The Watts Bar Lake Association (WBLA), IJAMS Nature Center, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will sponsor the annual River Rescue shoreline cleanup on Saturday, April 1st, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m.

All who are interested in keeping the shoreline clean and beautiful should volunteer to help. Gloves, trash bags, and grabbers will be furnished.

Rhea County participants will meet at Veterans Park in Spring City and are asked to contact Dan Uhler at (423) 240-6327 for information.

Meigs County participants will meet at Mr. Twister Restaurant in Ten Mile and are asked to contact Peter Giroux at (404) 304-1115 for information.

Roane County participants on the east side of the lake should contact Janice Moody at (865) 376-1982 and will gather at Crow’s Nest Restaurant/Blue Springs Marina. Folks in the Kingston area are asked to Contact Andy Holmbeck at (772) 485-4737 and will meet at The Gravel Pit Park.

Following the cleanup at 1pm there will be a picnic at Rhea Harbor Resort & Marina, 385 Lakeshire Dr, Spring City. All participants are encouraged to attend, meet new friends and share memorable moments of the day.


Mar 28 2017
10:42 am

There was a tie for the 2017 Princess Idol title this announced on the Princess Blog!

Go to the blog to see photos from the event.

Mar 24 2017
05:19 pm
By: WhitesCreek

I'm totally proud of being friends with these folks!


Mar 23 2017
06:45 am

This is right next door to Roane County.

Quote of the day: "This is crazy that this exists and everyone isn't clamoring to protect it." ..George Lindemann



It's time for Roane County to step up and get us a State Natural Area with trails for all to use. The opportunity is here right now!

Mar 22 2017
06:48 am

In March of 1929 the South Eastern United States flooded. Most folks are familiar with the Boy Scout monument beside highway 27 at the Rhea Roane County line. Fewer are aware that this flood devastated the riparian south, including Harriman, TN.


Here are some accounts of the Boy Scout disaster. It's worth noting that none of the press accounts agree on the actual circumstances.



Mar 21 2017
06:27 pm

Time: Wed Mar 22 6:30 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 78°, Appears: 13° above NW, Disappears: 11° above SE

Mar 20 2017
07:10 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Mar 20 2017
08:04 am
By: WhitesCreek

Man, wasn't winter really tough this year? Well no. It wasn't.

seasonal photos of Earth


Mar 18 2017
08:00 pm


Just in case there is someone out there who doesn't know that we have awesome live music in Roane County...

Buy Tickets


Mar 17 2017
07:43 am

The number one point on the list of things that attract business entrepreneurs to a community is curb appeal. The least expensive way to improve curb appeal is to get the trash off our streets. The way to do that is like this:

Clean up, Educate, and Enforce!

So here...Get started!


That is twice the national average, 9 times more than Virginia and 4 times more than Georgia. So what do we get for giving $2.5 billion to business?

“A New Panel Database on Business Incentives…in the United States” leads to some key questions: how much is enough? And are the incentives designed to attract well-paying jobs, or dead-end work with little or no benefits?

Bartik, a senior economist at the Michigan-based think tank, found that states with high levels of incentives don’t have significantly better economic performance than their neighbors.

I have long advocated that we need a national law to ban local incentives to business and instead direct that money to quality of life improvements to the local infrastructure, schools, and environment. Now we have a study that says we don't get a reasonable return on our tax money.

Via Humphrey: (link...)

Mar 9 2017
04:22 pm

The affected flock has been "depopulated".

And buried.

Via Humphrey:

On March 6, routine screening tests at the Giles County premises indicated the presence of avian influenza in the flock. State and federal laboratories confirmed the existence of H7N9 LPAI in tested samples.
“This is why we test and monitor for avian influenza,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “When routine testing showed a problem at this facility, the operators immediately took action and notified our lab. That fast response is critical to stopping the spread of this virus.”


Mar 8 2017
09:00 am

Andy Berke destroyed the competition in the Chattanooga Mayoral race with nearly 2/3 of the votes.

Well done, Chattanooga!

Mar 7 2017
06:58 am

The Harriman Blue Devils are headed to the State Tournament!

Harriman 86 Cosby 47

Mar 4 2017
10:02 am

House Democrats held a news conference Monday to promote a package of 50 bills they are sponsoring this year deemed to benefit Tennessee’s middle class, reports WPLN.

Their “People’s Bill of Rights” consists of five core principles that they say justify actions like raising the state’s minimum wage, lessening sentences for marijuana possession and opposing school vouchers.

TN Democratic House Caucus
What Members are doing to promote our
People’s Bill of Rights
110th Session

I. The right to an economy that offers well-paying jobs.

Tennesseans need jobs that allow them to provide for their families and build up their communities. Members have introduced legislation or taken action:


This is absolutely weird in addition to being an affront to TN tax payers. Gov. Haslam has budgeted $45 million to provide incentives for rural broadband providers except the ones that are owned by taxpayers.
Following me so far?
Then there's a meeting to decide how to divide the state tax dollars and it's run by a Congress person, not a state official. And the media is barred because Marsha Blackburn declares it "Off the record!"

