Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 25, 2014 - 5:16pm.

Gail Kerr was a must read for me. She was 52. This quote says it all:

"Gail was a consummate journalist," said Tennessean Editor and Director of News Maria De Varenne, who edited Kerr's columns. "She gave voice to those in the community who didn't have one. She stood up for people and causes she believed in, and she wasn't afraid to spar with politicians and civic leaders when she disagreed with them.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 7:52pm.

In the late 80′s, opposition to the Champion Paper Mill in Tennessee reached a political boiling point, with newspapers and elected officials calling on Governor McWherter to deny the renewal of a water quality variance needed by the paper mill to continue operations. During the debate, Champion threatened to close the mill and layoff over 2,000 workers, which sparked heated debate across state lines.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 6:07pm.

State Sen. Jim Kyle presented an amendment on the Senate floor Monday that would have guaranteed female state employees earn pay equal to that of their male counterparts.

"Ensuring women earn equal pay for equal work in state employment is the right thing to do," Sen. Kyle said. "A woman in state service is paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid for the same job. We have to do better than that."

The amendment to SB 2045 failed by a vote of 8-13, with two Republicans voting yes, and several others voting present or not at all.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 8:37am.

Informed Roane County Voters should know about all this.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 8:34am.

There's a lot of talk about Common Core and most people don't understand it. It has serious problems that need corrections now, mostly in testing the bejeebus out of little kids on computers that schools don't have the money for. The question is: Would Common Core be better than what we have now? I don;t hear the answer being clearly given. That being the case, let's have an honest public discussion and not ram it down folks throats. (I said "honest" and I know that's not going to happen, but I can dream)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 7:26am.

“While approaching the vehicle to make a consensual encounter, I observed a male and female both naked engaging in sexual intercourse in the passenger seat,” he wrote about the incident. “Both subjects were instructed to get dressed.”

Such dedication to duty!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 7:23am.

I'm having trouble with this. If we as a society decide to kill people, shouldn't it be open and public? We all should understand and bear the responsibility for taking human life.

The state of Tennessee has asked to execute a record number of death row inmates — and a new law means that the state can plan it all in secret.

According to the Times Free Press, officials have asked the state Supreme Court for permission to execute 10 inmates, the largest request ever.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 24, 2014 - 6:56am.

Looks like TVA plans to continue down the same old dangerous path instead of aggressively turning to renewable energy sources, like solar.

The 2015 Integrated Resource Plan is being revised to help TVA determine power generation resources that will continue to balance the region’s energy supply among a variety of sources, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric, renewables and energy efficiency.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 23, 2014 - 8:54am.

This is really kind of disappointing, actually. It is a case of big money wanting to squash small competition through its lobbyists and PR spokesmen.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 23, 2014 - 8:24am.

This is pretty wild. Good stuff goes on in Tennessee, if we can only get it reported in the world outside.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 9:07pm.

A Republican bill to criminalize union picketing has been moving through the Tennessee state House, with a committee vote coming up soon. But it may be running into a snag: Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says the bill violates the First Amendment.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 12:09pm.

Mary Headrick wants me to make sure everyone knows they can still enroll in affordable health insurance.

Let your neighbors and family know that an applicant can call 1-800-318-2596 to enroll or can apply online at Link....

There are still enrollment events in the area and lists of places to go for help. Go to Link... and enter your zip for 'get help' or 'events' tab to learn more. For most households, the ACA plans and the law are structured to keep household premiums under 10% of the household income.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 8:07am.

I spoke with Mary at a music event to honor a mutual friend of ours. She's a brilliant lady with her heart and head in the right place to serve us well. She knows she's running against Koch brothers money and Tea Party crazy but says she's up for it.

“All the people, especially the working families and retirees of District 3, deserve representation,” Headrick said in a press release. “They are not getting it. Special wealthy and corporate interests hold the power and benefits while the middle class shrinks and democracy falters. Too few people control too much money and power, and they are grabbing more by ‘buying’ a Congress that will pass laws and regulations to enhance their personal profit at the expense of the rest of us. I will defend our economy, jobs, Social Security, Medicare, public education.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:15pm.

Well who knows, but I strongly suggest you learn about tardigrades.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 9:17am.

