Thu
Jun 25 2015
11:06 am

We are told by Knox Co. Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers that Buck Cochran, Mayor Madeline Rogero's only opponent in the upcoming mayor's election, has withdrawn.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the lower court ruling in King v. Burwell 6-3, meaning that subsidies will still be available in states that rely on a federally operated exchange.

SCOTUSblog

UPDATE: The opinion...

ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which KENNEDY, GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. SCALIA, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which THOMAS and ALITO, JJ., joined.

...when deciding whether the language is plain, the Court must read the words “in their context and with a view to their place in the overall statutory scheme.”

...the Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting.

...the Act clearly contemplates that there will be qualified individuals on every Exchange.

...The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral. It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner.

...Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.

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Thu
Jun 25 2015
09:45 am

Local media reports (WBIR, WATE, KNS) say that the school bus driver who caused the crash that claimed three lives was texting with a prostitute at the time of the crash.

Now there are reports (WVLT, WBIR) that students told their parents about the texting for months before the accident and that parents had filed complaints with Knox Co. Schools but nothing was done.

KNS reoprts that Knox Co. Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre, "on the advice of several attorneys, because of pending litigation on this case," declined to comment on complaints from parents or whether the accident could have been prevented if action had been taken.

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Google is investing $600 million to build a data center at TVA's soon to be decommissioned Widows Creek coal-fired power plant. The project is expected to create 100 jobs in northeast Alabama's Jackson County. Google is working with TVA to power the data center using renewable energy sources. It is Google's 14th data center globally and its first new U.S. location since 2007.

MORE: Google, TVA, Alabama Department of Commerce

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I have liked the store here. They seem to have some things I haven't seen in other stores.

from the NY Times …

Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday.

NYC: Whole Foods Mislabels Prepackaged Items, Overcharges

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In Nov. 2014, Louis Flack received a severe beating (WBIR has the video) at the hands of Knox County Sheriff's Office jailers while in custody on an aggravated assault charge involving a fight with his brother. Those charges have since been dismissed. According to his lawyers, Mr. Flack is mentally ill.

As a result of injuries sustained in the beating, he has been to orthopedic specialists and will have to undergo surgery.

Attorney Lance Baker, who is representing Mr. Flack, said he will be filing a federal civil rights lawsuit in the next week or so. In a statement to KnoxViews, Mr. Baker said public records related to the incident have not been forthcoming despite multiple requests. Mr. Baker's statement after the break...

Continued...

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Wed
Jun 24 2015
02:13 pm

What: Festival on the Fourth
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 4:00pm
Where: World's Fair Park

The City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth will feature food, family fun, and fireworks accompanied by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. More info in the press release after the break...

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Tue
Jun 23 2015
07:04 pm

In today's Shopper, I liked hearing this from Seventh District BOE rep Patti Bounds:

...in my district, we have 51 portable classrooms housing about 2,200 students, and subpar conditions in portables that date back to 1980.

Does it bother me that we are building in anticipation of overcrowding in Hardin Valley while you’ve got 2,200 students in portable classrooms? That’s half of the students housed in portables in Knox County. Maybe we could send some of our portables to Hardin Valley.

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Tue
Jun 23 2015
05:13 pm

Various indexes reflecting a measure of peacefulness

You can select a state. Tennessee ranks 49 out of 50.

from Vision of Humanity…
Vision of Humanity - US Peace Index

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Our washing machine threw an error code that googling suggested would be a $200 to $400 repair depending on the part involved. It's seven years old and way out of the original extended warranty, so we weren't sure about paying that and then having it break down again in six months. We considered just replacing it, because $400 is about half the cost of a new one.

The Mrs. checked with the manufacturer, Electrolux/Frigidaire, to see if they had any idea how much the repair would cost and to find out who does repairs locally. The nice people at Electrolux said they could sell us a new extended warranty for $300 that would cover this repair and any other repairs for two years.

That sounded like a pretty good deal, so we went with that. They dispatched a local company (5 Star Appliance Service -- they're pretty good and seem to know what they're doing) and it was fixed in no time.

