In case you missed it, from the Times Free Press:

Under Haslam's proposal, FedEx's aviation fuel tax liability would be capped at $10.5 million — down from the $32 million the company paid last year. The cap would be phased in over four years.

Last time I checked, FedEx had more than $47 billion in revenues, $28.5 billion in gross profits and $2.5 billion in net earnings. It doesn't sound like they are hurting too bad.

Wonder who is pushing for this, other than Gov. Haslam? I believe FedEx's CEO is a Pilot Flying J board member and huge supporter of Haslam, but surely that has nothing to do with it.

Also, the aviation fuel tax helps fund airport maintenance around the state. It doesn't appear Haslam has proposed a way to replace any funding lost to a FedEx tax break. Airports are understandably concerned about the proposal.

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Tue
Apr 14 2015
10:00 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

GT, our new boxer, heard them first a few minutes ago. I eased the den window open and squeezed off a few shots before they decided this session was over. The flock seems to have fewer members this year. I only counted ten and our white hen was nowhere to be seen. We lost one last week on the road in front of the neighbor's house.

Click on the picture for more.

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Mon
Apr 13 2015
04:46 pm

It is probably too late, but I have thought KC should arrange with Pellissippi State or Roane State or both to offer 2 year degrees on KC campus and KC offer predominantly the last 2 years of a four year degree in select programs. Where PS or RS 2 year completions come in as juniors.

from WATE …

Knoxville College will not be offering classes for the first semester of next year.

Knoxville College halts classes for fall semester

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Mon
Apr 13 2015
04:26 pm

A KNS article notes the planned opening of a new Ruby Tuesday's office in Florida.

The choice quote is this:

JJ Buettgen, Ruby Tuesday chairman, president and CEO said in a news release that the Florida office would "serve as a great complement to our Restaurant Support Center in Tennessee, allowing us to continue focusing on our brand transformation efforts."

We all knew that they have long ago given up on the business of serving good food. At least now we know what they are in the business of: brand transformation efforts. Sounds delicious.

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Sun
Apr 12 2015
08:35 am

Knoxville Fire Captain and Public Information Officer D.J. Corcoran confirmed the main sanctuary is on fire. Fire crews have been pulled from the scene because the main structure is in danger of collapsing.

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Sat
Apr 11 2015
11:31 pm

Annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index by way of Today.com ...

At the other end of the spectrum, these 10 communities were at the bottom of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:

1. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania
2. Toledo, Ohio
3. Knoxville, Tennessee
...

And the happiest city in the U.S. is... (Hint: It's warm)
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

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Fri
Apr 10 2015
06:52 pm

Martin O'Malley
Lincoln Chafee
Hillary Clinton
Others?

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At the invitation of my Powell neighbor, former County Commissioner Greg (Lumpy) Lambert, I will appear on Community Television's (CTV's) Politics Knoxville tomorrow evening. The show, you may know, is generally hosted by former state representative Steve Hall and airs every Friday from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., although it may be Lumpy who will host this week's program. See end of this post for how to tune in.

As I understand Lumpy, the topic of this week's show is to be this recent spate of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) in states across the nation. Lumpy has invited local attorney Joshua Reed to appear opposite me, presumably to support the need for such Acts.

Continued...

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John McKamey, a highly qualified candidate for governor who you may recall lost to a cartoon character in the Democratic primary, writes the TNDP chair and Executive Committee suggesting that Democrats do away with the primary system and nominate statewide candidates by way of a statewide convention. The full text of his letter after the break...

Continued...

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Thu
Apr 9 2015
07:58 am

Seriously. It is 7:57 a.m. by my clock and nobody on here has posted a memorial of the peace at Appomattox that occurred on this day in 1865. That's 150 years ago. Not exactly a fleeting anniversary. Clearly, people who read this blog will check the timing of this post and easily judge the contributors here as entitled smart asses who have no appreciation for history.

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Wed
Apr 8 2015
09:49 am

from Knoxnews.com …

The Living Lands & Waters barges will be docked at Volunteer Landing from today through April 15. On Saturday they will participate in the Ijams Nature Center’s 26th annual River Rescue that covers 30 cleanup sites and draws around 1,000 volunteers on the Tennessee River and creek tributaries.

The trash collected from River Rescue will be on display aboard the barges. In addition to the River Rescue event, Living Lands & Waters will push for water-quality education with daily high school field trips to its floating classroom aboard the home barge. Five tree-planting days will take place with 500 trees at each site supplied by Living Lands & Waters.

Tennessee River Tour kicks off in Knoxville

Tennessee River Tour

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Wed
Apr 8 2015
09:05 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Wanda Sobieski
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

wsobieski1250.jpgThe ‘most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge’ is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls caused by ‘false interpretations’ of religious texts and the growing tolerance for violence. So concludes President Jimmy Carter in his most recent book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power. Join Knoxville Attorney Wanda Sobieski for the discussion at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library.

