Things you should Know
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....
Submitted by onetahiti on October 12, 2013 - 6:18am.
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:
Submitted by onetahiti on October 2, 2013 - 9:10pm.
KnoxNews has the story: Link...
Submitted by onetahiti on October 1, 2013 - 8:00am.
President Obama signed a bill Monday that allows members of the military to get paid even during the shutdown: Link...
Submitted by bswinford1 on September 10, 2013 - 11:45am.
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Sep 12 2013 - 9:00pm
Turner Surface Mine, Catoosa and Mineral Extraction on Public Lands
Submitted by onetahiti on September 6, 2013 - 7:12am.
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.
Submitted by onetahiti on September 3, 2013 - 4:05pm.
The Rhea Herald-News has the story: Link....
Submitted by onetahiti on August 13, 2013 - 5:21pm.
Is there a reason I should not be very disappointed?
Read the story in Roane County News: Link...
Submitted by onetahiti on August 9, 2013 - 9:52pm.
National Geographic has the article: Link...
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...
Submitted by NOR on July 22, 2013 - 4:31pm.
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.
Submitted by TimJoseph on July 7, 2013 - 2:53pm.
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.
Submitted by onetahiti on June 16, 2013 - 5:58pm.
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...
Submitted by onetahiti on June 15, 2013 - 7:54am.
This short, funny, and thought-provoking TED talk on Lesterland and reclaiming the Republic is worth watching: Link...
Submitted by onetahiti on May 10, 2013 - 1:13pm.
The deficit "through the first seven months of fiscal 2013" is down 32% over last year, too. Read more: Link...
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...
Submitted by RoaneBooster on April 29, 2013 - 4:55pm.
Transparency in government... 3 local counties fail. Roane is NOT one of the failures.
Submitted by betterbizbetty on April 25, 2013 - 7:56am.
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?
Submitted by onetahiti on April 11, 2013 - 1:05pm.
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...
Submitted by onetahiti on April 3, 2013 - 2:11pm.
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...
Submitted by onetahiti on March 22, 2013 - 11:38am.
Dicky was tricky even when not in office, before he became president. Read the story (from BBC via Slashdot) at: Link....
Submitted by onetahiti on March 11, 2013 - 5:23am.
Read it in the Tennessean: Link....
Submitted by onetahiti on March 1, 2013 - 11:12am.
Forbes has the analysis: Link...
Submitted by onetahiti on February 27, 2013 - 6:05am.
A coal ash pond has contaminated a NC drinking water source with high levels of arsenic. WCNC has the story, via Appalachian Voices: Link...
Submitted by kara foster on February 26, 2013 - 10:22am.
If you are interested in supporting this resolution...
Submitted by onetahiti on February 9, 2013 - 6:32pm.
The Memphis blogger "vibinc" writes on our economy and the looming budget cuts: Link....
Submitted by onetahiti on January 20, 2013 - 6:44pm.
If you know of an older veteran, you should read this informative NYTimes.com piece on these substantial benefits, then pass the news along: Link....
For more information, see this nonprofit site: Link....
We knew of two veterans who should qualify.
Update: Here's more information on the VA.gov site: Link....
Submitted by onetahiti on December 11, 2012 - 3:28pm.
Until recently, I wanted wine to be sold in grocery stores. It seemed like the sensible thing to do. Then I read an article on British drinking and our alcohol industry, and thought again. The piece is worth a read: Link....
Submitted by RoaneBooster on November 7, 2012 - 11:40am.
Well, Jack lost the race. But I hope he won't stay away from future races.
On a personal level I agree with Jack on some things and I disagree with him on some things. But he ran a totally clean race. He ran an informative race - we all knew pretty clearly what Jack stands for and what we could expect out of him. He's a stable person who is a real servant - and this can be seen in the way he's lived his life, not just in what he says. I beleve he DOES care about people the way he says he does, and that's because actions speak louder than words; he's been directly involved in things that SHOW he cares.
Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 19, 2012 - 11:23am.
I have rarely, if ever, initiated a post here that dealt purely with politics. But here goes.
This pisses me off. No other way to say it.
Sorry of most of it is behind the RCN's paywall. But Beth Harwell is talking about legislation that will keep people from being able to vote their choices.
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