Sun
Oct 18 2009
11:45 pm

TVA announced in a letter to plaintiff attorneys that it will "dispose" of some of the properties it bought from Swan Pond families. Many of them are involved in litigation and could be considered evidence. Rather than hold the properties, complete remediation of the area and sell them at full recovered price, TVA's move will further damage the value of homes and properties in the area. Property owners see this as a continuation of TVA's irresponsible corporate behavior toward the people and communities it has harmed, especially since the letter comes from the Law firm of Shook Hardy, the "bad actor" defense firm who also represented Big Tobacco.

The 21 listed properties are located on Farr Lane, Lakewood Lane, Berkshire Lane, Swan Pond Circle, Swan Pond Road, Emory river Road, and Lakeshore Drive.

Sun
Oct 18 2009
11:28 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Reader
I am back this week with another "Rockwood Memories. Last week, I was just too busy with the Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum Of Appalachia that I didn't have the time to "computer." If you have never been to the "Appalachian Museum", at Norris ( a mile or two from Clinton) it would be well worth your time to go. My articles about Dr. Tom Phillips and his father drew quite a response and I will share a few emails with you. First from Mary Ellen Burkett Varner who writes...

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Sun
Oct 18 2009
09:00 am

Braving weather that could only be described as "hostile," over 45 people attended the 2nd Annual Open House at Roane County's only Organic Teaching Farm. With temperatures hovering in the mid-forties, a damp, bitter north wind, and a heavy overcast sky, folks continued to arrive throughout the day from as far away as Knoxville to the East, and Lookout Valley, GA. to the Southwest. A fair number of people came from the Kingston area as well.

"We are both surprised and greatly encouraged by the wonderful turnout on such a miserable weather day," said farmer Cielo.

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Sun
Oct 18 2009
07:14 am
By: WhitesCreek

Scroll down and read the ones that pertain to TVA and Roane County. It appears that TVA rate payers wonder why Roane County is getting "reparations" and where the money comes from. I think the county as made a bad case for receiving this money when there are citizens and businesses that haven't been made whole yet.

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Sat
Oct 17 2009
04:14 pm

Oh baby! Got snuggling weather in the area for the weekend...And Snow above 2500 feet? This is just what we needed to kick the leaf season into high gear. I guess it's time to say bye to the late season okra and figs.

Sat
Oct 17 2009
03:33 pm

I've always thought spending time in forests and parks improved my mental health. Now this phenomenon has been scientifically documented.

One environmental expert said the study confirmed that green spaces create 'oases' of improved health around them.

This is a huge move in the right direction.

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Fri
Oct 16 2009
06:17 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Fri
Oct 16 2009
08:00 am

Read between the lines...

“Tennessee’s unemployment rate continues to show stabilization with no significant change over the last five months,” reported Labor Commissioner James Neeley. “Following national trends, we are seeing fewer job losses and fewer workers seeking employment.”

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Thu
Oct 15 2009
08:42 pm

Why is it always the comedians who bring us the truth?

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Thu
Oct 15 2009
03:28 pm

We've had a moderate rainfall over the last few days. After much pestering TVA has moved to improve their response and methodology for sampling. I want to see the time stamp on the sample locations but this is better than in the past. Here's today's communication from TVA (3:36 PM 10-15)

Over the past 24 hours, heavy rainfall in the Kingston area has approached 2 inches. The observed flow at the Emory River Oakdale Gauge as of 0800 hours Thursday October 15 was approximately 8,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at a stage of about 11 feet. The forecast issued at 0900 hours on Thursday October 15 was for a peak flow of approximately 19,500 cfs and a stage of about 17 feet to occur around 0400 hours on Friday October 16. The flood stage for the Emory River at Oakdale is 27 feet.

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Thu
Oct 15 2009
09:19 am
By: WhitesCreek

Took Mrs. Creek to see Bonnie Raitt at the Tennessee Theater last night for her Christmas present...That would be Christmas 2008.

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Wed
Oct 14 2009
01:13 pm


(Update: Use the ACTION button above and to the left of the thumbnails page to drop down a menu where you will find the slideshow option.)

