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"Republicans in multiple states created forged election materials and sent the documents to, among others, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Archivist, as if the materials were legitimate. They were not."
"Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday she referred to federal prosecutors a probe into Republicans who signed and submitted a certificate falsely claiming Donald Trump won Michigan's electoral votes."

Then it is reported that Republicans in more states did the same thing, i.e. Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada.

"The fake documents had identical formatting, spacing, fonts, and phrasing, leaving little doubt that there was a template for Republicans to follow in each of these states."

It's shocking and sad. Will they get away with this? Unacceptable. Young people in these states should be protesting. Is our Democracy going down?

Jan 17 2022
05:52 pm

Happy Birthday lyrics by Stevie Wonder

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
What could fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Jan 17 2022
06:27 am

Tennessee House Republicans are trying to dilute minority districts in the large urban areas (Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville) so there are no minority districts.

"House Redistricting Committee Counsel Doug Himes deemed the committee plan to have met all the criteria. It splits 30 counties — the maximum allowed under state law. It preserves 13 majority-minority districts statewide, meaning the majority of voting-age residents living in those districts are racial minorities."

Two Democratic House Reps in Davidson County (Nashville) will lose their districts. Gloria Johnson in Knox County will lose her district. A Shelby County (Memphis) Democratic House Rep will lose his district.

Let's hope someone in Tennessee will dispute this redistricting as they did in Ohio. "The Ohio Supreme Court has declared newly drawn district maps that retain Republican supermajorities invalid and ordered them redrawn."

Jan 15 2022
07:18 am

Or senior citizens?

As of January 7, 2022, in Knox County, 75% of COVID-19 deaths (767) have been residents 65 years of age and older. 767 deaths in 2 years, 32 deaths a month, over 7 deaths a week.

From WBIR: As of January 13, 2022, "the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is rising across East Tennessee, according to health leaders... Dr. James Shamiyeh from the University of Tennessee Medical Center ... said 429 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus in medical facilities in East Tennessee.".. At UT Hospital there are " 112 people in the hospital as of Jan. 13. That is around double the number of people hospitalized compared to the start of January." One day later the number of people hospitalized at UT Hospital has risen to 119. 76% of them are unvaccinated.

From the Maryville Daily Times, "Blount County averaged more than 130 new COVID-19 cases a day Jan. 2-8, and cases at Blount Memorial Hospital have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, to 39." "About 75% of those currently hospitalized are unvaccinated. While BMH said 10 of 39 patients in the hospital Thursday, Jan. 13, were vaccinated, that doesn’t mean they had received a booster shot."

As I mentioned in a previous comment, it is hard to understand how some places you will see plenty of mask and others you won't. An acquaintance whose husband liked to frequent a well known convenience store called it a petri dish the other day and I agreed. I try to avoid them.

Then there is the Everett Senior Center in Maryville holding a Mood Swing Dance along with dance lessons. You have to wonder how close these people are getting. You have to get kind of close to dance. Are they fully vaccinated? Are they wearing good KN95 or N95 masks? Are they aware that any one dance partner could have been recently infected?


Jan 14 2022
05:28 pm

Twitter link to a complaint that KN95 masks are made in China. Hah. So you don't want to wear them if made in China? So you think the U.S. can start making enough N95 masks to prevent having to import KN95 masks from China? The Republicans should have thought about that during the Obama and Trump administrations when the Republicans decided not to finance pandemic prevention. And, come on, most everything is made in China. If that needs to be changed it will take years.

Twitter post complaining about not wanting to require voter IDs but yes to requiring proof of vaccine. He doesn't understand why there should be proof of vaccination to do certain things but they don't want to require voter IDs. Duh. Not all states currently even require voter IDs. Does he understand we are in a pandemic situation? If we could have gotten everyone vaccinated and required everyone to where mask we might be in better shape and we might not have so many deaths. Particularly senior citizen deaths.

He just has to complain about something that the good people are trying to do to help this democracy. He's beginning to sound like Marsha.

Jan 14 2022
06:50 am

A vaccination requirement still stands for millions of health care workers. Whereas, the "Supreme Court has blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers."

Several large employers are requiring vaccines.

"United [Airlines] CEO says vaccine mandate appears to have ended weekly deaths of employees from Covid."

Wells Fargo, "which had 230,000 employees as of its last annual report, has a mandate that closely resembles the federal vaccine-or-testing requirement."

