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.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 8:35am.

I would totally support this. I've toured that sub. It is a potent reminder of some of the hardship our WWII veterans went through for their country. It could be a big draw for tourism, and...Hey..Why don't we bring it to Roane County?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 7:11am.

And you thought they never did anything good...

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids.

The team studied near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA and discovered that the body, which rotates extremely quickly, is held together by cohesive forces called van der Waals, never detected before on an asteroid.


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

Recent storms hit several area homes and businesses. Disaster relief makes low cost loans available to help with the recovery.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 14, 2014 - 6:24am.

Retiring Judge Simmons makes some strange rationalizations in his ruling that refuses to grant a divorce to two men legally married in another state. Some of his excerpts are given without attribution, which gets you an F in high school English, but slides by in a Tennessee Circuit Court.

From legal analyst Arthur S. Leonard, a professor at New York Law School:

( Judge Simmons wrote:)“The laws of Iowa concerning same sex marriage is so diametrically opposed to Tennessee’s laws, and Tennessee’s own legitimate public policy concerning same-sex marriage, that Tennessee is not required by the U.S. Constitution to give full faith and credit to a valid marriage of a same-sex couple in Iowa,” he wrote, ungrammatically but without any mistake of meaning.

Thus, Mr. Borman and Mr. Pyles-Borman are wedlocked in Tennessee.

...As a purely practical matter, the court’s refusal to recognize this marriage for the limited purpose of granting a divorce would seem to have virtually no legitimate policy justification. It certainly has nothing to do with the state’s interest in channeling the procreative activity of heterosexuals into marriage for the benefit of the resulting children, which is Tennessee’s main policy argument for resisting marriage equality. And if Tennessee is opposed to same-sex marriages, one wonders why it would object to a court terminating such a marriage!


Previously on RoaneViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2014 - 6:26pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on August 13, 2014 - 4:28pm.

Creative Kids Preschool is opening in Rockwood this month. Finally Rockwood will have a private, non-church-based alternative for those children aged 3 to 5 who aren't eligible for Headstart.

An open house and registration will be held Tuesday August 19th, from 9am to 12pm. For more information, call Carolyn at 773-6973 or see: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 13, 2014 - 10:39am.

It is not unusual to have a discussion with someone who believes something as fact that can't possibly be true, if even a few references are checked. It's not that folks willingly lie, but they do seem to be willing to be misled. Disinformation put out in the guise of legitimate news makes truth more and more difficult to determine.

Now there's this:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched about two dozen new websites that are designed to look like local news sites, but are full of articles attacking Democratic candidates and incumbents.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 12:32pm.

I'm no attorney but Simmons' ruling seems irrational on the face of it. he seems to be saying that since Tennessee doesn't recognize a particular kind of marriage that was performed in another state, these two men can't be divorced. Say what?

The ruling also states that the only reason for marriage is for procreation, which will surprise a lot of people. Does he suggest that people beyond childbearing age be refused marriage licenses in Tennessee?

Legal analysts point out that this goes against a number of current Supreme Court rulings an 30 or so other court decisions around the country.

Judge Simmons is retiring and will be replaced by Mike Pemberton, so perhaps this is a parting shot for the old way of thinking.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 10:06am.

Tonight the Kingston City Council will consider a zoning proposal that will convert part of a residential neighborhood (a really nice lakeside residential neighborhood) into a car dealership and big box shopping center (read Wal-Mart). The affected residents are concerned that their neighborhood and property values will be damaged by this conversion. The developers answer, "But. you know...MONEY!"

Anyone who drives through Kingston on a daily basis will have another concern. Kingston already has the worst traffic congestion in Roane County. The traffic lights are twice what is needed and are horribly un-synchronized. I have people tell me they can get to Turkey Creek almost as fast as they can get to Brentwood. This is a really bad thing for local businesses, commuters, towns people, tourism, etc. Now this proposal pops up and no one seems to be thinking about the looming disaster of another traffic light at the Kingston exit.

