Submitted by mushy on June 27, 2009 - 6:46pm.

Like I said in the previous post, Muse Watson was in town this week to support and promote the work being done to make the Princess Theater a center piece for a regional arts education and entertainment and communications center. The fulfillment of this dream by Gary Baker, Muse Watson, Chris Mason, and many local leaders and educators will also revitalize Downtown Harriman, Roane, and surrounding counties.

Several film clips promoting this dream were shot in front of the Princess Theater Friday afternoon, necessitating shutting down west bound traffic on Roane Street for several minutes. The people driving slowly by were treated to glimpses of Muse and Bill Landry standing in the middle of the street talking loudly to Doug Mills’ camera! Doug is famous in his own right, having filmed most of “The Heartland” episodes with Bill.

You’ll be able to see the spots soon, but from what I overheard; Muse and Bill were both very excited about the future of the Princess and the local area. When people with this kind of clout and determination get involved in a project it usually happens! All that remains is gaining the support of the local population – you! You can help by attending events produced by Princess Productions and by letting your local, state, and federal law makers know you believe in and support the Princess project.

Later Friday evening more promos were shot on the Roane Theater stage before the crowd was allowed into the auditorium at 7. Roane County Executive Mike Farmer and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason joined Muse and Bill on stage. Mike Farmer said he may be from Kingston, but the success of the Princess project, and the revitalization of Downtown Harriman, will be good from the entire county. He and Chris urged everyone, every citizen, to get involved now!

As Muse often says, “WE…can do this!

Chris Mason added, “I want to ‘one up’ Muse and say WE WILL do this!” He further added, “You can support Harriman and Roane County by attending all the events each city puts on, like “Cruisin’ in Harriman”, “Hooray for Harriman”, the “Farmers Market”, now on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Riverfront Park, and other such activities.

Prior to the main event, the audience saw the trailer for the upcoming “Appalachian Dreams” DVD, which Brooks had just finished an hour before arriving. This DVD will soon be available, and I will let you know HERE when and where you can obtain a copy. If you attended the show, you’ll one a copy to show friends and family what they missed. If you didn’t attend…it’s obvious that you need a personal copy too! Muse, who was unable to attend, was amazed at the talent that was assembled on the stage at Roane State for that show.

Finally, Muse introduced Brooks Benjamin to the audience. Brooks explained the reason behind the movie he had just finished editing, the version shown was finished just a couple of hours before the showing. The crowd was treated to a viewing, at the cost of a mere $5, of the latest “cut”. “No one else has ever seen this version,” he explained.

During the movie there were many moments of laughter, and at the conclusion, there was a rousing hand of applause, and again after the hilarious outtakes!

After the movie, Muse Watson opened up a Q & A Session, and questions flowed from the audience, and each attending member (Casey Payne, Allison Varnes, Linds Edwards, and Joe Wright that arranged the music) of the film took turns answering their questions.

After the event, several people, including Muse and Brooks, celebrated with a late supper at Los Premios in Harriman. To me, that was the best part of the evening…great fellowship!

SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW BY CLICKING THIS LINK! Or visit the Princess Photos on Flickr!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2009 - 9:30am.

Every so often someone shows the grace and honor that makes us all proud and humble:

I detest the sports image of baseball that has a famous manager screaming infantilisms in an umpire's face. I have never taken my children to a professional baseball game for that reason. I wish I could have sat with them at this women's softball game, however. I do not believe that "Winning is the ONLY thing" and that if you will do anything to win, you are actually a loser. I also believe, silly me, that there is goodness in the world...

Some tissues may be required

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2009 - 7:40am.

Here's the official notice. The scope of this initiative is to give community input into the cleanup process itself. There are reams of technical papers generated and the grant is primarily to allow the hiring of an "interpreter" to stay on top of everything and tell us in plain language what is going on and whether it is good or bad.

Applications Sought From Community Groups for $50,000 Technical Assistance Plan Grant for Kingston Cleanup


Submitted by farmer leaf on June 26, 2009 - 4:02pm.

It turns out that besides rotting teeth and contributing to user obesity, Coca Cola has a beneficial use for gardeners. According to a recent news item in an agricultural journal, many farmers in India have been using Coca-Cola as a pesticide for at least five years. Britains's Guardian reported that Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Andra Pradesh is delighted with his cola spray. "I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton," he said. He and others say their cola spray is invaluable because it does not need to be diluted, is many times cheaper than conventional pesticides, and is safer to handle by a country mile.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 2:44pm.

