Sat
Nov 1 2014
11:21 pm

Epic OT win by the Vols, who never give up against South Carolina tonight. Don't get much better than that. SEC Game of the week. Rocketman! Go Vols!

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Sat
Nov 1 2014
07:19 am

According to the High on LeConte blog, they have "17 inches of snow on the ground with more snow steadily falling."

The NPS Smokies Road Info twitter feed says several roads are closed in the Smokies, no access to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg Bypass is closed, Little River Road from the Y to Elkmont is closed, and US 441/Newfound Gap Road is closed.

NPS Smokies webcams for Purchase Knob and Look Rock.

36 degrees in Alcoa and windy, feels like 21.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
07:06 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

As Halloween drew to a close, a frightening visage appeared, Lane Kiffin as his true alter ego, Eddie Smith!

PS The latest ad (the one that Haslam is paying to help Smith) tells us in large on-screen letters that Eddie is for a "balenced budget." Of course, state law requires a balanced budget. The bigger question: Does Eddie want to cut the budget for instruction in spelling!

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
02:56 pm

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett have named their MPC executive director search committee. The committee members are: Co-chairs Dean Rice, Chief of Staff to Mayor Burchett, and Bill Lyons, Deputy to Mayor Rogero/Chief Policy Officer; MPC Vice Chair Bart Carey; MPC Commissioner Herb Anders; former County Commissioner Wanda Moody; and Stephanie Welch, Vice President of Operations for Community Schools at the Great Schools Partnership.

More in the press release after the break...

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
10:52 am

Back from the Northeast, where this was seen rolling down the highway

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Here's the background.

U.C. Berkeley researcher Chris Petrella has issued an open letter debunking some of the flawed methodology of Hakim and Blackstone’s research, calling on Corrections Corporation of America to stop citing their study. CCA and private prison firm GEO Group – both of which funded the study, along with Management & Training Corp. – have incestuously cited it in their promotional materials, on their websites and in public statements.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
09:56 am

The latest in Verizon's line of Droid phones launched yesterday. The Droid Turbo is a monster, with one exception (more on this in a minute). You can read about the features and specs here. Following is my initial review.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
08:24 am

Free ebooks from Project Gutenberg. Those of you nearing my age may remember a screenplay of the first one, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, was broadcast as the very last episode of The Twilight Zone.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
07:10 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Knoxzine has a pretty good November events calendar. check it out. Knoxzine calendar

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Fri
Oct 31 2014
05:16 am

What: Knox Co. Democratic Party Election Night Party
When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
Where: The Southern Depot, 318 W. Depot Ave, Knoxville, 37917

Come on down to the Southern Depot to party and watch the returns with the democrats at our election night party. The food is free and the bar is cash.

Come dressed in your best "blues"...cuz the mother of all parties is about to begin!

#DemocratStrong

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
06:21 pm

KNS: Longtime WATE news anchor Gene Patterson is leaving the station

Contacted Thursday, Patterson said that he was surprised at the decision not to keep him at the station, but “it’s just part of the business.” “Life is full of changes and this is just another one,” said Patterson. Patterson said he hopes to find another opportunity in the area.

So, it sounds like he was fired? WTF? Gene Patterson is one of the most respected TV news journalists in Knoxville, and a really decent guy. Is there something in the water causing all these the really, really bad recent decisions by local media?

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
05:27 pm

October's bright blue weather

Daddy turned 90 on October 30th, and my brother and I took him out to Calhoun’s at the Ft. Loudoun Marina for lunch. We were joined by his friend Bill Beeler and his daughter, Vikki.
We chucked Bill’s oxygen tank and Daddy’s walker into the trunk of Mamma’s big Merc (she’s a full-time caregiver these days and begged off the trip in favor of a few quiet hours at home) set off for Lenoir City. The drive was just long enough to let us take in the scenery without making Daddy and Bill too uncomfortable. Bill was looking forward to some fried catfish.
It was the kind of perfect fall day that always makes me think of a poem I had to memorize when I was in the 5th grade called “October’s Bright Blue Weather.” It’s come back on me for 50 falls, so I’ve long since abandoned any hope of shaking it:
"O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather."
Bill had been a Scoutmaster and Daddy his assistant while their boys were growing up. Two years ago Bill found out that Daddy’s World War II medals had been lost when our house burned down in 1969. He not only worked with Jimmy Duncan’s office to get them replaced, but made a shadow box to put them in – all without Daddy knowing a thing about it.
Bill wore his dress khakis when he and his wife, Anne, showed up at the house with the medals. As a member of the Veterans United Honor Guard, his job was to fold the flag and present it to the family at military funerals. He still cut a splendid figure – white gloved, blue-eyed, slim and straight – as he made a formal presentation from Sgt. Beeler to Sgt. Bean.
Anne died the following year.
Bill was a member of the Hourglass Division that fought from the Aleutian Islands all the way through the South Pacific to Okinawa where he was seriously injured. A bona fide hero, he was awarded 15 medals but for years never talked about what he’d experienced.
We got to Calhouns and were seated at a big round table in the middle of the room. Bill had catfish and Daddy had ribs. They talked about food and friendship and Bill gave daddy a birthday present that he’d made Vikki sneak into the restaurant.
After lunch, the wait staff set up a portable ramp so we could go down to the deck and throw bread to the carp that boiled up in the water out back.
Bill needed his oxygen tank for the trip home and grew very short of breath. I took a picture of the two of them when we got to his house.
We said goodbye and I thought about the end of that poem:
"When springs run low, and on the brooks
In idle golden freighting
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;
When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather."

