Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 15, 2014 - 7:00am.

When Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, asked sponsor Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, whether the bill would “allow the state board to put charter schools in our districts without any local involvement,” she shut him off, banging her gavel and declaring, “On the amendment.”

Rep. Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville, was similarly ruled out of order when he asked whether the amendment takes into consideration “the huge property taxes this is going to cause” when money for public schools goes to new charter schools authorized by the Board of Education without local approval.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 7:01pm.

Bill Haslam, Bob Corker, and Robin Smith. Robin Smith has been struggling to be relevant in the R party in TN. She's lost every election but she just keeps trying.

Robin Smith: Chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Smith compared the UAW to an "infestation" of "Ichneumon wasp larvae." When the NAACP expressed support for an investigation into Haslam's secret offer, Smith tweeted: "@NAACP supports @UAW at @VW in Chattanooga. Those allies tell the tale." As indicated by her comments, the Tennessee GOP establishment intervened in the election in a disgraceful manner.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 5:42pm.

The last thing Roane County needs is a new nuke program, but that hasn't stopped TVA from charging ahead with Babcock & Wilcox. Turns out that B&W are having trouble finding anyone who wants to invest in nuclear power right now.

Expect a revised timeline for small nuclear units at TVA

The venture has secured $150m of Department of Energy (DOE) cost-share funding to help develop the first 180-MW mPower SMRs at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Clinch River site in 2022. Now it is not entirely clear what impact the B&W news will have on the 2022 deployment date.

They also fired their CEO. Could TVA just forget about this project?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 11:18am.

It looks like Scott DesJarlais is not the only TN whacko in Congress.

The Tennessee Republican argued that GOP senators had blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act because it was "it was going to be helpful for trial lawyers."

That wonderful bit of crazy and a whole bunch more at the Crockett news buzz.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 6:56am.

This Industrial Park sits sad and empty near Westel. It's a bad deal for Roane because we would only get property tax for the next 13 years and then nothing after that. And, typically, businesses are lured in by giving tax abatements, which could mean that Roane might never see a penny in return for our millions of dollars invested.

Why are we in this deal?

Now we are in the position of going to Morgan and Cumberland counties and asking them to give something back. This ought to be fun to watch. After all they kick Roane County's rear in the negotiations and now we're asking them to be fair?

Ha!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 13, 2014 - 12:41pm.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 12, 2014 - 6:40am.

The walking horse people are paying off Congressmen with large donations in their push to continue the practice of "soring" the legs and hooves of horses in order to force them into the unnatural gait that defines the Tennessee Walker.

“The Blackburn and Alexander bills, clinging to a sad past, perversely proclaim that they are preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
“The Whitfield-Ayotte bills, supported also by major veterinary organizations, represent the future, where brutality toward animals is not tolerated for any reason.

Chuck Fleischmann is a sponsor of the Blackburn bill. This is shameful and needs to stop.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 11, 2014 - 11:43am.

The working people of Tennessee have been attacked by their own Governor, Senator, and a host of outside organizations dedicated to keeping workers from being treated fairly in the workplace. Is it time for a full blown criminal investigation?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 11, 2014 - 9:00am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:22pm.

... a team led by a Yale University ecologist has used a new measure to rank birds: which ones hold the greatest evolutionary information. The researchers have calculated the “evolutionary distinctness” of 9,993 bird species, identifying those birds that are so far out on the branching tree of life that to lose them would be to lose millions of years of nature’s work...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:00pm.

We knew it!

“you jokers just blew a $500,000 hole in the annual city budget.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 12:09pm.

If I read this correctly, Ken Yager just voted to end the Home Owners Association Ban on hunting in his subdivision. That should go over really well when someone starts shooting in his yard.

Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, said his SB 1612, which the Senate approved Wednesday on a 24-3 vote, is a “pre-emption bill” that reserves for the state legislature “the whole field of the regulation” of firearms and ammunition and pre-empting city councils and county commissions from passing their own law, ordinance, resolution, enactment or regulation.

The amendment allows towns, cities and counties to regulate the location of “sport shooting ranges” and the discharge of firearms within their boundaries, except when the discharge is expressly authorized or permitted by state law, such as for self-defense and hunting.

This is getting crazy!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 11:40am.

The footbridge over the east embayment is under construction.

From TVA: Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles. The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails. However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:13am.

This ought to be fun!

The subpoenas call for them to testify before a National Labor Relations Board hearing later this month, where the UAW is challenging a vote that it narrowly lost at the VW plant...

Documents recently leaked to Nashville NewsChannel 5 Investigates show the Haslam administration wanted a say in the automaker's deal with organized labor -- in exchange for $300 million in economic incentives to help VW expand its Chattanooga operations.

That happens to be illegal, not that legal has much sway in the Haslam camp.

Crockett News roundup for TN


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 7:05am.

