Thu
Apr 16 2009
06:16 pm

A caucus was held today in Knoxville concerning renewable energy. Check it out.

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Thu
Apr 16 2009
06:02 pm

Can you say "Red State" boys and girls?

Thu
Apr 16 2009
04:15 pm

West Roane County VFD's "Spring Yard Sale" is all day Friday and Saturday on Mother's Day weekend, May 8 and 9.

Call 354-8201 or 354-1993 to have donated items picked up, or leave your items with a volunteer at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road.

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Thu
Apr 16 2009
02:35 pm

On an outing today I was snapping pictures under I-40 toward the plant...

I was taking some pictures of TVA and the "booms". I noticed ash floating, and some thick ash on the shoreline.

I then came across a lot of clear plastic bags... duct taped shut.


(photo added by WC)
I snapped the following pictures... but I can't them to download here (not that techy)... so heres the (link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
02:28 pm

The Road Commissioner told me tonight that Swan Pond will be open Monday and the rest of the Circle and Quarry roads soon to be paved.

Hoping for the last leg of Swan Pond Road to be openned. Projected date: 4/17/09 - late, depending on the weather and the replacement/installation of guard rails.

The news is the road is soon to open which will allow another view of coal fly-ashville.

Thu
Apr 16 2009
10:56 am
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
Apr 16 2009
10:13 am

The state of North Carolina recently won a lawsuit in Federal Court that found TVA guilty of sending sickening and deadly polluted ait to North Carolina. The court ordered TVA to immediately install the most effective pollution control devices on its four coal fired power plants closest to North Carolina. My question is what are they doing at the other 7 that you and I are downwind of?

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Thu
Apr 16 2009
01:04 am
By: RICK

On Saturday, April 18 there will be a "dawgs and bun" cookout at Roane County Park, pavillion 1, from 5 to 7. This is a chance to meet people effected by our disaster. This is no big fancy thing. But, everyone will have the opportunity to learn how to operate air monitors, and find out simple ways to monitor the air. With warmer weather and windy days coming up, we need to know the quality of the air we breathe. Everyone is invited; even our elected officials. Fell free to contribute something simple like chips or desert. We invite all of you. Come out and meet your neighbors. Hope to see you all there.

Wed
Apr 15 2009
05:03 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I had two messages from TVA today and tried to return both calls. There was no answer and no voice mail after 12 rings. This is silly. If you are telling us you can run a nuclear power plant, but can't figure out a voice mail system...

KNS has more

Wed
Apr 15 2009
11:47 am

This article - found by looking at the Science Daily stuff on the right - is very interesting. Give it a read, all who area interested by sustainable earth, fuels we use, etc. Deals with impact on climate change.

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RB

Wed
Apr 15 2009
11:17 am
By: WhitesCreek

Nyah, Nyah, Na Nyah, Nyah!

The number one mistake is to not send your tax forms in because you can't pay them. Bad move! Send 'em in (or the extension form)no matter what.

Wed
Apr 15 2009
08:48 am

"We're like NASCAR drivers,” said US Congressman Zach Wamp

You gotta think Zach hasn't noticed that in a NASCAR race you can only turn left.

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Wed
Apr 15 2009
06:12 am

$180,000 worth that we know of so far. This is what is wrong with the government of Tennessee.

AT&T spokesman Bob Corney downplayed the company’s lobbying and campaign contributions and said “it’s important to kind of separate” them from each other. The company is not out buying votes...

Yeah, right...

Tue
Apr 14 2009
08:15 pm

This just looks idiotic. Ken apparently has his marching orders and that's that. Check out the video. Ken speaks around 1:01. You can move the slider to get to his part.

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Tue
Apr 14 2009
01:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Approximately 40 percent of U.S. freshwater to be considered unsafe for recreational use or consumption due to contamination of various forms.

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Tue
Apr 14 2009
01:12 pm

Pretty good:

When asked why he is a Democrat, Brotherton replied, “[Because] Democrats believe in equal opportunity for all citizens, affordable healthcare and K-College education, maintaining a strong economy while being fiscally responsible, in protecting social security, and in being stewards of our environment. Finally, I’m a Democrat because Democrats believe in honoring our veterans, in maintaining a strong national defense, and in politics of inclusion - bringing ALL Americans together.”


Via Joe Powell

Tue
Apr 14 2009
10:52 am

Ask yourself why this is true in a river watershed that has been heavily affected by coal mining?

Historically, the Big South Fork River inside the park contained 71 species of mussels. Today, 26 mussel species live in the river, along with three species of federally endangered fish.

Great piece at KNS

Mon
Apr 13 2009
04:55 pm

Widely announced as providing a 100 foot buffer zone, the bill actually says 100 feet from the center of the stream. That would allow mining under water in a stream wider than 200 feet. This needs to eb changed to 100 feet from the edge of the water, and I would like that measured at the high water mark.

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Mon
Apr 13 2009
02:22 pm
By: WhitesCreek

These bills are so bad, I can't even believe Republicans have the gall to introduce them. Oh, wait...That last one is the Yager Bill. Never mind.

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Mon
Apr 13 2009
02:12 pm

The survey asks you to describe up to five recreation needs or concerns in your community or region as well as several other questions. It will take most people 15-20 minutes to complete. Please pass this along to others.

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Mon
Apr 13 2009
06:41 am

Dems may run a rather competent candidate. R's may run woman behind racist attack ads.

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Update: From our "Great minds think alike" Department... (link...)

Mon
Apr 13 2009
06:08 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers...Easter Sunday has been busy here at our house so the Rockwood Memories today will be a little shorter. ..I am still researching the 1925 Mine explosion.

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Sun
Apr 12 2009
08:29 pm

Herb Lovelle, the drummer, television and movie actor, and producer, passed away last week ((link...), (link...)).

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Sun
Apr 12 2009
08:59 am

This story appeared in the New York Times...

Are we always the last to know?

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Sat
Apr 11 2009
03:49 pm

We had quite a storm here yesterday, although we fared better than some other counties. However, that did not keep the wonderful volunteers at West Roane County VFD from being busy.

Before the storm hit us, the National Weather Service called Chief Charlie Redwine and asked him to mobilize the volunteers to be on standby in case of storm emergencies.

Next, Chief Redwine beeped the firefighters and First Responders and called them to report for duty at Station No. 1. About 30 volunteers left their work and families and responded to his call.

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Sat
Apr 11 2009
09:00 am
By: nomorelifeonswanpond

TVA board member abruptly steps down

Resignation submitted amid inquiry by News Sentinel

Link: (link...)

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Fri
Apr 10 2009
05:48 pm

What an evening. Fall color got nothing on Spring, just different.

Large image here

Lost Medicaid Funding

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