I consider the folks at RCN very good friends of mine but this is ridiculous. We have not one single positive story on the front page. Did nothing good and positive happen in Roane County this weekend? Do they not realize that the local newspaper is an ambassador for its community?

So on today's front page we have a tragic car wreck, a murderer who should have been tried long ago asking for yet another new attorney, and the preposterous situation of City of Kingston demanding someone be fined big time for polluting a stream while the City of Oliver Springs claiming it is perfectly legal for it to pollute private property with sewage.

Lots of good things happened this weekend. there was a sports record set, lots of arts and music, and a lot of people having fun in Roane County. What the rest of the word thinks of Roane County hangs in the balance here...Or should I say "Lack of balance"?

Sun
Feb 8 2015
11:40 am

There's a lot going on information wise on the UT campus this coming week. I'm surprised TNGOP hasn't tried to pass laws against this student initiative like they did with respect to sex week.

Darwin Day Celebrations

Fri
Feb 6 2015
09:16 am
By: WhitesCreek

Lawmakers Spar Over Their Own Taxpayer-Provided Health Coverage

Defeat Of Insure Tenn. Leaves Haslam Frustrated, Embarrassed

Shelby mayor: Defeat of Insure TN may mean 10% property tax increase

Corker for president? 11% of Tennesseans think that’s a good idea, 41% don’t

Insure Tennessee: Failure by Politics and Procedure

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Fri
Feb 6 2015
09:12 am

Clay Bennett

It is worth noting that 6 of the 7 Republicans that voted against "Government takeover of Healthcare" are on government healthcare plans. That means you and I are paying for their health insurance.

Fri
Feb 6 2015
08:51 am
By: WhitesCreek

This is pretty strange to me. Even I know that this is the old Kingston dump. They may regret putting it back on the radar screen. It is an interesting piece of property and looks from the road to be an old sink hole. This could go really well or really bad for the city.

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Fri
Feb 6 2015
08:47 am

While I applaud the goal, you don't have to drive around Rockwood very far to see a dozen or more buildings that are complete eyesores. Tearing down the historical past of Rockwood seems like a confused idea. I was recently inside the Bilbrey building and marveled at what a classic old place it is.

REU plans to tear down its existing building and the old Booth Funeral Home and renovate the remaining buildings, known as the Bilbrey building or Peterman building, and also the radio station building for its new offices.

Miller said the logic behind tearing the current location down eventually is because otherwise it would likely sit empty and become dilapidated.

RCN Story

Thu
Feb 5 2015
05:04 pm

I know a certain P E teacher who says this all the time. Now we have scientific proof.

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Wed
Feb 4 2015
08:32 pm
By: WhitesCreek

This is one of the best resources for the thousands of waterfalls that are in Tennessee. We should change our logo to "The Waterfall State"!

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Wed
Feb 4 2015
08:29 pm
By: WhitesCreek

A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research published by a faculty member in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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I hope no Republican has the audacity to file for per diem, because they wasted three days looking for an excuse to vote against Insure Tennessee

Statement from Craig Fitzhugh on the failure of House Republicans to pass Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee Legislation:

“When 280,000 Tennesseans are just hours away from getting insurance, Republicans get cold feet and walk away. This is an insult to Governor Haslam, a betrayal of our constituents and proves that Republicans are totally incapable of governing. In my 21 years of service, I cannot recall being more disappointed than I am today.

I hope no Republican has the audacity to file for per diem, because they wasted three days looking for an excuse to vote against Insure Tennessee. For my part, I will return all mine later this week. Going forward I hope the Governor calls us back into special session again and again until we get this right. This isn't over."

This is a great shop to wander around in. The guys that run it are fun to talk with as well.

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
12:15 pm

Here are the next six scheduled shows coming to the Princess.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

Feb 7 2015 - 07:00 PM
CASA Winter Blast
Feb 18 2015 - 07:00 PM
Movie Night: Glory
Mar 13 2015 - 07:00 PM
A Night of Magic
Mar 20 2015 - 07:00 PM
Will Talk For Food
Mar 27 2015 - 06:00 PM
2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show
May 30 2015 - 08:00 PM
The Kentucky HeadHunters

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
08:57 am

Haslam also said it wasn't in the Constitution just the bible. For god's sake, Bill. it's right there after "Provide for the common defense:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare

That and more from Crockett...

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Mon
Feb 2 2015
03:52 pm

This could be the start of good news for municipal internet.

State laws that obstruct towns and cities from building their own broadband networks are likely to fall at the end of the month, as a result of an upcoming vote by the FCC slated for a public meeting on February 26.

“After looking carefully at petitions by two community broadband providers asking the FCC to pre-empt provisions of state laws preventing expansion of their very successful networks, I recommend approval by the Commission so that these two forward-thinking cities can serve the many citizens clamoring for a better broadband future,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in statement on Monday.

The upcoming vote concerns two cities — Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina — that filed petitions with the FCC last year to rule that state rules restricting their fiber build-outs are inconsistent with federal law.

