House Republicans tout legislation that gutted Tennessee’s estate and gift taxes, a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits a handful of Tennessee’s wealthiest citizens while punching a multimillion-dollar hole in our budgets year after year.
These are just a few of the most obvious Republican failures.
Terri Likens has been a great asset to Roane County. Her shoes will not be filled at the Roane County News. But our loss is the Times Free Press's gain. We can hope that she remembers and misses us enough to wander by from time to time.
Catchy and you can dance to it!
I was out last night and saw a few meteors. Perseids leave a faint trail and the samples I saw at 2:30 AM did exactly that. Go to bed early and get up after midnight for the best experience.
Some of the strongest showings will occur after midnight and into the predawn hours.
To see the show, get as far away from urban light as possible and find a location with a clear view of the night sky.
Bring along a chair and be prepared to sit still for at least half an hour. If it's cool at night, you might also want to bundle up with a few extra layers and bring along a hot drink as well.
Once you get to your viewing location, search for the darkest patch of sky you can find. Meteors can appear anywhere overhead.
Let your eyes relax and don't look in any one specific spot so you can easily react to any movement up above.
Don't bother with a telescope or binoculars. Either will reduce the amount of sky you can see, lowering the odds of catching sight of a meteor.
While you’re sky-gazing, avoid using a flashlight or looking at your cellphone as both will destroy your night vision.
This just breaks my heart.
A 20-year-old Harriman drowned in front of his father and his girlfriend Saturday night after he jumped into Watts Bar Lake to try to recover a fishing pole.
Dustin Branson, Humphrey Lane, was fishing at the Caney Creek boat ramp and dock across the lake from Roane County Park when he jumped into the lake in an effort to retrieve the fishing gear that had fallen in, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.
News from around the state that affects YOU from Crockett Buzz:
And why should we worry about clean air in TN? (link...)
Here's the short version but you should follow the link and see the photos. That says more than any words could possibly convey.
Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during their marriage is when Tom, an Army veteran, was stationed in Korea. This made their stay in different rooms in the hospital very difficult for them, so Tina Mann, Manager, Orthopedics Medical-Surgical 4, with help from the clinical staff, went above and beyond to make a special arrangement for Tom, 96, to visit his wife, in her room. Overcome with joy, he wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen, 92. “I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.” Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the Clarks and many more happy years together.
Tennessee officials today ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to investigate, assess and remedy problems with all coal-ash deposit sites across the state.
Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau's order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) and is intended to ensure not only that the state keeps abreast of the federal electric utility's progress in complying with the federal rule but goes beyond it as well.
"Our goal in issuing this Order is to ensure that historical coal ash disposal sites are addressed in a manner that is fully protective of both the public health and the environment, as well as meeting state and federal requirements," Bob Martineau said in a news release. "The Order addresses all CCR disposal areas in the state, even those not under the jurisdiction of the federal rule."
Way back in the last century we had just moved to Roane County and were struggling to build a business. We were scratching to get by and had very little to live on. Keeping our aged cars and trucks running was tough and costly, but we quickly found Terry Webb and the business that is now Precision Battery Service. For what seems an impossibly low cost, Terry would rebuild alternators and starters that stayed rebuilt.
Time marches on and deals its cards along the way. Terry has been dealt a tough one lately. Rather than shut his business down, he decided to give it to his employees and let them keep it going.
“I can’t imagine anyone having better employees than I have,” Webb said. “They’re going to need a job, so I’m going to turn this over to them.”
A few months back I bought another battery from Terry's shop. I'm glad I'll still have his people to rely on when the next time rolls around.
I can't help but agree:
Formerly referred to as non-navigable houseboats in the regulations under Section 26a of the TVA Act, these floating houses are prohibited on TVA reservoirs, except those that were grandfathered in 1978. So why is TVA now dealing with the proliferation of the illegal floating houses? It is because TVA began ignoring these floating houses in the early 1990s and took no action to enforce its own regulations. So now TVA is trying to remedy its own negligence and lack of enforcement by taking the easy way out and just grandfathering the illegal structures. Do you really think TVA will enforce the rules after this grandfathering of illegal floating houses? It didn't after 1978.
I don't have much sympathy for acts of this nature. This was public land and our history that was stolen and sold, with no regard for our historical or archeological record.
