us money...Lot's of money..

Submitted by swanpondresident on July 10, 2009 - 12:48pm.

I have been notified by CNN producer of the airing of the Disaster story TONIGHT on AC 360.

Also, I have been working with CNN to have our story on the CNN home page.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 10:27am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 8:32am.

As far as I can see there has been absolutely no problem with the Houstons since their release. It will cost the County far more to put them back in lockup than to let them stay out.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2009 - 8:04am.

This is your chance to put me on the spot with hard questions.

The show Steve Scarborough of will air in 60 minute(s).


And do not forget, if you want to call in live and speak with the host, be sure to dial (347)677-0660. You will be placed into the caller queue where you will still be able to hear the show while you are on hold.

Sorry but that number is a toll call, just so you know.

Submitted by onetahiti on July 9, 2009 - 5:30pm.

I received the following emailed notice from a local resident who is having trouble posting:

"The Oak Ridge Reservation Natural Resource Damage Assessment: Evaluation of Contaminant-Related Losses in Watts Bar Reservoir and Gains from the Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement, Final Draft Report, dated March 25, 2009, has been released.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2009 - 4:24pm.

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009 – 7:00 P.M.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on July 9, 2009 - 2:50pm.

Feller named Kyle. Don't know him. He's been in the General Assembly.

See Link...


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