Tue
Feb 9 2016
05:10 pm

Tennessean via WBIR: Six women filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday claiming the University of Tennessee has created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student athletes, especially football players, and then uses an unusual, legalistic adjudication process that is biased against victims who step forward.

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Tue
Feb 9 2016
04:56 pm

Citing further declines in sales during the holiday season, Sears Holdings has announced it plans to close at least 50 more Sears and K-Mart stores over the coming months.

According to the report, "Sears’ apparel offering has fallen so out of favor with women, the selection at thrift store Goodwill is more popular."

An analyst who follows the company warned that the company is "no longer viable as a retailer in its current form" according to Bloomberg.

The company has not named the stores to be closed, but CBS is reporting a partial list based on local notifications. It includes K-Mart stores in Cleveland, TN and Bellvue Center, TN.

Sears announced in January that they are closing a Memphis area store that has been there since 1958.

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Tue
Feb 9 2016
11:34 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

WBIR reports that former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood has been indicted in relation to the rebate scam probe. They are also reporting that as many as eight indictments are expected.

UPDATE: The indictment...

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Tue
Feb 9 2016
09:47 am

Local attorney Brandi Price has announced she is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Representative, District 18. Her announcement after the break...

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The Super Bowl extravaganzas get more and more grand.

Super Bowl XIV (1980)
Simple. Inexpensive.

Super Bowl 50 (2016)
Grand. Expensive.

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Tue
Feb 9 2016
12:43 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

From Jewish Currents:

Dairy farmer Max Yasgur died on February 8, 1973, less than four years after hosting the Woodstock Festival of August 15-18, 1969 on his land in Bethel, New York. Yasgur was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County in the 1960s, with 650 cows. Although he was a Republican and supported the Vietnam War, he was angered by the opposition of his neighbors to the hippie festival. “If I know my American history,” he told his town board, “tens of thousands of Americans in uniform gave their lives in war after war just so those kids would have the freedom to do exactly what they are doing.” He was also appalled at the opportunism that led vendors to sell water and other basics at the overwhelmed event, and responded by distributing free water in milk bottles and giving away milk products.

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Mon
Feb 8 2016
06:50 pm

The State of Tennessee signed a $108 million contract with a North Carolina company to administer TCAP tests to students across the state. Local school districts spent millions more on technology upgrades to prepare. Instructional time was spent teaching students to use the system.

Today was supposed to be the first official day of testing. The on-line system failed and students were unable to take tests. The state now says it's back to pencil and paper for the rest of the school year.

TNReady tests to be given via paper, pencil after tech failure

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Mon
Feb 8 2016
06:15 pm

School voucher bill vote deferred by House 51-34 at sponsor Bill Dunn's request.

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Looks good ...

...could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year...

World's largest concentrated solar plant switches on in the Sahara

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Sun
Feb 7 2016
07:59 am

Will Super Bowl 50 be Peyton Manning's last game? Will he go out on top? Either way, he is the highest paid NFL football player ever, with career earnings of $247 million -- $59 million more than any other player. Number 2? Eli Manning. Peyton's first contract out of college was for $47.7 million with a $11.6 million signing bonus. And he never even beat Florida.

How Peyton Manning made $247 million to become the highest-paid player in NFL history

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Fri
Feb 5 2016
03:07 pm

BONUS: Comfortably Numb

(Disclaimer: This apparently went viral five years ago. I'm a little behind. Fortunately they have a sense of humor about it.)

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And vouchers have no place in it...

"Dunn's bill recently passed out of a key committee on an 11 to 10 vote, and now teeters on the verge of passing our Legislature. These bills often go by the name of vouchers, but let's call them what they are — a massive defunding of our public schools, taxpayer subsidies of private and parochial schools, further segregation of America by class, and opportunities for scam operations to tap into taxpayer education dollars."

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from Tennessean ...

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk is suing a NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter and the station's parent company for $200 million because of a story that aired Wednesday evening.

Nashville DA sues TV reporter Phil Williams for $200M

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Thu
Feb 4 2016
01:58 pm

Mutual Loathing Society

What happens when a group of narcissists and sociopaths invite an even more narcissistic sociopath over for a showdown? Today, Republican members of Congress, who have voted dozens of times in recent years to deny affordable healthcare for poor and middle-class Americans, were infuriated at the smirking presence of Martin Shkreli, the former price-gouging pharmaceutical executive. Shkreli tweeted after his appearance in front of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the members of Congress were imbeciles. Was he wrong about that? Probably not.

One has to wonder if the majority members of the panel were so upset about the prices of life-saving drugs, or simply insane with jealousy at Shkreli's freedom to not even pretend to care about anyone other than himself.

Really, it's only Elijah Cummings' presence at the hearing that diluted the otherwise perfect irony of today's face off on Capitol Hill.

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Thu
Feb 4 2016
01:30 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

We are hearing there will be a major development this afternoon regarding the Pilot rebate scam investigation...

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from NBC News ...

The company on Wednesday began rolling out a program that will provide free, super-fast Internet connections to people who live in public housing. The first recipients: residents of 100 apartments at the West Bluff housing complex in Kansas City, Missouri. They'll be able to connect to gigabit Internet service via Google Fiber, at no cost to them or to the Housing Authority of Kansas City.

Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Internet Service to Public Housing

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Heather Hensley has announced her candidacy for State House of Representatives District 89. Her statement after the break...

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Wed
Feb 3 2016
10:09 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

New Jersey: A Mays Landing man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday for growing 17 marijuana plants in the Pinelands

Blount County: Maryville man gets 3.5 years in Blount heroin, cocaine distribution ring

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The first of BOE candidates' campaign finance disclosures were due January 31 and are now posted to the Election Commission's site.

I'll recap just the two you're most interested to see in the contested races, namely Grant Standefer's (running in the Second District versus Jennifer Owen) and Buddy Pelot's (running in the Fifth District versus Susan Horn and Lori Boudreaux), as follows:

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