Fri
Mar 12 2010
02:59 pm

There's a message here: (link...)

Fri
Mar 12 2010
02:42 pm

Monday March 15, Roane County Courthouse

Among other things we will see the 3D animated fly by video of the EE/CA alternatives proposed for the final ash landfill and get updates from EPA, TVA, and TDEC. Questions will be asked.

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Fri
Mar 12 2010
01:44 pm

From Roane CAG:

The purpose of this email is to invite you to attend the public meeting being held by the Roane County Community Advisory Group (CAG)in response to the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) prepared and released by the TVA for the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

Continued...

Thu
Mar 11 2010
07:53 am

Go Vols!

Nashville:

Rented beer trucks are standing by to provide a steady supply of beer, margaritas and nachos to crowds that Waters expects will be triple the size of their normal post-game crowd.

(link...)

Wed
Mar 10 2010
03:16 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I'm working on a list of questions to ask our candidates for Governor at some point during the primary season. If you could ask them yourself, what would your question be?

Wed
Mar 10 2010
09:35 am
By: WhitesCreek

The eagles and these folks are working on their summer homes.

And the Barred Owls are going off in the daytime, too.

Wed
Mar 10 2010
08:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

Ah the views...

This one is just above the Transmission lines in the Emory River. Not sure what mile marker that would be, maybe mile one.

Tue
Mar 9 2010
05:55 pm

...the running total is now 21 consecutive months of negative growth in sales tax collections since January 2008...

Via Kleinheider

Step one: Tax Internet Sales

Step Two: Accept that What we have now isn't working

Step Three: ???

Ward Cammack gave a deep and substantive speech to the Roane County Democratic Party. There's no question that Cammack knows his stuff and has powerful ideas that Tennessee would do well to embrace. If the Tennessee Governor's race can be purchased then this doesn't matter, but if the good people of this state get the chance to really decide what they want Tennessee to be in the future, then Kim McMillan will have an excellent advisor in Ward Cammack.

The Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ward Cammack endorses Gubernatorial Candidate Kim McMillan

Continued...

Tue
Mar 9 2010
02:52 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The EPA has released a document that shows where they think the remaining coal ash is situated in the Emory River. Interesting to note that there are several significant ash deposits located as far up river as mile 6. One has to question if there are additional ones even further upstream?

Here's the PDF. I encourage folks to check it out. It contains a lot of info and raises a number of questions.

KnoxViews.com is following the Justice Department anti-trust action concerning voting machines and Diebold.

(link...)

Tue
Mar 9 2010
07:46 am
By: WhitesCreek

Every place on earth has its challenges and I would rather work on changing things than sweeping them under the rug. I still think Roane County is a great place to start a business, retire to, raise a family, recreate, and just plain visit with folks when there's time.

We do seem to have more than our fair share of certain things like this. Actually, I think we get a bad rap. Does anyone keep current crime stats in our county?

Update: It was an elaborate suicide. (note to commentors at KNS...Suicide is a tragic and painful thing for friends and family. Could you put aside the "mean" for just a little while?)

Mon
Mar 8 2010
09:30 am

Everybody wants the money, nobody wants the pollution, except for those who get the money.

(link...)

Mon
Mar 8 2010
07:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

Humphrey notes a big contributer getting a private easement on state land over the objections of TDOT and others. Wonder how our folks will vote?
(link...)

Mon
Mar 8 2010
07:13 am

Roane County Environmental Review Board (Board)
February 4, 2010 Meeting Minutes (approved March 4, 2010)

Continued...

Sat
Mar 6 2010
06:56 pm

Destiny Carter, a Rockwood fifth-grader, has won the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's poster contest. Her entry will go on to compete at the national level in the Department of Justice-sponsored event. See: (link...)

Congratulations, Destiny Carter!

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Mar 6 2010
09:22 am

A Billion dollar cleanup bill is small potatoes:

...an audit report published by TVA's inspector general found that the retirement systems assets are currently $3 billion below what actuaries say is needed to meet future financial obligations...

(link...)

Sat
Mar 6 2010
08:58 am

Every 100 ton train car that leaves the TVA disaster site contains about 30 tons of water, and there are between 80 and 110 cars a day headed to Alabama. It's a problem...

