Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 23, 2014 - 9:02pm.

Watts Bar construction began in 1973, but because of America's on-again, off-again romance with nuclear energy, Unit ONE was delayed until 1996.

The romance rekindled in 2007, and TVA committed to finishing Watts Bar Unit TWO, at a cost of 2-point-2 billion dollars. In just 5 years, that cost doubled to 4-point-2 billion dollars and TVA now says, Unit Two will FINALLY be ready by late next year.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2014 - 8:11am.

Looks like it. One million dollars in the TVA Ash Disaster pay off money was earmarked as image repair money back when. A sound plan was proposed by County Exec Ron Woody and Roane Alliance President Wade Cresswell. That plan would have allocated the money to the one organization in Roane County that has the sole purpose of promoting Roane County. Instead, the money was divided up with the bulk of it going to Harriman and Kingston. I can see the case for Kingston but Harriman has made out like a bandit on the backs of TVA ash spill victims. Rockwood can make a far greater case for having been harmed by the ash spill stigma than Harriman can. Rockwood is, after all, downstream. Harriman is somewhere else.

A sensible use of the million dollars would be to allocate it to the Roane Alliance and use it for specific public relations programs that would begin the process of erasing the TVA disaster stigma that hangs over Roane County property owners and businesses. But it's money after all and there's nothing local officials like better than money they don't have to levy taxes to get.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 22, 2014 - 6:47am.

American alligators use tools. The only other Reptilia known to use sticks to lure birds is the mugger crocodile. Both species collect sticks on their heads which birds looking for nesting material try to pick up, thereby becoming food for the local apex predator.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2014 - 7:02am.

Roane County had 86 deer related traffic accidents last year. Slow down and don't swerve, even if a collision is imminent. Remember that there is almost never just one and that they are incredibly stupid where vehicles are concerned.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 21, 2014 - 6:45am.

A few items that caught my eye:

Despite all the scare mongering by the GOP, ebola is exactly as difficult to catch as the CDC said it was. Family members of the only victim so far who had very close contact with him have been cleared and released from quarantine.

An experimental herpes drug is named "pritelivir". Is that pronounced "Pretty Liver"?

As of this exact moment in time you have arachnids living on your face. Members of the arachnid family include scorpions, spiders and mites. Researchers have found Demodex folliculorum or D. brevis (human follicular mites) in the facial follicles of 100% of adults tested. Time to get over that Arachnophobia of yours. You are where they live! I thought about posting photos but didn't want to ruin your breakfast.

A virus that makes its way to a door knob can be transmitted to between 40% and 60% of the people in an office within two to four hours. If half of the people use disinfectant hand wipes the rate of transmission is cut by 80%.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2014 - 5:42pm.

Chuck Fleischmann voted to prevent the Pentagon from taking climate change into account. How long are we going to tolerate politicians ignoring science?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 20, 2014 - 6:49am.

You may find this surprising, given that I am a tireless critic of TVA, but I agree with the IG for the most part on the clean up. TVA has failed to make our County and its property owners whole from a financial stand point but environmentally we are better than we have been since TVA came to town in the early 1950's.

“Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 18, 2014 - 11:31am.

This should be a model for the other towns in Roane County on how to put your best foot forward.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 18, 2014 - 11:00am.

Not the normal happening in Rockwood, actually.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 17, 2014 - 5:06pm.

October 18, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for the Tennessee Third Congressional seat, called for both immediate action by government to address Ebola and by individual Tennesseans to address influenza.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing the results of drastic government cost-cutting in the name of ‘smaller government’ as well as the results of years of congressional gridlock,” Dr. Headrick noted.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2014 - 7:38pm.

Congratulations to Rockwood Girls Soccer District 3 A/AA Champions!


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 16, 2014 - 8:31am.

Between phone calls and email I had more than one staunch Republican tell me they voted for Mary yesterday. They pretty much hate Chuck Fleischmann. There might be a surprise in this election after all.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2014 - 3:23pm.

Meet Charlie Ingram & Ray Brazier from the Outdoor Channel on Monday, October 20 at 7 pm at The Roane Alliance. This is a free event. More info:

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 15, 2014 - 3:16pm.

It's Fall. Whites Creek is running strong and several thousand common grackles have us surrounded. They are wonderfully noisy.

