Mon
Oct 26 2009
05:59 pm

(link...)

And the best info ever...The EPA Acronym dictionary:

TVA Kingston Cleanup Acronym List

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Mon
Oct 26 2009
04:19 pm

The report will be posted at the TVA website tomorrow. Here are some of the notables...

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Sun
Oct 25 2009
07:07 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
Our mountains are really beginning to put on their "coat of many colors" now. They should be at their full peak in a few days. I played in Luttrell, Tn. Saturday, and Maryville today, (Sunday) and our mountains have them all beat, in my opinion anyway. The only other place I might like to be, would be in Hawaii. Our friend, Jo An Howard Gaines, (Class of 1953) who is living in Hawaii, sent me an email recently.....She wrote....

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Sat
Oct 24 2009
08:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

...the world is now engaged in a peaceful competition to determine the technologies that will power the 21st century. From China to India, from Japan to Germany, nations everywhere are racing to develop new ways to producing and use energy. The nation that wins this competition will be the nation that leads the global economy...

(link...)

Sat
Oct 24 2009
07:42 am

Protecting the Eagles Lodge, of course.

Great photos posted at this Roane County blog.

Fri
Oct 23 2009
06:24 pm

...TVA is in the process of bidding the work for replacing the City of Kingston and HUB water, gas and effluent lines that were affected by the spill. The repairs will take place along Swan Pond Road from Highway 70 past the plant and on parts of Hassler Mill Road. This work should begin in early December. Once we award the work, the contractor is required to give us an overall schedule. Within the contract specs we included a requirement for the contractor to minimize any impact to traffic flow. In addition, they will give us at least a week’s advance notice about any work that will affect the road, which we will pass on to you.

We will keep you up to date as we get more information during the bid and award process. We have directed the contractor to include in their bid an expedited restoration of that segment of the 10” Kingston Utility Board line which will improve the water pressure...

Fri
Oct 23 2009
02:15 pm

The Corn Maze is already a success and still has two weekends left to go. Park Supervisor Tony Brown predicts that they are nearing their goal to make back the grant money plus a good bit that they can bank to fund the maze for next year. The maze is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays though the end of the month. It's more complicated than you think so be ready for a fun time. More info

Saturday night Oct 24 is the Fright Walk in the Park, which promises to be something different this year.

Fri
Oct 23 2009
09:04 am

Apparently the City of Rockwood has decided to move forward with the annexation process. See more at:
(link...)

RB

Thu
Oct 22 2009
08:24 am

Michael Moore has published a 15-point action plan for Americans who want to help their families and the country right now: (link...)

The 15 points seem applicable on the local level as well as the national. What do you think?

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Oct 22 2009
07:32 am

I watched this beauty circle around a road kill squirrel with three vultures and then show them what a good set of talons can do. The eagle waited for traffic to clear on Highway 27 and then dove down and snatched supper right off the road. It flew up to a nearby tree and started munching. He would raise up and look at me from time to time but continued with his meal. I left him in the tree as car after car drove by unaware. Something in me wants to tell people to pay attention to their world. They miss so much.

Thu
Oct 22 2009
06:57 am

TVA and the EPA are offering, and asking for public comment on, three remediation scenariosfor final disposal of the Ash the their catastrophe. They sort of boil down to:

Store it all on site, take it all away somewhere, or some mix of the two.

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WBIR has the story: (link...)

This good news is welcome after Tennessee's recent poor showing in The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2009, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Grades 4 and 8 ((link...)).

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Oct 21 2009
08:12 am
Wed
Oct 21 2009
06:08 am
By: WhitesCreek

What Scott McNutt said:

"We've got to practice these accidents to be sure we get them right," says TVA CEO

(link...)

Oh boy, here we go...

According to Hensley, he told Dickey that could be considered reckless endangerment since other residences were nearby, and he shouldn't be doing that. Hensley said Dickey responded by moving toward the officer with a gun saying, "Let me tell you something. I'll kill you."

Hensley said he then pulled his own gun out and fired seven shots at Dickey as he backed away. Three bullets hit the man's torso. Dickey later died at the hospital.

I don't like saying this but it is worth remembering that the guy who would tell the other side to this story is dead...

