Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 1, 2009 - 5:11pm.

Ok, I'll start it...

Cardinals by 7.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 31, 2009 - 5:02pm.

This case seems to be a screwed up as the prosecutions evidence. The more I read, the less I understand. The one hope I have is that between now and Tuesday, the DA and the attorneys get together and work out a plea deal. At the very least, I hope they work out a reasonable bond arrangement and careful terms of release that allow the Houston brothers time with their families.

Here's Terri Likens' report in the RCN: Link...

KNS Report

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 31, 2009 - 3:20pm.

(Update: Find the moon and look about a third of the way toward the sun. If the airplane contrails would go away it would really shine.)

Few people ever realize that Venus is easily visible in the daytime. Right now, if you go outside and look up, you can find the crescent moon. The crescent bow always points to the sun. Put your hand up and shade your eyes from the sun and you can see Venus about two hand widths away from the moon on a line toward the sun. Now that I've located it, I am looking at it through my window.

Amazing isn't it?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 2:40pm.

Here's the rundown on the Bill from Congress. There's a lot of misinformation being put out so read it yourself.


(Via KnoxViews)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 8:40am.

I expect Keith McDaniel to look at all three sides and make a really good movie. He shares our experience with the Kingston TVA plant and is a talented and award winning film maker.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 8:34am.

What did he say exactly?

Bredesen said the spill has highlighted the need for policies to encourage better disposal of the coal ash produced by the nation’s largest public utility.

“We’re not just going to let you build big piles of it outside your plant anymore, or big ponds full of ash sludge,” he said

I want to hear the announcement that the "gypsum pond" is being reconsidered. It will be exactly the same stuff with more of the nasties plus limestone.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 29, 2009 - 7:40pm.

I figured it was over as soon as he got his plum committee assignments, but you never know. So now, who will be the Dem candidate?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 29, 2009 - 3:43pm.

Here is something I asked for a few weeks back. It shows the test results of 28 samples points in the ash graphed against the range of heavy metals normally found in Tennessee dirt. It shows about double the amount of Beryllium found in native soil but even that is well below toxic level. One data point showed slightly high for Thallium but all the rest were within naturally occuring levels.

Arsenic levels actually on the low side of what is naturally found in our dirt, and are about equal to lawn fertilizer.

And to put the radiation hazard into perspective, the radiation levels found in the ash are a little lower than the levels found in Morton's Lite Salt.

The PDF can be downloaded here

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 28, 2009 - 8:41pm.

We have a tip that a juror will speak on Channel 10 tonight. Let us know what you see.

Update: Here's the transcript of the story

The juror I talked with certainly did not feel intimidated by anyone. The juror did mention that they felt like everyone was staring at them as if they were in a fishbowl, particularly the deputies outside the courtroom as they filed in and out.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 28, 2009 - 7:46pm.

It looks like you have to read both of these posts to understand the test results. The bottom line is that all the test results agree with each other. Let's remember that coal ash is not good stuff, but it's not diabolically evil either. We can't let TVA keep it lying around in our communities in ponds that continually leach into our lake. They have to commit to putting it in locked building compounds or composite lined landfills. The "gypsum" pond that has been constructed across the water from Kingston has to go.


Also see this post from UMD

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 28, 2009 - 8:05am.

At least we don't have the worst schools in the USA.

Toni McGriff, director of Roane County schools, said she would have liked more than the $1.6 million in construction funds allotted for the district, “but that’s just natural.” The school system could receive total of $3.1 million this year.

From the KNS

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 3:51pm.

Investigators say Steven Dishman went to the home to confront the homeowner, Donald Goldberg.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 3:43pm.

Due to my shoulder surgery, there will not be any "Rockwood Memories" this week. My surgery was Thursday, Jan.22 and everything went well.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 11:12am.

Some of the errors and exaggerations of previous articles are carried forward here, but ignoring that, the questions are fairly asked.

The disaster...pushed the issue of poorly regulated coal combustion waste disposal into the public's consciousness in a dramatic way.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 8:15am.

I've taken to buying organic veggies when I can, so it's good to see the movement catching hold at the university level.

U.S. organic food production is increasing at a steady pace of about 20 percent a year, UT has launched an organic farming initiative to "jump-start organics in Tennessee" and "help keep family farms in the family,"

While I'm at it...I buy locally grown food every chance I can. Keep me in mind Roane County farmers. Post at RoaneViews when you have some locally grown produce to sell.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 7:18am.