The men pleaded guilty in February 2015 to multiple counts of violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, including violations in Tennessee and Alabama.
It appears that we may have been misled about the nature of this facility.
I really hope we can one day put all this behind us and see people as people, not gay, white, black, or whatever. Consenting adults should have the right to define their own relationships and the dissolution of same. The courts now agree. Judge Simmons could have been on the right side of history but chose not to.
In the end...right prevails.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion Tuesday striking down Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr.'s decision last year to bar a divorce between two men legally wed in Iowa.
Citing the high court's recent ruling requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages as legally sound, Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney stated in the opinion Frederick Michael Borman and spouse Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman now have the legal right to divorce in Tennessee.
OUr old friend and favorite Congress person, Lincoln Davis, will join Dr. Don Arnold at a presser today regarding the President's Clean Power Plan to protect our grandchildren from the worst effects of climate change. I'm personally glad to see Lincoln standing up for all of us. We've had more than our fair share of representation by toadies since he left us.
ABOUT DR. DON ARNOLD
Dr. Arnold is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency, pediatric emergency medicine, and public health training at The University of Virginia, UAB, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for over 3 decades and is active in research pertaining to acute asthma exacerbations in pediatric patients.
ABOUT CONGRESSMAN LINCOLN DAVIS
Congressman Davis served 8 years in the US House of Representatives representing Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. He served on the Appropriations Committee and Science Committee in 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, he served on the Financial Service Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Agriculture Committee. As you might imagine he can speak with some authority and credibility on climate change, its effect on public health and the economy.
Governor Haslam signed that bill but is now having second thoughts. (We are proud Haslam is having thoughts,but wish he could have thought BEFORE he signed this insane bill into law)
Here's the story, but I have some thoughts after you check it out...
I consider it a privilege to have friends, some of whom happen to be black. I don't think of them as "Black" friends so much as just friends, but the rest of the world won't let that be, so...
Something I noticed when the white Memphis cop was shot and killed is that my "black" friends posted the picture of the man wanted in that shooting. The person of interest is black. He has now surrendered. I suspect that had something to do with the fact that the black community refused to harbor him. He is a wanted criminal and that's that.
I don't feel like writing all that much about this tonight so the short version is...We're all in this together. We can't let the forces of evil divide us because we don't look like each other or we grew up in different neighborhoods and different cultures. We all need good paying jobs and decent healthcare and the right to vote in or out whosoever we decide. We make better decision as one people, all in this together.
So, we need to look at the person who shot that Memphis cop as a plain and simple criminal. He was the only person who pulled that trigger. I didn't, you didn't, and none of our friends, black or white or yellow or green or whatever, did either. It was a criminal. Let him face the judgement of our judicial system and let the rest of us walk as free men and women without taint.
Come together and fight those who would divide us. We can choose to build Eden or Hell, at this point. I'm going for Eden!
R B Morris played this for us the very first time we saw him. It's still a favorite of mine, showcasing RB's poetic mastery coupled with that fabulous crooner's voice.
Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Consists of 11 people from elsewhere. West Tennessee is heavily represented. This will be interesting to watch as the appointee will have a huge leg up in the 2016 election. This is a rather well paid plum of a position and is often a "For Life" appointment. We have a pretty good cadre of judges at the moment. Let's hope this goes to another technically competent and fair person.
Candidates for the seat must be a licensed attorney, at least 30 years old, a state resident for at least five years and live in the 9th district, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.
The criminal court judge position pays $167,676 a year. The council will pick three candidates to send to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration. If he chooses to make an appointment, that person’s term will end on Aug. 31, 2016.
What sane person feels the need to carry a concealed weapon to a concert? What sane society thinks that should be just fine?
Today is the day for Windows 10 FREE upgrades to start. By now you may have seen that Windows icon on the lower right of your screen if you are a PC user. (Apple folks are damned to their own purgatory and may skip this post.) Click the icon and see what happens. Some of them don't work, so you can go here:
Share your experience if your computer still works after the upgrade.
Watts Bar Lake is an incredibly productive water resource for fishermen. Troy Powers of Kingston landed a 100 lb flathead catfish that measured over 5'9". This is a dated story but it's still amazing and Roane County needs to play this for all it's worth.
