Sun
Jun 21 2009
12:58 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Conservation could yield a 20 percent savings on electricity demand if vigorously pursued, experts reasonably believe. A robust alternative energy program could add substantially to that savings.

If those estimates hold, it would be far cheaper to offset the need for a couple of nuclear plants, at $5 billion to $7 billion apiece, through conservation and renewable energy than to build such plants to meet the currently expected (post-recession) electric demand growth of roughly 2 percent a year.

(link...)

Sun
Jun 21 2009
12:44 pm

Let's hopr this is true. Can we get someone to verify this?

(Anda Ray) pointed to the restoration of a cove known as the "Church Slough." Six months ago it was buried in ash.

"All of the ash is gone. The fauna is back. The birds are back in the spring-fed water. It is done," Ray said. "That is kind of our hope for how the rest of it will look when we are finished."

Lot's more in this AP story...

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Sun
Jun 21 2009
09:27 am
By: WhitesCreek

Looks like we are getting our money's worth from our new park supervisor.

www.RoaneCountyPark.com

Sat
Jun 20 2009
08:45 am
By: onetahiti

It is strongly recommended that everyone with an interest in education or the arts read this essay by Paul Lockhart, "Lockhart's Lament:" (link...).

It's 25 pages in PDF format, packed mostly with truths, and a good read.

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Sat
Jun 20 2009
07:51 am
By: WhitesCreek

As we have learned with our own coal fired plant, they've made strides in correcting air pollution while we are drowning in the coal ash leachate pouring into our lake. Each year TVA discharges enough arsenic to kill everybody in Tennessee and enough selenium to kill every man woman and child in Roane County 18 times over. That has to stop.

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Sat
Jun 20 2009
07:08 am

A Cautionary Tale?

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Sat
Jun 20 2009
01:39 am

I received a call from the producer on Friday. The History Channel will be airing a special show on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. It is called "Crumbling America". It features a segment on our disaster, filmed back in January.

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Fri
Jun 19 2009
05:45 pm

Based on the information on the Tennessee.gov site ((link...)), it doesn't necessarily take much to be called "proficient."

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Fri
Jun 19 2009
08:06 am

I have requested specific information on the deformed bluegill from both TDEC and TVA.........TDEC responded by saying that they have the data I seek, but won't release it to me because it is TVA's data and they have an "agreement" with TVA by which they won't release TVA's data. So, I'm still waiting.
Dennis Lemly

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Fri
Jun 19 2009
06:36 am

...those who would have us eliminate nuclear energy from America have yet to present a workable proposal to account for the 20 percent of our electrical energy nuclear power provides. Despite a promising future, alternative energy cannot yet make up the difference, leaving us to resort to fossil fuels that are potentially more environmentally harmful and more expensive than nuclear energy.

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
10:12 pm

Walter Cronkite is reported to be gravely ill. Would that we had newspersons of his character dominating the airwaves today...

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
10:00 pm

There's more to this than this story tells, but the net result is correct. Cleaning the Emory with all due speed before the next heavy rain season could require a complete closure. Let's hope they figure out how to eat their ash and halve it too.

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
08:51 pm
Thu
Jun 18 2009
05:11 pm

Parameters are all well within norms for the river, and pose no threats to recreationers. These metals concentrations do not seem to indicate any influence from ash. As you can see, there was no mercury, lead, or selenium detected. There was a low level hit on arsenic of 1.5 ppb, but well within safe limits for drinking water and recreation (the drinking water criteria for arsenic is 10 ppb).

The pdf is attached.

Thu
Jun 18 2009
04:28 pm

We have said the word...And the word is "hypocrisy". Talk about getting blasted by you local newspaper...

A county that spends thousands on attracting tourists and retirees to come and enjoy our natural beauty might as well save its money in the future. The so-called Golf Capital of Tennessee can now add to the water tank the moniker, Ash Tray of Tennessee.

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
12:49 pm
Thu
Jun 18 2009
12:32 pm

Update: Yager votes against verifiable voting as well...But the Senate pulls through for us and keeps us on track.

Somebody tell me why? Roane County was the test site for paper ballots and it went extremely well. I certainly offer Dennis space here at RoaneViews to express his reasons.

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
06:51 am

Ok! I'm outraged now. It's a pretty low blow when you start messing with people's hot dogs and burgers...

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Thu
Jun 18 2009
06:38 am

So far I'm impressed with this lady. Here's the note she sent...

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Wed
Jun 17 2009
08:22 pm

Wow! I was totally surprised at the quality of cars attending the June edition of "Cruisin' in Harriman"! I went Saturday and took lots of photos...check'em out: CLICK HERE!

Roane Street was full of classic old cars and hot-rods and I was in hog heaven!

Meet me down on Roane Street July the 11th and see what I mean!

Wed
Jun 17 2009
05:54 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Wed
Jun 17 2009
04:43 pm
By: onetahiti

We have been dining on homemade chicken soup made with one of Broadened Horizons Organic Farm's happy free-range hens and some organic Peruvian purple potatoes (and some other vegetables). I can only say "Wow!" and a hearty "Thank you!" to both Farmer Leaf and the hen.

The hen was extremely flavorful, far more than any supermarket chicken I've ever tasted. This was one fantastic-tasting chicken!

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Wed
Jun 17 2009
03:38 pm

Roane County should feel an affinity for these folks...

"There is a 52 percent chance that when you flip on your light switch, you're blowing up the mountains where we live at," Maria said.

(link...)

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Jun 17 2009
11:32 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, June 23, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Roane State Community College Theatre to discuss ongoing recovery efforts at the Kingston site. The theatre is located in the O’Brien Building on campus at 276 Patton Lane in Harriman, Tenn.

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Greetings

I am Joanne Hall, a nurse and a professor at the UT College of Nursing. As nurses we are concerned about the Roane Co. families now experiencing trauma , losses, and uncertainty, as well as new health risks in related to the fly ash disaster. We are working on a research grant proposal

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Wed
Jun 17 2009
06:23 am
By: WhitesCreek
Tue
Jun 16 2009
08:06 pm

Tennessee's number three ranking (link) is from the Pew Charitable Trusts, a conservative charity founded by Sun Oil heirs (link). The ranking was based on "clean energy economy" jobs, including some "energy generation" jobs in coal (link).

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Tue
Jun 16 2009
12:25 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Melinda Hillman shares her thoughts on the CAG that EPA is requesting that we form...

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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