The budget numbers offer the first look into the administration's request for a full year's worth of extra protective resources under Trump, who frequently has stayed at his namesake properties outside of the White House since he took office Jan. 20. The figures also underscore the taxpayer costs that benefit Trump, with $6.3 million allocated toward "rent and utilities" at Trump Tower.

Secret Service budget asks for $25M to protect Trump Tower

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A strong storm blew through the area last night. Lots of power outages in the area, Knox, Loudon, and Alcoa.

As of right now all of Springbrook in Blount County is without power and has been for eight hours. There are also areas in Louisville off of Louisville Road, Eagleton Village off of Maryville Pike/Old Knoxville Hwy., and in the more rural areas of Martin Mill and Wildwood Road that have been without power for hours.

UPDATE: Some cellphone pics from Alcoa, Hunt Rd. and Springbrook (click image for bigger/more):

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May 27 2017
05:17 pm
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Gregg Allman, dead at 69...

Very sad news. Contrary to the Rolling Stone headline, the Allman Brothers Band was not a "Southern rock" band. They were a sophisticated and highly accomplished blues, jazz, rock and jam band from the South. RIP Gregg. Go be with Duane and Berry and Butch and kick some ass.

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(Click above image for bigger and a couple more...)

Little River Trading Co. had their official season grand opening today at Louisville Point Park. They have a nice assortment of kayaks and stand up paddle boards for rent, including tandem sit on top kayaks, and the rates are reasonable.

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May 27 2017
11:26 am

From 1830 until about 1862 all officers commissioned in the military of the United States of America swore the following oath. "I, _____, appointed a _____ in the Army of the United States, do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever, and observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the rules and articles for the government of the Armies of the United States."

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Sat
May 27 2017
06:34 am

Many Tennessee city and county buildings, parks and buses will either have to buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check people's bags, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns, under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Opponents of the law, including the cities of Nashville and Knoxville and gun control advocates, contend that it gives local officials bad choices. It also threatens local governments with expensive lawsuits by groups like the National Rifle Association on behalf of anyone who feels slighted by local gun control actions, a "giveaway to the gun lobby," according to the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
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Haslam has previously mentioned that a veto could easily be overridden with a simple majority vote of lawmakers.

Haslam will sign any bill that he thinks might get his veto overridden? Wouldn't want to get overridden would he. Thanks so much gov for making it harder on our local governments to keep us safe.

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Looks good

Solar employment expanded last year 17 times faster than the total US economy, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency report published on Wednesday that cited data from the Solar Foundation.

"It seems to be one of the few areas of high-paying, blue-collar jobs -- and you don't have to learn to code," said Bryan Birsic, CEO of Wunder Capital, a fintech company that allows investors to help finance solar panel installations.

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

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"Coal doesn't even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock," Gary Cohn said, aboard Air Force One on Thursday, referring to raw materials that get converted into a fuel.

Cohn, who serves as director of the White House National Economic Council, instead praised natural gas as "such a cleaner fuel" -- and one that America has become an "abundant producer of."

"If you think about how solar and how much wind power we've created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly," Cohn said.

Top Trump aide: Coal doesn't make 'much sense anymore'

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Sat
May 27 2017
12:08 am

Any statistical data on the education level of Knox County registered voters? And/or adults 25+ in general, whether registered to vote or not?

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Fri
May 26 2017
04:35 pm

We are told that Brad Anders is definitely in. He joins Bob Thomas, Glenn Jacobs and JJ Jones in what is shaping up to be a crowded GOP primary.

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May 26 2017
02:41 pm

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Here's a leftover from the winter backyard bird pics. We were puzzled about this one, but we're pretty sure it's a female Red-winged Blackbird. Click image for bigger.

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What: Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett to discuss the Knoxville City and Knox County Budgets with Finbarr Saunders
When: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Where: Community TV Channel

DTV to host Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett on Friday, May 26 @7:30 PM on the Community TV Network.

Councilman Finbarr Saunders moderates a discussion on the city and county budgets with Mayor Rogero and Burchett tonight on Democratic TV.

You can live stream the show at 7:30 PM (here)

Or watch live on the following cable channels:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! (former Knology) Channel 6
AT&T U-verse Channel 99

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May 26 2017
11:44 am

Five year contract, effective today. Tom Humphrey has the presser with more info...

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What: Parks and Rec seeks public input on BMX track at South-Doyle Middle
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: South-Doyle Middle School auditorium

Knox County leaders will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South-Doyle Middle School auditorium to talk about a $750,000 redevelopment project at South-Doyle Middle School designed to create new athletic fields and a state-of-the art BMX track that will be unique to the sport and the rest of the country.

(Press release continues after the break...)

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Thu
May 25 2017
09:20 am

Suttree Landing Park Wins Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

"As you walk through Suttree Landing, … it is hard to imagine that from the 1940s until 2004, this was an industrial site home to a bulk oil storage facility, a textile dying operation and an engine parts manufacturer."

Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Smart Trips and Keep Knoxville Beautiful were also recognized.

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May 25 2017
08:46 am

Time for Donald Trump to close, sell or restructure Kentucky

To Make America Great Again,we can’t afford any namby-pamby political correctness — we need to tell it like it is. Low productivity states (subsidized by our more productive states) need to carry their own weight or go, and Kentucky looks like a good place to start America’s transformation. Given the GOP’s commitment to running America like a business, Kentucky shouldn’t get a dime more from the federal government than it pays to the federal government in taxes. If Kentucky can’t live on a budget, it should be shut down. That’s the way we’d do it in the private sector.

Sadly, Tennessee would also be a candidate.

This is a pretty good tongue-in-cheek column worth a read, especially the part about Mitch McConnell v Elizabeth Warren.

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Thu
May 25 2017
06:58 am

Visitors to Ijams Nature Center and Mead's Quarry can enjoy getting outside and a beer at the new Yee-Haw Brewing beer wagon in South Knoxville.

Beer at the quarry may not be new. It appears Bearden Beer Garden sold beer there in 2015.

It surprises me to have beer, swimming, and boating at the quarry. But, then, heh, the folks of South Knoxville have been doing it for years without a beer wagon.

Be careful out there.

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Thu
May 25 2017
01:17 am

In case you didn't see "Bannon's War" on PBS Frontline recently you might check it out.

Frontline: Bannon's War

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from WBIR.com ...

"Thanks to community-minded and generous individuals, businesses, and organizations, we were able to restore this historic mural," Keep Knoxville Beautiful's executive director Patience Melnik said.

The celebration starts this Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Love Shack courtyard in the Old City. There will be food, beer and giveaways for all those who come out to celebrate.

Iconic Old City train mural restored to original glory

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