Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 22, 2014 - 1:30pm.

So not only does TVA not have to pay for damage to property values in Roane County because of federal immunity, workers can't get their medical bills due to ash exposure paid for the same reason. TVA just paid out $137 million in bonuses but refuses to be responsible for its actions because the law says it doesn't have to?

Jacobs Engineering Group argued that it was entitled to the same immunity given to contractors in other litigation over the TVA ash spill.

U.S. district court judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed the case in September.

The plaintiffs have since filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 5:34pm.

Robert E. Cummings, the former UT officer, and Benito D. Lopez, formerly of the TVA, are scheduled to be sentenced in March and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 5:28pm.

TVA to the Roane Community Advisory Group:

We are nearing completion of major construction activities associated with the Kingston Recovery project. The landfill will be capped and covered by early December, and over the next three months, we will be removing haul roads, cutting a channel under the overpass to connect the north and middle embayments, and general site clean-up. As such, we are making the following changes:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 21, 2014 - 7:42am.

The Roane County News carried a Damon Lawrence story on a letter from the state regarding the 2015 reappraisal progress...

In a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments expressed doubts about the assessor’s office ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal program on time.

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Morgan has consistently refused to be interviewed by Damon Lawrence or cooperate with the Roane County News as a result of what Morgan says is misinformation in their published news articles. Here is his response to the state.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 20, 2014 - 8:06am.

Tonight at the Ladd Landing Clubhouse

I could post a video of Johnny with the Allmans on the Johnny Carson Show or any number of other project this phenom has played ans sang on but this is more like what he did for us the last time he was here.

Show time is 7:30, $15, BYOB and we'll end it around 9:30 so you can get to work next day.

Reservations are not required but we will take them. We are about 2/3 filled right now. email stevescarb@aol.com or call me 865-603-6981

Now turn it up and get ready for a musical treasure...

Directions and more about our music series right here


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 20, 2014 - 7:00am.

"Find Yourelf Here" The Obed River Wild and Scenic Movie. Watch it at the link below. These waters flow to us. We must protect them for our own selfish reasons, but even more so, for our collective souls to be nourished.

There are several streams involved, not just the Obed, which flows right through Crossville (Where it is treated badly). Most of the footage is actually on Clear Creek and the Emory River, which we have treated badly at our end, but which is now recovered and flourishing. Spread the word!

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 19, 2014 - 8:49am.

Best quote:

“We cannot have an industry here if we don’t invite law enforcement in and make them a part of the process,” Jarboe said. “Because if I’m hauling 50 pounds of hemp tops up to the juice company to be juiced and I get pulled over, I can’t have my crop confiscated while they figure out if its legal or not.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 19, 2014 - 7:44am.

My experience with sewage "leaks" is similar to an ash "spill". I've going with a better term: disaster! Roane County has recovered from the environmental effects of TVA's negligence but it will be some time before a full recovery from the stigma and economic damage TVA generated. Some private landowners in Oliver Springs feel damaged in their own right.

Government entities exist for the purpose of serving the common good, or "general welfare" as it is termed. Everybody dislikes paying taxes and there is always pressure to keep them low, sometimes by refusing to deal with capital projects in a timely manner, say like repairing and building suitable infrastructure required to properly treat a town's sewage. Oliver Springs' infrastructure problems have been long known. Now they have to pay the piper, specifically in the form of a lawsuit from people who are tired of wastewater being allowed to flow onto their property because Oliver Springs refused to deal with its mess. One of the most respected law firms in East TN has taken the case and this could be interesting to watch.

Perhaps the Town of Rockwood might want to turn its attention to its own problems of a similar nature.

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Submitted by mushy on November 18, 2014 - 7:54pm.

The first two movies at the Princess have been scheduled, plus a great Holiday lineup of other entertainment.


"It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Snow" are coming up on December 12th and 20th.

Click on the blog link for more information.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 7:45pm.

Roane County has a very strong connection to the Manson Family in Bruce Davis, a brilliant student with a very troubled childhood in Roane County.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 11:23am.

Pretty fun what students do in college these days...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 18, 2014 - 8:16am.

Relax...The low temperature record was 18 F set in 1891. Compare our projected high of 31 to 80 degrees back in 1985.

The atmospheric vortexes that are causing this are mostly likely due to the increase in heat energy stirring things up on a global scale. Huge spinning vortexes of cold northern air are spun down toward the temperate latitudes. At the same time warm air moves north to where the vortexes come from. It was above freezing last night in Igiugig, AK and is currently 45 F, just a few degrees from the record high for this date.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:25pm.

Go there!

If you ask anyone who has done it, hiking Mt. LeConte is not just a hike; it is truly an accomplishment. It is the third highest point in the Appalachians and home to the only overnight lodge in the Smokies.

