Mon
Oct 20 2014
01:04 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Because a 9.25% sales tax on food is already unconscionable enough.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
12:49 pm


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Sylvia Woods and her family were joined by local dignitaries this morning to dedicate the Harold G. Woods Memorial Bridge in honor of her late husband. The bridge is on the James White Parkway crossing over Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
08:04 am

Sandra Clark, a known Republican and publisher of the Shopper News, endorses Gloria Johnson for State House 13th District.

Johnson has also been endorsed by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Knox County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Knoxville Firefighters Association, Democracy for America, the Sierra Club, and Coach Johnny Majors among others.

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Sun
Oct 19 2014
09:55 pm

Got to thinking about my own most popular story at Metro Pulse -- not my favorite, necessarily, nor the most important – but the most popular in terms of response.

That's hard to say, since I wrote for them for such a long, long time. But upon reflection, I decided this one, written totally off the top of my head and dredged from my memory, got more response from more people (and even got plagiarized a time or three) than anything else I wrote there.

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This is probably the best story I ever wrote:

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And there were all those stories that Coury Turczyn (who shaped Metro Pulse content more than anyone) and I wrote about my brother, John, dribbled out over the years. I'm not going to link them, because I'm not up to picking the scabs on my heart tonight, but most here will know what I'm talking about; these are stories about what's made us who we are – the one Jack Neely did this week on Martin Hunt is another example.

Now who's going to tell our stories?

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Sun
Oct 19 2014
07:11 pm

The most important thing about last week's LWV candidates' forum is something that didn't get talked about:

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The candidates for the District 2 school board seat are smart, accomplished women who were probably curve-busters as students, so it was embarrassing when moderator Matt Shafer Powell asked what they thought of PECCA at last week’s League of Women Voters forum. Nobody had an answer.

To be fair, the moderator mispronounced it, but neither Charlotte Dorsey, Jamie Rowe nor Tracie Sanger knew what he was talking about.

Powell explained that it was the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act, which has been state law since 2011 when the General Assembly stripped school boards of the authority to engage in collective bargaining with organizations representing teachers – mainly the Tennessee Education Association – and instead required them to set up something called collaborative conferencing to deal with issues like salaries, benefits, insurance and leave. Knox County became the first school district to start the collaborative conferencing process in October 2011 but may be among the last to fully comply.

The school board delegated its authority to Superintendent James McIntyre.

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Sun
Oct 19 2014
09:27 am

What: We loved Metro Pulse rally
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Where: Krutch Park

Open mic, three minute cap. Please prepare 3 minute statement. Come express yourself about what happened to Metro Pulse.

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Sat
Oct 18 2014
10:34 pm

Be sure to watch WBIR's Inside Tennessee tomorrow (Sunday Oct. 19th, 9:30 a.m.)--or DVR it. And by all means share with friends. All reports are that State Representative Gloria Johnson quite handily knocks down the false claims and extreme positions of opponent Eddie Smith.

PS Also check out my column scheduled for tomorrow's News Sentinel.

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Sat
Oct 18 2014
09:43 pm

All of these are nice projects, Vienna's Gasometer City, made out of old gas storage tanks, is very innovative.

In the 1990s, Vienna converted four former gas storage tanks into apartments, shops and offices.

Urban infrastructure gets a second life

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Sat
Oct 18 2014
07:07 pm

Roy Garrett of the former Roy's Records in Maryville performed with family and friends this morning at the Foothills Fall Festival. Here are some video highlights, including some music clips, speechifying and tributes with some great stories about Roy, and a special spontaneous moment starting around 12:00 in if you want to fast forward.

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Sat
Oct 18 2014
08:38 am

The final Foothills Fall Festival is underway in Maryville and continues today and tomorrow. The Mrs. went over for a stroll yesterday and took a few pics. Click the photo above for more.

In addition to the headliner concerts, there is plenty of free, family friendly arts and entertainment fun, including a juried arts and crafts show and Adventure Land for the kids. (Sorry, no pets allowed.)

There are free concert performances throughout the day at the Music at Roy's Stage (near the old Roy's Record shop) and Community Stage. There are still general admission concert passes (good for both today and tomorrow) available for $70, and reserved seating (Silver section) tickets available for tonight's concerts ($40) and tomorrow night's finale with Tim McGraw ($70). Tickets may be purchased at the Church St. gate.

The forecast calls for perfect fall weather today and tomorrow, so y'all come on out.

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From Yahoo …

It won't happen immediately, or even within the next year, but not too far into the future you might pay a tax for every mile you drive — thanks to California.

Three weeks ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the first test of mileage-based road taxes in the Golden State. The bill, which passed the state legislature with the backing of transit agencies, environmental groups and most major automakers, creates a 15-person panel to oversee a pilot of pay-by-the-mile taxation by 2018.

