Sun
Jan 24 2016
02:24 pm

The Knox County Election Commission has posted early voting times and locations. Early voting begins Wednesday Feb 10th and continues through Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Early voting locations will be open on President's Day, Feb. 15th. Note new locations at Merchant's Drive, Chapman Highway, and the Karns Senior Center.

More info:

Early voting times and locations
Sample ballot
Absentee ballot application, deadline Feb. 23

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Sun
Jan 24 2016
11:19 am

Tom Humphrey runs down the politics driving school vouchers, including parliamentary dirty tricks and NRA-style outside funding designed to intimidate legislators and squelch debate.

Tom Humphrey: Voucher politics finally prevailing?

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They're upset about the Chilhowee Park gun show happening in their neighborhood. They say this hits too close to home after several teens were shot and killed by gun violence in that same area.

Kudos to the protestors. As was said in the article, it's not like the gunshows are doing anything wrong, it's just time to move the gunshows out of the neighborhood.

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For Immediate Release:
January 22nd, 2016

Contact: Lauren Hopson – 865-660-0822 or Gloria Johnson – 865-660-9800

*****Media Advisory for Monday, January 25th, 4:15 PM*****

Public Education Coalition Opposing Vouchers

Various groups such as KCEA, SPEAK, teachers, parents, and members of the Knox County BOE will come together to show their support for our public schools and call on our legislators to vote NO on vouchers.

KNOXVILLE – Please join us for a press conference highlighting the many reasons that vouchers are not the answer for our children. Knox County is an innovator in Community Schools, a program that truly addresses the needs of our struggling kids and communities. Taking a few children out of their neighborhood school and placing them in a private school will only leave the neighborhood school with fewer resources than before. We need to fully fund our public schools that teach every child, not funnel public tax dollars to private schools that “choose” which students they will take. If our legislators vote for vouchers, it is as if they are throwing up their hands and abandoning public education.

WHO: Representatives from the following organizations: Knox County Education Association, SPEAK, Knox County Schools Board of Education, KCS Administration, KCS Community Schools partners, Teachers, Parents, and Students

WHAT: Press Conference on state voucher legislation (Finance Committee vote on vouchers will take place Tuesday 26th at 3:00CST in Nashville)

WHEN: Monday, January 25th, at 4:15 PM

WHERE: KCEA Office 2411 East Magnolia Knoxville, 37917

WHY: Vouchers, at their core, are an abandonment of public education.

(Feel free to join us if you support public schools and want a NO vote on vouchers!)

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CRITICAL VOTE NEXT TUESDAY
PLEASE CALL HOUSE FINANCE WAYS & MEANS MEMBERS

HB 1049 sponsored by Knoxville state Rep. Bill Dunn-R comes up for a key vote next Tuesday at 4pm eastern time before the House Ways and Means Committee.
If you consider yourself an ally of public education you are strongly urged to contact members of this committee best by phone to let them know that a vote for vouchers is a vote to abandon public education.
Main points, contact info and further reading after the break

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What: Marleen Davis campaign kickoff for County Commission 4th District
When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 5:30pm
Where: Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike

From Cameron Brooks, Knox County Democratic Party

Democrats are working hard to take back the 4th district commission seat here in Knox County, and we have a great candidate in Marleen Davis to do just that.

This is Marleen Davis' first attempt at running for public office. As a mother, an architect, and a career educator at the University of Tennessee, she understands the importance of our neighborhoods, schools, commercial districts, and parks in creating a great quality of life, which also contributes to the economic well-being of the County.

Join us in a CAMPAIGN KICK OFF EVENT for Marleen Davis for County Commission this coming Tuesday, January 26th from 5:30-7:30 at Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, in the center of the Bearden District.

The event supports local Bearden businesses, with catering by Holly, and with a cash bar featuring wine from Toddy’s and craft beer from Alliance, one of Knoxville’s newest brewerys, run by entrepreneur Chris Morton, the owner of Bearden Beer Market.

Click HERE to rsvp for the event! Help us spread the word about her campaign! Learn more about the campaign by coming to this event or by visiting the VOTEMARLEENDAVIS.COM website.

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Check out this stream I happened on. Pretty cool view of the work going on at UT building the new student center.

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Thu
Jan 21 2016
03:43 pm
By: tennesseevalues...  shortURL

What: First Friday Comedy
When: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
Where: Saw Works Brewing Company

Fall in love with our February line-up of comedians for the First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing. This month we have a pair of hilarious comedians from the thriving Atlanta comedy scene. Mo Arora is no stranger to Knoxville, having appeared at both the first and second annual Scruffy City Comedy Works and other shows in the area. Mo began performing standup comedy in Montreal and is now based in Atlanta. In addition to entertaining audiences with his stand-up performances, Brian Emond is also the co-producer of the popular monthly comedy showcase “Ladies Night” at the Village Theater, featuring a blend of stand-up and sketch comedy.

