Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 12, 2009 - 8:11am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 12, 2009 - 8:09am.

As far back as 1984:

"The exterior dikes were not designed for additional interior loads which may occur as a result of this dredging future stacking operation," Galloway wrote.

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Submitted by Ray Collett on February 11, 2009 - 4:47pm.

My fellow Rockwood City Councilman and friend, Gene East suffered what appears to be a stroke a few days ago and is being released from UT Medical Center to Patricia Neal Rehab Center for 4 weeks of therapy. The last I heard, one side is paralyzed but his speech is okay and he knows his visitors. Please keep Gene in your prayers...Thanks, Ray Collett
* An update on Councilman East, 2/12/09..Gene was transferred to another room at UT (new room #749). The transfer to Patricia Neal was postponed due to Gene being sick and having pneumonia. The doctor was pleased with his attitude and his wanting to sit up. He is not able to talk on the phone comfortably. Ray Collett


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 11, 2009 - 2:50pm.

These guys are working together and getting some answers. Well done, people!

Scroll down to the Feb 7 meeting for the latest:

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Submitted by Crappieman on February 11, 2009 - 12:29pm.

I have been in contact with TVA, several reps to be exact. It has been made crystal clear to me that TVA has identified 3 zones stated by TVA as zones 1-3. Zone 1 is the immediate swan pond area affected by ash. Zone 2 is the Emory River ash zone known as Emory River Road and some areas upstream toward the Little Emory due to flooding concerns. Zone 3 is the area dowstream about a 1/2 mile from the skimmer dike and extends to the Alcove area or Peninsula Road. TVA has confirmed to me through 3 sources that thers is NO plan to address properties outside of this area.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 11, 2009 - 10:59am.

Interesting discussion. What do you guys think?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2009 - 7:46pm.

Mayor Troy:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2009 - 7:24pm.

The fire line is well over a mile long, but thanks to TN Sate Forestry guys it's contained. The fire isn't that hot but has worked us pretty hard. It spread amazingly fast for such a cool fire. People who ride out Hwy 27 south of Rockwood can see the backfire line across the top of the ridge.

Whoever set it...Well, you know...

I estimate 500 acres will burn before it's out, but I'll know more tomorrow. All I have to say is...It's raining!


Submitted by Ray Collett on February 10, 2009 - 2:08pm.

I may open myself for criticism here, but I think there is a widely held misunderstanding about rights in our country. Everyone seems to have some idea about what constitutes a right – do Americans have a right to free health care? Do we have a right to “affordable” housing? A right to food? Really? Who decides what “affordable” means? What if your neighbor has a more luxurious home than you, or can throw a few T-bones on the grill and you only can afford hot dogs? Does someone else’s income level or standard of living somehow infringe on your ability to live your own life? Let’s take that idea to a ridiculous extreme for a moment. Do we have a right to be safe? Do we have a right to be comfortable? Do we have a right to wide-screen televisions? Who do you expect to insure those rights? Where does this end?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2009 - 7:28am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2009 - 7:00am.

State Forestry folks dealt with a fire on TWRA land near Lower Road near Rockwood Monday evening.

Another fire is burning on the ridge above Whites Creek. Yep, that would be our yard. The fire is on the ridge roughly 600 feet above the house, but it's moving slowly. We'll watch it tonight, get what sleep we can, and go out at first light. Blogging will be slow today. I'll be in the woods with a fire rake.

Both fires appear to have been set.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2009 - 10:52pm.

And these are just the ones nearest North Carolina. Why not clean up ALL the coal fired facilities?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2009 - 3:55pm.

Roane County has no electronic monitoring system in place, but that didn't stop Judge Scott from making it a condition of bond for Rocky and Leon.

Judge...Be smart and help out a County budget won't you? The Houstons will cost the County far more kept in jail than they will if the County covers the electronic bracelet costs and they get to go home. You are effectively charging them for their freedom and charging us tax payers to keep them in jail.

Whoever is in charge of the County budget ought to pay the bracelet fees and let's start saving a little money on this case. Will somebody somewhere grow some common sense?

The KNS report


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2009 - 2:13pm.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2009 - 10:14am.

You've been invited, right? According to the by laws:

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 9, 2009 - 9:43am.

A genealogy workshop is to be held February 28 at the American Legion Building at 642 Morgan Street in Harriman. Sign-in is at 9:00 AM and class runs from 9:30 AM to noon.

Pre-register by February 16 since space is limited. Admission is $10 per person. Call 865-882-1160 or 865-376-9985 for more information. The workshop is sponsored by the Avery Trace chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2009 - 7:14am.

The famous Brushy Mountain Prison will close when the new $155 million dollar facility opens.

"We need to reserve our beds for the most serious offenders, say an armed robber instead of some guy with a job and a family who can't make it in to see a parole officer," he said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 6:07pm.

Final approved minutes 12-04-08


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 4:08pm.

There are old coal mines all over Roane County. It must have been treacherous work. I have been told that this is the remnant of a coal washing sluice where the lighter coal was separated from the rock and dirt brought out of the small mine tunnels.

A low dam was built across the creek to divert water into the sluice as needed. These dams were built out of whatever was handy, but mostly a combination of rock and logs. I would be interested in learning more if anybody has something they can tell us.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 11:38am.

From Ray Collett



Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 9:24am.

They must mean the Emory dredging, which they are now saying won't be started until March. I think that every minute they delay means more likelihood of damage to the health of Watss Bar Lake.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 9:01am.

Some of our discussions have wandered over the limit. Here are the rules. Go read them if you have any questions.

If anyone has a particular item they think should not be on RoaneViews, please send the url of the post to me and I will review it.

Be nice or else!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 6:11pm.

And you folks were a part of it.

Our Progressive Blogathon Fundraiser had goals of raising $1000.00 from our blogs in three days. We did this to demonstrate the power of the grassroots (That would be you guys!)in political action. We blew away our goals by a factor of four.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 10:26am.

TVA's Coal Ash Disaster is simply a symptom of the real problem.

Via KnoxNews.com

In 1997, Congress cut off TVA's tax dollars completely after Duke Energy, Southern Company and others lobbied for the government to stop paying for the utility's environmental initiatives, economic development plans, and other nonpower programs. Except for lawmakers from states where it operates, Congress then pretty much forgot TVA existed.

Scott Barker kinda skips over the Bush Administration's draastic revisions of the TVA board and the unbelievable provision that exempts the TVA Board from legal liability, but other than that...go read:

Wall Street Journal


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 7:33am.

Hmmm...I think the problem is we don't have enough guns.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 7:29am.

The lake is looking fine from where I sit.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 6:30pm.

Dear Friends -

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Health would like to provide you with an update on sampling and site activities related to the TVA Kingston ash slide.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 6:26pm.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "considers the Kingston (steam plant) spill to be an unpermitted discharge of a pollutant in contravention of the (federal) Clean Water Act,"

Knox News Story


Submitted by onetahiti on February 6, 2009 - 3:33pm.

Here's a PDF-format valentine from CodePink to print out and snail mail or fax to President Obama to encourage an end to war: Link....

The address information is included in the file.

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