Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2014 - 7:20am.

"It's a little awkward, but I feel like I'm sitting across the table from an angry Republican congressman," Wamp said.

"Before the debate I believed I was the most conservative candidate, and after the debate I was convinced," Fleischmann said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2014 - 6:37pm.

Yesterday a deeply divided Supreme Court decided in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. The 5-4 decision on ideological lines was met with instant backlash because the ruling creates a gateway to further religious-based challenges that limit individual decisions and rights.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 8:17am.

Well, actually, they call themselves "Americans for Prosperity" but it's not you and me whose prosperity they want. They are funded primarily by the Koch Brothers to serve the Billionaire Koch Brothers in their quest to become the Trillionaire Koch brothers.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 7:48am.

Oh just go read:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 7:36am.

As quoted in the Roane County News:

Rocky wasn’t at the farm during the search because authorities arrested him in Kingston earlier that day.

When federal agents showed up at Rocky’s residence to conduct the search, his son, Cody Houston, came to the door armed with a high-powered rifle and wearing a bullet proof vest.

Reeves said agents showed great restraint by not shooting Cody.

“I’m surprised he wasn’t shot, quite frankly,” Reeves said.

I would like to know a lot more about the Judge's thinking in this situation. Does the judge think deputies might have had the right to shoot Cody Houston because he was "expressing his Second Amendment rights" in his own home?

(Note: I personally think America has gone insane on the current SCOTUS interpretation of the 2nd amendment but I am simply being aware of the lay of the land.)

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 28, 2014 - 2:17pm.

Politico (via Daily Kos) has an excellent article about our economy and what to do about it: Link....

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2014 - 7:17am.

The move will replace pensions with a 401k.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2014 - 9:13am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2014 - 7:56am.

I suspect our State Attorney General can do what he wants until this gets to the Supreme Court. The SCOTUS has ruled that TN must honor marriages legally performed in other states and I suspect the right to dissolve a marriage should be accorded to all citizens, regardless of you personal opinion.

This does put the AG in the curious position of opposing the dissolution of a same sex marriage because he is opposed to same sex marriages.

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 26, 2014 - 6:26pm.

See: Link....

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 26, 2014 - 6:04pm.

The police department in Rockwood is getting 11 new Dodge Chargers. WATE has the story: Link....

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2014 - 7:53am.

Students Feel Squeeze As College Tuition Increases...
Hold your nose, the ‘retention’ election is getting smelly...
Tennessee Schools Lose Best Teachers Early In Their Careers, Report Says...

All that and more at the Buzz:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2014 - 2:57pm.

Here's a source for lots of scientific reports on the TVA ash disaster. Heavy reading for those so inclined.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2014 - 2:56pm.

Domestic violence is a touchy issue and the cards do seem to be stacked against women in most circumstances. At the same time America has a right to the presumption of innocence. I think there is some rational approach to this but I really don't trust our current legislature to deal with it
intelligently and thoughtfully.

In other news, Lt. Gov Ramsey refuses to identify the source of the dark money he is using in his campaign to turn the Tennessee Supreme Court into a political province of the Legislature. So far nearly everyone in the legal profession, regardless of party affiliation, is opposed to Ramsey's push.

That and more at Crockett:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2014 - 7:30am.

Chuck played shortstop on the Congressional Republican baseball team. Apparently he's worries that he won't get to play again after the election.

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Submitted by mushy on June 23, 2014 - 7:28pm.

Oakdale students Emery Francis and "Stone, Jess and The Rest" opened for Allison and Krystal Steel Saturday night at the Princess.


See all the photos on the Princess Blog!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 23, 2014 - 11:30am.

I did the numbers from what TVA "Strategic Spokesman" Duncan Mansfield stated in this Phil Williams piece. Just so you know, that is an area seven and a half times larger than all of Watts Bar Lake...Three times larger than the Big South Fork Recreation Area.

People aren't happy about having trees in their yard that are over 100 years old suddenly needing to be cut down. TVA should at least be required to pay fair value for the trees.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 23, 2014 - 10:37am.

Among other jewels there's this little tidbit:

Fleischmann, according to OpenSecrets.org, has raised $897,877 for his 2014 campaign, down from $1.4 million two years ago.

