Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 13, 2009 - 6:32am.

TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said the agency is being “transparent.”

“We do have an open manner,” she said.

Let's see...except for the gag order they've issued to their own employees maybe?

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2009 - 7:21am.

The Whites Creek watershed is being included in a study of salamanders conducted by the Biology Dept. at Tennessee Tech. The study will focus on the Black Mountain Dusky Salamander and the Cumberland Dusky Salamander, one of which was new to science as recently as 2003. That shows us how little we actually know about our ecology even today.

Here's a website where you can marvel at the diversity and beauty of these state treasures.


Submitted by onetahiti on May 11, 2009 - 7:10pm.

If you have high-speed Internet and a high enough download cap, this 20-minute video for kids "on the effects of human consumption" might be worth a look: Link...

Or, read about it in the NY Times: Link...

-- OneTahiti


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 7:05pm.

If the developer lobbyists have their way with our legislators this will happen every time it rains hard...

Link...

The Tennessee Farm Bureau has its hands dirty in this as well.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 2:34pm.

For some reason Democrats in Congress are pushing a seemingly good Bill that will wreak havoc on small farmers.

Read more...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 2:09pm.

From Congressman Lincoln Davis...

Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it signed an enforceable agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to oversee the removal of coal ash at the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant in Roane County, Tennessee.

Read more...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 12:54pm.

Is this something Tony Brown ought to be looking into?

Here's

an overview flyer issued by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development outlining the "Senior Community Service Employment Program." The purpose of this Federally funded program is to provide employment to low income individuals age 55 and over.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 8:21am.

New media sites (such as this one) need to study the ethics statement of the Society for Professional Journalists. I personally need to make more of a differentiation between information and opinion when I post. Trying to bang things out while trying to have a life at the same time, it's easy to overlook some of the things that we really need to do in passing along information accurately. (I'm really glad I've got all of you folks to keep me honest and call me on my errors.)

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 7:40am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, Another week has rolled around, seems like the weeks pass so much faster now don't they. I wonder if age has anything to do with it? The emails are still coming in from readers with their memories of growing up. Let's see what Sharon ( Harold) Daniels had to say...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2009 - 5:46am.

Nashville based Liberadio expounds on Tennessee politics, the Voter Confidence Act, and more.

Link...

So really...Why is TNGOP opposed to being able to count all the votes?


Submitted by onetahiti on May 10, 2009 - 10:38am.

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

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 8, 2009 - 12:52pm.

Come on out and pick up some bargains! Shop and enjoy yourself and meet some neighbors. Bring items to donate if you have any--it's not too late!

The "Yard Sale" is Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 from 7 AM until whenever at WRCVFD Station #1 on Pumphouse Road (Link...).

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2009 - 1:58pm.

Submitted by farmer leaf on May 7, 2009 - 1:30pm.

here on the farm,

That we are teaching the chickens to swim.

That we had to replace the wheels with pontoons on the mower to cut the grass.

That we are skipping the corn and switching to growing rice.

That fish from our ponds are peering in the kitchen windows.

It requires wearing a wetsuit to gather the eggs.

Our last customer came by canoe.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2009 - 9:54am.

Which it turns out they can't very well. So they're testing whether they can transport ash by rail? That would follow if they are intending to use the Cumberland County sites for storage.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2009 - 9:25am.

This is a high quality podcast and is a very large file...50meg. This is the download link. After it downloads you can listen with most players such as Windows Media Player.

Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2009 - 8:25am.

What are the imbeciles and morons in Nashville thinking? OK, stupid question.

Link...


Submitted by onetahiti on May 7, 2009 - 7:56am.

Here's a note from the West Roane County VFD, whose Huge "Yard and Book Sale" is this weekend:

We need all the HELP we can get!

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 7, 2009 - 6:19am.

Roane County, especially rural Roane County, has been "left behind." Indeed, Tennessee and much of the South (and the US) are "left behind" too. See this broadband news in Slashdot:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2009 - 6:49pm.

Submitted by reneehoyos on May 6, 2009 - 5:17pm.

You all should watch this or look on our twitter account. You have some real champions in this committee.

Reps. Turner, Odom, Hardaway, Cooper, deBerry, and Kernell put the Mining Association's attorney Bill Penny and bill sponsor Rep. McCord through their paces.

It's clear to them that this bill is being pushed by industry and that the bill is fatally flawed. They moved to adjourn instead of voting it out of committee.

These guys get a big, big thank you. Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate them standing up for your right to clean water.

Renee


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2009 - 12:07pm.

91.9 FM

It is a call in show and should have great information.

Streaming online

If you missed it the podcast will be posted at Link... sometime tomorrow. This is required listening for everybody.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2009 - 11:56am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2009 - 9:39am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2009 - 7:57am.

This has been mentioned before but there is a good article in the Crossville Chronicle that suggests we let Lincoln Davis know how we feel about these agribiz sponsored bills...

Link...

Here's the official "Contact Your Representative" site no matter where you live.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 5, 2009 - 7:20pm.

Ward Cammack is thinking about the TVA ash spill and the horrendous and pitiful effort by TVA to dump the "cleaned up" spill in Cumberland County and the unknown cost to all.

Making all the right moves so far, I'd say.


Submitted by onetahiti on May 5, 2009 - 11:55am.

The WRCVFD Yard and Book Sale is this Friday and Saturday.

Now is the time to clean out your house and barn and shed and donate your unwanted goods, books, equipment, and other items. Call for pickup or drop things off yourself. For more information, see: Link...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 5, 2009 - 10:32am.

After 7 Years of Delay, EPA Files Only Released After Obama Administration Took Power; Five or More High-Risk Sites Found in 20 States: AL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, WV, WI and WY.

KnoxViews has the story


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 5, 2009 - 9:49am.

...Full of TVA coal ash headed South.

This is a rough estimate for sure but I rounded down at every chance. Check my math...

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