Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 20, 2009 - 2:57pm.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson and Tom McFarland, the Roane County Attorney have filed an ouster complaint agains Mark Patton.
The suit claims the constable has misused his office, threatened other law enforcement officers and assaulted citizens.
Link...


Submitted by Rockwood Lawyer on January 20, 2009 - 12:58pm.

After watching today's speech, I wondered what my grandfather would have thought. A lifelong, diehard Republican, he surely would have been pained to see a Democrat in office.

Yet, Obama's call to responsibility, to the founding principles of our nation, would have resounded with him. A veteran of World War II that didn't talk about it until the last few years of his life, he spent much of his life volunteering for others, and always concluded the prayer before family meals with a request to "help us to become better Christians and better citizens." We kidded him about always saying the same thing, but it was the way he lived his life.

I hope our country can rise to the challenge, take responsibility, and work our way out of our problems together.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 20, 2009 - 10:32am.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

The text of Obama's speech is here


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 20, 2009 - 9:33am.

Randy Neal has provided us with a home for fact and humor based Progressive discourse...And, some beautiful photography.

Did I mention the humor?


Submitted by Gsw on January 19, 2009 - 10:31pm.

At tonights city council meeting...
The Mayor talked about the TVA spill, had the water tested right away and everyday since then, no signs of arsenic or lead, nor heavy metals. Our water treatment plant is designed to filter these out regardless, but testing will continue daily and then as needed.

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 19, 2009 - 11:58am.

January 19 is the ML King Day of Service: A National Day to Volunteer. This year West Roane VFD is having a virtual Recruitment Day. Firefighters, EMTs, First Responders, and Associates who help behind the scenes are all needed. Training is available! Call 354-3116 today to find out more about your fire department and what you can do to help.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 19, 2009 - 11:11am.

Taken through the window, just now...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 19, 2009 - 9:59am.

By Ray Collett:

Does anyone recognize this?

Hello Readers, I thought I would start this column off with a picture I happened to run across taken from a 1917 Rockwood City directory. This is the first city directory printed for Rockwood.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 19, 2009 - 9:04am.

These folks are doing a great job of sitting down together and facing the problems their community will have to work its way through.

Link...

I've added a permanent link over on the right.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 18, 2009 - 2:40pm.

Beautiful! I have a lot of friends up there in the cold. I'm a little jealous.

If you don't have cable or sattelite, you can watch it online.

(and...Wow! Am I glad I paid for HD and surround sound.)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 18, 2009 - 11:22am.

This is Ford Branch, a small tributary on the Roane County side of Whites Creek. Here are a few more pictures of Whites Creek.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 18, 2009 - 9:22am.

From a Tampa blog on researching the family tree comes this account of a lady named Rebecca Stalcup...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 18, 2009 - 9:03am.

We don't have any problems out here in Whites Creek. What do you guys see out there?

ROAD CONDITIONS WILL BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS THIS MORNING...DUE TO AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR DRIZZLE.

SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT...WITH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 4 INCHES POSSIBLE BY DAYBREAK MONDAY...ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA...NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS.

Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatchers say dozens of accidents caused by black ice have shut down all westbound lanes on Interstate 40 from the Harriman/Rockwood exit at mile marker 347 to the Crossville exit at mile marker 330. All eastbound lanes are open.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 17, 2009 - 6:28pm.

Born Jan. 17, 1964 in Chicago, IL

Princeton University, bachelor's degree, sociology, 1985
Harvard University, law degree, 1988.

Associate attorney, Sidley & Austin, 1988-1991.
Assistant to the mayor, city of Chicago, 1991-1992;
Assistant commissioner of planning and development, city of Chicago, 1992-1993
Founding executive director, Public Allies Chicago, 1993-1996
Associate dean of student services, University of Chicago, 1996-2002
Executive director for community affairs, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2002-2005
Executive vice president for community and external affairs, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2005-2008

First Lady United States of America, three days from today

Happy 45th. Michele!
You GO Girl!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 17, 2009 - 9:57am.

Gerald Largen has butchered enough sacred cows and gored enough oxen to have irritated a fair number of folks in his chosen career as a pain in the ass. I like him...particularly when he has stuck a knife between the ribs of his own profession and is turning it slowly for all to see.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 17, 2009 - 8:51am.

You guys ready to trust TVA to manage this thing safely? Forever? I think there is a perception the TVA can never be trusted again, and that any and all of these "ponds" need to be relocated away from Kingston and Watts Bar Lake. Frankly, I want to see a very public study and hearing on the EPA Draft Report that was squashed by the Bush Administration stating that the only way any of this stuff can be safely stored is in composite lined landfills.

TVA says, "Trust me," on the new gypsum pond.

But then are are folks who disagree with me and want us to...Give TVA a chance.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 7:43pm.

Sales of Lakefront property are in the dirt...Literally. It's not that value is dropping, it is that sales are nonexistant.

KnoxNews on the subject

Careful trusting the quotes in this piece.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 7:00pm.

There's confusion afoot because several organizations are worried about any dredging that may occur in the Clinch River Channel. The worry is needless because there is no dredging of the Clinch planned. The ash is entirely contained in the Emory River embayment at this point.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 1:57pm.

"Guns are essential. No income tax. Make government smaller!"

Funny! Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 11:03am.

1970...For a while there, I had a thing for long hair and an overbite.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 10:57am.

(It's a cookie, you pervert. Quit smirking)

Girl Scout Cookies go on sale today.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 8:07am.

Quoted in the Roane County News...(County Property Assessor, Teresa)Kirkham said, “We don’t know that the value has dropped.”

Boy, talk about sticking a high heel sneaker in your mouth...Don't be silly...EVERYBODY knows our property values have dropped. The question is how do we handle this? People whose tax bills are due by Feb. 28 have to be thinking that they are paying more than they should.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 7:06am.

I don't really have to ask that question anymore. I think we'll be better than we have been in fifty years if we keep the pressure on TVA. What I don't know the answer to is when?

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 16, 2009 - 6:55am.

Depending on who you believe, between 1,100 tons and 600 tons of coal were spilled when a National Coal Corporation train derailed next to the New River in Scott County. National Coal failed to report the spill, which happened January 9.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 4:21pm.

The Tennessee Valley Authority reports someone is impersonating health officials in and around Kingston and Harriman.

From KNS


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 3:45pm.

The 2007 EPA draft report that was squashed by the Bush administration says that the only safe permanent storage option was in a composite lined landfill. Above ground storage is not safe, as we've noticed.

No decision has been made but there's lots of talk. Our elected officials need to to take a firm stance here.

Link...


Submitted by R. Neal on January 15, 2009 - 2:46pm.

We are getting word that State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Harriman) has been appointed Vice Chair of the Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism committee.

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Submitted by randmart on January 15, 2009 - 2:25pm.

I just received the following email from Brokovich and company:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 1:49pm.

Representative Dennis Fergusen was the only Democrat to break ranks and vote with Republicans for Constitutional officers...

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 15, 2009 - 11:37am.

Got a great start on his Governor's campaign I'd say.

No to Women

No toChildren

And a sterling record against the environment and renewable energy.

I'd suggest Zach cancel the billboard contract and make nice to Haslam.


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