The House Democratic Caucus hosted a bunch of TN Progressive bloggers to meet and chat with several legislators about the sun the moon the stars. My bottom line conclusion is that TN Dems haven't yet figured out how to play the role of the minority opposition party as a whole, but some of them know exactly what they should be doing.

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Mon
Jun 1 2009
04:40 pm

(link...) This is a link to Comcast Channel 12 out of Clinton, TN. Click on the WBBB link and you can watch the Roane and Anderson County news at 5 pm. along with City Council Meetings. Although the meetings are delayed, at least it is a start. The station will also be carrying the local election results begining at 7pm. Ray Collett

Mon
Jun 1 2009
11:56 am

Last night and this morning we had some rural fun. It became increasingly evident that something had inconveniently gone on to its maker under our porch. [I am sure it was even more inconvenient for the 'possum.]

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Mon
Jun 1 2009
07:28 am
By: WhitesCreek
Mon
Jun 1 2009
07:19 am

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, These weeks sure pass by fast don't they. It must be because we are getting older. Let's go right to the email bag and see what some of our readers have been up to since high school...The first one is from Arlene Sorrick Hoskins (Class of 1950)..Here is what Arlene had to say...

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Mon
Jun 1 2009
07:15 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sun
May 31 2009
08:19 pm

Candidates for Rockwood's City Council and Mayoral Positions can be heard answering questions from Nick Barrett on WYHM AM 580 radio all throughout the day until the election is over. This is very informative and a great public service from WYHM AM 580 "The Holler"
Ray Collett

Sun
May 31 2009
12:21 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon with your community, family, friends, and neighbors at the Flag Day Celebration at the City Park in downtown Rockwood on Sunday, June 14th, from 12:30pm to 4pm. There will be food, gospel music, and other fun.

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Sun
May 31 2009
10:26 am
By: WhitesCreek

I read recipes but I rarely actually follow them. My theory is that if there were only one way to cook something, why would there be two recipes for it? There's more than one recipe for boiling an egg, after all. So it's grill season and you were just waiting for me to divulge my secret barbecue recipe, and that's exactly what I am about to do.

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Sun
May 31 2009
08:56 am
By: WhitesCreek

Rather softball questions but we can still draw a picture of the new TVA Chairman of the Board. It looks like a "Call me and leave a message if you have a problem." Exactly what we don't need right now.

I would have asked about TVA's commitment to the community in light of their request for legal immunity and denial of claims for damage when people can't sell their homes? And be sure to check out the "commitment to conservation".

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Sat
May 30 2009
08:13 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The Stagecoach is a B&B so named becuase it is on the old stagecoach road from Rockwood to Crossville. Our friends who used to cook at another favorite resaurant have moved over and we decided to do some culinary testing. It's just across from the entrance to Cumberland Mountain State Park and well worth the drive. Don't ask for a menu because there isn't one. I suggest Marin's pizza, but share with a friend.

Fri
May 29 2009
03:13 pm

The coal ash storage sites like the one that breached in Kingston are a tremendous threat, as demonstrated in an extensive EPA report unveiled by the Environmental Integrity Project: "An EPA risk assessment documents excess cancer risks of up to 1 in 50 for residents living near unlined ash ponds."

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Fri
May 29 2009
01:25 pm

TVA was found to cause 150 premature deaths a year and to sicken thousands in NC. Those folks didn't volunteer to get sick or die, but TVA says following the court order to save lives asap will cost too much?

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Fri
May 29 2009
07:03 am
By: WhitesCreek

There's already controversy on the TDEC report with some folks claiming they don't accept the results. Remember that the TDEC report is on "fish flesh" only, which is the part humans eat. It did not test the spleen, liver, and reproductive organs of the fish. Several private labs have done that and say we have a problem, not only with the fish but with the standards which they claim have been set too low to be safe.

