Tue
Aug 26 2014
11:41 am

As many of you know, Mayor Rogero led an initiative to create the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Downtown on Market Square. There have already been some real successes and now recognition from a bit down the road in the Nashville Business Journal.

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"Nashville is home to a $9.7 billion music industry — and a countless number of musicians trying to make it — but the latest round of Tennessee-based music startups aren’t coming from Music City.

Instead, you’ll find them a few hours to the east. The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) graduated its inaugural accelerator class in early August. The program, called MediaWorks, focused exclusively on digital media companies, and a third of those graduating were in the music tech space."

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Mon
Aug 25 2014
11:15 am

from OREPA:

The United States Geological Survey has updated its earthquake hazard maps, and the East Tennessee Seismic Zone gets one of the highest increases in seismic hazard risk — not good news for planners of a new bomb plant in Oak Ridge, or for continuing operations in an already unqualified facility.

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Sun
Aug 24 2014
06:31 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

A couple of months ago I had what I thought a miserable BLT at Aubrey's. Sandwiched between slices of tasteless bread were shredded lettuce, a pale tomato and a few slices of bacon, with mayo served on the side. And ... it was expensive, so I decided to make my own next time.

The one illustrated is on Tellico Grains Italian bread, with Applegate natural bacon, local organic lettuce and homegrown tomatoes. The mayo, properly spread on the sandwich, is JFG.

BLT copy.JPG

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Sat
Aug 23 2014
09:12 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

"We wore the blue suits, white shirts with button-down collars, striped ties, fedoras and wingtip shoes,” Mr. Akers said. "The customers felt they could count on us."

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From NBC News ...

Food stamp recipients bring a special SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) card to a farmer’s market, food truck or grocery store. If they spend $20, they get an additional $20 to spend on Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables.

Food Stamp Recipients in Michigan Double Up on Fruits, Veggies

SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets

Double Up Food Bucks

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Sat
Aug 23 2014
02:55 pm

Commissioners Amy Broyles and Mike Hammond have challenged each other, as well as the rest of the Knox County Commissioners, to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge raises funds and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It involves dumping a bucket full of ice water over one's head.

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From Yahoo Finance …

If anything, it seems likely that more Americans, not fewer, will end up covered by employer-sponsored plans in coming years. That’s partly due to a couple of factors having nothing to do with Obamacare. First, hiring has picked up, with the economy now adding nearly 250,000 new jobs each month. More people with full-time jobs means more people with employer-provided health insurance. Second, corporate profits have been strong, which gives companies a bit more wiggle room when dealing with costs.

The rocky rollout of Obamacare, ironically, may have strengthened the appeal of employer-based plans, even to employers themselves.

Surprise: Obamacare is helping, not harming, traditional healthcare

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Fri
Aug 22 2014
03:52 pm

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has joined "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry." Mayor Rogero joins Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and more than 500 other mayors across the country to support marriage equality for same-sex couples. More info and a statement by Mayor Rogero after the break...

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Fri
Aug 22 2014
01:12 pm

Under the just because it's legal doesn't make it right category

To convince them to work in the subsidiary instead of transferring within the company, DuPont assured its employees that it had absolutely no plans to sell the spin-off.

... a few weeks later DuPont sold to Koch Industries. Koch cut both salaries and retirement packages. DuPont had, as it turns out, been negotiating this deal the entire time.

Employers Can Legally Lie to Workers, Court Rules

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Fri
Aug 22 2014
12:00 pm

Voting is apparently another civil right that old, rich white guys seek to deny in Ferguson.

Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting," Says Missouri GOP Leader: Voter turnout was just 12 percent in Ferguson's last municipal election, and in a city that's 60 percent black, virtually all city officials are white.

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The FBI is conducting an increasing number of raids across the country compiling evidence of charter school waste, fraud and corruption. This article has several examples along with some background on who is profiting from privatization.

The Con Artistry of Charter Schools

Charter schools are such a racket, across the nation they are attracting special attention from the FBI, which is working with the Department of Education’s inspector general to look into allegations of charter-school fraud.

[..] Over the last decade, the charter school movement has morphed from a small, community-based effort to foster alternative education into a national push to privatize public schools, pushed by free-market foundations and big education-management companies.

This transformation opened the door to profit-seekers looking for a way to cash in on public funds.

In 2010, Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. has been an ALEC member, declared for-profit K-12 public education “a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed.”

The transformation has begun.

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
03:05 pm

What: 3rd/4th District Democrats Club Meeting
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road Knoxville TN 37919

Our Guest speakers will be:

Rynn and Susanne Dupes: Rynn will give a talk on the history of the League of Women Voters, and explain why it is vital force in the battle to increase voter participation. Susanne will give a talk on "SWOT" which is an exercise that helps people determine their strengths, weaknesses, opportunties and threats. This has been very useful training for political candidates, but of course can be helpful to anyone.

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

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
03:03 pm
By: Treehouse  shortURL

The newest pipeline is from the State of Tennessee government to the Corrections Corporation of America. Good grief.
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"America, where we spend $40K a year to incarcerate each prison inmate and $8K to educate each elementary student."

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
02:48 pm

What: 6th District Knox Co Democratic Party Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Karns Public Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Guest speakers will be Mark Harmon and Richard Dawson, Newly elected members of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee, speaking on the directions and plans for the Tennessee Democratic Party.

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

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
01:05 pm

The Knox County Democratic Party announced that the annual Truman Day dinner will be held on Oct. 2nd at The Foundry. This year's theme is "Stand Up - Keep Fighting." Featured speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Click here for more info and tickets...

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Farragut High School, L N STEM Academy, Powell Middle School, Rocky Hill Elementary School, and Sequoyah Elementary School were named to the Tennessee Department of Education's 2014 "Rewards School" list.

Reward Schools are "the top 5 percent of schools in the state for performance—as measured by overall student achievement levels—and the top 5 percent for year-over-year progress—as measured by schoolwide value-added data."

SOURCE: 2014 School Accountability

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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Gordon Ball has named top members of his campaign team. Former 4th District U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis will lead a team "comprising chairs representing the three grand division including former U.S. Senate democrat candidate Terry Adams and 15th District Representative Joe E. Armstrong for the Eastern Division. Nashville Businessman Bill Freeman and Nashville Metro Council Member-At-Large Jerry Maynard will be co-chairs in Middle Tennessee working with the Gordon Ball for Senate campaign. West Tennessee will be headed by co-chairs Minority House Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and TN Democratic Party Secretary and member of the DNC, Gale Jones Carson.

SOURCE: Press release at the Memphis Flyer...

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
10:49 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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The issue of sovereignty over Gaza’s gas fields is crucial. From a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.

The death of Yasser Arafat, the election of the Hamas government and the ruin of the Palestinian Authority have enabled Israel to establish de facto control over Gaza’s offshore gas reserves.

British Gas (BG Group) has been dealing with the Tel Aviv government. In turn, the Hamas government has been bypassed in regards to exploration and development rights over the gas fields.

The election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 was a major turning point. Palestine’s sovereignty over the offshore gas fields was challenged in the Israeli Supreme Court. Sharon stated unequivocally that “Israel would never buy gas from Palestine” intimating that Gaza’s offshore gas reserves belong to Israel.

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Thu
Aug 21 2014
10:36 am

What: Lonsdale Community Market
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Where: Lonsdale Park, 2705 Stonewall St

Lonsdale United for Change is hosting a Multicultural Community Market with foods, crafts and music from other cultures. Details in the press release after the break...

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