Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2014 - 6:33pm.

Of course that's not how they put it...

"The economic challenges faced by many cooperative members make it critical that EPA regulatory programs be cost effective and provide environmental benefits that exceed the implementation and compliance costs,"...

For them it's about money.

Think about that as you drive back from Knoxville and see all those billboards that have monster lights shining up into the sky with only a small portion illuminating the actual signs.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2014 - 7:34am.

Please take one moment to watch the trailer at: Link... (it's a full-length documentary about the Kingston Coal Ash spill).

Scott Colthorp's film will make its East Tennessee Premier at the Knoxville Film & Music Festival at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. More info at Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2014 - 12:56pm.

I have a ton of questions about this. Why use a helicopter evacuation, when a road trip would work fine? I would be surprised if this were anything other than a copperhead bite, but if the victim were elderly or in poor health I can see the caution.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2014 - 8:34am.

Officials from Roane, Morgan, and Cumberland Counties are desperate to find businesses for the ill advised Tri-County Industrial park which isn't in Roane County but which we forked over millions of tax dollars to buy into. If you visit the site you would have to wonder what kind of business would want that location? The answer is a business that can't get accepted any where else, like say a dirty one that is having trouble getting financial backers because of the risk involved.

Roane County does not have the best record of looking out for its people and businesses where environmental problems are concerned. A business whose raw material is garbage would certainly require watching very closely.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 6:57pm.

It is disgusting to me that the VA issue has become a political football to kick around. In February there was little outrage when senators like Lamar Alexander voted against the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S.1982). This is a bill that nearly every veterans' group in the country supported. Now the headlines are full of the same senators who voted against getting the VA back on track, waving the flag, calling for heads, and quick to sponsor legislation that might give them cover for their failures of the past but do little to fix the problems.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 4:30pm.

Can they put a short course in those driver schools that teaches them how to drive down a long hill? Come on, it's not that hard.

One lane is open at this point.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 2:41pm.

We're glad this was a minor injury, but the "ammonia farm" at TVA has bothered us for some time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 11:55am.

Well of course it will, because the GOP controls the legislature and the Ethics Board decided Judge Wade wasn't violating any ethics. That is NOT what the TN GOP wanted to hear on their quest to eliminate fairness in the Tennessee Supreme Court. Judge Wade's supposed ethincal violation was his public statement that he and the other TN Supremes were totally qualified to be retained. How dare he make a statement that any citizen has the right to make, according to Republican Mike Bell.

The GOP's hyper partisanship is not helping Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 11:10am.

I'm not sure this conveys equal blessing upon same sex marriage but it is certainly a huge step in that direction. Can we as a society get this done and move on now? We have a lot to deal with.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 11:06am.

There is no way to pay this person back for what he has lost.

DNA evidence has exonerated hundreds of convicted people, including over 100 who were on death row at the time of their exoneration. If for no other reason than that, it is difficult to see how a just society can support capital punishment.

Humphrey has the story.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 8:48am.

We have a very good Supreme Court in Tennessee, for now. They have been scrupulously and legally accurate, unbiased and fair. That seems to upset Lt. Gov Ramsey, who wants the to decide cases his way instead of how the law reads.

Marsha Blackburn continues to hate on the EPA's attempts to save lives and our planet, calling Big Coal a jobs creator. Not even remotely true, bu facts have never stopped Marsha before and won't now.

Those stories, Common Core, and more at the CPI BUZZ:


(Posted at view from my Kitchen Table until Crockett gets its web site ironed out.)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 3, 2014 - 8:07am.

Does anyone know if our school system receives this revenue? Apparently many counties have not been paying it to the school systems.

A little-known state law says the 15 percent tax on liquor by the drink is to be divvied up, with local schools getting their shares based on student enrollment. Some county and city governments have been sending their schools that local revenue all along, while others are now being sued for years of undistributed tax money.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 2, 2014 - 7:17pm.

Perkins says Darius is off his respirator and becoming more stable. Tedder says Hunter is doing better than the doctors originally said he would.


Submitted by mushy on June 2, 2014 - 11:17am.

On with the shows!

Friday (June 6th) at 7PM, Gold City, award winning gospel group, and Saturday (June 21st) at 7PM, Two Steel Girls! Both tickets are only $15!

Tickets are the usual places around Harriman, or online at, or

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2014 - 7:51pm.

Four young people were in the car: Rod Drummond, Hunter Crass, Darius Gallaher and Jadah Gallaher. Jadah and Darius are Willie Gallaher's children.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 1, 2014 - 7:03am.

Alexander’s new-found beliefs are hardly in line with those of the state’s citizens.

Roy Exum has his Thunder and Sunshine tags for a number of recent doings and goings on. He notes Chuck Fleischmann's curious vote to keep the Federal government involved in preventing state efforts to legalize medical marijuana. Consistency is not Fleischmann's strong suit.

Ironically, Fleischmann is from Ooltewah, the same town where three-year-old Piper Koozer can no longer live due to intractable epileptic seizures.

You are a mean man, Mr. Chuck!

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

The collision happened near Highway 27 and Mountain View Road (Harriman).


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2014 - 1:59pm.

The young lady in this case was not envenomated by the copperhead that bit her. This is unusual but not rare. Snakes are prevalent in East TN, with the vast majority being non venomous. Even the poisonous ones don't want to bite and will usually put on a show to get you to leave them alone. Take the hint and leave them be.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2014 - 7:39am.

TVA is number 5 in CO2 emitters nationwide. Texas is number one but they don;t have to worry...all the emissions in Texas float into Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2014 - 6:47am.

