She'd just turned 20 when a nurse at the health department confirmed that she was pregnant and insisted that she make a prenatal care appointment. With the start of college around the bend, she had other plans: She traveled more than 150 miles to Knoxville, Tennessee, for an abortion.

She directs the new project, All Access EKY, ...

With funding from the Educational Foundation of America, All Access EKY aims to increase access to and demand for birth control, including long-acting reversible options like IUDs and implants -- the sorts of contraceptives that can be hard to come by here.

Forget abortion: What women in Appalachian Kentucky really want

Dec 13 2017
09:00 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Mrs.: Are you going outside in the cold?

Me: Yeah.

Her: Why?

Me: Science.

Her: You're insane.

Me: That's what they said about Copernicus.

Me (a few minutes later): Didn't see any meteors. My neck hurts.

Dec 13 2017
07:39 pm

Democrat James Mackler drops out of Tennessee US Senate race

"This is a moment for unity and we cannot risk dividing those seeking change in Washington because there is no time to waste," Mackler wrote.

Downtown Knoxville's transformation continues and is spreading outward and across the river. The energy is contagious and the progress is remarkable compared to a decade ago. Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff deserve credit for these laudable accomplishments, as do her predecessors who laid the groundwork for some of the projects.

From the City of Knoxville:


Public and private investment throughout Knoxville hit milestones in 2017, with more good news expected to unfold quickly in 2018.

Topping the list: For the first 11 months of 2017, the City of Knoxville issued building permits for construction projects valued at nearly half a billion dollars -- a 12.8 percent increase in the value of properties, compared with the same 11-month period in 2016.

Large increases in the value and widespread range of properties, citywide, for which building permits are issued is considered to be an objective measurement of a strong local economy.

"We're partnering with property owners and residents to bring opportunity and jobs to all parts of the city," Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "As we've always said -- the priority is to move from disinvestment to reinvestment, while enhancing everyone's quality of life.

"We're hitting some major redevelopment milestones, and the record high value of projects being issued building permits this year is significant. That's an accurate bellwether of a growing, robust local economy."

Here's a year-end thumbnail look at some key redevelopment hotspots in Knoxville, plus a closer look at the record high project value for building permits and what it means:


Dec 12 2017
10:29 pm

AP, CNN calling it with 90% of the vote in, Jones leading 49.7% to 48.7% in a squeaker.

Dec 12 2017
07:29 pm

Or just the next chapter? Up from comments below, CWG valiantly endeavors to chase down the latest Tim Burchett gossip being peddled by the KNS and the Tennessean McPapers. It involves a lot of palace intrigue, sketchy "journalism," and the Usual Suspects.

Dec 12 2017
09:59 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights.

It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah , or lamp.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days.

Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world.

Happy Hanukkah!

Dec 12 2017
09:03 am

KnoxTNToday: The principal and vice principal of L&N STEM Academy have been suspended.

Becky Ashe, founding principal of L&N STEM Academy, was suspended Monday, along with vice principal Tim Childers. No reason was given, and Laura Boring was dispatched to the school as interim administrator.

Oh, my.


Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, was in Alabama on Thursday, Dec. 7, to bear personal witness to the poverty, lack of access to basic services and civil rights struggles that have plagued poor, mostly African-American residents of the state's Black Belt region for generations.

He said that areas of Alabama's Black Belt are suffering the most dire sewage disposal crisis of any place he has visited in a developed country.

"I think it's very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I'd have to say that I haven't seen this."

Alston said, "the visit was an opportunity for the UN to learn more about the many problems that some of the poorest Americans struggle with on a daily basis."

It's sad how these conditions are ignored in this country. He's already been to California. Next he'll be visiting Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Too bad he doesn't get the opportunity to see how bad it gets in rural Tennessee.

