Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 7:15am.

I fail to see how the law was followed here. The female victim was 14. From the original charges it would seem that she was an underage prostitute.

Booher, 59, was charged with one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of solicitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated statutory rape.

He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

He is 45 years older than the victim.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 7:08am.

Crimes are often committed by people suffering from mental illness and the resuting confrontations with law enforcement often end tragically. This program could well prevent future tragedies by giving officers the tools they need to effectively deal with these situations.

The training could also have extra benefits for officers:

For one Oak Ridge Police officer there was an unexpected benefit. It helped him deal with his own child.

A wife of one of the officers said her husband came home one day during the training and said he got it.

“He sat down with his child and their relationship is totally different now. It changed their family dynamic. I think that is a very very strong statement for CIT,”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 6:54am.

This is about the scariest thing I've read lately:

In Martineau’s words, “state primacy and autonomy must be respected.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2014 - 5:42pm.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will hold a public meeting in Athens, Tenn., Oct. 1, to review progress on the TVA Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor project.

Those unable to attend the meeting may participate through a webinar by registering online at


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2014 - 8:13am.

This guy has been called a lot of names and none of them are good. He was the driving force in preventing the TVA disaster victims from being made whole. He was well paid for his work. Victor Ashe decried his exorbitant salary many times.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 22, 2014 - 11:04am.

My experience in observing Mr. Brummett is that he is an excellent chair person.

The Committee on Committees has been chosen and will meet soon to fill out the rest of the committee assignments.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 22, 2014 - 10:43am.

“Did the trial court err in concluding that the Equal Protection, Due Process and Full Faith and Credit Clauses of the United States Constitution are not violated by Tennessee Constitution Article XI 18 and Tennessee Code Annotated 36-3-113 when such laws, as applied in this case, prohibit recognition of plaintiff’s valid marriage in and under the laws of the state of Iowa to another man, and thus prohibit plaintiff from seeking a divorce in Tennessee, where both spouses currently reside?”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 19, 2014 - 6:11am.

Martin will perform at Ladd Landing tonight in a no reservations all acoustic show. Daniel Kimbro plays the part of his faithful companion for a musical powerhouse combo. Here's a Martin Harley song that was his first hit single in the UK. He's just breaking in to the US market which is why we can afford him. Enjoy while it lasts.

Show information and directions to the Ladd Landing clubhouse

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2014 - 8:48pm.

A Nashville judge has ruled that the 10 death row inmates already challenging the state's lethal injection protocol may amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.

Senator Yager's "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out Bill is under attack.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2014 - 7:25pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 7:30pm.

Headrick says Fleischmann’s silence will not help him, because the district isn’t as red as some believe.

She said the 3rd District’s middle class is shrinking because of Fleischmann’s politics. She’s campaigning to raise the federal minimum wage, close tax loopholes for the wealthy and improve health care for Americans.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 7:14pm.

"This is just a sad opening of a hearing. I’ve never seen it, and I’ve gone through some tough ones." ~ Barbra Boxer


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 6:25pm.

So we are a typical southern red state!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 16, 2014 - 6:46pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2014 - 6:23pm.

...Herbert Slatery will be a strong advocate for the people of Tennessee and a vigilant defender of Tennessee’s conservative reforms.

Ron Ramsey

On the first R Attorney General in Tennessee history... Governor Haslam's current but outgoing Chief of Staff.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2014 - 7:59am.

“I’ve knocked on over 6,000 doors, and these people don’t want no tax,” (New Commissioner Junior)Hendrickson said. “They don’t want it put on the ballot. If we vote to put it on the ballot and it passes, we’ve raised it just the same.”

Did Junior just say that he won't let the people vote on a tax increase for schools because people don't want a tax increase for schools and people might vote to pass the tax increase for schools?

RCN story

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:34pm.

We thus have the General Assembly asking to be trusted on abortion and judicial appointments, to be distrusted on an income tax and, oh, by the way, to fix the oversight their predecessors made a dozen years ago in denying gaming rights to veterans.

This is a great overview of all the state constitutional amendments. Tom Humphrey is kicking hard for a retired guy: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:21pm.

This is actually pretty funny in a blatant "you scratch my back with 20's and I'll scratch your back with 100's" kind of way.

During a conference with potential bidders Sept. 4 a vendor was looking at the requirements in the procurement documents. The vendor was looking at the details and happened to click "properties". Hilarity ensued:

The vendor made the assertion after clicking on the “properties” tab of a computer file among the documents given to vendors for review, which listed as its “author” the Tennessee sales representative for Motorola Solutions Inc., the current contractor. The conference ended as other vendors asked about the fairness of the process.

Thanks to Tom Humphrey:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 9:05am.

