Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 2, 2014 - 9:28am.

Friday Dec 19 Jason Eskridge Home for the Holidays Show

We will take reservations for this show. Jason packs our place.

Jan 9 RB Morris

Jan 16 The FairView Union

Jan 30 Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp

Feb 6 Greg Horne

March 13 Daniel Kimbro

April 10 Jimmy Davis

More folks are coming as we work out schedules. We want to bring our old friends back and fit in some new folks as well. Check out Music at Ladd Landing on Facebook.

Got friends who want to be on our email list? Forward this to them and have them send us an email.

See you soon!


We're family friendly, don't serve food or beverage but you're welcome and encouraged to bring your own. Most folks do. See you there.


Music at Ladd Landing used to be Music at Market Street but we grew and moved a short walk away to the Ladd Landing Clubhouse. It combines our serious affection for singer songwriters, live performance of original music, and socializing with our friends and families. We started it up in the Spring of 2012 on a whim. The idea was to have a family friendly atmosphere where we could chat and visit, share adult beverages if we so choose, and listen to some of the best music in Tennessee. So far it's working. We meet new people every week and folks are now driving out from Knoxville and other far flung places to experience their favorite artists in a small room with great acoustics. The only complaint we ever hear is "Why didn't you tell me about this sooner?"

The people who play for us are very good. They write and record songs and are excellent musicians. We tend to be heavy on Americana genre but we've had ex Allman Brother Johnny Neel and R&B virtuoso Jason Eskridge, so good music is good music. Most of our artists are suggested by the artists who have played at Market Street, on the theory that musicians know music. So far everyone has been better than good. We also pester artists we like after hearing them on stage at one venue or another and we try to get people you would have to go to the Bijou, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's music festival, or someplace like that to hear. They bring their CD's and other stuff for purchase. We pay artists all we can and, after expenses, donate any extra to charities we like. We take no money ourselves.


Music at Ladd Landing is at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse in Kingston. The official address is 1000 Ladd Landing Boulevard, Kingston, TN but that won't tell your GPS how to find us.

Take Exit 352 then left and go one half mile north (left off I 40 away from Kingston proper). Turn right into Ladd Landing at the 3 way stop. Drive past the Food City shopping center and Ace Hardware about a city block and turn right just before you would go under the Iron Greenway bridge. Park on the road and walk up. Passengers who need it may be let off in front of the clubhouse. Let me know if you need anything. We'll take care of you.

Questions? or day of the show: 865-603-6981

Submitted by onetahiti on September 2, 2014 - 8:26am.

There is a new website, (Link...). It lets you enter your interests and issues and lists political candidates to match, with lots of extra information. Definitely recommended.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 2, 2014 - 5:55am.

Dr. Headrick Calls for Voters to Get Involved

Dr. Mary Headrick says, “Grassroots participation in elections is the only thing that stands in the way of billionaires and corporations taking over democracy in the United States of America.”

In her Keynote speech at the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic, the candidate for the 3rd US Congressional District addressed the audience of over 200. She said Fleischmann versus Headrick comes down to big outside money versus the people of Tennessee's 3rd District. “If we are going to save our democracy, we have to beat Fleischmann's outside money by working together to get out our message,” said Headrick. “ We must let people know that there is only one candidate in this race who will protect Social Security and Medicare, support public education, vote to raise the minimum wage, and insure that good jobs stay in the US in an honest economy."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 1, 2014 - 5:41pm.

How many overdose deaths have we had in Roane County recently?

America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States.

However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 1, 2014 - 8:41am.

That smoky charcoal grill sure does make some good tasting meats and veggies. Frankly, I don't worry too much about it but in cities it can be a problem. There is a n easy way to make your charcoal grill equal to gas in total emissions. Back off the beef and you lose a bunch of carbon emissions. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, one burger is the same as 3 pork chops, 6 pieces of chicken, 2 salmon steaks, or 21 pieces of mackerel.

And if you're worried about the cancer-causing compounds generated by charcoal grilling, marinate your meat in beer, says science.

Even better, contribute to organizations who set aside forests for conservation and you can have it all. Think about clicking on the donate button at this site: Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. They have done a ton of good in saving Tennessee forests and waterways and work in a bipartisan manner to bring everyone together. They have two conservation easements in Roane County so far.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 1, 2014 - 8:21am.

