Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 11:07am.

Will this mean layoffs for local police? It certainly would apply to Kingston and Harriman.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 10:45am.


Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional seat, said today:

“A clear attack against both our democracy and our local representation...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 10:05am.

The movie will premier from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT May 23 at the park's visitor center in beautiful downtown Wartburg. We have several treasures like the Obed, and they all flow to Roane County.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 9:14am.

So, this is not "the Kochs" doing this, in the cartoonish sense of David or Charles calling up a henchman and saying "kill that new bus line in Nashville," and then cackling and dipping an orphan in fracking runoff and using it to light a cigar. But this is the story of how billionaires dedicated to advancing an agenda at every level of government can do so with practically no one noticing until they've already won. Because a couple of energy moguls are constitutionally opposed to mass transit spending based on a very self-serving definition of "liberty,"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 3, 2014 - 6:09am.

It's too late to save Midtown, but this is welcome news.

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, the bill easily cleared the House on an 85-4 vote after decades of unsuccessful efforts to repeal an unpopular law that cities argue is critical for their continued growth and economic development.

That would be the same argument a tumor would make. Cities will now be forced to become functioning units within their own borders. This is going to be a drastic change for some of them. Harriman, I'm talking to you!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 8:16pm.

Police say that someone is calling people and pretending to be Lt. John David with the Rockwood Police Department.

Officers say there is no Lt. Davis at Rockwood PD. The caller is reportedly telling people they have outstanding warrants and need to send $400 immediately to clear things up.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 8:02pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 6:37pm.

Now this is the sort of positive story we need:

Six months have passed and Lollibaby remains in the care of a Roane County pet store. One Stop Pet Shop in downtown Rockwood rescued and has custody of the cockatoo.

Lollibaby has grown new feathers on her back and can fully open her wings. She has also become a great dancer.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 3:15pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 9:29am.

CPI News Buzz


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 7:45am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 2, 2014 - 7:03am.

I wish people would stop and do a bit of arithmetic before opening their mouths or publishing a newspaper article. Damon Lawrence calls it a part time job, but that's not quite correct. Ron Berry says it is overpaid, so let's look at this. Damon's RCN story says:

The county attorney’s total budget for this fiscal year is $122,731. That includes the $93,775 salary, $26,456 in benefits and $2,500 for travel.

The County Attorney has to take on whatever the county hands him, except for conflict of interest instances. Our county has generated a lot of attorney work for things that should have been taken care of in advance.

Attorney fees in Roane County run from $150 to $300+ per billable hour. There are 2000 hours in a work year, so a full time attorney who worked full time would cost between $300,000.00 and $600,000.00. I don't think a person with an advanced college degree who has any semblance of competency and sanity should have to sit through the County Commission meetings and take the Commissioners' phone calls for less than $100k a year.

Just so you folks know, Greg Leffew has handled a number of things for me and is a solid attorney. He was Rockwood City Judge for years and he and I did spar in court on occasion. I won some and he won more. Greg has been Rockwood City attorney of late. I suspect the real reason he hasn't drawn competition is that no one wants to spend time and money on a losing cause.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 12:51pm.

At what point in Haslam's war on workers do the workers quit listening to Fox News and reading Koch Brothers billboards? At some point I'm thinking Tennessee's working people are going to wake up and go after the TNGOP.

“The incentives … are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee.”

And of course the State of Tennessee made no secret of what outcome would meet with their satisfaction. Tennessee’s junior senator, Bob Corker, was quite vocally (and maybe illegally) opposed to unionization at the plant. And oh look, it gets worse!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 8:39am.

For months, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has denied any connection.
But documents leaked to NewsChannel 5 Investigates offer conclusive proof that the Haslam administration wanted a say in the automaker's deal with organized labor -- in exchange for $300 million in economic incentives to help VW expand its Chattanooga operations.

This looks worse and worse for the Haslam administration. The Koch brothers run Tennessee.

