Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2014 - 10:39am.

It is not unusual to have a discussion with someone who believes something as fact that can't possibly be true, if even a few references are checked. It's not that folks willingly lie, but they do seem to be willing to be misled. Disinformation put out in the guise of legitimate news makes truth more and more difficult to determine.

Now there's this:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched about two dozen new websites that are designed to look like local news sites, but are full of articles attacking Democratic candidates and incumbents.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 12:32pm.

I'm no attorney but Simmons' ruling seems irrational on the face of it. he seems to be saying that since Tennessee doesn't recognize a particular kind of marriage that was performed in another state, these two men can't be divorced. Say what?

The ruling also states that the only reason for marriage is for procreation, which will surprise a lot of people. Does he suggest that people beyond childbearing age be refused marriage licenses in Tennessee?

Legal analysts point out that this goes against a number of current Supreme Court rulings an 30 or so other court decisions around the country.

Judge Simmons is retiring and will be replaced by Mike Pemberton, so perhaps this is a parting shot for the old way of thinking.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 10:06am.

Tonight the Kingston City Council will consider a zoning proposal that will convert part of a residential neighborhood (a really nice lakeside residential neighborhood) into a car dealership and big box shopping center (read Wal-Mart). The affected residents are concerned that their neighborhood and property values will be damaged by this conversion. The developers answer, "But. you know...MONEY!"

Anyone who drives through Kingston on a daily basis will have another concern. Kingston already has the worst traffic congestion in Roane County. The traffic lights are twice what is needed and are horribly un-synchronized. I have people tell me they can get to Turkey Creek almost as fast as they can get to Brentwood. This is a really bad thing for local businesses, commuters, towns people, tourism, etc. Now this proposal pops up and no one seems to be thinking about the looming disaster of another traffic light at the Kingston exit.

Downtown Kingston is a traffic horror. There is no center turn lane and for some reason a church and McDonald's share a traffic light and the worst placed entrances and exits I can think of. Toss another traffic light into this morass and add Kingston's history of lassez faire traffic engineering and I see a dead end for Kingston businesses. Perhaps this is part of an evil plan for the developers to drive business out of Kingston and down one more exit to their Pinnacle Pointe development. (Ha! Not really but think about it)

At any rate, I hope the Kingston City Council sees the zoning request as part of the complete canvass and think about what they want their town to look like and how it will function in the future. Problems that will be created cannot be ignored.

Will the developers pay for all of the traffic engineering, lights, etc.?

Or, more likely, will those problems be loaded onto the backs of the already burdened motorists who will see their home town bog down into a Kentucky Street parking lot?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 7:10am.

Turns out the folks who have to deal with Chuck Feishmann don't like him very much. The actual words used in the conversation I had with a rep from a significant contractor in Oak Ridge are somewhat stronger than "don't like him". Weston Wamp's concession phone call after the primary summed it up pretty well: "Congressman, this is Weston Wamp. You successfully deceived tens of thousands of Tennesseans..." By our estimate, Chuck spent over $30 per vote to squeak out his win over Weston Wamp.

While rumors persist of demanding campaign donations in return for access, Fleischmann doesn't seem to be able to deliver much Congressional action on his district's behalf, unless it is a token or two just before the election. Will the prominent people of the 3rd District continue to publicly support our under achiever incumbent while holding their nose, or will they turn around and start supporting Dr. Mary Headrick, a person of great competency, high intellect and higher achievement?

Don't be surprised if it happens:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 6:29pm.

Reckon these are running tonight? There are more than two waterfalls in Roane County, just so you know. This database only lists this one:


and this one:


Let's get out there and take some pictures folks!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 7:29am.

I think we deserve more information on this. I will not post the jokes that are popping up in my head, on the chance that a great horror has been committed. The question remains:

Did the doctor "overdo" this man's circumcision or not?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 7:13am.

A certain decorum would seem a bit more appropriate:

"Congressman, this is Weston Wamp. You successfully deceived tens of thousands of Tennesseans, and you won. I concede," Wamp told the incumbent before briskly hanging up the phone Thursday. He confirmed the statement in an interview with the Times Free Press on Friday.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 6:41am.

Here's the latest tally of votes in Roane County. Can anyone explain over vote and under vote? It looks like we have more votes counted than voters casting a vote in order to produce an "over vote". That concerns me somewhat.

After playing with my calculator it looks like there are no over votes and that those should be tallied as additional under votes. Research is in order.

Roane Election Commission (pdf)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2014 - 8:18am.

Congress has its lowest approval rating in history at the moment, with only one out of five people thinking they should be reelected. Well I think that 20% corresponds nicely with the very low number of registered voters who go to the trouble to vote. Anna Marie Cox sees it somewhat differently and looks at the continuing DesJarlais scandals/saga with low regard for voters judgement. In noting that almost every incumbent beat back the Tea Party challenges from the right, there is the complete disregard of the fact that Weston Wamp challenged and nearly won from the LEFT of Chuck Feiscmann.

