Feb 21 2017
05:11 am

We were over at Louisville Point Park a couple of weeks ago and saw a mature Bald Eagle. We watched it for about half an hour. We've been back a couple of times and haven't seen it again. But, we were there yesterday (this time with a camera) and saw what we think is an immature, second or third year Bald Eagle? (The "eagle eye" Mrs. spotted them both times.)

Click on the above photo for a few more pics of it. These are extreme crops of photos taken from about 1/4 mile away across the cove, so there's not a lot of detail but that's the best we could do. There are also pics of some of the other birds we saw, including herons, gulls, kingfisher, bluebird, and a pine warbler(?). In the last photo, it's hard to see but there are at least 10 herons nesting in the treetops on a small island.

Feb 20 2017
05:45 pm

Trump's redeeming value to America is that he makes George W. Bush look like a genius. That's something, I guess.

Feb 20 2017
03:04 pm
By: cafkia  shortURL

More idiocy than I can stand!

Jim Wright does Gawd's work in breaking down the painful linguistic idiocy that is DJT's normal speaking pattern. Is there seriously anyone out there honestly trying to defend or justify this clown?

I really wish there was a planet B.


It may be some other things, my personal view is it is for the most part distracted driving related. Cell phones, etc.

from CNN ...

The National Safety Council released estimates Wednesday that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. It would be the first time that more than 40,000 people died on U.S. roads since before the Great Recession.

She called for stricter seat belt laws, more enforcements of speed limits, and increased restrictions on cell phone use in vehicles. The National Safety Council also has proposed ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, to prevent drunk driving deaths.

Traffic deaths expected to have hit troubling milestone


from NBC ...

In Nolensville, Tennessee, nearly 20 employees at Bradley Coatings, Incorporated — a commercial painting company — were laid off after participating in the nationwide strike on Thursday, NBC4 reported.

The company's attorney, Robert Peal, said in a statement obtained by the news station that all employees were told they risked termination if they skipped work on Thursday, but 18 did so anyway.

Employees Across U.S. Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants Protest

I think the best way to deal with businesses politically is to no longer accept bids for work from them.


I think this is sort of thing that belongs on South Waterfront instead of residential apartment buildings

OAK RIDGE - Dozens of supporters congregated at the American Museum of Science and Energy Saturday afternoon voicing concern over the museum's future and sharing ideas for ways to preserve its integrity.

Concerns linger over future of AMSE after land transfer


Feb 19 2017
12:26 pm

Kaiser Health News: How Long You Stay On Opioids May Depend On The Doctor You See In the E.R.

Within the same hospital, some doctors are three times more likely to prescribe an opioid than other doctors, and patients treated by high-prescribing doctors are more likely to become long-term opioid users, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Part of the problem, Barnett believes, is that there isn’t enough guidance for doctors on when it’s appropriate to prescribe an opioid. Much of the evidence for when they are appropriate comes from small studies sponsored by drug companies.

Feb 19 2017
11:08 am

The 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count is underway. Go here to submit your observations. So far there are 66,486 observations submitted with 4793 species observed and 9,531,161 birds counted.

Our running list for the past few weeks:

Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Feb 19 2017
09:47 am

You can setup wireless charging on your Kindle Paperwhite for about $20, or less if you already have a QI wireless charging pad.

First you'll need a QI charging receiver. I got one of these, because I've been using one on my tablet for a while and it works great. There are dozens of others in varying price ranges, just make sure to get one with "narrow side up" USB adapter and that it's more or less centered. You put it on the back of the Kindle and pop it back in its cover.

Then you will need a QI charging pad (if you don't already have one). We have been using these for years. They cost a little more but they are reliable, don't take up much space, and have the AC power adapter built in. There are plenty of others starting around $10.

With this setup, my Kindle Paperwhite fully charges in about two hours. But, I plan to put it on the charger at night so it will stay charged all the time.

Feb 19 2017
09:14 am

At Trump's 2020 campaign rally yesterday in Melbourne, FL, he attacked refugee policies in Europe.

“You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
“Sweden,” he said. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.

Swedes cannot figure out what he was talking about. More fake news?

Feb 19 2017
07:11 am

A letter to the editor in today's Knoxville News Sentinel asserts that Harvard does not have a football or basketball team in the NCAA.

While we sympathize with the letter writer's situation and tend to agree with his views on academics v. athletics, we're pretty sure Harvard is an NCAA Division I school.

Their basketball team competed in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Their football team has the second highest NCAA winning percentage since 2001.


