Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2014 - 7:59am.

“I’ve knocked on over 6,000 doors, and these people don’t want no tax,” (New Commissioner Junior)Hendrickson said. “They don’t want it put on the ballot. If we vote to put it on the ballot and it passes, we’ve raised it just the same.”

Did Junior just say that he won't let the people vote on a tax increase for schools because people don't want a tax increase for schools and people might vote to pass the tax increase for schools?

RCN story

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:34pm.

We thus have the General Assembly asking to be trusted on abortion and judicial appointments, to be distrusted on an income tax and, oh, by the way, to fix the oversight their predecessors made a dozen years ago in denying gaming rights to veterans.

This is a great overview of all the state constitutional amendments. Tom Humphrey is kicking hard for a retired guy: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:21pm.

This is actually pretty funny in a blatant "you scratch my back with 20's and I'll scratch your back with 100's" kind of way.

During a conference with potential bidders Sept. 4 a vendor was looking at the requirements in the procurement documents. The vendor was looking at the details and happened to click "properties". Hilarity ensued:

The vendor made the assertion after clicking on the “properties” tab of a computer file among the documents given to vendors for review, which listed as its “author” the Tennessee sales representative for Motorola Solutions Inc., the current contractor. The conference ended as other vendors asked about the fairness of the process.

Thanks to Tom Humphrey:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 9:05am.

It is not an accident that things like this are released in the Friday news dump in order to try and keep them quiet as possible.

The gypsum storage landfill has been under construction for several years past its original completion date. It has had any number of engineering and construction problems that we are aware of. Who knows what we haven't been told. I strongly suggest our elected officials get involved with this and make certain that the citizens of Roane County are protected. It's not like TVA has our best interests at heart.

The application is attached. We should at the minimum require a Public hearing with TVA being questioned by experts representing the County and its people.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 13, 2014 - 10:13am.

Kingston scored in the last minute of the game for the win. Congratulations to the Kingston players for getting Coach Pankey his first win at RCHS.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:14am.

I like this story!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:11am.

I would certainly like to have more information about this.

OAK RIDGE — The reactor pool is leaking at one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's old research reactors, prompting an urgent response by the U.S. Department of Energy and its cleanup contractor — although the contractor said Thursday the leak is being collected in a basin and poses no safety or health threat.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 1:15pm.

Chad tells me that they just signed a deal with the Discovery Channel and Nascar to use songs from their first album Bona Fide. This is huge!

See them right here at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse for a measly $10 in an all original acoustic show. See you there!

More information is right HERE

Sponsored by: Gloria Jean's Fine Southern Provisions

and Cloth and Chair Interiors

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:36am.

And in keeping with TVA's inability to do anything right where our safety is concerned:

The government agency responsible for maintaining America's nuclear arsenal wants to continue to use a TVA nuclear power plant to produce bomb material even though tritium leaks from the the process have been nearly four times what was originally projected.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:25am.

It's no secret that our elected officials are bought and paid for. They pass inane laws that do nothing except insure that you and I pay too much money for bad products and services. A huge newsworthy example at the moment is the municipal utility EPB that provides internet service in Chattanooga. It is the fastest broadband internet in the country. It is also the best buy for your money. Chattanooga's economy is booming in part because of the low cost and wide availability of super fast internet service.

TN Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn thinks this is socialism and must be outlawed. Why does she think that? AT$T, Verizon, and other cable internet companies have ordered her to think that.She has a bill in Congress to do just that because...ummm...well, it's a state's rights issue. Hiding behind ideology is an easy way to avoid admitting that Marsha is screwing her constituents for pay...and she's doing it for very little money in the scheme of things. Marsha is getting paid a few hundred thousand dollars for subverting US law for an industry that is making hundreds of billions of dollars each year. She's working way too cheap!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 10, 2014 - 8:59am.

There is a lot of research on why people believe impossible things. There is exactly zero credible evidence that this beast exists and a lot of hoaxes that have been disproved and admitted to. Even so, people want to believe in this giant leprechaun. Animal Planet fans the flames in order to get viewers. I have talked with folks who have led the shows people into the woods and they say it's a huge joke. With all the amazing plants and animals we have in Roane County I really wish we could focus on reality instead of the far less interesting fairy tales. Here's the RCN story and the web page for the East Tennessee Bigfoot org:



Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 6:04pm.

I could tell you about this but it would be better for you to read it for yourself without me as a filter. Well written and well reasoned!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 5:46pm.

Is anybody home up there? This is as slack as it gets. Is it even legal to backdate signatures?

Mistakes in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to be backdated to meet constitutional deadlines.

The governor must either sign or veto bills within 10 days, excluding Sundays, of receiving them from the Legislature, or they become law without his signature.

...Among the bills that mistakenly became law without Haslam's signature was a measure to punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics and harm their babies as a result. Haslam's office announced on April 29 — a day after the 10-day deadline — that he had signed the bill despite calls from health and women's organizations to veto the measure."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 9:58am.

