Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:12am.

We're watching our Eastern Hemlock trees die from an invasive insect that was most likely brought in by the tree nursery trade in the 1950's. It will drastically alter our streams and rivers if the hemlock wooly adelgid isnt controlled.

For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.

But state scientists say they might have a secret weapon to retake the ridge -- a bigger bug.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:08am.

Anyone who meets Mary Headrick would be proud to have her serve us in Congress. A recent poll shows this race tightening as people keep asking what Chuck Fleischmann has done for us in Congress and learning that most of his money comes from outside our district and from Washington PACs. Here's your chance to ask Headrick the tough questions, something you'll never get with Chuck.

Dr. Mary Headrick will be in Oak Ridge tonight, at the DFET Candidate's Forum at the OR Civic Center Gym from 7:00-8:30 pm. She is our Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional district, to unseat Chuck Fleischmann.

Many other candidates will also be there including candidates for Oak Ridge city council and for school board.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:03am.

Booher had previously been found guilty of two counts of statutory rape for hiring an underage prostitute.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 6:49pm.

The event, cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America East Tennessee Society, will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive.

UT archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists and their graduate students will host displays about their projects locally and around the world. They will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work and offer hands-on activities demonstrating their research. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils to the museum for the experts to identify.

The event will have a number of activities for children, including make-and-take Roman-style shield decorating, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, creating clay fossil molds, writing on clay tablets, identifying plant remains in sandboxes, and matching animal bones.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 6:01pm.

The complaint said a school resource officer and the boy's teacher dragged the child into the principal's office in May before the SRO put the boy into a chokehold while someone else restrained his legs.

Attorneys said the child had bruises on his arms, stomach, legs and buttocks.

Monroe County

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Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on October 8, 2014 - 3:39pm.

Everyone's invited... King Henry VIII is coming to the...
East Tennessee Renaissance Festival!

October 25 & 26 10am-5pm
Tickets: $8 for ages 13 and up $5 for ages 5-12
Enjoy Human Combat Chess! Celtic Music & Dance!
Stage Performances! And of course, food, beer and crafts...!

Where, you ask? It's closer than you think!
550 Fiske Road, Harriman (Exits 350 and 347 on I-40)
Link... for more!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 12:31pm.

For some really weird reason it is illegal for elementary school kids to walk to school in Roane County.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 8, 2014 - 12:24pm.

Well how about that?

Mary Headrick deserves our votes on Nov. 4 or in early voting beginning Oct. 15 to elect her to represent the 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is intelligent, thoughtful, honest and experienced in a number of fields. She has been a computer analyst, a math teacher and an emergency room physician. She is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She studies every issue in minute detail. And she makes an informed decision -- not a political one.

And finally:

"True patriotism means putting loyalty to country before loyalty to party just as in 1787 [during the "Great Compromise" when the U.S. Constitution was hammered out] it meant putting loyalty to country before loyalty to state," she said. "The founders gave us the bones and the marrow, but our ability to work cooperatively and respectfully together is the heart. We cannot keep that heart beating if we make politics a blood sport."

We strongly support Mary Headrick for Congress for the 3rd District congressional seat.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 7, 2014 - 8:35am.

Channel 8 has a little info: Link...

This site tells us more: Link...


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

Roane County has an image problem and TVA is the cause of it. This observer was stunned but not surprised that behind the scene forces got their hands on the one million dollar TVA funding that was supposed to go to Roane County to rebuild that image. This county appears to be unable to come together and work for the common good.

“There’s just so much distrust in this county it’s almost sickening.” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason

“The primary reason for my disappointment is that the division of these funds further exacerbates Roane County’s real image problem, which has very little to do with the ash spill,” Creswell wrote.

“The most significant detriment to Roane County’s image is the division between the municipalities and the county that prevents collaboration that could lead to a stronger and healthier local economy.”

(Roane Alliance President Wade) Creswell said an opportunity to bring the county together was wasted.

RCN Story (paywall)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 6, 2014 - 6:09am.

Today is the last day ‪to Register To Vote‬ if you want to ‪vote‬ ‪this November.
Supposedly You can register in person at:

1) County Clerk’s Offices
2) County Election Commission Office
3) Public Libraries
4) Register of Deeds Offices

Property owners in the City of Kingston can register and vote in the city election regardless of place of residence. Interesting, isn't it?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 5, 2014 - 10:25am.

Paul Revere passed yesterday. A reflection is after the break.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 3, 2014 - 7:28am.

Your Roane County property tax bills are late this year because the County Commission didn't decide what the tax rate should be until too late to get them processed. Funny how election cycles work on elected official job performance.

You electric bill this month will reflect the TVA rate increase to residential customers that was enacted to hold down commercial electricity rates. So how do grandmothers feel about subsidizing J T Hackney?

Every nuclear power plant under construction in the USA has three things in common...They are all behind schedule, over budget(by a lot), and no private insurance company will insure them...Your tax money insures all of them, every single nuclear plant in this country.

The former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who oversaw the housing bubble and economic crash under the Bush Administration, has been unable to refinance his own home mortgage.

Current DNA studies suggest that Native Americans and Northern Canadian Inuit are not genetically related, with the Inuit immigrating to North America 8000 to 10,000 years after the first wave of Asian immigrants. Yes, Virginia, every human being in America is an immigrant. Think about that for a minute or two.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 2, 2014 - 9:42am.

