Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 7:45pm.

Roane County has a very strong connection to the Manson Family in Bruce Davis, a brilliant student with a very troubled childhood in Roane County.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 11:23am.

Pretty fun what students do in college these days...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 8:16am.

Relax...The low temperature record was 18 F set in 1891. Compare our projected high of 31 to 80 degrees back in 1985.

The atmospheric vortexes that are causing this are mostly likely due to the increase in heat energy stirring things up on a global scale. Huge spinning vortexes of cold northern air are spun down toward the temperate latitudes. At the same time warm air moves north to where the vortexes come from. It was above freezing last night in Igiugig, AK and is currently 45 F, just a few degrees from the record high for this date.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:25pm.

Go there!

If you ask anyone who has done it, hiking Mt. LeConte is not just a hike; it is truly an accomplishment. It is the third highest point in the Appalachians and home to the only overnight lodge in the Smokies.

The season, however, is coming to an end next week. It's also the end of a long run for two familiar faces at the lodge.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 4:42pm.

Forecast low is 19 degrees F. This is not expected to be a strong year but meteors are meteors and there will be quite a few at times. At other times, nothing. I expect to get out there a few times but not for any extended period. Here's an info link with a live viewer for what it's worth.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 12:00pm.

Word is that failure to pay the tax restitution has caught up with the owner of this Roane County business. The midtown location was previously Ferguson's Market


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 10:52am.

After TVA passed a rate increase for residential customers of 1.5% we now see this:

The Tennessee Valley Authority will distribute $131 million in performance bonuses this week to employees who helped the federal utility surpass all of its key goals for safety, performance, reliability and income during fiscal 2014.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:54am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:50am.

We currently have five high schools in Roane County with five complete sets of administrative offices. Will the increased transportation cost offset any savings from efficiency? Old school allegiances die hard, so this will be a tough sell to some folks. It always is. My thought is that we should hire somebody to look at consolidating our tiny towns while we're at it. Do we really need four police chiefs and mayors?

The Roane County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday “regarding selection of architects.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 7:36am.

Can you charge for advertising on a web site for something that doesn't exist?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 16, 2014 - 7:55pm.

What???

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 16, 2014 - 7:47pm.

This would be fun to watch if it weren't so tragic regardless of the outcome. Dark money now rules our political system.

The Registry of Election Finance Board has dismissed one complaint alleging that the PAC – represented by Nashville attorney/lobbyist Gif Thornton — operated illegally while leaving another complaint hanging after asking Thornton to provide more information. (Previous post HERE.)

“You ought to be ashamed!” yelled Ruth Fennell at Thornton as he walked away (from the Registry meeting).

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 16, 2014 - 5:06pm.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, Link...) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood. The Food Pantry feeds an average of over 1000 people each month.

They also give out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food. Sign-up between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the Food Pantry. Bring identification and documentation of income.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 15, 2014 - 10:36am.

The Knots delivered the music to a full house. This is the encore.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:18am.

Since every thing else is perfect in the town of Rossville, TN, the city council has passed the first reading of a law that would make it illegal to support abortion rights.

Editorial opinion: These people are simply nuts.

The ordinance, which on Monday passed its first of two readings, reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person or organization to offer ... abortion services within the limits of the City of Rossville," and adds, "it shall be unlawful for any person or organization to advertise by newspaper, sign board, or otherwise within the limits of the City of Rossville, that the individual or organization does endorse or practice abortion services."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:05am.

This place was "raided/investigated" last year in September as I recall.

In Roane County TBI officials investigated the Interstate Spa at 108 Ole Patton Lane, Rockwood, Tennessee. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:00am.

Among other things, a week of vacation has been taken from more senior employees and given to new hires.

Fleischmann, Corker, and Alexander are "Looking in to the issue".

With benefit changes looming for Y-12 employees and retirees at the start of the year, Oak Ridgers Betty Hatmaker and Hyatt have launched a campaign to protest. According to both, the current insurance plan offered to employees and retirees will no longer be offered, even though it’s still available through the insurance carrier Cigna. The new plan changes from a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $2,000 annually for a family to more than $6,000. And while insurance premiums, and now deductibles, have continued to increase, retirees reportedly haven’t seen a pension increase since 1998.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:46pm.

Wait???? Increased air quality improves job prospects? That's way too obvious for a TN TV station to use in a headline...

Anderson, Blount and Knox counties may soon have increased employment because of improved air quality statuses.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has applied for clean air attainment status for Anderson, Blount and Knox Counties since their recently attained federal clean air standards.

"This announcement means Anderson, Blount and Knox counties are ready to say ‘we're open for business, our air is clean and healthy," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:38pm.

The NRA and Lamar...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 8:30am.

Ben Redden was flown by Lifestar Tuesday night after colliding head-on with a teammate.

"Last thing I remember we were about to play the championship flag football game at intramurals,"

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 11, 2014 - 8:31am.

The TN Elections Commission is being sued to force them to count the votes cast on Amendment 1 in exactly the manner the sate constitution requires. The Election Commission says it's never been done that way so why start now? Does any one else find it somewhat ironic that they want to count the votes for an amendment to the constitution in a manner that defies the constitution in the first place? Link...

In the predictions department, I think Haslam will approve expanding medicaid now that the election is over. (Note that all that scary ebola stuff has subsided as well)The state is losing too much money on this and if there's one thing a Republican loves, it is money! Link...


Submitted by mushy on November 10, 2014 - 7:59pm.

A new screen has arrived for the Princess and is currently being installed.


Photos and more info HERE!


Submitted by onetahiti on November 10, 2014 - 7:17pm.

Kroger shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity to receive funds from Kroger's Community Rewards® program. Sign in or create an account at Link.... Then designate West Roane County Volunteer Fire as your charity at Link.... After that, shop as usual at Kroger's, swiping your card.

Amazon shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 10, 2014 - 5:30pm.

In addition to dishonest photo shopped campaign ad, there's this:

The complaint takes issue with a $5,000 primary contribution to Fleischmann from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., reported on Fleischmann's pre-primary filing with the FEC.

Election law prohibits candidates from receiving more than $2,000 per election from another candidate's campaign.

Anything to win, I guess.

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 7, 2014 - 11:01am.

We want to thank the kind volunteers at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (Link...), and also RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and the fine folks at Rockwood Electric. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbors and friends. Here is what happened.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 9:13pm.

Stopping access to internet content while still allowing internet is just plain tough!

"I simply typed in s-e-x and that is a word every kid in elementary knows how to spell... I can still pull up images in a search," she said.

We asked the director of schools to type sex into his school computer, too, and articles about sex came up.

"Yeah there were some problems with ours that we will report to ENA and our technology director will fix those. We will get those fixed," Aytes said.

According to Aytes, this is the first complaint he's had about the school's WiFi.

Friday, Shelly Stanley will bring the Kindle to the district so the director can trace where her daughter got the password.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 10:13am.

No, not the mouth on Knoxville talk radio, this is a real journalist at News 5 in Nashville.

In what may be the last real investigative news operation in Tennessee, Phil Williams shines a light on some things that should be real news all over this state, namely potential corruption in the Haslam Administration.

I've added a link over on the right column for convenience. Check this awesome man's work out.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 6, 2014 - 9:58am.

Thank you, News 5! It appears that we still have one news organization left in Tennessee.

The Haslam administration looks like it illegally broke contracts so that it could funnel money to an out of state company.

Sanders Moving had the state's moving contract, but the Haslam administration abruptly cancelled it, awarding much of the work to Flood Brothers out of Atlanta.

Emails show one state employee, Kurt Herron, objected, writing: "We've already broken several laws."

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