Thu
Apr 7 2016
08:59 pm

A few Roane County classrooms have listed their funding hopes at DonorsChoose.org ((link...)). Some are about to time out (in 2 days, 6 days) without meeting their goals.

Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to one or more of these classrooms and make some students very happy. Thank you for your attention. :)

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Mar 18 2016
03:42 pm

Just posted my photos from last night "gala" honoring Pat and Jim Henry! CLICK HERE!

henry

Wed
Dec 23 2015
03:24 pm

As the New Year approaches, I am filled with happiness and gratitude for the sheer good fortune of living here.

This year was particularly memorable. Our brave and heroic neighbors, volunteers all, risked their own lives last February to save me and my mother--and others in our community--from icy deaths. The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department astounded us with their kind good works during the storm and electrical outage, and helped us for months after.

Please consider donating to this fine and worthy group in this season of giving. Every little bit helps! Go to WestRoane.com.

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Nov 26 2015
07:58 pm

A number of classes in Roane County are hoping for help on DonorsChoose.org: (link...)

One group of 3rd - 5th graders in Rockwood has only 4 days left on DonorsChoose before their project times out: (link...). They have raised some, but are still $168.06 from their goal.

In the spirit of this holiday season, please consider donating to one of these deserving classrooms. You can help make these students' dreams come true. Every donation helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Nov 25 2015
10:55 am

'TIS THE SEASON...

What: CHILI SUPPER FUNDRAISER

When: Saturday, November 28, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Where: at the 4-H Conference Center
on Rt. 70 in Midtown (between the AgCentral Co-op and
Harriman Church of God)
Who: Homegrown 4-H Service Project

WHY: The 4-Hers are helping American Legion Post 53 raise
money for the Korean War Memorial in Riverfront Park.
The project is a work in progress with one statue in
place.

100% of donations collected will go directly to the War
Memorial Fund.

ADDED BENEFITS: You don't have to cook,
it's not leftover turkey (again),
and you'll be helping a worthy cause.

After all, we are here because our veterans were there.

For more information or questions, please call 4-H office at 865-376-5558.

Wed
Oct 28 2015
10:13 am
By: Creativeartsco-op

It's your last chance - don't miss out!

BOO-TOWN will be open nightly Thursday (10/29) through Saturday (10/31), and then it's gone...!

Join us for a family friendly Halloween - complete with games, craft vendors, storytellers, bouncy house, magic, and more. There is even an additional Haunted Hayride (if you dare...). Tickets are $5 for kids, $8 for adults (Hayride extra). Hours are 5:00-10:00pm nightly.

Boo-Town is located at the TN Medieval Faire site at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Visit (link...) for more information

The fun is closer than you think!

Thu
Oct 22 2015
05:09 pm

A very enthusiastic thanks to the Road County Road Department...the Caney Creek Bridge...one of the most picturesque bridge settings in the state is getting a fresh coat of paint...it is looking great. The littering along Caney Creek and all around the Roiane County Park has dropped remarkedly...yeehah! What a beautiful county we have...the county is a natural park....Take a drive out Caney Creek... honk twice!!!
I wish I had a picture of the bridge...I will tomorrow....here is the sunrise out toward The main channel from the Caney Creek inlet.....hope this posts right
caney

Sun
Oct 18 2015
03:24 pm
By: Creativeartsco-op

Are you ready for a merry-not-too-scary, outdoor, Halloween adventure?!? Come to Boo-Town--a new, family-friendly, Halloween event at the TN Medieval Faire site (550 Fiske Rd, Harriman, TN). If you like costumes (Steampunk, Cosplay, Princesses, Pirates, Medieval, Theatre...) Boo-Town is the place for you!

5 show days: Oct 23-24, 29-30-31. Hours 5-10p EDT.
Tickets sold at gate. We can accept cash & credit cards. Free parking.

General Admission [Rain or Shine]
$5 (ages 2-12), $8 (ages 13+)
Visit Treat Village and the Bouncy House. Play the Games and listen to the Story-Tellers. Join in the Costume Parade (6-6:30 nightly), and Monster Music & Dance - plus enjoy the Costumed Characters. Don’t forget the Crafts, Food, Beer, and Soda available for purchase.

And if you dare
Haunted Hayride [Fair weather only]
Additional $10 (ages 8+ only)
Ride through the deep, dark woods, pulled by an ancient tractor and even more ancient driver! Ghouls await! What could go wrong?!?

More info: (link...). 865-248-8414 TNMedievalFaire@gmail.com or TMFaire@comcast.net

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.

Help us qualify for our new fire truck grant! Chili Supper poster, 9/25/2015
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On Friday at 5 PM, support the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department and have some good food and fellowship too! Chief Charlie Redwine donated his grant-writing skills to get a usually elusive $200,000+ grant from FEMA for a much-needed new tank truck.

However, the community is required to raise 5% (a little over $10,000) to quality for this substantial grant. So, come to the Chili/Soup Fundraiser Supper on 9/25, have some fun, and help these fine volunteers get that truck.

Read more at: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new tank truck. However, West Roane VFD is required to match 5% ($10,166) of the cost of the $200,000+ truck.

Help us qualify for our new fire truck grant! Chili Supper poster, 9/25/2015
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Tue
Jul 14 2015
08:57 am

The Rockwood Ministerial Association is hosting a Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 1st at 8am. The Tournament will be played at the Rockwood Golf Course (5159 Roane State Hwy, Rockwood). Cost is $100 a player ($400 for teams of 4). Businesses and individuals are also invited to sponsor a hole for $100.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association is an all volunteer run ministry that serves those in need in Rockwood. The largest ministry is the food pantry. For more information about the RMA, check out: (link...). For more information about the tournament, contact: Kara Foster at fcckara@bellsouth.net or 354-1753

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

Lost Medicaid Funding

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