Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 20, 2014 - 10:57am.

In a curiously timed public hearing, TVA has announced its intention to add coal ash to the gypsum landfill being built on the banks of the Clinch River. This landfill has already failed several times and has even leached gypsum into the Clinch River, we are just finding out. The public hearing was after the December County Commission meeting and the public comment period ends before the next Commission meeting in a very transparent attempt to force this through before anybody finds out about it.

We are calling on County Executive Ron Woody and the County Commission to get involved and stop this travesty. The first thing is to demand an extension of the comment period for 90 days so all the facts can come out. They won't be pretty.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 19, 2014 - 9:27am.


The link to this over on the right has been updated.

Submitted by onetahiti on December 18, 2014 - 7:11am.

West Roane VFD (Link...) receives their first quarterly donation check from Kroger this month. So far the donation averages over $25 per signed-up family per month. Thank you, Kroger!

If you shop at Kroger and want to get more donations for the fire department by shopping as usual, here's how to sign up:



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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 17, 2014 - 11:20am.

I was hoping we would see some legal action on this.

Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people were arrested early Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 16, 2014 - 12:56pm.

OK, the predictable happened. A fake town social media account was opened and is bubbling with positive social comments:

@FakeMayor account posted "just have to be positive. i learned today that 2 of my 6 staffers are not arsonists.#staypositive"


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 15, 2014 - 12:13pm.

Republicans can't stand to let Federal tax dollars go somewhere else. So how do we make up the TWO BILLION DOLLARS lost because of GOP politics and how do we get the rural hospitals back that were closed because of this?

In a major policy move, Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the new Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program that would provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Tennesseans who currently don't have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The plan would be leveraged with federal dollars, said Haslam, who has been working for more than a year on a Medicaid expansion plan that could gain approval from both federal officials and the Republican-dominated state legislature.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 15, 2014 - 11:18am.

Actually, I hate to disagree with my buddy, Steve Cohen, but I think Haslam's plan will work quite well, just not at giving Tennessee's college students a better education. What it will do well is funnel students into two year schools with abysmal graduation rates while raising tuitions at our states four year institutions by about $500 the first year.

Congressman Cohen's numbers and comments brought to us by Tom Humphrey:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 14, 2014 - 6:33pm.

Submitted by onetahiti on December 13, 2014 - 2:58pm.

WVLT has the story: Link....

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by mushy on December 12, 2014 - 4:09pm.


Today, December 12, 2014, THE PRINCESS THEATRE in historic downtown Harriman opens her doors at 6 PM for the first movie on the screen since the theatre's restoration.

The Christmas classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE will be shown FREE ADMISSION at 7 PM. However, all are asked to bring a canned good item for the local food bank. will be sold.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2014 - 9:48am.

Crucial Deadline Looms For The Uninsured

Ramsey wants to limit new Tenn. abortion laws

Sen. Kelsey, Rep. DeBerry File Bill Aimed at "Racial Profiling"

TN U.S. House delegation splits — 4 yes, 5 no — on $1.1 trillion budget bill


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 12, 2014 - 7:43am.

...hours before the Ferguson grand jury returned its decision on Nov. 24, (Chattanooga Police Chief Fred) Fletcher sent out an email to all officers that urged them to "be mindful" and "deliberate" on social media because officers' comments reflect on the department. And after Puckett's comments surfaced on Dec. 4, Fletcher sent out a second email.

"Let me be clear," he wrote. "We will not tolerate any behavior by a Chattanooga police officer that is abusive, harassing, threatening, profane or otherwise reflects unfavorably on the Chattanooga Police Department."

The same policy is in force here at RoaneViews for ALL posters. We also put a premium on factual accuracy. We make mistakes but they are always corrected when we find them.

Look, We have an "Us v Them" problem in our society and it's not just law enforcement. We are polarized in several places across the societal spectrum. Until we work on opening things up for clear dialog and search for ideas that work, rather than trying to put each other down, things won't change. Law enforcement is in a special category in that they hold life and death power over all of us, and should fall under special training and scrutiny and process openness. Let us try to keep in mind through all of this that there are more good well meaning people on every side than there are jerks. We must not classify all protesters by the very few we see on camera breaking windows and cops by the very few who shoot and kill juvenile delinquents. This is a complex problem and will take a complex solution persistently applied.

The Chattanooga story is here:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 10, 2014 - 6:06pm.

I wanted to post something on this earlier but I had Jury duty today. (No, I didn't sit on a case, since I have been a victim of the crime the defendant was accused of)

“You have got to satisfy the comptroller’s office because we rely on the comptroller’s office on all that we do,” Woody said. “If they’re not satisfied, we’re not satisfied, and if we’re not satisfied, we have a lot of confidence it’s not being done right.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 9, 2014 - 8:07am.

Why would someone force a child to drink two and a half liters of grape soda as punishment and who knew it was deadly? We don't normally post these types of stories but this one warns of the dangers of several things including bad parenting and sodas.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 9, 2014 - 7:55am.

