Mon
Sep 29 2014
05:40 pm

Mike Donilla today wearily dismissed Cheri Siler's point about Briggs' campaign material not having the required disclaimer regarding military uniforms.

(link...)

He passed along unchallenged Briggs' contention the policy only applies to persons on active duty. Big Mistake. Here are the relevant passages from Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Feb. 19, 2008.

4.3.2. Members included in subparagraph 4.3.1. [which specifically mentions members NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY] may NOT, in campaign literature (including Web sites, videos, television, and conventional print advertisements):
4.3.2.1. Use or allow the use of photographs, drawings, and other similar media formats of themselves in uniform as the primary graphic representation in any campaign media, such as a billboard, brochure, flyer, Web site, or television commercial. For the purposes of this policy, “photographs” include video images, drawings, and all other similar formats of representational media.

A good article about past abuses of this policy may be found at:
(link...)

This relevant concern should not be dismissed merely because of Briggs' bluster.

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Mon
Sep 29 2014
11:49 am

WalletHub today released a report on the best and worst states for teachers. The study looked at "18 key metrics, ranging from median starting salary to teacher job openings per capita."

Tennessee's overall ranking came in near the bottom at number 41. The state ranked 49th in public spending per pupil.

2014's Best and Worst States for Teachers

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Mon
Sep 29 2014
11:29 am

WATE's Tennessee This Week yesterday featured a brief interview with State Senate District 7 candidates Cheri Siler (D) and Richard Briggs (R).

The first question was about Medicaid expansion.

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Sun
Sep 28 2014
09:11 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Hey, folks. We've resumed posting political columns online on Sundays at 6 p.m. even though the papers don't come out until Wednesday.
We'll see how this works out. (link...)

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Sun
Sep 28 2014
06:43 pm

What is Knoxville's oldest surviving bar? Restaurant?

From Yahoo …

TENNESSEE

Springwater Supper Club — Nashville (Est. 1896)

Originally opened as a bar for the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, this grungy rock club was a southern speakeasy during Prohibition, then a bar called the Pirate’s Den, Norma’s, and finally, its current iteration since 1978. It’s a divey live music venue that, in the ever-changing world of Nashville nightlife, has managed to survive for over a century.

Found: The Oldest Bar In Every State - the History's Even Better Than the Booze!

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Sun
Sep 28 2014
01:21 pm

Tired of buzzwords in meetings, like "the 30,000 foot view" and "synergy" and "execution"? Check out these early 1960's meeting buzzwords from my father's engineering notebook:

Big Pole In The Tent: Major consideration ("Reliability is the big pole in the tent.")

Bring Out A Wetter Towel: introduce a more severe crisis into an existing crisis ("I don't want to bring out a wetter towel, but what about our test requirements document?")

Bag of Feathers: Meaningless or unstable data ("You've tried to generate a complete maintenance concept out of a bag of feathers.")

Draw a Horse: A plan in written form ("We've got one week to draw a horse for our system study.")

Paint a Picture And Hang It On The Wall: Publishing or presenting your 'drawn horse'.

Sprinkle Holy Water: To approve officially, but without acceptance of responsibility for the consequences.

Milking a Mouse: To draw conclusions that are not supported from the available data.

Draw Fat Sparks: get a violent reaction ("That proposed schedule really drew fat sparks from the customer.")

Chew Our Cabbage Twice: Perform meaningless repetition ("We're chewing our cabbage twice on the study documents and the System Study Report, aren't we?")

This one wasn't a buzzword, but it was worth repeating from his notebook:
"Have you any remarks?" = Can you give me any idea what this is about?

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Fri
Sep 26 2014
08:46 pm

U.S. House District 3 candidates to debate
Louie Brogdon at the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports "U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. and Democratic challenger Mary Headrick have agreed to a televised debate.

The debate, produced by WTCI, the local PBS affiliate, and Chattanooga Times Free Press, will be held and broadcast live at 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The debate will be moderated by Times Free Press Business Editor Dave Flessner."

Explain, justify why this can't, won't or shouldn't happen in Knoxville between the state senate and house candidates.

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Fri
Sep 26 2014
09:36 am

WDVX kicks off their Fall Fund Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 1st through Friday Oct. 10th with a series of live performances. Supporters can make a pledge by calling 865-544-1029 or toll-free at 1-866-946-9389 or by visiting WDVX.com. More info about WDVX and the upcoming performances in the press release after the break...

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Fri
Sep 26 2014
09:28 am

The Variety Thursdays fall concert series returns to Market Square starting Oct. 2nd. All events are free and there's free parking. Details in the press release after the break...

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Fri
Sep 26 2014
08:59 am

From NY Times ...

This new technology is bringing auto loans — and Wall Street’s version of Big Brother — into the lives of people with credit scores battered by the financial downturn.

Auto loans to borrowers considered subprime, those with credit scores at or below 640, have spiked in the last five years. The jump has been driven in large part by the demand among investors for securities backed by the loans, which offer high returns at a time of low interest rates. Roughly 25 percent of all new auto loans made last year were subprime, and the volume of subprime auto loans reached more than $145 billion in the first three months of this year.

Miss a payment? Good luck moving that car

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Thu
Sep 25 2014
05:01 pm

Does the Knoxville to Asheville train mentioned here a couple years back still do occasional trips?

Asheville is a nice place to visit. Being able to ride a train over and spend the day would be something to do.

Southern 630 Knoxville to Asheville

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So, I'm driving down the road, and a truck is stopped in the right lane of a two lane road. I slow down, but he waves me on, looks clear around the truck, no problem.

Then I find myself in 200' of single lane road. The truck was supposed to have been running one side of a long road closure to a single lane road. Don't know if the person was in radio contact with the other signaller or not. Fortunately, no one was coming the other way:

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I circled around and came back 5 minutes later, still no sign person to cover the westbound lane:

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Only when I stopped to take pictures did someone come back to pick up that sign and properly direct traffic.

Who's running this show? Some third party contractor called AWP ("Area Wide Protective"). I had an issue with them a few weeks ago doing the same thing in the Rocky Hill area- in this case, a single lane closure with NO signal people, we were on our own. When I suggested they needed a signal person, I just got the stink-eye and a look like "STFU, we'll do as we please."

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Thu
Sep 25 2014
12:29 pm

Somehow I don't think I knew about archive.org's incredible Live Music Archive. There are thousands and thousands of concert recordings made by tapers and traders free for downloading. They are all authorized and cleared by the artists.

Sound quality varies, but some are recorded directly off boards or from master tapes. Here's Little Feat Live at Ultrasonic Studios [WLIR], 1974-09-19. Great performance and sound quality. The FLAC files sound excellent on my setup. The MP3s sound pretty good, too.

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Wed
Sep 24 2014
10:13 pm
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By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Just what the planet needs: a little more air pollution, please.

U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday, including 12 oil refineries, the U.S. Central Command said.

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Check out the spiffy new Wordpress powered digs at the Shopper News. Finally... permalinks! Archives! Even comments! Way to go, Sandra.

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Tue
Sep 23 2014
09:37 pm

Local media outlets could sponsor a debate and invite the candidates like they did in Chattanooga.

On Aug. 18, WTCI, the local PBS affiliate, and the Times Free Press invited Headrick and Fleischmann to debate. The two needed only to settle on a date.
"We believe the voters in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District would appreciate an opportunity to hear a vigorous debate of the issues before casting their votes in the general election on Nov. 4," read the letter signed by WTCI President Paul Grove and Times Free Press Editor Alison Gerber.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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