Wed
Sep 17 2014
04:39 pm

Sen. Lamar Alexander has agreed to debate challenger Gordon Ball. The candidate forum, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, is scheduled for Oct. 16th at Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga Times Free Press report...

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
07:57 pm

Percent of residents with at least a bachelor's degree.

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Belle Meade, Tn 86.4

Here's the most educated town in every state

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
04:30 pm

TNDP Chair Roy Herron issued a statement saying there are "unique facts that cause concerns to many" regarding new Attorney General Herb Slattery. Read more in the full statement after the break...

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
01:21 pm

What: 3rd/4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road Knoxville TN 37919

The following speakers will be at the 3rd/4th District Democrats Meeting:

Becky Harmon, speaking about the first Affordable Health Care Act enrollment, lessons learned, and about the upcoming enrollment period starting in November.

Emily Gregg, from the UTK College Democrats
George Shields, from the Knox Co. Young Democrats
both speaking about the efforts of their respective organization to engage young people in democratic politics in Knox Co.

for info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
01:01 pm

The TNGOP is going on the even more offensive, claiming a "secretive liberal agenda targeting Tennessee." At the top of the ticket, they say, is U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball, a "liberal personal injury lawyer" who "would be one more vote for Barack Obama’s harmful agenda."

Tom Humphrey has more on the pathetic TNGOP attack...

Gordon Ball issued a statement in response saying "The bottom line is that in the primary I was painted as far right and now in the general, the partisan attack is that I'm a liberal. It's apparent I fall in the middle in the same mold as Ned Ray McWherter and Phil Bredesen." He called the attacks "encouraging and energizing."

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What: Democratic Candidate for Gov. Charlie Brown to speak at 6th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:15pm
Where: Karns Public Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Yup...you read it right...Democratic Candidate for Governor Charlie Brown will speak at the 6th District Democrats Meeting

Info on Charlie can be found at:

website: (link...)

Facebook: (link...)

Twitter: (link...)

for info: Janice Spoone (spoojh@comcast.net)

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Tue
Sep 16 2014
09:03 am

Big story in the Maryville Daily Times is a Sam's Club proposed for the ALCOA West Plant site. The large Sam's Club building and all that pavement for parking is proposed for the space right next to Alcoa Highway, Hunt Road, and Hall Road. A couple of years ago all the large pine trees were cut down along this section. The pine trees blocked the view of the ALCOA plant, but now won't block the view of the generally ugly Sam's Club.

In the past, the site has been promoted as a new urbanism town center for the City of Alcoa.

The City of Alcoa has a lot of history with great neighborhoods.

The City of Alcoa originated in 1918 as the first planned community in the State of Tennessee. A planned community is any community that was carefully planned from its inception. In the original plans, Alcoa, Inc., included one acre of park space for every 100 city inhabitants. In addition, between 1918 and 1924 approximately 300 shade trees were planted along city streets and parks. This type of planning has gone by the wayside.

What are the Mayor, City Manager, etc. thinking? Do they not care about what the community has to offer and how this could change everything forever?

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Urban Outfitters, headquartered in Philadelphia with a location in downtown Knoxville, got caught trying to make money off of tragedy. The Kent State shootings occurred over 40 years ago. Ohio National guardsmen shot and killed students during a war protest.

Urban Outfitters advertised a Kent State sweatshirt with red splotches and holes that looked like blood and bullet holes. Urban Outfitters apologized stating it wasn't meant to look like blood or bullet holes. It was supposed to be a sun-faded shirt with wear and fray creating holes. I'd say that too or Urban Outfitters would look like the ultimate creeps.

Once again, zealous marketers take it too far.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014
05:20 pm

I'm looking for some help! Please!!!

I've been searching for a lost family member, but have hit a massive brick wall. Even a purchased "person" report only yielded old information (old meaning 2005 and older), and misleading information (they have an unrelated person listed as a related person). I've found some old professional licenses, that have expired but nothing recent (although at this point they
would be retired).

I've tried many of the techniques from Daniel Russell, and come up empty.

I'm sure I'm just missing something, but can't put a finger on what I'm missing. If anyone has ANY ideas please throw them at me!

