The EPA and TVA are hosting the final Kingston Recovery Project public meeting this coming Thursday, June 4, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Roane County High School in Kingston.

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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

Tue
Oct 14 2014
07:35 pm
By: RoaneBooster

Phil Bredesen was just in a commercial WITH Bill Haslam supporting a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in Tennessee.

I'm shocked.

RB

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Thu
Jun 26 2014
06:04 pm

The police department in Rockwood is getting 11 new Dodge Chargers. WATE has the story: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Apr 24 2014
04:04 pm

Read the story in the New York Times: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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MarketWatch has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Apr 16 2014
07:57 pm

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

-- OneTahiti

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Sun
Feb 2 2014
04:02 pm

Here is a good article: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Jan 23 2014
11:38 am

"Councilman J.D. Sampson wants the issue to be put on the ballot...." WATE has the story: (link...).

Why does anyone want to waste public funds on attorneys to fight the inevitable constitutional objections from the folks at the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (ffrf.org)?

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Oct 26 2013
01:09 pm

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

-- OneTahiti

Sat
Oct 12 2013
06:18 am

According to a recent report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Tennessee's poorest 20% pay 11.2% of their income in state and local taxes. In contrast, the top 1% in Tennessee pay just 2.8% of their income for state and local taxes. Thirty-five states are better.

The report goes on to suggest the following policies be considered:

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KnoxNews has the story: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Tue
Oct 1 2013
08:00 am
By: onetahiti

President Obama signed a bill Monday that allows members of the military to get paid even during the shutdown: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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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

Fri
Sep 6 2013
07:12 am

Which schools in Roane County qualify for this non-income-based food aid? AP has the story: (link...)

This could be good news for local students.

-- OneTahiti

Tue
Sep 3 2013
04:05 pm

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

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Aug 13 2013
05:21 pm

Is there a reason I should not be very disappointed?

Read the story in Roane County News: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Fri
Aug 9 2013
09:52 pm
By: onetahiti

National Geographic has the article: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Tue
Aug 6 2013
06:21 am

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

OneTahiti

Mon
Jul 22 2013
04:31 pm

All the chatter seems to have ceased, at least for the time, regarding our Schools yet it is interesting to investigate the salary of the Roane County Business Manager to the Finance Director of the County. It would be nice if there were complete transparency from the Roane County Mayor's office on his staff as well as their pay, including bonus and extra compensation.

Recently, the Roane County Schools Business Manager's pay became very public information on Facebook's Save our Schools page when Mr. Woody posted Mr. Harbin's salary, including a raise. With fairness and transparency all the rave, I'm sure Mr. Woody would be more than happy to share the compensation structure of his office staff.

From what one can gather through public record, links below, a substantial raise appears to be given to the Finance Director for our County. The Budget Committee approved and all was approved by our County Commission.

What do you think?

Year 10/11 $53,499 Page 149 (link...)

Year 11/12 $62,651 Change +$9,152 Percentage of increase: 17.11%

Page 155 (link...)

Year 12/13 $70,572 Change +$7,921 Percentage Increase: 12.64%

Acct 105 Page 65 (link...)

The current year budget (13/14) has just been submitted and the only way to obtain a copy of the current budget for Mr. Woody's office is to request such.

Interesting info, at least from a County Taxpayer's perspective let alone a Government worker's or a school employee's perspective.

Surprised the Roane County News hasn't jumped on this one as some of the more minor budget items certainly are scrutinized with an eagle's eye.

-NOR

Sun
Jul 7 2013
02:53 pm
By: TimJoseph

Had we known the tax rate for Roane county home ownership prior to building here, we would not presently be residents. We never thought to check, why? Logic said it can't me more than Knoxville--but it is far higher. Worse, it's always being raised. The city appraisals keep going up and did so even when the housing marked tanked--ridiculous and totally unfair. There is no way we could sell our homes for what the so called "appraisers" says they are worth, they are being totally unfair and unrealistic.

Home owners seem to be paying for everything, while all those who live here but don't own a home reap the benefits--again, unfair. We as homeowners must do everything we can to stop this unfair taxation burden placed upon us, "Especially" seniors who chose to retire here in their own home. Look to other taxation mechanisms or reduce the cost of government, but STOP placing the burden our home owners, we've had enough. We are paying far more than we should have to. For our home in Knox Cty, same square footage, near same layout, both on the water, we were paying a third of what we pay here, yes, we pay more than 3-times what we did in Knox County.

Our officials are likely not to care and they will keep raising our taxes. Much more, and there will be another home on the market for we will simply up and move. Being on a fixed income, the taxation in Roane county is likely to drive us to a more realistic county. What a shame, for we truly love it here. However, loving and affording are two different things.

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Sun
Jun 16 2013
05:58 pm

There are a number of proposals in Congress about interest rates for student debt. This handy calculator shows the effects each proposal will have, given loan and monthly payment amounts: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Sat
Jun 15 2013
07:54 am

This short, funny, and thought-provoking TED talk on Lesterland and reclaiming the Republic is worth watching: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Fri
May 10 2013
01:13 pm

The deficit "through the first seven months of fiscal 2013" is down 32% over last year, too. Read more: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
May 10 2013
07:21 am

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

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Apr 29 2013
04:55 pm

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

(link...)

RB

Thu
Apr 25 2013
07:56 am

During the campaign, the new Road Super vowed to save taxpayer money by using new technologies. With the budget process in full swing, where will this department fall? I am hopeful they will live up to the promises of cost savings. Will the budget actually decrease?

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Thu
Apr 11 2013
01:05 pm

Alternet has the article ("The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise - Tennessee lawmakers have elevated hatred for government and disgust for poor people to an art form"): (link...)

Continued...

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Wed
Apr 3 2013
02:11 pm

Our Tennessee legislators are not alone in putting forth wacky, ill-conceived bills. Here's one from North Carolina establishing the right to declare an official state religion: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

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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.