Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 11:38am.

From Ray Collett



Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 9:24am.

They must mean the Emory dredging, which they are now saying won't be started until March. I think that every minute they delay means more likelihood of damage to the health of Watss Bar Lake.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2009 - 9:01am.

Some of our discussions have wandered over the limit. Here are the rules. Go read them if you have any questions.

If anyone has a particular item they think should not be on RoaneViews, please send the url of the post to me and I will review it.

Be nice or else!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 6:11pm.

And you folks were a part of it.

Our Progressive Blogathon Fundraiser had goals of raising $1000.00 from our blogs in three days. We did this to demonstrate the power of the grassroots (That would be you guys!)in political action. We blew away our goals by a factor of four.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 10:26am.

TVA's Coal Ash Disaster is simply a symptom of the real problem.

Via KnoxNews.com

In 1997, Congress cut off TVA's tax dollars completely after Duke Energy, Southern Company and others lobbied for the government to stop paying for the utility's environmental initiatives, economic development plans, and other nonpower programs. Except for lawmakers from states where it operates, Congress then pretty much forgot TVA existed.

Scott Barker kinda skips over the Bush Administration's draastic revisions of the TVA board and the unbelievable provision that exempts the TVA Board from legal liability, but other than that...go read:

Wall Street Journal


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 7:33am.

Hmmm...I think the problem is we don't have enough guns.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2009 - 7:29am.

The lake is looking fine from where I sit.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 6:30pm.

Dear Friends -

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Health would like to provide you with an update on sampling and site activities related to the TVA Kingston ash slide.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 6:26pm.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "considers the Kingston (steam plant) spill to be an unpermitted discharge of a pollutant in contravention of the (federal) Clean Water Act,"

Knox News Story


Submitted by onetahiti on February 6, 2009 - 3:33pm.

Here's a PDF-format valentine from CodePink to print out and snail mail or fax to President Obama to encourage an end to war: Link....

The address information is included in the file.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 7:59am.

Let the TN Democratic Party know we're here and we're not going away until we fix this mess! Helpp make the grassroots count as much as the big money donors. We've blown away our money goal, now we need people numbers. $5 makes our point that citizens have to count more than Lobbyists!

Join the CHIP IN! movement to change our state. Donate $5, $10, $15, or whatever, to show that we're out here and we want to change Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2009 - 7:47am.

I spent yesterday with some folks who were looking at a long term response to the Coal Ash Disaster. (It's NOT a "spill", alright? Spills you get with a mop. This is a Coal Ash Disaster.)

In dealing with the physical effects of our disaster on the Emory River there are two choices...Leave it there...Take it out. The first is simply not an option. Let's get on with the dredging!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2009 - 8:33am.

Taken just now through the window. (Note to self: wash windows very soon)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2009 - 7:53am.

Members of the community of Roane County, Tennessee, impacted by the TVA Coal Fly Ash Disaster on December 22, 2008, has formed a group called Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network (TCASN), Thursday, January 29, 2009. This non-profit group was formed to help people impacted by the TVA Kingston Coal Plant fly ash disaster. Their goals are to help with health hazards, air monitoring, ash and water sampling, media, and public education.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 4, 2009 - 11:44am.

Link...

The Alumni game is Feb 21. You ex players better start working out or you'll die!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 4, 2009 - 10:27am.

One of the great rewards we gave ourselves at my old company was working with good people... Olympians, expeditioners, and young people who work hard in order to give back. Most of these folks spent some good times in Roane County.

One of our supported athletes was Brad Ludden, whose accomplishments are simply not believable unless you know him. He's been COSMO's Hottest Bachelor (google your own picture), competed at world championship level, and founded the First Descents camp for kids with cancer, which takes up most of his time and money. Read and be inspired:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 4, 2009 - 8:17am.

Let the TN Democratic Party know we're here and we're not going away until we fix this mess!

