Nov 23 2017
10:25 am

On the day he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy planned to present a speech in Dallas on the theme of moderation in foreign affairs. He believed that Americans had to learn to live with the fact that it was unrealistic to exert unlimited control over world affairs. The following is from the speech President Kennedy would have given that day, November 22, 1963.

"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable. But today other voices are heard in the land--voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality, wholly unsuited to the sixties, doctrines which apparently assume that words will suffice without weapons, that vituperation is as good as victory and that peace is a sign of weakness.

At a time when the national debt is steadily being reduced in terms of its burden and our economy, they see that debt as the greatest single threat to our security. At a time when we are readily reducing the number of federal employees serving every thousand citizens, they fear those supposed hordes of civil servants far more than the actual hordes of opposing armies.

We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will talk sense to the American people. But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense...

Finally, it should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad that she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defense of freedom while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society."

President John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963 Dallas, Texas

Nov 22 2017
09:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Let's make them angry because we think for ourselves..and be thankful for that.

We are allowing the importation of nuclear waste from other countries and now TDEC will hide where it will be deposited? This concerns me a great deal!

Asked why, TDEC spokesman Eric Ward cited a ten-year-old state law the agency has just begun referencing to deny information.

TDEC’s withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons – or more than 22 million pounds – of low-level nuclear waste from Canada for processing.


Nov 22 2017
07:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

No mention of this in the Roane County News, even though it happened last Friday night. I feel badly for Deputy Scalf, if this is a one time mistake.

"An investigator with the Roane County Sheriff’s Department found himself being arrested by Knox County authorities this past Friday night (November 17, 2017). According to the arrest report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, numerous calls were made to 911 in Knox County regarding a black SUV driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Watts Road. Several officers were able to stop 43-year-old Greg Scalf who reportedly failed a field sobriety test. Scalf was charged with driving under the influence. According to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, Scalf is under administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case."


TN Supreme Court: You can't claim self-defense if 'engaged in unlawful activity'

Press release from Administrative Office of the Courts

Nashville, Tenn. – The Supreme Court of Tennessee clarified the law of self-defense when the person making the claim is engaged in unlawful activity at the time the need for self-defense occurred.

Via Humphrey

Nov 21 2017
12:26 pm

So far this month:

> November 16, 2017 – Memphis – Adult – Injuries
During a church luncheon, a group was discussing carrying guns in church. A man in his 80s told everyone he carried his gun everywhere. As he was showing the gun off, he pulled the trigger, not realizing he had chambered a round. The bullet went through his hand and into his wife’s abdomen, injuring them both. No charges will be filed.

>> November 12, 2017 – Desden – Child – Fatality
A sixth grader was fatally shot while at a friend’s house. The boys were in the living room when a pistol went off, killing the victim. It is not clear who pulled the trigger or how the boys had access to the gun. No charges have been filed.

>> November 10, 2017 – Memphis – Child – Fatality
A man laid an infant and his gun on a bed and left them unattended. The 3-year-old sibling of the infant found the gun and discharged it, killing the baby. The gun owner took his gun and ran but later turned himself in. was arrested and charged him with criminally negligent homicide, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and tampering with evidence.

> November 9, 2017 – Nashville – Adult – Fatality
A 20-year-old man was unintentionally shot and killed by a close friend. The shooter was handling a gun he thought was unloaded. He pulled the trigger and the weapon fired, hitting his friend in the head. No charges were filed.

>> November 7, 2017 – Knoxville – Child – Injury
A 16-year-old was in a car with friends and unintentionally shot himself He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. It is not clear why the teen had a loaded gun. No charges have been filed.

Safe Tennessee Project

Nov 20 2017
09:27 am

From the RCN:

“Roane Academy has been sold,” Omni Visions spokeswoman Jennifer Wigal said Friday. “I can send you a statement regarding that.”

Wigal did not provide that statement and she also didn’t respond to questions about who purchased Roane Academy.

“Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a statement at this time,” she said later via email.


It seems like this was never exactly what many of us were led to believe. What now?

Nov 17 2017
09:05 am

In today's RCN Op-ed Flo seems like she just can't help herself. She had such a nice piece going but then once again spiraled off into her imaginary world where Donald Trump is magnificent and anyone who thinks otherwise is despicable. Somehow she managed to drag up the much debunked claim that Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals" is the Obama-Clinton playbook and was dedicated to Satan. This is a lie.

She also neglects to mention that Tea Party jihadist, Dick Armey's use of this very book.. The book was disseminated by the Tea Party conservative group FreedomWorks during Dick Armey's tenure as chairman.


Saul Alinsky made a literary allusion to Lucifer as 'the first radical known to man' in an epigraph to his book 'Rules for Radicals,' but he did not dedicate the book to Lucifer.

