Here's the document that was given to the committee. Mayor Beets and I have since discussed this and even though we have differing recollections he says that he supports a short statement to that effect but not the long version. There is a short version included but several committee members missed it, so I'll take the hit for my lack of conciseness. At any rate I figure we can work up something that will be more suitable.

I would like to see an open discussion on it with input from the people who will be most affected, so I hereby ask the good RoaneViews folks to help wordsmith an appropriate statement to put before the LTRC. Post your suggestions in the comments.

Continued...

Fri
May 22 2009
05:20 pm

That fine young man was cheered as he received congratulations from President Obama. His parents were in the crowd cheering loudest...

Fri
May 22 2009
05:01 pm
By: WhitesCreek

We may be behind Belarus...But we're ahead of Macedonia!

(link...)

Will this replace, "Tennessee...The Ehjewkayshun State!"?

Fri
May 22 2009
04:36 pm
By: farmer leaf

If you happened by the Rockwood Wal-Mart today, or as we like to call it around here the Mall Wart, you might have found bare shelves in the dairy section according to my reliable, but anonymous source. Seems like the dairy case refrigeration unit malfunctioned and the coded signal didn't reach HQ, or if it did, HQ failed to notify Rockwood.

I was surprised that the malfunction "alarm" wasn't in the actual store where the refrigeration unit is located, but rather it is routed to the center of operations located in Bentonville, Arkansas! Duh! It almost seems too ridiculous to believe. Isn't there a thermometer in the cooler that someone in the store could glance at from time to time?

Well I have to go now, a phone call from somewhere in Iowa is alerting me that I need to feed my chickens.

Fri
May 22 2009
01:31 pm

Ken thinks right wing bloggers like being lied to better than left wing bloggers.

All comments tend to be moderated at right wing blogs. Let's see if any of ours are actually posted. Have fun...

(link...)

Fri
May 22 2009
07:27 am
By: WhitesCreek

I'm wanting to look at the TVA reports on the earlier ash pond problems and I am striking out so far. There were reports from 2003 and 2006. Anybody got them?

Fri
May 22 2009
06:02 am
By: WhitesCreek

Something different this week...Vienna Teng "Recessional" made with a little hand held cam from the audience but somehow more moving than the slick version.

Thu
May 21 2009
01:47 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Just like the swallows at Capistrano, the carp return to Swan Pond. Seems different somehow???

More HERE as I get them worked up.

Thu
May 21 2009
08:04 am

If there is one thing deeply wrong with Tennessee state government it is that our elected officials serve their campaign donors and not the people of their districts. So what are they doing about it?

Eliminate limits on donations.

This is just plain evil.

Thu
May 21 2009
05:48 am

The Democratic party will gather up at Dick Evans law office in Ladd Landing at 7 pm. Directions at the RCDP website.

(link...)

Thu
May 21 2009
05:46 am
By: WhitesCreek

From "Black Tide" ...

In a sense, then, our appetite for coal—our want and need for lights and televisions and toasters—is a slow-motion suicide pact, no different really from that of a two-pack-a-day smoker: It’s all very pleasant and satisfying in the moment, but sooner or later…

Wed
May 20 2009
07:32 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The Long Range Recovery Committee meeting was covered by several TV stations and media folks. They got a good show. We heard the TVA say they screwed up. We heard mothers cry for the health of their babies. We heard ex EPA executive call statements into question.

Continued...

Wed
May 20 2009
04:49 pm

This is just up from the EPA to provide updates and info to the public. I'll post a permanent link soon.

(link...)

Wed
May 20 2009
04:20 pm

In the LTRC meeting going on right now, TVA is proposing that ORAU conduct health screening on those affected and concerned with the ash spill. There are questions as to how long this will go on and if it meets the long range study requested by Dr. Gregory Button, of UT.

Here's that request so you can refresh yourselves with his proposal.

Wed
May 20 2009
04:05 pm

This is good, from what I've read so far. OK, I've read it again and it totally sums up several viewpoints on our situation. It's a MUST READ!

(link...)

(They seem to have left out the grooming tips I suggested. It IS GQ, isn't it?)

