Wed
May 6 2015
10:49 am

Amazon has a $20 off sale on the Kindle Paperwhite wi-fi version for only $99.

(Note: power cable not included. Never understood this. Also recommend the basic cover, which turns it off when you close it and on when you open it.)

Bonus tip: If you have a Knox Co. Library card you can borrow from thousands of free e-books. For other counties, including Blount, visit Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. or visit your local library's website.

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NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Cirrus Aircraft Co-Founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier today announced the company will expand into Tennessee with its new Cirrus Customer Experience Center, called the 'Vision Center,' to be located at the McGhee Tyson Airport in Blount County. The new location will create 170 jobs in the Knoxville area and represents a $15 million investment.

The Vision Center will become the flagship location for all Cirrus Aircraft pilot, owner and customer activities including sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, fixed base operations and more for all Cirrus airplanes including the Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet, scheduled for certification in late 2015.

Full press release...

Cirrus Aircraft website...

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Wed
May 6 2015
08:37 am

Dan Andrews files this report about the city outfitting Knoxville Fire Department first responders with new automated CPR machines. Didn't even know there was such a thing.

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Tue
May 5 2015
11:56 am

'Bout damn time.

Following an executive order Obama issued last year, a proposal to expand the number of U. S. workers eligible for overtime pay is now in the hands of the fed's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

What happens next is a review by OMB, then publication of the proposal, then a public comment period.

"What we’ve seen is, increasingly, companies skirting basic overtime laws, calling somebody a manager when they’re stocking groceries and getting paid $30,000 a year," Obama said earlier this year.

Workers who earn less than a certain amount per year are automatically entitled to overtime pay, regardless of whether they're classified as management. That salary threshold is presently $23,660.

While Senate Democrats have recommended a salary threshold of $56,680, which would qualify about half of all salaried workers for overtime pay, many House Democrats have suggested an even higher threshold of $69,000, which would cover about two-thirds of salaried workers.

Only 11% of America's workers now qualify for overtime pay.

More in today's HuffPo.

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Tue
May 5 2015
10:00 am

The city's Cumberland Ave. project engineering contractor has created apps, a website, and social media pages to provide updates on the project and deliver coupons and special offers from merchants. More info in the press release after the break...

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Mon
May 4 2015
07:12 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Various news outlets, following comments left on their own websites about their own stories from years ago, now report that the creep charged with murdering the woman on the 3rd Creek Greenway had previously been charged as a juvenile for attempting to murder a man and his wife and set them on fire ten years ago. He pleaded guilty back then, and was sentenced to treatment.

So, how did that work out? Does the state have an adequate program to treat these kinds of offenders? Is there any adequate treatment program?

Anyway, Mayor Rogero released a statement this afternoon about the incident, assuring the public that the greenways are generally safe and that KPD patrols them and that patrols will be stepped up.

More in the press release after the break...

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Mon
May 4 2015
03:11 pm

Somebody sent me the press release about this. It's not on the City website yet, so I don't have a link and will have to post the entire text.

PLANNER WITH EXPERIENCE IN KNOXVILLE AND NORTH CAROLINA NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MPC

Gerald Green, a professional planner with decades of experience in East Tennessee and North Carolina, has been named the new Executive Director of the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Green, currently the Planning Director for Jackson County, N.C., was selected by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett after a six-month search process.

Green has a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He worked as Principal Planner for the East Tennessee Development District from 1979-1982, and in the decades since has also worked as a Senior Planner and Chief Planner for the City of Asheville, N.C., and in private practice as owner of NFocus Planning and Design in Asheville. He has been in his current position with Jackson County, N.C., since 2010.

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Mon
May 4 2015
12:18 pm

If your Android phone or tablet has a crappy email client, you might want to replace it with Gmail. Gmail for Android now supports multiple POP/IMAP email accounts and works with Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com, and most ISPs along with Gmail accounts. It has a combined inbox view or you can view your accounts separately. We've been using it for a while and it works great.

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Mon
May 4 2015
12:11 pm

WATE: UT students support their right to fly the Confederate flag

Contrary to the headline, the report doesn't include any confirmation that these were students demonstrating. The organizer's name and photo pops up on a variety of "white pride" websites and he doesn't seem all that educated.

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Sun
May 3 2015
06:03 pm

Here's how I like to make shrimp. You will have to adjust the quantities because I don't measure.

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Sun
May 3 2015
12:15 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

Folk singer, musician, and civil rights activist Guy Carawan, 87, died Saturday at his home near the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN.

Carawan, who had suffered with Alzheimer's disease, leaves behind his wife Candie and daughter Heather.

KNS story with photo (subscription only) here.

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Sun
May 3 2015
11:28 am

for making love out of nothing at all. Diesel fuel from wind power, water, and air.

Here's how

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Not April 1 or a Mad Magazine cover

from NPR ...

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas National Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

It seems there is concern among some folks that this so-called training maneuver is just a cover story. What's really going on? President Obama is about to use Special Forces to put Texas under martial law.

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

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Sat
May 2 2015
12:54 pm

At today's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, billionaire Warren Buffett defended Clayton's mobile home businesses and its lending practices, saying he was "proud that Clayton made homes affordable for many lower-income people that don't have the best credit scores" and that he makes "no apologies whatsoever about Clayton's lending," according to this CNN report.

Buffett was responding to a recent Seattle Times report saying that Clayton "promises low-income borrowers affordable houses" but that "all too often, it traps those owners in high-interest loans and rapidly depreciating homes."

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Fri
May 1 2015
03:10 pm

From Facebook:

Dear Supporters,

We cannot tell you how much your support has meant to us the past few months. Sadly, there is no way we can continue publishing, even as an online only product, at this time. We feel we fought the good fight with good intentions, but in the end the project challenges are ones we don't have the means with which to turn around, and we've decided it's time to turn out the proverbial lights. We wish you -- and all of Knoxville's media -- the best.

J.J. Stambaugh & The HKI Team

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Fri
May 1 2015
01:33 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Ben E. King has died at the age of 76

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Fri
May 1 2015
10:17 am

KnoxViews is offering two lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the new, critically acclaimed Sound and Color CD by Alabama Shakes.

Just follow the link below and click the prize box to see if you've won. (Note: No purchase necessary, U.S. residents 18 years and older only, KnoxViews management and immediate family not eligible. Prize includes CD, applicable taxes, and free shipping via Amazon.)

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Fri
May 1 2015
10:03 am
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