Wed
Sep 24 2014
10:13 pm
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By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Just what the planet needs: a little more air pollution, please.

U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday, including 12 oil refineries, the U.S. Central Command said.

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Check out the spiffy new Wordpress powered digs at the Shopper News. Finally... permalinks! Archives! Even comments! Way to go, Sandra.

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Tue
Sep 23 2014
09:37 pm

Local media outlets could sponsor a debate and invite the candidates like they did in Chattanooga.

On Aug. 18, WTCI, the local PBS affiliate, and the Times Free Press invited Headrick and Fleischmann to debate. The two needed only to settle on a date.
"We believe the voters in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District would appreciate an opportunity to hear a vigorous debate of the issues before casting their votes in the general election on Nov. 4," read the letter signed by WTCI President Paul Grove and Times Free Press Editor Alison Gerber.

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Tue
Sep 23 2014
07:42 pm

WBIR: Ex-Pilot Flying J Pres. Hazelwood received target letter

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood has received a "target letter" – the official form federal prosecutors send to let someone know that they are the target of an investigation and that prosecutors have substantial evidence linking them to the crime – according to multiple sources. He is now the highest ranking current or former employee connected to the multi-million dollar diesel fuel rebate scheme to get one.

In other news, Jim Haslam Sr. will not be cited in relation to an auto accident yesterday, during which he either "fell asleep" or "had a medical issue." According to the KNS, "Haslam had left work at Pilot Flying J early, telling co-workers he felt ill, [KPD spokesman] DeBusk said. An investigating officer noted Haslam looked “fatigued” after the crash."

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Tue
Sep 23 2014
02:18 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

you know something's wrong when people make livings rolling signs like this around ..

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Tue
Sep 23 2014
01:47 pm

KNS parent company E.W. Scripps stock is down almost 5% today, and about 11% since Friday. There is no news that I am able to find.

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The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that prison inmates may only file lawsuits in the county where the prison is located, saying the state law regarding venue does not apply to for-profit prisons like CCA. News release after the break...

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Mon
Sep 22 2014
09:43 pm

Apparently, a lot of folks haven't heard about this.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014
07:24 pm

When Mark Harmon and Brian Hornback both agree that Briggs should debate Siler it appears Briggs is out of excuses.

EXTRA: Statement from Knox Co. Democratic Party after the break...

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What: Rural Preservation Party October 5 with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day!
When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
Where: Smithview Pavilion

Imagine a lovely fall afternoon filled with fun activities for all ages, delicious home-baked treats, live music and an exciting auction. This is the annual Rural Preservation Party, a family-friendly event hosted by CAPPE (Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, Inc.)www.saveitdontpaveit.org .

This year’s Rural Preservation Party is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 from 2pm to 5pm at Smithview Pavilion ((link...)

Home-town favorites Pistol Creek Catch of the Day (link...) will perform starting at 2pm.
The Second Annual Hands-free Donut Eating Contest and other fun activities are scheduled throughout the afternoon.
CAPPE’s famous bake sale will offer an array of home-made cookies, brownies, and other tasty treats. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The live auction will begin at 4pm.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014
04:18 pm

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Mon
Sep 22 2014
11:18 am


Former Parker Grocery building set for multi-use redevelopment...

The latest South Waterfront update has lots of big news:

• Construction on Waterfront Drive at Suttree Landing is set to begin today, and bids for the park could go out as early as next month.

• There is a public hearing today, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at All
Occasions Catering, 922 N. Central St., to present and discuss the progress of both the South Waterfront and Downtown North Brownfield Assessment Grants.

• Work is underway on the new Fort Dickerson entrance, and there is an update on the Baptist Hospital demolition which is moving along.

• A local firm is planning a mixed use reuse of the building at 822 Sevier Ave. across the street from South Knoxville Elementary. It would have 4000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant on the first floor and 4000 sq. ft. of office space on the second floor. They are calling this the old "assembly bulding," but I remember it as Parker Grocery, if I'm not mistaken.

• Perhaps the biggest news is that South Knoxville Elementary is participating in the community schools initiative for grades K-5 beginning with this 2014-2015 school year.

All this and more in the latest South Waterfront Update...

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Sun
Sep 21 2014
09:54 pm
By: xmd  shortURL

Just have to say the new Bar Marley has a very bright future. If it all pans out according to their website I believe it will be one of K'towns best places to be.

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Sun
Sep 21 2014
10:45 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

I'm not saying I-40 should become a park, but the adaptive reuse of this polluting highway as it cuts through our close-in neighborhoods offers stunning possibilities for the future of the city.

(link...)

... this third phase completes a kind of narrative, which the two earlier phases started, about 21st-century New York as a greener, sleeker metropolis, riven by wealth, with an anxious eye in the rearview mirror. It is a Rorschach test, signifying different things — about urban renewal, industry, gentrification, the environment — to different people.

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Sat
Sep 20 2014
04:50 pm

Just back from a trip to the Tsali Notch Vineyard near Sweetwater. The muscadines are just coming in and the scent of Heaven is everywhere. Those are the Nesbitt variety in the bowl, considered the best for the table. We picked some of the Nobles for wine.

Top it off with a swing by the Sweetwater Valley Farm for a few varieties of cheese and then a visit with a friend who made this really good (from a kit) Black Raspberry Merlot.

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Sat
Sep 20 2014
04:39 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Knoxville native actress Polly Bergen has died at the age of 84.

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Press release...

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR HERRON WILL NOT RUN FOR SECOND TERM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced today at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman.

“I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends with whom I have worked to help elect Democrats,” Herron said. “Electing Democrats in Tennessee in order to move our state forward will continue to be my focus and my passion.”

Herron's term as state party chair has been marked by a number of major accomplishments, including cutting recurring state party expenses almost 50%, hosting two record-setting Jackson Day fundraisers, and a major effort by the state party to help retain three Supreme Court justices targeted by Republican Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and outside interest groups.

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From Yahoo...

A Virginia-based company called ComSonics is developing a new type of radar gun that can actually detect whether text message radio frequencies are being emitted from passing cars. According to The Virginian-Pilot, ComSonics says the device is “close to production.”

New Traffic Radar Gun Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting

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Fri
Sep 19 2014
04:42 pm

Consider taking your kids, grandkids or self to the Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) to see Seussical: the Musical. Although the actors range in age from 6 to 16, I’ve seen a bit of the show and the singing is outstanding. Starting today, it runs for three weekends, with shows on Thursday-Sunday.

Here is the trailer, produced by a 9th grader.
(Even if you have no interest in attending the show, consider watching the video link. I am quite close to the young man who did the video and he loves when his videos pick up lots of views.)

Show dates and times after the break.

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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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