Tue
Dec 29 2015
04:29 pm

Announcement...

Cheri Siler, 2nd District County Commission Candidate Suspending Campaign

To the citizens of the second district of Knox County:

It has been a dream and goal of mine to serve you as a county commissioner for Knox County.

After careful consideration, however, I am suspending my campaign for county commission effective immediately.

My family comes first, and right now I need to focus on my role as wife, mother, and daughter to those who come first in my life.

Thank you for your understanding and your support.

Cheri Siler

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Tue
Dec 29 2015
10:53 am
By: jlynn  shortURL

What: Knoxville SOUP
When: Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Where: Vestal United Methodist Church

Knoxville SOUP, sponsored by The South Knoxville Alliance, is a community dinner and micro-funding project designed to raise money for creative projects that are proposed, voted on, and enacted by members of the community. Proposals can be anything that will benefit the community or society in general. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit KnoxvilleSOUP.org.

Vestal United Methodist Church, 115 Ogle Ave SW - across from King Tut's/Pease Furniture in Vestal

Map to location

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Tue
Dec 29 2015
08:44 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

We didn't post many photos this year, but here are some of our favorites. Click image to view gallery.

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Sun
Dec 27 2015
11:58 am

Dean Stone, Editor Emeritus at the Maryville Daily Times, is retiring at the end of the year. A Blount Co. native, he has been with the paper since 1948.

Dean Stone is 91 years old and still hard at work up until his last day with the paper. As the Daily Times reports, "Stone has outlasted four owners and six publishers, while seeing the news move from hot type, to computer-generated type, to the Internet, all the while recording Blount County history."

He has received countless awards, was an inaugural inductee to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame, and has been involved in decades of community service on various boards and commissions.

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Dec 26 2015
09:20 am

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Thu
Dec 24 2015
11:11 pm
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Thu
Dec 24 2015
03:03 pm

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Thu
Dec 24 2015
07:50 am

The Maryville Daily Times reports today that DuPont is closing a demonstration-scale biofuels refinery in Vonore. The refinery was a joint project between DuPont, the State of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee to research switchgrass as a viable source of biofuel. It was funded by a $70 million grant via the University of Tennessee Research Foundation in 2007.

Eight years later, DuPont says the project "fulfilled its core mission which was to provide the data necessary to scale up cellulosic ethanol technology to full commercial scale” but they are shutting it down to "streamline operations."

The report also says that DuPont has just opened a commercial scale operation in Iowa that uses corn harvest byproducts to produce cellulosic ethanol, and "will focus its resources on its Iowa facility and securing technology licensing opportunities around the world."

So who benefited from the $70 million state funding for research? DuPont? Science in general? Vonore, for a while? Will Tennesse and/or the University of Tennessee ever see any payback from the "technology licensing opportunities?"

The Daily Times reporter seemed to have difficulty getting any official answers about the status of the project, other than it is being closed.

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Wed
Dec 23 2015
08:44 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

in Ultra Panavision 70 (first time in 50 years) at Regal Pinnacle

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Proposals are being sought for community projects to compete for funding at the next SOUP dinner on Thursday, January 7. These dinners also showcases a local artist. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to complete our online application and have the opportunity to show their art or share their talent.

Press Release after the break...

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Susan Weaver Jones v. Knox County Board of Education, et al.
Case Number: E2015-00304-COA-R3-CV
Authoring Judge: Judge D. Michael Swiney
Originating Judge: Judge Clarence E. Pridemore, Jr.
Date Filed: Monday, December 21, 2015

This appeal concerns a tenured teacher's challenge to her transfer to a different job position. Susan Weaver-Jones ("Jones") sued the Knox County Board of Education ("the Board") and Dr. James McIntyre ("McIntyre"), Superintendent of Knox County Schools, ("Defendants," collectively) in the Chancery Court for Knox County ("the Trial Court").

Jones alleged that her transfer from Instructional Coach to classroom teacher was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(6). The Trial Court granted Defendants' motion to dismiss. Jones appealed to this Court.

We hold that Jones' complaint asserted a claim upon which relief could be granted, and that the Trial Court erred in granting Defendants' motion to dismiss. We reverse the judgment of the Trial Court and remand this case for further proceedings.

