Mon
Sep 15 2014
12:02 pm

BREAKING: Supreme Court announces Herbert Slatery as next Attorney General of Tennessee

Slatery is currently a member of Gov. Haslam's cabinet as Counsel to the Governor, Haslam's chief legal advisor. He replaces AG Bob Cooper, Gov. Bredesen's chief counsel. Cooper was appointed in 2006. I believe Slatery will be the first Republican Attorney General in state history.

UPDATE: Press release...

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Democrat Gordon Ball, who is challenging Lamar Alexander for U.S. Senate, kicks off his statewide campaign today in Cocke County where he was born and raised. He will attend an ice cream social at Rafting in the Smokies, 3595 Hartford Road, Hartford Tn. 37753 between 3-4 P.M. today. Later in the day he will be in Pigeon Forge at the Sevier County Democrats' Blue Monday event from 5:30-6:30 P.M. at Calhouns, 2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014
08:22 am

The City of Knoxville has earmarked a $4.3 million windfall in Hall Income Tax revenues for several capital projects, including a rebuild of the Convention Center pedestrian bridge, traffic signal upgrades, streetscaping, and more. Details in the press release after the break...

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
06:10 pm

Whatever happens tonight, I'm gonna call it right now. Butch Jones is the best new coach in the SEC. He's a fighter who works all the angles, and it's rubbing off on his young team. And the fans. Go Vols!

(*Betteridge's law notwithstanding.)

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
01:35 pm

New Proposals to improve Knox County Schools:

1. Discourage teacher turnover by downplaying the importance of having money and respect
Limit school shootings to once a year in order to give students more time to focus on schoolwork
2. Allow students from disadvantaged areas to be bussed into stronger schools, such as those in Finland or South Korea
3. Maybe get some underprepared, overconfident recent college graduates in there to figure things out
4. Federal law that prevents Dylan from raising his hand and wasting everybody’s time with the wrong answer
5. Begin offering tenure to children who have been in the public school system for more than three years
6. Offset the failures of the education system by de-emphasizing the importance of success, self-worth, and intellectual ability in our culture at large
7. Tattoo grades on foreheads to shame low performers
8. Toss Northrop Grumman another $4.5 billion and see what kind of curriculum it pumps out
9. Whatever you do, don’t change anything about a property-tax-based funding system in which rich schools get richer while poor schools get poorer. That’s working just fine.
10. Cut losses and reallocate funding to nation’s prison system

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Sat
Sep 13 2014
09:59 am

After six personal fouls and two ejections in the first quarter, LaFollette Middle School football coach Jake Snider stopped the game and forfeited to Norris Middle School to get his players out of harms way. TSSAA is looking into the situation.

WATE report...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
06:11 pm

From Yahoo Finance …

Belle Meade, Tn $213, 375 Median Income

Here's the most affluent town in every state

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
02:59 pm

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A group of activist investors put together a nearly 300 page presentation of complaints about Darden Restaurant's Olive Garden chain covering everything from management to bread sticks. One example: "Shockingly, Olive Garden no longer salts the water it uses to boil the pasta, merely to get a longer warranty on its pots."

The 8 Most Scathing Criticisms Of Olive Garden's Business From Hedge Fund's 300-Page Takedown

MORE: The full presentation...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
10:02 am

WBIR has this report on an interview with Mayor Burchett, who said he thinks Supt. McIntyre "should be gone."

McIntyre responded by saying "I honestly don't understand why the mayor seems to feel the need to constantly pick a fight with me and engage in this kind of rhetoric." Speaking of rhetoric...

PREVIOUSLY: McIntyre: Burchett remarks "appalling" and "ignorant"

SEE ALSO: State investigating school official

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
09:47 am

The main question here is: did this just occur organically, or did the Palin gang plan it out in order to reaffirm Sarah P's street cred with the bubba crowd?

Sarah Palin's Family Allegedly in Alaska House Party Brawl

“I heard Sarah Palin yell do you know who I am? All of us could not believe it. We thought we were watching an episode of Jerry Springer.”

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There seems to be a concerted effort to NOT cover Mary Headrick's Congressional campaign against Chuck Fleishmann. Since Chuck has so much outside money to spend, it seems stupid not to t least give some attention to Headrick in the hopes of getting Chuck to buy ads. Mary Headrick is being well received in other media outlets and it is surprising that the KNS would ignore an entire political party in the Congressional election.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014
07:18 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

My fellow Americans, tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

(link...)

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
03:25 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

“ … [the] ability to abstract from the given in order to arrive at the real, this refusal to submit to the totalitarian dictum of the established facts (which is the dictum and factum of those who establish the facts) is the prerequisite for liberation.”

Herbert Marcuse, 1963

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
03:04 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Angel Juarbe was one of the NYFD heroes who died in 911. He was young, charismatic and had a quick burst of reality TV fame a few months earlier.

He also had a Knoxville connection. I'm going to link a MP story despite its having a bad typo in the lede. I never met Angel, but I will never forget him.

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
11:11 am

For some reason, Gracie is quite fascinated by laundry.

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
10:10 am

In case you missed it, the News Sentinel says school board member Karen Carson wants all these teachers and parents and students coming to meetings to complain to go through the proper chain of command, which starts with the school principal. Therefore, the school board will start enforcing their recently revealed policy of limiting public participation at meetings.

Perhaps the problem is that the chain of command is broken because of top down policymaking, micromanagement and intimidation.

Then there's this, from the Tennessee Constitution, Article I, Section 23: "...the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, or other proper purposes, by address of remonstrance."

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Thu
Sep 11 2014
09:06 am

In reviewing the US News & World Report most recent report on best colleges, it appears the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has higher in-state tuition/fees than most other state universities in the south.

College USNWR Ranking In-State Tuition/Fees Out-of-State Tuition/Fees
Univ. of TN #106 (tied) $11,246 $29,696
Univ. of FL #48 (tied) $6,313 $28,591
West VA U #168 (tied) $6,960 $20,424
Univ. of MS #149 (tied) $7,096 $19,144
Univ. of AR #135 (tied) $8,210 $20,300
Univ. of NC #30 $8,374 $33,624
LSU #129 (tied) $8,750 $26,467
Univ. of AL #88 (tied) $9,826 $24,950
Univ. of KY #129 (tied) $10,616 $22,888
Univ. of GA #62 (tied) $10,836 $29,046
Univ. of SC #113 (tied) $11,158 $29,440
Univ. of VA #23 (tied) $12,998 $42,184

Are they worth it?

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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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