Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 20, 2009 - 4:05pm.

This is good, from what I've read so far. OK, I've read it again and it totally sums up several viewpoints on our situation. It's a MUST READ!


(They seem to have left out the grooming tips I suggested. It IS GQ, isn't it?)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 20, 2009 - 1:09pm.

After talking to some folks I have decided that I'd like to see a study done to see how many traffic tickets are written by the Sheriff Dept. (et al) over the last two years and continuing until the new jail is paid for.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 20, 2009 - 12:20pm.

Knoxville-based National Coal Corporation showed a net loss of $7.9 million for first quarter 2009, compared to a net loss of $10.1 million a year ago. Looks like buying legislation is their choice of operational plans instead of simply running a good company.

Submitted by loveofcountry on May 20, 2009 - 6:47am.

"Propelled downstream by rain-swollen waters, a small amount of fly ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority spill site reached but did not penetrate the Kingston water treatment plant May 4, officials said Tuesday."

The "official" word is that it is not in the drinking water. OK, the actual ash may not be in the finished water as it's size shouldn't make it through, but what about the "other material" that has been brought with it?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 19, 2009 - 5:13pm.

Americans...still believe in an America where anything's possible -- they just don't think their leaders do.

Barack Obama

Submitted by onetahiti on May 19, 2009 - 12:42pm.

"Now for something completely different." Scroll down the page at the link to see the 5 phases.


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Submitted by RoaneBooster on May 19, 2009 - 9:49am.

What a matched pair - Patton and Cawood!

Update: RCN slideshow Scroll down to find it. (thanks for the update, WC)


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 19, 2009 - 8:39am.

Cenospheres have drifted downstream from the spill site into the Tennessee River portion of Watts Bar Lake. The researchers likened the cenospheres coated with iron oxide to "microscopic rafts that can transport toxic elements."

So congratulations, all you folks who thought this was a Kingston problem. As the folks at Swan Pond would say, "Welcome to our world! Now get outraged and start helping."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 19, 2009 - 6:52am.

"If you're trying to wake someone up, you don't black both eyes and put a knot on her head,"


Submitted by onetahiti on May 19, 2009 - 6:04am.

TVA is reportedly billing "Generation Partner" power producers for using their own generated solar or wind power. The Knoxville News-Sentinel has the story: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2009 - 5:56pm.

Rangers said Evans was not wearing a life jacket.

This is not a bad rapid. Wearing a lifejacket would have most surely saved this man's life. I hurt for his family. Don't make me sad for yours.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2009 - 5:53pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2009 - 4:16pm.

Attached. I have another report on the Watts Bar fishery and the effects of our selenium load but it is too large to post. I will reduce the size and post it later.

Do your homework, boys and girls.

The second file is up. Thanks to Dr. Payne for making it fit so I could post it.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2009 - 4:04pm.

"Substantial quantities of ash were scoured from the Emory River."

The sonar mapping has been completed and shows that the ash that the weir was built on top of was substantially scoured away downstream of the weir. I got no real estimation of the state of the weir but it is most likely in need of significant repair. (update: The weir itself may not have been affected. I'll keep digging into this.)

The flood removed a great deal of the ash that had originally flowed up the Emory as far as mile marker 6. As previously stated here, the Emory dredged itself. To what degree, we'll have a better picture later in the week when maps comparing before and after cross sections are completed.

Fly ash was found in the Kingston water treatment facility along with other extremely fine sediments (not identified at present). The intake of the Kingston facility is on the Tennessee river several miles downstream of the Emory River and a half mile upstream of the confluence of the Clinch and Tennessee rivers. The Kingston plant was shut down for a scheduled maintenance, not as a result of the ash being found in the plant. Tests indicate that the water was, and continues to be, safe and meeting all standards for finish water after treatment.

So there we are.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2009 - 12:41pm.

I'm still waiting on the report from the sonar mapping to determine where the ash got to. It's done but TDEC and I have been playing tag. In the meantime there's no shortage of bad news in the selenium department...You know, the stuff that won't hurt you and is in the vitamins that our legislators take each day.

R. Neal has it.

Submitted by onetahiti on May 18, 2009 - 10:34am.

Backers of the bill want Tennessee to opt out of the federal cap-and-trade program "for limiting greenhouse gas emissions." The Knoxville News-Sentinel has the AP story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 18, 2009 - 10:24am.

The TN League of Women Voters has a handy page on their web site with lots of current legislative information and talking points. See: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 17, 2009 - 5:03pm.

From Obama's speech today at Notre Dame...

The soldier and the lawyer may both love this country with equal passion, and yet reach very different conclusions on the specific steps needed to protect us from harm. The gay activist and the evangelical pastor may both deplore the ravages of HIV/AIDS, but find themselves unable to bridge the cultural divide that might unite their efforts. Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son's or daughter's hardships can be relieved.

