MoveOn.org is asking folks to vote for their favorite five charities. The winners will receive donations from MoveOn.org's millions of supporters. You don't need to "join" to vote. Here's the link: (link...)

Please consider voting for the Rockwood Ministerial Association ((link...)), who run the Food Pantry in Rockwood and act as the safety net of last resort for many of our citizens.

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR), the state's free market think tank, today announced the Roane County Economic Development Foundation as the recipient of its “2010 Lump of Coal Award.”

TCPR awards this dubious distinction annually to the person or group in Tennessee who, more than any other over the past year, acted as a Grinch to Tennesseans by bah-humbugging the principles of liberty and limited government.

TCPR Press Release - (link...)

Note: I personally understand the potential economic benefit of the Princess Theater and The Princess Foundation for the Arts Foundation.

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Wed
Dec 22 2010
09:50 am
By: Parkview Pres

The Mayor's comment on the gas prices makes no sense, if the Gas dept had enough "overhead" to lend to the Water dept for 5 years then one of two things is wrong either Gas rates have been inflated for at least 5 yrs or we are about to find out that something is wrong with the Gas dept's books. How stupid doe's Mayor Watts think we are. I think and audit of all of Rockwood's Books are in order for all dept's and lets just see what has been going on for years!

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 12/21/10) afternoon at 5 PM, Muse Watson, Bill Landry, and Mayor Chris Mason will be at the Channel 15 studio on Roane Street in Harriman (next to the Princess). The City of Harriman and Roane State Community College would love for you to drop by and see the new facility (still be arranged inside) and meet Muse, Bill, and Chris.

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Fri
Dec 17 2010
04:56 pm

TVA said plaintiffs "cannot recover based solely on marketplace fear or stigma," that there is no "legally protected interest" in recreational opportunities on affected waterways, no proof that the spill increased levels of airborne ash on their properties and no evidence that particles of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc - all hazardous substances as defined by the Superfund law - "leached from the coal ash."

Link

Sat
Dec 11 2010
06:39 pm

UNICEF ranked the 24 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Material well-being, educational well-being, and health well-being all were taken into account.

The United States placed rock-bottom. Charles M. Blow writes about it in the NY Times: (link...)

Where would Tennessee and Roane County rank? What can we do locally to turn this around?

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Dec 11 2010
11:06 am

Eighth-graders in Kingston need our help. Their teacher has asked via DonorsChoose.org ((link...)) for money for books. This is a good cause.

Please consider stepping up and giving a little to these students. All donations for this project are matched 100%, so your gift will do double duty.

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Dec 6 2010
09:07 pm

"Current water quality monitoring looks only at the surface." EPOnline has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

It's going to be a historic evening in Harriman!

Mayor Chris Mason and Bill Landry will host this year's Harriman Christmas Parade “live” via the downtown facilities of the new Channel 15 RSCC/City of Harriman Television Station. The live feed on Comcast’s Channel 15 should begin this evening (Thursday) around 6:45 PM and last until the parade is over.

The show will begin with the Mayor and Bill recognizing the City Council and all the people that made the new station possible.

This is just the beginning of things to come from our Channel 15. In the future there will be live broadcast from local events and in-studio productions. There will also be live shows from the stage of the newly refurbished Princess Theater. Most importantly, our children will have a “real” TV studio in which to gain valuable “hands on” experience.

Watch your community coming back to life tonight on the very first “live” broadcast from our very own Channel 15.

Check out the Princess Blog!

Thu
Nov 25 2010
08:49 am

Today we are especially thankful for the fine employees of Rockwood Electric, who are working hard on this holiday to restore power in our area.

We are thankful also that the weather isn't too cold and that we have good food that can be eaten without warming.

And we are thankful that even as I am writing this, our power just came back on.

Happy Thanksgiving to all indeed! :)

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Nov 22 2010
03:04 pm

The Kirkland Family of Harriman are now offering a $10,000 REWARD.

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Sun
Nov 14 2010
03:33 pm

The Tour of Homes event will showcase seven historic homes along with a historic church playing Holiday music throughout the day. Downtown, antique shopping and a Holiday SALE with décor from artist Stephen Brown of Glitterville will be a highlight. For the history lovers, a Civil War encampment will be setup during the tour with historic displays and re-enactments. Also, a “Ho Ho Ho” Christmas Mystery Play will be performing at 5 PM and is complimentary with your ticket.
Tickets are available on-line rockwood2000.com or Live & Let Live or O'Those Were The Days Antiques. Tour dates are December 4th & December 5th

Sun
Nov 14 2010
03:24 pm

Rockwood’s first annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Friday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Homecoming Park downtown. Special holiday music will be provided. Santa Claus will read a classic Christmas Story to the children. The Rockwood Merchants Association will provide photo’s with Santa Claus. This is a family event for all ages and is being hosted by Rockwood 2000.

Thu
Oct 21 2010
08:02 am

Take a terrifying walk through the haunted theatre. If you dare..!

The Creative Arts Co-op is hosting the first ever haunted theatre at the Creative Arts Co-op Visual & Performing Arts Center, located at: 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

The event will take place October 22, 23, 29, & 30, 2010.

Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are just $5.00 per person.

For more information, call 865/765-1129.

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Sat
Oct 16 2010
03:01 pm

The Herald-News in Rhea County has the story: (link...)

