Wed
Dec 3 2014
01:35 pm

The White House has named the City of Knoxville a "Climate Change Champion" in "recognition of efforts to mitigate and prepare for the possible effects of climate change." Knoxville is the only Southeastern city on the list.

Mayor Rogero: "It is an honor to be recognized for our work on sustainability and climate resilience, and I am grateful for the president’s support."

More in the press release after the break...

Continued...

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
05:57 pm

Two children, one adult killed in Knox Co. school bus crash. The buses were from Chilhowee Intermediate and Sunnyview. Local coverage:

WATE: 2 children, 1 adult killed in East Knoxville crash involving 2 school buses

WBIR: 2 kids, 1 adult killed in accident involving 2 Knox Co. buses

WVLT: Three dead in double school bus crash on Asheville Highway

KNS: Two children, one adult killed and 20 hurt in crash between two school buses

Knox Co. Schools superintendent Dr. Jim McIntrye: "This is an unspeakable tragedy."

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett: "This is an absolute tragedy, and there can’t be anything harder than losing a child. My prayers are with all of the students and families involved, and I ask the community to pray for God to surround them with His peace."

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
12:56 pm

TDOT announced today that trucks longer than 30 feet will no longer be allowed on US129 from Tabcat bridge in Blount Co. to the TN/NC line, the portion known as "The Dragon."

More info from TDOT...

Based on personal observation, it's impossible for semis and other big trucks to negotiate those curves while staying in their lane.

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
09:00 am

Add Pennsylvania to the list of states who have decided to take the federal government up on their offer to fund Medicaid expansion.

Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion plan goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The new program will cover an additional 600,000 people in the state.

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Mon
Dec 1 2014
05:36 pm

A gentle reminder that area Shoney's restaurants will be serving free hot fudge cakes all day long on December 4.

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Mon
Dec 1 2014
01:11 pm

Intuit QuickBooks Payroll

Critical Notice
Year-End Notice: Additional FUTA Taxes for 2014

Dear Valued Assisted Payroll Customer,

Due to outstanding federal unemployment loans, your state is subject to the FUTA Credit Reduction for 2014. This means you will be assessed additional FUTA taxes for your Form 940 filing for 2014.

What is a credit reduction state?
Some states take loans from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund if they lack the funds to pay unemployment insurance benefits for residents of their states. If a state has outstanding loan balances for two consecutive years, the FUTA credit rate for employers in that state will be reduced until the loan is repaid. This results in employers owing additional unemployment tax.

So, because Haslam and our super-majority GOP legislature STILL can't create jobs, the business owners get shafted AGAIN? (on top of higher unemployment tax rates from the state itself).

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Nashville last week. During his visit to the state with the highest percentage of minimum wage workers, Perez "disputed the idea that raising the minimum wage would negatively impact businesses or risk jobs."

U.S. labor secretary to Tennessee: Raise minimum wage

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Sun
Nov 30 2014
09:18 pm

What: Rally to support striking fast food workers
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:30am
Where: The Strip - 17th and Cumberland

Fight for $15!
Fast food workers across the nation will go on a 24 hour strike to demand $15/hour and a union. This is the first time Knoxville fast food workers will go on strike. They need community support.

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Sun
Nov 30 2014
03:21 pm

It would be nice see something good or pleasant in the news that originates in Tennessee

Did Tennessee elect anyone that isn't mean or angry?

I watched the video, I don't get what upset her.

A senior staffer for a Republican congressman scolded President Obama's daughters for dressing like "they deserve a spot at a bar" and told them to "try showing a little class" in a Facebook post that has since gone viral, drawing her heavy criticism and prompting calls for her dismissal.

GOP staffer calls for more 'class' from Obama daughters

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From CNN …

For the first time since 2007, a majority of Americans think things are going well in the nation, a new CNN/ORC International poll found.

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans say things are going well

Poll results

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Some innovation from Africa

If the south waterfront ends up being a go to place for activities getting between there and downtown could make use of these types of transport.

From CNN …

The South African entrepreneur has developed Mellowcabs -- electric three-wheeled vehicles designed for eco-friendly and efficient transportation in urban areas.

Move over, taxi! This S. African three-wheeler wants to take you for a ride

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Congratulations to area teams headed to Cookeville next week for TSSAA high school football championship games:

Division 1 3A: Alcoa* v. Nashville's Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Division 1 4A: Fulton v. Memphis' Trezevant
Division 1 5A: West v. Nashville's Hillsboro
Division 1 6A: Maryville v. Brentwood's Ravenwood
Division II A: Webb v. Franklin's Battle Ground Academy

*With last night's win, Alcoa coach Gary Rankin is now tied for most all-time wins (368) by any Tennessee high school coach. A win next week will give him the record.

Brackets, scores and more...

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Sat
Nov 29 2014
09:27 am

Anderson, Blount, and Knox Counties requested attainment status for finally meeting EPA clean air standards. On Nov. 13, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced that Anderson, Blount, and Knox Counties were "open for business".

On Nov. 26, the EPA announced a proposal to lower the current standard from 75 to 65-70 parts per billion. Alexander says he supports pollution-control rules reducing ozone-causing pollutants. However, he may not agree with the EPA's proposal. Alexander says it may be wiser to leave the standards as they are. "Otherwise we run the risk of unnecessarily making it harder for Tennessee communities to attract new industrial jobs."

Healthier air or new industrial jobs? Decisions, decisions.

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Fri
Nov 28 2014
12:53 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

"We don't need a New Coke formula. The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole

Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics

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A nice thing for Lexington to do.

From Lexington Herald-Leader …

The program, which started Nov. 17 and lasts until Dec. 19, allows citizens to clear their parking records and help out those in need with canned goods that will be donated to God's Pantry Food Bank.

Citizens can take 10 cans of food to the Lexpark office at 122 North Broadway to pay for any meter citation. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lexington Parking Authority's Food for Fines program receives more than 900 cans of food so far

Pay parking ticket with food? One town says yes

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Thu
Nov 27 2014
02:38 pm

From Wired …

The oceans aren’t level. Over the span of decades, atmospheric weather patterns push water the water around, causing sea levels in connected basins to rise and fall somewhat predictably. However, since 2000 the two huge basins in the southern hemisphere have broken their trend, rising jointly over 2 millimeters per year.

Science Graphic of the Week: Rising Sea Levels Show Strange Patterns

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Thu
Nov 27 2014
09:32 am

Who wants pie?

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Wed
Nov 26 2014
09:14 pm

This made me wonder about the underground part of North Gay Street. How much of an area is there? Are there ever any historical tours?

From Yahoo …

Street-level solar collectors would be used to filter the sun about 20 feet down to bedrock, turning the dank, subterranean space into a luminous, plant-filled oasis. The park would offer city residents a place of refuge and host art exhibits, music performances, readings and children's activities.

Developers look to create underground NYC park

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Wed
Nov 26 2014
06:53 pm

Per Gerald Witt with KNS, the county’s Audit Committee "has sent a resolution to the County Commission asking for better reporting on school construction accounts."

In a nutshell:

The audit found the maintenance money was used in some new school construction. Auditors said internal controls over capital project accounting process were needed.

But for whatever reason, KNS does not link at its website the full text of the audit? I've asked in comments that they please do.

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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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