Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 7:23am.

Residents are calling for buffers and green space to preserve their neighborhood, or to be bought out at fair market value.

When the planning commission meets again, neighborhood residents will be ready with their thoughts.

They have compiled a list of their concerns and options they think would preserve their peace but allow some development.

Those include that only a limited area of the property be rezoned to accommodate the dealership, and that even then, to defer rezoning until a clearer definition of the dealership plan is submitted.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 7:07am.

Rockwood gets a swimming pool filter, Oliver Springs gets three new welcome signs and the property owners and businesses that were actually harmed are still waiting (over five years to date) for TVA to make them whole, which isn't going to happen. The lawsuit settlements are expected to total substantially less than the $43 million TVA gave to Roane County and city officials.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 6:10am.

There is a stunning disconnect between elected officials and the real world.

This week, a House subcommittee passed an appropriations bill that made significant changes to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant program. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the grants allow the "DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives."

"There would be no money for transit, no money for bicycle facilities, no money for sidewalks or streetscaping," Fowler said. "No money for anything other than vehicular traffic."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 13, 2014 - 7:14am.

The beauty of our area is that our area is beautiful! There are tons of things to do with the family and this is a good one. Only one hour north of Roane County, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is spectacular, with some of the best hiking in the Eastern USA.

Big South Fork Geologist Chad Harrold will be leading a walk through time on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The hike begins at the Leatherwood Ford gazebo at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 8:06pm.

This just saved Roane County a ton of money in legal fees.

Previously on RoaneViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 7:41pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 9:10am.

Here you go...

• A continuing increase in average annual temperatures that will likely harm dairy and other livestock production. By 2060, average temperatures will have risen 9 degrees since 1990.

• Decreased water availability due to rising temperatures that cause more evaporation.

• More harm to transportation systems due to "severe precipitation events" such as floods and hail storms.

Look, the evidence is overwhelming. Deniers are mostly paid hacks like Congressman Marsha Blackburn. It is time for us to accept that these folks are advocating for the end of our planet as we know it. The time to do something is now. It's like the Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today." There are two main solutions to climate change, energy conservation and solar power. That's it. This isn't hard and a ton of jobs will be created by attacking this in all out war fashion.

Or we can take the Jim Jones approach advocated by Marsha Blackburn.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 9:00am.

Local Author to Appear at Kingston Public Library

Kingston, Tennessee, May 12, 2014. Local author Dr. Timothy Joseph will speak about his new book, "My Water Path," and the art of writing at the Kingston Public Library on Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. Advance copies of "My Water Path," scheduled for a June release, will be available for purchase along with copies of some of Joseph's previous works.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 8:54pm.

This from Gerald's Old Curmudgeon Column in the Roane County News...

We had other items to comment upon, and may next week, but we are out of space for this week, however, we cannot quit without this: Our copy of the County Commission Agenda for Monday indicates that they are going to take up this item:

“A Resolution supporting the display of the National Motto IN GOD WE TRUST” in the County Commission Chambers and above the main North Entrance of the Court House.”

We would ask two questions — Is this the wisest expenditure of county tax money? Do they really think that God cares for their sloganeering?
We know, because he told us, that Jesus would rather that they use the money to help the helpless, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless.
But some people would rather make a grand show of how religious they are.

These are the ones the Bible talks about praying in public, rather than in their closet.

Look it up!

If you look it up in the King James Bible, it calls these people ...well, you should look it up.

Thank You, Gerald!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 4:09pm.

Friday May 16 7:30 Ladd Landing Clubhouse

Your daily Sam Your daily Martin


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 1:48pm.

I get a lot of press releases on mornings like this. Most of them are recycled goo, with little thought behind them. This thoughtful piece from my friend Mary Mancini is exactly what I think we should be thinking about on Mother's Day.

"The ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’ by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe’s feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.”

Go check it out and while we should always make this a special day for Moms of every sort, let's remember that this day was begun by activist mothers who hated what men had done to the world their children were facing.


