Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:25 am

What: Public hearing on Island Home Ave. detour
When: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Elementary, 801 Sevier Ave.

Island Home Ave. will be closed for eight weeks starting in early April for construction at the new River's Edge apartments and riverwalk project. The City of Knoxville is holding a public hearing on the proposed detour. Details in the press release after the break...

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
09:11 am

Pilot CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has put his Lyons View house on the market for $4.9 million. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that, contrary to media reports, he's not interested in the Titans and that he plans to move to Cleveland "at some point."

Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Lists Knoxville Mansion for $4.9M

Jimmy Haslam says there's 'zero basis' to report he might want to swap for Titans, plans to live in Cleveland fulltime at some point

Realtor.com listing...

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
12:19 am

free and open to the public, 8 pm. this was 'avant garde' in 1937.

here's a preview:

(link...)

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
07:39 pm

Vouchers passed the Senate 24 to 8, House will take up the bill tomorrow.

Guns in parks passed the House 65 to 21, Senate will take it up Wednesday.

Good times.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
05:46 pm

from NBC News …

Brain scans of 1,099 children and teenagers in nine major cities shows the poorer kids have less surface area of the brain. This is important because having more brain surface area is linked with intelligence.

But the relationship between income and a child's brain surface area was much bigger. It was logarithmic — meaning the effect was very strong at the lower income levels. Just a little more income made a big difference in terms of brain surface area at the lower end, and it made less difference as income levels grew.

Being Poor Affects Kids' Brains, Study Finds

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From our "Legislative Update":

Regulation Freedom Amendment -- A resolution that aims to force Congress to pass a "Regulation Freedom" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has received final approval in the State Senate. Senate Joint Resolution 2 calls upon Congress to require that, whenever one quarter of the members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation; a majority vote of the House and Senate is necessary to adopt it.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
12:43 pm

We are tardy in reviewing the Middle School Analysis KCS commissioned last year from Brailsford & Dunlavey to help the BOE weigh demands from the Gibbs and Hardin Valley communities for new middle schools in each.

That report was an agenda item presented to the BOE on March 11, at their Mid-month Work Session, but I confess I stumbled across it just today.

Although a 69-page PowerPoint presentation that is part of the above linked agenda does outline eight scenarios including four that would provide a new middle school for at least one of the two communities desiring one, the study's authors state the following determination first among their Key Findings (see pdf page 4):

While population growth exists peaking in five years causing uneven capacity distribution it is not significant enough to require a net new middle school

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
11:41 am

KnoxViews is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of the recently released Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe Edition CD. Just follow the link below and click the prize box to see if you've won. (Note: No purchase necessary, U.S. residents 18 years and older only, KnoxViews management and immediate family not eligible. Prize includes CD, applicable taxes, and free shipping via Amazon.)

KnoxViews reader appreciation giveaway: Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe CD

UPDATE: We have a winner! Thanks for playing, and congratulations to whoever won.

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RBG quote: "There will be some urgency for the Supreme Court to act if the Sixth Circuit allows gay marriage bans to stand."

The record for marriage equality triumphs/defeats since U. S. v. Windsor in 2013 is 39 wins, 2 losses.

Video link.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
08:46 am
By: CE Petro  shortURL

My family are visiting from NYS this week. I'm having the time of my life with the Grands! My daughter-in-law would like to see a sunrise (not from the porch). So, I'm coming here to ask where in Knoxville and surrounding area are the best places to see the sunrise?

TIA

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Mon
Mar 30 2015
08:16 am

Comments on the KNS will no longer be anonymous and will be linked to a persons facebook account. So now you must pay for the online version of the paper AND have a facebook account if you want to comment. I would think the number of nasty comments would go down, but I have been surprised by the nature of the comments on stories posted on the facebook feeds of KNS, WATE, and WBIR. There are some hateful people here that are not hiding behind anonymity.

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Sun
Mar 29 2015
11:12 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL


I've seen five of these deer at the edge of Lulu's dog park the last couple of weeks but she and GT* have always spooked them before I could grab a camera. Not so this morning. What a nice birthday prezzie!

Click the photo to see the rest of the album.

*GT is our newest rescue here at Casa Lulu. His mama has Alzheimer's Dementia and her family is no longer able to care for him.

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Sat
Mar 28 2015
02:18 pm

Congratulations are in order to new officeholders elected at this morning's Knox County Democratic Party Convention, as follows:

Cameron Brooks, Chair
Jackie Clay, Vice Chair
Shannon Webb, Treasurer
Emily Gregg, Secretary

All were elected without opposition.

I regret that I didn't jot down the names of all 18 District Reps also elected this morning, but I can tell you that my own District Six re-elected Janice Spoone and elected KnoxViews' own Mike Knapp (whom I was pleased to nominate).

Onward!

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Sat
Mar 28 2015
02:14 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

I generally don't post this guy's stuff (because it only encourages him), but since he's so fond of pointing out other people's typos and misspellings, it's hard to ignore the specter of a self-funded plague hanging in a courthouse.

Some time back the Roane County Commission decided to allow a plague to be hung on the Roane County Courthouse that declares, “In God We Trust” The plague is self funded by contributions generated...

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This one looks like a real legislative stink bomb.

From Tom Humphrey ...

The bill sponsored by Republicans with coal mines operating in their district, Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro and Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman...

No kidding ...

Environmentalists are skeptical of that contention and many oppose the bill in general, arguing the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is not prepared to replace the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the change will lead to less effective protection from coal mine pollution.

New push for state takeover of coal regulation gains steam

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What does this mean?

From openstates.org ...

Mar 25, 2015 House Action Def. in s/c Insurance and Banking Subcommittee to 1/6/2016

HB 317

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
08:55 pm

Today's News-Sentinel has a great article by Mark Harmon on the success of the community schools model in Knox County Schools, limited though it is.

Instead of pursuing public school-destroying voucher and charter school legislation, wouldn't it be great to see our legislature promoting bills to address the real-life needs of children in poverty, the real cause of "low-performing" schools?

Here's a telling quote:

McGill says the program "gives us an opportunity to educate the whole child and the whole family." She also reports that parents are very supportive. I asked McGill about whether any current state legislators have visited the school during her time there. She said none had.

But then there's also this comment about newly elected State Representative Eddie Smith:

Pond Gap is in his district, as is a new community school planned at Inskip Elementary. He could opt for the lessons from within his own district, but instead supports the voucher scheme. Of course, one should note that pro-voucher groups spent around $200,000 of campaign dark money to put him where they need him.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
09:11 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

U.T. has fired first year basketball coach Donnie Tyndall after information provided by the NCAA indicated he is "highly likely to be found responsible for serious violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men's basketball coach at another institution."

Maybe Dave Hart ought to be next.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015
06:33 am

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, March 27, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Hosts Jessee Bundy and Bill Owen will interview Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee State Democratic Party on DTV this evening. They will also be talking live to Isaac Johnson of the Young Democrats and will be giving the last minute details on the Knox County Democratic Party Reorganization Convention that meets tomorrow, March 28th at the CWA Union Hall at 1415 Elm Street at 10:30AM.

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

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from Yahoo Finance ...

The $46 billion payday lending industry better get ready for a whallop. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released its proposal for new payday lending regulations that would make it harder for businesses to take advantage of borrowers with onerous fees and fine print that can quickly turn them into lifelong debtors.

The watchdog’s new rules would take aim not only at payday lenders but, as promised earlier this year, would apply to car title loans and deposit advance products (short-term loans offered by some banks) as well.

The payday lending industry is in for a rude awakening

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