Phil Williams at News Channel 5 in Nashville takes a look at the Governor's privatization schemes and finds they aren't justified.
Among the findings: it won't save any money because universities are already doing it cheaper than the proposed outsourcing costs.
We are at the very end of the flowering period so look for it in wetland and bog areas right now!
The common name for this beauty is "monkey faced orchid". Plant people know it as the "white fringeless orchid" and scientists know it as Platanthera Integrilabia. I'm going with white fringeless orchid. It lives in Roane County, TN or at least it did live here before a less than thoughtful highway project wiped it out.
While I suspect that there may be a few plants surviving in the wilds of Roane County, I think there is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to recovery by establishing a project to restore this and other native species in some form of nature park in a prominent location in our county.
Roane County has suffered and continues to suffer from the public impression that we are an environmental disaster area. Everytime TVA is mentioned the news services show that same old totally outdated ash disaster photo from 8 1/2 years ago. What better project could we have than a garden to our native heritage?
There are significant resources available for something like this, including people at the US Fish and Wildlife Service who are friends of Roane County having attended music events here. The Fish and Wildlife Service people in Cookeville are very interested as well. Here's more: (link...)
Today is a new moon. None of the moon's illuminated surface faces the earth.
Today will be 12 hours and 29 minutes long. Tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 13 seconds shorter.
Last night's low temperature was 49 degrees F. The record low was 47 degrees set in 1940.
Average temperatures for this date are 87 and 63 degrees. Averages are now calculated with data from 1999 to the present due to the increase in global temperatures worldwide and uncertainties due to climate change.
I suppose one could make a career out of correcting the Damon Lawrence stories in the Roane County News, but our interest is in giving everyone good information and letting them judge for themselves. We are only going to mention the most obvious misleading statements in this story for now.Continued...
Ladd Landing Listening Room is a house concert venue. Everyone who wants to listen to good music in a family friendly atmosphere is welcome. Come out and meet all the good folks who have made this a great grown up social scene in Roane County.
Americana Country group Guy Marshall brings us their hard hitting songs and great harmonies tonight.
$10 BYOB Family Friendly Doors at 7:00 PM
Directions and the calendar of music can be found by clicking Daniel Kimbro's bass over on the right.
Scientists say they’ve discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-dark chamber of a cave in South Africa.
The creature shows a surprising mix of human-like and more primitive characteristics — some experts called it “bizarre” and “weird.”
Roane County has many more bears than people think. They rarely want to interact with humans and seem to do their best to stay out of sight. Stories like this deserve at least as much hype when proven false as they got initially. Our society is driven by irrational fears that have no basis in fact when examined.
Michael Savage, 27, called 911 around Friday morning saying he’d been mauled by some sort of animal with dark coarse hair while walking near his home in LaFollette. TWRA called a news conference and put out a bear warning and traps, but investigators later said they are fairly certain Savage was not attacked by any animal.
You should care about this. The TN Supreme Court decides your future in ways you may regret.
This is going to be somewhat more interesting than usual. For these last few terms we've had an extremely good and fair Chairman in Commissioner Brummett, but I hear he may not want to continue due to family considerations. Personally I hope he sees his way clear to continue since I believe he is head and shoulders above any one else for that position.
What we don't need is someone who will use the position to promote a narrow and personal agenda as has happened at times in the past. The published agenda is attached but it isn't particularly informative.
Why weren't we made more aware of this? Isn't Babcox and Wilcox the corporation that wants to build small nuclear reactors in Roane County?
An Energy Department inspector general's report is critical of the Y-12 National Security Complex's response after small vials of bomb-grade uranium almost left the plant on a laundry truck.
There were a lot of great folks there today. Our good friend Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party Chair, gave a great speech as did Terry Adams, former TN Senate candidate. One interesting thing I noticed was that, as Mary mentioned each of the Democratic Party's declared candidates for President, Hillary Clinton got polite applause while Bernie Sanders got a rousing round from nearly everybody in the room.
So this is as close as we're going to get to a straw poll in Roane County and Bernie Wins it!
If you enjoy your day off from labor, well, that's fine and good, but would you take just a moment and think about why we celebrate this day?
The first Labor Day parade is reported to have been in New York in sympathy with workers who had been killed by police in Chicago during a protest that was part of the effort to create the 8 hour work day. That event is called the Haymarket Massacre.
With unions being demonized by conservatives, we chould take a moment or two to realize what life was like for a working person before unions were able to change things. The very fact that you have a two day weekend and this day off is a result of people dying for the cause of worker rights.
Info Directions and Calendar Right Here: (link...)
Now see why Jay Clark is one of the best singers and songwriters walking this planet.
We've had ginseng plants poached as have several people we know. The penalties for this need to be toughened, especially since the practice has led to this plant's depletion in the wild. I even know a grower who has had them stolen from his yard.
It's disappointing that we live in a time when this is a result of our social interaction.
...when I saw just how vulgar it was and is, that also bothered me. To me, there was hate in that," Williams said.
