Tue
Mar 17 2015
10:43 am

What: Madeline Rogero reelection campaign kickoff
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave.

From the Madeline Rogero for Mayor campaign...

Please join us in support of Mayor Madeline Rogero at a Campaign Kick-Off Reception, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6pm – 7:30pm (program at 6:30) at The Standard – 416 W. Jackson Ave.

Free parking available after 6pm at the W. Jackson Ave. lot across from The Standard.

Your contribution to support Mayor Rogero’s re-election is appreciated. Contributions can be made online at Madeline for Mayor, by check at the reception, or by mail to: Madeline Rogero for Mayor, P.O. Box 9426, Knoxville, TN 37940.

Like the re-election campaign on Facebook: Madeline Rogero for Mayor

Primary Election – September 29, 2015

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from NBC News ...

More than 14 million adults have health insurance either from the new exchanges or through expanded access to Medicaid, the Health and Human Services Department said.

Another 2 million young adults aged under 26 got health insurance because of a provision that allows their parents to keep them on their health insurance plans, HHS said.

Obamacare Gets Health Insurance to 16 Million New People, Feds Say

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Mon
Mar 16 2015
07:47 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

Audibly groaning, now...

Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is already renowned for using his name and his e-mail list to make money in some dubious ways. You likely heard, too, of his recent paid pitch for Barton Publishing’s Diabetes Solution Kit, in which he's claimed "simple lifestyle changes and healthier food choices" are a viable substitute for insulin, provided customers buy into the company's "structure." That claim was immediately debunked by both the American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

So today comes word that Huckabee is again selling questionable ads on the email commentaries he's sending to thousands of his supporters.

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Mon
Mar 16 2015
03:51 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Maryville Daily Times published this ridiculous article about some tea partiers from Blount Co. who traveled to Nashville to protest the proposed Insure Tennessee Medicaid/Tenncare expansion.

The Mrs. and I responded. Her letter was published on March 4th. Mine was published on March 11th. Full text of both letters after the break...

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Mon
Mar 16 2015
03:37 pm

KNS Letter: Vouchers not about money

Cagle hammers home that we should be funding school systems, not children. I respectfully disagree. We should take the dollars we spend on each child and use them to give him or her the best education possible, whether it's at a public, private, charter or other school. The legal status of the school itself should not be the deciding factor. Whether it can provide a quality education should be.

Doug Harris, Knox County Board of Education, 3rd District, Knoxville

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Next month, on April 28, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is to hear opening arguments from plaintiffs in Tennessee and three other states urging the Court to allow gay marriages nationwide.

The high court's ruling, which will decide whether same-sex marriage bans are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause, could remedy a hodgepodge of laws and lower court rulings that presently allow gay marriage in 37 states and the District of Columbia--and support for lifting the remaining bans appears massive.

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Mon
Mar 16 2015
08:28 am

from CNN ...

Ozone, or smog, is the next candidate for addition to the list of air pollutants known to be harmful to fetal health. Over the past several years, a number of studies have indicated a likely link between higher levels of maternal ozone exposure and poor health outcomes in infants, including changes in lung structure and function, low birth weight and neuro-behavioral abnormalities.

Invisible threat to maternal and child health

Knoxville's ozone forecast at moment is "Moderate"

Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

AirNow - Knoxville, Tn Air Quality

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Sun
Mar 15 2015
06:52 pm

We just went to their new Tap Room this past Sat. WOW and WOW! What a place Blount County / TN missed. Solar panels in the parking lot, huge rain barrels to get water from the roof, parking lot with natural drainage, lots of stone, very high end everything. Not sure if the A/C duct work is really copper or not but it looks like it. About 23 of their beers on tap. All alcohol levels. Great restaurant. It truly is a shame TN had such out dated alcohol laws. This place is a destination. At least because we lost it, the laws are changing. Not sure if there will be a chance in the future to get something like this again.

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Sun
Mar 15 2015
05:57 pm

With the ongoing demise of print journalism and the advent of clueless young TV news readers, here's a great example of what we'll be missing.

UPDATE: Betty Bean and Sandra Clark both sent me this awesome pic related to Betty's story (click image for bigger):

Rogero Madeline_BeelerRichard_June_1995.jpg

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Sat
Mar 14 2015
03:09 pm
wreckingcrew.jpg

A long awaited documentary about the LA session players known as the Wrecking Crew has finally been released. It's available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play Movies, and I believe on several on-demand cable channels.

