Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:34 am

What: 3rd District Democrats Social Hour
When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Pelanchos Restaurant 1516 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville

Join the KCDP 3rd District Democrats for social hour on the Back Patio of Pelanchos Restaurant

Info: lizkey1@gmail.com

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Deputy Director Dawn Michelle Foster will be promoted to Director of the city's Office of Redevelopment, replacing current director Bob Whetsel who is retiring. More in the press release after the break.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
08:18 am

Rep. Rick Womick (R-Murfreesboro) is calling for Gov. Bill Haslam's impeachment for following the law on same-sex marriage.

This is the same Rep. Rick Womick who wanted special secret clearance for himself and a handful of legislators to be evacuated in case of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack terrorists were planning against state lawmakers. He said an EMP attack had already occurred in Shelbyville, and it was in the paper but nobody knows about it.

This is also the same Rep. Rick Womick who allegedly pulled a handgun out of his desk during a meeting with Moms Demand Action representatives who were lobbying against guns in parks. Womick denied it, but said he's exempt from a ban on guns in legislative offices anyway because he works in law enforcement.

Womick, who was first elected in 2010 with 68% of the vote, ran unopposed for his District 34 House seat in 2014.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
12:07 am

From WATE ...

DOUBLE SPRINGS (WATE) – The National Weather Service in Nashville has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Cookeville area of Putnam County in Middle Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

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What: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - “Justice, Inclusion & Moral Reality”
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 2:00pm
Where: Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. 5th Ave.

RSVP to: inclusion@knoxvillechamber.com
More info via Knoxvillenoir - An Afternoon with Michael Eric Dyson

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
08:02 pm

Branch Towers has withdrawn the application for a new cell tower in Lakemoor Hills. A company spokesperson said "they are withdrawing the application because the site does not meet grading requirements." Hmmm, they just found this out?

As neighborhood resident Forrest Orr said “Do a sign campaign for two reasons – one to raise awareness and the other to raise blood pressure."

Congrats to the residents of Lakemoor Hills.

Previously on KnoxViews, SoKno neighborhood - No Cell Tower Please.

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
06:22 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Who is running this state? Dumb and dumber?

The State of Tennessee pulled the new campaign to prevent drunk driving. The Governor's Highway Safety Office somehow didn't realize how stupid and offensive their campaign was.

The campaign boasts(ed) slogans that refer to girls looking "hotter" when guys are under the influence and finding out "a marginally good-looking girl" later is "chatty," "clingy" or "your boss's daughter" as signs that maybe a man has had too much to drink.

How much money did the great State of Tennessee waste on this project? The wasted dollars keep adding up.

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From NBC News ...

For the first time ever, natural gas trumped coal as the top source of electric power generation in the U.S. In April, roughly 31 percent of electric power generation came from natural gas, whereas coal accounted for 30 percent, according to a recent SNL Energy report.

Natural Gas Overtakes Coal as Top U.S. Electricity Source

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
07:43 am

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In just a few minutes, NASA's New Horizons probe will make its closest approach in a fly by mission to Pluto after traveling 9.5 years and more than three billion miles through the solar system.

NASA TV Live Coverage... (Alternate...)

NASA New Horizons Mission Page...

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Mission Page

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is leading a coalition of U.S. companies committed to hiring 100,000 young people who have been "shut out of the job market."

Starbucks-led coalition commits to hiring 100,000 disconnected youth

Schultz, who pledged this year to hire 10,000 such youth by the end of 2018, is being joined by top executives from 16 companies who will look to hire young people for apprenticeships, internships and part-time or full-time jobs.

In addition to the Seattle-based Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy's, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart have signed on. The coalition is looking to recruit more companies to join the push.

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Mon
Jul 13 2015
12:24 pm

(07/13/15 -ATLANTA) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is taking final action to approve the state of Tennessee’s request to redesignate the Knoxville area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. This action is based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2011, 2012, and 2013 that meets the standard. The area continues to attain this standard. On July 13, 2015, EPA took final action on the Knoxville Area.

"We commend the Knoxville area for the effort it has undertaken towards improving air quality and reaching this accomplishment," said EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney. "This progress represents a commitment to hard work by the local, state and federal agencies, private partners and the many citizens of Tennessee who live and work in the Knoxville area."

"This is something that I and my staff, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander and other state and local officials have worked on for several years, and I'm happy to see our area reach attainment of EPA air quality standards," said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. "Being in attainment will not only have a positive impact on the environment and public health, it also will encourage economic development by sending a signal to businesses that Knox County and East Tennessee are open for business."

The full EPA press release...

UPDATE: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will hold a press conference with Knoxville Chamber President Mike Edwards and Knox County Air Quality Management Director Lynne Liddington today at 1:45 p.m. on the City County Building plaza, which is located outside the City County Building near the Main Street entrance. They will discuss details on the EPA’s redesignation of the Knoxville area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard.

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My Nexus 7 (2013) has been having some battery and other issues so I've been tracking the new tablets coming out. I was interested in the new Asus ZenPad line. Asus manufactured the Nexus 7 tablets for Google and they are pretty great, so why not?

After watching for a couple of months since the announcement, one version finally showed up at Best Buy. It’s the Asus ZenPad 8 S with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a quad-core, 64-bit Intel Atom processor. Bonus, it has a microSD slot. And the price is right at $200.

