Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 4:28pm.

Alchohol is NOT necessary for an enjoyable New Year's celebration.

Also there's THIS

Submitted by onetahiti on December 31, 2008 - 12:54pm.

An old friend has asked if I know anyone qualified for a WebTrends consulting job. He's a consultant at the same place. It is mostly remote work, but there is occasional travel to Minnesota. It would be nice if the job and dollars went to someone from Roane County.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 12:52pm.

Bottled Water and bus routes info:


Did anyone besides me think it was funny that the guy at the press conference telling us the drinking water is safe was drinking from a bottle of water instead of a pitcher and glass?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 11:05am.

The Tennessee Democratic Party is in serious need of rebuilding and restructuring into a bottom up Progressive organization. The top down Republican lite past has failed us ith miserable consequences. President-Elect Barack Obama's best trait, IMHO, is his ability to listen to those around him and make good decisions with everyone's input. It's time Tennessee found a Democratic Party Chair who fits the same mold.

From GoldnI

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 10:34am.

Let's not rush to any judgement while at the same time listening to everyone with credibility.

Sparado says the dike has been failing since 2003 because of foundation piping, or internal erosion. There had been two minor blowouts in recent years and TVA noted seepage. The agency took corrective measures, Sparado says, but the only solution would have been to drain the reservoir and reconstruct the dam. “It was completely irresponsible of TVA to allow the dam to continue to be used when they knew of these previous problems,” he says. “They should have done a complete stability analysis of whole dam and essentially reconstructed it. It certainly should have been engineered better than it was.”

Ronald Hall, Kingston plant manager, says that other than the blowouts, TVA had “no indication or concerns leading up to the event.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 8:44am.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 8:14am.

Tom Grizzard is an old friend with a beautiful piece of property.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 30, 2008 - 6:55pm.

As of late this afternoon, the only people still on the spring supplied water were three houses. The utility injects chlorine into the spring water, and the homes are high enough and far enough away from the spill to be safely supplied for drinking water. I've been told that these folks have been contacted and understand the situation.

The other affected homes on the highway 70 side of the spill are now on Roane Central water instead of the spring supplied water.

There are questions about which homes on Swan Pond Circle are affected. People who have questions and want to get their well water tested can call the TVA office at 717-4006. The EPA has a mobile test lab on site and sends samples off to another lab for verification.

The Roane County Joint Communication Center has a map of the affected areas and we've asked for a digital file so we can post it.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 30, 2008 - 3:17pm.

Rock is being placed across the Emory River just below the spill to catch the ash where it can be dredged or vacuumed out of the lake.

The Tsunami wave from the spill wiped out docks along the far shore.

TVA contractors are washing the sludge off the banks and collecting it with vacuum booms or skimmer booms.

Everybody is being called in to help.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 30, 2008 - 2:44pm.

We knew this was coming:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 30, 2008 - 7:51am.

A 2002 report found that Tennessee's Kingston Fossil Plant, the site of the December 22nd coal sludge spilled, has had persistent problems with public health. The report, written by Abt Associates for the Environmental Integrity Project and Rockefeller Family Fund, found that pollution from the plant cut short the lives between 149 and 171 people in 2001. Pollution levels from the plant since then have remained relatively constant. The report blames poorly-regulated particulate pollution produced by the plant for heart disease, lung cancer, asthma attacks, and other impacts.

The link to the study is here:


Submitted by bswinford1 on December 29, 2008 - 5:05pm.

Hey yall, we are in the middle of field testing and going door to door collecting information where Swan Pond is where the ash blowout happened.

People are answering their doors crying. They answer their phones that way--we are dealing with traumatized folks and our field personal are science geeks.

We need someplace we can tell people where they can go for counseling.

Can anyone recommend anyone in Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, or Knoxville--a center or something that we can send people to?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 29, 2008 - 12:31pm.

Roane County Joint Information Center Release: Link...

(Does anyone else find that name funny?)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 29, 2008 - 10:39am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, I have been asked many times about the Monument in White's Creek near the middle of the bridge. Since the disaster at the Kingston Steam Plant, and all of the rains we had a week or so ago, I thought it might be a good time to mention what happened in March 1929. I gathered this information from a Lloyd G. McCluen article he wrote around forty years ago, and I am sure he wouldn't mind us sharing it....


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 29, 2008 - 10:17am.

I have talked to several folks who were there and was on the phone at times during it. But I would like to know what folks came away thinking. Let us know your thoughts.

The Meeting from KNS

I particularly note this:

TVA officials, for instance, have said tests show contaminants in the water are below regulatory levels for wildlife safety and within requirements for safe drinking.

The EPA, however, notified Kingston city officials on Sunday that “several heavy metals are present in the water slightly above drinking water standards but below concentrations the agency knows to be harmful to humans,” according to a letter obtained by the News Sentinel.

“The one exception may be arsenic,” the EPA letter said

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 29, 2008 - 9:13am.

There are several stories boiled down into one piece here. Reading between the lines, I want to know more about a several of them.


Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on December 28, 2008 - 8:34pm.

Not to divert attention from the current events, I just wanted to remind readers of the upcoming New Year's Eve events happening at Holy Joe's in downtown Harriman. The Creative Arts Co-op is hosting it 2nd annual Murder Mystery on December 31, 2008. And what a show it will be! With appetizers, dessert, live performance, and party favors - it is the real thing. And with an optional 'dinner and show' package with the Spot Cafe(prime rib, no less), the evening supports Roane County.

