Tue
Nov 4 2014
12:30 pm

From Yahoo …

TENNESSEE

Hog & Hominy
Memphis
Memphis locals Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman meld their Italian and Southern roots to produce some of the best pies — and, for that matter, Italian plates — in the state. The pizzas take the best of both cuisines, like the Prewitt that has spicy boudin sausage, Fontina cheese, and — why not? — scrambled eggs.

A Slice of America: The Best Pizzeria in Every State

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A message from Rusty Odom, publisher of Blank News:

BLANK has been around for seven years and for most of that time, we've been the only independent alternative publication in Knoxville. We've covered the local entertainment scene and have done a myriad of human interest stories over that span and we are stepping our game up in a big way in light of the Metropulse being shut down.

We have already reached out to a few former members of the MP staff and we wish we could take them all on. I hate it that people lost their livelihoods but Knoxville is not left without a viable alternative print option.

Our next issue, due out November 12th, will feature a tribute to Metropulse. If you or any of your readers would like to contribute by telling a great story or testimonial about the paper, please have them reach out to rusty@blanknews.com.

We are also putting together a concert to celebrate the history of the Pulse and we're going to donate the proceeds to the UT School of Journalism along with other local collegiate journalism programs.

Blank News is online at blanknews.com, and here are the the print edition distribution locations.

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Tue
Nov 4 2014
07:08 am

Does this mean Barack Obama and Joe Biden will stop spamming me now?

KNOX: Sample ballot, voting location lookup

BLOUNT: Sample ballot, voting location lookup

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Mon
Nov 3 2014
08:04 pm

A couple of weeks ago, newly elected school board member Amber Rountree questioned the use of "SAT-10" testing for K-2 students.

Yesterday, Betty Bean reported that Supt. McIntyre said he would drop the testing for kindergarten students. (Betty also reported that McIntyre would dial back the Bearden Middle IB program to save money.)

Then today, there's the latest credit card scandal (see below), this time involving Knox Co. Schools administration.

Tonight it's being reported that the School Board voted to eliminate SAT-10 testing for all K-2 students. At least until after tomorrow's election, which could change the dynamic.

The chickens are coming home to roost, it would seem.

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Mon
Nov 3 2014
07:09 pm

WBIR: Knox schools months behind on credit card bills

The Knox County school system in the past year did not pay its credit cards on time, nor did it pay off the full balance, leaving taxpayers on the hook for late fees and finance charges.

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Some credit card users also charge items that Bob Thomas, assistant schools superintendent of administrative services, told WBIR are not allowed.

And, the cards in some instances were used to make personal purchases, which employees would then reimburse – something that is against county policy.

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Mon
Nov 3 2014
06:05 pm

Of "Click and Clack" fame. He will be missed. Link

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This would seem enough to push folks to vote for a landslide in favor of the Democrats.

He has an odd view of what is a productive use of time.

From MSNBC ...

Should Republicans gain control of the Senate from Democrats after the elections on Tuesday, Cruz said the first task should be a series of hearings on Obama, “looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration,” the Post reported. Senators, he added, should be as aggressive as their counterparts in the House in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Ted Cruz vows aggressive new direction if GOP takes Senate

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Mon
Nov 3 2014
01:41 pm

From HuffPo:

...The most interesting thing Esri calculates, however, are their own "Tapestry" classifications, a series of "68 unique segments based on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics." The profiles are broken into two sections: "Lifemode groups," which are "markets that share a common experience—born in the same generation or immigration from another country—or a significant demographic trait, like affluence," and "Urbanization groups," which are "markets [that] share similar locales, from the urban canyons of the largest cities to the rural lanes of villages or farms." The classifications are based on data from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey (ACS), The Doublebase consumer survey from GfK MRI and the Esri's most Updated Demographics.

Check your zip code here.

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What: Public meeting on South Waterfront zoning variance requests
When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Flenniken’s Landing, 115 Flenniken Ave.

The South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition is hosting a public meeting along with City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment staff and the development team of Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial regarding the South Waterfront project at the former Baptist Hospital site.

The developers will present a project update, and will also discuss requested zoning variances for the proposed apartments at the Riverwalk at the Bridges project.

The public is invited to attend.

NOTE: The variance requests were discussed previously here. The Board of Zoning Appeals was scheduled to hear the variance requests on Oct. 16th, but the minutes of that meeting do not yet appear to have been posted.

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Mon
Nov 3 2014
07:52 am

KNS here:

Sheriff Jones hires former commissioner Scott Moore for Inmate Industries

Moore will work under the supervisior of former Knox County commissioner Ivan Harmon, who is supervisor of Inmate Industries.

"Several months ago he contacted me about giving back to the community," Jones said Monday morning. He added that Moore had always been a friend ot law enforcement.

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Sun
Nov 2 2014
08:56 am

...60 years if Republicans take over the Senate.

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Sat
Nov 1 2014
11:21 pm

Epic OT win by the Vols, who never give up against South Carolina tonight. Don't get much better than that. SEC Game of the week. Rocketman! Go Vols!

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Sat
Nov 1 2014
07:19 am

According to the High on LeConte blog, they have "17 inches of snow on the ground with more snow steadily falling."

The NPS Smokies Road Info twitter feed says several roads are closed in the Smokies, no access to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg Bypass is closed, Little River Road from the Y to Elkmont is closed, and US 441/Newfound Gap Road is closed.

NPS Smokies webcams for Purchase Knob and Look Rock.

36 degrees in Alcoa and windy, feels like 21.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
07:06 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

As Halloween drew to a close, a frightening visage appeared, Lane Kiffin as his true alter ego, Eddie Smith!

PS The latest ad (the one that Haslam is paying to help Smith) tells us in large on-screen letters that Eddie is for a "balenced budget." Of course, state law requires a balanced budget. The bigger question: Does Eddie want to cut the budget for instruction in spelling!

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
02:56 pm

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett have named their MPC executive director search committee. The committee members are: Co-chairs Dean Rice, Chief of Staff to Mayor Burchett, and Bill Lyons, Deputy to Mayor Rogero/Chief Policy Officer; MPC Vice Chair Bart Carey; MPC Commissioner Herb Anders; former County Commissioner Wanda Moody; and Stephanie Welch, Vice President of Operations for Community Schools at the Great Schools Partnership.

More in the press release after the break...

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
10:52 am

Back from the Northeast, where this was seen rolling down the highway

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Here's the background.

U.C. Berkeley researcher Chris Petrella has issued an open letter debunking some of the flawed methodology of Hakim and Blackstone’s research, calling on Corrections Corporation of America to stop citing their study. CCA and private prison firm GEO Group – both of which funded the study, along with Management & Training Corp. – have incestuously cited it in their promotional materials, on their websites and in public statements.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
09:56 am

The latest in Verizon's line of Droid phones launched yesterday. The Droid Turbo is a monster, with one exception (more on this in a minute). You can read about the features and specs here. Following is my initial review.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
08:24 am

Free ebooks from Project Gutenberg. Those of you nearing my age may remember a screenplay of the first one, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, was broadcast as the very last episode of The Twilight Zone.

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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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