Downtown Kingston is a traffic horror. There is no center turn lane and for some reason a church and McDonald's share a traffic light and the worst placed entrances and exits I can think of. Toss another traffic light into this morass and add Kingston's history of lassez faire traffic engineering and I see a dead end for Kingston businesses. Perhaps this is part of an evil plan for the developers to drive business out of Kingston and down one more exit to their Pinnacle Pointe development. (Ha! Not really but think about it)

At any rate, I hope the Kingston City Council sees the zoning request as part of the complete canvass and think about what they want their town to look like and how it will function in the future. Problems that will be created cannot be ignored.

Will the developers pay for all of the traffic engineering, lights, etc.?

Or, more likely, will those problems be loaded onto the backs of the already burdened motorists who will see their home town bog down into a Kentucky Street parking lot?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 12, 2014 - 7:10am.

Turns out the folks who have to deal with Chuck Feishmann don't like him very much. The actual words used in the conversation I had with a rep from a significant contractor in Oak Ridge are somewhat stronger than "don't like him". Weston Wamp's concession phone call after the primary summed it up pretty well: "Congressman, this is Weston Wamp. You successfully deceived tens of thousands of Tennesseans..." By our estimate, Chuck spent over $30 per vote to squeak out his win over Weston Wamp.

While rumors persist of demanding campaign donations in return for access, Fleischmann doesn't seem to be able to deliver much Congressional action on his district's behalf, unless it is a token or two just before the election. Will the prominent people of the 3rd District continue to publicly support our under achiever incumbent while holding their nose, or will they turn around and start supporting Dr. Mary Headrick, a person of great competency, high intellect and higher achievement?

Don't be surprised if it happens:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 6:29pm.

Reckon these are running tonight? There are more than two waterfalls in Roane County, just so you know. This database only lists this one:


and this one:


Let's get out there and take some pictures folks!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 7:29am.

I think we deserve more information on this. I will not post the jokes that are popping up in my head, on the chance that a great horror has been committed. The question remains:

Did the doctor "overdo" this man's circumcision or not?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 7:13am.

A certain decorum would seem a bit more appropriate:

"Congressman, this is Weston Wamp. You successfully deceived tens of thousands of Tennesseans, and you won. I concede," Wamp told the incumbent before briskly hanging up the phone Thursday. He confirmed the statement in an interview with the Times Free Press on Friday.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 11, 2014 - 6:41am.

Here's the latest tally of votes in Roane County. Can anyone explain over vote and under vote? It looks like we have more votes counted than voters casting a vote in order to produce an "over vote". That concerns me somewhat.

After playing with my calculator it looks like there are no over votes and that those should be tallied as additional under votes. Research is in order.

Roane Election Commission (pdf)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 10, 2014 - 8:18am.

Congress has its lowest approval rating in history at the moment, with only one out of five people thinking they should be reelected. Well I think that 20% corresponds nicely with the very low number of registered voters who go to the trouble to vote. Anna Marie Cox sees it somewhat differently and looks at the continuing DesJarlais scandals/saga with low regard for voters judgement. In noting that almost every incumbent beat back the Tea Party challenges from the right, there is the complete disregard of the fact that Weston Wamp challenged and nearly won from the LEFT of Chuck Feiscmann.

The term "left" in today's politics has come to mean something less than progressive policies and factual debate on issues. It simply means not quite as bats*** crazy as the Tea Party. Weston Wamp had folks going for a while there and almost won the Republican Primary with Democratic crossover votes. That was going well for him, even when a cursory look at his policy statements revealed that he would vote, in the end, pretty much exacty like the person he was trying to unseat. Weston simply had a more moderate rhetoric and soft focus photos in his ads, much like a make up commercial. Then Rick Santorum endorsed him and killed his chances with Democrats.

The insanity of appearing to be moderate while embracing the endorsement of the mean-ass hard line godfather of K Street Lobbyist suck up may be lost on right wing conservatives, but it wasn't lost on Democratic voters. Too bad it came late in early voting.

So is Anna Marie Cox correct when she says...

Lamar Alexander is not alone: 2014 is the year incumbents can’t lose, and that says more about American despair than Tea Party rage

I think she is a brilliant and insightful writer but she needs to know more about our situation here in Tennessee before she jumps to conclusions.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 9, 2014 - 9:26am.

