Mon
Jan 25 2016
10:07 am

From the RCN:

1. Keep Midway and Oliver Springs, combine Harriman, Rockwood and Roane County High into one.

2. 2 Keep Midway. Build 2 new schools: Harriman Rockwood combine. Oliver Springs Roane County High combine.

3. Keep Midway, all others combine into new school.

4. All existing schools go away. Two new schools: One serves Oliver Springs, Harriman, Rockwood and part of RCHS...The other serves the rest of RCHS and Midway.

5. One new school serves the whole county.

I can't find this study posted anywhere. Let us know if you find it or can get us a copy.

Sun
Jan 24 2016
06:08 pm

TN House Whip says it's all the media's fault he's a creep.

I say "Thank you, media, for pointing out what a creep Durham is." Now find out why the TNGOP didn't have the fortitude to kick him out when they voted on it?

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Sun
Jan 24 2016
09:07 am

A good man has passed away.

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Sat
Jan 23 2016
05:27 pm

The "Other Voices" block over on the right is a never ending roller coaster of fascinating things happening in the science world. Venus flytraps can count and students do better in classrooms with windows that look out on trees and grass and shrubberies. Why do zebras have stripes?

Go learn something.

Fri
Jan 22 2016
08:45 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County Schools have been cancelled for tomorrow...

Fri
Jan 22 2016
10:03 am

Sometimes my head can't shake fast enough to keep up with our Legislature. We have children dying because the EPA isn't strong enough to enforce clean water and air laws and these guys claim air pollution is good for alfalfa?

Some senators said they’re for getting rid of emissions testing altogether because it’s a burden on lower-income drivers who sometimes have to fork over hundreds of dollars to fix cars that flunk the test.

Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, seized the opportunity to go on a rant against climate change, which isn’t happening as far as she’s concerned. She denounced the EPA as a “rogue agency” and mocked liberals who think that “by changing our lightbulbs we can save polar bears.”

Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Hollow Stump somewhere near Strawberry Plains, said it reminded him that “some of these emissions are good.” He said coal-burning trains back in the day improved alfalfa crops along the tracks by spewing much-needed sulphur.

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Thu
Jan 21 2016
07:43 pm

Roane County Schools will be open on Friday, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

Aytes, who made the decision Thursday evening, said schools will be operating on regular schedule.

Thu
Jan 21 2016
11:24 am

Someone in some think tank somewhere thinks this is a way to attack perceived Liberalism on campus, no doubt. I wonder who and what their plan is once it gets enacted?

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Thu
Jan 21 2016
09:45 am

Here's the:

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This is the American continents rarest canine. (There are others in the Amazon that are far less rare)

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
06:24 pm

Scientists are looking over evidence that we have a ninth planet again. Pluto was demoted to planetesimal status a few years back because of it's small size. Planet Nine, if it exists, appears to be 10 times larger than Earth so it won't have that problem. A year on Planet Nine would be 20,000 Earth years.

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
11:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

snow

Wed
Jan 20 2016
11:01 am
By: WhitesCreek

Weather Underground is now showing 3-5 inches of snow for Roane County.

Wed
Jan 20 2016
07:14 am

The Chattanooga success story is tough to argue with, except there's that one argument that is near and dear to GOP hearts...Big corporations will lose money!

Here's the problem in a nutshell:

"I've been waiting for 27 years for Charter Spectrum, AT&T or somebody to come to me," said Forshee, who said the lack of residential broadband service is hurting his effort to build a national obesity education business. "I call every month, and I'm tired of waiting."

Here's why we haven't already solved the problem:

"I don't see the Legislature doing a lot this year when we have two studies underway that we are paying for at the same time we have a court challenge to the FCC ruling," said Senate Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R), one of nine members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee that must approve any change. "We don't need to be in any rush to make a judgment."

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Roane Schools closed on Wed!

... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 4 am EST /3 am CST/ to 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ Wednesday...

* event... snowfall will move into the area late tonight through Wednesday night with 1 to 2 inches of snow possible. During the day on Wednesday temperatures will warm causing snowfall to switch over to a wintry mix of snow... freezing rain... and sleet... then mostly rain by late afternoon.

* Timing... snowfall will move in from the west overnight and continue through much of Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night.