This is a strange development and indicative of the Nation the US has become. Our elected officials are told what to do by moneyed and corporate interests rather than asking themselves what would be best for the people of these United States. As if the $4.5 billion Watts Bar debacle isn't enough, now we have more nuclear plants being proposed and financed by private interest who only want to make an obscene amount of money on them. So who bears the risk? The American taxpayer who insures nuclear plants, since no private insurer will touch them.

Two nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority are expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate today, but only after the pair made an unusual commitment Monday not to vote or involve themselves with any matter involving developer Franklin L. Haney and his effort to finance TVA’s unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 8, 2014 - 9:33pm.

Since 1937, The Tennessee Conservationist magazine has specialized in showcasing Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. In fact, the award-winning magazine is considered one of the longest-running chronicles of Tennessee’s natural and cultural history.

Well, except for that period of time when Governor Sundquist used it as his personal political campaign rag. Thank Gov. Bredesen for pulling in Commissioner Jim Fyke to save TDEC and the Conservationist. I will mention that Gov Haslam has continued the GOP tradition of destroying the entities in this state that work for a better environment by eliminating the TN Conservation Commission. Still surviving is this best of all Tennessee publications. You should give subscriptions to all of your family!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 8, 2014 - 3:00pm.

For tonight...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 8, 2014 - 11:03am.

Gotta love that free market. Price gouging anyone?

The price that hospitals and pharmacies pay for a bottle of 500 tablets of doxycycline, a decades-old antibiotic, rose to $1,849 in April, from $20 in October 2013. The price they pay for a bottle of pravastatin, a drug to lower cholesterol, rose to $196 from $27 in that same time. The price of a pill of digoxin, a centuries-old medicine that is irreplaceable for some cardiac patients, rose to $1.10 this summer from 11 cents in 2012.


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

As Dr. Shea Tuberty noted, "We are seeing NO lasting effects from the ash spill." But this is the perception that remains:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 7, 2014 - 6:17pm.

Now U T fans have an even better connection with Dale Jr.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 7, 2014 - 7:42am.

Food for thought on this lovely morning...

Assisting in a suicide is a crime in Tennessee. It's a Class D felony, and anyone found guilty can be sentenced to between two and 12 years in prison.

But the charge is rare -- in the past five years, only two people have been indicted on suspicion of assisted suicide in Tennessee, and in one of those cases the charge was later dismissed by prosecutors, state records show.


Submitted by onetahiti on December 6, 2014 - 6:40pm.

Want to see what various police groups got from the Pentagon? Scroll down to the picklist on this page to search by state and department: Link...

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 5, 2014 - 8:39am.

“TVA board members are robbing the funds collected from the rate payers for the pension plan for other funding,” Stalvey complained on the social media site. “This is the same as stealing and should be stopped.”

The TVA retirement plan, which covers nearly 36,000 employees, retirees and family members, had assets of $7.5 billion as of Sept. 30 and has no immediate problem continuing to pay more than $600 million a year in retirement benefits to about 23,500 retirees.

But to sustain such payments over the long term, actuaries estimate TVA’s retirement plan has liabilities of more than $12.2 billion. In its fiscal 2014 year end report, TVA reported that its retirement system is only about 61 percent funded, based upon projected benefit costs and investment earnings for the future.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 4, 2014 - 8:00pm.

The Dog made him do it? Really? For some reason the news stories fail to mention that this guy is a Republican.

The Tullahoma News reports that Matheny’s car careened through a parking lot and into Martha’s Flowers and Gifts on Monday morning.

Matheny said his dog had jumped into the front seat of his 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis and that the lawmaker tried to brake but mistakenly hit the gas.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 4, 2014 - 4:14pm.

The preliminary evidence is promising, if still incomplete. One study in Rialto, Calif. found that officers who did not wear body cameras were twice as likely to use force as those who were. Initial results from another study in Mesa, Ariz., suggest that 65 percent fewer complaints were filed against officers who wore cameras.

It turns out that both officers and citizens behave better if they know cameras are operating.

There are issues to be worked out and the study covers those as well.

PDF of Study

Submitted by onetahiti on December 4, 2014 - 2:33pm.

The West Roane County VFD website has updated safety links for this holiday season:

Toy and Product safety: Link....
Christmas Tree Fire videos: (Link...), plus more on Youtube (Link...)
Winter fire safety tips: (Link...)
Holiday fire safety fact sheet: (Link..., PDF).

-- OneTahiti

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 4, 2014 - 9:25am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 4, 2014 - 8:08am.

Not on Corporations, mind you. He voted to raise taxes on the working poor and barge operators on the Tennessee river.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 4, 2014 - 7:45am.

There's so much wrong with this I don't know where to start. The reason this project got cut by B & W is that they couldn't find support from investors, who see it as a loser. If you take away the tax payer funded insurance, since the private sector won't insure nukes either, this project fails all by itself. If you look at TVA's performance history, it's pretty obvious they can't be trusted to protect the public and then will refuse to make us whole when they have a disaster. So what does TVA do?...

It's full speed ahead with small nukes and they want to put them here in Roane County, just upstream of Kingston. Can we have some reason and sanity here?