This year’s legislative session is drawing to a close over the next couple weeks, and we can’t thank you enough for speaking out against vouchers. We know we’ve asked you to contact legislators several times but it’s so important that our lawmakers hear voices other than the big money organizations that attempt to pit elected officials against our schools.
The GOP has a serious problem in that Obamacare has been a resounding success and the great state of Tennessee has lost a couple of billion dollars due to Republicans being unable to admit they were flat out lying about it. They can;t stand to see Federal tax dollars get away, so now they have to play these silly games, each hoping the other will crack and do the right thing. Doing the right thing is not something that comes easy to a Republican, but let's hope a few of them let their greed overtake their political rantings and get Insure Tennessee passed. People are dying for this legislation to pass. Really dying!
That and more at the Buzz:
Insure Tennessee town hall blasts no-show Harwell, others
Lawmakers could soon be packing heat on Capitol Hill
Guiding principles for a more enlightened U.S. education policy
Roadblocks to the budget
Fines for employers who risk employee lives must be large enough and clear enough to get the attention of companies. In addition to fining a corporation, the people who make decisions regarding this need to be held personally responsible. In this case the fines aren't even large enough to cover the cost of the investigation into this accident.
A Tennessee construction company is being fined $6,400 for violations in connection with a December trench collapse in Roane County that ended up burying a worker in dirt up to his chest.
Danson Construction, which has a Sparta, Tenn., mailing address, is being fined $3,200 for violations related to excavation requirements and $3,200 for violations tied to protective systems, according to documents obtained by 10News.
We are represented by idiots, and yes both our state Reps voted for this. The national media is picking up on this. Could our elected officials PLEASE stop making this state a laughing stock? It drives up the cost of the concessions the governor has to give giant corporations to bring jobs here.
The Roane County Commission needs to step up and get in Senator Yager's, Rep. Calfee's and Rep. Travis's face about voting to take away local control of our parks schools and businesses property rights. Do you want a State Representative from Memphis deciding whether you will have to sit next to a person with a gun at high school football games?
Roane County's Jim Henry has done quite a lot of good work. It's good to see him honored.
Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.
“The outstanding work that Jim and his team are doing for Tennessee’s at-risk children and families should be brought to the forefront,” said Sara O’Meara, co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board for Arizona-based Childhelp. “The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is a beacon for the fight against child abuse and neglect. It is a wonderful program, parts of which should be implemented in every state throughout the country.”
Authorities have accused a former Roane County man of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and plotting with two Florida prison guards to murder an inmate.
The supporters of the "Don't Say Gay" Bill that got laughed out of existance are back with more divisive unnecessary disruptive legislation that would ultimately allow discrimination in a state employee due to "religious" beliefs.
“We are health care professionals,” Morris added. “We need to act like it.”
The New Civil Rights Movement’s David Badash observed that the bill seemed to be using religion as a “door to hide and cower behind.”
“The concept of so-called ‘religious liberty’ as it’s being (mis)used is faulty,” Badash wrote on Tuesday. “If anti-gay people want a reason to not help gay people, they should have the personal courage to do so, and accept the consequences.”
These people continue to be paid to embarrass us in the national media.
Check out the debut issue of the Roane County Post, Wed. April 8 2015. That's tomorrow. I like the idea of alternative news sources. We'll be watching to see how this one goes forward as a weekly up against the thrice weekly Roane County News. There should be room for both rags in today's environment.
This speaks louder than anything we could say about the fact that more guns don't make you safer. The NRA is a sales wing for gun manufacturers and doesn't give one bean about your "safety" or the safety of your children in schools or parks.
Both of Roane County's representatives and State Senator Yager have voted in favor of stripping the County Commission's control over whether guns are allowed in local parks. Since there has been absolutely ZERO coverage of this in the local newspapers I suppose it is left to RoaneViews to keep folks informed.
At any rate,here is the big question:
Why are our county leaders sitting by and letting their own power within their own county be stripped by their own state representation?
Roane County state Representatives Kent Calfee and Ron Travis both voted against a Senate version of the Guns in Parks Bill that Senator Yager supported that would effectively kill the bill due to lack of resolution between the House and the Senate. Our lamb in sheep's clothing governor is actually against this bill but has given no leadership and no indication whether he will veto it. With the NRA convention about to start in Nashville, our local little dog legislators are falling all over themselves to prove they can sell out local governments to the arms manufacturers the NRA represents.
Regardless of strong opposition to their plans to store ash in the "gypsum" landfill, TVA is plowing right along as if all the questions have been settled and there is no public outrage.
"TVA seeks comment on ‘dewatering’ facility at Kingston, would allow dry storage"
If built, the bottom ash/pyrite stream would leave the coal plant and be pumped via conveyor to the new dewatering facility. Moisture would be removed, and the dry product would be loaded onto trucks and hauled to an onsite landfill for disposal. The waste water would be processed and eventually discharged according to regulatory requirements.
The Guns in Parks Bill is in trouble. Somehow an amendment got added that would include the Capital in with our parks as a place people with Concealed Carry permits could take their guns. Legislators didn't seem to be all that enthusiastic about letting guns into their chambers. In explaining why the Capitol building should NOT allow CC and why parks SHOULD allow CC There was this:
Guns in parks today exist by law-breakers. What we're saying is we want those law-abiding citizens that have demonstrated the ability to operate a weapon to be there and to avert a crime, which has happened many times across this country and this state. So, I think we're being naive-like if we say there is no guns in park, and this is a guns in parks. This is not. This is letting permit holders there to defend unarmed citizens.
Casada's answer then is that we need more guns to protect people who don't have guns, except that at the Capitol they have great security and don;t need these extra guns to be safe.
The transcript is here. You try and figure it out.
