Thu
Aug 21 2014
03:03 pm
By: Treehouse  shortURL

The newest pipeline is from the State of Tennessee government to the Corrections Corporation of America. Good grief.
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"America, where we spend $40K a year to incarcerate each prison inmate and $8K to educate each elementary student."

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
01:05 pm

The Knox County Democratic Party announced that the annual Truman Day dinner will be held on Oct. 2nd at The Foundry. This year's theme is "Stand Up - Keep Fighting." Featured speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Click here for more info and tickets...

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Farragut High School, L N STEM Academy, Powell Middle School, Rocky Hill Elementary School, and Sequoyah Elementary School were named to the Tennessee Department of Education's 2014 "Rewards School" list.

Reward Schools are "the top 5 percent of schools in the state for performance—as measured by overall student achievement levels—and the top 5 percent for year-over-year progress—as measured by schoolwide value-added data."

SOURCE: 2014 School Accountability

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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Gordon Ball has named top members of his campaign team. Former 4th District U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis will lead a team "comprising chairs representing the three grand division including former U.S. Senate democrat candidate Terry Adams and 15th District Representative Joe E. Armstrong for the Eastern Division. Nashville Businessman Bill Freeman and Nashville Metro Council Member-At-Large Jerry Maynard will be co-chairs in Middle Tennessee working with the Gordon Ball for Senate campaign. West Tennessee will be headed by co-chairs Minority House Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and TN Democratic Party Secretary and member of the DNC, Gale Jones Carson.

SOURCE: Press release at the Memphis Flyer...

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
10:49 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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The issue of sovereignty over Gaza’s gas fields is crucial. From a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.

The death of Yasser Arafat, the election of the Hamas government and the ruin of the Palestinian Authority have enabled Israel to establish de facto control over Gaza’s offshore gas reserves.

British Gas (BG Group) has been dealing with the Tel Aviv government. In turn, the Hamas government has been bypassed in regards to exploration and development rights over the gas fields.

The election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 was a major turning point. Palestine’s sovereignty over the offshore gas fields was challenged in the Israeli Supreme Court. Sharon stated unequivocally that “Israel would never buy gas from Palestine” intimating that Gaza’s offshore gas reserves belong to Israel.

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
10:29 am

The Achievement School District is a statewide, state run school district that takes over failing schools from local school boards.

How is it working out? Not that great, apparently...

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
01:17 am
By: Lisa Starbuck  shortURL

Looks like Nashville charter school prospect STRIVE Collegiate Academy is pushing the Metro Nashville School Board to reconsider their rejected charter application, which if rejected again, could become the first test case of the new charter authorizer law. This would allow STRIVE to bypass the local Board of Education and appeal directly to the state in order to grab the money open a new charter school using public funds.

It's the Great Hearts charter school dilemma Part II, and Jesse Register, the Director of Schools, is on the hot seat, along with the rest of the BOE. It's pretty much damned if they do and damned if they don't.

From the Nashville Scene:

Register said that he asked STRIVE, which was developed in conjunction with the Nashville-based Tennessee Charter School Center, to delay its application for a year but STRIVE wanted to appeal. If the board rejects STRIVE again, they can appeal to the state board of education under the newly passed charter authorizer law. This would be the first test case.

In 2012, Great Hearts appealed to the state, which ordered the Metro School Board to reconsider its rejection of the Arizona-based charter operator. The board rejected it again, and Gov. Bill Haslam's administration withheld more than $3 million in funding for Nashville schools.

In a tense exchange with board members, Register refused to say whether he was recommending the STRIVE appeal be approved, only that the committee's recommendation be considered.

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We've been thinking about dabbling in investment/rental property. The Mrs. is pretty good at sniffing them out. We went to see one recently. In fact, we were probably the first to see it. The Realtor was there with the seller to get the listing.

The place might have potential, but, as-is, it would be more suitable for a Criminal Minds kidnapping/dungeon episode.

We seriously doubt that any of the "improvements" were permitted, much less up to code. Mainly, the "improvements" were liabilities that would have to be ripped out and completely redone. Along with the rest of it.

Nonetheless, the seller and the Realtor thought the house should command a premium price per square foot because of the "improvements." In reality, if you took out added square footage from the "improvements" (not even counting the liability and rehab cost), our estimated valuation was less than half of what they were asking based on comps, condition, work needed, etc.

They are wanting a Sequoya Hills or Fox Den valuation. This property is not in one of those places. It was sad, really. One could argue that the MLS listing is basically fraudulent.

We understand sellers who have emotional attachment, have invested too much, or are otherwise just crazy. There's no excuse, though, for Realtors who enable them.

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Wed
Aug 20 2014
04:43 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Me: How do you like that new tea? (Ed. note: Green tea with Mandarin orange flavor.)

Her: Eh. It's OK. Not sure I really like it though.

Me: How come?

Her: I don't know. The orange flavor is too strong.

Me: What about the green tea? Do you like that?

