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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."

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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."

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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...)

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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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Submitted by onetahiti on February 17, 2012 - 5:17pm.

From a Rick Santorum for President emailed newsletter today: "President Obama's vision for this country is to fundamentally change us from a free market, capitalist system to a Republic in the mold of the faded, decrepit Republics of Western Europe."

The letter bore Santorum's signature.

So being a republic is bad? Wow. Wow. Wow.

And it seems to me we could learn a thing or two from some of those "faded, decrepit republics in Western Europe."

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 14, 2012 - 3:04pm.

February, 2012: Firefighters from the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) completed required training courses this month, including Emergency Vehicle Operations, Vanessa K. Free (driving laws and regulations), and Blood-borne Pathogens. Classes, which included both classroom sessions on February 4 and field training on February 11, were taught by Brian Grief with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 8, 2012 - 12:06pm.

Fifth-graders in Harriman, Tennessee, are hoping to learn to play the soprano recorder this spring. They are looking forward to giving a concert!

However, as yet they have no instruments. Their teacher has asked for help (Link...) on DonorsChoose.org. All donations are tax-deductible, but hurry--their request times out in 7 days.

Please consider helping these students learn to read music and learn the joys of performing!

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Submitted by onetahiti on February 7, 2012 - 5:02pm.

Artists on a budget will be happy to know that Daz3D.com is giving away free software usually valued at about $800. These free products are available for both Mac and Windows. Download them soon, though, as the offer is time-limited.

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 23, 2012 - 11:32am.


Find more math doodles here: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 20, 2012 - 12:44pm.

We just got our last Schwan's delivery. Our Knoxville-based delivery man and his co-workers have been laid off. A Schwan's spokeswoman told me that they had to "close some under-performing delivery centers."

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 20, 2012 - 6:13am.

Presumably here in Tennessee our legislature ought to want to increase jobs and business and to promote tourism. However, Rep. Frank Niceley, (R-Knoxville), has another idea: threaten New Yorkers!

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Submitted by onetahiti on January 9, 2012 - 11:49am.

It's not an aging brain, it's the doorway! Via the "Now I Know" newsletter: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on December 23, 2011 - 7:00pm.

There are only 17 4 2 days 17 hours left to the DonorsChoose.org funding request of a class for Oliver Springs students. They are hoping for books to read.

Please, won't you consider giving at least a little? We can let these would-be readers know we care: Link...

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Submitted by onetahiti on December 12, 2011 - 8:00pm.

On December 10th, Roane County Park hosted a 5k race, “Dashing thru the Park,” on their USATF-certified 5k course. It is their goal to promote fitness and community involvement in our park.

There was a 5k for runners and a 1-mile walk for everyone else. All pre-registered participants received an event t-shirt.

Download the race results here: Link... (728 KB PDF).

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Submitted by onetahiti on December 5, 2011 - 9:59am.

A class of Ridge View Elementary students is asking for help on DonorsChoose.org: Link...

Other Roane County classrooms need help as well: Link...

Please consider donating to these deserving local classrooms.

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 26, 2011 - 8:48am.

DonorsChoose.org lists requests from public school teachers across the country.

Right now two classrooms in Roane County are asking for help. See the current list of needs at: Link...

Please consider stepping up to give a tax-deductible donation to help our local classrooms. These students deserve our support.

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 25, 2011 - 10:07am.

These are gifts that help not only the recipient but also our community by fostering a love of reading. These books will be read again and again.

1. This gorgeous, high-interest book is for grade 3 and up. Eighth-graders in the county are devouring this; it is "flying off library shelves." It's good for grownups too: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths ($11.91 oversized paperback, $19.77 oversized hardcover). Read the reviews at Amazon: Link...

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