Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 22, 2013 - 10:20am.

Ben Cunningham, a founder of the Nashville Tea Party and anti-tax activist, says the liaisons are part of government “becoming a closed loop.”
Those within the loop, however, say the liaisons — they generally avoid use of the word “lobbyist” — are a necessary and integral part of state government relations.

Thank you, Tom Humphrey


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 22, 2013 - 8:02am.

We have at least one courageous news organization in this state. What are the odds anyone else will mention this?

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 20, 2013 - 10:05am.

We are going to see our wounds re-opened as everyone focuses on the disaster five years ago. What they will focus on is how bad it was. What we should be focusing on is how far we've come. From the environmental side I'm telling folks "It's Over! Welcome to Roane County. We've lost communities but we've built parks. The rivers are beautiful again and the environment is well on its way to full recovery. TVA has been forced to clean up its operation in Kingston and now has serious oversight in its ash disposal practices. Things aren't perfect but they're way better than they have been since TVA moved into the area in 1955. Will you hear all that? What you'll probably hear and see are pictures of the disaster, not pictures of where we are now. You'll see pictures of destroyed homes and ash bergs, but not the park that has been built in that place. You'll hear tales of tears and health problems and TVA buying off local officials with $43 million dollars in grant money. You'll read about TVA paying a couple of hundred homeowners for their houses, but will you be told about twice that number that have been left in the lurch? TVA has caused in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars in lost property values and business losses that it has yet to compensate victims for. Still, even with TVA acting like one of those Norse deities that is good on one hand and evil on the other, we have come a long way.

Now it's time to put the old vision of a ruined river and communities behind us, embrace the beauty we have in place today, and get going on really recovering. WE have a great county here. Spread the word!

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 20, 2013 - 8:42am.

Get your Christmas on with Jason Eskridge at Ladd Landing tonight.

Seats are still available


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2013 - 10:02am.

The Haslam choice:

Added to the benefits we lose by forgoing the ACA's federal dollars and the jobs that go with them, we're talking about a decision which by 2019 will cost Tennessee more than $9 billion and 30,000 jobs. That's a pretty high price to pay for ideological purity.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 8:46pm.

We should mention that she was IN handcuffs because she took off her clothes, all of them, in the local Wal-Mart and put back on some she found hanging conveniently on the clothes racks. Her speech was slurred and she didn't know where she was according to the report.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 4:01pm.

The job has been posted.

"The salary is communsurate with experience."

Frankly, I could never actually tell what the previous CEO was given in total compensation. The real question is what does Roane County get for the money?

Read more...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 10:27am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 9:18am.

Here are the Roane County elementary schools:

Bowers Elementary School
Dyllis Springs Elementary School
Kingston Elementary School
Midtown Elementary School
Midway Elementary School
Ridge View Elementary School

Listed alphabetically, not by ranking, so you can look them up for yourself.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 7:38am.

When asked about the chances of a prescription-only bill passing during the upcoming session, Johnson, a former state legislator, said the “big drug lobby will be hard to overcome.”

Link...

Local laws requiring meth precursor, pseudoephedrine, to be sold as prescription only have been determined to be illegal under TN state law. Harriman has passed such a law and it will remain in place until someone sues and gets a court ruling, or Harriman rescinds their law. Sales of the cold medicine have plummeted in localities where prescription requirements are in effect. Bottom line: Drug companies make millions on the meth trade.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 18, 2013 - 7:28am.

So we have a deceased lady lying in mud behind a home and a most confusing account of what happened. A Mr. Underwood goes after his girlfriend's brother, a Mr. Pugh, with intent.

Underwood “stated because he was angry over finding his girlfriend deceased, and he thought her brother, Mr. Pugh, was the reason she had died, so he was going to kill him for it,” Halliburton reported.

Hedrick said Underwood was generally a nice guy.

Roane County is the most interesting place ever! Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2013 - 6:38pm.

You have to check this out because it has the best picture ever!

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2013 - 10:25am.

The investigation found at least 25 police agencies use tower dumps, a way for them to get thousands of phone records from cell phone towers near crime scenes.

Police have also used a Stingray, a portable device that fools cell phones into thinking it is a real cell tower.

Both methods help police gather cell phone data without a search warrant and without people ever knowing

Legislation is being introduced to require warrants...

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2013 - 10:03am.

