Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 1, 2014 - 8:36am.

Haslam is a slacker, Corker wants to spend money on Ukraine, Alexander filibusters minimum wage hike, and more from CPI...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 30, 2014 - 5:49pm.

So Corker has it in himself to care, he just doesn't have the courage to do it all the time. Alexander got rich while elected to office. I guess he owes some folks or something...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 30, 2014 - 8:54am.

I have trouble with this on many levels. How do you defend the prosecution of women who use drugs during pregnancy and defend the right to emit pollution over state lines, something which kills and sickens children far more? And the medical spokes persons, what do they say?

That and more at CPI Buzz:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 29, 2014 - 4:40pm.

This is bizarre. The woman claims she didn't run over any dog because:

...Runkles, who denied striking the dog intentionally, saying she knew what it was like to run a dog over, having run over two dogs in the past.

Oh...Kay, well...then...

The dog was in the yard and tire tracks were too and...Well just go read it.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 29, 2014 - 3:25pm.

TVA crews have restored power to distributors everywhere except Tupelo Mississippi. Thousands of local power customers are still without electricity, however, as local distributors work to repair downed power lines.
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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 29, 2014 - 6:38am.

The most interesting election contest so far has been the Circuit Court Judge race, with current County Attorney Tom McFarland facing Attorney Mike Pemberton. Since Pemberton's office and practice is in Knox County and he owns a house there, questions were raised as to whether his home in West Roane County was actually his legal residence.

The Roane County Election Commission voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to put Mike Pemberton's name on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

“I think it's strong,” Pemberton said of the unanimous vote. “I don't think it could get any stronger.”

That settled, it is now up to each candidate to make his case based on qualifications and experience.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 28, 2014 - 7:26pm.

Here's the radar for tonight's storms. We are in the bull's eye!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 28, 2014 - 5:36pm.

(A Memorial was held this weekend) that honored the lives of TN workers who LOST their lives due to TDOT and other TN agencies allowing companies to exist without providing safety and security to their workers. 167 workers died in Tennessee in 2012 and 2013 from PREVENTABLE accidents. And the companies at fault got away with murder and were fined a pittance, average of $7,000 for each worker.

That is from a conversation on worker safety by the good community at KnoxViews.com

It is fact that unions promote worker safety, higher job benefits, and stronger and more durable employers as well. It is only the exploitative companies that don't care about their employees, but that seems to be the ones that Haslam supports, even to the point of holding hostage hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money as incentives in an effort to destroy unions in TN.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 28, 2014 - 9:33am.

One of the most successful lobbying groups during this year's TN Legislative session was the Teachers Education Association. While they were unsuccessful at stopping the bill to take away local school board control of charter school approval, they did stop the worst of the for profit takeover of our tax dollars.

In other news, will the truck lobby get an even lower cost of traveling on and tearing up TN roads at the expense of small cars which don't destroy the roads? Haslam's TDOT guy is making noises to that effect.

TNDEM Chair Roy Herron calls for Haslam investigation regarding using state taxpayer money to pressure VW against Worker organizing.

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Submitted by onetahiti on April 27, 2014 - 2:11pm.
poster for WRCVFD yard sale May 16-17, 2014

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 27, 2014 - 12:14pm.

This might be the weirdest story ever.

A North Carolina man was seriously injured when a plane coming in from East Tennessee landed on him while he was on a riding lawn mower.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 27, 2014 - 10:06am.

...FEC is also interested $12,300 in individual contributions and $10,000 in committee contributions to the Fleischmann camp that appear to be excessive.

...Wamp had no FEC requests for April, but in February the commission questioned his campaign committee statement. Reports show the committee failed to indicate its political party in its January filing.

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Submitted by onetahiti on April 26, 2014 - 10:31am.

Once again the Horsehead company is laying off their employees for an indefinite time, starting Wednesday, April 30.

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 25, 2014 - 8:30pm.

Vacuum cleaners are either simple or complicated to operate, depending on how many parts it has. A man in Kingston found his new sweeper difficult to run and discovered some parts were missing.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 25, 2014 - 4:19pm.

Rural hospitals in Tennessee have been laying off workers and cutting services “to the bone” thanks to our Republican supermajority’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

That’s according to hospital administrators surveyed by The Tennessean and the Jackson Sun in some solid journalism over the weekend. Many rural hospitals are thinking about closing maternity wards and ending cancer treatment, among other services.

On the other hand Kentucky is doing really well under Obamacare...

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Submitted by mushy on April 25, 2014 - 4:15pm.

The bookings just keep coming for the Princess stage!

Coming on June 21st is 2Steel Girls, a Country Music Duo from NBC’s, The Voice, team Blake Shelton. Most think that Allison & Krystal Steel of 2Steel Girls are sisters, but they are really mother and daughter and the only mother, daughter duo to ever compete on the show.

