Lost Medicaid Funding
To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.
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Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 19, 2014 - 6:11am.
Martin will perform at Ladd Landing tonight in a no reservations all acoustic show. Daniel Kimbro plays the part of his faithful companion for a musical powerhouse combo. Here's a Martin Harley song that was his first hit single in the UK. He's just breaking in to the US market which is why we can afford him. Enjoy while it lasts.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 18, 2014 - 8:48pm.
Senator Yager's "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out Bill is under attack.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 7:30pm.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 7:14pm.
"This is just a sad opening of a hearing. I’ve never seen it, and I’ve gone through some tough ones." ~ Barbra Boxer
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 17, 2014 - 6:25pm.
So we are a typical southern red state!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 16, 2014 - 6:46pm.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2014 - 6:23pm.
On the first R Attorney General in Tennessee history... Governor Haslam's current but outgoing Chief of Staff.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 15, 2014 - 7:59am.
“I’ve knocked on over 6,000 doors, and these people don’t want no tax,” (New Commissioner Junior)Hendrickson said. “They don’t want it put on the ballot. If we vote to put it on the ballot and it passes, we’ve raised it just the same.”
Did Junior just say that he won't let the people vote on a tax increase for schools because people don't want a tax increase for schools and people might vote to pass the tax increase for schools?
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:34pm.
This is a great overview of all the state constitutional amendments. Tom Humphrey is kicking hard for a retired guy: Link...
From Our "TN is Not Corrupt" Dept.: Contract Requirements For State Electronic Equipment Written by Current Contract Holder
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 12:21pm.
This is actually pretty funny in a blatant "you scratch my back with 20's and I'll scratch your back with 100's" kind of way.
During a conference with potential bidders Sept. 4 a vendor was looking at the requirements in the procurement documents. The vendor was looking at the details and happened to click "properties". Hilarity ensued:
Thanks to Tom Humphrey:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 14, 2014 - 9:05am.
It is not an accident that things like this are released in the Friday news dump in order to try and keep them quiet as possible.
The gypsum storage landfill has been under construction for several years past its original completion date. It has had any number of engineering and construction problems that we are aware of. Who knows what we haven't been told. I strongly suggest our elected officials get involved with this and make certain that the citizens of Roane County are protected. It's not like TVA has our best interests at heart.
The application is attached. We should at the minimum require a Public hearing with TVA being questioned by experts representing the County and its people.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 13, 2014 - 10:13am.
Kingston scored in the last minute of the game for the win. Congratulations to the Kingston players for getting Coach Pankey his first win at RCHS.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:14am.
I like this story!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 12, 2014 - 7:11am.
I would certainly like to have more information about this.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 1:15pm.
Chad tells me that they just signed a deal with the Discovery Channel and Nascar to use songs from their first album Bona Fide. This is huge!
See them right here at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse for a measly $10 in an all original acoustic show. See you there!
More information is right HERE
Sponsored by: Gloria Jean's Fine Southern Provisions
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:36am.
And in keeping with TVA's inability to do anything right where our safety is concerned:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 11, 2014 - 7:25am.
It's no secret that our elected officials are bought and paid for. They pass inane laws that do nothing except insure that you and I pay too much money for bad products and services. A huge newsworthy example at the moment is the municipal utility EPB that provides internet service in Chattanooga. It is the fastest broadband internet in the country. It is also the best buy for your money. Chattanooga's economy is booming in part because of the low cost and wide availability of super fast internet service.
TN Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn thinks this is socialism and must be outlawed. Why does she think that? AT$T, Verizon, and other cable internet companies have ordered her to think that.She has a bill in Congress to do just that because...ummm...well, it's a state's rights issue. Hiding behind ideology is an easy way to avoid admitting that Marsha is screwing her constituents for pay...and she's doing it for very little money in the scheme of things. Marsha is getting paid a few hundred thousand dollars for subverting US law for an industry that is making hundreds of billions of dollars each year. She's working way too cheap!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 10, 2014 - 8:59am.
There is a lot of research on why people believe impossible things. There is exactly zero credible evidence that this beast exists and a lot of hoaxes that have been disproved and admitted to. Even so, people want to believe in this giant leprechaun. Animal Planet fans the flames in order to get viewers. I have talked with folks who have led the shows people into the woods and they say it's a huge joke. With all the amazing plants and animals we have in Roane County I really wish we could focus on reality instead of the far less interesting fairy tales. Here's the RCN story and the web page for the East Tennessee Bigfoot org:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 6:04pm.
I could tell you about this but it would be better for you to read it for yourself without me as a filter. Well written and well reasoned!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 5:46pm.
Is anybody home up there? This is as slack as it gets. Is it even legal to backdate signatures?
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 9:58am.
