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:
Left out of this article is whether this prison is managed by Haslam's private contractor buddies?
In a letter sent to WVLT, Edwards says that he is "very troubled by the allegations that Morgan Countian Woody Garrett, who was injured in the vicious attack on Tuesday, was the result of staffing deficiencies which seem to be a corollary of the 28 day work cycle aka, the 6 on 3 off shift strategy."
Edwards letter also challenges claims by TDOC in Nashville. He says TDOC, "has been downgrading the categorization of staff assaults to a lesser offense which undermines the respect which the inmates must have for the correctional staff."
KES STUDENTS ONLY - Due to FLOODING, there will be no school for KES Students on Thursday, August 20. Teachers report as usual.
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Some of these thing are bigger than the house I live in. Most of them are simply non-navigable house boats. Either way they are a problem environmentally and from a tax standpoint, of which they pay little.
Here's an article with links to others at News 6: (link...)
Here's the TVA site where you may comment. (link...)
So you won't be able to get a job at UT unless Haslam's corporation approves of you. Does anybody else think this is a problem?
The article quotes the United Campus Workers as saying the scope "includes every person, and every job, for every building everywhere. Haslam wants to outsource our safety, health, and education to some for-profit, out-of-state company. All of the maintenance, all of the purchasing, all of the utilities, all of the human resources, all of the security, all of the cleaning, all of the administrative work in our schools, our courtrooms, our service agencies. It will hurt everyone.”
It seems that as a candidate, Bill Haslam listed JLL as one of his "major investments." And, whaddya know, the state recently signed a five-year, $330 million contract with the company to manage the state's buildings.
Terri came to Roane County to be closer to her family. She left her dream job in Sedona Arizona to spend more time with her mother and father as her dad battled cancer. While we are sad for the circumstances that brought her to us, we have been gladdened to have her in our community. She was not just an excellent award winning editor and writer but active in the community for many good causes in her spare time. We are proud to call Terri Likens a good friend and wish her the best in her new adventure. The Times Free Press is getting a good one!
In Tennessee alone, the non-native animals are in 80 of the state's 95 counties and cause about $1.5 billion in agricultural damage each year.
House Republicans tout legislation that gutted Tennessee’s estate and gift taxes, a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits a handful of Tennessee’s wealthiest citizens while punching a multimillion-dollar hole in our budgets year after year.
These are just a few of the most obvious Republican failures.
Terri Likens has been a great asset to Roane County. Her shoes will not be filled at the Roane County News. But our loss is the Times Free Press's gain. We can hope that she remembers and misses us enough to wander by from time to time.
Catchy and you can dance to it!
I was out last night and saw a few meteors. Perseids leave a faint trail and the samples I saw at 2:30 AM did exactly that. Go to bed early and get up after midnight for the best experience.
Some of the strongest showings will occur after midnight and into the predawn hours.
To see the show, get as far away from urban light as possible and find a location with a clear view of the night sky.
Bring along a chair and be prepared to sit still for at least half an hour. If it's cool at night, you might also want to bundle up with a few extra layers and bring along a hot drink as well.
Once you get to your viewing location, search for the darkest patch of sky you can find. Meteors can appear anywhere overhead.
Let your eyes relax and don't look in any one specific spot so you can easily react to any movement up above.
Don't bother with a telescope or binoculars. Either will reduce the amount of sky you can see, lowering the odds of catching sight of a meteor.
While you’re sky-gazing, avoid using a flashlight or looking at your cellphone as both will destroy your night vision.
This just breaks my heart.
A 20-year-old Harriman drowned in front of his father and his girlfriend Saturday night after he jumped into Watts Bar Lake to try to recover a fishing pole.
Dustin Branson, Humphrey Lane, was fishing at the Caney Creek boat ramp and dock across the lake from Roane County Park when he jumped into the lake in an effort to retrieve the fishing gear that had fallen in, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.
News from around the state that affects YOU from Crockett Buzz:
And why should we worry about clean air in TN? (link...)
Here's the short version but you should follow the link and see the photos. That says more than any words could possibly convey.
Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during their marriage is when Tom, an Army veteran, was stationed in Korea. This made their stay in different rooms in the hospital very difficult for them, so Tina Mann, Manager, Orthopedics Medical-Surgical 4, with help from the clinical staff, went above and beyond to make a special arrangement for Tom, 96, to visit his wife, in her room. Overcome with joy, he wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen, 92. “I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.” Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the Clarks and many more happy years together.
Tennessee officials today ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to investigate, assess and remedy problems with all coal-ash deposit sites across the state.
Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau's order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) and is intended to ensure not only that the state keeps abreast of the federal electric utility's progress in complying with the federal rule but goes beyond it as well.
"Our goal in issuing this Order is to ensure that historical coal ash disposal sites are addressed in a manner that is fully protective of both the public health and the environment, as well as meeting state and federal requirements," Bob Martineau said in a news release. "The Order addresses all CCR disposal areas in the state, even those not under the jurisdiction of the federal rule."
