This free event is on again! Ranger Dave has uncanceled it at the request of community members.

Free community indoor picnic at Camp Buck Toms 10/4
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Fri
Oct 2 2009
12:55 pm

Corker has gone from a seemingly rational person to just another Rightie honking a loonie tune..."Canada is a parasite"?

(link...)

Fri
Oct 2 2009
09:48 am

From our "Lobbyists are Scum" Department:

...if the EPA labels and regulates coal ash as a hazardous waste, its recycling - which significantly cuts down the waste dumped - will be severely impacted in a negative way, and the price of electricity will shoot up. "Environmental protection doesn't come cheap," says (Jim)Roewer (Coal Lobbyist).

Coal is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year, but I guess they can kill people for free if we let them.

More on the 60 Minutes Program

Fri
Oct 2 2009
07:30 am

Something notable about last nights meeting: Not one single elected Roane County or Kingston Official was there. (Thanks for all you do for your constituents, guys! Your courage is uncommendable to this point.)

Some of the big points (feel free to add things I missed):

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Thu
Oct 1 2009
03:25 pm
By: WhitesCreek

WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

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Burn coal? Got problems...

The Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.

These large sources are responsible for 70 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions — mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels — that are released in the U.S., the EPA said.

(link...)

Thu
Oct 1 2009
06:39 am

What could possibly go wrong with TVA planning and engineering?

(link...)

Randy posted this earlier.

(Now that they've made a mess of things, I guess.)

I was also told that the "TVA Snow" was completely within their permit because the particles were too big to be ingested. I would quarrel with that assessment but I'll wait until hear what they have to say at the public meeting tomorrow night in Kingston. Here is the agenda...

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Update: The analysis of the "TVA snow" shows it to be coal, fly ash, and Cenospheres. The report is attached.

On Friday September 18 several of us watched Harriman Mayor Chris Mason wipe the TVA "snow" from the top of his shiny head. We watched it land and accumulate on vehicles. The air monitors that TVA spokespersons tout as proving the air is safe never registered any of this was happening. Don't you just feel the love and trust just welling up in your (insert appropriate term here)?

No filter-based samples were collected on Friday, September 18, 2009.

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Saturday, October 3rd, 10 am- 7 pm

MUSIC - ART - CRAFTS - PAGEANT -FOOD - FAMILY EUN!!

Joanne Cash Yates will be performing, as well as:
Connie Kis Anderson, C.J. Hall, Russ Roberts and Bill Wright.

The pageant will include, Miss Teen Fall Festival ($500 scholarship), Miss Junior Teen, Miss Preteen, Miss Petite, and Pretty Baby

Visit (link...) for pageant registration forms and more information

Don't miss the fun for the family in historic downtown Rockwood , Tennessee !

Tue
Sep 29 2009
08:04 am
Mon
Sep 28 2009
02:16 pm

Draw your own conclusions... (link...)

(Tx to TO)

Mon
Sep 28 2009
08:35 am
Mon
Sep 28 2009
07:16 am

Several times I have requested that water quality sampling be done as the Emory River is rising due to heavy rain. This is what we get:

From the TVA Contractor:

Date: Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 7:33 PM
Subject: FW: CAG info on flows

Heavy rainfall has continued in the greater-Kingston region, with over 1 inch falling this past Saturday. The Emory River is currently flowing at 10,094 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the Oakdale Gauge and according to NOAA is expected to peak late tonight between 17,000 and 18,000 cfs. Current stage height is 12.34 feet and the Emory is predicted to peak early Sunday morning at 15.8 feet. Flood stage for the Emory River at Oakdale is 27 feet. More information on stream flows and the relationships to flooding potential can be found at (link...)

In keeping with our surface water sampling plan, we will take water quality samples from the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers tomorrow...

When you are spending over a million dollars a day is it too much to ask that you get someone to fill up a sample bottle when it is raining? We kknow from the May 4 flood that even 24 hours later the turbidity drops to less than a tenth of the peak. Is the real goal here to NOT find anything wrong? If that is the goal then the current methodology is excellent for that purpose.

