Community

Submitted by onetahiti on March 12, 2014 - 9:41am.

Chief Charlie Redwine of West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) is pleased to announce the results from the Insurance Services Office, Inc., (ISO) 11/2013 inspection:

WRCVFD's classification has improved from a 6/9 to a class 5/8b. I would like to thank those who worked so hard in getting our department ready for this inspection. As with any fire department and community it is a big deal for us. Hats off to those who assisted. A copy of the Score Summary is available for review at Station One.

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Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on February 26, 2014 - 9:37am.

Join the Creative Arts Co-op for a pasta dinner and kid's activities on Saturday, March 1.

The Creative Arts Co-op (located at 426 Ruritan Rd., Harriman) is hosting a community night/fundraiser to help current arts projects at the Co-op. From high school level musicals to summer camps, the Creative Arts Co-op offers arts opportunities for youth of all ages as well as professional level shows.
'Celebrating Seuss!' will offer a pasta dinner with salad, bread, and beverages. Seuss style activities will include craft activities, games, and stories.

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Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on February 26, 2014 - 9:35am.
Mar 1 2014 - 6:00pm
Mar 1 2014 - 8:00pm

Join the Creative Arts Co-op for a pasta dinner and kid's activities on Saturday, March 1.

The Creative Arts Co-op (located at 426 Ruritan Rd., Harriman) is hosting a community night/fundraiser to help current arts projects at the Co-op. From high school level musicals to summer camps, the Creative Arts Co-op offers arts opportunities for youth of all ages as well as professional level shows.

'Celebrating Seuss!' will offer a pasta dinner with salad, bread, and beverages. Seuss style activities will include craft activities, games, and stories.

Don't have kids? Join us for a dinner and conversation!

All of the donations directly benefit the Co-op's projects in Roane County - for Roane County.

For more information, contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 21, 2014 - 12:17am.

"The MIT Living Wage Calculator lets you figure out how much is 'enough' to live in your county by comparing the living wage—based on the barebones cost of housing, food, transportation, and child and health care—against the poverty wage and the minimum wage."

"This is not a middle class lifestyle—the living wage does not include any savings and only one set of clothing for either hot and cold weather, not both."

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 23, 2014 - 12:08pm.

"Tennessee Valley Authority is asking all electric customers, including residential, commercial and industrial customers, to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity until Friday afternoon." See the WATE story: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on December 3, 2013 - 10:02am.

Sixty 4th-grade students in Midtown Elementary are hoping for 5 microscopes to use in science classes. They have a project at DonorsChoose.org, but there are only 18 days before the request times out, and there is $900.24 remaining to be raised.

Please consider donating to help these kids realize their dream: Link.... Even small donations can add up.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 8, 2013 - 6:37pm.
Dec 3 2013 - 9:00am
Dec 3 2013 - 1:00pm

Announcement from Jane Fowler of TennesseeRiverValleyGeoTourism.org:

Visit Knoxville, the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council, Plan East Tennessee and the East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism Council would like to invite you to an important regional workshop on December 3 at the East Tennessee History Center 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Geotourism: Exploring Strategies for Sustainable Economic Development in Middle East Tennessee is a half-day program that will explore ways to enhance Geotourism and sustainable travel and business practices as a long-term economic driver for the region. The program will feature presentations by regional experts and opportunities to interact with your peers. Learn about the growth and benefits of geotourism and successful examples of greening communities and businesses. Work with others to develop ideas for regional geotours and consider promising strategies for collaboratively marketing your geotourism sites.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. A complimentary lunch will be provided. To reserve your place, please email Jane Fowler at jf@southeastwaterforum.org by November 22, 2013.

For more information, see this pdf: Link....

To log into the content manager for the East Tennessee Geotourism website: Link...

-- OneTahiti


Submitted by onetahiti on October 26, 2013 - 1:09pm.

I missed this when it first came out a couple of weeks ago in Appalachian Voices: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on October 12, 2013 - 10:02am.
Oct 25 2013 - 7:30pm
Oct 26 2013 - 10:58pm

The Third Annual 'Terror in the Theatre' walk through haunted house will be held on October 25 & 26 at the Creative Arts Co-op Visual & Performing Arts Center, 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door and the doors open at 7:30 on both nights.

For more information, please contact the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit Link....

