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.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 8:28pm.

On the other hand, Lamar is only slightly ahead of Tea Partier Joe Carr for Senate.

Fleischmann is edging Wamp, Pemberton is ahead of McFarland for Judge, Woody is well ahead of Farmer, Ellis looks to lead in Harriman, Grainger, Brummitt, and Kelly look to keep seats on the County Commission.

Greg Leffew is our new County Attorney.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 7:46pm.

From the Roane County News:

Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. has found in favor of the state in the case of a same-sex couple seeking a divorce in Roane County.

In a seven-page ruling issued this week, Simmons determined that Tennessee laws declaring that a valid marriage in another state, but prohibited in Tennessee, and thus unenforceable in Tennessee, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause or the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.


So interestingly, this means that Judge Simmons ruled that these people may be married but can't get divorced in TN.

Let the next Circuit Court Judge deal with it.

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

Watch this space. Post in the comments if you have results.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 11:21am.

"Thank you for your money! I'm gonna do whatever you say once I'm elected."

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 8:42am.

We have bats in a spot at our house and I think it's really cool. The folks at Kingston Elementary apparently don't see this as an educational opportunity and are calling for them to be destroyed, which is illegal on one hand and actually puts the kids at a higher risk in the highly unlikely case that the bats are carrying a disease.

I sent out a call to my biologist friends and I've been getting deluged with bat info and will try to condense it to the big points.

1. The chance of being killed by the family dog is fifteen times greater than your chance of getting rabies from a bat. Most species of bats don't even carry the disease. There are only three instances in history from big brown bats transmitting rabies and those were handled. These are likely not even big brown bats, in which case the chance of rabies approaches zero.

2. Killing the bats actually INCREASES the chance that a child will handle a bat and that a ( most likely mild fungal) disease will be transmitted to a child. Here's an FAQ from a university bat web site:

Are there risks of people overreacting to news of rabies in bats?

Rabies incidents involving bats are often distorted during media reporting. When risks are not kept in perspective, panicked people overreact in ways that increase rather than decrease the risk of rabies.Attempts to poison or exclude bats from buildings by inappropriate methods can dramatically increase human contact, as sick or homeless bats scatter to exposed positions throughout an entire neighborhood.

3. The best and safest way to deal with then is to exclude them after they leave for the night. It is also the only legal action.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 7:51am.

I did not get a Republican primary ballot but if I had, this would clinch a couple of deals for me...

(Joe) Carr, whose campaign has drawn endorsements from national figures in the tea party movement such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio hosts such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, downplayed the outside interest.

...About 15-20 people showed up for Carr’s appearance, including state Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who’s facing a challenger of his own.

I also want to thank Ricky Skaggs for calling me and telling me Weston Wamp was a good Christian, and Mike Huckabee for calling to assure me that Chuck Fleischmann is a God fearing man. Given the campaign rhetoric, I bet they all hope they aren't judged on that "Thy Shalt not bear false witness" thing!

From the theoretically retired Tom Humphrey: Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 7, 2014 - 6:23am.

Find what District you are in and your polling place HERE

Today is your last chance to vote in the primaries and local elections. The ballot is long but can be done quickly by knowing who you are voting for before you get in line. If you don't already know the difference in candidates...I don't think you should cast a vote in those races.

There are a lot of judges who you must vote to retain or dismiss. You can quickly move through those by simply clicking on RETAIN for all of them. It is a sad day in Tennessee that we have a Lt. Governor who is trying to become the boss of Tennessee by trying to oust our very good Supreme Court judges so Ron Ramsey can appoint his own attorney general. Ramsey's ad campaign has been scurrilous, even by Tennessee standards.

Here is the sample ballot

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 7:38pm.

I wouldn't vote for either one of them but this is a good campaign ploy!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 5:23pm.

Interesting but a bit late.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 7:11am.

This from the son of the congressional candidate who used a tv ad showing opponent Randy Button morphing into the devil. The hypocrisy is stunning in its obviousness. Can anybody tell the truth in an election campaign and win in Tennessee?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 6, 2014 - 6:31am.

Among other articles, such as the science behind why we see ghosts and why both sides in sexual harassment cases believe they are telling the truth, there is a very good piece on why we punish the very people who point out wrong doing in our public officials and work environment. Read it and understand why we will thank Edward Snowden on one hand and try our best to put him in jail at the same time.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 5, 2014 - 10:09am.

As the dutiful servant of a teacher, I get to see the car line at school stretching out into the road and tying up traffic for blocks around. Almost every vehicle winds up loading one child. It sure does seem like a car pool system that connects parents with similar schedules would be good thing for Roane County, and the parents and children. Here's the Knox web site. I realize there would be steps to the process, but why not?


Submitted by mushy on August 4, 2014 - 12:01pm.

All the acts were great Saturday night, and had most everyone up on their feet!

The Tony Mason Memorial Scholarship fundraiser went off beautifully with lots of money being raised, and folks having a great time.

To see Roane County having fun go to the PRINCESS BLOG and scroll through the photos!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 4, 2014 - 8:48am.

I voted early. The ballot is long and the voting machines are horrible with no paper record of how you voted. It's all magic inside the machine and the vote counting. We'll see how that goes in just a few days. The big race here is the Republican primary. My insiders are split on the outcome prediction.


