American alligators use tools. The only other Reptilia known to use sticks to lure birds is the mugger crocodile. Both species collect sticks on their heads which birds looking for nesting material try to pick up, thereby becoming food for the local apex predator.
Roane County had 86 deer related traffic accidents last year. Slow down and don't swerve, even if a collision is imminent. Remember that there is almost never just one and that they are incredibly stupid where vehicles are concerned.
A few items that caught my eye:
Despite all the scare mongering by the GOP, ebola is exactly as difficult to catch as the CDC said it was. Family members of the only victim so far who had very close contact with him have been cleared and released from quarantine.
An experimental herpes drug is named "pritelivir". Is that pronounced "Pretty Liver"?
As of this exact moment in time you have arachnids living on your face. Members of the arachnid family include scorpions, spiders and mites. Researchers have found Demodex folliculorum or D. brevis (human follicular mites) in the facial follicles of 100% of adults tested. Time to get over that Arachnophobia of yours. You are where they live! I thought about posting photos but didn't want to ruin your breakfast.
A virus that makes its way to a door knob can be transmitted to between 40% and 60% of the people in an office within two to four hours. If half of the people use disinfectant hand wipes the rate of transmission is cut by 80%.
Chuck Fleischmann voted to prevent the Pentagon from taking climate change into account. How long are we going to tolerate politicians ignoring science?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.
It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.
You may find this surprising, given that I am a tireless critic of TVA, but I agree with the IG for the most part on the clean up. TVA has failed to make our County and its property owners whole from a financial stand point but environmentally we are better than we have been since TVA came to town in the early 1950's.
“Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”
This should be a model for the other towns in Roane County on how to put your best foot forward.
Not the normal happening in Rockwood, actually.
October 18, 2014
Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, called for both immediate action by government to address Ebola and by individual Tennesseans to address influenza.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing the results of drastic government cost-cutting in the name of ‘smaller government’ as well as the results of years of congressional gridlock,” Dr. Headrick noted.Continued...
Congratulations to Rockwood Girls Soccer District 3 A/AA Champions!
Between phone calls and email I had more than one staunch Republican tell me they voted for Mary yesterday. They pretty much hate Chuck Fleischmann. There might be a surprise in this election after all.
Meet Charlie Ingram & Ray Brazier from the Outdoor Channel on Monday, October 20 at 7 pm at The Roane Alliance. This is a free event. More info:
It's Fall. Whites Creek is running strong and several thousand common grackles have us surrounded. They are wonderfully noisy.
Thursday Night at the Library Presents Elder Law Attorney, Amelia Crotwell
Thursday, October 16 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library
Phil Bredesen was just in a commercial WITH Bill Haslam supporting a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in Tennessee.
With a just released report from NASA calling September the "Hottest month in history" There's this from the Pentagon:
"Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe," he adds.
The report asserts that climate change will affect the Pentagon's ability to "defend the nation" and "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,"
Can we do something yet?
Sorry Chuck Fleischmann. Why is it that people who know you personally seem to have decided to support Mary Headrick for Congress in the 3rd District?
Today at the JFK Club luncheon meeting at The Chattanoogan, Mayor Andy Berke spoke in glowing terms in support of Mary Headrick's run for U.S. Congress. He told those assembled that Mary Headrick has his support. This announcement was received with obvious pleasure from the crowd.
Headrick stated, "It means a lot to me to have the approval of an elected official from the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Just as important, in fact more important, is the support I have received form citizens in Chattanooga and throughout the 3rd District. Together, we can bring greater prosperity, progress and fairness to East Tennessee."
John G. Stewart lives in Knoxville and is a former assistant general manager and vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is aghast but not surprised at the idiocy of TN's Constitutional amendments.
Pity the poor voter this time around, especially when it comes to the four constitutional amendments on the ballot. First, the wording of the amendments themselves is all but incomprehensible. Who writes this stuff?
Then the media — and your mailbox — are filled with one half-truth and one misleading assertion after another.
The classic example of this are the assertions being trumpeted far and wide by the advocates of constitutional Amendment 3
This is extremely alarming! I hope the penalty for this is substantial.
According to reports, a woman told police she was taking her children to school along Sugar Grove Valley Road when she saw emergency blue lights behind her car.
“Sometime during this incident, Officer Medina restrained Billy’s arms and upper body in a choke hold while another individual restrained his legs and forced Billy to bend over a desk while Principal Shadden paddled him,” the lawsuit stated.
How insane have Tennessee politics become when we are voting on an amendment to our state constitution that would give Ken Yager and Kent Calfee the power to decide whether your 14 year old daughter has to bear her rapist's child or whether your wife will die rather than terminate a life threatening pregnancy?
I have decided to vote NO on all amendments. That simplifies everything.
Headrick Urges Flu Season Preparation
October 9, 2014
Dr. Mary Headrick,, congressional candidate for the Tennessee Third District, stepped off the campaign trail briefly today to remind everyone who is able to do so to get a flu shot.
“There is so much in the news today about the Ebola virus and about the entereovirus D-68,” Headrick said, “and they are serious and worthy of attention, but influenza - the flu - is the thing that we here in Tennessee should focus our attention on first because it is the thing we can all do something about.”
“By getting flu shots, we protect ourselves and protect others at the same time.Continued...
A letter has been sent out to HUB water customers but there is nothing on the HUB web site. Instead there is a link to the report showing HUB has great water quality...Problem is that the report is from 2011, even though it has a "NEW" banner beside it, and the violations were from July 1 to Sept 30 of this year.
The Roane County Sheriff's Office bought a drug incinerator with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It uses high heat to turn pills into piles of ash.
This is nothing short of weird. TDEC isn't doing its job in the first place, with water quality enforcement actions only one half of what they were under Bredesen, and now money for environment and conservation is going to incinerate drugs? If TDEC is going to siphon off its money to other causes how about buying Roane County some science text books?
We're watching our Eastern Hemlock trees die from an invasive insect that was most likely brought in by the tree nursery trade in the 1950's. It will drastically alter our streams and rivers if the hemlock wooly adelgid isnt controlled.
For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.
But state scientists say they might have a secret weapon to retake the ridge -- a bigger bug.
Anyone who meets Mary Headrick would be proud to have her serve us in Congress. A recent poll shows this race tightening as people keep asking what Chuck Fleischmann has done for us in Congress and learning that most of his money comes from outside our district and from Washington PACs. Here's your chance to ask Headrick the tough questions, something you'll never get with Chuck.
Dr. Mary Headrick will be in Oak Ridge tonight, at the DFET Candidate's Forum at the OR Civic Center Gym from 7:00-8:30 pm. She is our Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional district, to unseat Chuck Fleischmann.
Many other candidates will also be there including candidates for Oak Ridge city council and for school board.
Booher had previously been found guilty of two counts of statutory rape for hiring an underage prostitute.
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