Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 22, 2008 - 7:29am.

The road into Swan Pond is out from the Midtown side. Reports are that at least one house was seriously damaged and many more have some damage. More are without power.

If there is something we can all do to help these folks who have been run out of their homes by the collapse of the dike, I hope someone will post it here.

From Roane County News
"Clean Coal" stikes back?

Was that a bullet proof vest that Howie Rose was wearing on TV? We've spent a lot of money getting ready for terrorists, when the greater threat is lax regulation on corporations and failure to inspect waste treatment and containment facilities.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 21, 2008 - 6:33pm.

The rapids on this creek are many and beautiful. The biggest one has a couple of names but the one I like best is "Time Warp" because if you mess up and hit the rock on the right, you get kicked into the undercut rock on the left. Since the rock on the right is in Cumberland County and the one on the left is in Roane County, you travel back in time from the Central time zone to Eastern time. It only takes a split second to hit rocks an hour apart...Or is it an hour ago?

I ran shuttle for the boys. It was 38 degrees when this was taken.

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

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 21, 2008 - 9:04am.

One of the things that should be taught to every history student is that history is just life.

Ok, Two things. What you are told is not necessarily how it was and lots of things will be left out. The perceptions and prejudices of the author always shine through. With that entreaty, I recommend this Sunday morning read:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 21, 2008 - 8:42am.

We passed the Winter solstice at 7:04 am Eastern time this morning. In honor of this solar system event, we have already seen the high for the day and toonight is predicted to be our coldest of the season (14 degrees F).

Enjoy! Tomorrow is a brighter day...Really!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 20, 2008 - 9:19am.
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We're adding a new link for Progressives. To get a good idea of what's in store when you go there try this essay about the myths that conservatives believe about Progressives. Like most everything else that conservatives believe, they are simply wrong.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 20, 2008 - 8:13am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2008 - 6:54pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2008 - 6:33pm.

There apparently is a verdict in at least a part of Rocky Houston's trial. This is confusing and should not be considered definitive, but the report is that they found Rocky not guilty in the death of Mike Brown and a mistrial was declared in the case of Bill Jones' death.

Folks that I talked to who were there are confused also. The Roane County News may have interviewed jurors after the trial so I will be checking to see if they publish anything that helps figure this out.

Regardless of my own personal opinion of how the verdict should go, both sides deserve closure, as does this entire county.

Terri Likens's Story in RCN

Knox News Sentinel

Submitted by harrimanite on December 19, 2008 - 2:48pm.

Just heard that the jury has reached a verdict. They are delaying it for about an hour until the courthouse is cleared or everyone is locked in their offices.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2008 - 11:50am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2008 - 7:51am.

Making this kind of decision is tough. I know someone close to me who still agonizes over the decision in a lawsuit that was not black and white. In this one, there is vengence, justice, vindication, and still more personal lives that will be affected, all hanging in the balance.

From the Roane County News:

Should the jury not find Rocky guilty of first-degree murder and felony murder, there are several lesser offenses they could choose to convict him on. Those include second-degree murder, facilitation of first-degree murder, facilitation of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, facilitation of voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and criminally negligent homicide.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2008 - 7:23am.

We need lots more like this.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2008 - 5:20pm.

Ray is too modest to post this so I will:

The latest book, "Rockwood Memories Vol. ll" has arrived.


Submitted by Gsw on December 18, 2008 - 8:53am.

Hey everyone, I know this is a prgressive blog, but I'm not sure how to post an event, so here goes....
Tonight Thursday the 18th is Movie in the Park night in Rockwood, Downtown at the Park at 7:00
Bring a lawn chair and join in, in some Christmas Festivity.
Intermission will be when the train goes by, and prior to the movie they will be showing a tape of Rockwood from the 1950's. Which is incredible to watch.
Please come if you can, it should be a fun time.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 4:14pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 12:15pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 11:58am.

First the Prosecution.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 11:15am.

Ok, We're almost there

Some of you will see changes to where your post shows up on the front page, but all new posts will either be in the main column or the "New Diaries" block over on the right so that everybody can read and registered users can comment if they wish.

Posts that get comments will show up in the discussions column as always, with more recent comment toward the top.

The idea is to serve our progressive mission and still allow other ideas on the front page, since this will double the columns where new stuff can appear.

The elves are still messing with things so please be patient.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 10:36am.

I don't know who this helps unless it's some attorney....Oh, wait!


Submitted by onetahiti on December 17, 2008 - 9:56am.

Here's a nice mashup that shows offenders living in a neighborhood. Search for your address, then see a map of registered offenders living near you: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 9:18am.

RoaneViews is going through some changes so bear with us for a while until we get the bugs out. It may get weird but we are growing and changes hafta come. I'll let you know when it is supposed to be working again so you can start complaining. Hold off for now, thanks.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2008 - 8:48am.

Susan put me on to this one. You're supposed to enter a blog address to analyze the blogger's personality. I can't say how accurate it is for everybody, but I sure see my strengths and weaknesses in the analysis. I also exhibit one dominant personality at WhitesCreek Journal and another at RoaneViews.

If you don't have any other blog, use your RoaneViews blog. Click on your screen name and then click on "View recent blog posts". That's your personall blog address at For instance mine is "". Ready?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 7:00pm.

Look, everybody out there. Roane County is actually a great place to live. It's absolutely beautiful and we can live here and get to Chattanooga and Knoxville in an hour and Nashville in two. Well, almost.

We're not all crooked judges, cowboy cops, and assault rifle toting rednecks, like the press makes us out to be. Most of us actually speak in complete sentences, and have knuckles that don't drag the ground. Sure, we need to work on our sentence structure, but we love our mommas and our country as much as anybody. We're not there yet (and neither is anybody else) but we're working on it. We don't deserve to be looked down on by True TV, so be nice.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 6:43pm.

This is about as bogus as it gets with good laws gone bad.

Link... (link fixed)

I realize we have to have regulations but in this case, what is the greater good of taking this man's collection and auctioning it off?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 2:50pm.

From several sources but here's the KNS version:


Update: Closing arguments Wed.


Submitted by KnightLord on December 16, 2008 - 9:48am.

Bloomberg Worldwide reports that the Fed seems prepared to lower the interest rate to close to zero {0.5%} later on today and use its own balance sheet as a key tool for monetary policy.


Submitted by Gsw on December 15, 2008 - 9:53pm.

Here's your update on Rockwood City news. Ray can correct anything I have wrong.

Liquor Stores lottery drawing as follows:


Submitted by onetahiti on December 15, 2008 - 5:05pm.

Rockwood made the news again: Link...

Submitted by BrantWW on December 15, 2008 - 2:16pm.

It is now OK to say "President-Elect Barrack Hussein Obama. & CNN video Link...

Now that the election is over the use of our President Elect's middle name, Hussein, is no longer a racist or religious slur.


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