Wed
Mar 4 2009
08:49 pm

I have to say that this is an embarrassment to the citizens of Roane County.

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Wed
Mar 4 2009
08:16 pm

Most people wouldn't even realize that there were wild Jaguars in the USA. There are/were...Ocelots too. Only now there aren't. The last wild Jaguar in the USA is dead...a victim of the fence built to keep illegal immigrants out? Possibly. He was old. He had no other Jaguars to interact with because of the fence that Bob Corker campaigned alongside. This is a reminder that there are consequences to every act. Consequences that we may not have thought about. Suppose someone had posed the question...

Do we want a fence built on the USA Mexico border that will keep out illegal immigrants for a short while, only it will kill the last wild jaguar in America as a side effect? For me, this would be a NO...Only it's too late. He's dead.

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Wed
Mar 4 2009
03:35 pm

The meeting is scheduled for Saturdy, March 28th from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Kingston Community Center.

Now you know everything I know about the Roane County Democratic Party.

Wed
Mar 4 2009
02:24 pm

A bill to require proper storage of coal ash was discussed in committee. It's pretty straight forward what should be done and I posted the 303 page EPA document that describes composite lined landfills as the only proper way. Everything was going fine until Ken Yager decided he wanted to call on Mayors Beets and Farmer for their expertise in this. It's entertaining except that it's a bit sad and embarrassing. You can watch it Here:

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After the video loads, scroll down and click on SB 1559 to see TVA called Bozos and some other names.

Wed
Mar 4 2009
10:38 am
By: WhitesCreek

Fun stuff from Science: Another link in the chain of evidence that birds are the decendents of dinosaurs is a fossilized set of 198 million year old hand prints.

Wed
Mar 4 2009
09:22 am
Wed
Mar 4 2009
08:44 am
By: WhitesCreek
Wed
Mar 4 2009
08:38 am

Knox News Sentinel's Jack Lail disagrees with the New York Times...This time I agree with Mr. Lail (another sign of the apocolypse?).

The NYT claims bloggers are killing original reporting by professionals. Jack Lail says to embrace bloggers:

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Tue
Mar 3 2009
09:01 pm

This was a great game to watch. Hardfought by both teams with dazzlingly mystifying officiating.

Update: Rockwood plays Grace Christian Thursday in Harriman for the Region 2 A Title.

More shots here

Tue
Mar 3 2009
04:31 pm

This looks like it just involves clearing the Emory River Channel and will take most of the year to complete. The ash will be transported off site for final storage. There's more so go read:

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KNS version with more info

And then there's this rather big item:

"Finally, TVA intends to develop a Community Involvement Plan" that would provide a structured process enabling public review and input,"

We like this so far.

Tue
Mar 3 2009
02:34 pm

The public comment period began Feb 18th. You Rockwooders better get busy finding out what this is all about. Horsehead in Rockwood has had some issues in this respect. I would suggest you call for a public hearing if you don't get good answers right away.

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Tue
Mar 3 2009
01:57 pm

Fergusen packing heat?

Democratic Rep. Henry Fincher, of Cookeville... "I choose to carry a handgun because I know someone could assault me with the intent to take my life,"

(This legislative session looks pretty lame but I don't think it's THAT bad ;>)

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...education tops the list of things Tennesseans think state government should spend more money on, most say abortion should be legal under certain circumstances, and opinion divides evenly on whether Tennessee should constitutionally ban a state income tax or introduce one to cut sales taxes and eliminate grocery taxes...

KnoxViews has the story

Tue
Mar 3 2009
10:50 am

Except a bunch of scared Teachers and Children.

I would be interested in the number of "hits" the dogs made? I have reports of dogs hitting on tennis shoes and other obvious drug paraphenalia, but so far nothing of significance was found inside the schools that I have heard of.

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With the uproar in Roan County about heavy metal contamination from coal in our water supply you would think Ken Yager would realize this was a bad time to sponsor a bill eliminating the ability to test for heavy metal contamination in our water supply...

