Sun
Aug 17 2014
11:00 am

The welfare and treatment of captive killer whales at SeaWorld has been the subject of controversy for decades. Now, even investors are taking notice.

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Sat
Aug 16 2014
04:49 pm

What if one pharmaceutical company had a drug that could heal 90% of Hep 3 patients?
And what if nobody could afford it?

Moon, this is a really excellent column:

(link...)

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Sat
Aug 16 2014
03:32 pm

Never give up, but be willing to change strategies and tactics when necessary.
UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

DETROIT, Aug 15 (Reuters)
By Bernie Woodall
The United Auto Workers, which lost a controversial organizing vote in February at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has nearly enough members in its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as exclusive bargaining agent for the plant, a top union official said on Friday.
If the union is able to prove to Volkswagen that it has support from a majority of the plant's approximately 1,500 hourly workers, VW can select it as the exclusive bargaining agent for all of them, despite the loss to UAW foes in the vote. Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer, would not say how many VW workers are now UAW Local 42 members, but said there are enough to have won the February election. The UAW lost by a 712-626 count, which means that Local 42 has at least 670 members, which Casteel confirmed.

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Sat
Aug 16 2014
12:15 pm

Is this how it is in Knoxville and Knox County?

From Yahoo...

A promising trend in home construction is the rising number of certified green and energy efficient homes. Recent consumer preference surveys indicate that energy-efficient features top homebuyer wish lists. While newly built homes increasingly include such elements,

The data indicate that energy efficiency was the leading driver of improvements, with indoor environmental quality in second place for single family and water conservation second for new multifamily units.

Homes are getting greener

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Sat
Aug 16 2014
09:58 am

Charlie Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor, has some internet/social media resources: have a look:

website (link...)

twitter: @GovCharlieBrown

facebook: (link...)

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
07:20 pm

This should be fun to watch watch.

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
02:59 pm

I almost forgot to post.

Please join us this Sunday for an Evening Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their fifth of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, August 10th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with local band Jenna & Her Cool Friends.
(link...)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 8 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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East Tennessee native Sharon Lee will take over as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, effictive September 1st. Press release after the break...

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
10:34 am

RoaneViews: TVA Payoff Fails to Make Community Whole

Letters that went out to plaintiffs about halfway through the lawsuit process stated, "You will not be made whole."

We weren't. Roane County wasn't. Check the graphic at the end of this story and see the players who got to distribute almost twice as much money for pet projects as the victims will ultimately get for almost six years of shattered property values and ruined businesses.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
10:05 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

those who grow them know that this has been a bonanza year for tomatoes. i put in 3 plants bought at the food coop and they're still producing.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
09:49 am

On Monday, County Commission will hear from candidates seeking the interim appointment to school board to replace Indya Kincannon, who is leaving to travel overseas with her family for her husband's teaching fellowship.

Ten candidates applied. Here are their resumes. (Update: three have withdrawn, see comments.) It appears there are a number of highly qualified candidates. Some seek only to serve out the interim term while others say they will also run in the special election for a full term.

Commission is expected to appoint the interim board member on Aug. 25th. Who should it be?

Choices

You are not eligible to vote in this poll.

Thu
Aug 14 2014
11:17 pm

It's conceited to think that anybody cares about whether or not I participate on KV, but on the off chance that somebody does care, here's something I want to share.

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Thu
Aug 14 2014
07:52 pm

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero issued a statement regarding MPC Executive Director Mark Donaldson's retirement. She thanked him for his years of service and said she has been in contact with Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett to establish a selection committee and start the search process. Details in the press release after the break...

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Thu
Aug 14 2014
05:12 pm

So is there a deal or not?

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Thu
Aug 14 2014
01:29 pm

(link...)

The new [Park Hyatt] property contains 350 pieces of art, marble floors, 92 suites and a swimming pool with underwater speakers that play a classic (sic) music soundtrack created by people at Carnegie Hall, which is across the street.

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UPDATE: Never mind all the following. Vote 'NO' on Amendment 1 and vote for somebody, anybody (except Haslam) for Governor if you want your 'no' vote to count.

Original post...

In order to pass, the state constitutional amendment banning abortion must get a majority of votes cast in the governor's election, not just a majority of the votes on the question itself. So if you vote 'no' on Amendment 1 and skip voting in the governor's race you increase its chances of defeat. Tom Humphrey explains...

This will be pretty easy for me. I won't vote for Haslam and the Democrats failed to run a credible, qualified candidate.

UPDATE: As pointed out by a reader, this may be backwards.

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Wed
Aug 13 2014
06:11 pm

Mark Donaldson is going to resign as executive director of MPC. Announcement coming soon.

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Wed
Aug 13 2014
05:51 pm

Tennessee's Corker Won't Rule Out Presidential Bid

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.

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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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