Fri
Mar 26 2010
08:07 am
By: WhitesCreek

Some have asked what district they live in. The Roane Elections Commission has posted the Distric maps, though you may have to click around until you find your exact location.

(link...)

Fri
Mar 26 2010
06:55 am

The TVA OIG report slammed TVA's actions before, during, and after the collapse of the coal waste storage facility. I have often wondered why the TVA Board of Directors hasn't been called to resign and I would like some attorney somewhere to ask TVA CEO Kilgore about this. I also wonder why he's letting his defense team portray him as ignorant in their reasoning as to why he should not be deposed in the course of the lawsuits against TVA?

This story was first broken by the Roane County news and KNS has now picked up on it. (link...)

Thu
Mar 25 2010
08:08 pm

"He has no unique knowledge," Small said. "He was remote even though he was physically close" to the Kingston plant, which is about 35 miles west of TVA's Knoxville headquarters.

I remember being told that Kilgore was on the scene within an hour after it the collapse started. Was he? If so, I have to note that Kilgore has an engineering background and had to be worried.

(link...)

Now the qestion is: Will Kingston and the Watts Bar Lake Community be left with the coal ash stored in a facility that couldn't receive a TDEC or EPA permit if it were to apply for coal ash storage today?

Thu
Mar 25 2010
06:02 pm

“The Democratic majority decided, well look, while we’re at it, let’s have another Washington takeover,” said Senator Lamar Alexander,

Continued...

Thu
Mar 25 2010
05:21 pm

TVA attorneys told U.S. Magistrate Bruce Guyton that Kilgore shouldn't have to give a deposition, since he wasn't directly involved until after the spill at TVA's Kingston Plant.

Continued...

Thu
Mar 25 2010
02:30 pm
By: WhitesCreek

“I don’t think people realize that this is an issue that almost every American wants to see passed. There’ll be a lot of pressure on every senator and every House member to pass financial regulation.”

You could have floored me when I saw that this came from Bob Corker.

Thu
Mar 25 2010
10:37 am

We don't need no stinking Cumberland Mountains. We got Coal Company profits to protect.

(link...)

Thu
Mar 25 2010
09:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

To the Roane County CAG

March 25, 2010

Emergency responders were called to the Kingston Ash Recovery Site this morning at approximately 8:55 a.m. A crane operator was injured when the bucket of his crane hit the cab. The worker suffered head lacerations but was talking and responsive. LifeStar was called as a precaution and transported him to U.T. Medical Center for treatment. We do not yet know details of the accident but an investigation is underway.

Thu
Mar 25 2010
09:23 am

That's is just one of the charges leveled by Alabama citizens near the landfill where the Kinston TVA coal ash is being sent. It's hard to know how much of this is true but we'll ask for comment by EPA and TVA.

"The contract between TVA and the Arrowhead Landfill has provided the county with an economic boost, unseen since the state of Texas struck oil.... In plain words, we have transformed one of the poorest counties per capita in Alabama into one of the wealthiest counties in Alabama."

Turner added, "Now, more than 96% of the residents of Perry County will have clean, fresh drinking water," and repeatedly called the landfill "environmentally safe" throughout his testimony.

But since TVA began moving the coal ash to Perry County in July of 2009, the unemployment rate has actually increased from 19.3 percent to 19.6 percent, according to Department of Labor statistics. And the town's groundwater has consistently tested high for arsenic and other health-threatening toxins.

(link...)

Wed
Mar 24 2010
09:52 pm

We all love to collect things, but how many of us collect things that weigh from less than an ounce to things over 30 tons at the same time?! Joe Davis, of Harriman, Tennessee, does and he has been collecting anything remotely "railroad" since he was five years old. Everything from old tickets, rails, train wheels, switching equipment, lanterns, crossing signs, depots and deport equipment, to full size authentic railroad cars!


Read more about Joe's wonderful collection HERE!

See more of his collection HERE!