Dec 11 2017
11:21 am

Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils in the world, yet surprisingly little is known about its effects on health. Now, a new study published online December 7 in the journal Scientific Reports by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) associates the consumption of canola oil in the diet with worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain in mice which model Alzheimer's disease. The study is the first to suggest that canola oil is more harmful than healthful for the brain.

First we are encourage to use canola oil, now we're finding out we shouldn't use it. Guess we'll go back to butter and lard, use in moderation.

H/T Roaneviews

Dec 8 2017
03:37 pm

Democratic TV Host Michael Davis moderates a discussion with Opinion Writer Mark Harmon and Reporter Mike Steely on the results of the November 7th City Council Election tonight (Friday, Dec 8) at 7:30 PM.

Tune in to your Community TV channel or turn on your computer to watch a lively analysis of the November 7th election and some predictions about what this election may mean to future policy initiatives from the Knoxville City Council.

DTV streams live on CTV (here).
or on cable channels:
Comcast: Channel 12
ATT Unverse: Channel 99
Wow: Channel 6
Charter: Channel 193

Dec 8 2017
09:58 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In Alabama! (From a relative in a small town between Birmingham and Atlanta)


Dec 8 2017
09:19 am

Some decorations from around Alcoa and Maryville
(click photo for slideshow):

Dec 7 2017
09:00 am

A report in today's Knoxville News Sentinel says that Brunswick is considering the sale of its Sea Ray boat division. According to the KNS report, "Annual sales, pegged at $400 million in 1986, dropped to $380,000 for 2017, and the company is operating at a loss, said, quoting a company spokesperson in a Tuesday conference call."

$380,000 in annual sales? They have boats that cost way more than that. The article quoted by the local McPaper has a typo. The ridiculous figure should have been a red flag for the "reporter" who transcribed the "report" from press releases and google searches. In fact, he could have gone directly to the actual source to learn that the correct figure is $380 million.

Fake news like this can damage companies and the people who work for them.

Dec 7 2017
06:56 am

Barack Obama in a Q&A session before the Economic Club of Chicago,

The danger is "grow(ing) complacent," Obama said. "We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly."

That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate, Obama noted. "Sixty million people died. . . .So, you've got to pay attention. And vote."

I am paying attention and I'm exhausted. I can hardly listen to or watch CNN or MSNBC. Trump and his cabinet are driving me crazy.

Maybe Bredesen jumping into the Senate race is a sign of how important it is right now to not be complacent.

Alternate source for the quote/article, Digby's Hullabaloo.

Dec 6 2017
05:10 pm

from WBIR ...

Love to look at amazing Christmas lights? You can search our map for great locations near you and add your own!

Christmas lights map: take a tour & add your own!

Christmas Lights Locations

Dec 6 2017
05:07 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Likely this moves TN into "toss-up" status.

Mark Harmon: 'Backpack Full of Cash' warns of charter school dangers

The documentary "Backpack Full of Cash" was in Knoxville last month for three showings before hundreds of people — some politicos, but mostly teachers and parents. The League of Women Voters and its co-sponsors did a community service by arranging these showings.The documentary details how vouchers and charter schools do not live up to their promises, sometimes attract scam operators, and lead to massive disinvestment in public education.

"Backpack," released in 2016, showed how 19 Philadelphia charter schools were under fraud investigation, all while several public schools closed. The film relayed how school privatization largely has failed New Orleans. Tennessee is high on the privatization target list; 59 privatization lobbyists are working our state Legislature.

Dec 6 2017
08:42 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Removed Google search in top menu bar, replaced with search page link in right side bar.

Removed monthly archives from front page, replaced with link in right side bar.

Removed "like" voting because of Chinese bot attacks.

Dec 5 2017
05:48 am

Report: "Regal Entertainment Group entered into a definitive merger agreement with Cineworld Group PLC for Cineworld, the U.K.’s largest cinema operator, to acquire Regal."

According to the article, Regal CEO Amy Miles said Cineworld is committed to maintaining a "strong presence in the US and Knoxville."


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