It was made between 1997 and 2008 by Denny Tedesco, son of the late Wrecking Crew guitar virtuoso Tommy Tedesco, but it took a while to obtain all the music rights which delayed the release.

It's an amazing film about the behind the scenes soundtrack of 1960s pop music. It brings together some of the surviving Wrecking Crew members for conversations and interviews. There are some great archival studio photos, not to mention some incredible music, along with some fascinating trivia. For example, Leon Russell played on The Byrd's Tamborine Man, the Association didn't play any of the instruments on their recordings, and Cher was a backup singer for the Ronettes.

Highly recommended. Check it out.

PREVIOUSLY: What do all these hit songs have in common?

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 6th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 5:45pm
Where: Karns Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Democrats of the 6th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

to find out how you can be a 6th district delegate, contact Janice Spoone (spoojh@comcast.net 560-0202) or Clay Mulford (claymulford@gmail.com 257-6744)

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 3rd & 4th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meetings
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Democrats of both the 3rd and 4th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

To find out how you can be a 3rd District delegate, contact Suzy Coffey (691-1075) or Issac Johnson (ijohnso2@gmail.com 310-7745)

To find out how you can be a 4th District delegate, contact Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com 691-8933) or Rosina Guerra (rosinag@earthlink.net 588-6220)

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 7st District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Halls Library, 4518 East Emory Rd.

Democrats of the 7th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

contact Dan Haney (llinc@comcast.net 922-4547) or Mary Ann Page (map@parodee.net 247-8155) for information on how you can be a delegate from the 7th District

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 8th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Carter Library, 9036 Asheville Hwy

Democrats of the 8th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

Contact Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net 719-0597) to find out how you can become a delegate from the 8th district

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 2nd District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 11:00am
Where: KCDP Headquarters, 311 Morgan St, Knoxville 37917

Second District democrats will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

contact Kim Webber (kwebber@4square.ws 971-6806) or Rick Staples (funnyman1@comic.com 385-3589) to find out how you can be a second district delegate.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015
10:34 am

On the Marriage Nazi front, Oklahoma House Republicans have passed a bill this week stripping County Clerks of authority to perform marriages and instead granting sole authority to issue marriage licenses to just religious leaders of Christian or Jewish faiths.

The bill's intent is to bar persons of minority faiths and homosexuals from marrying, of course, but it amusingly leaves a gaping loophole for liars and cross-dressers.

Go figure...

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Thu
Mar 12 2015
11:38 pm

What: Democratic TV Live Call-in Show
When: Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Jessee Bundy and Doug Veum will host Cameron Brooks, candidate for the Knox County Democratic Party Chair on DTV tonight. The discussion will inform viewers about the Knox County Democratic Party 2015 Convention and Election of Officers for the next two years. Tune in to hear from one of the KCDP's leaders seeking a two year term as chairperson.

DTV is a live call-in show broadcast from the downtown studio of Knoxville's Community TV Channel

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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Al Jazeera America is offering the fullest explanation of the setting and the stakes in Tehran this week, but not without a chuckle...

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Thu
Mar 12 2015
04:54 pm

WATE: Former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe pleaded guilty Thursday to felony theft... As part of the plea deal, Lowe will serve one year in prison and 10 years probation. He must also pay $200,000 in restitution.

WBIR:"I just wanted to put this behind me," Lowe told 10News. Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword sentenced him to 10 years of supervised probation with one year to serve in the Knox County Jail, and ordered him to pay back $200,000. He will more than likely serve only seven months in jail.

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Wed
Mar 11 2015
07:10 am

Just stumbled across this month-old story in Ed Week (2/5/16), as titled above.

Excerpt:

The National Education Association's Tennessee affiliate today filed a new lawsuit challenging the state's use of students' standardized test scores in teacher evaluations, this time focusing on the system's effects on educators in "non-tested" grades and subjects.

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The TEA's suit, which will be litigated by the National Education Association, names as co-plaintiffs two educators in non-tested subjects—a middle school visual arts teacher and a middle school physical education teacher—who say their evaluation scores dropped as a result of their school-based value-added scores. On account of their evaluation outcomes, the TEA says, one of the plaintiffs was denied a bonus, while the other lost her eligibility to be recommended for tenure.

Any of you teachers out there know from within what school system this suit arose? Details?

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