What: Rescheduled to May 4: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Chris Battle and Chris Woodhull
When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

Knox County Public Library invites you to join The Reverend Christopher R. Battle, Sr., Tabernacle Baptist Church and Chris Woodhull, former Knoxville City Councilman, for a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Please note that this event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 4.

“This is a conversation with a son that every father should have,” Battle said.

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Wed
Apr 20 2016
11:25 am

Detroit Free Press:

Multiple charges were filed by Michigan's attorney general against Mike Glasgow, the city's laboratory and water quality supervisor; Mike Prysby, a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official; and Stephen Busch, the suspended Lansing district coordinator for the DEQ’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance.

Various charges include official misconduct, tampering with evidence, and violation of state clean water laws.

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Wed
Apr 20 2016
09:41 am

A reader alerts us to the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge to encourage municipal governments to create Monarch Butterfly habitat and "educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home."

To date, 100 mayors across the country have taken the pledge.

Although not officially participating, the City of Alcoa was recognized for one example of how local governments can help: A citizen in the City of Alcoa identified a stand of milkweed along a roadside and brought it to the attention of Alcoa’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. The city agreed to restrict mowing in the area and put up signs on either side of the milkweed patch and also look for other ways to help save the monarch.

More Info: Guide to Monarch Conservation in America's Cities (pdf)

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Wed
Apr 20 2016
06:58 am

Hillary Clinton wins the New York Democratic primary.

The following are rough estimates based on info from various sources available at the time of this post.

New York: Clinton 58% 135 Sanders 42% 104

Pledged delegates: Clinton 135 Sanders 104
Pledged total: Clinton 1,424 Sanders 1,149
Total Delegates: Clinton 1,893 Sanders 1,180

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From the News Desk of News and Weather of Knoxville

Father of Jajuan Hubert Latham Asks for Community Cooperation

Wants to let the Police handle this and family is seeking assistance with funeral expenses

Knoxville, Tn. - Hubert Latham, the father of Jajuan Hubert Latham has expressed that his family wants justice, but that they want the police to handle this and not any vigilant actions. He does ask for any witnesses to call Knoxville Police with any information they may have no matter how small the info may be, it can help point the police in the right direction.

The family is also seeking assistance with the funeral expenses. If you can make a donation, no matter how small, it will be greatly appreciated. You can donate online at:

(link...)

Jajuan Latham was struck while he was sitting in the back seat of his father’s parked vehicle during a drive-by shooting at a community cook-out at Danny Mayfield Park in Mechanicsville on Saturday, April 16th. KPD investigators and officers detained multiple persons of interest and/or witnesses to the Saturday night shooting death of Jajuan Latham. As a result of information gained during the interviews, potential evidence was recovered and additional leads were obtained. The evidence is currently being examined.

Anyone with any information can call the KPD Hot-line at 865-215-7217, you do not have to give your name. Any information you give, can point the police in the right direction to bring the shooters to justice.

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Tue
Apr 19 2016
05:32 pm

The Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, the Tennessee General Assembly will wind down its business sometime this week, the public welfare requiring it. Here are some odds and ends:

GOP leader vows retribution for transgender 'blackmail'

There will be no constitutional thanks to ‘Almighty God’ for our liberties

House votes to strip University of Tennessee diversity funding

State Rep. Jerry Sexton really wants to waste your tax money

Online voter registration approved (This is actually a good thing, but here's a list of IP ranges that should be blocked.)

BONUS: Samantha Bee names Jeremy Durham worst person in Tennessee and also Sheila Butt too.

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Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, has announced his intent to seek an override of the Governor's veto of the 'Bible as the Official State Book' bill. The Attorney General has said it's unconstitutional. The Governor has said it's unconstitutional and a trivialization of the Christian religion. Everybody knows the bill is unconstitutional and will be invalidated by the courts when it is inevitably challenged.

Sexton nonetheless wants to waste our tax money by overriding the veto and requiring the subsequent court action to invalidate it.

Why is it the people who claim to be most opposed to wasteful government spending and claim to want limited government nonetheless seek to unconsitutionally waste government resources to establish and inevitably fail in a defense of their religion as the law of the land?

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Tue
Apr 19 2016
10:26 am

Nashville Scene: Some internal news that we're thrilled to report: Cari Wade Gervin will be joining the Scene and the Nashville Post as a staff writer covering the state legislature and politics in general (among other things we'll throw at her).

Congratulations to CWG.

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Tue
Apr 19 2016
09:27 am

Nooga.com had an great article a couple of days ago about the dangers of low-head dams.

Low-head dams are small dams, typically with a five to six foot drop, built on rivers and streams all over the U.S. for mills and light industrial use. They are unregulated in Tennessee.

