Wed
Oct 22 2014
01:16 pm

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2014

Knox County Excluded from Pre-K Expansion
Johnson, Fitzhugh call for more inclusion

NASHVILLE – State Democratic leaders said Wednesday they were troubled by Gov. Haslam's plan to expand pre-K programs in only two major cities, instead of serving children around the state.

"We had an important opportunity to use our own federal tax dollars so more children can have a seat in a pre-K classroom," State Rep. Gloria Johnson said. "I am extremely troubled that Gov. Haslam has ignored Knox County - despite the district's interest - and only offered this opportunity to Memphis and Nashville."

The U.S. Department of Education made an offer to states of federal matching dollars to expand pre-K programs.Tennessee was eligible to receive nearly $70 million of its own federal tax dollars. Instead of a fair plan to add pre-K classrooms around the state, Gov. Haslam applied for funds to be used only in Memphis and Nashville.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014
08:19 am

BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet will be playing at the Relix Variety Theatre on Friday the 24th for a WDVX benefit concert. More info...

Trigger Hippy featuring Joan Osborne will be playing Sunday night, Oct. 26th at the Bijou. More info...

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Tue
Oct 21 2014
10:40 pm

When South Doyle Middle School teachers showed up for parent-teacher conferences this evening at 5, supper was waiting for them in the break room.

So was 13th House district candidate Eddie Smith, in what was pretty clearly a violation of KCS policy:

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Tue
Oct 21 2014
07:18 pm

Wow, what a great message and video.

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Tue
Oct 21 2014
04:36 pm

On Inside Tennessee last Sunday, I watched local attorney Don Bosch spar with legislative candidate Eddie Smith, who maintained that our state law doesn't require abortion clinics to be "inspected." WRONG, Eddie.

Moments ago, yet another anonymous poster popped up here to rattle off the same erroneous allegation--and others. But he was WRONG that TN doesn't require parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion and he was WRONG that TN doesn't require third trimester abortions be performed in hospitals.

On and on the disinformation goes.

Between now and November 4, let's stop the fear mongering by directing folks like these to the applicable law, namely TCA 39-15-201 through -209 and TCA 37-10-301 through -307.

Read it in full via free public access to LexisNexis, here--and share it widely.

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Is this technology used in Knoxville?

From NBC …

...according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day...

...school districts across the country are installing new technology on school buses: little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by.

New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

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Tue
Oct 21 2014
01:51 am

To me this should be on the front page of the NS several days a week, through the election.

Knox County sample ballot

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What: Community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road)

From KCS - "A community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) will be held on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m., Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road). The purpose of the forum is to provide information about IB MYP and answer questions from the community. Please note that two or more members of the Knox County Board of Education may be in attendance."

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
06:09 pm

What: Community forum for local candidates
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: West High auditorium

Commissioners Amy Broyles and Jeff Ownby are hosting a community forum for local candidates at the West High auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6PM. State Senate candidate Cheri Siler and State House candidate Gloria Johnson have both said they plan to attend. Will their opponents show up?

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In case you missed it, a negative flyer comparing Gloria Johnson to Lane Kiffin made the sports wires today.

Gloria responds with a message of support from a winning U.T. football coach:

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
05:24 pm

I know very little about it, so maybe this is obvious to most folks. Why not put the next IB program in some other part of town? Doyle High for instance? Or somewhere else.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
05:16 pm

From Knox County web site …

Thru the most recent voting day, a table showing date/location/total votes …

Early Voting Turnout by Date and Location

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
01:04 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Because a 9.25% sales tax on food is already unconscionable enough.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
12:49 pm


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Sylvia Woods and her family were joined by local dignitaries this morning to dedicate the Harold G. Woods Memorial Bridge in honor of her late husband. The bridge is on the James White Parkway crossing over Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014
08:04 am

Sandra Clark, a known Republican and publisher of the Shopper News, endorses Gloria Johnson for State House 13th District.

Johnson has also been endorsed by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Knox County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Knoxville Firefighters Association, Democracy for America, the Sierra Club, and Coach Johnny Majors among others.

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Sun
Oct 19 2014
09:55 pm

Got to thinking about my own most popular story at Metro Pulse -- not my favorite, necessarily, nor the most important – but the most popular in terms of response.

That's hard to say, since I wrote for them for such a long, long time. But upon reflection, I decided this one, written totally off the top of my head and dredged from my memory, got more response from more people (and even got plagiarized a time or three) than anything else I wrote there.

(link...)

This is probably the best story I ever wrote:

(link...)

And there were all those stories that Coury Turczyn (who shaped Metro Pulse content more than anyone) and I wrote about my brother, John, dribbled out over the years. I'm not going to link them, because I'm not up to picking the scabs on my heart tonight, but most here will know what I'm talking about; these are stories about what's made us who we are – the one Jack Neely did this week on Martin Hunt is another example.

Now who's going to tell our stories?

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Sun
Oct 19 2014
07:11 pm

The most important thing about last week's LWV candidates' forum is something that didn't get talked about:

(link...)

The candidates for the District 2 school board seat are smart, accomplished women who were probably curve-busters as students, so it was embarrassing when moderator Matt Shafer Powell asked what they thought of PECCA at last week’s League of Women Voters forum. Nobody had an answer.

To be fair, the moderator mispronounced it, but neither Charlotte Dorsey, Jamie Rowe nor Tracie Sanger knew what he was talking about.

Powell explained that it was the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act, which has been state law since 2011 when the General Assembly stripped school boards of the authority to engage in collective bargaining with organizations representing teachers – mainly the Tennessee Education Association – and instead required them to set up something called collaborative conferencing to deal with issues like salaries, benefits, insurance and leave. Knox County became the first school district to start the collaborative conferencing process in October 2011 but may be among the last to fully comply.

The school board delegated its authority to Superintendent James McIntyre.

(link...)

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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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