Wed
Apr 1 2015
11:22 pm

Would Morgan Stanley have a particular interest one way or the other regarding Medicaid expansion?

from Huffington Post ...

On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid that would have cost the state nothing.

...One activist, Damien Crisp, asked Gardenhire if he would be willing to give up his own state-subsidized health insurance.

Gardenhire, in a video of the incident taken by another activist, turned around and said something along the lines of "Not giving it up, asshole" or, perhaps, "Why don't you give it up, asshole?" ("Asshole" is the clearest part of his rejoinder.)

Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same

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Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Senator Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) and Representative Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville) will be guests of Democratic TV at a voter registration fund raising rally on Friday night, April 3rd from 7:30 to 10:30PM at Calhoun's on the River. All are invited to come and meet these distinguished guests. Senator Kyle has been a strong advocate for Insure Tennessee in the State Senate as have been Representative Armstrong and Chairperson Mancini.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
03:10 pm

(AFNN) Grey smoke rose today over Thompson-Boling Arena indicating the selection of new University of Tennessee coach for men's basketball.

To the great surprise of assembled press and alumni, the selection was Don Novello, better known as the Saturday Night Live character Father Guido Sarducci.

Novello was asked whether he planned to continue the tradition of holding the job for just one year. He responded, "Is the Pope Catholic?"

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
12:15 pm

After passing in the House, the guns in parks bill passed the Senate 26 to 7 with one amendment. The House will now consider the amendment and the bill will then go to the Governor for his signature. Will he sign it or let it lapse into law?

The Senate amendment: "Notwithstanding any provision of this part to the contrary, a person possessing a handgun, who is authorized to carry the handgun pursuant to § 39-17-1351, shall not be prohibited from doing so on the grounds of the state capitol or the surrounding capitol complex."

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
09:49 am

The Blount County Library is launching a new program to rent mobile wi-fi hotspots for $2 per day. The devices, purchased from T-Mobile, can be rented for 7, 14 or 21 days with the fee paid up front. The library hopes to launch the service by May.

In other news, area schools and the Blount chamber of commerce have launched an initiative called iReach to encourage local businesses and organizations to make free wi-fi available to the public.

The Blount Co. Library is on board, and will expand their free public wi-fi and offer meeting space. Maryville College provides wi-fi in parking areas and green spaces for K-12 students. Other businesses, the chamber and the Townsend Visitor Center are offering similar accommodations. The chamber has launched a directory page here and is encouraging businesses to sign up.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
08:16 am

The spinoff of E.W. Scripps newspaper business to Journal Media Group of Milwaukee is official today. The Knoxville News Sentinel and Memphis Commercial Appeal are now part of Journal Media Group's newspaper holdings, which include the former Journal Communications newspapers. E.W. Scripps will continue on as a broadcast media company merged with Journal Communications' broadcast business.

Investors appear quite happy with the E.W. Scripps move to exit the newspaper business. The stock is up 33.84% in the past three months ahead of the their transition to a broadcast media only business. Scripps shareholders as of March 25th will receive a special one-time dividend of $1.0297 per share and .25 shares in Journal Media Group for each E.W. Scripps share they owned.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
10:07 pm

Commissioners Randy Smith (3rd) and Jeff Ownby (4th) are apparently proposing a pedestrian bridge over Middlebrook Pike to help students at Bearden Middle School that live in West Hills cross over.

The KNS article also lists Council member Brenda Palmer, but Palmer states on her Facebook page:

Commissioner Randy Smith called me to ask if I would meet with he and Commissioner Jeff Ownby to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian bridge across Middlebrook Pike to Bearden Middle School. The students who cross Middlebrook Pike live in Councilman Grieve's District 2. I have had no complaints about safety in crossing Middlebrook Pike from West Hills Road to get onto Bearden Middle property. Students also cross Middlebrook Pike from Vanosdale to Francis where the middle school is located. To insinuate I am interested in this project is false and misleading. Interesting that Commissioner Ownby is seeking another term in 2016 and has not broached safety matters at Bearden Middle crossing previously. Students who live on or off Francis Road in Council District 3 have to cross Francis Road to get to Bearden Middle but there is no concern about that crossing. I will not be attending any meeting Wednesday-this has politics written all over it.

I would note myself, as an alumni of BMS that (1) students have been walking to BMS from West Hills for over 35 years without incident and (2) West Hills probably has far fewer school-age kids now than they did 20-30 years ago, having more empty-nesters.

The idea in the article that they could get the TDOT to foot the bill because it's a State highway is laughable- if nothing else, the fact that TDOT would have to be involved in the project makes it much less likely to happen, if not DOA.

