Sun
Nov 22 2009
12:02 pm

"It's more important to protect bottom lines than bottoms."

Sat
Nov 21 2009
07:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Nonsense from our Senior Senator

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Sat
Nov 21 2009
07:47 am

Rockwood won the 2A football matchup with Hampton 28 - 14. They face Boyd Buchanan next week.

Here's the bracket

Harriman lost to Knox Grace 35 - 21. (link...)

That's a great question. What are the chances that the current crew on the hill will make any attempt to address this inequity?

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Fri
Nov 20 2009
03:30 pm

Oh boy...

An environmental attorney has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to order a massive landfill in Alabama's Perry County to stop receiving coal ash from Tennessee until it has a state permit to discharge liquid waste into the treatment plant in the county seat of Marion.

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Fri
Nov 20 2009
03:07 pm

As of right now it is once again illegal to carry weapons into anyplace the serves alchohol, as a result of a judges decision in a lawsuit brought by a group of Tennessee Restaurant owners.

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Fri
Nov 20 2009
02:51 pm

East Embayment Update

As part of the revised work plan for time-critical ash removal from the East Embayment, TVA will be moving fish from the Embayment to the Emory River beginning Monday, November 23.

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Fri
Nov 20 2009
09:49 am
By: WhitesCreek

The Tennessean has a very interesting web site that lets you compare cancer rates for counties across Tennessee. Roll the cursor over the county and the rates pop up. One thing I noticed right off was the high rate of lung cancer for Roane County compared to our neighbors. What do you think?

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Fri
Nov 20 2009
08:02 am
By: WhitesCreek

Actually, I think it should be: "Plant a bunch of trees now". The Tennessee Conservationist has a fabulous article on planting your trees in this month's issue. It isn't available online so go pop the $15 for a subscription. It will be the best $15 you spend this year (give some for presents why don't you?). Anyway, here's another good how to...

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And take a look at locally native species if you can.

Thu
Nov 19 2009
12:03 pm

That cost Mr. Kilgore nearly $2 million in potential bonuses and eliminated another $1.2 million in bonuses for his top executives.

Link

Thu
Nov 19 2009
09:06 am

has anybody noticed that clean water is a really big deal for Roane County? Don't you wish wwe didn't have enormous problems with our Rivers and Lake right now? Want to do something big to help? Senator Russ Feingold has introduced a bill that needs our attention. Get involved. It's easy.
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Thu
Nov 19 2009
07:02 am

Injured Bald Eagle is being fed with meat provided by local hunters and anglers. Thank you from all the rest of us.

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Photo Link

Wed
Nov 18 2009
04:51 pm

TVA is asked for a public written statement of their real estate policy.

Tax Assessor Teresa Kirkham explains why tax valuations went up in the ash spill area. (I don't understand it)

Randy Ellis asks who property owners need to go to in order to challenge their assessment?

Wed
Nov 18 2009
04:38 pm

Ya might want to file as a candidate if you expect the party chairman to mention your name at dinner.
Link
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Wed
Nov 18 2009
03:53 pm

The part we are more interested in starts at minute 32. Once the player loads and starts the curser can be advanced to the right minute.

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Sorry slow internet users. This one takes broadband.

Wed
Nov 18 2009
02:18 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 – 12:30 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER
A G E N D A

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Wed
Nov 18 2009
10:09 am

Spending billions on new nuclear plants may not be that good an idea. Apparently there is a large shortage of uranium and no ready solution.

"Uranium mines provide us with 40,000 tons of uranium each year. Sounds like that ought to be enough for anyone, but it comes up about 25,000 tons short of what we consume yearly in our nuclear power plants" (Technology Review).

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Wed
Nov 18 2009
07:16 am

Not for profit organizations enjoy tax exempt status as long as they don't lobby or try to directly influence legislation. Providing below market rent to Congressmen on the condition that they attend "prayer meetings" has come into seriuos question in the scandal laden C Street house in Washington. The names involved are bipartisan and familiar.

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Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:45 pm

Local journalists Don Dare and Scott Barker shared a few tricks of their trade with UT students and faculty Thursday night at the forum, “Tools for Investigative Journalists.”

Link

Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:43 pm
By: macmurchadh

Many folks like myself, didn't want or use his content when it was free; now he may charge. Yawn. His destruction of a once grand institution called the WSJ is complete. The rest of his properties hardly pass for legitimate news outlets. So go ahead, stop indexing. Shrug.

Google: Rupert Murdoch can block us if he wants to

Tue
Nov 17 2009
10:19 am

Sponsored by Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander and Virginia Democrat Jim Webb, the bill would provide $100 billion in loan guarantees for carbon-free electricity projects, adding to the existing $47 billion loan guarantee program.

Link

Mon
Nov 16 2009
04:48 pm

You know, everything would be just fine if those pesky auditors would mind their own business.

The auditors fault, first, a decision to allow continued harvest of shovelnosed sturgeon, even though they are similar in appearance to an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon, and information that identity mistakes lead to some pallid sturgeon being taken in violation of federal law. The federal government has recently moved to override the state decision and forbid harvest of the shovelnosed sturgeon in areas where the species overlap - such as Tennessee.

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Mon
Nov 16 2009
01:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Mr. Scott said there were scare headlines and front page stories about the Kingston ash spill soon after it occurred, but that has died down as tests showed the incident was not as calamitous as originally portrayed.

TVA Missed Signs $1 Billion Kingston Ash Spill Was Eminent

Mon
Nov 16 2009
01:14 pm

I have several meetings at Tennessee State parks each year and I have found their restaurants to be good solid dining at a reasonable cost. I have seen extended families show up for a hike and a meal but I had not thought about the holidays as an excuse for letting them do the cooking.

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Mon
Nov 16 2009
10:00 am
By: WhitesCreek

Drivers using...highways (61 and 62) should be prepared to stop and show proper identification, licensing information, insurance information, and other traffic-related information requested.

The only "other" information I am aware of would be the vehicle tag registration. Driver's should have all of this paperwork in a handy spot in the vehicle anyway.

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Mon
Nov 16 2009
07:10 am

White nose fungus is killing bats. It is spread by humans who visit infected caves and carry it to other caves. This is serious stuff.

The white fungus infects hibernating bats, causing them to wake up and burn precious fat reserves. The bats fly early from their cave in search of food, and because the insects they normally eat are unavailable, they starve.

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Sun
Nov 15 2009
09:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
This weekend I was invited to the "Roane County Writers Group" festival by noted author B.J.Gillium. Bill Landry was a keynote speaker and lots of interest was sparked by the young writers attending. While there, displaying my "Rockwood Memories", I also had a few of the "Rockwood 1951 DVD's. So many "immigrants" who have moved from all around these United States and retired in our beautiful Roane County were really interested in Rockwood in the "hustling and bustling" 1950's. Along this line, I will conclude Mr. Harry Shamhart's memories of Rockwood with his listing of businesses along Rockwood's main streets as he remembers.....

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Sun
Nov 15 2009
08:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

Al Gore recognizes that America will act to fight climate change.

"The only question," he says, " is how long will it take for us to get our act together?"

"We help solve the climate crisis. We put millions of people in good new jobs and we sharply reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

The Tennessean

Lost Medicaid Funding

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