Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 23, 2014 - 8:24am.

This is pretty wild. Good stuff goes on in Tennessee, if we can only get it reported in the world outside.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 9:07pm.

A Republican bill to criminalize union picketing has been moving through the Tennessee state House, with a committee vote coming up soon. But it may be running into a snag: Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says the bill violates the First Amendment.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 12:09pm.

Mary Headrick wants me to make sure everyone knows they can still enroll in affordable health insurance.

Let your neighbors and family know that an applicant can call 1-800-318-2596 to enroll or can apply online at Link....

There are still enrollment events in the area and lists of places to go for help. Go to Link... and enter your zip for 'get help' or 'events' tab to learn more. For most households, the ACA plans and the law are structured to keep household premiums under 10% of the household income.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 22, 2014 - 8:07am.

I spoke with Mary at a music event to honor a mutual friend of ours. She's a brilliant lady with her heart and head in the right place to serve us well. She knows she's running against Koch brothers money and Tea Party crazy but says she's up for it.

“All the people, especially the working families and retirees of District 3, deserve representation,” Headrick said in a press release. “They are not getting it. Special wealthy and corporate interests hold the power and benefits while the middle class shrinks and democracy falters. Too few people control too much money and power, and they are grabbing more by ‘buying’ a Congress that will pass laws and regulations to enhance their personal profit at the expense of the rest of us. I will defend our economy, jobs, Social Security, Medicare, public education.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:15pm.

Well who knows, but I strongly suggest you learn about tardigrades.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 9:17am.

R.Neal at has the story... Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 8:21am.

Carr is running against Lamar Alexander for US Senate. When you brazenly conduct the State of Tennessee's busness like a mafia don you probably don't need to be voted into a higher office.

Joe Carr is chairman of the Local Government Committee. A bill was being considered that would reinstate Student I.D.'s as valid voter ID. Carr announced a five minute recess and gaveled the meeting adjourned. As soon as Democrats left the room he gaveled the meeting back into session and killed the bill altogether, ignoring the five minutes to achieve his ends and Democracy be damned.

That and other egregious news items from Crockett News:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:35am.

Well we must admit that talking out of both sides of your face is nothing new for a Tennessee Congressman,but this is pretty transparent.

He totally support the safety and good treatment of horses...Except:

Fleischmann is one of nine co-sponsors of a competing bill that was introduced in Congress by his colleague, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin), and the difference between the two bills is so distinct that an editorial in the Nashville Tennessee carried the headline, “Rep. Ed Whitfield's walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn's would enable it.”

Fleischmann is currently rated as the lowest-performing Congressional representative from Tennessee by the website


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 21, 2014 - 7:26am.

This was a 30 - 0 vote. Thank you Senator Yager!

“When TVA curtailed its residential and commercial solar power programs last year, it left Tennesseans without a place to turn to for clean, affordable energy options,” said Mary Mastin, chairwoman of the Tennessee Chapter's Repower America Committee. “With solar power accelerating in neighboring states, TVA should take immediate steps to expand its existing solar programs and further develop safe, simple and uniform grid interconnection procedures that are called for in this resolution.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 8:18am.

Guns in Parks bill detained:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 7:27am.

"Jarnel, you know if we lose this game you have to go back to class, right?"

Vols rally to beat Iowa 78-65 in OT at First Four

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 20, 2014 - 7:20am.

This has to be a wonderful thing to have done:

Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison's final album, "Mystery Girl."

I want it now!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 5:55pm.

This is a great piece by Rachel Cernansky. The only thing it lacks is that there is not one single photo of what our beautiful River looks like today. People still have this picture of a disaster in their mind when they think of Kingston TN and Roane County.

Kingston residents remain upset that laws that could guard against future disasters have not been enacted. No one, they say, has learned from the spill.

“From our perspective, TVA was caught off guard,” Sarah McCoin says. “They were embarrassed. They know they messed up.”

She believes that the TVA has cleaned up the plant and, at least in Kingston, is storing its coal ash in a safer, more responsible manner. “So I feel confident it’s not going to happen in my neighborhood again,” she says. “The sad part is, it’s very likely to happen in someone else’s neighborhood.”

In fact, it already did.

Go Read:

When Rivers Run Black

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 5:39pm.

"Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with constituents regarding many issues and concerns that are facing Roane County. It has reminded me of the work still to be done in Roane County over the next several years. With that in mind, I have been meeting with my family, supporters and friends to reconsider my decision to run for Circuit Court Clerk and instead to run for re-election to the County Commission. After much thought and prayer I have decided to suspend my bid for Circuit Court Clerk and focus on re-election to the Roane County Commission for District 2. I have taken great pride in representing the folks of the 2nd District over the past few years and there are many issues in Roane Countys future where I can lead and serve our great county. At this time I would like to ask for your prayers and support as I begin my campaign for re-election!"

