Thu
May 26 2016
09:13 am

Trump has got the unity business down to an art. He'll insult anyone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez - the nation's only Latina governor, first Hispanic woman governor in the country’s history, chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association. She was "too busy" to attend Trump's Albuquerque rally.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Trump says, "It’s your governor’s fault,” Mr. Trump told thousands of booing supporters. “We have to get your governor and get going. She’s got to do a better job, O.K.? Your governor has got to do a better job.”

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Trump "called Mr. Romney “a choker,” and mocked his gait, saying “he walks like a penguin onto the stage. Like a penguin!” And to boos, he complained that Mr. Bush has yet to endorse him. “He will get a burst of energy and he will do it, believe me.”

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Wed
May 25 2016
07:41 pm

Just now on MSNBC's Chris Matthews show.

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Wed
May 25 2016
04:43 pm

Elijah Davis, a rising sophomore at Fulton High School, is an honor student and an outstanding member of the wrestling team. He has been invited to participate in a tournament in Australia this summer, but is having trouble getting the $5200 he needs to make the trip. He and his mom have been working hard, and have gotten pretty solid support from the Fulton community, but he's falling short of his goal.

I'm putting this out here to see if it might move someone to help this great kid. I think he's at about 80% of his goal, but he's got to have the full amount by June 1.

Here's his GoFundMe page:

(link...)

And here's the story WATE TV did last month: (link...)

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Wed
May 25 2016
08:54 am

Outsourcing

from knoxnews.com ...

Tennessee's newest prison has stopped taking inmates after just four months of full operation.

Nashville-based CCA is the nation's largest private prison provider, operating 84 facilities nationwide housing about 70,000 inmates. Supporters say prison privatization is cheap and efficient. Critics say private corporations are not as accountable to the public as traditional state-run prisons.

Continued...

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Who is South Shore LLC?

from WATE.com ...

Gilby says he’s paid $650 in rent for the building since the 1980s but in April he received a letter stating the building was sold to new owners called South Shore LLC. Gilby says he met with a representative for South Shore and rent could be going up to $2,000.

Some South Knoxville businesses forced to move as rent increases

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Betty Bean files this report regarding Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett's effort to get state funding for a behavioral health urgent care unit (a/k/a safety center) that would provide alternative treatment for people coming in to the Knox Co. jail system with mental health and addiction issues.

The facility has funding from the county with buy-in from City of Knoxville Mayor Rogero. Gov. Haslam had previously promised state funding but has apparently backed out.

The always quotable Mayor Burchett is not pleased and is speaking out in no uncertain terms, noting that about half of inmates with mental health issues are veterans. And East Tennessee veterans have no bigger supporter than Mayor Burchett.

I recall going to one of the ETSPJ legislative luncheons a while back and meeting then State Senator Burchett for the first time. In his remarks at the luncheon, he mentioned back then that county jails are the state's biggest mental health hospitals. I recall thinking that he's right that this is wrong and there's something I like about this guy. Anyway...

Betty Bean: Burchett Angry at State's Failure to Help Mentally Ill

(It also appears that Mayor Burchett is not a big fan of Nashville, the TV show. We will have to agree to disagree on that, but I get what he's saying about funding priorities.)

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Tue
May 24 2016
10:02 am

Just got back from a short getaway to FL (Palm Coast, between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach). On the way back we went up the coast to sightsee around some of the beach towns in Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Jekyll Island, Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head. Here are some snapshots dumped from our cellphones and some cool photos of a sea turtle's nest (click image for gallery).

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Tue
May 24 2016
09:20 am

Sly & The Family Stone

"Hot Fun In The Summertime"

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Quite an engineering project.

Impressive vision and I assume no road builders lobby.

We cannot get a light rail on a former rail right of way thru Seymour.

for nbcnews.com ...

The world gets a little smaller next month with the unveiling of the longest and deepest railway tunnel ever constructed — a feat of engineering under the Alps that will slash journey times across Europe.