Wed
Sep 29 2010
01:30 am

Kingston's annual Autumn Country Fair will be held Saturday, October 2, at Fort Southwest Point. For more information, see: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Sep 29 2010
01:24 am

Entries for the Kingston Autumn Country Fair are due October 1 between 3PM and 5:30PM in the "big white tent" at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston, Tennessee. For a list of the categories and more information, see: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Sep 27 2010
10:25 pm
By: onetahiti

For more information, see: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Sep 27 2010
01:25 pm

It's not too late to get a booth in the Rockwood Fall Festival this Saturday. Nonprofits and other folks who have informational exhibits about our area are encouraged to attend at very affordable booth costs. Of course commercial vendors are also welcome. For more information, see: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Sep 27 2010
01:19 pm

The Rockwood Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2, in downtown Rockwood. It will be a "Festival of Fun, Food and Entertainment in Rockwood, Tennessee."

For more information, see RockwoodFallFestival.com/ ((link...))/.

There will be beauty pageants, too, for pretty babies up through Miss Fall Teen, sponsored by Rockwood2000.com:
Pretty Baby Fall Festival – (0-48 months old)
Miss Petite Fall Festival – (5-9 years old)
Miss Preteen Fall Festival – (10-12 years old)
Miss Junior Teen Fall Festival – (13-15 years old)
Miss Teen Fall Festival – (16-19 years old)

See their events page for more information and application forms ((link...)).

Vendors are encouraged. Prices are particularly affordable for nonprofits and folks with exhibits relating to this area. See: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Wed
Sep 22 2010
10:03 pm

The First Christian Church in Rockwood is having a "Pumpkin Patch" pumpkin sale.

The Patch officially opens on October 2nd, the same day as the Rockwood Fall Festival, and will run while supplies last. Hours are 10AM - 6PM Monday through Saturday and noon to 6PM on Sunday.

The Patch will be held at the church at 328 West Rockwood Street. This will be a great location for buying your fall pumpkins.

For more information, call the church office at 354-1753.

All proceeds will go to support FCC children and youth programs.

Please help us spread the word! Download, print, and post this 8.5x11 poster in PDF format (172kb): (link...)

2010 Pumpkin Patch poster by First Christian Church
Tue
Sep 21 2010
09:06 am

Monday, September 20, by a vote of 4-2, the Rockwood City Council voted to pass the first reading of the resolution that abolishes the RWS&G Board.

What is the legal precedent for abolishing a board?

The city's ordinance talks about setting up boards and a board's operation and duties, but not about abolishing one. In the interest of conducting business ethically and above board, we need to know what is the council's justification.

Due to family matters, I was not able to attend the meeting; however, I was told by one who was (and always is in attendance) that the council's justification to abolish the board was because the board "doesn't show us anything and they don't try hard enough." Is that sufficient cause to make such a drastic change in policy?

If this resolution is approved next month, what is the council's plan of action? This decision should not be made simply for the sake of change. Change without purpose only breeds chaos.

Without a precedent - if there is, I'd sincerely like to see it - this matter should be up for public vote.

Fri
Sep 17 2010
11:32 am
Constitution Week poster, used with permission of the artist

-- OneTahiti

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West Roane County Volunteer Fire department ((link...)) will be handing out free 10-year smoke alarms at Station #1 at 1303 Pumphouse Road, Rockwood, Tennessee, from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, September 18. This is the third Saturday in a row for this giveaway.

A grant from FEMA is providing 538 smoke detectors. Volunteers from West Roane VFD wrote the grant application that enabled this giveaway.

Households in the West Roane service area--outside Rockwood city limits--are eligible. See this map of the service area ((link...)); look inside the dashed red lines but outside the golden area of Rockwood proper.

Residents will be given detectors on a first-come, first served basis. Preference will be given to seniors and/or low-income households. Up to two detectors per household are allowed.

Correct placement of smoke detectors is very important. Residents who want help with installation of the detectors can schedule an appointment for West Roane VFD volunteers to properly install the devices.

Volunteer labor permitting, this giveaway will be repeated every Saturday until the detectors are all passed out.

For more information, call 865-354-8201.

-- OneTahiti

Sun
Sep 12 2010
12:12 pm

It's good to see speculators building off the promise of a Downtown Harriman "arts and education" complex like the Princess!

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/apa/1947271129.html

Their dreams are coming true too!

Sun
Sep 12 2010
03:19 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel has an interactive map showing meth labs found in East Tennessee since 2000. Roane County has its share. See: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Sat
Sep 11 2010
02:52 pm

Michael Moore writes today with an idea for something we can all do to honor 9/11 victims and their families and at the same time uphold our American ideals. See "If the 'Mosque' Isn't Built, This Is No Longer America" in his blog at: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Fri
Sep 10 2010
12:49 pm

The Roane County Heritage Commission in Kingston, Tennessee is holding their annual Gala on October 2.

Schedule:
6:30 PM: "Wine, Heavy Hor d'oeuvres, & Silent Auction"
8:00 PM: Program

The featured speaker is Marion Carpenter and the guest of honor is Frank Williams.

Period dress is encouraged.

Tickets:
$50.00 per person ($25 tax-deductible)
Patrons:
$125.00 per person ($100 tax-deductible)
$250.00 per person ($200 tax-deductible)

For further information, please call 376-9211.

Come on out and support this fine group!

-- OneTahiti

Fri
Sep 10 2010
10:04 am

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Consolidating two households, household items at bargain prices, original art, frames, some pottery, senior care items, furniture, lamps, clothes size 6-14, costume jewelry, fixer-upper dollhouse, hospital bed. 555 Scandlyn Drive, Rockwood. Call 865-250-6938 for more information

Come recognize our local fire departments for their service on Saturday, September 11th, from 9-10 AM at the Rockwood City Park downtown by the fountain. Both Rockwood Fire Department and West Roane Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)) will be in attendance.

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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.