Sep 7 2014
08:38 am

There are a number of things that worry me about our political process, but when you give the Legislative Branch total control it is a screaming freight train to massive corruption. We have a number of Republicans telling the same lie at the moment, namely that the AG is supposed to defend the laws that the legislature passes. The AG is the closest thing we have to a state sheriff. The AG rules on matters of the state and federal constitution, in particular, the AG tells the legislature when it is acting illegally. What Republicans want is a crooked sheriff who will tell them whatever politically expedient of the moment they want to hear. This will not be good for the honest citizens of Tennessee.

What these enemies of democracy want is to have a dishonest sheriff. What we have at the moment is a dishonest legislature.

Tom Humphrey has a good overview:


Yes, I'm totally bragging! This event is hard...Way hard!

Sep 6 2014
04:54 pm

“We’re proud that he’s our Democratic nominee," he said of Ball. "We’re proud that he’s a candidate we can support. We’re proud that he is going to bring to Tennessee voters the message that they need to hear this fall because Republicans do not deserve a monopoly in Tennessee politics.”

Cooper highlighted a point that Democrats are likely to return to often in the coming weeks: Lamar's failure to get over 50 percent of the vote in the Republican primary and a loss in his own county.

“It’s an opportunity for Democrats and independents and a lot of disaffected Republicans to come together behind Gordon Ball,” Cooper said...


Gordon Ball asks the question that has troubled many Tennesseans:

“Think about it, Lamar Alexander became governor in 1978 with a net worth of $150,000," Ball said. "He’s been in office almost 40 years in one form or another. He’s now worth $22 million or more. How do you do that? How do you answer that to the people of Tennessee, what you’ve been doing on the side while you’ve been representing Tennesseans.”

Sep 6 2014
04:43 pm

Given TVA's inability to pile dirt safely, It doesn't make me feel better that TVA has installed bigger louder "Evacuate" sirens around Watts Bar.

...the Watts Bar project also illustrates the challenges facing the U.S. nuclear industry. Nuclear plants are expensive, complicated and time-consuming to build. They require huge sums of upfront capital — the new Watts Bar reactor could cost as much as $4.5 billion, nearly double earlier estimates.


Sep 5 2014
06:22 am

Why does this song make me think of our current political process?

Going to see this guy next Wednesday. My friend Sam Lewis is opening.

An inability to keep track of surplus military rifles forced the 2013 retirement of a Tennessee Highway Patrol captain and more recently caused another state agency to be temporarily suspended from the program that provided them.

A gun stolen from a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency truck prompted a mandatory suspension of the agency from the federal program. That happened in June, and the agency reported the theft immediately. TWRA officials expect to be reinstated to the program, which provides guns it uses to control wild hogs.


Just as a point of reference, my family uses a .22 to switch off wild hogs. I don't get the machine gun need.

While analyzing Gordon Ball's chances against Lamar Alexander Cagle must be noticing that people in TN's 3rd Congressional District really don't like Chuck Fleischmann, even if he won't come out and say it. He does say this:

The bitter 3rd District Congressional race was won by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. Democratic candidate Mary Headrick may turn out Democratic votes, especially in Chattanooga, and pick up some disgruntled Weston Wamp voters. A lot of Republicans may stay home.

Fleischmann has been a disappearing congressman. He comes out every election season, spends a ton of outside money that he gets from Karl Rove and Washington PACs traching his opponent, and then Chuck disappears until the next election cycle. His main asset is his ton of outside money. He sent roughly $37 per vote in the Republican primary. In the last election Dr. Mary Headrick was a complete unknown but was able to win her votes for less that a buck each. Chuck doesn't have 37 times as much money as Mary Headrick. This is getting interesting.

Here's the full read:

Cagle's piece in the MetroPulse

Sep 3 2014
06:32 am

Remember When TVA Refused to Spend $4 Million and cost itself $1.4 Billion in the Ash Disaster? And then fought making its victims whole for five and a half years because it would be too expensive?

...And when TVA raised rates for homeowners so it could cut rates for industrial customers?

The Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor will cost $4.5 Billion. Buckle the seat belt on your check book, folks!


Sep 3 2014
05:52 am
By: WhitesCreek

There were several power outages during the night. Knox weather said a tenth of an inch but we have 1.5 inches in the gauge. Today will be hot and muggy with 40% chance of showers. That Labor Day is the end of summer thing isn't holding up.

...a 1999 Tennessee law prohibits cities that operate their own Internet networks from providing access outside the boundaries where they provide electrical service. Bowling wanted to change that and introduced a bill in February to allow them to expand.

