Wed
Mar 25 2009
08:19 am
By: WhitesCreek

With a strong storm system moving in and planning to stay for a few days I usually like to keep an eye on the Emory River level. We have already had two high water events of 30,000 and 15,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Both of them moved the ash further downstream. For reference the Ocoee runs 1100 to 1700 cfs.

Emory Gauge

Tue
Mar 24 2009
06:17 pm

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One bit of information that is important to remember...Tom McFarland was retained as independent counsel by the Blue Springs Boat Company but that the letter to Bob Markli from McFarland was on Roane County Attorney letterhead.

Can't it be considered a serious breach of ethics if Tommy is speaking as the County Attorney while representing a private client in the same case?

Tue
Mar 24 2009
05:58 pm
By: WhitesCreek

There are less than 600 coal mining jobs in the entire state of Tennessee but the Coal PR folks are in full swing claiming the EPA is wiping out our economy. The KNS falls for it hook line and sinker.

(link...)

Tue
Mar 24 2009
05:49 pm
By: WhitesCreek

We had lunch at the overlook above Whites Creek looking out over the Tennessee Valley. Got to watch two teenaged bald eagles play their brains out. There are a few more pictures at Whites Creek Journal.

Tue
Mar 24 2009
01:43 pm

Yager and Ferguson to Hold Town Hall “Listening Meeting”

(NASHVILLE, TN), March 24, 2009 – Local State Senator Ken Yager announced today that he and Rep. Dennis Ferguson will be holding a Town Hall “Listening Meeting” in order to meet with local citizens and hear their concerns regarding issues before the State Legislature. The meeting is set for Thursday, April 2nd, from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center.
"The General Assembly is facing decisions that affect all of us on many important issues like our state budget, economic development, the environment, education, and our court system," said Sen. Yager. "I want to be open and available to hear from area citizens about these and other important issues before us, as well as offer any assistance to area citizens with state government agencies. I am looking forward to this event and hope that we have a large turnout.”

Tue
Mar 24 2009
07:08 am
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham on Monday said TVA has made 61 payouts on about 40 homes and 210 acres in the area immediately impacted by the spill from a ruptured retention pond.

(link...)

All:
This is the letter I wrote to the members of the House Environment Subcommittee. They say they only hear from people supporting bills such as these, so let's get those phones ringing!

Esteemed House Environment Subcommittee members,

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Mon
Mar 23 2009
07:34 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett...

Hello Readers, In my last article I wrote about the Rockwood Mine Explosion of 1925,( the first one.) Details are not as plentiful on that one as the 1926 explosion , and a lot of reports contradict each other.

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Sun
Mar 22 2009
04:41 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County was once home to a famous systems engineer, the late Bill McCumber, Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). What would the good professor say about the situation were he here today?

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Sat
Mar 21 2009
03:46 pm
By: WhitesCreek

This tributary to Whites Creek was essentially dead one year ago from atv caused erosion. It still has problems but has made significant progress in clearing out the clay sediments now that off road vehicles have been banned from using it as a playground.

I've heard that there was a blacksmith way station somewhere near here but there are no remnants that I can locate, other than lots of broken horse shoes.

Sat
Mar 21 2009
03:14 pm

Did you know that the Catoosa Wildlife area had vast grassland praries with bison and elk when European settlers first saw it? With revenues falling managers are searching for any source of money possible but I can't help but think drilling for gas, oil, and coal mining will destroy much of what the area has to offer. Will greed destroy what we have left of our natural heritage?

(link...)

Sat
Mar 21 2009
08:34 am

Dredging has begun.

The Ash will be vacuumed from the Emory river channel and piped to a dewatering area.

There are questions as to whether super fine particles that form by aging on the surface of the silica spheres in the ash will be scrubbed off by the disturbance and flow back to the river in the exit water. The particles are small enough to be very difficult to detect and can suspend in water without being dissolved. I haven't been told whether planned monitoring will be able to detect if this is happening.

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Fri
Mar 20 2009
06:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

This beauty was feeding in the shallows at Caney Creek on Watts Bar Lake. I have no idea what it is doing there but it seems to have a mate that stayed too far away to photograph.

Fri
Mar 20 2009
06:02 pm

Download the Keep Roane Beautiful poster:

Great American Clean Up
Click to zoom

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Mar 20 2009
05:26 pm

There is something new at RoaneViews today, a problem with embedding images. The software is inserting extra br tags at the wraparound points of lines. Ordinarily this is OK. However, if these extra characters are inserted into the middle of an img tag, the tag is broken.

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Fri
Mar 20 2009
01:06 pm

I've heard at least 2 people who live out my way (south of Rockwood in Roane County) say that they are looking at Spring City merchants down in Rhea County for their grocery and shopping needs rather than brave the ash dust issues by driving up to Midtown or Harriman.