It is not an accident that things like this are released in the Friday news dump in order to try and keep them quiet as possible.

The gypsum storage landfill has been under construction for several years past its original completion date. It has had any number of engineering and construction problems that we are aware of. Who knows what we haven't been told. I strongly suggest our elected officials get involved with this and make certain that the citizens of Roane County are protected. It's not like TVA has our best interests at heart.

The application is attached. We should at the minimum require a Public hearing with TVA being questioned by experts representing the County and its people.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 13, 2014 - 10:13am.

Kingston scored in the last minute of the game for the win. Congratulations to the Kingston players for getting Coach Pankey his first win at RCHS.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:14am.

I like this story!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:11am.

I would certainly like to have more information about this.

OAK RIDGE — The reactor pool is leaking at one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's old research reactors, prompting an urgent response by the U.S. Department of Energy and its cleanup contractor — although the contractor said Thursday the leak is being collected in a basin and poses no safety or health threat.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 1:15pm.

Chad tells me that they just signed a deal with the Discovery Channel and Nascar to use songs from their first album Bona Fide. This is huge!

See them right here at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse for a measly $10 in an all original acoustic show. See you there!

More information is right HERE

Sponsored by: Gloria Jean's Fine Southern Provisions

and Cloth and Chair Interiors

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:36am.

And in keeping with TVA's inability to do anything right where our safety is concerned:

The government agency responsible for maintaining America's nuclear arsenal wants to continue to use a TVA nuclear power plant to produce bomb material even though tritium leaks from the the process have been nearly four times what was originally projected.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:25am.

It's no secret that our elected officials are bought and paid for. They pass inane laws that do nothing except insure that you and I pay too much money for bad products and services. A huge newsworthy example at the moment is the municipal utility EPB that provides internet service in Chattanooga. It is the fastest broadband internet in the country. It is also the best buy for your money. Chattanooga's economy is booming in part because of the low cost and wide availability of super fast internet service.

TN Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn thinks this is socialism and must be outlawed. Why does she think that? AT$T, Verizon, and other cable internet companies have ordered her to think that.She has a bill in Congress to do just that because...ummm...well, it's a state's rights issue. Hiding behind ideology is an easy way to avoid admitting that Marsha is screwing her constituents for pay...and she's doing it for very little money in the scheme of things. Marsha is getting paid a few hundred thousand dollars for subverting US law for an industry that is making hundreds of billions of dollars each year. She's working way too cheap!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 10, 2014 - 8:59am.

There is a lot of research on why people believe impossible things. There is exactly zero credible evidence that this beast exists and a lot of hoaxes that have been disproved and admitted to. Even so, people want to believe in this giant leprechaun. Animal Planet fans the flames in order to get viewers. I have talked with folks who have led the shows people into the woods and they say it's a huge joke. With all the amazing plants and animals we have in Roane County I really wish we could focus on reality instead of the far less interesting fairy tales. Here's the RCN story and the web page for the East Tennessee Bigfoot org:



Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 6:04pm.

I could tell you about this but it would be better for you to read it for yourself without me as a filter. Well written and well reasoned!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 5:46pm.

Is anybody home up there? This is as slack as it gets. Is it even legal to backdate signatures?

Mistakes in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to be backdated to meet constitutional deadlines.

The governor must either sign or veto bills within 10 days, excluding Sundays, of receiving them from the Legislature, or they become law without his signature.

...Among the bills that mistakenly became law without Haslam's signature was a measure to punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics and harm their babies as a result. Haslam's office announced on April 29 — a day after the 10-day deadline — that he had signed the bill despite calls from health and women's organizations to veto the measure."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 9:58am.

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for TN Third Congressional seat, today applauded Monday’s Senate vote to advance the amendment to the United States Constitution to keep “dark money” out of politics and reverse two US Supreme Court decisions that removed limits on Corporation campaign contributions.

“The Conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court has made decisions that have put our government up for sale,” Headrick stated. “Monday’s Senate vote is the first step toward taking elections back from big money and returning them to 'We, the people' with the principle 'One person, one vote'”

Full press release:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 8:02am.

Would't it be wonderful if politicians were held accountable for lying in their campaigns? Congressman Chuck Fleischmann would then be held accountable for the fake photo of Weston Wamp burning his passport, something which never happened, but which got sent to most homes in our Congressional district as if it were true. If you lie to me, I don't trust anything you say from then on. Why lying in politics is tolerated in the Bible Belt when it is one of the big "Thy Shalt Nots", amazes me. Let's hope the judges offer a legal remedy that punishes campaign liars!

We hold that the record before us in this case concerning the alleged defamation of a public figure contains evidence that is clear and convincing from which a trier of fact could find actual malice in Campfield’s publication of false statements about Byrge.

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