Sydney Rogers has announced her candidacy for State House of Representatives District 56, Nashville Green Hills area. This seat is currently held by Beth Harwell, Tennessee Republican House Speaker.

Rogers is the outgoing executive director of Alignment Nashville and longtime administrator at Nashville State Community College.

Rogers said her career experiences “fill the bill” for what she said is much-needed new leadership at the state legislature.

“For the last years, there’s been a lot frustration with our legislature, and what’s happening in the leadership and the representation of the people who live in the district,” Rogers said. “And it seems like nothing is happening — nothing that we need substantial to happen to move the state forward.

It's nice to see more Democrats willing to run for office.

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Mon
Apr 4 2016
02:48 am

Nice resource

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from Congressional Budget Office ...
The Federal Budget in 2015: An Infographic

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Sun
Apr 3 2016
11:40 am

Yesterday I bought a couple of relatively new release CDs, "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim" by Gary Clark Jr. and "Dig in Deep" by Bonnie Raitt.

Both albums are great in terms of songwriting, arrangements, playing and musicianship and the like. But I put "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim" on the car CD player on the way home and knew instantly that the CD sound quality was lacking. When I got home, I put on Bonnie Raitt's album and was surprised that it was almost as bad.

The culprit? Dynamic range compression.

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Sun
Apr 3 2016
11:21 am

Tennessee gets a mention

A dig at the impact lack of interest in local politics at the end

Rape Kit Backlog | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS

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Sun
Apr 3 2016
09:13 am

Financial experts have been saying for a while that there is a looming crisis with student loan delinquencies. David Moon takes a look at the $1 trillion bubble that is about to burst and the possibility of another massive taxpayer bailout:

David Moon: Is a student loan bailout brewing?

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Great American Group of Los Angeles was the highest bidder at a March 29th bankruptcy auction for all remaining assets of Hancock Fabrics. Hancock filed for bankruptcy in February.

Great American announced they are closing all 185 remaining stores and liquidating all the company's assets. They are conducting a "going out of business" sale with steep discounts at all stores and at Hancock's website.

Hancock's Knoxville and Maryville stores have been closed for some time. It appears their remaining Tennessee stores are in Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Johnson City, Clarksville, Jackson, and three stores in Memphis.

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Sun
Apr 3 2016
07:25 am

Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is voluntarily recalling 1,800 cases of Frozen Broccoli Cuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recall was the result of retail package of Frozen Broccoli Cuts being tested by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed to stores in the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The affected Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed in poly bags under the following label and code:
•WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts, NET WT. 16 OZ (1 LB), UPC 5193300110, with bag code: A25335P and A15335P

Consumers are urged not to eat the product. Throw it away or return it for a refund.

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I think this would be a poor decision.

$5 million seems like a very small rainy day fund for the state.

They should put surplus money to the most pressing needs at the time. They don't know what those are going to be.

The road builders lobby is working hard.

From Georgina Vines ...

. On road improvements, state Rep. Jason Zachary said he has proposed, with 30 House members signing on, allocating 25 percent of any surplus every month to help meet a $6 billion "wish list" as long as $5 million remains in a "rainy day" fund. It will be considered as a budget amendment.

Knox legislators talk drugs, diversity, road funds at Chamber

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Sat
Apr 2 2016
07:35 am

Overall, U.S. sales rose 3.2 percent to 1.59 million, the best March since 2000, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Nissan sales were up 13 percent, hitting a record for any month in its history.
Honda reported a 9 percent increase
Fiat Chrysler and Ford, sales rose 8 percent,
General Motors grew 0.9 percent

Nissan stock fell 3.03% (0.56)
Honda stock fell 3.84% (1.05)
Fiat Chrysler stock fell 4.09% (0.33)
Ford stock fell 2.96% (0.40).
General Motors stock fell 3.05% (0.96)

Apparently sales did not meet expectations. Never satisfied.

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Sat
Apr 2 2016
07:14 am

This doesn't just relate to schools. The same thing occurs for athletic clubs, cheerleading groups, etc.

When you come to my house or approach me to raise money for you project, please have proof that your project is legitimate. Just because you say you are raising money for your school sports team, school trip, academic project, doesn't mean it is true. Many adults are suckers and want to help local schools and young people.

A catalogue showing we can order products doesn't mean a thing. A piece of paper printed off a laser printer doesn't mean a thing.

What can be done? I don't know. How can a school or youth group prove the project is real and we as contributors are getting our money's worth? Or, should we just be happy to give to anyone and just assume they need the money?

