Fri
Nov 21 2014
02:03 pm

My son, age 18, totaled my car last Sunday, so yesterday we had to go out and buy two new (exceedingly used, actually) cars as replacements to avoid his getting behind the wheel of mine ever again.

Word to the wise: When shopping for your son's first car, don't take along your son. Or your husband. Because your husband will morph into a teenage boy again, too, and you'll wind up arguing with the both of them.

We came home with an immaculate (but 15 year-old) Toyota Celica GT with auto sunroof, so dark a blue we first thought it was black and so sexy it looks fast standing still. And both of them insisted that, for insurance purposes, it was not a "sports car."

It's a "sports car."

Cost of vehicle: $3000.

Cost of one year's car insurance, full coverage: $3960.

Do as I say, not as I do...

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
09:28 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Citizenfour has opened at Regal Downtown West, screening at 1:30 4:30 7:30 and 10:10 pm

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
06:39 pm

How long can Bill Haslam lead the GOP Governor's Association with this kind of national press?

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
06:14 pm

I guess that means 152,750 now have health insurance in Tennessee thanks to Obamacare.

So based on the Harvard School of Public Health study in Massachusetts of 1 less death each year for every 830 people who became insured, 184 people made it thru the year that might not have otherwise thanks to Obamacare.

I wonder if because of our poor health as a state in general, if that rate is noticeably higher here.

From the Miami Herald(AP story) ...

people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

"It's a significant decline, but not necessarily unexpected given the implementation of the ACA this year," said Dr. LeAnn Luna, who co-authored the report.

There are still an estimated 472,008 people without insurance in the state, or about 7.2 percent of the population.

Tenn. has lowest number of uninsured in decade

Deaths fell after Massachusetts healthcare overhaul: study

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In a statement, TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney said "With his leadership skills, fundraising prowess, and track record of success, he’s a natural choice for this position. It’s proof that on a national scale, more and more people are taking note of what he’s doing in Tennessee.”

Here's the translation/real story:

TIME: No One Really Wants to Run the Republican Governors Association

Republican governors gathered at an opulent Florida resort this week to celebrate their victories in the midterm elections are finding the party tempered by an unusual challenge: no one really wants to run their campaign arm.

Usually a hotly-contested position for governors seeking to boost their national appeal and profile, the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) has proven hard to fill this year, according to multiple governors and staffers familiar with the deliberations.

"No one wants it," one Republican governor said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive subject.

"It’s a mystery. None of the big shots are aiming for it," added one gubernatorial aide.

SEE ALSO: Nashville Scene: Haslam Emerges as Just the Guy for National GOP Job

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
08:12 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Stage and film director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. His films include The Graduate, Catch-22, Silkwood, Primary Colors and many other classics.

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From Discovery …

This is what your atmosphere looks like on carbon dioxide. And it’s not a pretty sight. NASA provides a stark and stunning view of a year in the life of our planet as humans continue to emit greenhouse gases that warm the planet. The animation comes courtesy of one of the highest-resolution computer models in existence.

NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
05:31 pm

Add a PC style keyboard with a dedicated number row, instructions here...

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
05:16 pm

Anyone know when the Christmas lights go up at Chilhowee Park?

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Betty Bean reports: Second Presbyterian to split

The congregation of one of Knoxville’s oldest – and most visible – churches is in the process of breaking up over disagreements with its national governing body over social issues, primarily same-sex marriage.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
07:51 pm

Jack Neely says that other folks he doesn't even know are rushing in "from all directions" to fill the void left by the demise of Metro Pulse, but wants you to know there's another, apparently more legit effort underway:

Jack Neely: The Next Metro Pulse

...I’m happy to announce that several actual former Metro Pulse staffers, including some who have played important roles in establishing that award-winning weekly’s reputation since its early days in the 1990s–often against great odds–have been quietly working on a significant project that they believe will be a good and perhaps essential thing for this community.

