Tue
Aug 12 2014
02:47 pm

He had a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was closed July 15, 2014. Three weeks before Election Day.

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Tue
Aug 12 2014
12:38 pm

WBIR reports that 434 teachers left Knox County Schools this year, including 146 teachers who retired and 288 who resigned. Dr McIntyre is quoted as saying it's "very routine." WBIR's chart tells a different story.

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Tue
Aug 12 2014
11:57 am

What's the deal with useless, annoying images taking up valuable screen space on local media websites and twitter feeds? Click the above image for some examples.

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Mon
Aug 11 2014
07:44 pm
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Mon
Aug 11 2014
05:09 pm
By: cameronjbrooks  shortURL

Please join hosts:

Mayor Madeline Rogero
Cyndi Buchanan
June Jones
Tammy Kaousias
Indya Kincannon
Kristi Lannon
Lillian Mashburn
Cortney Piper
Lauren Rider
Mary Wilson

for a Women for Cheri Siler event

Date: August 12, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Where: 223 E. Anderson Ave., Knoxville

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Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett is turning 50 and is hosting a birthday party to benefit residents at the Ben Atchley State Veteran's Home on Sunday, Aug. 17th from 1 to 4 PM. There will be a cookout and live entertainment. Mayor Burchett asks that attendees bring gift cards that veterans can use for dining and shopping at selected stores and restaurants. More details in the press release after the break...

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Press release...

STORMWATER SMOKE TEST SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke drifting out of a downtown area storm drain or even coming out of interior sinks and drains inside buildings on Thursday afternoon. It’s part of a scheduled “smoke test,” in which smoke will be directed into the stormwater system beneath the Clinch Avenue Viaduct.

The work, slated for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, is a first step in monitoring and maintaining an unmapped storm drain.

Any smoke that residents or businesses may see is harmless and will dissipate in about 30 minutes.

However, if you see smoke in your building, please call 865-215-2148 to notify the City’s Stormwater Engineering Division where the smoke was observed.

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Mon
Aug 11 2014
12:35 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

“First, I appreciate and am humbled by the support of such a significant number of voters in this primary, my volunteers, and others who believe this is an important race. This is an incredibly close election.

While tonight's canvass shows our race within 30 votes, we will continue to monitor the votes that must be hand processed and evaluated."

As for any future political plans:

"This has never been about launching a political career. My only plan today and for the future is to provide the smart, experienced leadership our community deserves, both philanthropically and as a businessman, to solve the complex issues before us. I will continue to be involved as a leader on the Campaign Cabinet of the Greater Knoxville United Way, as a Trustee for the Knoxville District of the United Methodist Church, and as Vice Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union, among other local, national, and international non-profits and NGOs. Plus, I am happy to announce that I am the Chairman of the 2015 Metro Knoxville March of Dimes, March for Babies and launching my own non-profit later this year focusing on the needs of rural Appalachian communities. Additionally, in business, First Choice Medical and The Emert Group, continue to succeed domestically and abroad. The Emert Group recently secured its first African project, which is set to begin this October in Uganda. Our work now spans across the country and in several countries on three continents."

--
Jason F. Emert
865.250.5105

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TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND REPORTER

August 11, 2014

The Tennessee Supreme Court has opened the application period for the position of state Attorney General and Reporter.

In accordance with the Tennessee Constitution, the Attorney General and Reporter is appointed by the state Supreme Court and serves an eight-year term.

Candidates for Attorney General must complete and submit the application and other materials by noon on Friday, August 29. The Court will consider all qualified candidates and notify those who will continue in the selection process. That process will include a public hearing in Nashville.

A description of the constitutional and statutory duties, an application, and instructions are available here.

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Mon
Aug 11 2014
12:09 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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What: LWV to hold forum for BOE, seat 2, appointment candidates.
When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Gresham Middle School, 500 Gresham Road

The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) and the Knox County Education Association (KCEA) will hold a moderated forum to inform commissioners and voters about candidates seeking appointment by County Commission to fill the seat of District 2 School Board Member Indya Kincannon who recently resigned.

Candidates are seeking an interim appointment of three months ending in November 2014 when an election for the position will take place. Several candidates will participate in the forum on Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., in the auditorium of Gresham Middle School, 500 Gresham Road, Knoxville, TN 37918. Beth Haynes, news anchor with WBIR TV, will moderate.

Yours truly will be the timer, and suspects that she will have work cut out for her with so many candidates.

(link...)

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Sun
Aug 10 2014
04:10 pm

...etc.

(Lede on the Tennessean: Henry, Purcell, other Democrats back Lamar Alexander)

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From Yahoo News and forbes ...