BONUS SUGGESTION TO KNS EDITORS: If you publicize a meeting, please put the DATE in the article as well as the time. Did it already happen today? Is it tomorrow? Kinda basic, kids.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
07:33 pm

A bi-partisan bill introduced by Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and co-sponsored by Sens. Yarbro, Briggs, and Kyle to enact the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion was killed in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee today. (Surprise! Surprise!)

TNDP Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“Today’s vote on Insure Tennessee shows that Tennessee Republicans don’t care if they deny health care to hardworking Tennesseans. They don’t care that working families will go broke if they get sick. They don’t care that hospitals are going to close and people will lose their jobs. They don’t care that without health care, Tennesseans will die.

The ridiculous amount of time they spent debating whether or not "Insure Tennessee" is “Obama Care” clearly shows that they let their hatred of President Obama get in the way of doing what’s right for the people of Tennessee”

We should at least give credit to Sen. Overbey (who was shut out of Lt. (real) Gov. Ramsey's sham special session committee) for trying to keep this alive. And also to Sen. Briggs.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
03:43 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

That's how today's headline reads for the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's largest daily newspaper. I typed it in all caps because they did. White letters on a black ground, full page.

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U.T. has named former Texas Longhorns coach Rick Barnes as the new men's basketball coach. Barnes replaces Donnie Tyndall who was fired last week pending final determination of NCAA violations.

Barnes' salary will be $2.25 million per year plus various incentives. His six year contract includes a $1 million per year buyout.

Barnes Named Tennessee Basketball Coach

Memorandum of Understanding

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
11:36 am

Tonight! Free, public showing of the film "Iron Jawed Angels." 6:00 pm in the auditorium at the Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Avenue, followed by a discussion led by an OUTSTANDING panel of local women leaders and historians, and moderated by WATE-TV News Anchor Lori Tucker. Come join us in celebrating Women's History Month!

(link...)

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
11:18 am

Oh, dear. I missed this yesterday, but the Facebook page for Hard Knox Independent, where J. J. Stambaugh is editor, reports that a house fire before 5:00 a.m. Monday morning has displaced J. J. and his family.

J. J., his family, and two other residents did escape the fire without injury.

However, staff at Hard Knox report how they--and we--may help the Stambaughs with some temporary needs, as follows:

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
11:00 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

The northern tip of Antarctica just hit 63°F.

You may want to watch for a possible trend here and think about charging your benefactors more for your opinion on climate change.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:53 am

The Rolling Stones announced they have added Nashville, June 17th at LP Field to their summer ZIP CODE tour dates. Other cities include Raliegh, Atlanta, and Orlando. Tickets go on sale April 13th. Ticketmaster is showing presales for some venues starting April 8th.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:25 am

What: Public hearing on Island Home Ave. detour
When: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Elementary, 801 Sevier Ave.

Island Home Ave. will be closed for eight weeks starting in early April for construction at the new River's Edge apartments and riverwalk project. The City of Knoxville is holding a public hearing on the proposed detour. Details in the press release after the break...

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:11 am

Pilot CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has put his Lyons View house on the market for $4.9 million. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that, contrary to media reports, he's not interested in the Titans and that he plans to move to Cleveland "at some point."

Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Lists Knoxville Mansion for $4.9M

Jimmy Haslam says there's 'zero basis' to report he might want to swap for Titans, plans to live in Cleveland fulltime at some point

Realtor.com listing...

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
12:19 am

free and open to the public, 8 pm. this was 'avant garde' in 1937.

here's a preview:

(link...)

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
07:39 pm

Vouchers passed the Senate 24 to 8, House will take up the bill tomorrow.

Guns in parks passed the House 65 to 21, Senate will take it up Wednesday.

Good times.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
05:46 pm

from NBC News …

Brain scans of 1,099 children and teenagers in nine major cities shows the poorer kids have less surface area of the brain. This is important because having more brain surface area is linked with intelligence.

But the relationship between income and a child's brain surface area was much bigger. It was logarithmic — meaning the effect was very strong at the lower income levels. Just a little more income made a big difference in terms of brain surface area at the lower end, and it made less difference as income levels grew.

Being Poor Affects Kids' Brains, Study Finds

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From our "Legislative Update":

Regulation Freedom Amendment -- A resolution that aims to force Congress to pass a "Regulation Freedom" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has received final approval in the State Senate. Senate Joint Resolution 2 calls upon Congress to require that, whenever one quarter of the members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation; a majority vote of the House and Senate is necessary to adopt it.

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