Tue
Jul 21 2015
12:34 pm

This story by @jamiescoop about a small time (well, small time until he got busted holding 86 grams of cocaine) miscreant's frequent encounters with the law (well, one lawman in particular) is a little disturbing.

KPD top cop's score sheet doesn't add up

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Tue
Jul 21 2015
12:23 pm

Apparently so. I was skeptical at first, but with all the "drive-by-wire" technology in modern autos (like our Prius!) I guess it doesn't really surprise me. Sounds like some really poor system design and architecture.

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Tue
Jul 21 2015
12:38 am

Please attend the City Council meeting tonight - July 21 st - at 7 pm. Council will be voting on second reading on the new sign ordinance. They will also be deciding the important issue of the size of sign faces. Reasonable sign heights were decided on first reading on July 7th by a 6-3 vote. Scenic Knoxville wants Council to keep all the amendments passed in April and on July 7th. The Chamber has brought in a lobbyist for the sign industry who is advocating for sign heights and sizes that are outrageously big, and the News Sentinel had an editorial Sunday advising Council to return to the original Task Force proposal. These are terrible ideas that will be detrimental to the future of Knoxville.

If you can't attend, please contact City Council members and ask them to vote to keep all the amendments passed so far and to adopt sign face sizes supported by Scenic Knoxville.

Existing signs will be grandfathered.

Passed on first reading:

35 feet high for property within 500 feet of an interstate interchange
30 feet high for property adjacent to an interstate
20 feet high for property along federally designated highways e.g. Kingston Pike, Chapman Hwy, Asheville Hwy, Broadway, etc)
10 feet for all other roadways

Scenic Knoxville is recommending maximum sign face sizes of 125 sq ft, 100 sq ft, 64 sq ft and 25 sq ft or 60 sq ft for a monument sign.

These sizes are reasonable and are comparable to sizes in many other cities - e.g. Asheville, Charlotte. Maryville. Alcoa. Oak Ridge and Murfreesboro.

Knoxville's landscape is marred by noxious sign clutter. An attractive city is one that's good for its residents, it businesses and its visitors.

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Mon
Jul 20 2015
11:35 am

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We started noticing this ridiculous sign a week or so ago on Alcoa Highway near Power Park. I couldn't figure out what it was for or what they were advertising. When I finally took a photo I could at least make out a website address. When I went to the website, I got this. So it's even more ridiculous.

Anyway, it's a campaign by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Apparently, it's cool to communicate in emojis now, and to give kids a puzzle and make them jump through hoops to get the anti-drug, anti-bullying, and other positive messages on peer pressure, self-image and so forth.

My problem with the sign, though, is that staring at it to analyze all the emojis to figure out the puzzle while driving doesn't seem like all that swell of an idea. Especially for teens. Thankfully this is one of those digital billboards and the sign is only displayed for about seven seconds (during which time a vehicle will travel 560 to 600 feet). Unfortunately for the advertiser, that's not long enough to even notice the tiny website address at the bottom, much less figure out the message.

Anyway, I'm not knocking the non-profit, which seems to be well run and respected. (I notice they do, however, get government funding which covers their executive salaries with a little left over.) I just think this particular campaign shouldn't be on a highway billboard.

(P.S. The mobile site has translations for several of their emoji messages, but I couldn't find a translation for this one so I still don't know what it says.)

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Mark Hensch in The Hill
'Black Lives Matter' protesters halt Sanders, O’Malley events

“We are in a state of emergency,” she added. “If you do not feel that emergency, then you are not human. I want to hear concrete action plans.”

Further Reading
#BlackLivesMatter

Rev. William Barber in DailyKos
"...Only Black 'Deaths' Matter." Rev. William Barber

Hope Wabuke at The Root
Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

Dara Lind at Vox
#BernieSoBlack: Why progressives are fighting about Bernie Sanders and race

Martin Pengelly in the Guardian
O'Malley and Sanders interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters in Phoenix

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Sun
Jul 19 2015
10:42 am

The road building, state, TDOT mechanism in the 1980's - early 2000's seemed pretty bad to me. I hope we don't drift back into that.

from Tom Humphrey ...

The speaker proposes using $400 million of the surplus “to make significant progress on the backlog” of planned but unfunded road construction projects statewide.

Sunday column: Harwell pops Haslam’s gas tax trial baloon

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Sun
Jul 19 2015
07:57 am

Knox Co. Clerk Foster Arnett has either gone off the rails or someone has hacked his Facebook account. A reader says he posted a rant yesterday criticizing Obama, liberals and their "communist ideas" that are destroying our country and saying we need to turn back to God and also Ronald Reagan.

There's some similar content on his page this morning (see screen captures after the break).

Continued...

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Sat
Jul 18 2015
06:58 pm

Donald Trump appears to be in full meltdown, in some sort of self-destructive quest to annihilate his "brand," whatever that is.

NYT: Trump Belittles McCain’s War Record

Mr. Trump said of Mr. McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

I'm not a big fan of McCain's politics, but for the record he was awarded a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service to our country.

