Submitted by macmurchadh on March 15, 2009 - 3:48pm.
Are snails wecome here?

Could this be the first snail on Roane Views? Perhaps Farmer Leaf could help identify. Possible: Neohelix albolabris?
Shot on my back deck with a Canon EOS Rebel XS.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 9:54am.

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win...you're still a rat!"

...attributed to Lily Tomlin


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 8:04am.

Here's some of what I find interesting today:

Frank Rich

Ted Rall

Bracketology (Where will TN play?)

Republicans Vote against Pi (Does the bible really say pi = 3?)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:47am.

In addition to destroying our water resources, the legislature wants everybody armed all the time. Safety Courses? Who needs safeties?

If anyone doubted that Tennessee Republicans shouldn't be allowed to control the legislature check out the bills they've introduced for the weapons lobbyists.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:38am.

Sitting around this morning listening to the rain on our metal roof, I got to wondering about rain barrels.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:20am.

Hazardous substances that cause harm very slowly may be the most insidious of all. The known dangers of improper coal ash storage should be enough for Roane County officials to stop any attempts at moving it to the Roane County Landfill.

...the hazards of improper storage and disposal of coal ash on public health has been widely documented by the EPA. A July 2007 EPA investigation identified 63 coal ash landfills and ponds in 23 states where this toxic sludge is blamed for contaminating groundwater and the local ecology

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The Report


Submitted by onetahiti on March 15, 2009 - 6:22am.

Who needs to leave Roane County to find something to do? We are teeming with opportunities for fun, community, and service.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2009 - 6:29pm.

Look...It's Spring and pets do what comes naturally this time of year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2009 - 11:06am.

Serious issues dominated this meeting, unlike some of the others I've attended. Lincoln had at least three staff taking notes. I hope the folks who were there will post their thoughts in the comments.


Submitted by onetahiti on March 13, 2009 - 4:36pm.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA) is an ecumenical charity which among other good works operates the Rockwood Food Pantry. They are looking for art and photos that might relate to their organization and mission and would be available for them to use on their soon-to-be website.

If you have the rights to any such images, or are willing to make such images, please let me know in a private or public message here at RoaneViews?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 10:42am.

Frankly, I can't believe I'm even writing this.

Two bills coming up this week, SB632 and SB633, will wipe out protections for your neighborhood creek.

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Submitted by RICK on March 13, 2009 - 9:06am.

Congressman Lincoln Davis will be at the Kingston Community center Saturday Morning at 9. He will be addressing questions and concerns about the disaster. And of course, I will have at least 2 questions for him. I hope we have another good turn out and show our unity just as we did last night at the solid waste board meeting. Please plan to attend.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 7:03am.

Most folks never learn that Tennessee is the winter home of some very famous birds.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 6:45am.

NYT's Nicholas Kristof:

The larger question is whether we as a nation have moved to a model of agriculture that produces cheap bacon but risks the health of all of us. And the evidence, while far from conclusive, is growing that the answer is yes

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 6:19pm.

Finally! Something nice I can say about TN Schools...

SB has the Story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 5:55pm.

North Carolina sued TVA and won over the coal fired plants that were demonstrated to prematurely end the lives of roughly 150 people a year in NC. Tennessee is the recipient of coal plant effluent from far more plants than NC and more are planned.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 3:35pm.

Updated:

"It's going to cost them something in the neighborhood of $500-600 per month for each individual to remain on bail," said Leon Houston's lawyer, Jim Logan. "These two men are not free. The restrictions that have been placed on their bonds are as onerous as any that I've ever seen in this area. But they will comply with those conditions.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 1:25pm.

Why so we only have one 2.5 micron monitor to measure the dust from the ash disaster?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 9:17am.

This is a great way to get Spring started.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 7:55am.

For once I'm glad the Houstons will be the big story.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 6:23am.

Dave is the awesome photog for Roane County News. Usually we get to see a shot or two at a time, but here is one of his photo essays with sound. Enjoy...

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Submitted by Lala on March 10, 2009 - 6:02pm.

Chairman Beets slams down his gavel calling for order in the court. " Come on Big Boy"as Kirkham calls out McFarland.
Roane County makes the news again!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 5:39pm.

Submitted by loveofcountry on March 10, 2009 - 1:57pm.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - About 4,000 gallons of potentially toxic fly ash sludge spilled into the Potomac River after a pipeline ruptured at a coal-burning power plant, Maryland environmental officials said today.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 12:53pm.

Here's the download of the TDEC Air Quality presentation from the recent public meeting at Roane State. Page 4 seems to be the problem, where they state that the ash has a particle size of 10-100 microns.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 8:18am.

We had a significant number of people add their names to this. Copies were sent to Senator Yager and Representative Ferguson. Personal calls to their offices would be helpful in getting the follow up medical study that is needed to ensure a healthy Roane County.

Read it again
State Senator Ken Yager's telephone number in Nashville is: (615) 741-1449. The number for his district office is 865-285-9797.

For Representative Ferguson:
Phone: 615-741-7658

Local office: 865-882-5930


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 6:34am.

Come on HUB. This is pretty basic storm water plan stuff. You guys should know better.

Chuck Flora, a manager with the Harriman Utility Board, says he's not concerned about an impact on the river.

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