TVA firings will equal approximately $155 million in wages and will hit mostly coal fired facilities.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 3:13pm.

These include a prohibition on privately owned firearms in all federal facilities, leased spaces and government vehicles, and prohibitions on carrying privately owned concealed firearms on Marine Corps installations.

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So what is our Legislature doing to keep us safe?

Senate passes open gun carry

Sen. Yager did NOT vote against this idiotic Bill.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 8:42am.

Why would you ban election monitors unless you planned to conduct crooked elections?

That and other Tennessee news from Crockett


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 6:27am.

Since the current storage facility is 75% full, TVA proposes to construct and operate an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, located just below the Watts Bar Lake dam in Rhea County, Tennessee. TVA has such a great record of competence and responsibility in handling its waste products there's no need to worry.

Ha!

The Draft Environmental Assessment is available to the public for a 30-day review and comment period that began two days ago and ends May 7. Links to online comment and more info:

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Going along with this theme is the fact that the Southeast has a poor environmental record as a whole. If the seven states, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama, were a separate country they would be the seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases on this planet.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 3:58pm.

(Due to the large crowd expected this show will be just up the street from Market Street at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse. Directions are down there somewhere...)

We are on a roll for great music. Nothing but awesome from now until the end of May and these folks are going to keep the bar set high. Get ready for The Fairview Union. Come see these folks while you can. They won't be in a listening room like ours for much longer.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 9:32am.

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

Sen Yager sponsored this bill. It helps "Federally designated distressed counties".

Interesting that Roane is "distressed" except for the BEP formula which funds our schools.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 7:06am.

From the Chamber program for school "improvement":

(1) Public school choice including charter schools and private school choice (vouchers)
(2) Abolishment of teacher tenure
(3) Teacher evaluation models based on student growth as measured by assessments
(4) Performance based pay based on student growth as measured by assessments
(5) Increased competition among schools, including the request that "American businesses be allowed to compete for federal funds to serve students"

Knox County School Board Candidate Tamara Shepherd posts her response.

I wonder how our candidates stand on this? Any teacher that votes to support a Board candidate that is supported by the Chamber of Commerce is suicidal.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 8, 2014 - 6:57am.

From the summary: (HB0190 would) Increase State Expenditures - $173,000 Other Fiscal Impact - There will be annual shifts of state and local BEP funding from local education agencies to the non-public participating schools of the proposed program. Approximately $15,842,500 is estimated to shift in FY13-14; $24,356,300 is estimated to shift in FY14-15; $33,285,000 is estimated to shift in FY15-16; $68,230,000 is estimated to shift in FY16-17; and an amount estimated to exceed $68,230,000 is estimated to shift in FY17-18 and subsequent fiscal years.

Calfee's office says he's FOR public schools but wouldn't directly say he'll vote against this bill in committee. We'll be watching to see how it goes today.

Play along at home right here.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 7, 2014 - 11:58am.

You kill the Assist. Principal, try to kill the Principal and others and you walk out of jail at your sentencing hearing?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 7, 2014 - 8:05am.

Lt. Gov Ramsey runs this state, Haslam's veto power is meaningless. Press Corp says Haslam conducting secret meetings, demand transparency in the State's business. And a lot more...

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

Weston Wamp:

“Till he’s blue in the face, he’s voted to repeal Obamacare,” Wamp said. “Don’t just vote to repeal Obamacare. Come up with a solution that Republicans can actually stand behind, so that our party can have a positive agenda to fix the country’s problems rather than just blame the other party for what they’re doing wrong.”

Chuck Fleischmann: (Well actually, Fleischmann hasn't said all that much. However, His spokesmen have gone after Wamp.)

“He comes from a family consumed with politics and is simply continuing that tradition,” Fleischmann campaign spokesman Jordan Powell said.

RCN story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 6, 2014 - 12:01pm.

As we have noted previously, our elected officials no longer work for us. Rather, they increasingly genuflect to organizations pushing radical ideologies with no concern whatsoever for local best interests. Tom Humphrey posted the unedited version of his opinion piece. Read it.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 5, 2014 - 2:09pm.

I don't think I can explain this so you better read it:

Tennessee ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Liberates People From All Their Worthless Federal Money

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 4, 2014 - 3:38pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 4, 2014 - 9:29am.

GOP state legislatures have figured out how to loudly squawk the talk of small government while quietly reaping the benefits of the federal safety net. They've reduced their states' aid to poverty programs and health care, fought higher minimum wage standards, raised the cost of higher education, lowered public education funding, privatized any state program they can dole out to their supporters - and reduced the corporate and personal taxes that pay for these services in blue states. Most of this legislation is bought and paid for by corporate and special interest lobbyists.

So, the red states get to boast about their favorable business climates and their low-cost workers. And corporations love them - and show their love with generous campaign contributions.

The full editorial and more things you should be aware of:

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