Submitted by farmer leaf on July 3, 2009 - 3:39pm.

Do you consider yourself environmentally conscious and responsible?? You might not know that all those colorful explosives used to celebrate special occasions.... (your firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles and yes even those so-called "harmless" sparklers)... pose a serious environmental and health danger from heavy metals and other toxic firework fallout.


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Submitted by onetahiti on July 3, 2009 - 2:01pm.

The Kingston Fireworks Show will start at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th at Kingston City Park.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 7:01am.

... a 2007 study from the University of Essex shows that a daily "dose" of walking outside in nature can be as effective at treating mild to moderate depression as expensive antidepressant medications that can sometimes have negative side-effects.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 6:48am.

And then there's the Smokies and the Cumberlands...

America adores its Adirondacks and reveres the Rockies, while the Appalachian Mountains -- with their impoverished and alienated population -- are dismantled by coal moguls who dominate state politics and have little to prevent them from blasting the physical landscape to smithereens.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 3, 2009 - 5:37am.

Really? Yes, according to TWRA.


Submitted by onetahiti on July 2, 2009 - 2:13pm.

Another fireworks seller is advertising in the Roane County News that he will pay the sales tax on all purchases.

Remember that there is no sales tax on fireworks at the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) sale in the Wal-Mart parking lot. WRCVFD is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity and under Tennessee law does not collect sales tax on sales in its fireworks tent.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 1:21pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 10:09am.


The presser is after the jump and the FAQ on Perry, AL is attached.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 2, 2009 - 6:50am.

Here's a case in point that's close to home. In the Constable Patton case:

Lawyer: Testimony clears client of charges

Even Chris Cawood didn't say that. he said the charges should be dismissed beause of the state laws against self incriminatioin. It should say something like, "Sure he's probably guilty of felonies but you can't prosecute him because he as much as admitted it in court." I call that different from being "cleared" which has false implications of innocence.

Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on July 2, 2009 - 5:36am.

Interesting.... missing inspection notes.... an inspector that NEVER performed inspections on these types of facilities.... & "TVA Media" that reviews and makes chages to the wording of an inspection, including omitting the word "immediatly" regarding the urgency of needed repairs.....

Knoxville New Sentinal:

Inspection notes missing in TVA fly ash oversight

Engineer's paperwork from last visit before spill are gone


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:43pm.

Thanks! Every little bit helps. Now about that $500 Million in economic damage to Roane County...(We may up that number as we learn more)


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:39pm.

That's the one thing new that I learned at the LTRC presentation by TVA. The ash pond really was a pond to start with. Watts Bar Lake, actually. The unstable layer of sediment and ash came from the ash being filtered through an area that was diked off from the rest of the lake. No explaination as to where the fine clay sediment that was mixed in came from, but it would stand to reason that it was runoff from TVA construction.

It's like saying "We slipped on a banana peel, and yes, we were eating bananas just before this terrible tragedy."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 6:33pm.

We're going to miss Zach Wamp...

Former Tennessee Republican chairwoman Robin Smith said Wednesday that a state GOP news release that used Barack Obama's middle name, "Hussein," and showed him in traditional African clothing should not be used to question her leadership during her run for Congress.

...asked about the Web site news release and the GOP's tactics while she headed the state party in 2008. She called the question "unprofessional" and said it was "liberal media" trying to embarrass her.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 2:06pm.

Here are the bullet points of my testimony to the Congressional Field Hearing. I have come to the conclusion that we need to craft a solid list of things we have to have to set right Roane County and its people. What needs changing?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 9:15am.

This is the 182 day of this year. Only 183 left to go before we fritter away 2009. On this date in 1956 Elvis sang Hound Dog to an actual hound dog on the Ed Sullivan show. I saw that... and this too. (As far as I know, there were only two channels in North Carolina at the time. Try explaining that to you kids)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 8:50am.

...But it's still unbroken. We're waiting for the details from Sarah and Dennis on a new arrival in Swan Pond.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 7:59am.

The schedule for "Yonder Hollow" July 3rd


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 1, 2009 - 7:49am.

Nashville based Liberadio(!) performed great service in covering the the World's Most Dangerous Legislative Session (to steal a phrase from my hilarious friend in Texas).

Mary Mancini and Freddie O'Connell were in the trenches during several of the big fights with insightful and very accurate reports of what really goes on in that balogna factory in the bowells of Legislative Plaza. Recently they've honed in on the Voter Confidence Act shenanigans asking, "Why, exactly, do Republicans not want paper ballots or verifiable voting in Tennessee?" Explore that and other issues that concern not just Democrats but All Tennesseans.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2009 - 3:59pm.

I congratulate Al Franken on his victory

Norm Coleman

Submitted by farmer leaf on June 30, 2009 - 1:34pm.

With all the hoopla in the news about who gets custody of the "King of Pop" children drowning out the other news, you might have missed the fact that there has been another beef recall. This time 380,000 pounds, which any way you grind it, it is a heck of a lot of cows that had wasted lives.

If the ground beef was contaminated with E-coli, one can only imagine what little pathogens went into the all beef "tube steaks." This fourth of July, I think I will focus more on the blackberry cobbler, and ignore the stuff sizzling on the grill.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2009 - 1:11pm.

This is going to be interesting...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2009 - 12:28pm.

Wow! Some really famous guests are already lined up...

Nashville-Based Liberal Talk Radio Show Launches New Daily Internet Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 30, 2009) -- For over four years, Liberadio(!) with Mary Mancini and Freddie O'Connell has broadcast on Vanderbilt University's WRVU 91.1 FM for two hours, one day per week. Beginning Wednesday, July 1, the popular talk radio show will expand to include an additional live hour every Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am (CT) on BlogTalkRadio.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 30, 2009 - 7:20am.

I have to think that conduct such as this would get you fired from virtually any position, anywhere. Why should it be tolerated from an officer of the Court?

Farmer testified that Patton repeatedly "flipped the bird" toward him, glared at him in a threatening manner and used "very abusive language" during various encounters.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 29, 2009 - 8:58pm.

Hello all:

First, I would like to thank those of you who were able to come out on Thursday, June 25, 2009, for the informational meeting regarding the CAG; I thank you for your interest in the CAG process and look forward to working with the community in forming a CAG; as the general consensus of those communities members present at the meeting is that they would like to form a CAG.

Second, in light of the decision to form a CAG, I would like to give those who were unable to attend the meeting an opportunity to learn about the CAG and to have any questions you may have answered.


Submitted by onetahiti on June 29, 2009 - 10:30am.
Dr. Charles Grandison (Charlie) Mead 1933-2009; photo by Tom van Dalen 2009
Dr. Charles Grandison Charlie Mead 1933-2009
Detail from photo by Tom van Dalen; used with permission

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 29, 2009 - 7:57am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 29, 2009 - 6:58am.

I am seriously disappointed in the bad numbers I keep seeing in Tennessee's big newspapers. Get it right, people, and don't let TVA or anybosy else blow smoke up your digital recorder. Check their numbers. How many errors can you find in this?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2009 - 8:45pm.

Randy has posted an amazing slide show on his bear experience...



Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2009 - 2:24pm.

Herons, commorants, tree swallows at risk from fly ash... Link...


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