Sun
Jun 7 2015
01:46 pm

We decided to wash our cars today. We were trying to figure out what to use to clean the interiors. The Mrs. went through all the cleaning products on hand, and they all had one warning or another about what kinds of surfaces to use or not use them on.

Then she found some Murphy Oil that she had gotten to use on our kitchen cabinets a while back. The instructions indicated you could use Murphy Oil on just about anything, so we tried that (diluted with water according to instructions).

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Crashing the Pachyderm party:

(link...)

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Sat
Jun 6 2015
07:45 am

There's a lot happening on the South Waterfront project. Some highlights from the spring update:

• City Council approved an application for a $24 million USDOT competitive grant to fund the pedestrian/bicycle bridge.

• Demolition work continues at the Baptist Hospital site, with work moving across the street to the Old Vols Inn.

• Infrastructure work on Suttree Landing Park and Waterfront Drive is underway.

• Designs for Sevier Ave. infrastructure improvements are nearing completion.

• The Island Home pillars, recently damaged by a truck, have been repaired and restored.

• Work on the new Fort Dickerson entrance is progressing, with grading and retaining walls complete and pavement expected in the the next few weeks.

One item of particular interest to me is that the former Civil Air Patrol property at 1147 Sevier Ave. is being redeveloped as a tavern. The old house was "Mrs. Fox's" house when I was growing up next door at 1151. According to property records, the new owner is listed as KNOXKNOSH LLC, which according to state records is associated with Daniel Crowder, who may be the same Daniel Crowder who operates the Bull's BBQ food truck. Back in the day, 1151, 1147 and 1141 ("The Turners' house") were bookended by taverns, Jimmy's to the east and Dot 'n Ann's to the west.

MORE INFO: South Waterfront 2015 Spring Update

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How many lives saved and money if they had just agreed to Medicaid expansion from the beginning?

Seems like this should be the first thing mentioned in the article instead of the money...

From the Tennessean ...

The report projects 220 fewer annual deaths.

Study: Insure Tennessee would have saved $190M, 220 lives

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Thu
Jun 4 2015
09:22 am

Betty Bean: Outspoken teacher gets walking papers; supporters charge retaliation

Graham’s colleagues pitched in to help her pack up the contents of her classroom, much of which she’d bought last year with the proceeds from a summer job at Hobby Lobby.

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Thu
Jun 4 2015
09:17 am

Eastbound lanes of Cumberland Ave. will close for six weeks beginning Tuesday, June 9th for construction on the Cumberland Ave. Corridor project. More info about alternate routes, free KAT bus routes and more in the city press release after the break...

Continued...

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
03:21 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Remember when you popped a floppy disc into the drive and instantly gained a whopping 1.44 MB of storage space? I just added one of these to each of my two desktops. Plug one in to a USB port, drop a serial ATA hard drive into it, and instantly be treated to up to 6 TB of added storage. Change the drives almost as quickly as changing DVDs too.

I bought a new 2 TB drive with them and had a 160 GB and a 500 GB drive wasting away on a shelf.

And sucha deal at $23 a pop!

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
08:18 am

Bobby Jindal will make a "major announcement" on June 24th regarding his run for president. Jindal joins Lindsay Graham, who announced yesterday, as the latest to enter the crowded Republican field.

Other announcements expected over the next few weeks include Bill Haslam, Basil Marceaux, Haley Barbour, Michele Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck, Hulk Hogan, Dennis Rodman, Jeff Foxworthy, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Carrot Top. Sarah Palin remains undecided.

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
06:15 am

This is the lowest U.S. unemployment has been since May, 2008.

According to an article by David Moon, "There are still fewer people who were born in the U.S. working today than before the recession."

Tennessee unemployment at 6% is one of 21 states with unemployment of 6% or greater. Lowest unemployment rates inclue Colorado at 4.2%, Hawaii and Oklahoma and Wyoming at 4.1%, Idaho and Iowa and New Hampshire at 3.8%, Minnesota at 3.7%, Vermont and South Dakota at 3.6%, Utah at 3.4%, North Dakota at 3.1%, and Nebraska at 2.5%.

