Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 18, 2009 - 8:27am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 17, 2009 - 3:58pm.

Speaking about the stimulus bill which he voted against:

We know that in the bill there's $50 million to save red bellied mice in San Francisco, something Speaker Pelosi has supported.

Only there's nothing in the bill that has anything to do with mice. It is a made up Republican talking point, Lamar.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 17, 2009 - 3:35pm.

The trials will be delayed and no bond hearings are scheduled as of now.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 17, 2009 - 3:20pm.

Carbon fiber manufacturer Toho Tenax America Inc. will cut 69 jobs at its Roane County plant in response to a global slowdown in manufacturing.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 17, 2009 - 7:48am.

A pilot program in TN calls for 90 minutes a week, but it is in danger of being cut. Studies show that exercise improves learning, so what's not to love?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 17, 2009 - 7:44am.

There's a difference in this that we should keep in mind... Our drinking water is safe. Our peanut butter cookies are not. But the reason for both of them being of concern is the same...Lack of oversight.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 16, 2009 - 7:58pm.

Thornburg ruled that North Carolina did indeed show that the four TVA plants' emissions are creating a public nuisance. The judge also found that the TVA had failed to install pollution controls in a timely manner. He ordered that to be done, on a schedule that varies from plant to plant but beats the TVA's own target of 2015 or later.

The work will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but cleaning up air pollution is a necessary cost of burning relatively cheap coal from Appalachian mines and mountaintops. A greater cost, Thornburg said, is "the vast extent of the harms caused in North Carolina by the secondary pollutants emitted by these plants ...."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 16, 2009 - 11:09am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 16, 2009 - 9:33am.

A rational society would begin the immediate phase out of coal power.

Powerful testimony from James Hansen


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 16, 2009 - 9:11am.

After being noticably absent during everything, Ken will now hold a hearing.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 16, 2009 - 8:57am.

“We recognize that the events in Kingston and Widows Creek and the North Carolina lawsuit certainly contribute to a negative perception of TVA’s environmental stewardship,” (Tom Kilgore) said.

“There ought to be some people on the TVA board who have real environmental experience and training, not just bankers who like to go fishing,” Mr. Smith said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 15, 2009 - 11:16am.

Saw this wind improved sign in Rockwood this week...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 15, 2009 - 11:07am.

I think this is a pine warbler. Shot just now through the window glass.

Post your count here at RoanneViews. More at KnoxViews.com.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 14, 2009 - 5:57pm.

The Bill has two purposes. One is to spend money into the economy in ways that will let people buy thiings, build things, and fix things and pass the dollars around. The other is to ease the pain of this rotten economy on the people who are most affected, the middle class. The entire bill is online and any politician who says they weren't given time to read it is lying. Here's a rundown on the major points and how they might affect you:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 14, 2009 - 3:20pm.

She looked familiar, but I stepped aside quickly off of her, um, parts.

I don't usually make a habit of standing on nude women, but this one was a mural painted on the floor of my new favorite cafe by it's owner. Friday night is ethnic food night and it was more than delicious.

The Artist Corner has been added to the ad links on the left. It is well worth a visit.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 14, 2009 - 3:11pm.

"As I have told people, look at the second definition of the word 'catastrophe,'" Kilgore said. "It says, 'A sudden movement of large earth.' That is certainly what this was."

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Submitted by Stump Creek on February 13, 2009 - 10:10am.

FLY ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday February 25th is Ash Wednesday. Locally we should add a bit of a twist and create a Fly Ash Wednesday festival or perhaps a more solemn commeration. Since the fly ash is classifed at this time as non hazardous we could get naked, smear it allover ourselves, spread straw and sow grass seeds. The choice of singing or moaning would be left to the discretion of each individual participant as moved by mood.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 13, 2009 - 9:32am.

To my mind, WBIR's Heartland Series is the best locally produced content on TV. Will all local channels go "Wal-mart" on us, bringing in cheap irrelevant shows from outside?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 13, 2009 - 9:26am.

"For us to pick the guy who just went out (as Republican chairman) and who was a key person in the opposition against Obama - that is just a real conflict," he said. "It just does not send the right message. The TVA employees appreciated us trying to get all this partisan political stuff out of this place and this is just falling back to where we were."

Outgoing Chairman Bill Samson


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 12, 2009 - 2:19pm.

This still looks like blaming the rape victim to me.

TVA Chairman Bill Sansom has said TVA ratepayers, not taxpayers, will have to pay for the disaster.

The new chairman is Mike Duncan, who doesn't even live in the TVA service area and was the Republican Party National Chairman.

Duncan, who lives outside the TVA region, said “I am more than a partisan


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 12, 2009 - 2:09pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 12, 2009 - 1:34pm.

Mr. Alexander, now the senior U.S. senator from Tennessee, said the part-time TVA directors nominated by President Bush were “unusually good” and “not partisan.”

I'm stunned that a rational human being could make such a statement. Not Partisan? The Chairman of the Republican Nationall Committee is "Not Partisan"? Why do our Senators take us for morons?

(Update: The former RNC Chair is now the new TVA Chairman of the Board.)

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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!


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