Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 7:00pm.

Look, everybody out there. Roane County is actually a great place to live. It's absolutely beautiful and we can live here and get to Chattanooga and Knoxville in an hour and Nashville in two. Well, almost.

We're not all crooked judges, cowboy cops, and assault rifle toting rednecks, like the press makes us out to be. Most of us actually speak in complete sentences, and have knuckles that don't drag the ground. Sure, we need to work on our sentence structure, but we love our mommas and our country as much as anybody. We're not there yet (and neither is anybody else) but we're working on it. We don't deserve to be looked down on by True TV, so be nice.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 6:43pm.

This is about as bogus as it gets with good laws gone bad.

Link... (link fixed)

I realize we have to have regulations but in this case, what is the greater good of taking this man's collection and auctioning it off?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2008 - 2:50pm.

From several sources but here's the KNS version:


Update: Closing arguments Wed.


Submitted by KnightLord on December 16, 2008 - 9:48am.

Bloomberg Worldwide reports that the Fed seems prepared to lower the interest rate to close to zero {0.5%} later on today and use its own balance sheet as a key tool for monetary policy.


Submitted by Gsw on December 15, 2008 - 9:53pm.

Here's your update on Rockwood City news. Ray can correct anything I have wrong.

Liquor Stores lottery drawing as follows:


Submitted by onetahiti on December 15, 2008 - 5:05pm.

Rockwood made the news again: Link...

Submitted by BrantWW on December 15, 2008 - 2:16pm.

It is now OK to say "President-Elect Barrack Hussein Obama. & CNN video Link...

Now that the election is over the use of our President Elect's middle name, Hussein, is no longer a racist or religious slur.


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Submitted by BrantWW on December 15, 2008 - 1:41pm.

I just spoke to the Transportation Superintendant of Roane County Schools. His statement,

"Everything's fine. No drivers quit and I'm on the job."

Submitted by limeywade on December 15, 2008 - 10:59am.

From 1998 to 2007, TN had 244 convicted elected officials making it the 13th "most corrupt" state in the US. Florida is number one with a whopping 844. For those interested, Illinois is number 7 with 502. Per capita by the million, TN drops to 18th.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 15, 2008 - 7:12am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, Christmas is right around the corner and times have certainly changed since when we were kids. David Sliger, (Class of 1954) sent me a chapter from his book, "Pine Hill Was My Home" to share with the readers about his growing up in Bradley County, Tn. Now David's childhood was very similar to ours here in the Rockwood area so I am sure it will bring back memories of our childhood Christmases. This is fairly long so it will be in two parts, but very interesting.



Submitted by BrantWW on December 12, 2008 - 6:28pm.

Here’s a twist. The LA Times suggests that the UAW cut its own throat by failing to unionize the foreign auto plants in the USA.

Because UAW bosses didn’t do their jobs (maybe pickings were too easy in Detroit), the Big 3 automakers strain under a competitive disadvantage caused by high labor, retirement, and insurance costs....

LA TIMES: Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2008 - 6:02pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2008 - 5:13pm.

One thing I thought we would see from Bob Corker was a more honest approach to seving us as Senator. How do elected Republicans get away with telling whoppers on national tv without getting laughed off the set?

Sen. Bob Corker...As I wake up this morning, knowing the gravity of where we were, the fact that they(UAW) were willing to make no concessions — zero — and let these companies fall into peril as they are now, to me, as I wake up today, it’s pretty surreal actually.

UAW Agrees to Concessions

Republican senators made impossible demands on union representatives and then blamed them for the failure of negotiations. I had come to expect behavior like this from Bill Frist but hoped for better with Corker. Guess not.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2008 - 7:50am.

U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. - Voted no

“The Democrats’ legislation is not likely to provide the accountability or reforms needed...

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn. - Voted yes

“We are in no position to equivocate in our support for American jobs during an economic crisis, plain and simple,”

(VW backer)Bob Corker goes after Unions.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2008 - 7:27am.

The TVA time line calls for Unit 2 to be functional by August 2011, ready for its nuclear fuel load by April 2012, and in full operation by October 2012.


Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on December 11, 2008 - 10:59pm.
Dec 31 2008 - 8:00pm

The Creative Arts Co-op is hosting its 2nd Annual New Year's Eve 'Murder a la Mode'. The Co-op plans to take someone out as we ring the New Year in! This year's show is entitled 'Mardi Gras Murders' - and includes all the glamour and drama of New Orleans.
The show takes place on December 31, 2008 at Holy Joe's in downtown Hariman with the show beginning at 8:00pm.