Hundreds of fatalities have occurred at low-head dams over the years, including swimmers, boaters, paddlers, and even would-be rescuers. Most deaths occur on weekends between the months of April and August, according to Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, a former U.T. professor and now a dam safety engineer.

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Mon
Apr 18 2016
03:32 pm

Thursday, April 21

from Screams from porch ...

The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the following location: Valley Grove Baptist Church 9000 Sevierville Pike Knoxville, TN 37920.

TODT to meet about Chapman Highway

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Apr 18 2016
11:17 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

We had a parking pass for the final day of the air show yesterday, but weren't sure we would go because of the massive crowds and the approx. two mile hike from the parking field to the spectator/exhibit area on the other side of the airport.

We decided to go anyway. We went after the show started to avoid the traffic and drove right in with no waiting. We were able to setup up on a grassy knoll near the parking field overlooking the end of the runway. It was maybe a 1/4 mile walk and offered a pretty good view without making the hike to the other side. Lots of other folks did the same. There were several families with kids having a great time.

We got to see a lot more of the action, including most of the low-altitude maneuvers that we weren't able to see from our house. It was pretty spectacular and we're glad we went. Click the image below for a whole bunch of photos...

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Apr 18 2016
10:15 am
By: agrarianurbanite  shortURL

Not too long ago, I made a plea for help...Community Garden Project Needs Help...well, friends, today is the final day for voting.

One last voting blitz would really help us out and hopefully get us into the final 50.

Here is a link of some of the work that we started on April 2 funded by small local donations. We would like to see this entire hillside in fruit bushes for the community. It gives you an idea of what we are working on.

Thank you for your support in turning this bland hillside into an edible community space.

[Here's the link to vote...]

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From the News Desk of News and Weather of Knoxville of WJBE

Mayor Rogero and Chief Rausch Declare War on Gang Members: If you're a member of a gang, we're going after you. . .”

Knoxville, Tn. – With the latest shooting of an innocent child by gang bangers, both Mayor Rogero and Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch have made it clear, the war is on.

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Guest Editorial on the News and Weather of Knoxville Page of WJBE

Another Senseless Shooting – When Are We Going to Step Up?

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from Georgina Vines ...

Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders, a former commission chairman and Knoxville Police Department lieutenant, reported raising $10,750 in the latest financial disclosure filed after the March 1 primary, with $9,000 coming from seven individuals.

Knox County Commission candidates file financial disclosures

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Mon
Apr 18 2016
07:07 am

Jajuan Latham, a twelve year old boy, was shot in the head and killed Saturday evening. He was sitting in his father's car, having just left a celebrity/charity basketball game. They stopped by Danny Mayfield Park to pick up some friends.

Hubert Latham's life will never be the same.

Jajuan Latham was Zaevion Dobson’s cousin.

Something needs to be done. We want our kids to be able to enjoy our many parks. Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch is asking for help from the community.

So many people want their communities/towns/cities to grow. Growth requires a lot more than new roads, buildings, and businesses. It requires attention to the communities. Lets not leave any more children behind. What can be done to stop this senseless violence?

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Sun
Apr 17 2016
10:51 am

What: President of Scenic America to Speak in Knoxville
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street

Everyone is invited to attend a special event hosted by Scenic Knoxville this week at the East Tennessee History Center

Mary Tracy, president of Scenic America, will present "Taking the Long View . . . A Vision for Realizing America the Beautiful."

Scenic America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to help citizens deter visual blight and safeguard the scenic qualities of America's communities, roadways and landscapes.

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please RSVP by email to mgrieve1125@aol.com or info@scenicknoxville.org. Wine and refreshments will be served and free parking is available at State Street Garage.

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Sun
Apr 17 2016
08:58 am

According to a new Market Force Information study, Publix is ranked # 2 for customer satisfaction and loyalty. Wegmans ranks #1. This is the first time in four years that Trader Joe’s did not rank first

Aldi, Costco, and Kroger rank in the middle. Wal-Mart ranks last of the top 15.

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Sat
Apr 16 2016
02:07 pm

Went over to the Disc Exchange today to get a copy of the new Santana album (which is excellent) and toured the Island Home and Lakemoor Hills Dogwood Trails while we were over that way. Many of the Dogwoods are past their prime, but a few are hanging on. The azaleas are spectacular. A few pics (click image for slideshow)...

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from Georgina Vines knoxnews.com ...

Americans for Prosperity, a national organization with a Tennessee presence that opposes a gas tax increase, supports a reduction in the Hall tax and seeks paycheck protection laws, will have volunteers knocking on doors today in Knoxville's state House 13th District represented by Republican Rep. Eddie Smith.

When Ogles checked with Rachel Cross, an AFP field director assigned to Knoxville, on where some 20 volunteers would be today, he reported back, "Whatever suburbs are in Eddie Smith's district."

Conservative lobbying group enters Knoxville state House race

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