from NBC News …

For many retirees, the end of life comes with major medical costs that can wipe out savings. But others have little savings to begin with.

"A lot of folks really don't have much of a financial cushion by the time they get to the end," said MIT economist James Poterba, whose 2012 study found that many Americans die with "virtually no financial assets."

One in Five Elderly Americans Dies Broke, Survey Shows

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Thu
Apr 30 2015
06:59 am

As the Market Square Farmers Market [MSFM] has become more and more popular, incidents involving dogs endangering and/or frightening patrons have increased. These incidents have become increasingly common in the most crowded and congested areas of the MSFM, the central aisles where dogs can feel threatened, come into close contact with small children, and where the majority of the produce and other unpackaged food items are sold. Incidents also increased of dogs defecating in the aisles or urinating on food, tablecloths, coolers, and other items where food is displayed

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Dog sitting areas will be available, where, as WBIR reports, volunteers will be available to watch your dog so you can shop. And, small dogs securely confined in carriers will be allowed. Hah! Time to get out the stroller.

It gets very crowded on Farmers Market day. I can see why a change has been put into place. Many times I'm afraid someone is going to step on my pup. I would never leave Gracie with a volunteer worker at the Farmers Market. I'll just stay on the sidelines or bring the stroller.

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TVA has awarded Knoxville $7.1 million for "Extreme Energy Makeovers" to help lower-income families improve residential energy efficiency. Knoxville was one of two communities selected to receive the grants. The other was Huntsville, AL.

Details in the press release after the break...

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Wed
Apr 29 2015
03:56 pm

We ran off to Florida for a couple of weeks and here are a few vacation pics. Click the one above to see them. We stayed in Palm Coast which is in Flagler County about half way between St. Augustine and Daytona. Didn't do much other than lounge around, hang out on the beach, cruise up and down A1A, and drink Margaritas. April is a nice time to visit Florida. Not too hot, but a little rainy at times.

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Mayor Rogero today proposed a $206 million budget with increased funding for a number of priorities including parks and greenways and youth development, along with ongoing funding for economic development, center city redevelopment and other projects. It also includes a $1.4 million increase in pension plan funding and a 2.5% raise for employees. The budget represents a nearly 3% increase but involves no new taxes.

More info in the press release summary after the break...

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Wed
Apr 29 2015
10:29 am

What: Knox Co. Democratic Party First Friday Celebration
When: Friday, May 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: The Public House, 212 W. Magnolia Ave. (around the corner from the old Regas Restaurant Site)

Come join local democrats for First Friday socializing from 600pm until 900pm

You will note that our First Friday party is NOT being held at the KCDP Headquarters.

The KCDP is launching an initiative to support local businesses by hosting First Friday at various businesses throughout town.

for info: Cameron Brooks (cameronjbrooks@gmail.com)

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FBI press release...

Seeking Information in Kidnapping, Bank Robbery, and Extortion

FBI Knoxville
April 28, 2015

Supervisory Special Agent Marshall Stone
(865) 544-0751

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and the Oak Ridge Police Department (ORPD) responded to the Y-12 Credit Union at 501 Lafayette Drive, in Oak Ridge Tennessee today on a report of a bank robbery, kidnapping, and extortion.

Preliminary reports indicate that at approximately 8:15 a.m. today, an employee of the credit union, and the employee’s family, were threatened in an attempt to obtain money from the credit union. The employee’s family was held for a period of time before being released in the Gettysvue Country Club parking lot in Knoxville, around 9:25 a.m. During the law enforcement response, the suspects fled and no injuries have been reported, and no money was taken from the credit union.

Law enforcement agencies are looking for two male subjects and one female subject (no further descriptions are available at this time). Members of the public who were in the vicinity of the Whittington Creek neighborhood (around Whittington Creek Blvd., South Northshore Drive, and/or Scott Lane), in Knoxville between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., or the Gettysvue County Club parking lot in Knoxville between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., who may have noticed a vehicle following a 2010 gold Lexus, RX350, or any unusual activity, are asked to call the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751, or KCSO at 865-215-2444.

This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF), composed of the FBI, KPD, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, and the Oak Ridge Police Department.

All subjects are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Tue
Apr 28 2015
11:47 am
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

You may care to join me at SCOTUSblog, where I am following live updates through 12:30 p.m. (adjournment), here...

(Sorry to share so late. Following too many media...)

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Tue
Apr 28 2015
10:16 am

Iconic Bonnaroo Joins Live Nation Entertainment's World Leading Festival

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) and Bonnaroo's founding partners, Superfly and AC Entertainment, announced today the completion of a new partnership, through which Live Nation assumes a controlling interest in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

"The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment's world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few," said Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO and president. "We continue to expand the industry's most unparalleled and scalable festival platform all while driving strong revenue and growth for Live Nation on a global basis. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience."

"We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo," said Rick Farman, co-founder, Superfly. "Through this partnership with Live Nation, we're even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we've thoughtfully built over the past 14 years."

"Partnering with Live Nation is a milestone for Bonnaroo. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Bonnaroo experience in an exciting, powerful way," said Ashley Capps, founder, AC Entertainment.

