Jul 31 2015
11:38 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

We're movin' into August here in God's Country, Tennessee and that can only mean one thing: Grainger County 'maters are ripe (and are on sale at our local Kroger for just 99 cents per pound through Tuesday at midnight).

Consequently, I just laid in eight pints of the best corn and black bean salsa you ever did taste and thought you might enjoy the recipe, (this one's a little heavy on veggies other than those scrumptious 'maters, but adjust the proportions to your liking).


Jul 31 2015
10:58 am

The city announced today that an eastbound lane of Cumberland Ave. will open tomorrow, Sat. Aug. 1st, restoring two-way traffic just in time for U.T. fall classes and the football season. More info and a project update in the press release after the break...


Jul 31 2015
08:53 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL


The HOV lanes in Nashville indicate "Inherently Low Emission Vehicles Allowed, in addition to the 2 person per vehicle requirement. What exactly is an Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV)?

According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-188 (2014):

A light-duty vehicle or light-duty truck, regardless of whether the vehicle or truck is part of a motor vehicle fleet, with a gross vehicle weight of twenty-six thousand pounds (26,000 lbs.) or less that has been certified by the federal environmental protection agency as conforming to the ILEV guidelines, procedures and standards as published in 40 CFR 88.311.93

Then you can go to the EPA guidelines.

I still don't know if a Toyota Prius is an ILEV. Maybe I'll call a Toyota dealer or Toyota.

Jul 31 2015
08:50 am

NVIDIA is recalling approx. 88,000 Shield tablets because their lithium-ion batteries can overheat posing a fire hazard. NVIDIA will replace the tablets at no charge.

According to the CPSC, "This recall involves NVIDIA SHIELD tablet computers with 8-inch touch screens. Model numbers P1761, P1761W and P1761WX and serial numbers 0410215901781 through 0425214604018 are included in this recall. NVIDIA and the model and serial numbers are etched on the left side edge of the tablets. The SHIELD logo is on the back of the tablets."

More info...

Jul 31 2015
07:52 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Didn't get a picture. My cameras were not ready, dead battery, no card, wrong lens. A cell phone pic just wouldn't do it justice.

However, the Blue Moon songs keep running through my head

Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe

Blue Moon - The Marcels

Jul 30 2015
08:42 pm

What: DTV features the Wesley House leaders and their program
When: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Community TV Channels

Host Jessee Bundy will interview Tim Adams and Anderson Olds of Wesley House on DTV on Friday Night, July 31.

Wesley House currently provides academic, emotional, and spiritual support to 86 at-risk inner-city students and fellowship and support to 25 deserving inner-city senior citizens. We want to touch even more lives.

Tune in for more information about Wesley House and how you can support this great community program



From ...

A coffee roaster and a tavern will join the brewery on Sevier Avenue, and one block over, a beer market plans to open.

.Brewery, coffee roaster, others opening in South Knoxville


I wonder what the numbers are around our area.

from NBC News …

7.4 million borrowers were still "seriously" underwater on their mortgages at the end of June, according to RealtyTrac.

The real estate information company defines that as the loan amount being at least 25 percent higher than the property's estimated market value.

13 Percent of Homeowners Are 'Seriously' Underwater on Mortgages

Jul 30 2015
11:29 am

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. LBJ Library photo by unknown, 34897-22. Taken July 30, 1965. (LBJ Library)

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. After failed attempts by FDR, Truman and Kennedy, Johnson said "the times had caught up with the idea." Since then, the program has helped keep millions of seniors out of poverty and provided healthcare to needy families.

Some history at the LBJ Presidential Library:

50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

See also:

CMS.GOV: Medicare & Medicaid: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years

Jul 29 2015
06:39 am

Kroger is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds sold in its retail stores due to possible contamination from Salmonella.

Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Owen's, and Scott's.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

Product UPC Codes Size
Kroger Ground Cinnamon 1111070034 Sell by: May 19 18PS4
18.3 oz

Kroger Garlic Powder 1111070039 Sell by: May 18 17PS4 24.7 oz

Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper 1111070041 Sell by: May 18 18PS4 17.1 oz
Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper 1111070041 Sell by: May 19 18PS4 17.1 oz

Kroger Bac'n Buds 1111070025 Sell by: May 20 18PS4 12.0 oz

Kroger recall alerts.


from ...

