Sat
Mar 20 2010
07:30 am
By: WhitesCreek

There's been so much false information put out on Health Insurance Reform that I understand why folks have trouble realizing it's a good thing on the balance. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam sent an open letter to the TN Congressional delegation slamming the HCR Bill and giving horrendous numbers of the cost of the bill to the State of Tennessee...Problem is that Haslam's numbers are completely false.

If only we could have a political campaign in Tennessee that would focus on factual discussions of the issues instead of this game of "Liar's Poker" we have now.

Fri
Mar 19 2010
11:56 am

Yager is a solid NO vote on the bill to ban Mountaintop removal, a process that is destroying Tennessee's scenic vistas ans polluting streams and clean water supplies in East Tennessee.

Thank you for standing up for Roane County, Ken...NOT!

We recommended TVA management (1) take action to recover the $184,487 in overbilled costs

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Note: Originally posted as related to cleanup, the overcharges are for Watts Bar II.

Fri
Mar 19 2010
08:16 am
Fri
Mar 19 2010
08:10 am

The Roane Community Advisory Group toured the TVA disaster site yesterday. The changes and progress are noticeable and to be applauded. Clearing the Emory channel has resulted preventing a large amount of ash from being swept downriver into the Clinch and Tennessee rivers where it may not be able to be safely removed. The EPA states that only 5,000 cubic yards of ash was lost in the last high water event compared to 150,000 cyds May 4, 2009. Larger versions of additional photos are posted at the CAG Communications web site.

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Fri
Mar 19 2010
06:41 am
By: WhitesCreek

"He's a very likable gentleman," Smith said of Obama. "He's clearly brilliant and I think he's very -- I've been asked this many times the little bit I've been around him, whether I thought he is pro-business. I think he's very pro-business. ... I think he very much wants American business to prosper."

Fred Smith, CEO of FedEX, was recently named one of the four Tennesseans on the Forbes 400 list. He is the only one not in the healthcare or insurance business.

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The frequency of the sessions with those who are trying to block the new rules has aroused suspicions among those who argue the standards are necessary to protect public health and avoid another environmental catastrophe like the coal-ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant in December 2008.

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Thu
Mar 18 2010
07:06 pm

March 18, 2010

Update from the Kingston Ash Recovery Project

To Members of the Roane County Community Advisory Committee

TVA Police no longer stationed on Swan Pond Circle Road

Beginning Friday, March 19, the TVA Police will no longer be stationed at the Swan Pond Circle Road rail crossing. The rail arms will remain in place and will activate when full and empty ash, coal, ammonia, or limestone trains are coming into or going out of the site.

Continued...

Thu
Mar 18 2010
04:37 pm
By: Ray Collett

I just received an email advising me that the Veteran's Clinic has been awarded to Rockwood. It will be located on Chamberlain Ave. in the Doctor's Building. It should open in June and will serve Roane, Rhea, Meigs, Cumberland, Morgan and Loudon county veterans. Approximately 1200 cases will be assigned to this clinic. Great news indeed for our city. Thanks to County Executive Mike Farmer, Mayor Watts, and my fellow Rockwood City Councilpersons for making this dream a reality...Ray Collett

Thu
Mar 18 2010
11:17 am

You probably knew him for "The Letter" but this one's better.

Thu
Mar 18 2010
10:43 am

So you thought our legislators were just (polite term)dithering around, what with our state facing massive revenue deficits and serious problems with unemployment and our jobs being sent offshore. Well I've got news for you...Being a lawmaker is "hard work...hard." So yeah we know that while you may think that stuff is important, your elected officials have to prioritize their efforts to work on the most important things first. Like this:
Our legislature thinks you ought to be able to kill anything you want as long as it's not on the endangered species list and they voted on this fine Tennessee Constitutional Amendment that looks like it hinges on the word "reasonable", always a sketchy prospect in this state. I mean it looks like we will finally be able to hunt dogs and cats, right?

The citizens of this state shall have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law. The recognition of this right does not abrogate any private or public property rights, nor does it limit the state's power to regulate commercial activity. Traditional manners and means may be used to take non-threatened species.

Thu
Mar 18 2010
06:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

Last night was our first "Toad Song"...I like the sound of that. For some silly reason it gives me great pleasure to hear them each spring. Such fat ugly things, they have a beautiful song. There aren't many more beautiful sounds in nature than a few hundred of these guys going off in a wetland.

Listen

Wed
Mar 17 2010
07:07 pm

Study as hard as you played and make our county even prouder, Oliver Springs. You had a good run.

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Wed
Mar 17 2010
06:51 pm

State Rep. Susan Lynn's proposal to prohibit implanting microchips into people without their permission failed Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee on a tie vote - 5 yes, 5 no and one abstaining.

