Thu
Feb 12 2015
07:49 pm
By: WhitesCreek

“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
Thomas Jefferson — in a letter to Horatio Spofford, 1814

He's been arrested.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015
10:24 am
By: WhitesCreek

As you should know our amiable governor, Bill Haslam, called a special session of the TN Legislature to pass his Obamacare work around called Insure Tennessee. The most powerful politician in Tennessee, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, created a special committee in the special session to expressly murder Haslam's bill. In so doing, Ramsey also murders hundreds of Tennesseans who would be saved from an untimely death by the reasonable healthcare they will now not receive. Ramsey also saved Tennessee from Billions of dollars in Federal tax money that would go to keep rural hospitals open and provide care in a number of communities. Apparently, to many in the business community, it comes as a surprise that Tennessee has a Lt. Governor who will stand by and watch hundreds of Tennesseans die in order to prove he can kill rural Tennessee hospitals, kill low income Tennesseans and kill any plans the Governor has to bring this state out of the Ron Ramsey morass.

Crockett has a roundup of reaction and plans to work around Ron Ramsey's power trip.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015
08:27 am

This kind of "he said, she said" is why a public hearing should be conducted by an independent review board. We have two very different stories here. The public deserves to know the facts, not from a mother who got them second hand nor a LEA spokes person reporting the results of a secret internal investigation.

Suspect's Mom says

her son’s girlfriend Forland, who was also in the car, told her the officer hit their car and pinned them against the guardrail.

“He then rammed them head on and hung out the window and shot the first shot,” she said.

Christopher is at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in critical condition.

Doris says she wants justice.

“It shattered both jaw bones and he was shot in the neck, shot both hands and in the chest and shot in the arm,” she said. “There were 14 bullet holes in the car and my child had six of them and my child had no weapons or nothing.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015
07:51 am

Old tires are a constant problem all over Tennessee. Why isn't there a core charge for tires like there is for batteries? Is this just like the bottle bill and seen as an infringement on some people's right to trash our state?

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Wed
Feb 11 2015
08:52 pm

No mention of the fact that this is considered "assault" if you do it to an adult...

"The lack of consistency in the state in how physical punishment is administered seems to me to not make a lot of sense," Democratic Rep. Jason Powell said in an interview with The Tennessean. "It can expose our teachers and school systems to lawsuits and legal action over an excessive use of corporal punishment."

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Wed
Feb 11 2015
06:35 pm

In celebration of Black History Month and the 150 year anniversary of the last year of the Civil War, the RSCC Arts and Lectures Committee and the Social and Behavioral Science Forum Series will host the film “Glory” at the Princess Theatre on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 PM EST. The event is free and open to the public with a requested donation to pay for future RSCC Arts and Lectures Events. This is your chance to see a great film on the big screen for free or a minimal donation.
*Please note the movie is rated R for violence and strong language.

At the time, Ebert and Siskel gave this movie two thumbs up. Here's Ebert's review: (link...)

Wed
Feb 11 2015
12:01 pm

It is maddening to see politicians denigrate teachers, as has been the case in TN over the last few years. It is a demanding yet rewarding occupation. The problems created by the for profit schools industry and the politicians that serve them carry through to the classroom. Teachers suffer as a result but so does the quality of the education our children receive.

"Teaching is one of the most stressful occupations," notes Leigh McLean, doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, and Carol Connor, professor of psychology, at Arizona State University, who conducted the study, beginning when they were at Florida State University. "One of the troubling consequences of occupational stress is that it can contribute to elevated rates of symptoms of depression. Our study reveals some of the negative implications of higher rates of teachers' symptoms of depression for students."

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I'n going with this as my feel good story for today...

Norris and Shaggy make the trip to the Blue Jays training complex in Dunedin, Florida, each spring for three-a-day practices. However Norris insists that some of the best cross-training opportunities arise in his travels. “Surfing is great for your shoulders and core, hiking is a good lower body workout, and rock climbing … well, if you’ve ever rock climbed, good luck getting out of bed the next day!”

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This is a very succinct analysis of how easy it was for Ramsey to defeat a very popular governor. The few times I've been around Haslam he seems like a very nice guy. It appears he has no clue how to be our Governor in the face of a decidedly diabolical Lt. Governor who craves power at all cost.

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This was last night. A cop-cam would settle questions in the public's mind. My personal experience with Officer Mayes is that he is a solid Law Enforcement Officer.

“There was a pursuit,” Stockton said. “The pursuit got off westbound. There was a wreck. The officer got out of the car to approach the vehicle. The vehicle tried to get away and come at the officer and the officer opened fire.”

RCN Report

Tue
Feb 10 2015
07:20 am

Tom Humphrey has the comments from leaders and spokespersons around the state: (link...)

As usual Lt. Gov Ramsey issued a canned statement loaded with conservative drivel. Craig Fitzhugh Notes the Governor's Insure TN failure and the Tennessee Education Association were solid as always.

I consider the folks at RCN very good friends of mine but this is ridiculous. We have not one single positive story on the front page. Did nothing good and positive happen in Roane County this weekend? Do they not realize that the local newspaper is an ambassador for its community?

So on today's front page we have a tragic car wreck, a murderer who should have been tried long ago asking for yet another new attorney, and the preposterous situation of City of Kingston demanding someone be fined big time for polluting a stream while the City of Oliver Springs claiming it is perfectly legal for it to pollute private property with sewage.

