Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 20, 2014 - 7:57am.

Our boys and girls are a thirsty bunch, apparently. Humphrey has the story:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 19, 2014 - 8:06am.

This is a beautiful park and a great resource for Roane County and the Swan Pond community, even though it can't replace the neighborhood that was ruined in the TVA disaster. I think of it as being like a war memorial. The war may be over but the bad memories will take time to fade. Time to focus on the good things.

From TVA:

We are wrapping up construction at Lakeshore Park and plan to open it to the public on Saturday, May 24 – just in time for Memorial Day weekend. ... The recreational and restoration features include:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 19, 2014 - 6:25am.

Our congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, has co-sponsored Marsha Blackburn's bill that would allow the abuse of horses called soring to continue.

...a seedy and cancerous side of the walking horse industry took root about 50 years ago, causing Senator Joseph Tidings to enact the Horse Protection Act. Because of toothless penalties, the Trainers Association seated in Shelbyville scoffed at the law. In 2011 it was learned that every member of the Top 20 trainers had been cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act within the past two years!

Roy Exum looks at the problem and the process:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 18, 2014 - 9:07am.

Roane County is home to Whites Creek, the largest unpolluted watershed outside of the Smokies. We are also blessed with Clifty Creek, and the Emory, Clinch, and Tennessee rivers. Roane County is all about our water.

Some parts of our rivers are actually very impacted by pollution of one sort or another. The good news is that we are below levels that harm us at this point in time. The current trend in Tennessee is not favorable for the near future, however.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 17, 2014 - 8:07pm.

One of the artists that played for us last night at the Music at Ladd Landing series is Martin Harley. In addition to being a stunningly good British musician, Martin is a really good person. We talked, trying to find a connection, and I mentioned that, back in the day, one of the Dagger canoe distributors was Colin Broadway, husband of British author Sue Townsend. He looked at me and said, "I think Sue Townsend just died." Her death was of national recognition in the UK.

Sue Townsend was, for a very long period, the best selling British author of all time. There was the King James version of the Bible and there was Sue Townsend.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 17, 2014 - 6:56pm.

The young men and women work harder than most folks will ever know. I'm proud to have been a part of this effort and also proud that Tennessee is part of it going forward.

Athletics and administration officials announced Monday that the college has been designated as an official U.S. Olympic training site for canoeing and kayaking, bringing the national slalom team members at least twice this year to the Johnson City campus for strength and conditioning training.

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Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on May 16, 2014 - 9:08pm.

The CREATIVE ARTS CO-OP is closed. May 15, 2014 was our last night.

To those of you who came to a show or took a class,
THANK YOU.
You made it all possible.

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 16, 2014 - 9:27am.

The annual yard 'sale' of the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is today round the clock all night until tomorrow at 2 PM. Go to Station #1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood for community fun and lots of bargains.

One of the many bargains available is a high-quality cotton light blue shirt with gorgeous hand-painted flowers. This is in perfect condition. See a slide show about it.

For more information: Link....

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 16, 2014 - 6:30am.

I'm not sure I would have said it quite this way but I totally agree with Ron Woody.

“Some companies try to prey on the counties that are not going to do their due diligence to research them,” Woody said. “I’m going to keep an open mind on it (Alternative Engineering Solutions), but I’m going to question, just like I questioned Freedom Energy Diesel.”

...“I’m suspicious of some of this, quite frankly,” Woody said. “If the technology is so great and so good, why isn’t it in a big area that has a whole lot of waste?”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2014 - 8:06pm.

Our dear governor has very close connections to these fine people...

A company at the center of a controversy involving the governor and a high powered lobbyist now finds itself in the spotlight again.

Agents with the FBI and IRS raided offices of HR Comp Employee Leasing, which is a staffing agency in Knoxville.

The FBI has confirmed it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2014 - 5:05pm.

As promised here is a special report on secondary education (K-12). I wish I could say we spend more on education than any one thing, but I can't. The largest single expenditure, a little over a third of the budget, is spent on TennCare. Education funding ranks second in the budget.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 15, 2014 - 6:41am.

I am mixed on this. Rainbow trout should be wiped out of all naturally flowing streams in TN. They don't belong there and disrupt the normally diverse native ecology. On the other hand, When rivers are dammed not only is the impounded portion of the river destroyed but the temperature below the dams is too cold to support native game fish, but trout can flourish. TVA projects destroyed a huge number of our rivers and I feel they should operate hatcheries and other environmental offices as part of their cost in return.

Meeting info after the jump. You can attend by internet.

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Submitted by onetahiti on May 14, 2014 - 8:43am.

Horsehead in Rockwood, which recently closed "indefinitely," has resumed operations.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 7:23am.

Residents are calling for buffers and green space to preserve their neighborhood, or to be bought out at fair market value.

When the planning commission meets again, neighborhood residents will be ready with their thoughts.

