Tue
Jul 8 2014
07:47 am
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

Last night I attended a rehearsal. Another fun Front Page Follies is coming. For those who do not know, this is the annual musical spoof of local news and news makers. It is done by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, and benefits journalism scholarships at both UT and Pellissippi.

July 19th at the Convention Center: it all starts with drinks (6pm), dinner and a Live Auction (7pm), then the show around 8pm.

Tickets here.
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This is not normally what we blog about on here. I asked Randy before posting this. Today my friend's very rare 1975 BMW 2002 Bauer Edition was stolen from Downtown Knoxville. This is a piece of automotive history and we would like to see it recovered. If you see this car, call the police. VIN: 3590458 TN Plate: AA90769 (antique auto) Euro Plate on front of car: GC-7957-E.

Thank you Randy and to all of the members of Knoxviews.com

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Mon
Jul 7 2014
01:21 pm

Betty Bean:

There's no good reason why Knox County voters shouldn't ask their legislators (who probably would break out in hives at the prospect of applying any such restrictions to themselves) to fix the glitch in state law that prohibits us from having a term limits referendum like the one we had in 1994, only this time for school board.

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For those trying to get a handle on this issue see this report plus links.
Weblink here
English pdf file here
Espanol pdf file here

Lost Boys and Girls of Central America
Most of the children who have been apprehended as part of this influx are from three countries in Central America: Guatemala (35%), El Salvador (27%) and Honduras (25%). The majority of the children the WRC interviewed said that their flight northward had been necessitated by the dramatic and recent increases in violence and poverty in their home countries. The WRC’s independent research on the conditions in these countries corroborated the children’s reports. These increasingly desperate conditions reflect the culmination of several longstanding trends in Central America, including rising crime, systemic state corruption and entrenched economic inequality.

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Sun
Jul 6 2014
04:51 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The site was down for a while today because of an as yet unexplained server/database problem. Our service provider worked with us to fix it and we appear to be back on the air. (ServInt rocks!) Apologies for the inconvenience. Hopefully y'all were out enjoying this beautiful weather and didn't notice.

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Fri
Jul 4 2014
08:37 am

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I've been asked to give a somewhat sizable donation by a third party to George Underwood, Democratic candidate for General Sessions judge. I'm not familiar with Mr. Underwood. Can anyone tell me anything about him that's not on his website?

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Thu
Jul 3 2014
04:53 pm

WATE reports that Roy Cockrum, 58, claimed his Powerball jackpot prize in Nashville this afternoon. He took the cash option, which is $115,147,525.50 after taxes. More...

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Thu
Jul 3 2014
10:07 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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Thu
Jul 3 2014
08:03 am

Metro Pulse has an exhaustive report on the Knox Co. jail's for-profit video visitation system. According to the article, it's fairly common and Knox Co. is late to the party.

This is just wrong on many levels. And the fees for remote visitation are outrageous (as are, apparently fees for telephone calls). As noted in the article, Skype is free.

Tough shit for the criminals you say? As also noted in the article, most inmates are locked up pending trial, meaning they are innocent until proven guilty.

Anyway, leave it to the privatizers to figure out more ways to prey on the families of the less fortunate for profit.

Previous discussion at KnoxViews...

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If you blinked, you may have missed the following AP report that appeared Monday in the online edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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I don’t mean to take away from that portion of the resolution that acknowledges the role of Tennessee in the Trail of Tears and the expressed regret; however, I find it interesting that while the Legislature credits itself with House Resolution HJR 553, with minor exceptions – primarily the naming of the individual tribes – it did not originate within the Legislature but was composed by and forwarded to the Legislature by a citizen who has developed a personal interest in the Trail.

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Missing from the resolution is an acknowledgement by the Legislature of actions by Tennesseans that resulted in the Cherokees being driven from their traditional lands and being reduced to approximately 1,000 individuals living south of the Hiwassee River – basically Polk County -- by the early 1800's..

As reported Channel 4, WSMV, Representative Casada, the sponsor of the resolution stated: "It was a land grab. The United States government wanted the peoples' land and they took it. And so the lesson for us today is when government comes to you and they take something from somebody and they give it to someone else, that is wrong,"

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Professor Turley pens an op-ed in the LA Times and at his blog about the Halbig case. At issue can the Obama administration legally provide tax subsidies to residents of states that haven’t established exchanges?

The Hobby Lobby case is a huge blow for the Administration in terms of one of the most prominent provisions of the Act and recognizing religious rights for corporations. However, it is more of a fender bender for the ACA. Halbig could be a train wreck of a case if it goes against the Administration.

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Wed
Jul 2 2014
03:10 pm

Check out Leland Price's first television commercial, airing this week:

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This was surprising to me

From CNN ...

Chances are if you bought your favorite coffee in a paper cup this morning, that cup cannot be recycled.

50 billion cups in the U.S. end up in landfills every year -- enough that if placed end to end, they would go to the moon and back roughly five times.

This paper cup can be recycled -- unlike the 50 billion that end up in landfills

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What: Boyd Cloud Saturday Morning Democrat Club with U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball as guest speaker
When: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Where: Shoneys' on Western Avenue NW Knoxville

United States Senate candidate Gordon Ball will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Boyd Cloud Democrat Club. Ball will also take and answer questions following his talk. The meeting will last from 8:00 a.m. to about 9:30 a.m.

This club is moderated by Gayle Alley, outgoing Democratic Executive Committeewoman for the 7th District. The Club has been meeting monthly since about 1982, when it was founded by Randy Tyree and the late Boyd Cloud.

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Wed
Jul 2 2014
09:47 am

Hilton Knoxville sells for $25 million, big plans in works

Pollin said Knoxville is "a lot more than a mid-size city," calling it an area that is "really booming and has the creative class" his partners sought.

"I feel like Knoxville is on a tear and we're not going to change the trajectory. We want to just play our role and support that and add to it, and we want to celebrate it," he said.

Plans include upgrades, an expanded Starbucks, and a new/expanded beer garden patio.

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Wed
Jul 2 2014
09:41 am

This week marks the 30th Anniversary of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth, along with other events including a march commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. More info and road closure details in the press releases after the break....

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Tue
Jul 1 2014
04:59 pm

I know it is late notice, but I am trying to organize some folks to show up tonight and greet the Karns and Bearden Middle School kids that have been at TSA National Competition in Washington, DC. They have won some pretty amazing national awards as they do every year and they deserve to be noticed. They also placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while there.

Please come if you can…what else are you doing at 11:00pm?

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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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