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Mon
Mar 2 2009
04:07 pm

I had heard that repeatedly so I made some calls to TDEC to check it out.

Turns out no permits are actually needed due to Emergency declarations at the state and federal level. There will be oversight and approvals but those are nearly in place and haven't held up anything. The real delay on removing the ash from the Emory River is due to the site prep required for the ash to be placed as it is dredged out of the river. It is estimated that the approvals will be in place before the site will be ready. The dredges still need to be brought in and set up but it all should start by March 20. That's 18 more days.

Mon
Mar 2 2009
01:38 pm
By: Lala

Watch the news tonight! Ms Nancy Ann Min from Rockwood, TN. has been appointed to Obama's Health and Human Services Committee. Can you just imagine a former Roane Countain working in the West Wing of the White House.

Hope Pat will contact all news outlets. This is big doings in my lifetime

Mon
Mar 2 2009
12:47 pm

East Tennessee artist Shannan Greenhouse has donated a custom postcard design for use by the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.

West Roane VFD postcard image by Shannan Greenhouse
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Mon
Mar 2 2009
12:14 pm

It's that time of year again, time for the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Spring appeal.

The fine men and women of this all-volunteer charity not only fight our fires but also provide our First Responder and emergency medical services very cost-effectively.

Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation by mail to WRCVFD, P.O. Box 417, Rockwood, TN 37854, or online at WestRoane.com.

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Mon
Mar 2 2009
07:58 am
By: WhitesCreek

I had the pleasure of visiting Farmer Leaf at Broadened Horizons Farm and being amazed at the industry and clever use of recycled materials to create what I would call "Hen Heaven". I ordered vegetable sets for a few weeks down the road and bought a dozen beautiful organically laid eggs to take home and "test".

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Jack McElroy Editor of the Knox News Sentinel:

If the government is going to issue such permits, I think the process should be open to scrutiny. Already, examination by the media has revealed that permits have been improperly issued to felons and spouses under restraining orders.

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Sun
Mar 1 2009
03:25 pm

I am working on something and would like to have some info from folks who know. What is the total number of sworn law enforcement personnel for each entity in Roane County?

Police Departments: Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood

Sheriff's Department

TN Highway Patrol

Sat
Feb 28 2009
09:19 am

Bloggers could be left unprotected in House version of a Federal Shield Bill.

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Sat
Feb 28 2009
09:10 am

From Sammy:

Yes, we pay attention to our constituents! We(as in the office of Lincoln Davis) have scheduled one of our regular open meetings on March 14, 9:00 AM EST, at the Kingston Community Center. You should see something in the paper soon as well as hearing the announcement on radio.
This is one of our regular open meetings, but please feel free to address you concerns about TVA or other federal issues.

( Update: That's Saturday March 14 at 9 am, Steve...Duh!)

Fri
Feb 27 2009
03:00 pm

American Bass Anglers Barbeque Cook-off

This is scheduled for August 29 - Kingston, TN on Watts Bar Lake at Tom Fuller Park.

If we have a big spring rain event, I wonder how much these fishing tournaments will be affected? At the moment about 6 miles of the Emory River are in reduced production. I estimate over four miles at Zero macrobiotic activity...A nice way of saying it's biologically dead. A significant rain could spread that to a fair portion of upper Watts Bar lake at Kingston.

Update: Tom Fuller Park is in Rockwood, though.

Fri
Feb 27 2009
02:40 pm
By: WhitesCreek

One-third of survey respondents say they perceived worsening upper respiratory symptoms. About half said reported mental health issues, indicating stress and anxiety, the report says.

Two thirds say they washed their hands after touching the stuff.

Hmm?

AT YONDER HOLLOW, THE OLD "BILBREY FURNITURE STORE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCKWOOD.......Tonight,

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Fri
Feb 27 2009
09:48 am

An attorney representing TVA said Thursday afternoon in court it might file a discretionary immunity motion, meaning the utility, because it's a government entity, might not have to pay restitution to the affected residents.

OK...I am now officially pissed!

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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.