Sun
Jun 14 2015
06:40 am

Tennessee has the lowest rate of children in two-parent households at 40%. That is children who live with both of their married, biological parents. Seven of the top ten states with the lowest rates are in the Southeast.

It’s another sign that the North is faring better, on average, than the South today, whether the yardstick is income, education, life expectancy or family structure. And the various gaps then reinforce each other. Higher-earning families have an easier time remaining intact — but intact families are also more likely to produce children who are healthy, educated and ultimately higher earning.

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Hillary Clinton just concluded her campaign kickoff speech, and she knocked it out of the park. Complete coverage and full video at MSNBC...

“I may not be the youngest candidate is this race, but I will be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States...”

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Went to a concert at the Ryman last night. It was good in several ways, but, the large number of people holding cell phones in the air over their heads recording it obstructed the view for most of the concert. Recording with cell phones has made the people in front of you approx a foot taller.
Theatres and the site lines I assume are not designed to account for people holding 2 arms, hands and bigger and bigger cell phones over their heads for much of the concert. You can't see between the heads of the people in front of you because there is one and sometimes 2 arms now blocking the way. If they stand, it is somewhat like you have paid to listen to the radio.

The San Francisco-based service is sweeping local venues by offering legitimately cellphone-free zones. When entering the venue, concertgoers are given a slim case in which they place their phone. When the user enters the designated area, the case locks, preventing users from accessing their phones while in the venue. If users feel the phone vibrate, they can exit the no-phone region to regain access to their device and see what the buzz in their pocket was about.

A New Invention Will Finally Prevent Cellphones from Ruining Concerts

It’s a bit frustrating to stare at the back of somebody’s elbows for three straight songs rather than the lead singer.

CELL PHONES DON’T RUIN CONCERTS, PEOPLE DO

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Mr. Rudy and his little dog, Freedom, have now completed about 720 miles of their long walk to DC all to bring attention to the critical issue of Veteran Homelessness. He's following Rt 70 and now in Newport. While he as been in this part of the state he and his pup were attacked by a large dog and he is meeting some interesting characters. Friday he got clipped by a car while he was legally in the crosswalk in Knoxville. Tennessee is not treating him well at all.

I doubt if I have ever voted for the same candidates Mr Rudy has but he's walking for an issue that should be of concern to all of us. Let's cheer him on folks! A meal. A place to camp. A cold drink would all be welcome.

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Thu
Jun 11 2015
08:11 pm
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Thu
Jun 11 2015
11:20 am

WBIR reports: Tyler Harber, 34, would be the first person in the United States prosecuted for illegally coordinating federal election contributions, according to the government.

According to the article, federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 46 to 57 months. Harber's lawyers are trying to negotiate that down to 20 months. Either way, it looks like he's going to prison.

Curious that he's been singled out for such harsh treatment considering all the other, unchecked shady campaign finance dealings unleashed by Citizens United.

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Thu
Jun 11 2015
09:31 am

Another of my heroes has died. Well, they think he has died. With Christopher Lee, it's hard to tell.

He was 93.

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What: Sons Summit to promote a safe and healthy environment for youth
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: Knoxville Civic Coliseum Ballroom, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.

City press release...

Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville staff, faith and community leaders, and boys and young men of color between the ages of 12 and 18

The purpose of the Sons Summit is to create dialogue to develop strategies on how to ensure a safe, prosperous and healthy Knoxville where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

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Wed
Jun 10 2015
11:22 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Mark Campen
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_gainingground.jpgForrest Pritchard grew up on a farm but didn’t know much about farming. Fresh out of college with an English degree, he decided he could save the family farm from financial ruin. Join Mark Campen, Executive Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the Isaak Walton League of America, for a discussion of Pritchard’s engaging memoir Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm, Wednesday, June 17, noon - 1:00 pm, in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

large_MarkCampen250.jpg"This book is about family, community and a will to successfully carry on the farming lifestyle, albeit in a different way,” Campen said. “Knowing where our food comes from and our potential role in the food system is ‘gaining ground’ here in Knoxville."