See the flier on the Princess Blog!

Get you tickets now at 2steelgirls.brownpapertickets.com! They will be available soon at the Rocky Top General Store and the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 25, 2014 - 10:45am.

Since the Worker's Union holds half the seats on the VW board, what do you think the chances of the VW Board voting for one of the other state locations?

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Submitted by mushy on April 25, 2014 - 9:46am.

For the sake of space, please CLICK HERE to see the Princess lineup for the month of May!


Also read about Muse Watson and Megan Anderson's address to the Harriman Rotary Club by CLICKING HERE!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 25, 2014 - 9:27am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 25, 2014 - 7:57am.

Municipal pay practices are a mystical thing to me. To be honest with you, when I have looked at pay rates I haven't found any exorbitant salaries. I've found some folks who are under worked but no positions that are over paid. The lovely town of Rockwood (and it is lovely)has been through a number of scandals over the years, with large sums of money disappearing, misuse of credit cards, and city expenditures used to buy personal things. For now those malfeasances are in the past. Rockwood has a strong City Recorder in Becky Ruppe and the first financial officer to get a perfect state audit in some time, Belinda Puckett. Rockwood Mayor James Watts is a term limited lame duck and wants to promote Ms Ruppe to City Manager, which is the job she is actually doing, and give her the appropriate raise. He has also asked for a raise for Financial Officer Puckett in response to her high level of performance.

City Council members Peggy Evans and Mike Freeman oppose these raises on the ground that they are "not fair" to other workers.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 24, 2014 - 8:17pm.

The Haslam administration has claimed that the deal to help Volkswagen expand its Chattanooga plant never went through because the offer expired after the automaker failed to meet a deadline to respond -- and that it had nothing to do with the governor's opposition to the United Auto Workers.

But emails leaked to NewsChannel 5 Investigates -- emails that the state had refused to release -- show Volkswagen lawyers had actually drawn up papers for a potential deal to bring more than a thousand new jobs to Tennessee, but it was the Haslam administration who pulled the plug on the incentives it had offered in August 2013.

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Submitted by onetahiti on April 24, 2014 - 4:04pm.

Read the story in the New York Times: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 24, 2014 - 9:47am.

With Republicans in control of the state legislature and governor's office, Tennessee has become an easy target for out-of-state dark money groups looking to push corporate interests through state legislatures. The Koch brothers, through their political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), have been at the forefront of the Tennessee takeover, pushing tax cuts, measures to block public transportation, and anti-Medicaid legislation among others.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 24, 2014 - 6:02am.

Why would a Governor whose family money come from selling gas want to tax cars for getting better gas mileage? This discussion s at KnoxViews.com.

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Submitted by onetahiti on April 23, 2014 - 1:50pm.

MarketWatch has the story: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 23, 2014 - 9:10am.

The livestock industry emits over one seventh of all human associated green house gases. Really..They do!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 22, 2014 - 9:54am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 22, 2014 - 6:57am.

Today is Earth Day.

Dr. Mary Headrick says, " April 22 is our chance to pause and think. Are we good stewards of our Garden of Eden, Earth? There is no Planet B."

I couldn't find a single Republican candidate statement on Earth Day. Sustainability is still a UN plot to destroy America, apparently.

That said there's this:

Roane County has achieved the lowest rung of a TVA sponsored community sustainability program.

TN First Lady Crissy Haslam is launching a program that will teach children how to identify trees in honor of Earth Day.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 21, 2014 - 4:54pm.

Dr. Mary Headrick, a retired physician and 30 year advocate for Health Insurance Reform, says that the economic benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act and Medicaid expansion should appeal to anyone with a brain. The Democratic Candidate for Congress in Tennessee's 3rd District also says, "Tennessee's refusal to take the Federal Dollars means two of our citizens needlessly die every single day. That is a tragedy to anyone with a heart!"

Headrick, an expert on what the numbers are and what they mean to Tennesseans, will address Dr Don Bruce's Health Economics class on Tuesday April 22 on the Knoxville Campus of the University of Tennessee.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 21, 2014 - 10:26am.

From Ken Yager's District Office:

The 108th General Assembly adjourned sine die Thursday, April 17, at 1:57 p.m. Central Time. The Session lasted 69 days, a record for early adjournment. The words "sine die" are Latin which means that the legislature adjourned without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing. In other words April 17 is the last day of the 108th General Assembly unless the Governor should call it back into special session. Our leadership figured that there was no need to come back for a veto override session. The 109th General Assembly will convene the first Tuesday in January, 2015.

Several significant laws were passed in 2014. Here is my pick of the litter:

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