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Wed
Mar 17 2010
06:05 pm

From our "It takes Two to Tango Department":

Previous studies suggest that flowering plants, or angiosperms, first arose 140 to 190 million years ago. Now, a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences pushes back the age of angiosperms to 215 million years ago, some 25 to 75 million years earlier... (link...)

It looks like this corresponds to when pollenating insects appear in the fossil record.

Wed
Mar 17 2010
01:43 pm

Do you know someone who really wants single-payer universal health but is unsure what to think about the current health bill(s)?

Michael Moore's latest letter addresses more than health care but really clarifies thinking on the current bill(s).

For a brief, thoughtful read, see: The Green They Steal, The Greed They Wear: Michael Moore's St. Patrick's Day Lament.

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Mar 17 2010
01:42 pm

Schedule for Democratic Candidate for Governor Mike Wherter's visit on Thursday, March 18th

10a-11:30a Mike will be at the Loudon County Courthouse

12:20-1:05 Lunch at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood

1:30-3:00 Roane County Courthouse/Town Square

Wed
Mar 17 2010
08:16 am

If you haven't seen a show at Roane State this would be a good one to start with this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 19-21.

Continued...

Wed
Mar 17 2010
07:29 am
By: WhitesCreek
Wed
Mar 17 2010
07:14 am

The questions for TVA, the companies hired to take the ash and environmental regulators will not get any easier. Refusing to answer them only makes suspect claims the affected spill area will be restored to "better than it was before" the catastrophe.

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Wed
Mar 17 2010
07:02 am

In Tennessee, median household income declined 8.2% from 2000 to 2008 while employer provided insurance premiums went up 45.3% for individuals and 63.5% for family coverage.

Randy has more that everyone getting bomabarded with anti health insurance reform email spam and push polls ought to know.

Wed
Mar 17 2010
06:57 am

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ar chlann mhór dhomhanda na nGael, sa bhaile agus ar fud na cruinne, ar ár lá náisiúnta ceiliúrtha féin.


Why thank you, dear. Mary McAleese is the President of Ireland. Here's what she said in Tennessean...

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Tue
Mar 16 2010
05:09 pm

March 16, 2009

Update from the Kingston Fly Ash Recovery Site

To Members of the Roane County CAG:

TVA Will Build By-pass for Swan Pond Circle Road just north of the plant

Continued...

Tue
Mar 16 2010
02:13 pm

Looks like some low life(s) robbed anything of value from a local cemetery. First report has them parking at a TVA owned vacant house to gain access to the grave sites. More info as it is passed on to us.

Tue
Mar 16 2010
07:16 am
By: WhitesCreek

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of men basketball players at Tennessee's universities is interesting to note:

Sixth seeded UT is 30% while fourth seeded Vandy graduates 85% of its players. Memphis is at 67%, UTC at 33%, and ETSU is a respectable 61%.

For the four number one seeds:

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Mon
Mar 15 2010
08:46 pm

Morning update:

We had a well attended meeting tonight at the Roane County Courthouse. EPA's Craig Zoeller gave a good overview of the three EE/CA alternatives. TVA provided the CAG with a 3D flyby video that gave folks a better idea of what the site will look like when the smoke clears.

A problem with coal ash building up under docks just upstream of Kingston City Park was brought up by a homeowner. This problem will be looked into but several folks thought this area where the shore is exposed at low pond could be remediated. The homeowner also mentioned something far more disturbing that we need to carefully study: There were NO willow fly hatches in his area this past year. This could simply be a mechanical problem due to the amount of sediment or it could be a far more insidious problem due to selenium.

Questions were raised as to the fact that the proposed alternatives do not call for a liner underneath the coal ash, This would not be allowed under any permit application if this were a new landfill.

Water flow in and out of the proposed solutions continues to be questioned. The EE/CA alternatives have a cap that reduces rain water intrusion to a tenth of what the old facility had. This is good but does not address the issue of ground water flow or the issue of flow in and out of the dikes due to raising and lowering of the lake. This is much like the water table in tidal areas rising and falling with the tide even several miles inland. This would produce a continual flushing of the coal ash below stored at and below lake levels.

Sun
Mar 14 2010
08:55 pm
By: macmurchadh

you may be my senator, but you do not speak for me, nor for more than a few others I know. Someone with your voting record on bills with reconciliation should not be throwing the words "political arrogance" around.
Link

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Sun
Mar 14 2010
07:01 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The chorus frogs are going off.

Click and wait for it Speakers up!

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Sun
Mar 14 2010
05:57 pm

I'm looking for Wofford to go all the way!

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Sun
Mar 14 2010
10:35 am
By: onetahiti

Today is Pi Day--March 14--in honor of π's first three digits. New Scientist has an excellent article with "Five tasty facts about the famous ratio."

-- OneTahiti

Lost Medicaid Funding

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