Submitted by onetahiti on March 29, 2009 - 11:11am.

This is news for anyone who ever travels out of state. See the post over at Knoxviews: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 29, 2009 - 8:29am.

Talk about a huge responsibility...

"I decided it was the right thing to do," DeParle said, reflecting on her return to public life as the president's new health reform czar.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 29, 2009 - 7:41am.

I took this picture out the window of some birds in the yard while my son was off in the woods turkey hunting.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2009 - 6:11pm.

Representative Ferguson challenged Roane County Democrats to win back the state House and Senate next election cycle.

The new Roane County Democratic Chairman is Charles Sargent. My assessment is that he will bring an energy to the Roane County Democratic Party that will be much welcomed.

A change in the party by laws created city chair position for our vast metro areas in addition to the regular officers. More later.

Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on March 28, 2009 - 10:13am.

'Kilroy Was Here!' open Friday, March 27, 2009 with a crowded house. Audience members watched a great musical production set in World War II. And over a dozen Roane County high schoolers sang, danced, and acted in a high-energy tribute to all the patriots of 'the war to end all wars'.

These students have worked together since January - learning lines, choreography, lyrics - and teamwork. History lessons played a part as students had to understand an era before cell phones and lap tops.

Support our students as they take the stage - just as Roane County supports our students when they take the field.

Shows are:
at Holy Joe's, 426 N. Roane Street, Harriman
(Downtown Harriman)
March 28, April 3, & 4, 2009
Show begins at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Tickets: $7.00 / $5.00

For more information, please contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 765-1129. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2009 - 4:34pm.

From the release:

Bill Freeman Resigns As Party Treasurer

Chairman Forrester Looks to Build Party Unity


Submitted by ConcernedCitizen on March 27, 2009 - 2:26pm.

Roane County Solid Waste Committee Meeting
Tonight, 6:00pm, at the Roane County Courthouse

The Roane County News indicates business that was intended to be discussed at the last meeting will be on the agenda for tonights meeting. That business was opening a new landfill in Midtown to accept fly ash. They will likely vote on a recommendation, for or against the ash going to the landfill, at this meeting.

Anyone interested in fly ash not going into a landfill in Midtown should attend.

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 27, 2009 - 1:00pm.

I just noticed that it is now easier to contribute to the Kingston campaign of Randy Martens. His website, (Link...), added a Paypal donate button.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2009 - 12:39pm.

The Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee has gone anti-environment this session. So which legislator is in the running for worst for the environment?

KnoxViews has the answer, and No...It is NOT "All of the above".

Submitted by onetahiti on March 27, 2009 - 10:54am.

Brad Parish of the Roane County Democratic Party asked me to pass along this announcement:

The Roane County Democratic Party will hold a County Convention for Reorganization on Saturday, March 28th 2009, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Kingston Community Center.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2009 - 8:39am.

Speakers up!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2009 - 8:27am.

Ellen Goodman...

We mow the lawn, we fertilize it, we pesticize it, we water it, for the absurd purpose of keeping this useless patch in a deliberate state of arrested development.

Planting the Seeds of a Revolution

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2009 - 8:13am.

Read and be prepared to discuss:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2009 - 2:39pm.

For completely wasting three minutes of your precious time, I apologize in advance.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2009 - 7:23am.

The EPA draft report on coal ash storage mandated "composite" liners as the only way to safely store coal ash. Just using the word "liner" doesn't work. It's a weasel word. A landfill could be "lined" with ash for all it means...Meaningless. Unfortunately that's what we have at the moment.

Here's the bill in it's entirety. It's short.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2009 - 7:04am.

Describes the current Tennessee Legislative session with keen accuracy:

Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

It's why we are here, folks. No creature, living or dead, is safe as long as our state legislature is in session.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2009 - 6:49am.

Roane County Voters had the opportunity to use new optical scan ballots in the early vote recently. I have to say it was wonderful and reassuring knowing there was a paper ballot that could be recounted with certainty. It was easy and quick. Now we are seeing the Republican dominated Elections Board working to stop it from going into effect for 2010.

Randy Neal is on the case:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 25, 2009 - 6:16pm.

I'm not saying Ken and Dennis aren't still in the running with their 24 hour notice before inspection bill for waste treatment facilities. I mean that one has to make sure our waste treatment is superior and always functioning at the highest levels that somebody's brother in law can achieve, but I'm just sayin'...

But to outlaw how kids wear their pants?

Our State legislators are an embarrassment.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 25, 2009 - 9:45am.

I can't see any way this is a good thing:

The bill sponsored by Rep. Harry Tindell, a Knoxville Democrat, would require a majority vote by the local governing body to allow guns to be carried. Local governments could also decide to allow guns in some parks, but not others.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 25, 2009 - 8:19am.

With a strong storm system moving in and planning to stay for a few days I usually like to keep an eye on the Emory River level. We have already had two high water events of 30,000 and 15,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Both of them moved the ash further downstream. For reference the Ocoee runs 1100 to 1700 cfs.

Emory Gauge

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2009 - 6:17pm.


One bit of information that is important to remember...Tom McFarland was retained as independent counsel by the Blue Springs Boat Company but that the letter to Bob Markli from McFarland was on Roane County Attorney letterhead.

Can't it be considered a serious breach of ethics if Tommy is speaking as the County Attorney while representing a private client in the same case?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2009 - 5:58pm.

There are less than 600 coal mining jobs in the entire state of Tennessee but the Coal PR folks are in full swing claiming the EPA is wiping out our economy. The KNS falls for it hook line and sinker.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2009 - 5:49pm.

We had lunch at the overlook above Whites Creek looking out over the Tennessee Valley. Got to watch two teenaged bald eagles play their brains out. There are a few more pictures at Whites Creek Journal.

Submitted by harrimanite on March 24, 2009 - 1:43pm.

Yager and Ferguson to Hold Town Hall “Listening Meeting”

(NASHVILLE, TN), March 24, 2009 – Local State Senator Ken Yager announced today that he and Rep. Dennis Ferguson will be holding a Town Hall “Listening Meeting” in order to meet with local citizens and hear their concerns regarding issues before the State Legislature. The meeting is set for Thursday, April 2nd, from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center.
"The General Assembly is facing decisions that affect all of us on many important issues like our state budget, economic development, the environment, education, and our court system," said Sen. Yager. "I want to be open and available to hear from area citizens about these and other important issues before us, as well as offer any assistance to area citizens with state government agencies. I am looking forward to this event and hope that we have a large turnout.”

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2009 - 7:08am.

Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham on Monday said TVA has made 61 payouts on about 40 homes and 210 acres in the area immediately impacted by the spill from a ruptured retention pond.


Submitted by reneehoyos on March 23, 2009 - 5:54pm.

This is the letter I wrote to the members of the House Environment Subcommittee. They say they only hear from people supporting bills such as these, so let's get those phones ringing!

Esteemed House Environment Subcommittee members,


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 23, 2009 - 7:34am.

By Ray Collett...

Hello Readers, In my last article I wrote about the Rockwood Mine Explosion of 1925,( the first one.) Details are not as plentiful on that one as the 1926 explosion , and a lot of reports contradict each other.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2009 - 4:41pm.


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