Fri
Mar 27 2015
09:11 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

U.T. has fired first year basketball coach Donnie Tyndall after information provided by the NCAA indicated he is "highly likely to be found responsible for serious violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men's basketball coach at another institution."

Maybe Dave Hart ought to be next.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
06:33 am

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, March 27, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Hosts Jessee Bundy and Bill Owen will interview Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee State Democratic Party on DTV this evening. They will also be talking live to Isaac Johnson of the Young Democrats and will be giving the last minute details on the Knox County Democratic Party Reorganization Convention that meets tomorrow, March 28th at the CWA Union Hall at 1415 Elm Street at 10:30AM.

DTV streams live at (link...) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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from Yahoo Finance ...

The $46 billion payday lending industry better get ready for a whallop. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released its proposal for new payday lending regulations that would make it harder for businesses to take advantage of borrowers with onerous fees and fine print that can quickly turn them into lifelong debtors.

The watchdog’s new rules would take aim not only at payday lenders but, as promised earlier this year, would apply to car title loans and deposit advance products (short-term loans offered by some banks) as well.

The payday lending industry is in for a rude awakening

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Thu
Mar 26 2015
09:33 am

It's Spring. Daffodils are in bloom.

Here is a recent picture taken by my brother of daffodils in bloom in Cades Cove. It is believed the daffodils were planted by COMPANY 5427 of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) back in the 1930s. Look close and you can see the daffodil plantings spell out COMPANY 5427.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015
09:32 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Knoxville's unique, internationally acclaimed weekend music and art festival Big Ears kicks off tomorrow, 5:30 PM at the KMA. Lineup, schedule, tickets, more...

AC on the economic and cultural impact

We have something special to celebrate as a community.

With the Big Ears Festival coming up, I thought I should share some information with you – not about the festival itself – but about its positive impact on Knoxville.

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A special invitation from AC

With so many beautiful, exceptional, and rare performances scheduled for the weekend - not to mention the bold ambition of the festival itself - it feels like it would be a disservice not to bring some of our offerings to your attention. I know many of you have tickets already - thank you! - but for those who may be on the fence...well, I hope to persuade you. Perhaps some of you might also consider sharing this with friends.

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AC on the film programs

In addition to the mind-blowing weekend of music, I also want to tell you about the film programs at Big Ears. Last year, Marc Ribot’s live performance of music he wrote for Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid along with Dean & Britta’s songs for 13 Most Beautiful: Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests were two of the most powerful and memorable performances from the weekend. This year, we’re expanding our film programs considerably.

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The FCC recently ruled that broadband internet is a public utility, and that municipalities may provide this public infrastructure to residents.

The Republican-controlled Tennessee government is now demonstrating that corporate money trumps citizens' needs and the supposed conservative value of government closest to the people being best at serving their interests.

In short, Tennessee is suing the FCC to seek to overturn the new ruling that would allow cities like Chattanooga to expand the coverage area of their extremely fast internet to bring broadband to nearby rural customers who have been ignored by the corporate internet monopolies. Tennessee says that the FCC is interfering with the state's ability to smack down meddling cities that would interfere with the plans of state politicians' favored corporate donors. Well, they probably don't word it quite that way, but that's the gist of it.

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Watch the video in the story.

from MSNBC …

Officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection claim to have been ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications.

a DEP employee was “reprimanded, sent home and told to get medical clearance before returning to the office” after criticizing the Keystone XL pipeline project and talking about his concerns surrounding the climate crisis.

When avoiding ‘climate change’ is literally laughable

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From Amy Broyles on Facebook:

"Sorry to report to you that Mayor Tim Burchett is vetoing the Honorary Resolution recognizing Women's Groups in Knox County. He is claiming it is not a "women's issue," but an "abortion issue" as it included the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health (which, by the way, is celebrating 35 years of service to women). KCRH provides a range of health care services to women, including abortion care, which is a federally granted right of American women. He also claims I was "dishonest" for continuing to add names of groups to the Resolution after it had been posted to the Commission Agenda. This is true - as I came across more groups, I added them to the list. However, under this logic, he would also need to veto the Resolution honoring our award-winning journalists, as I continued to add to that one as well, as more awards were uncovered during research."