The Roane County Sheriff said more than half a dozen homes, cars and storage spaces were targeted in the Swan Pond Road area, off Roane State Highway.
This is one of the toughest triathlons that includes whitewater kayaking. The Green River Gorge in NC is a rite of passage for extreme kayakers and is the first leg of the Tri. It includes the massive Gorilla Falls rapid and many more. The mountain bike trail and the run are on the same grueling 8 mile loop out of and back into the Green River Gorge.
Here's a short version of last year's race. (As the proud Papa I'm pulling for a repeat but those are extremely hard to accomplish. We'll keep you posted.)
Every Tennessean should be alarmed that this is happening with ZERO public awareness or input. Do you really think that a corporation Bill Haslam owns part of should be the gatekeeper for state jobs from now on?
West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.
I have talked with a number of people who believe we should take a serious look at how the Board operates and its make up.
I went before them last time appraisals came out and presented some rather obvious mistakes in valuations, with no rebuttal by Kirham's office during my time before the BOQ. Apparently they met with Melvin Moore afterwards and refused to change the valuations. As I understand it, the Board is a quasi judicial board in which you are sworn in to testify and must operate according to judicial protocol. That means that you are entitle to be present any time your property is being discussed and should get to hear the Assessor's reasoning as to why your valuation was made. You should also be allowed to rebut the Assessor's testimony.
None of that happened. The legal term for having the Assessor's office meet with the Board without you present is called and "ex parte communication". It is illegal.
We took them to the state and my challenge was upheld. This is a needless expenditure of time and money that should be avoided. I have been told that over 800 challenges to the Board's reviews have been heard with most being overturned in the property owner's favor.
Is it time to review the Board's operations? It is a technical job and should be paid and staffed accordingly. Several of the members are friends of mine, just so you know.
Here is the RCN's Story on the sniping contest over this.
Ladd Landing Listening Room in Kingston has begun the fall music season. Tonight at the Ladd Landing clubhouse you can find out why this music series has grown so much in the three years it has been going on. $10... Family friendly...BYOB...Great social atmosphere...The best artists anywhere in an intimate room with great acoustics.
The Rough and Tumble are with us tonight. They have a new movie sound track they'll introduce tonight. And then there's the Holiday Awareness campaign:
Here's another one that is very different but shows their amazing voices and harmonies...
"Bimbo" bakeries? Really?
Bimbo Bakeries said Wednesday one consumer found small pieces of glass on the outside of the bread. No injuries have been reported.
The recall covers seven different Sara Lee products, two each sold under the Nature's Harvest and Great Value brands, and one each for the Kroger, L'Oven Fresh, and Bimbo brands. The packages have "best by" dates ranging from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 and a listed "bakery code" of 1658.
Jeff Wicks has served us well as one of two General Sessions Court judges. He has a solid record and the background to serve us just as effectively as criminal court judge replacing Eugene Eblen who is stepping down.
As mentioned previously, Eblen's retirement sets off a musical chair reshuffling as lower court judges want to move up to higher courts. This is as it should be, since experience gained in one court prepares for the next. If Wicks is appointed we will then have an opening at the General Sessions level that will have to be filled. That will be interesting to watch and is the position that will affect the most people in Roane County.
REU has a scheduled power outage for work that involves Lakeside Golf Course, Lakeside Drive, Onlake Drive, Thornton Lane, Sylvan Way and Sawmill Road, 496-979 Old Johnson Valley, Wise Road and Huff Road. The outage is schedule for 9:00 AM until 1:00 pm on Thursday, Aug 27.
The price of solar power dropped 78 percent between 2009 and 2014 while the price of wind power dropped 58 percent during that same time period. Wind is now among the cheapest sources of power in the United States, with solar not far behind.
It didn't make much news around here but President Obama announced a new round of incentives for renewable energy, yesterday. Our local media was more concerned with Republicans in the state legislature holding emergency hearings to stop Planned Parenthood from doing something they don't actually do.
Do these people ever actually read the Constitution of the USA?
Darrell Trigg is running for president and forming his own political party, the Christian Party.
The first point of his campaign platform is to do away with separation of church and state and make it union of church and state instead. This means, among other things, the official religion of the United States will be Christianity.
He wants to make the Bible a standard required subject in all public schools and universities, for all grades. Every day of school will be started with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Trigg wants to increase the legal drinking age to 25 and ban alcohol on college campuses.
Here's the money quote that shows how dishonest the headline is:
"When you put a capital-intensive asset into operation like Watts Bar, your embedded costs go up," Johnson said. "But over the 40 to 60 years this plant will operate, you will generate consistent fuel savings and over the life of the plant, it is a very good investment."
Here's the headline: "TVA boosts rates as it moves to add more nuclear, gas and renewables, cut coal generation"
Solar and wind power are the cheapest long term power investments. If big energy lackeys can be stopped from passing laws that handicap solar, it will soon become the cheapest source of electricity this planet has ever seen. Here's the story:
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