Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 8:19pm.

I would write something snarky about this but hey, how do you add to perfect self written snark?

Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event on Monday about conservative alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) told the audience that among the ways in which the GOP can facilitate a takeover of the U.S. Senate would be to provide nominees with “a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths.” He said that his party should have taken the Senate in prior election cycles but, because the party’s nominees said “stupid things,” they failed to achieve that.

“I would suggest, when we nominate people, we give them a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths so they don’t say stupid things,” Roe said. “Maybe we can win an election.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 7:54pm.

McCoin urges residents in the region to unite and reach out to environmental organizations like Earthjustice and to watch out for attorneys with no expertise in environmental issues trying to profit from the incident.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 6:38pm.

It goes without saying that it is too bad the Dems can't find a candidate. The only time an incumbent is vulnerable is when he is below 50% and Haslam looks to keep dropping.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 12:18pm.

...school systems have increasingly relied on lobbyists at the Tennessee General Assembly, in part to counter education reform pushes they see as threats to public schools. This has often put local districts at odds with Republican lawmakers.

So what do Republicans do? They introduce a bill to limit local school board's ability to lobby.

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Submitted by chelsea on February 10, 2014 - 11:33am.

HB2026 addresses cities being able to annex at will, is designed to curb/stop it. Please contact your legislators about this, and ask them to support it. You can be sure TML will back this heavily. There is no bill in the senate at this time.
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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 9:58am.

Hilarity ensues...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 10, 2014 - 9:49am.

Fine print says Propane company has right to screw customers?

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And more from CPI Buzz


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2014 - 7:24pm.

“Our Appalachia: Mountain Mayhem, Misery, and Music” will focus on the difficulties that mountain life can bring.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2014 - 9:57am.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Saturday that the bombshell allegations made a 13-page counterclaim by Aaron Rosenberg, former nationwide lead salesman for Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, claimed that the firm “bestowed gifts and bribes on … officials in dozens of municipalities within, but not limited to the following states: California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 9, 2014 - 9:39am.

Tom Humphrey covers the battle for dominance between the Governor and the GOP legislature... Link...

Why can't we watch all the winter Olympic sports like most other nations? Link...

Haslam's plan to give every high school graduate a free two year college tuition seems to come at a very high price for four year institutions... Link...

Young adults and the obese are hardest hit by this year's flu strain... Link...

Roane State Faculty plan record breaking underwater stay... Link...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2014 - 9:48pm.

“It’s a very laudable goal for the governor to want to provide access to the community colleges in this way, however, it really shouldn’t be done on the back of the freshmen and sophomores at the university level.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2014 - 9:30pm.

I missed the event last year. Now that I've seen what a great time it is, I'll try to never miss another one. The sidewalks were swarming with politics but everybody was friendly and smiling for the most part. It was good to see Tommy Kilby and some of the other Morgan County folks coming to Roane County to support the cause.

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Did I mention that The Fairview Union put on a great show?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 8, 2014 - 9:24am.

So much for the hypocrisy of keeping government out of your business. Bob Corker is right in the middle of this as well. Workplaces that have union representation make higher wages, get better benefits, and have greater workplace safety. Haslam and Corker don't seem to think those are good things. Thanks for standing up for the working folks.

Haslam makes last-minute pitch to Volkswagen to stop UAW vote in Chattanooga


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2014 - 9:27am.

Things are pretty strange in TN right now.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2014 - 8:45am.

Are they looking for help in the clean up or are they looking for expensive PR and legal help to avoid responsibility for the damage?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2014 - 8:41am.

Mike Pemberton has made it official by filing his petition for Circuit Court Judge. His campaign already lists a sizable war chest with some big name donors. Pemberton faces current County Attorney Tom McFarland and current Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson.

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The current list of candidates is attached. It shows who has picked up a petition and whether or not they have filed. Of interest is the County Executive race with Mike Farmer and Darrell Meadows having picked up petitions but neither has filed to date. Meadows has also picked up a County Commission petition. Until petitions are actually filed we won't know the final makeup of the contest.

Let the games begin!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 7, 2014 - 8:15am.

The Office of Management and Budget, which prepares the president's budget each year, is still studying a proposal advanced in last year's budget plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2014 - 9:18am.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 6, 2014 - 7:48am.

This time in NC.

"How do you clean this up?" he said, shaking his head as he churned up the ash with his paddle. "Dredge the whole river bottom for miles? You can't clean this up. It's going to go up the food chain, from the filter feeders, to the fish, to the otters and birds and people. Everything in the ecosystem of a river is connected."

And this telling sentence:

Duke Energy officials have always insisted the ponds at its facilities were well-engineered and safe.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 9:27pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 5:44pm.

Yeah, I know it's not local...but it could be.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 5:38pm.

"Volkswagen respects this democratic right at all locations worldwide."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 5:20pm.

These people do good work. I'll be there, will you? Support them any way you can.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 11:05am.

"Every second that we spend in this country trying to enforce marijuana laws is a second that we're not enforcing heroin laws. And heroin and meth are the two drugs that are ravaging our country," Cohen continued. "And every death, including Mr. Hoffman's, is partly the responsibility of the federal government's drug priorities for not putting total emphasis on the drugs that kill, that cause people to be addicted and have to steal to support their habit. Heroin and meth are where all your priorities should be."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 10:30am.

Jason Eskridge pointed this one out. Turn 'em up!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 9:47am.

It's what they are paid to do...

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on February 5, 2014 - 9:43am.

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