Thu
Oct 15 2009
09:19 am
By: WhitesCreek

Took Mrs. Creek to see Bonnie Raitt at the Tennessee Theater last night for her Christmas present...That would be Christmas 2008.

Continued...

Wed
Oct 14 2009
01:13 pm


(Update: Use the ACTION button above and to the left of the thumbnails page to drop down a menu where you will find the slideshow option.)

Even better...Here's the slideshow link thanks to Randy at KnoxViews.com
EPA Photo Gallery

Wed
Oct 14 2009
12:21 pm

Let's hope the CAG asks this question. That was the result in other areas when this technology came on line. Here's the big NY Times Story:

Power plants are the nation’s biggest producer of toxic waste, surpassing industries like plastic and paint manufacturing and chemical plants, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.

(link...)

Wed
Oct 14 2009
06:23 am

What happens when coal combustion products go up a stack is a simple process that should be well understood by TVA engineers and operators but monumental screw ups keep happening. At this point I don't see the self questioning, the "What am I missing?" or "What might go wrong?" attitude at TVA that is needed to protect the public from TVA errors. "Oops, sorry!" has been SOP.

"Higher-sulfur coal during the test exacerbated the buildup and initiated the event," the report states. "It is likely that this event would have occurred at some future date even without the test burn."

TDEC's policy of forgiving TVA over and over isn't helping. Crack down on TVA. They are every bit the bad actor at this point.

(link...)

Tue
Oct 13 2009
07:12 pm

Request for Proposals
Technical Advisor for the
TVA Kingston Fly Ash Release Site
2009-2010

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Tue
Oct 13 2009
06:01 pm

"If I shined a light on your eyes in a dark room you wouldn't be able to see the rest of the room," Motta observed. "Every time you pass a bright light on the highway or the street your pupils constrict," causing decreased nighttime visibility.

Roane County street lights are unsafe for people 40 and over. And then there's all that other stuff...

Mon
Oct 12 2009
01:19 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ads for 2012 the movie are running, and I have had so many people ask me what I thought about the end of the world in 2012 that I have to post this...

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Mon
Oct 12 2009
11:54 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sun
Oct 11 2009
06:19 pm

When I started designing boats for extreme paddling I had no idea this was where it could go. To any kids who watch this I have a message...Stupid can be harmful to your future...Not to mention painful.

Sun
Oct 11 2009
07:15 am

"Ol' Butch," perhaps the most famous rooster in Tennessee, will be featured at the Broadened Horizons Organic Farm Open House on October 17th. Read his story below.

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Sat
Oct 10 2009
12:47 pm
By: WhitesCreek

B. J. Gillum @ Port Gillum Press

The Roane Writers Group had a tent at the Rockwood Fall Festival and were there all day until until about 5PM. We met some nice folks and enjoyed the sunny day. The ocassional breeze that pushed tent walls and netting around was tolerable. We sold no books but signed some new members for our little Group. Maybe books are not exactly the best thing to take to such an event but perhaps the people we met may be changed by seeing us there.

A WRITER'S FESTIVAL is scheduled for Nov. 14TH at the Kingston Community Center - 10am till 6:30pm. BILL LANDRY, GERALD LARGEN and DAVID HUNTER will speak; Elizabeth Rose will tell stories, 25 authors too. Free admission! Come and havae a good time.

Fri
Oct 9 2009
06:30 pm

Baldie sitting with some friends on the bottom of the gypsum pond at the TVA plant.

This guy was hanging around with the Canada geese waiting for something to happen.

Thu
Oct 8 2009
10:20 am

The announcement will appear in the Roane County News Friday edition, according to TVA. CAG members had asked TVA nd EPA to look at opening the river for escorted boat traffic at some point on Sundays. We just got the word that they are declining to do this.

The announcement is attached

Wed
Oct 7 2009
03:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ex football players are many times more likely to be diagnosed with brain disorders than the general population. Ex NFL players are 19 times more likely to be diagnosed with memory disorders. It was pointed out that the study did not determine whether this was caused by playing football or whether these conditions were prerequisites.