A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch
When our discussions are about whether a flag should be lowered instead of asking how a deeply disturbed man got assault weapons,
...about how to stop consenting adults from having equal rights under our constitution rather than talking about how to provide all Tennesseans with affordable health care,
...about building a giant fence at our Mexican border instead of requiring minimum wage jobs be paid a livable wage,
...about which candidate can insult the other the most rather than about concrete steps to solving the problems facing our citizens...
Well, then you can see how America is in deep trouble.
That and more at the Buzz:
This is what happens when you don't effectively enforce laws and regulations for 37 years and try to reign things in all of a sudden.
The TVA says non-navigable houseboats have not been allowed since 1978, but many continued to build them, claiming they are watercraft. A TVA spokesperson said in June some of the houses are 1,500 square feet or more, and they present safety issues that include electrical hazards and waste disposal problems.
I have more questions than answers about this. The folks who live in these things certainly use municipal services but do they pay property taxes like other home owners?
How are the household wastes dealt with? And so on.
TVA looks like they are admitting defeat on the floating houses that have been installed up until now but are going to get tough an new water homes. We'll see how this goes.
As if from a line in his own literary works:
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born Jan. 6, 1931, in New York. He was named after Edgar Allan Poe, whom he often disparaged as America's "greatest bad writer." His father, David Doctorow, ran a music store, and his mother, Rose Doctorow, was a pianist.
With coal plant emissions cleaning up as a result of EPA regulations and a lawsuit by the NC Attorney General, visibility on hazy days in the Smoky Mountains has gone from 9 miles to 30 miles. This is a big deal for health and jobs. But before we pat ourselves on the back too much lets remember that this is a long term effort and there is much left to do. The worst of air pollution is the fine particulate particles, which are grave health risks for respiratory diseases. Here's the bad news:
Knox, Anderson,Blount, Loudon County and a portion of Roane County, are listed as non-attainment areas for fine particulate matter, or soot. Monitoring information for 2015 will be needed to seek attainment status for that issue.
So every time you hear a politician say EPA regulation kills jobs you need to respond that dirty businesses kill people. If you claim to be "pro-life" then you also need to be "pro" clean air and water as a part of that. It's time to end our usage of fossil fuels as the primary source of our electrical energy.
The Knox News Sentinel makes note of some of this but they don't make the case forcibly enough. Dirty businesses kill people. Environmental regulations save lives. It's just that simple!
In spite of my misgivings about TVA giving Duncan Mansfield a job after his somewhat glossed over coverage of the TVA coal ash disaster, I respected his skills as an AP stringer. Duncan was a decent reporter when he wanted to be and a great writer all the time. Pancreatic cancer is a tough way to go. He leaves a family who loved him.
Last Quarter: Raised Self loan spent CTD COH
(numbers in thousands)
Scott Desjarlais $52 $0 $35 $213 $162
Grant Starrett $507 $227 $80 $507 $653
So Grant Starrett had a quarter Mil to loan his own campaign and has raised ten times as much as DesJarlais, spent twice as much, and still has 4 times as much cash on hand (COH).
I'm thinking TN 4 is going to be a mudfest, even more so than last time.
Why do we let them divide us? I'm not talking about people harboring the misguided fear we call racism. I'm talking about the puppet masters behind the curtain who divide us for their own evil purposes.
Yet we must still face what racism means and what its manifestations do to us as a society.
Yes, many Confederate soldiers were brave and heroic. And yes, many Southern generals were brilliant tacticians and dashing warriors. But the cause was not noble or glorious. And we're still paying the price for it.
Still, this is a free country. No one will stop you from flying any flag you choose on your property. No one will begrudge you your right to dress up and reenact glorious — if bloodless — scenes of epic battle. If you want to put the Confederate flag on your bumper or wear it on your T-shirt, go for it. It says more about you than you think.
So it appears that Mike Beard, the manager at Roane County Park, has noticed that goose poop is a problem and that perhaps those coin operated feed dispensers might be contributing to the problem. This is the old "Please don't feed the wild animals" problem, except that these aren't wild animals anymore.
There is some misinformation in the article and it comes from people who should know better, the US Dept. of Agriculture. The claim is that Watts Bar Canada geese aren't migrating because they are being fed. People, the sub-species of Canada goose that is still here in the winter never has migrated. In my opinion it's a farm animal.Continued...
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