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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 9:54am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers...Frost was on the "punkin" this morning and I had to finally get into my long britches. Gennell and I helped out at our "Fall Festival" getting there before daylight and it was a little chilly. The turnout was really great especially on such a short notice. It reminded me of our old fashion "Trade Days" that Rockwood used to have. And the classic (don't want to call them antique, makes me feel older) sure put the finishing touches on the festival. Along with fine music all day on two stages, and fifty or so vendors, antique tractors, (don't remember them, we always used an old mule) and the Rockwood 2000's Beauty Pageant we really had a full day of activities in Rockwood. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped and I won't even start naming them, there were so many i know someone would be left out. Football season is in full swing now, and on that note, I found an email from Kendall Morgan that I had stored until football season was here. Kendall was a member of the 1947 team that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
Here is what Kendall had to say.........

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 7:32am.

Lincoln Davis got big bucks from the financial sector and then voted against them on the bailout.

Monty Lankford got big bucks from...himself. He's his own biggest financial supporter.

And what do you think the folks want who gave Lamar Seven Million bucks for a safe seat?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 7:13am.

I'm skeptical, but this is really interesting. A lot of Tennesseans speak in the comment section with local observations.

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Submitted by onetahiti on October 26, 2008 - 7:29pm.

Has anyone seen this piece from The Nation about McCain and missing POWs?
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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 26, 2008 - 10:12am.

This is the last week for early voting. It's fast and easy. Don't wait. Two years ago, thousands of Roane Countians turned away from the polls because of the long lines on election day. Make sure your vote counts.

No matter where you live, you can vote at any of the early voting destinations.

Now if you'll bear with me, I want to rant just a bit.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 26, 2008 - 8:23am.

(David) McGriff, who makes the 2 1/2-hour drive from Kingston every other week to pull a shift, estimates the herd at about 100, including this year's newborns.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2008 - 5:48pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2008 - 7:09am.

From the Knoxvile news Sentinel:

Republicans from Knox County and elsewhere in the area will join for a door-to-door canvassing today for Ken Yager, their nominee for the 12th District Senate seat, in Kingston.

Why is Ken having to bring in outsiders to tell us how to vote?

Knoxville isn't in the 12th Senate District, Ken.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 8:23pm.

I have noticed, for several years now, the group of birch trees on highway 27 just South of the intersection of Pine Ridge Road.

This evening they stood out in the rain in stark black and white. Can anybody tell me who planted them or what their history may be? They're beautiful whoever planted them.

I would love to learn the history here, however local.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:37pm.

Over the top...Totally funny...


I'm thinking Becky is going to win this one.


Submitted by BrantWW on October 24, 2008 - 5:50pm.

Randmart cannot be a true Obamaite.

If he were, he would BELIEVE that Obama will win in Tennessee.

Even I, who am not a Believer, fully expect Obama will raise the dead and march at their head to the polls for a rousing victory! (After all, haven't Obama's Chicago buddies and Acorn friends been performing this miracle for years).

Brant Williams


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 2:05pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 2:03pm.

Ray Collett sends us this:

Nick and Betty Barrett's "Yonder Hollow" will re-open tonight at 10-24-08at 5:30 with shows starting at 6:30 until..?....Bands tonight include " The J-Team (Oren family) from Westel.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:50am.

No, it's not political. This is a compendium of hundreds of web sites with useful information for K-12 teachers. I keep it as a reference since it's arranged very helpfully by topic.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:45am.

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Obama is still well behind McCain but has come up 7 points since the previous Rasmussen poll.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:24am.

Keep Roane Beautiful is such a great program for Roane County. Let's hope this doesn't mess it up...

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Submitted by chelsea on October 24, 2008 - 6:50am.

This week I heard that City of Rockwood gave Mr. Rod King some time off. I assume without pay. There was a complaint lodged against him. I have not heard anything else, does anybody know about this?


Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 23, 2008 - 12:37pm.

... but regardless of the originator, it bears thoughtful consideration in any political election time.

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