Mon
Jun 29 2015
11:46 am

Public Comment Collection Session on TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Class II Landfill Major Modification

Date & Time: Monday, June 29, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm

Meeting Location: Room C of the Kingston Parks and Rec Center, 201 Patton Ferry Rd, Kingston, TN 37763

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Thu
Apr 30 2015
09:43 am
By: RoaneBooster

WC - a few days ago you mentioned the CASA 5K run held at Roane State each year. Of course, CASA is a wonderful and very necessary cause.

I found out - via the RCN! - that this years CASA run/walk is being held in honor of and dedicated to a long-time friend of mine, Dick Evans. Dick, a Kingston attorney, has strongly supported CASA forever. I think it is totally fitting that this run this year is in his honor.

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Come support your fire department this weekend and find some bargains too! This huge annual charity event will be held as always at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road just outside Rockwood. Hours are May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM and May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM. For more information, see WestRoane.com ((link...)).

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Sun
Mar 22 2015
08:25 pm

The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual elegant junk 'yard sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood. Please call 865-354-8201 to arrange for pick-up or to drop-off your slightly used items.

UPDATED: Hours: May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM; May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM.

Also, please limit the amount of clothing donated since we have limited remaining clothing space.

Support the West Roane VFD and have fun at the same time. Donate, then shop! Come meet with your neighbors and find bargains.

The dedicated volunteers of the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department make hundreds of runs each year; about half have been emergency medical calls and the rest were fires, searches, rescues, vehicle extrications, and a long list of other categories.

WRCVFD is a Roane County United Way Partner Agency.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is a United Way Partner Agency

-- OneTahiti

Sun
Feb 15 2015
09:38 am

...Winter Storm Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 7 am EST Tuesday...

The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 7 am EST Tuesday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Event...a winter storm will bring accumulating heavy snowfall of 4 to 7 inches in the great Tennessee Valley...with locally higher amounts possible.

* Timing...late Sunday night through Monday night.

I'm liking this weather site: Wunderground.com

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Mon
Feb 9 2015
03:08 pm

Comment on the Kingston Coal Ash Landfill
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM), is receiving public comments on its tentative decision to issue a solid waste disposal facility major modification to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for construction, operation, closure, and post-closure care of the existing Class II landfill for the disposal of industrial waste consisting of gypsum waste, fly ash, bottom ash boiler slag, cinders, and clinkers generated onsite from the burning of coal and the operation of air pollution control equipment by the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant – IDL730000211. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 pm CST February 9, 2015.

The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club and our partners believe that TDEC should revoke this permit and require TVA to find a geologically suitable location for this landfill on-site.

TAKE ACTION

Currently the landfill will be located over karst [limestone] topography, in an area that has significant sinkholes and is generally unstable. A bedrock contour diagram of the area suggests many areas where there is a potential of sinkhole collapse.

TVA already had a catastrophic dropout in 2010, during the first filling of the landfill. This dropout was so rapid it caused a vortex in the waste and resulted in contamination to the Clinch River. More sinkholes were discovered when the leak blowout was repaired. It is highly likely that another dropout will dump coal ash waste into the river if TVA is allowed to move forward with this landfill at this site.

TDEC is violating its own regulations if it permits a coal ash dump in an area that is unstable.

Groundwater monitoring requirements in the draft permit are wholly inadequate and do not require monitoring of all coal ash pollutants. TVA’s failure to monitor for these toxic metals is dangerous. TVA has tested for coal ash constituents previously at this site, knows it has found toxics, and needs to expand and improve monitoring. State solid waste regulations strongly encourage monitoring for coal ash constituents. Given the history of coal ash contamination caused by waste at the Kingston plant, it makes no sense for TDEC to allow TVA to operate this landfill without adequate groundwater monitoring requirements.

Adding coal ash to the previously allowed gypsum creates a greater risk from toxic metals being leached from the ash. Fly ash on average has much higher levels of metals than ordinary soils. Fly ash has twice the arsenic, three times the cadmium, almost twice the lead, twice the mercury, 20 time the selenium. TVA earlier detected a plume of selenium from the liquid gypsum slurry first dumped into stage 1 of this landfill.

The draft permit contains variances that pose a significant threat to the surrounding surface and groundwater. TDEC has specially allowed the landfill too close to the Clinch River. TDEC should require a much larger buffer zone because the 2010 sinkhole blowout show waste can reach the river so fast that is not detected and stopped before it hits the water. This landfill full of toxic ash could be flooded when the Clinch floods.

Please add your own comments to those provided and submit them by e-mail on Tuesday at 4:30. or have them postmarked on Tuesday.

