You guys may have read the excerpts I posted from John Muir's journal as he walked through Roane County in September of 1867. Ken Burns has a new series on America's National Parks that highlights Muir's contributions and those of many others. It played earlier today but will replay at 8 tonight and again later. It's a must view. Here's the link.
A group from the Princess Foundation took a wet and soggy trip to Maryville Saturday to visit the Palace and Capitol Theaters. The Palace was closed, but posters outside demonstrated the use the theater is getting as a music venue.
Serious questions remain unanswered but progress is being made. We dodged a cannon shot with the rain these last two storms. (Sorry Atlanta)
I do have a question about water sampling and whether any sampling was done yesterday? The worst movement of sediment is when the water is rising during a rain. Waiting until it's over give a misleading optimistic sample. The Emory at Oakdale hit 18,900 cfs yesterday evening and this morning it is at 13,000 cfs. Both levels are records for the date.
Be sure and check the slide show.
The TMA is going to ask the Water Quality Board to make a rule that their deadly selenium levels be blessed by law. The Board meets Oct. 20 in Nashville. The petition is attached.
Respected research scientist Dr. Dennis Lemly of Wake Forest University points out that the levels proposed would even kill adult fish before they spawned. he also told us, "This appears to be a weak attempt to fool the uninformed/underinformed into doing something dangerous."
We need to ask TDEC to speak out forcefully against any such action by the Water Quality Board instead of rolling over like they did in the legislature. I plan to attend the meeting.
Children who are spanked have lower IQs worldwide, including in the United States, according to new groundbreaking research by University of New Hampshire professor Murray Straus.
Let's hope there is a serious investigation into this. I'm still haveing troubles understanding the lack of charges so far. I have to question the "double jeapardy" claim. Multiple charges are filed all the time.
Thursday night lights were lucky for Kingston 14, Lenoir City 13.
One of the downstream effects off mountaintop removal is the disappearance of mayflies from the watershed. This is due to the increased load of selenium released into the water. Here on Watts Bar Lake we have our own special mayfly. The "Willow Fly" is a large mayfly that hatches in great swarms that look like clouds sometimes. Power poles can grow hair made up of millions of willow flies. Single ones look like this...
In Whites Creek embayment the numbers have been normal this year. At Ladd Landing we normally see the Food City lights get covered a couple of times each summer but not this year. I want to hear what the folks who live on the lake downstream of TVA think about this. Do you think the willow fly hatches are normal, bigger, smaller, or absent this year?
Many of us mountain living types indigenous to this blessed part of the world love our rhododenrons, don't we? And why not? They're grand!
A recent study by the US Forest Services shows they may be culprits in landslides - especially after the kind of weather we've been experiencing lately. Read more: (link...)
This was mentioned below but it deserves its own post:
...the court determined that the Tennessee Valley Authority isn’t immune from suit based on its status as a federally chartered agency.
“The flaw in TVA’s … argument is that TVA is not the United States or Congress,” Hall wrote, noting that the TVA has sided against the government “in a number of cases.
We had our 9 month anniversary Tuesday. Feeling better yet?
The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Thursday that electricity users will have to pay nearly $3 billion to clean up and revamp the way coal ash is handled after the Kingston spill, the nation's worst ash spill ever.
"History has caught up with us," TVA President Tom Kilgore said.
Frankly, I think we'll play double or nothing again. A Federal Judge ruled against TVA in the last few days saying they were NOT immune to a lawsuit on their contributions to global warming. Kilgore also says no one should be fired for this mess, even though the IG found that TVA had acted in a complicit manner after December 22.
I was poking around Google trying to remember how much TVA paid for its logo during its logo scandal back in the 90s--was it $200,000 or $400,000?--when I saw an article about TVA paying millions of dollars to a Wisconsin utility for the right to pollute more here. See: (link...)
Does TVA still take rate-payers' money and buy the right to extra-pollute our air? Seems as if that would be a lose-lose proposition for us. :(
Here is an analysis of McCord's Nuisance Protection Bill from TCWN (special to RoaneViews)...Continued...
I need the english translation to be sure, but this looks strongly negative for TVA.
ARD is the big public broadcast network in Germany. Think BBC in Deutsch.
Boy, if there's one thing that would scare off businesses looking to relocate to TN more, I don't know what it would be. I have personal experience with guns in parking lots and I have to say it's a really really bad idea to force businesses to allow weapons on their grounds. It also flies in the face of the very concept of property rights.
If there were a prize for stupid...Let me help re-phrase that statement: "We obviously don't have a clue what we're doing but we'll let you know when we do it again." I think there needs to be a new logo for TVA.
"We're TVA...What could go wrong?"
I know I see things differently but this cracks me up. Our new Election Supervisor wants to go to jail. That was fast.
The Creative Arts Co-op's holiday show this year will be the Dickens' classic 'A Christmas Carol'. Open auditions will be held for all characters on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:00pm and Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:00am. Headshots and resumes are great, but not necessary. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Show dates are December 11, 12, 18, 19, 2009 with rehearsals beginning October 12, 2009. Auditions will be held at the studio located at 505 N. Roane Street, Harriman.
Call the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit (link...) for more information.
"The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would allow more pollution from dirty coal plants like Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston plant in Harriman."
Nope...Roane County. And they were swamped with people needing basic medical care.
"Sometimes we have to decide whether we're going to eat or go to the doctor or buy prescriptions," says Bart. A firefighter on disability after being hurt on duty, Bart was number 9-1-1 at the clinic. But he says his own health emergencies are not his biggest worry.
It should be an embarrassment to every one in Roane County that Stan Brock's wonderful organization has to spend time in our county rather than one of the broken nations whose people need help. It's time for our legislators to return all the money they got from the insurance and healthcare industries, quit being intentionally stupid, and fix America's Healthcare system. It's not magic or impossible. 37 other nations have better care for ALL their citizens and do it for half what we spend.
Remote Area Medical is at Roane State Today and Tomorrow. Sept. 19-20. Please tell everyone you know who might need assistance.
From their website:
The Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.
We were told today that TDEC has issued a permit to TVA to burn dirtier coal for one month. No one in the public was notified that we can find. TDEC was here and took samples of the particualte that was raining from the stacks today. They tell us it will be several weeks before it can be analyzed.
Update: TVA statement via Barbara MartocciContinued...
I witnessed a TVA rain/snow event today. It appears that under certain conditions there is a white-ish ash particle precipitating from the TVA tall stack emmissions. I have samples wiped off a truck but we were able to witness the tiny particles falling and landing on Mike Farmer's and Chris Mason's vehicles in the parking lot of the Swan Pond Baptist Church. EPA and TDEC have been contacted but there is no word so far.
Don't over analyze it but this one goes out to a friend.
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