"Citi’s [Bank] stricter vaccine mandate will still go into effect on Friday. The bank is requiring its 210,000 employees be vaccinated, or else be fired at the end of this month. Head of human resources Sara Wechter said Thursday evening that the company has reached 99% compliance."

"Apparently, there is still a federal rule for federal contractors in place that still requires vaccines. The federal rule covers companies like Boeing, with 141,000 employees, and Honeywell, which has 103,000 employees, American Airlines."

Jan 13 2022
06:20 am

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Jan 8 2022
05:56 am

The East Tennessee Children's Hospital and the Knox County Health Department partnered to sponsor Knoxville's first "Mega Children's Vaccine Clinic" in the Jacob Building, near Zoo Knoxville.

But, the COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone, not just children.

Cynthia Finch, founder of New Direction Health Care is an event organizer. She says they hope to create a festival atmosphere. She has activities for the whole family, including a raffle of kids’ bicycles and a mobile arcade full of video games. Muse Knoxville is sponsoring a science of vaccines booth with educational activities for kids. A DJ will provide music. Friends of the Library is providing free books.

No appointments are necessary to get a COVID-19 vaccine at this clinic.

"When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022

Where: Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave. in Knoxville

Who: All are welcome. Anyone ages 5 and older may be vaccinated. Pediatricians and nurses will be on site to answer questions and administer vaccines. All approved vaccines are available.

What: Family fun activities including a DJ, free snow cones, a mobile video game arcade, giveaways of toys, books, games, household goods and whole hams. A free store is open to those who choose to vaccinate. Charity and social service organizations will be on hand to link needy families with rental, food and utility aid.

Permissions: Children aged 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccine. Adults are welcome to receive vaccines or boosters. Volunteers will assist in planning second doses if needed."

Jan 7 2022
03:31 pm

Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living is announcing they will be shutting down April 15, 2022. "The facility opened with 50 resident rooms and community areas in 2008."

The facility gets $1,305 a month per resident from the TennCare Choices program. Most of us know that will not cover the necessary care for these residents. The facility has been losing $30,000 a month.

The "TennCare CHOICES program still has not released the $137,500,000 in new funds to home and community-based services (HCBS), such as Renaissance Terrace, from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)."

A small portion of those funds would keep this facility running for years. But, we know the kind of people running the Tennessee state government right now. Uncaring people.

It would be nice to contact someone who might support maintaining this facility, but I can only think of people from other states.

Update from KnoxTNToday, "Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Tennessee Sen. Richard Briggs respond to Renaissance closure."

Jan 6 2022
06:27 am

now they are and it appears there is a need for older American workers. Whatta ya gonna do?

Older American workers had been told to get out of the way. You need to make way for younger workers. Well, hah. The pandemic pushed a lot of people into retirement. Well, heck, if possible, who wants to get COVID-19? What older American wants to die because some employers and Republican officials won't protect them?

From CNN - "early retirement — whether forced by the pandemic or made possible otherwise — is playing a big role in America's evolving labor market."

From the Washington Post - "Each month since May 2020, a special survey created by the Census Bureau, the Household Pulse Survey, has asked why people aren’t looking for work." Since about June, 2020, the main reason for not working is retirement.

Too bad only 51% of U.S. citizens able to get vaccinated for COVIC-19 are fully vaccinated. Too bad so many Americans are not wearing masks. Too bad you now need older Americans to go back to work.

Jan 2 2022
07:39 am

From Knox County, as of 12/30/2021,
and from State of Tennessee as of 12/30/2021,

since the inception of COVID-19, approx. 1/23/2020...

the Knox County Health Department reports 66,734 coronavirus cases and 18,361 probable cases. Over 1,200 cases cases in 8 days, averaging 151 cases a day, nearly 90 more cases a day than 8 days ago.

There have been 1,065 deaths due to coronavirus in Knox County.
That is up from 998 total deaths as of 12/21/2021.
67 deaths in 8 days.

Deaths by age group (age breakdown as of 12/30/2021, Knox County count of 1,000 deaths ):

Note: not reporting an additional 65 deaths as reported by the State of Tennessee.