The term "left" in today's politics has come to mean something less than progressive policies and factual debate on issues. It simply means not quite as bats*** crazy as the Tea Party. Weston Wamp had folks going for a while there and almost won the Republican Primary with Democratic crossover votes. That was going well for him, even when a cursory look at his policy statements revealed that he would vote, in the end, pretty much exacty like the person he was trying to unseat. Weston simply had a more moderate rhetoric and soft focus photos in his ads, much like a make up commercial. Then Rick Santorum endorsed him and killed his chances with Democrats.

The insanity of appearing to be moderate while embracing the endorsement of the mean-ass hard line godfather of K Street Lobbyist suck up may be lost on right wing conservatives, but it wasn't lost on Democratic voters. Too bad it came late in early voting.

So is Anna Marie Cox correct when she says...

Lamar Alexander is not alone: 2014 is the year incumbents can’t lose, and that says more about American despair than Tea Party rage

I think she is a brilliant and insightful writer but she needs to know more about our situation here in Tennessee before she jumps to conclusions.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2014 - 9:26am.

The writer thinks that Chuck didn't show his true mean self until after early voting:

In contemplating the fact that we're stuck with Chuck Fleischmann at least until Democrat Mary Headrick takes a shot at knocking him out of office in November, think about the potential downside of voting early.

After running through all the reasons Chuck won (a really nasty last minute campaign ads funded by PAC money from outside the state) they conclude:

The congressman's vulnerability will only be increased in November.


When asked, nearly everyone dislikes Chuck Fleischmann and nobody can state anything he's done in Congress other than vote against "Obamacare" 50 times. When asked about Mary Headrick's positions without identifying them as coming from a Democrat, nearly everyone agrees strongly with her positions on nearly everything. So why is a disliked candidate who hasn't served his District in any meaningful form so heavily favored in the Fall?

Money! Chuck has lots of it and it's not Tennessee money.

When you figure how close Weston Wamp came to beating Chuck and figure on a large number of his votes came from Democratic crossovers and then add in the fairly impressive number of votes that Dr. Mary got in an unopposed underfunded race, things have to be looking better for the Headrick Campaign to make a strong statement in November.

Can she get the thirty to forty thousand 3rd District voters who favor her as their next Congressperson to each donate $10 and partially level the playing field? That is a huge question.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 2:07pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 11:05am.

Update#4: Sarah Stewart has congratulated Ann Goldston on winning. Pemberton is the new Circuit Court Judge, and the tight race for 3rd Commissioner from Harriman gets a little less tight, with Junior Hendrickson gaining over 4th place Dennis Easter.

Update #3: The missing votes have been counted and Pemberton has increased his tally over McFarland.

Ann Goldston is currently ahead of Sarah Stewart and will most likely be the new Circuit Court Clerk.

All of the votes in Roane County must be recounted per the State AG but it appears that with the exception of Goldston, observers expect the winners to stay the same.

Update # 2: The State Attorney General says that ALL votes must be recounted, not just the newly found ones. The number is now given as possibly 1300 votes. Link...

This is very preliminary but there appears to be 800 to 1200 missing votes from early voting in Harriman.

The report we have is that one machine did not count in the tally. At one o:clock today the card will be read and the votes read out loud. This is a very large number of votes and could mean changes in the outcome of several races.

The Pemberton McFarland race for Circuit Court Judge was decided by 144 votes and the Goldston / Stewart race by 112 votes.

Update: Stewart and Pemberton have attorneys arguing to hold the recount. This is really strange. (Update on this update: This turned out to be an incorrect report. The attorney was there as an observer only for the Pemberton campaign.)

Let's hope this was merely incompetence and nothing devious. Remember when the State GOP voted down a bill to have a paper trail for every vote so that votes could be tallied by hand to assure honest elections?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 7:37am.

Take your mind off the election and turn the sound up. Dance if you want to. It helps.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 7:14am.

A person from Oakdale has won the Dem nomination for governor. This is the only picture I can find and I can't find any information on his platform or qualifications. So we have a good man with a great platform and a stellar reputation in John McKamey and TNDems vote for this guy?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 6:32am.

I have to wonder exactly what is going on when I see Chuck and Weston in a dead flat tie in Roane County? On first look it seems that you can still get a lot of votes by showing a picture of your opponent in the same room with the President of the United States. There were a lot of misleading statements and some flat out lies in these campaigns. I always feel like I need a long cleansing shower inside my head when these things are over.

Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Aug 8, 2014

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 10:14pm.

This was extremely close... Roane County went strong for Pemberton.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 10:13pm.

Chuck wins Hamilton County and takes the R Primary.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 9:13pm.

Alexander beats out Tea Partier Carr.

Stacey what's his name is toast.

Haslam edges out Coonrippy Brown.

Fleishmann and Wamp in a dead on tie!

