Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 31, 2009 - 8:56am.

Rather softball questions but we can still draw a picture of the new TVA Chairman of the Board. It looks like a "Call me and leave a message if you have a problem." Exactly what we don't need right now.

I would have asked about TVA's commitment to the community in light of their request for legal immunity and denial of claims for damage when people can't sell their homes? And be sure to check out the "commitment to conservation".


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 30, 2009 - 8:13pm.

The Stagecoach is a B&B so named becuase it is on the old stagecoach road from Rockwood to Crossville. Our friends who used to cook at another favorite resaurant have moved over and we decided to do some culinary testing. It's just across from the entrance to Cumberland Mountain State Park and well worth the drive. Don't ask for a menu because there isn't one. I suggest Marin's pizza, but share with a friend.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 3:13pm.

The coal ash storage sites like the one that breached in Kingston are a tremendous threat, as demonstrated in an extensive EPA report unveiled by the Environmental Integrity Project: "An EPA risk assessment documents excess cancer risks of up to 1 in 50 for residents living near unlined ash ponds."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 1:25pm.

TVA was found to cause 150 premature deaths a year and to sicken thousands in NC. Those folks didn't volunteer to get sick or die, but TVA says following the court order to save lives asap will cost too much?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 29, 2009 - 7:03am.

There's already controversy on the TDEC report with some folks claiming they don't accept the results. Remember that the TDEC report is on "fish flesh" only, which is the part humans eat. It did not test the spleen, liver, and reproductive organs of the fish. Several private labs have done that and say we have a problem, not only with the fish but with the standards which they claim have been set too low to be safe.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 4:53pm.

The notion that this bill would permit one to carry a concealed weapon into a crowded bar at midnight on a Saturday night defies common sense, and I cannot sign such a measure into law.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 2:16pm.

I finally got my last raised bed planted this morning in the drizzle. The rain has set some things back this year. We've harvested greens and the basil is ready to start pinching for stir fries but I never feel like it is an official garden until I pick that first tomato. Here's the first one from last year's effort...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 1:16pm.


I hear that photo was taken by Lincoln's staff with a telephoto lense from a long way away.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 10:55am.

Government spending related to smoking and the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs reached $468 billion in 2005, accounting for more than one-tenth of combined federal, state and local expenditures for all purposes, according to a new study.

Incarceration costs are huge, as we're seeing with our County budget debate.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 10:31am.

No, you gutter minded things! They tell stories...


Submitted by farmer leaf on May 28, 2009 - 9:38am.

Folks, it's time to stop eating those factory farm eggs that are unhealthy both for you and the chickens that laid them. Roane County now has a reliable source of naturally produced eggs from free range, pastured hens.
Help cut your fat and cholesterol intake with healthy high in Omega 3 all natural eggs from the Broadened Horizons Organic Farm.

Our hens are standing by to take your orders. 354-8170.

Local agriculture only works when local customers support it!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 28, 2009 - 6:17am.

"I feel like we're beyond organic," Price says. "The government has tried to define the word 'organic.' It doesn't mean what the original users of the word meant it to be."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 5:30pm.

This strikes me as immoral at a very deep level.

All settlement agreements associated with TVA's purchase of real property include the seller's general release of TVA from any further claims resulting from the ash spill. This general release includes claims for medical monitoring and future health concerns.

However, all residents of the area who have health concerns may utilize the process being developed by Vanderbilt University and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. We will share details about the process as they become available.

Thanks to Lincoln Davis for asking the question for us and getting the answer. There is no reason whatsoever for TVA to have taken over a month to reply to Lincoln's letter. What's wrong with this organization?

Submitted by onetahiti on May 27, 2009 - 4:46pm.

"A United Way Family Fun Day will be held on May 30 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Roane State Community College. All ages are welcome; admission is free."


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Submitted by onetahiti on May 27, 2009 - 3:54pm.

"A 'Keep Out the Coal Waste' meeting will be held at 5PM Central (6 PM Eastern) Thursday, May 28, at the Crossville Housing Authority meeting room at 67 Irwin Ave. in Crossville."

"Come learn more about the Smith Mountain Solution proposal to build and operate a coal ash landfill on Smith Mountain.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 1:46pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 27, 2009 - 11:53am.

