Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2009 - 5:05am.

Have you thought about what your City needs, what its problems are, and who the best people are to work to fix things?

KNS has a run down on the names but not the qualifications. When you pick a candidate to support, do your best to make that person an action figure who gets things done. We've had plenty of chatty Kathy dolls...Now is the time for action.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:54pm.

The House Democratic Caucus hosted a bunch of TN Progressive bloggers to meet and chat with several legislators about the sun the moon the stars. My bottom line conclusion is that TN Dems haven't yet figured out how to play the role of the minority opposition party as a whole, but some of them know exactly what they should be doing.

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Submitted by Ray Collett on June 1, 2009 - 4:40pm.

Link... This is a link to Comcast Channel 12 out of Clinton, TN. Click on the WBBB link and you can watch the Roane and Anderson County news at 5 pm. along with City Council Meetings. Although the meetings are delayed, at least it is a start. The station will also be carrying the local election results begining at 7pm. Ray Collett


Submitted by onetahiti on June 1, 2009 - 11:56am.

Last night and this morning we had some rural fun. It became increasingly evident that something had inconveniently gone on to its maker under our porch. [I am sure it was even more inconvenient for the 'possum.]

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:28am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:19am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, These weeks sure pass by fast don't they. It must be because we are getting older. Let's go right to the email bag and see what some of our readers have been up to since high school...The first one is from Arlene Sorrick Hoskins (Class of 1950)..Here is what Arlene had to say...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:15am.

Submitted by Ray Collett on May 31, 2009 - 8:19pm.

Candidates for Rockwood's City Council and Mayoral Positions can be heard answering questions from Nick Barrett on WYHM AM 580 radio all throughout the day until the election is over. This is very informative and a great public service from WYHM AM 580 "The Holler"
Ray Collett


Submitted by onetahiti on May 31, 2009 - 12:21pm.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon with your community, family, friends, and neighbors at the Flag Day Celebration at the City Park in downtown Rockwood on Sunday, June 14th, from 12:30pm to 4pm. There will be food, gospel music, and other fun.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 31, 2009 - 10:26am.

I read recipes but I rarely actually follow them. My theory is that if there were only one way to cook something, why would there be two recipes for it? There's more than one recipe for boiling an egg, after all. So it's grill season and you were just waiting for me to divulge my secret barbecue recipe, and that's exactly what I am about to do.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 31, 2009 - 8:56am.

Rather softball questions but we can still draw a picture of the new TVA Chairman of the Board. It looks like a "Call me and leave a message if you have a problem." Exactly what we don't need right now.

I would have asked about TVA's commitment to the community in light of their request for legal immunity and denial of claims for damage when people can't sell their homes? And be sure to check out the "commitment to conservation".

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 30, 2009 - 8:13pm.

The Stagecoach is a B&B so named becuase it is on the old stagecoach road from Rockwood to Crossville. Our friends who used to cook at another favorite resaurant have moved over and we decided to do some culinary testing. It's just across from the entrance to Cumberland Mountain State Park and well worth the drive. Don't ask for a menu because there isn't one. I suggest Marin's pizza, but share with a friend.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 3:13pm.

The coal ash storage sites like the one that breached in Kingston are a tremendous threat, as demonstrated in an extensive EPA report unveiled by the Environmental Integrity Project: "An EPA risk assessment documents excess cancer risks of up to 1 in 50 for residents living near unlined ash ponds."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 1:25pm.

TVA was found to cause 150 premature deaths a year and to sicken thousands in NC. Those folks didn't volunteer to get sick or die, but TVA says following the court order to save lives asap will cost too much?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 7:03am.

There's already controversy on the TDEC report with some folks claiming they don't accept the results. Remember that the TDEC report is on "fish flesh" only, which is the part humans eat. It did not test the spleen, liver, and reproductive organs of the fish. Several private labs have done that and say we have a problem, not only with the fish but with the standards which they claim have been set too low to be safe.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 4:53pm.

The notion that this bill would permit one to carry a concealed weapon into a crowded bar at midnight on a Saturday night defies common sense, and I cannot sign such a measure into law.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 2:16pm.

I finally got my last raised bed planted this morning in the drizzle. The rain has set some things back this year. We've harvested greens and the basil is ready to start pinching for stir fries but I never feel like it is an official garden until I pick that first tomato. Here's the first one from last year's effort...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 1:16pm.

Link...

I hear that photo was taken by Lincoln's staff with a telephoto lense from a long way away.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 10:55am.

Government spending related to smoking and the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs reached $468 billion in 2005, accounting for more than one-tenth of combined federal, state and local expenditures for all purposes, according to a new study.

Incarceration costs are huge, as we're seeing with our County budget debate.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 10:31am.

No, you gutter minded things! They tell stories...

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Submitted by farmer leaf on May 28, 2009 - 9:38am.

Folks, it's time to stop eating those factory farm eggs that are unhealthy both for you and the chickens that laid them. Roane County now has a reliable source of naturally produced eggs from free range, pastured hens.
Help cut your fat and cholesterol intake with healthy high in Omega 3 all natural eggs from the Broadened Horizons Organic Farm.

Our hens are standing by to take your orders. 354-8170.

Local agriculture only works when local customers support it!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 6:17am.

"I feel like we're beyond organic," Price says. "The government has tried to define the word 'organic.' It doesn't mean what the original users of the word meant it to be."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 5:30pm.

This strikes me as immoral at a very deep level.

All settlement agreements associated with TVA's purchase of real property include the seller's general release of TVA from any further claims resulting from the ash spill. This general release includes claims for medical monitoring and future health concerns.

However, all residents of the area who have health concerns may utilize the process being developed by Vanderbilt University and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. We will share details about the process as they become available.

Thanks to Lincoln Davis for asking the question for us and getting the answer. There is no reason whatsoever for TVA to have taken over a month to reply to Lincoln's letter. What's wrong with this organization?


Submitted by onetahiti on May 27, 2009 - 4:46pm.

"A United Way Family Fun Day will be held on May 30 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Roane State Community College. All ages are welcome; admission is free."

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 27, 2009 - 3:54pm.

"A 'Keep Out the Coal Waste' meeting will be held at 5PM Central (6 PM Eastern) Thursday, May 28, at the Crossville Housing Authority meeting room at 67 Irwin Ave. in Crossville."

"Come learn more about the Smith Mountain Solution proposal to build and operate a coal ash landfill on Smith Mountain.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 1:46pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 11:53am.

Call someone at an inconvenient time and tell them something that gets them upset? A Class A Misdemeanor?

This might be the worst written legislation of this session, and THAT, friends, is a high bar!

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Submitted by randmart on May 27, 2009 - 8:55am.

Don't leave it to others! Exercise your right and responsibility to vote and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Randy Martens


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2009 - 2:24pm.

And tell him that if he lets Ken Yager's selenium bill pass, he'll have to move the Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo to the Cross Eyed Cricket because Watts Bar Lake won't have anything to catch.

For aquatic life, the toxic effects of the lowest thresholds of selenium are effects on the growth and survival of juvenile fish and effects on larval offspring of the adult fish that were exposed to excessive seleniun, In the latter case, besides reducing survival, selenium causes skeletal deformities...

EPA Region 4 letter to Representative Mike Kernell, May 14, 2009

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on May 26, 2009 - 12:27pm.

Randy - we were talking about a potential way for the LTRC to keep themselves on track and us informed by use of a simple living document for their agenda and reporting. I can't find a way to attache it in a REPLY on an established thread. I think making a new blog entry is the way to do it. So try this one on for size. See what you think.

RB


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