Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 3:28pm.

Tom McFarland has filed a lawsuit asking that the Circuit Court Judge election results, in which he was defeated by Mike Pemberton, be set aside.

From the Roane County News:

Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was disappointed that McFarland, who is county attorney, filed the complaint.

McFarland will be replaced as County attorney as of September 1. Greg Leffew was elected to fill the position.

Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

“It’s Tommy McFarland,” he said. “What do you expect?”


Submitted by onetahiti on August 22, 2014 - 10:55am.

"For three days only, from August 22 to August 24, 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50% of this ( project if (others) donate the remaining amount."

Now is a great time to support our schools and get Bill Gates to chip in. There are currently four classrooms in Roane County seeking funding: Link....

Every little bit helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 9:30am.

Martin Harley will return to Music at Ladd Landing Friday Sept. 19. Try to hold on as best you can.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:36am.

TVA will raise consumer electrical rates about $1.70 per month. Remember when the victims of the TVA disaster were called greedy opportunists because making them whole would raise rates 15 cents? What are these increases in consumer electricity costs paying for?

In the past year, TVA estimates that its Valley Advantage and Valley Commitment programs developed to keep or encourage expansion of existing industries cut overall industrial rates by an average 6.8 percent.

Dr. Marilyn Brown is not happy:

One area of cuts by TVA drew criticism from TVA Director Marilyn Brown, although she did agree to vote for the overall 2015 budget. Dr. Brown, a Georgia Tech professor who has studied energy efficiency programs across the country, complained that a 25 percent reduction in TVA's energy efficiency programs next year "is penny wise and pound foolish" because it could limit consumer energy savings and force TVA to build new and more expensive generation in the future.

"Energy efficiency provides a significant benefit to TVA and its customers and I believe this cut is a reflection of a false economy," she said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:22am.

"This is what makes our country great," said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility. "Doing what you're doing here is incredible."

That was Chuck Feischmann speaking at the opening of a collection agency that will hound people over their hospital bills.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:02am.

OK, so he's drunk, runs in a ditch, tries to get his truck out by flooring it, gets stuck on the railroad tracks, tries to pry his truck loose, a train runs over the truck, and he gets charged with "not wearing a seat belt"?

He is now facing charges of DUI first offense, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, obstruction of justice, not wearing a seat belt, driver's license violation, registration violation and failure to maintain a lane.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 21, 2014 - 7:57pm.

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 20, 2014 - 2:04pm.

AT$T does not want you to have reasonably priced fast internet like Chattanooga does:

National Institute on Money in State Politics reports that Comcast and AT&T have contributed above $215,000 to state lawmakers in the recent election cycle in Tennessee alone.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:47pm.

He's this guy:


Update: Apparently he could not meet the residency requirements.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:03pm.

Update with photo


They spotted the suspect vehicle, driven by Guy. She drove to a home on Fairchild Street, exited and ran inside the residence. Officers followed her inside where they say Guy pulled out a handgun and pointed it at officers.

This is another situation where Cop Cams would end any speculation as to what transpired.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 6:18am.

Normally a single headline wouldn't concern us that much, but this is overwhelming. Science is messy, for those who don't understand it, and very open minded, but these numbers are too stark to ignore.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 5:15pm.

This could mean that zoning is dead in Tennessee, or not. Attorneys?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 4:54pm.

There has been some $30 million in military hardware distributed to Tennessee Law enforcement agencies. The documents don;t say what it may be, but similar equipment has been used in Ferguson, Mo with little success.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 12:34pm.

How about we divert the entire TVA PR budget for one year into putting some lipstick on Roane County? That would be a good start. Instead we get this:

In a July 29 letter sent to Woody and the city mayors, TVA proposes that the $1 million be divvied up with Kingston and Harriman each receiving $375,000, Roane County receiving $150,000 and Rockwood receiving $100,000.

Look, one million bucks is about one percent of what is actually needed to eradicate the TVA disaster stink. And anybody who thinks Harriman suffered as much as Kingston is in need of remedial brain surgery. This is insulting to the victims of the TVA disaster. Roane County and it's people have suffered long and deep from TVA incompetence, but it looks like the hits are just going to keep on coming.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 11:10am.

