December 17, 2009 - photo gallery at Knoxnews.
"Giant of Tennessee politics will be best remembered for his support of civil rights activists, efforts to eradicate the boll weevil and his political longevity "
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has cleared the way for another round in the battle between Harriman and Kingston over a strip of land in the Midtown community.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.
A recent study by a consortium of economists from three universities found that, if polices implemented in the House-passed version of the climate and energy bill were enacted today, Tennessee stands to gain up to 20,000 jobs.
I was reminded by Louis Bayard over at Salon of just how great George C. Scott was in one of his final performances as Scrooge in the nineteen eighty four version of this classic story. Perhaps the work is just too dark and sober for a marathon broadcast over the holiday, as so many cable stations do with other lighter Christmas film.Continued...
OK, this is a Kea, not a Kiwi.
The award will help Connected Tennessee, the organization that helps accelerate the availability of broadband in Tennessee, deliver a comprehensive map of existing broadband service to the state.
Two legislators have asked the TN Attorney General, Robert Cooper, to prepare to take legal action to protect the state from the unfndated mandate portions of the healthcare reform bill currently being considered. According to the legislators, the bill would require to increase its state Medicaid program with $1.4 BILLION in additional funds from the state's taxpayers.
I have had dealings with one of these legislators on other issues, and have found her to be a very bright and thoughtful legislator.
"EPA under the Obama Administration has promised change and is working to deliver it through a rededication to science, transparency and the rule of law," EPA spokeswoman Adora Andy said in a statement Monday.
Dozens more filed by the Monday deadline.Continued...
The state health department has completed its health assessment of the TVA Kingston coal ash spill disaster site. Key findings according to the TDH:Continued...
The Creative Arts Co-op closed its community theatre production of 'A Christmas Carol' Saturday, December 19, 2009. And the show was an amazing success. The cast of young adults succeeded in presenting the iconic tale in an entertaining and lively way - engaging the audience. And brought to life the meaning of Christmas. To those of you who joined us over the two weeks of performances - THANK YOU! To those of you who missed it, you missed a great show.
Our next show will be our murder mystery 'The Lady Luck Murders' on New Year's Eve. You can visit us at (link...). We hope to see you there!
A neighbor is kind enough to pass on her copies of the Roane County News when she stops by the farm to purchase produce. While the news isn't always new and fresh with this arrangement, it does allow us to keep somewhat in the loop concerning the happenings around the County.
As an unabashed "tree hugger" whose road frontage trees and boundary fences have been mutilated by the County's articulated arm bush hog, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened to page 4A in the December 10th edition. There a photo of the smoldering and ruined hulk of this machine greeted my eyes. There is a Santa Claus after all!
When one drives along our lovely tree lined rural roads, the scene is often marred by broken and shattered limbs of trees poking out from gouged and shattered tree trunks. I have watched the operator push his bush-hog high overhead into our neighborhood cedar trees, leaving them looking like victims of wanton and mindless destruction, and for no apparent reason as the road in question is a dead end gravel road with no school bus or mail route.
Visitors to our farm from out of the County look at the trees and ask me why Roane County hates its' roadside trees. I have no answer for this question, as I often wonder the same thing.
I am not against trimming trees in a scientifically sound manner, but the operation of this particular machine is an abomination to good horticulture. A good solution for this former tractor would be to beat this hulk into pruning shears.
I think that means this is what they (want to)believe the stuff is:
Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said lakeside properties have lost $23.5 million in appraised value since the ash spill, resulting in an annual loss of $160,300 in property tax revenues for the county.
I don't think this is correct. I've not heard Ms. Kirkham say anything like "Property values have declined," personally, but I haven't been at every meeting. She has actually stated that property values have gone up, as I recall...Difficult position to back up in my view.
TVA: "So sue me! Oh wait...I don't think you can...Bwah, ha, ha..."
The nightmare before Christmas.
My family, like so many others in the South, has a tradition of eating black-eyed peas--in actuality a type of bean--on New Year's Day. We didn't eat them the rest of the year because, well, if truth be told, none of us liked them.Continued...
Trees are moving up the cove. TREES are moving UP the cove.
SWAN POND RESIDENTS PRESS CONFERENCE
THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TVA COAL ASH SPILLContinued...
Always a good read, my rowdy friend from Hoots has a message: NewsComa
An historic realization that it is time to stop mining and burning coal on this planet:
“I believe that the notion of holding the health care of over 300 million Americans hostage in exchange for a handful of coal permits is beyond foolish; it is morally indefensible,”
...West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd
We should not have to force TVA into court simply to get back what it has taken, but it looks as if this is going to be our only option.blockquote>
Kingston's mayor, Troy Beets, who is also a member of the county commission for the 52,000 residents of Roane County where the spill happened, said TVA is not only footing the cost of the cleanup but also has paid out $43 million to local governments for use on projects that will improve community life but aren't related to the environmental disaster.
The mayor said that despite the negative headlines and publicity he sees the community "being better off because of this."
"As leaders we need to rebuild our county, not portray it in a negative light," he said.
FYI From my contacts in Alabama...
Our latest news is that the landfill operators have been caught (filmed) pumping leachate into a nearby stream at night. I believe that to be a felony. The Hurricane Creek Riverkeeper has the evidence and is pushing for prosecution. We'll see how it goes. Ostensibly the leachate was being trucked to a different WTP, one that could properly treat it, unlike the original, closer, one. But it is way cheaper to just pump it out!
I asked for a link..They will get back to me as sson as the word is officially out.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS
EVENING TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY.
* RAIN WILL GRADUALLY CHANGE TO SNOW THIS EVENING...BUT MAY MIX
WITH OR CHANGE TO SNOW EARLIER IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
Great job by the KNS. I recognize some famous people from around here.
"A lazy mind should be rested, and the brain shifted into park."
Okay I am back with my botanical question of the day. If plants (real ones, not misnamed factories) take in and convert CO2 to promote their cell growth, how is it that some people confuse fossil burning facilities which create CO2 as being plants?
If your answer is; "well everybody else calls them plants," or "that's how TVA refers to their coal burning facilities," then please go back to sleep. Sorry to bother you.
Change is the most difficult undertaking one could perform today!
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)