Strange rumbling sound in Arkansas?

I have been recuperating from surgery recently, so I am still in the recovery stage; however, something strange happened to us last night. I am hoping to find others hearing this noise.

JM and I went outside. It was approximately 2:30 am. We heard a low-level rumbling sound. I attempted to record this, but my phone wasn’t good enough to capture the sounds. This went on for awhile; it was at least a half-hour. We went to bed as the rumbling was still occurring. It was NOT a train…I have no idea what this sound was.

I have looked online, and it does appear that people in Louisiana and Mississippi have heard this low-level rumbling. Some hear trumpets, booms, etc. I am in southern Arkansas, for the record.

I have a VERY good audio recorder…a Zoom recorder that picks up low-level noise. I have charged it up and have my good camera charged up, also, for any video. If I hear this sound again, I will attempt to capture it. The Zoom is excellent; we have used it for paranormal research.

Maybe somebody else has heard it? Maybe? We could be going nuts. Just wondering if any other Arkansans are experiencing this. As I said, if I capture the sound, I will post it.

It’s starting to get freaky out there. After hearing the “rumbling”, my ears started ringing and I had difficulty in getting to sleep.

I was feeling off and on rumbles after that munitions explosion in Louisiana, our house shook from that. Nothing like last night, though, as this was more constant.

Stay safe out there, guys.
~heidilore~

March Dreams

*I am going to start posting the dreams I have. I will not use last names to protect the innocent…lol. As usual, if any of these dreams resonate with you…or they mean something…please email me or leave a comment. Thank you!!*

March 5th

I was in a room, like a laboratory. There were flies all over the place. They were dangerous and carrying diseases. We were trying to put the flies into little petri dishes. We had two flies in each covered dish, and there were six dishes in total.

March 7th

I was in an elevator and I could shape-shift and change form with my mind.

March 10th

I was in school. Amy was sitting next to me. We were taking a test. There were Nike shoes all over the place. with green and orange swishes. I think I was taking a test to win the shoes.

March 24th

I was in the old apartment in Rock Island. I kept trying to find the mail key, but I could not. I was getting letters from a younger man I was in love with. He was going to stop by the apartment.

March 27th

I was looking at the computer monitor and a message popped up, saying there was a very large earthquake in Tennessee.

January Dreams

*I am going to start posting the dreams I have. I will not use last names to protect the innocent…lol. As usual, if any of these dreams resonate with you…or they mean something…please email me or leave a comment. Thank you!!*

January 3rd

Big Pat and I were in a house. There were many different levels to the house, and we were trying to get to the top level.

January 4th

I was outside and there were overturned grocery carts all over the place. Garbage was on a conveyor belt, moving from outside to inside.

January8th

I was stuck in a house. It was like it was in the X-Files. There were huge movie screens in every room and there was a very large swimming pool.

January 11th

A bunch of us were going on a road trip. We were going to a mall in Memphis, Tennessee. I went into some woman’s apartment. Her fridge and stove were missing. I was crying and drinking a glass of wine. I was in the mall, and going down the escalator. Some people were messing with me and tied me to a guardrail.

January 12th

I was a teenager. I was on a bus. We stopped somewhere to get a pizza, I think it was Harris Pizza. While waiting for the pizza to get done, I was trying to make phone calls. I could not get ahold of anybody. Someone wanted to bomb the bus. My pizza got done, but they gave it to the post office. They said if I wanted a piece of pizza, I would have to come to the post office to get it. I had to walk to order another one.

January 13th

I was scared. My father was Michael Landon and he had a gun.

January 14th

There was a man with a gun. He was trying to kill a lot of people.

January 16th

I was visiting my parents. I went down to the basement. The stairs were dilapidated, they were in bad shape. My dad was trying to fix them. There was turpentine dripping from the walls, getting on my skin. I was trying to get ready for church. I was wearing a big blue hat, like a bonnet. I started to cut my hair.

January 18th

I was with Kevin and Jenn at the mall. They did not have enough money to pay for lunch. I went to see a movie. There was a group outside the theater taking surveys to determine people’s sanity. The test said I was crazy.

January 19th

I was in an airplane. We were following the Mississippi River. Something was wrong with the river, like it had flooded and changed course.

January 20th

I was in a mall. Patrick and I were looking all over for a restaurant. We found a map with little islands on a river, there were strange bridges.

January 21st

I was in a forest. I was being chased around by strange men. I ran to a ledge and jumped.

January 26th

I was looking all over for Patrick. I could not find him. I ran into Big Pat. We were trying to work on some computers. There was a dead body in his attic, we were near the dam in Illinois City. The police came to look, but he had hidden the body very well.

January 29th

I was in the mountains, the Alps I think. I was looking down at a bunch of smaller mountains.

January 31st

I was in a basement. There were aliens all over the place. There was a group of us trying to defeat the aliens. We had to go out at night to be safe from them. They were reptilians.

