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!

(link...)

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.

(link...)

Fri
Oct 30 2009
07:13 am
By: WhitesCreek

There's something about a big tree that gives one a feeling of awe. I don't understand the lust for cutting them down and have gone to stupid lengths to preserve the ones that grow around me. A good neighbor mentioned this one on his farm.

I looked up the method for scoring a big tree and got roughly 322 points for this beauty.

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Fri
Oct 30 2009
06:35 am

The best of the klitchy monsters, Monster Kitty, and Grasshopper do cameos.

Thu
Oct 29 2009
09:30 am
By: WhitesCreek

Sunbow in the early light...

More pix

Thu
Oct 29 2009
08:58 am

Tuesday Nov. 10, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the Kingston Outreach Center.

TVA subject matter experts and agency representatives from
the Kingston Ash Recovery Site will be on hand to answer
your questions and concerns about the cleanup.

The ad that will appear in local news outlets is attached.

Thu
Oct 29 2009
07:40 am

Calling Insurance companies "bullies", Flowers says the Public Option is a necessary to keep insurance companies honest, "Opt out is a cop out."

(link...)

Thu
Oct 29 2009
06:54 am

Is it possible that a cost effective drink bottle recycling method demonstrated at NC State University ill be the breakthrough needed to get those millions of plastic bottles off Roane County's streets and roads? We certainly hope so. I don't understand why people trash this world we live in.

(link...)

Wed
Oct 28 2009
07:34 pm
By: WhitesCreek

There are some deals to be had for us wine affixianuh people who like wine. I've updated the link behind the wine bottle ad on the left. It doesn't take a math prof to get that 15% is 15%. And I don't charge for ads (yet), I just post ads for people I think do a good job for their customers. RoaneViews is still not for profit. (...but I keep thinking about that. Paying the bills is not a bad thing.)

Wed
Oct 28 2009
06:22 pm

But this is in Athens and not the cyclist death in Roane County.

(link...)

Yes, the circumstances are different but still, a motorist ran into and killed a cyclist who was in the designated bike lane on Gallaher road. Why have some form of charges been filed?

Wed
Oct 28 2009
03:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek

As an update, tomorrow, the plant will be running pumps which will circulate water within the scrubber. Water from a one-million gallon tank will run through sprays and fountains, including a bed of 1700 fountains that shoot water 20 feet high.

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Senator Herron talked with a couple of dozen Roane County movers and shakers over lunch Wednesday and kept the crowd laughing. It wasn't all jokes though, as He talked about the relationship between education, a viable work force, and job creation initiatives to an attentive group who liked what they heard.

Polk Cooley cross examines Roy Herron at a Roane County luncheon today.

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Tue
Oct 27 2009
01:27 pm

While there is a lot going on this weekend, I just wanted to remind everyone about the interactive murder mystery happening this weekend. 'Don't Get Blood on the Popcorn' is a fun and entertaining show that offers a good 'adult' night out on the town. The cast is amazingly talented - and well known to some of you.

The show is rated PG-13 - as it is a murder mystery and involves the causes of murder - greed, revenge, etc. The shows, however, are not inappropriate.
The details are:
October 30th at 8:pm
October 31st at 7:30pm
at Holy Joe's, 426 N. Roane Street, Harriman
Tickets are $20.00 per person and include show, dessert bar and beverages.

Call the Creative Arts Co-op for reservations and information at 865/765-1129.

Tue
Oct 27 2009
11:00 am

The Minutes are attached.

Mon
Oct 26 2009
05:59 pm

(link...)

And the best info ever...The EPA Acronym dictionary:

TVA Kingston Cleanup Acronym List

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Mon
Oct 26 2009
04:19 pm

The report will be posted at the TVA website tomorrow. Here are some of the notables...

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Sun
Oct 25 2009
07:07 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,
Our mountains are really beginning to put on their "coat of many colors" now. They should be at their full peak in a few days. I played in Luttrell, Tn. Saturday, and Maryville today, (Sunday) and our mountains have them all beat, in my opinion anyway. The only other place I might like to be, would be in Hawaii. Our friend, Jo An Howard Gaines, (Class of 1953) who is living in Hawaii, sent me an email recently.....She wrote....

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Sat
Oct 24 2009
08:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

...the world is now engaged in a peaceful competition to determine the technologies that will power the 21st century. From China to India, from Japan to Germany, nations everywhere are racing to develop new ways to producing and use energy. The nation that wins this competition will be the nation that leads the global economy...

(link...)

Sat
Oct 24 2009
07:42 am

Protecting the Eagles Lodge, of course.

Great photos posted at this Roane County blog.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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