Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 28, 2008 - 8:45am.

Meleagris galapavo as well. That, as most of you recognize, would be the turkey...

Thanks to Darksyde

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 28, 2008 - 7:04am.

Tennessee counties that still have constables face potentially massive liabilities, according to a state comptroller's audit.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 27, 2008 - 7:33am.

Well, no, not really.Ben Franklin never proposed the Turkey as our bird. He simply compared it to the eagle, pointing out the eagle's uncouth habits and the supposed nobility of the turkey. We have both of them in the yard, and Yes, the turkey a spectacular bird.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for everyone who posts at RoaneViews. Spend as much time as you can with your family today. Try to appreciate and love both the eagles...And the turkeys.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 26, 2008 - 11:56am.

Submitted by Rockwood Lawyer on November 26, 2008 - 7:33am.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that there should be a trial regarding Kingston attorney Chris Cawood's claim that several officers of the Roane County Sheriff's Office committed "outrageous conduct" (a tort which is also referred to sometimes as "intentional infliction of emotional distress") after the officers investigated a sex-related complaint by one of Cawood's divorce clients. This ruling reverses the trial court, which held that Cawood's claims should be dismissed.

For those that have not followed this story, or read Cawood's book about it, you can read the Court of Appeals decision here. The facts are unusual.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 25, 2008 - 6:27pm.

There's a lively discussion going on at KnoxViews on Obama's cabinet choices. So far they make "The Best and the Brightest" look like also rans, particularly since Obama has asked Defense Secretary Gates to stay on. In these challenging times it will take the best of America to guide us through.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 25, 2008 - 2:52pm.

Since we're having the jail discussion, here's how we deal with overcrowding...We turn 'em loose, run them out of the County and hope they commit crimes in somebody else's juridiction:


Submitted by BrantWW on November 25, 2008 - 2:11pm.

That's hard core conservative (not necessarily republicans – conservatives are unhappy with republicans too!).

I am encouraged that the editors of National Review (the late William F Buckley's rag) are speaking favorably about President-Elect Obama's economic team.

Follow link and read for your self... Don’t let the title fool you: Link...

Remember this is a conservative magazine, so it does have a slant.

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Submitted by BrantWW on November 25, 2008 - 1:13pm.

Pick hints border security may trump fighting terrorism....


Submitted by BrantWW on November 25, 2008 - 1:11pm.

Ready or not here they come...


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 25, 2008 - 11:18am.

I love Thanksgiving as it's the true American holiday with no particular religious connection except for being thankful. I have dreams about being a kid and walking into Gramma's house, and even in my dreams I can smell the cooking. It always took most of the morning to get ready and it was agonizing to have to hang out with the kids, smell all that food, and not be able to eat anything until the table was just right, usually two hours later than lunch was supposed to be. So what particualr dish did you most enjoy?

Submitted by chelsea on November 25, 2008 - 11:11am.

Did anyone see the "letter" in the sports section of the KNS on Sunday. It was signed by Roane County's own former judge, Thomas A Austin. I guess a halfway house is much akin to a frat house. Hijinks and pranks, fun and games. I'm not sure if he actually wrote the letter, but KNS seems to think he did and they require contact information to who knows.

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 25, 2008 - 10:29am.

Looks like one of those paving scammers I've read about (Link... in the Cookeville news, Link...) may be operating here in Roane County.

A man came to our door just now. He had a red truck with a light on top. He gave the usual script: he'd been doing a job for one of our (unspecified) neighbors, had asphalt left over, and would give us a real deal on paving our driveway. Only $800 to $900! :)

He left a blue "Wilson Paving" business card with a 615 area code and no address.

Warn your neighbors to watch out!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 25, 2008 - 7:31am.

Does anybody else have a problem with an ethics committee that doesn't deal with, you know...ethics?


Submitted by BrantWW on November 24, 2008 - 8:18pm.

The need to be right - as in correct, as in winning the argument, or as in having the last word.

WC, said something that made me think of a thread Roanebooster mentioned he might start.

Mainly, do some of us have too great a need to be right?


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Submitted by BrantWW on November 24, 2008 - 7:58pm.

It appears that we have entered an era of what would previously have been unimaginable corporate welfare.

Are we really saving Main Street?


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Submitted by bones on November 24, 2008 - 11:32am.

ok here we go again ir roane county.head lines read mulling over more police officers for new jail.How r we going to pay for them raise land taxes this is values fell nation wide and they want to raise taxes again.This is an out rage thier is no accountability for our money now!thees peopl r spending our money like a bunch of drunk sailors.we r putting money out of our county to help a development at the airport and we need it here dont worry though they will raise some more taxes to get it people Open your eyes we have allowed theese peopl to turn our small town into a small prision.Soon everyone will realize this new jail was so we could bring in more revenue by holding maxium security prisioners.The bigger the fish the bigger the ck.Dont you worry though the tax payers will get it.

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 24, 2008 - 11:10am.

The cookbooks are beautiful with photography and design by professional volunteers. They feature recipes from many named contributors around the county, including amusing entries from RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and Corvus and a history section by Ray Collette.

