Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 9:54am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers...Frost was on the "punkin" this morning and I had to finally get into my long britches. Gennell and I helped out at our "Fall Festival" getting there before daylight and it was a little chilly. The turnout was really great especially on such a short notice. It reminded me of our old fashion "Trade Days" that Rockwood used to have. And the classic (don't want to call them antique, makes me feel older) sure put the finishing touches on the festival. Along with fine music all day on two stages, and fifty or so vendors, antique tractors, (don't remember them, we always used an old mule) and the Rockwood 2000's Beauty Pageant we really had a full day of activities in Rockwood. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped and I won't even start naming them, there were so many i know someone would be left out. Football season is in full swing now, and on that note, I found an email from Kendall Morgan that I had stored until football season was here. Kendall was a member of the 1947 team that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
Here is what Kendall had to say.........


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 7:32am.

Lincoln Davis got big bucks from the financial sector and then voted against them on the bailout.

Monty Lankford got big bucks from...himself. He's his own biggest financial supporter.

And what do you think the folks want who gave Lamar Seven Million bucks for a safe seat?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 27, 2008 - 7:13am.

I'm skeptical, but this is really interesting. A lot of Tennesseans speak in the comment section with local observations.


Submitted by onetahiti on October 26, 2008 - 7:29pm.

Has anyone seen this piece from The Nation about McCain and missing POWs?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 26, 2008 - 10:12am.

This is the last week for early voting. It's fast and easy. Don't wait. Two years ago, thousands of Roane Countians turned away from the polls because of the long lines on election day. Make sure your vote counts.

No matter where you live, you can vote at any of the early voting destinations.

Now if you'll bear with me, I want to rant just a bit.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 26, 2008 - 8:23am.

(David) McGriff, who makes the 2 1/2-hour drive from Kingston every other week to pull a shift, estimates the herd at about 100, including this year's newborns.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2008 - 5:48pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 25, 2008 - 7:09am.

From the Knoxvile news Sentinel:

Republicans from Knox County and elsewhere in the area will join for a door-to-door canvassing today for Ken Yager, their nominee for the 12th District Senate seat, in Kingston.

Why is Ken having to bring in outsiders to tell us how to vote?

Knoxville isn't in the 12th Senate District, Ken.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 8:23pm.

I have noticed, for several years now, the group of birch trees on highway 27 just South of the intersection of Pine Ridge Road.

This evening they stood out in the rain in stark black and white. Can anybody tell me who planted them or what their history may be? They're beautiful whoever planted them.

I would love to learn the history here, however local.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:37pm.

Over the top...Totally funny...

I'm thinking Becky is going to win this one.

Submitted by BrantWW on October 24, 2008 - 5:50pm.

Randmart cannot be a true Obamaite.

If he were, he would BELIEVE that Obama will win in Tennessee.

Even I, who am not a Believer, fully expect Obama will raise the dead and march at their head to the polls for a rousing victory! (After all, haven't Obama's Chicago buddies and Acorn friends been performing this miracle for years).

Brant Williams

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 2:05pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 2:03pm.

Ray Collett sends us this:

Nick and Betty Barrett's "Yonder Hollow" will re-open tonight at 10-24-08at 5:30 with shows starting at 6:30 until..?....Bands tonight include " The J-Team (Oren family) from Westel.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:50am.

No, it's not political. This is a compendium of hundreds of web sites with useful information for K-12 teachers. I keep it as a reference since it's arranged very helpfully by topic.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:45am.


Obama is still well behind McCain but has come up 7 points since the previous Rasmussen poll.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 24, 2008 - 7:24am.

Keep Roane Beautiful is such a great program for Roane County. Let's hope this doesn't mess it up...


Submitted by chelsea on October 24, 2008 - 6:50am.

This week I heard that City of Rockwood gave Mr. Rod King some time off. I assume without pay. There was a complaint lodged against him. I have not heard anything else, does anybody know about this?

Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 23, 2008 - 12:37pm.

... but regardless of the originator, it bears thoughtful consideration in any political election time.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 23, 2008 - 7:48am.

It's not actually a new motel coming to Gallagher Rd at I40. It's a rebranding of the one that is there already.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 23, 2008 - 7:23am.