President Obama announced a $100 million program to set up apprentice programs. It's good to see Chuck stand tall with our President.

The enthusiasm shown by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, the Tennessee Republican whose district includes VW’s massive, state-of-the-art factory, and other mostly GOP political leaders in Tennessee for the same approach advocated by Mr. Obama demonstrates how a rare bipartisan consensus seems to be emerging on the need for more such job-related training.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 31, 2014 - 5:11pm.

“I do think there’s a problem in Tennessee with prosecuting white-collar crimes,” said Mark Pickrell, an attorney and adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School. “When it comes to white-collar crime, it takes a lot of resources. It is detail-oriented, takes a lot of documents, takes a lot of witness work. It’s a lot harder than ‘Joe punched Bob in the nose.’”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 31, 2014 - 4:03pm.

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for 3rd District U.S. Congress, expressed her support for Research and Development being done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory while touring three of ORNL's facilities.

On August 26, when Dr. Headrick began her tour with an overview by Director Thom Mason, it was a bit of a homecoming. She had worked there herself as a computer programmer and analyst for over seven years in the 1970’s.

Headrick noted how varied and widely applicable the work being done there is.

Headrick said: "Many people in our District do not realize that ORNL is a facility for open science, a place where university and corporate research and development is performed. I find that many citizens in neighboring counties believe Oak Ridge concentrates exclusively on nuclear bombs or nuclear power. They do not realize that basic science and private industry research, such as automotive materials and efficiency, is done at ORNL. Titan and SNS are just two unique, cutting edge national resource user facilities managed by ORNL for R&D by scientists, universities and industry."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 30, 2014 - 8:45am.

Chattanooga's EPB utility is providing ultra fast internet at very low cost to it's citizens. AT$T, Comcast, and a horde of their lobbyists can't stand to let citizens compete with corporations and do it better and cheaper.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 29, 2014 - 8:56am.

We are seeing a swallowtail that looks very much like this palamedes swallowtail. It seems to be rare to non-existant in TN according to the range and sighting map, but I don't know what else it could be. Anybody have ideas? It is a frenetic thing and difficult to take pictures of but I'll keep trying.


It could be that we have an odd color spicebush swallowtail. Photos will tell.

There are a lot of resources available. This book is just out and beautiful.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 28, 2014 - 6:55pm.

President Barack Obama has nominated two Tennesseans to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors.

Virginia Lodge, who served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services from 2003 to 2011, and Ronald Walter, the president and general manager of Memphis television station WREG, were given the nod Thursday to serve on the utility’s nine-member board.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 28, 2014 - 6:34am.

Look, I like Arby's as much as anyone, but I won't stand in line for a steak, much less fast food served out of a truck.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 27, 2014 - 9:34am.

The unknown candidate may make sense...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 27, 2014 - 6:40am.

This may be a study in how good things don't happen because connected corporations aren't going to get the money. Roane County tested voting machines with paper ballots and optical screeners that worked quite well and were affordable under a federal grant. That got blocked by the new GOP majority in the State legislature. So four years and elections later it looks like it is going to cost us much more to do the job.

Previously on RoaneViews


An election paper trail means Roane County could have to purchase new voting machines in the next few years. Even with the state chipping in, Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway estimated the cost for the county could run as high as $500,000.

“I don’t know exactly when this will take place, but the Election Commission wanted me to sort of forewarn the County Commission that it could be something that might come up,” Holiway said.

RCN Article

Submitted by mushy on August 26, 2014 - 7:49pm.

She's been singing since she was four, and by 5 she'd written her first song. By the age of six she had performed live at countless churches and festivals around East Tennessee, and at age seven she recorded her first two albums, simultaneously!

Most recently she was on NBC's Today Show, proving that she is going somewhere fast!

On November 7th, she will show her stuff on the Princess stage!

Order tickets today at EmiSunshine, or call 865-882-8867!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 25, 2014 - 8:31am.

Be safe out there, folks!

The "no refusal" law allows officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

In addition to "no refusal" enforcement, troopers will conduct driver's license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 24, 2014 - 8:14am.