Congratulations to AC on this milestone.

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Sun
Apr 26 2015
10:55 pm

Jindal for president?

From NBC News

Louisiana's public colleges are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as they face a drop in state funding of up to 82 percent. As the state legislature fails to make headway covering a $608 million shortfall in higher education spending,

Amid Funding Cuts, Will LSU Have to Declare 'Bankruptcy'?.

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Sun
Apr 26 2015
09:36 pm

Who: Tennessee Equality Project-Knox, Anderson, & Blount Counties

What: Knoxville Marriage Plus Rally

Where: Knoxville Sunsphere, World's Fair Park on W Clinch Ave

When: Monday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

On the night before the U. S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Tennessee and other marriage cases, we will rally as a community to take in the historic moment and remember all that remains to be done to achieve equality in all areas of life.

Guest Speaker is Mayor Madeline Rogero with Rev. Laura Bogle.

Entertainment by The Fine & Dandies Quartet from the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus.

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Edward W. Campion, M.D., Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D., and Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D.
EDITORIAL In Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage should be accepted both as a matter of justice and as a measure that promotes health. Marriage as an institution is about stable, long-term relationships, which we know encourage health, reduce the risk of some diseases, and promote healthy families. All health professionals know that in those with chronic and severe illness, care almost always relies in part on family. And when things get really difficult, as when life and death decisions need to be made, physicians know that talking with a patient's partner is not legally the same as working with a patient's spouse.

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Interesting ...

How supportive are TVA and KUB of solar power?

From the NY Times...

It is the latest chapter in a closely watched battle that has put this state at the forefront of a global upheaval in the power business. Rooftop systems now sit atop roughly 12 percent of Hawaii’s homes, according to the federal Energy Information Administration, by far the highest proportion in the nation.

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

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Sun
Apr 26 2015
07:48 pm

Dan Andrews files this report about the latest problems at the World's Fair Park site.

It seems expensive repairs are needed to the man-made lake, and the Amphitheater canopy is also in need of repair. (Didn't they already fix that once?)

Of more concern, it appears that all the Amphitheater seating has been removed for safety (?) reasons, and there's no immediate plan to replace it. (We were there not too long ago for a concert and didn't notice any safety or other problems with the seating.) So basically, the Amphitheater is out of commission for any events.

There are also no immediate plans to address the South Lawn performance area drainage problems.

It's starting to sound like "demolition by neglect" of one of downtown Knoxville's great assets.

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
08:15 pm

What: Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Electrician Training Center (IBEW), 6107 Central Avenue Pike

The updated annual report, "Tennessee Workers: Dying for a Job,” will be released identifying positive steps that have been achieved in the past year—including a commitment by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to revamp its contractor qualification process to put a new emphasis on the contractor’s safety record and commitment. Recommendations for additional safety measures also will be identified in the report.
Media contacts: John & Nancy Stewart (general media contacts), johnnan@knology.net, 865-584-3834, 865-806-8115 (cell); Suzanne Coile (Central Labor Council), 865-591-2300; Fran Ansley (Jobs with Justice) fran.ansley@gmail.com, 865-387-9672

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
02:53 pm

What: Knox Co 6th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Karns Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Mike Knapp, newly elected 6th District representative of the KCDP, will speak on Precinct organizing in support of candidates running for office.

For info: Janice Spoone (spoojh@comcast.net)
Mike Knapp (mjknapp@icx.net)

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
02:44 pm

What: Knox Co. 4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Our very special guest is the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, first district representative of the Knox Co. Democratic Party, and veteran of the civil rights movement.

This is our first meeting without the 3rd district democrats, who are breaking out with their own meetings..we wish them well.

For info: Chris Foell (691-8933, foellmc@aol.com)

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
02:32 pm

What: Knox Co. 3rd District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Cedar Bluff Library, 9045 Cross Park Dr.

Guest speaker is Cameron Brooks, Chairman of the Knox Co. Democratic Party..

Please come and support the KCDP 3rd District Democrats..As a result of the KCDP convention in March, They have new leadership and are breaking out with their own meetings (no longer meeting with the 4th District Dems)

For Info: Issac Johnson (ijohnso2@gmail.com)
Liz Key (lizkey1@gmail.com)

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
02:25 pm

Looks good …

from MSNBC …

Obamacare customers nationally also tended to be more satisfied with their plans bought in 2014 than people who primarily have traditional job-based health coverage – the majority of those with insurance – the study by the J.D. Power market research company found.

The J.D. Power survey … shows that people with employer-sponsored coverage who have “multiple plan options” have the exact same satisfaction rating as the people on Obamacare. And this might actually circle back to the cost issue. People shopping on Obamacare have the option to decide whether they want a plan with a high premium or a low one. Shoppers have typically gravitated toward the lower-cost premium. The average monthly premium on Healthcare.gov is $374. For people getting coverage at work, the average premium is $464.

ACA scores big on customer satisfaction

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Fri
Apr 24 2015
12:49 pm

Jeff Bezos made $5 billion today. On paper, but still.
Steve Ballmer made $1 billion.

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