Jennifer Daniels will be at Ladd Landing Friday at 7:30. The videos just don't do her justice. A live show in a small room is the treat of a lifetime. More show info and the rest of the calendar is here: Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 1, 2014 - 1:09pm.

You have to wonder how sick some is to have done such nasty things. Let's hope they get found out, arrested, and prosecuted for assault and everything else.

The department believes locals were behind the sabotage and officers said they are taking the investigation very seriously.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke acknowledged the incidents were upsetting but said they should not overshadow the enthusiasm and support from everyone who cheered for the Ironman on Sunday.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 1, 2014 - 7:14am.

Arguments were heard on Monday in McFarland's lawsuit to overturn the election of Mike Pemberton. Judge Blackwood originally stated that he would issue a ruling the next day but instead took care of it later the same day. He basically decreed that this was old news and time has run out for any lawsuit. The State Attorney General joined Pemberton in asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

“This case, there was clearly a voter who filed a complaint, the commission had a hearing, heard evidence, issued a final determination,” Assistant Attorney General Ryan A. Lee said. “Once that final determination is issued, the only way it can be reviewed is through a common law writ of certiorari. The statute of limitations for that action has run, and therefore plaintiff’s complaint in this case is time barred.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 30, 2014 - 8:07pm.

Jordan Underwood says he got a call at 3 a.m. about a loud noise at his hotel on Historic Nature Trail Drive in Gatlinburg. He said he found something different than he expected.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 30, 2014 - 7:11am.

OK, I need this explained:

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 30, 2014 - 7:04am.

From Davidson County Grand Jury:

"charges should be brought against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell who willfully and arrogantly ignored the law regarding those appointments."

If you want to hear Ms. Harwell she will be speaking at a Kent Calfee fundraiser promoted by the Roane Chamber of Commerce which sent out a political ad for Kent in its monthly email. Here it is in part:

I trust that our County Commission is keeping a close accounting of where our county tax money is going to make sure that none of it is being used to pay for the Chamber's political activities, since that would totally be just as against the law as the activities for which Ms Harwell is being considered for indictment. .


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 28, 2014 - 6:48pm.

Why is Chuck so afraid of Mary Headrick?

Headrick said she had hoped Fleischmann would agree to a date before Oct. 15 -- the start of early voting -- but she will take what she can get.

"As my campaign manager said, 'We'll just have to work harder,'" Headrick said in an email Friday.

But don't the voters of the 3rd Congressional District deserve to know what Chuck is all about?

"When you've got a lot more money than your opponent, there's no reason to give them free visibility. But one way to get away from the idea that you won't debate your opponent is to have it close to the election. It may minimize damage...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 8:54am.

These are pretty heavy charges.

I’m regret that I accepted the dirty money from RAAMPAC. If I had the means t pay it back, I would.

But speaking of paybacks, the people of Tennessee are going to learn about the sale of chairmanships as soon as the general election is over.. Fortunately, I can bring this forward, since you have nothing I want and I no longer have anything you can take away.

Jim Summerville

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 7:15am.

I fail to see how the law was followed here. The female victim was 14. From the original charges it would seem that she was an underage prostitute.

Booher, 59, was charged with one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of solicitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated statutory rape.

He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

He is 45 years older than the victim.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 7:08am.

Crimes are often committed by people suffering from mental illness and the resuting confrontations with law enforcement often end tragically. This program could well prevent future tragedies by giving officers the tools they need to effectively deal with these situations.

The training could also have extra benefits for officers:

For one Oak Ridge Police officer there was an unexpected benefit. It helped him deal with his own child.

A wife of one of the officers said her husband came home one day during the training and said he got it.

“He sat down with his child and their relationship is totally different now. It changed their family dynamic. I think that is a very very strong statement for CIT,”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2014 - 6:54am.

This is about the scariest thing I've read lately:

In Martineau’s words, “state primacy and autonomy must be respected.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2014 - 5:42pm.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will hold a public meeting in Athens, Tenn., Oct. 1, to review progress on the TVA Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor project.

Those unable to attend the meeting may participate through a webinar by registering online at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/982531953.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2014 - 8:13am.

This guy has been called a lot of names and none of them are good. He was the driving force in preventing the TVA disaster victims from being made whole. He was well paid for his work. Victor Ashe decried his exorbitant salary many times.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 22, 2014 - 11:04am.

My experience in observing Mr. Brummett is that he is an excellent chair person.

The Committee on Committees has been chosen and will meet soon to fill out the rest of the committee assignments.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 22, 2014 - 10:43am.

“Did the trial court err in concluding that the Equal Protection, Due Process and Full Faith and Credit Clauses of the United States Constitution are not violated by Tennessee Constitution Article XI 18 and Tennessee Code Annotated 36-3-113 when such laws, as applied in this case, prohibit recognition of plaintiff’s valid marriage in and under the laws of the state of Iowa to another man, and thus prohibit plaintiff from seeking a divorce in Tennessee, where both spouses currently reside?”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 19, 2014 - 6:11am.

Martin will perform at Ladd Landing tonight in a no reservations all acoustic show. Daniel Kimbro plays the part of his faithful companion for a musical powerhouse combo. Here's a Martin Harley song that was his first hit single in the UK. He's just breaking in to the US market which is why we can afford him. Enjoy while it lasts.

Show information and directions to the Ladd Landing clubhouse


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2014 - 8:48pm.

A Nashville judge has ruled that the 10 death row inmates already challenging the state's lethal injection protocol may amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.

Senator Yager's "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out Bill is under attack.

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