Thu
Oct 9 2014
02:49 pm

What: 6th District Knox Co Democratic Party Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: Knox Co Democratic Party HQ - 311 Morgan St Knoxville 37917

Instead of meeting at Karns Library as we usually do, we will meet at Knox Co. Dem Party headquarters for a GOTV phone bank in support of State Senate candidate Cheri Siler and State Rep. Gloria Johnson.

For Info: Clay Mulford 257-6744 or claymulford@gmail.com

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What: 3rd/4th District Democrats Present: An Evening with Sam Venable
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road Knoxville TN 37919

Among all the angst about the upcoming election, we seek to lighten the mood by sharing an evening with Local Journalist/Humorist extraordinare Mr. Sam Venable, who will dazzle us with his rapier wit and home spun humor. No partisan politics here, just some ol' fashion fun.

For Info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
11:24 am

What: Appalachian Voices Wild & Scenic Film Festival
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Bijou Theater, Knoxville
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I wonder how practical that is to manage for the campus police on a large campus with a lot of students.

Still interesting.

Any idea what precautions UT takes?

From NBC News ...

A new app alerts campus police if University of Arkansas, Little Rock students don't arrive at their planned destination on time, then uses GPS to track their whereabouts

App Allows Campus Police to Keep Tabs on Students

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
01:46 pm

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Jack Fellows
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

JackFellows250.jpgFor those who receive the ever-increasing news and commentary about climate change and feel only apathy, dullness, inertia, denial and/or dispassion, the book Hot: living through the next 50 years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard might just be the answer. Hertsgaard was propelled out of his climate change coma in a trajectory of parental love when his first child was born, inspiring a new father's boundless hope that his daughter would thrive on a healthy planet. Hertsgaard's eyes were suddenly wide open to the warming world she was inheriting. Out of his parental passion came this book—a book to inspire parents and everyone else, too—to recognize a new, warmer world that is here now and what all of us can do about it. Join Dr. Jack D. Fellows, Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute, for a discussion of Hot in Books Sandwiched In a program series of Knox County Public Library.

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
12:47 pm

Gov. Haslam is holding his breath and stamping his feet until someone explains why unemployment remains so high in our state, despite tort "reform," gutting worker's comp, and putting environmental regulators on a short leash.

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with spending billions on corporate relocation shell games that bring low paying call center jobs for our not-ready-for-the-21st-century workforce, meddling in corporate management labor decisions, forcing employers to let workers bring guns to work, our hillbilly legislature more determined to dismantle public education, outlaw gay marriage and abortion, and allow guns everywhere than they are to promote jobs and economic development for working people, and generally not investing in small business, our middle class, education, health care, or anything like that, could it?

No, it must be Obama's fault. Clearly he's punishing Haslam.

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From NBCNews ...

Relative to the size of the economy, that deficit—at an estimated 2.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—was slightly below the average experienced over the past 40 years, and 2014 was the fifth consecutive year in which the deficit declined as a percentage of GDP since peaking at 9.8 percent in 2009.

2014 Federal Budget Deficit at $486 Billion, Lowest Since 2008

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
11:27 am

Has a photo of the Gay Street bridge and downtown Knoxville for the Tennessee section.

From Yahoo …

5. Tennessee

With a voter turnout rate of just 55.7%, Tennessee had among the lowest levels of political engagement in the country. Like most other states with low voter turnout, less than 60% of Tennessee’s population had access to broadband Internet. Such poor access to services was common among the states with the worst quality of life. Also, just 85% of Tennessee workers had completed at least high school as of last year, worse than in many states. However, Tennessee has made substantial efforts to improve statewide education levels. Most notably, state officials recently approved an initiative to make all Tennessee community colleges tuition free, the only state in the U.S. to do so.

The 10 states with the worst quality of life

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Wed
Oct 8 2014
10:12 am
By: Somebody  shortURL

Please enjoy this video of Stan Brock patiently looking on as Bob Corker intentionally misses the point.

(link...)

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I was reminded of the upcoming concert while listening to the Phil Williams show yesterday. His guest was 17-year-old Emery Francis and her mother. Phil was blown away with Emery's "House of the Rising Sun" performance! Emery told Phil that she was uncertain whether or not she would continue to pursue music as a singer, writer, or teacher. Whatever she decides, she will continue to entertain us in the interim.

EmiSunshine will be new to the Princess stage, but this will be Emery's third time performing there. She first appeared in, and won, the Princess Foundation's First Annual Multi-County Talent Show; performing "House of the Rising Sun", and again opening for 2Steel Girls in June of this year!

Details and concert information is on the Princess blog...CLICK HERE!

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Tue
Oct 7 2014
10:22 am

Statement from State House District 13 candidate Gloria Johnson's campaign:

State Representative Gloria Johnson sent a formal request to her opponent’s campaign today, requesting a public forum before the November election. Her opponent declined, on three separate dates, to participate in a public forum with the League of Women Voters. The following statement outlines nine dates for a debate.

