Tue
May 3 2016
03:38 pm

Citing the National Enquirer, Trump suggested that Cruz's father was involved in JFK's assassination.

Cruz responded that Trump is a pathological liar who brags about his serial philandering and venereal diseases.

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Tue
May 3 2016
11:45 am

The State of Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam has allowed a guns on college campuses bill to pass.

The bill allows full-time faculty, staff and other employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus -- but they must notify the local law enforcement agency with primary responsibility for security on their campus -- the campus police, for example.

There are over 27,000 employees that will be allowed to go armed on our university and college campuses, including classrooms and lecture halls. They will not be able to bring guns into "a stadium or gymnasium during school-sponsored event or in meeting regarding discipline or tenure."

In a separate bill earlier in the year, student are allowed to have guns and ammunition in their cars on campus.

Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, the House sponsor of the bill, believes the "important next step" is to allow students to go armed on campus.

Yeehaw!

Be careful out there.

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Tue
May 3 2016
11:41 am

Knox County's Rural Metro is offering free CPR training on May 18 and May 21 at several locations in the area, including West Town Mall, Ijams Nature Center and others. Training takes about 15 minutes and sessions are offered from 10AM to 2PM. See the press release after the break for more info and additional locations...

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South Knoxville is Keep Knoxville Beautiful's Community of the Year!

"Until June 2017, we will focus on South Knoxville for cleanups, education, and beautification projects--while still helping out in other parts of the county.

We would love your input about how we can make the best impact on your community.

Please complete the short survey and pass it on to your neighbors and friends."

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Sun
May 1 2016
06:46 am

Obama discusses his plans for life after the White House...

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Sat
Apr 30 2016
04:46 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Ted Cruz: "Carly terrifies Hillary Clinton."

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Sat
Apr 30 2016
04:45 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Me: (vigorously muddling mint for a second mint julep)

The Mrs.: You better be careful. (Apparently in reference to me having a second mint julep, not the vigorous muddling.)

Me: Yeah? Why's that?

The Mrs.: Sh*t! (Accompanied by the sound of something splattering on the floor.)

Me: What's wrong? What was that?

The Mrs.: Uh, I spilled my Glenlivet on the floor.

Me: Oh, OK, then. You were saying? By the way, that stuff is expensive.

The Mrs.: Gracie doesn’t seem to like it.

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Fri
Apr 29 2016
10:44 am

from National Recreation and Park Association ...

State - Tennessee
Economic Activity (Transactions) - $1,690,819,194
Labor Income - $620,702,417
Employment (Jobs) - 14,577

The Economic Impact of Local Parks

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The Dogwood Arts & Crafts fair is today and this weekend.

There will be more than 60 local and regional juried artists exhibiting and selling their original work in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood.

Where: Market Square, Downtown Knoxville

When: April 29-May 1

Time:
Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am–5:00pm

How Much: Free

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
07:34 pm

Gov. Haslam today signed into law a TNGOP bill allowing mental health professionals to refuse treatment for people they don't like because they are gay or whatever.

This is bullshit. If mental health professionals aren't willing or able to help someone because of their personal feelings and beliefs, they should give up their state license and find a different profession. Like selling used cars. Or Tennessee politics.

I've got no problem with people who feel strongly about their beliefs and act accordingly. I do have a problem with the state imposing their beliefs, under the color of law, on an unsuspecting, vulnerable public seeking help.

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
04:15 pm

You may be aware that schools have had horrible problems getting their TCAP/TN Ready testing materials from the vendor this spring?

Well, the kidster (a local middle school teacher) reports moments ago that Dr. McIntyre, on authority granted to all TN school districts by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, has *CANCELED* TCAP/TN Ready testing for all grade levels and/or subject areas for which schools still have not received any testing materials.

And McQueen has canceled the contract, too. Wow. This is a first...

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Nice gesture

The man who built Chobani yogurt into a multi-billion dollar brand is giving thousands of employees the financial surprise of a lifetime.

Chobani CEO Giving Employees an Ownership Stake in Yogurt Empire

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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announced her proposed $302.68 million budget today, a 4.5% increase in spending with no new taxes. The budget includes funding for streets and sidewalks, streetscapes in the the Magnolia Ave. corridor, a new recreation and jobs center for young people, arts and culture, and more.

Highlights in the press release after the break, full details here...

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Wed
Apr 27 2016
06:24 am

Clinton won four out of five and Trump swept all five states in yesterday's primaries. Clinton has a commanding lead in popular votes, pledged delegates and "super" delegates and looks to be assured of the nomination.

Trump shut out Cruz and Kasich in four of the five states and looks to be on the path to 1237. Kasich is being played by the Cruz campaign with their so-called alliance. He is foolish to go along with the deal and should just drop out at this point. Which is scary, because it means Trump (more likely) or Cruz (unlikely) will be the nominee unless Ronald Reagan miraculously shows up at the convention.

Following are rough delegate estimates based on info from various sources available at the time of this post.

Democrats:

Connecticut:  Clinton 52% 27 Sanders 47% 24
Delaware:     Clinton 60% 12 Sanders 39%  9
Maryland:     Clinton 63% 53 Sanders 33% 24
Pennsylvania: Clinton 56% 91 Sanders 44% 59
Rhode Island: Sanders 55% 13 Clinton 43% 11

Pledged delegates: Clinton 194, Sanders 129, Clinton net +65

Pledged total: Clinton 1,622, Sanders 1,282
Total Delegates: Clinton 2,141 Sanders 1,321
Needed to win: 2383

Republicans:

Trump won 194 delegates, winning all in every state except Rhode Island where Kasich got 5 and Cruz got 1. Trump now has 950 bound delegates, Cruz has 560, Rubio has 171 and Kasich has 153. (It's going to be hard for Kasich to make any kind of case at the convention while running 4th in a three-man race.)

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Mon
Apr 25 2016
10:51 am

A federal judge ordered a recount of Tennessee's Amendment 1 votes on behalf of 8 plaintiffs. Since the state doesn't have the capability to do this as dictated by the judge, this has the potential to throw out the amendment that was passed in 2014. This is the amendment to the state constitution that allowed the legislature to pass three bills in 2015 restricting access to abortion. While I suspect the state will appeal this ruling, this still seems like a very big deal to me and I'm surprised at how little attention it has generated.

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Sat
Apr 23 2016
10:58 am

Article prompted by UnitedHealthcare pulling out.

Looks like UnitedHealth had only 6% of those enrolled.

From yahoo.com

Meanwhile, beneath the turbulence, the ACA has been slowly gaining more acceptance. One new study published in Health Affairs found notable changes in the way Americans view the law since it was first passed in 2010. While still unpopular overall, fewer people worry about it disrupting their own healthcare and more feel the law has actually done some good. And the portion of Americans favoring repeal is declining. “The ACA has delivered discernible benefits,” the study concludes, “and some Americans are increasingly recognizing that it is improving access to health insurance and medical care.”

Obamacare is in better shape than you think

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Fri
Apr 22 2016
04:21 pm

At the 52:28 minute mark capturing a few memories

In Performance at the White House Memphis Soul 2013

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Fri
Apr 22 2016
11:00 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

What: Rossini Festival
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am
Where: Downtown Knoxville

From the Knoxville Opera: "Combining a vibrant International Street Fair with world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, wine tasting, and a wide variety of other events, the Rossini Festival transforms downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street into a colorful International festival. The festival features four stages with a range of entertainment options, an upscale artisan’s market, the smells and tastes of wonderful foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square, complete with fun entertainment and games.

More info...

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