(link...)

Roane County News Story:

Deputy fired seven shots at close range...Three found mark

KNS Version

Tue
Oct 20 2009
06:42 pm

Folks may notice the start of a steam cloud from the new TVA scrubber stack. When it is fully operational it will resemble the steam cloud from the Bull Run Plant. (We'll try to get pictures soon)

From a communication to the CAG by TVA:

The scrubber equipment that was operating this past weekend (the pumps that circulate the water and limestone slurry within the scrubber and the sprays and fountains) will continue to operate over the next few weeks leading up to the scrubber startup. They will typically run this equipment Monday-Friday but may occasionally run it on weekends. The white plume from these activities will remain like last weekend’s plume.

As early as tomorrow, we will be turning on large booster fans. These fans will blow cold air from outside through those scrubber sprays and fountains.

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Tue
Oct 20 2009
05:54 pm
By: mushy
The song by Ben E. King, "Stand by Me", was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.

This is one of those performances is this one from the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", it is one of many "songs around the world" being released independently.


Visit the "Playing for Change" website to hear more music and learn more about the organization.


From the Press Release

CHATTANOOGA (October 9, 2009)--Troy Beets, a Roane County commissioner since 2002, has been selected president-elect of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, the statewide organization representing the more than 1,640 members of all 95 county legislative bodies in Tennessee. He will serve in that position until October 2010, when he will assume the position of TCCA president.

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Tue
Oct 20 2009
08:39 am

This is something that needs to be clarified and worked out.

(link...)

Tue
Oct 20 2009
07:38 am

Interesting...What do you guys see that we should discuss?

Mon
Oct 19 2009
05:36 pm

They shoulda done what I suggested, paid up, and apologized way back when. I predict it's going to cost a ton more money and show PP Development to look really bad.

(Harriman City Attorney) Balcom said various theories put forth by the developers were “pretty much debunked at the mediation, both by us (and) the mediator debunked them, too.”

(link...)

Mon
Oct 19 2009
06:15 am
By: WhitesCreek

31 degrees this morning. How many folks lost house plants that we didn't bring in? (Me)

Sun
Oct 18 2009
11:58 pm

MONDAY, October 19th, 2009
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. WRVU 91.1 FM Nashville
Live audio stream

Live video stream
Call in: 615-322-7625

Guests: Sheriff Daron Hall, Immigration Atty Elliott Ozment, Media Matters' Karl Frisch

Sun
Oct 18 2009
11:45 pm

TVA announced in a letter to plaintiff attorneys that it will "dispose" of some of the properties it bought from Swan Pond families. Many of them are involved in litigation and could be considered evidence. Rather than hold the properties, complete remediation of the area and sell them at full recovered price, TVA's move will further damage the value of homes and properties in the area. Property owners see this as a continuation of TVA's irresponsible corporate behavior toward the people and communities it has harmed, especially since the letter comes from the Law firm of Shook Hardy, the "bad actor" defense firm who also represented Big Tobacco.

The 21 listed properties are located on Farr Lane, Lakewood Lane, Berkshire Lane, Swan Pond Circle, Swan Pond Road, Emory river Road, and Lakeshore Drive.

Sun
Oct 18 2009
11:28 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Reader
I am back this week with another "Rockwood Memories. Last week, I was just too busy with the Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum Of Appalachia that I didn't have the time to "computer." If you have never been to the "Appalachian Museum", at Norris ( a mile or two from Clinton) it would be well worth your time to go. My articles about Dr. Tom Phillips and his father drew quite a response and I will share a few emails with you. First from Mary Ellen Burkett Varner who writes...

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Sun
Oct 18 2009
09:00 am

Braving weather that could only be described as "hostile," over 45 people attended the 2nd Annual Open House at Roane County's only Organic Teaching Farm. With temperatures hovering in the mid-forties, a damp, bitter north wind, and a heavy overcast sky, folks continued to arrive throughout the day from as far away as Knoxville to the East, and Lookout Valley, GA. to the Southwest. A fair number of people came from the Kingston area as well.

"We are both surprised and greatly encouraged by the wonderful turnout on such a miserable weather day," said farmer Cielo.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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