from MSNBC ...

“In the first three months of 2015, 29 million persons of all ages (9.2 percent) were uninsured at the time of interview, 7 million fewer persons than in 2014,” the report reads.

Nine in 10 Americans have health insurance, survey finds

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Wed
Aug 12 2015
12:24 pm

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Deputy Chief Nate Allen
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

NateAllen225.jpgJoin Nate Allen, Deputy Chief of Police, City of Knoxville, for a revealing look at 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Platinga, Wednesday, August 19, noon–1:00 p.m in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

“This book is a great way to build understanding, and transparency between the community and police officers,” Allen said.

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Tue
Aug 11 2015
07:45 pm

Maryville College received $82,257 as part of a $1 million statewide Veteran Reconnect Grant program to provide veterans with access to higher education. State Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville released the following statement:

"I am very pleased that our local veterans will benefit from this grant at Maryville College," said Senator Overbey. "This will help many local veterans get the education and job skills which they so richly deserve for their service to this nation. I look forward to seeing the great opportunities that will come to our local veterans as a result of this grant."

It's a small step, but it's something.

State press release with info about other schools receiving grants after the break...

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Mon
Aug 10 2015
08:41 pm

Maybe it is a good idea. My thoughts are I count 6 significant hotels + 1 25? room hotel in walking distance to downtown. I wonder what the demand is and the impact on other hotels. I think the need is to come up with more stuff to do. I think the river is a critical piece of that happening.

This sounds pretty good, from Knox Mercury ...

... a festive rooftop with a panoramic view

Bravo for a Farragut Hotel Redux

The Sunsphere would be pretty nice if they would tone down or turn off those lights that obscure the view from inside. At least until 10 pm or so. It destroys their ace in the hole. in my opinion.

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In this KNS "follow up" to the story broken by WBIR's Mike Donila last week, the Knox Co. Clerk doubles down on his already debunked assertion that his "hands are tied" with regard to collecting delinquent taxes. Plus, he'd like to see "an easy way to get this done." He also wishes there was a "less laborious process."

County Clerkin' is hard, y'all!

According to the KNS article, the county law director gave the County Clerk a 90+ page memo explaining his sworn duties (which might possibly involve him doing some, you know, actual work to earn his $117,452.92 salary) that also included sample letters he could send to collect past due taxes. Putting a stamp on an envelope containing a letter written by someone else must be too laborious. There must be an easier way!

PREVIOUSLY:

Knox Co. Clerk didn't know he had a duty to collect taxes and was authorized to do so

Burchett: close loophole protecting identity of hotels/motels delinquent on taxes

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Mon
Aug 10 2015
01:51 pm

from MSNBC ...

Louisiana and other southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia, all have lung cancer death rates that are through the roof.

Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems

CDC - Lung Cancer Rates by State

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Mon
Aug 10 2015
08:28 am

This column also appeared in yesterday's News Sentinel. It's a good reminder to not get discouraged:

James A. Haught: The tide of history flows left

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Knox Co. Mayor Burchett has asked Sen. Randy McNally to close a loophole in state law that protects the identity of hotels/motels who are collecting taxes from customers but not paying them when due. Mayor Burchett says the information should be available to taxpayers under the state's Open Records Act.

Mayor Burchett's letter to Sen. McNally (pdf)...

PREVIOUSLY: Knox Co. Clerk didn't know he had a duty to collect taxes and was authorized to do so?

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
04:18 pm

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Don't think they got the reaction they were going for...

U.T. has similar issues. Two former players are set to stand trial for rape. More recently, the DA announced this week that there was insufficient evidence to charge another player accused of rape, but he remains on suspension.

In the former case, both players were suspended and missed the rest of last season but were able to graduate. Fans were upset that they weren't allowed to play while the investigation was ongoing. Now, some fans want to sue the university for not reinstating the player who won't be charged but still has a pending administrative hearing. This seems like a pretty low bar for an athletic program. Worse, in both cases some fans accuse the alleged victims of making stuff up.

At any rate, no one has been convicted and everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The program is nonetheless tarnished. Moreover, young lives are regrettably turned upside down.

Meanwhile there's an active Title IX investigation into campus sexual violence involving more than 100 schools. U.T. is one of them.

UPDATE: Von Pearson reinstated...

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
02:34 pm

What: Knox Co. Democratic Party First Friday Celebration
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Hops and Hollers, 937 Central St., Knoxville

Please join the KCDP for another in our series of first friday celebration hosted by a local business: Hopps and Hollers, from 600pm-800pm

For info see link: (link...)

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
09:56 am

Tennessee Dept. of Revenue: "The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free.  This year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m."

More info...

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
09:08 am

Donald Trump may be crazy, but he's providing a valuable public service by exposing the absurdity of American politics and elections. Maybe that was his intent, and if he gets elected, well, that's gravy and he gets an upgrade to a nicer plane.

He's approaching it like a reality game show, similar to "Celebrity Apprentice" or a mashup of "American Idol" and "Hell's Kitchen." The media is playing along because that's what they do.

In this reality show, the person who says the most outrageous things to tap into conservative America's deepest anger, fear, uncertainty and doubt wins. If polls are any indication, Trump is a master of the game. (On the other hand, people may just be venting their anger and/or egging him on and have no intention of voting for him.)

Anyway, we already have the first round of eliminations, even before tonight's first debate. It should be "entertaining" (because that's all it is), but I'll probably wait for the highlight reel.

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
07:59 am

USA Today: A federal appeals court has ruled that Texas' voter photo ID law violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Thu
Aug 6 2015
06:14 am

The new Hilton Home2 Suites on North Peters Road in West Knoxville includes a 50-kilowatt solar system. The property owner and Oak Ridge native Chandler Bhateja says the system "supplies about 30 percent of the hotel’s electricity needs and was the largest possible for the project."

As solar system pricing continues to decline, more and more business and residential power consumers can implement solar systems.

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WBIR reports that the Knox Co. Clerk's office has been derelict in not collecting nearly $500K in hotel/motel taxes over the past couple of years.

"There's no law that says we can do that and that's why it's so frustrating," county Clerk Foster Arnett Jr told WBIR 10News.

State law indicates otherwise, says WBIR.

"Arnett, whose office is charged with collecting the tax, said he was not aware of the law."

Law says county clerk can collect tax; Arnett says he's powerless

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What does "most public companies" mean?

from the NY Times ….

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to order most public companies to disclose the ratio between their chief executives' annual compensation and median, or midpoint, employee pay.

SEC Requires Companies to Reveal CEO-Vs-Worker Pay Gap

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Wed
Aug 5 2015
02:51 pm

The Tennessean is reporting an "active shooter" at a movie theater in Antioch. The report came it at around 1:15 central time.

See also: WSMV

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Tue
Aug 4 2015
04:51 pm

Apparently cell phones are out in our area.

WATE

"Around 2:30 p.m., outages were reported to the WATE 6 On Your Side newsroom. A website called Down Detector reported thousands of outages in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The website reports over 10,000 AT&T, 1000 Verizon, 7,000 T-Mobile, 300 Sprint, 250 U.S. Cellular and 75 Cricket Wireless outages."

Check here to see if your carrier is down.
(link...)

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