Sun
Oct 12 2014
11:02 am

Nobody seems to know. Richard Briggs refuses to debate State Senate 7th District candidate Cheri Siler on the issues. When asked about it, he is quoted in today's New Sentinel as saying "Look, we can't do anything to satisfy them, so forget about it."

Unfortunately, this leaves voters not knowing where Briggs stands on the issues. He's a cipher, with nothing more to offer than an 'R' beside his name.

Siler, on the other hand, has been quite forthcoming on where she stands, and she's been consistent going back to February even before the primaries. She's open and forthright about her views and she's accessible. Voters can see for themselves right here:

KnoxViews: State Senate candidate Cheri Siler on the issues

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Sat
Oct 11 2014
07:27 am


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Sat
Oct 11 2014
07:09 am

What: Voice Your Vote Event: Vote No on Amendment 1
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 4:00pm
Where: Market Square - Downtown Knoxville

Healthy and Free Tennessee is holding a "Voice Your Vote" event on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Come learn about the consequences [of Amendment 1] and have fun at the same time through music and spoken word.
Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November election ballot is a dangerous and direct threat to the basic well being and privacy of all Tennesseans.

Performers include: The Reverend Donna Uma Aisha Brown (author/artist/poet), Sir Marlon Brooks DJ Slymm, Staci Swedeen (spoken word), Heart & Soul, Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, Jodi Manross, Itchy & The Hater Tots, Jay Clark and The Tennessee Tree Beaver, and special guest, Nashville's Marshall Chapman

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
11:31 am

Saw on the Twitter feed the reference to Knoxville Zoo Entry Way Project.

What is that?

We have a pretty good zoo. Is there, or has there ever been a weekend shuttle from say downtown Knoxville to the zoo? It should be paired with some significant marketing.

I could see ..

Let's go downtown for lunch, catch the shuttle out to the zoo for a little while then come back downtown for a movie or whatever.

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
11:16 am

The Urban Land Institute is wrapping up it's study of Knoxville development potential, and their recommendations are trickling out by way of @PolitiKnox.

Among the recommendations so far: "World's Fair Park lawns should be off limits to development."

UPDATE: See comments for links to the report and analysis...

PREVIOUSLY: Urban Land Institute study gets underway

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What: UTK Theory & Practice in Teacher Education Goodrich Lecture: Dr. David Berliner
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: The Foundry on the Fair Site

Dr. David Berliner
"Confronting Some Big and Little Myths about Education"
Co-Author - 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
10:19 am

City of Knoxville voters will have five proposed charter amendments on the Nov. 4th ballot. These amendments deal with fixing the city's pension plan. The proposed measures include the possibility of lump sum payouts, asset allocation, eliminating lifetime annuities for non-spouse beneficiaries, and expanding membership on the pension board.

The charter amendment language is somewhat complicated, so the city encourages voters to study the proposals before going to the polls. To assist with that, the city has posted to their website a summary that includes "the actual ballot language for each amendment (confusing - but legally required), a simple description of what the amendment would do, and an explanation of why Mayor Rogero and City Council support each amendment."

Here's the link: CITY OF KNOXVILLE PROPOSED PENSION CHARTER AMENDMENTS

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
09:53 am

In case you missed it, a recent GAO study found that the TNGOP voter suppression tactics are working in Tennessee:

GAO’s analysis suggests that the turnout decreases in Kansas and Tennessee beyond decreases in the comparison states were attributable to changes in those two states’ voter ID requirements. GAO found that turnout among eligible and registered voters declined more in Kansas and Tennessee than it declined in comparison states -- by an estimated 1.9 to 2.2 percentage points more in Kansas and 2.2 to 3.2 percentage points more in Tennessee -- and the results were consistent across the different data sources and voter populations used in the analysis.

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GAO also estimated changes in turnout among subpopulations of registrants in Kansas and Tennessee according to their age, length of voter registration, and race or ethnicity. In both Kansas and Tennessee, compared with the four comparison states, GAO found that turnout was reduced by larger amounts:

• among registrants, as of 2008, between the ages of 18 and 23 than among registrants between the ages of 44 and 53;

• among registrants who had been registered less than 1 year than among registrants who had been registered 20 years or more; and

• among African-American registrants than among White, Asian-American, and Hispanic registrants.

