Thu
Apr 2 2009
01:04 pm

Universal Single Payer Health Insurance is what the country really needs. This petition from Gov. Dr. Howard Dean via MoveOn.org doesn't go that far but it is a start:

I have an announcement. After four exciting years in Washington, I'm hitting the campaign trail again! Only this time, I'm campaigning to help President Obama win health care for all.

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Thu
Apr 2 2009
12:33 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The Tennessee bottle bill comes up in your committee next week.
(from KnoxViews)

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Thu
Apr 2 2009
10:21 am

It's a step in the right direction.

(link...)

Thu
Apr 2 2009
09:42 am
Thu
Apr 2 2009
09:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

AS with most tests I disagree with the phrasing of some of the questions but it's a fun thing to see where I land.

Take the test

Thu
Apr 2 2009
08:40 am

Folks will get the chance to ask questions at the Kingston Community Center from 4:30 until 6 pm today.

Gee...Things are going so well around here who has a question?

I'll be there.

Thu
Apr 2 2009
06:45 am
By: WhitesCreek

The elves who keep RoaneViews running so nicely worked last night and have left us a nice new "Flag as Offensive" button in the comments. It has great power but with power comes responsibility. We must use it wisely or the elves will take it away.

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Wed
Apr 1 2009
06:07 pm
By: Ray Collett

As much as I want to spend my money in Rockwood,the "Steak and Country Restaurant", which has opened up in Harriman across from Jerry Duncan Ford has some of the best food and prices around. The place is really busy with repeat customers.. Try it sometime...Ray Collett

Wed
Apr 1 2009
12:42 pm
By: RoaneBooster

Local news story about a robbery at Walgreen's last night... Interesting turn of phrase... "over-the-counter narcotics."

There's no such thing as OTC narcotics. Ya gotta have a scrip.

(link...)

RB

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Wed
Apr 1 2009
12:03 pm

From MoveOn.org:

In the next 48 hours, both the House and Senate are set to take a crucial vote on President Obama's budget.

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Wed
Apr 1 2009
11:53 am

In one sentence we are told that public hearings in the legislature are just for show. The deals are done when the cockroaches run...

Chuck Laine, lead lobbyist for the coal industry, sat in the back of the room. He did not ask to speak. He did not need to do so. The negotiation was over.

(link...)

Wed
Apr 1 2009
11:33 am

From the press release...

Tennessee Democratic Party Calls for Common Sense Gun Laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Democratic Party today gave its full support to pending legislation that would allow citizens to carry their guns into the voting booth.

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Wed
Apr 1 2009
07:32 am

The federal tax on cigarettes goes up from $.39 to $1.01 per pack on Wednesday and will save a million American lives.

(link...)

Wed
Apr 1 2009
07:03 am

Spokesman Francis Gill said this morning that it is time for Big Ag to move into new areas of investment with plans to buy up the few small family owned and operated farms left in Roane County and combine them with the efficiencies of corporate agrigulture to produce high quality meat and produce for the American market. This is a joint venture between EvlTek Inc. and Chem-Ho Ltd. Both companies have a proven track record in producing natural organic foods through modern industrial processes, chemistry, and genetic modification. Gill stated that the new venture plans to begin operations on land recently made unsuitable for human habitation in northern Roane County. The new company will be named Roane EvlTek ChemHo Incorporated, or R.E.T.C.H. for short.

In other Roane County farm news, a European Farm Cooperative has announced plans to begin operations on land that was formerly in peach orchards. They believe they have an orchard variety that is resistant to the peach blight that destroyed Roane County peach operations. Here is their promotional video...

Wed
Apr 1 2009
06:56 am

April 1, 2009 is the day that Conficker will supposedly strike at Windows computers around the world.

The good news is that help is available. The Download Blog over at CNet has an excellent article titled "Rid your computer of the Conficker virus." You will quickly learn how to detect whether or not your computer is infected and how to remove the pest and its relatives. The article includes links to free scan and removal tools.

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Mar 31 2009
07:58 pm

Meeting Agenda

Roane County Environmental Review Board
April 2, 2009
6:00 P.M.

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After carrying water for National Coal, does this mean we forgive Ken?

Nope. You have to be green all the way around and not sponsor bills to pay back your out of county donors if they hurt your home county.

Tue
Mar 31 2009
04:06 pm

Here is the press release from Lincoln's office.

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Congressman Lincoln Davis testified before the House Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to discuss the ash-slide at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston facility.

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Tue
Mar 31 2009
01:24 pm

While they are introducing bills to help coal companies and developers get away with environmentally destructive practices, voter id bills, and anti-women's health bills, you should take the time to look at this summary of where Tennessee stands on children's wellbeing issues.

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Tue
Mar 31 2009
06:53 am
By: WhitesCreek

Here's the KNS version.

I had several interesting conversations. In one of them I was told that keeping us informed about TVA's progress had been handed over to Mike Farmer's Long Range Recovery committee. Maybe that's why we haven't heard a danged thing until this open house. Someone from the community will be speaking with Mike about this later today.

Another version talked only about summer recreation impacts.

Tue
Mar 31 2009
06:30 am
By: WhitesCreek

I don't have confidence that the ash can be transported without releasing dust. Then there's the problem of placing it in the landfill and covering it each day so that no dust is released. Why place it high in a hilltop above Kingston?

Mon
Mar 30 2009
06:44 pm

Jerry M. Lemons of Harriman has been charged with two counts of vandalism and more charges could be filed later, according to a press release from Harriman Police Department Capt. Kenneth Humphrey.

(link...)

Mon
Mar 30 2009
06:11 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Kind of a wimpy little iron cannon ball but danged if it doesn't float...in Mercury!

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis will be testifying before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment tomorrow as they hold a hearing titled, “The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Ash Slide: Potential Water Quality Impacts of Coal Combustion Waste Storage.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2:00PM EST

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Mon
Mar 30 2009
01:48 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Leaf...What is the difference between Organic and Non-Organic gardening?

Mon
Mar 30 2009
10:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

I've just added ProPublica.org to my favorites on my IE 8 toolbar

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Mon
Mar 30 2009
08:25 am

Once it's lost it never comes back. Should we let developers wipe out out headwaters stream in the name of profit?

(link...)

Mon
Mar 30 2009
07:05 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, This week I would like to continue sharing my research on the 1925 (the first) Rockwood mine explosion. This was taken from the Rockwood Times microfilm a week after the disaster. Even though eight men are still lost and presumed dead in the blast, work has resumed...

"Uncertain When Brattice Will Be Removed...Rescue Men Risk Lives To Seek Bodies....Routine Work Resumed Monday"

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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.