Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 30, 2014 - 8:45am.

Chattanooga's EPB utility is providing ultra fast internet at very low cost to it's citizens. AT$T, Comcast, and a horde of their lobbyists can't stand to let citizens compete with corporations and do it better and cheaper.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 29, 2014 - 8:56am.

We are seeing a swallowtail that looks very much like this palamedes swallowtail. It seems to be rare to non-existant in TN according to the range and sighting map, but I don't know what else it could be. Anybody have ideas? It is a frenetic thing and difficult to take pictures of but I'll keep trying.


It could be that we have an odd color spicebush swallowtail. Photos will tell.

There are a lot of resources available. This book is just out and beautiful.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 28, 2014 - 6:55pm.

President Barack Obama has nominated two Tennesseans to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors.

Virginia Lodge, who served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services from 2003 to 2011, and Ronald Walter, the president and general manager of Memphis television station WREG, were given the nod Thursday to serve on the utility’s nine-member board.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 28, 2014 - 6:34am.

Look, I like Arby's as much as anyone, but I won't stand in line for a steak, much less fast food served out of a truck.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 27, 2014 - 9:34am.

The unknown candidate may make sense...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 27, 2014 - 6:40am.

This may be a study in how good things don't happen because connected corporations aren't going to get the money. Roane County tested voting machines with paper ballots and optical screeners that worked quite well and were affordable under a federal grant. That got blocked by the new GOP majority in the State legislature. So four years and elections later it looks like it is going to cost us much more to do the job.

Previously on RoaneViews


An election paper trail means Roane County could have to purchase new voting machines in the next few years. Even with the state chipping in, Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway estimated the cost for the county could run as high as $500,000.

“I don’t know exactly when this will take place, but the Election Commission wanted me to sort of forewarn the County Commission that it could be something that might come up,” Holiway said.

RCN Article

Submitted by mushy on August 26, 2014 - 7:49pm.

She's been singing since she was four, and by 5 she'd written her first song. By the age of six she had performed live at countless churches and festivals around East Tennessee, and at age seven she recorded her first two albums, simultaneously!

Most recently she was on NBC's Today Show, proving that she is going somewhere fast!

On November 7th, she will show her stuff on the Princess stage!

Order tickets today at EmiSunshine, or call 865-882-8867!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 25, 2014 - 8:31am.

Be safe out there, folks!

The "no refusal" law allows officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

In addition to "no refusal" enforcement, troopers will conduct driver's license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 24, 2014 - 8:14am.

To say the public is confused about who can and when can they use deadly force is something of an understatement. At the moment there is this perception among the public that it is shoot first, justify later. So could someone in official capacity please publish the rules of when officers can use deadly force?

The USA is averaging over 400 people per year shot and killed by officers. Compare the fact that in one incident, the death of a young lady just last week, officers fired more shots than the entire nation of Great Britain did last year. We seem to be in search of justifying shooting deaths instead of asking, "Could this have been avoided?"

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 24, 2014 - 7:31am.

It looks like our elected officials are trying to see how they can get money for their own purposes instead of working together to see how best to remove the TVA disaster stigma from Roane County. First off, it is a lousy million dollars, a pittance compared to the PR campaign that needs doing. Will it be divided into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes even less effective?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 23, 2014 - 8:04am.

Told ya so...

Charter schools are such a racket, across the nation they are attracting special attention from the FBI, which is working with the Department of Education’s inspector general to look into allegations of charter-school fraud.

The article and discussion at KnoxViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 23, 2014 - 7:27am.

Rockwood Tigers win 14-13 in 14 point comeback in the last four minutes of the game.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 3:28pm.

Tom McFarland has filed a lawsuit asking that the Circuit Court Judge election results, in which he was defeated by Mike Pemberton, be set aside.

From the Roane County News:

Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was disappointed that McFarland, who is county attorney, filed the complaint.

McFarland will be replaced as County attorney as of September 1. Greg Leffew was elected to fill the position.

Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

“It’s Tommy McFarland,” he said. “What do you expect?”


Submitted by onetahiti on August 22, 2014 - 10:55am.

"For three days only, from August 22 to August 24, 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50% of this ( project if (others) donate the remaining amount."

Now is a great time to support our schools and get Bill Gates to chip in. There are currently four classrooms in Roane County seeking funding: Link....

Every little bit helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 9:30am.

Martin Harley will return to Music at Ladd Landing Friday Sept. 19. Try to hold on as best you can.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:36am.

TVA will raise consumer electrical rates about $1.70 per month. Remember when the victims of the TVA disaster were called greedy opportunists because making them whole would raise rates 15 cents? What are these increases in consumer electricity costs paying for?

In the past year, TVA estimates that its Valley Advantage and Valley Commitment programs developed to keep or encourage expansion of existing industries cut overall industrial rates by an average 6.8 percent.