Big corporate media have failed America in the one thing they are charged to do by our Constitution...Give us the facts and information needed to make informed decisions. According to R. Neal at the Knoxville News Sentinel's article on Healthcare Reform is a case in point.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 2:24pm.

JUNE 30, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 9:12am.

I figure about half (maybe more) of the community here at RoaneViews leans Republican. While completely misguided in their ideology (joke, I swear) they do seem to be mostly rational and caring people with an eye to the fact that we have to work together if there is going to be a future in the future. Not so the ones that get elected to national office. A case in point...


Submitted by mushy on June 26, 2009 - 8:29am.

The show is tonight folks and there will be plenty of tickets available at the door!

Come see Brooks, Muse Watson, and me! I might even take your photo!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 7:58am.

"TVA deeply regrets the spill of coal ash from our Kingston plant and is fully committed to restoring the community near the site and to seeing to the needs of our Roane County neighbors."

...TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 8:12pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 3:53pm.

KNS Story and Discussion

Other factors included the looseness of the ash, the steepness of the retaining walls and the pressure exerted by the stacked ash

And the Layer of Slimes

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 12:21pm.

I remember when...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 11:49am.

The whole failure document:


But here's the bottom line: It wasn't rain. It wasn't earthquake. It was simply that this type of storage was a bad idea in the first place. TVA made bad decisions all along the way. As the ash was piled higher and the lower levels became saturated with water, a point was reached where it all just gave way. A few small internal failures started the whole thing and then all hell broke loose...Literally!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 6:26am.

Actually, I think an honest reading of the Constitution already does that but we just can't find enough honest readers. At any rate, Congressman Cooper supports this as well.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 6:57pm.

The USA men's Football team (soccer, to you American handball fans) beat the number one team in the world, Spain, 2-0 to advance to the finals of the Confederation cup in South Africa.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 6:44pm.

Posted (finally) at the TVA website


Thanks to Randy Ellis for the Heads up!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 6:26pm.

With a pearl amongst swine... Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 11:47am.

Like a recession busting FREE!


Submitted by onetahiti on June 24, 2009 - 8:14am.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) urgently needs your help, now through July 5.

The late Charlie Mead (Link..., Link..., Link...) was the energy, the driving force, behind the West Roane VFD's fireworks sales (Link...).


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 7:17am.

My suggestion is for EPA folks to stay off the stage with TVA. From what I can observe the EPA folks are working their tails off and following the laws and regulations (they can responsibly do nothing else), while TVA sends out flacks to spout insensible drivel that serves no one well.


CTFP Story

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2009 - 6:40am.

Score a big one for Cumberland County, Roane State, and Lincoln Davis.
Is anybody driving the train for Roane County on things like this? A business incubator wold be a wonderful thing for us right now.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 23, 2009 - 10:20pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on June 23, 2009 - 9:34pm.

Reuters has the story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by onetahiti on June 23, 2009 - 2:01pm.

The family of Dr. Charles Grandison "Charlie" Mead will be receiving friends at the West Roane VFD Station No. 1 at 1303 Pumphouse Road in Rockwood, Tennessee, on Monday, June 29, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a memorial service at 7:30 PM, also at Station No. 1.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie's memory to the WRCVFD at PO Box 417, Rockwood, TN 38754 or online at

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 23, 2009 - 12:24pm.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 23, 2009 - 5:42am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2009 - 10:08pm. planting an organic garden, Michelle Obama acted like Toto, pulling back the curtain to reveal the little man pretending to be the almighty wizard. That man - or men - behind the curtain are the biotech, pesticide, and fertilizer industries, who desperately want the American people to believe that they are absolutely necessary to prevent our starvation.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2009 - 3:34pm.

What a great experience for Christina Neal who was the leading goal scorer on the Roane County High School team.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2009 - 2:42pm.

The Long Term Recovery Committee will NOT meet this Wednesday, June 24th. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 1st at 4:30.

Submitted by onetahiti on June 22, 2009 - 12:27pm.

My dear friend and colleague Charlie Mead passed away this morning. Even though I knew it was coming, I am still stunned.

What can I say about Charlie? He deserves poems and statues.


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