Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 3:34pm.

There were fireworks early in this radio debate.

Political Spotlight, Wednesday, July 9th – Circuit Court Judge Candidates Mike Pemberton and Tom McFarland

Listen to it here:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 11:05am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 10:52am.

We have to wonder about this on several levels. It is very unusual for one Judge to mess with another Judge's orders at this level.

Here's what has gone pubic so far.

City Bonding Inc. has failed to pay forfeited bonds to the County as law requires. This appears to have been going on for decades. (Link...)

City Bonding was presented with bond forfeits totaling roughly $8000 and did not pay. They were given 180 days to appeal and did not appeal. They were given another week to respond and after failure to do so, Judge Wicks issued an order for them to cease doing business in Roane County.

An appeal was made after both deadlines had expired and Judge Wicks' order was issued.

Judge Eblen vacated Judge Wicks' order on the grounds that Sessions judges do not have the power to issue such orders. Eblen's order is clearly contrary to TN Attorney General findings.

Judge Eblen is unopposed in the Aug 7 election to retain his position as 9th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge. Judge Wicks is unopposed as General Sessions Judge.

We do not have Wicks' order but have posted Eblen's order and the AG rulings here:


We will keep an eye on this and will issue more information as we can confirm it. There are legal issues here and we would not want to unfairly post something that could be incorrect.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 10, 2014 - 7:17am.

I don't in any way condone the mother's actions, but what good will it do that child if we put its mother in jail for a year?

Deputies say they got the call from DCS after the baby girl, born Sunday at UT Medical Center, tested positive for meth. They arrested the 26-year-old new mom as she was being discharged.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2014 - 7:18pm.

Could have been any of us at one time or another...No, really!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2014 - 7:17pm.

State environmental regulators have ordered the town of Oliver Springs to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant or else face fines if the work isn't finished on time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 9, 2014 - 7:15am.

Haslam's $35 million website isn't just slow, it doesn't exist in working form.

The federal director of Medicaid programs has put Tennessee on notice that it has failed to provide services for people as required by the Affordable Care Act and is giving the state 10 days to submit a correction plan.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 8, 2014 - 7:07pm.

Judge Wicks brought the problem to Clerk of Court Kim Nelson last year. Nelson says she has been working on the problem but after decades of neglect, turning things around has been difficult.

How difficult is it to notify the County Attorney to bring suit? We have noted the strange situation with bonding agencies in Roane County in the past, as in there is essentially just one and that one seems to hold a privileged position. Perhaps now we'll see some action to learn what is really going on here.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 8, 2014 - 7:38am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 7, 2014 - 6:32pm.

I wanted to post something about this last year when I was told of the results of a TWRA fishery study that involved trot lines placed under the I 40 and Hwy 70 bridges over the Clinch river at Kingston. Dr. David Etnier serves on the Board of Conservation Fisheries (as do I) and is a wit beyond most wits. He's also a brilliant fish guy and is credited with discovering the snail darter, among other things. He told me about his time on the Kingston trot lines and said he pulled in six sturgeon...all documented and released. He said he had always said that we would have a reproducing population of sturgeon in the future but not in his lifetime. Now, as a result of the efforts of many people and many government agencies, he thinks we'll have naturally produced baby sturgeon in Watts Bar Lake in HIS lifetime and that makes him proud.

If things continue to go well, many more fishermen will have the opportunity to catch and release a Tennessee Sturgeon, like this lucky man did:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 6, 2014 - 6:12pm.

This is very strange to me. Weston Wamp has a job that a rich guy created for him and now we see this. Weston Wamp stated his plan was to eliminate Super Pacs...apparently right after he gets elected by one.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 6, 2014 - 6:06pm.

I have no way of verifying any of this but it certainly makes for an interesting read. Let me know if any of it contradicts your family history.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2014 - 9:49am.

BUI = Boating Under the Influence

Don't be stupid. Wear your life jacket!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2014 - 8:23am.

This what happens when the Governor puts a former polluter's attorney as the TDEC Commissioner. Welcome to Tennessee, the water pollution state.

