Oct 15 2014
03:16 pm
By: WhitesCreek

It's Fall. Whites Creek is running strong and several thousand common grackles have us surrounded. They are wonderfully noisy.


Oct 15 2014
03:08 pm

Thursday Night at the Library Presents Elder Law Attorney, Amelia Crotwell

Thursday, October 16 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library


Oct 14 2014
07:35 pm
By: RoaneBooster

Phil Bredesen was just in a commercial WITH Bill Haslam supporting a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in Tennessee.

I'm shocked.



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?


Oct 13 2014
06:03 pm

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."

Oct 13 2014
08:32 am
By: WhitesCreek

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


Oct 10 2014
01:52 pm

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.


“Sometime during this incident, Officer Medina restrained Billy’s arms and upper body in a choke hold while another individual restrained his legs and forced Billy to bend over a desk while Principal Shadden paddled him,” the lawsuit stated.


How insane have Tennessee politics become when we are voting on an amendment to our state constitution that would give Ken Yager and Kent Calfee the power to decide whether your 14 year old daughter has to bear her rapist's child or whether your wife will die rather than terminate a life threatening pregnancy?

I have decided to vote NO on all amendments. That simplifies everything.

Oct 9 2014
03:42 pm

Headrick Urges Flu Season Preparation

October 9, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick,, congressional candidate for the Tennessee Third District, stepped off the campaign trail briefly today to remind everyone who is able to do so to get a flu shot.

“There is so much in the news today about the Ebola virus and about the entereovirus D-68,” Headrick said, “and they are serious and worthy of attention, but influenza - the flu - is the thing that we here in Tennessee should focus our attention on first because it is the thing we can all do something about.”

“By getting flu shots, we protect ourselves and protect others at the same time.


A letter has been sent out to HUB water customers but there is nothing on the HUB web site. Instead there is a link to the report showing HUB has great water quality...Problem is that the report is from 2011, even though it has a "NEW" banner beside it, and the violations were from July 1 to Sept 30 of this year.


Oct 9 2014
07:17 am

The Roane County Sheriff's Office bought a drug incinerator with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It uses high heat to turn pills into piles of ash.

This is nothing short of weird. TDEC isn't doing its job in the first place, with water quality enforcement actions only one half of what they were under Bredesen, and now money for environment and conservation is going to incinerate drugs? If TDEC is going to siphon off its money to other causes how about buying Roane County some science text books?


Oct 9 2014
07:12 am

We're watching our Eastern Hemlock trees die from an invasive insect that was most likely brought in by the tree nursery trade in the 1950's. It will drastically alter our streams and rivers if the hemlock wooly adelgid isnt controlled.

For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.

But state scientists say they might have a secret weapon to retake the ridge -- a bigger bug.


Oct 9 2014
07:08 am

Anyone who meets Mary Headrick would be proud to have her serve us in Congress. A recent poll shows this race tightening as people keep asking what Chuck Fleischmann has done for us in Congress and learning that most of his money comes from outside our district and from Washington PACs. Here's your chance to ask Headrick the tough questions, something you'll never get with Chuck.

Dr. Mary Headrick will be in Oak Ridge tonight, at the DFET Candidate's Forum at the OR Civic Center Gym from 7:00-8:30 pm. She is our Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional district, to unseat Chuck Fleischmann.

Many other candidates will also be there including candidates for Oak Ridge city council and for school board.

Booher had previously been found guilty of two counts of statutory rape for hiring an underage prostitute.



The event, cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America East Tennessee Society, will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive.

UT archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists and their graduate students will host displays about their projects locally and around the world. They will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work and offer hands-on activities demonstrating their research. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils to the museum for the experts to identify.

The event will have a number of activities for children, including make-and-take Roman-style shield decorating, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, creating clay fossil molds, writing on clay tablets, identifying plant remains in sandboxes, and matching animal bones.


Oct 8 2014
06:01 pm

The complaint said a school resource officer and the boy's teacher dragged the child into the principal's office in May before the SRO put the boy into a chokehold while someone else restrained his legs.

Attorneys said the child had bruises on his arms, stomach, legs and buttocks.

Monroe County


Oct 8 2014
03:39 pm
By: Creativeartsco-op

Everyone's invited... King Henry VIII is coming to the...
East Tennessee Renaissance Festival!

October 25 & 26 10am-5pm
Tickets: $8 for ages 13 and up $5 for ages 5-12
Enjoy Human Combat Chess! Celtic Music & Dance!
Stage Performances! And of course, food, beer and crafts...!

