Tue
Apr 21 2009
04:25 pm

Actually...I don't know that either one of these is a man.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
01:56 pm

(link...)

Bronchitis is the report.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
12:59 pm

It's gone in the Genral Subcommittee...Dead for this year.

Ken Yager...Not Present

Tue
Apr 21 2009
12:58 pm

Dozens arrested after Duke protest
By Bruce Henderson
bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Monday, Apr. 20, 2009

Police arrested more than 40 protesters today at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters following a rally and march against Duke's coal policies.

Continued...

Tue
Apr 21 2009
10:25 am

Well, seems like some folks in Singapore have worked out a reasonable reastion to pull CO2 out of the air and us it to make a useful organic product. A new twist to recycling the atmosphere in favor of sustainability. Produces methanol, the simplest alcohol, which is useful in many chemical processes and as a solvent.

(link...)

RB

Tue
Apr 21 2009
10:20 am

Check this out. Mesh nodes instead of discrete nodes for wireless connectivity. It MAY help us!

(link...)

RB

Tue
Apr 21 2009
08:30 am

The Roane County Democratic Party meets tonight at the Kingston Community Center at 7 p.m.

Tue
Apr 21 2009
05:51 am

This is something we know a little bit about, unfortunately. Check the TV schedule and be sure to watch this.

(link...)

Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek

It's always a great rivalry when Cherokee plays Lenoir City.


Sam Rose defends against the Lenoir City attack.

Cherokee 4, Lenoir City 1

More photos here

Mon
Apr 20 2009
03:35 pm

TVA has a full page ad in the Monday's Roane County News that tries to justify all of their actions, particularly in trying to claim immunity from lawsuits. It appears that they're saying they should be immune from all suits because some of them are excessive or were filed by people who live miles from the catastrophe.

TVA is certainly doing some good things and they should defend themselves from bad lawsuits. But to make the claim that they are the only ones who can decide who is harmed and who isn't...is absurdity.

Mon
Apr 20 2009
11:24 am

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a good time to look for more ways you can help those around you. For example, the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) needs help! To find out more about NVW, see: (link...)

National Volunteer Week

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Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:40 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers...
Last week I mentioned that I would like to have some email from our readers and share with us your memories of Rockwood and let us know where you are living, how your life has been, share different things with us...I will copy them exactly as they are written if you want me to. Our first one this week is from Gail Roddy....who knows, we might have someone from Rockwood living right around the corner...

Continued...

Mon
Apr 20 2009
07:17 am

"Railroad Job" doesn't begin to describe it adequately...

(link...)

Sun
Apr 19 2009
03:37 pm

TVA says can’t meet scrubbers deadline....

This was a judicial order.
Read the story here: (link...)

Here is the supporting "brief" of 50 or so pages that gives the reasoning to why TVA is asking for immunity... I can only say that some of what TVA is stating in thier defense, is in my opinion is laughable at best....

CONSOLIDATED BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TVA’S MOTIONS TO DISMISS: (link...)

and for what I really think: (link...)

TVA Statement on Court filing
To Request Dismissal of Tort Claims Related to the Kingston Ash Spil
April 17, 2009

TVA requested today that the Federal District court in Knoxville dismiss all tort claims filed against it related to the ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plan.

Update: PDF file attached

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Fri
Apr 17 2009
02:07 pm
Fri
Apr 17 2009
09:02 am

Interesting articles. I know several of the candidates and lean toward those with specific skills and experience related to their new mission.

(link...)

(link...)

Fri
Apr 17 2009
07:10 am

Republicans are using their newly won majority to declare an all out war on the environment with an array of bad bills. Democrats seem in disarray and are unwilling to stand up to them so far. Our boys get a dubious mention or two in this run down by the Tennessean...

(link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
07:00 pm

Roane County has been in a drought for years, a very long time. Last week our drought level finally slipped back to "none." For a map of current Tennessee drought conditions, see: (link...)

I hope this lasts. Twenty years ago I remember it raining at least for a while nearly every day. It kept the forest moist and the air refreshed. I hope those days will come again.

Thu
Apr 16 2009
06:56 pm

Good move, Ken. Next I bet you'll vote to keep gun permits secret so nobody will know if they are breaking the law by drinking...Remember...The last two mass murderers had permits.

(link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
06:16 pm

A caucus was held today in Knoxville concerning renewable energy. Check it out.

(link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
06:02 pm

Can you say "Red State" boys and girls?

Thu
Apr 16 2009
04:15 pm

West Roane County VFD's "Spring Yard Sale" is all day Friday and Saturday on Mother's Day weekend, May 8 and 9.

Call 354-8201 or 354-1993 to have donated items picked up, or leave your items with a volunteer at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road.

Continued...

Thu
Apr 16 2009
02:35 pm

On an outing today I was snapping pictures under I-40 toward the plant...

I was taking some pictures of TVA and the "booms". I noticed ash floating, and some thick ash on the shoreline.

I then came across a lot of clear plastic bags... duct taped shut.


(photo added by WC)
I snapped the following pictures... but I can't them to download here (not that techy)... so heres the (link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
02:28 pm

The Road Commissioner told me tonight that Swan Pond will be open Monday and the rest of the Circle and Quarry roads soon to be paved.

Hoping for the last leg of Swan Pond Road to be openned. Projected date: 4/17/09 - late, depending on the weather and the replacement/installation of guard rails.

The news is the road is soon to open which will allow another view of coal fly-ashville.

Thu
Apr 16 2009
10:56 am
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
Apr 16 2009
10:13 am

The state of North Carolina recently won a lawsuit in Federal Court that found TVA guilty of sending sickening and deadly polluted ait to North Carolina. The court ordered TVA to immediately install the most effective pollution control devices on its four coal fired power plants closest to North Carolina. My question is what are they doing at the other 7 that you and I are downwind of?

(link...)

Thu
Apr 16 2009
01:04 am
By: RICK

On Saturday, April 18 there will be a "dawgs and bun" cookout at Roane County Park, pavillion 1, from 5 to 7. This is a chance to meet people effected by our disaster. This is no big fancy thing. But, everyone will have the opportunity to learn how to operate air monitors, and find out simple ways to monitor the air. With warmer weather and windy days coming up, we need to know the quality of the air we breathe. Everyone is invited; even our elected officials. Fell free to contribute something simple like chips or desert. We invite all of you. Come out and meet your neighbors. Hope to see you all there.

Wed
Apr 15 2009
05:03 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I had two messages from TVA today and tried to return both calls. There was no answer and no voice mail after 12 rings. This is silly. If you are telling us you can run a nuclear power plant, but can't figure out a voice mail system...

KNS has more

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.