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
11:09 pm

Via whitehouse.gov (albeit two days late), Obama declares June as LGBT Pride Month.

Opening:

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

Read it all here.

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
02:08 pm


(Click image for bigger and a few more...)

What kind of butterflies are these? They're cute, like little blue fairies dancing around the forest floor. The tops of their wings were bright blue, with grayish blue and black spots underneath. Didn't see any bears, but saw a bunch of people looking at a bear up in a tree. They were crowding it way too close so we moved on.

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
11:07 am

What: Knox Co. Dems announce Truman Day dinner
When: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: The Foundry at World's Fair Park

Truman Day is the Knox County Democratic Party's biggest annual event, and we are pleased to announce this "Save the Date" for Truman Day 2015!

Truman Day will be celebrated on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm at the Foundry at World's Fair Park. This year's keynote speaker is former California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Ammiano is a human and civil rights leader and organizer and protege of the late Harvey Milk.

Click here for more information on Truman Day 2015...

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
10:12 am

What: Knox Co. Democratic Party First Friday Celebration
When: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Central Flats and Taps, 1204 N. Central Ave, Knoxville 37917

This is the second of our series of First Friday Celebrations hosted by local businesses. Come on down to Central Flats and Taps from 600pm to 900pm and support the KCDP and these great folks!

For info: cameronjbrooks@gmail.com

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
08:26 am

One of the reasons for a small business to form a corporation is to protect the directors and shareholders from personal liability for claims against the corporation.

In Tennessee, this protection is no longer available for directors. A new law holds directors personally liable for the company's debts. The new law does not apply to LLCs, and it only applies to corporations chartered by the State of Tennessee.

Nashville Business Journal has more...

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School Board member Karen Carson is running to replace State Rep. Ryan Haynes, who resigned to take over as chair of the TNGOP. It seems she has already had a campaign finance misfire. Mike Donila has the details...

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Mon
Jun 1 2015
08:11 am

Kudos to KNS for reporting on an important story that had social media raging over the weekend.

Although Freedom to Marry's ad featuring a gay, Republican soldier-physician from Tennessee is running in the Nashville and Memphis markets, WRCB-TV in Chattanooga refused to air it, claiming its subject matter was "too controversial." (Knoxville TV stations were not approached to run the ad, KNS reports).

Chris Sanders, director for Tennessee Equality Project, summarized well the concern in WRCB's action on the issue:

"The public has no need to be protected from controversy. Our minds and our democracy thrive on these debates. Let the debate rage and let the best arguments rise to the top."

It should not be WRCB's decision as to whether Chattanooga residents will or will not be able to enter this debate--and that's really all that needs to be said.

BuzzFeed first reported the issue Saturday (and linked the full TV ad), here.

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Sun
May 31 2015
05:04 pm

Time magazine reports that Vice President Joe Biden's son, Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, died overnight following a battle with brain cancer. Delaware's former attorney general, he was only 46 years old.

I hadn't realized until reading this article that Vice President Biden had already lost his first wife and their daughter in a car accident in the 1970's.

How tragic.

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Fri
May 29 2015
05:09 pm

Fans from all over are coming to Knoxville to see Garth Brooks, who's playing four shows with Trisha Yearwood at the Thompson Boling Arena. The shows started yesterday and continue through Sunday. (Tickets still available here.)

Cumberland Ave. merchants want fans to know they are open for business, and are having a special Garth Brooks scavenger hunt promotion with lots of prizes for lucky winners.

More info, with cool pics of Mayor Rogero: Garth fans: Cumberland Avenue Open for Business

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Fri
May 29 2015
01:44 pm

What: Democratic TV with Jessee Bundy
When: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Community Television Channels

On Friday, May 29th at 7:30PM Jessee Bundy hosts Gwen Schablik and her wife Erin Schablik in a discussion of marriage equality and their work with the Tennessee Equality Project. Gwen and Erin also attended the Supreme Court session in April to witness the oral arguments in the marriage equality case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

DTV streams live on Community TV web (site) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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