Switzerland's Gotthard Train Tunnel Will Be World's Longest, Deepest

Gotthard opening celebrations attract big names

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Fri
May 20 2016
09:08 pm

Is there any sort of museum, special rooms set aside because of historical significance, tour, whatever in the Andrew Johnson?

A Tennessee Theatre, Bijou, Andrew Johnson combined tour seems like it would be interesting.

Gay Street’s Wallflower, the Andrew Johnson Building, Is Stepping Out

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Thu
May 19 2016
06:19 pm

Not familiar with any of the new folks. Any background information?

From knoxnews.com ...

The new appointees to the 15-member body are Gayle Bustin, Patrick Phillips and Charles Thomas. They replace former Vice Mayor Jack Sharp, Bart Carey and Michael Kane, who served as MPC transitioned to its new executive director, Gerald Green..

Knoxville mayor appoints three new MPC members

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Donna Lucas, Democratic Candidate for the District 6 seat on the Knox County Commission will be a guest of DTV's Janice Spoone and Doug Veum on Friday, May 20th @ 7:30PM on the Community TV channel

(link...)

CTV streams live at (link...)

and can be viewed on the following Cable Channels:
Xfinity Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT Uverse Channel 99

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Thu
May 19 2016
02:21 pm

What: A conversation with Dave Freeman on the future of TVA
When: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:00pm
Where: Church of the Savior, U.C.C.

From the press release:

Friday, May 20, 7:00 PM

Church of the Savior, U.C.C.

934 Weisgarber (between I-40 and Middlebrook Pike)

As TVA Board Chair in the 1970s and 1980s, Dave Freeman was instrumental in making TVA a national model for promoting energy conservation and renewable energy resources. As the crisis of global warming accelerates across the globe, TVA once again has the potential of becoming a national and world leader in renewable and sustainable energy production. What has to happen to transform TVA which today is little more than a large publicly-financed electric company to once again becoming the nation’s leader in planet-friendly energy production? This interchange of views with Dave Freeman—an open conversation—will provide answers for us all—especially the present leaders of TVA—to ponder.

Sponsored by

Sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice of East TN, Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, SOCM, Center for Rural Strategies, Church of the Savior, U.C.C.

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Surreal desperation

Mark Cuban?

from CNN ...

A list of prospects that include Sasse, Romney, former Marine Gen. James Mattis, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have all publicly said they're not willing to launch campaigns at this stage.

Mitt Romney ends recruiting efforts for an independent candidate

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Thu
May 19 2016
08:26 am

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Second of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday afternoon, May 22nd on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. We had a tremendous turnout for last years cruises and this year hopes to be a banner year also. Join us for three hours of great blues music with James Armstrong. Check out his biography: (link...)

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 day of show. Smoky Mtn. Blues Members receive a $3 discount. Boarding at 3 PM, cruise from 4 to 7 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets.
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
(link...)

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Wed
May 18 2016
11:29 am

Take a look at the 2012 Democratic Party Platform. You might disagree with a few specifics, and you might be disappointed that a lot of it has been obstructed by our Republican Congress. And you could argue that it needs updating.

But is there anything fundamentally wrong with this platform if you are a Democrat? Sanders and his supporters seem to think so, to the point of denouncing the party and its leaders, even though it addresses nearly evey issue he campaigns on.

Maybe somebody can explain that?

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The results of a study at West Point
indicate using laptops/tablets in class can bring down grades of smart kids.

Among students with high ACT scores, those in the laptop-friendly sections performed significantly worse than their counterparts in the no-technology sections.
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This is yet more evidence that multitasking doesn’t work. Beware of people who take laptops into meetings — even “just to take notes.” They’re probably not listening to you.

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Wed
May 18 2016
06:56 am

Sanders won Oregon 55% to 46% and picked up 28 delegates to Clinton's 24 for a net of +4. Kenucky was a virtual tie, with each candidate gaining 27 delegates.

Clinton now has 1767 pledged delegates v 1488 for Sanders. With superdelegates, Clinton has 2291 and needs 92 more to win the nomination.

Presumptive GOP nominee Trump won 17 delegates in Oregon and now has 1160. He needs 77 more to make it official.

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