REU is thinking about moving its main office.

REU officials have said the operation has outgrown its current location, which includes the offices on Rockwood Street near the utility’s warehouse on Wilder Avenue.

“It is 1949 vintage,” said Bear.

The upstairs auditorium has no power, heat and air, he said. It also isn’t set up for office space.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2014 - 6:44am.

TVA is a big deal when it comes to electricity production. It serves markets in seven states and produces four percent of America's electricity. While previous administrations have used these appointments as political payback to large southern donors, President Obama has a chance to make real progress by appointing clean energy champions to this important board.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2014 - 6:41am.

The Know New Sentinel has allowed access to this story without the paywall problem. They think it's important and I thank them.

The Circuit Court Judge is an important position and should be decided on who is going to serve all of the people the fairest and best. It is essentially a lifetime position once elected and it deserves the most careful and thoughtful of decisions on the voter's part. There are some fairly obvious conclusions that one can draw from the information in this article, but I suggest you keep an open mind at this point, letting honesty and competency sway your vote, assuming this campaign ever gets to a competency contest.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2014 - 6:16am.

TN Lt Gov Ron Ramsey has never been a stickler for the truth in any of his campaigns, apparently feeling that lying is a birthright for politicians.Apparently he also has a problem with honest judges.

Three state Supreme Court justices say they're in a battle to defend the independence of Tennessee courts.

Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Sharon Lee and Justice Connie Clark could soon face an effort to kick them off the state's highest court during the August election. That effort is being orchestrated by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who has been trying to convince business groups to put up the money to oust the justices. His hope: to put staunch Republicans in their place.

This is a sorry state of affairs in TN. Even sorrier is that the average Tennessean has no idea what this is about. Ramsey, if he stays true to form, will go big with ads saying the TN Supreme Court is soft on crime, which is a lie. The Supreme Court looks at the law and determines if lawful procedures were used to administer guilt and punishment. Ramsey has no use for fairness and appears to want his guilty friends to go free and your innocent friends to get punished. Go read the finest investigative news organization left in Tennessee:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2014 - 6:44pm.

These folks do good work. How about showing some Roane County love to Joe Eskridge and the good folks at the Roane County NAACP. Sponsor a hole for $100 and get your sign set up where everybody can see it. Please ask businesses that you frequent to buy a hole sponsor.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2014 - 6:18am.

We're asking around but still don't know why Jody Miodowski was fired. We've heard he is a hard nose to the grindstone manager who got the job done but ruffled feathers. When you terminate somebody there are requirements. For a city coucilman to vote to take away someone's job and claim he had no idea why...

Jody Mioduski is out as Rockwood Park and Recreation director — and if some members of Rockwood City Council wanted to know why he was dismissed, they didn’t hear it — or any discussion, for that matter — before the vote was taken.

“I was never told the grounds for dismissal, and they have voted to dismiss me from the position,” Mioduski said following Thursday’s meeting in which the Council voted for dismissal.

When asked if he knew why Mioduski was terminated, Nuckols said no. “No ma’am, I do not,” Nuckols emphasized. “I have no comment on that.”


Submitted by mushy on May 26, 2014 - 9:56pm.

The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. It was created and designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component to the Memorial.

A replica, sculpted by Greg Horak of Harriman, now stands in Riverfront Park in Harriman, Tennessee. It is believed to be the largest replica of the memorial in the state, if not anywhere outside DC.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2014 - 5:21pm.

It gives me a tingling sensation in my lips when I apply it but as an insect repellent it is the best.

In the '80s, there were reports of children having seizures after using DEET-based products, but the exact cause of the seizures was never determined. Subsequent studies have found virtually no health risks associated with the ingredient at the concentrations found in commercial repellents.

For the best protection against both mosquitoes and ticks, the CDC recommends products containing DEET. For just mosquitoes, the agency also approves of products with the active ingredients picaridin (the active ingredient in most Avon Skin So Soft products), IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus—which, despite its natural-sounding name, is actually a synthetic formulation. EWG found all three of these ingredients to be just as effective as DEET.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2014 - 5:15pm.

It is beginning to look like the only folks who can count on TVA are the energy cartels. Communities and workers...not so much:

This funded level puts TVA's pension plan among the worst funded pension plans of major electric utilities in the U.S. The pension plan's current funded status, TVA's reluctance to properly fund it, and the fact that the pension benefits are not guaranteed raise serious questions about the long-term well-being of the pension promise to participants.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2014 - 2:35pm.

From Dr. Mary Headrick:

We each have a family photo of an honored man or woman in military uniform. We honor those lost in service to our country. We hold dear their sacrifices that ensured we may continue to live in the Land of the Free.

This year, as America's longest war ends, let us honor the thousands of brave young Americans we have lost and the tens of thousands wounded physically and spiritually. Let us heal the great divisiveness that sits upon our great nation.

This Memorial Day we can honor these good Americans by renewing our efforts to give their families the care they deserve. We can remake the Veterans Administration to meet the sacrifices our Veterans have made for us.

As we look on those old and sometimes very new photos of our family members in uniform, let us remember the sacrifice of every American in uniform, but most of all those who died for us. Let us resolve to make ourselves and our Nation worthy of their sacrifice by putting our differences aside and coming together in deed and the American spirit.

Dr. Mary Headrick Candidate for TN 3rd Congressional District


Submitted by mushy on May 22, 2014 - 7:44pm.

The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. It was created and designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component to the Memorial.


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