More from Crockett Policy

Previously noted at RoaneViews

Submitted by WhitesCreek on April 1, 2014 - 6:35am.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will be building a pedestrian bridge over the East Embayment as part of TVA’s commitment to restore the Swan Pond area near the Kingston Fossil Plant to as good as or better than it was before the 2008 ash spill.

For the safety of the public and work crews, access to the East Embayment by boat will be temporarily closed beginning today.
Signs will be posted on the shoreline and buoys will be installed across the embayment to restrict boating access.


Submitted by macmurchadh on March 31, 2014 - 11:21pm.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Were hundreds of millions of your tax dollars offered to Volkswagen -- and then pulled back -- to try to keep the United Auto Workers out of Chattanooga?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 31, 2014 - 7:52pm.

“I have been called a curmudgeon, which my obsolescent dictionary defines as a ‘surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow’. Nowadays, curmudgeon is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and takes the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of fact, common sense, and native intelligence. In this nation of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, it then becomes an honor to be labeled curmudgeon.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 31, 2014 - 9:55am.

I can tell you a bunch of stuff or you can just listen to this and show up at Market Street 7:30 Friday night.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 31, 2014 - 8:41am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 30, 2014 - 7:49pm.

By "outside" I mean folks who ain't from around here...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 30, 2014 - 7:22pm.

Hilton says officials aren't against four wheeling, but a nature preserve isn't the place for it.

Well, Duh!


Submitted by Creativeartsco-op on March 30, 2014 - 11:06am.
Are you ready for 'All That Jazz'?

Fifteen students representing four area high schools and the home school community debuted the longest running Broadway production 'Chicago!' in Harriman this weekend.

The show will continue for three more performances - April 4, 11 & 12.

Visit Link... for more information.

We hope to see you soon!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 30, 2014 - 6:54am.

We lost Rikki Hall during the night. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Kim, and all who knew him. Rikki was a great intellect and a great person. His environmental column at MetroPulse was a must read and was often quoted and linked here. As sharp as his environmental observations were, his political eye was even sharper. Rikki was a force...a force for good.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 30, 2014 - 5:35am.

Be good!

This is the first time the six states have come together in an enforcement campaign. With all states working together, the entire length of I-75 will be saturated with law enforcement and they're looking for everything from seat belt violations to impaired driving.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 29, 2014 - 8:29am.

This is a map of hummingbird sightings. Looks like the early birds have made it to west TN. We should be seeing them any day now. Time to put out the feeders.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 29, 2014 - 7:27am.

Chief Heidle with the Harriman Police Department says suspect James Lands was taken into custody Friday night on charges of exposing himself to a minor.

I'm just curious, did patronage at this Kroger go down or did it go up after a flasher was reported?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 29, 2014 - 7:21am.

The GOP primary race for our District has turned into a mean and meaner contest. I want to poke fun at this stuff but it really just make me sad to see what passes for the political process in Tennessee. It seems to be all about privilege and power instead of what's best for us.

Weston Wamp: "I had a private, respectful conversation with Scottie Mayfield. As I told Scottie, I turned on my iPhone recorder for my own protection as anyone would who is running against a dishonest Congressman who has already been sued for defamation of character. I was concerned and still am concerned that Mr. Mayfield may have been a victim of the lies, threats and misinformation that has been spread from Congressman Fleischmann, and his cronies, since I entered the race in January."


Submitted by onetahiti on March 28, 2014 - 10:54am.

Nicholas Kristof writes in the NY Times on "five public welfare programs that are wasteful and turning us into a nation of 'takers.'" Definitely recommended: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 8:24am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on March 28, 2014 - 8:22am.
Karen Rhyne spoke out against Common Core at the board meeting. Her comments didn't spark a discussion amongst the board members. Massengill said the board was advised by its attorney not to talk about the subject.

“The governor is for Common Core,” he said. “You have to be real careful on your comments, so he (the attorney) just told us do not make any comments.”

School Board meetings have gotten incredibly weird:

“When schools are asked to give up a room for Islamic prayer, that is asking us to implement Sharia Law,” the book states.

What was the discussion on that?



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