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Mon
Mar 23 2015
04:47 pm

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Above: UT alumnus Barry Wilmore, turning over command of the the International Space Station in preparation for his return to Earth after six months in space. Wilmore, a former Navy fighter pilot, previously piloted the STS-129 Shuttle mission.

Later this month, UT alumnus Scott Kelly will launch for a one-year mission aboard the space station. Kelly, also a former Naval aviator, piloted STS-103, was Mission Commander on STS-118 and was also Commander of ISS Expedition 26.

Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark will take part in a NASA "Twin Study" to observe the "subtle effects and changes that may occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth by studying two individuals who have the same genetics, but are in different environments for one year."

Perhaps someday we'll see UT quarterback Josh Dobbs (who can calculate Wilmore's reentry trajectory in his head) on the space station.

University of Tennessee: Wilmore Says Farewell as Space Station Commander with 'Go Vols!'

Barry Wilmore bio...

Scott Kelly bio...

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Mon
Mar 23 2015
11:49 am

He slipped into the country from Canada and managed to get into the Senate chamber babbling something from a children's book.

More here at the New Yorker.

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from NBC News …

"401(k)s were never designed as the nation's primary retirement system,"

"In America, when we had disability and defined benefit plans, you actually had an equality of retirement period. Now the rich can retire and workers have to work until they die,"

The employees who did participate tended to be better paid, since those people could defer income more easily. The GAO report found that most of the people contributing as much as they were allowed tended to have incomes of $126,000 or more.

Retirement Crisis: The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed for Many Americans

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Mon
Mar 23 2015
09:58 am


Senator Sara Kyle

What: Voter Registration Rally @ Calhoun's on the River
When: Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7:30-10:30PM

Democratic TV invites all to a Friday April 3rd rally at Calhoun's on the River to meet special guest Senator Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) and Representative Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville) currently members of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Both will be guests at this voter registration rally at Calhoun's on the River on Friday, April 3rd from 7:30-10:30. The event is FREE to the public. There will be food and a cash bar. Expect to be offered an opportunity to join in the voter registration efforts this spring as well as to volunteer for various tasks for Democratic TV.

Heart and Soul will provide entertainment.

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Sun
Mar 22 2015
07:47 am

The Central Business Improvement District (CBID) "would like to hear from our stakeholders about existing programs and seek fresh ideas to help define our future priorities."

Deep down on their web site under CBID News is the survey announcement with a link to SurveyMonkey. According to the KNS, the survey is directed at downtown property owners, businesses and visitors.

They want to know what activities provided by the CBID have been noticed (facade grants, beautification, etc.) and what services are important (facade grants, beautification, events public spaces, etc.).

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Sat
Mar 21 2015
11:10 am

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From the cover of Rolling Stone to the cover of AARP Magazine.

AARP exclusive interview with Bob Dylan...

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Fri
Mar 20 2015
12:40 pm

Via Ed Kilgore this morning we note that the Brookings Institute has a pretty fascinating report entitled "Support for Redistribution in an Age of Rising Inequality: New Stylized Facts and Some Tentative Explanations" about how Medicare is perceived. Is it an earned benefit? Nope but some think it is.

Continued...

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Fri
Mar 20 2015
11:14 am

from CNN …

Less than 37% of eligible voters actually voted in the 2014 midterm elections, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. That means about 144 million Americans -- more than the population of Russia -- skipped out.

"Turning the vote out might not be a problem, but wooing disengaged citizens now requires banal sloganeering and crass misleading negative advertising," Manning wrote. "To me, this can diminish the democratic experience for those who take the time to think through the issues."

Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting

Statistical analysis voting turnout in Tennessee

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Fri
Mar 20 2015
08:12 am

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Cheri Siler and Doug Veum will discuss school vouchers on DTV this evening. The main bill that will be discussed is the bill sponsored by Bill Dunn to create a voucher program in Tennessee that could affect the public school systems of the four largest counties in its first year. Tune in to hear this discussion at 7:30PM.

DTV streams live at (link...) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Fri
Mar 20 2015
07:25 am

I just heard that Brackins Blues Club in Maryville closed its doors. Just wondering if anybody knows anything about this? Also, heard Irish Times is closing. What is happening?

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