Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 8, 2009 - 3:54pm.

10 popular brands of bottled water, purchased from grocery stores and other retailers in 9 states and the District of Columbia, contained 38 chemical pollutants altogether, with an average of 8 contaminants in each brand.

Interesting...The bottled water folks don't want their label to contain testing information similar to what your municipal water supplier is supposed to publish. Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 8, 2009 - 3:32pm.

From our "Coal is just as bad at the other end of the process" Department...

Link...

And a big Thank You to Lamar Alexander for sponsoring the anti mountaintop removal bill that got these people irritated.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on July 8, 2009 - 2:37pm.

See RCN Link...
FORMER Constable Mark Patton ousted by Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons. Testimony was enough to justify it, the judge said.

RB

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Submitted by farmer leaf on July 8, 2009 - 2:11pm.

had we been paying attention.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 7:52pm.

I know you won't believe this, but Belmont University is heavily into no see ums. You know about no see ums right? I mean, you're sitting on the deck sipping someting cold and these little bites in all those places start itching and scratching and you can't see the mosquito that had to be the culprit...


We've found that Tiki lamps work really well. It's not the citronella...It's the CO2 that confuses them.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 7:20pm.

Sound bites never work out quite right. That's why we have RoaneViews.com.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 9:17am.

Update: We made the News Today, oh boy!

WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
JULY 7, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 8:33am.

I saw a presentation on this disease that could kill most of our bats if we don't figure it out. Bats are extremely important to agriculture and insect population balance and this is a scary ecological development. For now people are asked to stay out of places where bats might roost or nest. It appears that we are the vector for transmitting the disease form cave to cave.

Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 8:28am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2009 - 8:26am.

If you haven't been through a tornado you have no idea of the helplessness, awe, and fear that goes along with the damage and injury. Awareness and early warning are reasonable precautions...

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 6, 2009 - 1:16pm.

I'll be at the Conservation Fisheries fundraiser next Saturday at this place from noon til six. I'm really curious about it...

Link...

And if you have any spare change you can show the fishies some love while you're at it. Every nickel helps restore life to Tennessee waters.


Submitted by onetahiti on July 3, 2009 - 11:40pm.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 7:24pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on July 3, 2009 - 6:52pm.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by farmer leaf on July 3, 2009 - 3:39pm.

Do you consider yourself environmentally conscious and responsible?? You might not know that all those colorful explosives used to celebrate special occasions.... (your firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles and yes even those so-called "harmless" sparklers)... pose a serious environmental and health danger from heavy metals and other toxic firework fallout.

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 3, 2009 - 2:01pm.

The Kingston Fireworks Show will start at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th at Kingston City Park.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 7:01am.

... a 2007 study from the University of Essex shows that a daily "dose" of walking outside in nature can be as effective at treating mild to moderate depression as expensive antidepressant medications that can sometimes have negative side-effects.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 6:48am.

And then there's the Smokies and the Cumberlands...

America adores its Adirondacks and reveres the Rockies, while the Appalachian Mountains -- with their impoverished and alienated population -- are dismantled by coal moguls who dominate state politics and have little to prevent them from blasting the physical landscape to smithereens.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 5:37am.

Really? Yes, according to TWRA.

Link...


Submitted by onetahiti on July 2, 2009 - 2:13pm.

Another fireworks seller is advertising in the Roane County News that he will pay the sales tax on all purchases.

Remember that there is no sales tax on fireworks at the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) sale in the Wal-Mart parking lot. WRCVFD is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity and under Tennessee law does not collect sales tax on sales in its fireworks tent.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 1:21pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 10:09am.

EPA APPROVES PLAN FOR DISPOSAL OF COAL ASH FROM TVA KINGSTON SITE TO THE ARROWHEAD LANDFILL IN PERRY COUNTY, ALABAMA

The presser is after the jump and the FAQ on Perry, AL is attached.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 6:50am.

Here's a case in point that's close to home. In the Constable Patton case:

Lawyer: Testimony clears client of charges

Even Chris Cawood didn't say that. he said the charges should be dismissed beause of the state laws against self incriminatioin. It should say something like, "Sure he's probably guilty of felonies but you can't prosecute him because he as much as admitted it in court." I call that different from being "cleared" which has false implications of innocence.


Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 2, 2009 - 5:36am.

Interesting.... missing inspection notes.... an inspector that NEVER performed inspections on these types of facilities.... & "TVA Media" that reviews and makes chages to the wording of an inspection, including omitting the word "immediatly" regarding the urgency of needed repairs.....

Knoxville New Sentinal:

Inspection notes missing in TVA fly ash oversight

Engineer's paperwork from last visit before spill are gone

Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:43pm.

Thanks! Every little bit helps. Now about that $500 Million in economic damage to Roane County...(We may up that number as we learn more)

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:39pm.

That's the one thing new that I learned at the LTRC presentation by TVA. The ash pond really was a pond to start with. Watts Bar Lake, actually. The unstable layer of sediment and ash came from the ash being filtered through an area that was diked off from the rest of the lake. No explaination as to where the fine clay sediment that was mixed in came from, but it would stand to reason that it was runoff from TVA construction.

It's like saying "We slipped on a banana peel, and yes, we were eating bananas just before this terrible tragedy."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:33pm.

We're going to miss Zach Wamp...

Former Tennessee Republican chairwoman Robin Smith said Wednesday that a state GOP news release that used Barack Obama's middle name, "Hussein," and showed him in traditional African clothing should not be used to question her leadership during her run for Congress.

...asked about the Web site news release and the GOP's tactics while she headed the state party in 2008. She called the question "unprofessional" and said it was "liberal media" trying to embarrass her.

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/humphrey/2009/07/robin-smith-officially-running.html


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 2:06pm.

Here are the bullet points of my testimony to the Congressional Field Hearing. I have come to the conclusion that we need to craft a solid list of things we have to have to set right Roane County and its people. What needs changing?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 9:15am.

This is the 182 day of this year. Only 183 left to go before we fritter away 2009. On this date in 1956 Elvis sang Hound Dog to an actual hound dog on the Ed Sullivan show. I saw that... and this too. (As far as I know, there were only two channels in North Carolina at the time. Try explaining that to you kids)



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