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for TN Third Congressional seat, today applauded Monday’s Senate vote to advance the amendment to the United States Constitution to keep “dark money” out of politics and reverse two US Supreme Court decisions that removed limits on Corporation campaign contributions.

“The Conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court has made decisions that have put our government up for sale,” Headrick stated. “Monday’s Senate vote is the first step toward taking elections back from big money and returning them to 'We, the people' with the principle 'One person, one vote'”

Full press release:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 8:02am.

Would't it be wonderful if politicians were held accountable for lying in their campaigns? Congressman Chuck Fleischmann would then be held accountable for the fake photo of Weston Wamp burning his passport, something which never happened, but which got sent to most homes in our Congressional district as if it were true. If you lie to me, I don't trust anything you say from then on. Why lying in politics is tolerated in the Bible Belt when it is one of the big "Thy Shalt Nots", amazes me. Let's hope the judges offer a legal remedy that punishes campaign liars!

We hold that the record before us in this case concerning the alleged defamation of a public figure contains evidence that is clear and convincing from which a trier of fact could find actual malice in Campfield’s publication of false statements about Byrge.

Discussion at KNowViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 6:21am.

Somehow TVA was able to make the case and sway the committee into thinking that Harriman's image was just as "damaged" as Kingston and Roane County and Mayor Beets went along with it in order to get $350,000 for Kingston to use on its own. We have an entire agency in Roane County that is professionally staffed specifically for developing Roane County's "image". That is where Woody wanted the money to go.

A follow-up amendment by Woody to allocate all of the $1 million to Roane County( Roane Alliance) failed when no foundation member seconded it. Woody said prior meeting records indicated that was the first plan for how to use the “image repair” money.

Instead, foundation members accepted a TVA proposal for Kingston and Harriman to each get $375,000 for public relations efforts, Rockwood will receive $100,000, and Roane County will get $150,000, plus some $100,000 in interest that has accrued on the original $43 million.


Submitted by onetahiti on September 8, 2014 - 5:39pm.

The Tennessean (Link...) reports that Kroger is changing its 'give back' donation program. Now shoppers will be able to designate a charity online at: Link....

Charities that want to participate should sign up online: Link.... I checked, and so far Ridge View Elementary, Rockwood Food Pantry (Rockwood Ministerial Association), and West Roane County VFD are not yet signed up; I hope they sign up soon.

-- OneTahiti

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

Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit against Judge Mike Pemberton,The Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins has been scheduled for trial on Oct. 8 in Roane County Chancery Court. The RCN has this note:

The Roane County law firm Cooley, McFarland, Raby and Reynolds is representing Pemberton in the matter.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 8, 2014 - 7:59am.

The latest edition of the Roane County Commission will take up the matter of a sales tax increase, purportedly to help the schools. This is a complicated matter, actually, and I wonder how many of the commissioners actually understand why we are in the position we are in? Here's a short version.

All county schools receive a large portion of their funding from a share of state sales tax revenue. That portion is determined by the BEP formula, which distributes money to county school systems based on how much money the county itself has with which it can fund its own schools. A major factor in this is the value of homes and other real estate within the county. since property tax is a primary source of county revenue. The more valuable real estate in a county, the more a given tax rate earns for schools.

That should be pretty straight forward, right? Well it would be if real estate is assessed at reasonable fair market values.

When then Property Assesor Teresa Kirkham sent out tax cards in 2009 Property owners were shocked to see their assessments rise to unreal valuations in Roane County AFTER the 2008 TVA ash disaster. This was even more surprising when put in the perspective against properties in the neighboring counties of Knox, Anderson, Blount, and Loudon, all of which went down and none of which had a disaster on their hands. Kirkham was apparently of the opinion that a TVA disaster increases property values.

Now, property owners have several checks and balances built into the system to protect against a rogue tax assessor. They can appeal to the Board of Equalization which is supposed to be an autonomous quasi judicial entity following judicial rules of conduct. I'm not going to get into it at the moment but I suggest the members of that board look up "ex parte communication" and in the future refrain from letting the Assessor's office have private meetings with them during which property owners aren't allowed. They can appeal to the state, which many have done. The vast majority of appeals to outlandish Kirkham appraisals have been lowered in retrospect. Current Assessor David Morgan has been producing assessments that are actually in line with market valuations and the next countywide revaluation should correct most of this. For now, however, the damage to the BEP formula and school funding is already done, however.

But remember: The primary check on high property appraisals is the County Commission. The Commission must vote to approve the Assessor's work, and in 2009 they voted to approve property valuations that were around 20% above real market value, even in the most conservative of estimates. The Chairman of the Roane County Commission at the time was Troy Beets.

The current County Commission will consider a vote in tonight's meeting that would increase the County sales tax in order to partly make up for the loss of BEP school money caused by unrealistic property valuations the commission approved in 2009. Troy Beets voted to approve those valuations as Chairman. Troy was voted off the Commission but now serves as Mayor of Kingston. Regarding the Commission voting for a sales tax increase... From the Roane County News:

“I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets..,

Previously at




Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 7, 2014 - 8:38am.

