Mon
Dec 1 2014
09:36 am

Nothing classy about Elizabeth Lauten’s criticism of the Obama girls...

Legislators get less than $2 daily increase in base pay, $10 bump in per diem...

Congress Raises Tax on Working Americans, Cuts it for Corporations...

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Mon
Dec 1 2014
08:02 am

I have trouble understanding why this guy hasn't been tried for murder already and no trouble whatsoever thinking the bond his parents put up should be forfeited. From the RCN story:

Chris and Jane Smoot are his adoptive parents. They secured his release by posting the $250,000 cash bond.

The conditions of release required Smoot to maintain good behavior, but he continued to have trouble with the law while out on bond. A Knox County woman accused him of stalking her. Smoot was also arrested in McMinn County on April 22 for DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.

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Sun
Nov 30 2014
11:34 am
By: WhitesCreek

We see some interesting things when we check our security cameras. This was just a few days ago. These guys are about 5 months ahead of schedule.

Fri
Nov 28 2014
08:45 am

November 25, 2014

Mr. Don Osborne
Director, Assessment and Field Operations
Division of Property Assessments
James K. Polk State Office Building
505 Deaderick Street, Suite 1400
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1402

Re: Roane County 2015 Reappraisal

Dear Mr. Osborne,

This letter is in response to your letter dated November 10, 2014 in which you requested estimated completion dates for major phases of our reappraisal program. Some of the items have been completed, but will be adjusted at some point during the reappraisal as we gather more data and run our statistical and quality reports.

Continued...

Wed
Nov 26 2014
07:09 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I'll be up before dawn getting the turkey going in the smoker. Looks like it's going to be an adventure...

Tonight A chance of rain before 3am, then a chance of rain and snow between 3am and 5am, then a chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thanksgiving Day A chance of rain and snow before 10am, then a slight chance of rain between 10am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wed
Nov 26 2014
04:28 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Wed
Nov 26 2014
09:24 am

KnoxViews.com has the study and story...

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Wed
Nov 26 2014
09:21 am
By: WhitesCreek

Ferguson Protests in TN, TN Sec of State promotes self with taxpayer money, and more...

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It looks like Commissioner Berry and County Executive Ron Woody may have jumped the gun somewhat in going all sky is falling on the Assessor's office and the scheduled 2015 reappraisal. The appraisal process is behind schedule but so was the Commission's approval of the new appraisal software system, which the Assessor uses for the job.

Could we all just work together here?

Previously on RoaneViews

Attorney Leffew's letter is attached. Due to the way it was scanned you will have to rotate the PDF to see it right side up.

Mon
Nov 24 2014
09:14 am

The destruction of our public schools is high on the list, funded by Students First:

...dark money — funding where the donors are undisclosed to the public — has generally come from national organizations. StudentsFirst, for example, reports in Tennessee only that six-figure chunks of cash came from the national headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., then was spent bashing state legislative candidates or local school board candidates who don’t support the “education reform” organization’s agenda or supporting those who do

That story and a bunch more from the CPI Buzz...

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From the TCWP newsletter:

Emory River property at Camp Austin donated by Reisters A few months ago TCWP members David and Willa Reister donated 50 acres on the Emory River to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA). A dedication ceremony was held November 5.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014
07:37 am

Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group are the finalists. Both groups are well versed in building schools, the question is which one can best study our situation and show us the best future for our children's education? Loyalties and football rivalries must be set aside and an objective decision must be made. Our schools should be at least as modern as our jails.

Mon
Nov 24 2014
07:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Wouldn't you know it, right after I order a new audio receiver the place I go for wires and connectors closes. I guess the fact that I "ordered" the electronics instead of buying local may be indicative of part of the problem. The other bit of info you should know is that I made several calls to find out that no one within 50 miles carried the Consumer Reports "best" component I was interested in.

So not only does TVA not have to pay for damage to property values in Roane County because of federal immunity, workers can't get their medical bills due to ash exposure paid for the same reason. TVA just paid out $137 million in bonuses but refuses to be responsible for its actions because the law says it doesn't have to?

Jacobs Engineering Group argued that it was entitled to the same immunity given to contractors in other litigation over the TVA ash spill.

U.S. district court judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed the case in September.

The plaintiffs have since filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
05:34 pm

Robert E. Cummings, the former UT officer, and Benito D. Lopez, formerly of the TVA, are scheduled to be sentenced in March and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
05:28 pm

TVA to the Roane Community Advisory Group:

We are nearing completion of major construction activities associated with the Kingston Recovery project. The landfill will be capped and covered by early December, and over the next three months, we will be removing haul roads, cutting a channel under the overpass to connect the north and middle embayments, and general site clean-up. As such, we are making the following changes:

Continued...

