Essentially we know nothing more about these two people from the media coverage of the debate. Giant media fail. However the totally unscientific poll at the Times Free Press has Dr. Mary Headrick winning by 77% to 23%. It appears that the engaged and knowledgeable voters have stated their clear choice for Dr. Headrick. Unfortunately it is not the knowledgeable voter who decides elections in Tennessee.
Here's the TFP coverage. WBIR is far worse.
According the Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew, Troy Beets ignored parliamentary law by prohibiting Ron Woody’s motion on the TVA funds. Troy has caused enough damage on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation. The money is gone, but it's time to remove him from office thus preventing anymore wrongdoing. He doesn't need a 3rd term after 32 years in various offices. Troy has a long history of ignoring the public.
Link to RCN article (link...)
“You’re talking about a district that has 650,000 people,” (Political Science Professor, Kent)Syler said. “Most people never meet the candidate.”
But he said it hardly matters.
“The most important thing that a candidate can do is raise money and set up advertising.”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais is recovering from cancer surgery. His campaign won't reveal any details but says he has a 90% chance of a full recovery. He's off the campaign trail but that doesn't matter. It's all about the money.
The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival runs Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman (near the Radio Control Airport). Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12.
This is rather nice for Dr. Mary...
October 25, 2014
Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, was both delighted and gratified to receive the endorsement of Robert Reich, who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration.
“Mary Headrick is a fighter for average working Americans against the moneyed interests that are wielding more power than ever. She’ll stand up for you, not for them. She deserves your support, and we all deserve her in Congress,” Reich stated in his endorsement.Continued...
Watts Bar construction began in 1973, but because of America's on-again, off-again romance with nuclear energy, Unit ONE was delayed until 1996.
The romance rekindled in 2007, and TVA committed to finishing Watts Bar Unit TWO, at a cost of 2-point-2 billion dollars. In just 5 years, that cost doubled to 4-point-2 billion dollars and TVA now says, Unit Two will FINALLY be ready by late next year.
Looks like it. One million dollars in the TVA Ash Disaster pay off money was earmarked as image repair money back when. A sound plan was proposed by County Exec Ron Woody and Roane Alliance President Wade Cresswell. That plan would have allocated the money to the one organization in Roane County that has the sole purpose of promoting Roane County. Instead, the money was divided up with the bulk of it going to Harriman and Kingston. I can see the case for Kingston but Harriman has made out like a bandit on the backs of TVA ash spill victims. Rockwood can make a far greater case for having been harmed by the ash spill stigma than Harriman can. Rockwood is, after all, downstream. Harriman is somewhere else.
A sensible use of the million dollars would be to allocate it to the Roane Alliance and use it for specific public relations programs that would begin the process of erasing the TVA disaster stigma that hangs over Roane County property owners and businesses. But it's money after all and there's nothing local officials like better than money they don't have to levy taxes to get.Continued...
American alligators use tools. The only other Reptilia known to use sticks to lure birds is the mugger crocodile. Both species collect sticks on their heads which birds looking for nesting material try to pick up, thereby becoming food for the local apex predator.
Roane County had 86 deer related traffic accidents last year. Slow down and don't swerve, even if a collision is imminent. Remember that there is almost never just one and that they are incredibly stupid where vehicles are concerned.
A few items that caught my eye:
Despite all the scare mongering by the GOP, ebola is exactly as difficult to catch as the CDC said it was. Family members of the only victim so far who had very close contact with him have been cleared and released from quarantine.
An experimental herpes drug is named "pritelivir". Is that pronounced "Pretty Liver"?
As of this exact moment in time you have arachnids living on your face. Members of the arachnid family include scorpions, spiders and mites. Researchers have found Demodex folliculorum or D. brevis (human follicular mites) in the facial follicles of 100% of adults tested. Time to get over that Arachnophobia of yours. You are where they live! I thought about posting photos but didn't want to ruin your breakfast.
A virus that makes its way to a door knob can be transmitted to between 40% and 60% of the people in an office within two to four hours. If half of the people use disinfectant hand wipes the rate of transmission is cut by 80%.
Chuck Fleischmann voted to prevent the Pentagon from taking climate change into account. How long are we going to tolerate politicians ignoring science?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.
It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.
You may find this surprising, given that I am a tireless critic of TVA, but I agree with the IG for the most part on the clean up. TVA has failed to make our County and its property owners whole from a financial stand point but environmentally we are better than we have been since TVA came to town in the early 1950's.
“Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”
This should be a model for the other towns in Roane County on how to put your best foot forward.
Not the normal happening in Rockwood, actually.
October 18, 2014
Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, called for both immediate action by government to address Ebola and by individual Tennesseans to address influenza.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing the results of drastic government cost-cutting in the name of ‘smaller government’ as well as the results of years of congressional gridlock,” Dr. Headrick noted.Continued...
Congratulations to Rockwood Girls Soccer District 3 A/AA Champions!
Between phone calls and email I had more than one staunch Republican tell me they voted for Mary yesterday. They pretty much hate Chuck Fleischmann. There might be a surprise in this election after all.
Meet Charlie Ingram & Ray Brazier from the Outdoor Channel on Monday, October 20 at 7 pm at The Roane Alliance. This is a free event. More info:
It's Fall. Whites Creek is running strong and several thousand common grackles have us surrounded. They are wonderfully noisy.
Thursday Night at the Library Presents Elder Law Attorney, Amelia Crotwell
Thursday, October 16 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library
Phil Bredesen was just in a commercial WITH Bill Haslam supporting a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in Tennessee.
With a just released report from NASA calling September the "Hottest month in history" There's this from the Pentagon:
"Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe," he adds.
The report asserts that climate change will affect the Pentagon's ability to "defend the nation" and "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,"
Can we do something yet?
Sorry Chuck Fleischmann. Why is it that people who know you personally seem to have decided to support Mary Headrick for Congress in the 3rd District?
Today at the JFK Club luncheon meeting at The Chattanoogan, Mayor Andy Berke spoke in glowing terms in support of Mary Headrick's run for U.S. Congress. He told those assembled that Mary Headrick has his support. This announcement was received with obvious pleasure from the crowd.
Headrick stated, "It means a lot to me to have the approval of an elected official from the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Just as important, in fact more important, is the support I have received form citizens in Chattanooga and throughout the 3rd District. Together, we can bring greater prosperity, progress and fairness to East Tennessee."
John G. Stewart lives in Knoxville and is a former assistant general manager and vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is aghast but not surprised at the idiocy of TN's Constitutional amendments.
Pity the poor voter this time around, especially when it comes to the four constitutional amendments on the ballot. First, the wording of the amendments themselves is all but incomprehensible. Who writes this stuff?
Then the media — and your mailbox — are filled with one half-truth and one misleading assertion after another.
The classic example of this are the assertions being trumpeted far and wide by the advocates of constitutional Amendment 3
This is extremely alarming! I hope the penalty for this is substantial.
According to reports, a woman told police she was taking her children to school along Sugar Grove Valley Road when she saw emergency blue lights behind her car.
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