Mon
Jul 27 2009
07:19 pm

I was just writing a letter to Rep. Lincoln Davis about transportation allocations. The two choices seem to be Obama's plan to leave spending at $20,000,000,000.00 for now, or Rep. Oberstar's (D., MN) plan to up it to $500,000,000,000.00 right away.

Now I like roads, but in thinking about this issue it seemed to me that there are a lot of other infrastructure things that rural America might need improved first.

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Mon
Jul 27 2009
06:18 pm

This series welcomed us to East Tennessee 21 years ago. All good things come to an end, and fans are invited to the last day.

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Mon
Jul 27 2009
06:05 pm

CITY OF KINGSTON DEPARTMENT HEADS: LEADERSHIP AND CAMARADERIE

After attending Level 1 and Level 2 University of Tennessee MTAS leadership training courses, the City of Kingston Department Heads began looking for a Level 3 project that they could all work on together. Then Fire Chief Willie Gordon came up with the idea of building a new city pavilion.

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Mon
Jul 27 2009
02:28 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Inside the largest industrial spill in American history. How coal ash ruined one Tennessee town—and why it could happen again.

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Mon
Jul 27 2009
08:03 am

It was Smith who, as state GOP chairwoman in February 2008, fired off a notorious and racially freighted news release titled “Anti-Semites for Obama,”

Republicans will decide if they want to destroy what's left of their party's fading credibility by endorsing Smith's brand of racism.

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Mon
Jul 27 2009
07:49 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,...I found some newspaper accounts, some as far away as Des Moines, Iowa about the school bus accident in Spring City, in August 1955.

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Sun
Jul 26 2009
05:41 pm

Just for fun, last night I took one of the many free web-based FEMA classes. This one was a half-hour class called IS-814 Long Term Community Recovery ((link...)). (Well, it took me 45 minutes because rural Internet here is slow, but that's a subject for another day.)

A summary of the class is available at: (link...)

The summary has some reasonable-sounding steps to "Building a Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) Program:"

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Sun
Jul 26 2009
12:05 pm
By: farmer leaf

I don't have many "must see" TV programs, but Friday night, I faithfully tune in to Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS at 9 p.m. This past Friday, he did a segment on the hate mongers on Talk Radio.

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Sun
Jul 26 2009
08:31 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sat
Jul 25 2009
08:16 am

Ok, sorry, but I find this as tragic as I do funny...Comedian Jon Stewart has been voted America's most trusted news person.

This is reminiscent of a previous survey that found watchers of Stewart's "Daily Show" more knowlegeable on current events than any of the "real" news shows. Fox News was dead last, unsurprisingly.

Sat
Jul 25 2009
07:59 am

The more we learn about Rarity developments the more they look like a land scam. TVA's involvement is unfortunate.

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Sat
Jul 25 2009
06:48 am

A New York Times editorial today highlights the problem of "ground level pollutants" such as mercury caused by coal-fired power generation facilities: (link...)

Fri
Jul 24 2009
06:50 pm

Bloggers are just not for sale...Well, the good ones, anyway.

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Fri
Jul 24 2009
11:11 am

What if you live directly across the lake from the Kingston plant and wipe coal dust off your windowsill each morning?

"In this study we have shown that coal mine dust exposure is a significant predictor of emphysema severity,"

Fri
Jul 24 2009
08:33 am
By: farmer leaf

Some of you may remember a thread on "so-called daylight savings" that was posted back at the time of the Spring equinox. We were emerging from the long nights of Winter and people were glad they could change the hands of their watches and clocks and gain some extra daylight. Of course some of us said this was just shifting "time" to make it appear different.

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Fri
Jul 24 2009
08:31 am

On a family vacation a few years back, we made the wonderful aquaintence of a Jamaican couple in a campground on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Dubose was a flight systems engineer for Boeing but a total klutz at assembling a propane lantern he was trying to fire up as dusk settled in.

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Wed
Jul 22 2009
08:32 am
By: farmer leaf

There are many naysayers among us telling us what is not possible. They are wanting to limit our dreams of a saner, cleaner, more peaceful world.
To refute their negativity, I offer a profoundly intelligent and optimistic speech by environmentalist and author, Paul Hawkins, who gave this Commencement Address at the University of Portland in May of 2009.

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Wed
Jul 22 2009
06:20 am

Report prompts TVA's plans to restructure

Changes the result of an independent review of the utility after ash spill

Knoxville News Story: (link...)

Sun
Jul 19 2009
08:03 pm

A member of the community asked that the following be posted on his behalf. The text is presented as given, with a little English editing added for publication plus some maps for clarification. Here it is.

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Sun
Jul 19 2009
08:00 am

More than 4,000 traffic violations have been issued in the first month of enforcement in Oak Ridge using traffic safety cameras that watch for speeding and running red lights, police say.

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Sat
Jul 18 2009
07:34 am
By: WhitesCreek
Sat
Jul 18 2009
07:31 am

If I were going to be in town for the County Commission meeting Monday night, I would have to point out what a disaster their fiscal planning for the jail has been and ask if they wouldn't mind having a business plan put together that we could look at before they vote to spend another dime on storing TVA ash in Midtown?

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Fri
Jul 17 2009
10:58 am

Another great rocker who died young, Eddie Cochran has the classic song for summer. It's been covered by practically everybody but here's an early live-ish version.

Fri
Jul 17 2009
09:41 am
By: Creativeartsco-op

The Creative Arts Co-op appeared on WBIR's 'Live at Five at Four' on July 16, 2009. Discussing the upcoming murder mystery 'Murder 101', we had an engaging (albeit, short) discussion with Beth and Russell.

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Fri
Jul 17 2009
07:18 am

You have to drag information out of TVA. I asked them is any other sites were built on water and they said only Kingston. While strictly true that discounts the fact that many of the sites are constructed on man made "ponds".

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Budget Committee just voted to recommend a 10 cent tax hike (8 in city, 10 in county).
ten cents to include one percent county employee pay increase (excluding executives and elected officals).

Budget commIttee also voted unanimously to recommend to the full commission to move foward with plans to open the midtown landfill for TVA fly ash One condition of the committee's recommendation was that if possible the plan should be sent to the voters. Unfortunately it may not be legally possible to place the question of the landfill on the ballot.

The budget committee said they expect as much as $200,000,000 for storing the TVA fly ash.

Whole commission is now budget workshop.

Posted from my iPhone.

Thu
Jul 16 2009
04:47 pm

On July 13, TDEC responded to the TVA Corrective Action Plan of March 2 with comments and requirements of work remaining to be completed. (link...) for TDEC response to TVA Correction Action Plan
TDEC is committing TVA to cleanup the "Swan Pond Embayment" by fall 2010.

Thu
Jul 16 2009
01:14 pm

Funny about that...I mean we did point out that TVA's self oversight found the Kingston sight totally safe just last Fall...

TVA is raising the risk from "low" to "high" at four sites - Bull Run, Colbert and Cumberland in Tennessee and Widows Creek in Alabama.

I think this shows why TVA needs far more serious oversight that just being allowed to audit its own books... (link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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