Full press release:
This is Important for Tennessee Voters: Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Campfield for Campaign Lying
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 8:02am.
Would't it be wonderful if politicians were held accountable for lying in their campaigns? Congressman Chuck Fleischmann would then be held accountable for the fake photo of Weston Wamp burning his passport, something which never happened, but which got sent to most homes in our Congressional district as if it were true. If you lie to me, I don't trust anything you say from then on. Why lying in politics is tolerated in the Bible Belt when it is one of the big "Thy Shalt Nots", amazes me. Let's hope the judges offer a legal remedy that punishes campaign liars!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 9, 2014 - 6:21am.
Somehow TVA was able to make the case and sway the committee into thinking that Harriman's image was just as "damaged" as Kingston and Roane County and Mayor Beets went along with it in order to get $350,000 for Kingston to use on its own. We have an entire agency in Roane County that is professionally staffed specifically for developing Roane County's "image". That is where Woody wanted the money to go.
Submitted by onetahiti on September 8, 2014 - 5:39pm.
Charities that want to participate should sign up online: Link.... I checked, and so far Ridge View Elementary, Rockwood Food Pantry (Rockwood Ministerial Association), and West Roane County VFD are not yet signed up; I hope they sign up soon.
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 8, 2014 - 8:13am.
Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit against Judge Mike Pemberton,The Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins has been scheduled for trial on Oct. 8 in Roane County Chancery Court. The RCN has this note:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 8, 2014 - 7:59am.
The latest edition of the Roane County Commission will take up the matter of a sales tax increase, purportedly to help the schools. This is a complicated matter, actually, and I wonder how many of the commissioners actually understand why we are in the position we are in? Here's a short version.
All county schools receive a large portion of their funding from a share of state sales tax revenue. That portion is determined by the BEP formula, which distributes money to county school systems based on how much money the county itself has with which it can fund its own schools. A major factor in this is the value of homes and other real estate within the county. since property tax is a primary source of county revenue. The more valuable real estate in a county, the more a given tax rate earns for schools.
That should be pretty straight forward, right? Well it would be if real estate is assessed at reasonable fair market values.
When then Property Assesor Teresa Kirkham sent out tax cards in 2009 Property owners were shocked to see their assessments rise to unreal valuations in Roane County AFTER the 2008 TVA ash disaster. This was even more surprising when put in the perspective against properties in the neighboring counties of Knox, Anderson, Blount, and Loudon, all of which went down and none of which had a disaster on their hands. Kirkham was apparently of the opinion that a TVA disaster increases property values.
Now, property owners have several checks and balances built into the system to protect against a rogue tax assessor. They can appeal to the Board of Equalization which is supposed to be an autonomous quasi judicial entity following judicial rules of conduct. I'm not going to get into it at the moment but I suggest the members of that board look up "ex parte communication" and in the future refrain from letting the Assessor's office have private meetings with them during which property owners aren't allowed. They can appeal to the state, which many have done. The vast majority of appeals to outlandish Kirkham appraisals have been lowered in retrospect. Current Assessor David Morgan has been producing assessments that are actually in line with market valuations and the next countywide revaluation should correct most of this. For now, however, the damage to the BEP formula and school funding is already done, however.
But remember: The primary check on high property appraisals is the County Commission. The Commission must vote to approve the Assessor's work, and in 2009 they voted to approve property valuations that were around 20% above real market value, even in the most conservative of estimates. The Chairman of the Roane County Commission at the time was Troy Beets.
The current County Commission will consider a vote in tonight's meeting that would increase the County sales tax in order to partly make up for the loss of BEP school money caused by unrealistic property valuations the commission approved in 2009. Troy Beets voted to approve those valuations as Chairman. Troy was voted off the Commission but now serves as Mayor of Kingston. Regarding the Commission voting for a sales tax increase... From the Roane County News:
“I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets..,
Previously at RoaneViews.com:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 7, 2014 - 8:38am.
There are a number of things that worry me about our political process, but when you give the Legislative Branch total control it is a screaming freight train to massive corruption. We have a number of Republicans telling the same lie at the moment, namely that the AG is supposed to defend the laws that the legislature passes. The AG is the closest thing we have to a state sheriff. The AG rules on matters of the state and federal constitution, in particular, the AG tells the legislature when it is acting illegally. What Republicans want is a crooked sheriff who will tell them whatever politically expedient of the moment they want to hear. This will not be good for the honest citizens of Tennessee.
What these enemies of democracy want is to have a dishonest sheriff. What we have at the moment is a dishonest legislature.
Tom Humphrey has a good overview:
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 6, 2014 - 7:41pm.
Yes, I'm totally bragging! This event is hard...Way hard!
Submitted by WhitesCreek on September 6, 2014 - 4:54pm.
Gordon Ball asks the question that has troubled many Tennesseans:
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