There is a new plan making the rounds at the courthouse (confirmed to me by the County Commission Chairman).
Privatize the jail. Turn it over to a for profit company.
There seems to be much support for this plan.
While we were busy trying to beat back bad Food Safety Acts by Congress and their Agri-business allies, a new bil HR2749 alipped in, has been voted out of committee and is headed for a full vote soon. Once again, this bill targets the solution (to food contamination) small farmers and farmer's markets, and not the problem, industrial agriculture and factory-like CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations)
A provision in this new bill would make me a "food processing facility" if I baked a loaf of bread or canned a jar of tomatoes and sold it to one of our customers. Registration for a food processing facility is pegged at $500 for 2010. Chump change for industry, a crippling expense for a small family farm.
Help save your local food grower and processor, i.e. Amish bakeries, sorghum growers, County Fair preserves, etc.
Please go to this link and voice your opinion.
Wouldn't that be the same water that has already flowed past the Roane Alliance boat dock? When's the fish fry, Leslie?
God, these people are self servingly stupid!
"It shows that Roane County is an awful lot more than just a tragic spill that happened in one small part of our county," Henderson said.
Remember that our County Commission took money away from schools to pay this person's salary.
Today, July 14, is a national holiday in France.Continued...
Perhaps it is because we have become so cut off from the natural world, that we have skewered the lexicon to confuse biological with industrial.Continued...
Then came December 22, 2008. TVA had made its own determinations of safety, unlike every other utility in the Nation.
"The states give the sites their ratings. EPA does not rate the sites," EPA spokeswoman Tisha Petteway said.
However in Tennessee, the self-regulating TVA assumes this authority.
(Insiders may get that)
Lamar wants 100 new nukes when conservation and alternative energy would be $4 Trillion cheaper for us.
Too bad the Roane County news doesn't have a full online presence because their coverage of the County Commission meeting cracks me up.Continued...
...the mounds of dark, viscous coal ash are sapping the spirit of this community.
Maybe, Maybe not. If we can work over the community leaders who are in denial about how serious this is, we can make a disaster into something that brings us all together. We may be knocked down but we're not knocked out. We just have to work a little harder to fix this mess.
By Ray Collett
Our friend Chester Taylor, (Class of 1960) sends me a much appreciated email quite often. He is asking if there has been any talk about the class of 1960 having a 50 year reunion next year.Continued...
how to build a solar heated sauna for $50 or less?Continued...
The Hackensaw Boys put on a show, up close and acoustic. This is the way to raise money for a great cause.
Don't worry Loudon...It's only going to be in your community, like...forever.
Alright! We have a hair pulling contest between engineers. I'm hanging in the bleachers and watching this one. Could be fun.
"That wasn't an explanation," Barry Thacker, who has been designing hydraulic-fill structures similar to the Kingston Fossil Plant landfill for 30 years, told The Associated Press. "That was smoke and mirrors."
I want these guys at my next birthday party!
Well that may be a slight exaggeration but not much. We all have suffered through traffic light hell and Harriman, Kingston, and Rockwood each have their challenges (although I have to say downtown Harriman works pretty well). How many times have you sat at the light at the I 40 Kingston exit and then only gotten 50 yards to the next light in front of the Calvary Baptist Church? Have you sat at a light in Rockwood and wondered why a street that's only two blocks long has a traffic light? Each of us has a personal list of "most irritating traffic light that has no valid reason for existing in the first place."
I have been notified by CNN producer of the airing of the Disaster story TONIGHT on AC 360.
Also, I have been working with CNN to have our story on the CNN home page.
As far as I can see there has been absolutely no problem with the Houstons since their release. It will cost the County far more to put them back in lockup than to let them stay out.
This is your chance to put me on the spot with hard questions.
The show Steve Scarborough of RoaneViews.com will air in 60 minute(s).
And do not forget, if you want to call in live and speak with the host, be sure to dial (347)677-0660. You will be placed into the caller queue where you will still be able to hear the show while you are on hold.
Sorry but that number is a toll call, just so you know.
I received the following emailed notice from a local resident who is having trouble posting:
"The Oak Ridge Reservation Natural Resource Damage Assessment: Evaluation of Contaminant-Related Losses in Watts Bar Reservoir and Gains from the Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement, Final Draft Report, dated March 25, 2009, has been released.
REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009 – 7:00 P.M.
Feller named Kyle. Don't know him. He's been in the General Assembly.
"Scientists are reporting for the first time that the use of weed killers in farmers' fields boosts the nutritional value of an important food a crop. Application of two common herbicides to several varieties of sweet corn significantly increased the amount of key nutrients termed carotenoids in the corn kernels, according to a new study."
Details at: (link...)
It is a sad commentary that some 58,000 Americans and perhaps up to 2 million vietnamese had to die in a War that the chief architect belatedly acknowledged was a tragic miscalculation, based on flawed assumptions.Continued...
Mrs. Creek points out that there is now an open Constable position in Roane County. As it stands now that is a legal position that has some method of replacement, appointed, special election, or whatever. Until the position is done away with leagally, is there a legal requirement that it be filled on an interim basis?
TDEC's Paul Sloan give a rational response to the question of why there are differences in the water test data..."Come, Let us sample together."
The problem was originally discussed here: (link...)
Sloan's response is attached.
Catch Liberadio(!) online every day.
Barring unforseen upheaval, I'll be chatting with Mary Mancini on Liberadio(!) Friday. We'll talk about all facets of the TVA disaster, where we are, where we're going, and where we wish we could go. If there are topics you'ld like covered post them in a comment. We'll work them in if they have broad relevance and we have time.
10 popular brands of bottled water, purchased from grocery stores and other retailers in 9 states and the District of Columbia, contained 38 chemical pollutants altogether, with an average of 8 contaminants in each brand.
Interesting...The bottled water folks don't want their label to contain testing information similar to what your municipal water supplier is supposed to publish. (link...)
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