Nashville labor groups have filed a complaint with the IRS saying that the Tennessee Charter School Center is really a lobbying outfit and shouldn't qualify for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Nashville Public Radio has this report...

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Fri
Jun 20 2014
07:27 am

The U.T. Board of Trustees voted yesterday to increase tuition by 6% for most students. According to this WBIR report, tuition has nearly doubled since 2008.

Commenting on the tuition hike, U.T. President Joe DiPietro said state funding cuts are making the institution "more of a private-driven enterprise" and that he would have to "look at our whole business model and decide if it's broken."

We're running our state like a business. Into the ground.

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Fri
Jun 20 2014
07:17 am

First watch this video compilation of T-Mobile's CEO John Legere's remarks at a recent press event.

I get that T-Mobile is trying to brand themselves as radically hip disruptors and whatnot. But is this appropriate public behavior for the CEO of a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company? And what about that outfit?

Maybe it's just me, having come up around the stodgy IBM white shirts and wingtip shoes culture, but he seems more desperate than anything, like some dude having a mid-life crisis trying to pick up hot young models at an uptown rave club or something.

Anyway, he's already had to apologize for one of his remarks. Wonder what the T-Mobile board thinks about all this? Will he still have a job next quarter?

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Our company group plan is coming up for renewal and they have offered to extended it for another year with a slightly higher premium. It is "grandmothered" (their term) and has slightly different benefits than a standard ACA plan. We are thinking of not renewing and dropping our company group plan and instead switching over to a BCBS individual/family plan. (We are the only two employees in our group plan.)

Trying to figure out the variations in premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and maximum out of pocket is a little confusing. So, we made a spreadsheet to do some basic comparisons. It appears we are paying "silver" prices for a "bronze" plan.

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Thu
Jun 19 2014
08:43 am

State Rep. Gloria Johnson today released a statement regarding her position on several recent public education issues and controversies, including teacher evaluation, community schools, charter schools, vouchers, Common Core and more. Read her statement after the break...

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Wed
Jun 18 2014
06:27 pm

From our "you can't make this stuff up" department, People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’

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Wed
Jun 18 2014
05:44 pm

The FBI arrested a Morristown man for for "allegedly conspiring to launch cyber attacks on two universities and three companies since last summer."

Perhaps even more humiliating than the possible 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine is the scorn heaped on the alleged hacker by his colleagues:

...your OpSec was f***ing horrendous. Don't launch attacks from your home IPs, skidlets! Don't log into our compromised servers from your home IPs! F***ing get a clue, get a f***ing VPN!

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Wed
Jun 18 2014
02:39 pm

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is in Washington D.C. this week. On Monday she participated in the Local Leaders Council Policy Forum, sponsored by Smart Growth America. Mayor Rogero, who is on the Advisory Board, was to give a presentation about Knoxville’s revitalization of its downtown and center-city neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, the Local Leaders Council was to meet with the LOCUS Leadership Summit, a national coalition of real-estate developers and investors advocating sustainable, walkable urban development.

Today, Mayor Rogero attended the White House Maker Faire, hosted by President Obama. The event features "a select group of Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools (such as 3-D printing) to bring their ideas to life." Invited from the Knoxville area are Mayor Rogero, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, and entrepreneur Jay Rogers, who recently opened his 3-D printing business, Local Motors, in Knoxville and Market Square. More info on the Mayor's Maker Faire visit...

SEE ALSO: Maker Faire info from the White House...

AND: Remarks by the President at the White House Maker Faire

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Wed
Jun 18 2014
02:01 pm

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett and Commissioner Mike Hammond today announced a new emergency alert system. Residents can register to receive alerts via email, text and phone for emergency, public safety and weather-related alerts. More in the press release after the break...

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Tue
Jun 17 2014
06:05 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Fasten your seat belts as The West introduces its newest product.

Wonder what think-tank invented that acronym, and how much it cost ...

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Tue
Jun 17 2014
06:04 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Her: Hey, did you say you wanted a new tablet?

Me: A new what?

Her: A tablet.

Me: A new tablet? No, not necessarily. Why?

Her: I dropped mine and broke it.

Me: You what? Oh, sweetie, I'm sorry. How'd you do that?

Her: Trying to carry too much stuff out to the patio at one time. How much does a new tablet cost?

Me: I don't know. Maybe $200 for a newer Nexus like your old one. There's talk they may be coming out with an even newer one if you wanted to wait a bit. It will have better specs, but I don't think it's made by Asus and...

Her: Right. Could you order me a new tablet?

Her: (A little later) Did you order me a new tablet yet?


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Tue
Jun 17 2014
02:41 pm

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I've driven by this building in Knoxville many times through the years. The design is quite beautiful.

Can you identify the location of this building?

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The Supreme Court ruled today that purchasing a firearm for someone else is in fact illegal under federal law.

Curiously, four Justices (Scalia, Roberts, Alito, and Thomas) argue that it's A-OK to sign a federal form stating under penalty of perjury that you are not purchasing the firearm for someone else (as long as the other person is legally allowed to own it).

SCOTUS blog has analysis...

In other Supreme Court news, the court announced today they will consider a case that could decide how and when free speech on social media crosses the line to a criminally actionable threat.

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For some time, I've been curious about U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams' decision not to respond to the lengthy, very well-crafted questionnaire Randy put together for Knoxviews. Gordon Ball responded. While some folks might disagree with one or more of his responses, for the most part, they were extremely detailed, and they do provide an extraordinary amount of information about his positions on many issues. Ball was not shy about giving responses to hard questions and saying things he knew some KnoxViewers would not like to hear.

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Mon
Jun 16 2014
11:10 am

You'll recall that when she announced her candidacy for school board, I shared with you that she had been my son's first grade teacher?

And that she had made a home visit over the summer to her every prospective student?

And that she had also hosted a cook-out and swim party at her home the week before school started, inviting her every prospective student, his parents, and his any siblings?

And that she kept displayed on her classroom wall the group photo of every class she'd ever taught?

Well, my son graduated from high school last month and found the following letter from Ms. Bounds in the mailbox this past Saturday:

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Press release...

NASHVILLE - As excitement and curiosity continue to build about who is holding a Powerball ticket worth an estimated $259.8 million, the Tennessee Lottery announced today that the lucky ticket was sold at Kroger, 6702 Clinton Hwy., in Knoxville.

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Mon
Jun 16 2014
10:22 am

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Make up "you're" own jokes about the spelling and/or what you might learn from the News Sentinel about getting the political edge.

BONUS: Webmaster having a rough day...

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Mon
Jun 16 2014
09:00 am

What: March with the Knox Co Dem Party in 2014 Pride Fest Parade
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 11:30am
Where: corner of Gay St and Jackson St

Come show support for our LGBT brothers and sisters by marching with the Knox Co Dem Party in the 2014 Pride Fest Parade...

Meet at 1130am at corner of Gay and Jackson. Parade states at noon and ends at 100pm at the World's Fair Park

The festival will be at World's Fair Park from 100pm until 800pm

Info about the parade can be found here: (link...)

Info about 2014 Pridefest can be found here: (link...)

For more info about marching with KCDP: contact Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net, 865-719-0597)

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Sun
Jun 15 2014
11:30 pm

Me: Wow, the Spurs hammered Miami to win the NBA championship. Wonder what happened to Lebron?

Her: Teams win, not players. Unless you're Michael Jordan.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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