Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2009 - 2:53pm.

One of the downstream effects off mountaintop removal is the disappearance of mayflies from the watershed. This is due to the increased load of selenium released into the water. Here on Watts Bar Lake we have our own special mayfly. The "Willow Fly" is a large mayfly that hatches in great swarms that look like clouds sometimes. Power poles can grow hair made up of millions of willow flies. Single ones look like this...

In Whites Creek embayment the numbers have been normal this year. At Ladd Landing we normally see the Food City lights get covered a couple of times each summer but not this year. I want to hear what the folks who live on the lake downstream of TVA think about this. Do you think the willow fly hatches are normal, bigger, smaller, or absent this year?

Submitted by RoaneBooster on September 24, 2009 - 12:55pm.

Many of us mountain living types indigenous to this blessed part of the world love our rhododenrons, don't we? And why not? They're grand!

A recent study by the US Forest Services shows they may be culprits in landslides - especially after the kind of weather we've been experiencing lately. Read more: Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2009 - 11:46am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 24, 2009 - 11:01am.

This was mentioned below but it deserves its own post:

...the court determined that the Tennessee Valley Authority isn’t immune from suit based on its status as a federally chartered agency.

“The flaw in TVA’s … argument is that TVA is not the United States or Congress,” Hall wrote, noting that the TVA has sided against the government “in a number of cases.


Submitted by onetahiti on September 23, 2009 - 10:20am.

I was poking around Google trying to remember how much TVA paid for its logo during its logo scandal back in the 90s--was it $200,000 or $400,000?--when I saw an article about TVA paying millions of dollars to a Wisconsin utility for the right to pollute more here. See: Link...

Does TVA still take rate-payers' money and buy the right to extra-pollute our air? Seems as if that would be a lose-lose proposition for us. :(

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2009 - 9:59am.

Here is an analysis of McCord's Nuisance Protection Bill from TCWN (special to RoaneViews)...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2009 - 8:30am.

I need the english translation to be sure, but this looks strongly negative for TVA.


ARD is the big public broadcast network in Germany. Think BBC in Deutsch.

video in Deutsch

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2009 - 7:34am.

Boy, if there's one thing that would scare off businesses looking to relocate to TN more, I don't know what it would be. I have personal experience with guns in parking lots and I have to say it's a really really bad idea to force businesses to allow weapons on their grounds. It also flies in the face of the very concept of property rights.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2009 - 6:45am.

"If additional test burns are conducted at the plant, we will notify the community,"

If there were a prize for stupid...Let me help re-phrase that statement: "We obviously don't have a clue what we're doing but we'll let you know when we do it again." I think there needs to be a new logo for TVA.

"We're TVA...What could go wrong?"

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 23, 2009 - 5:59am.

I know I see things differently but this cracks me up. Our new Election Supervisor wants to go to jail. That was fast.

Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on September 22, 2009 - 9:08pm.


The Creative Arts Co-op's holiday show this year will be the Dickens' classic 'A Christmas Carol'. Open auditions will be held for all characters on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:00pm and Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:00am. Headshots and resumes are great, but not necessary. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Show dates are December 11, 12, 18, 19, 2009 with rehearsals beginning October 12, 2009. Auditions will be held at the studio located at 505 N. Roane Street, Harriman.

Call the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit Link... for more information.

Submitted by onetahiti on September 21, 2009 - 2:26pm.

"The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would allow more pollution from dirty coal plants like Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston plant in Harriman."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 20, 2009 - 9:35am.

Nope...Roane County. And they were swamped with people needing basic medical care.

"Sometimes we have to decide whether we're going to eat or go to the doctor or buy prescriptions," says Bart. A firefighter on disability after being hurt on duty, Bart was number 9-1-1 at the clinic. But he says his own health emergencies are not his biggest worry.

It should be an embarrassment to every one in Roane County that Stan Brock's wonderful organization has to spend time in our county rather than one of the broken nations whose people need help. It's time for our legislators to return all the money they got from the insurance and healthcare industries, quit being intentionally stupid, and fix America's Healthcare system. It's not magic or impossible. 37 other nations have better care for ALL their citizens and do it for half what we spend.

Submitted by ConcernedCitizen on September 19, 2009 - 11:08am.

Remote Area Medical is at Roane State Today and Tomorrow. Sept. 19-20. Please tell everyone you know who might need assistance.

From their website:

The Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2009 - 4:06pm.

We were told today that TDEC has issued a permit to TVA to burn dirtier coal for one month. No one in the public was notified that we can find. TDEC was here and took samples of the particualte that was raining from the stacks today. They tell us it will be several weeks before it can be analyzed.

Update: TVA statement via Barbara Martocci


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2009 - 1:28pm.

I witnessed a TVA rain/snow event today. It appears that under certain conditions there is a white-ish ash particle precipitating from the TVA tall stack emmissions. I have samples wiped off a truck but we were able to witness the tiny particles falling and landing on Mike Farmer's and Chris Mason's vehicles in the parking lot of the Swan Pond Baptist Church. EPA and TDEC have been contacted but there is no word so far.

(Photo from Randy Ellis)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2009 - 9:40am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2009 - 7:08am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2009 - 6:44am.

Don't over analyze it but this one goes out to a friend.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2009 - 1:13pm.

Kingston Meeting Schedule


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2009 - 6:15am.

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, and Mary passed away yesterday. Here's just one reason I loved her and them. As a teenaged boy facing the draft during the Viet Nam years, this song highlights the fruitlessness of war. Nobody wins.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 16, 2009 - 2:20pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 16, 2009 - 8:59am.

I would have preferred that TVA take care of the people that are harmed before giving tens of millions to our politicians, but it's done and now what? My only question at this point is, "Are we thinking BIG enough?"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2009 - 7:29pm.

They do, actually, according to their own report to the EPA. Over 2000 pounds of arsenic, enough to kill 6 million people, every year in normal operations. This year the amount is off the scale so far it hasn't even been calculated.

The agency (EPA) said today that equipment required to reduce pollution in the air has increased harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants, particularly heavy metals such as selenium, cadmium, mercury and lead. Current regulations do nothing to control metals and are not enough to protect water quality and wildlife, the agency said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2009 - 2:45pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2009 - 6:31am.

"Transparency" a load of B***..." says Tennessean


Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2009 - 8:28pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2009 - 6:14pm.

Economic Development Funds to Support Kingston Recovery

Roane County and its communities will receive approximately $40 million in economic development funds for locally identified projects as part of TVA’s response to the Kingston ash spill.

TVA and the elected leaders of Roane County and its communities announced Monday that they are establishing the Roane County Economic Development Foundation to administer the funds provided by TVA. The elected leaders and TVA representatives will serve as the foundation’s board and will set criteria for considering requests for the funding of projects.



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