The Tennessee Legislature was deadlocked 48-48 on giving women the right to vote in America, when Harry T. Burn at the age of 22 voted Aye!

Harry Thomas Burn, Sr. was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for McMinn County, Tennessee. Burn became the youngest member of the state legislature when he was elected at the age of twenty-two. He is best remembered for action taken to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment during his first term in the legislature.

Born in Niota, Tennessee, Burn graduated from Niota High School in 1911. In 1923, he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar. In 1951, he became President of the First National Bank and Trust in Rockwood, Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 10:39am.

I'm not sure what to make of this but it scares me to think of the State of Tennessee spiraling further into corruption. Lt. Gov. Ramsey will correct me that it is not corruption if corruption is legalized.

Unable to defeat the TN Supreme Court judges at the polls, will the Lt. Governor simply have them impeached?


Submitted by onetahiti on August 15, 2014 - 3:07pm.

"The hotline, which offers help in math, science, language arts, social studies and reading, can be reached at two numbers — 615-298-6636 and 1-888-868-5777."

Read more at WBIR: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 15, 2014 - 7:00am.

This story is pretty good but it focuses on Harriman, which wasn't touched by the TVA disaster yet got a couple of million dollars in buy off money. Rockwood got $1.9 million because...actually, I don't have a clue.

There's also the big lie that the ash covered 300 acres all but 8 of which were owned by TVA. TVA owns Watts Bar Lake? Really? And is you can see how an ash layer that went as far downstream as Thief Neck Island and upstream over 6 miles above the TVA site is only 300 acres, you might have made an A in propaganda but you failed arithmetic.

The TVA lawsuit is settled. The attorneys will be handsomely rewarded. The victims were beaten by the disgusting legal environment which lets big entities operate irresponsibly and their executives walk away free with massive bonuses. The victims will receive a fraction of the actual damage. Letters that went out to plaintiffs about halfway through the lawsuit process stated, "You will not be made whole."

We weren't. Roane County wasn't. Check the graphic at the end of this story and see the players who got to distribute almost twice as much money for pet projects as the victims will ultimately get for almost six years of shattered property values and ruined businesses.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 8:35am.

I would totally support this. I've toured that sub. It is a potent reminder of some of the hardship our WWII veterans went through for their country. It could be a big draw for tourism, and...Hey..Why don't we bring it to Roane County?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 7:11am.

And you thought they never did anything good...

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids.

The team studied near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA and discovered that the body, which rotates extremely quickly, is held together by cohesive forces called van der Waals, never detected before on an asteroid.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 6:56am.

Recent storms hit several area homes and businesses. Disaster relief makes low cost loans available to help with the recovery.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 6:24am.

Retiring Judge Simmons makes some strange rationalizations in his ruling that refuses to grant a divorce to two men legally married in another state. Some of his excerpts are given without attribution, which gets you an F in high school English, but slides by in a Tennessee Circuit Court.

From legal analyst Arthur S. Leonard, a professor at New York Law School:

( Judge Simmons wrote:)“The laws of Iowa concerning same sex marriage is so diametrically opposed to Tennessee’s laws, and Tennessee’s own legitimate public policy concerning same-sex marriage, that Tennessee is not required by the U.S. Constitution to give full faith and credit to a valid marriage of a same-sex couple in Iowa,” he wrote, ungrammatically but without any mistake of meaning.

Thus, Mr. Borman and Mr. Pyles-Borman are wedlocked in Tennessee.

...As a purely practical matter, the court’s refusal to recognize this marriage for the limited purpose of granting a divorce would seem to have virtually no legitimate policy justification. It certainly has nothing to do with the state’s interest in channeling the procreative activity of heterosexuals into marriage for the benefit of the resulting children, which is Tennessee’s main policy argument for resisting marriage equality. And if Tennessee is opposed to same-sex marriages, one wonders why it would object to a court terminating such a marriage!


Previously on RoaneViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2014 - 6:26pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on August 13, 2014 - 4:28pm.

