This blog entry goes with this event listing.
Come one, come all to the Blount County Public Library next Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6pm for a panel discussion on electricity production, Green Power, and energy efficiency. Learn how to lower your electric bills and thereby reduce the amount of air pollution generated and lower the demand for coal. Learn how the Green Power Switch program works and why renewable energy is better for environmental health.
Tell your friends and neighbors!
The presentation at the library is part of a larger community awareness effort undertaken by three Maryville College seniors. One of them wrote about their efforts for Hellbender Press.
Blount County Public Library
Three seniors from Maryville College working on a community awareness grant will be joined by a representative from TVA to give an inspiring and educational presentation on where our electricity comes from, how to use less, why you should, and how the Green Power program works. The talk is free and begins at 6pm.
One of the students wrote about their efforts for Hellbender Press.
Selected data from the Tennessee Department of Education 2007 Report Card:
|Students per teacher||15.4||14.8||16.6||15.2|
|Per Pupil Expenditures||$9,415||$8,979||$7,336||$7,794|
|% Proficient Math K-8||91%||95%||91%||90%|
|• Change from 2006||-5%||-1%||0%||1%|
|• African American||82%||87%||80%||82%|
|% Proficient Reading K-8||96%||96%||92%||90%|
|• Change from 2006||0%||-1%||1%||2%|
|• African American||90%||90%||86%||85%|
(*2007 Graduation rates for Blount Co. system not available, 2006 figure used. Click post title to see table in wider view.)
• The Blount Co. system spends the least per pupil, has the lowest percentage of local funding, and the lowest achievement.
• Alcoa spends the most per pupil and has the highest percentage of local funding, and has results in the middle.
• Alcoa has the highest percentage of minorities and Blount Co. has the lowest. All three systems are below the state average.
• Alcoa has the highest percentage of economically disadvanted and Maryville has the lowest.
• Hispanic students are outperforming in Maryville and Blount Co. schools and underperforming in Alcoa schools.
• Schools in the three Blount Co. systems outperform the state averages in most categories.
Printed in the Daily Times. County officials have given the go-ahead on the idea of creating an environmental court which, among other things, be a place to enforce littering laws. I travel all over the US and East Tennessee has some of the trashiest roads. I applaud the new director of Keep Blount Beautiful Allison Teeters for helping to push this along. Finally KBB seems to have someone who is genuinely interested in addressing litter an pollution in our county.
In the same article it looks like the Planning Commission is coming along in setting design guidelines for comercial buildings! The RAC has design guidelines, but not for commercial developments. I hope this happens quickly.
Mr. Garrett threatening lawsuits seems odd in that he questions in a public paper "the mother’s fanatical religious practices" (link...) . Does she claim she is a fanatic? I hope Mr. Sheppard intends on defending these outrageous remarks made toward his client.
For those who don't necessarily want the "corrected" version of the opposing lawyer Garrett, here is the transcript in question; (link...) Read it for yourself. Anybody else want their religion questioned this way in a court of law?
Croster, Aldridge, Trexler - are you ever going to stand up for your employees? Are you going to finish the FBI probe story? Will you tell Garrett to take his threats to Laney and stick em' where the sun don't shine? Ever think about being pro-active instead reactive?
In preparation for the summit, five town hall forums are being held in the region to discuss tourism issues impacting the Smokies and its gateway communities
Tomorrow morning at the library from 10:00 until noon we have a unique opportunity to voice our concerns and listen and learn what it means to be a gateway community.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has long been a great resource to those who understand that in order for tourist to get to the Smokies they must pass through our communities and what they see in route is just as important was what they see when they get to the Park.
An "America Recycles Day" Computer Recycling Event is
being held at Technology Solutions of Tennessee, LLC.
Date: Saturday, November 17th 2007
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Harper Plaza, 718 East Harper Avenue 37804,
downtown Maryville at the corner of East Harper and
Contact: (865) 386-5865 for details.
TSOT, LLC will be collecting Computers, Laptops,
Monitors, Printers, etc. from consumers and small
businesses. Please feel free to bring your old TVs,
cellphones, ipods, stereos, DVDs, VCRs, and cameras.
20% OFF COUPON FROM SOUTHLAND BOOKS
[& Free Coffee from Detour Coffee]
PARTICIPANTS (LIMIT 1)
No lead acid batteries or household wastes (chemicals)
will be accepted.
Here is your opportunity to get rid of your old computer, monitor, printer, cell phone....
Technology Solutions will be hosting this recycling effort and they are next to Southland Books.
What a great service to the community and for your efforts you will also receive a discount on some purchases at Southland that day! AND you get a free cup o'joe from Detour Coffee!
Hummm... let's get this straight! I can take in that pile of pc crap in the garage and as a reward for not hauling it to the landfill I get a discount on my purchase at Southland Books and a free cup of coffee?? No doubt folks, this is the best deal in town!
Thanks again to the gang at Technology Solutions of Tennessee and Southland for making community count!