With a top notch cast that comes from the area (from Harriman to Knoxville), the show itself is a blast. And when the actors aren't on our stage, they are dazzling audiences at the Bijou Theatre, Shakepeare on the Square (Market Square, Knoxville), Cumberland County Playhouse, and even Nashville. The quality and showmanship of our cast equals - if not exceeds- any other show in east Tennessee. Any this is close to home.

There are still seats available. For more information please contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 765-1129.

Thank you and have a Happy New Year!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 7:21pm.


The folks I know at TVA are for the most part good and caring. They work for what is esssentially an American public institution. I saw this quote today that made me smile...

You cannot depend upon American institutions to function without pressure. --MLK Jr.

Pressure on, Dude!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 6:36pm.

Contrary to "all disaster, all the time" we now return you to a really nice part of life in Roane County...Bird Life.

I was about asleep on the couch today when a mature bald eagle flew up by the front deck, maybe thiry feet from the window. Looked right at me as it flew by.

That's one.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 6:16pm.

A couple of hundred people showed up to listen and ask questions. The TVA CEO, Tom Kilgore, is there, as is CNN and other media. If the meeting is handled as well as the private one I was at last night, it should be excellent at reassuring folks that TVA is acting in good faith. I hope so.

“This is not a time that TVA holds its head up high. We’re going to clean it up...We’re going to clean it up right.”

Tom Kilgore

We'll see. Now TVA has to follow through. Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 12:18pm.



Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 11:25am.
Wall of Ash

Questions will need to be answered about the safety of all ash ponds everywhere. TVA is constructing one on the Kingston side of their facility. As this shows, the initial wall of material was 20 feet high or better as far as a half a mile or more away.

TVA has now installed inclinometers in their dikes which go as deep as 70 feet below grade and will instantly report if even a tiny movement of material occurs.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 10:08am.
Temp Weir locations

One Weir replaces an island that isn't there any more. The second will cross the entire Emory with a 50 foot gap at the surface for river traffic. of course this map is the "before" situation of the settling ponds.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 9:44am.

TVA officials told us that they are coming back to map the lake bottom again so that a determination can be made of what needs to be done to restore it to its pre-spill condition.

Some fish of other species besides shad are being found, such as the bottom feeding drum. The numbers just aren't there to assign this to toxicity. It looks to be "death by mud" for the most point and should not spread.

I don't expect us to see fish killed beyond the actual event area in the lake, but we need to stay alert and report it if we see it.

Also, I've attached TVA's short term action list. It's in PDF format but it lets us know what they are planning to do.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 28, 2008 - 9:29am.

TVA is posting some info at their web site. It contains some of the info we've seen here but has a little more technical stuff.


The aerial video they have posted is pretty honest. I get the sense that the folks at ground zero want everybody to know everything that is being done, and the realization is sinking in at the highest levels that they have to be open with us. Better late than never. People always assign the worst motives to actions when they are kept out of the loop. I think TVA has turned a corner in this respect.

Frankly I was amazed at the amount of activity last night.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 27, 2008 - 11:01pm.

The signs closing the Emory River just aren't there. Didn't stop them from issuing warning tickets.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 27, 2008 - 10:56pm.

Tonight at 7 pm A few folks got to meet with and fire questions at Ron Hall, the Plant Manager for the TVA Kingston Steam Plant. TVA Senior Vice President Bob Deacy also took our questions. They answered everything we threw at them. The most refreshing answer I heard at times was "We don't know yet," with regard to exact details on how things will be handled beyond the initial stages.

I came away thinking that the people at TVA public relations should get out of the way and let everyone hear from the actual people at ground zero. It's far more honest reassuring than the corporate blather we've been getting filtered through the Knoxville media.

Some things I learned:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 27, 2008 - 12:32pm.

From Chris Irwin

We tried to drive back to the spill site but TVA became irate when we pulled off the road and tried to take some pictures - Matt and I were detained for almost an hour at a check point yesterday - TVA personnel appear to be under great strain, which is understandable but IMO they over-reacted. All we were doing was taking photos. This is a similar situation to what happened in Martin County - they block the roads for "public safety." Even the media is having trouble getting access now.


Submitted by KnightLord on December 27, 2008 - 11:25am.

Late yesterday Jim Pinkerton, Kingston City Manager, Paul Davis, State Director of Water Pollution Control, and John Myers with TVA worked out a regimen of testing Kingston's water supply. Kingston has been sampling for pH and alkalinity every two hours using the laboratory at the Kingston water plant (which would indicate a change in raw water), but one of the problems with testing has been the turn-around time required for data on raw water samples.

In the past screenings for heavy metals and toxicity have had a five day turn-around time with the laboratory Kingston had been using in Lebanon.
Mr. Myers stated that TVA has secured the services of a laboratory in Maryville which is providing data back in 24 hours. The City of Kingston, the State, and TVA have agreed to jointly participate in the 24 hour sampling program with results emailed to each agency in 24 hours.

The sampling program began early this morning (12/27/08).

Also of importance, Mr. Myers indicated that TVA is operating Fort Loudon and Watts Bar dams in such a way as to keep a positive flow in the Tennessee River at the city's raw water intake. This flow will prevent any contaminated water from coming back upstream from the Clinch River. In the event of a major storm event which could occur in the Emory, Clinch or Tennessee river basins, flows will be adjusted accordingly.

Brant W. Williams

Submitted by KnightLord on December 27, 2008 - 9:55am.


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