The question, then, is how do we work through these conflicts? Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort? As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?

...the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words.

Submitted by onetahiti on May 17, 2009 - 3:39pm.

Noted environmental activist, author, and science broadcaster David Suzuki (Link...) visited at the home of an old friend and colleague in West Roane County this afternoon.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 17, 2009 - 2:19pm.

Guest list for Monday and the best of Tennessee snark.

Update: It's on right now. Check out Freddy and Mary

The live audio stream will be here 7-9 am (Central?)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 17, 2009 - 9:50am.

Is it possible to factcheck fiction?

Smith has been a viscious partisan operative who has been little hampered by truth or common decency in her term as Tennessee Republican Party Chair. She may have the connections and the money to run for Congress but certainly lacks the personal character to replace Zach. Let's hope the Republicans wind up fielding a more worthy candidate.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 16, 2009 - 2:54pm.

We recently visited with a proud old friend who lives near here.


Submitted by Chris Mason on May 16, 2009 - 8:14am.

A rainy day is perfect to spend at the Roane State Theater watching Appalachian Dreams with Bill Landry. I have had the privilege to see "first hand" the work taking place behind the scenes to ensure a superb show, and that it will be. There are over 120 people (mostly volunteers) involved in this show that highlights all of the good things happening in Roane County today.
During a time with the economy down and TVA dropping their ash on us this show is a perfect example of the enthusiasm, optimism, talent, beauty and will to overcome that Roane County has. If you haven't bought a up at the door around 1:30 because even the 2:00 show may sell out.
Hope to see everyone there!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 16, 2009 - 6:14am.

Ken Yager's selenium bill will kill half the fish in Watts Bar Lake, but that's just fish that Roane County derives a large part of its economy from. What about people? This is from the NIH...

Current environmental selenium exposure limits appear to be inadequate for averting adverse health effects.

Does that sound like the NIH is calling for LOWERED" selenium standards? And what are those adverse health effects anyway? Little things like endocrine system disfunction, thyroid hormonal imbalances, improper metabolizing growth hormones, impairment of immune system, and your hair might fall out.

But then what do the National Institutes of Health know?

And then there's this. Political appointees of the Bush administration, eager to serve the unterests of big coal, allowed an outside contractor to misrepresent a USFS study on selenium, and present a deeply flawed draft regulation from the EPA. Enough scientists screamed that not even Bush had the gall to go through with implementation of a falsified standard. Not so Ken Yager, who now touts the stopped regulations as his viable standard for Tennessee.

The EPA based its proposed new (2004) standard on a misinterpretation of a study by U.S. Forest Service aquatic toxicologist Dennis Lemly.² Lemly himself said the EPA contractor drafting the new standards had arrived at the number in error. Lemly was quoted as saying "the tissue levels of selenium the EPA is proposing would kill half the fish in my study...

But what do you really care about the fishing when your hair is falling out?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2009 - 9:41am.

TVA reports that prior to their Cat-Ash-Trophe, they dumped 2.8 pounds of selenium into Watts Bar Lake each day. That's 1000 pounds a year of this highly toxic heavy metal that Senator Ken Yager wants you to have lots more of.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2009 - 6:14am.

Good luck with this one, Georgia. Maybe you'll have better luck than we did.

Veolia officials referred all questions to the TVA.

“Putting coal ash with toxic metals in it over an aquifer recharge area is about as stupid a decision as you could make,”


It's a small world...I am from Middle Georgia, where this stuff is headed. Looks like another group of County fathers who see the tipping fees and nothing else. So what if a bunch of citizens and their children get sick...The County will get a lot of money, right?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2009 - 6:06am.

The Bush administration was reluctant to release information that suggested an alarmingly high cancer risk for people who live near landfills and lagoons used to store coal ash waste -- and now it turns out that it released only part of the data, hiding for years the full extent of the health threat from poorly regulated coal ash disposal.


Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on May 14, 2009 - 10:00pm.

Long Term Recovery Committee Meeting

May 13, 2009

The meeting is blogged here: Link...

The next meeting will include Reps from TVA

May 20th @ 4:30pm at the Roane County Courthouse

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2009 - 6:06pm.

Oo, Baby, I love a good thunderstorm. Except for the hundred pound smelly dog shaking like a leaf in my lap.

Update: OK, make that the next three hours. At least our power is back on.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2009 - 5:37pm.

The fine folks at Conservation Fisheries operate an ARK for endangered fish species. But if you raise thousands of babies each year, what's three more?

After a neighbor's tree fell, they were brought these three pileated woodpecker babies. They've been moved to a bird rehab facility but I think the folks miss them. They're so danged ugly, they're cute as can be...


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