Sat
Apr 25 2009
12:45 pm

TWRA, at the request of TVA, has established

"a temporary “no wake zone” on the Emory River in Roane County. The zone will include the area where dredging has begun for the Kingston ash spill operations."

"The zone will protect recreational boaters from submerged hazards, staged TVA equipment and will minimize the impact to water turbidity from disturbed ash during the dredging operations." Source: (link...), (link...), (link...)

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Sat
Apr 25 2009
09:49 am

We did it before but it looks static now. Is this still active? Just checking. :) (link...)

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Fri
Apr 24 2009
04:01 pm

Looks like we dodged a bullet (for a change).

(link...)

Fri
Apr 24 2009
10:54 am

Ken's Selenium bill is totally illegal.

(link...)

Fri
Apr 24 2009
09:26 am

From SOCM:

Dear SOCM members and friends,
I received a call from Mike Webster, the manager for Crossville Coal, owners of the Turner Mine on Smith Mountain. It appears that it's all but a done deal that TVA has contracted with Wright Brothers Trucking Company out of Charleston, TN to dispose of the waste ash in the Turner mine.

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Fri
Apr 24 2009
07:28 am
By: WhitesCreek

The highest and best use for a security camera?

Continued...

Fri
Apr 24 2009
06:44 am

Republicans wasted no time in repaying their big money donors by abandoning any promise of a safe and healthy Tennessee environment and are charging forward with pending legislation to pass on the environmental costs of doing business to you and me and our children.

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Thu
Apr 23 2009
09:39 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Scott is much improved over the last time I saw them but unfortunately, Kingston is too.

More pictures here

Thu
Apr 23 2009
09:36 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
Apr 23 2009
03:28 pm

We have to keep asking why the person in charge of fair elections has to be a partisan? From the Crossville Chronical...

Never in my life have I witnessed anything that comes close to the spectacle called the Cumberland County Election Commission's reorganizational meeting. If you are a fan of Southern gothic novels, then you missed the show of the century.

(link...)

Thu
Apr 23 2009
02:33 pm

Now you know as much as I do about this:

U.S. EPA issued Perma-Fix a permit to commercially store and dispose of radioactive Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB’s) at its disposal facility located in Kingston, Tennessee. The Kingston disposal facility uses a waste fuel boiler unit for the thermal destruction of radioactive and mixed (radioactive and hazardous) liquids and semi-solid wastes.

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Thu
Apr 23 2009
09:22 am
By: WhitesCreek

Ray Collett sends this note...

Rockwood City Councilman and good friend Gene East passed away this morning. Gene suffered a stroke a couple of months ago. He will certainly be missed.....Evan's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements which will be forthcoming....Ray

Thu
Apr 23 2009
09:13 am

Rockwood City Councilman Gene East passed away this morning at the Oak Ridge Hospital. Councilman East was a dedicated supporter of the Rockwood citizens and a good friend. Evans Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements which will be forthcoming...Ray Collett

Wed
Apr 22 2009
12:01 pm
By: WhitesCreek

“We the people do not need Big Government to clean up the environment.”

Robin Smith, Chair TN Republican Party.

"We the people" means big corporations, like National Coal, to Robin Smith, who is pondering a run for Zach Wamp's Congressional seat.

Wed
Apr 22 2009
10:29 am

Well, here ya have it. There IS some good news to be found on this earth! Never be a doubter!

Reminds me of Ben Franklin's statement of faith: "The existence of beer is proof positive that there is a merciful God who loves us and wants us to be happy!"

See beer good news at: (link...)

a grinning RB

Wed
Apr 22 2009
07:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

Sometime during the longest night of this past winter, everybody in Roane County became environmentally aware and quite a few of us became environmental activists. The ghost of our cheap electrical power came back to claim its due.

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Tue
Apr 21 2009
04:25 pm

Actually...I don't know that either one of these is a man.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
01:56 pm

(link...)

Bronchitis is the report.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
12:59 pm

It's gone in the Genral Subcommittee...Dead for this year.

Ken Yager...Not Present

Tue
Apr 21 2009
12:58 pm

Dozens arrested after Duke protest
By Bruce Henderson
bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Monday, Apr. 20, 2009

Police arrested more than 40 protesters today at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters following a rally and march against Duke's coal policies.

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Tue
Apr 21 2009
10:25 am

Well, seems like some folks in Singapore have worked out a reasonable reastion to pull CO2 out of the air and us it to make a useful organic product. A new twist to recycling the atmosphere in favor of sustainability. Produces methanol, the simplest alcohol, which is useful in many chemical processes and as a solvent.

(link...)

RB

Tue
Apr 21 2009
10:20 am

Check this out. Mesh nodes instead of discrete nodes for wireless connectivity. It MAY help us!

(link...)

RB

Tue
Apr 21 2009
08:30 am

The Roane County Democratic Party meets tonight at the Kingston Community Center at 7 p.m.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
05:51 am

This is something we know a little bit about, unfortunately. Check the TV schedule and be sure to watch this.

(link...)

Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek

It's always a great rivalry when Cherokee plays Lenoir City.


Sam Rose defends against the Lenoir City attack.

Cherokee 4, Lenoir City 1

More photos here

Mon
Apr 20 2009
03:35 pm

TVA has a full page ad in the Monday's Roane County News that tries to justify all of their actions, particularly in trying to claim immunity from lawsuits. It appears that they're saying they should be immune from all suits because some of them are excessive or were filed by people who live miles from the catastrophe.

TVA is certainly doing some good things and they should defend themselves from bad lawsuits. But to make the claim that they are the only ones who can decide who is harmed and who isn't...is absurdity.

Mon
Apr 20 2009
11:24 am

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a good time to look for more ways you can help those around you. For example, the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) needs help! To find out more about NVW, see: (link...)

National Volunteer Week

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Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers...
Last week I mentioned that I would like to have some email from our readers and share with us your memories of Rockwood and let us know where you are living, how your life has been, share different things with us...I will copy them exactly as they are written if you want me to. Our first one this week is from Gail Roddy....who knows, we might have someone from Rockwood living right around the corner...

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Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:17 am

"Railroad Job" doesn't begin to describe it adequately...

(link...)

Sun
Apr 19 2009
03:37 pm

TVA says can’t meet scrubbers deadline....

This was a judicial order.
Read the story here: (link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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