To say the public is confused about who can and when can they use deadly force is something of an understatement. At the moment there is this perception among the public that it is shoot first, justify later. So could someone in official capacity please publish the rules of when officers can use deadly force?

The USA is averaging over 400 people per year shot and killed by officers. Compare the fact that in one incident, the death of a young lady just last week, officers fired more shots than the entire nation of Great Britain did last year. We seem to be in search of justifying shooting deaths instead of asking, "Could this have been avoided?"

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 24, 2014 - 7:31am.

It looks like our elected officials are trying to see how they can get money for their own purposes instead of working together to see how best to remove the TVA disaster stigma from Roane County. First off, it is a lousy million dollars, a pittance compared to the PR campaign that needs doing. Will it be divided into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes even less effective?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 23, 2014 - 8:04am.

Told ya so...

Charter schools are such a racket, across the nation they are attracting special attention from the FBI, which is working with the Department of Education’s inspector general to look into allegations of charter-school fraud.

The article and discussion at KnoxViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 23, 2014 - 7:27am.

Rockwood Tigers win 14-13 in 14 point comeback in the last four minutes of the game.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 3:28pm.

Tom McFarland has filed a lawsuit asking that the Circuit Court Judge election results, in which he was defeated by Mike Pemberton, be set aside.

From the Roane County News:

Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was disappointed that McFarland, who is county attorney, filed the complaint.

McFarland will be replaced as County attorney as of September 1. Greg Leffew was elected to fill the position.

Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

“It’s Tommy McFarland,” he said. “What do you expect?”


Submitted by onetahiti on August 22, 2014 - 10:55am.

"For three days only, from August 22 to August 24, 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50% of this ( project if (others) donate the remaining amount."

Now is a great time to support our schools and get Bill Gates to chip in. There are currently four classrooms in Roane County seeking funding: Link....

Every little bit helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 9:30am.

Martin Harley will return to Music at Ladd Landing Friday Sept. 19. Try to hold on as best you can.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:36am.

TVA will raise consumer electrical rates about $1.70 per month. Remember when the victims of the TVA disaster were called greedy opportunists because making them whole would raise rates 15 cents? What are these increases in consumer electricity costs paying for?

In the past year, TVA estimates that its Valley Advantage and Valley Commitment programs developed to keep or encourage expansion of existing industries cut overall industrial rates by an average 6.8 percent.

Dr. Marilyn Brown is not happy:

One area of cuts by TVA drew criticism from TVA Director Marilyn Brown, although she did agree to vote for the overall 2015 budget. Dr. Brown, a Georgia Tech professor who has studied energy efficiency programs across the country, complained that a 25 percent reduction in TVA's energy efficiency programs next year "is penny wise and pound foolish" because it could limit consumer energy savings and force TVA to build new and more expensive generation in the future.

"Energy efficiency provides a significant benefit to TVA and its customers and I believe this cut is a reflection of a false economy," she said.


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

"This is what makes our country great," said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility. "Doing what you're doing here is incredible."

That was Chuck Feischmann speaking at the opening of a collection agency that will hound people over their hospital bills.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:02am.

OK, so he's drunk, runs in a ditch, tries to get his truck out by flooring it, gets stuck on the railroad tracks, tries to pry his truck loose, a train runs over the truck, and he gets charged with "not wearing a seat belt"?

He is now facing charges of DUI first offense, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, obstruction of justice, not wearing a seat belt, driver's license violation, registration violation and failure to maintain a lane.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 21, 2014 - 7:57pm.

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 20, 2014 - 2:04pm.

AT$T does not want you to have reasonably priced fast internet like Chattanooga does:

National Institute on Money in State Politics reports that Comcast and AT&T have contributed above $215,000 to state lawmakers in the recent election cycle in Tennessee alone.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:47pm.

He's this guy:


Update: Apparently he could not meet the residency requirements.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:03pm.

Update with photo


They spotted the suspect vehicle, driven by Guy. She drove to a home on Fairchild Street, exited and ran inside the residence. Officers followed her inside where they say Guy pulled out a handgun and pointed it at officers.

This is another situation where Cop Cams would end any speculation as to what transpired.


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