"It’s time to talk about issues that affect residents of Tennessee’s 13th District," said Johnson. "Since my opponent commented on campaign issues on my website, I formally requested a forum/debate with him and provided nine dates in which I would meet him anywhere to debate. I hope my opponent can make time for residents of the 13th district so they can hear straight from the candidates about how we will create jobs, improve education, increase access to health care and continue a track record for getting things done."

The dates are Friday, October 17. After 5:30pm, Saturday, October 18. Between 10:00am and 12:00pm, Monday, October 20. After 5:30pm, Tuesday, October 21. After 5:30pm, Thursday, October 23. After 5:30pm, Friday, October 24. After 5:30pm, Monday, October 27. After 5:30pm, Tuesday, October 28. After 5:30pm, and Thursday, October 30. After 5:30pm.

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Tue
Oct 7 2014
10:19 am

Post your favs here.

Simmering on the back of my kitchen range this morning is my late mom's recipe for Spicy White Chili, which always did put Ruby Tuesday's to shame.

She made it this-away:

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Tue
Oct 7 2014
10:07 am

The FCC has fined Marriott $600,000 for jamming guests' cellular wi-fi hotspots, forcing them to buy the hotel's more expensive wi-fi service. The jamming was first reported at Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Marriott says they did it for security reasons. The FCC says it is illegal to use devices that interfere with cellular, GPS or wireless networks. CNN has this report...

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Mon
Oct 6 2014
10:22 am

Consultants from the non-profit Urban Land Institute are studying five sites in and around downtown Knoxville this week. They will conduct site tours and interviews with public officials, developers, residents, business owners, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders.

The areas of study include City-owned properties on West Jackson Avenue between Broadway and Gay Street, including the former sites of the McClung Warehouses, the old State Supreme Court building and adjacent lots, the Broadway/Henley Street corridor from Jackson Avenue south to Cumberland Avenue, the World’s Fair Park and the Civic Coliseum and Auditorium complex.

The advisory panel will present their findings and recommendations for possible future uses at a public meeting, 9AM Friday, Oct. 10, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

The City of Knoxville has prepared a briefing book with background on the study areas, other projects already underway, market studies, tax incentives and other info. It has a lot of interesting info about the recent history of downtown redevelopment and the challenges going forward. The briefing book can be found here.

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A conversation here originally centering on last week's school board vote electing Mike McMillan as chair then veered into a lengthy conversation about a potential International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) within KCS.

Previous commentary and background on the proposal for Bearden Middle next year, including links to the IB website and to the presentation made to KCS board members last week, may be viewed within the other thread (McMillan Elected School Board Chair).

Some relevant questions raised thus far appear to include these:

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Sun
Oct 5 2014
01:23 pm

From CNN ...

FiscalNote, founded last year in the shadow of Capitol Hill, has developed an analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence to crunch state and federal government data. Their software then forecasts trends and outcomes that can help clients make strategic decisions around, say, whether an anti-fracking bill might pass the Colorado legislature.

FiscalNote

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TREE Legislative Report Card
"A check shows positive actions regarding the legislation and an X shows negative impact on public education. Hover over the “info i” to read about the legislation in detail."
Evaluation criteria include:

  • Charter Authorizer
  • For-Profit Charters
  • Vouchers
  • Charter Conversion
  • Testing Notification
  • Teacher Pay
  • School Board Representation
  • Advocacy & Obstruction

TREE Report Card Scores
Knox County Delegation

Grade / Party District / Name
A+ D-13 - Gloria Johnson
C R-14 - Ryan Haynes
A D-15 - Joseph Armstrong
D R-16 - Bill Dunn
D R-18 - Steve Hall
F R-19 - Harry Brooks
D R-89 - Roger Kane

D R-5 - Randy McNally
A R-6 - Becky Duncan Massey
D R-7 - Stacey Campfield

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Sun
Oct 5 2014
10:18 am

Metropulse: Bar Marley may not open due to environmental issue.

Apparently, the soil in the area is contaminated with the old technology dry cleaning chemicals. The owner apparently ran a TO-14 test and initial indications are that levels are low (I'd be curious to see the report... are levels below the minimum detectable limit [MDL]?).

Meanwhile, I can drop in at any other bar and order fried chicken tenders, drench them in ranch dressing with other noxious chemicals, and be bombarded with cigarette smoke from my fellow patrons. Because Americans are really bad at analyzing relative risk.

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Sat
Oct 4 2014
08:37 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Last spring, the founders of a high-scoring charter school in California were convicted of misappropriating over $200,000 in public monies. The couple was sentenced this week. The husband will spend nearly five years in state prison, while his wife will be incarcerated for 45 days in the county jail plus probation and community service.

The California Charter Schools Association entered an amicus brief on their behalf maintaining that the couple are not guilty of any criminal offense because charter schools are not subject to the laws governing public schools. CCSA says that charter schools are exempt from criminal laws governing public schools because they are operated by a private corporation.

They say the money received for their nonprofit corporation is not public money, even though it comes from the state and from taxpayers.

(link...)

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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

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