Way back in the last century we had just moved to Roane County and were struggling to build a business. We were scratching to get by and had very little to live on. Keeping our aged cars and trucks running was tough and costly, but we quickly found Terry Webb and the business that is now Precision Battery Service. For what seems an impossibly low cost, Terry would rebuild alternators and starters that stayed rebuilt.
Time marches on and deals its cards along the way. Terry has been dealt a tough one lately. Rather than shut his business down, he decided to give it to his employees and let them keep it going.
“I can’t imagine anyone having better employees than I have,” Webb said. “They’re going to need a job, so I’m going to turn this over to them.”
A few months back I bought another battery from Terry's shop. I'm glad I'll still have his people to rely on when the next time rolls around.
I can't help but agree:
Formerly referred to as non-navigable houseboats in the regulations under Section 26a of the TVA Act, these floating houses are prohibited on TVA reservoirs, except those that were grandfathered in 1978. So why is TVA now dealing with the proliferation of the illegal floating houses? It is because TVA began ignoring these floating houses in the early 1990s and took no action to enforce its own regulations. So now TVA is trying to remedy its own negligence and lack of enforcement by taking the easy way out and just grandfathering the illegal structures. Do you really think TVA will enforce the rules after this grandfathering of illegal floating houses? It didn't after 1978.
I don't have much sympathy for acts of this nature. This was public land and our history that was stolen and sold, with no regard for our historical or archeological record.
The men pleaded guilty in February 2015 to multiple counts of violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, including violations in Tennessee and Alabama.
It appears that we may have been misled about the nature of this facility.
I really hope we can one day put all this behind us and see people as people, not gay, white, black, or whatever. Consenting adults should have the right to define their own relationships and the dissolution of same. The courts now agree. Judge Simmons could have been on the right side of history but chose not to.
In the end...right prevails.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion Tuesday striking down Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr.'s decision last year to bar a divorce between two men legally wed in Iowa.
Citing the high court's recent ruling requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages as legally sound, Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney stated in the opinion Frederick Michael Borman and spouse Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman now have the legal right to divorce in Tennessee.
OUr old friend and favorite Congress person, Lincoln Davis, will join Dr. Don Arnold at a presser today regarding the President's Clean Power Plan to protect our grandchildren from the worst effects of climate change. I'm personally glad to see Lincoln standing up for all of us. We've had more than our fair share of representation by toadies since he left us.
ABOUT DR. DON ARNOLD
Dr. Arnold is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency, pediatric emergency medicine, and public health training at The University of Virginia, UAB, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for over 3 decades and is active in research pertaining to acute asthma exacerbations in pediatric patients.
ABOUT CONGRESSMAN LINCOLN DAVIS
Congressman Davis served 8 years in the US House of Representatives representing Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. He served on the Appropriations Committee and Science Committee in 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, he served on the Financial Service Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Agriculture Committee. As you might imagine he can speak with some authority and credibility on climate change, its effect on public health and the economy.
Governor Haslam signed that bill but is now having second thoughts. (We are proud Haslam is having thoughts,but wish he could have thought BEFORE he signed this insane bill into law)
Here's the story, but I have some thoughts after you check it out...
I consider it a privilege to have friends, some of whom happen to be black. I don't think of them as "Black" friends so much as just friends, but the rest of the world won't let that be, so...
Something I noticed when the white Memphis cop was shot and killed is that my "black" friends posted the picture of the man wanted in that shooting. The person of interest is black. He has now surrendered. I suspect that had something to do with the fact that the black community refused to harbor him. He is a wanted criminal and that's that.
I don't feel like writing all that much about this tonight so the short version is...We're all in this together. We can't let the forces of evil divide us because we don't look like each other or we grew up in different neighborhoods and different cultures. We all need good paying jobs and decent healthcare and the right to vote in or out whosoever we decide. We make better decision as one people, all in this together.
So, we need to look at the person who shot that Memphis cop as a plain and simple criminal. He was the only person who pulled that trigger. I didn't, you didn't, and none of our friends, black or white or yellow or green or whatever, did either. It was a criminal. Let him face the judgement of our judicial system and let the rest of us walk as free men and women without taint.
Come together and fight those who would divide us. We can choose to build Eden or Hell, at this point. I'm going for Eden!
R B Morris played this for us the very first time we saw him. It's still a favorite of mine, showcasing RB's poetic mastery coupled with that fabulous crooner's voice.
Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Consists of 11 people from elsewhere. West Tennessee is heavily represented. This will be interesting to watch as the appointee will have a huge leg up in the 2016 election. This is a rather well paid plum of a position and is often a "For Life" appointment. We have a pretty good cadre of judges at the moment. Let's hope this goes to another technically competent and fair person.
Candidates for the seat must be a licensed attorney, at least 30 years old, a state resident for at least five years and live in the 9th district, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.
The criminal court judge position pays $167,676 a year. The council will pick three candidates to send to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration. If he chooses to make an appointment, that person’s term will end on Aug. 31, 2016.
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