Two packages are available:
'Just the Show' - $30.00 per person includes show, hors d'ouerves, dessert bar, non-alcoholic toast, and party favors.

'Dinner and Show' - $47.50 per person includes all of the above plus a prime rib dinner at The Spot Cafe located directly across from Holy Joe's.

Advanced ticket purchase is required. For more information, contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 11, 2008 - 7:08pm.

Latest from RCN

This may have cost Officer Jones his life.

A state expert on police training testified Wednesday that a suspect doesn’t have to point a gun to qualify as a deadly threat.

“They can have the weapon pointed at the ground,” said Dale Robinson, an instructor for the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville. “By the time the officer’s eye perceives the weapon coming up, it’s about too late.”

Somehow that seems like a tragedy waiting to happen. Rocky has every legal right to be in his own yard holding his weapon and the cops roll up and are trained to perceive a weapon pointed at the ground as a deadly threat and to start shooting?

Is the guilty party in all this, neither Bill Jones nor Rocky Houston...But in fact, a training directive that precipitates a shootout?
From the KNS:

From the Roane County News: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 11, 2008 - 9:44am.

Hey...Before I get to the snow, let's remember that the ground is getting saturated and that means that most of this rain will run off into streams wich can rise very quickly. Be careful what you drive through.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 11, 2008 - 8:34am.

Wonder what the sky actually looks like over your town? The Dark Skies people got nothing on these folks:


Submitted by onetahiti on December 10, 2008 - 10:12pm.

Has anyone seen an angel tree in Roane County this season? So far we have somehow not noticed one. I saw an article about them (Link...), but the location(s) were not listed. Thanks in advance!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2008 - 5:46pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2008 - 10:56am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2008 - 8:47am.

A friend sent this to me and I want to pass it along.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2008 - 8:19am.

Update 12-11 9:50 am: Link...

The bullets fired at Rocky Joe Houston and his brother could have come from a moving patrol car, a ballistics expert testified today.

That's a huge blow to the prosecution's case

From KNS:

A search of Jones' car turned up extra bullets, various guns in the trunk and no copies of any warrant for either of the Houston brothers, Royse testified. Prosecutors say the deputy went to the home to serve a bench warrant for Rocky Houston, while the brothers say he came as part of a years-long police harassment campaign.

I've heard various explainations of the "warrant". Can anybody fill us in on what the "Failure to appear" warrant was actually about?

It should be noted that at any one moment, there are hundreds and hundreds of ""failure to appear" warrants active on Roane County citizens. There was one on me in Rockwood, at one point, due to a clerical error in the city court clerk's department.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2008 - 7:00am.

The Knoxville News Sentinel claims that they got their info from the DA office.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on December 9, 2008 - 11:15pm.

Kudos to Principal Scott Mason, Faculty, Staff - AND STUDENTS!

US News & World Report says you're one of the best!


Submitted by RoaneBooster on December 9, 2008 - 12:44pm.

... That Tennessee Democrats aren't like some Illinois Democrats?!

Seems the Democratic Governor of Illinois has got himself on the wrong side of the FBI and the USA for Chicagoland. Seems he wanted to try to "sell" the seat vacated by the President-Elect.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 9, 2008 - 7:43am.

Update (4:58pm Tues.): Link...
The Roane County News seems to have sent in the big gun to cover the Houston trial. Editor Terri Likens looks like she updated yesterday's piece during the night.


Update: Coverage from the Knox news Sentinel (and based on recent events, we suggest double checking KNS before quoting)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 9, 2008 - 7:08am.

Between trampling the Constitution, sidetracking into Iraq while 9/11's thugs remain hidden in Afghanistan and Pakistan, staining the United States' international reputation and thumb-twiddling the domestic economy into a tailspin, George W. Bush has indeed left his mark on America.

What's another mountain top shorn nude, its coal shipped out and the spoil summarily dumped into an adjacent valley?

What Sam Said.

(ht to LLL)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 8, 2008 - 9:23pm.

The Link to the story at KNS gets this:

404 Error - Page not found
Ooops. The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its URL changed or may be temporarily unavailable.

Or maybe the KNS reporter just made something up, and KNS is trying to cover it's rear end?

I smell lawsuit...And more power to Los Primos. I hope you win big.

(And remember, Folks, that the local paper, RCN, got it right, while the big city rag messed up big time)


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