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Thu
May 28 2009
04:53 pm

The notion that this bill would permit one to carry a concealed weapon into a crowded bar at midnight on a Saturday night defies common sense, and I cannot sign such a measure into law.

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Thu
May 28 2009
02:16 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I finally got my last raised bed planted this morning in the drizzle. The rain has set some things back this year. We've harvested greens and the basil is ready to start pinching for stir fries but I never feel like it is an official garden until I pick that first tomato. Here's the first one from last year's effort...

Thu
May 28 2009
01:16 pm

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I hear that photo was taken by Lincoln's staff with a telephoto lense from a long way away.

Government spending related to smoking and the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs reached $468 billion in 2005, accounting for more than one-tenth of combined federal, state and local expenditures for all purposes, according to a new study.

Incarceration costs are huge, as we're seeing with our County budget debate.

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No, you gutter minded things! They tell stories...

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Thu
May 28 2009
09:38 am
By: farmer leaf

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Our hens are standing by to take your orders. 354-8170.

Local agriculture only works when local customers support it!

Thu
May 28 2009
06:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

"I feel like we're beyond organic," Price says. "The government has tried to define the word 'organic.' It doesn't mean what the original users of the word meant it to be."

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This strikes me as immoral at a very deep level.

All settlement agreements associated with TVA's purchase of real property include the seller's general release of TVA from any further claims resulting from the ash spill. This general release includes claims for medical monitoring and future health concerns.

However, all residents of the area who have health concerns may utilize the process being developed by Vanderbilt University and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. We will share details about the process as they become available.

Thanks to Lincoln Davis for asking the question for us and getting the answer. There is no reason whatsoever for TVA to have taken over a month to reply to Lincoln's letter. What's wrong with this organization?

Wed
May 27 2009
04:46 pm

"A United Way Family Fun Day will be held on May 30 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Roane State Community College. All ages are welcome; admission is free."

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Wed
May 27 2009
03:54 pm

"A 'Keep Out the Coal Waste' meeting will be held at 5PM Central (6 PM Eastern) Thursday, May 28, at the Crossville Housing Authority meeting room at 67 Irwin Ave. in Crossville."

"Come learn more about the Smith Mountain Solution proposal to build and operate a coal ash landfill on Smith Mountain.

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Wed
May 27 2009
01:46 pm
Wed
May 27 2009
11:53 am

Call someone at an inconvenient time and tell them something that gets them upset? A Class A Misdemeanor?

This might be the worst written legislation of this session, and THAT, friends, is a high bar!

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Don't leave it to others! Exercise your right and responsibility to vote and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Randy Martens

Tue
May 26 2009
02:24 pm

And tell him that if he lets Ken Yager's selenium bill pass, he'll have to move the Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo to the Cross Eyed Cricket because Watts Bar Lake won't have anything to catch.

For aquatic life, the toxic effects of the lowest thresholds of selenium are effects on the growth and survival of juvenile fish and effects on larval offspring of the adult fish that were exposed to excessive seleniun, In the latter case, besides reducing survival, selenium causes skeletal deformities...

EPA Region 4 letter to Representative Mike Kernell, May 14, 2009

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Tue
May 26 2009
12:27 pm

Randy - we were talking about a potential way for the LTRC to keep themselves on track and us informed by use of a simple living document for their agenda and reporting. I can't find a way to attache it in a REPLY on an established thread. I think making a new blog entry is the way to do it. So try this one on for size. See what you think.

RB

Tue
May 26 2009
10:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

How many tigers can be housed at Tiger Haven? Of the 285 animals how many are the big ones? And where does the public nuisance law come into play with diminishing adjacent property values?

How many new jailers will be needed to operate the new jail? After all, won't the main increase in prisoners be DUI's and misdemeanors?

How much coal ash is now in the Clinch and Tennessee River basins?

How come Chris Caywood gets released on his own recognizance, as required by TN law, but everyone else has to call a bondsman?

Why do county officials talk in terms of pennies and nickels when they really mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax increases?

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