The state Senate has voted to ban drones from recording images above ticketed events with more than 100 people in attendance.
“A person commits an offense who intentionally carries an explosive, explosive weapon, permanently disabled firearm, hoax device, imitation firearm, machete, or sword openly within one hundred fifty feet (150′) of the real property that comprises the grounds or facilities of a public or private preschool, elementary school, middle school, or secondary school,”
I wish I were making this up...
Water flows downhill and takes everything with it. Around here that means it all goes into Watts Bar Lake and winds up on or near shore. Way back in the last century we played a part, along with a large number of other civic minded folks, in getting an annual clean up going on. With a few bumps along the way this tradition of giving something back to improve your community continues.
The Watts Bar Lake Association has a web site that is a little out of date but it's a wonderful tool to get everyone involved. If you are interested in helping clean up Saturday April 11, the guy to call is Peter Giroux at 404-304-1115.
I promise you'll enjoy yourself with a bunch of good people.
If you want the best information on about any subject you should go to membership supported sites with a clear history of objectivity. I am continually amazed at the wide range of subjects Mother Jones covers and the accuracy of their reporting. This is a prime example:
Last week, lovers of rice rejoiced when The Washington Post reported on a simple trick to improve the nutritional value of the food. According to researchers in Sri Lanka, all you have to do is add a fat (they used coconut oil) to the cooking water, cool your rice over night, and voila!—up to to 50 percent of the calories (a cup of rice contains about 200 when cooked conventionally) are gone.
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a retired Tennessee Valley Authority police officer to home detention and probation for his role in providing police protection for an illegal $1 million poker game.
Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee
Will governor veto guns in parks? Harwell recommends against it
Voucher bill clears Senate 24-8
The 2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show was a wonderful experience, and proved again this year that there is talent in the youth of this area! As Jason Benjamin expressed it, "I came here expecting the 'normal', 'run of the mill' small-town talent show, but I was blown away!"
He was right too. The talent show at the Princess Theatre in Harriman, TN never fails to amaze those in attendance. This area is full of talent just begging for a place to express it, and the Princess is just the place to do that!
Read and see more photos HERE!
Senator Yager is a very good friend to big coal. Anybody who thinks the state will do an adequate job of enforcing regulations needs to think about what a great job TDEC did preventing the TVA Coal Ash disaster.
From Tom Humphrey:
A renewed push to have state government take over regulation of Tennessee coal mining after 31 years of federal oversight has won approval in state House and Senate committees where similar legislation died last year.
The bill sponsored by Republicans with coal mines operating in their district, Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro and Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, advanced last week with the sponsors assuring colleagues that the transition from federal to state oversight can be accomplished with no new cost to Tennessee taxpayers.
Environmentalists are skeptical of that contention and many oppose the bill in general, arguing the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is not prepared to replace the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the change will lead to less effective protection from coal mine pollution.
We had no doubts about real governor Ramsey's tendency toward blantant crocodile grin political falsehoods, but come on. Who believes Ramsey didn't tank Insure Tennessee as a shot through the bow of Haslam's governorship?
That jewel and more at Crockett:
Pastafarians have already made a laughing stock out of Cumberland County when its pandering monuments went up. As the "In God We Trust" plaques get mounted on the Roane County Courthouse, we have to wonder if this will be one more black eye on Roane County's much battered but recovering face? Regardless of anyone's feelings bout religion and its place, acts like this do not bring us together. At best, this is patently unnecessary.
Joseph Lemay has cancelled his show tonight due to a family emergency. Please let others know.
I've been critical of Roane County's efforts at encouraging high speed internet into rural and less densely populated areas. Why, for instance, has Morgan County run fiber optic lines to most of their county while we sit and watch? And I don't want to hear this bull about it costing too much. If water lines can be run all over the county, there is no excuse for there not being broadband in at least those areas. Projects much like rural co-ops for electrification and telephone service provide ample models for how this can be done, but that was so last century.
Apparently we aren't supposed to work together to make everyone's lives better these days. We apparently are supposed to suffer in order to guarantee the massive profits of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other corporate behemoths. Even our public officials have abandoned us in order to protect corporate profits. Haslam's Attorney General is a prime example of how we have lost our state government to corporate lobbyista:
Attorney General Herb Slatery has asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the FCC's decision to allow municipalities to expand broadband service outside their jurisdictions:
From the press release:
EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN IS A $7 BILLION PROBLEM
Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Sen. Sara Kyle to meet with press on the issue
NASHVILLE – State Rep. John Ray Clemmons and State Sen. Sara Kyle will join other Democrats to address legislation guaranteeing Tennessee women earn pay equal to men.
Women in Tennessee lose $7 billion each year in lost wages, because they earn anywhere from 77 to 83 cents for every dollar paid to men in similar jobs.
As someone who has employed men and women in the same job, there is absolutely no reason for this disparity. Frankly, from my experience, there might be a better case for paying men less than women based on productivity.
Our public school system is under heavy attack by interests that want to get their hands on the money we spend on our children's education. Voucher proponents and Interests from outside our state didn't spend a quarter of a million dollars lobbying our elected officials just because they care about Roane County children getting a good education.
The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court, alleges that the state has "breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education for the children of this state."
The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education "has instead created a system that impermissibly shifts the cost of education to local boards of education, schools, teachers and students, resulting in substantially unequal education opportunities across the state."
The local school systems name Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and a handful of other officials who serve on the Tennessee Board of Education as defendants.
Other RoaneViews blogs
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- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)
- The Headhunters want to know... (mushy)
- Ever dream of being in the movies? (mushy)
- Come Support The Talent Show Friday At 6PM! (mushy)
- 2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show Deadline looms (mushy)
- Comment on the Kingston Coal Ash Landfill (bswinford1)