Wed
Jul 8 2015
02:01 pm

Microsoft announced today a $7.6 billion writedown on its Nokia business, which it paid $7.2 billion for only 18 months ago. The company also announced 7800 more layoffs, mostly in its phone business. Microsoft probably wishes they'd gotten rid of Ballmer a lot sooner.

Fortune: Can we agree that the Nokia buy was a total disaster for Microsoft?

SEE ALSO:

Microsoft hangs up on Nokia business

Curtain Falls on Nokia’s Finnish Home in Boom-to-Bust Demise

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Wed
Jul 8 2015
11:58 am

All trading ON the NYSE is halted, due to a computer glitch. (Some NYSE stocks are trading on other platforms.)

United Airlines grounded all flights this morning due to computer problems.

Wall Street Journal website down, but only on the east coast. West coast server(s) still working.

Officials at the Justice Department say the outages are not related to each other or nefarious activity.

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From NBC News ...

. A former candidate for Congress in Tennessee was charged Tuesday with plotting to burn down a mosque in New York state.

Robert R. Doggart, 63, of Sequatchie County, Tennessee, was indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of soliciting others to destroy religious property, a civil rights violation.

Tennessee Congressional Candidate Charged With Plot to Burn N.Y. Mosque

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Tue
Jul 7 2015
11:36 am

The wonderfully talented, witty and generally wonderous photojournalist Jack Rose – formerly the chief photographer for the old Knoxville Journal, died yesterday.

The comment I've seen most of on FB is simply that Jack was the best of the best. Any story I ever worked on with Jack was better because he was there. Sometimes he made it a whole different story, just by asking a couple of quirky, brilliant questions.

Apparently he was stricken within the last three weeks with a rare and awful auto-immune disease that destroyed his liver. His doctor at Vandy was hoping for a liver transplant, but nothing was available in time to save Jack.

All us old Journal Alums are devastated, as are many others. And I hurt for his wife, Sara Fortune Rose, with whom Jack was so happy.

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Tue
Jul 7 2015
10:37 am


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Mayor Rogero, city officials, local residents and kids from South Knoxville Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club today celebrated the official groundbreaking for the new, 8.25 acre, $6.6 million Suttree Landing Park and riverwalk near Phillips Ave. in South Knoxville.

Suttree Landing is the first phase of the city's new development along the south waterfront. It will have a 1/2 mile tree-lined road (Waterfront Dr.) landscaped with natural plants and vegetation. There will be a 2000 ft. riverwalk that is part of a planned 3.5 miles of riverwalk on the south shore, along with one mile of new waterfront greenway that will tie in to other greenways in the area and eventually the 50+ miles of bike trails in the Urban Wilderness project. There will also be a canoe/kayak launch. The ribbon cutting to open this section is expected about one year from now.

Mayor Rogero said that this is the first new city park in over a decade and that she is very proud of it. She also asked folks in the area to be patient with all the construction, saying "the new city flower is the orange cone."

In the photo gallery above (click the image), in addition to photos from the groundbreaking there are photos of the old SKB home place just up the street from the event, the old CAP office next door that is being redeveloped into a restaurant and pub, photos of progress on the Baptist Hospital demolition, progress on the new Island Home apartments project, and the new entrance to Fort Dickerson.

Dirt is moving and things are happening on the South Waterfront.

UPDATE: City press release after the break...

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What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Michelle Commander July 15
When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

medium_michelle-commander-web.pngKnox County Public Library invites you to join Michelle Commander, UT Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, for a close look at Saidiya Hartman's Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Wednesday, July 15, noon–1:00 p.m in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. This program is rescheduled from February when it was cancelled because of the ice and snow.

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Tue
Jul 7 2015
08:27 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

A joke heard by the Mrs. on Morning Joe...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Greece to consult with officials about the debt crisis. She had to answer some questions going through Greek customs:

Name? Angela Merkel
Age? 60
Occupation? Not yet.

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The Maryville Daily Times reports that local officials are warning against contact with Culton Creek after biologists working on an apparently unrelated project reported a fish kill believed to be caused by toxic chemicals from the train incident last week. They say that groundwater has been tested and wells are safe to use.

Officials say they believe most of the toxic chemical burned off in the fire, but CSX is replacing contaminated soil in the affected area.

We are curious about EPA and/or TDEC testing of Culton Creek and whether anything was found and/or reported. Culton Creek flows into Pistol Creek which flows into Little River. It also flows through a protected wetland in our neighborhood.

