Submitted by onetahiti on April 16, 2014 - 7:57pm.

WATE has the story: Link....

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 16, 2014 - 7:14pm.

This is BIG!

“Our request is part of an inquiry to understand the extent to which the activities of Tennessee state officials may have undermined, or attempted to undermine, federal rights guaranteed to workers in Chattanooga,” the letter said.


Submitted by mushy on April 16, 2014 - 1:12pm.

Elvis is back on the Princess stage April 19th (this Saturday) at 6PM.

See flier on the Princess Blog for details!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 16, 2014 - 8:03am.

Well done, People! This is a wonderful and positive event for our county. The racers seem to have really enjoyed it and went away with a very positive view of Roane County and its people.

“It was beautiful,” said Johnny Hayes of the Village Volkswagen team. “I absolutely loved the course. It was one of the better courses I’ve raced on in a long time.”...
“This is a good place to race,” Ed Hoover said. “All the residents have been very nice and welcoming.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 16, 2014 - 7:56am.

This was a stupid deal for Roane County back when it was done. I seem to remember that there was more money spent than is being quoted now. At any rate, Commissioner Kelly, who was not on the Commission when this was done, is exactly right on this:

“There’s two requirements for something to pass that board,” Kelley said. “One is it has to be a majority vote and the other is there has to be at least one vote from each county. If we could get our board members to say we’re not going to vote to approve anything until we get some changes in our agreement, that gives us a little leverage.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 16, 2014 - 7:24am.

This is an absurd waste of money in what appears to boil down to a contest of who can hate Obamacare the most. This is going to be fun to watch, especially since Obamacare is working rather well at the moment. (Haslam care, not so much)

Fleischmann spokesman Jordan Powell said Tuesday the Ooltewah Republican has about $640,000 on hand, after raising $300,000 from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 15, 2014 - 5:56pm.


Dave Hart thinks it’s the fans’ fault that Cuonzo Martin is the new men’s basketball coach at Cal.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 15, 2014 - 9:25am.

If it's R B's a Good Friday! Listen

7:30 BYOB $10

Have a great meal at the Market Street Bistro in Ladd Landing, Kingston, TN. Then come on up to the Ladd Landing Clubhouse for a killer show.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 15, 2014 - 8:58am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 15, 2014 - 8:51am.

This is unbelievable...

Across the state, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says about 20,000 rape kits were never submitted for testing by police. In November in Memphis, police revealed that up to 12,000 kits had gone untested, some dating back 30 years.

Each untested kit represents a potential rapist walking free, a potential victim without justice.

An amendment to allocate state money to ending this backlog was defeated. That story and more from Crockett News Buzz.

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

When Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, asked sponsor Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, whether the bill would “allow the state board to put charter schools in our districts without any local involvement,” she shut him off, banging her gavel and declaring, “On the amendment.”

Rep. Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville, was similarly ruled out of order when he asked whether the amendment takes into consideration “the huge property taxes this is going to cause” when money for public schools goes to new charter schools authorized by the Board of Education without local approval.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 7:01pm.

Bill Haslam, Bob Corker, and Robin Smith. Robin Smith has been struggling to be relevant in the R party in TN. She's lost every election but she just keeps trying.

Robin Smith: Chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Smith compared the UAW to an "infestation" of "Ichneumon wasp larvae." When the NAACP expressed support for an investigation into Haslam's secret offer, Smith tweeted: "@NAACP supports @UAW at @VW in Chattanooga. Those allies tell the tale." As indicated by her comments, the Tennessee GOP establishment intervened in the election in a disgraceful manner.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 5:42pm.

The last thing Roane County needs is a new nuke program, but that hasn't stopped TVA from charging ahead with Babcock & Wilcox. Turns out that B&W are having trouble finding anyone who wants to invest in nuclear power right now.

Expect a revised timeline for small nuclear units at TVA

The venture has secured $150m of Department of Energy (DOE) cost-share funding to help develop the first 180-MW mPower SMRs at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Clinch River site in 2022. Now it is not entirely clear what impact the B&W news will have on the 2022 deployment date.

They also fired their CEO. Could TVA just forget about this project?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 11:18am.

It looks like Scott DesJarlais is not the only TN whacko in Congress.

The Tennessee Republican argued that GOP senators had blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act because it was "it was going to be helpful for trial lawyers."