Even better...Here's the slideshow link thanks to Randy at KnoxViews.com
EPA Photo Gallery

Wed
Oct 14 2009
12:21 pm

Let's hope the CAG asks this question. That was the result in other areas when this technology came on line. Here's the big NY Times Story:

Power plants are the nation’s biggest producer of toxic waste, surpassing industries like plastic and paint manufacturing and chemical plants, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.

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Wed
Oct 14 2009
06:23 am

What happens when coal combustion products go up a stack is a simple process that should be well understood by TVA engineers and operators but monumental screw ups keep happening. At this point I don't see the self questioning, the "What am I missing?" or "What might go wrong?" attitude at TVA that is needed to protect the public from TVA errors. "Oops, sorry!" has been SOP.

"Higher-sulfur coal during the test exacerbated the buildup and initiated the event," the report states. "It is likely that this event would have occurred at some future date even without the test burn."

TDEC's policy of forgiving TVA over and over isn't helping. Crack down on TVA. They are every bit the bad actor at this point.

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Tue
Oct 13 2009
07:12 pm

Request for Proposals
Technical Advisor for the
TVA Kingston Fly Ash Release Site
2009-2010

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Tue
Oct 13 2009
06:01 pm

"If I shined a light on your eyes in a dark room you wouldn't be able to see the rest of the room," Motta observed. "Every time you pass a bright light on the highway or the street your pupils constrict," causing decreased nighttime visibility.

Roane County street lights are unsafe for people 40 and over. And then there's all that other stuff...

Mon
Oct 12 2009
01:19 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ads for 2012 the movie are running, and I have had so many people ask me what I thought about the end of the world in 2012 that I have to post this...

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Mon
Oct 12 2009
11:54 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sun
Oct 11 2009
06:19 pm

When I started designing boats for extreme paddling I had no idea this was where it could go. To any kids who watch this I have a message...Stupid can be harmful to your future...Not to mention painful.

Sun
Oct 11 2009
07:15 am

"Ol' Butch," perhaps the most famous rooster in Tennessee, will be featured at the Broadened Horizons Organic Farm Open House on October 17th. Read his story below.

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Sat
Oct 10 2009
12:47 pm
By: WhitesCreek

B. J. Gillum @ Port Gillum Press

The Roane Writers Group had a tent at the Rockwood Fall Festival and were there all day until until about 5PM. We met some nice folks and enjoyed the sunny day. The ocassional breeze that pushed tent walls and netting around was tolerable. We sold no books but signed some new members for our little Group. Maybe books are not exactly the best thing to take to such an event but perhaps the people we met may be changed by seeing us there.

A WRITER'S FESTIVAL is scheduled for Nov. 14TH at the Kingston Community Center - 10am till 6:30pm. BILL LANDRY, GERALD LARGEN and DAVID HUNTER will speak; Elizabeth Rose will tell stories, 25 authors too. Free admission! Come and havae a good time.

Fri
Oct 9 2009
06:30 pm

Baldie sitting with some friends on the bottom of the gypsum pond at the TVA plant.

This guy was hanging around with the Canada geese waiting for something to happen.

Thu
Oct 8 2009
10:20 am

The announcement will appear in the Roane County News Friday edition, according to TVA. CAG members had asked TVA nd EPA to look at opening the river for escorted boat traffic at some point on Sundays. We just got the word that they are declining to do this.

The announcement is attached

Wed
Oct 7 2009
03:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ex football players are many times more likely to be diagnosed with brain disorders than the general population. Ex NFL players are 19 times more likely to be diagnosed with memory disorders. It was pointed out that the study did not determine whether this was caused by playing football or whether these conditions were prerequisites.

Wed
Oct 7 2009
03:34 pm

Wonder what will be accomplished this time?

Wed
Oct 7 2009
10:18 am

Thursday, Oct. 8,2009, 6:30pm at the Rockwood City Hall Council Room to discuss the possiblity of annexing the Parkview area. Please attend.....Ray Collett

Wed
Oct 7 2009
06:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

A heads up to the folks who want to landfill coal ash at the top of the Emory Obed Wild and Scenic Rivers watershed:

An independent analysis of water testing data has revealed that thirteen North Carolina coal ash ponds are leaking toxic pollutants into groundwater.

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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.