Thu
Aug 6 2009
01:42 pm

Congressman Lincoln Davis Holds Impromptu, Unscripted Town Hall Meeting with "Tea Party" Protesters

Continued...

Thu
Aug 6 2009
08:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Eyebrows were raised when Mike Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, rose to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of TVA. Previous Chair, Bill Sansom, whose company H. T. Hackney anchors the new Roane County Industrial park, was outspokenly against Duncan's election, saying, "It sends the wrong message at a time like this."

Talk about an understatement!

TVA Chairman Mike Duncan is hopelessly compromised, doesn't live in the TVA service area, doesn't work in the TVA service area, and will not be affected in any significant way if TVA's rates have to rise to cover the cost of this disaster. Not only that but Duncan is Chairman and CEO of Inez Deposit Bank in the heart of Kentucky coal country. His bank is heavily invested in coal production. Also sitting on his family's bank's board is James H. Booth, President, Beech Fork Processing, Inc, a coal company, plain and simple.

Most damning of all, Duncan is all too familiar with coal disasters. His hometown of Inez Kentucky was the location of the Massey Coal Slurry disaster on the Tug River in Martin County, Kentucky.

Mr. Duncan cannot possibly guide TVA in an objective manner, given his history and financial complications involving the Coal industry. In light of the TVA Inspector General's report that TVA has continued to act in a disingenuous, and possibly illegal, manner under Duncan's chairmanship, Mr. Duncan should help save what is left of TVA's ability to function and step down from the TVA Board. Viewing the world through coal colored glasses, Mr. Duncan cannot possibly see clearly what must be done to restore Roane County, its people, nor TVA to wholeness.

Wed
Aug 5 2009
10:57 pm

The Creative Arts Co-op announces its final show of the summer season with the performance entitled 'All Sales Are Final'. These interactive mysteries have been entertaining audiences for four years, and this show will end the season with a bang - literally. Join us as 'we showcase local talent and learn a little about our neighbors'. Just remember what they say 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.'

And you cannot forget the absolutely indulgent desserts.

Show details are:
'All Sales Are Final'
August 15 and 22, 2009
all shows begin at 7:30pm at Holy Joe's,
426 N. Roane Street, Harriman
Tickets are $20.00 and include show and all-you-care-to-eat dessert bar.

For reservations or more information, please contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit (link...).

Wed
Aug 5 2009
08:41 pm

Uh...I can't tell. At least he settles the issue and says Obama is a citizen and that's that. (Puts him in the minority among Southern R's even so)

Continued...

Where it is illegal for anyone except Public Safety Officers to have a gun?
50% (28 votes)
Where it is legal for some people to have a gun who are not public safety officers?
50% (28 votes)
Total votes: 56
Wed
Aug 5 2009
09:00 am

There are a number of topics that will be of interest to local businesses and municipalities. With all that is going on it is tough to get to every seminar that has merit, so Congressman Davis' agreed to let us post resources as they become available to the attendees. We'll try to get them posted as soon as we can. The Federal Funding Seminar button on the right is a convenient link to the happenings.

Wed
Aug 5 2009
08:13 am

Even our First Amendment right to free speech is limited in instances of the greater public good. It's good to see City Councils that have better judgement than our state legislators.

(link...)

Wed
Aug 5 2009
06:38 am

From the KNS story:

...Plans call for the (Emory)river to be closed from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3 starting Aug. 11, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The closure will last at least 30 days...

In the last LTRC meeting EPA's Leo Francendese said that they would try to allow river traffic when the situation allowed but nothing can be guaranteed at this point.

With the dire predictions of unstable weather patterns for the coming year, I personally want everything possible done to clear out the Emory. That course of action looks to be the best chance of preventing the worst case damage to the Watts Bar Lake fishery.

Tue
Aug 4 2009
11:54 pm
By: farmer leaf

Attempting to direct some of the creative energy and wit from posters on this site is like herding chickens.

Continued...

Tue
Aug 4 2009
08:30 pm

TVA's latest outrage
Utility has forgotten who's boss

An editorial from Lexington, Kentucky.

Talking about TVA culture, rot, indifference, coal waste, whitewashed investigations, narrowing liability, and stupid mistakes...

(link...)

Tue
Aug 4 2009
01:54 pm
By: WhitesCreek

These reports are issued regularly by the EPA and are an excellent way to know what is planned. Things change so check back...(We're checking on the details of the Emnory River closure starting next week)

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960
DATE: August 3, 2009
SUBJECT: Pollution Report #35

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Tue
Aug 4 2009
01:16 pm

From the Kingston website:

Fort Southwest Point
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, the Kingston Police Department is hosting the 2009 Second Annual National Night Out Against Crime. This event is an opportunity for our citizens to come together and share goals for a safe and healthy community. It also reinforces the partnership of citizens and police to combat crime.

Mon
Aug 3 2009
11:48 pm
By: farmer leaf

Masked vandal fatally wounded by homeowner.

Not satisfied with vandalizing our patch of just ripening flour corn, a rogue raccoon broke into our farmhouse by ripping through a window screen in the wee hours of the morning.

Continued...

