Fri
Sep 19 2014
04:42 pm

Consider taking your kids, grandkids or self to the Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) to see Seussical: the Musical. Although the actors range in age from 6 to 16, I’ve seen a bit of the show and the singing is outstanding. Starting today, it runs for three weekends, with shows on Thursday-Sunday.

Here is the trailer, produced by a 9th grader.
(Even if you have no interest in attending the show, consider watching the video link. I am quite close to the young man who did the video and he loves when his videos pick up lots of views.)

Seussical: the Musical
Sep 19 (Fri) 7:00 PM
Sep 20 (Sat) 1:00 and 5:00
Sep 21 (Sun) 5:00
Sep 25 (Thur) 7:00
Sep 26 (Fri) 7:00
Sep 27 (Sat) 1:00 and 5:00
Sep 28 (Sun) 3:00
Oct 2 (Thur) 7:00
Oct 3 (Fri) 7:00
Oct 4 (Sat) 1:00 and 5:00
Oct 5 (Sun) 3:00

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Fri
Sep 19 2014
11:40 am

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. President Obama has issued this proclamation.

Locally, there will be a ceremony at the East Tennessee Veteran's Memorial at the Worlds Fair Park site at 6PM. It is hosted by the Knoxville Chapter of Rolling Thunder and the Smoky Mt. Chapter of the American Ex-POW organization. My Dad will be the guest of honor.

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Fri
Sep 19 2014
10:58 am

The Times Free Press reports on an NRA hit piece attacking Gordon Ball's stance on the 2nd Amendment. Ball's interview with KnoxViews is quoted extensively.

UPDATE: Gordon Ball issues statement in response:

"This comes as no surprise to me as Sen. Lamar Alexander has received NRA money for years," U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball said today. "The NRA never contacted me, never asked me to fill out a questionnaire and this is obviously a hit piece. I'm a gun owner and strongly support the Second Amendment. I just happen to have a D in front of my name on the ballot."

"Let me be clear, the NRA didn't even ask me that question, they went to an online piece on KnoxViews and decided to give me a score for their pal Lamar," Ball added. "According to the Sunlight Foundation, he is second with Mitch McConnell in receiving contributions from the National Rifle Association."

"Obviously the senator from Tennessee is taking this race seriously if he is asking favors from all his connections in Washington. If he wants to discuss these issues, let's debate and not just go to a breakfast forum scheduled for the second day of early voting." Ball concluded.

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Fri
Sep 19 2014
10:47 am

Tennessee continues lead in race to the bottom...

TN.gov

Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Times Free Press:

The nation's poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the number of Tennesseans living below the poverty line increased in the most recent two-year period, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Tennessee corporations get richer while the poor get poorer. For example, Corrections Corporation of America more than doubled it's net income for the most recent quarter. First Horizon nearly doubled their net income. HCA had a nearly $1 billion increase in revenues and an 18% increase in earnings. (Ironically, the results reflect increased Medicaid revenues). And so on.

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Fri
Sep 19 2014
05:29 am

What: Discussion about new hybrid pension plan for TN educators
When: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
Where: Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater

Via Oak Ridge Retired Teachers Association

A new hybrid pension plan for TN educators was put in place August 1, 2014, and no one seems to know very much about it, other than it is markedly unlike the TN Consolidated Retirement System. Jerry Winters knows the hybrid pension plan and will be explaining it and how it will affect new teachers.

Continued...

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There seems to be a new virus going around: RDD Virus (Republican Debate Dodge Virus) Those who are the most at risk seem to be GOP candidates currently running against strong Democratic candidates. GOP 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleishmann has an extreme case of the disease...His opponent Mary Headrick, a physician, cannot seem to cure him.

But it is spreading. The latest to contract it is Richard Briggs. His primary symptom: evasiveness. His other symptoms include inability to be located, and a sudden interest in playing dodgeball by himself.

See link (link...)

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Thu
Sep 18 2014
11:04 am

Please join us this Sunday for an Afternoon Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Last of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday afternoon, September 21 on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with local band Northshore Band. They will provide the entertainment and will welcome up and coming phenom Devan Jones along with Saxmaster Robert Knapp to the stage.
(link...)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 2:30PM, cruise from 3 to 6 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
(link...)

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Thu
Sep 18 2014
09:53 am

It Could Get Ugly: Surly Legislators Resent Being Targeted For Defeat and Anti-Common Core Sentiment

The face of Haslam’s education reforms is Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who is about as popular with legislators and teachers as Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre is in Mayor Tim Burchett’s office.

Unless he is replaced, Huffman will be the target of attacks by legislators, who might not want to get ugly with the governor, but can beat up his commissioner with impunity. Huffman has no allies beyond the Chamber of Commerce and the vultures trying to siphon off public education money.

