Tue
Jul 15 2014
05:11 pm

From CNN …

"The company has spreadsheets on every union employee on how long they were in the bathroom," said Nick Kreitman, the union representative at WaterSavers.

Company limits bathroom breaks to 6 minutes a day

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
04:14 pm

Terry Adams today slammed Gordon Ball for his past support of Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam and for his ties to Tom Ingram and Jimmy Haslam. Press release after the break...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
10:53 am

The City's application for an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit has details about the plans for Suttree Landing Park on the South Waterfront:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct the middle section of the Knoxville South Waterfront Development that consists of the construction of 1,900 feet of riverfront walkway, approximately 2,146 feet of riverbank stabilization with riprap at elevation 815 and below and native grasses and trees above the 815 elevation, the placement of 1,720 cubic yards of material to be filled riverward of the existing normal pool elevation and 3, 520 cubic yards of material placement to be placed between the existing normal pool elevation and the 100 – year floodplain, the construction of the Lincoln Landing Facility, a water intake structure, and a floating dock. The fill volume is necessary to protect archaeological feature 40KN316. Some encroachment of the TVA flowage easement may occur.

According to the city, signs of public notice were posted at the site on July 11, 2014. The purpose of the notice is to inform interested parties of the renewal of this permit application. Public comment period ends August 10, 2014.

ARAP Permit Update Public Notice

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
09:40 am

What: Gloria Johnson hosting JOBS4TN HD13 Job Fair
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00am
Where: Fulton High School, 2509 N. Broadway

Rep. Gloria Johnson is hosting a job fair at Fulton High on Jul. 29th from 10AM to 2PM. More info in the announcement after the break...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
09:12 am

Hadn't thought about this. Homeowners are finding out that leased solar panels can complicate a home sale. NPR has this report...

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Tue
Jul 15 2014
08:59 am

An unbelievable recording of a guy trying to cancel his Comcast service is making the rounds.

If you don't want to sit through eight minutes of customer "service" agent hell, this version has a transcript of part of what this poor fellow had to endure. (You should listen to a minute or two of the recording anyway to get a sense of what a jerk the agent is being.)

It reminds me of how when you go to buy a car and they take your keys to check out your trade-in and then won't give them back.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
11:15 pm

maybe you could put in a good word for Lloyd Daugherty tonight.

I visited him today in the CCU at Park West.

He's feeling poorly, and his docs haven't been able to stabilize his blood pressure (it's very low). Tomorrow, he's going to have a very risky procedure, but it''s Lloyd's choice to go ahead and do it. His chances aren't real good.

When I went in to visit this afternoon, he was hoping he can get his energy up enough to do a press release. "About what?" I asked,

"I want to endorse Gary Wade and Sharon Lee," he said.

How cool is that? For those who don't know the chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union, he's a political maverick with deep convictions. Last year, he cut an anti-mountaintop removal commercial for Dawn Coppock. In 2011, he endorsed Madeline Rogero for mayor. He also named Frank Niceley his legislator of the year a few years back, so there's that, too.

Anyhow, he's headed for a real rough patch and would appreciate your prayers.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
06:01 pm

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Stumbled across this from my news feeds in a totally unrelated story. It's the Marshall Stanmore Black Bluetooth stereo speaker (with bonus analog and optical digital inputs, too).

It's "movable," but not "portable" in the sense that it won't fit in your cargo pants pocket or your hipster messenger bag. It has solid wood construction. It weighs 11 pounds. It requires AC power. It looks awesome. It's also some genius brand marketing for old geezers like me. I'd buy a "portable" version, but the batteries would probably add 10 pounds and take 12 hours to charge.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
01:40 pm

$92 million in penalties over the next two years, no further prosecution.

(link...)

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
09:05 am

NEW MIDSIZE SUV FROM VOLKSWAGEN TO BE PRODUCED IN CHATTANOOGA

Wolfsburg, July 14, 2014 – Within the framework of its Strategy 2018 plan, the Volkswagen Group is expanding its industrial footprint in the US. The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America has decided to award the production of the new midsize SUV to the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The Group will be investing a total of approximately US$900 million (€643 million) in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 additional jobs in the US. About US$600 million (€432 million) will be invested in Tennessee.