TAKE ACTION! Submit Comments here

First-graders at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood have raised most of the funds they want for LED writing tablets, but still have $145 $138 $132 $0 to go. Help these students by donating at DonorsChoose.org ((link...)). Every little bit can make a difference!

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Jan 8 2015
09:46 pm
By: mushy

I got to the fire around 2:30 and stayed about an hour and a half. The building caved inward between 5 and 5:30.

Miller and Brewer Fire

More shots of the fire are posted HERE!

Thu
Dec 18 2014
07:11 am

West Roane VFD ((link...)) receives their first quarterly donation check from Kroger this month. So far the donation averages over $25 per signed-up family per month. Thank you, Kroger!

If you shop at Kroger and want to get more donations for the fire department by shopping as usual, here's how to sign up:

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

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Sat
Dec 13 2014
02:58 pm

WVLT has the story: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Sat
Dec 6 2014
06:40 pm

Want to see what various police groups got from the Pentagon? Scroll down to the picklist on this page to search by state and department: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Dec 4 2014
02:33 pm

The West Roane County VFD website has updated safety links for this holiday season:

Toy and Product safety: (link...).
Christmas Tree Fire videos: ((link...)), plus more on Youtube ((link...))
Winter fire safety tips: ((link...))
Holiday fire safety fact sheet: ((link...), PDF).

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Dec 1 2014
03:32 pm

Hi all,

I just learned that TDEC is hold a public hearing about a permit that TVA is applying for converting their coal ash landfill to a dry stack system. This decision is being made just a month before the EPA is scheduled to but out a decision about the coal ash rule. The public notice is below.

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Division of Solid Waste Management
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(615) 532-0780

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FOR A SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM), will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on its tentative decision to issue a solid waste disposal facility major modification to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for construction, operation, closure, and post-closure care of the existing Class II landfill for the disposal of industrial waste consisting of gypsum waste, fly ash, bottom ash boiler slag, cinders, and clinkers generated onsite from the burning of coal and the operation of air pollution control equipment by the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant – IDL730000211. It is worth noting that TVA is moving from wet placement of its coal combustion residuals to a dry stacking waste management process. The dry stack landfill method will produce a more stable final fill.

The hearing, which is being scheduled in response to public comments received to date by the DSWM, will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in the Roane County Circuit Courtroom at 200 East Race Street, Kingston, TN 37763. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, citizens are invited to inspect and discuss the permit application, draft permit, fact sheet, plans, and other materials with the DSWM and with representatives of the applicant. There will be an opportunity for public comments to be recorded or written and submitted from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The formal hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. The DSWM will explain its tentative decision to issue the permit, after which the applicant's representative will describe the proposed facility. DSWM will then receive oral comments on the draft permit from the public.

The facility, identified as IDL730000211, is located in Roane County, at 714 Swan Pond Road, approximately 2 ½ miles southeast of Harriman, Tennessee (latitude 35°53'30" N/ longitude 84°30'30" W). No hazardous wastes, as regulated by the Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act (Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-212-101, et. seq.) and the Rules adopted pursuant to the Act, shall be accepted for disposal at this facility. The official responsible for operation of the facility is Mr. Brian D. Keeling, Kingston Fossil Plant Manager, TVA, 714 Swan Pond Road, Harriman, TN 37748; telephone: (865) 632-2101. The person responsible for permit applications is Mr. Amos L. Smith, P. G., TVA, Waste Permits, Compliance, and Monitoring, 1101 Market Street, BR4A, Chattanooga, TN 37402; telephone: (423) 751-7636.

The draft permit documents may be viewed at the following web site:
(link...)
Under the SWM Permit tab, type IDL730000211 in the search function to link to the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Gypsum Landfill information.

Following an in-depth review of the application, DSWM has made a preliminary determination that this proposal meets the applicable requirements of Tennessee Rule Chapter 0400-11-01, Solid Waste Processing and Disposal. However, due to the receipt of a request for a public hearing received during the designated comment period, which ended on October 27, 2014, a public hearing will be held to further consider this decision. It is the present intent of DSWM, pending consideration of any contrary technical information received during the hearing, that this permit be issued. The public comment period has been extended, accordingly, to December 16, 2014.

The public is also invited to submit comments in writing to: Mr. Greg Luke, DSWM, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243; email greg.luke@tn.gov; telephone: 615-532-0874; fax 615-532-0938. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 to assure consideration. After considering all public comments, the DSWM Director will issue a final permit decision and a Response to Comments, which can be viewed at the Kingston Public Library; or at the DSWM Environmental Field Office in Knoxville, Tennessee; or at the TDEC William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower.

If you wish to review the data for this proposal or obtain further information prior to the hearing, please contact the DSWM at the TDEC Knoxville Environmental Field Office, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921; telephone: (865) 594-6035; or at the TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243; telephone: 615-532-0780. A copy of the data on this proposal may also be viewed at the Kingston Public Library; telephone: (865) 376-9905.