That wonderful bit of crazy and a whole bunch more at the Crockett news buzz.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 14, 2014 - 6:56am.

This Industrial Park sits sad and empty near Westel. It's a bad deal for Roane because we would only get property tax for the next 13 years and then nothing after that. And, typically, businesses are lured in by giving tax abatements, which could mean that Roane might never see a penny in return for our millions of dollars invested.

Why are we in this deal?

Now we are in the position of going to Morgan and Cumberland counties and asking them to give something back. This ought to be fun to watch. After all they kick Roane County's rear in the negotiations and now we're asking them to be fair?



Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 13, 2014 - 12:41pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 12, 2014 - 6:40am.

The walking horse people are paying off Congressmen with large donations in their push to continue the practice of "soring" the legs and hooves of horses in order to force them into the unnatural gait that defines the Tennessee Walker.

“The Blackburn and Alexander bills, clinging to a sad past, perversely proclaim that they are preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
“The Whitfield-Ayotte bills, supported also by major veterinary organizations, represent the future, where brutality toward animals is not tolerated for any reason.

Chuck Fleischmann is a sponsor of the Blackburn bill. This is shameful and needs to stop.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 11, 2014 - 11:43am.

The working people of Tennessee have been attacked by their own Governor, Senator, and a host of outside organizations dedicated to keeping workers from being treated fairly in the workplace. Is it time for a full blown criminal investigation?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 11, 2014 - 9:00am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:22pm.

... a team led by a Yale University ecologist has used a new measure to rank birds: which ones hold the greatest evolutionary information. The researchers have calculated the “evolutionary distinctness” of 9,993 bird species, identifying those birds that are so far out on the branching tree of life that to lose them would be to lose millions of years of nature’s work...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:00pm.

We knew it!

“you jokers just blew a $500,000 hole in the annual city budget.”

Read more: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 12:09pm.

If I read this correctly, Ken Yager just voted to end the Home Owners Association Ban on hunting in his subdivision. That should go over really well when someone starts shooting in his yard.

Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, said his SB 1612, which the Senate approved Wednesday on a 24-3 vote, is a “pre-emption bill” that reserves for the state legislature “the whole field of the regulation” of firearms and ammunition and pre-empting city councils and county commissions from passing their own law, ordinance, resolution, enactment or regulation.

The amendment allows towns, cities and counties to regulate the location of “sport shooting ranges” and the discharge of firearms within their boundaries, except when the discharge is expressly authorized or permitted by state law, such as for self-defense and hunting.

This is getting crazy!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 11:40am.

The footbridge over the east embayment is under construction.

From TVA: Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles. The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails. However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 8:13am.

This ought to be fun!

The subpoenas call for them to testify before a National Labor Relations Board hearing later this month, where the UAW is challenging a vote that it narrowly lost at the VW plant...

Documents recently leaked to Nashville NewsChannel 5 Investigates show the Haslam administration wanted a say in the automaker's deal with organized labor -- in exchange for $300 million in economic incentives to help VW expand its Chattanooga operations.

That happens to be illegal, not that legal has much sway in the Haslam camp.

Crockett News roundup for TN

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 10, 2014 - 7:05am.

TVA firings will equal approximately $155 million in wages and will hit mostly coal fired facilities.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 3:13pm.

These include a prohibition on privately owned firearms in all federal facilities, leased spaces and government vehicles, and prohibitions on carrying privately owned concealed firearms on Marine Corps installations.


So what is our Legislature doing to keep us safe?

Senate passes open gun carry

Sen. Yager did NOT vote against this idiotic Bill.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 8:42am.

Why would you ban election monitors unless you planned to conduct crooked elections?

That and other Tennessee news from Crockett

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 9, 2014 - 6:27am.

Since the current storage facility is 75% full, TVA proposes to construct and operate an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, located just below the Watts Bar Lake dam in Rhea County, Tennessee. TVA has such a great record of competence and responsibility in handling its waste products there's no need to worry.


The Draft Environmental Assessment is available to the public for a 30-day review and comment period that began two days ago and ends May 7. Links to online comment and more info:


Going along with this theme is the fact that the Southeast has a poor environmental record as a whole. If the seven states, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama, were a separate country they would be the seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases on this planet.

Read more: Link...


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