Each cookbook is exactly $15 and benefits our own West Roane County VFD.

These are wonderful gifts. Order soon because quantities are limited and they are selling fast.


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Submitted by BrantWW on November 24, 2008 - 11:09am.

As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about…

Corn may be killing your lawn mower, string trimmer, chain saw, and your boat motor...


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2008 - 10:18am.

(From the ERB folks...)

Mr. Ralph Stewart, Roane Co Solid Waste Coordinator is the key program at our Dec 4 meeting. We’ve asked Ralph these to address these issues.
The ERB is interested two main areas:

Regarding transporting Roane County’s solid waste to a landfill in Dayton:

· Mayor Farmer’s interest in biomass energy using Roane County’s solid waste
· Can solid waste “disposal” or treatment ever be an option again in Roane County and if so, what the limitations are

Regarding the Recycle/Convenience Centers:

· How recycling options are communicated to the public
· Why do the facilities sometimes take glass and sometimes they don’t
· How convenient centers are different in what they accept
· Information on battery (A, C, D, and other small sizes) and fluorescent/energy saving lamp disposal practices

6:00 pm Thursday Dec. 4...criminal courtroom unless moved due to Houston trial.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2008 - 8:30am.

This has generated some amusement elsewhere, so...

Take the Test, tell us how you did.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 24, 2008 - 7:21am.

This is controversial enough:

"As long as people think they can praise God and trash the environment or treat others in a disrespectful way, they're out of touch with reality."

But then there's this:

The Rev. Michael Dowd describes himself as a Christian evangelist, albeit one who believes that spreading the word of Darwin is vital to the health of Christianity.

I like a pastor with, uh, courage!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 23, 2008 - 7:06pm.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, The column this week was sent to me by Barbara Hicks Mayfield Loyless and was written by Mary Ellen Varnell (Burkett) Class of 1955. I have had it filed away for a few months waiting for it to get near Thanksgiving to send it out. Mary Ellen also writes that ", Mother was Elsie Burkett that taught at RHS for years, Daddy was Tom Burkett, who later {see text} worked at Oak Ridge along with the ministerial duties. He also began the Christian Church in Oak Ridge {on our front porch}. I was in the class of 1955. My cousin, John Staples, and I are the only ones still living that are in this story


Submitted by eaglelodge on November 22, 2008 - 8:23pm.

I was recently informed that the Roane County recycling center in midtown no longer accepts glass, anyone know where would be the next closest center to do this service? This is a real big step backwards. We recycle as much as we can(paper,cardboard,plastic, aluminum,metal,glass & even clothes we don't wear anymore). There is already enough of this stuff broken in creekbanks, campsites and the side of the roads and I don't think throwing it in the trash is a good(GREEN) solution.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 22, 2008 - 11:48am.

Think of a lump of coal floating in a goldfish bowl full of water. That covers most of what makes up a human. The carbon in carbon based life forms, which is nearly all life on Earth, gets recycled over and over, once it enters the life organic life chain. It is very likely that a tiny bit of the carbon molecules in your body walked around as a dinosaur 100 million years ago. Or perhaps you were a fern.

Interesting...Researchers gave test subjects either a hot pack or a cold pack to hold. Then they were given a reward. Those who were holding the hot pack were more likely to give their reward away to a friend. Does this give new meaning to people we consider warm or cold?

Researchers now have a vaccine that prevents 80% of colds in volunteers who were vaccinated. It is made from the bacteria from the volunteer's own nose and throat.


Submitted by Skeeter on November 22, 2008 - 9:57am.

Sandra Stout is still in the hospital-Methodist Medical Center. Her bowel is still partially blocked, but she's not in as much pain. They told her she would probably have to stay 3-6 more days. She's still very nauseated with stomach problems. They now think it is from the chemo. And she's still worried to death about getting the Dec. issue of The Roane Reader finished. It will be late this month--but I told her to be late one time in 15 years ain't bad. Keep praying for her complete recovery.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 22, 2008 - 7:39am.

Roane County has a fair number of cyclists and the number seems to be growing. There's even a group that makes a daily ride from Spring City to Rockwood and back just for fitness. A new book includes bike routes through several East Tennessee Counties, including Roane.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on November 21, 2008 - 4:26pm.
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Babahatchie Community Band will present the season kick-off concert this Sunday. I got info about it in the email, thought I would pass it on to the readership here. There's no charge, and it should be a good afternoon of fun.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on November 21, 2008 - 12:05pm.

Nobody is unaffected by healthcare issues. We have read, in some other commentary on this forum, about what the new Obama-led, Democrat-controlled government may or may not do with regard to healthcare. Are we becoming neo-socialists? Will we get the mess that the UK has, where people wait until their cancer is incurable to get a definitive diagnosis and staging? Is the government the answer to all mankind's needs?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2008 - 8:48am.

These things are almost always just a threat and no bomb, but nobody can take the chance...

Anybody have more info?

Word from the Grandmother of two CMS students is that the kids have been bussed to RCHS.


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