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Dec 19 2014
07:02 am

Happy birthday to the Mr.


Congratulations Randy On Your



60th



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Thu
Dec 18 2014
10:53 pm

The melting pot, known as the US, is more melted together than we thought. But geneticists are finding surprising patterns.

In the United States, almost no one can trace their ancestry back to just one place. And for many, the past may hold some surprises, according to a new study. Researchers have found that a significant percentage of African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos carry ancestry from outside their self-identified ethnicity. The average African-American genome, for example, is nearly a quarter European, and almost 4% of European Americans carry African ancestry.

I have tested at 23andMe partly to prove kindship to a potential maternal relative I found and partly to know my ancestry, and yes, my "spit test" is used for research. I found that my ancestry composition pretty closely followed the paper trail I had built for my maternal side, and I was able to determine most of my paternal heritage partly from what didn't match my maternal paper trail and mostly because I had a close match to someone (at 26% shared DNA) that was not on my maternal side, but that person hasn't be able to accept that DNA doesn't lie).

But, I digress. One of the things this study found was genetic patterns in the 3 largest ethnic groups were different depending on which state a family lived.

The new study adds an unprecedented level of detail to patterns that had been noticed in previous, more general studies. For example, the 23andMe data reveals that the proportion of different ancestries, even within one self-identified ethnic group, vary significantly by state. Latinos with the highest proportion of African ancestry (about 20%) are from Louisiana, followed by states such as Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania. In Tennessee and Kentucky, Latinos tend to have high proportions of European ancestry. And in the Southwest, where states share a border with Mexico, Latinos tend to have higher proportions of Native American ancestry.

A lot of a states history can be found in ones genetic ancestry. But, the bottom line is racial lines are getting blurred, irregardless of ones self described ethnicity. While this is truly a great melting pot, one problem we will see is that doctors will have no choice but to consider the whole person in their genetic glory and not ethnic categories.

Do go check out the full study, it really is fascinating.

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Thu
Dec 18 2014
04:19 pm

From Yahoo ...

Tennessee: Most dangerous

Not in the Michael Jackson Dangerous way. Just straight up “keep your head on a swivel” dangerous.

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

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Thu
Dec 18 2014
02:55 pm

Eating a late lunch including clam chowder and I started thinking where are best places to get soup in Knoxville.

Shooting from the hip here are a few of mine ...

Clam chowder
Chicken and mushroom
Downtown Brewery

Chili
Gumbo?
The Egg and I

Lentil and sausage
Carrabas

Part of the problem for me is knowing which day those are being served. As opposed to potato or tomato soup. Which I would probably never buy. Menus don't change much but I assume you can be a lot more dynamic with your soup offerings.

So interested so see what folks have to say regarding soups and where they are around Knoxville.

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Thu
Dec 18 2014
07:45 am
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

Richard C. Hottelet, who was the last living member of "Murrow's Boys" at CBS, died yesterday at the age of 97. CBSNews.com has a good write up of his distinguished career.

(link...)

I watched CBS Evening News last night and sadly saw no mention of this story.

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Wed
Dec 17 2014
03:16 pm

The City of Knoxville says they only got one bid for the Cumberland Ave. street redesign project, and it was more than double their original estimate. The project will be rebid, which will likely delay the start for a few months. More details in the press release after the break...

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State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris introduces the following:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that this General Assembly hereby urges the United States Congress to propose the “Regulation Freedom Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States as follows:

Whenever one-quarter of the Members of the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation.

This is apparently the teanut cause du jour. It has also been proposed in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Virginia, Indiana, and Oklahoma.

In this case, it appears that Norris is primarily concerned about EPA regulation of carbon emissions.

I seem to recall from high school civics class that Congress grants the Administration authority to create and enforce federal regulations by way of legislation. If Congress doesn't like a regulation they can amend the legislation.

Also, if I'm not mistaken there is already a process by which Congress has final approval over "major regulations" and can render them null and void by a simple majority vote (unless the President vetoes the action in which case a two-thirds majority can override the veto).

Silly season in Nashville is about to commence...

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Wed
Dec 17 2014
01:24 pm

Nashville Business Journal: Hemlock permanently closing Clarksville plant, walks away from $1.2B investment

No mention of the $130+ million in state and local incentives.

PREVIOUSLY: But for, maybe not: Hemlock Semiconductor abandons Tennessee factory for now

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Wed
Dec 17 2014
01:05 pm

The Tennessean reports that Gov. Haslam will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce Candice McQueen as the state's new education commissioner. McQueen, a Sr. VP at Lipscomb University, will replace Kevin Huffman who resigned.

Here's her bio page at Lipscomb...

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
09:18 pm

"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country." -- George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

h/t Digby

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
06:52 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Betty Bean takes a look at the school board's business and McIntyre's contract in light of recent AG opinions.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
05:52 pm

How did Ron Ramsey and Mitch McConnell get so powerful? There must be a couple interesting stories of explanation. Statewide, it doesn't seem like Ramsey would have a chance at getting elected to anything of significance. That seems like it would be an interesting story for an investigative journalist.

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I still think housing that close to the water in the section from Island Home community to UT hospital is a waste of the waterfront.

From Josh flory via Knoxnews.com ...
Josh Flory: Island Home apartment project may break ground this week

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
05:19 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

festival of lights. always a treat at Harold's Deli, where he served up the latkes with his 'moonshine' eggnog.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
04:29 pm

We've been replacing our Calphalon non-stick with All-Clad Tri-Ply stainless. Wish I had gone with the All-Clad in the first place. Made in the U.S.A. (mostly, be sure to check the box), lifetime guarantee, oven/dishwasher safe, and cooks great with even heat and fast reaction time. Sticking has not been a problem, but getting the right temp is key.

Back when I was researching, I also ran across Tramontina stainless. Reviews say it is almost if not just as good as All-Clad and significantly less expensive. Might also be worth a look.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
11:55 am

The head of Tennessee's Achievement School District, a statewide program to take over under-performing schools, says that he expects the business of taking over schools and replacing them with charters will expand and grow.

Pith with the relevant quote and a link to the full interview.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
07:44 am

UT created a crowd funding web site, VOLStarter, to assist student and faculty with various projects.

It's hard to tell how successful the site has been, but we do know that UT football players Justin Worley and Matt Darr will be going on an educational trip to the Super Bowl. They reached their goal of $2,620 within two weeks. There are no Thank-You Notes or Testimonials listed on the site. Therefore, we cannot know if any other applicants have been successful in reaching their fund raising goals. The Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism program applicants are nearing their goal of $2,500, which was submitted over two months ago. UT's Freedom by Design Project has reached 44% of their fund raising goal after two months. UT's Debate Team is up to 46% of their goal after a month.

This is not a promotion to encourage giving at this fund raising site. I'm just wondering how many of the non-football player applicants have reached their goals.

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
07:45 pm
By: Stick  shortURL

For all you conspiracy theorists out there...

Education Inc. Trailer from brian malone on Vimeo.

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From NBC News …

Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland's ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday.

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

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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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