I am at that age where insurance says we'd better get an annual physical. The results have always been the same..."Lose 20 pounds." Other than that, the poking puncturing and prodding don't amount to any change in the way I go about life. I've always wondered if the anxiety of going to the doctor isn;t more harmful than anything they might find, given that I have no symptoms of anything except the normal challenges of the calendar?
That's the big question. Now, an Op-Ed in the NY Times by Harvard Doctors says the annual physical is outdated...
Jeff Black has written songs for Waylon Jennings, Allison Kraus, Dierks Bently, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and a bunch more. Here's a live version of one you've heard but may not have known he wrote.
If you've been wondering about good music in Roane County this would be a great time to come out and see what our listening room is all about. Jeff Black is one of the great songwriters in America today.
I wish that I could be a pirate
And sail the ocean blue
Way before the big liners
Started sailing there too
I'd bury most of my treasure
So I wouldn't leave a big hole
And the only real sense of pleasure I'd get
Is that I would sail free in my soul
From the Politico Energy Report...
Democrats generally agreed climate change as a major threat to the planet, and one requiring major federal intervention to tackle. But Sanders seemed to steal the other candidates thunder, as Darren reports, "Sanders was the only one of the five candidates at the debate that referenced climate change when asked by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper what the greatest national security threat was to the U.S. 'The scientific community is telling us that if we do not address the global crisis of climate change … the planet that we are going to be leaving our kids, our grandchildren may well not be inhabitable,' Sanders said. 'That is a major crisis.'
The entire report, including how Republicans who "get" global warming" are in trouble with the GOP base...
Tennessee government is now a "covert operation"...
BMT puts on a really fun live show. Why don't you come on out to Ladd Landing Listening Room tonight and join us for some fun? $10 BYOB Doors at 7 PM
When someone called out for TN Congressman Jim Cooper to step up and run for Speaker of the House , this is what he tweeted:
You don't want to be on the menu at a cannibal picnic..
The background and story is here:
As if the Knoxville News Sentinel weren't already on a downward slide to lower mediocrity, journalistic observers are calling the purchase of the once noble news organ by Gannett (The USA Today "McNews" group) a newsroom "Zombie Apocalypse". The worrisome part of this is that one monster corporate group not from Tennessee will now control the news in the three biggest media markets in Tennessee, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Local news and information will decrease while the USA Today pablum will flourish. We've already seen this in the Tennessean, a once awesome newspaper.
Best comment heard so far from a friend in the business:
"Gannettt has a history of gutting and grinding decent and fine newspapers down to nubbins of worthlessness"
It the WDVX fund drive so Listen to some Will Yager Trio and get in the mood to support great music in our area.
You can listen live on the internet right HERE.
Will is the son of State Senator Ken Yager and Melinda, and is a great representative of Roane County.
Every time you hear some politician calling for the end of the EPA just remember that what they are advocating is sickness and death in the name of profit.
The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to cause somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years, with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. The total cost has been well over $100 million.
I found this quote interesting:
Rather than stop production of the engine and throw out years of work and investment, managers decided to cheat, the sources said, confirming a report in Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper. They did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, the Times reported.
I would surmise that "they" don't want to be identified because they might go to jail, actually. It was a German investigative journalism newspaper that broke this story. Remember when America had those?
Since this landfill should never have been permitted in this location in the first place, and it has already suffered several failures and leaks into the Clinch River and since the public comments were overwhelmingly opposed to depositing coal ash into it, TDEC has decided to grant TVA's request and allow coal ash to be deposited along with gypsum. They did agree to lower the allowable height of the landfill so that the top would not tower over the trees and be as much of an eyesore from downtown Kingston.
A Harriman man is making a name for himself in the world of Dragon Con conventions for his costume creations.
RJ Foster is a man who loves to tinker and create. In the attic of his Harriman home, Foster has spent countless hours working to build a costume that has won him awards on some of the biggest stages in costume design.
"It took me about 724 hours worth of work," Foster said.
Steps in Tyme Designs:
From the announcement:
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Mr. Bobby Collier. He will be missed by many, especially his Leadership Roane County family. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation REACH (PO Box 981, Kingston, TN 37763) or First Baptist Church of Kingston Building Fund.
Our thoughts are with Bobby's family and the many people he touched.
Congressman DesJarlais faces a primary opponent whose platform seems to be that DsJarlais isn't crazy enough...