Basically, it sounds like they don't really know how much of the toxic chemical was released into the ground or Culton Creek v. into the atmosphere from the fire. Either way, 24,000 gallons were released into the environment in some form or another.

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Sun
Jul 5 2015
11:05 am

Letter: Rainbow lights unjustifiable

Using our tax dollars to light up the Henley Bridge in rainbow colors in support of the recent Supreme Court decision is not a justifiable expenditure.

The writer, who says Mayor Rogero is pushing a personal agenda, may not recall that the Henley (Street) Bridge was outfitted with remote controlled LED lighting when it was recently rebuilt. The setup lets city workers change the lighting color scheme with a few keystrokes (or button pushes or whatever) so there's virtually no incremental taxpayer cost involved. I don't recall anyone complaining when they change it to orange and white for football games.

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Sun
Jul 5 2015
03:35 am

Is there a downtown teen curfew in Knoxville? I have searched a bit on web but not clear on it.

Just looking around it looks like other cities have curfews like under 18 cannot be in the central downtown area past 10 pm without their parents.

The last few weeks it looks like there is an evolving issue downtown with large groups of under 18 teens. Running across streets in front of vehicles, it looked like there may have been a fight in Market Square tonight but I couldn't tell because of the large number of kids gathered around it.
No police around. Which surprised me a bit.

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Sat
Jul 4 2015
08:58 pm

I had a vacuum-sealed package of frozen whole strawberries I picked at Rutherford's a couple of years ago. Almost too many as it ran over just a bit.

Ooh, but it's so goooood!

Click the image to enlarge.

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Fri
Jul 3 2015
09:02 pm

For the past year I've been submitting spit tests and tracing my previously unknown family tree. What I have learned in the past year has been nothing short of amazing, including, my maternal grandfathers line is Colonial American. So, this 4th of July feels a little closer to home to me, than it has in the past.

I've lost count of the ancestors that participated during the Revolutionary War, there were many.

And, a recently realized to me, husband of a 1st cousin 8x removed (his second wife) was not only a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was a law teacher and mentor to Thomas Jefferson, part of the 2nd Continental Congress, opponent of slavery, among many many other accomplishments. So I offer a very special, belated, thank you to cousin George Wythe this 4th of July.

(too bad my 8th great grand uncle didn't share George's beliefs)

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th!

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Thu
Jul 2 2015
01:47 pm

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UPDATE: The Mrs. snapped the above pic with her cellphone at about 2:30 PM from the Blount Co. Library facing west/northwest towards the Midland Shopping Center. You can see the black plume of smoke low to the ground is drifting to the northeast. (Click image for bigger.)

A tank car carrying a toxic chemical on a CSX train traveling through Blount Co. ruptured and caught fire last night and it is now being reported that the chemical can produce cyanide gas when it burns.

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Wed
Jul 1 2015
07:45 pm

Whites Creek on why...

Extra: Video of President Obama's Nashville town hall meeting on health care today (fast forward to about 30:00 for the start). There were some pretty great questions and answers.

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Wed
Jul 1 2015
05:06 pm

And Tamara is speaking first. She's got five minutes.

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from WATE ...

Asheville-based Navitat Canopy Adventures is launching Ijams Canopy Experience July 17 at Ijams Nature Center. The new zip-line course sits on three acres and is designed to blend into the landscape.

South Knoxville zip-line course opening at Ijams Nature Park

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
05:54 pm

The Tennessean reports that Republican state legislators are calling for a special session to legislate something or other in response to the Supreme Court same sex marriage situation.

It's not exactly clear how they plan to respond or what they want to legislate. One speculation is the "pastor freedom act," which is already on the books and not affected by the Supreme Court decison. Maybe they want to secede? Or only allow the gays to marry under the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest at the statehouse wearing Confederate flag gowns or something?

Anyway, here's the best response:

"As long as we can get Insure Tennessee on the agenda, I'm happy to have any sort of special session," said House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley. "That would be my rubric on this one, since we already have a religious freedom law on the books."

Maybe what the TNGOP really ought to do is start work on repealing the hateful and embarrassing and now unconstitutional "one man, one woman" amendment to our state constitution. Unfortunately, that will take a lot more work than a special session.

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Tue
Jun 30 2015
10:26 am

Clip from the "Dock Dogs" competition at Maryville's Summer on Broadway festival this weekend.

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