Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2014 - 8:01pm.

"Apparently, Browns Ferry operated outside the bounds of its safety study," Lochbaum said. "Will TVA fix this dilemma before restarting Unit 3? And will TVA do anything to check whether Units 1 and 2 are equally impaired?"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 7, 2014 - 10:48am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 12:36pm.

Tom Humphrey is the great state of Tennessee's Most Valuable Journalist. That's why he is linked over on the right and you should read him every day.

Now the Trial Lawyer's Association agrees:

The inscription on the silver Journalist of the Year plaque said it was “for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, for unique contributions to the public welfare, and for distinguished service in print journalism.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 12:26pm.

Can we just keep Shawn Smoot locked up now?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 8:35am.

CPI News


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 6:58am.

This was at the Oak Ridge campus. The story has been edited into nonsense but start with the AED's that are stationed around the Roane State campuses. That stands for Automated External Defibrillator, a device that automatically diagnoses cardiac arrest and administers the shocks necessary to restart the heart. They won;t work without good people who want to help. In this case there were lots of good people.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 6, 2014 - 6:34am.

We should have the knowledge of who owns our elected officials. When, for example, 85% of Americans want universal background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and Congress refuses to pass the bill, we can readily see that they hold the NRA's interests higher than ours. In this era of dark money Weston Wamp goes against the grain somewhat. Here are his answers to a questionnaire from Channel 9 in Chattanooga. Let's note for the record that on the dark money question Chuck Fleischmann stayed dark.


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

350 Bechtel contractors at Watts Bar 2 will lose their jobs and 1000 vacant positions will not be filled. I wonder how morale is at TVA?


Submitted by onetahiti on May 5, 2014 - 11:55am.

Find dark skies near you with Google Earth and a light pollution overlay: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 5, 2014 - 10:43am.


Jay Clark

Friday May 9 7:30 $10 BYOB

Ladd Landing Clubhouse

Folks, Jay Clark was our first artist ever when we started our music series. Jay is a favorite, so we should have a good crowd, especially since he's bringing the Tennessee Tree Beavers (sometimes affectionately referred to as Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro)

There are NO Reservations required for this show but it helps to know you are coming so we can have enough chairs: .


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 5, 2014 - 6:42am.

When conservative Supreme Court Judges decided it would be just fine for Corporations to give unlimited money to politicians, it will be just fine, they said. What could go wrong, they said? Lamar has gotten $63k, Corker $51k, and Haslam $43k. Our own Congresman Chuck Fleishmann has received $5000.00. The bottom line is that the For Profit prison industry has exactly ZERO interest in seeing the crime rate or the incarceration rate go down.


Submitted by mushy on May 4, 2014 - 5:59pm.

Muse Watson congratulates the overall winner of Friday night's talent show at the Princess. It is hoped that the area schools will unite and make next year's show a two-night event!

Read more about Friday night's show, see photos, and find out who the winner was, on THE PRINCESS BLOG!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 4, 2014 - 5:37pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 3, 2014 - 5:57am.

Look for me. At the top of the long hill...I'll have your water ready. Be strong for a good cause.

Submitted by mushy on May 1, 2014 - 9:32pm.

CLICK THIS LINK to see what you missed "live" on the Princess stage last week!

There will be more plays coming to the Princess stage this year. The one I'm looking forward to is "A Christmas Story" in November!

Submitted by mushy on May 1, 2014 - 8:13pm.

Great minds have been at work to make the 1st Annual Multi-County Talent Show a success! However, it won't be a success if you don't come out at 6PM tomorrow night, at the Princess Theatre, to support the youth of Roane and surrounding counties!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 1, 2014 - 7:44pm.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, more than 151,000 people in Tennessee enrolled through March 31. That's 28,000 people, or 23 percent, more than originally projected by President Barack Obama's administration before the signup period began.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 1, 2014 - 6:38pm.

Federal regulators cited the Tennessee Valley Authority again today for failing to fully comply with standards for emergency plans at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has issued a white inspection finding to TVA for not maintaining adequate staffing levels for the plant's radiological emergency plan.

I mean, Everybody knows TVA is prepared for emergencies, right? Right?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on May 1, 2014 - 4:50pm.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the regulating body for high school athletics in the state, is subject to the Tennessee Open Records Act, the state court of appeals has ruled.

The TSSAA is like TVA in that it tries to be a government agency when that works and an independent non profit when that suits its purposes. Now that the TSSAA as a "State Actor" has been upheld twice on appeals, things could get more open at TSSAA. Perhaps we may even live to see the TSSAA act in the best interests of student athletes, instead of the best interests of the TSSAA


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...


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...


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:


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.


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.

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.


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

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


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

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.

And more:


Submitted by onetahiti on April 27, 2014 - 2:11pm.
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