Money Quote on Education:
Ms. McMillan says every study she's seen shows that parental involvement is one of the top ways to increase attainment levels and graduation rates. But, she said, "It's tough. I've been a lawyer for over twenty years, and practiced in domestic relations, and people ask 'how can I make my ex-spouse be a better parent.' You can't just issue an order that you have to be a better parent, just like it's hard to pass legislation to force people to be more involved in their children's education. What's important is having someone in the governor's office and people in the legislature that make this their top priority, to go out and convince people that being involved in your children's education, being excited about the prospects we have in Tennessee, being optimistic, is really important. I can do that. I've done that for fifteen years in my role in state government and I am prepared to do that as the next governor."
From our "Bring it on" Department (and Congressman Davis' office):
“I’ve held hundreds of unscripted, open meetings for and with my constituents over the past several years,” said Congressman Davis. “I am pleased to announce that I will be able to carry on that tradition during this year’s August work period.”Continued...
Mary Mancini at Liberadio(!) blows up Election Commissioner Mark Goins reasons for refusing to follow the law. Prove that any vote cast on the current electronic voting machines was actually counted for the candidate it was cast for...Or follow the law and immediately replace them with paper ballots.
This is what we in Roane County have used for the last two elections and they worked marvelously.
I heard that Mike Hooks resigned his County Commission seat last night. Does anyone have an update?
Registration form for Free Medical Screenings for Residents Affected by the Fly Ash Spill
Update from Sarah: "Harlie has a home! Did not take long and thanks to all! What a terrific network of friends."
This dog needs a home - we cannot let her go to the pound. Excellent with children, good with other animals, loves people, past the real puppy stage. Dew claws removed, needs to be spayed. Born July, 2008
National Coal, TVA, and other coal mining interests still own mining leses in the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area. If these leases are developed by surface minining it will require more of the devastation that we saw at Zeb Mountain and will most likely destroy the water quality of the New River and the Big South Fork which it flows into.Continued...
I am not sure exactly how to proceed after viewing the anarchist and libertarian impulses that seemed to be at play when we tried to line the people up to submit entries.Continued...
In a surprise visit to the TVA site, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, spoke with members of the Roane County Citizen's Action Group who are charged with input into the cleanup process.
Update: KNS StoryContinued...
Here's an interesting quote that may have local implications:
“We’ve overhauled our complete organization,” said Mr. Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products. “We’ve committed to taking all of our fly ash ponds dry, and we’re taking a hard look at our gypsum ponds to see if we need to go dry with all of them.”
Sarah McCoin is skeptical...Us too!
Now why would a Republican state election commissioner want to keep bad voting machines with no paper ballot and that can be easily hacked to change votes?
By Ray Collett
Hello Readers, What a hot day today is...I just got back from Big Ridge State Park in Union County, I am "picking and grinning" there with Ron Collin's band Aug. 22 and wanted to make sure I could find the place okay.Continued...
Except for that, Steve Cohen gave a fine demonstration of how a meeting should be conducted. Everyone whoo livesin the area has an equal chance to speak and folks who disrupt things are escorted out. How simple is that?
A colleague in local emergency services just told me he was robbed after being pulled over on Highway 27 by someone in a fake police car. My colleague said the police car "looked real."
The victim was slightly cut in the chest when the robber attempted to stab him.Continued...
Now comes Prince George County.
Full Circle Solutions Inc. wants to create an 18-hole course on the 440-acre Proctor Farm property off Courtland Road (State Route 35). The county Planning Commission is expected to look at the proposal at its September meeting.
Full Circle specializes in recycling the byproducts — mostly ash — created by the burning of coal in electric power plants. The company plans to use coal-combustion byproducts to reshape the flat terrain here into a pleasantly rolling landscape dubbed the Links of Locksley.Continued...
Several of us had lunch with State Senator Roy Herron, candidate for Governor of TN. Coincidentally, a group of teachers were also on the patio. Senator Herron spent as much time chatting with them as he did with the money folks. This man is way too genuine to be a politician. We'll add his campaign site to the side bar so you folks can check him out.
PUBLIC HEARING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
AUGUST 11, 2009 – 6:45 P.M.
I invite you, John Henderson, any other election worker or official, and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins, to offer evidence that any vote ever cast on any of the electronic voting machines we use now, during any election, has ever been recorded accurately, as per the voters’ intent.
In other words, our votes are being cast in secret, as they should be, but they are also being counted in secret, which violates the most basic rule of a free and fair election.
My Aunt Shirley can't work at Ruby's any more...
The American Mustache Institute is asking all people of "Mustached American descent" (and the clean shaven) to stop patronizing the Maryville-based restaurant chain on grounds it is violating the civil rights of its employees who wish to "express themselves in a limited manner by growing and maintaining facial hair."
TVA is gathering information from stakeholders on how to meet the needs of the Tennessee Valley and its residents for energy, environment, natural resource management and recreation.
Let me know if you are interested and I'll make the connections...
Steve, My daughter must give up her chocolate lab and she is wonderful (and very handsome). Good with children. We cannot take another dog and I don’t want her to go to the pound. Do you know of anyone who would be willing to take her? She is very well bred but we don’t have her papers and she needs to be spayed. Any ideas?
Over last several months, I have had increasing concerns over TVA’s handling of the ash spill in Roane County. After seeing the report from Inspector General Richard Moore, my concerns have turned to straight up anger at how this community was slighted both before and after the failure on December 22nd. TVA’s behavior is unconscionable and the people of Roane County deserve better. I think I speak for our county leaders in saying that we WILL hold TVA accountable.
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