Submitted by onetahiti on March 18, 2009 - 11:00am.

Roane County News today reported that local noted athlete, businessman, and environmentalist Steve Scarborough of Rockwood has been named chairman of our state's Conservation Commission.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 18, 2009 - 7:03am.

We seem to be able to shut down an interstate highway easier than anyone else in the nation. Could somebody look and see how this is handled in other states?


Submitted by onetahiti on March 17, 2009 - 8:43pm.

Our governor recently discovered Tennesseans are under-skilled and undereducated (Link...). However, opportunities abound for some of us to change that. For example, the following information is from the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy (TFACA). They have some interesting (and free!) classes coming up:


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Submitted by eatmorechicken on March 17, 2009 - 7:21pm.


I wonder if many people in our county caught this article on regarding one confirmed case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease CJD (sometimes known as mad cow disease) in our community. The families effected by this monstrous disease are obviously being ignored since this is the only article that has appeared in our news media and they responded to this article explaining how inaccurate their count was. Wonder how such a rare disease has sporadically invaded two of our citizens without the health department knowing? How many more have been missed or not reported because it is so rare our doctors don't look for it as a possibility. All the research indicates there is a one in a million chance you get this disease, yet we have two or maybe more cases effecting our community now. Neither case has been diagnosed as the "classic" case which the article suggests is the case here. You can feel the pain and suffering when you read the comments. My thoughts and prayers are with these families.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 17, 2009 - 6:38pm.

Two bills that would make it more difficult for the state to protect streams that feed drinking water supplies were considered in the Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee on Tuesday



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Submitted by Ray Collett on March 17, 2009 - 10:42am.

at "The Bridge" in Rockwood. Gene is recovering from a stroke and a bout with pneumonia a few weeks ago. Gene is in good spirits but the rehab is certainly going to take some time. Please continue to keep Councilman East in your thoughts and prayer. He has put in countless hours serving the citizens of Rockwood, and let's not let his work go unnoticed. Gene is in Room 358 and is allowed visitors. I know he would appreciate even a card......Thanks, Ray Collett

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 17, 2009 - 6:59am.

Dublin, Georgia...But we had a raucous St. Paddy's day celebration in which some of the old men would drink moonshine until they turned green. This tradition is continued even today. But who is this St. Paddy we speak of? Is he more than another itinerant preacher claiming for his own work the glacial removal of snakes from Ireland? Was his coming foretold by this Druid poem?

...He will chant impieties from a table in the front of his house; all his people will answer: "so be it, so be it."

Maybe..But happy St. Patrick's Day, anyway.

And stay away from that green beer...It can make you see leprechauns.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 17, 2009 - 6:12am.

The sense I get from this story is that "it's about time the EPA did something." The editors neglect to mention that the EPA already did something and that their exhaustive report was squashed by the Bush administration at the insistance of coal and energy producers. In our efforts to retore Roane County and its citizens from this disaster, we should be ever vigilant regarding the power of corporate money to oppose us.

The strong flow of coal money into the campaign funds of the politicians who are supposed to represent the people of Roane County makes them weak. We've seen the direct effects as bill after bill has been introduced to weaken the regulations that are supposed to protect us from events such as TVA's Kingston catastrophe. The way to counter this is by letting our voices be heard.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 16, 2009 - 1:41pm.

I think I have insulted myself...

What kind of English do you speak?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 16, 2009 - 7:26am.

Pi day was last Saturday but I just found this and want to post it for the math and science teachers out there. It is interesting that 10 Republicans opposed Pi day saying among other things that it was the creation of an atheistic holiday. Geez! I am glad to see it's fashionable once again to engage in science.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 16, 2009 - 6:14am.

How dare Gov. Bredesen! Now he wants restaurants forced into telling us what we're eating. He wants to take away your right to mystery food. The shame!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:26pm.

After months of research, the Governor's Council on Excellence in Higher Education has discovered that "Tennessee's citizenry is undereducated and underskilled."


Submitted by macmurchadh on March 15, 2009 - 3:48pm.
Are snails wecome here?

Could this be the first snail on Roane Views? Perhaps Farmer Leaf could help identify. Possible: Neohelix albolabris?
Shot on my back deck with a Canon EOS Rebel XS.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 9:54am.

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you're still a rat!"

...attributed to Lily Tomlin

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 8:04am.

Here's some of what I find interesting today:

Frank Rich

Ted Rall

Bracketology (Where will TN play?)

Republicans Vote against Pi (Does the bible really say pi = 3?)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:47am.

In addition to destroying our water resources, the legislature wants everybody armed all the time. Safety Courses? Who needs safeties?

If anyone doubted that Tennessee Republicans shouldn't be allowed to control the legislature check out the bills they've introduced for the weapons lobbyists.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:38am.

Sitting around this morning listening to the rain on our metal roof, I got to wondering about rain barrels.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2009 - 7:20am.

Hazardous substances that cause harm very slowly may be the most insidious of all. The known dangers of improper coal ash storage should be enough for Roane County officials to stop any attempts at moving it to the Roane County Landfill.

...the hazards of improper storage and disposal of coal ash on public health has been widely documented by the EPA. A July 2007 EPA investigation identified 63 coal ash landfills and ponds in 23 states where this toxic sludge is blamed for contaminating groundwater and the local ecology

The Report

Submitted by onetahiti on March 15, 2009 - 6:22am.

Who needs to leave Roane County to find something to do? We are teeming with opportunities for fun, community, and service.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2009 - 6:29pm.

Look...It's Spring and pets do what comes naturally this time of year.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2009 - 11:06am.

Serious issues dominated this meeting, unlike some of the others I've attended. Lincoln had at least three staff taking notes. I hope the folks who were there will post their thoughts in the comments.

Submitted by onetahiti on March 13, 2009 - 4:36pm.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA) is an ecumenical charity which among other good works operates the Rockwood Food Pantry. They are looking for art and photos that might relate to their organization and mission and would be available for them to use on their soon-to-be website.

If you have the rights to any such images, or are willing to make such images, please let me know in a private or public message here at RoaneViews?


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 10:42am.

Frankly, I can't believe I'm even writing this.

Two bills coming up this week, SB632 and SB633, will wipe out protections for your neighborhood creek.


Submitted by RICK on March 13, 2009 - 9:06am.

Congressman Lincoln Davis will be at the Kingston Community center Saturday Morning at 9. He will be addressing questions and concerns about the disaster. And of course, I will have at least 2 questions for him. I hope we have another good turn out and show our unity just as we did last night at the solid waste board meeting. Please plan to attend.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 7:03am.

Most folks never learn that Tennessee is the winter home of some very famous birds.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2009 - 6:45am.

NYT's Nicholas Kristof:

The larger question is whether we as a nation have moved to a model of agriculture that produces cheap bacon but risks the health of all of us. And the evidence, while far from conclusive, is growing that the answer is yes


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 6:19pm.

Finally! Something nice I can say about TN Schools...

SB has the Story

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 5:55pm.

North Carolina sued TVA and won over the coal fired plants that were demonstrated to prematurely end the lives of roughly 150 people a year in NC. Tennessee is the recipient of coal plant effluent from far more plants than NC and more are planned.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 12, 2009 - 3:35pm.


"It's going to cost them something in the neighborhood of $500-600 per month for each individual to remain on bail," said Leon Houston's lawyer, Jim Logan. "These two men are not free. The restrictions that have been placed on their bonds are as onerous as any that I've ever seen in this area. But they will comply with those conditions.




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