Dr. Marilyn Brown is not happy:

One area of cuts by TVA drew criticism from TVA Director Marilyn Brown, although she did agree to vote for the overall 2015 budget. Dr. Brown, a Georgia Tech professor who has studied energy efficiency programs across the country, complained that a 25 percent reduction in TVA's energy efficiency programs next year "is penny wise and pound foolish" because it could limit consumer energy savings and force TVA to build new and more expensive generation in the future.

"Energy efficiency provides a significant benefit to TVA and its customers and I believe this cut is a reflection of a false economy," she said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:22am.

"This is what makes our country great," said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility. "Doing what you're doing here is incredible."

That was Chuck Feischmann speaking at the opening of a collection agency that will hound people over their hospital bills.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 22, 2014 - 6:02am.

OK, so he's drunk, runs in a ditch, tries to get his truck out by flooring it, gets stuck on the railroad tracks, tries to pry his truck loose, a train runs over the truck, and he gets charged with "not wearing a seat belt"?

He is now facing charges of DUI first offense, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, obstruction of justice, not wearing a seat belt, driver's license violation, registration violation and failure to maintain a lane.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 21, 2014 - 7:57pm.

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 20, 2014 - 2:04pm.

AT$T does not want you to have reasonably priced fast internet like Chattanooga does:

National Institute on Money in State Politics reports that Comcast and AT&T have contributed above $215,000 to state lawmakers in the recent election cycle in Tennessee alone.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:47pm.

He's this guy:


Update: Apparently he could not meet the residency requirements.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 5:03pm.

Update with photo


They spotted the suspect vehicle, driven by Guy. She drove to a home on Fairchild Street, exited and ran inside the residence. Officers followed her inside where they say Guy pulled out a handgun and pointed it at officers.

This is another situation where Cop Cams would end any speculation as to what transpired.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 19, 2014 - 6:18am.

Normally a single headline wouldn't concern us that much, but this is overwhelming. Science is messy, for those who don't understand it, and very open minded, but these numbers are too stark to ignore.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 5:15pm.

This could mean that zoning is dead in Tennessee, or not. Attorneys?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 4:54pm.

There has been some $30 million in military hardware distributed to Tennessee Law enforcement agencies. The documents don;t say what it may be, but similar equipment has been used in Ferguson, Mo with little success.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 12:34pm.

How about we divert the entire TVA PR budget for one year into putting some lipstick on Roane County? That would be a good start. Instead we get this:

In a July 29 letter sent to Woody and the city mayors, TVA proposes that the $1 million be divvied up with Kingston and Harriman each receiving $375,000, Roane County receiving $150,000 and Rockwood receiving $100,000.

Look, one million bucks is about one percent of what is actually needed to eradicate the TVA disaster stink. And anybody who thinks Harriman suffered as much as Kingston is in need of remedial brain surgery. This is insulting to the victims of the TVA disaster. Roane County and it's people have suffered long and deep from TVA incompetence, but it looks like the hits are just going to keep on coming.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 11:10am.

The Tennessee Legislature was deadlocked 48-48 on giving women the right to vote in America, when Harry T. Burn at the age of 22 voted Aye!

Harry Thomas Burn, Sr. was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for McMinn County, Tennessee. Burn became the youngest member of the state legislature when he was elected at the age of twenty-two. He is best remembered for action taken to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment during his first term in the legislature.

Born in Niota, Tennessee, Burn graduated from Niota High School in 1911. In 1923, he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar. In 1951, he became President of the First National Bank and Trust in Rockwood, Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 18, 2014 - 10:39am.

I'm not sure what to make of this but it scares me to think of the State of Tennessee spiraling further into corruption. Lt. Gov. Ramsey will correct me that it is not corruption if corruption is legalized.

Unable to defeat the TN Supreme Court judges at the polls, will the Lt. Governor simply have them impeached?


Submitted by onetahiti on August 15, 2014 - 3:07pm.

"The hotline, which offers help in math, science, language arts, social studies and reading, can be reached at two numbers — 615-298-6636 and 1-888-868-5777."

Read more at WBIR: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 15, 2014 - 7:00am.

This story is pretty good but it focuses on Harriman, which wasn't touched by the TVA disaster yet got a couple of million dollars in buy off money. Rockwood got $1.9 million because...actually, I don't have a clue.

There's also the big lie that the ash covered 300 acres all but 8 of which were owned by TVA. TVA owns Watts Bar Lake? Really? And is you can see how an ash layer that went as far downstream as Thief Neck Island and upstream over 6 miles above the TVA site is only 300 acres, you might have made an A in propaganda but you failed arithmetic.

The TVA lawsuit is settled. The attorneys will be handsomely rewarded. The victims were beaten by the disgusting legal environment which lets big entities operate irresponsibly and their executives walk away free with massive bonuses. The victims will receive a fraction of the actual damage. Letters that went out to plaintiffs about halfway through the lawsuit process stated, "You will not be made whole."

We weren't. Roane County wasn't. Check the graphic at the end of this story and see the players who got to distribute almost twice as much money for pet projects as the victims will ultimately get for almost six years of shattered property values and ruined businesses.



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