Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 7:06pm.

Randy has an Electoral College prediction contest going. There's a prize to the best prognosticator.


Submitted by RightNRockwood on October 22, 2008 - 2:31pm.

My concern about this years pageant contest from babies up to the high school ladies, it that "ALL" contestants should be citizens of Rockwood.

Not Harriman, Crossville, Oakdale, Spring City or some other city in the surrounding areas. Not because someone has Grandparents or cousins or a Aunt or Uncle living in the area and they want to enter them into this contest because he/she is so cute and pretty and just has to win etc.... A true living Rockwood residents is who this contest should be for.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 7:15am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 6:46am.

I realize that anybody with one eye open already knows this.


Governor Bredesen is having a tough time with the state budget and this makes it much harder. We fund our state with a most regressive sales tax, which puts the tax burden far more heavily on the middle class. Look for huge cuts next year, as the middle class suffers through this mess.

Frankly, until someone figures out how to reinvigorate our manufacturing sector, I don't see a steep climb out of this hole.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2008 - 11:59am.

In the lasy two weeks of election cycles we see the nastiest things come out. It may be appropriate that Halloween comes at this time of year.

One symptom of right-wing campaigns is the nastiness and irrational name calling by anonymous posters that show up on Progressive sites like RoaneViews.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2008 - 8:20pm.

Update: Kingston had Catholic 1-1 at the half, tonight. Catholic Scored early in the second. Final 3-1 Catholic. Good season, Kingston! Heads up.

Oliver Springs girl's Soccer is only three years old. They've come a long way and played tough, tonight. Every year I see them put a better team on the pitch, and one of these years they are going to have a breakthrough.

Tonight was mostly Kingston, though the OS defense was plenty tough. They got their money's worth on two hard fouls inside the box, giving Kingston penalty kicks which were drilled home both times.

Oliver Springs is done for the year, as Kingston moves on to play Catholic tomorrow night at Catholic.

More pix here

I'll add more over the next few days, so check back often. I can email the picture files to players or parents who want a file suitable for printing.

Submitted by BrantWW on October 20, 2008 - 2:58pm.

My maternal Grandmother Flora Mae Miller (Davis) spent her early years in Wheat with her two sisters, Nan and Violet.

Grandmother, or Honey as she was called, spoke nostalgically of loading up their wagon with produce and making the trip with her Father, Charles Lafayette Miller, and Mother, Virgina Shannon, to the market in Harriman.

She told me of train trips to Lancing to visit a relation who was a Doctor. Grandmother would talk of the horse back ride from the Lancing station "down" to Doctor's big house on the river.

Would anyone know the Doctor’s name? He may have been a Llewellyn, Shannon, or McCartt as we are related to these clans.

This would have been in the early 1900’s.

Thanks - Brant Williams

Submitted by BrantWW on October 20, 2008 - 2:34pm.

Got a card in the mail today from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action - Political Victory Fund endorsing Ken Yager and Lamar Alexander….

As a gun shop owner whose wife and children are Life Members of the National Rifle Association, I wonder how the NRA arrived at this endorsement. They obviously have not had business with Mr. Yager.

My experience with Roane County's former County Mayor left me one lasting impression - he could not be trusted. This will make it very hard for me to pull the lever for him - NRA endorsement notwithstanding.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 20, 2008 - 1:38pm.

.. of some of this political garbage... both parties are making so many deplorable ads...

This quote by George Orwell puts it right neatly:

"Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 - 1950)


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2008 - 1:37pm.

As my good friend, the stream hydrologist, says:

One of the many sad ramifications is that one mining company can undo in days, the conservation progress of a decades long effort by hundreds of hard-working folks working to conserve watersheds. And with streams, the actual destruction can be (and frequently is) miles from all the impacted reaches. It is indeed a gift that keeps on giving!

Thanks W

As they head out the door, look for the Bush Administration to do everything they can to destroy our environment. I doesn't have to be this way!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2008 - 11:43am.

Randy points out that the TNDP has the numbers to back up their "tax" ad hitting Ken's record.

