Our washing machine threw an error code that googling suggested would be a $200 to $400 repair depending on the part involved. It's seven years old and way out of the original extended warranty, so we weren't sure about paying that and then having it break down again in six months. We considered just replacing it, because $400 is about half the cost of a new one.

The Mrs. checked with the manufacturer, Electrolux/Frigidaire, to see if they had any idea how much the repair would cost and to find out who does repairs locally. The nice people at Electrolux said they could sell us a new extended warranty for $300 that would cover this repair and any other repairs for two years.

That sounded like a pretty good deal, so we went with that. They dispatched a local company (5 Star Appliance Service -- they're pretty good and seem to know what they're doing) and it was fixed in no time.

We got the bill and warranty papers in the mail the other day and it was only $235, which was a nice surprise and about what the service call would have cost anyway with parts and labor.

I don't know if other manufacturers do this, but if you're looking at a major repair it's probably worth a phone call to find out.

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Tue
Jun 23 2015
10:07 am

What: Meadow Lark Music Fest at Ijams
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave.

The 2015 Meadow Lark Music Festival at Ijams will feature Pokey LaFarge, Scott Miller & The Commonwealth Ladies Auxiliary, Emi Sunshine and the Rain, the Lonesome Coyotes and more.

More info at WDVX and Ijams...

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
11:16 am

from CNN …

By 2100 -- (if we take) global action on climate -- we can actually avoid an estimated 12,000 deaths annually that are associated with extreme temperatures. That's a big deal. We're projecting that, if you take action, you could avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050, and 57,000 from poor air quality that's associated with climate change.

EPA boss: Climate change could kill thousands

Climate Impacts on the Southeast|Climate Change|US EPA

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
09:09 am

Taylor Swift had previously pulled her albums from Spotify and more recently said she wouldn't release her latest album to Apple Music, Apple's new streaming service.

Yesterday, in an open letter at her blog she explained why.

Basically, she protested the three months free service for new users, saying that new artists need those revenues and that Apple could afford to pay them if they want to promote the service that way. "We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation," she said.

Later in the day, Apple responded, saying they heard her and would change the policy so artists get paid during the free trial period.

SEE ALSO: Dear Taylor Swift, Get Apple to change these things too, Love everyone

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Mon
Jun 22 2015
08:22 am

NYT: Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag

And like some of their predecessors seeking to win the state’s primary, the first in the South, the leading Republican candidates for 2016 are treading delicately. They do not want to risk offending the conservative white voters who venerate the most recognizable emblem of the Confederacy and who say it is a symbol of their heritage.

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Sun
Jun 21 2015
09:43 am

Happy Father's Day to dads everywhere!

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Sat
Jun 20 2015
08:22 am

Karen L. Finley, former CEO of red light camera ticketing company Redflex, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges involving a scheme in which the company made campaign contributions to elected officials in Columbus and Cincinnati Ohio "with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts." Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

There's no mention of any charges for the elected officials who accepted bribes, er, campaign contributions, but at least one city councilman in Columbus is under the microscope for accepting a $20,000 "success fee" from Redflex.

Redflex at one time had a contract with the City of Knoxville, but missed a contract renewal deadline and got dumped if I recall correctly.

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from NBC News ...

If Republicans ever succeeded in repealing Obamacare, the U.S. budget deficit would soar by as much as $353 billion over 10 years and 24 million people would lose their health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

About 19 million people would lose insurance next year alone, the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation found in their report.

Obamacare Repeal Would Raise Deficit, Cost People Insurance, Report Finds

CBO: Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

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Fri
Jun 19 2015
11:00 am

KnoxViews is offering two lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the newly reissued Rolling Stones classic Sticky Fingers, deluxe 2 CD reissue with bonus material.

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.)

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UPDATE: All prizes have been awarded, congratulations to the winners! Thanks for playing and thanks for reading KnoxViews.com

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Fri
Jun 19 2015
08:38 am

We are told that Clay Crownover of Farragut is considering a run for House District 14 as a Democrat to replace Ryan Haynes who vacated the seat to take over as TNGOP chair.

Crownover would be a high quality candidate for local Democrats and a formidable opponent. He is well connected, has a strong resume, and has a good background on environmental and energy issues. He is apparently being urged to run by folks in his district.

Here's his bio...

As of today, the only candidate who has picked up a petition is Republican Karen Carson, currently a Knox Co. School Board member. The qualifying deadline is noon Thursday, July 2nd.

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What: Knoxville Pride Fest Parade - March with the Knox Co. Democratic Party
When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:30am
Where: Corner of Gay St and Jackson Ave, downtown Knoxville

The Knox Co. Democratic Party will be marching in the 2015 Knoxville Pride Fest. The parade will run from 1200pm until 100pm; all those wanting to walk should meet at 1130am at the corner of Gay St and Jackson Ave in downtown Knoxville.

Then, after the parade, please join in to continue the celebration by attending the Pride Fest activities on the South Lawn of the Worlds Fair Park.

The KCDP will have a table there for information and voter registration. The KCDP is proud to lend its full support to Pridefest!

See this link for info: (link...)

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from Forbes …

Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?

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Thu
Jun 18 2015
12:01 pm

What a tragic, senseless act of terrorism and murder. Thankfully they caught the bastard. Too bad he didn't resist arrest.

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Thu
Jun 18 2015
09:36 am

Nashville, last night. More photos and a report later. For now, I'll just say they lived up to their reputation as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band.