Shouldn't someone who has a forum in the only local newspaper be required to be fact checked prior to publishing?

Flo has to know by now that her breathless op-ed was completely false. She was just a pawn in the attempt to deflect attention from the Trump Putin national security scandal. She has to know this because her main news source is the right wing propaganda source, Fox News, and even Fox News has come out and said Flo's editorial is false.

We'll be waiting for the Friday RCN to see if Flo has a conscience.


A Times Free Press article touts the "average" bonus of $10,970 for each of 10,000 employees. That is a statistical lie. Most TVA employees will see far less than that. Most of the money goes to the top.

TVA executives, such as Johnson, who have the biggest share of their income at risk, got the biggest incentive payments from TVA in fiscal 2017.

Johnson’s total direct pay and compensation in the past fiscal year totaled more than $5 million, or five times his base annual salary of $995,000.


Nov 15 2017
04:47 pm

"...Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by continuing to frequent and profit from his businesses; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and freedom of the press."

"We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings," Cohen said. "It’s not a call for a vote. It’s a call for hearings."


A hunter is supposed to be able to see whether they are shooting at an antlered deer or not. It is NOT an accident if they shoot a person. It's murder. Deer season is on right now in Roane County. I'm glad to see attitudes evolve in Maine, but I wonder about Tennessee?

“Just because it’s fall and it’s hunting season, the woods do not belong to the hunters,” he said. “It’s not a person’s responsibility to wear orange or not go into the woods. It’s the hunter’s responsibility not to fire at something unless they know what they’re firing at. That’s really the biggest thing to me, is people are acting like she should have been wearing a lot more orange or she should have not been in the woods. Anybody can be in the woods. Especially on their own property. Hunters need to just know what they’re shooting at.”

Here's the whole story but you may have to take a survey to view it: (link...)

Nov 15 2017
08:04 am

This action is about 20 years too late but we'll take it. Shielded lighting yields better vision, is safer to be around, and costs less. Lousy lights have all but stolen the stars from us and there's absolutely no reason to allow it to continue.

The newly adopted regulations will apply to new lighting structures, not existing ones.

“From a layman’s standpoint, it’s to keep the illumination on your property boundaries,” Woody said.

“It’s encapsulating the light only on your property,” Woody said about the resolution. “It illuminates your property, but it doesn’t have light pollution so to speak off your property.”

Commissioners discussed the resolution in a previous workshop. Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said the ordinance has the chance to prevent disputes that could arise over lighting issues.


Nov 13 2017
10:07 am
By: WhitesCreek

So everybody knows (or should) that reading at home with your preschooler increases vocabulary and reading skills. Now research shows that including math at home, not just improves math I Q but reading and vocabulary, too!

There are a number of ways parents can encourage math learning at home, such as talking about counting, connecting numbers to quantities and comparing values -- more and less. It also helps to focus on counting as purposeful, such as "there are three cookies for a snack" rather than "there are cookies for a snack."


Nov 11 2017
07:52 pm

Sandra Clark rips KNS op-ed-con Greg Johnson a new one...

Reading Greg Johnson’s opinion column in the daily paper is often painful and sometimes excruciating. Take today, for instance.

He acknowledges the historic election of four women to Knoxville City Council by patting them on the head and saying, “How nice.”

Actually, he wrote, “The female winners share a background in community work. None have business backgrounds.”

That turns out to be a whopper of a lie!


...To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with - solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


How different our eternal war is today with no real goal and no end in sight. Will there ever be an instant, a point in time, whereupon we regain our moral high ground and pursue peace instead of for-profit never ending war? What a magnificent way of honoring our warriors that would be.

Nov 6 2017
12:02 pm

I like the RCN front page today. Link over on the right.

What I don't like is the county's failure to support the Child Advocacy Center non profit that deals with abused children in our multi county area. Actually, I don't really understand why this isn't a county government function in the first place, unless it's the all too common occurrence that non-profits do better work for a fraction of the cost and county governments can get away with not performing some functions this way.

Chuck Flieschmann touts tax plan that would..."sharply lower rates for corporations and reduce personal taxes for many with fewer deductions for home-buyers and families with steep medical bills."


Corker is still deeply underwater no matter who you ask.

Corker had a 37 percent approval rating among Democrats, but just 15 percent approval among Republicans surveyed. At the same time, 45 percent of polled Republicans had an unfavorable view of Corker but only 22 percent of Democrats.


Note to Flo Charles: God did not make Trump President. That was the Russians.

This was repeatedly pointed out at the time. Why didn't TVA address it?

Three supervisors – two construction foremen and a TVA-paid overseer – say in affidavits filed in U.S. District Court they saw separate instances in which Tom Bock, the man tasked with protecting workers at the nation’s largest coal ash spill, intentionally destroyed or skewed air monitoring results and knowingly endangered workers, reports the News Sentinel.