California readies pay-as-you-drive tax test, coming soon to a road near you

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Based on the latest unemployment figures available (September 2014 unless noted), Tennessee has the third highest unemployment rate in the South:

Georgia          7.9%
Mississippi      7.4% (Aug.)
Tennessee        7.3%
North Carolina   6.8% (Aug.)
Kentucky         6.7%
Alabama          6.6%
West Virginia    6.6%
South Carolina   6.4% (Aug.)
Arkansas         6.3% (Aug.)
Florida          6.1%
Louisiana        5.8% (Aug.)
Virginia         5.6% (Aug.)
Texas            5.2%

U.S.             5.9%
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Thu
Oct 16 2014
07:33 pm

What: Harold G. Woods Bridge dedication ceremony
When: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Where: James White Parkway at Sevier Ave. and McClung in South Knoxville

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony in honor of Harold G. Woods on Monday, Oct. 20th at 11AM at the James White Parkway bridge over Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville. The bridge will be officially designated as the Harold G. Woods Memorial Bridge.

State Rep. Joe Armstrong, sponsor of the memorial bill, will preside. He will be joined by Sylvia Woods, Rep. Gloria Johnson, Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, Mayor Madeline Rogero, friends and family of Harold G. Woods, and other local and state leaders.

The ceremony will take place at the JWP span over Sevier Ave. near McClung Ave. Look for traffic cones blocking a northbound lane and officers directing traffic.

Sylvia Woods says she "would like a lot of people to show up to honor Harold, but more importantly to show our grandchildren an ordinary man can do good works and be remembered."

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Wed
Oct 15 2014
08:00 pm

What: Meet Eddie Smith with Lamar Alexander!
When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: Shoney's Restaurant, 2612 Chapman Hwy, South Knoxville

Must RSVP to VoteEddieSmith@gmail.com

Meet Gloria Johnson's opponent and try to ask questions! Suggestions are 1) How is Obamacare hurting constituents?, 2) How does he plan to "support AFP's efforts to Stop Obamacare and Washington DC's takeover of health care in Tennessee?", which is his stated pledge.

(Also might ask about things like evolution, climate change, etc.)

Sorry for the short notice, but this flyer was found in my mailbox today and I can't make the event.

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Wed
Oct 15 2014
06:05 pm

Via KNS: Controversial Oak Ridge PAC announces endorsements

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(Some incumbant City Council members) contended there was a potential conflict of interest because the Chamber receives $175,000 a year from the city and has a below-market lease from the city of the property it occupies at the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Tulane Avenue.

However, in a sharply divided vote last month, the Council rejected a move to have the city's attorney research whether the PAC's existence posed any ethical or legal concerns for the city.

Now, PAC members have made their selections from among the 10 City Council and 8 school board candidates running--or rather, from among those candidates who chose to answer the PAC's questionnaire.

Some candidates apparently opted not to participate and instead posted their answers to PAC questions "in blogs or in social media."

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Hearing that there are layoffs at KNS and possibly other Scripps papers. Anybody else hearing anything?

UPDATE: Metro Pulse tweets that the current issue is their last and all employees have been laid off.

UPDATE: News Sentinel layoffs include Metro Pulse staff

The News Sentinel today announced that it was laying off 23 employees, including the staff of Metro Pulse, a standalone weekly publication owned by the newspaper.

UPDATE: We are told Shopper News is not affected.

UPDATE: Rumors of at least three cuts in News Sentinel newsroom.

UPDATE: Sources say KNS metro editor John North was let go. Staff meeting at 4PM, could be more...

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Wed
Oct 15 2014
09:13 am

In the military, there is a term known as the "teeth to tail" ratio (T3R if you're into TLA*), or how many front-line combat troops you have vs. support and logistics. In World War 2, the ratio was as high as 0.54, while in our more modern military, the ratio can be as low as 0.25 (Iraq, counting in contractors).

Attacking an enemy's logistical "tail" is not just a viable strategy, it's a winning strategy for most wars. Germany failed to reach Moscow because of logistical issues. It had a strong influence in our victory in the Revolutionary War, a little told story.

In looking at the maps of ISIS wins, it's very strange to see such long thin fingers, primarily running along major highways.... so how does the US military capitalize on this?

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Wed
Oct 15 2014
12:30 am

You can keep the insurance web site up but the insurance has to be stopped.

From MSNBC …

Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare ‘word salad’

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Apparently, a woman who is not a wife or a mother is not qualified for state office, according to GOP operatives. Tennessee House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh issued the following statement in response:

Fitzhugh Calls on Smith, GOP to Disavow Attacks
Attacks on Johnson beyond the pale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (10/14/14) – House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh called on the Tennessee Republican Party and Eddie Smith to disavow recent attacks made on State Representative Gloria Johnson by prominent GOP operative Brian Hornback.

"Gloria Johnson is a strong, successful woman," said Leader Fitzhugh. "She takes care of her elderly Mother, she is a loving aunt of four, a sister and like all school teachers, she's been a mother to more than one child."

Earlier today Brian Hornback, a well-known GOP operative and blogger, took to twitter to criticize Rep. Johnson for being "not a wife, not a mother, a bureaucrat." This is the latest in a series of false and misleading GOP attacks in the district 13 race.

"Eddie Smith and the Tennessee Republican Party should disavow this attack today. They have done nothing but throw mud at Rep. Johnson for the last two years, but this is beyond the pale. It's insulting to Gloria, it's insulting to women as a whole and it's insulting to the voters of district 13."

Get the facts: Gloria Johnson for State House District 13

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