Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 1:49pm.

Representative Dennis Fergusen was the only Democrat to break ranks and vote with Republicans for Constitutional officers...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 11:37am.

Got a great start on his Governor's campaign I'd say.

No to Women

No toChildren

And a sterling record against the environment and renewable energy.

I'd suggest Zach cancel the billboard contract and make nice to Haslam.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 8:16am.

We make our own suet for cold days such as this. Our birds can wipe out one of those store bought bricks in about two hours, so we looked around at suet recipes and settled on one that is cheap and easy. (I am totally a fan of "cheap and easy")


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 7:50am.

After a series of small failures...

The most expensive option - converting to a dry fly ash collection system - would have cost an estimated $25 million. Two other proposed global fixes were to construct a synthetic liner for the pond for $5 million and building a cutoff wall around the perimeter of the dredge pond for $2.6 million.

TVA CEO, Tom Kilgore

..."Obviously,that looks bad for us"

More at KNS

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 14, 2009 - 7:02pm.

Those whose homes were ruined deserve significant compensation, but the disruption to the rest of the community can be temporary. Despite the lists of toxins contained in fly ash, the stuff is mostly mud, and dilution can be the solution. If TVA scoops and dredges up as much of the ash as possible, rain will take care of the rest. Watts Bar had significant restrictions on consumption of fish before this spill, and a thorough recovery of ash can return it to that same compromised state. This year’s recreation season is probably lost, but the water can be safe again for swimmers.

Must Read:


(Hat tip to

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 14, 2009 - 5:39pm.

Lisa Jackson (Obama's pick as EPA administrator)

"...the EPA currently has and has had in the past, regulatory options with respect to coal ash. I think it's time to re-ask those questions and re-look at the state of regulations."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 14, 2009 - 1:39pm.

Knoxville, TN; Pearl Entertainment has created an historical moment in Knoxville for those of us who could not make it to Washington for the Inaugural!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 14, 2009 - 8:49am.

I just read the eloquently written but very disappointing Huffington Post by Erin Brockovich. I'm afraid she indulges in exaggeration to the point of misinformation. I'm being swayed over to RandMart's view of her.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 8:31pm.

8-9 pm, Tuesday night.

Update: KnoxViews has a summary

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 3:01pm.

Kent Williams (R - Carter County)


Williams was elected over Mumpower by a 50-49 vote. Republicans were forced to sign an oath that they would only vote for a Republican and Williams is a Republican for a few more minutes until the kick him out of the caucus. Williams 50 vote victory consisted of 49 Democratic votes and his own vote, which was, after all, cast for a Republican.

State Republicans are apoplectic with rage. "Impotent" rage for the moment as it turns out.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 2:25pm.

Submitted by tenmilemom on January 13, 2009 - 2:21pm.

The Roane County Animal Shelter is running a special on kitties right now. You can adopt a cat or kitten for only $25.00. This includes the cost of spaying or neutering. I would like to point out that many people only consider adopting kittens. Kittens are only little for a very short time. Please, please consider cats of all ages. If you would like to adopt a grateful friend, save a life and be a hero to your pet (and us pet lovers), please contact the animal shelter.

Roane County Animal Shelter
296 Manufacturers Road
Rockwood, TN 37854
Phone: 865-354-7387


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 12:08pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on January 13, 2009 - 11:56am.

Here's one in Texas: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 9:22am.

Republicans will take over both houses.

So, we have serious economic problems with small businesses going under and thousands of jobs being lost.

Our educational system is ranked 39th in the nation.

We have serious environmental problems, several of which are currently impacting Roane County in a devastating way.

So what are the first orders of business for our new Republican legislature?

Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Limiting our choices for director of Schools to a local lackey of the good old boy network.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 7:34am.

I meant to pass this on last night. Beware of water test scams. Make anybody who shows up at your place show an ID, and ask to see their driver's liscense as well to verify it. Call 911 at any hint of a problem.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 13, 2009 - 7:25am.

A US Senator not from Tennessee calls for an investigation of coal ash storage. This is amazing since the EPA draft report that was squashed in 2007 says the only relatively safe way to store the stuff is in composite lined underground land fills.


