By Ray Collett
It seems like I can't get back on schedule at all. With so many of our classmates passing away lately, it seems like all I do is search obituaries and go to funerals. One that is coming is going to be my desktop computer I am afraid. It sure is acting up. I still have my laptop though even though it is slower and more difficult to type on.
I sent out an obituary recently, Ms . Maude Kendred and received a nice email from Jo An Gaines (Class of 1953). Jo An gave me permission to share it with you.
He's not the only one, but this illustrates how we as citizens of Tennessee have lost our State. When Zach Wamp makes as transparently false a statement as this:
Coal mining is "actually good for the birds, and good for the environment. … to actually mine coal in a responsible way."
"I wish that were true, but it is not," said Melinda Welton, of BirdWorks Consulting in Franklin. "There are no current surface coal mining practices that are beneficial to the birds that depend on the forested slopes of the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee."
There are several prominent or famous women who hail from Roane County, Tennessee. On one hand we have Megan Fox, actress and beauty.
On the other we have Nancy-Ann Min Deparle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Watching her on Meet the Press this morning was a treat.
This would bring the number from 56 lawsuits down to 54.
During these past months traveling our great state, I have said many times that "when hard work isn't enough, things have got to change." While I am very proud of the hard work of so many of you, it has become clear to me that hard work will not be enough for us to be successful in this campaign.Continued...
WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 2, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C
A G E N D AContinued...
At one point we had a line around the room and back out the door of good folks coming together to support the Kingston Park Pavilion project. There was an abundance of excellent food and good company. Some of the desserts were worth the price all by themselves. Here's the fiscal report from Joyce:
We are so thankful so many of our citizens supported us in our effort to build a new Pavilion at City Park. We had over 300 people show up for our spaghetti dinner and silent auction last evening and ran out of “cooked” noodles at one point causing a wait of several minutes.
The total “take” for the evening was (drum roll!): $3,221.00
THANKS AGAIN TO ALL THE EMPLOYEES WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS EFFORT.
City Manager’s Office
City of Kingston
125 W. Cumberland Street
Kingston, TN 37763
That's what the Republican gubernatorial candidates seem to think...
How does a sane person make a statement like that when every study shows that clean and green communities prosper over all others?
Oh, wait...I used "sane" and "candidate" in the same post. My bad.
TVA has contracted to buy over 100 MW of power from an Iowa green utility.
the school has either been locked down this morning a call to office , results in all students are ok . Anyone else know anything?
The report found nearly 50 percent more major coal ash water contamination cases than EPA had listed.
"At 15 of the 31 sites, contamination has already migrated off the power plant property at levels that exceed drinking water or surface water quality standards,"
Speaking from Ground Zero for "migrated contamination" It is no surprise that the problem is worse than we've been told.
A bill to end the massively destructive practice of Mountaintop Removal is pending before Yager's Senate committee. Will Ken hear from enough of us to counter the big money he's been given by Dan Rolling and National Coal?
Now we're talking!
“There is no reason why health insurance companies should be exempt from a keystone of free market capitalism that has often contained prices,” said Congressman Lincoln Davis. “Health care premiums are skyrocketing, and Tennessee families are hurting. These companies should be required to compete in a fair and free market just like other businesses.”
I love projects that bring folks together to do good things for the whole community, particularly if I get to eat some good food in the process. Even if you can't be there make a donation of five bucks or more. That'll let you come to the new pavillion and enjoy events there with a happy heart and a clean conscience.
Well mostly anyway...
On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlanta office formally objected to the NC Division of Water Quality’s (DWQ) wastewater permit for the Blue Ridge Paper Products’ Canton mill. The letter calls for stronger regulation of color and temperature in discharges to the Pigeon River, as well as other water quality issues.
I figure the "Friends of Coal" license plate will be really popular in Swan Pond and Kingston.
It's like, February, and I'm already tired of the political ads, Mr. Haslam. And if you're going to use B.S. it's way too early to give the opposition time to fact check the claims you're making.
Actually, I think it was a stupid idea. Our TN Senators seem to be all bombast and no fizz...unless you are a coal or nuclear company.
EPA scientists would classify coal ash as "hazardous waste" if politicians left them alone. The argument against it is that this would cost too much and put the last 350 coal miners working in the state of TN out of work. What with the alternative energy field offering such fertile ground for immediate and long term job creation, I'm sorry but I just don't buy it.
The adventurous should check out the attachment.
Alexander rates 27%, Corker 9%, Wamp 14%, Marsha Blackburn is a bagel(and that's being nice to her). Why do Republicans hate our planet?
Here's the report for Tennessee's elected Federal Officials.
Lincoln Davis got a 67%, just so you know. (We'll keep working on him.)
McMillan's staff tells me she will be in Roane County in the afternoon, tentatively scheduled in Rockwood and Kingston so far. Independant observers thought Kim easily bested the 8 men in the one public forum where the candidates from both parties appeared together so far. This will be an opportunity for folks to meet her up close and personal and see for themselves. We'll post more as we find out where and when.
Kim McMillan's campaign site.
Great R. Neal slide show. The spring juices are flowing.
I received word this morning that Rockwood City Councilman, Stan Wassom, passed away. Please keep Judy and the family in your thoughts and prayers...Ray Collett
Think about this and remember the "Body Snatchers":
The human genome is the DNA code from which our bodies build themselves. 8% of our genome is not human at all. It is endogenous retroviruses which have inserted themselves into our biomolecular coding.
Here is the EPA handout that summarizes the proposed EE/CA alternatives for dealing with the TVA ash in the next phase. The differences are in the final height, shape and size of the storage structure, cost, and how long it will take to get it done. The Roane CAG is reviewing these and will make official comments but everybody should look at them and express your thoughts. I'll be glad to discuss them as would any other member of the CAG. Official EE/CA comments will have to be written in order to be officially considered.
Long time Roane County and Princess Theater supporter Muse Watson is in Oklahoma working on the male lead role in Tracy Trost's "Christmas Snow". Muse is having a ball and finally getting to show what he can do with a dramatic lead.Continued...
Please join us and pass the word! Kingston City employees are sponsoring a spaghetti supper on February 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center in the Banquet Room. Tickets are $5.00 for spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert and may be purchased at City Hall. We will also have a silent auction for an assortment of gift baskets.
All funds raised will be used toward our new pavilion at City Park!
Oh boy! Eye witness account sounds like an intentional act, but nothing sure at this point. There are reports of injuries and several floors of the 7(?) story building are on fire.
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