The Crockett Policy Institute scours the news to see what is important in Tennessee. It appears that while crazy people conservatives are arguing what color imaginary beings are, there seems to be a pretty big split looming in the Republican Party between those crazy people wing and the flat out mercenary wing.

Not to be outdone, TN Dems have a split of their own going on as Rep. Mike Turner un-throws up his hands at what TNDEM Chairman Roy Herron is doing to the organization, and un-quits as Democratic Caucus Chair. Many TNDems wish they could un-throw up at the thought of Herron pushing us into an even more conservative state Democratic party.

Turner: (I was) "extremely frustrated at the time with what was going on. But since then I've talked to Roy and Roy's doing the best that he can. And he's going to do what he does, and I'm going to do what I do and we're moving on."

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2013 - 7:09am.

Journal of Internal Medicine panel report...it's time for most consumers to stop wasting money on multivitamins and other supplements, because they have no proven benefits and some possible harms.

Silly rabbit! Eat your vegetables instead.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2013 - 8:25pm.

Just when members of Congress didn't think they could sink any lower, a new Gallup Poll shows a mere 8 percent of Americans believe their lawmakers are honest.

Only lobbyists fare worse

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2013 - 8:22pm.

The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2013 - 4:04pm.

What's Haslam talking about? We are meant to understand that he's referring with a wink and a nod to the nutjobs in his own party. There are too many crazy Republicans in the legislature. They are "very difficult" for Haslam. "Very difficult political environment" is Haslam's code for "three-quarters of my party is insane."

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2013 - 4:00pm.

Why should that be done in Roane County? Except this time let's get the money directly to the people who were impacted by TVA and let it trickle up to the County.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2013 - 9:16am.

Chattanooga Mayor Berke meets with President Obama while Alexander and Haslam star in political theater. More...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 14, 2013 - 4:25pm.

And China has landed on the moon. WE, on the other hand, have developed awesome drone technology for wiping out wedding parties in foreign countries and superior online surveillance capabilities for monitoring our own citizens.

Iranian Monkey

Jade Rabbit Moon Lander


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 14, 2013 - 8:09am.

Here's more on the Orion Capsule. I was behind it on I40 West yesterday afternoon and traffic was quite backed up.

And then there is the zebra...
Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 14, 2013 - 7:01am.

Submitted by mushy on December 13, 2013 - 7:49pm.

The Harriman Christmas Parade starts at 7pm, Monday, December 16th, and directly following is a free Babahatchie Band concert in the Princess at 8pm. The parking lot behind Adkissons will be reserved for band members and those attending the concert. There will be a golf cart shuttling people from that lot to the theatre.

Lots going on, so get out there and celebrate the holiday season!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 13, 2013 - 3:33pm.

The State Building Commission balked at a proposal to give real estate adviser Jones Lang LaSalle more work and instead approved a plan to wind down part of the state's two deals with the firm in the wake of a scathing audit that highlighted potential conflicts of interest.

That and more from Crockett:

Link...

Update...There's more to this:

Harwell, Ramsey block Haslam plan to expand JLL contract by $5.3M

Pretty interesting!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 13, 2013 - 7:48am.

This is Patrick Sweany's official video off his new CD. I'm wondering if he has graduated from playing small listening rooms like Market Street? That's why you should see our artists every chance you get. You may never get that close to them again!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2013 - 12:56pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2013 - 9:29am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2013 - 8:34am.

In the game of misleading headlines and news media slant, we are bombarded with the low approval ratings for President Barack Obama, when the real story is that our President may face disapproval but he is almost five times MORE popular than Congress. With a 9% approval rating in Congress, Lamar Alexander is showing some vulnerability from both sides of the spectrum. This is probably why he has embraced the crazy in an attempt to consolidate his right wing support.

Democratic challenger, Terry Adams, is looking better all the time.


Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on December 11, 2013 - 9:24pm.

Well, here we go at the Creative Arts Co-op...!

Join us for a classic tale brought to life in a very simple way - as a live radio play! Before YouTube, cell phones, computers, cable - even network television, families gathered around the radio to hear actors brings stories to life with just their voices. And we will do the same....

Join us for an evening of Christmas spirit - spirits, actually. Past, Present, and Future. 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens will take the stage December 20 & 21, 2013 at 8:00pm. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door. And the door is located at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

Have questions? Call us at 865-765-1129 or visit Link....

We can't wait to see you!

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