Jeff Wicks is a good man and will be a great judge...

The 9th Judicial District serves Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties.

Wicks, 52, has served as General Sessions Court Judge in Roane County since 2006, according to a news release. He was an attorney in Kingston from 2003 to 2006, operating a law practice that included criminal, civil domestic, juvenile and probate matters.

“We are fortunate to have a public servant with such a depth of experience as Judge Wicks to fill this role,” (Governor) Haslam said in the release. “He will serve the 9th Judicial District well in this capacity.”

Now...Let the race begin to fill his seat in General Sessions Court.

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Wed
Dec 9 2015
09:12 am
By: WhitesCreek

The TNGOP has been scouring the state for crazier and crazier people to run for office. TN Republicans have gotten the message that they will be replaced by an even more "conservative" candidate if they don't toe the line and spout the official line of manure that arrives in their morning email.

Take the case of Sulpher Springs Rep Micah Van Huss. Micah wants to eliminate the Office of Diversity at UT and give the money to police departments to pay for painting "In God We Trust" on their vehicles. Since that office is funded by student fees, there is some question as to whether Micah has a clue how budgets and funding actually work. He certainly doesn;t understand how a major university like the University of Tennessee works. This is to be expected since Van Huss used his GI Bill money to attend Pensacola Christian College. It has been labelled a diploma mill, a cult, promoting rampant gender discrimination, and forcing pregnancy tests on female students.

Van Huss is all upset because of a memo that went out for faculty and students to be inclusive in their seasonal celebrations, particularly since promoting one religion over another with tax payer money is a huge constitutional no-no in the United States of America.

That gem of a story and more from Crockett.

Fri
Dec 4 2015
07:17 am

Finally we have returned to normal temperatures for this time of year. It's a bit cool this morning and Mike Hicks turned me on to this piece of well produced big band wowsa. Get yourself moving to this right here:

Turn it up!

Wed
Dec 2 2015
08:14 am

The Roane County Board of Education will have a public hearing on redistricting on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harriman High School auditorium.

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Mon
Nov 30 2015
09:36 am

I have completely switched to LED's as my replacement bulb. I don't really love the old incandescent lighting but for those who do there is now an LED that looks even better than the incandescent while using only 7 watts to replace 60 watts. $8 for 15,000 hours life expectancy, a pretty danged long time actually!

led

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H.R.8 could eliminate recreational use of the Pigeon and Ocoee Rivers in TN. It's time for Chuck Fleischmann to stand tall for Tennessee! Vote NO!

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Sun
Nov 29 2015
07:37 pm

Of course that's as it should be, right?

TVA CEO Bill Johnson was paid a compensation package in fiscal 2015 worth more than $6.4 million, making him again the highest paid federal government employee in America. Four other top TVA executives were each paid more than $2 million in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

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Fri
Nov 27 2015
09:02 am

After running through all the quick fixes for a lawnmower that ran fine two weeks ago and now won't fire up at all, I went about dismantling things to get to the switches and wiring. Removing the steering wheel and the cover for the electronics this is what I found:

The cause of the problem...

wire

The problem

wire

I think a town run for clip connectors and wire is in my near future.

Thu
Nov 26 2015
07:58 pm

A number of classes in Roane County are hoping for help on DonorsChoose.org: (link...)

One group of 3rd - 5th graders in Rockwood has only 4 days left on DonorsChoose before their project times out: (link...). They have raised some, but are still $168.06 from their goal.

In the spirit of this holiday season, please consider donating to one of these deserving classrooms. You can help make these students' dreams come true. Every donation helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Nov 26 2015
12:11 pm

DON'T!

If there's one day each year that I refuse to worry about calories, people, it is Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is noble in every respect...a moment to be grateful for all the good things that make it worth facing the challenges that arise before us. It is a moment to realize that our challenges make our blessings all the sweeter.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Wed
Nov 25 2015
08:07 pm

Wed
Nov 25 2015
12:41 pm

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average Thanksgiving meal is about 4,500 calories...(To burn that many calories)If you run at a pace of 12 minutes per mile, it will take you 8 hours and sixteen minutes of running.

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Wed
Nov 25 2015
10:55 am

'TIS THE SEASON...

What: CHILI SUPPER FUNDRAISER

When: Saturday, November 28, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Where: at the 4-H Conference Center
on Rt. 70 in Midtown (between the AgCentral Co-op and
Harriman Church of God)
Who: Homegrown 4-H Service Project

WHY: The 4-Hers are helping American Legion Post 53 raise
money for the Korean War Memorial in Riverfront Park.
The project is a work in progress with one statue in
place.

100% of donations collected will go directly to the War
Memorial Fund.

ADDED BENEFITS: You don't have to cook,
it's not leftover turkey (again),
and you'll be helping a worthy cause.

After all, we are here because our veterans were there.

For more information or questions, please call 4-H office at 865-376-5558.