* Impacts... snowfall could cause hazardous driving conditions... especially on secondary roads through much of Wednesday. The wintry mix of precipitation could cause poor driving conditions across the area Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening. Allow yourself extra time when driving... especially during the evening rush hour on Wednesday.

Continued...

Tue
Jan 19 2016
09:17 am

For the life of me I don't why anyone is against free money!

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Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:31 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Leave the water dripping and hold someone you love close by. It's gonna be a cold one tonight!

Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:48 am
Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:25 am
By: WhitesCreek

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!

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Mon
Jan 18 2016
09:21 am

Bernie Sanders has far more supporters than Donald Trump based on every poll everywhere. So what does PBS lead off with in their news? Ted Cruz in New Hampshire.

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Fri
Jan 15 2016
09:21 am

I hiked one of these roads just recently and was saddened by what I saw. This is a beautiful area that should be utilized to better serve our community. It is upsetting that some folks callously soil Roane County's natural beauty with their trash.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has closed three access roads in the Mount Roosevelt Wildlife Management Area due to illegal dumping.

TWRA personnel found the remnants of shingles, lumber and other waste items on Jolley Road, Grant Helton Road and another unnamed road while on a December patrol of the area west of Rockwood.

“It’s upsetting to see waste like this,” said TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mime Barnes. “We’re very grateful to our hunters and anglers and when we see something like this, it’s very disrespectful to them.”

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Fri
Jan 15 2016
08:50 am

Can you see the end of the handle of the Big Dipper? Binoculars make this really easy. Let us know if you see Catalina.


Comet

Thu
Jan 14 2016
06:57 am

I'm mixed on this. At least it is not coal power. I'm more concerned with the transmission lines than I am with the windmills themselves. No word on that route yet.

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Wed
Jan 13 2016
07:49 am

I tend to go for the text of speeches when I can. I certainly don't let a news commentator or "strategist" tell me what was in the speech, so I'm not going to tell you that either. Go read it!

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I will tell you that the GOP rebuttal delivered by SC Gov. Nikki Haley was asinine, incoherent, self contradictory, and had little bearing on reality.

Mon
Jan 11 2016
07:41 pm
By: WhitesCreek

tiger

The Tennessee Valley Authority's executive management and board of directors have not been up to the task of overseeing the company's defined benefit plan and its pension promises.

The plan's funding has deteriorated to levels that force the TVA to propose drastic changes to the plan. Those changes include benefit reductions and freezing its cash balance plan. But the proposal falls short of a disciplined program for shoring up funding.

The reductions have been proposed even though the TVA had a net income of $1.1 billion on revenue of $11 billion in fiscal 2015, and invested almost $2.9 billion in new plant and environmental improvements, making it seem as if employees and retirees are footing at least part of the bill for these investments.

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Mon
Jan 11 2016
07:13 am

Fri
Jan 8 2016
07:57 am

...And it will last seven months until August 4.

I'm sure every candidate will run a positive campaign focusing on their own experience and merits and how those skills will be used to serve Roane County citizens in an honest and fair manner without regard to special interests.

I'm dreaming.

Announced so far:

County Road Superintendent:

Dennis Ferguson incumbent
Brian Mullins finished last in the previous election
Tim Clark Currently Kingston Public Works Director

Property Assessor:

Current Assessor David Morgan has not announced at this point.
Molly Leggins-Hartup has been praying about it.
Other names have been mentioned but no announcements that I know of.

Both new judicial appointees have stated their intentions to run for election. Being appointed by the full County Commission is about as strong an endorsement as a judge can receive but others have mentioned the possibility of running. Nothing official to date.

Today is the first day for candidates to pick up petitions and there may be surprises down the road. AS for discussions here, I suggest everyone review the special election season rules.

Here we go!

I am very supportive of this site being returned to public use, provided it is done safely. So far everything I see looks good.

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Roane County will be well served by Terry Stevens as our new General Sessions Court Judge, replacing Judge Jeff Wicks who has been appointed Criminal Court Judge replacing retired Judge Eugene Eblen.

Stevens leaves his position as Assistant District Attorney.

It's a musical chairs kind of thing but somehow the best people with the right temperament have risen to the top.

Congratulations to Judge Terry Stevens and congratulations to Roane County.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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