Mon
Sep 28 2015
03:03 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Commissioner Collier is in the hospital after serious surgery. He is an effective advocate for those he represents and has been the driving force behind Operation Reach for years.

We send our good thoughts and best wishes to Bobby and his family. Hang in there, brother!

Bobby

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.

Help us qualify for our new fire truck grant! Chili Supper poster, 9/25/2015
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We've been there ourselves and had to drive over to the game a ref was officiating to get him to admit there was a mistake and correct his own paperwork. This is one of "those" calls.

Rockwood High School football coach John Webb is still racking his brain to determine why star running back Isiah Jones was flagged for taunting after scoring a touchdown late in last Friday’s 34-27, overtime loss to Grace Christian Academy.

The infraction, Jones’ second personal foul of the game, resulted in an ejection, meaning the standout runner, who transferred from Oak Ridge last season, will miss Friday’s matchup with area rival Harriman.

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Fri
Sep 18 2015
06:14 pm

Yeah!

KINGSTON, TENN. — While the University of Tennessee prepares to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts in gridiron action this Saturday evening, final preparations are also taking place at nearby Roane County High School as the Yellow Jackets Marching Band takes advantage of a rare opportunity to perform with UT’s famous Pride of the Southland Band on game day.

“This is quite an honor,” said RCHS band director Zack Williamson. This year’s band boasts nearly 200 students who are looking forward to walking the Vol Walk route, enjoying a bit of tailgating — and performing in Neyland Stadium.

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On Friday at 5 PM, support the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department and have some good food and fellowship too! Chief Charlie Redwine donated his grant-writing skills to get a usually elusive $200,000+ grant from FEMA for a much-needed new tank truck.

However, the community is required to raise 5% (a little over $10,000) to quality for this substantial grant. So, come to the Chili/Soup Fundraiser Supper on 9/25, have some fun, and help these fine volunteers get that truck.

Read more at: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Sep 17 2015
08:42 am

I just made an appointment for a hearing before the Bord of Equalization regarding a condo in Ladd Landing. I've been here before, for the exact same reason.

(Call 376-4362 ASAP if you wish to appeal your appraisal)

We received our appraisal card for the condo and it was for the amount that was approved by the state in our appeal after the BOE refused to accept our position last time. They put us througfh the expense and time involved, first with going before them, and second going before the state appeals board, where the BOE was over ruled and we were granted a fair and reasonable valuation.

Then, weeks after the original card was sent out, we received another card last Friday, Sept. 11, that revised the valuation upward to a ridiculous number. I was told that the state did not account for land values in appraising our condo. This is exactly what they did last time. Land values are included in a condo's market price. Don't believe me? Try selling your land and keeping your condo. We won this on appeal.

Now, even though revised appraisal cards just went out, they are saying they will not remain in session after Sept 25, even if they have no hearing slots available t everybody who wants one. I am very uneasy with the practices of this Board.

Wed
Sep 16 2015
06:24 pm

Here we go...

Gatlinburg is already running its PR machine about leaf season. And, the Smokies have a really nice one, but so does Roane County!

We took a nice jaunt along the creek this evening and noticed that the black gums and sweet gums are showing wine red color already. That bodes well for Roane County leaf season. Here's a shot from a past year. Frankly I think the drive up Hwy 70 to Roosevelt Mountain is the equal of anywhere. Now if only we could exterminate the litterbugs!

Whites Creek

Tue
Sep 15 2015
05:44 pm

So we have a number of actors and actresses with Roane County connections, even though some of them (who shall remain nameless, Megan Fox) disavow the connection. Then we get this:

HARRIMAN (WATE) – A woman who played the medical assistant in the first three season of Star Trek: Voyager was arrested for indecent exposure.

Jennifer Ann Lien

Lien

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Tue
Sep 15 2015
05:41 pm

Update: Open now

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Tue
Sep 15 2015
10:46 am
By: WhitesCreek
Tue
Sep 15 2015
09:18 am

Phil Williams at News Channel 5 in Nashville takes a look at the Governor's privatization schemes and finds they aren't justified.

Among the findings: it won't save any money because universities are already doing it cheaper than the proposed outsourcing costs.

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Tue
Sep 15 2015
08:01 am
By: WhitesCreek

Ron Berry

Berry

Tue
Sep 15 2015
06:47 am
By: WhitesCreek

White Fringed Orchid
We are at the very end of the flowering period so look for it in wetland and bog areas right now!

The common name for this beauty is "monkey faced orchid". Plant people know it as the "white fringeless orchid" and scientists know it as Platanthera Integrilabia. I'm going with white fringeless orchid. It lives in Roane County, TN or at least it did live here before a less than thoughtful highway project wiped it out.

While I suspect that there may be a few plants surviving in the wilds of Roane County, I think there is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to recovery by establishing a project to restore this and other native species in some form of nature park in a prominent location in our county.

Roane County has suffered and continues to suffer from the public impression that we are an environmental disaster area. Everytime TVA is mentioned the news services show that same old totally outdated ash disaster photo from 8 1/2 years ago. What better project could we have than a garden to our native heritage?

Check out this little beauty!

There are significant resources available for something like this, including people at the US Fish and Wildlife Service who are friends of Roane County having attended music events here. The Fish and Wildlife Service people in Cookeville are very interested as well. Here's more: (link...)

