Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 6:44pm.

The state legislature's Conservation and Environment Committee has done little to counter critics' complaints that state officials are generally ill-informed about coal ash. And on February 12 committee chair Joe McCord introduced House Bill 1204, which proposed to exempt from state water-quality controls a toxic compound called selenite, which is found in coal ash. [For more on the selenite scandal, see "The Dredge Report."]

Actually, we could point out a couple of other state Legislators who don't get it...Like the State Senator who sponsored the selenium bill SB1331...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 12:26pm.

Senator Boxer..."If these sites are so hazardous, and if the neighborhoods nearby could be harmed irreparably, then I believe it is essential to let people know," she said. "I think secrecy might lead to inaction."

Remarks as prepared

Real Player Press Conference in progress


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 10:30am.

These are large butterflies and seem to be prevalent this year. nervous things, they just won't hold still while I get the best angle. This will have to do for now.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 8:05am.

How to play a Chicken Pickin' Guitar...


(I think the name comes from the goofy way you have to move your head and neck to make this work)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 7:54am.

Updated... After the jump

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2009 - 7:44am.

The best Republican Governor ever elected as a Democrat, Phil Bredesen on the TNGOP amendment to his budget proposal..."Stupid!"


Submitted by farmer leaf on June 11, 2009 - 11:49pm.

Sorry, the sex part was just to get your attention. However, I do want to discuss the occasional remarks disparaging poetry that are worked into various people's posts.

Different personalities pose their ideas in different ways. When people come to RoaneViews, some come to share ideas in poetic fashion, others come to play racquetball. Among the racquetball only group, there seems to be a dismissive attitude about "silly poems," and a sense of frustration that they don't understand what it is that is being said.

To understand poetry, it requires that one be still and listen. Poetry has the ability to explore profound universal truths, but not to those in a hurry. Bob Dylan is a poet, and one who would call his profound poetry "silly," could be view as rather shallow and willfully ignorant.

Racquetball on the other hand is a totally competitive undertaking, shout, yell, shout, yell, work up a sweat, gloat in victory, stomp off when defeated. It is a poor model for dialogue.

I for one would like to read more poetry and watch less racquetball on this site. Thank-you.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2009 - 11:45am.

I meant to post this much earlier, for folks who wish to make written comment to the House Subcommittee Congressional field hearing. Include your name and address and email your comment to:

Rep.E.B.Johnson@mail.house.gov

Her web site has a contact form as well ... www.ebjohnson.house.gov


Submitted by swanpondresident on June 11, 2009 - 9:13am.

Received a call last night from Stephanie Smith regarding the piece to run this Friday, 6/12/09, CNN - Anderson Cooper 360, 10:00 segment.

Not sure of the exact time, the length of the piece, or any other details at this point.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2009 - 6:32am.

I'm having a tough time imagining a more short sighted group than Republican legislators at the moment. Is that why they waited until the end to wreck Bredesen's budget? (One of my main peaves with the KNS is dishonest headlines...Check this one out.)

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 10, 2009 - 7:34pm.

There's a tornado warning for Roane County. Check your favorite weather source for ongoing details. TNSkywarn is a good place to start: Link...


Submitted by onetahiti on June 10, 2009 - 6:53pm.

Education Week has the article: Link...

Note: Free registration is required to view the page.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 6:31pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 4:32pm.

Recreational Advisory for Watts Bar Reservoir

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 4:07pm.

TVA announces closure of Swan Pond Road late evening June 12 through the morning of June 16 to facilitate completion of the rail spur.

The Emory River is open for navigation but closed to recreation from the confluence with the Clinch River, mile 0, through mile 4 (1/2 mile above sand island).


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 2:02pm.

Bring it on! We totally trust TVA to do the right thing and keep us all safe...Don't we?

The Tennessee Valley Authority is evaluating a potential site near the Clinch River in Roane County, Tenn., for the reactor and is a industrial consultant for Babcock & Wilcox, said Jack Bailey, TVA's vice president of nuclear generation development.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 11:40am.

According to my calculations, TVA dumps enough arsenic into Watts Bar to kill 6,129,000 people each year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 10:33am.

...Not to mention their inability to operate a voicemail system.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 10:26am.

I would hope not. I also wonder if our towns will opt out of gunsin parks as well? I just don't see us being safer with concealed weapons at ball games.

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Submitted by BrantWW on June 10, 2009 - 9:29am.

TVA REPORT TO "Our Roane County Neighbors"

See attached....


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 9:10am.

Findings from the Institute for Policy Integrity, New York School of Law:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2009 - 8:24am.

I have been told that the Alabama site is a state of the art clay and composite lined landfill. It has to go somewhere.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2009 - 9:01pm.

No Playing, no thinking!

Wait until there are no (zero) symptoms.

You listening, Coach?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2009 - 7:50am.

The Kingston City Council Budget Meeting held yesterday afternoon from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. will continue this afternoon in the Council Room from 6:00 p.m. until the regularly scheduled Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2009 - 7:45am.

There's nothing but bad news for Roane County in Ken Yager's Fish Kill Bill. We're not done yet!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2009 - 7:26am.

Does TVA go out of its way to get bad publicity? This is silly on TVA's part. Work something out here..

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2009 - 7:19am.

What do you think?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 8, 2009 - 4:29pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on June 8, 2009 - 1:47pm.

Yesterday I received a telemarketing call from someone who identified himself as being from "Democracy in Action." He was very rude and persistent in wanting me to donate $150 to help President Obama's health care program.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 8, 2009 - 6:26am.

Their health has been wrecked, their property values have plummeted, and the absence of culpability by oversight agencies is staggering.

Only it's not oversight agencies that are the problem. It's that TVA claims it answers to no one...

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