Sep 15 2015
06:47 am
By: WhitesCreek

White Fringed Orchid
We are at the very end of the flowering period so look for it in wetland and bog areas right now!

The common name for this beauty is "monkey faced orchid". Plant people know it as the "white fringeless orchid" and scientists know it as Platanthera Integrilabia. I'm going with white fringeless orchid. It lives in Roane County, TN or at least it did live here before a less than thoughtful highway project wiped it out.

While I suspect that there may be a few plants surviving in the wilds of Roane County, I think there is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to recovery by establishing a project to restore this and other native species in some form of nature park in a prominent location in our county.

Roane County has suffered and continues to suffer from the public impression that we are an environmental disaster area. Everytime TVA is mentioned the news services show that same old totally outdated ash disaster photo from 8 1/2 years ago. What better project could we have than a garden to our native heritage?

Check out this little beauty!

There are significant resources available for something like this, including people at the US Fish and Wildlife Service who are friends of Roane County having attended music events here. The Fish and Wildlife Service people in Cookeville are very interested as well. Here's more: (link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

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