Sat
Sep 13 2014
09:59 am

After six personal fouls and two ejections in the first quarter, LaFollette Middle School football coach Jake Snider stopped the game and forfeited to Norris Middle School to get his players out of harms way. TSSAA is looking into the situation.

WATE report...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
06:11 pm

From Yahoo Finance …

Belle Meade, Tn $213, 375 Median Income

Here's the most affluent town in every state

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
02:59 pm

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A group of activist investors put together a nearly 300 page presentation of complaints about Darden Restaurant's Olive Garden chain covering everything from management to bread sticks. One example: "Shockingly, Olive Garden no longer salts the water it uses to boil the pasta, merely to get a longer warranty on its pots."

The 8 Most Scathing Criticisms Of Olive Garden's Business From Hedge Fund's 300-Page Takedown

MORE: The full presentation...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
10:02 am

WBIR has this report on an interview with Mayor Burchett, who said he thinks Supt. McIntyre "should be gone."

McIntyre responded by saying "I honestly don't understand why the mayor seems to feel the need to constantly pick a fight with me and engage in this kind of rhetoric." Speaking of rhetoric...

PREVIOUSLY: McIntyre: Burchett remarks "appalling" and "ignorant"

SEE ALSO: State investigating school official

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
09:47 am

The main question here is: did this just occur organically, or did the Palin gang plan it out in order to reaffirm Sarah P's street cred with the bubba crowd?

Sarah Palin's Family Allegedly in Alaska House Party Brawl

“I heard Sarah Palin yell do you know who I am? All of us could not believe it. We thought we were watching an episode of Jerry Springer.”

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There seems to be a concerted effort to NOT cover Mary Headrick's Congressional campaign against Chuck Fleishmann. Since Chuck has so much outside money to spend, it seems stupid not to t least give some attention to Headrick in the hopes of getting Chuck to buy ads. Mary Headrick is being well received in other media outlets and it is surprising that the KNS would ignore an entire political party in the Congressional election.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
07:18 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

My fellow Americans, tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

(link...)

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
03:25 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

“ … [the] ability to abstract from the given in order to arrive at the real, this refusal to submit to the totalitarian dictum of the established facts (which is the dictum and factum of those who establish the facts) is the prerequisite for liberation.”

Herbert Marcuse, 1963

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
03:04 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Angel Juarbe was one of the NYFD heroes who died in 911. He was young, charismatic and had a quick burst of reality TV fame a few months earlier.

He also had a Knoxville connection. I'm going to link a MP story despite its having a bad typo in the lede. I never met Angel, but I will never forget him.

Continued...

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
11:11 am

For some reason, Gracie is quite fascinated by laundry.

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
10:10 am

In case you missed it, the News Sentinel says school board member Karen Carson wants all these teachers and parents and students coming to meetings to complain to go through the proper chain of command, which starts with the school principal. Therefore, the school board will start enforcing their recently revealed policy of limiting public participation at meetings.

Perhaps the problem is that the chain of command is broken because of top down policymaking, micromanagement and intimidation.

Then there's this, from the Tennessee Constitution, Article I, Section 23: "...the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, or other proper purposes, by address of remonstrance."

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
09:06 am

In reviewing the US News & World Report most recent report on best colleges, it appears the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has higher in-state tuition/fees than most other state universities in the south.

College USNWR Ranking In-State Tuition/Fees Out-of-State Tuition/Fees
Univ. of TN #106 (tied) $11,246 $29,696
Univ. of FL #48 (tied) $6,313 $28,591
West VA U #168 (tied) $6,960 $20,424
Univ. of MS #149 (tied) $7,096 $19,144
Univ. of AR #135 (tied) $8,210 $20,300
Univ. of NC #30 $8,374 $33,624
LSU #129 (tied) $8,750 $26,467
Univ. of AL #88 (tied) $9,826 $24,950
Univ. of KY #129 (tied) $10,616 $22,888
Univ. of GA #62 (tied) $10,836 $29,046
Univ. of SC #113 (tied) $11,158 $29,440
Univ. of VA #23 (tied) $12,998 $42,184

Are they worth it?

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Matt Bruenig at Demos broke out his spreadsheet and made some graphs using the US Federal Reserve's triennial 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances data. Tracks nicely with the achievement gap schools and teachers are supposed to close.

The mean white family has a net worth of $679k. The mean hispanic family has a net worth of $112k. The mean black family has a net worth of $95k.
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Just as wealth is heavily concentrated nationally, it is also heavily concentrated within racial groups, especially among whites. The bottom 32.1% of white families have an average net worth of $0.

Did foreclosure fraud or physicist compiled derivatives play a role in this expanding inequality? My guess is that Mark F. Pomerantz would say no.

Continued...

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is wrapping up his fifth annual back-to-school bus tour in Tennessee today after previous stops in Georgia and Alabama to "encourage reform and innovation in education."

The tour will stop in Nashville this morning for a town hall meeting to "highlight Tennessee’s efforts to boost student learning and support teachers." Then it's on to Memphis for a visit to a charter school operated by a faith-based nonprofit followed by a town hall with the Shelby County and state Achievement Shool districts to discuss "their experiences in the effort to transform struggling schools."

Knoxville is not on the itinerary.

U.S. Dept. of Education media advisory: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Wrap Up Fifth Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour with Stops in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee

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Wed
Sep 10 2014
06:46 am

Student loan debt doesn't go away.

The number of senior citizens aged 65-74 still carrying student loan debt is increasing. For all seniors, the collective amount of student loan debt grew from about $2.8 billion in 2005 to about $18.2 billion last year.

The GAO Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing to further identify the issues.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury garnished the Social Security retirement and survivor benefits of 33,000 people to recoup federal student loan debt.

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From Bureau of Labor Statistics ...

There were 4.7 million job openings on the last business day of July and the rate was 3.3 percent. The 1-month change in the number of openings was not significant for total private, government, all industries, and in all four regions. (See table 1.) Although the number of total nonfarm job openings was little changed in July, there were 799,000 more job openings in July than in January 2014. The largest increases since January were in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care and social assistance.

BLS JOLTS report

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Tue
Sep 9 2014
12:08 pm

I was driving north on Hall Road in the City of Alcoa the other day. The speed limit is 35 MPH. I got behind a lady in a small convertible. She was driving around 25 MPH. I wondered why she was driving so slow and pulled up next to her to find out she was texting and driving. Could not believe it. She's driving a 2-3,000 lb vehicle on a fairly busy road and not paying attention.

In the Maryville Daily Times records section, yesterday, September 8, 2014, it was reported a woman wrecked on Alcoa Highway in the busy section near the auto dealerships. The driver told officers the last thing she remembered was receiving a text and looking at her phone. Officers found her cellphone hanging out the door by the charging cord with a partially written text message response. The lady was lucky she did not involve anyone else in her carelessness.

In a September, 2013, Tennessean article, reported by WBIR, Tennessee has the highest percentage of fatalities caused by cellphone use in the U.S., according to data released in July, 2013, by the National Safety Council.

Come on, people. Pay attention when you are driving. Stop texting when driving, it's the law (TCA 55-8-199).

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