She viewed the network, which offers speeds about 80 times faster than AT&T and 10 times faster than Charter in Tullahoma according to advertised services, as a utility, like electricity, that all Tennesseans need.


Sep 2 2014
09:28 am

Celebrating Live Music in a Listening Room Atmosphere

RB Morris at Ladd Landing Listening Room

Jan 16 The FairView Union

Jan 30 Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp


Feb 6 Greg Horne

Feb 13 Blue Mother Tupelo

March 13 Daniel Kimbro

April 10 Jimmy Davis

April 24 Red Shoes and Rosin

More folks are coming as we work out schedules. We want to bring our old friends back and fit in some new folks as well. Check out Music at Ladd Landing on Facebook.

Got friends who want to be on our email list? Forward this to them and have them send us an email.

See you soon!


We're family friendly, don't serve food or beverage but you're welcome and encouraged to bring your own. Most folks do. See you there.


The Ladd Landing Listening Room has grown and evolved from one night a month at a local restaurant to several shows a month at Ladd Landing Clubhouse. It combines our serious affection for singer songwriters, live performance of original music, and socializing with our friends and families. We started it up in the Spring of 2012 on a whim. The idea was to have a family friendly atmosphere where we could chat and visit, share adult beverages if we so choose, and listen to some of the best music in Tennessee. So far it's working. We meet new people every week and folks are now driving out from Knoxville and other far flung places to experience their favorite artists in a small room with great acoustics. The only complaint we ever hear is "Why didn't you tell me about this sooner?"

The people who play for us are very good. They write and record songs and are excellent musicians. We tend to be heavy on Americana genre but we've had ex Allman Brother Johnny Neel and R&B virtuoso Jason Eskridge, so good music is good music. Most of our artists are suggested by the artists who have played for us on the theory that musicians know music. So far everyone has been better than good. We also pester artists we like after hearing them on stage at one venue or another and we try to get people you would have to go to the Bijou, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's music festival, or someplace like that to hear. They bring their CD's and other stuff for purchase. We pay artists all we can and, after expenses, donate any extra to charities we like. We take no money ourselves.


The Ladd Landing Development sponsors our music series at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse in Kingston. The official address is 1000 Ladd Landing Boulevard, Kingston, TN but that won't tell your GPS how to find us.

Take Exit 352 then left and go one half mile north (left off I 40 away from Kingston proper). Turn right into Ladd Landing at the 3 way stop. Drive past the Food City shopping center and Ace Hardware about a city block and turn right just before you would go under the Iron Greenway bridge. Park on the road and walk up. Passengers who need it may be let off in front of the clubhouse. Let me know if you need anything. We'll take care of you.

Questions? or day of the show: 865-603-6981

Sep 2 2014
08:26 am

There is a new website, ((link...)). It lets you enter your interests and issues and lists political candidates to match, with lots of extra information. Definitely recommended.

-- OneTahiti


Dr. Headrick Calls for Voters to Get Involved

Dr. Mary Headrick says, “Grassroots participation in elections is the only thing that stands in the way of billionaires and corporations taking over democracy in the United States of America.”

In her Keynote speech at the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic, the candidate for the 3rd US Congressional District addressed the audience of over 200. She said Fleischmann versus Headrick comes down to big outside money versus the people of Tennessee's 3rd District. “If we are going to save our democracy, we have to beat Fleischmann's outside money by working together to get out our message,” said Headrick. “ We must let people know that there is only one candidate in this race who will protect Social Security and Medicare, support public education, vote to raise the minimum wage, and insure that good jobs stay in the US in an honest economy."


How many overdose deaths have we had in Roane County recently?

America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States.

However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually.


Sep 1 2014
08:41 am

That smoky charcoal grill sure does make some good tasting meats and veggies. Frankly, I don't worry too much about it but in cities it can be a problem. There is a n easy way to make your charcoal grill equal to gas in total emissions. Back off the beef and you lose a bunch of carbon emissions. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, one burger is the same as 3 pork chops, 6 pieces of chicken, 2 salmon steaks, or 21 pieces of mackerel.

And if you're worried about the cancer-causing compounds generated by charcoal grilling, marinate your meat in beer, says science.

Even better, contribute to organizations who set aside forests for conservation and you can have it all. Think about clicking on the donate button at this site: Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. They have done a ton of good in saving Tennessee forests and waterways and work in a bipartisan manner to bring everyone together. They have two conservation easements in Roane County so far.

Sep 1 2014
08:21 am

President Obama announced a $100 million program to set up apprentice programs. It's good to see Chuck stand tall with our President.

The enthusiasm shown by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, the Tennessee Republican whose district includes VW’s massive, state-of-the-art factory, and other mostly GOP political leaders in Tennessee for the same approach advocated by Mr. Obama demonstrates how a rare bipartisan consensus seems to be emerging on the need for more such job-related training.