43 in the 18-44 age group (4%) (no increase since 12/21/21)
213 in the 45-64 age group (21%) (increase of 1% since 12/21/21)
241 in the 65-74 age group (24%) (no increase since 12/21/21)
503 in the 75+ age group (51%) (increase of 1% since 12/21/21)

As of 12/29/2021, there are
229 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in the Knox County region. A 5.5% increase over 12/21/2021 hospitalizations at 217.

As of 12/29/2021 there are
70 COVID-19 patients in ICU. A 9.3% increase over 12/21/2021 patients in the ICU at 64.

Hospitalizations up from a low of 21 on 7/4/21.

As of December 20, 2021, ICU bed available capacity is at 7.9% of 317 total ICU beds.

As of December 30, 2021, the TN Dept of Health reports the average positivity rate over the past 7 days is 19.9%, up from 10.1% on December 21, 2021. Higher than the 5.6% on 7/14/2021.

Vaccinations reported, last updated 12/30/2021:

% with 2 doses - 56.69% (up from 56.31% on 12/21/2021, up from 54.55% on 11/18/2021, up from 53.87%10/18/2021, up from 50.68% on 9/17/2021, up from 49.54% on 9/12/2021, up from 48.99% on 8/27/2021, up from 47.28% on 8/13/2021, up from 46.14% on 7/27/2021, up from 45.42% on 7/14/2021)

% with at least 1 dose - 61.88% (up from 61.34% on 12/21/2021, up from 59.56% on 11/18/2021, up from 58.17% on 10/18/2021, up from 57.04% on 9/17/2021, up from 56.10% on 9/12/2021, up from 54.66% on 8/27/2021, up from 52.43% on 8/13/2021, up from 50.22% on 7/27/2021, up from 49.09% on 7/14/2021)

Jan 1 2022
11:48 am
By: bizgrrl

I hope it is better than last year.

Dec 31 2021
10:27 am

"... gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and “significant elements of its operations” to Blount County."

One of the reasons they are moving is that Massachusetts is in the process of banning the manufacture of assault weapons for civilians. Assault weapons are 60% of their business.

So the #1 news story for Blount County in 2021, according to Daily Times journalists, is that an assault weapon manufacturer is moving to a rural, bucolic setting in Blount County. The site will include an outdoor firing range.

If this is the #1 news story for Blount County its been a very bad year.


The New York Times has an article warning that map apps may not provide the best alternative route, "Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada."

There were heavy snow storms in California closing interstates. GPS mapping sent people to dirt roads and small two lane roads.

What would make you think you could get to/through a mountainous area covered with snow and interstates were closed? The best route from the San Francisco area to Truckee, CA, or Reno, NV, may have been via San Diego then... No wait, after looking at a map there is no good route during a snow storm.

We drove two lane roads from Yosemite to Reno, NV, one time. It was getting late and there was a light snow. That was scary enough without a snow storm and 10 feet of snow.

Several years ago we drove to Tellico Plains, TN, Green Cove Campground. We decided to take a gravel/dirt road to the Cherohala Skyway. It takes a while to drive 10 miles or so on a gravel/dirt road. No cell signal, no houses, stores. The only people we saw were bear hunters with their dogs. A little Deliverance feeling. Luckily our car made it without issue. As in Apocalypse Now, "don't get off the boat!", unless you know what you are in for.

Dec 28 2021
06:28 am

Dec 28 2021
06:26 am
By: bizgrrl


Dec 25 2021
06:09 am

Happy Holidays.

Dec 25 2021
05:58 am
By: bizgrrl

The winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere occurred on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:59 a.m. EST.

After December 21, the days will begin to grow longer and will continue to do so until we reach the summer solstice in June.

Dec 25 2021
05:48 am
By: bizgrrl

As of 12/21/2021, the State of Tennessee reported
998 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
As of 12/23/2021, the State of Tennessee is reporting
1049 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19. An increase of 51 reported deaths in 2 days.
The Knox County Health Dept. will not be reporting new data until 12/28/2021.

Blount County is showing a jump in COVID-19 deaths as well.
As of 12/20/2021, there were reported 285 deaths.
As of 12/23/2021, they are reporting 317 deaths. An increase of 32 reported deaths in 2 days.

Is this a bad data problem or late reporting of data?

The State of Tennessee reports on Long-Term Care Facility covide-19 resident cases, resident deaths, and staff cases. Within the last 28 days in Knox County there are reported:
14 of 382 residents (4%) have had COVID-19
1 resident has died from COVID-19
11 staff members have had COVID-19

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