Sun
Nov 23 2014
10:09 am

Tennessee Education Report:

Education scholar and activist Diane Ravitch spoke at Vanderbilt University in Nashville last night at an event hosted by Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE), the Tennessee BATs (Badass Teachers), and the Momma Bears.

Ravitch touched on a number of hot-button education issues, including vouchers, charter schools, teacher evaluations, and testing. Many of these issues are seeing plenty of attention in Tennessee public policy circles both on the local and state levels.

She singled out K12, Inc. as a bad actor in the education space, calling the Tennessee Virtual Academy it runs a “sham.”

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Sat
Nov 22 2014
05:48 pm

KNS: UT pulls plug on Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame

The Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame, which began in 2001, apparently won’t be adding any more inductees. Athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton said this week that discussions are underway about “how to best honor and recognize the accomplishments of all of our former student-athletes moving forward.”

The disrespect of UT women's athletics continues. Guess Pat Summit was making the men's teams look bad.

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
11:27 pm

Congratulations to Alcoa, Maryville, Fulton, West and Webb who all advanced in TSSAA championship playoffs.

Tough loss for South-Doyle to end their awesome previously undefeated season.

Also props to WATE for their excellent high school football coverage.

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
04:52 pm

.. but nothing yet in Knoxville.

(link...)

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
02:03 pm

My son, age 18, totaled my car last Sunday, so yesterday we had to go out and buy two new (exceedingly used, actually) cars as replacements to avoid his getting behind the wheel of mine ever again.

Word to the wise: When shopping for your son's first car, don't take along your son. Or your husband. Because your husband will morph into a teenage boy again, too, and you'll wind up arguing with the both of them.

We came home with an immaculate (but 15 year-old) Toyota Celica GT with auto sunroof, so dark a blue we first thought it was black and so sexy it looks fast standing still. And both of them insisted that, for insurance purposes, it was not a "sports car."

It's a "sports car."

Cost of vehicle: $3000.

Cost of one year's car insurance, full coverage: $3960.

Do as I say, not as I do...

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Fri
Nov 21 2014
09:28 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Citizenfour has opened at Regal Downtown West, screening at 1:30 4:30 7:30 and 10:10 pm

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
06:39 pm

How long can Bill Haslam lead the GOP Governor's Association with this kind of national press?

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
06:14 pm

I guess that means 152,750 now have health insurance in Tennessee thanks to Obamacare.

So based on the Harvard School of Public Health study in Massachusetts of 1 less death each year for every 830 people who became insured, 184 people made it thru the year that might not have otherwise thanks to Obamacare.

I wonder if because of our poor health as a state in general, if that rate is noticeably higher here.

From the Miami Herald(AP story) ...

people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

"It's a significant decline, but not necessarily unexpected given the implementation of the ACA this year," said Dr. LeAnn Luna, who co-authored the report.

There are still an estimated 472,008 people without insurance in the state, or about 7.2 percent of the population.

Tenn. has lowest number of uninsured in decade

Deaths fell after Massachusetts healthcare overhaul: study

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In a statement, TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney said "With his leadership skills, fundraising prowess, and track record of success, he’s a natural choice for this position. It’s proof that on a national scale, more and more people are taking note of what he’s doing in Tennessee.”

Here's the translation/real story:

TIME: No One Really Wants to Run the Republican Governors Association

Republican governors gathered at an opulent Florida resort this week to celebrate their victories in the midterm elections are finding the party tempered by an unusual challenge: no one really wants to run their campaign arm.

Usually a hotly-contested position for governors seeking to boost their national appeal and profile, the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) has proven hard to fill this year, according to multiple governors and staffers familiar with the deliberations.

"No one wants it," one Republican governor said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive subject.

"It’s a mystery. None of the big shots are aiming for it," added one gubernatorial aide.

SEE ALSO: Nashville Scene: Haslam Emerges as Just the Guy for National GOP Job

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Thu
Nov 20 2014
08:12 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Stage and film director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. His films include The Graduate, Catch-22, Silkwood, Primary Colors and many other classics.

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From Discovery …

This is what your atmosphere looks like on carbon dioxide. And it’s not a pretty sight. NASA provides a stark and stunning view of a year in the life of our planet as humans continue to emit greenhouse gases that warm the planet. The animation comes courtesy of one of the highest-resolution computer models in existence.

NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
05:31 pm

Add a PC style keyboard with a dedicated number row, instructions here...

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Wed
Nov 19 2014
05:16 pm

Anyone know when the Christmas lights go up at Chilhowee Park?

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Betty Bean reports: Second Presbyterian to split

The congregation of one of Knoxville’s oldest – and most visible – churches is in the process of breaking up over disagreements with its national governing body over social issues, primarily same-sex marriage.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
07:51 pm

Jack Neely says that other folks he doesn't even know are rushing in "from all directions" to fill the void left by the demise of Metro Pulse, but wants you to know there's another, apparently more legit effort underway:

Jack Neely: The Next Metro Pulse

...I’m happy to announce that several actual former Metro Pulse staffers, including some who have played important roles in establishing that award-winning weekly’s reputation since its early days in the 1990s–often against great odds–have been quietly working on a significant project that they believe will be a good and perhaps essential thing for this community.

Tonight, no details are ripe enough for public consumption—the participants are trying to establish a solid foundation for something that will last for many years—but look for further announcements in the next couple of weeks.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
06:12 pm

Statement from Mayor Rogero's office:

For the past year, Mayor Madeline Rogero has served as a member of President Barack Obama's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force was formed to provide feedback from local and state leaders on how the federal government can most effectively support their efforts to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Yesterday, the Task Force issued a report with recommendations. You can read the White House press release here. It includes a link to a new "Climate Toolkit" for local governments and communities, which you can see here.

Mayor Rogero said, "I was honored to serve on the President's Task Force, and I appreciate the federal government reaching out to state, local and tribal leaders to understand the possible impacts of climate change across the country. The recommendations we have put forth will help leaders at all levels better prepare and educate themselves and their citizens to deal with these complex challenges."

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Tue
Nov 18 2014
09:58 am

Just got a notice from BlueCross that our insurance premiums are increasing 22.6% for 2015. From checking a few other plans, it appears to be a similar increase across the board.

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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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