Creative Kids Preschool is opening in Rockwood this month. Finally Rockwood will have a private, non-church-based alternative for those children aged 3 to 5 who aren't eligible for Headstart.

An open house and registration will be held Tuesday August 19th, from 9am to 12pm. For more information, call Carolyn at 773-6973 or see: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2014 - 10:39am.

It is not unusual to have a discussion with someone who believes something as fact that can't possibly be true, if even a few references are checked. It's not that folks willingly lie, but they do seem to be willing to be misled. Disinformation put out in the guise of legitimate news makes truth more and more difficult to determine.

Now there's this:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched about two dozen new websites that are designed to look like local news sites, but are full of articles attacking Democratic candidates and incumbents.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 12:32pm.

I'm no attorney but Simmons' ruling seems irrational on the face of it. he seems to be saying that since Tennessee doesn't recognize a particular kind of marriage that was performed in another state, these two men can't be divorced. Say what?

The ruling also states that the only reason for marriage is for procreation, which will surprise a lot of people. Does he suggest that people beyond childbearing age be refused marriage licenses in Tennessee?

Legal analysts point out that this goes against a number of current Supreme Court rulings an 30 or so other court decisions around the country.

Judge Simmons is retiring and will be replaced by Mike Pemberton, so perhaps this is a parting shot for the old way of thinking.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 10:06am.

Tonight the Kingston City Council will consider a zoning proposal that will convert part of a residential neighborhood (a really nice lakeside residential neighborhood) into a car dealership and big box shopping center (read Wal-Mart). The affected residents are concerned that their neighborhood and property values will be damaged by this conversion. The developers answer, "But. you know...MONEY!"

Anyone who drives through Kingston on a daily basis will have another concern. Kingston already has the worst traffic congestion in Roane County. The traffic lights are twice what is needed and are horribly un-synchronized. I have people tell me they can get to Turkey Creek almost as fast as they can get to Brentwood. This is a really bad thing for local businesses, commuters, towns people, tourism, etc. Now this proposal pops up and no one seems to be thinking about the looming disaster of another traffic light at the Kingston exit.

Downtown Kingston is a traffic horror. There is no center turn lane and for some reason a church and McDonald's share a traffic light and the worst placed entrances and exits I can think of. Toss another traffic light into this morass and add Kingston's history of lassez faire traffic engineering and I see a dead end for Kingston businesses. Perhaps this is part of an evil plan for the developers to drive business out of Kingston and down one more exit to their Pinnacle Pointe development. (Ha! Not really but think about it)

At any rate, I hope the Kingston City Council sees the zoning request as part of the complete canvass and think about what they want their town to look like and how it will function in the future. Problems that will be created cannot be ignored.

Will the developers pay for all of the traffic engineering, lights, etc.?

Or, more likely, will those problems be loaded onto the backs of the already burdened motorists who will see their home town bog down into a Kentucky Street parking lot?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 7:10am.

Turns out the folks who have to deal with Chuck Feishmann don't like him very much. The actual words used in the conversation I had with a rep from a significant contractor in Oak Ridge are somewhat stronger than "don't like him". Weston Wamp's concession phone call after the primary summed it up pretty well: "Congressman, this is Weston Wamp. You successfully deceived tens of thousands of Tennesseans..." By our estimate, Chuck spent over $30 per vote to squeak out his win over Weston Wamp.

While rumors persist of demanding campaign donations in return for access, Fleischmann doesn't seem to be able to deliver much Congressional action on his district's behalf, unless it is a token or two just before the election. Will the prominent people of the 3rd District continue to publicly support our under achiever incumbent while holding their nose, or will they turn around and start supporting Dr. Mary Headrick, a person of great competency, high intellect and higher achievement?

Don't be surprised if it happens:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 6:29pm.

Reckon these are running tonight? There are more than two waterfalls in Roane County, just so you know. This database only lists this one:


and this one:


Let's get out there and take some pictures folks!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 7:29am.

I think we deserve more information on this. I will not post the jokes that are popping up in my head, on the chance that a great horror has been committed. The question remains:

Did the doctor "overdo" this man's circumcision or not?