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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 8:05am.

"I'm making a list of questions," he said. "When it first happened, nobody really knew anything. Now things are starting to settle down. So far they've (TVA) answered my questions and treated me well, but I think no really big decisions have been made so far."

KNS


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 22, 2009 - 7:54am.

Clean up the environment...Live longer and healthier!

The average drop in pollution seen across 51 metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2000 appears to have added nearly five more months to people's lives, according to a study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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

A jury returned eight unanimous not-guilty verdicts when Rocky Houston was tried in December.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 6:04pm.

MINUTES
ROANE COUNTY COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 12, 2009

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 1:48pm.

Tennessee-American Water officials stressed today that they have found no toxins in the Tennessee River since they started daily testing three weeks ago in response to the Kingston, Tenn., fly ash spill.

“Nothing’s unusual,” said Kim Durham, a laboratory analyst for Tennessee-American Water. “Everything’s been the same.”

From a Times Free Press story

Compare that with this post


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 11:22am.

U.S. District Judge Lacy Thornburg ruled last week in a lawsuit brought by the state of North Carolina that the Tennessee Valley Authority must reduce smog, haze and acid rain-causing emissions at four coal-fired power plants closest to North Carolina.

TVA should not appeal this decision. They should simply do all they can to comply. They have no right to operate at the expense of any body else's health, and that's that.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 11:08am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 8:56am.

I would have made that the headline. Am I wrong in thinking we should expect a pretty detailed explanation and possibly a resignation?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 8:37am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 21, 2009 - 8:34am.

...In Tennessee $11 million in taxpayer dollars are spent picking up roadside trash. This is not just on road crews but for county employees like the people who work for Giles. He said he and his crew picked up litter last week. “I picked two bags of trash up. One bag at Martel East and another off Martel. We see piles or a bag we pick it up before it gets spread open,” Giles said. He also noted that Providence Road coming out of Roane County into Loudon County is a particular problem.

This is a serious problem. Anybody have a solution?

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