In Demopolis, about 20 miles from Uniontown, officials failed to renew their wastewater treatment operating permit but the wastewater plant has continued receiving the landfill's drained fluids while operating under a special state order.

TVA was operating under a "special" interim permit at the Kingston Coal plant when this disaster happened as I recall. More:

(link...)

Fri
Mar 5 2010
08:54 pm

We had a great time talking with Kim McMillan today. If qualifications won political races this one would be over and Tennessee would historically have it's first Woman as Governor. McMillan has more credentials for Governor than all the other candidates in both parties combined as several Roane Countians found out today.

McMillan hopes to succeed Phil Bredesen as Governor of Tennessee and already has an impressive record of achievement behind her. McMillan was the first woman elected House Majority Leader in the history of Tennessee. Governor Bredesen asked her to move up and serve in his cabinet during his second term. Roane Countians got to see first hand why Bredesen asked her to serve at the higher level as she visited Rockwood, Kingston and other communities in Roane County today.

Kim McMillan at Junior's in Rockwood


Kim chats with Nick Forrester at the Market Street Fountain at Ladd's Landing in Kingston.

Women for Kim

Support Kim McMillan for Governor

Google is offering ultrafast broadband to cities, but they must apply by March 26: (link...)

I hope cities in Roane County, perhaps even the county itself, are applying. This broadband would propel us into the modern age and would attract both new business and new residents.

-- OneTahiti

Fri
Mar 5 2010
07:40 pm

To Roane County Community Advisory Group

March 5, 2010

Continued...

Fri
Mar 5 2010
08:52 am

Harriman to get fiberoptic broadband connectivity because it was found to be "Underserved" by Broadband Internet.

Well done, Harriman! Other than having good schools, Broadband Internet availability is the singlemost important amenity for a community.

Fri
Mar 5 2010
08:49 am
By: WhitesCreek

"I would love to turn him loose right now," Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said this afternoon. "But we have to have the proper paperwork to release him. And without a piece of paper with a judge's signature on it, we don't do anything."

(link...)

Thu
Mar 4 2010
06:44 pm

The CAG is hearing from TVA:

TVA Safety standdown still in effect. Injured worker seriously injured but will be released from hospital soon. Other accidents and near misses triggered decision to review and train for safety considerations. Overtime and fatigue issues are a concern. 60 hours per week is OK. More than 60 hours, employee must be certified by employer as being safe. There are no hour limitations on a per day basis.

2.7 million cyds ash removed... 166 trains transported 1.5 cyds million to Al.

New rail spur to ease switching blockages on Swan Pond Road date is within a week if weather stays favorable. This will reduce blockages to coal train ingress and exit, and ash train exit and return per day. These will be 80 to 110 car trains.

Wed
Mar 3 2010
04:19 pm

Breaking News... Rocky Houston CANNOT be retried........

Wed
Mar 3 2010
03:48 pm

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Kim McMillan, will be in Roane County this coming Friday. The schedule, which is always subject to change, is currently as follows:

2:00 P.M. Roane County Courthouse walk through

3:30 Rockwood at Junior's Restaurant

5:00 Kingston at the Market Street Fountain in Ladd's Landing

These will be informal meet and chat events for all Roane Countians.

Wed
Mar 3 2010
03:36 pm
By: macmurchadh
Wed
Mar 3 2010
02:28 pm

The study, titled, “Economic Impacts of Tennessee’s State Parks,” was conducted by the University of Tennessee Human Dimensions Research Lab in the Institute of Agriculture. It concluded that in FY2008-2009, Tennessee State Parks visitors directly spent $725.2 million on items such as food, gas, lodging and activities for visits to state parks, financing nearly 12,000 jobs in Tennessee communities. Additionally, the study indicates that for every dollar spent on trips to Tennessee State Parks, an additional $1.11 of economic activity was generated, resulting in $1.5 billion in total industry output. That brings the total number of jobs supported by state parks in Tennessee to more than 18,600. Indirect business taxes from state park visitors were estimated at $106.3 million.

(link...)

Heard some folks wondering about all the action in Harriman last night.
link

Lost Medicaid Funding

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