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:
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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
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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 ...

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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."

Dec 5 2017
05:45 am

Trump apparently doesn't trust Obama CIA hires so he is considering a plan to set up his own private spy operation to fight his "deep state" enemies. Oliver North is involved to "lend credibility." All that and lots more crazy in this report.

Dec 4 2017
11:50 pm

And let’s remember why the makeup of the federal judiciary is so important. Federal judges are appointed for life and hear a myriad of cases dealing with federal statutes and the Constitution. So if one turns out to be racist, or sexist, or incompetent there’s almost no way to get rid of him. A federal judge can only be removed from office if he is first impeached by the House of Representatives and then convicted by the Senate.

Trump's quiet reshaping of the judiciary could be his most lasting legacy

Cash on hand as of most recent quarterly reports:

Apple $74.4 billion
Amazon $24.31 billion
Google $94.71 billion
Facebook $35.45 billion
IBM $11.51 billion
Intel $25.93 billion
AT&T $25.62 billion
Berkshire Hathaway $101.05 billion
Humana $14.25 billion
Coca Cola $27.22 billion
GE $14.22 billion
GM $20.53 billion
Merck $11.97 billion
Procter & Gamble $15.14 billion

Dec 3 2017
06:19 pm

Nice list, among others, Remote Area Medical makes NYTimes "gifts with meaning" guide

An excellent website called rigorously examines which charitable causes get the most bang for the buck (I strongly recommend browsing the site), and it recommends several deworming organizations. My favorite (yes, I have a favorite dewormer) is Deworm the World.

For the Holidays, Pull a Tooth or Save a Life


Of the seven crimes reported in Oak Ridge, only two were violent offenses, according to the report.

Oak Ridge is Tennessee's safest city, report says

The 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee—2017

Dec 2 2017
04:36 pm

Mrs. Bubba's alma mater is 12-0 after winning the AAC championship 62-55 over the #20 ranked Memphis Tigers in double overtime. The game set an all time record for most points scored in any conference championship.

Dec 2 2017
04:34 pm
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL

@realDonaldTrump 12/2/17 12:14pm

I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!

Dec 2 2017
10:44 am


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