It looks like we are down to two branches of government in this state, with Haslam holding a mostly ceremonial position and zero power.
My mom passed away over two decades ago. I still think about her daily. Of all the things she wanted in life most of them were for her children. There are four of us. Now that I have a spouse and children of my own I have come to know the perspective of caring for someone else more than for your own self, though I am a male and accept that maleness prevents me from fully knowing love as a mother loves. It is just different and I accept that. One part of that love that I can understand is that the majority of my mother's life decisions and actions were based on her judgement of how this would make her children's lives better.
In that thought I find a philosophy and guiding moral compass that I can follow. "If I do this will it make my children's lives better?"
On this Mother's Day, originally founded as the women's campaign against war, I propose that we put things to this moral test.
"If I do this will it make my children's lives better?"
Happy Mother's Day!
It's for the children. It always was.
Koch brothers clash with GOP lawmakers as their lobbyists turn Tennessee into a ‘horror movie’
I might have phrased that differently but...
Rotating on the stages will be professional, interactive, comedy shows. These include The ridiculously dangerous Fire * Whip * Sword Show; The Steele Sisters; Fantasies, Fables & Fortunes; and Albi Belly Dancers. There will also be Celtic musicians, interactive folk dancers, puppet shows, games, and The Royal Players whose characters include young King Henry VIII. Period crafts, food and beer will be available.
Today, the TVA Board of Directors approved the auction of the TVA-owned properties (23 homes and 39 lots) on Emory River Road. The homes have been used to house project staff, and TVA has performed general maintenance and mowing of the properties.
TVA will contract with an auction company to manage the auction process. Prospective buyers will have the opportunity to view the properties, which will be auctioned ‘as is.’ Purchasers of the properties with water frontage will be able to apply for a 26(a) dock permit.
OK, look...Most snake bites in TN are nonvenomous. The venomous bites are mostly copperheads. The protocol for a copperhead bite is a tetanus shot and 24 hours medical observation. It hurts (really hurts a lot) but is almost never more than that, except for the black and ugly lymphatic reaction. On the rare occasion that there is more to the bite, the observation will indicate treatment of symptoms is needed. The short version of a copperhead bite is that you are going to hurt and it will look really bad but everything will be OK in the long run, except in very rare instances.
Everything is different if the bite is from a timber rattler. Fatality is still highly unlikely but secondary effects can be a real problem. Go to the emergency room in all cases. Have the doc get on the internet tubes and check the most recent protocol. Do NOT take antivenin without obvious signs that it is needed. That stuff is a problem all its own, but if you need it, you need it.
Prevention is better than treatment. Look around and move slowly in the dusk hours. Look where you will take your next step. Snakes really really don't want to bite you. Give them the opportunity to not bite you, OK? It's better for everyone.
If you look at this graphic, we are at the point of the "4". That's us! We have a lot of saving to do!
Now this is different. When I was a kid beer stores in Memphis had delivery boys on bicycles. Under-aged consumption was pricey but that held things down a bit. Now we get this bill that was not on any body's radar:
I appreciate letting officers have some leeway in how tickets are handled. The goal is the public good, after all, and not necessarily how many tickets they can write or how much revenue they can produce for the court system. This one seems pretty straight forward, though.
Crockett Buzz for May 5, 2015
The 6.5 million citizens of TN spend about $32 million on our state legislature. 557 registered lobbyists spend twice that much. And we wonder why they don't listen to we the people?
The people who plan to make money on charter schools deceptively named "The American Federation for Children" Took out one of the best legislators in the state, Gloria Johnson.
In last year's elections, at least two House incumbents were defeated after being targeted by six-figure spending by AFC and StudentsFirst, much of it on attack advertising. They were former Rep. Dennis "Coach" Roach, R-Rutledge, defeated in the GOP primary, and former Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, who lost in the general election.
This is a nasty story that depicts the end of citizen representation in America. It's that bad...
Rabies shots being offered at some Knox County Schools
But it's always OK if Republicans do it. Slap the wrist and go on with business as usual...
Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxille, have both written reimbursement checks to the state after a WTVF-TV review found they had been billing both taxpayers and their campaign accounts for out-of-state trips to legislative conferences.