The writer thinks that Chuck didn't show his true mean self until after early voting:

In contemplating the fact that we're stuck with Chuck Fleischmann at least until Democrat Mary Headrick takes a shot at knocking him out of office in November, think about the potential downside of voting early.

After running through all the reasons Chuck won (a really nasty last minute campaign ads funded by PAC money from outside the state) they conclude:

The congressman's vulnerability will only be increased in November.


When asked, nearly everyone dislikes Chuck Fleischmann and nobody can state anything he's done in Congress other than vote against "Obamacare" 50 times. When asked about Mary Headrick's positions without identifying them as coming from a Democrat, nearly everyone agrees strongly with her positions on nearly everything. So why is a disliked candidate who hasn't served his District in any meaningful form so heavily favored in the Fall?

Money! Chuck has lots of it and it's not Tennessee money.

When you figure how close Weston Wamp came to beating Chuck and figure on a large number of his votes came from Democratic crossovers and then add in the fairly impressive number of votes that Dr. Mary got in an unopposed underfunded race, things have to be looking better for the Headrick Campaign to make a strong statement in November.

Can she get the thirty to forty thousand 3rd District voters who favor her as their next Congressperson to each donate $10 and partially level the playing field? That is a huge question.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 2:07pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 11:05am.

Update#4: Sarah Stewart has congratulated Ann Goldston on winning. Pemberton is the new Circuit Court Judge, and the tight race for 3rd Commissioner from Harriman gets a little less tight, with Junior Hendrickson gaining over 4th place Dennis Easter.

Update #3: The missing votes have been counted and Pemberton has increased his tally over McFarland.

Ann Goldston is currently ahead of Sarah Stewart and will most likely be the new Circuit Court Clerk.

All of the votes in Roane County must be recounted per the State AG but it appears that with the exception of Goldston, observers expect the winners to stay the same.

Update # 2: The State Attorney General says that ALL votes must be recounted, not just the newly found ones. The number is now given as possibly 1300 votes. Link...

This is very preliminary but there appears to be 800 to 1200 missing votes from early voting in Harriman.

The report we have is that one machine did not count in the tally. At one o:clock today the card will be read and the votes read out loud. This is a very large number of votes and could mean changes in the outcome of several races.

The Pemberton McFarland race for Circuit Court Judge was decided by 144 votes and the Goldston / Stewart race by 112 votes.

Update: Stewart and Pemberton have attorneys arguing to hold the recount. This is really strange. (Update on this update: This turned out to be an incorrect report. The attorney was there as an observer only for the Pemberton campaign.)

Let's hope this was merely incompetence and nothing devious. Remember when the State GOP voted down a bill to have a paper trail for every vote so that votes could be tallied by hand to assure honest elections?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 7:37am.

Take your mind off the election and turn the sound up. Dance if you want to. It helps.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 7:14am.

A person from Oakdale has won the Dem nomination for governor. This is the only picture I can find and I can't find any information on his platform or qualifications. So we have a good man with a great platform and a stellar reputation in John McKamey and TNDems vote for this guy?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 8, 2014 - 6:32am.

I have to wonder exactly what is going on when I see Chuck and Weston in a dead flat tie in Roane County? On first look it seems that you can still get a lot of votes by showing a picture of your opponent in the same room with the President of the United States. There were a lot of misleading statements and some flat out lies in these campaigns. I always feel like I need a long cleansing shower inside my head when these things are over.

Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Aug 8, 2014

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 10:14pm.

This was extremely close... Roane County went strong for Pemberton.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 10:13pm.

Chuck wins Hamilton County and takes the R Primary.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 9:13pm.

Alexander beats out Tea Partier Carr.

Stacey what's his name is toast.

Haslam edges out Coonrippy Brown.

Fleishmann and Wamp in a dead on tie!

Rockwood County Commissioner: Ron Berry, Benny Easy, Darryl Meadows

Sarah Stewart wins Circuit Court Clerk

Woody Beats Farmer for County Exec (closer than I thought but not that close)

Randy Ellis, Greg Fergusen, Junior Hendrickspn Harriman Commissioners

Pemberton over McFarland in Roane but other Counties favor McFarland. This one is going to be close.


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