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Looks good. Has there been any sort of effort to utilize solar power on low income homes in the Knoxville area?

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The White House outlined a series of measures Tuesday designed to put more solar panels on low-income housing and expand access to solar power for renters.

The measures also include money to deploy AmeriCorps workers to install solar in low income areas as well as revamped guidelines on using government-backed second mortgages to finance solar systems.

Obama plans to put solar panels on low-income homes

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Was reading a recent news article about indoor vertical farming. Anyone have insight or first hand experience?

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The world's largest indoor vertical farm is coming to the city of Newark.

City officials broke ground on 69,000 square foot and 30 million dollar facility that will become corporate headquarters for AeroFarms, a commercial leader in urban agriculture on Thursday.

Vertical farming involves converting buildings into high-tech grow houses that use artificial lighting, hydroponics, and climate control to increase crop productivity 70 times greater than field farmers.

World's Largest Indoor Vertical Farm is Coming to Newark

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Sun
Jul 12 2015
12:08 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Donald Trump is apparently even in the polls with Jeb Bush. No, seriously. A clown who makes Lindsey Graham look sane and moderate is taking the GOP by storm. I can't decide if it's performance art or a false flag operation for Clinton.

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Sun
Jul 12 2015
11:16 am

The News Sentinel had an interview with Bill Owen, who explained Rep. Joe Armstrong's activities as a lobbyist for and investor in the tobacco company related to Armstrong's current legal problems. It's complicated.

From Tom Humphrey's summary:

Owen denied any knowledge of the tax stamp deal Armstrong allegedly brokered with Tru Wholesale but insisted neither that deal nor Armstrong’s paid lobbying of Congress while a sitting member of the Tennessee General Assembly were illegal or improper.

And from the paywalled KNS article:

"Some would say that's a conflict of interest. But it's not a crime. As far as the taxes (Armstrong allegedly did not pay to the IRS), if that’s true, that’s a different thing."

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Fri
Jul 10 2015
02:23 pm

What: First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Brewing Company
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Saw Works Brewing Company, 708 E. Depot Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

The next edition of the First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing Company will be August 7. Our headliner is Knoxville native Jasper Redd. His debut comedy special Jazz Talk premiered on television on Conan O'Brien, Def Comedy Jam, and Comedy Central Presents.

Our feature comedians come from Ohio and are Dustin Meadows (Columbus) and Keith Bergman (Toledo). Local comedy support will be provided by Victor Agreda, Jr. and host Sean Simoneau.

There is no cover charge. The show starts at 7 pm.

Additional information can be found at shanerhyne.com

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Fri
Jul 10 2015
11:13 am

Tenncare had to cancel a $31 million contract for a failed call center for state residents checking on their Medicaid eligibility. Previously "state employees within the Tennessee Department of Human Services handled TennCare applications and answered people's questions."

The state awarded a new $56.5 million contract this year to fix the failed call center. This is not the first time Tenncare has had problems with big bucks contracts. In January, TennCare had to terminate its $35 million contract with Northrop Grumman for a new eligibility system.

Lots of taxpayer money being wasted on outsourcing?

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Thu
Jul 9 2015
10:34 am

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Branch Towers, headquartered in Tulsa, OK, with a regional office in Charlotte, NC, has applied for a variance to install a 190 ft cell tower in one of the highest points in Lakemoor Hills. The height of the cell tower would be more than half the length of a football field. The lot at 3509 Blow Drive (where it intersects with Ferry Drive and East Velmetta Circle) is heavily wooded and one lot away from Fort Loudon Lake (or Lake Loudon as some now call it). It is my understanding the cell tower will require a 100 ft x 100 ft clear cut area with a 10 ft chain link fence topped with barbed wire.

Lakemoor Hills is a hidden gem in South Knoxville. Most people don't even know the neighborhood exists. It is a beautiful, heavily wooded neighborhood, with some lake access, in South Knoxville off of Alcoa Highway just 2.5 miles from Cumberland Avenue/Kingston Pike. In the heat of the summer you can drive back into the neighborhood and the temperature will drop 5-10 degrees. It is truly beautiful and a wonderful place to live.

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Alan Blinder and Richard Fausset in the NYT
South Carolina House Approves Bill to Remove Confederate Flag

The final vote came after the flag’s opponents defeated a series of amendments intended to derail the proposal. At one point on Wednesday night, Representative Jenny Anderson Horne, a Republican, tearfully pleaded with her colleagues to advance the measure without amendment.

“The people of Charleston deserve swift and immediate removal of that flag from these grounds,” Ms. Horne said. “I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful.”

Via Jamie Self at The State- What’s next

The next steps now that the S.C. House and Senate have approved removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds:
1) The bill must be ratified by House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, and Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, before they send it to the governor. That is expected to take place Thursday.

2) Gov. Nikki Haley must sign the bill to make it law. She is expected to do that Thursday.

3) The flag must be removed within 24 hours. That suggests the flag will likely come down Friday. Some lawmakers have talked about having Citadel cadets take down the flag. The flag would be delivered to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, as required by law. The museum is about a mile from the State House.

4) The flagpole and fence next to the Confederate Soldier Monument will be removed at a later date.

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