Looks like a few money folks are backing off on old Chuck. On other matters, it looks like "Most Corrupt Congressman" Fincher has a negative net worth even though he'd gotten $3.5 million in crop subsidies by 2012. he also voted to cut $20 million from programs to feed children while increasing farm subsidies by $9 BILLION. Creepy people, these Republicans our state keeps voting for.

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 23, 2014 - 10:24am.

It has been 42 years since Title IX, which promotes "gender equality in education," became law. This was too late for me, so I was never allowed to take wood or metal or auto shop in high school. School administrators said having a girl in shop class "would be a disruptive influence."

I really wanted to take shop and their rejection still stings. You can probably guess that today I'm a big fan of Title IX.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:39pm.

My environmental friends would do well to learn this fact:

While Selenium concentrations in fish (whole bodies and fillets) were elevated at sampling locations affected by the Kingston ash spill relative to reference locations, concentrations do not appear to be above risk thresholds and have not been increasing over the five year period since the spill. Our results are not only relevant to guiding the human health and ecological risk assessments at the Kingston ash spill site, but because of current national discussions on appropriate guidelines for Se in fish as well for the disposal of coal combustion wastes, our results are also relevant to the general understanding of Se bioaccumulation in contaminated water bodies

Full published study PDF


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:29pm.

This is a courageous man. It takes a lot of courage to go public that you do not share the majority religion here in the Bible belt. When most folks see "In God We Trust" they are most likely assuming it is the Christian "God" and not the God of Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Shinto, B'hai or other religions that residents of Roane County hold...Or don't, as the case may be.

I wish Roane County could be famous for something uncontroversial for a change, like good schools, or parks, or recreation, or the arts, maybe.

A number we might want to think about: 41% of Roane Countians Do NOT have a religious affiliation, according to the US Census.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:00am.

I'll post pix soon. You may start being jealous. Five days in a canoe on the Green River in Utah, down to the confluence with the Colorado to meet the jet boat, then upriver 50 miles back to Moab. I love my life...Yeah!


Submitted by mushy on June 21, 2014 - 7:12am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 13, 2014 - 9:36am.

And lots more at the CPI Buzz:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 13, 2014 - 8:34am.

Carol E. Eimers, General Manager Kingston Recovery Project, reports the following:

There are two TVA-owned homes on Emory River Road that have significant structural damage, as well as mold, water damage, and rotted wood siding and decking. Due to these safety and health hazards, these homes are slated to be demolished, which will eliminate the potential for vandalism, fire, injury, and unauthorized access. Below is specific information on each home:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2014 - 8:13am.

The most curious comment of the day was Sen. Alexander calling the Student Loan Bill a "political stunt" and then supporting the Republican filibuster.

Corker was one of only three Senators voting against the Veterans Bill.

Oh, and in really important news, the definition of Tennessee Whiskey is really heating up. Our legislators have to be loving this battle between Jack Daniels and George Dickel. There has to be barrels of "election likker" flowing into legislative campaign coffers over this.

More at the Crockett Buzz:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 9:05pm.

Lots of folks ask me about canoes and kayaks. As the boat designer for Dagger there's ample justification for that. I know my stuff and have had over 100 boats of various kinds in production around the world. That said, I've been retired for a few years and things march on. When someone asks me what boat they should buy, I usually ask them a bunch of questions back. They mostly boil down to, "What are you going to do with a canoe/kayak/whatever more than anything else."

The best thing you can do before purchasing a kayak or canoe is to take a paddling class. Then go paddle a bunch of boats and see what fits you best. There are demo days (short for demonstration) all around. Here's a really good one with some good people involved. Yeah, it's in Chattanooga, but that's really only a few minutes further than K'ville if you think about it. Whatever...it's FREE! Go do it!

Remember, you aren't buying your last boat. You're buying your first one. Get something comfortable and reassuring and you'll always have a boat you can take friends out in even if you out grow it, as I hope you will. It's a great sport with rewards through out your whole life time.

Have fun!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 7:36pm.

We're finding out a lot more about this fluff piece about the TVA ash disaster, such as this from Scott Colthorp, the film maker...

"I have been working with TVA’s film and video department for many years, helping the communications department share information with the public. I was asked by TVA’s former head of film and video, Cletus Mitchell, to document the clean-up process so that TVA could share it with the public.

So what we actually have here is a TVA promo piece, not a real documentary by an outside independent film maker.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 6:08pm.

I was pretty surprised at the mess and damage in East Kingston when I went in today. Glad it wasn't worse than it was.

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