“At their extreme, these proposed rules could preclude a full review of a new discharge of mercury, dioxins and PCBs to waters with endangered species or that are a source of drinking water, an absurd result that is clearly contrary to the language and intent of the Clean Water Act,” Matheny added. “TDEC also adopted confusing new terms such as parameter, unavailable parameters, and response variables that even water quality experts have trouble understanding.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2014 - 7:49am.

Dustin Hensley has...worked at three departments in six years, shot two people dead and been subject to two federal lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths in those shootings.

The first case, a 2009 fatal shooting when he was a Roane County deputy, was dismissed when the family of a man shot dead decided not to continue an appeal after a federal judge ruled that the shooting was justified.

The second case was in Cumberland County with a woman being tased and shot ten the back! The only side I take in this is that all investigations should be open and conducted in the light of the public eye! There are still unanswered questions on the first shooting involving Deputy Hensley sue to the secrecy of the investigation. Is it time to call, as another department has, for personal cameras to be worn by every officer on duty? The one department I am aware of saw a reduction in police misconduct complaints drop 80% after cameras.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2014 - 7:20am.

"It's a little awkward, but I feel like I'm sitting across the table from an angry Republican congressman," Wamp said.

"Before the debate I believed I was the most conservative candidate, and after the debate I was convinced," Fleischmann said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2014 - 6:37pm.

Yesterday a deeply divided Supreme Court decided in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. The 5-4 decision on ideological lines was met with instant backlash because the ruling creates a gateway to further religious-based challenges that limit individual decisions and rights.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 8:17am.

Well, actually, they call themselves "Americans for Prosperity" but it's not you and me whose prosperity they want. They are funded primarily by the Koch Brothers to serve the Billionaire Koch Brothers in their quest to become the Trillionaire Koch brothers.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 7:48am.

Oh just go read:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2014 - 7:36am.

As quoted in the Roane County News:

Rocky wasn’t at the farm during the search because authorities arrested him in Kingston earlier that day.

When federal agents showed up at Rocky’s residence to conduct the search, his son, Cody Houston, came to the door armed with a high-powered rifle and wearing a bullet proof vest.

Reeves said agents showed great restraint by not shooting Cody.

“I’m surprised he wasn’t shot, quite frankly,” Reeves said.

I would like to know a lot more about the Judge's thinking in this situation. Does the judge think deputies might have had the right to shoot Cody Houston because he was "expressing his Second Amendment rights" in his own home?

(Note: I personally think America has gone insane on the current SCOTUS interpretation of the 2nd amendment but I am simply being aware of the lay of the land.)


Submitted by onetahiti on June 28, 2014 - 2:17pm.

Politico (via Daily Kos) has an excellent article about our economy and what to do about it: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2014 - 7:17am.

The move will replace pensions with a 401k.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2014 - 9:13am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2014 - 7:56am.

I suspect our State Attorney General can do what he wants until this gets to the Supreme Court. The SCOTUS has ruled that TN must honor marriages legally performed in other states and I suspect the right to dissolve a marriage should be accorded to all citizens, regardless of you personal opinion.

This does put the AG in the curious position of opposing the dissolution of a same sex marriage because he is opposed to same sex marriages.


Submitted by onetahiti on June 26, 2014 - 6:26pm.

See: Link....

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by onetahiti on June 26, 2014 - 6:04pm.

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

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2014 - 7:53am.

Students Feel Squeeze As College Tuition Increases...
Hold your nose, the ‘retention’ election is getting smelly...
Tennessee Schools Lose Best Teachers Early In Their Careers, Report Says...

All that and more at the Buzz:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2014 - 2:57pm.

Here's a source for lots of scientific reports on the TVA ash disaster. Heavy reading for those so inclined.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 24, 2014 - 2:56pm.

Domestic violence is a touchy issue and the cards do seem to be stacked against women in most circumstances. At the same time America has a right to the presumption of innocence. I think there is some rational approach to this but I really don't trust our current legislature to deal with it
intelligently and thoughtfully.

In other news, Lt. Gov Ramsey refuses to identify the source of the dark money he is using in his campaign to turn the Tennessee Supreme Court into a political province of the Legislature. So far nearly everyone in the legal profession, regardless of party affiliation, is opposed to Ramsey's push.

That and more at Crockett: