Wed
Jun 17 2015
06:27 pm

State Rep. Joe Armstrong has been indicted on tax fraud charges

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Tue
Jun 16 2015
10:22 pm

The caller ID showed a Knox County government number when my phone rang last Monday morning, so I figured the call was going to be something that would put me to work.

I was pleasantly surprised when the voice on the other end turned out to be that of Bradley Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS). It’s always something good when Bradley calls, because he’s doing remarkable work down there in the bowels of the East Tennessee History Center where he and his wife, Louisa Trott, are preserving ephemeral pieces of our regional history and discovering forgotten gems.

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Mon
Jun 15 2015
03:14 pm

What: 4th District Democrats Social Hour at Big Fatty's!
When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Big Fatty's Restaurant, 5005 Kingston Pike, Knoxville

The 4th District Democrats are holding a social hour which is being graciously hosted by Big Fatty's restaurant.

Big Fatty's has hosted several of the KCDP State of the Union watch parties.

The event will be from 6-8pm. Snacks will be provided, but we strongly urge that you purchase a meal and drinks to show our support and appreciation for these great folks!

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

All Democrats from around town are welcome!

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Mon
Jun 15 2015
02:52 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From the office of Cliff Rodgers, Administrator of Elections, Knox County Election Commission

As we had anticipated, Gov. Haslam has today issued the Writ of Election for the vacancy of Office of State Representative, District 14, as a result of Ryan Haynes’ resignation on May 27, 2015. And, as we had specifically requested, Gov. Haslam has set the date of Wednesday, August 12th to hold the primary elections for nominations by statewide political parties and has further set the date of Tuesday, September 29th to hold a general election to fill that vacancy.

Therefore, the Knox County Election Commission (“KCEC”) will immediately begin issuing qualifying petitions for that election. The qualifying deadline for those petitions will be Thursday, July 2nd at NOON and the withdrawal deadline will be Thursday, July 9th at NOON. Early voting for this primary election will begin on Thursday, July 23rd and will run thru Friday, August 7th.

The KCEC would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both former Rep. Haynes and Gov. Haslam for coordinating fully with this office by taking their respective actions when they did. By doing so, both have ensured that the Writ of Election sets election dates which will save substantial costs for the State of Tennessee and will minimize confusion for the voters of Knox County by eliminating one additional election date for this special election since the date of the general election for this house seat will now be the same as the election date for the City of Knoxville Primary Election on September 29th.

Clifford A. Rodgers
Administrator of Elections
Knox County

SEE ALSO:

Special Election Schedule

Petitions...

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The Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell is expected any day now. If the court decides that buyers of insurance on federally operated marketplace exchanges do not qualify for subsidies because of a typo, more than 155,000 Tennesseans would lose their subsidies and their average premium increase would be more than 220%. Nearly 6.4 million would lose subsidies nationwide.

Kaiser Family Foundation: State-by-State Effects of a Ruling for the Challengers in King v. Burwell

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Mon
Jun 15 2015
12:39 pm

Several downtown streets remain closed after a partial collapse of the Pryor Brown Garage. WBIR files this report...

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Sun
Jun 14 2015
09:12 am

By bringing nearly 150 megawatts of wind energy from north Texas and another 150 megawatts of solar from far west Texas, Georgetown is taking full advantage of what the Lone Star State has to offer. And in doing so, it is getting some of the cheapest, most reliable, and most sustainable energy in the country.

“This was a business decision and it was a no-brainer,” Ross told ThinkProgress from his office along one of the city’s main thoroughfares. “This is a long-term source of power that creates cost certainty, brings economic development, uses less water, and helps the environment.

Let's hope renewable energy projects continue to grow, sooner than later.

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Sun
Jun 14 2015
08:22 am

Today's KNS editorial got it mostly right:

There is much to like about the proposal, but in the crucial decision to build a new middle school in Gibbs instead of an elementary school in North Knox County, politics trumped student needs.

And further:

Projections show enrollment (at a new Gibbs Middle) would drop over time until as much as one-third of the space would not be used.

In contrast:

The (Northcentral) elementary school would reduce or eliminate the use of portable classrooms at several elementary schools, including Inskip, Norwood, Powell, Adrian Burnett and Copper Ridge. Between them, those five schools use 28 portable buildings containing 55 classrooms.

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Sun
Jun 14 2015
06:40 am

Tennessee has the lowest rate of children in two-parent households at 40%. That is children who live with both of their married, biological parents. Seven of the top ten states with the lowest rates are in the Southeast.

It’s another sign that the North is faring better, on average, than the South today, whether the yardstick is income, education, life expectancy or family structure. And the various gaps then reinforce each other. Higher-earning families have an easier time remaining intact — but intact families are also more likely to produce children who are healthy, educated and ultimately higher earning.

