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.


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.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2009 - 7:34am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2009 - 7:31am.

If I were going to be in town for the County Commission meeting Monday night, I would have to point out what a disaster their fiscal planning for the jail has been and ask if they wouldn't mind having a business plan put together that we could look at before they vote to spend another dime on storing TVA ash in Midtown?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 17, 2009 - 10:58am.

Another great rocker who died young, Eddie Cochran has the classic song for summer. It's been covered by practically everybody but here's an early live-ish version.

Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on July 17, 2009 - 9:41am.

The Creative Arts Co-op appeared on WBIR's 'Live at Five at Four' on July 16, 2009. Discussing the upcoming murder mystery 'Murder 101', we had an engaging (albeit, short) discussion with Beth and Russell.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 17, 2009 - 7:18am.

You have to drag information out of TVA. I asked them is any other sites were built on water and they said only Kingston. While strictly true that discounts the fact that many of the sites are constructed on man made "ponds".


Submitted by BrantWW on July 16, 2009 - 7:44pm.

Budget Committee just voted to recommend a 10 cent tax hike (8 in city, 10 in county).
ten cents to include one percent county employee pay increase (excluding executives and elected officals).

Budget commIttee also voted unanimously to recommend to the full commission to move foward with plans to open the midtown landfill for TVA fly ash One condition of the committee's recommendation was that if possible the plan should be sent to the voters. Unfortunately it may not be legally possible to place the question of the landfill on the ballot.

The budget committee said they expect as much as $200,000,000 for storing the TVA fly ash.

Whole commission is now budget workshop.

Posted from my iPhone.

Submitted by SFCharlie on July 16, 2009 - 4:47pm.

On July 13, TDEC responded to the TVA Corrective Action Plan of March 2 with comments and requirements of work remaining to be completed. Link... for TDEC response to TVA Correction Action Plan
TDEC is committing TVA to cleanup the "Swan Pond Embayment" by fall 2010.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2009 - 1:14pm.

Funny about that...I mean we did point out that TVA's self oversight found the Kingston sight totally safe just last Fall...

TVA is raising the risk from "low" to "high" at four sites - Bull Run, Colbert and Cumberland in Tennessee and Widows Creek in Alabama.

I think this shows why TVA needs far more serious oversight that just being allowed to audit its own books... Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2009 - 3:48pm.

6 of 11 members present. Rick asks the Committee to take actions, Mayor Farmer says the Committee has no power to make TVA do anything, but did not take the opportunity to disband the committee and let us go on to something more productive.


Submitted by onetahiti on July 15, 2009 - 3:02pm.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story: Link...

Read the comments, too.

-- OneTahiti

Submitted by BrantWW on July 15, 2009 - 11:26am.

There is a new plan making the rounds at the courthouse (confirmed to me by the County Commission Chairman).

Privatize the jail. Turn it over to a for profit company.

There seems to be much support for this plan.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 15, 2009 - 8:01am.

While we were busy trying to beat back bad Food Safety Acts by Congress and their Agri-business allies, a new bil HR2749 alipped in, has been voted out of committee and is headed for a full vote soon. Once again, this bill targets the solution (to food contamination) small farmers and farmer's markets, and not the problem, industrial agriculture and factory-like CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations)
A provision in this new bill would make me a "food processing facility" if I baked a loaf of bread or canned a jar of tomatoes and sold it to one of our customers. Registration for a food processing facility is pegged at $500 for 2010. Chump change for industry, a crippling expense for a small family farm.

Help save your local food grower and processor, i.e. Amish bakeries, sorghum growers, County Fair preserves, etc.

Please go to this link and voice your opinion.

Thank you.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2009 - 6:10am.

Wouldn't that be the same water that has already flowed past the Roane Alliance boat dock? When's the fish fry, Leslie?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 8:43pm.

God, these people are self servingly stupid!

"It shows that Roane County is an awful lot more than just a tragic spill that happened in one small part of our county," Henderson said.


Remember that our County Commission took money away from schools to pay this person's salary.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 9:26am.

Today, July 14, is a national holiday in France.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 14, 2009 - 7:42am.

Perhaps it is because we have become so cut off from the natural world, that we have skewered the lexicon to confuse biological with industrial.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2009 - 7:02am.

Then came December 22, 2008. TVA had made its own determinations of safety, unlike every other utility in the Nation.

"The states give the sites their ratings. EPA does not rate the sites," EPA spokeswoman Tisha Petteway said.

However in Tennessee, the self-regulating TVA assumes this authority.

"TVA determined that not a single one of its 11 coal fired plants was "hazardous."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 4:31pm.

(Insiders may get that)

Lamar wants 100 new nukes when conservation and alternative energy would be $4 Trillion cheaper for us.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 2:19pm.

Too bad the Roane County news doesn't have a full online presence because their coverage of the County Commission meeting cracks me up.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 9:38am.

...the mounds of dark, viscous coal ash are sapping the spirit of this community.

Maybe, Maybe not. If we can work over the community leaders who are in denial about how serious this is, we can make a disaster into something that brings us all together. We may be knocked down but we're not knocked out. We just have to work a little harder to fix this mess.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 13, 2009 - 7:03am.

By Ray Collett

Our friend Chester Taylor, (Class of 1960) sends me a much appreciated email quite often. He is asking if there has been any talk about the class of 1960 having a 50 year reunion next year.


Submitted by farmer leaf on July 11, 2009 - 10:54pm.

how to build a solar heated sauna for $50 or less?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2009 - 8:24pm.

The Hackensaw Boys put on a show, up close and acoustic. This is the way to raise money for a great cause.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 11, 2009 - 7:26am.

Don't worry Loudon...It's only going to be in your community, like...forever.



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