Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 26, 2014 - 8:18am.

Corker delays action on ending delays for veterans seeking medical treatment...says Congress needs time to study why VA needs to hire more doctors and nurses.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2014 - 5:06pm.

I wonder if the big news from this is that the unlock effort seems to have stemmed from the site where 115,000 citizens called for this legislation?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2014 - 9:34am.

Note: This is Gerald Largin's column from today's Roane County News. I do not re-post articles from media outlets for reasons of copyright and deference, but this is one time I'll make an exception due to the pertinence to Roane County. The TVA Board of Directors should respond to this article with their reasons for allowing a TVA policy this blatantly counter productive. It is long and I hope you will read the entire thing and pass it on.

A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lick Skillet Flats has seen the beginning of activity in the development of McGlothin-Largen Park, which the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency on
the newly erected sign officially designates: “McGlothin-Largen Wildlife Management Area,” but which we will always think of, and call, the “park.”

The sign also explains that the area was “Donated to the People of Tennessee in Memory of Martha McGlothin Largen and John Roy Largen.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2014 - 8:48am.

105.7 News


Another multi-million dollar lawsuit involving Cumberland County law enforcement has been filed in a middle Tennessee U.S. District Court. The plaintiff, Keith Jarred Flynn, filed the suit naming former Cumberland County deputy Dustin Hensley, three other deputies, the sheriff’s department and the county as defendants. Flynn alleges in the suit that on June 20th of last year, he was pulled over by Hensley on Pomona Road for a vehicle violation. Flynn says he was ordered out of his car and to get on the ground which he complied after he told Hensley he has a pocketknife on him. The suit then states that Hensley tasered Flynn and handcuffed him in the presence of a minor that was in Flynn’s vehicle.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2014 - 7:59am.

Some Roane County Progressive blogger guy gets quoted a lot in Pam's take down of Marty's call for Dems to crossover and vote against Chuck and for Weston.

"Voting for Weston Wamp is tossing a vote away. There's nothing in it for a Progressive Democrat. He applauds the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision and is only slightly to the left of the Tea Party. Let the Republicans be wing nuts and let us Democrats be for the working people of America."

Little understood in these matters is that the lower the votes in the Democratic primary, the lower the number of delegates TN has at the National convention.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 25, 2014 - 7:44am.

In less than two weeks this part of the fun time in TN elections will be over. It makes me sad somehow. It's all personal with no real policy differences between the two.

Two weeks out from Tennessee’s primary, GOP Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is going up with a TV ad featuring former rival Scottie Mayfield going after Fleischmann’s current primary opponent, Weston Wamp, over a secret-recording controversy that flared up earlier this year (Link...). “Now he’s asking for our trust to represent us in Washington?” a bow-tied Mayfield asks of Wamp. “We have a congressman we can trust.” It’s a continuation of Fleischmann’s steady on-air prosecution of Wamp (Link...) and comes as second-quarter reports show the lawmaker outraising and outspending the challenger. The ad is running in the Knoxville and Chattanooga markets starting today, said a campaign aide.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 23, 2014 - 8:00pm.

White-nose syndrome first was confirmed in Tennessee in the winter of 2010 in the northeastern corner of the state, and has spread rapidly ever since. The white, powdery fungus that causes the disease thrives in cold, damp caves, and with more than 9,000 caves, Tennessee is the most cave-rich state in the U.S. Once stirred from hibernation by the irritating effects of the fungus, the infected bats burn precious fat reserves and may starve to death after leaving the cave in search of insects that aren’t yet available.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 23, 2014 - 7:13pm.

From our "We told you so" Dept...The discussion is here:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 23, 2014 - 9:38am.

Is there a new poll out?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 6:37pm.

The Roane County Highway Department says several road signs are missing, vandalized or damaged. In just the last two days, their sign crew has been busy replacing stop signs at River Road and Lakeshore View Drive intersection, as well as the Piney Knob area of Indian Shadows.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 6:02pm.

If you want simplistic answers to complex problems, you should vote for a Republican. If you want to be represented by one of the most intelligent people I've ever met, Here she is...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 12:20pm.'s David Allen Martin...

Think about it. In any political race, campaigns will push out nothing but pretty pictures, friendly soundbites and positive buzzwords about themselves and their candidacies. Aside from a handful of debates or forums where contestants are forced to address specific queries in front of the public, most races come down to which candidate can out-market the other. Given this dialogue deficit, it falls upon the shoulders of voters to figure out ways to draw additional answers out of politicians.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 8:04am.

Great singer/songwriters and consumate musicians, these guys are on the rise in a big way. The audience was different in that we didn't see anyone we knew. They seemed to be teenagers and boomers, with a few in between. How do you reach that demographic? NPR!

It was a sell out show at the Bijou on a Monday night. The NPR connection is Prairie Home Companion and the Tiny Desk Concert. Here is the latter:

You can download their first two albums for free at their website. Buy something anyway.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 7:22am.

