Tue
Dec 16 2014
05:19 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

festival of lights. always a treat at Harold's Deli, where he served up the latkes with his 'moonshine' eggnog.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
04:29 pm

We've been replacing our Calphalon non-stick with All-Clad Tri-Ply stainless. Wish I had gone with the All-Clad in the first place. Made in the U.S.A. (mostly, be sure to check the box), lifetime guarantee, oven/dishwasher safe, and cooks great with even heat and fast reaction time. Sticking has not been a problem, but getting the right temp is key.

Back when I was researching, I also ran across Tramontina stainless. Reviews say it is almost if not just as good as All-Clad and significantly less expensive. Might also be worth a look.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
11:55 am

The head of Tennessee's Achievement School District, a statewide program to take over under-performing schools, says that he expects the business of taking over schools and replacing them with charters will expand and grow.

Pith with the relevant quote and a link to the full interview.

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Tue
Dec 16 2014
07:44 am

UT created a crowd funding web site, VOLStarter, to assist student and faculty with various projects.

It's hard to tell how successful the site has been, but we do know that UT football players Justin Worley and Matt Darr will be going on an educational trip to the Super Bowl. They reached their goal of $2,620 within two weeks. There are no Thank-You Notes or Testimonials listed on the site. Therefore, we cannot know if any other applicants have been successful in reaching their fund raising goals. The Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism program applicants are nearing their goal of $2,500, which was submitted over two months ago. UT's Freedom by Design Project has reached 44% of their fund raising goal after two months. UT's Debate Team is up to 46% of their goal after a month.

This is not a promotion to encourage giving at this fund raising site. I'm just wondering how many of the non-football player applicants have reached their goals.

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
07:45 pm
By: Stick  shortURL

For all you conspiracy theorists out there...

Education Inc. Trailer from brian malone on Vimeo.

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From NBC News …

Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland's ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday.

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

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Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

This case involves the enforceability of an ordinance enacted by the City of Knoxville to impose licensing requirements for owners and employees of sexually oriented businesses.

Continued...

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I'll link coverage from an Indiana paper because it's the first story I found online to report the youth's race and coverage from the Nashville Scene, as well.

Of course shooting a police officer has to carry some serious consequences. I get that.

But could this youth's having fired on the officer have been precluded in any way, by approaching his apprehension differently?

One detail that caused me to wonder is that police used a Taser first and the youth pulled a gun next? I see no comment on why the Taser.

Also, four officers returned fire? Maybe necessary, maybe not.

Your thoughts?

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
02:37 pm

150 years ago today: the Civil War came to an effective end in the western theater as the Army of Tennessee was roundly defeated at The Battle Of Nashville. A cannonade and citywide tolling of bells will be taking place on the afternoon of the 16th to commemorate the battle's end.

Continued...

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
02:26 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Some of you may have witnessed the multi-car accident on Henley Bridge last week. Apparently, this was the result of cars trying to merge out of the left-turn-only lane. This seems to be another example of careless design and inadequate signage, where there is little advance visible notice for the turn lane. The only notice I can find are the painted arrows on the pavement which are difficult to read in traffic, especially at night, and one non-lit, small ‘left turn only’ sign at the intersection itself.

This continues the confusing traffic pattern along Henley Street through downtown, where lanes appear, disappear, and merge without any consistency or adequate warning. If our road designers are looking for something to do in this era of fewer highways, they might rethink the lane design along this stretch of 441 and, at very least, correct the problem on the bridge before more accidents occur.

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
02:17 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

There are some new commercial and community projects happening along Chapman Highway on the south side of the Henley Bridge. The first is the construction of a new entry to Ft. Dickerson park. This will eliminate the sharp and sudden entry to the park. Hopefully, the "warning" signs will be removed from the current entry making the site more tourist-friendly. And hopefully, that deep cut in the ridge will be retained by a wall or appropriate planting (other than kudzu).

The second project (long overdue, in my opinion) is the construction of a new Dunkin' Donuts near Shoney's and diagonally across from Disc Exchange. As I recall, the last Dunkin' on Highway 441 was the one at N. Broadway and Washington Pike, a favorite all-night coffee and donuts haunt until it was replaced by a Pilot station.

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Mon
Dec 15 2014
09:35 am

DEAL OR NO DEAL! on #MedicaidExpansion

Bill answers at 11am today

Edit: Presser not until 11am today, so I jumped the gun. sorry

UPDATE: Ok, NOW we're official...Habemus Pactum (we have an agreement)

Program called Insure Tennessee. Gov will call special session of Legislature to consider..

(link...)

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Sun
Dec 14 2014
07:09 pm

There. I said it.

Yeah, yeah, I know. No way she can win. Experience and whatnot. But she has about as much experience as Obama had when he ran.

And, yeah, it will be Clinton v. Bush. And I will support the nominee of my party and whatever.

But still. Just sayin'.

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Sun
Dec 14 2014
06:30 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Seriously?

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OK, then.

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Maybe I don't understand, but I thought the reason it is Medicaid is because they don't have the money to pay co-pays and deductibles. Why is subsidizing commercial insurance so important to him?

From Tom Humphrey/Knoxblogs.com/Knoxnews.com ...

The biggest problem, as Ramsey sees it, is that he doesn’t think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam’s proposal to have co-pays and deductibles and use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.

“If we can get to that, that may be something we can sell,” Ramsey told reporters Thursday.

Ramsey: Medicaid expansion and gas tax increase could both get legislature’s approval

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Sat
Dec 13 2014
07:32 am

Kentucky has apparently developed a good state system. Perhaps Tennessee should look into adopting Kentucky's software like Oregon is doing.

from Modern Healthcare ...

Federal grants that paid for states to develop their own insurance exchanges required them to share the software, so Oregon can use Kentucky's software code and documentation without charge, said Patty Wentz, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon will have to pay to adapt the software for its needs, but it wasn't immediately clear what that will cost.

Oregon to use Kentucky software for Medicaid

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Fri
Dec 12 2014
08:02 am

According to this Knoxville News Sentinel article (subscription required), Knoxville College continues to struggle. The school, which lost its accreditation years ago, has tax liens, millions in debt, is behind on payments, and has only 20 students enrolled. They have hired a new president but he is not being paid and is still working full time as a biology professor in Alabama.

It's sad, but maybe it's time to give up?

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Fri
Dec 12 2014
07:49 am

Warsaw (AFP): Poland's former president publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his country hosted a secret CIA prison where a US Senate report says torture was used against Al-Qaeda suspects.

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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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