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...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2009 - 7:36am.

TVA COO Bill McCollum...

"Going forward though, there are a number of challenges that would indicate that the cost of coal generation is likely to be much higher in the future."

Wrong, sir...The cost of coal has ALWAYS been too high...TVA and National Coal simply haven't been paying the real bill for coal, passing it along to the rest of us. The collateral damage to our land and health isn't even figured in, but I have just seen a solid calculation that the economic damage to Roane County will top one Billion dollars before we are restored. It may run much higher, just like the cleanup cost keeps growing as TVA faces reality on the ground.

The Times Free Press

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 28, 2009 - 7:14am.

Ray Collett sends this heads up... is a link to Oak Ridge TV station. It features Roane County News Monday through Friday around 5:30...On Sat. at 8 pm again at 11pm...Sunday at 9 pm and Monday at 3pm. The Ciderville Farm and Home Hour is on...This show is similiar to the old Cas Walker shows featuring David West and local entertainment..A Cas Walker imitator is also there bring back a lot of memories....I was lucky enough to play on tonight's show with Ron Collins and friends...Tune it in.......Ray

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2009 - 8:26pm.

Roane County needs some representation that gets it, somehow:


Submitted by mushy on June 27, 2009 - 6:46pm.

Like I said in the previous post, Muse Watson was in town this week to support and promote the work being done to make the Princess Theater a center piece for a regional arts education and entertainment and communications center. The fulfillment of this dream by Gary Baker, Muse Watson, Chris Mason, and many local leaders and educators will also revitalize Downtown Harriman, Roane, and surrounding counties.

Several film clips promoting this dream were shot in front of the Princess Theater Friday afternoon, necessitating shutting down west bound traffic on Roane Street for several minutes. The people driving slowly by were treated to glimpses of Muse and Bill Landry standing in the middle of the street talking loudly to Doug Mills’ camera! Doug is famous in his own right, having filmed most of “The Heartland” episodes with Bill.

You’ll be able to see the spots soon, but from what I overheard; Muse and Bill were both very excited about the future of the Princess and the local area. When people with this kind of clout and determination get involved in a project it usually happens! All that remains is gaining the support of the local population – you! You can help by attending events produced by Princess Productions and by letting your local, state, and federal law makers know you believe in and support the Princess project.

Later Friday evening more promos were shot on the Roane Theater stage before the crowd was allowed into the auditorium at 7. Roane County Executive Mike Farmer and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason joined Muse and Bill on stage. Mike Farmer said he may be from Kingston, but the success of the Princess project, and the revitalization of Downtown Harriman, will be good from the entire county. He and Chris urged everyone, every citizen, to get involved now!

As Muse often says, “WE…can do this!

Chris Mason added, “I want to ‘one up’ Muse and say WE WILL do this!” He further added, “You can support Harriman and Roane County by attending all the events each city puts on, like “Cruisin’ in Harriman”, “Hooray for Harriman”, the “Farmers Market”, now on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Riverfront Park, and other such activities.

Prior to the main event, the audience saw the trailer for the upcoming “Appalachian Dreams” DVD, which Brooks had just finished an hour before arriving. This DVD will soon be available, and I will let you know HERE when and where you can obtain a copy. If you attended the show, you’ll one a copy to show friends and family what they missed. If you didn’t attend…it’s obvious that you need a personal copy too! Muse, who was unable to attend, was amazed at the talent that was assembled on the stage at Roane State for that show.

Finally, Muse introduced Brooks Benjamin to the audience. Brooks explained the reason behind the movie he had just finished editing, the version shown was finished just a couple of hours before the showing. The crowd was treated to a viewing, at the cost of a mere $5, of the latest “cut”. “No one else has ever seen this version,” he explained.

During the movie there were many moments of laughter, and at the conclusion, there was a rousing hand of applause, and again after the hilarious outtakes!

After the movie, Muse Watson opened up a Q & A Session, and questions flowed from the audience, and each attending member (Casey Payne, Allison Varnes, Linds Edwards, and Joe Wright that arranged the music) of the film took turns answering their questions.

After the event, several people, including Muse and Brooks, celebrated with a late supper at Los Premios in Harriman. To me, that was the best part of the evening…great fellowship!

SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW BY CLICKING THIS LINK! Or visit the Princess Photos on Flickr!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2009 - 9:30am.

Every so often someone shows the grace and honor that makes us all proud and humble:

I detest the sports image of baseball that has a famous manager screaming infantilisms in an umpire's face. I have never taken my children to a professional baseball game for that reason. I wish I could have sat with them at this women's softball game, however. I do not believe that "Winning is the ONLY thing" and that if you will do anything to win, you are actually a loser. I also believe, silly me, that there is goodness in the world...

Some tissues may be required

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 27, 2009 - 7:40am.

Here's the official notice. The scope of this initiative is to give community input into the cleanup process itself. There are reams of technical papers generated and the grant is primarily to allow the hiring of an "interpreter" to stay on top of everything and tell us in plain language what is going on and whether it is good or bad.

Applications Sought From Community Groups for $50,000 Technical Assistance Plan Grant for Kingston Cleanup


Submitted by farmer leaf on June 26, 2009 - 4:02pm.

It turns out that besides rotting teeth and contributing to user obesity, Coca Cola has a beneficial use for gardeners. According to a recent news item in an agricultural journal, many farmers in India have been using Coca-Cola as a pesticide for at least five years. Britains's Guardian reported that Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Andra Pradesh is delighted with his cola spray. "I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton," he said. He and others say their cola spray is invaluable because it does not need to be diluted, is many times cheaper than conventional pesticides, and is safer to handle by a country mile.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 2:44pm.

Big corporate media have failed America in the one thing they are charged to do by our Constitution...Give us the facts and information needed to make informed decisions. According to R. Neal at the Knoxville News Sentinel's article on Healthcare Reform is a case in point.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 2:24pm.

JUNE 30, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 9:12am.

I figure about half (maybe more) of the community here at RoaneViews leans Republican. While completely misguided in their ideology (joke, I swear) they do seem to be mostly rational and caring people with an eye to the fact that we have to work together if there is going to be a future in the future. Not so the ones that get elected to national office. A case in point...


Submitted by mushy on June 26, 2009 - 8:29am.

The show is tonight folks and there will be plenty of tickets available at the door!

Come see Brooks, Muse Watson, and me! I might even take your photo!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 26, 2009 - 7:58am.

"TVA deeply regrets the spill of coal ash from our Kingston plant and is fully committed to restoring the community near the site and to seeing to the needs of our Roane County neighbors."

...TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 25, 2009 - 8:12pm.


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