Wed
May 20 2009
01:09 pm

After talking to some folks I have decided that I'd like to see a study done to see how many traffic tickets are written by the Sheriff Dept. (et al) over the last two years and continuing until the new jail is paid for.

Wed
May 20 2009
12:20 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Knoxville-based National Coal Corporation showed a net loss of $7.9 million for first quarter 2009, compared to a net loss of $10.1 million a year ago. Looks like buying legislation is their choice of operational plans instead of simply running a good company.

Wed
May 20 2009
06:47 am

"Propelled downstream by rain-swollen waters, a small amount of fly ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority spill site reached but did not penetrate the Kingston water treatment plant May 4, officials said Tuesday."

The "official" word is that it is not in the drinking water. OK, the actual ash may not be in the finished water as it's size shouldn't make it through, but what about the "other material" that has been brought with it?

(link...)

Tue
May 19 2009
05:13 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Americans...still believe in an America where anything's possible -- they just don't think their leaders do.

Barack Obama

Tue
May 19 2009
12:42 pm

"Now for something completely different." Scroll down the page at the link to see the 5 phases.
(link...)

Continued...

Tue
May 19 2009
09:49 am

What a matched pair - Patton and Cawood!
(link...)

Update: RCN slideshow Scroll down to find it. (thanks for the update, WC)

Continued...

Tue
May 19 2009
08:39 am

Cenospheres have drifted downstream from the spill site into the Tennessee River portion of Watts Bar Lake. The researchers likened the cenospheres coated with iron oxide to "microscopic rafts that can transport toxic elements."

So congratulations, all you folks who thought this was a Kingston problem. As the folks at Swan Pond would say, "Welcome to our world! Now get outraged and start helping."

(link...)

Tue
May 19 2009
06:52 am

"If you're trying to wake someone up, you don't black both eyes and put a knot on her head,"

(link...)

Tue
May 19 2009
06:04 am

TVA is reportedly billing "Generation Partner" power producers for using their own generated solar or wind power. The Knoxville News-Sentinel has the story: (link...)

Mon
May 18 2009
05:56 pm

Rangers said Evans was not wearing a life jacket.

This is not a bad rapid. Wearing a lifejacket would have most surely saved this man's life. I hurt for his family. Don't make me sad for yours.

Mon
May 18 2009
04:16 pm

Attached. I have another report on the Watts Bar fishery and the effects of our selenium load but it is too large to post. I will reduce the size and post it later.

Do your homework, boys and girls.

The second file is up. Thanks to Dr. Payne for making it fit so I could post it.

Mon
May 18 2009
04:04 pm

"Substantial quantities of ash were scoured from the Emory River."

The sonar mapping has been completed and shows that the ash that the weir was built on top of was substantially scoured away downstream of the weir. I got no real estimation of the state of the weir but it is most likely in need of significant repair. (update: The weir itself may not have been affected. I'll keep digging into this.)

The flood removed a great deal of the ash that had originally flowed up the Emory as far as mile marker 6. As previously stated here, the Emory dredged itself. To what degree, we'll have a better picture later in the week when maps comparing before and after cross sections are completed.

Fly ash was found in the Kingston water treatment facility along with other extremely fine sediments (not identified at present). The intake of the Kingston facility is on the Tennessee river several miles downstream of the Emory River and a half mile upstream of the confluence of the Clinch and Tennessee rivers. The Kingston plant was shut down for a scheduled maintenance, not as a result of the ash being found in the plant. Tests indicate that the water was, and continues to be, safe and meeting all standards for finish water after treatment.

So there we are.

Mon
May 18 2009
12:41 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I'm still waiting on the report from the sonar mapping to determine where the ash got to. It's done but TDEC and I have been playing tag. In the meantime there's no shortage of bad news in the selenium department...You know, the stuff that won't hurt you and is in the vitamins that our legislators take each day.

R. Neal has it.

Mon
May 18 2009
10:34 am

Backers of the bill want Tennessee to opt out of the federal cap-and-trade program "for limiting greenhouse gas emissions." The Knoxville News-Sentinel has the AP story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.