Fri
Dec 12 2014
08:02 am

According to this Knoxville News Sentinel article (subscription required), Knoxville College continues to struggle. The school, which lost its accreditation years ago, has tax liens, millions in debt, is behind on payments, and has only 20 students enrolled. They have hired a new president but he is not being paid and is still working full time as a biology professor in Alabama.

It's sad, but maybe it's time to give up?

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Fri
Dec 12 2014
07:49 am

Warsaw (AFP): Poland's former president publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his country hosted a secret CIA prison where a US Senate report says torture was used against Al-Qaeda suspects.

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Hard Knox Independent editor J.J. Stambaugh said in a statement yesterday that former Metro Pulse editor Bill Dockery has joined HKI as managing editor and that Frank Cagle will not be working with them after all. He also commented on the Knoxville Mercury launch. HKI also announced they will be launching a preview version of their website today. More in the statement after the break...

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Thu
Dec 11 2014
05:35 pm

According to the Columbia University Flu forecaster web site Knoxville's flu infection should max out with 15,903 cases on Jan 3.

Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases - Influenza

Predicting the flu so you can avoid it

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Thu
Dec 11 2014
10:31 am

Your chance to be like the former Rep/Sen today on Woot:

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Is there some way online to view the performance of particular schools?

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Wed
Dec 10 2014
03:55 pm

If you thought some of the scripted "behind the scenes" stuff in HBO's hit series Entourage was over the top, read these actual email exchanges from the Sony hacker document dumps.

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According to a press release posted at Knox Focus, TDS Telecom is offering gigabit internet via fiber to the home in Halls, Farragut and Condcord.

There's no mention of pricing and it doesn't appear to have gone live on their website yet. But another article (for a different service area) suggests it is about $150-$200/month on contract depending on bundled services. It requires bundled IPTV service, and the gigabit internet portion is $100.

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Wed
Dec 10 2014
07:45 am

Knoxville's City Council passed a resolution asking MPC to recommend zoning regulations that would require a 1/4 mile separation between payday loan shops.

The resolution, requested by Vice Mayor Pavlis and Council members Palmer, Saunders, Wallace, Della Volpe and Campen, states "Presently there is a clustering of alternative financial service establishments on many of the commercial corridors of Knoxville. There is a concern that there may be a significant negative effect on economic redevelopment and a possible detrimental effect on local property values. The purpose of this Resolution is to respectfully request MPC to study and consider the possible future actions this Council may take to attempt to avoid the proliferation and clustering of these establishments."

According to a WBIR report, there is a one mile stretch of Chapman Highway with seven payday loan shops.

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Some more Rails-to-Trails efforts. Looks good.

A unique partnership is being forged on a Tennessee mountain, both above and below ground. The Lookout Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust based just outside of Chattanooga, and Ruby Falls, a commercial business, are teaming up to celebrate and preserve the natural area they both call home.


Stewards of Lookout Mountain: Preserving a Tennessee Legacy

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Matthew Everett says a new alt-weekly, Press Forward Knoxville Mercury, is set to launch in February 2015.

According to the announcement, "it will be independently owned and committed to Knoxville-focused stories, from investigative reports to illuminating profiles to entertaining features. Metro Pulses's most recent editorial team will run this new paper with regular contributions from MP's best-known reporters and columnists."

There's an event Thursday, Dec. 11th, at 5PM at the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay St.) for information on "how you can help Knoxville press forward" and "help get this buzz-worth project off the ground."

UPDATE: Knoxville Mercury Kickstarter

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Tue
Dec 9 2014
10:21 am

Nashville Public Radio:

The number of Tennesseans on Medicaid has shot up by 120,000 since the beginning of the year, according to newly released data from TennCare. It’s the third largest annual increase in 20 years.

Even though the state opted out of Medicaid expansion, these numbers suggest there were thousands of eligible people not enrolled until the Affordable Care Act made them aware of the benefits available to them.

And enrollment increased despite the fact that the state has created so many obstacles for eligible residents to enroll. It's so bad, the federal government got involved, saying the state's TennCare application and eligibility process does not comply with federal law.

RELATED: State may scrap failed $38 million Medicaid eligibility system

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(Ed. note: Originally posted at SPEAK, re-posted here with permission.)

A Tongue Lashing for Teachers
Joan Grim

Lynn Fugate’s scolding represents a deeper problem between Knox County Schools Board of Education (BoEd) and educators. People have lost trust that, as an institution, the BoEd will work in the best interest of our children.