“Scott DesJarlais just showed the American people why Washington, D.C., is so hated and why he is unfit to be a congressman,” Starrett campaign manager Tommy Schultz charged in a statement.
Humphrey has the answer...Lobbyists.
The news roundup is troubling at best.
The TN Corrections Dept refuses to release the autopsy and medical records of a prisoner they list as having died from "natural causes", when what we have seen states that he was beaten severely, had multiples burns, cuts, and at least 9 broken ribs. They even had the gall to use the "He fell out of bed" excuse.
Having nearly $200 million in unspent federal grants for drinking water improvements is a travesty. That is only eclipsed by the Billions of dollars we've lost by the refusal to expand medicare coverage in our state.
Here you go:
Yes, there are some of these in Roane County. Unfortunately, people dig them up thinking they can be transplanted. They are symbiotic with a fungus in certain soils and require a special soil, water, sun habitat. Great video from Nashville's channel 5.
Roane Academy’s facility director Mark Akers and clinical director Dr. Andrea McCarter resigned last week.
How can this be? Is this a judge forcing her own religious viewpoint that suicide under any circumstances should be illegal? What is to be gained by refusing a terminally ill 84 year old person a pain free death?
John Jay Hooker has terminal cancer and has doctors who have expressed a willingness to prescribe him a lethal dosage of painkillers.
The doctors sought protection from prosecution if the 84-year-old Hooker was administered the drugs.
But Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the plaintiffs on Tuesday, saying they "do not have standing to bring this action." She said administering such drugs would be engaging in "criminal conduct."
After reading more about the Vandy study I conclude that the headline is way off base. You would think that since pre-K advantages fade away by third grade we should do away with it as a waste of resources. What we should be asking is what is wrong with First Second and Third Grades in that they aren't utilizing and gaining from the benefits of Pre-K?
That story and more from Crockett...
Commissioner Collier is in the hospital after serious surgery. He is an effective advocate for those he represents and has been the driving force behind Operation Reach for years.
We send our good thoughts and best wishes to Bobby and his family. Hang in there, brother!
West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.
We've been there ourselves and had to drive over to the game a ref was officiating to get him to admit there was a mistake and correct his own paperwork. This is one of "those" calls.
Rockwood High School football coach John Webb is still racking his brain to determine why star running back Isiah Jones was flagged for taunting after scoring a touchdown late in last Friday’s 34-27, overtime loss to Grace Christian Academy.
The infraction, Jones’ second personal foul of the game, resulted in an ejection, meaning the standout runner, who transferred from Oak Ridge last season, will miss Friday’s matchup with area rival Harriman.
KINGSTON, TENN. — While the University of Tennessee prepares to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts in gridiron action this Saturday evening, final preparations are also taking place at nearby Roane County High School as the Yellow Jackets Marching Band takes advantage of a rare opportunity to perform with UT’s famous Pride of the Southland Band on game day.
“This is quite an honor,” said RCHS band director Zack Williamson. This year’s band boasts nearly 200 students who are looking forward to walking the Vol Walk route, enjoying a bit of tailgating — and performing in Neyland Stadium.
On Friday at 5 PM, support the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department and have some good food and fellowship too! Chief Charlie Redwine donated his grant-writing skills to get a usually elusive $200,000+ grant from FEMA for a much-needed new tank truck.
However, the community is required to raise 5% (a little over $10,000) to quality for this substantial grant. So, come to the Chili/Soup Fundraiser Supper on 9/25, have some fun, and help these fine volunteers get that truck.
Read more at: (link...).
I just made an appointment for a hearing before the Bord of Equalization regarding a condo in Ladd Landing. I've been here before, for the exact same reason.
(Call 376-4362 ASAP if you wish to appeal your appraisal)
We received our appraisal card for the condo and it was for the amount that was approved by the state in our appeal after the BOE refused to accept our position last time. They put us througfh the expense and time involved, first with going before them, and second going before the state appeals board, where the BOE was over ruled and we were granted a fair and reasonable valuation.
Then, weeks after the original card was sent out, we received another card last Friday, Sept. 11, that revised the valuation upward to a ridiculous number. I was told that the state did not account for land values in appraising our condo. This is exactly what they did last time. Land values are included in a condo's market price. Don't believe me? Try selling your land and keeping your condo. We won this on appeal.
Now, even though revised appraisal cards just went out, they are saying they will not remain in session after Sept 25, even if they have no hearing slots available t everybody who wants one. I am very uneasy with the practices of this Board.
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