Call someone at an inconvenient time and tell them something that gets them upset? A Class A Misdemeanor?

This might be the worst written legislation of this session, and THAT, friends, is a high bar!


Submitted by randmart on May 27, 2009 - 8:55am.

Don't leave it to others! Exercise your right and responsibility to vote and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Randy Martens

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

And tell him that if he lets Ken Yager's selenium bill pass, he'll have to move the Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo to the Cross Eyed Cricket because Watts Bar Lake won't have anything to catch.

For aquatic life, the toxic effects of the lowest thresholds of selenium are effects on the growth and survival of juvenile fish and effects on larval offspring of the adult fish that were exposed to excessive seleniun, In the latter case, besides reducing survival, selenium causes skeletal deformities...

EPA Region 4 letter to Representative Mike Kernell, May 14, 2009


Submitted by RoaneBooster on May 26, 2009 - 12:27pm.

Randy - we were talking about a potential way for the LTRC to keep themselves on track and us informed by use of a simple living document for their agenda and reporting. I can't find a way to attache it in a REPLY on an established thread. I think making a new blog entry is the way to do it. So try this one on for size. See what you think.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2009 - 10:57am.

How many tigers can be housed at Tiger Haven? Of the 285 animals how many are the big ones? And where does the public nuisance law come into play with diminishing adjacent property values?

How many new jailers will be needed to operate the new jail? After all, won't the main increase in prisoners be DUI's and misdemeanors?

How much coal ash is now in the Clinch and Tennessee River basins?

How come Chris Caywood gets released on his own recognizance, as required by TN law, but everyone else has to call a bondsman?

Why do county officials talk in terms of pennies and nickels when they really mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax increases?

Your turn...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 26, 2009 - 6:11am.

Thanks to the Chattanooga Times Free Press for posting this audio interview with Dr. Button of U.T. When this guy speaks...We had better listen.


Submitted by grasshopper on May 25, 2009 - 10:29pm.

But what's really at the end of the rainbow?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 25, 2009 - 5:55pm.

Cumberland County is not any more excited about taking TVA coal ash than we are about having it. But after thinking about this I have changed my mind about where the ash ought to go.

I think every County in the TVA service area ought to get their fair share. Why shouldn't Knox County get a goodly chunk? Loudon and Blount as well. Let's load up a few hundred trucks and point them toward Nashville, Memphis, Murfreesboro and Jamestown.

After that, we can bring in one of those big fishing trawlers and start netting fish. Comming atcha, Brentwood! Roane County is in a sharing mood.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 25, 2009 - 11:53am.

Mayor Beets says the PR firm would use social and local media to launch a campaign aimed at fixing Roane County's reputation.

"They are going to have some people to launch positive blogs, blurbs, tweets about us to combat this negativity that is out there," said Beets.

Do you combat the impression that you have a bunch of problems by fixing the problems, or by launching fake blogs!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 25, 2009 - 11:49am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I didn't have a clue what to write about this week, when out of the blue an old classmate , Ralph Billings (Class of 1957) showed up with some newspaper clippings from June 1953. This story went nationwide from newspapers in Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California. So Rockwood was in the news nationally "way back when."Here is the story broken down from different newspaper accounts. The police office Avery Billings, was Ralph's dad..


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 25, 2009 - 7:45am.

With the probable Republican candidate being a nasty partisan hack, why don't we elect someone from our end of the 3rd Congressional District who happens to be extremely qualified and hard working?

Noted journalist Betty Bean takes a look at Paula Flowers.

(tips to R.Neal)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 24, 2009 - 8:48pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 24, 2009 - 11:22am.

Here's the document that was given to the committee. Mayor Beets and I have since discussed this and even though we have differing recollections he says that he supports a short statement to that effect but not the long version. There is a short version included but several committee members missed it, so I'll take the hit for my lack of conciseness. At any rate I figure we can work up something that will be more suitable.

I would like to see an open discussion on it with input from the people who will be most affected, so I hereby ask the good RoaneViews folks to help wordsmith an appropriate statement to put before the LTRC. Post your suggestions in the comments.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 22, 2009 - 5:20pm.

That fine young man was cheered as he received congratulations from President Obama. His parents were in the crowd cheering loudest...


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