Our local feature this month is Angela Garrone. Sean Simoneau will also be one of our local spotlights and Matt Chadourne makes his Saw Works hosting debut.

For additional information, visit this show's event listing on ScruffyCityComedy.com.

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Thu
Jan 21 2016
03:41 pm
By: tennesseevalues...  shortURL

What: Casual Comedy
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Where: Casual Pint-Hardin Valley, 10677 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, TN 37932

On February 2, Casual Comedy is proud to serve as the final stop on the Quit Your Day Job 2016 Winter Comedy Tour starring Grady Ray and Matt Ward. In 2010, Matt left his corporate job at Verizon Wireless to go it alone as a comedian and comedy promoter. A few years later, Grady did the same, leaving his job as a Newport, Tennessee, police officer. Today, the two travel across the country regularly to entertain audiences in bars, nightclubs, and festivals. Their 2016 Winter tour takes them to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas before wrapping up in East Tennessee at the Casual Pint.

Additional performances from Kristine Kinsey and Victor Agreda, Jr. Sean Simoneau is our host for this Groundhog Day extravaganza.

For more information visit this show's event listing on scruffycitycomedy.com

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Thu
Jan 21 2016
07:40 am

A cute YouTube video going viral. A local 3rd grade teacher sings the blues, wishing for a snow day.

“Snow” an Adele "Hello" Parody

Jan. 5, 2016 - "I wrote this song for our teachers about snow days and performed it today after inservice."

Excerpts from the song:
If it's going to be cold, it might as well snow.
...
There is no sound so sweet as the sound of salt trucks on the street.

H/T WBIR

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from Huffington Post ...

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the first decision in a series of class action cases this term that are widely viewed as attempts by business interests to shut the courthouse door to consumers and everyday plaintiffs.

In a 6-to-3 opinion in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, a case testing the limits on federal courts considering class-action disputes, the justices ruled that businesses can't just "moot" a case by simply offering to settle it with the person who first brought it -- let alone if the person rejected the offer.

Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business

CAMPBELL-EWALD CO. v. GOMEZ

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
07:54 pm

I started a petition this week requesting that Dollar General and Schaad Brown Real Estate (not associated with Schaad Companies) enhance the design of the Dollar General they are building at the corner of Washington Pike and Murphy Road. It's just about at 500 supporters.

Here's the link if you'd like to support it. All the info is there and in the attachments:
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Wed
Jan 20 2016
06:23 pm

Today is KnoxViews' 10th Anniversary live on the interwebs. Our heartfelt thanks to all our readers and contributors for your kindness, support and participation over the years. We've met a lot of great people and made a lot of new friends here, and for that we will forever be grateful. We've lost a few friends, too, and they will be missed. Thanks again y'all, and keep on rockin'!

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
03:13 pm

Knox, Blount, Anderson, Sevier among schools already announcing they will be closed again tomorrow...

UPDATE:

Knox Co. government office closings...

City of Knoxville weather related updates...

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
12:19 pm

The time for the Knox County Election Commission meeting previously scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 21 at 8:30 AM has been changed to 1:30 PM tomorrow, Jan. 21 because of the weather. The meeting will be in the Main Assembly Room at the City County Building.

The meeting is called to set early voting times and locations for the March 1 primary, appointment of election officials for counting of absentee and provisional ballots, appointment of machine technicians, and hearing of rejected voter registration appeals.

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Wed
Jan 20 2016
12:03 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Discuss here.

I'm still trying to figure out how the superintendent maneuvered taxpayers into debating on whether to allow him to quit and if so how much to pay him to quit. Well played.

UPDATE: McIntyre severence package approved

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What: Books Sandwiched In Rescheduled to Wednesday, January 27
When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium

danterpstra.jpgDue to the threat of slick roads tomorrow, Books Sandwiched In has been rescheduled to next week. Knox County Public Library invites you to join Dan Terpstra for a discussion of This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate by Natalie Klein at noon on Wednesday, January 27, noon to 1:00 pm in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium at 601 South Gay Street at Books Sandwiched In, a program series generously sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

"The good news in Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything is that the climate crisis has created our best opportunity yet to reinvent capitalism to work for the needs of society instead of the profits of corporations," Terpstra says.

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