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Fri
Jul 17 2015
05:35 pm

Amateur historian and professional pig s*** scofflaw Rep. Andy Holt waded into it waist-deep on Thursday, insisting that Confederate cavalry General Nathan Bedford Forrest was a prototypical civil rights champion:

"Those interested in actually mending racial tension in Tennessee, rather than pandering for quick political points, should be singing the praises of Gen. Forrest. We should be teaching the story of Nathan B. Forrest to every last school child, not digging up his grave in an attempt to rewrite history."

No word on whether Rep. Holt believes similarly that the incident at Fort Pillow was the country's first civil rights march.

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Fri
Jul 17 2015
12:23 pm

Nathaniel Herz in Alaska News Dispatch
Walker says he'll use executive authority to expand Medicaid in Alaska

Walker’s move makes Alaska one of 30 states to approve Medicaid expansion, a key plank of the federal Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," that was aimed at cutting health-care costs and giving more Americans insurance. Expansion was originally required by the 2010 law, but in 2012 a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made expansion optional, and many Republican governors and legislatures have rejected it. Walker is a Republican-turned-independent who was elected with support of the state Democratic Party, and Medicaid expansion was one of his key campaign promises.

Further Reading
Abby Goodnough in the NYT
Over Objections of Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid

Virgil Dickson in Modern Healthcare
Alaska governor defies legislature to expand Medicaid

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - pdf
How Would the Medicaid Expansion Affect Alaska?

Alaksa DHSS - pdf
An Analysis of the Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

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Fri
Jul 17 2015
11:38 am

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of friend and neighbor, Anne Woodle, known by many in the Knoxville area. She left us on July 15th after suffering a stroke just a few days earlier.

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Anne Woodle was the Director of the East Tennessee Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center. She served on the Knox County Board of Education and the Knox County Election Commission. We also know her as a longtime friend to Mayor Rogero whom she met when they were both in graduate school at UT-Knoxville.

Continued...

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Fri
Jul 17 2015
11:19 am

What: Blue Hair for Bernie - Canceled
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: 1624 Sundrop Dr, Knoxville 37921

Another event for Bernie Sanders...Blue Hair Day...at the Home of Rhonda Cowden from Noon to 100pm

This will be a roundup of progressive issues supported by Bernie Sanders...Blue Hair encouraged

for info see link: (link...)

Update: Event Canceled.

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Thu
Jul 16 2015
08:02 pm

What: Democratic TV with Reverend Harold Middlebrook
When: Friday, July 17, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Community TV Channel

Tony Brown will host Reverend Harold Middlebrook on DTV on Friday night at 7:30PM on Community TV of Knoxville. Reverend Middlebrook and Tony Brown will be discussing District One politics including the upcoming County Commission Election in 2016.

DTV streams live on the Community TV web site 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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Thu
Jul 16 2015
07:02 pm

Follow NN15 at Home

If you can’t make it to Netroots Nation this year, there are a number of ways you can follow the action from home.

STREAMING
This year we’re streaming all of our scheduled keynote sessions and two tracks of panels, as well as interviews, curated programming and special content produced by Blue Nation Review (BNR) and This Week in Blackness (TWiB).

Check out the guide to scheduled programming below the players. Plus, interviews with special guests and extra content will be streamed between scheduled programming. All times are Arizona local time.

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Thu
Jul 16 2015
01:14 pm

Please join us this Sunday for an Evening Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Third of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, July 19th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with Knoxville blues band Slow Blind Hill. They will provide the entertainment.

Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 day of show. Smoky Mtn. Blues Members receive a $3 discount. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 5 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
(link...)

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Thu
Jul 16 2015
12:11 pm

UPDATE: US Attorney says FBI is heading investigation which is being handled as "domestic terrorism." No continuing threat at this time. Two separate locations confirmed, one shooter. Fatalities occurred at second location, the Navy reserve facility. First attack was at a military recruiting office at a strip mall.

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Google announced today that they will provide free broadband internet access to families in public and low-income housing in Google Fiber cities. The program is part of a new initiative announced today by the Obama administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to the White House, "while nearly two-thirds of households in the lowest-income quintile own a computer, less than half have a home internet subscription. While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends."

The ConnectHome initiative will address this need. Google and other other telecommunication providers are participating, and other companies are participating in a training component.

In Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis have been selected for participation.

MORE INFO:

Google: Bringing Internet access to public housing residents

The White House: ConnectHome: Coming Together to Ensure Digital Opportunity for All Americans

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:47 am

What: Bernie Sanders for President Meeting - Knoxville
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Barley in Knoxville 200 E. Jackson, Knoxville 37915

See link for info: (link...)

Listen to Bernie Sanders talk about local organizing via internet conference

See also this link: (link...)

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:41 am

What: Bernie Sanders for President Meeting - Maryville
When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Barley's in Maryville, 128 W. Broadway, Maryville TN

Barley's meeting room. Building the Sanders campaign in Tennessee will be discussed.

for info: Angelia Garrison angel_premierpro@frontier.com

Link: (link...)

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