Submitted by onetahiti on August 4, 2014 - 7:58am.

-- OneTahiti :)

Submitted by mushy on August 2, 2014 - 9:42am.

If the rehearsal was any indication, tonight's concert at the Princess Theatre in Harriman will be great!

Tickets available at the box office for only $15 and it goes to the Tony Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Here are photos from last night's rehearsal: CLICK HERE!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on August 1, 2014 - 7:59am.

Louie Brogdon in the Times Free Press making an absurd claim:

3rd Congressional District: It's big money in one corner vs. grassroots support in the other

Brogdon claims in the article that only $4000 of Wamp's money is from PACs and that the majority of Fleischmann's money is from out of district.

Make sense of this:

Most of Fleischmann's donors are doctors, lawyers, bankers and political operatives -- traditional Republican campaign contributors -- but the majority come from outside the state's 3rd Congressional District or are political action committees...

From a pool of tow-truck operators, entrepreneurs and diner owners -- and a handful of politically connected family friends -- Wamp was able to garner $584,860. Of that, $4,000 was PAC money.

Only later in the article does Brogdon contradict himself noting that actually Wamp's boss, venture capitalist Gary Allen Davis, put $300,000 in a PAC for Wamp and is also paying Wamp's salary.

So there are two morals here: There is no such thing as a grass roots campaign where Republicans are concerned (You do however have a choice between a guy owned buy a bunch of corporations or a guy owned by one man)...The other moral is that Louie Brogdon doesn't check his work and maybe isn't much of a journalist.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 31, 2014 - 12:21pm.

The journalist I trust more than any other to clue us in to the most important happenings in the TN legislature is retiring. I'm keeping the Tom Humphrey link on the right column because he promises to post from time to time. Tom is a TN treasure and deserves some more fishing time, but he's got some mighty big waders to be filled by whomever has to follow in his footsteps.

Thank you, Tom!Come back often.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 31, 2014 - 6:52am.

Dear Channel 5 in Nashville, this is incorrect grammar as well as inaccurate fact. It is harmful to my sparklingly clean reputation. This was in the Town of Whites Creek, which is just north of Nashville. The possessive is used improperly and I am defamed as a result. My attorneys will be in contact shortly.

The headline should read, "Marijuana Found at Bush's Home".


Whites Creek


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 31, 2014 - 6:26am.

Using his flashlight hat to find yard plants...

"Well, it was my mums, he had pulled those up. I had some lillies, he had pulled those up. I had some coneflowers, he got those. I had two scraggly, old rhododendrons in the back and he had yanked those up," said Smith.

Am I the only one who hears a shrill British voice demanding, "Bring me a shrubbery!"

The story

Submitted by onetahiti on July 30, 2014 - 10:51am.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (Link...), which runs the Food Pantry, is sponsoring its annual charity golf tournament at the Rockwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 9th, starting at 8 am.

The cost is $100.00 per person to play on teams of four, OR supporters may sponsor a hole for $100.00. Each hole will have a sign with the name of the person or business sponsor.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2014 - 10:20am.

A super PAC ironically called Character Counts has now spent over $300,000.00 on Weston Wamp's campaign. Character Counts has one donor...Gary Allen Davis, Weston Wamp's boss at his pretend job, at which he got his pay doubled this year since he is working so much more instead of campaigning.

This pretty much makes a mockery of campaign finance rules. Allen Davis says he doesn't know anything about the new ad campaign:

Davis said Tuesday he did not want to comment on the ad, because he had no input in its production.

Charges of hypocrisy now fly from both campaigns.


Character Counts PAC

Davis is the principal in the Lamp Post Group, a venture capital firm that owns Wamp Strategy.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2014 - 8:04am.

Our 2014 choice for Congress is now between a guarded and reticent third-termer, with a not too stalwart record, vs. a twenty-something wannabe, with little life experience and short on job experience.

From the Chattanoogan

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2014 - 8:02am.

Here is an interesting comparison ot the TVA electrification fight and the current battle between big corporations that want to control your internet access and the people who think internet access should be treated as a public utility. Corporations are currently dumping millions into the coffers of your elected legislators to prevent competition from municipal broadband providers such as the one that provides Chattanoogans with the fastest internet in the USA and fueling a boom in that economy.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2014 - 7:32am.

Steve Kelley is a good man and a rather intelligent and thoughtful person. He is unopposed in his commission race but I wish I could vote for him. I would gladly swap him for some of the choices I see on my ballot. Kelly was the lone vote against placing "In God We Trust" plaques on the County Courthouse. Interestingly, other than Commissioner Ellis (whose motion it was) every single one of the commissioners I spoke to in private was against the idea. Not a single one of them had the courage to vote how they really thought, it appears.

Why is that? Perhaps this quote from the Roane County News holds the clue:

He has had calls of support from people praising his courage for trying to keep government and religion separate.

Some told him they wanted to speak up, but feared retaliation against their families.

I wonder why they would fear retaliation from "Christians"?

Here's the link but it is behind the paywall.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on July 30, 2014 - 7:17am.

These are curious statistics to me, with drug overdose and suicide accounting for more deaths in Tennessee than vehicles, a close third place. I want to see trending data before I draw any conclusions. I wonder how many of the drug overdoses are suicides?



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