SEE ALSO: The State of Voting in 2014

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
08:15 pm

Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo:
(link...)

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
06:35 pm

What: South of the River Democrats
When: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

Guest speakers will be speaking about the state constitutional amendments on the ballot:

Amendment #1: Corinne Rovetti, family nurse practitioner
Amendment #2: Judy Cornett, UT Law School
Amendment #3: John Stewart, Tennesseans for fair taxation

For Info: Jim Sessions (573-0655)

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
02:49 pm

What: 6th District Knox Co Democratic Party Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: Knox Co Democratic Party HQ - 311 Morgan St Knoxville 37917

Instead of meeting at Karns Library as we usually do, we will meet at Knox Co. Dem Party headquarters for a GOTV phone bank in support of State Senate candidate Cheri Siler and State Rep. Gloria Johnson.

For Info: Clay Mulford 257-6744 or claymulford@gmail.com

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What: 3rd/4th District Democrats Present: An Evening with Sam Venable
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road Knoxville TN 37919

Among all the angst about the upcoming election, we seek to lighten the mood by sharing an evening with Local Journalist/Humorist extraordinare Mr. Sam Venable, who will dazzle us with his rapier wit and home spun humor. No partisan politics here, just some ol' fashion fun.

For Info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
11:24 am

What: Appalachian Voices Wild & Scenic Film Festival
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Bijou Theater, Knoxville
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I wonder how practical that is to manage for the campus police on a large campus with a lot of students.

Still interesting.

Any idea what precautions UT takes?

From NBC News ...

A new app alerts campus police if University of Arkansas, Little Rock students don't arrive at their planned destination on time, then uses GPS to track their whereabouts

App Allows Campus Police to Keep Tabs on Students

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
01:46 pm

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Jack Fellows
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

JackFellows250.jpgFor those who receive the ever-increasing news and commentary about climate change and feel only apathy, dullness, inertia, denial and/or dispassion, the book Hot: living through the next 50 years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard might just be the answer. Hertsgaard was propelled out of his climate change coma in a trajectory of parental love when his first child was born, inspiring a new father's boundless hope that his daughter would thrive on a healthy planet. Hertsgaard's eyes were suddenly wide open to the warming world she was inheriting. Out of his parental passion came this book—a book to inspire parents and everyone else, too—to recognize a new, warmer world that is here now and what all of us can do about it. Join Dr. Jack D. Fellows, Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute, for a discussion of Hot in Books Sandwiched In a program series of Knox County Public Library.

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
12:47 pm

Gov. Haslam is holding his breath and stamping his feet until someone explains why unemployment remains so high in our state, despite tort "reform," gutting worker's comp, and putting environmental regulators on a short leash.

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with spending billions on corporate relocation shell games that bring low paying call center jobs for our not-ready-for-the-21st-century workforce, meddling in corporate management labor decisions, forcing employers to let workers bring guns to work, our hillbilly legislature more determined to dismantle public education, outlaw gay marriage and abortion, and allow guns everywhere than they are to promote jobs and economic development for working people, and generally not investing in small business, our middle class, education, health care, or anything like that, could it?

No, it must be Obama's fault. Clearly he's punishing Haslam.

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From NBCNews ...

Relative to the size of the economy, that deficit—at an estimated 2.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—was slightly below the average experienced over the past 40 years, and 2014 was the fifth consecutive year in which the deficit declined as a percentage of GDP since peaking at 9.8 percent in 2009.

2014 Federal Budget Deficit at $486 Billion, Lowest Since 2008

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
11:27 am

Has a photo of the Gay Street bridge and downtown Knoxville for the Tennessee section.

From Yahoo …

5. Tennessee

With a voter turnout rate of just 55.7%, Tennessee had among the lowest levels of political engagement in the country. Like most other states with low voter turnout, less than 60% of Tennessee’s population had access to broadband Internet. Such poor access to services was common among the states with the worst quality of life. Also, just 85% of Tennessee workers had completed at least high school as of last year, worse than in many states. However, Tennessee has made substantial efforts to improve statewide education levels. Most notably, state officials recently approved an initiative to make all Tennessee community colleges tuition free, the only state in the U.S. to do so.

The 10 states with the worst quality of life

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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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