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Submitted by Lickskillet on October 15, 2014 - 2:12pm.

Thursday Night at the Library Presents Elder Law Attorney, Amelia Crotwell

Thursday, October 16 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library

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Submitted by RoaneBooster on October 14, 2014 - 7:35pm.

Phil Bredesen was just in a commercial WITH Bill Haslam supporting a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in Tennessee.

I'm shocked.

RB

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 14, 2014 - 6:50am.

With a just released report from NASA calling September the "Hottest month in history" There's this from the Pentagon:

"Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe," he adds.

The report asserts that climate change will affect the Pentagon's ability to "defend the nation" and "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,"

Can we do something yet?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 13, 2014 - 6:03pm.

Sorry Chuck Fleischmann. Why is it that people who know you personally seem to have decided to support Mary Headrick for Congress in the 3rd District?

Today at the JFK Club luncheon meeting at The Chattanoogan, Mayor Andy Berke spoke in glowing terms in support of Mary Headrick's run for U.S. Congress. He told those assembled that Mary Headrick has his support. This announcement was received with obvious pleasure from the crowd.

Headrick stated, "It means a lot to me to have the approval of an elected official from the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Just as important, in fact more important, is the support I have received form citizens in Chattanooga and throughout the 3rd District. Together, we can bring greater prosperity, progress and fairness to East Tennessee."


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 12, 2014 - 6:56am.

John G. Stewart lives in Knoxville and is a former assistant general manager and vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is aghast but not surprised at the idiocy of TN's Constitutional amendments.

Pity the poor voter this time around, especially when it comes to the four constitutional amendments on the ballot. First, the wording of the amendments themselves is all but incomprehensible. Who writes this stuff?

Then the media — and your mailbox — are filled with one half-truth and one misleading assertion after another.

The classic example of this are the assertions being trumpeted far and wide by the advocates of constitutional Amendment 3

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 10, 2014 - 1:52pm.

This is extremely alarming! I hope the penalty for this is substantial.

According to reports, a woman told police she was taking her children to school along Sugar Grove Valley Road when she saw emergency blue lights behind her car.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 6:50pm.

“Sometime during this incident, Officer Medina restrained Billy’s arms and upper body in a choke hold while another individual restrained his legs and forced Billy to bend over a desk while Principal Shadden paddled him,” the lawsuit stated.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 6:29pm.

How insane have Tennessee politics become when we are voting on an amendment to our state constitution that would give Ken Yager and Kent Calfee the power to decide whether your 14 year old daughter has to bear her rapist's child or whether your wife will die rather than terminate a life threatening pregnancy?

I have decided to vote NO on all amendments. That simplifies everything.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 3:42pm.

Headrick Urges Flu Season Preparation

October 9, 2014

Dr. Mary Headrick,, congressional candidate for the Tennessee Third District, stepped off the campaign trail briefly today to remind everyone who is able to do so to get a flu shot.

“There is so much in the news today about the Ebola virus and about the entereovirus D-68,” Headrick said, “and they are serious and worthy of attention, but influenza - the flu - is the thing that we here in Tennessee should focus our attention on first because it is the thing we can all do something about.”

“By getting flu shots, we protect ourselves and protect others at the same time.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:34am.

A letter has been sent out to HUB water customers but there is nothing on the HUB web site. Instead there is a link to the report showing HUB has great water quality...Problem is that the report is from 2011, even though it has a "NEW" banner beside it, and the violations were from July 1 to Sept 30 of this year.

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

The Roane County Sheriff's Office bought a drug incinerator with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It uses high heat to turn pills into piles of ash.

This is nothing short of weird. TDEC isn't doing its job in the first place, with water quality enforcement actions only one half of what they were under Bredesen, and now money for environment and conservation is going to incinerate drugs? If TDEC is going to siphon off its money to other causes how about buying Roane County some science text books?

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on October 9, 2014 - 7:12am.

We're watching our Eastern Hemlock trees die from an invasive insect that was most likely brought in by the tree nursery trade in the 1950's. It will drastically alter our streams and rivers if the hemlock wooly adelgid isnt controlled.

For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.

But state scientists say they might have a secret weapon to retake the ridge -- a bigger bug.

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