Sun
Sep 13 2015
09:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

Today is a new moon. None of the moon's illuminated surface faces the earth.

Today will be 12 hours and 29 minutes long. Tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 13 seconds shorter.

Last night's low temperature was 49 degrees F. The record low was 47 degrees set in 1940.

Average temperatures for this date are 87 and 63 degrees. Averages are now calculated with data from 1999 to the present due to the increase in global temperatures worldwide and uncertainties due to climate change.

Fri
Sep 11 2015
08:15 am

I suppose one could make a career out of correcting the Damon Lawrence stories in the Roane County News, but our interest is in giving everyone good information and letting them judge for themselves. We are only going to mention the most obvious misleading statements in this story for now.

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Fri
Sep 11 2015
07:35 am

Ladd Landing Listening Room is a house concert venue. Everyone who wants to listen to good music in a family friendly atmosphere is welcome. Come out and meet all the good folks who have made this a great grown up social scene in Roane County.

Americana Country group Guy Marshall brings us their hard hitting songs and great harmonies tonight.

$10 BYOB Family Friendly Doors at 7:00 PM

Listen

Directions and the calendar of music can be found by clicking Daniel Kimbro's bass over on the right.

Thu
Sep 10 2015
07:00 am

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-dark chamber of a cave in South Africa.

The creature shows a surprising mix of human-like and more primitive characteristics — some experts called it “bizarre” and “weird.”

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Thu
Sep 10 2015
06:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County has many more bears than people think. They rarely want to interact with humans and seem to do their best to stay out of sight. Stories like this deserve at least as much hype when proven false as they got initially. Our society is driven by irrational fears that have no basis in fact when examined.

Michael Savage, 27, called 911 around Friday morning saying he’d been mauled by some sort of animal with dark coarse hair while walking near his home in LaFollette. TWRA called a news conference and put out a bear warning and traps, but investigators later said they are fairly certain Savage was not attacked by any animal.

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You should care about this. The TN Supreme Court decides your future in ways you may regret.

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Wed
Sep 9 2015
12:30 pm

This is going to be somewhat more interesting than usual. For these last few terms we've had an extremely good and fair Chairman in Commissioner Brummett, but I hear he may not want to continue due to family considerations. Personally I hope he sees his way clear to continue since I believe he is head and shoulders above any one else for that position.

What we don't need is someone who will use the position to promote a narrow and personal agenda as has happened at times in the past. The published agenda is attached but it isn't particularly informative.

Why weren't we made more aware of this? Isn't Babcox and Wilcox the corporation that wants to build small nuclear reactors in Roane County?

An Energy Department inspector general's report is critical of the Y-12 National Security Complex's response after small vials of bomb-grade uranium almost left the plant on a laundry truck.

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Mon
Sep 7 2015
06:06 pm

There were a lot of great folks there today. Our good friend Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party Chair, gave a great speech as did Terry Adams, former TN Senate candidate. One interesting thing I noticed was that, as Mary mentioned each of the Democratic Party's declared candidates for President, Hillary Clinton got polite applause while Bernie Sanders got a rousing round from nearly everybody in the room.

So this is as close as we're going to get to a straw poll in Roane County and Bernie Wins it!

Mon
Sep 7 2015
08:52 am
By: WhitesCreek

If you enjoy your day off from labor, well, that's fine and good, but would you take just a moment and think about why we celebrate this day?

The first Labor Day parade is reported to have been in New York in sympathy with workers who had been killed by police in Chicago during a protest that was part of the effort to create the 8 hour work day. That event is called the Haymarket Massacre.

With unions being demonized by conservatives, we chould take a moment or two to realize what life was like for a working person before unions were able to change things. The very fact that you have a two day weekend and this day off is a result of people dying for the cause of worker rights.

Fri
Sep 4 2015
07:40 am

Info Directions and Calendar Right Here: (link...)

Now see why Jay Clark is one of the best singers and songwriters walking this planet.

Thu
Sep 3 2015
10:21 am
Thu
Sep 3 2015
07:13 am

We've had ginseng plants poached as have several people we know. The penalties for this need to be toughened, especially since the practice has led to this plant's depletion in the wild. I even know a grower who has had them stolen from his yard.

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It's disappointing that we live in a time when this is a result of our social interaction.

...when I saw just how vulgar it was and is, that also bothered me. To me, there was hate in that," Williams said.

The Roane County Sheriff said more than half a dozen homes, cars and storage spaces were targeted in the Swan Pond Road area, off Roane State Highway.

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This is one of the toughest triathlons that includes whitewater kayaking. The Green River Gorge in NC is a rite of passage for extreme kayakers and is the first leg of the Tri. It includes the massive Gorilla Falls rapid and many more. The mountain bike trail and the run are on the same grueling 8 mile loop out of and back into the Green River Gorge.

Here's a short version of last year's race. (As the proud Papa I'm pulling for a repeat but those are extremely hard to accomplish. We'll keep you posted.)

Tue
Sep 1 2015
09:14 am

Every Tennessean should be alarmed that this is happening with ZERO public awareness or input. Do you really think that a corporation Bill Haslam owns part of should be the gatekeeper for state jobs from now on?

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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.

Help us qualify for our new fire truck grant! Chili Supper poster, 9/25/2015
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Lost Medicaid Funding

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