Fri
Aug 21 2015
02:11 pm

Donila: Zachary to be sworn in at church ...That will take place at First Baptist Concord on Kingston Pike. Speaker of the House Beth Harwell will do the honors.

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Thu
Aug 20 2015
09:41 pm

What: DTV for Friday August 21st
When: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Commuinity TV Channel

On Friday's DTV program, host Jessee Bundy will interview Tory Mills, External Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood and Lizzie Rice, East Tennessee Grassroots Representative for Planned Parenthood, who together are Co-Coordinators of the Scruffy City Community Action Team. The group describes itself as "a collective of folks in Knoxville, TN who advocate for reproductive freedom and other intertwined justice issues."

Listen in to learn more about the activities of the Scruffy City Community Action Team! After listening to this conversation you may keep up to date with the Scruffy City Community Action Team by 'liking' their Face book page entitled Scruffy City Community Action Team!

DTV streams live on the Community TV web site (link ) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
Aug 20 2015
06:39 pm

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Two women prepare for historic Ranger School graduation After completing weeks of grueling physical training across woods, mountains and swamplands, two women have made history: They will be the first to graduate from the Army's exhausting Ranger School.

Unfortunately, they won't be able to join the 75th Ranger Regiment. Yet.

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Decries liberal, "anything goes" churches...

In a Sunday broadcast for The Gospel of Christ television program, Bailey observed that some couples were choosing to go to churches with "relaxed and liberal views."

He said that they wanted "things like women preaching, women leading in service, where homosexuals and gay marriage were accepted openly."

“God does not approve of homosexuality or gay marriage,” he insisted. “The scripture says… that is vile, unnatural and deserving of a penalty… It’s an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning.”

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Wed
Aug 19 2015
06:26 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/18/15)

LAWMAKERS SAY PRISON DISTURBANCE WORSE THAN REPORTED

NASHVILLE- Tennessee Democratic lawmakers say fights at the Morgan County Correctional Facility Tuesday morning were apparently much worse than reported by the Department of Corrections. Two officers were seriously injured in what they described as several fights that broke out at the facility. One officer sustained a broken orbital socket, broken nose, cracked thumb and 12 stiches in his lip. He has been identified as Sgt. David “Woody” Garrett. In a press release, the Corrections Department only described his injuries as “not life-threatening”. Yet the pictures attached tell a different story. Garrett will have to undergo surgery next week on his injured eye socket. House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Stewart of Nashville said “If someone is kicking me in the head, particularly a person trained in mixed martial arts, I’m going to consider that a violent and life-threatening activity”. Stewart said sources inside the prison have identified the attacker as Aaron Tate, a former MMA fighter with a history of attacking officers.

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Wed
Aug 19 2015
06:09 pm

Lee Drutman writing at Vox with some interesting, reality-based observations about Trump's traction with a certain segment of the American electorate. He digs into the national election study data and parses out a nice analysis.
What Donald Trump gets about the electorate

But limitations aside, if these two issues turn out to be salient for the months to come, the establishment Republicans — and the business Republican donors who support them — are in a very weak position.

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What: What's going on? Haslam's outsourcing scheme - United Campus Workers
When: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Where: 12th floor conference room McClung tower
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It seems heterosexual parents were having their rights violated by a simple change to a form. Local attorney K.O. Herston explains...

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Wed
Aug 19 2015
01:30 pm

What: 4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Our special guest is Mr. Eddie Young, Director of the East TN Peace and Justice Center (formerly Redeeming Hope Ministries), and publisher of the "Amplifier", our community newspaper concerning homelessness issues.

for info: Chris Foell (691-8933)

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Wed
Aug 19 2015
08:34 am

I had no idea there were Starbucks locations where you could get wine and craft beer. Apparently customers like the idea. Starbucks is expanding their "Evenings" at Starbucks stores to include 70 additional locations.

None of the stores in the Knoxville area have been targeted to sell wine and craft beer. There are nine stores in the Atlanta area and six in Central Florida.

Not a bad idea. I'm not a fan of Starbucks coffee. A little too bitter for me. Maybe the wine will fit my taste.

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Tue
Aug 18 2015
06:50 pm

What: SKNBC Sponsored Candidate Forum
When: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Woodlawn Christian Church Worship Center

The South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition (SKNBC) is sponsoring a City Council Candidate Forum / Meet-and-Greet from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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More than 100 million people visited Tennessee in 2014, spending $17.7 billion and supporting 152,900 tourism industry jobs according to figures announced by the state today. In Knoxville, spending reached nearly $1 billion and generated more than $23 million in local tax revenues.

More info in the press release after the break...

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The News Sentinel Reports...

The article quotes the United Campus Workers as saying the scope "includes every person, and every job, for every building everywhere. Haslam wants to outsource our safety, health, and education to some for-profit, out-of-state company. All of the maintenance, all of the purchasing, all of the utilities, all of the human resources, all of the security, all of the cleaning, all of the administrative work in our schools, our courtrooms, our service agencies. It will hurt everyone.”

Here's the RFI...

It was issued on 8/10 and the deadline to respond is 8/21. As noted by the KNS, this seems like an unusually short amount of time for such a large scope of work. Looking at the RFI, however, it appears they are seeking to identify qualified vendors at this time, and will issue formal requests for proposals or bids later.

Regardless, people will wonder if JLL has the inside track and this is just a formality for show.

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Mon
Aug 17 2015
10:59 am

Keep Knoxville Beautiful has hired Patience Melnik as their new executive director, replacing Allison Tetter who left in May to join the Knox Co. Health Dept. Patience previously worked for the Tennessee Clean Water Network. More info in the press release after the break...

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Could the East Tennessee Historical Center start a "This day in Knoxville/Knox County" or "This week ..." series. At Market Square stage. Maybe 15-30 minutes max. Maybe 2 times during lunch. A narrator/video thing with images supplied by Historical Center. Could be during lunch time thru the work week. Maybe the same on the weekend.

Not just for a week or two. But a long term regular program.

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Report: Medicaid costs Ohio $2 billion less than expected

The savings follow Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid in 2013 to cover thousands more Ohioans, as allowed under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Nearly 3 million people are now enrolled after more than 500,000 low-income adults without dependent children enrolled last year — 150,000 more than expected, state officials said. That number was offset, though, by a decrease in traditional enrollments.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is now running for president.

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Fri
Aug 14 2015
12:53 pm

The state's recent anti-DUI campaign featuring sexist, offensive messages cost more than $450,000 before being pulled.

The Tennessean reports that the budget for the project developed by Knoxville's Tombras Group totaled $725,934, but "only" $456,923 was spent before pulling the plug. There was also some discussion about whether people would even understand the ads, but apparently no discussion about whether they were offensive.

PREVIOUSLY: Dumb and dumber

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Thu
Aug 13 2015
12:40 pm

Washington Post: Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican

This year’s Republican field is the most impressive since 1980, and perhaps the most talent-rich since the party first had a presidential nominee, in 1856. But 16 candidates are experiencing diminishment by association with the 17th.

Wait, what? (Emphasis added.)

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