Sat
Apr 12 2014
07:23 pm

You might remember the name Kristi Kristy from a couple of months ago, when she filed an ethics complaint with the Knox County Schools Board of Education because board member Mike McMillan had forwarded an email that Kristy had sent to board member Pam Trainor with instructions to send it to the entire board, which meant it then became public record -- anyway, it was a mess. Kristy eventually withdrew her complaint, which makes sense because McMillan didn't do anything wrong to begin with. Now, however, it looks like Kristy might be the one on the wrong side of ethics -- and, possibly, the law.

(link...)

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Sat
Apr 12 2014
06:13 pm

Per Huff Po, here.

Excerpt:

Jon Erickson, president of ACT's education division, said the goal is to identify and address gaps in skills needed for college and the workforce...Schools won't be compelled to use the new tool, but Erickson said he anticipates that entire states or groups of states will choose to utilize it.

(Hat tip to Lucianna Sanson at SPEAK.)

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Sat
Apr 12 2014
04:07 pm

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Sat
Apr 12 2014
06:45 am

From CNN ...

.Broadly speaking, for every dollar you pay in federal income taxes, about half goes to military spending (27%) and spending on federal health programs (22.7%). The latter covers everything from Medicare and Medicaid to the Children's Health Insurance Program.

How Washington spends your taxes

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Fri
Apr 11 2014
10:43 am

By now everyone on the planet with an internet connection has heard about the OpenSSL bug known as "heartbleed" that can compromise secure (https:) websites (or really, any "secure" communications on any device that uses OpenSSL, including possibly your smartphone.)

So, is it time to panic? Close all your accounts? Log off and retreat to a desert island?

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Fri
Apr 11 2014
09:10 am

Financial disclosures were due from candidates yesterday. It looks like the Haslams and the Chamber are backing Sandra Rowcliffe in my race, including $$$ from Doug Harris' Harris Restaurant Group, but not to the tune they backed Harris ($10K total at first disclosure for her, $20K at first disclosure for him two years back). See here.

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Fri
Apr 11 2014
07:02 am
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Fri
Apr 11 2014
02:44 am

I don't understand Sessions qualifications to be on the Clean Air subcommittee.

From msnbc ...

At a confirmation hearing for Janet McCabe, President Obama’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air and Radiation office, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said he could not support her because of her views on climate change.

“[I]f you continue to insist that we’ve had more hurricanes in the last century and that they’ve increased as a result of global warming — climate change — I don’t see how I can support your nomination,” Sessions said.

Another Obama nominee in trouble?

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
07:07 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ha resigned, reports the New York Times.

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Good blog post, Mike!

Screams From The Porch

(link...)

Knox County finance officials have long said that they don’t want to use reserve funds on reoccurring costs, like employee raises.

Now they want it in writing.

Read more at the link...

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
10:07 am

Local governments will be permitted to regulate where guns can discharge only under restrictions OK'd by the State Senate late Wednesday.

Published April 10, 2014 by J.R. Lind
(link...)

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
09:51 am

Sheriff candidate Bobby Waggoner sent out a press release with several examples of what he calls "questionable hiring practices" in the Sheriff's office. Read it after the break...

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
06:21 am

According to this report by Mike Donila, the city is studying whether to make renovations to the aging Civic Coliseum building or tear it down and replace it.

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
05:01 am

On this month's County Commission agenda, I am sponsoring a resolution requiring the Commission to hire a lobbyist, and I would appreciate hearing your opinion.

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Eddie Auto died Monday.

Here's something I wrote about him awhile back:

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Wed
Apr 9 2014
06:15 am

A good idea at a cost.

What about a device to alert the driver there are passengers in the car when they get out of the car? What about banning cellphone usage in cars? What about enforcing speed limits? What about making roads safer?

This is just one of many costs added to a new car. Why is it nearly all cars have electric windows (94%), air conditioning (99%), and automatic transmissions (95%)?

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
11:38 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. John Bohstedt
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

John BohstedtDr. John Bohstedt’s passionate interest in the politics of hunger is both historical and modern. As a University of Tennessee history professor, his research revealed hundreds of food riots during the Industrial Revolution. Today’s struggles over food are again making headlines. Join Bohstedt for a discussion of Food Politics: What everyone needs to know by Robert Paarlberg in Knox County Public Library’s Book Sandwiched In.

“As they did 250 years ago, the social drama of riots brings on stage political forces, conflicts and actors we may not have recognized,” he says. “To the world’s hungry people, we can seem like an elephant rolling over in its sleep and crushing millions.”

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
09:50 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Pharrell Williams' song Happy has gone international. "On March 20th, Williams teamed up with the United Nations to promote their International Day of Happiness campaign, encouraging people to upload pictures of videos of things that made them happy.

Memphis is Happy!

H/T Joe Powell

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James B. Comey was sworn in as the Director of the FBI in September, 2013. He recently visited the bureau's Knoxville office.

"Comey would not discuss the Pilot [Flying J] case specifically, but spoke in general terms about the importance of investigating fraud due to the calculated nature of financial crimes."

Comey commented on how it is important to be "aggressive when fighting corporate fraud and white collar crime." In addition, he said it's "worth the investment for general deterrence as well as specifically being able to "lock up fraudsters."

Hmmmm, how often does the Director of the FBI visit the Knoxville office?

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