Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2009 - 8:25am.

Sometimes there's simply nothing that makes all right with the world except a fresh cucumber, tomato, basil...fresh from a rainy garden... sandwich for breakfast.


Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 30, 2009 - 5:36am.

This story caught my eye... I wasn't expecting to read the information on the fish... as the title talks about the ash shifting...

"Dr. George and fellow researcher Shay Tuberty, an associate professor from Appalachian State, have found emaciated, deformed and sick fish."

"Dr. Tuberty said autopsies of fish recovered from research during their March trip were very alarming. Many had no reproductive organs at all.

“No ovaries, No eggs. Nothing,” he said. “We were completely unable to tell if the fish were male or female.

“Others were emaciated. Some I don’t even know how they were alive,” he said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 3:51pm.

Mayor Farmer isn't present but he had Mayor Beets place a secret memo into the minutes that was not read out loud nor copies passed to those present. Anybody want to check and see if this is an open meetings violation?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 12:04pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 29, 2009 - 11:42am.

Based on 10 indicators such as the number of children living in poverty and rates of infant mortality and high school graduates, Tennessee ranked 46th in the nation, down from 42nd last year.

* Infant death rate: 8.3 (per 1,000 births)

* High school dropout rate: 9.6 percent

* Teen birth rate: 28.6 (per 1,000 females ages 15-19)

* Low birth-weight (less than 5.5 pounds) babies: 1.8 percent


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 28, 2009 - 6:28pm.

"They were slow reacting. They had bad communication. This isn't a citizens group coming forward with all of these things. This is the inspector general basically saying to their face things TVA is in denial about," says Steve Scarborough, a local businessman and chair of the Tennessee Conservation Commission.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 28, 2009 - 9:25am.

We have noted several times TVA appears to have opted for a "So, sue me," attitude rather than making good on CEO Tom Kilgore's promise to make everybody whole again. Now the Inspector General has come forward to agree with us...

"We conclude that TVA defaulted to a preference for litigation strategy over transparency and accountability once the root cause study was turned over to the lawyers,"

Link...

The Times Free Press version

And then there's this excoriating statement by the Inspector General:

In fact, it appears that TVA management made a conscious decision to present to the public only facts that supported an absence of liability for TVA for the Kingston Spill," Moore wrote.

I strongly advise TVA to accept the formation of an outside team of mediators to determine the financial damages to everyone who feels harmed and get out the checkbook.

Here is the TVA Inspector General report in full. It's a 2.5 meg download and I have been unable to clip the one page that summarizes everything because of the document's security stamp. If all you read is the Executive Summary (pdf page 5) you'll understand the importance of this document.

Full IG Report

update: Additional discussion at KnoxViews.com

Update 2: GIF of Executive highlights attached (Thanks to our RoaneViews PDF expert)


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 27, 2009 - 11:26pm.

BLUE CROSS

By Frank Jacobs of Mad Magazine

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 27, 2009 - 10:34pm.

The good folks at BlackBoxVoting.org turn their attention to Tennessee's Ethics Commission: Link...

-- OneTahiti


Submitted by onetahiti on July 27, 2009 - 7:19pm.

I was just writing a letter to Rep. Lincoln Davis about transportation allocations. The two choices seem to be Obama's plan to leave spending at $20,000,000,000.00 for now, or Rep. Oberstar's (D., MN) plan to up it to $500,000,000,000.00 right away.

Now I like roads, but in thinking about this issue it seemed to me that there are a lot of other infrastructure things that rural America might need improved first.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 6:18pm.

This series welcomed us to East Tennessee 21 years ago. All good things come to an end, and fans are invited to the last day.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 6:05pm.

CITY OF KINGSTON DEPARTMENT HEADS: LEADERSHIP AND CAMARADERIE

After attending Level 1 and Level 2 University of Tennessee MTAS leadership training courses, the City of Kingston Department Heads began looking for a Level 3 project that they could all work on together. Then Fire Chief Willie Gordon came up with the idea of building a new city pavilion.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 2:28pm.

Inside the largest industrial spill in American history. How coal ash ruined one Tennessee town—and why it could happen again.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 8:03am.

It was Smith who, as state GOP chairwoman in February 2008, fired off a notorious and racially freighted news release titled “Anti-Semites for Obama,”

Republicans will decide if they want to destroy what's left of their party's fading credibility by endorsing Smith's brand of racism.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 27, 2009 - 7:49am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers,...I found some newspaper accounts, some as far away as Des Moines, Iowa about the school bus accident in Spring City, in August 1955.

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 26, 2009 - 5:41pm.

Just for fun, last night I took one of the many free web-based FEMA classes. This one was a half-hour class called IS-814 Long Term Community Recovery (Link...). (Well, it took me 45 minutes because rural Internet here is slow, but that's a subject for another day.)

A summary of the class is available at: Link...

The summary has some reasonable-sounding steps to "Building a Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) Program:"

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Submitted by farmer leaf on July 26, 2009 - 12:05pm.

I don't have many "must see" TV programs, but Friday night, I faithfully tune in to Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS at 9 p.m. This past Friday, he did a segment on the hate mongers on Talk Radio.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 26, 2009 - 8:31am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2009 - 8:16am.

Ok, sorry, but I find this as tragic as I do funny...Comedian Jon Stewart has been voted America's most trusted news person.

This is reminiscent of a previous survey that found watchers of Stewart's "Daily Show" more knowlegeable on current events than any of the "real" news shows. Fox News was dead last, unsurprisingly.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2009 - 7:59am.

The more we learn about Rarity developments the more they look like a land scam. TVA's involvement is unfortunate.

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Submitted by onetahiti on July 25, 2009 - 6:48am.

A New York Times editorial today highlights the problem of "ground level pollutants" such as mercury caused by coal-fired power generation facilities: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 24, 2009 - 6:50pm.

Bloggers are just not for sale...Well, the good ones, anyway.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 24, 2009 - 11:11am.

What if you live directly across the lake from the Kingston plant and wipe coal dust off your windowsill each morning?

"In this study we have shown that coal mine dust exposure is a significant predictor of emphysema severity,"


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 24, 2009 - 8:33am.

Some of you may remember a thread on "so-called daylight savings" that was posted back at the time of the Spring equinox. We were emerging from the long nights of Winter and people were glad they could change the hands of their watches and clocks and gain some extra daylight. Of course some of us said this was just shifting "time" to make it appear different.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 24, 2009 - 8:31am.

On a family vacation a few years back, we made the wonderful aquaintence of a Jamaican couple in a campground on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Dubose was a flight systems engineer for Boeing but a total klutz at assembling a propane lantern he was trying to fire up as dusk settled in.

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Submitted by farmer leaf on July 22, 2009 - 8:32am.

There are many naysayers among us telling us what is not possible. They are wanting to limit our dreams of a saner, cleaner, more peaceful world.
To refute their negativity, I offer a profoundly intelligent and optimistic speech by environmentalist and author, Paul Hawkins, who gave this Commencement Address at the University of Portland in May of 2009.

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Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 22, 2009 - 6:20am.

Report prompts TVA's plans to restructure

Changes the result of an independent review of the utility after ash spill

Knoxville News Story: Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 21, 2009 - 12:13pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on July 19, 2009 - 8:03pm.

A member of the community asked that the following be posted on his behalf. The text is presented as given, with a little English editing added for publication plus some maps for clarification. Here it is.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 19, 2009 - 8:00am.

More than 4,000 traffic violations have been issued in the first month of enforcement in Oak Ridge using traffic safety cameras that watch for speeding and running red lights, police say.

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