I don’t know if anybody could save Haslam’s education reform package but the one person we know who can’t is Huffman.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014
09:04 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Typically, the extremely wealthy give a higher portion of their incomes to charity than middle and upper-middle income Americans. After all, you can only buy so many yachts, vacation homes, and Teslas before you start to look for other ways to spend money. But that doesn't seem to be true for the Waltons, who've redefined what it means to be a Scrooge.

(link...)

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Wed
Sep 17 2014
11:11 pm
By: Factchecker  shortURL

What: Robert Reich Lecture
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Cox Auditorium, Alumni Building, UT-Knoxville

(link...)

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Former tennis star Andre Agassi says philanthropy isn't "scalable," so charter schools have to be financed like a business startup. Especially if investors can make money in the process. Nashville Public Radio reports...

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Wed
Sep 17 2014
04:39 pm

Sen. Lamar Alexander has agreed to debate challenger Gordon Ball. The candidate forum, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, is scheduled for Oct. 16th at Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga Times Free Press report...

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
07:57 pm

Percent of residents with at least a bachelor's degree.

From Yahoo Finance …

Belle Meade, Tn 86.4

Here's the most educated town in every state

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
04:30 pm

TNDP Chair Roy Herron issued a statement saying there are "unique facts that cause concerns to many" regarding new Attorney General Herb Slattery. Read more in the full statement after the break...

Continued...

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
01:21 pm

What: 3rd/4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road Knoxville TN 37919

The following speakers will be at the 3rd/4th District Democrats Meeting:

Becky Harmon, speaking about the first Affordable Health Care Act enrollment, lessons learned, and about the upcoming enrollment period starting in November.

Emily Gregg, from the UTK College Democrats
George Shields, from the Knox Co. Young Democrats
both speaking about the efforts of their respective organization to engage young people in democratic politics in Knox Co.

for info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
01:01 pm

The TNGOP is going on the even more offensive, claiming a "secretive liberal agenda targeting Tennessee." At the top of the ticket, they say, is U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball, a "liberal personal injury lawyer" who "would be one more vote for Barack Obama’s harmful agenda."

Tom Humphrey has more on the pathetic TNGOP attack...

Gordon Ball issued a statement in response saying "The bottom line is that in the primary I was painted as far right and now in the general, the partisan attack is that I'm a liberal. It's apparent I fall in the middle in the same mold as Ned Ray McWherter and Phil Bredesen." He called the attacks "encouraging and energizing."

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What: Democratic Candidate for Gov. Charlie Brown to speak at 6th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:15pm
Where: Karns Public Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Yup...you read it right...Democratic Candidate for Governor Charlie Brown will speak at the 6th District Democrats Meeting

Info on Charlie can be found at:

website: (link...)

Facebook: (link...)

Twitter: (link...)

for info: Janice Spoone (spoojh@comcast.net)

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
09:03 am

Big story in the Maryville Daily Times is a Sam's Club proposed for the ALCOA West Plant site. The large Sam's Club building and all that pavement for parking is proposed for the space right next to Alcoa Highway, Hunt Road, and Hall Road. A couple of years ago all the large pine trees were cut down along this section. The pine trees blocked the view of the ALCOA plant, but now won't block the view of the generally ugly Sam's Club.

In the past, the site has been promoted as a new urbanism town center for the City of Alcoa.

The City of Alcoa has a lot of history with great neighborhoods.

The City of Alcoa originated in 1918 as the first planned community in the State of Tennessee. A planned community is any community that was carefully planned from its inception. In the original plans, Alcoa, Inc., included one acre of park space for every 100 city inhabitants. In addition, between 1918 and 1924 approximately 300 shade trees were planted along city streets and parks. This type of planning has gone by the wayside.

What are the Mayor, City Manager, etc. thinking? Do they not care about what the community has to offer and how this could change everything forever?

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Urban Outfitters, headquartered in Philadelphia with a location in downtown Knoxville, got caught trying to make money off of tragedy. The Kent State shootings occurred over 40 years ago. Ohio National guardsmen shot and killed students during a war protest.

Urban Outfitters advertised a Kent State sweatshirt with red splotches and holes that looked like blood and bullet holes. Urban Outfitters apologized stating it wasn't meant to look like blood or bullet holes. It was supposed to be a sun-faded shirt with wear and fray creating holes. I'd say that too or Urban Outfitters would look like the ultimate creeps.

Once again, zealous marketers take it too far.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014
05:20 pm

I'm looking for some help! Please!!!

I've been searching for a lost family member, but have hit a massive brick wall. Even a purchased "person" report only yielded old information (old meaning 2005 and older), and misleading information (they have an unrelated person listed as a related person). I've found some old professional licenses, that have expired but nothing recent (although at this point they
would be retired).

I've tried many of the techniques from Daniel Russell, and come up empty.

I'm sure I'm just missing something, but can't put a finger on what I'm missing. If anyone has ANY ideas please throw them at me!

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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