Wed
May 4 2016
02:07 pm
By: Treehouse  shortURL

I love the Bitter Southerner articles. This one on Southern innovation has many interesting points but one paragraph stood out. (Of course, they haven't been to Pecha Kucha or other small efforts that really are a part of Knoxville.)

Let’s begin with Tennessee. In Nashville, Launch manages a network of nine business accelerator offices across the state. Memphis has Memphis EPIcenter, Emerge Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and StartCo, which operates three venture accelerators. Chattanooga has declared a 140-acre zone in the midst of its rejuvenated downtown as its Innovation District. They hype it as “a catalytic mix of start-up businesses, business incubators and accelerators alongside innovation economy generators & amenities — available in a dense, walkable urban core.”

(link...)

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Wed
May 4 2016
12:29 pm

News media reporting an announcement is imminent.

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Wed
May 4 2016
12:12 pm

Hopefully the Democrats will come up with an electable candidate.

from Tom Humphrey ...

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee says he is considering a Republican run for governor of Tennessee in 2018...

…Others considered possible Republican candidates for governor include U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.; U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd; state Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville; former ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty; House Speaker Beth Harwell; and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville.

Williamson County businessman eyes run for governor in 2018

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Wed
May 4 2016
06:02 am

Sanders won Indiana 52.5% to 47.5% over Clinton and gained 43 pledged delegates to Clinton's 37 for a net gain of +6. Clinton has 1682 pledged delegates v. 1361 for Sanders, a lead of 321.

It is not mathematically possible for Sanders to win enough of the remaining pledged delegates to get to 2383. Clinton, however, would have to win 71% of the 919 remaining pledged delegates.

Counting the unpledged "super" delegates, Clinton's lead is estimated to be 2202 v. 1400 for Sanders. Clinton will be the nominee, but it will likely be decided by "super" delegates at the convention.

Trump won all of Indiana's 51 delegates, bringing his pledged delegate total to 1047. Cruz has dropped out, leaving Kasich (143 delegates) as the last man standing. Trump needs 190 of the remaining 445 pledged delegates (43%) to reach the magic number of 1237 going into the convention. It appears that Trump will be the nominee.

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Tue
May 3 2016
08:41 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Disaster averted. Or maybe not. Hillary would have beat him like a rented mule.

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Tue
May 3 2016
03:38 pm

Citing the National Enquirer, Trump suggested that Cruz's father was involved in JFK's assassination.

Cruz responded that Trump is a pathological liar who brags about his serial philandering and venereal diseases.

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Tue
May 3 2016
11:45 am

The State of Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam has allowed a guns on college campuses bill to pass.

The bill allows full-time faculty, staff and other employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus -- but they must notify the local law enforcement agency with primary responsibility for security on their campus -- the campus police, for example.

There are over 27,000 employees that will be allowed to go armed on our university and college campuses, including classrooms and lecture halls. They will not be able to bring guns into "a stadium or gymnasium during school-sponsored event or in meeting regarding discipline or tenure."

In a separate bill earlier in the year, student are allowed to have guns and ammunition in their cars on campus.

Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, the House sponsor of the bill, believes the "important next step" is to allow students to go armed on campus.

Yeehaw!

Be careful out there.

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Tue
May 3 2016
11:41 am

Knox County's Rural Metro is offering free CPR training on May 18 and May 21 at several locations in the area, including West Town Mall, Ijams Nature Center and others. Training takes about 15 minutes and sessions are offered from 10AM to 2PM. See the press release after the break for more info and additional locations...

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South Knoxville is Keep Knoxville Beautiful's Community of the Year!

"Until June 2017, we will focus on South Knoxville for cleanups, education, and beautification projects--while still helping out in other parts of the county.

We would love your input about how we can make the best impact on your community.

Please complete the short survey and pass it on to your neighbors and friends."

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Sun
May 1 2016
06:46 am

Obama discusses his plans for life after the White House...

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Sat
Apr 30 2016
04:46 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Ted Cruz: "Carly terrifies Hillary Clinton."

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Sat
Apr 30 2016
04:45 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Me: (vigorously muddling mint for a second mint julep)

The Mrs.: You better be careful. (Apparently in reference to me having a second mint julep, not the vigorous muddling.)

Me: Yeah? Why's that?

The Mrs.: Sh*t! (Accompanied by the sound of something splattering on the floor.)

Me: What's wrong? What was that?

The Mrs.: Uh, I spilled my Glenlivet on the floor.

Me: Oh, OK, then. You were saying? By the way, that stuff is expensive.

The Mrs.: Gracie doesn’t seem to like it.

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Fri
Apr 29 2016
10:44 am

from National Recreation and Park Association ...

State - Tennessee
Economic Activity (Transactions) - $1,690,819,194
Labor Income - $620,702,417
Employment (Jobs) - 14,577

The Economic Impact of Local Parks

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The Dogwood Arts & Crafts fair is today and this weekend.

There will be more than 60 local and regional juried artists exhibiting and selling their original work in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood.

Where: Market Square, Downtown Knoxville

When: April 29-May 1

Time:
Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am–5:00pm

How Much: Free

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
07:34 pm

Gov. Haslam today signed into law a TNGOP bill allowing mental health professionals to refuse treatment for people they don't like because they are gay or whatever.

This is bullshit. If mental health professionals aren't willing or able to help someone because of their personal feelings and beliefs, they should give up their state license and find a different profession. Like selling used cars. Or Tennessee politics.

I've got no problem with people who feel strongly about their beliefs and act accordingly. I do have a problem with the state imposing their beliefs, under the color of law, on an unsuspecting, vulnerable public seeking help.

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
05:23 pm

There was a song in the early to mid 1970's that had a lot of guitar octaves. Almost a jazz like tune but was played on the pop stations. To me it was a "night music" song. I cannot recall the song name or the performers. Is was popular. I was thinking it was a Steely Dan tune but apparently not. Or I have overlooked it. It has some similarities to "Do it again" if I recall correctly. Any ideas?

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
04:15 pm

You may be aware that schools have had horrible problems getting their TCAP/TN Ready testing materials from the vendor this spring?

Well, the kidster (a local middle school teacher) reports moments ago that Dr. McIntyre, on authority granted to all TN school districts by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, has *CANCELED* TCAP/TN Ready testing for all grade levels and/or subject areas for which schools still have not received any testing materials.

And McQueen has canceled the contract, too. Wow. This is a first...

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Nice gesture

The man who built Chobani yogurt into a multi-billion dollar brand is giving thousands of employees the financial surprise of a lifetime.

Chobani CEO Giving Employees an Ownership Stake in Yogurt Empire

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