Lots of good things happened this weekend. there was a sports record set, lots of arts and music, and a lot of people having fun in Roane County. What the rest of the word thinks of Roane County hangs in the balance here...Or should I say "Lack of balance"?

Sun
Feb 8 2015
11:40 am

There's a lot going on information wise on the UT campus this coming week. I'm surprised TNGOP hasn't tried to pass laws against this student initiative like they did with respect to sex week.

Darwin Day Celebrations

Fri
Feb 6 2015
09:16 am
By: WhitesCreek

Lawmakers Spar Over Their Own Taxpayer-Provided Health Coverage

Defeat Of Insure Tenn. Leaves Haslam Frustrated, Embarrassed

Shelby mayor: Defeat of Insure TN may mean 10% property tax increase

Corker for president? 11% of Tennesseans think that’s a good idea, 41% don’t

Insure Tennessee: Failure by Politics and Procedure

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Fri
Feb 6 2015
09:12 am

Clay Bennett

It is worth noting that 6 of the 7 Republicans that voted against "Government takeover of Healthcare" are on government healthcare plans. That means you and I are paying for their health insurance.

Fri
Feb 6 2015
08:51 am
By: WhitesCreek

This is pretty strange to me. Even I know that this is the old Kingston dump. They may regret putting it back on the radar screen. It is an interesting piece of property and looks from the road to be an old sink hole. This could go really well or really bad for the city.

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Fri
Feb 6 2015
08:47 am

While I applaud the goal, you don't have to drive around Rockwood very far to see a dozen or more buildings that are complete eyesores. Tearing down the historical past of Rockwood seems like a confused idea. I was recently inside the Bilbrey building and marveled at what a classic old place it is.

REU plans to tear down its existing building and the old Booth Funeral Home and renovate the remaining buildings, known as the Bilbrey building or Peterman building, and also the radio station building for its new offices.

Miller said the logic behind tearing the current location down eventually is because otherwise it would likely sit empty and become dilapidated.

RCN Story

Thu
Feb 5 2015
05:04 pm

I know a certain P E teacher who says this all the time. Now we have scientific proof.

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Wed
Feb 4 2015
08:32 pm
By: WhitesCreek

This is one of the best resources for the thousands of waterfalls that are in Tennessee. We should change our logo to "The Waterfall State"!

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Wed
Feb 4 2015
08:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research published by a faculty member in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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I hope no Republican has the audacity to file for per diem, because they wasted three days looking for an excuse to vote against Insure Tennessee

Statement from Craig Fitzhugh on the failure of House Republicans to pass Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee Legislation:

“When 280,000 Tennesseans are just hours away from getting insurance, Republicans get cold feet and walk away. This is an insult to Governor Haslam, a betrayal of our constituents and proves that Republicans are totally incapable of governing. In my 21 years of service, I cannot recall being more disappointed than I am today.

I hope no Republican has the audacity to file for per diem, because they wasted three days looking for an excuse to vote against Insure Tennessee. For my part, I will return all mine later this week. Going forward I hope the Governor calls us back into special session again and again until we get this right. This isn't over."

This is a great shop to wander around in. The guys that run it are fun to talk with as well.

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
12:15 pm

Here are the next six scheduled shows coming to the Princess.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

Feb 7 2015 - 07:00 PM
CASA Winter Blast
Feb 18 2015 - 07:00 PM
Movie Night: Glory
Mar 13 2015 - 07:00 PM
A Night of Magic
Mar 20 2015 - 07:00 PM
Will Talk For Food
Mar 27 2015 - 06:00 PM
2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show
May 30 2015 - 08:00 PM
The Kentucky HeadHunters

CLICK HERE - FOR MORE INFO!

Tue
Feb 3 2015
08:57 am

Haslam also said it wasn't in the Constitution just the bible. For god's sake, Bill. it's right there after "Provide for the common defense:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare

That and more from Crockett...

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Mon
Feb 2 2015
03:52 pm

This could be the start of good news for municipal internet.

State laws that obstruct towns and cities from building their own broadband networks are likely to fall at the end of the month, as a result of an upcoming vote by the FCC slated for a public meeting on February 26.

“After looking carefully at petitions by two community broadband providers asking the FCC to pre-empt provisions of state laws preventing expansion of their very successful networks, I recommend approval by the Commission so that these two forward-thinking cities can serve the many citizens clamoring for a better broadband future,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in statement on Monday.

The upcoming vote concerns two cities — Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina — that filed petitions with the FCC last year to rule that state rules restricting their fiber build-outs are inconsistent with federal law.

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Cohen Pushes for Student Loan Bankruptcy Protection

Rural hospitals at risk of closing if Insure TN fails

Koch brothers/charter school nightmare: “White kids get to go to a school with a Montessori approach while children of color get eye control”

Insure Tennessee would close gaps for veterans

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I really don't understand this. The prescription drug process is extremely broken and Big Pharma seems to like it that way. I will be really curious to see how prescription drug abuse fairs in states that legalize marijuana. For now we have a societal tragedy on our hands.

(Ronnie) Stockton said most of the people in the Roane County Jail are there because of drug related offenses.

“The more addicted these people are, the more desperate they get,” Stockton said, “particularly when they’re not seeking treatment or help from someone.”

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Sun
Feb 1 2015
10:42 am
By: WhitesCreek

Lost Medicaid Funding

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