Flood of sludge breaks TVA dike

*Hopefully, karma will be a bitch.*

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — Millions of yards of ashy sludge broke through a dike at TVA’s Kingston coal-fired plant Monday, covering hundreds of acres, knocking one home off its foundation and putting environmentalists on edge about toxic chemicals that may be seeping into the ground and flowing downriver.

One neighboring family said the disaster was no surprise because they have watched the 1960s-era ash pond’s mini-blowouts off and on for years.

About 2.6 million cubic yards of slurry — enough to fill 798 Olympic-size swimming pools — rolled out of the pond Monday, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cleanup will take at least several weeks, or, in a worst-case scenario, years.

The ash slide, which began just before 1 a.m., covered as many as 400 acres as deep as 6 feet. The wave of ash and mud toppled power lines, covered Swan Pond Road and ruptured a gas line. It damaged 12 homes, and one person had to be rescued, though no one was seriously hurt.

Much remains to be determined, including why this happened, said Tom Kilgore, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“I fully suspect that the amount of rain we’ve had in the last eight to 10 days, plus the freezing weather … might have had something to do with this,” he said in a news conference Monday on the site.

The area received almost 5 inches of rain this month, compared with the usual 2.8 inches. Freeze and thaw cycles may have undermined the sides of the pond. The last formal report on the condition of the 40-acre pond — an unlined, earthen structure — was issued in January and was unavailable Monday, officials said.

Neighbors Don and Jil Smith, who have lived near the pond for eight years, said that nearly every year TVA has cleaned up what they termed “baby blowouts.”

Ashen liquid similar to that seen on a much larger scale in Monday’s disaster came from the dike, they said.

“It would start gushing this gray ooze,” said Don Smith, whose home escaped harm. “They’d work on it for weeks and weeks.

“They can say this is a one-time thing, but I don’t think people are going to believe them.”

The U.S. Coast Guard, EPA, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation were among agencies that responded to the emergency.
Toxic irritants possible

Coal is burned to produce electricity at the Kingston Fossil Plant, notable for its tall towers seen along Interstate 40 near the Harriman exit in Roane County.

Water is added to the ash, which is the consistency of face powder, for pumping it to the pond. The ash is settled out in that pond before the sludge is moved to other, drier ponds, Kilgore said.

Coal ash can carry toxic substances that include mercury, arsenic and lead, according to a federal study. The amount of poisons in TVA’s ashy wastes that could irritate skin, trigger allergies and even cause cancer or neurological problems could not be determined Monday, officials said.

Viewed from above, the scene looked like the aftermath of a tsunami, with swirls of dirtied water stretching for hundreds of acres on the land, and muddied water in the Emory River.

The Emory leads to the Clinch, which flows into the Tennessee.

Workers sampled river water Monday, with results expected back today, but didn’t sample the dunelike drifts of muddy ash.

That could begin today, officials said, and the potential magnitude of the problem could make this a federally declared Superfund site. That would mean close monitoring and a deep, costly cleanup requiring years of work.

“We’ll be sampling for metals in the ground to see what kind of impact that had,” said Laura Niles, a spokeswoman for the EPA in Atlanta.

“Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as creating a Superfund site, but it depends on what is found.”

Stephen Smith, with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in Knoxville, said those concerned about water and air quality have tried for years to press for tighter regulation of the ash.

The heavy metals in coal — including mercury and other toxic substances — concentrate in the ash when burned, he said.

“You know where that is now,” he said. “It’s in that stuff that’s all over those people’s houses now.”

Chemicals and metals from coal ash have contaminated drinking water in several states, made people and animals sick in New Mexico, and tainted fish in Texas and elsewhere, according to Lisa Evans, an attorney with Earthjustice, a nonprofit national environmental law firm that follows the issue.

“It’s discouraging because this is an easy problem to fix,” she said.

Ash could be recycled by using it to make concrete and at the very least should be placed in lined, state-of-the-art landfills, she said.
Plant is still operating

TVA’s Kilgore said that chemicals in the ash are of concern, but that the situation is probably safe. The power plant is still operating, sending the ash to a larger pond on the site.

“There are levels of chemicals in there that we are concerned about,” Kilgore said. “We don’t think there’s anything immediate of danger because most of that’s contained, but that’s why we have sampling folks out.”

Officials were monitoring a water intake that serves Kingston City and is only a few miles downstream from the Kingston plant, but said no problem had been noted there as of Monday afternoon.

The power producer, which oversees the Tennessee River system, had slowed river flow in the area, releasing less water from key dams, so the pollution might be better contained for possible cleanup.

TVA has insurance for an event like this, spokeswoman Barbara Martucci said, but what the cleanup cost is and how much insurance will pay remains to be determined.

Otherwise, ratepayers in Tennessee could bear much of the costs. TVA provides virtually all the electricity in the state, along with parts of six others.

http://tennessean.com/article/20081223/GREEN02/812230370