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Mon
Sep 15 2014
12:02 pm

BREAKING: Supreme Court announces Herbert Slatery as next Attorney General of Tennessee

Slatery is currently a member of Gov. Haslam's cabinet as Counsel to the Governor, Haslam's chief legal advisor. He replaces AG Bob Cooper, Gov. Bredesen's chief counsel. Cooper was appointed in 2006. I believe Slatery will be the first Republican Attorney General in state history.

UPDATE: Press release...

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Democrat Gordon Ball, who is challenging Lamar Alexander for U.S. Senate, kicks off his statewide campaign today in Cocke County where he was born and raised. He will attend an ice cream social at Rafting in the Smokies, 3595 Hartford Road, Hartford Tn. 37753 between 3-4 P.M. today. Later in the day he will be in Pigeon Forge at the Sevier County Democrats' Blue Monday event from 5:30-6:30 P.M. at Calhouns, 2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014
08:22 am

The City of Knoxville has earmarked a $4.3 million windfall in Hall Income Tax revenues for several capital projects, including a rebuild of the Convention Center pedestrian bridge, traffic signal upgrades, streetscaping, and more. Details in the press release after the break...

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
06:10 pm

Whatever happens tonight, I'm gonna call it right now. Butch Jones is the best new coach in the SEC. He's a fighter who works all the angles, and it's rubbing off on his young team. And the fans. Go Vols!

(*Betteridge's law notwithstanding.)

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
01:35 pm

New Proposals to improve Knox County Schools:

1. Discourage teacher turnover by downplaying the importance of having money and respect
Limit school shootings to once a year in order to give students more time to focus on schoolwork
2. Allow students from disadvantaged areas to be bussed into stronger schools, such as those in Finland or South Korea
3. Maybe get some underprepared, overconfident recent college graduates in there to figure things out
4. Federal law that prevents Dylan from raising his hand and wasting everybody’s time with the wrong answer
5. Begin offering tenure to children who have been in the public school system for more than three years
6. Offset the failures of the education system by de-emphasizing the importance of success, self-worth, and intellectual ability in our culture at large
7. Tattoo grades on foreheads to shame low performers
8. Toss Northrop Grumman another $4.5 billion and see what kind of curriculum it pumps out
9. Whatever you do, don’t change anything about a property-tax-based funding system in which rich schools get richer while poor schools get poorer. That’s working just fine.
10. Cut losses and reallocate funding to nation’s prison system

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
09:59 am

After six personal fouls and two ejections in the first quarter, LaFollette Middle School football coach Jake Snider stopped the game and forfeited to Norris Middle School to get his players out of harms way. TSSAA is looking into the situation.

WATE report...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
06:11 pm

From Yahoo Finance …

Belle Meade, Tn $213, 375 Median Income

Here's the most affluent town in every state

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
02:59 pm

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A group of activist investors put together a nearly 300 page presentation of complaints about Darden Restaurant's Olive Garden chain covering everything from management to bread sticks. One example: "Shockingly, Olive Garden no longer salts the water it uses to boil the pasta, merely to get a longer warranty on its pots."

The 8 Most Scathing Criticisms Of Olive Garden's Business From Hedge Fund's 300-Page Takedown

MORE: The full presentation...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
10:02 am

WBIR has this report on an interview with Mayor Burchett, who said he thinks Supt. McIntyre "should be gone."

McIntyre responded by saying "I honestly don't understand why the mayor seems to feel the need to constantly pick a fight with me and engage in this kind of rhetoric." Speaking of rhetoric...

PREVIOUSLY: McIntyre: Burchett remarks "appalling" and "ignorant"

SEE ALSO: State investigating school official

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
09:47 am

The main question here is: did this just occur organically, or did the Palin gang plan it out in order to reaffirm Sarah P's street cred with the bubba crowd?

Sarah Palin's Family Allegedly in Alaska House Party Brawl

“I heard Sarah Palin yell do you know who I am? All of us could not believe it. We thought we were watching an episode of Jerry Springer.”

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There seems to be a concerted effort to NOT cover Mary Headrick's Congressional campaign against Chuck Fleishmann. Since Chuck has so much outside money to spend, it seems stupid not to t least give some attention to Headrick in the hopes of getting Chuck to buy ads. Mary Headrick is being well received in other media outlets and it is surprising that the KNS would ignore an entire political party in the Congressional election.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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

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