There are a number of things that worry me about our political process, but when you give the Legislative Branch total control it is a screaming freight train to massive corruption. We have a number of Republicans telling the same lie at the moment, namely that the AG is supposed to defend the laws that the legislature passes. The AG is the closest thing we have to a state sheriff. The AG rules on matters of the state and federal constitution, in particular, the AG tells the legislature when it is acting illegally. What Republicans want is a crooked sheriff who will tell them whatever politically expedient of the moment they want to hear. This will not be good for the honest citizens of Tennessee.

What these enemies of democracy want is to have a dishonest sheriff. What we have at the moment is a dishonest legislature.

Tom Humphrey has a good overview:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 6, 2014 - 7:41pm.

Yes, I'm totally bragging! This event is hard...Way hard!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 6, 2014 - 4:54pm.

“We’re proud that he’s our Democratic nominee," he said of Ball. "We’re proud that he’s a candidate we can support. We’re proud that he is going to bring to Tennessee voters the message that they need to hear this fall because Republicans do not deserve a monopoly in Tennessee politics.”

Cooper highlighted a point that Democrats are likely to return to often in the coming weeks: Lamar's failure to get over 50 percent of the vote in the Republican primary and a loss in his own county.

“It’s an opportunity for Democrats and independents and a lot of disaffected Republicans to come together behind Gordon Ball,” Cooper said...


Gordon Ball asks the question that has troubled many Tennesseans:

“Think about it, Lamar Alexander became governor in 1978 with a net worth of $150,000," Ball said. "He’s been in office almost 40 years in one form or another. He’s now worth $22 million or more. How do you do that? How do you answer that to the people of Tennessee, what you’ve been doing on the side while you’ve been representing Tennesseans.”

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 6, 2014 - 4:43pm.

Given TVA's inability to pile dirt safely, It doesn't make me feel better that TVA has installed bigger louder "Evacuate" sirens around Watts Bar.

...the Watts Bar project also illustrates the challenges facing the U.S. nuclear industry. Nuclear plants are expensive, complicated and time-consuming to build. They require huge sums of upfront capital — the new Watts Bar reactor could cost as much as $4.5 billion, nearly double earlier estimates.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 5, 2014 - 6:22am.

Why does this song make me think of our current political process?

Going to see this guy next Wednesday. My friend Sam Lewis is opening.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 4, 2014 - 11:13am.

An inability to keep track of surplus military rifles forced the 2013 retirement of a Tennessee Highway Patrol captain and more recently caused another state agency to be temporarily suspended from the program that provided them.

A gun stolen from a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency truck prompted a mandatory suspension of the agency from the federal program. That happened in June, and the agency reported the theft immediately. TWRA officials expect to be reinstated to the program, which provides guns it uses to control wild hogs.


Just as a point of reference, my family uses a .22 to switch off wild hogs. I don't get the machine gun need.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 4, 2014 - 7:10am.

While analyzing Gordon Ball's chances against Lamar Alexander Cagle must be noticing that people in TN's 3rd Congressional District really don't like Chuck Fleischmann, even if he won't come out and say it. He does say this:

The bitter 3rd District Congressional race was won by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. Democratic candidate Mary Headrick may turn out Democratic votes, especially in Chattanooga, and pick up some disgruntled Weston Wamp voters. A lot of Republicans may stay home.

Fleischmann has been a disappearing congressman. He comes out every election season, spends a ton of outside money that he gets from Karl Rove and Washington PACs traching his opponent, and then Chuck disappears until the next election cycle. His main asset is his ton of outside money. He sent roughly $37 per vote in the Republican primary. In the last election Dr. Mary Headrick was a complete unknown but was able to win her votes for less that a buck each. Chuck doesn't have 37 times as much money as Mary Headrick. This is getting interesting.

Here's the full read:

Cagle's piece in the MetroPulse

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 3, 2014 - 8:26am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 3, 2014 - 6:32am.

Remember When TVA Refused to Spend $4 Million and cost itself $1.4 Billion in the Ash Disaster? And then fought making its victims whole for five and a half years because it would be too expensive?

...And when TVA raised rates for homeowners so it could cut rates for industrial customers?

The Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor will cost $4.5 Billion. Buckle the seat belt on your check book, folks!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 3, 2014 - 5:52am.

There were several power outages during the night. Knox weather said a tenth of an inch but we have 1.5 inches in the gauge. Today will be hot and muggy with 40% chance of showers. That Labor Day is the end of summer thing isn't holding up.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 2, 2014 - 11:31am.

...a 1999 Tennessee law prohibits cities that operate their own Internet networks from providing access outside the boundaries where they provide electrical service. Bowling wanted to change that and introduced a bill in February to allow them to expand.

She viewed the network, which offers speeds about 80 times faster than AT&T and 10 times faster than Charter in Tullahoma according to advertised services, as a utility, like electricity, that all Tennesseans need.



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