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Fri
Apr 1 2016
07:32 pm

Tom Humphrey: The Tennessee Democratic Party’s historic Jackson Day Dinner will be headlined this year by national political strategist James Carville on May 7, 2016.

FLASHBACK: KnoxViews Exclusive: A conversation with James Carville

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Fri
Apr 1 2016
08:08 am

Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he's suspending his campaign for president "to spend more time with family." He went on to say that he has "already made America great again just by running," and that "America can't handle me anyway." "Besides," he added, "my jet is nicer than Air Force One, and that White House? Boring. They need a new decorator. I'll get them in touch with my people."

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Thu
Mar 31 2016
11:01 pm

From Newschannel 5...
Haslam road projects

It says multi-modal but I only see road projects. Maybe I overlooked something. From TDOT ...
Full list Haslam road projects

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The 27th annual Ijams Nature Center River Rescue of the Tennessee River is this Saturday, April 2nd from 10AM to 2PM. More details and info on how to volunteer in the press release after the break...

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From the News Desk of News and Weather of Knoxville

Subway Robber Charged with 8 Various Robbery Charges

Knoxville, Tn. – Knoxville Police have charged Clyde Joseph Hubbard of Knoxville with various robbery charges due to his alleged robbery spree of various Subway restaurants and 2 motels.

Hubbard is now facing 6 robbery charges, 1 aggravated robbery charge, and 1 attempted robbery charge. He is being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility (aka Penal Farm), in lieu of a $115,000 total bond. He is due in Sessions Court today for arraignment, and is on the court docket at Felony Court on April 7th for a preliminary hearing of all charges.

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Thu
Mar 31 2016
09:40 am

WBIR files this report about a local company that held a "black tie" fundraiser that was supposed to feature entertainment by Trace Adkins and raise money for the Wounded Warriors organization. Trace Adkins didn't appear, and so far Wounded Warriors hasn't received any money.

In related news, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Cancer Fund of America, a Knoxville based charity scam, has settled with state and federal authorities on charges of diverting money for personal use. Under the settlement agreement, the fund's assets will be liquidated, and the operator, James Reynolds Sr., "will have to surrender two pistols, artwork and a pontoon boat, which will be sold to satisfy his portion of the $75.8 million judgment."

PREVIOUSLY: State and federal complaints filed against Knoxville charity

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Wouldn't it be nice if we could continue good services to our elderly and disabled as well as expand services to commercial establishments (e.g. restaurants and bars)?

It has been in the news a lot lately that Knoxville Area Transit is changing trolley routes. One of the biggest changes being discussed is the reduced service to Summit Towers, a 277 unit apartment complex for senior citizens and disabled citizens at 201 Locust Street. They want to add service to the Old City, with the frequency previously offered to Summit Towers residents..

Currently KAT trolleys stop at the Summit Towers every 15-20 minutes (three - four times an hour) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Under the new plan - the trolley would only stop once an hour, but riders would gain Saturday stops. Originally KAT had proposed discontinuing service to Summit Towers. The hourly service is in response to complaints by residents and others.

"They cut us off totally," said A.T. Lincoln, a resident at the towers for more than eight years. "There are real bad cases here. These people can't walk from here down to catch the trolley."

Lincoln said he's collected nearly 100 signatures from residents for a petition he plans..."

Many thanks to Hubert Smith , a member of the Knoxville Transportation Authority, for his efforts to protect the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled.

Have you been to Summit Towers? Have you walked up and down the hill to get there? It is not an easy trek.

The additional leg to continue with the 3-4 times an hour service to Summit Towers is approximately 1,135 feet, about 1/5 of a mile. Wouldn't it be nice if KAT would continue with the existing service for Summit Towers as well as add the Saturday service while adding service to the Old City? Let's show our elderly and disabled citizens how much we care.

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It appears that Knox County Schools had to hire consultants to tell them there are serious problems with the school bus system.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the consultant's report says there are more crashes than the statistical norm, there's a lack of oversight, the buses are too old, drivers aren't adequately trained, and the system is underfunded. The system is "on a dangerous cliff," it says.

You can read the full report here or here.

As if to punctuate this news, WATE reports that a Knox Co. school bus ran through a woman's yard yesterday morning, knocked over her mailbox, and left the scene. She has video from a security camera and notified the police.

With incidents like this occurring almost weekly, you shouldn't need consultants to tell you something is wrong.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)