We got the bill and warranty papers in the mail the other day and it was only $235, which was a nice surprise and about what the service call would have cost anyway with parts and labor.

I don't know if other manufacturers do this, but if you're looking at a major repair it's probably worth a phone call to find out.

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Tue
Jun 23 2015
10:07 am

What: Meadow Lark Music Fest at Ijams
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave.

The 2015 Meadow Lark Music Festival at Ijams will feature Pokey LaFarge, Scott Miller & The Commonwealth Ladies Auxiliary, Emi Sunshine and the Rain, the Lonesome Coyotes and more.

More info at WDVX and Ijams...

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
11:16 am

from CNN …

By 2100 -- (if we take) global action on climate -- we can actually avoid an estimated 12,000 deaths annually that are associated with extreme temperatures. That's a big deal. We're projecting that, if you take action, you could avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050, and 57,000 from poor air quality that's associated with climate change.

EPA boss: Climate change could kill thousands

Climate Impacts on the Southeast|Climate Change|US EPA

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
09:09 am

Taylor Swift had previously pulled her albums from Spotify and more recently said she wouldn't release her latest album to Apple Music, Apple's new streaming service.

Yesterday, in an open letter at her blog she explained why.

Basically, she protested the three months free service for new users, saying that new artists need those revenues and that Apple could afford to pay them if they want to promote the service that way. "We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation," she said.

Later in the day, Apple responded, saying they heard her and would change the policy so artists get paid during the free trial period.

SEE ALSO: Dear Taylor Swift, Get Apple to change these things too, Love everyone

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
08:22 am

NYT: Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag

And like some of their predecessors seeking to win the state’s primary, the first in the South, the leading Republican candidates for 2016 are treading delicately. They do not want to risk offending the conservative white voters who venerate the most recognizable emblem of the Confederacy and who say it is a symbol of their heritage.

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Sun
Jun 21 2015
09:43 am

Happy Father's Day to dads everywhere!

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Sat
Jun 20 2015
08:22 am

Karen L. Finley, former CEO of red light camera ticketing company Redflex, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges involving a scheme in which the company made campaign contributions to elected officials in Columbus and Cincinnati Ohio "with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts." Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

There's no mention of any charges for the elected officials who accepted bribes, er, campaign contributions, but at least one city councilman in Columbus is under the microscope for accepting a $20,000 "success fee" from Redflex.

Redflex at one time had a contract with the City of Knoxville, but missed a contract renewal deadline and got dumped if I recall correctly.

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from NBC News ...

If Republicans ever succeeded in repealing Obamacare, the U.S. budget deficit would soar by as much as $353 billion over 10 years and 24 million people would lose their health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

About 19 million people would lose insurance next year alone, the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation found in their report.

Obamacare Repeal Would Raise Deficit, Cost People Insurance, Report Finds

CBO: Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

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Fri
Jun 19 2015
11:00 am

KnoxViews is offering two lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the newly reissued Rolling Stones classic Sticky Fingers, deluxe 2 CD reissue with bonus material.

Just follow the link below and click the prize box to see if you've won. (Note: No purchase necessary, U.S. residents 18 years and older only, KnoxViews management and immediate family not eligible. Prize includes CD, applicable taxes, and free shipping via Amazon.)

Click here for a chance to win the KnoxViews reader appreciation giveaway: Sticky Fingers deluxe 2 CD reissue by the Rolling Stones.

UPDATE: All prizes have been awarded, congratulations to the winners! Thanks for playing and thanks for reading KnoxViews.com

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Fri
Jun 19 2015
08:38 am

We are told that Clay Crownover of Farragut is considering a run for House District 14 as a Democrat to replace Ryan Haynes who vacated the seat to take over as TNGOP chair.

Crownover would be a high quality candidate for local Democrats and a formidable opponent. He is well connected, has a strong resume, and has a good background on environmental and energy issues. He is apparently being urged to run by folks in his district.

Here's his bio...

As of today, the only candidate who has picked up a petition is Republican Karen Carson, currently a Knox Co. School Board member. The qualifying deadline is noon Thursday, July 2nd.

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