What: Town hall meeting: “ACA: Repeal, Replace or Repair?”
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: Whittle Springs Middle School, 2700 White Oak Lane, 37917

Mayor Madeline Rogero is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the future of healthcare, health insurance, and the Affordable Care Act.

Local health care experts will discuss the realities and challenges of providing broader access to health care. Facilitated by the League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Tennessee Disability Coalition, and the Tennessee Justice Center, the meeting is free and open to all.

This is not a partisan issue or a partisan meeting, nor is it a rally or protest. It is a chance for community members to express their thoughts, concerns and experiences with the Affordable Care Act and health care access in general.

The location of the town hall, Whittle Springs Middle School, 2700 White Oak Lane, is off of Broadway, just before you get to the I-640 intersection. Approx. 4 miles from the Henley Street/Summit Hill intersection in downtown Knoxville.


from NBC ...

"When you look at history," McCain said, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

McCain Defends a Free Press: ‘That’s How Dictators Get Started’

'That's How Dictators Get Started': McCain Defends the Free Press

‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain criticizes Trump for calling media ‘the enemy’


from Humane Society...

The vote in favor of H.J. Resolution 69, authored by Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, was 225 to 193. Those 225 members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films.

And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.

U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

People Want To Shoot Hibernating Bear Families — And The Government Just Voted To Let Them


Feb 17 2017
03:32 pm

The Affordable Care Act
. . . . the Real Deal
· How does the ACA really work?
· Who has benefitted from the ACA?
· What’s at stake in the Republican campaign to “Repeal & Replace?”
· What are the Republicans really proposing? Who does it help and hurt?
· What changes are needed in the ACA?

Get answers to these critical questions on Democratic TV.

Tonight, Friday, 7:30, on these channels--
Provider Channel
Comcast 12
WOW! (Knology) 6
Charter 193
AT&T U-verse 99
or watch it live on your computer (here)

Feb 17 2017
10:13 am

What: LWV local news media forum
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 1:30pm
Where: Lawson McGhee Library community room, 500 W. Church Ave

KNOXVILLE, TN - Have you ever wondered how newsmakers choose what stories to tell? The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) wants to help demystify this process for the public by allowing you to hear from some of our local media. Members of the League and the general public are invited to join us on Saturday, February 18th from 1:30 - 3:30 in the community room at Lawson McGhee Library (500 W. Church Ave Knoxville, TN 37902). We will be joined by the following panelists:

Brandon Hollingsworth, host of WUOT's All Things Considered

Jack McElroy, Editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Jay Quaintance, Assistant News Director at WATE

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Feb 16 2017
06:57 pm

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Tatia Harris
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

shortandtragiclife.jpgKnox County Public Library, in honor of Black History Month and in partnership with The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, invites the public to join Tatia Harris for a discussion of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs, Wednesday, February 22, noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. A light lunch will be available for the first 30 attendees.

This program is the second in a Books Sandwiched In 2017 focus on diversity. Books Sandwiched In is a series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.


Feb 16 2017
06:51 pm

A good program ...

David Burwell, the co-founder and first president of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a Washington-based organization that has led nationwide efforts to convert thousands of miles of unused railroad corridors to trails and parklands, died Feb. 1 at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 69.

David Burwell, who saw bike paths where trains once ran, dies at 69



John Stewart will be discussing the various proposals and manifestations of the 'repeal and replace' of the Affordable Car Act with Rich Henighan and Rae Jones on DTV at @7:30PM on Friday, February 17th.

Tune in to be more fully informed about the ramifications of the various Affordable Care Act "repeal and replace" proposals that are being discussed in the Congress at this time.

DTV streams live on Community Television (here) or you are able to watch the show live on these cable channels:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
WOW (Knology) Channel 6
ATT Uverse Channel 99


What: What's Going On? An update about road and greenway projects across Blount County
When: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Where: Blount County Public Library

Are you curious about road projects planned for Maryville, Alcoa and Alcoa Highway? Do you wonder where the next greenway connections will be? Mark your calendar for Monday, February 27 at 7pm at the Blount County Public Library.

What’s Going On? is a community education program with presentations by Daniel Oliver (Director of Project Development, TDOT - Region One), Andy Sonner (Assistant Director & Chief Engineer, City of Alcoa), and Tom Taylor (Mayor, City of Maryville).

This program will review current and anticipated road and greenway projects for the next 3-5+ years in Blount County. The program begins at 7pm (refreshments at 6:30pm). Staff from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization will also participate.

This program is a free community education event open to the public. The program is hosted by CAPPE, Inc. as part of our 2017 Annual Meeting. CAPPE’s 2017 Annual Meeting will convene after the public program concludes.

Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, Inc.


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