The season, however, is coming to an end next week. It's also the end of a long run for two familiar faces at the lodge.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 4:42pm.

Forecast low is 19 degrees F. This is not expected to be a strong year but meteors are meteors and there will be quite a few at times. At other times, nothing. I expect to get out there a few times but not for any extended period. Here's an info link with a live viewer for what it's worth.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 12:00pm.

Word is that failure to pay the tax restitution has caught up with the owner of this Roane County business. The midtown location was previously Ferguson's Market


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 10:52am.

After TVA passed a rate increase for residential customers of 1.5% we now see this:

The Tennessee Valley Authority will distribute $131 million in performance bonuses this week to employees who helped the federal utility surpass all of its key goals for safety, performance, reliability and income during fiscal 2014.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:54am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 9:50am.

We currently have five high schools in Roane County with five complete sets of administrative offices. Will the increased transportation cost offset any savings from efficiency? Old school allegiances die hard, so this will be a tough sell to some folks. It always is. My thought is that we should hire somebody to look at consolidating our tiny towns while we're at it. Do we really need four police chiefs and mayors?

The Roane County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday “regarding selection of architects.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 17, 2014 - 7:36am.

Can you charge for advertising on a web site for something that doesn't exist?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 16, 2014 - 7:55pm.

What???

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 16, 2014 - 7:47pm.

This would be fun to watch if it weren't so tragic regardless of the outcome. Dark money now rules our political system.

The Registry of Election Finance Board has dismissed one complaint alleging that the PAC – represented by Nashville attorney/lobbyist Gif Thornton — operated illegally while leaving another complaint hanging after asking Thornton to provide more information. (Previous post HERE.)

“You ought to be ashamed!” yelled Ruth Fennell at Thornton as he walked away (from the Registry meeting).

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Submitted by onetahiti on November 16, 2014 - 5:06pm.

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, Link...) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood. The Food Pantry feeds an average of over 1000 people each month.

They also give out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food. Sign-up between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the Food Pantry. Bring identification and documentation of income.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 15, 2014 - 10:36am.

The Knots delivered the music to a full house. This is the encore.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:18am.

Since every thing else is perfect in the town of Rossville, TN, the city council has passed the first reading of a law that would make it illegal to support abortion rights.

Editorial opinion: These people are simply nuts.

The ordinance, which on Monday passed its first of two readings, reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person or organization to offer ... abortion services within the limits of the City of Rossville," and adds, "it shall be unlawful for any person or organization to advertise by newspaper, sign board, or otherwise within the limits of the City of Rossville, that the individual or organization does endorse or practice abortion services."

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:05am.

This place was "raided/investigated" last year in September as I recall.

In Roane County TBI officials investigated the Interstate Spa at 108 Ole Patton Lane, Rockwood, Tennessee. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 14, 2014 - 8:00am.

Among other things, a week of vacation has been taken from more senior employees and given to new hires.

Fleischmann, Corker, and Alexander are "Looking in to the issue".

With benefit changes looming for Y-12 employees and retirees at the start of the year, Oak Ridgers Betty Hatmaker and Hyatt have launched a campaign to protest. According to both, the current insurance plan offered to employees and retirees will no longer be offered, even though it’s still available through the insurance carrier Cigna. The new plan changes from a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $2,000 annually for a family to more than $6,000. And while insurance premiums, and now deductibles, have continued to increase, retirees reportedly haven’t seen a pension increase since 1998.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:46pm.

Wait???? Increased air quality improves job prospects? That's way too obvious for a TN TV station to use in a headline...

Anderson, Blount and Knox counties may soon have increased employment because of improved air quality statuses.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has applied for clean air attainment status for Anderson, Blount and Knox Counties since their recently attained federal clean air standards.

"This announcement means Anderson, Blount and Knox counties are ready to say ‘we're open for business, our air is clean and healthy," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 6:38pm.

The NRA and Lamar...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 13, 2014 - 8:30am.

Ben Redden was flown by Lifestar Tuesday night after colliding head-on with a teammate.

"Last thing I remember we were about to play the championship flag football game at intramurals,"

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on November 11, 2014 - 8:31am.

The TN Elections Commission is being sued to force them to count the votes cast on Amendment 1 in exactly the manner the sate constitution requires. The Election Commission says it's never been done that way so why start now? Does any one else find it somewhat ironic that they want to count the votes for an amendment to the constitution in a manner that defies the constitution in the first place? Link...

In the predictions department, I think Haslam will approve expanding medicaid now that the election is over. (Note that all that scary ebola stuff has subsided as well)The state is losing too much money on this and if there's one thing a Republican loves, it is money! Link...