Wed
Mar 24 2010
01:08 pm
By: WhitesCreek

This is not good:

TDEC Press Release:

Dunbar Cave State Park Suspends Cave Tours
Bat in Dunbar Cave Tested Positive for White Nose Syndrome

Continued...

Wed
Mar 24 2010
07:09 am
By: WhitesCreek

Advice to Zach Wamp: Don't get into a battle of wits with Kim McMillan. I would bet on the graduate degree over the college dropout.

(link...)

Wed
Mar 24 2010
07:05 am
Wed
Mar 24 2010
06:57 am

Looks like it.

I don't understand how Ken Yager as a person can live in Roane County after all we are going through and still vote FOR the worst practices and abuses of the coal companies.

The Republican dominated state legislature may try to deny Tennesseans the benfits enacted in healthcare refom. There has been so much misinformation put out that they hope to act quickly before everyone learns what a great advance in our health care sstem this is. Randy has the run down...

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Tue
Mar 23 2010
07:20 pm
By: Ray Collett

A new restaurant, "Steffano's Pizza-n-Grill" opened today in Rockwood. Located at 114 N. Gateway,(across from O'Rielly's Auto Parts" they have a full menu from sandwichs, pizza to ribs and a great hamburger steak. The restaurant is owned by Steve and Buffie Winstead who are affiliated with "King Of Pizza" in Spring City. Please stop by and welcome them..Ray Collett

Tue
Mar 23 2010
06:20 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Tue
Mar 23 2010
04:19 pm

Mentioning "Back room deals" among other things, Dolly said,

"...Sen. Corker removed the payday loan industry from regulation under that bill "so that it could continue to charge 400 percent interest rates to the men and women in the U.S. military around the world who are fighting to preserve our freedom."

You go, Girl!

http://www.theboot.com/2010/03/23/dolly-parton-bob-corker/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl2|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theboot.com%2F2010%2F03%2F23%2Fdolly-parton-bob-corker%2F

Last evening you were advised of two locomotives getting off track on the plant site. Modifications and inspection of the tracks began this morning and will continue through the day. During this work, it will be necessary for us to switch cars using the Swan Pond Road rail crossing. The TVA Police will be stationed on the Road while the trains are using this crossing. Again, all work and inspections are due to be completed by this evening, and switching will return back to the site tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tue
Mar 23 2010
11:24 am

President Barack Obama today hailed Roane County native Nancy-Ann DeParle as "one of the unsung heroes" of the effort to overhaul the nation's health delivery system.

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And I just found this image gallery of Nancy-Ann Deparle, including one of her as the first female student body president of UT.

Tue
Mar 23 2010
07:03 am

Liberadio(!) interviews Tennessee Health Care Reform Warrior, Tony Garr...

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Tue
Mar 23 2010
06:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

Anybody have any experience with CSA? I'm interested.

(link...)

Mon
Mar 22 2010
08:16 am
Mon
Mar 22 2010
06:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

Its snowing out here in Whites Creek Gorge.

Sun
Mar 21 2010
08:38 pm

"The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars -- at all," the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do."

Link

Sun
Mar 21 2010
02:07 pm

Tanner's number one source of campaign contributions is the insurance industry. No surprise he's supporting them over his constituents and voting NO on the health insurance reform bill.

Lincoln Davis is publicly undecided but we've been told he's a NO vote. I predict the bill is going to pass and Lincoln will be on the wrong side of history. Unions are a big supporter of Lincoln's and have promised to punish members of congress who stand in the way of health insurance reform.

Sun
Mar 21 2010
01:46 pm
Sat
Mar 20 2010
06:50 pm

Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants.

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.

Stewart Udall is dead at 90.

Sat
Mar 20 2010
03:17 pm

The RHS Class of 1960 is looking for group pictures of class members from any/all grades of school, 1st grade through High School. If you have any thing you can share we would appreciate it. Contact Jo Anne (Watts) Smith at:

e-mail: otandjo@wildblue.net
Phone: 865-882-2845
Address: Jo Anne Smith
126 Highland Way
Harriman, TN 37748

Lost Medicaid Funding

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