R.Neal at has the story... Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 8:21am.

Carr is running against Lamar Alexander for US Senate. When you brazenly conduct the State of Tennessee's busness like a mafia don you probably don't need to be voted into a higher office.

Joe Carr is chairman of the Local Government Committee. A bill was being considered that would reinstate Student I.D.'s as valid voter ID. Carr announced a five minute recess and gaveled the meeting adjourned. As soon as Democrats left the room he gaveled the meeting back into session and killed the bill altogether, ignoring the five minutes to achieve his ends and Democracy be damned.

That and other egregious news items from Crockett News:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:35am.

Well we must admit that talking out of both sides of your face is nothing new for a Tennessee Congressman,but this is pretty transparent.

He totally support the safety and good treatment of horses...Except:

Fleischmann is one of nine co-sponsors of a competing bill that was introduced in Congress by his colleague, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin), and the difference between the two bills is so distinct that an editorial in the Nashville Tennessee carried the headline, “Rep. Ed Whitfield's walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn's would enable it.”

Fleischmann is currently rated as the lowest-performing Congressional representative from Tennessee by the website


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:26am.

This was a 30 - 0 vote. Thank you Senator Yager!

“When TVA curtailed its residential and commercial solar power programs last year, it left Tennesseans without a place to turn to for clean, affordable energy options,” said Mary Mastin, chairwoman of the Tennessee Chapter's Repower America Committee. “With solar power accelerating in neighboring states, TVA should take immediate steps to expand its existing solar programs and further develop safe, simple and uniform grid interconnection procedures that are called for in this resolution.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 8:18am.

Guns in Parks bill detained:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 7:27am.

"Jarnel, you know if we lose this game you have to go back to class, right?"

Vols rally to beat Iowa 78-65 in OT at First Four

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 7:20am.

This has to be a wonderful thing to have done:

Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison's final album, "Mystery Girl."

I want it now!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 5:55pm.

This is a great piece by Rachel Cernansky. The only thing it lacks is that there is not one single photo of what our beautiful River looks like today. People still have this picture of a disaster in their mind when they think of Kingston TN and Roane County.

Kingston residents remain upset that laws that could guard against future disasters have not been enacted. No one, they say, has learned from the spill.

“From our perspective, TVA was caught off guard,” Sarah McCoin says. “They were embarrassed. They know they messed up.”

She believes that the TVA has cleaned up the plant and, at least in Kingston, is storing its coal ash in a safer, more responsible manner. “So I feel confident it’s not going to happen in my neighborhood again,” she says. “The sad part is, it’s very likely to happen in someone else’s neighborhood.”

In fact, it already did.

Go Read:

When Rivers Run Black

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 5:39pm.

"Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with constituents regarding many issues and concerns that are facing Roane County. It has reminded me of the work still to be done in Roane County over the next several years. With that in mind, I have been meeting with my family, supporters and friends to reconsider my decision to run for Circuit Court Clerk and instead to run for re-election to the County Commission. After much thought and prayer I have decided to suspend my bid for Circuit Court Clerk and focus on re-election to the Roane County Commission for District 2. I have taken great pride in representing the folks of the 2nd District over the past few years and there are many issues in Roane Countys future where I can lead and serve our great county. At this time I would like to ask for your prayers and support as I begin my campaign for re-election!"

Randy Ellis
Roane County Commissioner District 2

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 9:43am.

This is getting ridiculous.

Legislation that has already cleared the Tennessee House of Representatives would block local school systems from sending families information on Affordable Health Care enrollment.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 7:56am.

The Tennessean Editorial Board Doesn't think this is such a good idea. Really?

...the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which has a less-than-impressive track record on standards for coal-ash storage, has tentatively granted TVA a permit to place the landfill in a very questionable place: next to the Cumberland River.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 18, 2014 - 9:47am.

Schneider's Marina is the old Bayside Marina for folks who weren't aware of the new owner. I suspect the right of way has been widened and the sign owners were simply never directed to move them. Once someone complains it becomes an issue:

A sign directing traffic to their boat docks and RV park has to be moved, yet other signs along the same highway don't.

One of the managers at Schneider's Marina said the sign has been in the same location for 60 years and believes their marina has been singled out.



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