Rockwood County Commissioner: Ron Berry, Benny Easy, Darryl Meadows

Sarah Stewart wins Circuit Court Clerk

Woody Beats Farmer for County Exec (closer than I thought but not that close)

Randy Ellis, Greg Fergusen, Junior Hendrickspn Harriman Commissioners

Pemberton over McFarland in Roane but other Counties favor McFarland. This one is going to be close.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 8:28pm.

On the other hand, Lamar is only slightly ahead of Tea Partier Joe Carr for Senate.

Fleischmann is edging Wamp, Pemberton is ahead of McFarland for Judge, Woody is well ahead of Farmer, Ellis looks to lead in Harriman, Grainger, Brummitt, and Kelly look to keep seats on the County Commission.

Greg Leffew is our new County Attorney.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 7:46pm.

From the Roane County News:

Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. has found in favor of the state in the case of a same-sex couple seeking a divorce in Roane County.

In a seven-page ruling issued this week, Simmons determined that Tennessee laws declaring that a valid marriage in another state, but prohibited in Tennessee, and thus unenforceable in Tennessee, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause or the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.


So interestingly, this means that Judge Simmons ruled that these people may be married but can't get divorced in TN.

Let the next Circuit Court Judge deal with it.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 7:12pm.

Watch this space. Post in the comments if you have results.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 11:21am.

"Thank you for your money! I'm gonna do whatever you say once I'm elected."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 8:42am.

We have bats in a spot at our house and I think it's really cool. The folks at Kingston Elementary apparently don't see this as an educational opportunity and are calling for them to be destroyed, which is illegal on one hand and actually puts the kids at a higher risk in the highly unlikely case that the bats are carrying a disease.

I sent out a call to my biologist friends and I've been getting deluged with bat info and will try to condense it to the big points.

1. The chance of being killed by the family dog is fifteen times greater than your chance of getting rabies from a bat. Most species of bats don't even carry the disease. There are only three instances in history from big brown bats transmitting rabies and those were handled. These are likely not even big brown bats, in which case the chance of rabies approaches zero.

2. Killing the bats actually INCREASES the chance that a child will handle a bat and that a ( most likely mild fungal) disease will be transmitted to a child. Here's an FAQ from a university bat web site:

Are there risks of people overreacting to news of rabies in bats?

Rabies incidents involving bats are often distorted during media reporting. When risks are not kept in perspective, panicked people overreact in ways that increase rather than decrease the risk of rabies.Attempts to poison or exclude bats from buildings by inappropriate methods can dramatically increase human contact, as sick or homeless bats scatter to exposed positions throughout an entire neighborhood.

3. The best and safest way to deal with then is to exclude them after they leave for the night. It is also the only legal action.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 7:51am.

I did not get a Republican primary ballot but if I had, this would clinch a couple of deals for me...

(Joe) Carr, whose campaign has drawn endorsements from national figures in the tea party movement such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio hosts such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, downplayed the outside interest.

...About 15-20 people showed up for Carr’s appearance, including state Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who’s facing a challenger of his own.

I also want to thank Ricky Skaggs for calling me and telling me Weston Wamp was a good Christian, and Mike Huckabee for calling to assure me that Chuck Fleischmann is a God fearing man. Given the campaign rhetoric, I bet they all hope they aren't judged on that "Thy Shalt not bear false witness" thing!

From the theoretically retired Tom Humphrey: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 6:23am.

Find what District you are in and your polling place HERE

Today is your last chance to vote in the primaries and local elections. The ballot is long but can be done quickly by knowing who you are voting for before you get in line. If you don't already know the difference in candidates...I don't think you should cast a vote in those races.

There are a lot of judges who you must vote to retain or dismiss. You can quickly move through those by simply clicking on RETAIN for all of them. It is a sad day in Tennessee that we have a Lt. Governor who is trying to become the boss of Tennessee by trying to oust our very good Supreme Court judges so Ron Ramsey can appoint his own attorney general. Ramsey's ad campaign has been scurrilous, even by Tennessee standards.

Here is the sample ballot

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 7:38pm.

I wouldn't vote for either one of them but this is a good campaign ploy!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 5:23pm.

Interesting but a bit late.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 7:11am.

This from the son of the congressional candidate who used a tv ad showing opponent Randy Button morphing into the devil. The hypocrisy is stunning in its obviousness. Can anybody tell the truth in an election campaign and win in Tennessee?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 6:31am.

Among other articles, such as the science behind why we see ghosts and why both sides in sexual harassment cases believe they are telling the truth, there is a very good piece on why we punish the very people who point out wrong doing in our public officials and work environment. Read it and understand why we will thank Edward Snowden on one hand and try our best to put him in jail at the same time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2014 - 10:09am.

As the dutiful servant of a teacher, I get to see the car line at school stretching out into the road and tying up traffic for blocks around. Almost every vehicle winds up loading one child. It sure does seem like a car pool system that connects parents with similar schedules would be good thing for Roane County, and the parents and children. Here's the Knox web site. I realize there would be steps to the process, but why not?



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