Randy Ellis
Roane County Commissioner District 2

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 9:43am.

This is getting ridiculous.

Legislation that has already cleared the Tennessee House of Representatives would block local school systems from sending families information on Affordable Health Care enrollment.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 19, 2014 - 7:56am.

The Tennessean Editorial Board Doesn't think this is such a good idea. Really?

...the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which has a less-than-impressive track record on standards for coal-ash storage, has tentatively granted TVA a permit to place the landfill in a very questionable place: next to the Cumberland River.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 18, 2014 - 9:47am.

Schneider's Marina is the old Bayside Marina for folks who weren't aware of the new owner. I suspect the right of way has been widened and the sign owners were simply never directed to move them. Once someone complains it becomes an issue:

A sign directing traffic to their boat docks and RV park has to be moved, yet other signs along the same highway don't.

One of the managers at Schneider's Marina said the sign has been in the same location for 60 years and believes their marina has been singled out.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 18, 2014 - 8:17am.

Legislature approval on Medicaid Expansion Gets Nixed, and the all important TN Whiskey Definition Bill creates uproar...

Crockett News

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 17, 2014 - 9:26am.

You really need to know all this but I really wish that weren't the case. This state is being run by crazy people:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 17, 2014 - 8:16am.


At this point, I'm convinced that the biggest bunch of perverts in this state is not the kids on UT's campus, but the 23 state senators who seem to have nothing better to do than to worry about what young, but legal adults are doing. It's like the Peeping Tom complaining about how kinky his neighbors are


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 16, 2014 - 10:58am.

Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, said political opponents had once distributed photographs where “my face was put on other people’s bodies” and asked whether that would be covered by the bill. Turner said it would not, though he believes such an occurrence could already be considered illegal as fraud.

Do not comment on this. I said...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2014 - 1:26pm.

President Obama famously attempted a “reset” of relations with Russia, with some success: The New START treaty was an important achievement, and there was increased quiet cooperation on a number of regional issues. But then Congress’s penchant for minding other people’s business when it cannot cope with its own began to take its toll.

That is from a very good piece written by Jack Matlock, the last USA Ambassador to the Soviet Union. Ambassador Matlock asks that Congress act like Americans, for a change: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 15, 2014 - 9:52am.

Here's the story. A federal Judge has ruled that marriages must be recognized in Tennessee if performed legally. Doesn't yet mean that same sex couples can get married here but if they have a legal marriage in another state then TN must recognize it and give them and their children all the rights of any other marriage. Link... Why is this revolution happening in the courts instead of by legislative action? The GOP would disappear overnight if they voted to allow same sex marriage.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2014 - 7:24pm.
Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Mar 14, 2014

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2014 - 6:57pm.

The House has approved a resolution renouncing Tennessee’s involvement in the 1830 removal of Indians from the state and hailing David Crockett for opposing what is now known as the Trail of Tears at the time.

“Therefore, we offer our sincere regret to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Yuchi, Creek, Choctaw, and Shawnee Nations and all Native American Nations who were tragically and unjustly confined and removed from their lands by our participation in the Removal Act of 1830 and the subsequent death march known as the Trail of Tears.

“Greed and prejudice have no part to play in the future of Tennessee. We stand today as David Crockett stood, prepared to lay down our lives in defense of freedom for all people in this great nation.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2014 - 10:36am.

Well not really:

In Tennessee, a battle is breaking out between two of the world's largest liquor companies over whiskey barrels. And more importantly, what can be called Tennessee whiskey.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 14, 2014 - 9:16am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2014 - 8:12am.

One R says it's time to quit being stupid for raw political reasons, take the federal money, and get health insurance to the hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans this would help.

From CPI:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 13, 2014 - 7:25am.

It seems like there was too much light thrown on Yager's sweetheart coal bill for it to slip through this time. Time will tell us if Ken stay in coal lobbyist Chuck Laine's pocket and whether Yager will bring it back next year. Ken has done some good things for Roane County during his time in the senate. His willingness to be the coal and mining industry's pet senator needs to come to and end, however.

"Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, sponsor of the legislation drafted by the Tennessee Mining Association, announced (the end of SB1998 for this year)in the last scheduled meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee."

But don't relax and think your water quality is safe. Chuck Laine, lobbyist for the mining association, vows to continue his efforts.


Submitted by onetahiti on March 12, 2014 - 9:41am.

Chief Charlie Redwine of West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) is pleased to announce the results from the Insurance Services Office, Inc., (ISO) 11/2013 inspection:

WRCVFD's classification has improved from a 6/9 to a class 5/8b. I would like to thank those who worked so hard in getting our department ready for this inspection. As with any fire department and community it is a big deal for us. Hats off to those who assisted. A copy of the Score Summary is available for review at Station One.


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