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Submitted by onetahiti on August 30, 2012 - 12:46pm.

In honor of Labor Day, here is a 1911 illustration from Industrial Worker, via Wikimedia.

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 21, 2012 - 4:43pm.

From CommonDreams.org today:

"Up to 240 million Americans will now lose protections against dangerous smog and soot pollution, following a decision by a US appeals court on Tuesday.

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 21, 2012 - 1:48pm.

I just received a beautiful, quality card in the mail made by a local organic farm neighbor who is also an artist, Cielo Sand. Wow! These would make excellent gifts. I received the "Maize" design: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 21, 2012 - 11:42am.

Bring the whole family to the East TN/Roane County Labor Day Picnic in Roane County Park on Sept. 3 from noon to 3 PM. Cost: $10 adults, children under 12 free. Tickets may be purchased at the picnic or in advance by calling 865-332-1289.

This should be a wonderful feast of food and community. Park Overall will be the guest speaker. Tommy Santelli will be there too, for music and fun.

For more information, see: Link...

-- OneTahiti


Submitted by onetahiti on August 18, 2012 - 8:35pm.

Have you seen the billboard near I-40 exit 364 (Hwy. 321/Melton Hill Dam and I-40/I-75 split)? It says, "America or Obama / You can't have both / Paid for by the Roane County Tea Party."

Area Democrats are asking for donations to provide a countering billboard in the same area (the sign that did have a Julia Hurley ad).

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 16, 2012 - 10:52am.

A first-grade class in Rockwood and a kindergarten in Harriman are among the classrooms in Roane County seeking help from our community at DonorsChoose.org: Link...

Please consider chipping in something, even $5? Every little bit helps and it is all tax-deductible.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 16, 2012 - 10:28am.

"Focus Schools are the 10 percent of schools in the state with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, such as racial and ethnic groups, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities and English-language learners." (Source: tn.gov/education/accountability/)

Four schools in Roane County made this list: Harriman High School, Midway Elementary, Midway Middle School, and Rockwood High School (Link... (PDF)).

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 8, 2012 - 3:57pm.

Dixie Damm of the Loudon Democratic Party asked that this be posted:

The Loudon County Democratic Party is holding an Obama-Forward Art Contest.

The contest is open to residents of all TN counties, especially the East TN counties.

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Submitted by onetahiti on August 1, 2012 - 5:57pm.

I loved his novels. And he spoke truth to the powerful and to us all: Link...

The world has lost a great man.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 25, 2012 - 3:53pm.

Classrooms in Rockwood, Harriman, and Oliver Springs are asking for help on DonorsChoose.org, the excellent 501(3)(c) charity site for public schools.

Supporters of education, please consider giving even a little: Link....

"It takes a village to raise a child."

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 23, 2012 - 6:43pm.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) has received new rehab cooling equipment designed to help firefighters and victims recover from heat stress. This follows the recent hospitalization of a firefighter at the Whites Creek forest fire.

After learning that WRCVFD lacked cooling rehab, an anonymous local citizen donated over $3000 for the 6-person vest system.

West Roane firefighters train on new rehab equipment - Photo by Tom van Dalen
West Roane volunteer firefighters try out new cooling vests
Photo by Tom van Dalen
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Submitted by onetahiti on July 20, 2012 - 3:03pm.

From a Second Harvest email just now:

Tomorrow, we need some hard working volunteers to help sort and bag about 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes!

The more hands we have, the faster it will go. We will be meeting at Sycamore Tree UMC at 1830 Clydesdale St. in Maryville. A Scout troop they support is co-sponsoring this sweet potato delivery.

We will be working from 8am-noon. Even a one-hour time commitment will be very helpful.

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 10, 2012 - 8:08pm.

Here is a table of census data from 2010: Link... (via the Tennessean).

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 6, 2012 - 4:54am.

