Fri
Jul 11 2014
02:03 pm

Tennessean: John Seigenthaler, a legendary Tennessee journalist, intimate confidante to two near-presidents and fierce advocate for racial equality, died Friday. He was 86.

RELATED: Several years ago we attended a talk at the East Tennessee Historical Society as guests of Factchecker and his lovely wife. The speakers were Tom Griscom and John Seigenthaler. The MC was Howard Baker. Needless to say, it was a fascinating discussion. Here's my report: Tennessee journalism and publishing giants on the future of news

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Fri
Jul 11 2014
12:06 pm

Here are some selected results from the second quarter campaign finance reports:

                   Begin Bal    Receipts   Expenditures       On hand 
Cheri Siler        $4,810.37  $18,482.35     $12,691.52    $10,601.20
Richard Briggs   $157,459.80  $23,418.00     $80,358.02   $100,519.78
Stacey Campfield  $22,831.93  $22,345.00     $17,898.54    $27,278.39
Gloria Johnson    $81,033.92  $39,306.00     $16,580.98   $103,758.94
Jason Emert       $27,619.76  $45,010.00     $37,588.89    $35,040.87
Eddie Smith        $6,633.25   $9,020.00     $12,009.36     $3,643.89

Notes:

• Emert's totals include a $30,000 self loan plus $5900 in donations to himself for a net of $9,110 in donations from others.

• Emert donors include David Keith ($150), Mike Ragsdale ($200), Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp ($50), Blount Co. Mayor Ed Mitchell ($50), Blount Co. State Reps. Bob Ramsey ($100) and Art Swann ($1000)

• Smith donors include Bill Dunn ($600), R. Larry Smith ($500), and Harry Stowers ($500)

• Campfield donors include Ron Ramsey ($1000), Joe Carr ($1000), Bill Dunn ($100), and Ed Shouse ($200)

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Fri
Jul 11 2014
10:55 am

A couple of months ago I saw a group of people playing some sort of game with paddles, a ball, and a net in Alcoa at the Joule Street tennis courts.

It's Pickleball and it is gaining popularity.

The Maryville Daily Times explains it in full.

The game is played on a court smaller than a tennis court with nets lower than those on a badminton court. The paddles used to hit the ball are larger than table tennis paddles. The plastic, perforated ball resembles the whiffle type.

In Alcoa, when it gets cold they play inside at the Everett Recreation Center. Pickleball is gaining popularity in Knoxville as well. You can pick up a game at the Deane Hill Recreation Center.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
06:41 pm

UAW charters Local 42 at Volkswagen in Chattanooga

Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, who previously served as director of UAW Region 8 covering the South, emphasized: "Local 42 will be run by, and for, the employees at Volkswagen."

"We've had ongoing discussions with Volkswagen and have arrived at a consensus with the company," Casteel said. "Upon Local 42 signing up a meaningful portion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga workforce, we’re confident the company will recognize Local 42 by dealing with it as a members' union that represents those employees who join the local. As part of this consensus, the UAW is committed to continuing its joint efforts with Volkswagen to ensure the company's expansion and growth in Chattanooga."

Interesting development...

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
03:33 pm

WATE: Headliners announced for final year of Foothills Fall Festival

"The full context of putting together an event at the level of the Foothills Fall Festival has become out of step with our financial and personnel resource base as a municipality – particularly in very recent years due to the changing entertainment and live music landscape, market pressures and worldwide competition for acts," said [Maryville] City Manager Greg McClain.

Gee, too bad there isn't a qualified, successful, nationally recognized concert and festival promoter in the area that could have maybe helped them out. Oh, wait...

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
09:19 am

[A flight of fancy and media criticism told in remote clicks.]

Astro Con: The Felon in Space

BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS: He's been called the AstroCon, the Felon in Space. But Randall Wayne Brewer had the right message-"Send Me"-and the right audience, a NASA program desperate for a bold and inspiring leap forward.
--click-
SCOTT PELLEY, CBS EVENING NEWS: Brewer is on Florida's death row for the murder of his common-law wife and her lover. And Brewer will die for his crime, but not by lethal injection. Instead, if all goes as planned, he'll be hurtling through the outer edges of the solar system, the sole occupant of a new space craft.
--click-

Continued...

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
09:09 am

What: Hispanic Chamber job fair
When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Where: Pellissippi State Community College

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee is partnering with Pellisippi State Community College to hold a job fair on July 25th from 9AM to 11AM. Several large employers in the area will be there seeking to fill hundreds of job openings. The job fair is open to everyone. More info in the press release after the break...