This does not look good for the taxpayers of Tennessee having their money wisely and fairly spent.

Humphrey has the report:


TN GOP want to spend half a million dollars per year guaranteeing that Republican values are represented at UT. I think they should call it the "Office of GOP Propaganda"...


These are interesting numbers, especially since Trump handily won Tennessee and Obama handily lost.

Asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?” the poll found that:

51 percent approve
32 percent disapprove
17 percent don’t know or don’t answer
For comparison, when the spring 2009 MTSU Poll was conducted shortly after Barack Obama took office, it asked whether respondents approved of the job he was doing as president and found that:

53 percent approved
27 percent disapproved
20 percent didn’t know or didn’t answer

Trump got 61% of the popular vote in the election. So much for his 100 day honeymoon.


Feb 19 2017
09:30 am

This is scary. Either back this up or resign!

The Wilson County lawmaker had an exchange with a woman who said that she knew a local Muslim family and they were good people and “wouldn’t hurt anybody,” but there were some who were “adamant” about harmful acts.

In an audio recording of the town hall obtained by The Tennessean, Beavers responds by saying that we were with “intelligence people” this week who told her that Muslim terrorists were moving into the Bible Belt to orchestrate a jihad and “infiltrating churches.”


Feb 18 2017
08:58 am
By: CloudRainbow!/Obituary

Joy in her friendship.

Feb 17 2017
08:06 pm

But the State money only goes to private companies. So since we are served by a city owned utility we don;t apply?


Feb 17 2017
07:23 am

Front page top story today is a teacher arrested for harassment of his ex wife's boyfriend. There are several things about this story that bother me but mostly that it is on the front page of our only newspaper. Our paper certainly wants to show Roane County in its best light. The other thing is that it contains atrocious grammar.

“Mr. Morris stated that Mr. Plemens started yelling at him and saying that he had not forgot about him. He also stated that Mr. Morris had went after the wrong woman and they would cross paths one day.”

And no, I'm not linking to this story.

Feb 16 2017
06:07 pm

No, honest...I was talking about the cat...



Feb 16 2017
12:33 pm

Annual Multi-County Talent Show!

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 6 PM

Entry forms available @

  • Vocal
  • Instrumental
  • Dance
  • Art

Divided into age groups:
K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

$25.00 entry fee

Erin Miller: 423-807-0736
Vera Scarbrough: 423-539-6976 (C) -423-369-9533 (H)

Feb 16 2017
08:45 am

It should be clear enough to see the International Space Station. It's big and it's fast. You'll know it when you see it. With strong binoculars you cam make out the shape.


Time: Thu Feb 16 7:06 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 65°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 10° above SE

Feb 15 2017
12:28 pm

You know...this could get real fun, real fast!

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today was appointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and approved by the House Democratic Caucus to serve on the House Committee on Ethics. In 2008, then-Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi referred to Congressman Cohen ...


Feb 14 2017
06:59 am

Valentine's Day originally was probably around May 3, having its roots in a Chaucerian scribbling to celebrate the arranged by treaty wedding of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia.

The February holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day.

Regardless, I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Valentine's Day!

It's no secret that elected R's don't pay much attention to their constituents, preferring to hob knob with lobbyists instead. The lengths some of them are going to to hide from hostile crowds of constituents would be amusing if it weren't so frightening. Humphrey has the word on a few of these:


Feb 10 2017
09:46 am

Let's cut the Environmental Review Board some slack. They are appointed volunteers. My experience with them is that they mean well and are trying to do a good job for us. Apparently folks didn't hear what they wanted to hear at the hearing. My solution is to ask the scientists what we can do and expect and then do what they tell us to do.

The bottom line is that we will never get rid of invasive plants in Watts Bar Lake and must shift to a management scenario. Some folks seem to be stuck on the triploid (sterile) grass carp as the "obvious solution". Problem is that experience shows this doesn't work. In fact, for a large reservoir like Watts Bar Lake it will make the problem worse. Here is an excerpt from one state's web site on the problem:

Grass carp are generally not recommended for milfoil control because milfoil is not a highly preferred food. Some research has indicated that grass carp have food preferences and will consume more palatable plant species, such as pondweeds and waterweed, before they will eat milfoil. As a result, the concern is that they can enhance milfoil growth by removing competition from native plants and opening up more area for milfoil to colonize.

So we can let landowners contract on their own to pay to have chemicals sprayed into the lake from which most of our drinking water comes, or we can act as one to promote the best solution. TVA has given notice that they are abandoning efforts to control the weeds in Guntersville lake, so those folks will be onb their own pretty soon too.

We'd better get going on this. And not just us. Fishing and recreational boats will soon have spread this to every lake in TN.

Lost Medicaid Funding

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