Let's face it. Our elected representatives have long since turned their backs on the American consumer in favor of corporate profits and campaign contributions. EPB is the monster success story of the Chattanooga municipal internet provider. EPB provides its customer with the fastest internet in the world at a very reasonable cost. It is a fine example f government doing a great job of serving its citizens. This horrifies TN Congresswoman Blackburn, Home-Ec major from Mississippi.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced legislation in Congress earlier this year to block the FCC order allowing EPB and the city of Wilson from expanding their broadband services. Blackburn called the FCC ruling "a troubling power grab from unelected Washington bureaucrats."

I suggest you disregard what the congresscritters say and read this article. Apparently they feel that excellent government services must be stamped out at all cost, especially to we the consumers...

Marsha Blackburn is from somewhere else, we should also note. She's inserted herself into the internet service for East Tennessee on behalf of the the big corporations she represents. Where is our actual Congressman, Chuck Fleischmann?

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While we agitate over imaginary threats from terrorists we are standing by while our children are being wounded and killed by weapons in their own homes. Currently it is NOT illegal to store a loaded gun near children in TN. There are no requirements related to safety at present.

Most recently, a 5-year-old Goodlettsville boy was accidentally killed by a sibling in their home.

According to police, a dad left the gun near the children when he went to the kitchen.

Right now, Joslyn Roth says it’s not illegal for a parent to leave a loaded gun unattended even when children are nearby.

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Tue
Nov 24 2015
08:43 am

Well there was one and only one Presidential candidate who didn't get called out and Factcheck.org had to reach way back to find something on Joe Biden. On the Republican side you have to study to find who is the least worst liar. On the Democratic side only the current front runner gets called out. Let's note for the record that Factcheck.org is a conservative founded organization, regardless of what you hear when a politician gets called out.

Here's the story with videos of Factcheck.org Director Eugene Keily. It's worth watching to get a true perspective on today's political process and the great sadness it should bring to us all...
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Mon
Nov 23 2015
07:24 pm

I will definitely be going on several hikes with and without family this weekend. It's as good for the soul as it is the waistline!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is encouraging families to #OptOutside this Thanksgiving.

The park is offering several ranger-led hikes Friday, November 27.Hikes will be offered in the Cataloochee, Elkmont and Cades Cove areas of the park.

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Not only did Animal Planet fake scenes, mistreat animals and act with reckless disregard of decency and the law, Turtleman says he is nearly broke.

A Kentucky farmer has accused Animal Planet of setting a fire, damming a creek, chopping down trees, and illegally trespassing and building structures on his property during the production of the reality TV show Call of the Wildman.

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Here's the notice:

PUBLIC NOTICE OF PRE APPLICATION MEETING

Pursuant to Tennessee regulation 0400, 12 01.07(1)(m), Horsehead Corporation is holding a public meeting on December 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Rockwood Event Center at 116 W Rockwood St, Rockwood, TN 37854 in order to inform the community and provide an opportunity for questions from the community on the Part B hazardous waste storage permit application for a portion of its Rockwood facility.

Continued...

The South as a whole ranks pretty low. Tennessee is 33 from the top.

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Tue
Nov 17 2015
08:00 pm

Recorded in Holland. Ed Snodderly is playing with Malcomb on this one. If All goes well, Ed will play for us Feb 12 2016.

Don't miss Malcomb. He's widely considered the greatest singer songwriter still standing, through no fault of his own...

Want to see our music? Here you go

Tue
Nov 17 2015
07:23 am

This is going to be for sale in Rockwood at Courtyard Antiques Last Sale starting Thursday. I may try to steal it from my friend Terry.

lap guitar

All the other stuff is here

Mon
Nov 16 2015
10:51 am

My buddy Chuck Sutherland is a geologist with a blog. If you have ever hiked along a Cumberland Plateau rock formation and marveled at the colors and structures and sometimes just plain weird things going on in the rock, Chuck has some information for you. It's not technical on the surface but can lead you away into details and real live geology if you want to pursue it. For most of us there are really cool pictures and descriptions that let us place names on the things we looked at on yesterday's hike. It starts like this:

About 325 - 260 million years ago, a mountain building event, called the Alleghanian orogeny happened as a result of the collision of the North America and Africa continental plates. The Cumberland Plateau represents the least deformed and westernmost region affected by this event.

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Mon
Nov 16 2015
08:08 am
By: WhitesCreek

Have you ever wondered about what the law actually says? The search feature is somewhat obscure and takes a little practice to figure out but here you go:

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Fri
Nov 13 2015
07:53 pm

This is pretty funny. The GOP frontrunner completely ignores the state Party on campaign visit to TN. Apparently he feels the same way I do.

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80% of Tennesseans think background checks should be universal and foolproof! Legislature not so much.

That and more....

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Fri
Nov 13 2015
08:28 am

40 years ago this came out... One of my first Bonnie albums after we had gone to see her in a smallish hall in Atlanta, I think. It was years later that I learned who Alan Toussaint was and that he wrote it. We lost him this week.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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