Political leaders in states that expanded say they are seeing results from the health law and Medicaid expansion.

“The thing I’m thrilled about most of all is that this is going to make Kentuckians so much more healthy over the long term, and it`s going to move our state so far up in the rankings we are going to leave a lot of these states in the dust that are refusing to face reality,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, told Chris Mathews last week on MSNBC’s Hardball.

Red States Pressured To Expand Medicaid As Care Contrasts Emerge

Medicaid Expansion Series: Spotlight on Tennessee and Indiana

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PLOS ONE July 2014: The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S

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Projected urban land cover in 2060

Projections of the future have, for good reasons, tended to focus on global warming. However, global warming scenarios will be superimposed on or even act synergistically with urbanization scenarios. In the Southeast US, the effects of global warming are expected to be modest compared with many regions, however our results suggest that the effects of urbanization, given business-as-usual will not be. Given that urbanization has many consequences for how both humans and other species live, optimizing such growth could become a key national and regional priority, where optimization includes providing for biodiversity as well as economic development and cultural desires. However, history suggests humans, in contrast to ants and slime molds (e.g. [33]), rarely optimize growth, particularly when multiple objectives such as profit, equity, and ecological integrity come into conflict. Given this reality, and the not unlikely possibility that the recent urbanization path will continue, our model suggests the template around which natural resource managers, urban planners and everyone else whose job relates to the distribution of wild places or humans, will need to respond.

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Sat
Aug 9 2014
07:17 pm

I've been talking to attorney friends for two days about Pridemore's election. To say they are worried understates what I'm hearing by about 1000-fold. The guy's not just inexperienced – he's going to be a train wreck.

This court hears all kinds of important cases. Businesses, families and government depend on it to not only do the right thing, but to do justice.

I tried to do my bit to vet him, but I have a little bitty voice, relative to the daily newspaper and the TV stations, and Campfield/Briggs sucked all the air out of the room. Knox County's voters have made a mistake of historic proportions. This one made me sick at my stomach when I heard. And listening to Republican party hacks crow about winning it throws me into relapse.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
11:46 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Not that I had a preference between Little Wamp and Fleischmann, but does anybody else feel a sense of relief at not having to look at Little Wamp's Eddie Munster face for awhile?

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
04:48 pm

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Chattanooga domestic partner benefits rejected

Nearly a year of public debate over whether Chattanooga should provide benefits to their employees’ gay or straight partners, ended at the polls Thursday with a resounding no. The domestic partner benefits ordinance was voted down for a total of 13,685 votes with the yes votes lagging at 8,184 votes.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West said he hopes the City Council and Mayor Andy Berke honor “the will of the people.” “What we want them to take away from this is that the people have spoken,” he said.

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What: A Swift Night Out Annual Chimney Swift Count Aug 8, 9 & 10 and Sept 12, 13 & 14
When: Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:00pm
Where: any open chimney near you!

Your help is needed with this Citizen Science opportunity folks. Just find an open chimney and enjoy the show!

It is time for "A SWIFT NIGHT OUT!"
On one night over the weekends of August 8, 9, 10 and September 12, 13 and 14 observe the roost starting about 30 minutes before sunset and estimate the number of swifts that enter. If you are unable to count on these three nights, we are still interested in your count from any other date. When you have your number, please fill out the online form at:
(link...)
If you prefer you can send us your results in a response to this email. Your report will go on the map but will not be part of the official data base. All reports will be posted at (link...)
This is a continent-wide effort, so please pass this message along.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
12:43 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball emailed media a copy of his victory speech. Here it is:

Good evening. Thank you for coming. And thank you to all of the Tennesseans who voted in this hard-fought election. This is what being a citizen of our country is all about. And I want to especially thank everyone who helped us get here tonight, from Mountain City to Memphis, and of course, right here in our great state’s capitol.

It’s a credit to this great country we live in that someone who grew up in a one bedroom house-trailer – as the son of a moonshiner who understood the value of an education because he never had one, yet wanted a better life for his son – could be standing before you today as the nominee of the Democratic Party for one of the highest offices in our land.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
11:32 am

Scripps reports second-quarter results

The company reported a loss from operations before income taxes of $5.5 million in the 2014 quarter compared to income from operations before income taxes of $3.9 million in the 2013 quarter.

...revenue from newspapers was $92.3 million, down 1.3 percent from the year-ago quarter. The continued decline in advertising and marketing services revenue was partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue.

The company, which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, recently announced they are spinning off their newspaper business.

Shares were off nearly 9% on this morning's earnings news, but have recovered somewhat and are currently trading down about 4.5%.

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