Sep 30 2016
10:00 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Sep 30 2016
09:07 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In case you missed it, a new baby girl gorilla was born at the Knoxville Zoo earlier in the month. It is named Andi in honor of Andie Ray.

See also: Knoxville Zoo gorilla cam...


Tennessean: Stand for Children, charter candidates face massive fines

A pro-charter school organization and the four school board candidates it backed in August are subject to combined civil penalties totaling $685,000, potentially the harshest punishment for campaign disclosure violations in recent Nashville election history.

The Nashville Scene has a copy of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance show cause letter...


C-SPAN has the video.

Great speech. Surely the undecideds will understand this message.

Sep 28 2016
06:47 am

A sinkhole and a water main break have caused a shutdown of Alcoa Highway, all lanes northbound and one lane southbound.

The section of Alcoa Hwy affected is north of the U.T. Hospital interchange before the Buck Karnes bridge.

Knoxville Police Department says northbound traffic is being diverted to John Sevier Highway and then to Chapman Highway.

According to reports, the problem is expected to be corrected by 10 A.M.

Update: 10:45 AM, lanes still closed.

Sep 27 2016
09:22 pm

I read about this in a couple different places. It may be accurate. I don't know. But it looks like it was a group of engineers from Tennessee, who I assume would directly benefit from funding for the list they provide, who gave the grades. I would like to see an independent source for this sort of grading

from ...

Tennessee's public infrastructure is in mediocre condition and in need of heavy investment, according to an engineering report card released Tuesday.

State infrastructure gets 'C' grade on report card

from The Chattanoogan ...

The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers on Tuesday released its 2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure, grading 10 categories of the state’s infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average of “C.”

American Society Of Civil Engineers Grades Tennessee Infrastructure A "C"

Sep 27 2016
03:26 pm

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander says, "we need to replace Obamacare with insurance choices that allow Tennesseans to select low-cost insurance that fits their budget and their health care needs."

For seventeen years, while residing in Florida, my husband and I had individual health insurance. We moved to the State of Tennessee in 2000. In 2003 our individual health insurance was no longer available in Tennessee. We were unable to purchase individual health insurance through any other company in Tennessee. We called the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance to no avail. They basically told us we would not be able to obtain an individual health insurance policy in Tennessee. Luckily for us, we have a small business with two or more employees and were able to obtain health insurance through the business.

How many people in the State of Tennessee were unable to purchase individual health insurance until the passing of the Affordable Care Act? How many people were unable to get the healthcare they needed since they did not have health insurance? Do you have any idea of the pent up demand in Tennessee since individual health insurance policies were unavailable until recently? Do you really care? I don't think so.

It's no wonder health insurance companies are not making as much money as they were before ACA. There were many people, and still are, in Tennessee who could not even get insurance. Thus, when ACA came along a lot of people were finally able to get health insurance and the healthcare they have been needing for years. If the governments of the State of TN and United States had cared a lot earlier, the demand for healthcare needs may not have cost so much.

I cannot imagine what your idea of a low-cost insurance policy is that fits a budget and health care needs. You who have an excellent health insurance policy paid for by the citizens of the United States.

Thanks, Sen. Alexander for not caring about the health and welfare of the people in your state.

Sep 26 2016
05:28 pm

The first presidential debate of 2016. Will it be calm? Will it be informative? Will it help people decide? Will it be a Monty Python skit?

From Atrios, is it really fair for the moderators to ask questions?

From TalkLeft, what would you be listening to?

Sep 26 2016
11:34 am

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will not sell insurance plans on the Obamacare exchange in the state's three largest metro areas next year, as the health care giant grapples with hefty losses and ongoing uncertainty on the marketplace.


This, of course, after they were granted a 62% rate hike by the state insurance commission.


Sep 26 2016
11:12 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

It's been a while since we smoked a Boston butt. The last couple were OK but not all that great. This weekend, we decided to give it another try.