Submitted by mushy on May 11, 2014 - 12:53pm.

Lots of happy folks did! There was a good crowd, most of which stayed on their feet, and some even formed a "conga line"!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 6:51am.

There is nothing a mother cares for more than raising good children and being able to send them out into a good world. There is no better gift we can give back to our mothers than to work as hard as we can to make that good world happen.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 10, 2014 - 4:55pm.

Only one out of two fawns survive the first three months of life in the eastern states. Coyote predation now accounts for a significant amount of fawn mortality. Even so, we will have plenty of whitetail deer around.

The study showed that coyote predation -- even at the highest levels reported -- is not significant enough to cause deer populations to decline if doe harvests are reduced. In fact, in most places in North America, continued doe harvest is required to stabilize deer populations.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 10, 2014 - 9:59am.

This is the future. Are we prepared? At what point will we start to understand that when our governor uses the words "Business Friendly" it is code for no union representation, lower wages, lax environmental oversight, and tax payer subsidies?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 9, 2014 - 10:01am.

Remember when you liked the food at R T's?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 9, 2014 - 8:55am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 9, 2014 - 8:53am.

One of our favorite singer/songwriter/story tellers backed by two of the best musicians anywhere. $10 BYOB 7:30

Total information awareness for the show: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 8, 2014 - 2:53pm.

Roane County Hazardous Waste Cleanup
Saturday, May 10 from 9 am - 2 pm
Roane County Recycle Center in Midtown
215 White Pine Road, Harriman


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 8, 2014 - 8:08am.

Kingston Recovery Project Update

Week ending May 8, 2014


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

As our state legislators try to put roadblocks in the form of fees and taxes on your own private roof top solar power, the for profit corporations are buying up solar farms with long term contracts with TVA. This simply continues the long standing and failed model of centralized production of power, which is then sold to us over the distribution grid owned by big power. It doesn't take much thought to see that widespread production of electricity on home roof tops is the best way to go. Problem is, your utility company can't make as much money that way.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 8, 2014 - 6:33am.

TVA reservoirs — Norris, Cherokee and South Holston are well below summer pool due to lack of rainfall. Last year is was flooding. What's up with this crazy climate?

Read more: Lack of rainfall leaves three TVA reservoirs below seasonal levels | Kingsport Times-News Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2014 - 8:01pm.

"Apparently, Browns Ferry operated outside the bounds of its safety study," Lochbaum said. "Will TVA fix this dilemma before restarting Unit 3? And will TVA do anything to check whether Units 1 and 2 are equally impaired?"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2014 - 10:48am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 12:36pm.

Tom Humphrey is the great state of Tennessee's Most Valuable Journalist. That's why he is linked over on the right and you should read him every day.

Now the Trial Lawyer's Association agrees:

The inscription on the silver Journalist of the Year plaque said it was “for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, for unique contributions to the public welfare, and for distinguished service in print journalism.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 12:26pm.

Can we just keep Shawn Smoot locked up now?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 8:35am.

CPI News


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 6:58am.

This was at the Oak Ridge campus. The story has been edited into nonsense but start with the AED's that are stationed around the Roane State campuses. That stands for Automated External Defibrillator, a device that automatically diagnoses cardiac arrest and administers the shocks necessary to restart the heart. They won;t work without good people who want to help. In this case there were lots of good people.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 6:34am.

We should have the knowledge of who owns our elected officials. When, for example, 85% of Americans want universal background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and Congress refuses to pass the bill, we can readily see that they hold the NRA's interests higher than ours. In this era of dark money Weston Wamp goes against the grain somewhat. Here are his answers to a questionnaire from Channel 9 in Chattanooga. Let's note for the record that on the dark money question Chuck Fleischmann stayed dark.


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

350 Bechtel contractors at Watts Bar 2 will lose their jobs and 1000 vacant positions will not be filled. I wonder how morale is at TVA?



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