"We find (Kingston Attorney Chris) Cawood's conduct repulsive, inappropriate, and outrageous...it does not violate the rules of professional conduct."

From the Hearing Panel of the Board of Professional Responsiblity.

Mr. Cawood says he's being persecuted and that the Board has a vendetta against him. I would like to see Mr. Cawood out of the news, but he himself is going to have to help in that respect...as in...Quit doing stupid stuff!

Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:24 pm
Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:22 pm

And it is in conjunction with a Roane County Software firm and server farm.

(link...)

Mon
Oct 5 2009
02:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, The column last week about Dr. Tom Phillips sure sparked a lot of interest and a sackful of emails. I think this week, I will follow up on Dr. Tom Phillips' father who was quite a person also. We will save the emails about Dr. Tom Phillips for maybe next week. Here is little about M. H. Phillips...Hope you enjoy.

Continued...

Mon
Oct 5 2009
08:46 am

Locals liked it, TVA not so much. But why does the media portray EPA Head Lisa Jackson's very accurate response on coal ash safety as being taken to task? Jackson can't be held accountable for the Bush Administration's failures.

(link...)

Mon
Oct 5 2009
07:44 am

You would think Roane County's State elected officials would have some sort of sensitivity to our environmental devastation but they're in negative territory, according to the Tennessee Conservation Voters Scorecard.

State Senator Ken Yager ranked even lower than Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, something I thought was not possible.

Representative Ferguson was slightly ahead of Yager but not by much. Dennis, a Democrat, actually trailed Speaker of the House Williams, a Republican, though both were in negative territory.

Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:47 am

It's strange to me that the Republican party opposes a verifiable paper vote. The system we tested in Roane County was cheap, easy, straight forward, and can be hand verified. It would be simple to change the very questionable small detail in the Voter confidence Act seized on by Republicans as the reason for having one more year of questionable election results. Instead the GOP wants to delay implementation of the act, along with a few spineless Democrats.

This is a big deal, folks. You have no idea who your vote was counted for unless the legislature is forced to act in voter's best interest and mandate honest elections.

Sun
Oct 4 2009
08:58 pm

Channel 12 WYSH on Comcast is now worldwide on the internet. The website is (link...) When the site comes up, click on BBB Channel 12 Feed. It is a great way to follow local County news and a variety of entertainment. Everything from high school ball games to "The Ciderville Farm and Home Hour', a show patterned after the old Cas Walker show The schedule can be found by clicking on BBB Communications at the top right above the screen....Ray Collett

Sun
Oct 4 2009
10:57 am

One of these designated scenic trails starts in Kingston. It essentially follows Highway 70. I think the nicest part is the stretch from Rockwood to Crossville. If a visitor to TN stops and spends time at each of the beauties along that stretch of road they'll spend their entire vacation there(here).

Morgan Simmons regularly posts great articles on Tennessee's outdoor magnificence and this is another one.

Sun
Oct 4 2009
10:31 am
By: WhitesCreek

In Kingston they had greased pig chases and beautiful girls on ponies.

In Rockwood they had dueling soundsystems with the stage at one end and street dancing at the other end of town.

More photos (I'll add more later in the day when I get my Honey-do's done.)

Sun
Oct 4 2009
09:57 am
By: onetahiti

Michael Moore has an excellent letter this morning on religion, health care, the stock market, and more: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Oct 3 2009
06:30 pm

Ranger Dave has uncanceled it at the request of community members. Come on out and have a free lunch with family and friends at Camp Buck Toms! Meat and drinks are provided by Ranger Dave. If you can, please bring bread, a salad, a side dish, or dessert.

-- OneTahiti

Topics:

OK, make me die ROFL.

Purchasing agent Lynn Farnham prepared a memorandum for officials that called for the election office to be moved out of the courthouse and into the old jail.

Holiway said he’s not interested in moving to the old jail.

He gave several reasons, including concerns about security and voter inconvenience.

(link...)

If Holiway is concerned about "security" maybe he will be a vocal advocate for the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act Republicans are trying so hard to get rid of.

Oh, wait...He IS a Republican...My bad.

Fri
Oct 2 2009
08:18 pm

As I read this I thought, "Oh, please! Don't tell me you want to do the right thing...Do it!"

And why send this out as a one meg plus file? Just so you can see the "printed on recycled paper" mark? Give us text files, people.

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
Continued...

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):

Continued...

Thu
Oct 1 2009
03:25 pm
By: WhitesCreek

WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

Continued...

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...

Continued...

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)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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