A new inland Appalachian Regional Port — which will feature a railroad terminal but no water — will open just off Interstate 75 in north Georgia by 2018...

At the new port, in Chatsworth, Ga., about 40,000 tractor-trailer loads annually of vehicles, auto parts and other manufactured goods will be put on CSX rail cars for the journey to Savannah, taking that number of the big trucks off I-75 through the Atlanta area and helping to relieve traffic congestion, Georgia officials said after a ceremony Tuesday to sign documents to get the project underway.

Appalachian Regional Port created for north Georgia


"Haslam lays out plans for statewide transportation tour" would be nice to see instead. The restricted context means restricted ideas and answers.

This is the line I am suspicious about...
from Tom Humphrey article …

Right now we have a multi-billion dollar backlog of highway projects across this state

Maybe some different ideas determines some of those projects are not needed.

Haslam lays out plans for statewide road revenue tour



Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has written the White House, expressing opposition to what she calls “significantly stricter” limits on ground-level ozone that the EPA is now considering.

How did Waters end up in theses roles?

And Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters was to be in Washington today to participate in a discussion before a House panel on the expected impact of the proposed new ozone guidelines.

Sevier County’s Waters, vice chairman of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board, is scheduled to participate in a round-table discussion today, hosted by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The discussion is titled “EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule: Potential Impact on Manufacturing and Jobs.”

Proposed ozone rules grab East Tennessee mayors' attention

Jul 28 2015
09:00 am

Tom Humphrey reports...

Womick to county clerks: Ignore AG; no gay marriage licenses

“It has come to my attention that most, if not all of you, have been contacted by AG Herbert Slatery and the Haslam Administration, and have been told to uphold the SCOTUS opinion or race [sic] a discrimination lawsuit,” wrote Womick, R-Rockvale.

“Such intimidation from this administration is unconstitutional and should not be tolerated. Each of you are publicly elected servants of your county. You swore an oath to uphold the Tennessee State Constitution and to enforce the Tennessee Code Annotated. You did not take an oath to uphold an ‘opinion’ from from five justices of the SCOTUS.

“Therefore, I am asking each of you to ignore the recent SCOTUS opinion redefining marriage, uphold our State Constitution, and issue marriage certificates to one man and one woman only,” the letter says.

Dude has some issues, apparently. Regardless, not sure anyone should take "legal" advice from that guy.


Rep. Womick: Impeach Haslam

Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier over in Nashville...

...did Rep. Womick pull out a pistol?

Jul 27 2015
05:06 pm

Made a statement; didn't take questions. He's "sorry if he offended anybody."

Didn't directly apologize for calling Muslims "goat-humpers" or Obama voters "stupid."

I guess the KNS can republish its story now.

Jul 26 2015
11:53 am

Finbarr Saunders is running for re-election for his At Large City Council Seat C. He has two opponents, Paul Bonovitch and Kelly Absher. So far, the only fact I know about Bonovitch is that he lives in Sequoyah Hills. Absher lives downtown, is president of the Market Square Business Association and says on his Facebook page he wants to support small businesses, although he doesn't say how. Other than that, his main campaign tactic seems to be featuring photos on his FB page of people holding red ovals on a stick that say Absher for City Council. I reached out to Absher but got very little in return.

To date, there is no substance in this campaign. There is no basis on which to make a choice, other than for Saunders, who at least has a track record on CC which you may or may not like.

No wonder voters are apathetic regarding this election. Does anyone have any information about these candidates that's worth sharing?


This is a unique business that opened on Gay Street

from WATE ...

“Painting with a Twist” located on 121 South Gay Street opened on Thursday evening with an open house and painting class for invitees. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine, and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.

“Painting with a Twist” opens in Downtown Knoxville

Jul 25 2015
12:12 am

Interested in solar energy? Visit SPECTRUM, the University of Tennessee’s interactive solar energy exhibit, at Knoxville Center Mall on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a free "Solar 101" workshop to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about solar energy.

At 11 a.m., ARiES Energy will present information about installing solar panels on your home – the process, pay-back period, impact on electricity bills, and more. A solar expert will be available for questions following the presentation.

Learn About Solar Energy This Saturday!


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