In A Call to Action, Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls. He offers strong and unforgiving critique of countries whose practices reveal systematic women abuse, but who present a different image to the world.

“Carter makes a well-documented argument that the worst of prejudice, discrimination, wars, violence, distorted interpretations of religious texts, physical and mental abuse, poverty and disease fall disproportionately on women and girls,” Sobieski says. “He concludes with a ‘Call to Action’ list of 23 very specific steps we can take individually and/or collectively to address this worldwide challenge.”

Sobieski joined Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf law firm in 1982, and was honored to become the first woman partner in the hundred-year history of the firm. In 1993, she established her own law firm. As coordinator of the Knoxville Women’s Suffrage Coalition and a commissioner of the Tennessee Commemorative Women’s Suffrage Commission, Sobieski led the effort to raise funding for the Tennessee Woman’s Suffrage Memorial and see it through to its unveiling in August 2006 in Knoxville’s Market Square. Sobieski has been active in social issues and political campaigns on behalf of candidates she believed would improve the administration of justice. Her work has extended to lobbying for social change legislation and appearing before the state legislative committees, including the judicial committees, to speak in support of legislation of particular value.

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Yesterday we got a different kind of robocall that was a first for us. Kroger called to warn us about the recent Bluebell Ice Cream voluntary recall of some of their products because of possible listeria contamination.

They said they were contacting us because we had recently purchased Blue Bell products using our Kroger "Plus" shopper loyalty/discount card.

That's a new one on me. I've griped about people (including us) giving up privacy to save a few bucks on groceries, etc. As a result we get bombarded with targeted coupons and "special" offers. This is the first time I've been aware of a beneficial side effect. At least I guess it's beneficial. Either way it's a little creepy.

(And yes, we had some of their ice cream in the freezer, but no it was not included in the recall and I had some last night and I'm still OK.)

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Tue
Apr 7 2015
11:17 am

The NRA convention is in Nashville, prompting a flurry of gun bills and posturing in the General Assembly. In one item of note, the illustrious Tennessee Ethics Commission board couldn't decide whether it was OK for the NRA to give free concert tickets to state lawmakers, so they punted.

I was more curious to find out who is playing at the sold-out NRA concert. The headliners are Alan Jackson and Jeff Foxworthy (make up you own "you might be a redneck" retread jokes). Foxworthy isn't surprising, but I didn't know about Alan Jackson. Too bad about him, I always liked his traditional country style. Hank Williams Jr. will headline a separate NRA Country Jam event on Friday.

In other NRA Nashville news, the NRA couldn't find room on the program for Gov. Bill Haslam, and Nashville welcomed the NRA to town with banners promoting armor-piercing "cop killer" bullets.

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from NBC News …

The White House report is expected to highlight the personal health dangers posed by climate change — including higher rates of asthma, allergies, injuries from extreme weather and problems with food and water supplies.

Climate Change: White House to Spotlight Risks to Human Health

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Tue
Apr 7 2015
10:07 am

James Best was one of my favorite "Also Featuring" actors of the last century. It seemed that he popped up everywhere and he did good work. I guess that's compliment enough for any of us.

His Wikipedia page says he was at one time a college professor.

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Mon
Apr 6 2015
11:29 am

That looks better than the 220 unit structure I thought they were building. Although Island Home arguably may be the coolest neighborhood in Knoxville. Would of extending it further west been a possibility?

from Knoxnews.com ...

Utility work along Island Home Avenue could start as early as next week as Knoxville prepares for road improvements and a new 134-unit apartment building being constructed on the waterfront.

“We do not feel that this development is in keeping with the character and scale of the single family neighborhood as called for in the vision plan of the south waterfront,” Chris Field, a member of the Island Home Neighborhood Association, told City Council members in November.

Utility work set for Island Home Avenue project

Dominion Development Group

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Mon
Apr 6 2015
06:44 am

The redesign of Cumberland Avenue begins. Two lanes will be closed starting today from Volunteer Blvd. to 22nd Street. This detour/lane closure will continue for 2 months. According to the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project website, a variety of detours/lane closures are on schedule through August, 2017.

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Sat
Apr 4 2015
08:15 pm

What “gives liberals a bad name,” if anything, is their forgetfulness that on this day, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come to support sanitation workers in their strike against unfair labor practices.

Living in Tunisia as a Peace Corps volunteer, I heard the news while traveling on a bus to southern Algeria. The bus driver, listening to a small transistor radio, announced in Arabic to the passengers that Dr. King had been killed.

(link...)

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Sat
Apr 4 2015
09:52 am

Heart & Soul entertained for the DTV voter registration Rally / Party last night upstairs at Calhoun's on the River and I'm spending some time today working up a few photos. I had to do this one right away and share it. During a break, I turned around and shot the Knoxville icon through the window with a hand-held 287 mm (equivalent) VR lens.

You can click it to embiggen.

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