Jul 29 2015
06:39 am

Kroger is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds sold in its retail stores due to possible contamination from Salmonella.

Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Owen's, and Scott's.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

Product UPC Codes Size
Kroger Ground Cinnamon 1111070034 Sell by: May 19 18PS4
18.3 oz

Kroger Garlic Powder 1111070039 Sell by: May 18 17PS4 24.7 oz

Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper 1111070041 Sell by: May 18 18PS4 17.1 oz
Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper 1111070041 Sell by: May 19 18PS4 17.1 oz

Kroger Bac'n Buds 1111070025 Sell by: May 20 18PS4 12.0 oz

Kroger recall alerts.


from ...

A new inland Appalachian Regional Port — which will feature a railroad terminal but no water — will open just off Interstate 75 in north Georgia by 2018...

At the new port, in Chatsworth, Ga., about 40,000 tractor-trailer loads annually of vehicles, auto parts and other manufactured goods will be put on CSX rail cars for the journey to Savannah, taking that number of the big trucks off I-75 through the Atlanta area and helping to relieve traffic congestion, Georgia officials said after a ceremony Tuesday to sign documents to get the project underway.

Appalachian Regional Port created for north Georgia


"Haslam lays out plans for statewide transportation tour" would be nice to see instead. The restricted context means restricted ideas and answers.

This is the line I am suspicious about...
from Tom Humphrey article …

Right now we have a multi-billion dollar backlog of highway projects across this state

Maybe some different ideas determines some of those projects are not needed.

Haslam lays out plans for statewide road revenue tour



Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has written the White House, expressing opposition to what she calls “significantly stricter” limits on ground-level ozone that the EPA is now considering.

How did Waters end up in theses roles?

And Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters was to be in Washington today to participate in a discussion before a House panel on the expected impact of the proposed new ozone guidelines.

Sevier County’s Waters, vice chairman of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board, is scheduled to participate in a round-table discussion today, hosted by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The discussion is titled “EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule: Potential Impact on Manufacturing and Jobs.”

Proposed ozone rules grab East Tennessee mayors' attention

Jul 28 2015
09:00 am

Tom Humphrey reports...

Womick to county clerks: Ignore AG; no gay marriage licenses

“It has come to my attention that most, if not all of you, have been contacted by AG Herbert Slatery and the Haslam Administration, and have been told to uphold the SCOTUS opinion or race [sic] a discrimination lawsuit,” wrote Womick, R-Rockvale.

“Such intimidation from this administration is unconstitutional and should not be tolerated. Each of you are publicly elected servants of your county. You swore an oath to uphold the Tennessee State Constitution and to enforce the Tennessee Code Annotated. You did not take an oath to uphold an ‘opinion’ from from five justices of the SCOTUS.

“Therefore, I am asking each of you to ignore the recent SCOTUS opinion redefining marriage, uphold our State Constitution, and issue marriage certificates to one man and one woman only,” the letter says.

Dude has some issues, apparently. Regardless, not sure anyone should take "legal" advice from that guy.


Rep. Womick: Impeach Haslam

Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier over in Nashville...

...did Rep. Womick pull out a pistol?

Jul 27 2015
05:06 pm

Made a statement; didn't take questions. He's "sorry if he offended anybody."

Didn't directly apologize for calling Muslims "goat-humpers" or Obama voters "stupid."

I guess the KNS can republish its story now.

Jul 26 2015
11:53 am

Finbarr Saunders is running for re-election for his At Large City Council Seat C. He has two opponents, Paul Bonovitch and Kelly Absher. So far, the only fact I know about Bonovitch is that he lives in Sequoyah Hills. Absher lives downtown, is president of the Market Square Business Association and says on his Facebook page he wants to support small businesses, although he doesn't say how. Other than that, his main campaign tactic seems to be featuring photos on his FB page of people holding red ovals on a stick that say Absher for City Council. I reached out to Absher but got very little in return.

To date, there is no substance in this campaign. There is no basis on which to make a choice, other than for Saunders, who at least has a track record on CC which you may or may not like.

No wonder voters are apathetic regarding this election. Does anyone have any information about these candidates that's worth sharing?


This is a unique business that opened on Gay Street

from WATE ...

“Painting with a Twist” located on 121 South Gay Street opened on Thursday evening with an open house and painting class for invitees. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine, and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.

“Painting with a Twist” opens in Downtown Knoxville

Jul 25 2015
12:12 am

Interested in solar energy? Visit SPECTRUM, the University of Tennessee’s interactive solar energy exhibit, at Knoxville Center Mall on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a free "Solar 101" workshop to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about solar energy.