That kind of ad works for some people but not so much me. I like more in depth info but it doesn't work for these short pieces. Ken spent the reserve fund down to nothing and then left office. I really hate to see him try to take credit for the Roane County Industrial Park and claim it was his "leadership" that got it done. Ken sat on the fence until the he counted the Commission's votes and then scurried around in front of everybody to take credit.

I'll work with him if he's elected but he's just not a leader. We really need someone with leadership, talent, and a work ethic. I am much more Progressive than Becky Ruppe but I choose her anyway for just those exact reasons.

Submitted by Ray Collett on October 20, 2008 - 10:27am.

An item on the City of Rockwood's Nov. 4, 2008 ballot is a Liquor Store Amendment, and also one allowing Liquor by the drink. Presently the city Harriman has two liquor store probably less than two miles from Rockwood's city limits. Harriman's revenue from liquor sales is appoximately $200,000 dollars, and Kingston is bringing in around $ 75,000. Rockwood could certainly use its fair share of the tax money. Rhea County residents and Cumberland County residents drive through Rockwood to the stores in Harriman and Kingston. It could be well controlled and would help to offset any tax increases that will more than likely show up in the future. The stores AREN'T illegal in Tn., just some towns....Ray Collett

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2008 - 9:36am.

(elevated from the comments)

I was happy to read comments by Mr. Beets that Kingston is searching for ways to save money spent on city utilities, and by the substantive follow up by Mr. Williams. Last week's writeup in RC News contained an explanation of the problem by finance officer Brewer:
"The increase of about 20 percent in electric rates will cost the city about $47,539 more than what was budgeted, she said. A lot of the increase comes from street lighting, Brewer said."

Think about that -- directing light downward would brighten things up and save over 50%, permitting a $100,000 savings and tax reduction. That's every year. Every 4 year election cycle would show a $400,000 tax savings from using responsible lighting. Consider the political implications of Light Conservation.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 19, 2008 - 8:27pm.

Can you be "Too Homely to Win?"

Well, I can't answer that. But it would help to actually live in our district...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 19, 2008 - 7:38pm.

By Ray Collett

Bottom Row, L to R..Mary Joseph, M.F.Philllips, Tony Thomas, Woodrow Wilson, Carl Stephens, Reba Foust, Callie Teague, , Beth Hinds, B.Pratt, James Cole
Second Row, L to R..Vivian Tauscher, Grace Allen, Anna Barnes, Elmer Foust, Ralph Mc?, Robert Owings, Paul Hinds, Eugene Collette, Raymond Stout
Third Row, L to R..Annie Teague, Nell Hinds, Crystal Keenie, Edith Johnson, ?, Rose Tedder, Alice Hicks, Eva Judd, Sarah Biercamp,
Fourth Row, L to R..Bess Stamey, Claude Martin, Clyde Price, Ralph Dunbar, Marvin Noulder, Clayton B. Roddy, Reba Allison, Gordon Allison
Fifth Row..L to R..Stella Smith (Teacher) 5th Grade around 1922 or 1923

Hello Readers, This picture was sent in by Barbara Roddy Young, (Class of 1957) It is of a 5th grade class taken around 1922 or 1923, luckily everyone was identified except for one person.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 19, 2008 - 3:59pm.

In a letter to Teresa Kirkham and Stephen Robinnette:

His intent, Johnson says in his letter, is to resolve "this highly contentious, acrimonious and publicly embarrassing personal feud between the two of you."


Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 17, 2008 - 10:15am.

Did Utopia on Roane Street have to close? If so I HATE that! They had really good grub in there!


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2008 - 6:41am.

That's good, Kirkham said Wednesday. "He (Johnson) will be fair, and McFarland won't," she said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2008 - 6:39am.

Mrs. Creek and I voted yesterday with no lines or hassles. I love the paper ballot and wish it was the way we were all voting instead of the e-slate machines. You can read the ballot, it's obvious what to do, and smooth as silk.

If anybody has problems they should let us know. You can early vote at any location in Roane County.

There are reports of lines taking up to an hour in Anderson County. Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2008 - 6:30am.