I think they heard I was trying to lose weight.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 7:12am.

A friend of mine pointed out that we have helped rebuild Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, but Corker doesn't want his own constituents to get the same kind of assistance.

Zach and Lincoln are figuring it out, somewhat.

Let's keep in mind that it was the Republican (Damn the enviroment and people's health and safety) takeover of the TVA Board that put us in this position.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 27, 2009 - 7:00am.

This all sounds good. The 7000 square foot lake house was condemned and taken away from its owner and used to house various people connected with the Roane Alliance, including Industrial Development Board President, Steve Kirkham for a while.

Let's hope some of these businesses make it. (Anybody know how much Mr. Weaver paid for the 40 acres?)


Submitted by mushy on January 26, 2009 - 1:51pm.

I'm involved in supporting the effort underway to restore the Princess Theater to its early glory, and to celebrate and further education of the arts in Roane and surrounding counties. If you have jpeg photo files of early scenes in and around Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood, Oliver Springs, or any of the cites in surrounding counties, old school photos, and of any of the old theaters (especially the Princess), please email them to me.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 26, 2009 - 9:33am.

Submitted by onetahiti on January 25, 2009 - 3:50pm.

Here's one just for fun. A friend, Sean Barlow, writes about the Inauguration weekend trip he and my old friend Banning took and sends their photo essay.


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Submitted by onetahiti on January 23, 2009 - 3:58pm.

The malicious worm Downadup, also called Conflicker or Conficker, spreads through networks and the autorun feature in USB memory sticks and drives, CDs, and DVDs. It is estimated that one in 16 PCs is already infected. Microsoft Windows, even with the latest updates, does not disable the autorun feature properly. XP updates do not even address the vulnerability.

Learn how to disable autorun in Microsoft Windows to protect against this type of autorun-based malware.

Here is the short version of the directions for Windows XP users:


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 23, 2009 - 2:28pm.

The massive coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant last month wasn't so much "catastrophic" as it was a "sudden, accidental release."

I don't even like the word "spill" in this one. It was an "Avalanche"! It was caused by a sudden catastophic failure of two walls of a wet storage pond. TVA and Roane County are extrememly lucky that hundreds of people weren't killed. If this had occurred in the afternoon in April, instead of in the very middle of the second longest night in the Winter, One can easily envision the deaths of hundreds of men, women, and children.

TVA has been very open and forthcoming through this thing, except for the time of confusion in the period right after the ASH-valanche. it is disappointing to see them return to their old ways.

The rest of the story from the AP

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 23, 2009 - 7:24am.

This from the New York Times...

A month of negative news for the Tennessee Valley Authority could lead to positive changes in national policy, including federal regulation of toxic coal wastes and new legal constraints on coal-fired power plants. More broadly, the authority’s recent travails may help persuade the public that coal is nowhere near as “clean” as a high-priced industry advertising campaign makes it out to be.

It's worth reading the rest.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 23, 2009 - 7:06am.

Sixty percent (60%) of Tennessee voters approve of Obama’s job performance, including 39% who Strongly Approve. Thirty-five percent (35%) disapprove, 21% of whom Strongly Disapprove.

Lot's more info on how we think about Obama in Tennessee

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 7:11pm.

It's not the stuff in the jars, remember. Your Peter Pan Crunchy is safe.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 7:09pm.

I'm not sure what the waiver he received was for but somehow it allowed Lincoln to sit on this committee as well as his plum job on Appropriations.

My thoughts are that the stars above Washington are lining up for Lincoln. The better his situation there, the less likely he will run for Governor...But who knows?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 6:57pm.

Meeting Agenda Roane County Environmental Review Board
6:00 P.M. February 5, 2009


Submitted by onetahiti on January 22, 2009 - 2:04pm.

I just got a telemarketing call from them. These folks, who also go by the name of TN Federation of Police, seem to have taken in over $300k in 2007 and given out $1.5k in scholarships. Nearly all the rest apparently went for various administrative and fundraising "expenses."

They are ostensibly a membership organization but in 2007 apparently only had fewer than 30 members.

If you want to give to charity you could pick nearly any other one and get more bang for your buck.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 9:32am.

In our never ending quest to enhance the education of RoaneViews readers (particularly with things suppressed in our public schools), we bring you a little summary from Nature magazine that discusses teeth, feathers, and Tetrapods.

Let the games begin!


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