UPDATE: Here's our report and some photos added to the gallery. Click the image for a slideshow.

We had an awesome trip to Nashville to see the Rolling Stones. It was our first time seeing them, and it was well worth it. We had floor tickets, on about what would be the 45 yardline (i.e. pretty far back but not all the way back). We could see the stage, but the giant video screens helped, especially with all the tall people standing in front of us.

They put on an incredible show. The energy was amazing and the playing was tight. Mick sounded great and Keith was on his game. I think he was playing in a different key a little during Miss You, and Mick was a little off key for Satisfaction, but otherwise they were pretty great. I don't know how Mick was still standing after nearly two and a half hours to even sing Satisfaction or how Keith is still standing at all, so it was all good even without grading on a curve. Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were also amazing, and so was the rest of the band including keyboard man Chuck Leavell and backup singer Lisa Fischer, who killed it on Gimme Shelter.

The setlist was pretty much the same as the previous shows. (There's a photo of it in the gallery.) It was basically a hit parade, and the fans got what they paid for. These guys are pros, and their 50+ years of experience shows in the performance. They really seemed to be having fun and enjoying what they do. Also props to their crew, riggers, video and sound people. It is a world-class, super professional production. The sound was amazing, especially for a stadium -- loud enough to be rock & roll but not so loud as to hurt your ears.

The highlights for me were Gimme Shelter, Wild Horses, Tumblin' Dice, and It's Only Rock and Roll. The Mrs. was happy that they played her favorite, You Can't Always Get What You Want, accompanied by the Belmont Choir. I would have liked to have heard Street Fightin' Man, and probably a few others, but really the show was totally awesome in every way.

Brad Paisley was the opening act, and he's a pretty good picker. Unfortunately, we missed the first part of his set while standing in line for adult beverages. (The concession logistics were ridiculous.) He had surprise guest appearances with Carrie Underwood and Joe Walsh (!). We at least got to hear those. He also joined the Rolling Stones for Dead Flowers.

Anyway, this was one of the best concerts we've ever been to in terms of the killer songs, the excellent playing and the top-notch production. If you've never seen them you should. The next closest upcoming date is in Raleigh, I believe.

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Thu
Jun 18 2015
02:09 am

In a conversation with a few local folks recently, age range 30-50, about health insurance. I am curious where in the area can someone talk in person and get objective, lay of the land, informative health insurance information? None have access to company insurance. All independent contractors.

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from Yahoo Food …

“Our water bill was cut in half, our linen bill was cut in half, our liquor inventory was lean,” Fry told Entrepreneur, crediting it all to greater employee cognizance. Employees have more on the line, too: Bar Marco’s new system cuts them into the profits as well. All workers now get a base salary of at least $35,000—plus health care, paid vacation and 500 shares in the company—but they also get bonuses. Because of his recent financial boom, Fry says salaries could end up between $48,000 and $51,000 this year.

Restaurant Sees Profits Triple After It Ditches Tipping

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Wed
Jun 17 2015
06:27 pm

State Rep. Joe Armstrong has been indicted on tax fraud charges

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Tue
Jun 16 2015
10:22 pm

The caller ID showed a Knox County government number when my phone rang last Monday morning, so I figured the call was going to be something that would put me to work.

I was pleasantly surprised when the voice on the other end turned out to be that of Bradley Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS). It’s always something good when Bradley calls, because he’s doing remarkable work down there in the bowels of the East Tennessee History Center where he and his wife, Louisa Trott, are preserving ephemeral pieces of our regional history and discovering forgotten gems.

Continued...

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Mon
Jun 15 2015
03:14 pm

What: 4th District Democrats Social Hour at Big Fatty's!
When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Big Fatty's Restaurant, 5005 Kingston Pike, Knoxville

The 4th District Democrats are holding a social hour which is being graciously hosted by Big Fatty's restaurant.

Big Fatty's has hosted several of the KCDP State of the Union watch parties.

The event will be from 6-8pm. Snacks will be provided, but we strongly urge that you purchase a meal and drinks to show our support and appreciation for these great folks!

for info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

All Democrats from around town are welcome!

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Mon
Jun 15 2015
02:52 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From the office of Cliff Rodgers, Administrator of Elections, Knox County Election Commission

As we had anticipated, Gov. Haslam has today issued the Writ of Election for the vacancy of Office of State Representative, District 14, as a result of Ryan Haynes’ resignation on May 27, 2015. And, as we had specifically requested, Gov. Haslam has set the date of Wednesday, August 12th to hold the primary elections for nominations by statewide political parties and has further set the date of Tuesday, September 29th to hold a general election to fill that vacancy.

Therefore, the Knox County Election Commission (“KCEC”) will immediately begin issuing qualifying petitions for that election. The qualifying deadline for those petitions will be Thursday, July 2nd at NOON and the withdrawal deadline will be Thursday, July 9th at NOON. Early voting for this primary election will begin on Thursday, July 23rd and will run thru Friday, August 7th.

The KCEC would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both former Rep. Haynes and Gov. Haslam for coordinating fully with this office by taking their respective actions when they did. By doing so, both have ensured that the Writ of Election sets election dates which will save substantial costs for the State of Tennessee and will minimize confusion for the voters of Knox County by eliminating one additional election date for this special election since the date of the general election for this house seat will now be the same as the election date for the City of Knoxville Primary Election on September 29th.

Clifford A. Rodgers
Administrator of Elections
Knox County

SEE ALSO:

Special Election Schedule

Petitions...

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