Submitted by onetahiti on June 23, 2014 - 10:24am.

It has been 42 years since Title IX, which promotes "gender equality in education," became law. This was too late for me, so I was never allowed to take wood or metal or auto shop in high school. School administrators said having a girl in shop class "would be a disruptive influence."

I really wanted to take shop and their rejection still stings. You can probably guess that today I'm a big fan of Title IX.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:39pm.

My environmental friends would do well to learn this fact:

While Selenium concentrations in fish (whole bodies and fillets) were elevated at sampling locations affected by the Kingston ash spill relative to reference locations, concentrations do not appear to be above risk thresholds and have not been increasing over the five year period since the spill. Our results are not only relevant to guiding the human health and ecological risk assessments at the Kingston ash spill site, but because of current national discussions on appropriate guidelines for Se in fish as well for the disposal of coal combustion wastes, our results are also relevant to the general understanding of Se bioaccumulation in contaminated water bodies

Full published study PDF

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:29pm.

This is a courageous man. It takes a lot of courage to go public that you do not share the majority religion here in the Bible belt. When most folks see "In God We Trust" they are most likely assuming it is the Christian "God" and not the God of Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Shinto, B'hai or other religions that residents of Roane County hold...Or don't, as the case may be.

I wish Roane County could be famous for something uncontroversial for a change, like good schools, or parks, or recreation, or the arts, maybe.

A number we might want to think about: 41% of Roane Countians Do NOT have a religious affiliation, according to the US Census.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 22, 2014 - 12:00am.

I'll post pix soon. You may start being jealous. Five days in a canoe on the Green River in Utah, down to the confluence with the Colorado to meet the jet boat, then upriver 50 miles back to Moab. I love my life...Yeah!

Submitted by mushy on June 21, 2014 - 7:12am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 13, 2014 - 9:36am.

And lots more at the CPI Buzz:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 13, 2014 - 8:34am.

Carol E. Eimers, General Manager Kingston Recovery Project, reports the following:

There are two TVA-owned homes on Emory River Road that have significant structural damage, as well as mold, water damage, and rotted wood siding and decking. Due to these safety and health hazards, these homes are slated to be demolished, which will eliminate the potential for vandalism, fire, injury, and unauthorized access. Below is specific information on each home:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 12, 2014 - 8:13am.

The most curious comment of the day was Sen. Alexander calling the Student Loan Bill a "political stunt" and then supporting the Republican filibuster.

Corker was one of only three Senators voting against the Veterans Bill.

Oh, and in really important news, the definition of Tennessee Whiskey is really heating up. Our legislators have to be loving this battle between Jack Daniels and George Dickel. There has to be barrels of "election likker" flowing into legislative campaign coffers over this.

More at the Crockett Buzz:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 9:05pm.

Lots of folks ask me about canoes and kayaks. As the boat designer for Dagger there's ample justification for that. I know my stuff and have had over 100 boats of various kinds in production around the world. That said, I've been retired for a few years and things march on. When someone asks me what boat they should buy, I usually ask them a bunch of questions back. They mostly boil down to, "What are you going to do with a canoe/kayak/whatever more than anything else."

The best thing you can do before purchasing a kayak or canoe is to take a paddling class. Then go paddle a bunch of boats and see what fits you best. There are demo days (short for demonstration) all around. Here's a really good one with some good people involved. Yeah, it's in Chattanooga, but that's really only a few minutes further than K'ville if you think about it.'s FREE! Go do it!

Remember, you aren't buying your last boat. You're buying your first one. Get something comfortable and reassuring and you'll always have a boat you can take friends out in even if you out grow it, as I hope you will. It's a great sport with rewards through out your whole life time.

Have fun!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 7:36pm.

We're finding out a lot more about this fluff piece about the TVA ash disaster, such as this from Scott Colthorp, the film maker...

"I have been working with TVA’s film and video department for many years, helping the communications department share information with the public. I was asked by TVA’s former head of film and video, Cletus Mitchell, to document the clean-up process so that TVA could share it with the public.

So what we actually have here is a TVA promo piece, not a real documentary by an outside independent film maker.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 6:08pm.

I was pretty surprised at the mess and damage in East Kingston when I went in today. Glad it wasn't worse than it was.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 8:17am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2014 - 7:29am.

I read this as a move to see how much they can charge solar panel owners to connect to the grid. I hope I'm wrong.

For the first time in the Valley region, TVA, with the help of interested local power companies and other stakeholders, has launched an initiative to help determine the value of distributed generation (DG). This initiative, called Distributed Generation Integrated Value (DG-IV), will develop a methodology to gauge the value DG provides to the electric grid and the benefit the distribution grid provides to the DG owner.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 5:26pm.

Many areas of Roane have power outages, trees and lines down. All departments are working as fast as they can. We were hit by strong straight line downbursts. Our phone lines and internet are out. We are up and working though. All county and city departments involved are working. Not much will happen fast. 911 is overwhelmed with calls.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 4:47pm.

Guns are more deadly for white men in their own hands and for black men when held by someone else.

White men tend to kill themselves, Blacks get shot, Hispanics don't much die from chronic liver disease but both Blacks and Whites do. In fact, Hispanic men are way healthier that either Blacks or Whites. Who knew?


