Submitted by onetahiti on March 2, 2009 - 12:14pm.

It's that time of year again, time for the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Spring appeal.

The fine men and women of this all-volunteer charity not only fight our fires but also provide our First Responder and emergency medical services very cost-effectively.

Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation by mail to WRCVFD, P.O. Box 417, Rockwood, TN 37854, or online at WestRoane.com.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 2, 2009 - 7:58am.

I had the pleasure of visiting Farmer Leaf at Broadened Horizons Farm and being amazed at the industry and clever use of recycled materials to create what I would call "Hen Heaven". I ordered vegetable sets for a few weeks down the road and bought a dozen beautiful organically laid eggs to take home and "test".

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 1, 2009 - 4:33pm.

Jack McElroy Editor of the Knox News Sentinel:

If the government is going to issue such permits, I think the process should be open to scrutiny. Already, examination by the media has revealed that permits have been improperly issued to felons and spouses under restraining orders.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 1, 2009 - 3:25pm.

I am working on something and would like to have some info from folks who know. What is the total number of sworn law enforcement personnel for each entity in Roane County?

Police Departments: Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood

Sheriff's Department

TN Highway Patrol


Submitted by macmurchadh on February 28, 2009 - 9:19am.

Bloggers could be left unprotected in House version of a Federal Shield Bill.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 28, 2009 - 9:10am.

From Sammy:

Yes, we pay attention to our constituents! We(as in the office of Lincoln Davis) have scheduled one of our regular open meetings on March 14, 9:00 AM EST, at the Kingston Community Center. You should see something in the paper soon as well as hearing the announcement on radio.
This is one of our regular open meetings, but please feel free to address you concerns about TVA or other federal issues.

( Update: That's Saturday March 14 at 9 am, Steve...Duh!)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 3:00pm.

American Bass Anglers Barbeque Cook-off

This is scheduled for August 29 - Kingston, TN on Watts Bar Lake at Tom Fuller Park.

If we have a big spring rain event, I wonder how much these fishing tournaments will be affected? At the moment about 6 miles of the Emory River are in reduced production. I estimate over four miles at Zero macrobiotic activity...A nice way of saying it's biologically dead. A significant rain could spread that to a fair portion of upper Watts Bar lake at Kingston.

Update: Tom Fuller Park is in Rockwood, though.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 2:40pm.

One-third of survey respondents say they perceived worsening upper respiratory symptoms. About half said reported mental health issues, indicating stress and anxiety, the report says.

Two thirds say they washed their hands after touching the stuff.

Hmm?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 12:13pm.

AT YONDER HOLLOW, THE OLD "BILBREY FURNITURE STORE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCKWOOD.......Tonight,

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 9:48am.

An attorney representing TVA said Thursday afternoon in court it might file a discretionary immunity motion, meaning the utility, because it's a government entity, might not have to pay restitution to the affected residents.

OK...I am now officially pissed!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 9:33am.

What you think are its eyes are its nostrals.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 8:04am.

ARAP stands for Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit. Since our aquatic resource has already been altered in a really big way, This is the official plan to fix it. What do you see?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 27, 2009 - 7:15am.

Other legislators have introduced Bills to close their email records to the public.

So much for open government.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 26, 2009 - 7:59pm.

It wasn’t quite David vs. Goliath, but not a lot of people were giving the Rockwood Tigers much of a chance in their District 3-A Tournament championship game against Grace Christian Academy Wednesday night.

Rockwood, however, proved those doubters wrong as the Tigers pulled the biggest upset of the postseason to date with a 67-62 victory over the Rams.

Goose Tells it like it was


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 26, 2009 - 10:14am.

I knew it was going to be bad, now that developer backed candidates have control. Didn't think it would be this bad, though...

These Bills:

Don't do anything to clarify existing laws or processes – they change the law.
Blatantly strip protection away from our waters.
Grant permission to pollute our waters without justification.

Find out more and see who to call:

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 26, 2009 - 8:11am.

Ok, let me ask a question...If people who hold permits to carry concealed weapons are allowed to carry a concealed weapon into a bar, and the names of people who hold CC permits will be kept secret from the public, including the owner of the bar the weapon is being concealed and carried into, and the condition of carrying the concealed weapon into the bar is that the carrier is not allowed to consume alchohol...How long do you think it will be before someone carrying a concealed weapon consumes alchohol?

We're crazy if this goes through.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 26, 2009 - 7:39am.

The Coal lobby is spending like there's no tomorrow. Of course, if we don't start agressively phasing out mining and burning coal, there may not be. Whatever the outcome, Roane County will forever be a focal point in the Coal war, whichever side wins.

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hat Tip to Sean B


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 2:00pm.

That's what Trade Group Connect Tennessee says...I don't believe it.

Anyway, there's real money in the Stimulus Bill to get Broadband to rural areas if AT&T doesn't steal it.

More on what could be done:
Link...

Tip from KnoxViews


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 1:26pm.

The word is that Lincoln Davis might have enjoyed rubbing it in just a bit. He was the home team fan sitting in the visitor's section, standing up and cheering while those around him glared unhappily at the scoreboard.

Sent from around the internet tubes:

Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) sat deep in Republican territory, grinning broadly when he was the only one in his section to cheer.

Countered Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn.: “All they have is the ability to criticize someone else, and I call on them to quit being so partisan and claiming that Democrats are the ones being partisan. All they want to do is be a stumbling stone and claim something evil’s going on, and shame on them for doing that.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 12:32pm.

Are you listening Senator Yager?

Ken is the Vice Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee which must consider this bill. We'll soon see who he represents, us or his Coal buddies.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 11:40am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 11:34am.

Here's the link to all of Governor Bredesen's appointee announcements:

Bobby is under "Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors"

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 7:55am.
Yes...Cheered through the whole thing
52% (15 votes)
Yes...Tried not to cheer but I couldn't help myself (Just like those Senate Republicans)
3% (1 vote)
Yes...And if Jindall is the best they've got, R's are toast for a long time (.Already busted on the fake Sheriff and boat story)
7% (2 votes)
No...I never watch those things. Rush will tell me how bad it was later this morning
28% (8 votes)
No...The rental people came and took away my TV and I just don't listen to radio anymore...except for Rush and Vol Talk
10% (3 votes)
Total votes: 29

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 25, 2009 - 7:41am.

Well, tax credits anyway.

You've been wanting to buy a new high efficiency wood stove right? New refrigerator? Wind turbine and solar panels? How about that plug -in hybrid car you lust after?

This can save you as much as 30% of the cost on your next year's tax bill.
Here are the Energy Star tax credits, the amounts, and phase in and out dates.
Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 24, 2009 - 7:34pm.

Current TVA Chairman has unkind words for the process by which the new Chairman was chosen...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 24, 2009 - 7:17pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 24, 2009 - 7:09pm.

"The Department of Environment and Conservation has been collecting samples and having them analyzed at the state lab operated by the Department of Health since the spill occurred," said Sloan. "We are committed to keeping the community informed of our work and findings by posting all the results, along with interpretation, to our Web site. But we also think it's important to speak directly with area residents to share accurate information about what these results mean and answer their questions face-to-face."

Randy has the juice.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 24, 2009 - 2:00pm.

From KNS

Excepting Kent Williams' self-supporting ballot for election as House speaker, the only legislator to cross partisan lines so far this session is Rep. Dennis Ferguson, D-Harriman. He cast the sole Democratic vote for Republican Tre Hargett as secretary of state last month.

Dennis's Reason?

"He's a friend ..."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 24, 2009 - 11:43am.

Really nice people TVA has hired to defend its lawsuits

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