From The Scouter newsletter (Link...):

"After nearly 40 years, our Camp Buck Toms Ranger Dave Wallace is retiring; sadly the date is set; he will be leaving at the end of August. Many of us have only known one Ranger in our Scouting lifetime. Dave has been such a part of Camp Buck Toms that it will be hard to imagine what it will be like without him.

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 4, 2012 - 5:05am.

For more information, see: Link..., or see the schedule of events on the Kingston Parks and Recreation web site. The fireworks show is at dusk on the river.

Please consider attending a public fireworks display instead of setting off fireworks yourself. Even with the recent rain, the county's woods are full of excess fuel in this drought. Our dry weather does not help the fire danger situation. Even sparklers can reach 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt many metals.

West Roane County VFD has a free fireworks safety brochure (PDF format, 685KB).

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 29, 2012 - 2:02pm.

The Rockwood Food Pantry has a current shortage of bottled water, milk, and other drinks, and is completely out of canned meat such as tuna.

Anyone who can help should call 354-1750 or visit them as soon as possible. Their website is RockwoodMinisterial.org (Link...).

"The Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday 10-12am & 2-4pm, but is closed on Tuesday afternoons."

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 14, 2012 - 10:12am.

Education Week has a good piece on a highly successful program to increase student achievement by providing low-cost home libraries for students in 2nd and 3rd grades. Free registration required but worth it: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on June 5, 2012 - 5:26pm.

Here is food for thought and a nice chart: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 11, 2012 - 5:31am.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (Link...), Roane County is now officially in a condition of drought.

This drought combined with the excess fuel in our woodland areas means we are at a high fire danger. Residents should be extra careful about fire. Most wild fires start as "controlled burns."

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 11, 2012 - 5:21am.

Roane County United Way is hosting its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 12th from 11AM to 4PM at Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman.

Bring the whole family for fun activities with refreshments and more! Festivities and entertainment will be provided by local charities and services. West Roane County VFD will bring a fire truck.

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 6, 2012 - 12:08pm.

CommonCause.org has a list of the corporate members of ALEC: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 1, 2012 - 6:11am.

Start: May 3 2012 - 8:00am
End: May 5 2012 - 8:30pm

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual "elegant junk" yard 'sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood on May 3, 4, and 5 (Thursday through Saturday) from 8:00 AM on Thursday (7:00 AM Friday and Saturday) all day until dark.

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 25, 2012 - 1:03pm.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual "elegant junk" yard 'sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood on May 3, 4, and 5 (Thursday through Saturday) from 8:00 AM on Thursday (7:00 AM Friday and Saturday) all day each day until dark.

Bring the whole family; donate some goods and get some bargains! There will be refreshments, fire trucks, and more!

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 8, 2012 - 5:04pm.

George Takei of Star Trek fame takes on Tennessee legislators in a fireside chat: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 8, 2012 - 3:27pm.
old photo of an International Women's Day march
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Submitted by onetahiti on March 8, 2012 - 11:46am.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department reminds us to "change our batteries when we change our clocks."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11.

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 4, 2012 - 6:30pm.

Here we wanted to vote for Brian Mullins for road superintendent (Link...); he seems like the best candidate. However, neither road superintendent nor property assessor candidates were on our Democratic ballots. A Republican friend said only Robinette was on hers for assessor.

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Submitted by onetahiti on March 1, 2012 - 7:51pm.

Dr. David Suzuki, friend of the late Charlie Mead (Corvus here on RoaneViews) and sometime visitor to Charlie's home in West Roane County, is a scientist who has sought to "inform others on the importance of respecting the natural world and preserving what’s vital to our survival."

Dr. Suzuki is the subject of the film Force of Nature, now in the news. Read more: Link... (via Alternet: Link...)

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 28, 2012 - 11:47am.

Students age 16 and older may apply now to March 12 for paid summer jobs with DHS. Read more: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 19, 2012 - 12:04am.
comparative graph of housing busts, adapted from The 2012 Economic Report of the US President

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