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
08:48 am

Victor Ashe has a column digging up old news about Gordon Ball's "lavish" lifestyle. (Archived by Tom Humphrey here.) Curious timing.

Is Ashe's old pal Lamar Alexander worried about Ball? He should be worried about Terry Adams, too. My guess is that either of those guys is going to be tougher to beat in the general election than Alexander thinks, assuming he gets past Carr in the primary.

Hey, maybe Victor Ashe can take some time out from digging around in old divorce case files to explain how Lamar Alexander has amassed such a large fortune working for the government most (90%?) of his career?

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Thu
Jul 10 2014
08:17 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Betty Bean:

For most of his tenure as schools superintendent, James McIntyre has had the school board as his personal Alice’s Restaurant. He can get anything he wants, generally by an 8-1 vote:

But...

McIntyre’s board majority is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West under a bucket of ice water, and neither his contract nor his long-range plan nor the August election will save him. He’s done.

Follow the link for the rest of the story. And while you're there, scroll down for another story about KCS's shoddy treatment of a respected assistant principal.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014
07:48 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In case you hadn't heard, Led Zeppelin has released newly remastered versions of Led Zeppelin I, II, and III. I have these on vinyl, but never got the CDs, opting instead for some compilations over the years. I thought I should go ahead and get these for posterity (and the opportunity to re-listen to them straight through as intended). I also found some other interestng CDs while rummaging around.

Continued...

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The Tennessean reports that federal Medicaid officials have put Tennessee on notice that the state's TennCare application and eligibility process does not comply with federal law. The state has ten days to submit a plan to fix it.

According to the article, the Director of Medicaid Services cited the following deficiencies:

  • Ability to accept a single, streamlined application
  • Ability to convert state income standards to new federal standards
  • Ability to convey Tennessee eligibility rules to the Health Insurance Marketplace, the federal exchange
  • Ability to process applications on new income rules
  • Ability to respond to inquiries from the Health Insurance Marketplace about applicants' current Medicaid coverage
  • Ability to verify eligibility based upon electronic data services

TennCare officials are blaming the problems on outsourced IT contractors.

(By way of RoaneViews.com)

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Wed
Jul 9 2014
07:59 am

Looks good

From ABC News ...

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

Employers posted 4.64 million jobs, a 3.8 percent increase from April's total of 4.46 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's the fourth straight strong gain and is the highest number since June 2007.

US Companies Post Most Jobs in 7 Years in May

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Wed
Jul 9 2014
07:34 am

Our friend Mike Gray in Chattanooga has this commentary about the Holston River and personal action...

The Holston River

There are many success stories like this; the Nolichucky River, The Big Sandy, The Obion River to name a few in Tennessee, all renewed from polluted, dead, waters.  Each of these examples is a success because someone decided to make a difference and took personal action.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014
12:39 am

What: BOE Candidate Forum
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Lawson McGhee Library

I'll be doing duty as the timer. Y'all come.

(link...)

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Tue
Jul 8 2014
02:29 pm

Just as businesses are finishing up migrating millions of PCs off XP, Microsoft announced they are ending "mainstream" support for Windows 7 (and Server 2008) in January. They will provide "extended" support (security fixes) for five more years after that, but no product or feature updates. CNet has more details...

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Tue
Jul 8 2014
01:01 pm

At $3.95, it's dirt cheap for such a fine read.

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Tue
Jul 8 2014
10:49 am

"China by far going to shape the future of the whole planet"

From MSNBC …

Climate Report releases to UN today

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Tue
Jul 8 2014
07:47 am
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

Last night I attended a rehearsal. Another fun Front Page Follies is coming. For those who do not know, this is the annual musical spoof of local news and news makers. It is done by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, and benefits journalism scholarships at both UT and Pellissippi.

July 19th at the Convention Center: it all starts with drinks (6pm), dinner and a Live Auction (7pm), then the show around 8pm.

Tickets here.
(link...)

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This is not normally what we blog about on here. I asked Randy before posting this. Today my friend's very rare 1975 BMW 2002 Bauer Edition was stolen from Downtown Knoxville. This is a piece of automotive history and we would like to see it recovered. If you see this car, call the police. VIN: 3590458 TN Plate: AA90769 (antique auto) Euro Plate on front of car: GC-7957-E.

Thank you Randy and to all of the members of Knoxviews.com

bmw.jpg

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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

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