Aug 31 2014
05:11 pm

“I do think there’s a problem in Tennessee with prosecuting white-collar crimes,” said Mark Pickrell, an attorney and adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School. “When it comes to white-collar crime, it takes a lot of resources. It is detail-oriented, takes a lot of documents, takes a lot of witness work. It’s a lot harder than ‘Joe punched Bob in the nose.’”


Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for 3rd District U.S. Congress, expressed her support for Research and Development being done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory while touring three of ORNL's facilities.

On August 26, when Dr. Headrick began her tour with an overview by Director Thom Mason, it was a bit of a homecoming. She had worked there herself as a computer programmer and analyst for over seven years in the 1970’s.

Headrick noted how varied and widely applicable the work being done there is.

Headrick said: "Many people in our District do not realize that ORNL is a facility for open science, a place where university and corporate research and development is performed. I find that many citizens in neighboring counties believe Oak Ridge concentrates exclusively on nuclear bombs or nuclear power. They do not realize that basic science and private industry research, such as automotive materials and efficiency, is done at ORNL. Titan and SNS are just two unique, cutting edge national resource user facilities managed by ORNL for R&D by scientists, universities and industry."


Chattanooga's EPB utility is providing ultra fast internet at very low cost to it's citizens. AT$T, Comcast, and a horde of their lobbyists can't stand to let citizens compete with corporations and do it better and cheaper.


Aug 29 2014
08:56 am
By: WhitesCreek

We are seeing a swallowtail that looks very much like this palamedes swallowtail. It seems to be rare to non-existant in TN according to the range and sighting map, but I don't know what else it could be. Anybody have ideas? It is a frenetic thing and difficult to take pictures of but I'll keep trying.


It could be that we have an odd color spicebush swallowtail. Photos will tell.

There are a lot of resources available. This book is just out and beautiful.

Aug 28 2014
06:55 pm

President Barack Obama has nominated two Tennesseans to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors.

Virginia Lodge, who served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services from 2003 to 2011, and Ronald Walter, the president and general manager of Memphis television station WREG, were given the nod Thursday to serve on the utility’s nine-member board.


Look, I like Arby's as much as anyone, but I won't stand in line for a steak, much less fast food served out of a truck.

Aug 27 2014
09:34 am

The unknown candidate may make sense...


This may be a study in how good things don't happen because connected corporations aren't going to get the money. Roane County tested voting machines with paper ballots and optical screeners that worked quite well and were affordable under a federal grant. That got blocked by the new GOP majority in the State legislature. So four years and elections later it looks like it is going to cost us much more to do the job.

Previously on RoaneViews


An election paper trail means Roane County could have to purchase new voting machines in the next few years. Even with the state chipping in, Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway estimated the cost for the county could run as high as $500,000.

“I don’t know exactly when this will take place, but the Election Commission wanted me to sort of forewarn the County Commission that it could be something that might come up,” Holiway said.

RCN Article

Aug 26 2014
07:49 pm

She's been singing since she was four, and by 5 she'd written her first song. By the age of six she had performed live at countless churches and festivals around East Tennessee, and at age seven she recorded her first two albums, simultaneously!

Most recently she was on NBC's Today Show, proving that she is going somewhere fast!

On November 7th, she will show her stuff on the Princess stage!

Order tickets today at EmiSunshine, or call 865-882-8867!

Aug 25 2014
08:31 am

Be safe out there, folks!

The "no refusal" law allows officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

In addition to "no refusal" enforcement, troopers will conduct driver's license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.


Aug 24 2014
08:14 am

To say the public is confused about who can and when can they use deadly force is something of an understatement. At the moment there is this perception among the public that it is shoot first, justify later. So could someone in official capacity please publish the rules of when officers can use deadly force?

The USA is averaging over 400 people per year shot and killed by officers. Compare the fact that in one incident, the death of a young lady just last week, officers fired more shots than the entire nation of Great Britain did last year. We seem to be in search of justifying shooting deaths instead of asking, "Could this have been avoided?"

Aug 24 2014
07:31 am

It looks like our elected officials are trying to see how they can get money for their own purposes instead of working together to see how best to remove the TVA disaster stigma from Roane County. First off, it is a lousy million dollars, a pittance compared to the PR campaign that needs doing. Will it be divided into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes even less effective?


Aug 23 2014
08:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

Told ya so...

Charter schools are such a racket, across the nation they are attracting special attention from the FBI, which is working with the Department of Education’s inspector general to look into allegations of charter-school fraud.

The article and discussion at KnoxViews

Lost Medicaid Funding

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