Fri
Nov 13 2015
08:28 am

40 years ago this came out... One of my first Bonnie albums after we had gone to see her in a smallish hall in Atlanta, I think. It was years later that I learned who Alan Toussaint was and that he wrote it. We lost him this week.

Thu
Nov 12 2015
06:52 pm

This is a great idea. Let's go Roane County!

"Play is a great connector for adults and seniors and the children in their lives. In addition to the cognitive and physical benefits of play, it can also reduce stress in adults and is proven to help combat toxic stress in kids."

The idea of playgrounds for the elderly has been met with much enthusiasm throughout Asia and Europe. The greater Barcelona area has about 300 elderly parks alone.. That’s about one for every town in the district.

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Thu
Nov 12 2015
08:44 am

I had the good fortune of meeting Jeronimo Silva while he was doing field work in Roane County's Whites Creek, which is also our yard. Most people misunderstand the meaning of "endangered species" and don't realize that they are the "canaries in the mine" for the places we live. If our world becomes uninhabitable for these rare species, one after the other, that means that it will eventually become uninhabitable for US! I'm proud to be involved with protecting Tennessee's streams, not just for rare species, but for all of us humans, too!

Here is the fundraiser site
for Jeronimo Silva's very worthy project.

Thu
Nov 12 2015
07:39 am

Wild hogs are a serious problem in Roane County. We are not alone. I have friends who had their yard surrounded by a hog fence just so they could have flowers and vegetables.

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Bob Corker certainly seems amazingly psychic on when to buy and when to sell...

Our roads and bridges are needing some serious work but Ramsey says these are good times and the state has a surplus so no need to raise gas tax. So I guess he wants to wait until times are tough and increase the tax then?

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Tue
Nov 10 2015
07:11 pm

This is for real and it's easy to see whether you are owed anything from the various funds. Go here and type in your name...

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Unfortunately, I am not owed anything.

TN Treasure Tom Humphrey has it for us:

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There are links to the list where you can find the Roane County projects. I was actually disappointed in the meagerness of what we have going on.

The hits just keep on coming.

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Tue
Nov 10 2015
07:30 am

As a kid I lived in Memphis, about two blocks from the Overton Park Zoo. I remember hearing lions grunting in the night. They don't actually roar. I haven't actually heard what the impacts are of Tiger Haven on the neighbors other than fear of the beasts. All farms have a certain amount of impact. How is this one greater than normal?

...the county attorney has been in talks with Tiger Haven. County leaders want the tiger sanctuary to not expand, get a permit for the fence, and have the TWRA inspect it.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction and I’m very hopeful that we can get this resolved and not have to take the matter to court,” said Commissioner Mike Hooks

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This is a small university with an amazing history of accuracy in its election results. Let's note that in most current polls Bernie destroys every GOP candidate in the general election results.

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Mon
Nov 9 2015
07:12 am

It appears that the no tax people in the legislature have our state in a gridlock while state services get sold to the most connected bidders and quality spirals downward. At some point it will crash and we will be left holding the bill. Fair warning...Delayed maintenance always costs much more than doing it now!

Haslam is facing strong resistance among many fellow Republicans in the Legislature about taking steps to increase roadbuilding revenues. But the governor argues that ignoring the growing shortfall now will result in an infrastructure crisis down the road.

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Our state has an amazing geological and biological natural history. Too bad that so many of our neighbors know so little about it and seem to care eve less. We live in an amazing area that is, frankly, far more interesting than the Great Smoky Mountains.

In 2011, a team led by Jason Richards, cartographer and cave diver with the National Speleological Society, was able to get permission to explore the cave. Initially, they penetrated 1,300 feet into the cave. On their most recent dive in spring 2013, which lasted 349 minutes, they surveyed 10,800 feet, including 1,500 feet of new passageway, making this the longest known underwater cave in the U.S. outside of Florida.

Here's more from Nooga.com...

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Fri
Nov 6 2015
08:32 am

Ryan Joseph Anderson will be at Ladd Landing tonight. Doors at 7. $10 BYOB

With Daniel Kimbro

There's no better way to spend a rainy Friday evening and we're done early compared to all those other places, usually before 10 pm.

Show calendar and other Info

Thu
Nov 5 2015
08:59 am

From our "If it ain't illegal it's legal" Dept:

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Wed
Nov 4 2015
03:44 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Maybe the best voices and harmonies. Listen for yourself...

Wed
Nov 4 2015
07:16 am

It will be interesting to read the comments on this one...

Court filings show the 19 attorneys who worked on the case clocked 5,974 hours. Given their average hourly rate of $390 per hour, they say their fees and costs exceed $2.3 million. They also want repayment of $65,555 of expenses.

