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 vetoed? Wouldn't want to get vetoed would he. Thanks so much gov for making it harder on our local governments to keep us safe.

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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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Fri
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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Fri
May 26 2017
11:44 am

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

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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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Thu
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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Wed
May 24 2017
03:42 pm

Tom Humphrey has a list of 22 East Tennessee county mayors who have endorsed Randy Boyd for governor. There's one name conspicuously missing.

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Wed
May 24 2017
06:21 am

The local Gannett McPaper has killed off the Shopper News website and absorbed it into the Borg.

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Sandra Clark: Knox TN Today mailer saturates Powell

Folks in ZIP 37849 found an 8-page, full-color newspaper in their mailbox today. It was Volume 1, Number 1 for Knox TN Today. But those expecting to find our usual writers were disappointed. The mailer is part of our marketing campaign to promote the website KnoxTNToday.com – and that’s where the writers are.

In June, we’ll send a mailer to all homes in Halls ZIP 37938 and parts of Fountain City; in August to South ZIP 37920; in late fall to Farragut and its county ’burbs – an area so big we had to halve it – ZIPs 37934 (Town of Farragut) + 37923 (Bob Gray/Dutchtown area) = 9,659 in October; ZIP 37922 (southwest Knox County) = 15,182 in November.

In the article, Sandra says it costs $3,000 to mail an oversized post card to 10,000 homes, "And that’s about our cost to print and mail an 8-page broadsheet newspaper to 10,000 homes." To place an ad, call Sandra at 865-661-8777.

Sandra says the KnoxTNToday.com website remains her primary focus for editorial content: "We’re conceding, though, that the future lies online. Our goal, my goal, is to have folks countywide click KnoxTNToday.com first thing each day."

Some might think a direct mail component is outdated and obsolete. They would be wrong.

Just yesterday I was listening to Bloomberg Radio in my car and heard a report from the National Postal Forum by Paul Sweeney, U.S. Director of Research and Senior Media/Internet Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence (listen here at 5:20 in).

Sweeney participated with Chief Marketing Officers from a variety of industries in a panel discussion about direct mail. He said they are taking a "holistic" approach to advertising that includes direct mail because they can't put all their eggs in one basket, and direct mail helps build and maintain customer loyalty.

He said "digital fatigue" from online, email and in-app ads has "created an opportunity for traditional mail-based promotional channels," noting that direct mail has a higher response rate than email for many sectors, especially from their most loyal customers.

It appears KnoxTNToday.com may be ahead of the curve in tapping an underserved market that big advertisers are just now rediscovering.

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Tue
May 23 2017
06:14 am

The Atlantic:

President Donald Trump’s first major budget proposal comes out on Tuesday, but many of the details are already public. The budget would reverse several of Trump’s campaign promises—like his pledge to preserve Medicaid and Social Security—by dismantling welfare for the poor and sick, while ensuring that rich Americans keep more of their income.

See also: Trump's budget hits his own voters hardest

Plus: Trump’s First Budget Works Only if Wishes Come True

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Mon
May 22 2017
08:02 pm

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett: "I appreciate the support of the Knox County Commission and their approval of this fiscally responsible budget proposal. By working together, we're able to keep taxes low, reduce debt, increase school funding, improve infrastructure and encourage economic growth. Over the next year and half, I look forward to continuing this work."

Knox Co. 2018 Budget as proposed

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