KnoxViews links to some info on storing coals ash in roads by paving with it.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 8:25pm.

Our Roane County politicians were out in force, as were the folks from TVA. CEO Tom Kilgore took the brunt of most of the questions, answered what he could and called on his staff for those answers he didn't have.

Several people asked about concerns they had with the health of their homes and farms. For many there were answers. For some there weren't. TVA CEO Tom kilgore looked in one lady's eyes as she told about her new business that she started a few months back and the sadness her son expressed because he didn't want to use the fishing rod he got for Christmas because the water didn't look right to him.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 12:11pm.

The Roane County Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING with TVA on the Emory River Ash Spill on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 5:30 o'clock p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse in Kingston.

This hearing will precede the regularly scheduled Public Hearing on Zoning which will be held in the Qualls Commission Room at 6:30 p.m. The regular monthly County Commission meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Qualls Commission Room.

Submitted by RoaneBooster on January 12, 2009 - 11:51am.

Senate boosts wilderness protection across US By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer

Sun Jan 11, 3:55 pm ET

WASHINGTON - In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 11:01am.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan 12, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Giltnane family of Kingston and Rockwood, Tennessee, along with Ian and Sabrina Cullen, of Kingston, Tennessee announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) seeking medical monitoring of their families and other families after potential exposure to 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash released when the containment pond failed at the TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant (Kingston Steam Plant).


I think that is reasonable, but TVA has been doing some of this anyway.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 10:37am.

Why anyone today would go to Chris Cawood for legal assistance unless they knew they could trade services for services?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 9:30am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 9:15am.

Brad Parish sent me this Article:

Tennessee is working hard to position itself to take advantage of a revolution in manufacturing that could bring thousands of new, high-paying "green energy" jobs in such fields as biofuels, solar and wind energy.

> Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 12, 2009 - 9:10am.

The Center for Public Integrity has an excellent report on the manipulations by the Coal Industry to keep reasonable regulations from being imposed on coal ash. This was done to externalize the expenses of protecting the environment and your health, which they didn't want to have to pay for.This 2007 report is 333 pages long but the executive summary starts on page 4-38. It seems to be a rational examination of the dangers we face from the Kingston Ash Spill (I keep looking for a better term. It looks more like an "avalanche" to me)

I would be interested in hearing from folks who are used to deciphering EPA jargon, since the conclusions are stated in scientific terms that are difficult for most of us to decipher.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 11, 2009 - 9:13pm.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, This week, I think I will start off with an injury report on some of our readers and classmates. Don Kau, husband of Mary Alexander Kau, (Class of 1955) is recovering at home in Rockwood, following an accident in Indianapolis, In. He slipped on ice and suffered a broken leg. I understand Leland Hill (Class of 1954), husband of Sue Hill is also at home recovering from a broken leg. He fell in his yard while working. While we are on the subject of falling, I fell while watching the Christmas parade in Rockwood and injured my shoulder. I had an MRI done at Park West and meet with the surgeon tomorrow, possibly rotator cuff operation is going to happen. And Bobby Brock, (Class of 1955), husband of Emily Spurling Brock is at UAB hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He will have triple by-pass surgery Monday or Tuesday.
Bobby was on his way to Florida and had a heart attack in Alabama.

I really received a lot of emails after the column on the Boy Scout tragedy at White's Creek. One in particular came from Evelyn Carson Mankel (Class of 1957.) Here is Evelyn's email that I would like to share


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 11, 2009 - 6:21pm.

In announcing plans for the film, Keith McDaniel, a Roane County native, said, “I grew up in Roane County and my father worked at the Kingston Steam Plant for more than 30 years. As a Roane countian and documentary filmmaker, I feel compelled to make sure this story is told honestly and accurately.”

Honestly and Accurately? That'll be a switch. According to Time Magazine most of Kingston is unlivable.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 11, 2009 - 11:11am.

Looks like has gotten noticed:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 11, 2009 - 8:51am.

"The explosion was caused by the men setting off the gas"

(Well, duh!)

From the Rockwood Times, October 4, 1926


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 10, 2009 - 5:37pm.


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