Update: TVA now says they sampled on Sunday.

Mon
Sep 28 2009
05:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, While "rambling" through some old newspapers recently I came across an article about a local doctor from the past. Rockwood has certainly had many fine doctors and one that I remember very well was Dr. Thomas Phillips. My parents took me to him a few times and I was his newspaper carrier for a while.

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Sun
Sep 27 2009
06:46 pm
By: WhitesCreek

You guys may have read the excerpts I posted from John Muir's journal as he walked through Roane County in September of 1867. Ken Burns has a new series on America's National Parks that highlights Muir's contributions and those of many others. It played earlier today but will replay at 8 tonight and again later. It's a must view. Here's the link.

A group from the Princess Foundation took a wet and soggy trip to Maryville Saturday to visit the Palace and Capitol Theaters. The Palace was closed, but posters outside demonstrated the use the theater is getting as a music venue.

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Sun
Sep 27 2009
07:57 am

Serious questions remain unanswered but progress is being made. We dodged a cannon shot with the rain these last two storms. (Sorry Atlanta)

I do have a question about water sampling and whether any sampling was done yesterday? The worst movement of sediment is when the water is rising during a rain. Waiting until it's over give a misleading optimistic sample. The Emory at Oakdale hit 18,900 cfs yesterday evening and this morning it is at 13,000 cfs. Both levels are records for the date.

KNS Story
Be sure and check the slide show.

Fri
Sep 25 2009
04:08 pm

The TMA is going to ask the Water Quality Board to make a rule that their deadly selenium levels be blessed by law. The Board meets Oct. 20 in Nashville. The petition is attached.

Respected research scientist Dr. Dennis Lemly of Wake Forest University points out that the levels proposed would even kill adult fish before they spawned. he also told us, "This appears to be a weak attempt to fool the uninformed/underinformed into doing something dangerous."

We need to ask TDEC to speak out forcefully against any such action by the Water Quality Board instead of rolling over like they did in the legislature. I plan to attend the meeting.

Fri
Sep 25 2009
01:58 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Children who are spanked have lower IQs worldwide, including in the United States, according to new groundbreaking research by University of New Hampshire professor Murray Straus.

This must be the reason for my problem.

Fri
Sep 25 2009
01:52 pm

Let's hope there is a serious investigation into this. I'm still haveing troubles understanding the lack of charges so far. I have to question the "double jeapardy" claim. Multiple charges are filed all the time.

(link...)

Fri
Sep 25 2009
06:17 am

Thursday night lights were lucky for Kingston 14, Lenoir City 13.

(link...)

Thu
Sep 24 2009
02:53 pm
By: WhitesCreek

One of the downstream effects off mountaintop removal is the disappearance of mayflies from the watershed. This is due to the increased load of selenium released into the water. Here on Watts Bar Lake we have our own special mayfly. The "Willow Fly" is a large mayfly that hatches in great swarms that look like clouds sometimes. Power poles can grow hair made up of millions of willow flies. Single ones look like this...

In Whites Creek embayment the numbers have been normal this year. At Ladd Landing we normally see the Food City lights get covered a couple of times each summer but not this year. I want to hear what the folks who live on the lake downstream of TVA think about this. Do you think the willow fly hatches are normal, bigger, smaller, or absent this year?

Thu
Sep 24 2009
12:55 pm

Many of us mountain living types indigenous to this blessed part of the world love our rhododenrons, don't we? And why not? They're grand!

A recent study by the US Forest Services shows they may be culprits in landslides - especially after the kind of weather we've been experiencing lately. Read more: (link...)

RB

Thu
Sep 24 2009
11:46 am
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
Sep 24 2009
11:01 am

This was mentioned below but it deserves its own post:

...the court determined that the Tennessee Valley Authority isn’t immune from suit based on its status as a federally chartered agency.

“The flaw in TVA’s … argument is that TVA is not the United States or Congress,” Hall wrote, noting that the TVA has sided against the government “in a number of cases.

(link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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