Category Archives: Musings

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

The Bluegrass song, “Rocky Top” is a mainstay for many bands to play and was a piece composed in about 10 minutes by the married songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant during a break while working with Chet Atkins and Archie Campbell at the Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. Now considered number seven on the “Top…

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, sunshine and moderate temperatures greet this weekend, allowing a chance to see what is left of the leaf season. A variety of entertainment choices in the area as well. Temperatures are forecast for the lower 60s Friday, 66 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday with no rain in the forecast for the first…

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman, a Republican, is featured on a new campaign ad supporting Democrat Mark Warner’s re-election effort, saying the Republican, Ed Gillespie, is not a worthy opponent. “Mark Warner is working to solve problems,” Zeman says in his appearance in the ad.  “Ed Gillespie and his attacks are the problem.” Zeman is…

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

If the often-vague and always sidestepping executives of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy thought Franklin County would be a cakewalk for their natural pipeline express running from West Virginia to Chatham, they got a hardcore lesson of what country folks think of fast-buck corporate types in Rocky Mount. A large crowd of angry residents of…

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner, owner of the Virginia High School League season basketball scoring record and and the 2013-14 Timesland boys basketball player of the year as a senior at Floyd County High School, was back on the court Monday night as a member of the Elev8 Sports Institute post-graduate ball team in a fundraising game against…

Franklin County limits comments

Franklin County limits comments

It appears Franklin County administrator Rick Huff passes on misinformation for a living. Or maybe he just passes on information from energy companies without taking the necessary trouble of verifying their information with more credible sources. In an interview with Ducan Peters of The Roanoke Times Sunday, Huff — talking about the proposed Mountain Valley…

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains were found by Chesterfield police Saturday near Old Lynchburg Road not far from Charlottesville in Albermarle County but tests are needed to determine if they are the body of missing University of Virginia Hannah Graham. Police sources say they believe the remains are of Graham and have notified her family and now are…

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes fell to Glenvar 27-7 in Roanoke County Friday night. The loss now leaves Floyd at 1-6 for the season and the team heads for Eastern Montgomery County on Friday, October 24 for the next game. Full story by Roger Mannon in next week’s Floyd Press. (Blue Ridge Muse Photographer Doug…

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Katie and the Bubbatones and The Tune Town Old Time String Band lead music and dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store on Locust Street tonight. The True Life Travelers start the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m. with Katie and her Bubbatones kicking off at 7:30 p.m. and the Tune Towners at…

OK.  I’m sick. Satisfied?

OK. I’m sick. Satisfied?

Hard down this week.  While scoping out photographic and video locations in the mountains Monday I came across something that generated a previously-unknown allergy attack or created an infection. Now, with a raging fever, breathing difficulties and other problems I finally gave in today for medical treatment from Carilion.  Amy, who has pushed for this…

Rain, wind and power outages

Rain, wind and power outages

The rain fell, the wind blew, tornado warnings spread and power went out throughout the area overnight Tuesday as Mother Nature continues to inflict her wrath. Over half and inch fell on Floyd County over the last 24 hours and some will say it felt and sounded like a lot more. Tree limbs scatter roads…

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

A common mantra of politicians is something along the line of “let the people decide.” The claim, of course, is false.  Politicians, as a rule, don’t give a damn about what “the people” think and realize that most people feel the same way about the politicians. For convicted felon Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia,…

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Paul D. Allen, the self-promoted “data center developer” who led Floyd County’s economic development folks down a long and unfulfilled path of promises about a data center in the area, is now under indictment for $1.2 million in bank fraud in Ohio. It traces back to Allen’s “B-Telecom,” a data company he claimed to own…

When rain turns into snow, look out!

When rain turns into snow, look out!

Raining a lot this year.  More rain in today’s forecast and for the coming days, including some hard, pounding storms possible. Does this mean even more problems as the temperatures fall and rain turns into snow? Yes, it could. The National Several Storms Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says an inch of…

Floyd falls to Radford 34-6

Floyd falls to Radford 34-6

Floyd County’s football Buffaloes returned to the gridiron after a bye week with pretty much the same result as before:  On the losing side of a lopsided match, dropping a home match against Radford in an on-again, off-again night of rain. After the Bobcats sprung out to 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Buffaloes…

Gay marriage arrives as a pipeline plan departs

Gay marriage arrives as a pipeline plan departs

A wrap to an interesting week locally and statewide.  Invitations are coming in to planned marriages — many from loving couples of the same sex. Opponents of the ill-advised natural gas pipeline that is proposed to run from a fracking field in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham celebrated a decision by the…

Buying Gov. McAuliffe’s support

Buying Gov. McAuliffe’s support

Want support from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe?  Start by writing check. That’s how energy companies are getting the Democratic governor’s support for pipelines they want snaking through the Old Dominion. McAuliffe announced his “endorsement” of Dominion’s latest pipeline endeavor after enough money flowed in over the transom and he is now also on board for…

Gas pipeline partners looking to avoid Floyd County

Gas pipeline partners looking to avoid Floyd County

As more and more new proposals for the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline showed a shift of the route through going further and further north, it started to look like EQT and its partners were looking for a way to avoid Floyd County and shift the route through Roanoke County. On Tuesday, EQT admitted that…

Gay marriage is now law and a right around here

Gay marriage is now law and a right around here

Heard from a number of friends Monday who obtained their marriage licenses Monday or will do so on Tuesday. Then they legally can marry as couples of the same sex in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also heard from a fundamentalist minister who, for reasons known only to God, includes me on his mailing list for…

Guns at movie theaters?  Not at Regal

Guns at movie theaters? Not at Regal

Settled into the seat at one of the local Regal Cinemas the other night to watch Denzel Washington wreak havoc on the bad guys when I noticed a guy two rows ahead taking off his jacket and the nose of a semi-automatic pistol sticking down from a holster on his belt. At first, I thought…