Mon
Aug 3 2009
11:17 pm
By: farmer leaf

to submit your TVA ash-hole related bumper sticker entry. Don't miss a chance to have your creative wit gracing the bumpers of many Roane County residents' vehicles.
So put your brain into gear and head over to the the Official Bumper Sticker Entry site and get your entry posted.
And please-read the guidelines before posting.
Thank you and good luck to all you aspiring authors.

Mon
Aug 3 2009
11:44 am
By: WhitesCreek

My botanist friend, Larry, ordered me to get "Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The
Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachian" (the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society) so I would quit pestering him so much for wildflower identifications.

Continued...

Mon
Aug 3 2009
08:04 am

If you haven't wandered through Cliff's country store in Grandview, it's time to take a short drive up the mountain.

(link...)

Mon
Aug 3 2009
07:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, My column last week about the school bus-train wreck brought in some emails. Among them was this one from Rockwood City Councilman Stan Wassom. I will share Stan's email with you...

Continued...

Sat
Aug 1 2009
08:31 am

Love these folks! Best thing going in Tennessee broadcast media.

Listen live NOW

(link...)

Sat
Aug 1 2009
08:22 am


Lincoln hosts a number of events that help build the economic health of his District and this is a big one. I will try to post as much info as I can as it occurs. Some of these topics should be a big help to diverse interests in our area. There are a number of big time speakers and topics so I'm posting the entire agenda.

We knew it was only a matter of time before the numbers were in... and as expected a huge loss for TVA...

I have read several stories, and noted that the blame is laid directly on the Kingston clean up... yet there are a few other reasons too.

Like "a significant decline in sales"... and I also noted some conflicting statements like TVA "will continue to pass the lower fuel costs along to consumers through our fuel cost adjustment" but yet in other stories it is noted that "an electric rate hike is likely".

And a spin on the positive where TVA says "The additional rainfall has allowed us to increase our hydroelectric generation by 66 percent during the first three quarters of FY 2009"

Here are two of the stories quoted:

(link...)

(link...)

Fri
Jul 31 2009
08:33 am

Official Site
- Be an Author, craft a catchy, memorable slogan and be immortalized on a bumper sticker.
If we do this in an orderly fashion, we can pull it off without too much difficulty.

A few guidelines:

1) Please just submit one entry per person.

2) Please refrain from posting comments here on the various submissions in this thread. Everyone will get an opportunity to vote on the final selections. To keep it manageable, we are asking that only bumper sticker entries are posted in this thread. Other comments can be posted at the Bumper Sticker ideas thread.

2) Number your entry in chronological order. I will submit Entry# 1. The next
poster will be Entry # 2, the next Entry #3 and so on.

3) Since you just get one entry, try to make it "different" from the others
so that we have range and diversity to choose from.

4) If after you post your entry, you come up with something better, go to the
court house, legally change your name, file all necessary documents, then
submit new entry. :>)

This Wednesday, we will then set up a poll so we can vote on the entries. Good luck and thank-you everyone for your cooperation!

Thu
Jul 30 2009
10:50 pm

Over on Slashdot folks have been discussing the recent AP report that "funds are dwindling to dismantle old nuclear" facilities. Read the rest of the discussion: (link...)

"Hugh Pickens writes, '... many plants may sit idle for decades posing safety and security risks as a result'" ((link...)).

Thu
Jul 30 2009
11:23 am

Anybody else read a call for resignations into this? (Somethiing like the six remaining Board of Directors members voluntarily resigning and returning all compensation received during their tenure?)

TVA management handled the root cause analysis in a manner that avoided transparency and accountability in favor of preserving a litigation strategy. TVA elected not to publicly disclose management practices that may have contributed to the Kingston Spill. TVA management did not identify any “lessons learned” from the root cause analysis which does not bode well for the future.

In case you missed it, the IG report is here. (Text Version, thanks to SFCharlie)

Thu
Jul 30 2009
11:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

We've heard "TVA is sorry" time and time again. Let's hear TVA say something like, "We are going to have direct and honest talks with landowners and businesses who feel they are damaged and we're going to negotiate settlements that don't include giving up medical rights."

(link...)

Thu
Jul 30 2009
10:14 am

(link...)

The only language I would change is the suggestion that local officials have had "patience" with TVA. Maybe so if you define patience as lubing up and bending over. (Sorry but I just can't think of a better analogy)

Thu
Jul 30 2009
08:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

Sometimes there's simply nothing that makes all right with the world except a fresh cucumber, tomato, basil...fresh from a rainy garden... sandwich for breakfast.

Thu
Jul 30 2009
05:36 am

This story caught my eye... I wasn't expecting to read the information on the fish... as the title talks about the ash shifting...

"Dr. George and fellow researcher Shay Tuberty, an associate professor from Appalachian State, have found emaciated, deformed and sick fish."

"Dr. Tuberty said autopsies of fish recovered from research during their March trip were very alarming. Many had no reproductive organs at all.

“No ovaries, No eggs. Nothing,” he said. “We were completely unable to tell if the fish were male or female.

“Others were emaciated. Some I don’t even know how they were alive,” he said.

(link...)

Wed
Jul 29 2009
03:51 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Mayor Farmer isn't present but he had Mayor Beets place a secret memo into the minutes that was not read out loud nor copies passed to those present. Anybody want to check and see if this is an open meetings violation?

Continued...

Wed
Jul 29 2009
12:04 pm

Lost Medicaid Funding

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