Archive for the ‘Tennessee Politics’ Category

Gay Nudists Are Coming!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

It looks like my hometown of Harriman might soon boast a gay nudist resort:

A small Harriman community may seem like the last place for an adult only, alternative lifestyle, nudist resort, but an investor from Ohio says it’s perfect.

The Rosebud Lodge Resort and Campground would cater to the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender community.

The resort is planned to be built on 60 acres of property along the Clinch River on Skyline Drive.

However, the property still needs to be rezoned as a commercial area.

I personally don’t care if it opens or not. It seems to me there are more important things to worry about. But I suspect the county commission will refuse to rezone the property, thus killing the deal.

Mountaintop Removal Bill Dies

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This is a real shame. Jeff Woods puts it in perspective:

With a coal company essentially promising to mine by blowing off the tops of Tennessee mountains, lawmakers inexplicably refused to act and all but guaranteed great swaths of ecologically important woodlands will be laid to waste.

The National Coal Corp. threatened to shut down in Tennessee if mountaintop mining were banned. So to save 234 jobs, the sum total of the company’s workforce, lawmakers decided to sacrifice the natural beauty that underpins a gazillion-dollar tourism industry.

There is some hope for next year, but tragedy looms if the legislature doesn’t act soon:

Environmentalists say they’ll present their bill again next year, and the governor has indicated he might help this time. There’s a sense of urgency. Mountaintop mining is about to become more familiar to Tennessee. National Coal sold its operations in Kentucky this year to focus on mining in this state. The Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-fired power plants are about to be fitted with newer pollution scrubbers, making this state’s high-sulfur, dirty-burning coal more marketable, according to Barger.

Via ACK (cross posted at Hillbilly Savants)

ACK is Back

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

A.C. Kleinheider, formerly of Volunteer Voters, is now blogging at Post Politics, the Nashville Post’s blog. We all knew A.C. would land on his feet, and it’s great to see him blogging again.

Blackburn’s Financial Blunder

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

This doesn’t speak well of Congressman Marsha Blackburn:

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Tuesday acknowledged failing to report more than a quarter-million dollars in campaign expenditures over the past six years while at the same time failing to report $102,044 in contributions.Blackburn, seeking her fourth term and facing both Republican and Democratic opponents, told The Commercial Appeal she plans to reveal the errant Federal Election Commission reporting in a series of amendments to disclosure reports dating back to her first run for Congress in 2002.

I doubt anything sinister is afoot. It’s probably just an innocent mistake, but it’s one that shouldn’t have been made. I don’t know if she was ever seriously being considered for the VP spot on the McCain ticket, but if so this will probably eliminate her from the running.


From the Ashes it Rose

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

An effort to ban mountaintop removal looked dead in the water less than two weeks ago. But now it has been revived:

A Senate committee today approved a bill to put new restrictions on surface coal mining in East Tennessee, even though a House subcommittee had killed the measure earlier.

Sponsor Sen. Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, said he now expects an effort to have the House Environment Subcommittee hold a special meeting and consider reversing its earlier vote to kill the bill.

The measure passed the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee today by a vote of 8-1. The lone no vote was my state senator, Tommy Kilby, who continues to be a major disappointment but who is happily not seeking reelection. Senator Finney deserves a lot of credit for keeping this effort alive.

Who’s the Boss?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I was critical of Bill Hobbs’ decision to make an issue of Barack Obama’s middle name, but this brouhaha is silly. Anyone fair minded person would understand that Hobbs was referring to the people being Obama’s boss, which is (at least in theory) true of all elected officials.

Lamar! Supports Flat Tax

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

This makes me happy:

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today spoke about the April 15 federal tax filing deadline and outlined a plan to create an optional 17 percent federal flat tax with a single-page form. Americans would have the option of choosing this tax over the current income tax and its multi-page forms.

Krumm to Iraq

Friday, April 4th, 2008

One of the best bloggers in Tennessee, Bob Krumm, is being deployed to Iraq as an analyst with the Multi National Corp-Iraq. Bill Hobbs provides the details. Krumm is one of the best political minds around and an all around nice guy. We should all remember him in our prayers.

Mountain Removal Bill Dies

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

This is disappointing:

The bill, called the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, was the focus of a spirited campaign by a fledgling group of church-going environmentalists, who joined other environmental groups in a bid to end mountaintop mining in East Tennessee.

Apparently my own state senator, Tommy Kilby, played a role in killing the Senate version.

I’m not anti-mining; I know how much we need coal. But I do think there are better ways to get it than blowing up mountains. I can only hope that a similar bill will be brought back in the next session.

Ban Mountaintop Removal

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

It may surprise some of you, but I fully support this effort:

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, and Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Portland, would prohibit mountaintop removal coal mining, is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee.

A vote on the bill has been delayed for another week, notes Michael Silence. I hope it passes. Mountaintop removal, or strip mining as it’s sometimes called, is devastating. It ruins the environment without providing much in the way of economic development. Anyone who doubts this should visit Eastern Kentucky.