There ought to be a federal law requiring all mobile wireless devices to have wireless charging. There isn't, but you can have it anyway.

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Sun
May 29 2016
10:15 am

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is today. Televised festivities begin at 11 AM on ABC, with the race set to get underway at 12:15.

Tennessee native Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet) will start on the front row in the #2 pole position. He finished 9th last year. He will share the front row with James Hinchcliffe (Honda) of Toronto at the #1 spot and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda) of Florida at #3.

There is a third-generation Andretti in the race. Marco Andretti hopes to end the Andretti Curse with a win. His grandfather Mario was the only Andretti to win. That was in 1969. His father Michael holds the record for most laps led at Indy, but never won.

Attendance is expected to top 350,000.

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Sat
May 28 2016
05:13 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Fri
May 27 2016
07:00 pm

One lane of Island Home Ave. along the riverfront will be closed starting today through the month of June for riverwalk infrastructure construction. More info in the press release after the break...

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Nancy Stewart hosts Tennessee House District 18 Democratic Candidate Brandi Price on DTV this evening at 7:30PM. The show will be live and callers are welcome to talk to Brandi.

DTV streams live at (link...)

or can be viewed on the following Cable Channels:
Xfinity Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT Uverse Channel 99

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Fri
May 27 2016
02:19 pm

Wow, one commenter on my Knoxville News Sentinel column today just set a record for most factual errors in a reply post. He wrote:

"Here is a guy that ran for Congress in TX and lost in the primary [False, I won the primary easily] and was a Knox County Commissioner who won because the incumbent was retiring [False, I defeated the actively campaigning incumbent] ...he is retiring soon" [False, no plans for retirement for many years]. The rest of the post is more personal attack, mostly using the gripe site ratemyprofessor and avoiding good data like Google Scholar and ignoring two national teaching awards.

Friends, feel free to set the record straight on KNS and elsewhere.

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Fri
May 27 2016
11:18 am

We recently got a notice in the mail from the Blount County Fire Protection District urging us to purchase a $25 per year "travel through" subscription.

According to the notice, we could be charged $1000 per hour for BCFPD responding to a wreck causing "fuel spillage, power lines down, over embankment, into structure, extrication/entrapment, vehicle fire suppression, water/land rescue, and high/low angle rescue."

(It does not cover "structures, real estate, commercial vehicles, or hazardous materials response.")

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Thu
May 26 2016
09:13 am

Trump has got the unity business down to an art. He'll insult anyone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez - the nation's only Latina governor, first Hispanic woman governor in the country’s history, chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association. She was "too busy" to attend Trump's Albuquerque rally.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Trump says, "It’s your governor’s fault,” Mr. Trump told thousands of booing supporters. “We have to get your governor and get going. She’s got to do a better job, O.K.? Your governor has got to do a better job.”

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Trump "called Mr. Romney “a choker,” and mocked his gait, saying “he walks like a penguin onto the stage. Like a penguin!” And to boos, he complained that Mr. Bush has yet to endorse him. “He will get a burst of energy and he will do it, believe me.”

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Wed
May 25 2016
07:41 pm

Just now on MSNBC's Chris Matthews show.

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Wed
May 25 2016
04:43 pm

Elijah Davis, a rising sophomore at Fulton High School, is an honor student and an outstanding member of the wrestling team. He has been invited to participate in a tournament in Australia this summer, but is having trouble getting the $5200 he needs to make the trip. He and his mom have been working hard, and have gotten pretty solid support from the Fulton community, but he's falling short of his goal.

I'm putting this out here to see if it might move someone to help this great kid. I think he's at about 80% of his goal, but he's got to have the full amount by June 1.

Here's his GoFundMe page:

(link...)

And here's the story WATE TV did last month: (link...)

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Wed
May 25 2016
08:54 am

Outsourcing

from knoxnews.com ...

Tennessee's newest prison has stopped taking inmates after just four months of full operation.

Nashville-based CCA is the nation's largest private prison provider, operating 84 facilities nationwide housing about 70,000 inmates. Supporters say prison privatization is cheap and efficient. Critics say private corporations are not as accountable to the public as traditional state-run prisons.

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Who is South Shore LLC?

from WATE.com ...

Gilby says he’s paid $650 in rent for the building since the 1980s but in April he received a letter stating the building was sold to new owners called South Shore LLC. Gilby says he met with a representative for South Shore and rent could be going up to $2,000.

Some South Knoxville businesses forced to move as rent increases

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Betty Bean files this report regarding Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett's effort to get state funding for a behavioral health urgent care unit (a/k/a safety center) that would provide alternative treatment for people coming in to the Knox Co. jail system with mental health and addiction issues.

The facility has funding from the county with buy-in from City of Knoxville Mayor Rogero. Gov. Haslam had previously promised state funding but has apparently backed out.

The always quotable Mayor Burchett is not pleased and is speaking out in no uncertain terms, noting that about half of inmates with mental health issues are veterans. And East Tennessee veterans have no bigger supporter than Mayor Burchett.

I recall going to one of the ETSPJ legislative luncheons a while back and meeting then State Senator Burchett for the first time. In his remarks at the luncheon, he mentioned back then that county jails are the state's biggest mental health hospitals. I recall thinking that he's right that this is wrong and there's something I like about this guy. Anyway...

Betty Bean: Burchett Angry at State's Failure to Help Mentally Ill

(It also appears that Mayor Burchett is not a big fan of Nashville, the TV show. We will have to agree to disagree on that, but I get what he's saying about funding priorities.)

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Tue
May 24 2016
10:02 am

Just got back from a short getaway to FL (Palm Coast, between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach). On the way back we went up the coast to sightsee around some of the beach towns in Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Jekyll Island, Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head. Here are some snapshots dumped from our cellphones and some cool photos of a sea turtle's nest (click image for gallery).

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Tue
May 24 2016
09:20 am

Sly & The Family Stone

"Hot Fun In The Summertime"

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Quite an engineering project.

Impressive vision and I assume no road builders lobby.

We cannot get a light rail on a former rail right of way thru Seymour.

for nbcnews.com ...

The world gets a little smaller next month with the unveiling of the longest and deepest railway tunnel ever constructed — a feat of engineering under the Alps that will slash journey times across Europe.

Switzerland's Gotthard Train Tunnel Will Be World's Longest, Deepest

Gotthard opening celebrations attract big names

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Fri
May 20 2016
09:08 pm

Is there any sort of museum, special rooms set aside because of historical significance, tour, whatever in the Andrew Johnson?

A Tennessee Theatre, Bijou, Andrew Johnson combined tour seems like it would be interesting.

Gay Street’s Wallflower, the Andrew Johnson Building, Is Stepping Out

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Thu
May 19 2016
06:19 pm

Not familiar with any of the new folks. Any background information?

From knoxnews.com ...

The new appointees to the 15-member body are Gayle Bustin, Patrick Phillips and Charles Thomas. They replace former Vice Mayor Jack Sharp, Bart Carey and Michael Kane, who served as MPC transitioned to its new executive director, Gerald Green..

Knoxville mayor appoints three new MPC members

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Donna Lucas, Democratic Candidate for the District 6 seat on the Knox County Commission will be a guest of DTV's Janice Spoone and Doug Veum on Friday, May 20th @ 7:30PM on the Community TV channel

(link...)

CTV streams live at (link...)

and can be viewed on the following Cable Channels:
Xfinity Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT Uverse Channel 99

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