Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 4:47pm.

Guns are more deadly for white men in their own hands and for black men when held by someone else.

White men tend to kill themselves, Blacks get shot, Hispanics don't much die from chronic liver disease but both Blacks and Whites do. In fact, Hispanic men are way healthier that either Blacks or Whites. Who knew?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 4:39pm.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every 3 hours somewhere in the country.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, nearly 1,200 people were severely injured or died at railway crossings last year and more than 900 others were hurt or killed while trespassing on tracks.

Walking on railroad tracks is trespassing, apparently. So here's the deal: what is a human life worth these days? If trains are killing or injuring 1200 people per year, wouldn't it make economic sense as a society to put lights or crossing arms at every crossing until we can build bridges or whatever?


Submitted by mushy on June 10, 2014 - 10:59am.

OK folks, here is your chance to see a great group of ladies! They were finalist on The Voice, and now they will appear on the Princess stage June 21st for only $15! Get your tickets now at Rocky Top, the Harriman Jewelry Exchange, or at Brown Paper Tickets!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 9:35am.

There has to be a conflict of interest for the Governor to promote legislation that affects his pocketbook.

That and more from Crockett:

CPI Buzz for 6-10-14

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

Watching the local news on TV it seems like those folks live in an alternate universe where the rule of law and justice in the state of Tennessee is not under attack from all sides. And there's other stuff to think about. Thanks to Crockett for pointing out which stories we should worry about the most.

It's OK if people die because of coal, there are 29 jobs at stake!

Titular head of state of Tennessee making plans to run for titular head of United States.

Real Governor of Tennessee declares war on justice and rule of law. (Ok, this one worries me a lot!)

College tuition has risen 1200% in the last three decades. Inflation accounts for only 87% of that increase. Where is that money going?

Crockett News Buzz has it all:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2014 - 7:38am.

Marijuana costs 4 times as much in TN as it does in Colorado, creating an influx of small grower/dealers in TN. Medical marijuana is on its way in Tennessee. It's time to get that done and learn the lessons of western states that have legalized pot, creating a boost to their tax receipts instead of it going to dealers and crime.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2014 - 7:17am.

I have that headline saved as stock so I don't have to type it in every time a truck flips. We're on track for one flip a week this summer. TDOT says they've done a lot to I40 to reduce wrecks. It appears that there is a lot left to do. Accident prone I40 places a huge burden on Roane County roads and motorists. I would think there are highway modifications that need to be made but I'm wondering if a review of procedures wouldn't be in order to see if things could be cleared up more quickly when a wreck happens.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 8, 2014 - 8:26am.

Sunday morning internet speed test: My 1.5m DSL tests out at 0.56 down and 0.36 up. I've never seen it test higher than 1.3 meg and it's usually below 1.0. Anyone have experience with Excede?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 5:27pm.

Untrained elderly men get markedly fitter and healthier as a result of playing soccer. After only four months of twice-weekly one-hour training sessions, the men achieved marked improvements in maximum oxygen uptake, muscle function and bone mineralization. The study revealed that inactive elderly men improved their maximum oxygen uptake by 15% and their performance during interval exercise by as much as 50% by playing soccer for 1 hour two times per week over 4 months.

I can see the TV infomercial now: "New exercise improves performance 50%"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 10:21am.

For some reason I have the quaint notion that the people who enforce our laws should obey those laws. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey feels like illegal convictions should stand and executions continue, so much so that he is willing to lie to make his case for removing the current Supreme Court Justices. Of course the mainstream Tennessee media are calling him out, right? Right?

Well no, actually. But some of the good guys are telling the whole truth, like Pith in the Wind at the Nashville Scene. Stephen Hale does it:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 8:55am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 7:40am.

I usually do my waterfall hikes in the winter because the views are unobstructed by leaves, the ticks are gone, and the water is high. But then there's this reason to go in hot weather...they usually have swimming holes at the bottom. Ozone Falls is in Cumberland County but I claim it for Roane for the simple reasons that it is close and the water comes right by our Roane County home. There's still decent water flows and this would be a good weekend to admire what a beautiful area we live in.


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.



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