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Hillary Clinton just concluded her campaign kickoff speech, and she knocked it out of the park. Complete coverage and full video at MSNBC...

“I may not be the youngest candidate is this race, but I will be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States...”

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Went to a concert at the Ryman last night. It was good in several ways, but, the large number of people holding cell phones in the air over their heads recording it obstructed the view for most of the concert. Recording with cell phones has made the people in front of you approx a foot taller.
Theatres and the site lines I assume are not designed to account for people holding 2 arms, hands and bigger and bigger cell phones over their heads for much of the concert. You can't see between the heads of the people in front of you because there is one and sometimes 2 arms now blocking the way. If they stand, it is somewhat like you have paid to listen to the radio.

The San Francisco-based service is sweeping local venues by offering legitimately cellphone-free zones. When entering the venue, concertgoers are given a slim case in which they place their phone. When the user enters the designated area, the case locks, preventing users from accessing their phones while in the venue. If users feel the phone vibrate, they can exit the no-phone region to regain access to their device and see what the buzz in their pocket was about.

A New Invention Will Finally Prevent Cellphones from Ruining Concerts

It’s a bit frustrating to stare at the back of somebody’s elbows for three straight songs rather than the lead singer.

CELL PHONES DON’T RUIN CONCERTS, PEOPLE DO

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Mr. Rudy and his little dog, Freedom, have now completed about 720 miles of their long walk to DC all to bring attention to the critical issue of Veteran Homelessness. He's following Rt 70 and now in Newport. While he as been in this part of the state he and his pup were attacked by a large dog and he is meeting some interesting characters. Friday he got clipped by a car while he was legally in the crosswalk in Knoxville. Tennessee is not treating him well at all.

I doubt if I have ever voted for the same candidates Mr Rudy has but he's walking for an issue that should be of concern to all of us. Let's cheer him on folks! A meal. A place to camp. A cold drink would all be welcome.

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Thu
Jun 11 2015
08:11 pm
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Thu
Jun 11 2015
11:20 am

WBIR reports: Tyler Harber, 34, would be the first person in the United States prosecuted for illegally coordinating federal election contributions, according to the government.

According to the article, federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 46 to 57 months. Harber's lawyers are trying to negotiate that down to 20 months. Either way, it looks like he's going to prison.

Curious that he's been singled out for such harsh treatment considering all the other, unchecked shady campaign finance dealings unleashed by Citizens United.

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Thu
Jun 11 2015
09:31 am

Another of my heroes has died. Well, they think he has died. With Christopher Lee, it's hard to tell.

He was 93.

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What: Sons Summit to promote a safe and healthy environment for youth
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: Knoxville Civic Coliseum Ballroom, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.

City press release...

Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville staff, faith and community leaders, and boys and young men of color between the ages of 12 and 18

The purpose of the Sons Summit is to create dialogue to develop strategies on how to ensure a safe, prosperous and healthy Knoxville where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

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Wed
Jun 10 2015
11:22 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Mark Campen
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_gainingground.jpgForrest Pritchard grew up on a farm but didn’t know much about farming. Fresh out of college with an English degree, he decided he could save the family farm from financial ruin. Join Mark Campen, Executive Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the Isaak Walton League of America, for a discussion of Pritchard’s engaging memoir Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm, Wednesday, June 17, noon - 1:00 pm, in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

large_MarkCampen250.jpg"This book is about family, community and a will to successfully carry on the farming lifestyle, albeit in a different way,” Campen said. “Knowing where our food comes from and our potential role in the food system is ‘gaining ground’ here in Knoxville."

Campen is currently serving as city councilman for the 5th District. He completed a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries science at the University of Tennessee. He is an avid birdwatcher, camper, fisherman, and gardener.

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The "Victor" reports in the Shopper News that 2014 Republican challenger to John Duncan Jason Zachary is in...Bill, where is the "writ of election"?

(link...)

Perhaps we can stay on topic with this thread involving Karen Carson, and not spin out of control into the minutiae of The school board drama. What do ya' say??

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Tue
Jun 9 2015
03:56 pm

from CNN …

There were 5.4 million job openings in the U.S. in April -- the most in 15 years.

It is a record since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking monthly job openings in December 2000.

America has the most job openings in 15 years

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Tue
Jun 9 2015
01:41 pm

The City of Knoxville, CAC, and UT College of Architecture and Design broke ground today on a new education center at the Beardsley Farm.

This is a very cool project with lots of involvement from the extended community. More about Beardsley Farm and the new education center in the press release after the break...

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