Join the CHIP IN! movement to change our state. Donate $5, $10, $15, or whatever, to show that we're out here and we want to change Tennessee.
(Update: We're proving to the TN Dems that small donors count Big. We've blown away our original goal and keep rasing the bar. You guys are awesome!)
The State Party Chairman responds

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 4, 2009 - 7:01am.

It looks to me like this proposal makes Roane County and Watts Bar Lake environmental and economic guinea pigs. On first reading, my reaction is no freakin' way, but I'll see what they have to say.
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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 3, 2009 - 12:47pm.

SWAN POND COMMUNITY ACTION COMMISSION TO MEET

Kingston, TN -

The Swan Pond Community Action Commission will hold its third meeting on Saturday, February 7th at 3:30pm, at the Emory Heights Baptist Church located at 244 Fred Davis, Jr. Road in Harriman.

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on February 2, 2009 - 2:49pm.

Since several comments on another thread that theoretically is about the Houstons and their saga have changed subject matter, and have moved into the arena of relationship between LEOs, specifically the Sheriff, and the communities, I thought a discussion on those issues would better be served by having a thread actually named about the subject of discussion.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 2, 2009 - 8:50am.

I am hearing that friends and family of the Houstons have come forward with offers of property and money for a bond and that it is probable that the Houstons will walk out of custody tomorrow.

Frankly, I think the amounts of bond are overly punitive given the results of Rocky's trial.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 2, 2009 - 8:40am.

I would be curious to know if that is true. The openness of TVA seems to have taken a bit of a hit since Gil Francis became the front man.

"If TVA is working with you, and we'll work with you … that's one avenue," Francis said. "If you decide you want to get a lawyer, that's another avenue, but you've given up the one-on-one (with TVA) because now you have a lawyer representing you and there are certain protocols."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 2, 2009 - 8:32am.

For the last 20 minutes or so I've been watching it snow on the other side of Whites Creek Gorge while raining on this side. It's even sticking to the pine trees.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 2, 2009 - 8:08am.

State Senator Ken Yager thinks Mississippi is a fine role model.

The only states where elected superintendents still call the shots are Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and even in those states, some counties opt for appointed superintendents. The three states were ranked at a C-plus or lower in Education Week, a respected national K-12 education journal.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 1, 2009 - 5:11pm.

Ok, I'll start it...

Cardinals by 7.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 31, 2009 - 5:02pm.

This case seems to be a screwed up as the prosecutions evidence. The more I read, the less I understand. The one hope I have is that between now and Tuesday, the DA and the attorneys get together and work out a plea deal. At the very least, I hope they work out a reasonable bond arrangement and careful terms of release that allow the Houston brothers time with their families.

Here's Terri Likens' report in the RCN: Link...

KNS Report


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 31, 2009 - 3:20pm.

(Update: Find the moon and look about a third of the way toward the sun. If the airplane contrails would go away it would really shine.)

Few people ever realize that Venus is easily visible in the daytime. Right now, if you go outside and look up, you can find the crescent moon. The crescent bow always points to the sun. Put your hand up and shade your eyes from the sun and you can see Venus about two hand widths away from the moon on a line toward the sun. Now that I've located it, I am looking at it through my window.

Amazing isn't it?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 2:40pm.

Here's the rundown on the Bill from Congress. There's a lot of misinformation being put out so read it yourself.

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(Via KnoxViews)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 8:40am.

I expect Keith McDaniel to look at all three sides and make a really good movie. He shares our experience with the Kingston TVA plant and is a talented and award winning film maker.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 30, 2009 - 8:34am.

What did he say exactly?

Bredesen said the spill has highlighted the need for policies to encourage better disposal of the coal ash produced by the nation’s largest public utility.

“We’re not just going to let you build big piles of it outside your plant anymore, or big ponds full of ash sludge,” he said

I want to hear the announcement that the "gypsum pond" is being reconsidered. It will be exactly the same stuff with more of the nasties plus limestone.

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