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 4:39pm.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every 3 hours somewhere in the country.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, nearly 1,200 people were severely injured or died at railway crossings last year and more than 900 others were hurt or killed while trespassing on tracks.

Walking on railroad tracks is trespassing, apparently. So here's the deal: what is a human life worth these days? If trains are killing or injuring 1200 people per year, wouldn't it make economic sense as a society to put lights or crossing arms at every crossing until we can build bridges or whatever?


Submitted by mushy on June 10, 2014 - 10:59am.

OK folks, here is your chance to see a great group of ladies! They were finalist on The Voice, and now they will appear on the Princess stage June 21st for only $15! Get your tickets now at Rocky Top, the Harriman Jewelry Exchange, or at Brown Paper Tickets!

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 10, 2014 - 9:35am.

There has to be a conflict of interest for the Governor to promote legislation that affects his pocketbook.

That and more from Crockett:

CPI Buzz for 6-10-14

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2014 - 9:34am.

Watching the local news on TV it seems like those folks live in an alternate universe where the rule of law and justice in the state of Tennessee is not under attack from all sides. And there's other stuff to think about. Thanks to Crockett for pointing out which stories we should worry about the most.

It's OK if people die because of coal, there are 29 jobs at stake!

Titular head of state of Tennessee making plans to run for titular head of United States.

Real Governor of Tennessee declares war on justice and rule of law. (Ok, this one worries me a lot!)

College tuition has risen 1200% in the last three decades. Inflation accounts for only 87% of that increase. Where is that money going?

Crockett News Buzz has it all:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2014 - 7:38am.

Marijuana costs 4 times as much in TN as it does in Colorado, creating an influx of small grower/dealers in TN. Medical marijuana is on its way in Tennessee. It's time to get that done and learn the lessons of western states that have legalized pot, creating a boost to their tax receipts instead of it going to dealers and crime.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 9, 2014 - 7:17am.

I have that headline saved as stock so I don't have to type it in every time a truck flips. We're on track for one flip a week this summer. TDOT says they've done a lot to I40 to reduce wrecks. It appears that there is a lot left to do. Accident prone I40 places a huge burden on Roane County roads and motorists. I would think there are highway modifications that need to be made but I'm wondering if a review of procedures wouldn't be in order to see if things could be cleared up more quickly when a wreck happens.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 8, 2014 - 8:26am.

Sunday morning internet speed test: My 1.5m DSL tests out at 0.56 down and 0.36 up. I've never seen it test higher than 1.3 meg and it's usually below 1.0. Anyone have experience with Excede?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 5:27pm.

Untrained elderly men get markedly fitter and healthier as a result of playing soccer. After only four months of twice-weekly one-hour training sessions, the men achieved marked improvements in maximum oxygen uptake, muscle function and bone mineralization. The study revealed that inactive elderly men improved their maximum oxygen uptake by 15% and their performance during interval exercise by as much as 50% by playing soccer for 1 hour two times per week over 4 months.

I can see the TV infomercial now: "New exercise improves performance 50%"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 10:21am.

For some reason I have the quaint notion that the people who enforce our laws should obey those laws. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey feels like illegal convictions should stand and executions continue, so much so that he is willing to lie to make his case for removing the current Supreme Court Justices. Of course the mainstream Tennessee media are calling him out, right? Right?

Well no, actually. But some of the good guys are telling the whole truth, like Pith in the Wind at the Nashville Scene. Stephen Hale does it:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 8:55am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 6, 2014 - 7:40am.

I usually do my waterfall hikes in the winter because the views are unobstructed by leaves, the ticks are gone, and the water is high. But then there's this reason to go in hot weather...they usually have swimming holes at the bottom. Ozone Falls is in Cumberland County but I claim it for Roane for the simple reasons that it is close and the water comes right by our Roane County home. There's still decent water flows and this would be a good weekend to admire what a beautiful area we live in.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2014 - 6:33pm.

Of course that's not how they put it...

"The economic challenges faced by many cooperative members make it critical that EPA regulatory programs be cost effective and provide environmental benefits that exceed the implementation and compliance costs,"...

For them it's about money.

Think about that as you drive back from Knoxville and see all those billboards that have monster lights shining up into the sky with only a small portion illuminating the actual signs.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 5, 2014 - 7:34am.

Please take one moment to watch the trailer at: Link... (it's a full-length documentary about the Kingston Coal Ash spill).

Scott Colthorp's film will make its East Tennessee Premier at the Knoxville Film & Music Festival at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. More info at Link...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2014 - 12:56pm.

I have a ton of questions about this. Why use a helicopter evacuation, when a road trip would work fine? I would be surprised if this were anything other than a copperhead bite, but if the victim were elderly or in poor health I can see the caution.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 4, 2014 - 8:34am.

Officials from Roane, Morgan, and Cumberland Counties are desperate to find businesses for the ill advised Tri-County Industrial park which isn't in Roane County but which we forked over millions of tax dollars to buy into. If you visit the site you would have to wonder what kind of business would want that location? The answer is a business that can't get accepted any where else, like say a dirty one that is having trouble getting financial backers because of the risk involved.

Roane County does not have the best record of looking out for its people and businesses where environmental problems are concerned. A business whose raw material is garbage would certainly require watching very closely.



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