It should be indefensible for a school superintendent to pledge allegiance to aristocrats of greed and hubris from The Broad Academy, the predatory Parthenon Group, the incompetent Kevin Huffman, and serial fabricator Rod Paige. Yet the BoEd blindly defended his and many of the business community’s malignant policies.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014
08:08 pm

Brent Snavely at the Detroit Free Press
UAW certified with more 45% of VW Tennessee workers

"As anticipated, we surpassed the highest level under Volkswagen's new Community Organization Engagement policy, and the local leadership is ready to move forward with additional conversations with the company," UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said in a statement.
While certification at more than 45% doesn't yet allow the UAW to serve as the exclusive bargaining agent for Volkswagen's 1,500 hourly workers, it does take the union a step closer to achieving that goal. The UAW also reiterated Monday that it believes Volkswagen made promises earlier this year to recognize the union as the only labor union representing the automaker's workers.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014
06:23 pm

So we got a notice from the state that we no longer needed to file sales tax returns for one of our little companies because we haven't ever had any sales subject to sales tax.

Then we got a notice that we had been assessed a penalty for not filing sales tax returns. Go figure.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014
03:37 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

a few copies are available at the food coop.

i was thinking that, if half the former metro pulse staff had refused to sign the severance agreement, then they could do anything they wanted, right? including use the metro pulse name, which didn't seem to be trademarked or copyrighted. and how could KNS claim damages when metro pulse no longer exists?

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Mon
Dec 8 2014
09:58 am

What: Books Sandwiched In
When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

large_ToddWitcher220.jpgThe ongoing sixth mass extinction, happening before our very eyes, is what one writer called “the biggest story on Earth, period.” In The Sixth Extinction: An unnatural history, author Elizabeth Kolbert tells the amazing story of mass extinctions past and ongoing. Join Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America, for the discussion, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library.

"This a great book that takes a look at the biological issues we face in today’s world," Witcher says. "It should renew your interest in conservation and move you to take action."

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Sun
Dec 7 2014
06:42 am

Congratulations to Webb, West, Fulton, and Maryville who all prevailed in their TSSAA high school football championship bids.

Sadly, Alcoa lost to Christ Presbyterian Academy 7 to nothing. Alcoa was playing without their starting quarterback. CPA scored on the first posession of the game. Neither team could put points on the board after that, but it was enough for CPA.

Maryville won a squeaker in overtime, 35 to 34 over Ravenwood. We're guessing Ravenwood's coach is still kicking himself for going for a two point conversion with the game on the line instead of kicking an extra point to tie and live to fight on.

Scores and stats...

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Sun
Dec 7 2014
06:15 am

@cariegervin spotted a website called hardknoxindependent.com, and noticed it used a copyrighted Knoxville News Sentinel photo without credit.

@hardknoxindie responded that they do not own the domain, it is not their website, they did not post the content, and their attorney is looking in to it.

Further, publisher @CrystalHuskey said that the domain they have registered for Hard Knox Independent is hardknoxindie.com.

According to Godaddy's records, the hardknoxindependent.com domain was registered on 11/9/2014 by Marie Illingworth of Knoxville, who appears to be connected to eTech South/Storybook Design, a Knoxville web design/hosting company.

According to their registrar, hardknoxindie.com was registered by publisher Crystal Huskey for Hard Knox Independent on 11/12/2014, three days later.

Our first thought was that HKI had contracted with Illingworth's company and that hardknoxindependent.com was a test/placeholder site under development. The fact that HKI has registered a different domain seems to suggest otherwise. So it's not really clear what's going on.

Anyway, we have contacted HKI for clarification and will let you know what we find out.

UPDATE: We spoke with Hard Knox Independent editor J.J. Stambaugh, and also contacted Marie Illingworth via email for a statement.

Ms. Illingworth said that she was one of the four original members of the Metro Phoenix project and continued on as a board member of Hard Knox Independent. She said that her investment in the worker-owned business was her hourly rate as a Microsoft Certified IT expert and also providing hosting and web services, but that internal issues and miscommunications within the group led to the web and IT services being hired out elsewhere without first consulting her. Because she is in talks with lawyers, she declined to comment further on the matter.

Regarding the copyrighted photo, she said she had posted the article about a fundraiser for the family of one of the recent school bus crash victims as a favor for a friend, and forgot to credit the photo. She apologized and said that once she realized her mistake she immediately removed the photo.

Mr. Stambaugh said that their attorneys have advised them not to make public statements about the details of the matter other than the dispute over the domain name, which will be worked out in the appropriate legal channels.

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Sat
Dec 6 2014
09:43 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

We're off to Harriman in a few minutes for my first dog transport in a while. Annie, nee Lucy, is an 8 - 9 month old Rottie who is traveling from Bossier City LA, to a little town south of Raleigh, NC. She overnighted in Nashville last night and will be here at Casa Lulu tonight. Then we will take her to Waynesville, NC tomorrow for the next leg.

And no beast is friendlier than a wet dog.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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