Dennis Kucinich Brings House Resolution to Impeach Cheney to Floor.
It is happening. Dennis Kucinich has used a privileged resolution to bring to the floor of the House Of Representatives a resolution to Impeach Cheney.
You can follow debate on line here:
Better yet, you can influence the outcome by calling the offices of John Duncan and ask that he vote for this resolution to impeach. His Knoxville office phone number: 1-865-523-3772
The full text of the resolution is at:
So often, development plays a negative part in our lives, in our news, and in our discussions. I would like to start a discussion of what good and desirable development can look like. I love a good "green" development, but there are many ways of judging that: green space preservation, placement within the community with respect to infrastructure, green or recycled material use, and well, you should feel free to name what you think of as "green." There probably isn't any one development that will be consistently green in every regard.
So, what do you like to see in a development?
Please name a development you particularly appreciate and tell us why.
I'll start. How about "Little Mountain"? A total of 100 acres was saved, mostly in one lump, as a natural common area. No bulldozing the whole forest down here. The lots tend to be a little smaller to accommodate the preserve. The original farmhouse was saved as a guesthouse for the community. The negative is the steepness of the slopes in some places and they get pretty close to the top of the ridge with the houses, which is overall not a great thing. But I love the catchy "100 acre woods" phrase; makes me think Winnie-the-Pooh everytime. I can't think of the developer's name, but he deserves some kudos.
I have never blogged until now although I have been following blountviews and the ripoffreport for sometime now. I guess I just did not have anything to say until now.
RNeals exchange last night with tootiepang was totally un-called for and extremely hypocritical.
RNeal did more to destroy the integrity of blountviews.com, than anything tootiepang could have done or said.Continued...
I saw in today's Maryville Daily Times that the City of Maryville is going to eliminate parking meters downtown. Good for them. According to the article, they don't don't work and even when they do they don't pay for themselves.
This site was started to give Blount County liberals, progressives, and Democrats a voice that isn't always heard in the local media and social circles. Says so right there in the "About BlountViews" site information and rules.
Progress means making things better, not tearing things down without any ideas for something better.Continued...
The Maryville Daily Times has an update on all the work by the City of Alcoa and the City of Maryville to provide water for residents and the success of customer conservation efforts.
With the new pipeline running from the impounded part of Little River, Alcoa is in better shape. Maryville is still facing problems, and there's no rain in the forecast.
I found this quote from the article to be a little odd:
Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said, “Maryville and Alcoa have plenty of water now. What we’re dealing with are regulatory restrictions. We can get the water.”
Plenty of water? Has anybody gone out there and looked at Little River where the water treatment plants are or gone up what used to be the Y in Townsend?
He goes on the explain:
The city plans to try to get the cfs lowered because Alcoa now has a 16-million-gallon-a-day plant instead of a 24-million-gallon-a day plant. Part of Maryville’s cfs designation is based on the fact that there must be enough water left in the river past the Maryville plant to supply the Alcoa plant downstream.
In this context his remarks make a little more sense, as long as Alcoa would in fact have "plenty of water" downstream. On the other hand, it sounds like Alcoa might have actually, you know, planned for the future when they got their permit.
I don't know the guy, and maybe he's a Democrat and a paragon of progressive government, but "there's plenty of water, it's just a regulatory problem" sounds like more right-wing free market voodoo policy making.
The same article quotes assistant Maryville director of water quality control Jack Graham as saying the previous record low flow for Little River was 51 cfs in 1952. It was 41 Friday. That doesn't sound like plenty of water to me. And no amount of deregulation is going to make it rain or put more water in the river.
Local Amateur Astronomers want to take you to this comet.
The Tamke Allen Observatory in the west and The Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society in the south are going to be observing the comet this Saturday Evening November 3rd.
If you live on the west side of Knox or Loudon counties, you probably want to visit Tamke Allen. You can find the Tamke Allen Observatory web page at (link...). There you can find a map to the observatory.
If you live in the south of Knox or in Blount counties, you probably want to observe with the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society or SMAS. Their web site is (link...) There you can find direction to the Locations and maps to the overlook on the Foothills parkway at which they typical meet to observe. They refere to it as Look Rock #1 as it is the first overlook, south of the big parking lot serving the Look Rock tower.
The comet looks like a star to the naked eye, but has a soft halo around it. The halo is easily visible in binoculars. SMAS member Joe Baldwin made the photograph pictured above of comet Holmes just a few days ago.
So bring warm coat, some folding chairs and your binoculars and join either of these local amateur astronomy groups as they observe this unusual comet.
I have been blogging for sometime now concerning corruptness in the local government and BC Republican/Developer party.
The only problem is that most of you folks haven't seen any of it because it's not on this thread.
I promise I'll start blogging on Blount Views also from now on. Right now, I have an issue with Townsend Chief of Police Ron "Spanky" Suttles who has consistly misrepresented state law in every instance where I've had any dealings with him.Continued...
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