Campen is currently serving as city councilman for the 5th District. He completed a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries science at the University of Tennessee. He is an avid birdwatcher, camper, fisherman, and gardener.

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The "Victor" reports in the Shopper News that 2014 Republican challenger to John Duncan Jason Zachary is in...Bill, where is the "writ of election"?

(link...)

Perhaps we can stay on topic with this thread involving Karen Carson, and not spin out of control into the minutiae of The school board drama. What do ya' say??

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Tue
Jun 9 2015
03:56 pm

from CNN …

There were 5.4 million job openings in the U.S. in April -- the most in 15 years.

It is a record since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking monthly job openings in December 2000.

America has the most job openings in 15 years

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Tue
Jun 9 2015
01:41 pm

The City of Knoxville, CAC, and UT College of Architecture and Design broke ground today on a new education center at the Beardsley Farm.

This is a very cool project with lots of involvement from the extended community. More about Beardsley Farm and the new education center in the press release after the break...

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Doobie Brothers Original Album Series

From Barnes and Noble: "This five-disc set in the Rhino Flashback Original Album Series collects the Warner Bros. albums Toulouse Street 1972, The Captain and Me 1973, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits 1974, Stampede 1975, and Takin' It to the Streets 1976 in a single package."

That's a pretty great deal for $9.99. I just ordered it and it came out to $14.23 with tax and shipping. (Don't know if it's remastered or just reissued or what. I'll let you know about sound quality when I get it, but most people seem to think it's pretty good.)

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Free seeds!

This is good folks. If you have ever looked at the monarch migration maps you will see those northern migrants travel through Tennessee and North Carolina to get up to New England. Everything we plant for the monarchs also helps all our imperiled pollinators.

Does anyone recall our Bicentennial Beautification Act of 1993?

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
06:13 pm

Apparently, the big announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference today was Apple Music, their rebranded offering of Beats, of overpriced hipster cool headphone phame. Not sure what that has to do with developers, but whatever.

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
05:23 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The latest (recycled) pump and dump scam on small individual investors by TeeVee and internet "analysts." But hey, I'm going to win the lottery next week. Or maybe next year. Who knows?

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Doc Severinsen and his Big Band will appear for a pre-season performance on Sept. 8, followed by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Traveling Kind Tour offical season opener on Oct. 17.

More info on these and other upcoming shows in the press release.

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
03:08 pm

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett announced a hastily called press conference at 2:30 PM today in his office with Knox Co. Schools Super Jim McIntyre.

Apparently, the have reached a compromise budget that includes a 2% raise for teachers and new Hardin Valley and Gibbs middle schools with no new taxes. It was also announced that the Andrew Johnson building will be sold.

More details when we hear from Michael "Big Sexy" Grider...

UPDATE: The Memorandum of Understanding

UPDATE: Mayor Burchett's remarks, as prepared

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
12:25 pm

Gannett is following through with an announced spin off of their newspaper publishing business into a separate publicly traded company. The move will be complete on Jun. 29.

The new publishing business will still be called Gannett, and current shareholders will keep their existing shares and get one share of the new company for every two shares they hold as of Jun. 22. The existing Gannett company will be called Tegna and will retain their broadcast and digital media businesses.

USA Today: Gannett board's approval was a mere formality after the McLean, Va.-based company announced last August its plans to split its operations in an effort to shield its broadcasting and digital businesses from the print advertising decline.

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What: Business Breakfast to discuss bidding on city contracts
When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:30am
Where: Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.

Press release...

BUSINESS BREAKFAST AIMS TO HELP LOCAL COMPANIES BETTER COMPETE FOR CITY CONTRACTS

Looking to bid on a contract with the City of Knoxville but don't exactly know how to get started? Think your business is too small to compete for a piece of the $55 million in contracts that the City will be entering into this year?

Mark Wednesday, June 10, on your calendar.

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