The Roane County News carried a Damon Lawrence story on a letter from the state regarding the 2015 reappraisal progress...

In a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments expressed doubts about the assessor’s office ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal program on time.

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Morgan has consistently refused to be interviewed by Damon Lawrence or cooperate with the Roane County News as a result of what Morgan says is misinformation in their published news articles. Here is his response to the state.

Continued...

Tonight at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse

I could post a video of Johnny with the Allmans on the Johnny Carson Show or any number of other project this phenom has played ans sang on but this is more like what he did for us the last time he was here.

Show time is 7:30, $15, BYOB and we'll end it around 9:30 so you can get to work next day.

Reservations are not required but we will take them. We are about 2/3 filled right now. email stevescarb@aol.com or call me 865-603-6981

Now turn it up and get ready for a musical treasure...

Directions and more about our music series right here

Thu
Nov 20 2014
07:00 am

"Find Yourelf Here" The Obed River Wild and Scenic Movie. Watch it at the link below. These waters flow to us. We must protect them for our own selfish reasons, but even more so, for our collective souls to be nourished.

There are several streams involved, not just the Obed, which flows right through Crossville (Where it is treated badly). Most of the footage is actually on Clear Creek and the Emory River, which we have treated badly at our end, but which is now recovered and flourishing. Spread the word!

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
08:49 am

Best quote:

“We cannot have an industry here if we don’t invite law enforcement in and make them a part of the process,” Jarboe said. “Because if I’m hauling 50 pounds of hemp tops up to the juice company to be juiced and I get pulled over, I can’t have my crop confiscated while they figure out if its legal or not.”

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
07:44 am

My experience with sewage "leaks" is similar to an ash "spill". I've going with a better term: disaster! Roane County has recovered from the environmental effects of TVA's negligence but it will be some time before a full recovery from the stigma and economic damage TVA generated. Some private landowners in Oliver Springs feel damaged in their own right.

Government entities exist for the purpose of serving the common good, or "general welfare" as it is termed. Everybody dislikes paying taxes and there is always pressure to keep them low, sometimes by refusing to deal with capital projects in a timely manner, say like repairing and building suitable infrastructure required to properly treat a town's sewage. Oliver Springs' infrastructure problems have been long known. Now they have to pay the piper, specifically in the form of a lawsuit from people who are tired of wastewater being allowed to flow onto their property because Oliver Springs refused to deal with its mess. One of the most respected law firms in East TN has taken the case and this could be interesting to watch.

Perhaps the Town of Rockwood might want to turn its attention to its own problems of a similar nature.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
07:54 pm

The first two movies at the Princess have been scheduled, plus a great Holiday lineup of other entertainment.


"It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Snow" are coming up on December 12th and 20th.

Click on the blog link for more information.

Roane County has a very strong connection to the Manson Family in Bruce Davis, a brilliant student with a very troubled childhood in Roane County.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
11:23 am
By: WhitesCreek

Pretty fun what students do in college these days...

Tue
Nov 18 2014
08:16 am
By: WhitesCreek

Relax...The low temperature record was 18 F set in 1891. Compare our projected high of 31 to 80 degrees back in 1985.

The atmospheric vortexes that are causing this are mostly likely due to the increase in heat energy stirring things up on a global scale. Huge spinning vortexes of cold northern air are spun down toward the temperate latitudes. At the same time warm air moves north to where the vortexes come from. It was above freezing last night in Igiugig, AK and is currently 45 F, just a few degrees from the record high for this date.

Mon
Nov 17 2014
09:25 pm

Go there!

If you ask anyone who has done it, hiking Mt. LeConte is not just a hike; it is truly an accomplishment. It is the third highest point in the Appalachians and home to the only overnight lodge in the Smokies.

The season, however, is coming to an end next week. It's also the end of a long run for two familiar faces at the lodge.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014
04:42 pm

Forecast low is 19 degrees F. This is not expected to be a strong year but meteors are meteors and there will be quite a few at times. At other times, nothing. I expect to get out there a few times but not for any extended period. Here's an info link with a live viewer for what it's worth.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014
12:00 pm

Word is that failure to pay the tax restitution has caught up with the owner of this Roane County business. The midtown location was previously Ferguson's Market

Mon
Nov 17 2014
10:52 am

After TVA passed a rate increase for residential customers of 1.5% we now see this:

The Tennessee Valley Authority will distribute $131 million in performance bonuses this week to employees who helped the federal utility surpass all of its key goals for safety, performance, reliability and income during fiscal 2014.

Mon
Nov 17 2014
09:54 am
By: WhitesCreek

Lost Medicaid Funding

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