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Submitted by onetahiti on October 12, 2013 - 9:40am.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a Living Wage Calculator that gives wage requirements by city and county for various family sizes and spending categories. Here's Roane County: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on October 6, 2013 - 8:08pm.

According to "the FBI’s latest statewide statistics" (via Link... and Link..., with a tip of the hat to KnoxViews):

1. Tennessee
-- Violent crimes per 100,000: 643.6
-- Poverty rate: 17.9%
-- Pct. of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.3%
-- Property crimes per 100,000: 3,371.4 (10th highest)

Tennessee has the dubious distinction of having the worst violent crime rate in the country.

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Submitted by onetahiti on September 26, 2013 - 7:06pm.

"Due to the movie industry's decision to quit making 35 MM film after 2013, the Midtown Drive-In will close as a theatre. If there [are] a few movie companies that by chance change their policy and do continue to distribute movies on film then we may... run a limited schedule in 2014."

Read more at Link....

-- OneTahiti


Submitted by onetahiti on September 19, 2013 - 9:13am.

The Atlantic has the story: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on September 13, 2013 - 12:56pm.

This is an excellent opportunity to double your impact by donating to a local classroom. Use match code ZONKER: Link...

Here's a tip. Give an extra boost to your donation:

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Submitted by bswinford1 on September 10, 2013 - 11:45am.
Sep 12 2013 - 6:00pm
Sep 12 2013 - 9:00pm

Turner Surface Mine, Catoosa and Mineral Extraction on Public Lands

WHEN
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:00p.m. CDT 6:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE
O‘Brien Room 101
Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane in Harriman, Tennessee

WHAT
The Office of Surface Mining (OSM) will hold and informal conference with a public comment session on the Turner surface mine. During this time there will be an opportunity to comments on the record about the issue of potential mining at Catoosa and the renewal of the Turner permit.

WHY?
Catoosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is about 82,000 acres of protected public land in northern Cumberland County. The Obed Wild & Scenic River, an Outstanding National Resource Water that provides critical habitat to two endangered species, flows through the Catoosa. Catoosa is set aside for recreation including hunting, fishing, kayaking and hiking, although the primary use is hunting. In April 2013 an investigative report by News Channel 5 in Nashville reveled that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) was in talks with Hillsborough Resources Ltd., the parent corporation of Crossville Coal, to lease mineral rights under the Catoosa to allow for underground mining in land that has been set aside for recreation and conservation.
Currently one of the permits that Crossville Coal needs to operate is up for renewal and the public has an opportunity to comment on the renewal and address concerns about how the mine may impact the surrounding area. The Turner Surface Mine has a history of acid mine drainage (AMD), the remediation of which must be addressed in any permit renewal. Additionally, this location would also be used for the proposed underground mine below Catoosa, adding to the significance of this public comment opportunity.

Contact:
Tennessee Clean Water Network Stephanie Matheny, 865 244-5121stephanie@tcwn.org
SOCM, Parker Laubach, 865 249-7488, parker@socm.org
TN Chapter Sierra Club, Scott Banbury, 901 619-8567, smbanbury@gmail.com


Submitted by onetahiti on September 2, 2013 - 6:38am.

Yet another bittersweet Labor Day is upon us: sweet because many of us have lived to see another Labor Day, bitter because too many of us are unemployed, too many underemployed, too many underpaid, too many exploited, too many hungry.

It's a good day to enjoy some quotes from Eugene V. Debs, the labor hero. He was amazing: Link....

We need more like him.

For further Labor Day enjoyment, here is a union song sung by Pete Seeger: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 6, 2013 - 6:21am.

DelanceyPlace.com has a one-page excerpt from the new book Money: The Unauthorized Biography by Felix Martin. Highly recommended. See: Link...

OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 2, 2013 - 11:18am.

"Who here doesn't like kids?" :)

FourFive Roane County classrooms are asking for help at DonorsChoose.org: Link...

This is a tax-deductible opportunity to make a real difference.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by zaire on August 1, 2013 - 2:17pm.

I want to know why people in Rockwood are so afraid to grow. Why do you not want a new business to come to this town? Why do you not want to change? You should think of future generations and stop thinking of yourselves. I call this town "Radiator Springs" like in the movie, Cars, because it seems people pass us by. Traveler's would rather use the interstate instead of taking a small detour through our little town. The only time they HAVE to come off Interstate 40 is due to a wreck. Think about it city council.