Full text of the opinion with background and discussion...

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The Tennessean reports sketchy details on the project which will employ 70 people (v. 500 for the now defunct Hemlock Semiconductor site which never opened), paying about $45K per job.

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Mon
Dec 21 2015
02:07 pm

A message from Bob Wolfenbarger ahead of tonight's County Commission meeting:

Residents in the Thorgrove/Midway community are mobilizing to continue their fight against the proposed development of a business park off the Midway Road exit by the Development Corporation.

Residents do not believe such a park is needed in the area, that it would be compatible with the surrounding property, or that it can be done in an environmentally sound or safe manner.

Residents have signed a Petition and will appear before Commission on Monday to oppose the vote.

Not withstanding our two previous victories, this will be the third time in 15 years that the Development Corp. has brought this issue before the commission.

Bob Wolfenbarger, Pres.
8th District Preservation Assoc.

Mr. Wolfenbarger says residents "will discuss material facts never before publicly disclosed" at tonight's meeting.

UPDATE: Association letter to County Commission...

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Is there a cumulative list of legislation Tennessee members of Congress have introduced or co-sponsored since 2008? That would be a Knox Mercury article I would read.

from knoxnews.com ...

While she understands the need for stringent airport security, she said she doesn't understand why her gun permit would not be acceptable to the TSA. She suspects it has something to do with what she considers the Obama administration's hostility toward gun owners and Second Amendment rights.

Bill would make gun permits an acceptable ID for boarding planes

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Mon
Dec 21 2015
09:43 am

I got a political email from a local organization today containing this text in part:

"Monday, December 21, 5 PM, City-County Building, 400 West Main Street, Knoxville

We have been alerted that there is an effort to introduce and pass a resolution in the Knox County Commission calling on the TN General Assembly to nullify the Supreme Court's marriage decision. Wear RED and show up to help resist this effort!"

I don't know if it's true or not because the email did not provide any other info such as the name of the proponent. And of course any such resolution is just another sad reminder of how little many of our local and state leaders understand about how the Constitution and the Separation of Powers work, but since most citizens don't seem to get any of that, either, it's the kind of thing that might get a lot of attention. So it's probably a good idea, if you happen to be around the courthouse later, to let the County Commission know Knox County has been embarrassed enough by some of its leaders. We don't need more silliness.

Oh, and if you do show up, wear red I guess. I suppose the grinches will wear green.

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Sun
Dec 20 2015
11:49 pm

More than 50,000 dollars raised for Zaevion Dobson through GoFundMe page

In a show of gratitude, the people of Knoxville and America stepped up and donated over $50,000 to aid the Dobson family in the burial of Zaevion who heroically shielded 3 girls from bullets being fired by alleged gang members. Zaevion and the girls were innocent bystanders.

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Sun
Dec 20 2015
05:03 pm

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16)

July 28, 2005, shots ring out and Alisha Quillen, age 19, is fatally wounded. June 9, 2010, shots ring out and DaChanna ‘Muffin’ Dotson, age 17, is also fatally wounded. December 17, 2015, shots again ring out and Zaevion Dobson, age 15, is also fatally wounded.

What do these 3 young adults have in common?

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Sat
Dec 19 2015
08:06 am

Mayor Madeline Rogero will be sworn in for her second term as Mayor of Knoxville today. The inauguration will be at 10:30 at the City County Building large assembly room.

Things are looking up for Knoxville and a lot has been accomplished on Mayor Rogero's watch through her hard work and positive leadership. Expect even bigger and better things during her second term.

Congratulations, Mayor Rogero!

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Fri
Dec 18 2015
11:08 pm

Participated in my first Tour De Lights this evening

Well done. Lots of folks standing along the route thru the neighborhoods saying hello, Merry Christmas. A good vibe. Seemed good for those riding and those a long the route.

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The city is seeking public input on a consultant's report, released today, regarding the future of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.

The report finds that the Auditorium is salvageable, but the Coliseum needs major renovations or replacement. Cost estimates for various options range from $26 million to $279.5 million.

More in the press release after the break.

Full report here...

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