Tue
Aug 11 2020
09:30 pm
By: R. Neal

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Tue
Aug 11 2020
08:11 pm
By: fischbobber

It was an interesting drive home. The bars that were open reminded me more of methadone clinics as opposed to a bustling hive of active social activity. That's probably how it should be. I don't think the ten o'clock rule has been in long enough to measure it's effectiveness, but if we don't see a bump in about ten days (down) this may not have been the right regulation. Police presence was up, but I didn't see any door to door enforcement activity. And that's probably how it should be too.

This was a good time to test a regulation like this.

Social media update (I know, I know) Substantive issues are generally met with scorn and personal attacks on any site Mayor Jacobs is associated with. I was curious about that and I went to a couple profiles, and, lo and behold, Kane's fans from around the world are defending him on Knox County facebook pages. Reality amazes me sometimes.

Tue
Aug 11 2020
05:50 am

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Survival...

Tue
Aug 11 2020
12:43 am

Knoxville Chocolate Company has closed its downtown location

The other business which will not re-open is Myrtle’s Chicken + Beer.

Two Market Square Businesses Will Not Re-Open

Sun
Aug 9 2020
11:19 am

At his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Trump announced (using executive orders) he was postponing payroll taxes through the end of the year, extending the unemployment “bonus” at $400 a week (down from $600), helping people “stay in their homes,” and waiving student debt payments through the end of 2020. The details, however, are not as generous as he made them sound.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called President Donald Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief "absurdly unconstitutional."

"Well, the fact is, is that whether they're legal or not takes time to figure out. I associate my remarks with what the Senator (Ben) Sasse (R-Nebraska) who says, they're 'unconstitutional slop.'

He is ordering a payroll tax deferral, not a cut, meaning the taxes won’t be collected for a while but they will still be due at a later date. On housing, he instructs key officials to “consider” whether there should be a ban on evictions. He also insists that state governments pick up the tab for some of the unemployment aid.

Currently the CARES Act provides that all employers may defer the deposit and payment of the employer's portion of Social Security taxes and certain railroad retirement taxes... The payroll tax deferral period began on March 27, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020.

Trying to kill Social Security as well as the Postal Service.

Deferral of taxes will be an unwelcome surprise when it comes time to ante up. Employees could be in for a real surprise, but can you imagine the liability some employers could take on.

Also, I wonder if the State of Tennessee will be willing to ante up the state recommended portion of unemployment?

Sun
Aug 9 2020
09:16 am

The Knox County Health Department reports
4,592 coronavirus cases and 156 probable cases.

That's 678 new cases in the past week, with 83, 114, 54, 131, 75, 129, 92 as the cases per day for the past week.
That's a 17.3% increase over last week.

There are 30 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 44 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 16% increase in deaths in the past week (38 as of August 1).
4 in the 18-44 age group (9%)
15 in the 45-64 age group (34%)
4 in the 65-74 age group (9%)
21 in the 75+ age group (48%)

Tests conducted on Knox County residents has gone down in the last two weeks (4,353 week of July 19, 3,492 week of July 26) as compared to the three prior weeks (4,425 week of June 28, 5,401 week of July 5, 5,972 week of July 12).

As of August 4, 2020, ICU Bed availability is down at 19.1%. (278 ICU beds total with 53 beds available) (Note, prior to this 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County has increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On August 6, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on July 30)
37921 has the most cases with 416 (population 28,000) (16.5% increase), then
37920 with 376 cases (population 39,000) (15.7% increase)
37918 with 317 cases (population 44,476) (17.0% increase)
37917 with 281 cases (population 27,000) (21.1% increase)
37919 with 279 cases (population 28,000) (increase not calculated, 37919 not in top 4 since June 14)
37923 with 269 cases (population 30,000) (13.5% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Aug 9 2020
09:14 am

From reports dated as of August 8, 2020.

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 120,585 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 1,176 have died from it.

That is an additional 12,401 cases in one week and an additional 109 reported deaths.

1,683,722 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 142,107 tests in the past week.
17,649 fewer tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations have increased slightly. From August 1 to August 8 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 3.0% (by 32 from 1,020 to 1,052). .

7.4% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

24.4% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. I don't know how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (mursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Aug 8 2020
11:17 am

Songs start with a familiar tune. In this case it's One Night in Bangkok. Then you start seeing how it should change.

Thigh-land, Oriental setting

And the Prez don't know that the Prez is saying

The creme de la creme of political worlds 

In a show with everything, and this loser
Time flies. Doesn't seem a minute

Since Yo Semite was how he stepped in it
(edit here)
One night in Thigh-land makes an orange man stumble

Not much D'Souza can try to save

One night in Thigh-land and the fake guys tumble

Can't be too careful with the words you say
I can feel covfefe walking next to me
Siam's gonna be the witness

To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
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(edit here)
Get thai'd, he's a presidential tourist

Whose every move's is hardly purest

I get my kicks below the waistline, sunshine
(edit here)
One night in Bangkok makes fake tough guys grumble

Get the British Open for his company

I can feel corruption walking next to me.
(gong)

Sat
Aug 8 2020
07:26 am

in their quest to dismantle every federal government agency, Trump, McConnell and the GOP are now going after one of our most dependable and crucial services. How is this in any way acceptable?

Fri
Aug 7 2020
05:08 am
By: R. Neal
Thu
Aug 6 2020
02:13 pm

The BBC is reporting that the New York Attorney General announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the NRA. And nobody in Knoxville cares enough to make it a headline?!

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Thu
Aug 6 2020
12:51 pm

The political ads I have seen are not very flattering to Tennessee in general. Regarding the candidates and the reflection on the perceived intellect and mentality of the electorate by the candidates and their campaign staff.

Tennessee GOP Senate primary sets up another establishment vs. insurgent battle

Tennessee Republicans battle to fill Lamar Alexander's Senate seat

Thu
Aug 6 2020
08:10 am
By: R. Neal
Topics:

Sheriff Tom Spangler with the Knox County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday he is deferring on enforcing the BOH's order, telling people to call the Knox County Health Department with concerns or complaints about bars not following the order at its (865) 215-5555 COVID-19 hotline.

Knox County sheriff: Call the health department if a bar violates the closure order

They seem to be looking in water for someone. Helicopters hovering over water. Just off Alcoa highway.

ED. UPDATE: Four people aboard, three rescued, one fatality. According to unconfirmed social media source, the helicopter was owned by the Claytons.

Topics:

AP: President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers...

Matthew Conlen et al in the NYT - The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus

No single factor can settle such a fraught decision. But new estimates provide a rough gauge of the risk that students and educators could encounter at school in each county in the United States.

The estimates, from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, range from sobering to surprisingly reassuring, depending on the area and the size of the school.

Based on current infection rates, more than 80 percent of Americans live in a county where at least one infected person would be expected to show up to a school of 500 students and staff in the first week, if school started today.

The projections are rough guidelines based on the estimated prevalence of the virus in each county, which is drawn from a New York Times database of cases, and estimates that five people may be infected for each known case. Those estimates reflect current levels of infection around the country and are likely to change, improving or worsening in individual communities over the next weeks and months.

The estimates assume that children are as likely to carry and transmit the virus as adults — “a large assumption, given the unknowns about children,” said Spencer Fox, a member of the research team.

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10 out of 15 traditional high schools in Knox county have enrollment of greater than 1,000.

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