Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2008 - 6:58pm.

California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother


HONOLULU – Barack Obama's grandmother, whose personality and bearing shaped much of the life of the Democratic presidential contender, has died, Obama announced Monday, one day before the election. Madelyn Payne Dunham was 86.

Our thoughts are with Barack Obama and his family. All of us wish that she could have made it to see her grandson elected President.

Submitted by BrantWW on November 3, 2008 - 2:38pm.

Something’s going on. You’ve heard the national and local news talk about it. Well, it’s true.

People are panic buying firearms.


Submitted by BrantWW on November 3, 2008 - 1:48pm.

It’s been a magical 21 months for Obama supporters,


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2008 - 8:17am.

If you haven't voted early, make a solemn resolution to do so next time and get ready to do your patriotic duty tomorrow.

Submitted by chelsea on November 3, 2008 - 7:56am.

I was in Illinois over the past few days, and was surprised at how few Obama signs I saw, and how many McCain signs I did see. Now, I was not in the Chicago area, so I am sure that plays heavily into the whole thing. This is just an observation, don't try to read any prediction into it please!!!
If you haven't voted, be sure to go to the polls tomorrow.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2008 - 7:44am.

By Ray Collett

Due to our "Fall Festival", Halloween, "Yonder Hollow's opening up again, and the first "Murder Mystery," I received permission from David Sliger, Class of 1954, to use one of his stories. David grew up around Pine Hill, Tn. and his younger days were similar to ours. Here is one of David's stories.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2008 - 7:13am.

Our loss is Dickson's gain.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 3, 2008 - 7:10am.

Is it just me, or is the Discover supplement of the Roane County News just that awesome this year?

Those look like native sunflowers and rabbit tobacco on the cover. That's a great photo, whatever they are.

It was in Friday's RCN.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 31, 2008 - 9:15pm.

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a $317,846 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Harriman in Roane County for the Trailhead at the Princess Theater Complex project.

The grant funds will be used to renovate the Princess Theater lobby and restrooms to serve as a trailhead for both the Downtown Harriman Walking Trail and the Cornstalk Heights Walking Trail. Construction of the Trailhead at the Princess Theater will allow visitors and locals using the walking, biking and driving tours of Harriman to visit the historic theater and access upgraded, ADA accessible, restroom facilities located within the main lobby.


Submitted by BrantWW on October 31, 2008 - 2:43pm.

RCN reports county commission caught off guard by Sheriff's request for more jail staff....

It figures county commission failed to figure in payroll when figurin' out new jail costs.

There must not have been any photographers around at budget cipherin' time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 31, 2008 - 9:54am.

In Roane County, 14,969 of the county's 36,017 registered voters cast ballots during early voting, election administrator Tony Brown said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2008 - 11:10pm.

Problem is the PAC gave more money to Republicans than Dems. That doesn't stop Monty who starts with an absurdity and leaps off a cliff:

...they have invested in Lincoln Davis, given him campaign cash, and he is the one driving this story because he knows that he could lose this race."

By my calculations he's talking about one tenth of one percent of Lincoln's money for this cycle. For that you get a bumper sticker. Monty gave himself over a hundred times that much, and frankly, Lincoln Davis couldn't lose this race at night in a fog with dead batteries. Lincoln's been a good Representative for the 4th District...And he actually lives here.

"Mr. Lankford's legal troubles with fraud and conspiracy may be inconvenient for his political ambitions, but they are for a judge to decide," Boughtin said in an e-mail. "Any attempt to blame our Congressional Campaign for the filing of this suit is baseless and pathetic."

Monty's bringing a knife to an artillery battle.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2008 - 10:20am.

I know it's down to the end of the election season and all sorts of mean and nasty things are flying around. Public information on a candidate's work, campaign, business dealings, record in office, are all useful in giving folks an idea of how a particular person will serve us in office.

Attacks of a personal nature are not helpful.

We don't care if someone is skinny, fat, green, purple, or where they go to church. I'll be more careful to make sure I don't post anything that can be interpreted as such and I will delete and ban posters that do the same thing.

I will also ban anyone who posts a link to a smear site, no matter what candidate it goes after.

And Thanks for putting up with me, folks.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2008 - 9:21am.

When you are that far down in the polls, I guess you have to try to smear a really nice and good person...Shame on whoever did this for Ken Yager!

I never thought he would stoop this low.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2008 - 7:55am.

Ok so this is the funny part...Maybe it was those three foot by five foot signs that gave away the secret he was keeping from the bank...

