Submitted by onetahiti on March 28, 2014 - 10:54am.

Nicholas Kristof writes in the NY Times on "five public welfare programs that are wasteful and turning us into a nation of 'takers.'" Definitely recommended: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 8:24am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 8:22am.
Karen Rhyne spoke out against Common Core at the board meeting. Her comments didn't spark a discussion amongst the board members. Massengill said the board was advised by its attorney not to talk about the subject.

“The governor is for Common Core,” he said. “You have to be real careful on your comments, so he (the attorney) just told us do not make any comments.”

School Board meetings have gotten incredibly weird:

“When schools are asked to give up a room for Islamic prayer, that is asking us to implement Sharia Law,” the book states.

What was the discussion on that?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 8:16am.

Let's see, the behind the scenes people are working hard and things are shuffling fast. Next week is the last date for filing for local races so we should see who is running for what fairly soon after that. In the latest version:

Court Clerk Kim Nelson has dropped out of the Circuit Court Judge race and is now running for Public Defender against incumbent Joe Walker.

Ron Berry has dropped out of the Court Clerk race and is running for his current seat on the County Commission. That's a packed race with a lot of strong names already having filed.

The Circuit Court Judge race is down to Mike Pemberton and current County Attorney, Tom McFarland, both of whom have strong support from very different constituencies. This will bear watching.

Circuit Court Clerk is currently Ann Goldston and Sarah Stewart, but several others have petitions that haven't been filed. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes work going on here. I'm not sure what the deal is with that position, unless it just a good paying job that handles a lot of County money.

Feel free to voice opinions on these or any other races, but make it about credentials and qualifications, please.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 7:49am.

Any nocturnal animal that is seen roaming in the daytime should be suspect and avoided.

Rockwood police Chief Danny Wright spoke with TWRA:

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials said they’ve seen an increase in distemper, a disease most known for affecting dogs that also attacks carnivorous wildlife. It can give animals symptoms similar to those of rabies.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 6:41am.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says that the state is losing out on $6.2 million a day in federal funds. Sebelius said 520,000 uninsured Tennesseans would qualify for expanded Medicaid and that taxpayers and hospitals are currently footing the bill for their care.

Our lost federal funding counter was based on losing $2.5 million per day. An adjustment is in order as we would be well over the half billion mark by now.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 6:34am.

And as usual, everybody says it is everybody else's responsibility. Harriman says it is the property owner's responsibility. The property owner says it is Harriman's fault becuase of a collapsed water line that runs under the parking lot.

Look, these things aren't that hard, but you have to believe in science. Water from somewhere is hauling the dirt somewhere else. About any old real dirt engineer can say exactly what the problem is and how to fix it. Just pouring more stuff in the hole, like we see most highway crews do, won't do it. Yes it costs money. Pay a little now or pay a lot more later.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 5:23pm.

Here's a handy list of our convenience centers in Roane County and all the info for each one.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 10:05am.

Get yourself ready for some Karen E. Reynolds.

Listen to one of our finest voices and songwriters right here: Link...

I suggest "Half a Mind" for those who don't have time for the full experience. Instrumentalist Chris Vorhees will be joining in the fun.

Full show info

Submitted by onetahiti on March 27, 2014 - 8:50am.

There are only 10 days left to the funding request of a class of first-graders at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood. They are hoping for educational software to help them learn phonics and math concepts.

They have already raised most of their $517.64 goal and have $117.34 to go. Please, won't you consider giving at least a little? Let these little would-be scholars know you care: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 8:25am.

Domestic Abusers can be barred from possessing weapons. That and more from Crockett News:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 6:57am.

The sand stone statue of a native American man resides at the McClung Museum. The woman he was with was not so honored. This is Tennessee, after all...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 6:43am.

Mike was the only Board member to oppose retaining Bill Samson as chairman. TVA is in need of a serious scrubbing. McWherter seems to be the only Board member who gets that. This is a good sign for Tennessee:

TVA board member Mike McWherter is expected to be a major influence in picking three new members. The son of former Gov. Ned McWherter and the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago is said to have been consulted by the White House on who to pick.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 27, 2014 - 6:09am.

This is from a FaceBook Neighborhood Watch Group. Anyone have information on this? Would it be investigated by Harriman City police or Roane County Sheriff's Dept?

...a man grabbed a girl at krogers in harriman today with the mom nearby...he had been watching them. Thankfully the girl got away and the police are reviewing the security cameras to try to identify him. The mom and her daughter are ok, but upset...

Submitted by Lickskillet on March 26, 2014 - 11:45am.

"Rev. Wendy Neff: Northern Ireland"
Thursday, March 27 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2014 - 11:00am.

John Boehner calls it a shot in the War on the War on coal. The bill is completely misnamed: H.R. 2824: Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America. There are fewer than 300 coal mining jobs in Tennessee. It ought to be called the "War on Drinkable Water" bill.

How do you have the temerity to vote for this when a fair portion of your Congressional District has suffered a billion and a half dollars in coal waste damage? Saying it is a jobs bill is a flat out lie. What it does is to allow heavy machinery to replace workers. It's a jobs killer bill. This is a disgrace. Every TN R voted for it...Every TN D voted against.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2014 - 8:20am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 26, 2014 - 7:14am.

The fabulous Karen E Reynolds will be with us this Friday March 28 at 7 pm til 9.

Karen will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, Chris Voorhees.
Karen is a favorite at Market Street and even played way back when the Common Ground restaurant was in our space. Not one to sit still, Karen has some new stuff she wants us to check out just to get in the mood for her fabulous voice:

Go to Link... to hear some as yet unreleased songs.


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.



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