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Nov 8 2014
06:26 pm

Some of Metro Pulse authors' articles are archived at the following site:

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Sat
Nov 8 2014
10:52 am

What: ETSPJ independent online newspaper program
When: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a program about creating independent, online newspapers. The guest speakers are Judith and Gene Clabes, former corporate newspaper executives who launched KYForward.com in 2011.

From the ETSPJ:

The program is being offered at a time when local media is downsizing yet we have students at the university being trained to be journalists and experienced journalists in the community who have something to offer in gathering and reporting news. So here is an alternative that appears to have a future to it. "The Clabes' online newspaper is the epitome of entrepreneurial journalism in the ever-changing world of news gathering and delivery," Mike Martinez, president of ETSPJ, said.

The program is free and open to the public. Learn more about the program and the speakers here. Register to attend here.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
10:50 pm

No On 1 seeks federal injunctive relief, using the constitutional requirement to cast a vote for governor as the basis for a provisional recount:

The plaintiffs want the judge to order the state to count only those Amendment 1 votes where the voters also cast ballots for governor. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.

Plaintiffs say the state allowed some voters to game the system by voting for the amendment and skipping the governor’s race.

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What: Knox Co. BoE Special Question Committee for Collaborative Conferencing Act
When: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
Where: Board room, Andrew Johnson Building - 912 S. Gay Street

Via KCS pubic notice
"Please note that as required by the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) of 2011, the Knox County Board of Education has established a “Special Question Committee” for collaborative conferencing. The Committee, which consists of three Board of Education members, will meet on Monday, Nov. 10 from 4:15 to 6p in the board room of the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay Street). The meeting will be streamed live on KCS-TV, and broadcast live on Comcast Ch. 10 or ATT U-verse 99."

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
03:53 pm

Sen. Brian Kelsey submits bill to ban the Hall income tax.
Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

"I don't think it's a good tax," Haslam added of the Hall tax. "But I can't take $270 million out of our budget without something to replace it."
The state gets five-eighths of those revenues while local governments get the remainder. Haslam has previously cut the state sales tax on food, eliminated the state's gift tax and is now phasing out the inheritance tax.
Earlier this year, House Finance Committee Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, and freshman Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, pushed their own bill phasing out the Hall tax. The measure was backed by the Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Washington, D.C.-based group supported by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:23 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

Pith in the Wind has a predictably pithy analysis of why Amendment 1 passed statewide, here.

This much I had presumed:

(I)n Davidson county, Amendment 1 failed in all 35 council districts, and it also failed in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties. While suburban areas were more evenly split, the rural areas carried a much higher margin towards yes, showing the sharp urban/rural divide in Tennessee.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:07 pm

From Ashley Capps...

The Bijou Theatre is in the final stages of the first phase of its membership program. I’m personally very excited about this program, as it will provide a strong basis for the Bijou to continue to grow and expand its offerings and its role in the cultural life of our community.

I’m also excited about being able to offer Bijou members special opportunities to experience unique performances and interactive experiences with artists performing in Knoxville. Some of these opportunities will take place during the Big Ears Festival March 27 - 29, 2015, when Bijou members will be among those offered the opportunity to see a “secret show” or meet an artist for a special workshop or discussion. The Big Ears line up announcement will be coming next Tuesday!

Ben Ratliff, music critic for the New York Times, called the listening experience at the Bijou Theatre “mystically great” after last year’s Big Ears performances. We all know that, don’t we???

The Bijou is within striking distance of it’s initial goal set for the end of day today. You can join me in making it happen! Do it now... today!

Ashley

(More info and how to join after the break...)

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:01 pm


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Rob Frost forwards these photos of the demolition progress at Baptist Hospital. I believe the city said recently that the demolition is supposed to be complete in January 2015.

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From Washington Post …

The U.S. job market grew steadily in October, adding 214,000 jobs, according to government data released Friday morning, in the latest sign of a slow but substantial economic recovery.

The unemployment rate also ticked down to 5.8 percent, the lowest level in six years, even as more workers entered the job market.

The latest encouraging numbers keep the nation on pace for its best labor market year since 1999...

U.S. economy adds 214,000 in October; unemployment rate sinks to 5.8 percent

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
08:54 am

Tennessee had the second lowest voter turnout in the nation for the Nov. 4th mid-term elections.

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E.W. Scripps, which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, posted a $1.3 million loss, or -$0.02 per share for the third quarter, v. a consensus estimate of +$0.06 in earnings per share.

Broadcast revenues were up 22%, attributed to political advertising and acquisitions. Newspaper revenues continued to decline, down 4.4% for the quarter.

E.W. Scripps is in the process of shedding its newspaper business in a deal announced earlier with Journal Communications of Milwaukee.

SOURCE: Scripps reports third-quarter results

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
07:24 am

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there was a "13 percent reduction of water use from 2005."

They attribute the reduction in water usage to "improvements in water-use technologies and management."

"In 2010, more than 50 percent of the total withdrawals in the United States were accounted for by 12 states in order of withdrawal amounts:" California (primarily irrigation), Texas (primarily thermoelectric power and irrigation), Idaho (primarily irrigation), Florida (primarily thermoelectric power), Illinois (primarily thermoelectric power), North Carolina (primarily thermoelectric power), Arkansas (primarily irrigation), Colorado (primarily irrigation), Michigan (primarily thermoelectric power), New York (primarily thermoelectric power), Alabama (primarily thermoelectric power) and Ohio (primarily thermoelectric power).

"Across the country and in Florida, Americans are only using as much water as almost 45 years ago, even though the population has grown by more than 100 million people."

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Via NBC News, voters in four states passed minimum wage increases at the polls on Tuesday--with comfortable margins of support. Details:

Alaska
Yes 69%; No 31%
In two steps, to $9.75 by January 2016

Arkansas
Yes 65%; No 35%
In three steps, to $8.50 by January 2017

Nebraska
Yes: 59% No 41%
In two steps, to $9.00 by January 2016

South Dakota
Yes: 55% No 45%
In one step, to $8.50 by January 2015

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Thu
Nov 6 2014
06:24 pm

I scanned through my DVR recording of the CMA Awards so you didn't have to, because some of it was pretty awful. My favorite highlights after the break (hurry up and watch/listen before they get taken down)...

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Thu
Nov 6 2014
05:57 pm

From Yahoo …

TENNESSEE

Varallo’s Chile Parlor

Nashville, TN (Est. 1907)
Though traveling fiddle players are about as common in Nashville as bleached blonde hair, perhaps the most notable one not to enjoy a successful music career was Frank Varallo, who came to Tennessee from Italy in 1907 with a bean soup recipe that became a Nashville obsession. Known for his words of inspiration, each morning Frank Jr. typed a “thought of the day” at the bottom of every menu, birthing the phrase “thoughts from the bottom of a bowl of chili”.

The Oldest Restaurant in Every State

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Thu
Nov 6 2014
01:44 pm
By: Lisa Starbuck  shortURL

Another great show last night at the Bijou! Lake Street Dive was wonderful. The lead singer has a very powerful voice and the band is great.

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NewsChannel5: Haslam Administration Pays $100K For Contract Claim

Even more disturbing, Pody said, is our discovery from emails that the state's settlement talks appear to have intensified after Sanders' attorney asked to take the testimony of the state employee who had written "we've already broken several laws."

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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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