Bill died six days later and was buried two days before Veterans Day in the uniform he’d worn when he gave Daddy his medals.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
01:37 pm

Here's my take on the closing days of the 2014 local election.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
12:39 pm

This should cheer just about anyone up. Inexplicably, KOCH Industries has been a sponsor of the Daily Show recently, running ads to explain all the wonderful things they do. The Daily Show reworked the ad just a little and included that version in the actual show. Does that count as product placement?

(link...)

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
12:27 pm

KNS here: PACs have spent some bucks in October attacking Johnson

UPDATE: Thanks to Tom Humprhey for this great article. I have made the link to the article clearer.

NASHVILLE — Political action committees have spent more in October attacking Democratic state Rep. Gloria Johnson through independent expenditures than she and her Republican opponent, Eddie Smith, have spent combined, according to new financial disclosure statements.

The three PACs together then spent almost $190,000 on the contest in October as independent expenditures

Two of the PACs represent national organizations pushing for creation of a school voucher system in Tennessee. ...together spent $139,705 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25 on the race.

Another national organization, Americans for Prosperity, has also been sending direct mail into the district praising Smith and declaring he will fight “the radical Obama agenda.”

UPDATE: If you want to help fight this evil, click here to donate to Gloria's campaign.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014
09:05 am

Nooo, not by a long shot is it like any Metro Pulse review.

I think this was the paragraph that most ticked me off:

Sassy Ann's is like the Addams Family opened a bar in their house...The only thing that disappoints me about the place is there is no photo of a dude on the wall with eyes that seem to follow you around the room.

Granted, I have known and loved the place since it opened as Zeke & Dan's, back in the '70's, but even if I weren't a bit sentimental, don't you agree that this is a really cloddish description of what was and is one of Knoxville's architectural gems and a perennial favorite among neighborhood bars?

What a jerk.

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Wed
Oct 29 2014
03:20 pm

Just curious what determines the order of names on the ballot?

For instance, why are Haslam, Alexander, Duncan, Briggs, Smith, all listed first in their section on the ballot? I don't understand the logic of the order.

It isn't alphabetical or the incumbent. How was the order determined?

Knox county Sample Ballot

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CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation announcement...

Want to Help a Senior Out?! Become a Volunteer Driver Today!

CAC is excited to provide the Volunteer Assisted Transportation program to Knox County seniors & people with disabilities who require aid and assistance to travel safely...but we need YOUR help!

Volunteer Drivers are needed to assist seniors to medical appointments, shopping trips, beauty appointments, and other fun activities!

Volunteers will drive agency-owned, hybrid sedans and receive training to include First Aid & CPR certification! AAA Membership Discounts are also available to program volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for weekdays, evenings and weekends. Thank you for considering to donate your time to help Knox area seniors.
For more information on volunteering call 865-673-5001 or
email: nancy.welch@cactrans.org

Flyer with more info...

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Wed
Oct 29 2014
07:29 am

Check out the map.

From the NY Times ...

That state boundaries are so prominent in the map attests to the power of state policy in shaping health insurance conditions. The most important factor in predicting whether an American who had no insurance in 2013 signed up this year was whether the state that person lives in expanded its Medicaid program in 2014. (Just consider the contrast between Kentucky, which expanded Medicaid, and Tennessee, which did not.)

Obamacare: Who Was Helped Most

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Tennessee River barge traffic to Knoxville has been cut off by the temporary closing of Chicamauga Lock for emergency repairs. Work was started years ago to build a new lock, but Congress won't fund it. They talk a lot about it, but nothing ever seems to happen.

Times Free Press: River traffic locks up

"The bomb that we have been warned to expect for the past three or four years seemed to hit us Monday afternoon," said Pete Serodino, president of the river shipping business founded by his father. "We've had scheduled shutdowns before, but in my 30 years in the business I don't ever recall an unplanned shutdown for this long."

According to TVA, one barge can transport as much tonnage as 60 semi-trucks or 15 rail cars. This reduces highway traffic, fuel consumption, air pollution and wear and tear on highways. Barge shipments also save consumers about $550 million per year in transportation costs (about the estimated cost to finish the new lock).

TVA also says that the Tennessee River "provides the least expensive form of transportation for dozens of Valley industries that either produce or use raw materials. For example, commercial navigation makes it possible for east Tennessee to be a major distribution center for fertilizer, road salt, and asphalt that moves upriver by barge. Zinc mines in Jefferson County, Tennessee, depend heavily on barge transportation to deliver zinc concentrate to customers downriver."

Thanks a lot, Rep. Duncan (who is on the House Transportation Committee), Rep. Fleischmann, and Sens. Alexander and Corker.

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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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