Sometime back I used a metaphor for Monty Lankford's campaign that called it something like, "a bug splat on Lincoln's windshield." A troll came out and blasted me for the creatively humorous snark. As it turns out the comment was more accurate than it was funny. ( I try)

Lincoln is showing up everywhere, talking with folks, and has a ton of cash on hand with three weeks left in the campaign. Monty Lankford, who doesn't even live in our congressional district has less than a tenth of the funds Lincoln has ($39,000 to $424,000).

Lincoln Davis will win this one quite handily and Lankford will be relegated to "whatshisname" status soon enough. The real question is whether Lincoln will start showing up on billboards across the state like Roane County's other Congressman, Zach Wamp, who obviously has his eye a higher prize.

If you've noticed one of Zach's billboards, you have to think Lincoln takes a better picture.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2008 - 7:57am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2008 - 6:51am.

Dennis Fergusen is holding his Homecoming this Saturday at Roane County Park. I got all excited when I read that the Kingsmen would appear.

"Way to go, Dennis!" I thought. I'm ready to rock out and boogie...

Only it's not those Kingsmen...It's these Kingsmen.

Oh well. Food's free. Go by and say howdy to State Rep. Fergusen.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2008 - 9:21pm.


OK, fine, Lincoln...I'll support you if you read Krugman's book. Discussion required.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2008 - 2:09pm.

You can download the pdf file here:


The claims are pretty much correct as political ads go. Ken is a master of the whisper campaign so I'll give Becky a pass on this one.

I'm still concerned that Ken fired the Waste manager and took the pay check for himself, even while he was supposedly our County Executive and in addition to his regular paycheck. I didn't know that at the time or I would have discussed that with him.

Submitted by onetahiti on October 14, 2008 - 1:21pm.

Has anyone tried this new recycling service at It sounds good: they trade free shipping and a gift card for you sending in your old electronics for recycling.

I read about it on WBIR: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2008 - 7:17am.

I have trouble understanding how Monty Lankford has raise more money than Lincoln for the Congressional race. Lankford doesn't even live in our district.

(Update: Lincoln raised the most money. Tennessean was in error)

Lincoln has delivered the goods for Roane County and the rest of his District. He's far more conservative than I personally would like but he's been a good Representative. Lincoln Davis has earned the Tennessean's endorsement our vote. Now if we can only get him to read Paul Krugman's book.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2008 - 7:10am.

I need to know more about this deal. Crete moves into land not in the Roane County Industrial area and we donate land for their wastewater?

Donate? Why not charge them the going rate for the land? It is about 1% on the deal. I'll bet there will be other costs associated with it anyway.

This is just one more bit of fallout from the Reagan Revolution tax code changes that is making it tough on municipalities.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 13, 2008 - 6:49pm.

A few weeks back, I added a link to Paul Krugman over on the right in the box labeled "Progressiveness". I was hoping that some of us would read his take on the financial meltdown and any suggestions he might have for remedies.

Krugman is a Princeton economist who can explain financial matters in a clear manner that even recovering engineers like me can understand. He is a Liberal with a sense of history and a deep reverence for facts and the truths they lead to.

As of today, Paul Krugman is also a Nobel Prize winner.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 13, 2008 - 5:11pm.

From the Ruppe Campaign:

Becky Ruppe has made Economic Development a cornerstone in her two terms as County Executive and has pledged to carry that work into the state senate.

Ruppe has also worked hand in hand with two Republican County Executives/Mayors during her time as leader of Morgan County and she will continue to reach across party lines to make a positive difference for all of Tennessee.

Because Becky Ruppe knows its about people, not politics!

Read the article HERE. Check out page 55.

Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 10, 2008 - 1:49pm.

I recently saw a TV spot against Ken Yager. It sucked. It was, frankly, low-life.

Now before I arouse the ire of WC, an ardent Ruppe supporter, or any of her other supporters, I hasten to add that I am with you: I think Ruppe will be a more effective state senator than Ken Yager. I'm also with you in not being at all happy with many of the things about the state Ken Yager left the county in.



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