“We worked for two years on this case and we were successful,” said Abby Rubenfeld, a Nashville attorney who led the case. “All the attorneys for the state of Tennessee got paid while they worked on it, so we should be paid, too.”

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Tue
Nov 3 2015
08:12 am

There are several items of interest on the agenda. I note an authorization for the County Attorney to file a lawsuit against Tiger Haven. Tiger Haven has fair amount of support as well as a fair amount of opposition. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

I also note a resolution in support of Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal. The efforts to block the Governor's plan by the Legislature are costing Tennessee billions of dollars...yes, BILLIONS!...and thousands of Tennesseans medical care and even their lives, in some cases. We'll be watching to see how that turns out.

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Mon
Nov 2 2015
08:43 am

The Taurid meteors peak this week. The Leonids, always a favorite, are Nov. 18. Venus Jupiter and Mars continue their dance, and comet Catalina will be visible the 22.

Can we have a few clear nights for all this, please?

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Sun
Nov 1 2015
01:42 pm

And the nominees are Thomas Radcliffe Frierson of Morristown, Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. of Kingsport and Roger Amos Page of Medina.

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This is important because: " Justice Gary Wade, writing before his resignation from the bench took effect in September, that quoted Alexander Hamilton writing in the Federalist Papers on the dangers from the “natural feebleness of the judiciary” that is “in continual jeopardy of being overpowered” by the executive branch."

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You should read all that. It's important.

Crockett Buzz:

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Here is the question CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla asked Ted Cruz which Cruz avoided answering:

"Congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, prevent a government shutdown, and calm financial markets of the fear that a Washington crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show you're not the kind of problem-solver that American voters want?"

Fri
Oct 30 2015
06:53 am

The beloved Barstool Romeos will grace the Ladd Landing Listening Room tonight in a special Halloween Eve show. Dress up, BYOB, and come out and have some fun with a great bunch of people listening to great music.

More info and directions

Thu
Oct 29 2015
07:14 am
By: WhitesCreek

Why did it take a fighter jet to keep up with a balloon?

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Wed
Oct 28 2015
10:13 am
By: Creativeartsco-op

It's your last chance - don't miss out!

BOO-TOWN will be open nightly Thursday (10/29) through Saturday (10/31), and then it's gone...!

Join us for a family friendly Halloween - complete with games, craft vendors, storytellers, bouncy house, magic, and more. There is even an additional Haunted Hayride (if you dare...). Tickets are $5 for kids, $8 for adults (Hayride extra). Hours are 5:00-10:00pm nightly.

Boo-Town is located at the TN Medieval Faire site at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Visit (link...) for more information

The fun is closer than you think!

Wed
Oct 28 2015
06:51 am

I love to watch our bats fly around the house and out over the gorge. There is no question in my mind that the numbers are in serious decline and I am very concerned.

...bats help with pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal. But 40 percent of bat species in the United States are endangered or at risk, and more than 5.7 million bats have recently died from white-nose syndrome.

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Mon
Oct 26 2015
12:04 pm
By: WhitesCreek

WC

Fri
Oct 23 2015
10:56 am

Here's my favorite weather nerd site. Dr. Jeremy has all the info...

Patricia

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Roane County has a very high obesity rate for school children. We also have a high rate of medicated kids. Frankly, I've never bought into the HDD diagnosis for figity kids. I was one. OK, I still am one. I would love to see Roane County get a pioneer program going in elementary schools using stand up desks. They also can come with stools which seems best. I may look into this for my home office.

desk

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Fri
Oct 23 2015
06:10 am
By: WhitesCreek

Mike Hicks and the Contribution at Ladd Landing tonight.

$10 BYOB

This song speaks to something most of today's college students can relate to. Deep thoughts delivered with smooth buttered soul...

Click the ad on the right for the full calendar info and directions...

Thu
Oct 22 2015
05:09 pm

A very enthusiastic thanks to the Road County Road Department...the Caney Creek Bridge...one of the most picturesque bridge settings in the state is getting a fresh coat of paint...it is looking great. The littering along Caney Creek and all around the Roiane County Park has dropped remarkedly...yeehah! What a beautiful county we have...the county is a natural park....Take a drive out Caney Creek... honk twice!!!
I wish I had a picture of the bridge...I will tomorrow....here is the sunrise out toward The main channel from the Caney Creek inlet.....hope this posts right
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This is a step toward ending the practice of profiting from those who can least afford it...

Federal regulators took new steps on Thursday to slash the cost of calls in prison, which they said can run as high as $14 a minute.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.