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Cohen Pushes for Student Loan Bankruptcy Protection

Rural hospitals at risk of closing if Insure TN fails

Koch brothers/charter school nightmare: “White kids get to go to a school with a Montessori approach while children of color get eye control”

Insure Tennessee would close gaps for veterans

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I really don't understand this. The prescription drug process is extremely broken and Big Pharma seems to like it that way. I will be really curious to see how prescription drug abuse fairs in states that legalize marijuana. For now we have a societal tragedy on our hands.

(Ronnie) Stockton said most of the people in the Roane County Jail are there because of drug related offenses.

“The more addicted these people are, the more desperate they get,” Stockton said, “particularly when they’re not seeking treatment or help from someone.”

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Sun
Feb 1 2015
10:42 am
By: WhitesCreek

Sat
Jan 31 2015
08:17 pm

“I am pleased that the President’s innovative Precision Medicine Initiative will invest $200 million in the National Institutes of Health, which is another department of defense that protects us from deadly diseases and illnesses,” said Congressman Cohen. “The likelihood of any one of us dying from a terrorist attack or weapon fired by a rogue nation is very slim, but the odds of suffering from disease are much more likely. While we more than adequately fund the Department of Defense, we have significantly cut funding for the NIH and for biomedical research, preventing critically important research for cures and treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, stroke, cancer, and Parkinson’s. The President’s new plan will help modernize the NIH, restore some of sequestration’s cuts, and propel the next generation of effective individualized treatments. I urge my fellow Members of Congress to join me in helping him launch the Precision Medicine Initiative.”

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Fri
Jan 30 2015
08:18 am

I'm having trouble figuring out who the good guys are in this one. A grant funded project was generated that would go on already owned land but was switched to buy a privately owned building. Funds were spent to purchase materials before the grant period expired but the work was not completed and some of the materials were stored and some were not even picked up. Having said all that, the Visitors Center is a lovely space. I have yet to see it open.

James Watts, mayor at the time, said “...it doesn’t matter to me as mayor that they changed locations without letting anyone know and apparently not getting preapproval from the state,” Watts wrote. “What does bother me is that tax dollars from the taxpayers of the city of Rockwood and tax dollars from the state of Tennessee were used to not only improve private property at the current location but to pay down on land and design for the second piece they chose, when if they had stayed with the city, the land would have been free.”

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Thu
Jan 29 2015
10:19 am

The BEP formula drew data from Roane's property assessment values. The data showed the county was wealthier than it truly was thereby, alotting Roane Schools fewer State dollars. Why is this fact still being overlooked in the school funding debate?

The Denny Building once housed the Miller and Brewer Department store. Mystery: There was no power or gas to the building at the time it burned.

Only two lanes are open through Harriman at this time.

WATE Story

The stupid hurts. It really hurts.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 543) to "repeal title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce."

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Wed
Jan 28 2015
06:38 pm

Tennessee’s GIS Services, part of the Office for Information Resources in the Department of Finance and Administration, received a $670,000 grant to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data in the state. The data collection will utilize LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), a remote sensing detection system that works on the principle of radar, but uses light from a laser.

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You know...Roane County is actually a pretty good place to live and raise kids. We have a lovely environment outside of the small part trashed by TVA and a couple of other spots, but then so does every other county everywhere. We have a lot of good things happening in music, arts, and athletics, and we have some of the best lakefront living anywhere. But you would never know it if all you knew about us was from our local newspaper. I finally found a happy story on page 5 of today's paper. It was about the Kingston Library.

Wed
Jan 28 2015
08:06 am

Hey folks help us start the Super Bowl weekend off right with some good time music.

Forward this to anybody and everybody who loves a good time with good music and good people.

Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp

Ladd Landing Listening Room

Friday Jan 30 Doors open 7:00 PM Family Friendly BYOB

$10 No Reservations Required

Uptown Stomp

If you are thinking about not seeing Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp this Friday night you had better take time to listen to this:

Rock This House

and this:

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It helps to know how many are planning to join us so email me if you have time. If not just show up anyway.

More info directions and upcoming shows right here!

Questions? email stevescarb@aol.com

Steve

Tue
Jan 27 2015
08:06 pm

There are no winners here and it is a very sensitive subject. We have to have these talks with our children, however, as uncomfortable as that may be at the time. These kids are forever damaged.

(Since all the Tennessee newspapers are behind the paywall on this, I went with a San Francisco newspaper)

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I would like to see this case of illegal dumping draw a serious enough penalty that is isn't ever repeated. Then can we work on the illegal tire dumping problem?

...Kingston city officials say they received a call from someone in the community who said there was a build-up of sludge in a nearby creek. With the coal ash spill still fresh in many's minds, officials say another environmental problem came as unwelcome news.

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Mon
Jan 26 2015
08:33 am

There is absolutely nothing in building this pipeline that benefits Tennessee, except that we will have to help pay for any spills that happen. Of course Chuck Fleischmann voted to build it, but he is Speaker John Boehner's boy and no one should expect any actions from Fleischmann on behalf of his constituents when it conflicts with Boehneer's personal financial investments. Boehner has roughly a quarter of a million dollars invested in Canadian oil interests that will benefit from this pipeline, just so you know.

So I expect this kind of thing from REpublicans. I want Jim Cooper to do better. (Thank You Congressman Cohen. Yoo da Man!)

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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