I have trouble understanding why a newspaper would allow such easily debunked drivel to be published on it's pages. As Trump's team is facing investigation and arrest for colluding with Russia to influence our presidential election, Friday's RCN proves that right wing writers have their marching orders. It is a tribute to the powers of a disappointing media that such false information can be given the authority of the editorial page. It is also extremely disappointing that people with any shred of rationality will believe any of it.

Flo Charles spews lie upon breathless lie in Friday's RCN as the supposed balance to Gerald Largen's facts and well reasoned opinion. I will not repeat lies here. I will tell you that the Obama administration did release Iranian monetary assets that had been embargoed in this county as a condition to the Iranian nuclear treaty. That's how statesmanship works. $1.7 billion was in hard cash and bullion, simply because Republicans who lost the vote in the Senate, nonetheless tried to sabotage the deal by passing legislation with the help of a couple of turncoat Dems that prevented the State Department from using the US banking system from conducting business with Iran.

I will also tell you that Hillary did not sell US uranium to Russia. Russia bought some Canadian owned mines in the USA with the full approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a committee totally reshaped by President Bush in his last year in office.

The world will be watching today as Trump's former campaign manager and other members of his entourage face prosecution for selling out America to the Russians. I suspect Flo will be glued to FOX News who will somehow tell her that it is all Obama's fault that Hillary is a fine upstanding citizen who has served her nation with superior expertise and honor.

And now, I am going to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall day.

Oct 28 2017
11:56 am

While I take issue with the claim that this was the "first rock" from outside our solar system to pass by Earth (How can we possibly know that?) it is still the first one we know of and is way cool!

Discovered on October 19, the object is several hundred feet across and is currently speeding away from us at more than 98,000 miles an hour. At that speed, the space rock is moving fast enough to outrun the sun’s gravitational tug—implying that it was never part of our solar system to begin with.


Our scientists are incredible! So why, I have to ask, won;t the EPA let it's scientists tell us what they know about global warming?

Oct 28 2017
09:37 am
By: WhitesCreek

And now a freeze warning for tomorrow night. Just past the late end of the schedule for our area.


Oct 19 2017
08:35 am

Anybody who thinks the Russians didn't decide our last presidential election is fooling themselves. Putin's tentacle even reached deep into state politics including Tennessee elections.

Doesn't look like TNGOP tried very hard to have the account closed and it was even quoted and re-tweeted by several TN Republican candidates.

Twitter archives show that it recirculated a false story that Hillary Clinton had been fired from the Watergate investigative committee in ’75...”

… After the election, it continued to bash Clinton and establishment Republicans like Sen. John McCain, while promoting the agenda of Donald Trump… Among those who repeatedly shared the account’s messages was pro-Trump commentator Ann Coulter, as did some prominent Tennessee Republicans.

Humphrey has the story

Oct 15 2017
03:57 pm

I personally am totally against TVA nuclear programs. The consequences of a screw up would be horrific and we have dramatic proof, based on our own experience, that TVA will not make any victims whole. This article is behind the KNS paywall but here are excerpts:

“TVA’s small modular reactor project is experimental and unnecessary,” said Don Safer, Tennessee Environmental Council board member. “We now have affordable, safe, proven technologies such as wind, solar and energy efficiency and conservation that can deliver, unlike new nuclear power, which has been a failure.”

While granting the hearing, the board rejected the environmental groups’ contention that TVA has not considered the potential for spent fuel pool fires in requesting an exemption from NRC’s requirement that nuclear power plants have a 10-mile emergency planning zone around them.

In siding with TVA on that issue, the NRC board stated the environmental groups "misunderstood" TVA's request for an exemption, that TVA is asking only to use an alternate emergency plan — "a dose-based, consequence-oriented approach to establish an appropriate (emergency planning zone) size consistent with (U.S. EPA Protective Action Guides) criteria.


Oct 13 2017
04:17 pm

Take your kids outside and show them this:

Time: Fri Oct 13 8:20 PM,

Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 45°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 44° above NE

It's big and fast and doesn;t blink. Strong binoculars might let you see the rectangular shape that is as wide as two football fields.


Oct 9 2017
11:42 am
By: WhitesCreek

A small lack of foresight in locating the bottle opener.


Oct 9 2017
06:50 am

Yelling Spreads More Cold and Flu Virus than Sneezing...

One consequence of this proliferation of droplets? You might want to avoid people who yell a lot. A recent study on the aerosols produced during human speech, which was presented at the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics conference this year and is pending publication in a peer-reviewed journal, expanded this research to find that yelling produces 50 times more aerosol particles than talking in a normal voice.

Read more: (link...)

Oct 7 2017
10:45 am

Micah Cash releases his new book this month.



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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.