Her: Not sure. It tastes different.

Me: Just... different? How is it different from regular tea?

Her: It tastes greener.

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Wed
Aug 20 2014
12:42 pm

Corporate folks should be pretty happy. At least from a financial perspective.

Looks like a near all-time high.

From the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis …

Corporate Profits After Tax (without IVA and CCAdj)

2014:Q1: 1,734.9 Billions of Dollars

Corporate Profits After Tax

Why Does The Economy Stink? Because America's Owners Are Greedier Now Than Ever Before

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Wed
Aug 20 2014
10:28 am

Three more Knox Co. schools have been added to the state's "Priority List" of the lowest-performing 5% of schools in Tennessee. The latest additions are Green Magnet, Lonsdale Elementary, and Vine Middle/Magnet School. Along with Sarah Moore Greene Magnet, which was already on the list, there are now four Knox County schools in the "Priority List."

The KNS quotes Dr. McIntyre as saying "I think in a couple of those instances, we are beginning to see some real positive momentum and positive changes and improvements in those schools."

"Those schools" have combined enrollment of about 1500 students. Based on per-pupil spending, that represents approx. $13.5 million in public school funding (annually) just waiting to be tapped by free market corporate interests for charters and/or vouchers under various existing and proposed privatization "reform" schemes.

SEE ALSO: Tennessee Department of Education 2014 School Accountability

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Wed
Aug 20 2014
09:37 am

Amidst all the turmoil at the Tennessean, Chas Sisk has decided he's had enough. Instead of "reapplying" for his job, he asked for a severance package.

This is yet another big loss for state government reporting. Pretty soon, the only news out of Capitol Hill will be press releases from Gov. Haslam and Lt. (real) Gov. Ramsey, dutifully transcribed by compliant newspapers of record around the state.

As reported by the Nashville Scene, this is just one example of the "rock-bottom morale" at the Tennessean as management installs "an exciting new structure that is geared toward building a dynamic, responsive newsroom" without editors, photographers, or, apparently, seasoned reporters who know their beat.

PREVIOUSLY: Another shakeup at the Tennessean

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Tue
Aug 19 2014
10:51 pm

From Yahoo ...

Washington state's insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, said "there is no question" that discrimination is creeping back. "The question is whether we are catching it or not," added Kreidler

..."Insurance companies are basically singling out certain conditions by placing some medications on high-cost tiers," said Hill. That "is pretty blatant discrimination in my mind."

Patient advocates say insurers avoiding the sick

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Mon
Aug 18 2014
08:36 pm

According to a press release from the Administrative Office of the Courts as posted on Tom Humphrey's blog, Humphrey On The Hill, the Tennessee Supreme Court has issued a ruling that says the State Constitution requires the government to compensate property owners for regulatory takings claims.

"Until today, no prior Tennessee court had decided whether the State Constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, requires the government to compensate property owners for regulatory takings claims. Previously, Tennessee courts have addressed only physical occupation and nuisance-type takings claims. In its decision today, the Court discussed the similarities between article I, section 21 of the Tennessee Constitution and the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and held that the State Constitution protects the right of Tennessee property owners to receive compensation for a regulatory taking of property to the same extent as the United States Constitution."

More info after the break.

Continued...

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Mon
Aug 18 2014
12:20 pm

A man was charged with his 4th DUI following a crash on Alcoa Highway that occurred when he crossed oncoming traffic to enter the Cornerstone of Recovery rehab facility. The Maryville Daily Times reports...

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According to this AP report, a data breach at Community Health Systems of Franklin, which owns Tennova (formerly St. Mary's), resulted in the cybertheft of personal information and Social Security numbers for more than four million patients.

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Mon
Aug 18 2014
10:48 am

This dustup between Knox Co. Mayor Burchett and Knox Co. Schools Superintendent McIntyre was mentioned earlier in comments, but it deserves its own topic:

Mayor and Superintendent spar over secretary's 2-year paid leave

In related news, Dr. McIntyre has decided that he will hand pick the teachers for his "advisory board" that was intended to give him feedback on teacher concerns about instruction policy and teacher morale. He apparently only wants teachers who will tell him what a great job he's doing:

Details to teacher advisory group released; McIntyre to make picks

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Mon
Aug 18 2014
10:26 am

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate for July Increased To 7.1%

...the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent, five tenths of one percentage point higher than the 6.6 June revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June

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Mon
Aug 18 2014
01:45 am
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

My brother John has been dead 30 years today.

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I was recently channel surfing and came across an old movie of interest ("Tombstone" on Country Music Television). I watched for a few minutes, and could not believe the number of commercials.

I decided to time them. One six minute segment of movie was followed by seven-and-a-half minutes of commercials. I am not making that up. I lost count of how many commercials there were. I thought they'd never stop.

They managed to stretch a 130 minute movie into three and a half hours by adding 1 hour and twenty minutes of commercials. No wonder people are sick of paying such high prices for cable TV.

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