"...liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves."


Submitted by BrantWW on October 22, 2008 - 7:21pm.

Today citizens sitting on the Roane County Grand Jury did what our elected officials and politicians could not or would not do - they made a decision regarding the ethics complaint alleging that discrepancies in T. Kirkham's expense reports were violations of our ethics laws.

Without going into whether the complaints were valid or not, there are lessons to be learned from this affair.

First, what a shame this expense report issue was not handled in a more professional manner. Instead of working toward a decision that would settle the matter the Ethics Committee transformed the complaint into a political football creating a public spectacle that has hurt and disillusioned both Mr. Robinette and Ms. Kirkham.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 7:06pm.

Randy has an Electoral College prediction contest going. There's a prize to the best prognosticator.


Submitted by RightNRockwood on October 22, 2008 - 2:31pm.

My concern about this years pageant contest from babies up to the high school ladies, it that "ALL" contestants should be citizens of Rockwood.

Not Harriman, Crossville, Oakdale, Spring City or some other city in the surrounding areas. Not because someone has Grandparents or cousins or a Aunt or Uncle living in the area and they want to enter them into this contest because he/she is so cute and pretty and just has to win etc.... A true living Rockwood residents is who this contest should be for.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 7:15am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2008 - 6:46am.

I realize that anybody with one eye open already knows this.


Governor Bredesen is having a tough time with the state budget and this makes it much harder. We fund our state with a most regressive sales tax, which puts the tax burden far more heavily on the middle class. Look for huge cuts next year, as the middle class suffers through this mess.

Frankly, until someone figures out how to reinvigorate our manufacturing sector, I don't see a steep climb out of this hole.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2008 - 11:59am.

In the lasy two weeks of election cycles we see the nastiest things come out. It may be appropriate that Halloween comes at this time of year.

One symptom of right-wing campaigns is the nastiness and irrational name calling by anonymous posters that show up on Progressive sites like RoaneViews.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2008 - 8:20pm.

Update: Kingston had Catholic 1-1 at the half, tonight. Catholic Scored early in the second. Final 3-1 Catholic. Good season, Kingston! Heads up.

Oliver Springs girl's Soccer is only three years old. They've come a long way and played tough, tonight. Every year I see them put a better team on the pitch, and one of these years they are going to have a breakthrough.

Tonight was mostly Kingston, though the OS defense was plenty tough. They got their money's worth on two hard fouls inside the box, giving Kingston penalty kicks which were drilled home both times.

Oliver Springs is done for the year, as Kingston moves on to play Catholic tomorrow night at Catholic.

More pix here

I'll add more over the next few days, so check back often. I can email the picture files to players or parents who want a file suitable for printing.

Submitted by BrantWW on October 20, 2008 - 2:58pm.

My maternal Grandmother Flora Mae Miller (Davis) spent her early years in Wheat with her two sisters, Nan and Violet.

Grandmother, or Honey as she was called, spoke nostalgically of loading up their wagon with produce and making the trip with her Father, Charles Lafayette Miller, and Mother, Virgina Shannon, to the market in Harriman.

She told me of train trips to Lancing to visit a relation who was a Doctor. Grandmother would talk of the horse back ride from the Lancing station "down" to Doctor's big house on the river.

Would anyone know the Doctor’s name? He may have been a Llewellyn, Shannon, or McCartt as we are related to these clans.

This would have been in the early 1900’s.

Thanks - Brant Williams

Submitted by BrantWW on October 20, 2008 - 2:34pm.

Got a card in the mail today from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action - Political Victory Fund endorsing Ken Yager and Lamar Alexander….

As a gun shop owner whose wife and children are Life Members of the National Rifle Association, I wonder how the NRA arrived at this endorsement. They obviously have not had business with Mr. Yager.

My experience with Roane County's former County Mayor left me one lasting impression - he could not be trusted. This will make it very hard for me to pull the lever for him - NRA endorsement notwithstanding.


Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 20, 2008 - 1:38pm.

.. of some of this political garbage... both parties are making so many deplorable ads...

This quote by George Orwell puts it right neatly:

"Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 - 1950)


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