The air quality in Blount County and four other East Tennessee counties is already too dirty to meet federal standards.
"It's bad news for openness and honesty that David Mould would have been chosen as the public relations guy for the Tennessee Valley Authority," Bowen said.
These creeps just keep on coming, courtesy of the good people at TVA. With one Inspector General Report slamming TVA's dishonest public relations, they bring in David Mould, who brings in his resume the NASA Inspector General's Report stating among other things that:
"News releases...suffered from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency and scientific dilution."
Education Week gives the Quality Counts results by state for math progress: (link...) (PDF).
Tennessee ranks #45, but the news isn't all bad.Continued...
If you don't have a science understanding it can be tough to visualize the land masses of Planet Earth floating around on the surface of its outer shell, but that's exactly what they do, spinning off volcanoes and earthquakes as the travel. Within each of these continental land masses there are smaller chunks of the Earth being moved around by secondary forces as well.Continued...
I am on board with Coach Dooley. After watching the press conference I am impressed. Coach Dooley appears to be humble and full of integrity. Mike Hamilton has taken a beating the past 48 hours but I think he did his best to bring the best coach to UT. Mike offered Will Muschamp (Texas), Randy Edsel (UConn), Lovie Smith (Bears), Jon Gruden (Bucs), Kyle Wittingham (Utah), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Gary Patterson (TCU), David Cutcliff (Duke)....so obviously he went after the biggest names in the business. Coach Dooley is the son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley, and is by all means a Nick Saban disciple which is awesome. I know there are a lot of pessimists out there who were looking for a big name. However, all the big names were nobodies at one time or another. I like this hire and will support him 100%.
Glad to know they will return safely.
The next step in the TVA Kingston Ash Recovery Project is to establish the plan for the removal of the remaining fly ash on the site. Part of the planning process involves the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis, or EE/CA, which was released on January 15. The EE/CA describes various alternatives for removing ash from the embayment and restoring the embayment to pre-spill conditions at the site.Continued...
...new details are emerging about the intense lobbying campaign the utility industry is engaged in to protect its financial interests.
There have been a number of scams asking for money to help the victims of the Haitian tragedy. (Even though credit card companies are getting a 3% cut off the top which if they had a conscience they would pass along instead of making money off earthquake victims...) Here is a list (thanks to KnoxViews.com) of excellent organizations helping on the ground in Haiti:
• American Red Cross
• International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
• Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund
• Partners in Health
• UN World Food Programme
• Doctors Without Borders
• American Jewish World Service
• Catholic Relief Services
Notice of Public Meeting
You are cordially invited to an informational public meeting hosted by TVA, with participation from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Health, to discuss ongoing recovery efforts at the Kingston site. The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Roane County High School, 540 West Cumberland Street, Kingston.
OK, just kidding.
Republicans voted out honest elections in their first legislative act of 2010 (with help from four Democrats who should be ashamed of themselves). Their stated reason that it would cost too much is a transparent and blatant lie. Federal HAVA funds are on hand are sufficient and were supposed to be used to pay for the voting machines with a verifiable paper ballot.
Roane County used these exact voting machines in several recent elections and found them to be wonderfully easy, fast, and accurate. Now, we will return to the most unreliable and easily hacked voting machines on the market.
From TVA in a communication to the CAG:
Utility Work Begins
Restoration of utilities in and around the Kingston Fossil Plant site is beginning this week. When local traffic around the plant site will be affected, notification will be made in the local newspaper, and on message boards at each end of the work site about a week before the work begins.Continued...
We'll know soon enough...From our Quote of the Day Department:
If you want to shut me up about election fraud fears, give me elections that we both can recount.
With them, I should have no basis for suspicion.Without them, I have no basis for confidence.
(Tips to EL at KnoxViews.com)
Noted UT Professor, researcher, and scientist, Dr. Gregory Gutton issues an opinion that futher calls into question the information we are being fed. dr.. Button has given permission for us to publish his entire editorial after the jump:
"...the very government agencies established to protect the public and the environment end up dismissing public concerns while at the same time protecting the interests industrial polluters..."
TVA Health Assessment Report on Coal Ash Raises Troubling Questions About the Agency
By GREGORY BUTTON
CREDO Action has a petition this morning:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is launching a potentially devastating attack on the Clean Air Act. Majority Leader Harry Reid has granted her a vote for January 20 that would block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants and other polluters in 2010.
Here's a good reason to get outdoors on a winter day with a fine group of people. It's also a great chance to meet some dedicated and knowlegeable people who have done a heck of a lot of good work for the Tennessee environment and spend time on a beautiful trail alongside Watts Barr Lake.
The good people at TCWP (TN Citizens for Wilderness Planning) have scheduled their annual trail service for the Whites Creek Small Wilderness Area in Rhea County for Saturday, January 23. This was one of the first trails I worked on with my family when we first moved to this area.
That appears to be what State Republicans want to be able to do. Roane County has used paper ballots in several recent elections and they work extremely well, contrary to the debacle we had four years ago. You have to question why Republicans are hell bent on stopping voters having a paper trail for vote verification and recounts?
Want your state senator to stand behind a verifiable paper ballot that ensure your vote gets counted? Mary Mancini at Liberadio(!) tells us what to do.
by Ray Collett
While this isn't a regular "Rockwood Memories" column, I had a little spare time on my hands this morning and thought I would send out a couple of items.
OK, party's over. I'm back from New Zealand as of 1 am Sunday morning. We drove home from the Nashville airport through a snowstorm this side of Cookeville to find our water frozen, even after I built the new insulated pump house. Three pots of boiling water and we're going again. "Best Christmas present ever," says the youngest Creek. Pictures as I recover from jet lag and get them posted.
(And, thanks to the folks who watched the hen house while I was gone.)
Judge Humphrey says Roane County had 40 criminal cases on a typical Monday in 1984 and has 300 today. The population of Roane County was about 48,000 in 1984 and is about 55,000 today. Anybody want to hazard a guess as to the reason for the manifold increase in criminal cases as opposed to the population growth? I would be curious to see a typical court docket from 1984 compared to 2010. Are we that much more criminal or are we just arresting more people (not that those are the only two choices)?
Here's a Kiwi road sign I thought might be appropriate this morning...
I have seen two machines infected this week with the malware "Security Tool". The popup window is pink and they appear to have ripped off the Norton logo.Continued...
Two opinion pieces from the RCN are testing my gag reflex. The above post at their site is irritating and paternalistic enough in telling only half the story.
In East Tennessee, the breakdown shows that 13.5 percent of adults in Anderson County have been diagnosed with diabetes.
It is incredible to me that we allow this situation to exist, and the number of states that do not require even basic CPR training of these workers is alarming. Can someone inform us of the training and certification requirements for 911 operators in Tennessee and Roane County?
It seems to me that this essential service should be off limits to budget cuts.
"This is a waste of valuable resources, and it is a growing environmental problem," Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said last February when the bill passed out of committee.
The reported death of the democratic party in Tennessee and the US at large may be greatly exaggerated! Actually it seems more republicans are leaving or retiring than are dems. Either way, it might not matter much if these candidate slots on both sides are filled with even more corporatists who will continue to protect the interests of bankers, insurance companies, and environmental polluters.
Other RoaneViews blogs
- The "Last Dance" was great! (mushy)
- GRAND PREES "Last Dance" - August 15th - Princess Theatre (mushy)
- WWII Reenactment at the Secret City Festival (mushy)
- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
- Don't miss the last day of the Tennessee Medieval Faire (mushy)
- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)