Sun
Jul 5 2015
11:05 am

Letter: Rainbow lights unjustifiable

Using our tax dollars to light up the Henley Bridge in rainbow colors in support of the recent Supreme Court decision is not a justifiable expenditure.

The writer, who says Mayor Rogero is pushing a personal agenda, may not recall that the Henley (Street) Bridge was outfitted with remote controlled LED lighting when it was recently rebuilt. The setup lets city workers change the lighting color scheme with a few keystrokes (or button pushes or whatever) so there's virtually no incremental taxpayer cost involved. I don't recall anyone complaining when they change it to orange and white for football games.

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Sun
Jul 5 2015
03:35 am

Is there a downtown teen curfew in Knoxville? I have searched a bit on web but not clear on it.

Just looking around it looks like other cities have curfews like under 18 cannot be in the central downtown area past 10 pm without their parents.

The last few weeks it looks like there is an evolving issue downtown with large groups of under 18 teens. Running across streets in front of vehicles, it looked like there may have been a fight in Market Square tonight but I couldn't tell because of the large number of kids gathered around it.
No police around. Which surprised me a bit.

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Sat
Jul 4 2015
08:58 pm

I had a vacuum-sealed package of frozen whole strawberries I picked at Rutherford's a couple of years ago. Almost too many as it ran over just a bit.

Ooh, but it's so goooood!

Click the image to enlarge.

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Fri
Jul 3 2015
09:02 pm

For the past year I've been submitting spit tests and tracing my previously unknown family tree. What I have learned in the past year has been nothing short of amazing, including, my maternal grandfathers line is Colonial American. So, this 4th of July feels a little closer to home to me, than it has in the past.

I've lost count of the ancestors that participated during the Revolutionary War, there were many.

And, a recently realized to me, husband of a 1st cousin 8x removed (his second wife) was not only a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was a law teacher and mentor to Thomas Jefferson, part of the 2nd Continental Congress, opponent of slavery, among many many other accomplishments. So I offer a very special, belated, thank you to cousin George Wythe this 4th of July.

(too bad my 8th great grand uncle didn't share George's beliefs)

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th!

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Thu
Jul 2 2015
01:47 pm

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UPDATE: The Mrs. snapped the above pic with her cellphone at about 2:30 PM from the Blount Co. Library facing west/northwest towards the Midland Shopping Center. You can see the black plume of smoke low to the ground is drifting to the northeast. (Click image for bigger.)

A tank car carrying a toxic chemical on a CSX train traveling through Blount Co. ruptured and caught fire last night and it is now being reported that the chemical can produce cyanide gas when it burns.

Continued...

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Wed
Jul 1 2015
07:45 pm

Whites Creek on why...

Extra: Video of President Obama's Nashville town hall meeting on health care today (fast forward to about 30:00 for the start). There were some pretty great questions and answers.

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Wed
Jul 1 2015
05:06 pm

And Tamara is speaking first. She's got five minutes.

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from WATE ...

Asheville-based Navitat Canopy Adventures is launching Ijams Canopy Experience July 17 at Ijams Nature Center. The new zip-line course sits on three acres and is designed to blend into the landscape.

South Knoxville zip-line course opening at Ijams Nature Park

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
05:54 pm

The Tennessean reports that Republican state legislators are calling for a special session to legislate something or other in response to the Supreme Court same sex marriage situation.

It's not exactly clear how they plan to respond or what they want to legislate. One speculation is the "pastor freedom act," which is already on the books and not affected by the Supreme Court decison. Maybe they want to secede? Or only allow the gays to marry under the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest at the statehouse wearing Confederate flag gowns or something?

Anyway, here's the best response:

"As long as we can get Insure Tennessee on the agenda, I'm happy to have any sort of special session," said House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley. "That would be my rubric on this one, since we already have a religious freedom law on the books."

Maybe what the TNGOP really ought to do is start work on repealing the hateful and embarrassing and now unconstitutional "one man, one woman" amendment to our state constitution. Unfortunately, that will take a lot more work than a special session.

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
10:26 am

Clip from the "Dock Dogs" competition at Maryville's Summer on Broadway festival this weekend.

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
07:14 pm

They're on a ten minute break and will resume at 7:20.

It's shaping up as I expected.

"No" votes will be Deathridge, Sanger, Fugate, and Carson.

"Yes" votes will be Harris, Hill, McMillan, and *possibly* Rountree-- although she has mentioned school rezoning a couple of times and has also asked Dr. McIntyre for a list of all schools' physical capacity and current enrollment.

The presumed tie-breaker, Bounds, is the only BOE member not to have spoken a single word in the first two hours and ten minutes.

I'm still looking for "no" votes to prevail, with help from Bounds and/or Rountree.

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
03:16 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

I am part of a committee seeking Democratic Party candidates for the 2016 Knox County elections. Those include Commission Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9. Tennessee House Districts 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 89. State Senate District 6, County Property Assessor, and County Law Director.

Anyone interested, or wanting to suggest a candidate, please feel free to contact me offline via email, phone, or other methods.

Cordially yours, Mark Harmon

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The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed Michigan v. EPA, meaning that the EPA may not regulate mercury emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act because the controls are too expensive.

The opinion...

Held: EPA interpreted §7412(n)(1)(A) unreasonably when it deemed cost irrelevant to the decision to regulate power plants.

SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, THOMAS, and ALITO, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring opinion. KAGAN, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined.

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The state has a program to assist seniors and disabled veterans with property taxes. Under the program, some disabled veterans didn't pay any taxes at all. Apparently, the TNGOP and Gov. Haslam passed a bill limiting the program, meaning that the property taxes could double for some participants. The Times Free Press has details...

(By way of RoaneViews)

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Mon
Jun 29 2015
08:50 am

What: Rally for teachers
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:30pm
Where: In front of the Knoxville City County Building

There will be a rally to protest renewals of teachers in Knox County School system in front of the City County Building starting at 3:30 PM on July 1 before the Board of Education meeting. Organizers say "This is to try to influence policy change on teacher non renewals. The BOE have not been paying attention on how the teachers and parents feel, so we are unifying in a rally to send a message." More information can be found at the "SPEAK page."

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Sun
Jun 28 2015
10:51 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Not the biggest we've ever seen or anything, but we think it's the biggest one we've ever gotten out of our garden. It's about 13 and 1/2 inches long and weighs about 1 lb. 3 oz.

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Sat
Jun 27 2015
05:33 pm

ProgressNC reports it.

Recall that Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools also won the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Coincidence? I doubt it.

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From MSNBC ...

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” Jindal said in a statement on Friday. “If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the court.”

Article

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