TDEC is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer. The department does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs, services or activities.

EEO/AA inquiries or complaints may be directed to the EEO/AA Coordinator, Office of General Counsel, at 1-888-867-7455. ADAAA inquiries or complaints should be directed to the ADAAA Coordinator, HR Division, at 1-866-253-5827. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service (1-800-848-0298).

Persons who wish to be on the DSWM’s mailing list should obtain a Mailing List Request form by calling or writing the Public Participation Officer, DSWM, TDEC, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243, telephone: (615) 532-0788, email: solid.waste@tn.gov

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Sun
Nov 16 2014
05:43 pm

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, (link...)) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood and also gives out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food.

Help pack baskets Dec. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Rockwood at 328 W. Rockwood Street.

-- OneTahiti

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The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, (link...)) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood. The Food Pantry feeds an average of over 1000 people each month.

They also give out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food. Sign-up between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the Food Pantry. Bring identification and documentation of income.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
07:17 pm

Kroger shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity to receive funds from Kroger's Community Rewards® program. Sign in or create an account at (link...). Then designate West Roane County Volunteer Fire as your charity at (link...). After that, shop as usual at Kroger's, swiping your card.

Amazon shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
11:01 am

We want to thank the kind volunteers at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)), and also RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and the fine folks at Rockwood Electric. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbors and friends. Here is what happened.

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Mon
Sep 8 2014
05:39 pm

The Tennessean ((link...)) reports that Kroger is changing its 'give back' donation program. Now shoppers will be able to designate a charity online at: (link...).

Charities that want to participate should sign up online: (link...). I checked, and so far Ridge View Elementary, Rockwood Food Pantry (Rockwood Ministerial Association), and West Roane County VFD are not yet signed up; I hope they sign up soon.

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Aug 28 2014
04:43 pm
By: onetahiti

Please join us at the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic.

Theme: Don’t Let Millionaires Buy Elections. Drop Everything and Vote!

When: Monday Sept. 1, Noon – 3 PM
(Mary Headrick will be there starting at 11 AM in case folks want to chat.)

Where: Roane County Park, Shelter 2, 3515 Hwy 70, Harriman, TN

Come enjoy the food, music (Joey Price Project, JOLT), door prizes, and fun!

Tickets $10 each, Children under 12 free. Tickets may be purchased in advance (call 865-466-0418) or at the check-in table.

Keynote Speaker: Mary Headrick, Democratic Candidate 3rd District Congress
Speaker: Terry Adams

Sponsored by Roane County Democratic Party.

See the flyer: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Jul 30 2014
10:51 am

The Rockwood Ministerial Association ((link...)), which runs the Food Pantry, is sponsoring its annual charity golf tournament at the Rockwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 9th, starting at 8 am.

The cost is $100.00 per person to play on teams of four, OR supporters may sponsor a hole for $100.00. Each hole will have a sign with the name of the person or business sponsor.

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Wed
Jul 30 2014
10:39 am

The nonprofit, nonsectarian Rockwood Ministerial Association ((link...)) runs the Rockwood Food Pantry and Community Aid Fund which help hundreds of children and local families.

The RMA is sponsoring its annual charity golf tournament at the Rockwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 9th, starting at 8 am.

The cost is $100.00 each to play on teams of four, OR supporters may sponsor a hole for $100.00. Each hole will have a sign with the name of the person or business sponsor.

Call 354-1892 to register or sponsor a hole, or email rberryins@aol.com.

The Food Pantry is a worthy cause and your donation is tax deductible.

Click for a map showing the golf course or use the little interactive map below.

-- OneTahiti

The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. It was created and designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component to the Memorial.

A replica, sculpted by Greg Horak of Harriman, now stands in Riverfront Park in Harriman, Tennessee. It is believed to be the largest replica of the memorial in the state, if not anywhere outside DC.

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The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. It was created and designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component to the Memorial.

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Fri
May 16 2014
09:08 pm
By: Creativeartsco-op

The CREATIVE ARTS CO-OP is closed. May 15, 2014 was our last night.

To those of you who came to a show or took a class,
THANK YOU.
You made it all possible.

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Sun
Apr 27 2014
02:11 pm
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Sun
Apr 27 2014
01:27 pm

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual "elegant junk" yard 'sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood on May 16 and 17 (Friday and Saturday) from 7:00 AM Friday round the clock to 2:00 PM Saturday.

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Wed
Mar 12 2014
09:41 am

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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Wed
Feb 26 2014
09:37 am

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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Wed
Feb 26 2014
09:35 am

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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Fri
Feb 21 2014
12:17 am

"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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Lost Medicaid Funding

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