There is so much here for people to enjoy, if some would get off their butts and do something. Rockwood is a beautiful town but it has to grow and you older people need to understand that. You say this is a place to raise your kids...well it may be, but what happens after they graduate?

I was born and raise in Rockwood. Left here in about 1975 and returned in 2007. It was great to see family and some of the old hangouts but nothing had really changed. I find out that some people in this town want nothing to change. Seems they don't want new industry or stores, etc. I am thankful for the new McDonalds because Hardee's is not that great. And does Rockwood really need two Subway restaurants? I think not. Sonic is awesome and so are the Mom and Pop places but why is there not a nicer restaurant(like Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden or Red Lobster)?

And what about having a theater like we had years ago. The skating rink is still here but a person has to drive to Oak Ridge, Crossville or Knoxville to watch a movie. Having the Drive-in is great but it's seasonal. Rockwood
needs more. It would be better than kids hanging out at the local gas station or walking the streets.

Just sayin'......

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Submitted by Michael_Malone on July 16, 2013 - 7:15am.

Greetings and thanks for allowing me to post in your discussion group. I'm attempting to find any information on the death of a Charles Alexander Clifton in Roane Co, on May 03, 1938. He was murdered and later, supposedly, his father was also. He was born on Aug. 21, 1892, married May 08, 1814 and died May 03, 1938... all in Roane Co. His parents were Aldridge and Mary Martha Williams Clifton. His death certificate reads that his neck was cut nearly dismembered, one hand was cut off and he had knife cuts from his back onto the front of the body. I've tried to search newspaper articles etc, but, to no avail. This is being done as a family research lineage. Any clues would be greatly appreciated.

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Submitted by randyellis on June 30, 2013 - 4:22pm.

We are gearing up for Hooray for Harriman 2013! Hooray for Harriman will be held in Historic Downtown Harriman Monday September the 2nd 2013. Vendor registration is now open please register at our website Link... Also if you would like to help or be a sponsor please contact me!

Randy Ellis
Director of Hooray for Harriman
randyellis@gmail.com
865-335-7981

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 6, 2013 - 1:31pm.

Food for Kids "sends backpacks home filled with healthy meals.... Second Harvest says Midtown, Midway and Dyllis Springs elementary schools still need sponsors." Read more: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 24, 2013 - 6:17pm.

Zillow has issued its Negative Equity Report of underwater mortgages, home equity, and mortgages behind on payments (Link...).

Rockwood is 19% underwater, about 1 mortgage in 5; Harriman is 18%, Kingston less. Overall Roane County is 14% underwater, about 1 in 7. This is very worrisome but some other locales--Knoxville, Crab Orchard, much of Georgia--are much worse.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 10, 2013 - 5:37pm.

WATE has the story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 10, 2013 - 7:21am.

The answer is not the loss of federal funds. Pam Strickland's column in the News-Sentinel has a succinct analysis: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 9, 2013 - 6:56pm.

A firefighter at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (Link...) says that this year folks have donated "real quality" things for the big annual yard sale coming up tomorrow and Friday, May 10-11.

Stop by Station #1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood, have some family fun, meet your neighbors, and pick up some bargains.

For more information, see the event listing at RoaneViews: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 8, 2013 - 4:58am.
Jun 29 2013 - 10:00am
Jun 29 2013 - 7:00pm

Call for Artists!

The Arts Council of Roane County (ACRC) is delighted to announce:

A Day in the Park with Artists
June 29, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Roane County Park
Pavilion #2 + surrounding areas

Visual/Literary Artists: Reserve a 10 x 10 Booth space: $25,
$20 for ACRC members
10 x 10 Table space within the covered pavilion also available

Performing Artists: Schedule FREE stage time!

Street Artists: No fee, no schedule, just let us know you’re coming!

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 4, 2013 - 9:59am.

"In April, companies hired 165,000 more workers, but they cut everyone’s hours (on average) by 12 minutes. That doesn’t sound like much of a decline, but spread out over the 135 million-strong work force, the decline in hours worked is the equivalent of firing more than 500,000 workers while keeping hours steady."

Read more at Marketwatch: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on April 29, 2013 - 11:32pm.

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on April 29, 2013 - 4:55pm.

Transparency in government... 3 local counties fail. Roane is NOT one of the failures.

Link...

RB

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