From USGS and NBC News …

The 16 states at highest risk are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards

Earthquake Risks Higher Than Once Believed For Many Cities: USGS

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
03:37 pm

Was watching MSNBC coverage of the downed Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine just now when this happened. You won't believe it.

Not to make light of a tragic situation, but seriously, MSNBC? Seriously? Presumably a producer has already been fired.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
01:52 pm

What: Public Meeting on COK Historic Preservation Fund
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

Got some ideas on how the COK should use its new $500K historic preservation fund? This meeting is for you.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
08:01 am

Please join us this Sunday for an Evening Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their fourth of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, July 20th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with local blues band Voodoo Bone.
(link...)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 8 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
(link...)

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
06:32 am

It's 57 degrees here. Just barely shorts weather and there is a need for a sweater or jacket. According to this, it could be a record low for this date in this area. The previous record low was 61 in 1965.

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Wed
Jul 16 2014
11:13 am

The Nashville Scene reports on some clever accounting by Joe Carr's campaign:

A company owned by right-wing millionaire Andy Miller received a $200,000 loan from Joe Carr's Senate campaign. The company, Life Watch Pharmacy, in turn paid the campaign $9,564.54 in interest on the loan.

Since Miller has already reached the maximum for how much he can give personally, the question is whether this amounts to and end-run around campaign finance limits. Loans from campaigns to corporations are "rare," an election law specialist told the Scene.

Can I make a loan to Life Watch Pharmacy and get in on some of that 4.78% interest action?

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Wed
Jul 16 2014
07:49 am

I've been doing some genealogy searching the past couple of weeks, into a part of my family I've only recently learned about. So, one of the things I've been doing is searching old obituaries to trace the family members, when I came across an article about what one man willed his wife. (scroll to the bottom of the page)

The headline:
East New Yorker Wills Wife $2 for Rope to Hang Herself

No, that's not my family, but it was a coffee-spewing moment to read that headline.

Can't make this shit up...

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Lloyd Daugherty
Chairman, Tennessee Conservative Union
July 15, 2014

Partisan politics should not enter into the court system, although we all know sometimes it does.

We've been proud of our original endorsement of Gary Wade and he has kept his word to me that he would go by the constitution no matter whether he agreed or disagreed with it, including upholding the death penalty.

When our friends give us their word and keep it, we don't endorse someone else, just because they are of a different party. We've backed conservative Democrats in the past, and he's one of them. There are a lot of new people involved in politics, and they need to look back at our record. We have shown that the old way of choosing good judges can work.

I know this is different than my friend Ron Ramsey's wishes, and he has accomplished an amazing amount for conservatives. But when one party gets all the power, be it Republican or Democrat, there's going to be problems. George Washington warned us of that, and he was right.

In 1996, the Tennessee Conservative Union led the fight against sitting Supreme Court Justice Penny White over her failure to uphold the death penalty and the constitution. She subsequently lost the retention vote and was removed from the court.

TCU is the oldest conservative organization in the state, and was founded during the Reagan primary campaign of 1976. My involvement began after Reagan was elected in 1980.

Gary Wade is a Democrat Ronald Reagan would have loved.

Lloyd Daugherty

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
05:11 pm

From CNN …

"The company has spreadsheets on every union employee on how long they were in the bathroom," said Nick Kreitman, the union representative at WaterSavers.

Company limits bathroom breaks to 6 minutes a day

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
04:14 pm

Terry Adams today slammed Gordon Ball for his past support of Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam and for his ties to Tom Ingram and Jimmy Haslam. Press release after the break...

Continued...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
10:53 am

The City's application for an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit has details about the plans for Suttree Landing Park on the South Waterfront:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct the middle section of the Knoxville South Waterfront Development that consists of the construction of 1,900 feet of riverfront walkway, approximately 2,146 feet of riverbank stabilization with riprap at elevation 815 and below and native grasses and trees above the 815 elevation, the placement of 1,720 cubic yards of material to be filled riverward of the existing normal pool elevation and 3, 520 cubic yards of material placement to be placed between the existing normal pool elevation and the 100 – year floodplain, the construction of the Lincoln Landing Facility, a water intake structure, and a floating dock. The fill volume is necessary to protect archaeological feature 40KN316. Some encroachment of the TVA flowage easement may occur.

According to the city, signs of public notice were posted at the site on July 11, 2014. The purpose of the notice is to inform interested parties of the renewal of this permit application. Public comment period ends August 10, 2014.

ARAP Permit Update Public Notice

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
09:40 am

What: Gloria Johnson hosting JOBS4TN HD13 Job Fair
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00am
Where: Fulton High School, 2509 N. Broadway

Rep. Gloria Johnson is hosting a job fair at Fulton High on Jul. 29th from 10AM to 2PM. More info in the announcement after the break...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
09:12 am

Hadn't thought about this. Homeowners are finding out that leased solar panels can complicate a home sale. NPR has this report...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
08:59 am

An unbelievable recording of a guy trying to cancel his Comcast service is making the rounds.

If you don't want to sit through eight minutes of customer "service" agent hell, this version has a transcript of part of what this poor fellow had to endure. (You should listen to a minute or two of the recording anyway to get a sense of what a jerk the agent is being.)

It reminds me of how when you go to buy a car and they take your keys to check out your trade-in and then won't give them back.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
11:15 pm

maybe you could put in a good word for Lloyd Daugherty tonight.

I visited him today in the CCU at Park West.

He's feeling poorly, and his docs haven't been able to stabilize his blood pressure (it's very low). Tomorrow, he's going to have a very risky procedure, but it''s Lloyd's choice to go ahead and do it. His chances aren't real good.

When I went in to visit this afternoon, he was hoping he can get his energy up enough to do a press release. "About what?" I asked,

"I want to endorse Gary Wade and Sharon Lee," he said.

How cool is that? For those who don't know the chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union, he's a political maverick with deep convictions. Last year, he cut an anti-mountaintop removal commercial for Dawn Coppock. In 2011, he endorsed Madeline Rogero for mayor. He also named Frank Niceley his legislator of the year a few years back, so there's that, too.

Anyhow, he's headed for a real rough patch and would appreciate your prayers.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
06:01 pm

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Stumbled across this from my news feeds in a totally unrelated story. It's the Marshall Stanmore Black Bluetooth stereo speaker (with bonus analog and optical digital inputs, too).

It's "movable," but not "portable" in the sense that it won't fit in your cargo pants pocket or your hipster messenger bag. It has solid wood construction. It weighs 11 pounds. It requires AC power. It looks awesome. It's also some genius brand marketing for old geezers like me. I'd buy a "portable" version, but the batteries would probably add 10 pounds and take 12 hours to charge.

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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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