Mon
Mar 1 2010
08:51 am
By: WhitesCreek
Mon
Mar 1 2010
08:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
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.

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Sun
Feb 28 2010
12:30 pm

Coal-ade?

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."

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Sun
Feb 28 2010
10:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

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.

Sat
Feb 27 2010
12:31 pm

This would bring the number from 56 lawsuits down to 54.

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Fri
Feb 26 2010
08:01 pm

Dear Friend,

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.

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Fri
Feb 26 2010
02:38 pm

WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 2, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C

A G E N D A

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Fri
Feb 26 2010
02:23 pm

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.

Joyce Lewis
City Manager’s Office
City of Kingston
125 W. Cumberland Street
Kingston, TN 37763

Thu
Feb 25 2010
12:05 pm

That's what the Republican gubernatorial candidates seem to think...

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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.

Thu
Feb 25 2010
11:30 am

TVA has contracted to buy over 100 MW of power from an Iowa green utility.

See:
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RB

Thu
Feb 25 2010
10:34 am

the school has either been locked down this morning a call to office , results in all students are ok . Anyone else know anything?

Thu
Feb 25 2010
09:08 am

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.
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Thu
Feb 25 2010
08:00 am

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?

The bill to stop mountain top removal in TN (SB1406/HHB899) needs your help to advance in the TN Senate.

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.”

Wed
Feb 24 2010
04:04 pm
By: WhitesCreek


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.

Wed
Feb 24 2010
11:39 am
By: WhitesCreek

I figure the "Friends of Coal" license plate will be really popular in Swan Pond and Kingston.

Tue
Feb 23 2010
08:10 pm
By: WhitesCreek

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.

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Tue
Feb 23 2010
10:53 am

'It was a great idea, but it didn't work,'...

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.

Tue
Feb 23 2010
09:16 am
By: WhitesCreek

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.

It's all about the politics.

The adventurous should check out the attachment.

Mon
Feb 22 2010
09:15 pm

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.)

My friend Betty Bean on Kim McMillan.

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.

Sun
Feb 21 2010
06:40 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Great R. Neal slide show. The spring juices are flowing.

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Sun
Feb 21 2010
09:28 am
By: Ray Collett

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

Fri
Feb 19 2010
10:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

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.

Thu
Feb 18 2010
06:49 pm

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.

Thu
Feb 18 2010
05:06 pm

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.

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Thu
Feb 18 2010
01:45 pm

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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Lost Medicaid Funding

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