They have compiled a list of their concerns and options they think would preserve their peace but allow some development.

Those include that only a limited area of the property be rezoned to accommodate the dealership, and that even then, to defer rezoning until a clearer definition of the dealership plan is submitted.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 7:07am.

Rockwood gets a swimming pool filter, Oliver Springs gets three new welcome signs and the property owners and businesses that were actually harmed are still waiting (over five years to date) for TVA to make them whole, which isn't going to happen. The lawsuit settlements are expected to total substantially less than the $43 million TVA gave to Roane County and city officials.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 14, 2014 - 6:10am.

There is a stunning disconnect between elected officials and the real world.

This week, a House subcommittee passed an appropriations bill that made significant changes to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant program. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the grants allow the "DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives."

"There would be no money for transit, no money for bicycle facilities, no money for sidewalks or streetscaping," Fowler said. "No money for anything other than vehicular traffic."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 13, 2014 - 7:14am.

The beauty of our area is that our area is beautiful! There are tons of things to do with the family and this is a good one. Only one hour north of Roane County, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is spectacular, with some of the best hiking in the Eastern USA.

Big South Fork Geologist Chad Harrold will be leading a walk through time on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The hike begins at the Leatherwood Ford gazebo at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 8:06pm.

This just saved Roane County a ton of money in legal fees.

Previously on RoaneViews


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 9:10am.

Here you go...

• A continuing increase in average annual temperatures that will likely harm dairy and other livestock production. By 2060, average temperatures will have risen 9 degrees since 1990.

• Decreased water availability due to rising temperatures that cause more evaporation.

• More harm to transportation systems due to "severe precipitation events" such as floods and hail storms.

Look, the evidence is overwhelming. Deniers are mostly paid hacks like Congressman Marsha Blackburn. It is time for us to accept that these folks are advocating for the end of our planet as we know it. The time to do something is now. It's like the Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today." There are two main solutions to climate change, energy conservation and solar power. That's it. This isn't hard and a ton of jobs will be created by attacking this in all out war fashion.

Or we can take the Jim Jones approach advocated by Marsha Blackburn.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 12, 2014 - 9:00am.

Local Author to Appear at Kingston Public Library

Kingston, Tennessee, May 12, 2014. Local author Dr. Timothy Joseph will speak about his new book, "My Water Path," and the art of writing at the Kingston Public Library on Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. Advance copies of "My Water Path," scheduled for a June release, will be available for purchase along with copies of some of Joseph's previous works.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 8:54pm.

This from Gerald's Old Curmudgeon Column in the Roane County News...

We had other items to comment upon, and may next week, but we are out of space for this week, however, we cannot quit without this: Our copy of the County Commission Agenda for Monday indicates that they are going to take up this item:

“A Resolution supporting the display of the National Motto IN GOD WE TRUST” in the County Commission Chambers and above the main North Entrance of the Court House.”

We would ask two questions — Is this the wisest expenditure of county tax money? Do they really think that God cares for their sloganeering?
We know, because he told us, that Jesus would rather that they use the money to help the helpless, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless.
But some people would rather make a grand show of how religious they are.

These are the ones the Bible talks about praying in public, rather than in their closet.

Look it up!

If you look it up in the King James Bible, it calls these people ...well, you should look it up.

Thank You, Gerald!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 4:09pm.

Friday May 16 7:30 Ladd Landing Clubhouse

Your daily Sam Your daily Martin

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 1:48pm.

I get a lot of press releases on mornings like this. Most of them are recycled goo, with little thought behind them. This thoughtful piece from my friend Mary Mancini is exactly what I think we should be thinking about on Mother's Day.

"The ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’ by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe’s feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.”

Go check it out and while we should always make this a special day for Moms of every sort, let's remember that this day was begun by activist mothers who hated what men had done to the world their children were facing.

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Submitted by mushy on May 11, 2014 - 12:53pm.

Lots of happy folks did! There was a good crowd, most of which stayed on their feet, and some even formed a "conga line"!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 11, 2014 - 6:51am.


There is nothing a mother cares for more than raising good children and being able to send them out into a good world. There is no better gift we can give back to our mothers than to work as hard as we can to make that good world happen.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 10, 2014 - 4:55pm.

Only one out of two fawns survive the first three months of life in the eastern states. Coyote predation now accounts for a significant amount of fawn mortality. Even so, we will have plenty of whitetail deer around.

The study showed that coyote predation -- even at the highest levels reported -- is not significant enough to cause deer populations to decline if doe harvests are reduced. In fact, in most places in North America, continued doe harvest is required to stabilize deer populations.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 10, 2014 - 9:59am.

This is the future. Are we prepared? At what point will we start to understand that when our governor uses the words "Business Friendly" it is code for no union representation, lower wages, lax environmental oversight, and tax payer subsidies?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 9, 2014 - 10:01am.

Remember when you liked the food at R T's?

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