Submitted by loveofcountry on March 10, 2009 - 1:57pm.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - About 4,000 gallons of potentially toxic fly ash sludge spilled into the Potomac River after a pipeline ruptured at a coal-burning power plant, Maryland environmental officials said today.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 12:53pm.

Here's the download of the TDEC Air Quality presentation from the recent public meeting at Roane State. Page 4 seems to be the problem, where they state that the ash has a particle size of 10-100 microns.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 8:18am.

We had a significant number of people add their names to this. Copies were sent to Senator Yager and Representative Ferguson. Personal calls to their offices would be helpful in getting the follow up medical study that is needed to ensure a healthy Roane County.

Read it again
State Senator Ken Yager's telephone number in Nashville is: (615) 741-1449. The number for his district office is 865-285-9797.

For Representative Ferguson:
Phone: 615-741-7658

Local office: 865-882-5930

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 10, 2009 - 6:34am.

Come on HUB. This is pretty basic storm water plan stuff. You guys should know better.

Chuck Flora, a manager with the Harriman Utility Board, says he's not concerned about an impact on the river.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 7:19pm.

Oh my...Wonder why?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 3:45pm.

Via Lincoln Davis's Staff...News for Release March 9, 2009
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Responding to last year’s massive coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tennessee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today will announce new efforts to prevent future threats to human health and the environment.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on March 9, 2009 - 1:41pm.

George Hyatte has pled guilty. Sentenced to life without parole. It's a done deal.
see Link...
More at:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 10:51am.

Deja Moo...The feeling you've heard all this bull**** before.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 9:45am.

Oh wait...I remember...

The Press Release is after the jump...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 7:16am.

I'm having difficulty finding the exact locations of the monitoring sites. My concern is whether or not the air is mpnitored at points that will tell uss whether the population nearby should be concerned or not. Has anyone founf a map?

TDEC is coordinating data review of air quality monitoring done by TVA and EPA around the spill site. The department has established a continuous air monitoring station North-Northeast of the coal ash slide site with support and assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for particulate matter and metals analysis. The department is continually evaluating the monitoring results to determine whether additional monitoring locations, types of monitors and/or monitoring frequency should be utilized. The department also operates a particulate pollution (PM2.5) monitor approximately 2.5 miles away from the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 6:18am.

Count me as one who just never understood why having extra daylight in the morning was a bad thing. You did set your clocks up, didn't you?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 9, 2009 - 6:12am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, It has been a few weeks but my shoulder is healing nicely, rehab is painful but it has to be done. I am driving so that takes some of the headache off of Gennell. Thanks for the emails, cards, and phone calls. I received an email from Wanda Thomas (Class of 1958). Wanda had this to say..


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 4:47pm.

Sorry I didn't see this earlier. It would have been a wonderful thing for folks to do today. You must put Point Trail on your list of hikes you have to do asap.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 9:42am.

From our "But we got a new Jail" Depratment:

Bredesen said leaders of some rural counties were hesitant to invest in schools for fear that a more educated population would leave for better opportunities.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 8, 2009 - 8:40am.

Long but informative. I wish we could get some of this same information from our local utility providers.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 7:53pm.

If you go outside and listen tonight, you may hear a trill in several part harmony. That singing is the American Toad. I love toads.

Long time RoaneViewers know about my affection for these homely little beasts and their beautiful natural song. They frequent the vernal pools and wetlands of the SouthEast and reward us with the kindest song in the amphibious kingdom. Go outside and listen...

OK, here it is for you poor people who don't have your own puddle close by... Link...

Submitted by onetahiti on March 7, 2009 - 4:22pm.

I just had the pleasure of dining on a fresh poached egg on toast. The egg, from Broadened Horizons Farm just up the road, was delicious. While my mom was at the farm shopping, she picked up some bok choy sets to put out in our cold frame. Turns out that bok choy is the same species as... turnips!


Submitted by onetahiti on March 7, 2009 - 3:12pm.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries. Daylight Savings starts 3/8 at 2PM
It's that time of year again! West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department reminds us that when we change our clocks for Daylight Savings Time, we should also change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. For more info see: Link..., Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 2:54pm.

From a RoaneViews Member: Here is an email I recieved from Matt. Didn't know if you wanted to post it... it's long, but interesting. Thanks

How Matt Landon was arrested by TVA police while driving a blind grandmother home

So here is the 1st complete first hand update that has been published anywhere and yall get to read it first.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 10:15am.

Much is made of UMD volunteers wearing dust masks. I worked with microspheres and microballoons which are obtained by refining coal fly ash. This type of respirator was required for safe handling. Here's a photo from a large international company's web site as they tour a coal ash repository.

Well, danged if they don't all have respirators, even if they aren't all wearing them.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 9:09am.

There are now less than 700 coal mining jobs in Tennessee. Time to make it ZERO.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 7, 2009 - 8:56am.

Thanks to Randy Ellis for scanning this for us.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 8:02pm.

Kilgore said he does not feel that he has the public trust and confidence he is aiming for.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 4:25pm.

At a time when a reasoned touch has been called for, both TVA and local authorities have chosen a more ham-fisted approach.

Our community's reputation could pay the price.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 12:30pm.

Help me with this, folks. Hauling one goofy environmental activist away to a foreign county is the last stupid straw for me. This is destroying Roane County in the national eye. We don't seem to be represented and protected by the people we elected so:

Whereas the methods of and reaction by TVA have become onerous, disruptive, and repressive, we hereby request Roane County officials accomplish the following:

1. All TVA enforcement personnel are to be immediately removed from Roane County right of way and relocated to entrances to TVA property.

2. All Roane County roads that are passable shall immediately be open to everyone with a valid driver's permit.

3. The UMD volunteer shall be released immediately.

4. Any traffic control required for safe passage on Roane County right of way shall be performed by Roane County personnel and shall use courtesy and the least disruptive manner and method.

5. ???

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 11:59am.

Update: Bond is set at $3000.00


Did county officials get together and work on a plan for collective stupid?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 11:50am.

...TVA has made some substantial progress in creating new environmental policies that restrict construction on the Tennessee valleys' rivers.

Lots more, including TVA bonus situation

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 6, 2009 - 8:24am.

TN State officials and Region 4 EPA officials promised everything in their power to continue the remediation of TVA's ash catastrophe with all due speed and diligence. Nobody seemed particularly happy about it all. The real questions come back down to TVA and how it will proceed, not just on the environmental cleanup but on making the community whole and following up on health considerations for those who are affected.

Troy Beets sits with Paul Sloan (TDEC Deputy Commissioner) and Stan Meiburg (EPA Region IV Administrator.

No spokesperson for TVA was on the agenda and frankly TVA holds the key to nearly everything from now on.

TVA is now under investigation on several fronts. I am now hearing calls beyond my own for the resignation of the current board members of TVA as well as questions as to whether the TVA Board can be removed for cause. This would be a positive action given the discord at TVA Board level and the disasterous tenure of the current members.

I did not stay for the second half of the meeting. I hope folks who were there will add their comments and tell us what else happened.

An important step that every Roane County citizen needs to take is to add their name to the call for long term health monitoring of the effects of the TVA catastrophe.


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