Wed
Oct 7 2009
03:34 pm

Wonder what will be accomplished this time?

Wed
Oct 7 2009
10:18 am

Thursday, Oct. 8,2009, 6:30pm at the Rockwood City Hall Council Room to discuss the possiblity of annexing the Parkview area. Please attend.....Ray Collett

Wed
Oct 7 2009
06:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

A heads up to the folks who want to landfill coal ash at the top of the Emory Obed Wild and Scenic Rivers watershed:

An independent analysis of water testing data has revealed that thirteen North Carolina coal ash ponds are leaking toxic pollutants into groundwater.

(link...)

Wed
Oct 7 2009
06:27 am

Politics in Virginia (Tennessee) are cheap, ignorant, parochial, idiotic;
there is scarcely a man in office above the rank of a professional job-seeker;

(link...)

Tue
Oct 6 2009
05:43 pm

Doctor Randy Denton works in a Roane County practice. And while he admits that more studies need to be done on the possible ill effects of breathing coal ash particles, Denton says history should be a guide.

"You mentioned asbestos and people worked in asbestos for a long time. It wasn't until 20 or 30 years later we finally realized, you know, this is a problem," said Denton.

(link...)

Tue
Oct 6 2009
01:23 pm

OCTOBER 6, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.

KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – ROOM C

A G E N D A

Continued...

"We find (Kingston Attorney Chris) Cawood's conduct repulsive, inappropriate, and outrageous...it does not violate the rules of professional conduct."

From the Hearing Panel of the Board of Professional Responsiblity.

Mr. Cawood says he's being persecuted and that the Board has a vendetta against him. I would like to see Mr. Cawood out of the news, but he himself is going to have to help in that respect...as in...Quit doing stupid stuff!

Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:24 pm
Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:22 pm

And it is in conjunction with a Roane County Software firm and server farm.

(link...)

Mon
Oct 5 2009
02:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, The column last week about Dr. Tom Phillips sure sparked a lot of interest and a sackful of emails. I think this week, I will follow up on Dr. Tom Phillips' father who was quite a person also. We will save the emails about Dr. Tom Phillips for maybe next week. Here is little about M. H. Phillips...Hope you enjoy.

Continued...

Mon
Oct 5 2009
08:46 am

Locals liked it, TVA not so much. But why does the media portray EPA Head Lisa Jackson's very accurate response on coal ash safety as being taken to task? Jackson can't be held accountable for the Bush Administration's failures.

(link...)

Mon
Oct 5 2009
07:44 am

You would think Roane County's State elected officials would have some sort of sensitivity to our environmental devastation but they're in negative territory, according to the Tennessee Conservation Voters Scorecard.

State Senator Ken Yager ranked even lower than Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, something I thought was not possible.

Representative Ferguson was slightly ahead of Yager but not by much. Dennis, a Democrat, actually trailed Speaker of the House Williams, a Republican, though both were in negative territory.

Mon
Oct 5 2009
06:47 am

It's strange to me that the Republican party opposes a verifiable paper vote. The system we tested in Roane County was cheap, easy, straight forward, and can be hand verified. It would be simple to change the very questionable small detail in the Voter confidence Act seized on by Republicans as the reason for having one more year of questionable election results. Instead the GOP wants to delay implementation of the act, along with a few spineless Democrats.

This is a big deal, folks. You have no idea who your vote was counted for unless the legislature is forced to act in voter's best interest and mandate honest elections.

Sun
Oct 4 2009
08:58 pm

Channel 12 WYSH on Comcast is now worldwide on the internet. The website is (link...) When the site comes up, click on BBB Channel 12 Feed. It is a great way to follow local County news and a variety of entertainment. Everything from high school ball games to "The Ciderville Farm and Home Hour', a show patterned after the old Cas Walker show The schedule can be found by clicking on BBB Communications at the top right above the screen....Ray Collett

Lost Medicaid Funding

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