Ketron, who chairs both the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus, wrote the state a check for $17,553 covering six trips over the past six years. Haynes, who recently became the Tennessee Republican Party chairman, wrote a check for $4,000 covering three trips over a four-year period.
Something that strikes me as un-American also strikes me as just plain weird. TN Congressperson Diane Black of Gallatin thinks she should be able to force her somewhat perverted ideas on people who could not vote for her and that she doesn't represent. Black thinks a bill to let women make their own health decisions is an affront to religious freedom. Among other things she wants an employer to be able to fire women who use contraception. Guess what...So does every other Republican congressman from Tennessee.
The House passed Black's bill late Thursday night, 228-192
That and more atrocities from Crockett Policy Buzz:
This is an excellent company that has amazing capabilities in wood beam CNC construction.
Sauter Timber's Production Facility in Rockwood, TN, built from CLT (cross laminated timber) and glulam, has a 23-foot-high ceiling supporting a six-ton bridge crane, which it uses to carry the heavy timber trusses during production. The unusual construction effort won a 2015 Design Award from WoodWorks, an industry group that advocates and promotes increased use of wood for for structural components in buildings.
WC - a few days ago you mentioned the CASA 5K run held at Roane State each year. Of course, CASA is a wonderful and very necessary cause.
I found out - via the RCN! - that this years CASA run/walk is being held in honor of and dedicated to a long-time friend of mine, Dick Evans. Dick, a Kingston attorney, has strongly supported CASA forever. I think it is totally fitting that this run this year is in his honor.Continued...
As everyone knows, medical cannabis is the slippery slope to full legalization. This is primarily opposed by the for profit prison industry as the majority of people incarcerated are due to low level drugs. This bill is as strange as it gets because it lets people with doctor "permission" possess cannabis oil which still cannot be legally manufactured or sold in Tennessee.
The back shooting and griping between the Roane County Board of Equalization and the Property Assessor continues. The RCN published the normal "He said, she said" coverage with no real insight for us into what is going on.
Nowhere is there any mention of the questions about the Board's improper communications with the previous Assessor's office in its rulings on appeals by property owners and there is no mention of the Board's improper actions in reusing to notify property owners when their case is being reviewed as required by law.
Here is part of Morgan's letter that was deleted from the RCN article.
My office understands that we cannot spot reappraise, and we are not trying to do that. Nearly every Trustee Change Notice that I sign, is because a taxpayer has come to our office and appealed his value (informally or formally). We verify the facts with a site visit usually, and make changes if they are warranted. To summarize, my office is doing the job that we were elected to do and we are here for the taxpayers of Roane County when they need us.
Assessor Morgan's full letter is here:Continued...
Come support your fire department this weekend and find some bargains too! This huge annual charity event will be held as always at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road just outside Rockwood. Hours are May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM and May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM. For more information, see WestRoane.com ((link...)).Continued...
I really don;t like the bad Bob Corker, you know, the one who says we have to get rid of Social Security as we know it because of the deficit. That's the lying Bob. The guy we're seeing to day is the good one, well deserving of playing on the international stage:
The bill got through the SFRC as a consequence of vigorous efforts by Sen. Bob Corker and ranking committee Democrat Ben Cardin to take poison pills out the original text to that gives Congress 30 days to review and, if unhappy, additional days to reject any deal curtailing Iran's nuclear program. Although it had strong Democratic opposition in committee, that was overcome when President Obama said he could support a bill with the poison extracted. The needed changes were made and Corker managed to keep out amendments that would have restored the opposition from several Democrats and Obama.
This flawed bill waits on Haslam to sign, veto, or do nothing and let it become a bad law. That one and a lot more from Crockett:
David Morgan states that he plans to have the reassessment done in the next few weeks. He also notes the relationship between the property valuations and the school budget shortage. Morgan says the overvaluations of the 2010 re-appraisal made Roane County look like the 16th richest county in Tennessee. (We all know better)
This...Tonight... Doors at 7... Music at 7:30
Click on Daniel Kimbro's bass fiddle over there on the right. The fiddle has details and info if you aren't a regular.
A "combination of winds and low relative humidity will lead to increased fire danger this afternoon. Residents of east Tennessee... are discouraged from burning this afternoon."
Source: National Weather Service
Note that burning permits are required October 15 through May 15 and are always a good idea: (link...).
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- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
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