Has anyone else seen any of this trend? If this continues it does not bode well for Roane County merchants and sales tax coffers.

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Fri
Mar 20 2009
05:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

According to TVA documents submitted to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Kingston plant produces nearly 400,000 cubic yards of fly ash annually and the federal utility estimates the yearly gypsum production will be slightly more than 325,000 cubic yards.

(link...)

Thu
Mar 19 2009
07:37 pm

Ray Collett reminded me of this link:

(link...)

And let me take a moment to say that Tony Brown has been the best Election Commissioner in this state. He has been totally fair and honest, and has been in the forefront of technology. I realize that since Republicans control the legislature they get their way and can fire Tony and put in their own person but they will never give us a better person than Tony Brown. He deserves everyone's thanks for his years of conscientious service.

Thu
Mar 19 2009
07:34 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Ray Collett sends us this:

Mayor:
John Sublett
Calvin Trew
James Watts

Council..3 seats (no incumbents)
Robert Anderson
Peggy Evans (no relation to John C. Evans candidate)
John Evans (not the John Evans with Evans Ins. Agency)
Harold Ishman
Robert Pawley
William Thompson
John Stanley Wassom
I am pleased to see so many in the race and any of the above would be a fine addition to our Council. I also hope a public forum or debate so they can express their views. Roaneviews is a fantastic site and I urge each of the candidates to use it.

Thu
Mar 19 2009
05:10 pm

on the 4-Way stop signs in Rockwood, it is recommended that twelve could be eliminated and 2-Way stop signs in their place. Two on Kingston Ave., Three on Front Ave., Four on Chamberlain Ave. and Three on Wilder Ave. A committee of Councilmen Ray Collett and Dudley Evans, Police Chief Bill Stinnett, and Street Supervisor Tom Pierce has been appointed to consider these recommendations. The study's statements included," While multiway stop control may provide safety and efficiency benefits when properly applied, unneeded installations may introduce several negative effects. Multiway stop control may create excessive intersection delay by stopping all entering vehicles regardless of need. Excessive use of multiway stop control may also lead to decreased stop sign compliance as drivers seek to reduce delay introduced at each intersection. Removal of unnecessary multiway stops may help to reduce the occurrence of these undesirable side effects." To my knowledge, none of these signs will have a problem with unobstructed views and none have a history of accidents. I would like to ask your thoughts on this subject. Thanks, Ray Collett Rockwood City Council

Thu
Mar 19 2009
04:14 pm

Mayor:
Troy Beets
Donnie Davis

Council-3 Seats
Kevin McClure- Incumbent
Glenda Johnson
Randy Martens
Timothy Neal
Michael Stout
Robert White
Tami Hines-Williams

As a candidate I hope that there are public forums or debates where each candidate can express his or her views. As I mentioned earlier, I would love to see this site as a point where candidates could answer questions. Perhaps an interested party could talk to the other candidates and encourage them to participate.

In the meantime feel free to contact me through this site,or through my website: (link...)

Thu
Mar 19 2009
03:24 pm

His people tell me that Congressman Davis missed the AIG vote today to attend a service for the father of one of his staff.

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Thu
Mar 19 2009
01:15 pm

You guys will have to tell us what this means. I had hoped that some plea would be worked out and we could be done with this. I also have a problem with charging the Houstons to stay out of jail. If they are found not guilty, will the County pay them back?

(link...)

Thu
Mar 19 2009
12:55 pm

Here are some more goodies gleaned from hither, thither, and yon...
All concerning our glorious Volunteer State...

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Thu
Mar 19 2009
12:43 pm

Our General Assembly is doing something good. See:
(link...)

Now if I could get 'em to pass only the laws I want LOL ;-)

In any case - I say "Good on 'em!" for this use of the web!

RB

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Thu
Mar 19 2009
12:36 pm

Our fair state has succeeded in cracking the top 5 in the country - this time in a POSITIVE sense!

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Thu
Mar 19 2009
11:03 am

Roane County News had a story about the possibility of the amount of space needed per prisoner being reduced from 60 square feet down to 40 square feet. This is apparently so jails could legally house 3 prisoners in the space formerly alloted to 2.

This new rule would then allow Roane County to turn the old jail into a downtown profit center by packing in female prisoners from all over, for a fee of course.

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Thu
Mar 19 2009
06:28 am
By: WhitesCreek

We haven't had too many good viewing nights lately but you really ought to take a look at Saturn through a telescope sometime soon. The rings are nearly edge on but you can still see them. They are probably the most fascinating thing you can see in a scope, especially for the first time viewer.
(link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.