Women in Tennesee need to ask themselves if they want Stacey Campfield, Ken Yager and Kent Calfee making their reproductive healthcare decisions? That's what Amendment 1 would do. Is that what you want?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 22, 2014 - 6:14am.

It appears that our East TN media have decided to report on the 3rd District Congressional contest as a society fashion social and leave the voters to be informed by campaign commercials. There is nothing of substance in the Times Free Press coverage of the only event that has all three congressional candidates present and answering the same questions. One wonders if the reporter were even present, given the inane coverage. The TFP is obviously backing Wamp from the photo they chose to use.

The big news of the night appears to be that Chuck cries when he thinks of children pledging allegiance to the flag and that Mary Headrick told Democrats it is foolish to crossover and vote for either of the Republicans because it won't make a lick of difference in Tennessee's future.

Here's the story for what it is worth:


Submitted by mushy on July 21, 2014 - 10:40am.

Yes, the same dynamic group that had you dancing in the aisles last July, is coming back! C. Vaughn Leslie is bringing his group "Boy's Night Out" back to the Princess for The Tony Mason Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 21, 2014 - 9:22am.

As I pour 2 more inches out of the rain guage. That's 5 inches this week here in Whites Creek Gorge.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 21, 2014 - 8:16am.

Election rhetoric is an astounding thing and it's not helped by the "he said, she said" style of lazy reporting we get these days. Speaking to the Tea Party, which eats political BS like strawberries on ice cream, Wamp repeated his "do nothing Congressman charge against Fleischmann by denigrating his House Appropriations Committee assignment:

Wamp said Fleischmann’s committee assignment...

“That’s not some sort of rare thing,” Wamp said. “My father was also on the Appropriations Committee. He (Fleischmann) is grabbing a hold of anything he can to get people to give him one more term in Congress, despite the fact he hasn’t accomplished anything of significance.”


Submitted by onetahiti on July 19, 2014 - 4:29am.

Updated: There are only 18 15 days left to the funding request of a class of Raymond S. Bower elementary school students. They are hoping for math-themed books to read, graph paper, and other math-related supplies.

The students have raised most of the funds needed but are still $184.89 $174.89 from their goal.

Please, won't you consider giving at least a little? We can let these would-be readers and math students know we care: Link....


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2014 - 1:10pm.

The status of Wamp's employment being a "paid leave of absence" could result in significant fines from the Federal Election Commission if a complaint by a Signal Mountain businessman proves valid. If Wamp is campaigning instead of working while drawing a paycheck that is a rather large problem for him. The FEC has not responded to the complaint at this point. Wamp and his employer both claim Wamp is "working remotely" and is not on paid leave.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 18, 2014 - 11:07am.

This is aimed at Kentucky, but it could just as well be Tennessee.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 17, 2014 - 7:38am.

Here are today's top reads from around Tennessee, brought to you by Crockett Policy Institute:

EPB Considers Plan to Take Gigabit Service To Rural S.E. Tennessee

Chattanooga has the fastest internet service in the nation. We could have that internet in Roane County only there is a state law that says you can't. That make sense to you? Well there is a conflict between the FCC and that state law. Now the US House wants to stop the people from competing with corporations. Ever the servant of corporations who want to eviscerate competition, Marsha Blackburn want you to keep your slow old steam powered internet under the mantle of "state rights" and how dare the FCC try to do anything for the people that will make corporations have to earn their money!


Submitted by mushy on July 16, 2014 - 3:20pm.

Last Saturday was the next to last edition of the Cruisin' Harriman for 2014, and to say it was hot would be an understatement!

Almost brutal to an "over the hill fat boy" like myself. I walked up Roane Street to the firetruck blocking Roane Street on the west end, and back down to the cars parked in front of the old Miller and Brewer Building (about 3 blocks), and was drenched! It was a two-shower day!


Submitted by mushy on July 16, 2014 - 12:29pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2014 - 7:59am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 16, 2014 - 7:57am.

This is going to be trouble for Wamp if that amount of money was mishandled according to the campaign finance regulations. Chuckie F might find a few regulations that he's happy about for a change.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 15, 2014 - 5:33pm.

From D Senate Primary Candidate Terry Adams:

"Gordon Ball’s endorsements of Haslam and Alexander aided in the failure of Tennessee to expand Medicaid, failure to raise the minimum wage, failure to pass the Fair Pay Act, failure to pass a comprehensive veterans bill, and failure to pass student loan reform."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 7:20pm.

Roane County Homie and all around good guy and awesome voice talent, Jason Eskridge, has been nominated for a Nashville Independent Music Award for Best R&B Solo Male Vocalist. You can vote!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 12:04pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 14, 2014 - 9:25am.

OK, so this has a mass of truth disguised as snark that you have to read. Do that and you will better understand the moral, which is:

I know the Tennessee Republican solution to everything is to just try to increase people's misery until they behave in ways the Republicans like, but you're making us all look bad. We need people to come to Tennessee and spend their money. They're not going to come if they think we look like scary psychopaths.

Pith in the Wind


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