Sat
Nov 7 2009
09:36 am

Dodd, 72, has been cited for six counts of animal cruelty. Future charges would be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies...

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Fri
Nov 6 2009
01:11 pm

They aren't ten cents anymore, but experts say reading is reading.

(link...)

Fri
Nov 6 2009
11:45 am

“The numbers are the tip of the iceberg,” Balcom said.

(link...)

Thu
Nov 5 2009
05:06 pm
By: WhitesCreek

From TVA's Katie (Bell) Kline
Senior Manager, Community Relations

Information for our Roane County Neighbors about What’s Happening on the
Kingston Ash Recovery Site and Kingston Fossil Plant Update
November 5, 2009

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Thu
Nov 5 2009
12:23 pm

I'm really glad to see college students getting back into this sort of thing.

Environmental activist Larry Gibson will present "Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia" on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at ETSU.

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Thu
Nov 5 2009
10:50 am
By: WhitesCreek

Questions persist regarding TVA's ability to run new nuclear facilities, with Watts Bar Two in the works. TVA has noted in court its own inability to operate a voicemail system but nuclear plants are much simpler and easier, apparently.

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Thu
Nov 5 2009
10:45 am
By: WhitesCreek

More

(I may put up more shots if I have time)

Wed
Nov 4 2009
07:58 pm

8% voter turnout in Knoxville elections. Fly on the wall, Snarkbites, reports back on proposed solutions...
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Wed
Nov 4 2009
05:34 pm

AS the new more efficient scrubber at the Kingston TVA plant comes on line folks will see a steam cloud emitting from the top of the new stack, much like a small version of the billowing clouds that surge out of the Watts Bar cooling towers. From the official release:

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Wed
Nov 4 2009
09:52 am

November 2009

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Wed
Nov 4 2009
06:47 am

Two of five teams in this weekend's regional finals in the nation's most prestigious math and science competition for high school students at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta are from Oak Ridge High. Three years ago they went all the way. We'll be pulling for them to put a bright spot on Tennessee's education reputation.

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Wed
Nov 4 2009
06:13 am
Tue
Nov 3 2009
04:46 pm
Tue
Nov 3 2009
07:57 am

Here we go. Don't say we didn't predict this.

Rhea County Executive Billy Ray Patton told us if Roane County received 43 million, Rhea County is also entitled to some compensation.

Hmmmm...What I don't see is the public official emphatically calling for TVA to readdress compensation for the actual victims here.

(link...)

Mon
Nov 2 2009
02:29 pm

Free Beer, Free music, $10 movie at 4 Market Square in Knoxville.

(link...)

Mon
Nov 2 2009
11:58 am

WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 3, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C

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Mon
Nov 2 2009
09:48 am
By: WhitesCreek

To bring you something completely frivilous, my Halloween costume. I know you didn't recognize me when you saw me. :>)

If there is one thing I would change in our electoral process it would be the money. The ability of special interests to funnel large amounts of money to their lackeys in elected office is nothing more than legalized corruption. Legislative PACs are growing in their influence and should be outlawed.

Chairman Duncan live in Inez, KY which is not in the TVA service area. He is buddies with executives of Massey Coal, the Coal company responsible for devastating aquatic life in 70 miles of waterways and threatening the water supply of 10 municipalities in Kentucky.
An Inspector General report on the spill and a coverup of the reasons 6 of the 8 filed charges against Massey were dropped in secret actions has been redacted. Got that?

One Half of the IG report purported to show there is no coverup has been covered up. Chairman Duncan seems to be extremely compromised. Perhaps it is time for someone besides me to call for him to step down and let TVA start to heal itself.

The Obama Admiinistration also needs to step up and issue the full IG report. I know it is easy to criticize the things they haven't gotten to yet, but this is a crucial point in the process of fighting climate change. Big Coal and Big Energy must be outed so that the public can see them for what they are.

Mon
Nov 2 2009
06:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

by Ray Collett

Hello Readers, I hope the "Trick Or Treaters" weren't too rough on you Saturday night. Gennell and I went to a Halloween Party at "Ratchet's Bar and Grill." I won first prize in the "Funniest" category and the funny part was, I didn't have on a mask. Kind of scary isn't it...Halloween is sure different from when we were youngsters, not many "outhouses" to tip over.

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Sun
Nov 1 2009
02:53 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I love this tree/shrub. It's a little early but the blossoms are lush this year. This is the last tree to bloom before the winter gloom. We were sitting on the big rock by the creek and honey bees kept landing on me. I wondered what they were feeding on. You just have to get out and find them yourself because there's no way to do justice to these flowers.

More

Sun
Nov 1 2009
10:29 am

Here's Scott Barker's KNS story on it. The piece is well done, subject to the things left out because of limited space. And while I'm at it, I have to say that after reading the comments at the KNS I really appreciate the level of civil discourse of you folks here at Roane Views. Thakyou!

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Sun
Nov 1 2009
09:21 am
By: WhitesCreek

No, not that kind. This refers to the demons of our own creation. The demons that infect our society and provide unfair advantages to some while exempting them from their fair share of obligations and public burden. Talk about a scary movie...

HT to EL

Sun
Nov 1 2009
01:11 am

Change your clock, change your batteries: smoke alarms save lives

Sat
Oct 31 2009
12:03 pm

Vampire Bats

Sat
Oct 31 2009
10:34 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sat
Oct 31 2009
09:01 am
By: WhitesCreek

Huh? WE are supposed to solve Coal Industries Problems, Or Else?

I'm used to seeing incredibly moronic public statements by this or that official along with the transparently self serving spin of industry spokespersons. In a RCN piece on Friday there was this jewel:

“If the ash problem is not fixed for the coal industry, then we’ve got a lot of serious problems in this country,” Morris said.

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And calls out the Knox News Sentinel for letting them get away with such blatant political nonsense...

Zach, for instance:

It raises taxes on middle class families, cuts Medicare benefits for seniors and imposes an additional tax burden on small businesses, among other things, on the way to a government takeover of health care.

Zach think the middle class makes more than a million bucks a year, it subsidizes small businesses, and gives seniors the best deal ever...

The bill actually expands Medicare Part D benefits to more seniors, eliminates the "donut hole," and reduces premiums, expands Part B low-income subsidies, eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for preventive care, and aims to make sure that providers are fairly compensated.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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