Submitted by onetahiti on August 16, 2009 - 2:13pm.

Folks all over the country have been talking--and shouting--about health care and its funding.

I thought I'd look up the numbers and see just how much we spend and what we get back in return.

According to the United Nations (Link...), here is how the US rates in various health care matters:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 15, 2009 - 7:07am.

Interesting opinion in the KNS and just as interesting first comment. What do you folks think?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2009 - 2:20pm.

Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2009 - 1:40pm.

I've gone outside several times but so far I haven't seen any orange air. I'm on the alert, though, and will keep everyone posted.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2009 - 6:09pm.

Zinc producer Horsehead Corp. said Thursday it plans to resume operations at its Rockwood, Tenn., recycling facility and recall about 30 employees.

Good to see the jobs coming back...Bad to see one of our dubious air quality issues fire back up.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2009 - 3:24pm.

As you may or may not know my company (Sail Away Homes & Land) was one of the very first to file suit against TVA for damages to our business. There has been a lot of discussion by people on all sides of this issue about whether or not the down turn in ... lake property sales was a result of general, economic driven, bad Real Estate market conditions or if the sales had been negatively effected by the TVA Ash Spill and the subsequent negative publicity in all of the media outlets.

Our company finished 2008 almost even on income from 2007 but with significant market share gain and we felt certain that 2009 would be a very good year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2009 - 8:31am.

Derail Media Advisory
Draft 8/12/09 – 10:15 p.m. EDT

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2009 - 6:55pm.

Money Quote on Education:

Ms. McMillan says every study she's seen shows that parental involvement is one of the top ways to increase attainment levels and graduation rates. But, she said, "It's tough. I've been a lawyer for over twenty years, and practiced in domestic relations, and people ask 'how can I make my ex-spouse be a better parent.' You can't just issue an order that you have to be a better parent, just like it's hard to pass legislation to force people to be more involved in their children's education. What's important is having someone in the governor's office and people in the legislature that make this their top priority, to go out and convince people that being involved in your children's education, being excited about the prospects we have in Tennessee, being optimistic, is really important. I can do that. I've done that for fifteen years in my role in state government and I am prepared to do that as the next governor."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2009 - 3:52pm.

From our "Bring it on" Department (and Congressman Davis' office):

“I’ve held hundreds of unscripted, open meetings for and with my constituents over the past several years,” said Congressman Davis. “I am pleased to announce that I will be able to carry on that tradition during this year’s August work period.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2009 - 6:03am.

Can't embed this one...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2009 - 7:03pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2009 - 6:20pm.

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More on this later, but look at it this way:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2009 - 5:45pm.

Mary Mancini at Liberadio(!) blows up Election Commissioner Mark Goins reasons for refusing to follow the law. Prove that any vote cast on the current electronic voting machines was actually counted for the candidate it was cast for...Or follow the law and immediately replace them with paper ballots.

This is what we in Roane County have used for the last two elections and they worked marvelously.


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Submitted by Ray Collett on August 11, 2009 - 11:55am.

I heard that Mike Hooks resigned his County Commission seat last night. Does anyone have an update?


Submitted by loveofcountry on August 11, 2009 - 10:26am.

Registration form for Free Medical Screenings for Residents Affected by the Fly Ash Spill

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2009 - 8:30am.

Update from Sarah: "Harlie has a home! Did not take long and thanks to all! What a terrific network of friends."


This dog needs a home - we cannot let her go to the pound. Excellent with children, good with other animals, loves people, past the real puppy stage. Dew claws removed, needs to be spayed. Born July, 2008

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2009 - 7:15am.

National Coal, TVA, and other coal mining interests still own mining leses in the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area. If these leases are developed by surface minining it will require more of the devastation that we saw at Zeb Mountain and will most likely destroy the water quality of the New River and the Big South Fork which it flows into.

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Submitted by farmer leaf on August 10, 2009 - 11:41pm.

I am not sure exactly how to proceed after viewing the anarchist and libertarian impulses that seemed to be at play when we tried to line the people up to submit entries.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 3:02pm.

In a surprise visit to the TVA site, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, spoke with members of the Roane County Citizen's Action Group who are charged with input into the cleanup process.

Update: KNS Story

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 11:08am.

Here's an interesting quote that may have local implications:

“We’ve overhauled our complete organization,” said Mr. Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products. “We’ve committed to taking all of our fly ash ponds dry, and we’re taking a hard look at our gypsum ponds to see if we need to go dry with all of them.”

Sarah McCoin is skeptical...Us too!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 9:19am.

Now why would a Republican state election commissioner want to keep bad voting machines with no paper ballot and that can be easily hacked to change votes?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 7:30am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2009 - 6:42am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, What a hot day today is...I just got back from Big Ridge State Park in Union County, I am "picking and grinning" there with Ron Collin's band Aug. 22 and wanted to make sure I could find the place okay.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2009 - 7:47am.

Except for that, Steve Cohen gave a fine demonstration of how a meeting should be conducted. Everyone whoo livesin the area has an equal chance to speak and folks who disrupt things are escorted out. How simple is that?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2009 - 7:39am.
No.
24% (17 votes)
Yes
76% (53 votes)
Total votes: 70

Submitted by onetahiti on August 7, 2009 - 7:34pm.

A colleague in local emergency services just told me he was robbed after being pulled over on Highway 27 by someone in a fake police car. My colleague said the police car "looked real."

The victim was slightly cut in the chest when the robber attempted to stab him.

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Submitted by Ray Collett on August 7, 2009 - 1:18pm.

Now comes Prince George County.

Full Circle Solutions Inc. wants to create an 18-hole course on the 440-acre Proctor Farm property off Courtland Road (State Route 35). The county Planning Commission is expected to look at the proposal at its September meeting.

Full Circle specializes in recycling the byproducts — mostly ash — created by the burning of coal in electric power plants. The company plans to use coal-combustion byproducts to reshape the flat terrain here into a pleasantly rolling landscape dubbed the Links of Locksley.

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