Sep 26 2016
08:42 am

Early voting starts in 23 days. The Knox Co. Election Commission met on Friday to, among other things, set the times and locations.

Sep 26 2016
07:02 am

We are worried about every vote. Clinton needs as many as she can get. However, we do have to keep in mind that Obama lost the white millennial vote by 7 in 2012. Thus, as many media outlets are reporting, it's not the end of the world to not get the millennial vote. We sure would appreciate the millennial vote.

Digby talks about millennials and equality..

Is it possible Clinton won't get the white millennial vote either because of some closet equality issues?

Sep 25 2016
06:35 am

Warning, danger. You may be recorded and not know it. Unlike cellphones or GoPros, this camera is embedded in a pair of sunglasses.

Snapchat thinks people are finally ready for glasses-mounted personal recording devices.

Snapchat is betting that it wasn’t so much the fear of being assaulted that killed Google Glass; it’s just that people didn’t want to pay $1500 for the privilege.

$130, the frames ("Spectacles") will focus on looking “stylish” and recording 10-second bursts of circular video.

Will these types of recording devices deter free speech? Soon everyone will be afraid of being recorded. You should be willing to backup what you say, but you may not want it recorded for all time.


from ...

A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

One worrisome finding is that the number of uninsured people in fair or poor health could triple under Trump. It would rise from an estimated 2.1 million people under current laws to between 5.7 million and 7.1 million under Trump's approach, depending on which of his policy proposals was analyzed.

Trump Health Plan Would Raise Costs, Clinton's Would Insure More

Sep 24 2016
12:35 pm

Today, 3 PM.

The Vols will try to stop the Gators' winning streak

Welcome back, Florida-Tennessee.

Nice to see you again.

Oh, the two teams have played every year over the last decade, but it hasn’t felt like this.

Teeth-gritting, slobbering intensity.

Pure old-fashioned hate.

The smell of pressure in the air.

Go Vols!

Sep 23 2016
09:53 pm

Noam Chomsky:
Requiem for the American Dream

2015, Color, 75 minutes

In a series of interviews spanning four years, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.

Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm
University of Tennessee Hodges Library 101 (Auditorium)
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN 37996

Free and open to the public
Discussion to follow the screening

Democratic Socialists of America (Knoxville)
Platypus Affiliated Society (Knoxville)


It's almost time for the rumble. The first 2016 presidential debate will be Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, 9 PM to 10:30 PM.

Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

NYT - Debate Prep

Vanity Fair - How Clinton can beat Trump

The Atlantic - When Donald meets Hillary

Could be a tough debate. How do you handle the Donald while not ending up looking like Jeb, Marco, Chris, Ted, etc.?

Sep 23 2016
08:19 am

Ruby Tuesday announced yesterday that they are selling their Maryville Church St. headquarters property to Altar’d State, a Knoxville apparel company, for $2.8 million.

They are also moving their Restaurant Support Center to their facilities on Broadway in Maryville. News reports say that 19 operations employees will be laid off in the process. The changes are related to their recent announcement that they are closing 95 restaurants as part of their "asset rationalization plan."

CEO James J. Buettgen announced on Sept. 13th that he is resigning. He has been with the company since December, 2012 and has been unsuccessful in turning the struggling business around. Ruby Tuesday's stock has fallen 60% on his watch.

With all their talk about a "fresh start," menu tweaks, atmosphere makeovers, price adjustments, coupon promotions and so on, they still seem to be missing the basic concepts of good food and good service at reasonable prices.

Here's a recent email exchange with their CEO...


Sep 22 2016
08:16 am

The @instapundit twitter account is currently suspended. It's not clear if it is a temporary or permanent ban. It appears his account was suspended after he retweeted a photo of protesters blocking I-277 in Charlotte and commented "run them down."

Huffington Post reports...

See also: Knoxville News Sentinel...

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds responds...


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