Republican Fourth District Congressional candidate Monty Lankford indicated Wednesday he felt the timing of a lawsuit over a business deal was politically timed, saying those involved in the suit let it slip they knew he was running for Congress.

First poor "down in the polls" Ken Yager plays the victim crying about his signs being stolen (note: This is East Tennessee...Everybody gets their signs stolen...It sucks!) and now Poor "Way, Way Down in the Polls" Monty Lankford complains about getting sued by First Tennessee Bank just because a company he owns owes them a couple of million dollars.

Lankford is complaining about the timing of the lawsuit. Well, Duh!

Maybe if Monty had used his money to pay his debts instead of using it to run for Congress in a District he doesn't even live in, the bank might have been a little more understanding. (Yeah, I know...Banks aren't particularly understanding when someone owes them millions)

Pay up, Monty.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 30, 2008 - 6:43am.

Roane County has 36,000 or so registered voters but lots of them never seem to make it to the polls.

As of yesterday though, well over 12,500 votes had been cast at early voting locations.

That is wonderful participation so far, but today is the last day. One friend of mine went to early vote yesterday for the first time ever. When I asked how it went she said, "Why have I been standing in line for at least an hour all these years? That was amazingly fast."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 29, 2008 - 7:47pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 29, 2008 - 5:38pm.

Ken has to be disappointed in his situation. We know he would have released his internal polls if they had good news. Unfortunately for Ken...Too many folks have first hand experience with his rule.

Yager out-raised Ruppe by about $86,000 to $48,475 in the period and also spent almost $236,000 to Ruppe's $122,000 in the race to represent the largely rural six-county district on the Cumberland Plateau.

From CNN Money

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 29, 2008 - 12:37pm.

How many governors stop by the hometown newspaper for a chat? Bredesen talked with editors and reporters, not just about his strong support of Becky Ruppe, but about the state of the state and other topics of local area concern.

I expect we'll see a write up from Roane County News on Friday. The Rhea Herald-News is already out with theirs.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 29, 2008 - 7:26am.

The November issue of National Geographic cover story is about light pollution, which it calls the easiest to correct of all our pollutions.


As a bonus, in the same issue you can check out the most amazing crystal cave ever discovered.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 6:47pm.

I'll put some in the pot...If we can support Operation Reach for Kids to shop at WalMart, why can't we support a plan to create Scholarships at Roane State for our own kids?


Submitted by BrantWW on October 28, 2008 - 6:28pm.

Back from a wonderful motor cycle, trip...

When I left Friday, I didn’t mean to hurt everyone’s feelings.

No excuses, I just didn’t stop to think before posting…. I failed to follow an important rule - to remember that readers can’t hear your tone of voice, can’t see your facial expressions, and certainly have no way of knowing how serious you are when you make a post.

To everyone I insulted, I apologize.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 5:58pm.

And calls out Ken Yager for deceptive ads?

Who are you and what have you done with the real Hornback?


Thanks to Randy for the tip

Submitted by onetahiti on October 28, 2008 - 3:05pm.

I can only say, "Wow."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 2:25pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 1:09pm.

Roane County is getting $11,000.00 in connection with grants designed to improve used oil collection around the State. Used oil is actually a huge problem in water pollution. Glad to see Roane County stepping up and asking for our fair share.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 6:19am.

These are really just kids and they planned to die during their killing spree.

I just don't understand the mindset that would lash out brutally at people they have never even met and who could not have possibly caused them harm.

Disgusting...How much does the rhetoric of hate in political campaigns have to do with this?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 28, 2008 - 5:57am.

Early voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Rockwood Community Center, 710 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood
Harvey Center, 252 Burney Drive, Oliver Springs (across from the high school)
Harriman Community Center, 631 Clinch St., Harriman
Kingston Community Center, 201 Patton Ferry Road, Kingston
Roane County Courthouse, 200 E. Race St., Suite 8, Kingston

You may vote at any location regardless of where you live.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 4:47pm.

Today I learned that an old moonshiner who received a pardon from President Ronald Reagan has come forward and endorsed Barack Obama for President. His name is Junior Johnson, one of the founders of Nascar.

Rockwood is connected with the moonshine/Nascar history in that the old rock building on Highway 27/70 South was one of the State Trooper stations during the famous Thunder Road years. The claim is that fast cars got their start hauling shine and outrunning the revenuers on highway 70.

Ray Collett sent out a link to the picture gallery from the most recent Thunder Road Festival. I'm sorry I missed it.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 9:58am.

Actually, it's in the lobby of a new company in Roane County.



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