Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2009 - 7:31am.

One of my favorite local writers, Betty Bean, rides in the procession...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2009 - 6:35am.

Sunday June 7th 4pm to 5:30pm
Kingston Community Center

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Things to note:


Submitted by SFCharlie on June 4, 2009 - 12:37pm.

Marked with " New! "
…funny how the "Gain and loss" doesn't highlight the shallows at the mouth of the Emory, or at the "low dam" in the Clinch. Looks like summer's cool bottom waters from the Clinch will be flowing downstream, not up the Emory to KIF. Expect TVA to want to dredge right away.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2009 - 10:59am.

Bart Gordon and Lincoln host meeting for Tornado Preparedness


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2009 - 5:32am.

Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) voted against the bill, which fell one vote short of passage.

Seven Democrats voted to allow more pollution in Tennessee's waters. They were: Armstrong, Curtiss, DeBerry L, Ferguson, Fraley, Litz, and Tidwell.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 9:04pm.

I was a rocker in a past life. Wished I was a blues guitar player but I just never was that good. The singer in my band in heaven, where all the licks are golden would be Koko Taylor. I guess she beat me to that stage.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 8:55pm.

Now we find it is due back on the 7th.

I talked with the operator of a municipal waste treatment plant on Monday at the legislature and told him I would have to beat him up on this one. There is simply no reason whatsoever that TDEC should not be able to inspect our waste treatment plants any time any day. Suppose we had to give restaurants this kind of notice before we inspected them? We would be eating bad food a lot more of the time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 8:27pm.

“There is no quiet place in the white man's cities.

No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring,
Or the rustle of the insect's wings.
The clatter only seems to insult the ears.
And what is there to life,
If a man cannot hear the cry of the whippoorwill,
Or the arguments of the frogs around the pond at night?”
---Chief Seattle

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 6:28pm.

More later but here is the KNS report


Submitted by swanpondresident on June 3, 2009 - 2:17pm.

Excellent News - Coming to Kingston, Community Meeting:

Sunday, June 7, 2009
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kingston Community Center

Meeting Protocol will be posted soon


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 2:13pm.

Ferguson's Nashville office number from tthe recording I got on his Roane County number: 1-800-449-8366 xt 17658 This is important. Dennis does not need to drive off the cliff with Ken Yager supporting special bills for coal companies.

(Here's the technical testimony...)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 1:51pm.

Apparently not the voters...

Testimony fron Dr. Dennis Lemly to the TN House Committee...

Misinterpretations of previous research bias EPA’s draft selenium criterion toward overestimating the safely tolerable tissue-based number. Technical analysis reveals that the proposed 7.9 ug/g value would allow up to 85% of fish and aquatic birds to be poisoned.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 11:35am.

A more in depth report than what I gave you guys. That's why he's the big guy and I sit at the feet.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 8:05am.

Many largemouth bass, bluegill and other sensitive fish species would be dead before a coal-related pollutant even reached the level that state lawmakers are poised to allow in the environment, a scientist told a legislative committee.

Bad day for Ken Yager, but he deserves it. He's getting called out by the Tennessean.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 7:31am.

Congratulations to James Watts, Mayor elect of Rockwood, and Troy Beets, re-elected Mayor of Kingston.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2009 - 6:24am.

Political boundaries don't often tell the true story in the greater world. Folks up in Cumberland County are divided over taking TVA waste to a Smith Mountain mine, but once you understand the location you might realize that Morgan County and Roane County citizens should be in on the process as well, since the site is right on the border of both counties and guess which way is "Downstream"? Harriman, You guys paying attention?

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on June 2, 2009 - 10:16pm.

Socrates had something to say about that:

"When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser."


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2009 - 12:40pm.

The email:

Subject: HB 1615 passes House

The major dangerous water bill of this legislative session passed the House yesterday after a helpful amendment offered by Rep. Mike McDonald of Sumner county was voted down on a fairly close vote.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2009 - 9:09am.

Crazy stuff in the Legislature. Dems look like they are being out manuvered and are blinking, but maybe we can bolster their courage on the Voter Confidence Act. The Republican Caucus is trying to say that the very voting machines that we will use today in Roane Coiunty are not ready for the 2010 election and a verifiable paper trail must be delayed until 2012. I heard serious questions about Republican motives.

Mary Mancini covers it in depth, neatly blowing away the supposed reasons for delay.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2009 - 5:55am.

This is the "Death of a Thousand Cuts"

KNS has the story

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2009 - 5:05am.

Have you thought about what your City needs, what its problems are, and who the best people are to work to fix things?

KNS has a run down on the names but not the qualifications. When you pick a candidate to support, do your best to make that person an action figure who gets things done. We've had plenty of chatty Kathy dolls...Now is the time for action.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:54pm.

The House Democratic Caucus hosted a bunch of TN Progressive bloggers to meet and chat with several legislators about the sun the moon the stars. My bottom line conclusion is that TN Dems haven't yet figured out how to play the role of the minority opposition party as a whole, but some of them know exactly what they should be doing.


Submitted by Ray Collett on June 1, 2009 - 4:40pm.

Link... This is a link to Comcast Channel 12 out of Clinton, TN. Click on the WBBB link and you can watch the Roane and Anderson County news at 5 pm. along with City Council Meetings. Although the meetings are delayed, at least it is a start. The station will also be carrying the local election results begining at 7pm. Ray Collett

Submitted by onetahiti on June 1, 2009 - 11:56am.

Last night and this morning we had some rural fun. It became increasingly evident that something had inconveniently gone on to its maker under our porch. [I am sure it was even more inconvenient for the 'possum.]


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:28am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:19am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, These weeks sure pass by fast don't they. It must be because we are getting older. Let's go right to the email bag and see what some of our readers have been up to since high school...The first one is from Arlene Sorrick Hoskins (Class of 1950)..Here is what Arlene had to say...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2009 - 7:15am.

Submitted by Ray Collett on May 31, 2009 - 8:19pm.

Candidates for Rockwood's City Council and Mayoral Positions can be heard answering questions from Nick Barrett on WYHM AM 580 radio all throughout the day until the election is over. This is very informative and a great public service from WYHM AM 580 "The Holler"
Ray Collett

Submitted by onetahiti on May 31, 2009 - 12:21pm.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon with your community, family, friends, and neighbors at the Flag Day Celebration at the City Park in downtown Rockwood on Sunday, June 14th, from 12:30pm to 4pm. There will be food, gospel music, and other fun.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 31, 2009 - 10:26am.

I read recipes but I rarely actually follow them. My theory is that if there were only one way to cook something, why would there be two recipes for it? There's more than one recipe for boiling an egg, after all. So it's grill season and you were just waiting for me to divulge my secret barbecue recipe, and that's exactly what I am about to do.



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