At 11 a.m., ARiES Energy will present information about installing solar panels on your home – the process, pay-back period, impact on electricity bills, and more. A solar expert will be available for questions following the presentation.

Learn About Solar Energy This Saturday!

Jul 24 2015
04:49 pm
By: Randall Brown  shortURL

Hey, y'all! I write about stuff and folks and things happening, being, living, doing in the downtown Knoxville area.

Here are some things I've written: List.

Thank you, that is all.

Jul 24 2015
12:54 pm

I was leaving the city county building in September of 2013 and was walking through the parking lot behind the old court house and noticed this bumpersticker on a car that was in the parking space reserved for Foster Arnett:


Jul 24 2015
08:52 am

USA Today...

In a memo published Tuesday that was obtained by Marine Corps Times, Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, the head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, advised troops not to support the "armed citizen" volunteers in any way.

"These citizens' presence, while well intentioned, will be counterproductive to our recruiting operations," Brilakis wrote.

There has already been a negligent discharge in Ohio.


Our three-year old (I think) Samsung flat panel TV started acting up recently. The picture would get all warped and then eventually black out. Through the process of elimination I ruled out my AVR and all the HDMI attached devices, and determined it was something wrong with the TV itself.

In going through the TV setup and diagnostic menus, I noticed an option to check for firmware updates. I thought what the heck, let's try that. Sure enough, there was an update. I installed it and it fixed the problem. Had no idea that could happen, but the fix saved me from buying a new TV.

On a side note, this is one of those "smart" TVs. I don't really want or need a "smart" internet-connected TV (or a TV with a tuner, crummy speakers, fake "surround sound," etc. for that matter). Unfortunately, it seems like that's all you can get these days. I don't like the idea of paying more for a bunch of features I never use, and wish manufacturers would offer a basic "monitor only" style set with a few HDMI connections and nothing else.

Jul 22 2015
05:27 pm
By: Doug Veum  shortURL

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Knoxville Community TV Channel

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

Jul 22 2015
10:48 am

Sandra Clark in the Shopper...

McIntyre confirms: Performance pay not an option

In a phone interview last week, Superintendent Jim McIntyre confirmed that performance-based pay incentives will not be offered to teachers in the upcoming school year. The only exception is for teachers and administrators in Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) schools.

Jul 22 2015
08:30 am

World domination is apparently not good enough for Apple investors. The company posted record results yesterday after the stock market close, with revenues and earnings beating expectations. But they missed on iPhone sales, which were up "only" 59%, and also lowered guidance, sending their stock into a tailspin after hours. It was down more than $10 per share, or more than 8% at one point, and is trading down about $8.50 per share in pre-market trading this morning.

Despite 88% growth in their cloud business, Microsoft yesterday posted a $3.2 billion loss for the quarter. The company cited the writedown of Nokia assets as the main culprit, along with slowing growth of worldwide PC sales and currency exchange losses tied to the strong dollar. Their shares closed up slightly, but are trading down about 4% in pre-market trading.

On Monday, IBM reported a 13% decline in revenues year over year, and earnings of $3.4 billion, down 16.6%. Shares took a tumble yesterday, down $10.15, or 5.86%.

Last week, Intel reported a 25% decline in revenues year over year, but turned in decent results with net income of $2.7 billion, up 36% over the previous quarter. Citing a decline in PC sales, the company says it is transitioning to focus on data center, memory, and "internet of things" products. Shares closed yesterday at $28.72, down about 10% since trading around $32 in June.

One bright spot, however, is Google. Last week they reported earnings of $3.9 billion on revenue of $17.7 billion, beating expectations on earnings and sending their stock soaring. Shares are up 30% since early in July, rocketing $90 or 16% in one day after the earnings report. It was estimated that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each scored a $4 billion payday in one day. Their P/E is up to around 30, though, which I guess is the new normal for high flying tech companies (Facebook's is 92).

Jul 21 2015
04:57 pm

What: Meeting on Old South High
When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: Dogwood Elementary, 705 Tipton Avenue

The City of Knoxville will hold a public meeting to take ideas and comments from the public regarding the redevelopment and repurposing of the historic Old South High building.

The city acquired the long-blighted structure back in the spring. Following the public meeting, the Community Development Department will request proposals from developers capable of bringing the building back into productive use in a way that enhances the surrounding neighborhoods.


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