Tonight, no details are ripe enough for public consumption—the participants are trying to establish a solid foundation for something that will last for many years—but look for further announcements in the next couple of weeks.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
06:12 pm

Statement from Mayor Rogero's office:

For the past year, Mayor Madeline Rogero has served as a member of President Barack Obama's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force was formed to provide feedback from local and state leaders on how the federal government can most effectively support their efforts to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Yesterday, the Task Force issued a report with recommendations. You can read the White House press release here. It includes a link to a new "Climate Toolkit" for local governments and communities, which you can see here.

Mayor Rogero said, "I was honored to serve on the President's Task Force, and I appreciate the federal government reaching out to state, local and tribal leaders to understand the possible impacts of climate change across the country. The recommendations we have put forth will help leaders at all levels better prepare and educate themselves and their citizens to deal with these complex challenges."

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
09:58 am

Just got a notice from BlueCross that our insurance premiums are increasing 22.6% for 2015. From checking a few other plans, it appears to be a similar increase across the board.

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Screening committee recommends three for TNDP chair

In a Monday news release, the committee recommended outgoing state Rep. Gloria Johnson, former state Senate candidate Mary Mancini and former U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams.

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Pretty extreme.

From the Washington Post …

Although the rate of child homelessness in Kentucky is the worst in the nation, at about one in 15 children, the group ranks Alabama the worst overall, when the four factors it considered are grouped together. That state ranks close to the bottom in the National Center for Family Homelessness’s rankings of homelessness, child well-being, risks for becoming homeless and policy.

Bottom 10 Composite Score
41. Tennessee 42. Kentucky 43. Oklahoma 44. Nevada
45. Arizona 46. New Mexico 47. Arkansas 48. California 49. Mississippi 50. Alabama

Where the nation’s 2.5 million homeless children live

America's youngest outcasts

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WBIR:

A source has told WBIR 10News that Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson is one of two suspects named in a rape and sexual assault case.

UPDATE: Butch Jones said in his weekly press conference the he is aware of the alleged incident involving players and they are gathering information and will act in a decisive manner once all the facts are known. Jones also said that players under police investigation will not be allowed to practice.

UPDATE: A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams have been suspended.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014
11:36 am

A KNS headline today says Knox Co. Schools Superintended McIntyre is being considered as a candidate to replace outgoing education commissioner Kevin Huffman.

The Nashville Tennessean article they link to only says that McIntyre is one of a handful of superintendents mentioned by observers, not any official source.

In fact, McIntyre recently told WBIR that he has not been contacted about the job and would prefer to stay in Knox Co.

Maybe that's because he'd have to take a pay cut and work without a contract and related safety nets? McIntyre currently makes $222,800 at Knox Co. and has a contract through, I believe, 2017 with various protections and buyout clauses. In Nashville, he would take a pay cut to $211,404 (Huffman's current salary) and serve at the pleasure of the Governor without any contract protections.

Further, the article says:

Observers also have also mentioned a handful of superintendents, including Jim McIntyre of Knox County Schools and Lyle Ailshie of Kingsport City Schools. Someone from the local level could address the perception that the department has communication shortcomings with local districts.

McIntyre could address communication shortcomings with local districts? These "observers" clearly aren't from around here. McIntyre's inability to communicate effectively appears to be one of his biggest weaknesses.

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Sun
Nov 16 2014
02:25 pm

2015 open enrollment for health insurance on HealthCare.gov began yesterday. Enroll by Dec. 15th for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2015.

If you already enrolled for 2014 through the marketplace, you may be automatically renewed. You can also change to another plan. Either way, you need to update your income and household info. More info...

Need help? Check with the Knoxville Area Project Access Navigator Program, or call (865) 531-2766.

SEE ALSO: Message from Tennessee mayors...

UPDATE: Find out if you are eligible for a subsidy and how much it could be with this subsidy calculator...

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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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