Where, you ask? It's closer than you think!
550 Fiske Road, Harriman (Exits 350 and 347 on I-40)
(link...) for more!

Oct 8 2014
12:31 pm

For some really weird reason it is illegal for elementary school kids to walk to school in Roane County.


Well how about that?

Mary Headrick deserves our votes on Nov. 4 or in early voting beginning Oct. 15 to elect her to represent the 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is intelligent, thoughtful, honest and experienced in a number of fields. She has been a computer analyst, a math teacher and an emergency room physician. She is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She studies every issue in minute detail. And she makes an informed decision -- not a political one.

And finally:

"True patriotism means putting loyalty to country before loyalty to party just as in 1787 [during the "Great Compromise" when the U.S. Constitution was hammered out] it meant putting loyalty to country before loyalty to state," she said. "The founders gave us the bones and the marrow, but our ability to work cooperatively and respectfully together is the heart. We cannot keep that heart beating if we make politics a blood sport."

We strongly support Mary Headrick for Congress for the 3rd District congressional seat.


Channel 8 has a little info: (link...)

This site tells us more: (link...)

Oct 6 2014
06:18 am

Roane County has an image problem and TVA is the cause of it. This observer was stunned but not surprised that behind the scene forces got their hands on the one million dollar TVA funding that was supposed to go to Roane County to rebuild that image. This county appears to be unable to come together and work for the common good.

“There’s just so much distrust in this county it’s almost sickening.” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason

“The primary reason for my disappointment is that the division of these funds further exacerbates Roane County’s real image problem, which has very little to do with the ash spill,” Creswell wrote.

“The most significant detriment to Roane County’s image is the division between the municipalities and the county that prevents collaboration that could lead to a stronger and healthier local economy.”

(Roane Alliance President Wade) Creswell said an opportunity to bring the county together was wasted.

RCN Story (paywall)

Today is the last day ‪to Register To Vote‬ if you want to ‪vote‬ ‪this November.
Supposedly You can register in person at:

1) County Clerk’s Offices
2) County Election Commission Office
3) Public Libraries
4) Register of Deeds Offices

Property owners in the City of Kingston can register and vote in the city election regardless of place of residence. Interesting, isn't it?

Oct 5 2014
10:25 am

Paul Revere passed yesterday. A reflection is after the break.


Oct 3 2014
07:28 am

Your Roane County property tax bills are late this year because the County Commission didn't decide what the tax rate should be until too late to get them processed. Funny how election cycles work on elected official job performance.

You electric bill this month will reflect the TVA rate increase to residential customers that was enacted to hold down commercial electricity rates. So how do grandmothers feel about subsidizing J T Hackney?

Every nuclear power plant under construction in the USA has three things in common...They are all behind schedule, over budget(by a lot), and no private insurance company will insure them...Your tax money insures all of them, every single nuclear plant in this country.

The former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who oversaw the housing bubble and economic crash under the Bush Administration, has been unable to refinance his own home mortgage.

Current DNA studies suggest that Native Americans and Northern Canadian Inuit are not genetically related, with the Inuit immigrating to North America 8000 to 10,000 years after the first wave of Asian immigrants. Yes, Virginia, every human being in America is an immigrant. Think about that for a minute or two.

Oct 2 2014
09:42 am

Jennifer Daniels will be at Ladd Landing Friday at 7:30. The videos just don't do her justice. A live show in a small room is the treat of a lifetime. More show info and the rest of the calendar is here: (link...)

Oct 1 2014
01:09 pm

You have to wonder how sick some is to have done such nasty things. Let's hope they get found out, arrested, and prosecuted for assault and everything else.

The department believes locals were behind the sabotage and officers said they are taking the investigation very seriously.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke acknowledged the incidents were upsetting but said they should not overshadow the enthusiasm and support from everyone who cheered for the Ironman on Sunday.


Arguments were heard on Monday in McFarland's lawsuit to overturn the election of Mike Pemberton. Judge Blackwood originally stated that he would issue a ruling the next day but instead took care of it later the same day. He basically decreed that this was old news and time has run out for any lawsuit. The State Attorney General joined Pemberton in asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

“This case, there was clearly a voter who filed a complaint, the commission had a hearing, heard evidence, issued a final determination,” Assistant Attorney General Ryan A. Lee said. “Once that final determination is issued, the only way it can be reviewed is through a common law writ of certiorari. The statute of limitations for that action has run, and therefore plaintiff’s complaint in this case is time barred.”


Lost Medicaid Funding

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