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Today, Volkswagen also announced that the Chairman of the Group Works Council of Volkswagen, Bernd Osterloh, will join the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "We are pleased that Mr. Osterloh has declared his willingness to play a concentrated role in shaping our US strategy in the future. He will represent the views of the workforce. This is in line with the codetermination culture of Volkswagen, which is one of our key success factors,” Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said.

Osterloh stated: "It is important for us that our colleagues in the U.S. know that we also care about the production site and the employment in Chattanooga. I am looking forward to my work on the Board. I am determined to uphold the interests of Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga. The North American market offers considerable opportunities; in my opinion, these have not been pursued with sufficient consistency in the past. With today’s decision to produce the midsize SUV in the USA, we are taking a key step.”

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Mon
Jul 14 2014
09:02 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Spotted leaving Krystal in Pigeon Forge.

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Sun
Jul 13 2014
10:07 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Is trying to run to the right of Campfield.
Looks like he's stamping his campaign literature with "I HATE Obamacare more than Stacey does."
I don't know that this will work for him, but he's probably scared to make an overt appeal for crossover voters (whom he needs, IMO).

It's crazy stuff.

Maybe not as crazy as Emert bragging about being in Blount County's Leadership class of 2015. What is THAT about?

these guys clearly need to get some women to run their campaigns.

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From CNN ...

A new law in Tennessee now protects bystanders who break into a hot car to rescue a child from being held liable for damages, and in Connecticut, there is a push to stiffen penalties for leaving a child unattended in a car.

Should the government step in to prevent hot car deaths?

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Another brilliant, fearless woman I'm proud to know:
Michele is my son's good friend from law school days. She's fighting the good fight. Gordon Bonnyman must be proud of her.

(link...)

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Sat
Jul 12 2014
08:35 pm

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There is no excuse for Tennessee to have such a fouled-up TennCare application process.

It is outrageous.

Hundreds of Tennesseans remain in limbo thanks to an outrageously gummed up TennCare system and its delayed $35 million computer system.

Federal officials say in a harsh letter that the state's TennCare agency is failing to follow the federal law.

How fouled up is this system? Newborns who are TennCare eligible may not receive coverage for six months, and that's just one example. That means unpaid hospital care gets passed on to taxpayers and other paying customers.

Now the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is requiring the state to submit a plan...

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Since Tim is a friend of mine, and I'm biased, I'm curious to hear other opinions. Does anyone think it's proper to throw a story about the county mayor getting engaged open to unmoderated comments, given the nature of the NS comments section?

Burchett (or anybody else) getting married isn't a matter for public comment, it seems to me. We don't get to vote on it, we don't pay for it, and most of us aren't even invited. The comments have been taken down now, about 2 days too late, but they were mostly negative, nosy, nasty comments and questions (and alleged answers) about his fiancee's personal life.

Kelly hasn't done one single thing to call attention to herself, and I cannot for the life of me understand why anybody thinks they have a right to poke into her private life because of who she's marrying.

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Sat
Jul 12 2014
09:33 am

Sarah Weddington, the youngest lawyer ever to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will be guest of honor at the Democratic Women of Knoxville's Women of Faith luncheon today, 11:30 a.m. at the Foundry.

You may have heard of Roe v Wade?

Sarah represented Norma McCorvey, AKA Jane Rowe.

I think there are a few tickets still available. She's an amazing speaker. I'm pretty sure she'll have something to say about Amendment One.

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Sat
Jul 12 2014
09:32 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Robin Report:

Had mall owners foreseen the devastating plunge in traffic and the waning drawing power of their anchors, they would have proactively collaborated with their tenants to come up with a strategic transformation to unshackle from the anchor model. However, they didn't. Therefore anchor positions have become an albatross around the necks of both successful retail anchors who now want a more compelling location, and the failing anchor stores who just want to get the hell out.

This is a pretty interesting article about the cultural and technological impacts on modern retail.

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