Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 5:55pm.

North Carolina sued TVA and won over the coal fired plants that were demonstrated to prematurely end the lives of roughly 150 people a year in NC. Tennessee is the recipient of coal plant effluent from far more plants than NC and more are planned.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 3:35pm.

Updated:

"It's going to cost them something in the neighborhood of $500-600 per month for each individual to remain on bail," said Leon Houston's lawyer, Jim Logan. "These two men are not free. The restrictions that have been placed on their bonds are as onerous as any that I've ever seen in this area. But they will comply with those conditions.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 1:25pm.

Why so we only have one 2.5 micron monitor to measure the dust from the ash disaster?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 9:17am.

This is a great way to get Spring started.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 7:55am.

For once I'm glad the Houstons will be the big story.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 6:23am.

Dave is the awesome photog for Roane County News. Usually we get to see a shot or two at a time, but here is one of his photo essays with sound. Enjoy...

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Submitted by Lala on March 10, 2009 - 6:02pm.

Chairman Beets slams down his gavel calling for order in the court. " Come on Big Boy"as Kirkham calls out McFarland.
Roane County makes the news again!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 5:39pm.

Submitted by loveofcountry on March 10, 2009 - 1:57pm.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - About 4,000 gallons of potentially toxic fly ash sludge spilled into the Potomac River after a pipeline ruptured at a coal-burning power plant, Maryland environmental officials said today.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 12:53pm.

Here's the download of the TDEC Air Quality presentation from the recent public meeting at Roane State. Page 4 seems to be the problem, where they state that the ash has a particle size of 10-100 microns.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 8:18am.

We had a significant number of people add their names to this. Copies were sent to Senator Yager and Representative Ferguson. Personal calls to their offices would be helpful in getting the follow up medical study that is needed to ensure a healthy Roane County.

Read it again
State Senator Ken Yager's telephone number in Nashville is: (615) 741-1449. The number for his district office is 865-285-9797.

For Representative Ferguson:
Phone: 615-741-7658

Local office: 865-882-5930


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 6:34am.

Come on HUB. This is pretty basic storm water plan stuff. You guys should know better.

Chuck Flora, a manager with the Harriman Utility Board, says he's not concerned about an impact on the river.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 7:19pm.

Oh my...Wonder why?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 3:45pm.

Via Lincoln Davis's Staff...News for Release March 9, 2009
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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Responding to last year’s massive coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tennessee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today will announce new efforts to prevent future threats to human health and the environment.

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on March 9, 2009 - 1:41pm.

George Hyatte has pled guilty. Sentenced to life without parole. It's a done deal.
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More at:
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RB


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 10:51am.

Deja Moo...The feeling you've heard all this bull**** before.


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

Oh wait...I remember...

The Press Release is after the jump...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 7:16am.

I'm having difficulty finding the exact locations of the monitoring sites. My concern is whether or not the air is mpnitored at points that will tell uss whether the population nearby should be concerned or not. Has anyone founf a map?

TDEC is coordinating data review of air quality monitoring done by TVA and EPA around the spill site. The department has established a continuous air monitoring station North-Northeast of the coal ash slide site with support and assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for particulate matter and metals analysis. The department is continually evaluating the monitoring results to determine whether additional monitoring locations, types of monitors and/or monitoring frequency should be utilized. The department also operates a particulate pollution (PM2.5) monitor approximately 2.5 miles away from the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 6:18am.

Count me as one who just never understood why having extra daylight in the morning was a bad thing. You did set your clocks up, didn't you?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 6:12am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, It has been a few weeks but my shoulder is healing nicely, rehab is painful but it has to be done. I am driving so that takes some of the headache off of Gennell. Thanks for the emails, cards, and phone calls. I received an email from Wanda Thomas (Class of 1958). Wanda had this to say..

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 4:47pm.

Sorry I didn't see this earlier. It would have been a wonderful thing for folks to do today. You must put Point Trail on your list of hikes you have to do asap.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 9:42am.

From our "But we got a new Jail" Depratment:

Bredesen said leaders of some rural counties were hesitant to invest in schools for fear that a more educated population would leave for better opportunities.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 8:40am.

Long but informative. I wish we could get some of this same information from our local utility providers.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 7:53pm.

If you go outside and listen tonight, you may hear a trill in several part harmony. That singing is the American Toad. I love toads.

Long time RoaneViewers know about my affection for these homely little beasts and their beautiful natural song. They frequent the vernal pools and wetlands of the SouthEast and reward us with the kindest song in the amphibious kingdom. Go outside and listen...

OK, here it is for you poor people who don't have your own puddle close by... Link...


Submitted by onetahiti on March 7, 2009 - 4:22pm.

I just had the pleasure of dining on a fresh poached egg on toast. The egg, from Broadened Horizons Farm just up the road, was delicious. While my mom was at the farm shopping, she picked up some bok choy sets to put out in our cold frame. Turns out that bok choy is the same species as... turnips!

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 7, 2009 - 3:12pm.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries. Daylight Savings starts 3/8 at 2PM
It's that time of year again! West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department reminds us that when we change our clocks for Daylight Savings Time, we should also change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. For more info see: Link..., Link...

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