Fri
Apr 11 2014
02:44 am

I don't understand Sessions qualifications to be on the Clean Air subcommittee.

From msnbc ...

At a confirmation hearing for Janet McCabe, President Obama’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air and Radiation office, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said he could not support her because of her views on climate change.

“[I]f you continue to insist that we’ve had more hurricanes in the last century and that they’ve increased as a result of global warming — climate change — I don’t see how I can support your nomination,” Sessions said.

Another Obama nominee in trouble?

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
07:07 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ha resigned, reports the New York Times.

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Good blog post, Mike!

Screams From The Porch

(link...)

Knox County finance officials have long said that they don’t want to use reserve funds on reoccurring costs, like employee raises.

Now they want it in writing.

Read more at the link...

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
10:07 am

Local governments will be permitted to regulate where guns can discharge only under restrictions OK'd by the State Senate late Wednesday.

Published April 10, 2014 by J.R. Lind
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Thu
Apr 10 2014
09:51 am

Sheriff candidate Bobby Waggoner sent out a press release with several examples of what he calls "questionable hiring practices" in the Sheriff's office. Read it after the break...

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
06:21 am

According to this report by Mike Donila, the city is studying whether to make renovations to the aging Civic Coliseum building or tear it down and replace it.

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Thu
Apr 10 2014
05:01 am

On this month's County Commission agenda, I am sponsoring a resolution requiring the Commission to hire a lobbyist, and I would appreciate hearing your opinion.

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Eddie Auto died Monday.

Here's something I wrote about him awhile back:

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Wed
Apr 9 2014
06:15 am

A good idea at a cost.

What about a device to alert the driver there are passengers in the car when they get out of the car? What about banning cellphone usage in cars? What about enforcing speed limits? What about making roads safer?

This is just one of many costs added to a new car. Why is it nearly all cars have electric windows (94%), air conditioning (99%), and automatic transmissions (95%)?

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
11:38 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. John Bohstedt
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

John BohstedtDr. John Bohstedt’s passionate interest in the politics of hunger is both historical and modern. As a University of Tennessee history professor, his research revealed hundreds of food riots during the Industrial Revolution. Today’s struggles over food are again making headlines. Join Bohstedt for a discussion of Food Politics: What everyone needs to know by Robert Paarlberg in Knox County Public Library’s Book Sandwiched In.

“As they did 250 years ago, the social drama of riots brings on stage political forces, conflicts and actors we may not have recognized,” he says. “To the world’s hungry people, we can seem like an elephant rolling over in its sleep and crushing millions.”

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
09:50 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Pharrell Williams' song Happy has gone international. "On March 20th, Williams teamed up with the United Nations to promote their International Day of Happiness campaign, encouraging people to upload pictures of videos of things that made them happy.

Memphis is Happy!

H/T Joe Powell

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James B. Comey was sworn in as the Director of the FBI in September, 2013. He recently visited the bureau's Knoxville office.

"Comey would not discuss the Pilot [Flying J] case specifically, but spoke in general terms about the importance of investigating fraud due to the calculated nature of financial crimes."

Comey commented on how it is important to be "aggressive when fighting corporate fraud and white collar crime." In addition, he said it's "worth the investment for general deterrence as well as specifically being able to "lock up fraudsters."

Hmmmm, how often does the Director of the FBI visit the Knoxville office?

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
09:08 am

Honey Maid markets to wholesome families. They get a huge backlash from bigots. Instead of cowering to the people with hate, they come back with Love.

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Tue
Apr 8 2014
12:16 am

Dear Sir or Madam,

In lieu of submitting responses to the Knoxville Chamber's questionnaire, I offer the following statement which you have my permission to publish, if you should desire:

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In its publication entitled "Statement on Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): Guidelines for Strengthening the Law," the U. S. Chamber of Commerce urges nationwide adoption of the following educational strategies:

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Mon
Apr 7 2014
12:13 pm
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Dawn Distler will join the Rogero administration as Director of Transit effective June 1. Ms. Distler was previously general manager of Nashville's transit operations.

More in the press release after the break...

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Mon
Apr 7 2014
11:24 am

What: Candidate town hall
When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:00pm
Where: Knoxville Expo Center on Clinton Highway

From organizer Elaine Davis:

There will be over 30 candidates in attendance. This includes candidates for the Knox County Commission, School Board, Trustee, Sheriff, Register Of Deeds, Criminal Court Clerk, Clerk, Circuit Court Judge, Criminal Court Judge, And Chancery Court.

Additionally, WNFZ KnoxTalk radio will have remote feed and will be interviewing candidates. WFNZ through their textbox on their app and their chatroom on their webiste, www.knoxtalkradio.com/ is taking the publics' questions now and up until the end of the event.

Schedule of Events:

From 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.: Candidates are present at their booth or have a staffed table -- meet and greet.

From 5:15p.m.-5:30p.m.: We will have audience take their seats, explain the program format and say the pledge of allegiance.

From 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.: The Town Hall will focus on Knox County Commission races.

From 6:30p.m - 7:00p.m.: Introduction of those candidates present who are running county-wide races such as Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, Clerk, Criminal Court Clerk, Reg of Deeds, etc. (and any other candidates/dignitaries that are in attendance)

From 7:00p.m - 8:30p.m.: The Town Hall will focus on the Knox County School Board races. (The Town Hall portion of the event will take place in the Grand Ballroom.)

This event is free to the public and the candidates.

Sponsors include The Knoxville News Sentinel, The Knoxville Focus, WNFZ KnoxTalkRadio 94.3., Merle FM 96.7, and Lamar Advertising. Tim Graham, owner of The Knoxville Expo Center, is providing the venue free of charge.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014
11:13 am

Yesterday's Knoxville News Sentinel had candidate profiles for the May 6th county primary. The online version of the profiles by office along with short videos can be found here. Best I can tell, it is not paywalled.

A list of all candidates, including those running unopposed, can be found here. Candidate petitions and financial disclosures can be found here. Early voting begins April 16th. Schedules and locations can be found here.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014
11:10 am

Saturday is Opening Day for one of Knoxville's newest sports teams, The Knoxville Holstons of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball.

Eight teams across the state compete in "vintage" style base ball (two words at the time) using the rules and customs of the game in 1864. One of the easily noticed differences is that we don't use gloves. The rules from 1864 also allowed for an out to be made by catching the ball "on the bound".

“It’s like re-enacting but without knowing the outcome,” joked Adam Alfrey, the captain of the Holstons. (from today's KNS linked below)

Opening Day is this Saturday at Ramsey House. Mayor Burchett will be throwing out the first pitch at 12:00 p.m. for the game between the Dry Town Boys of Harriman and the Travellers from Oak Hill. At 2:30 p.m. the Knoxville Holstons will host the Franklin Farriers. Admission is always free.

Useful Links:

Pastime players: 19th-century baseball returns to East Tennessee

Knoxville Holstons

Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball

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From Reuters …

It says nations will have to impose drastic curbs on their still rising greenhouse gas emissions to keep a promise made by almost 200 countries in 2010 to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times.

Time running out to meet global warming target - U.N. report

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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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