Tue
Jun 24 2014
05:08 pm

Was trying to sit on this until our pub date tomorrow, but KCS put out a presser today:

Indya Kincannon, second district school board member, has announced she will step down from the Knox County Board of Education after the August 6 Board of Education meeting in order to accompany her family to Slovenia, where her husband was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

Kincannon, currently in her third term, has served the second district since 2004. Kincannon’s husband, Ben Barton, works for University of Tennessee College of Law.

The NEW county commission will make the appointment, most likely.

Dogfight coming.

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The City of Knoxville announced yesterday that their provider will begin charging a fee to use some of their Blink electric vehicle charging stations.

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Yesterday's Knoxville News Sentinel had an in-depth report about health care reform and the impact on patients and providers in East Tennessee. There's some good reporting and some interesting information. Some of the reporting, though, doesn't add up.

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
11:38 am

Times Free Press: 2 emerge as leaders for Democratic Senate primary

For a political party that's sometimes struggled to field just one credible candidate for statewide election, Tennessee Democrats may have an embarrassment of riches in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

PREVIOUSLY AT KNOXVIEWS: Campaign to unseat Lamar Alexander kicks off in Blount Co.

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Betty Bean makes the case for Knox Co. Democrats to cross over and vote in the upcoming August Republican primary to help pick the weakest candidates for safe Democratic opponents in the state general election. Read the link (scroll down past the previously mentioned Burchett (don't call it) metro article) for her analysis, which makes a lot of sense.

But, however, there's a but. Knox Co. Democrats would then not be able to vote for their Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee members. There are a couple of contested races that could affect the future direction of the party, assuming there is one.

PREVIOUSLY: Let Briggs/Campfield fight it out: Vote Democratic

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
09:44 am

What: Terry Adams for U.S. Senate reception today
When: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
Where: Cru Bistro and Wine Bar, 141 S. Gay St.

The Terry Adams for U.S. Senate campaign is having a reception today and the public is invited. It will be held at Cru Bistro & Wine Bar at 141 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902 from 5-7 pm.

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
09:15 am

Not sure many folks saw this coming, but Betty Bean reports that Knox Co. Mayor Burchett will make consolidated (but don't call it Metro) government the big idea of his second, term-limited term.

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
09:07 am

I thought Bruce Hornsby put on a good show last night at Bijou.

A lot of energy once they got going.

When we saw Chessboxer was playing before them we were disappointed, because of lateness of show, we had never heard of them, etc. But they were good. Nice addition to show. It was good to be introduced to something new.

We had good seats which always helps.

First few songs for Noisemakers the drums were drowning out the singing and other instruments, but they seemed to be tweaking it each song and eventually it was good.

We couldn't hear the accordion very well on those songs. The Chessboxer violin guy mixed well with Bruce's group on several songs.

I am not very musical but they seemed to do a fair amount of improvisation which added to the performance.

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
08:55 am

In case you missed it, Tom Humphrey's Sunday column looks at the interplay between the anti-abortion amendment, tort "reform," and Lt. ("real") Gov. Ramsey's bid to complete the TNGOP takeover of all three state government branches.

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Sat
Jun 21 2014
08:45 pm

Fracking

From NBC News …

Now in just three months, between last November and January, 34 quakes large enough to be felt shook homes, cracked walls and foundations, scared horses and pets, and opened a few sinkholes.

The ones you can feel have since stopped, but smaller ones continue: some 300, in addition to a 1,000 or so tiny tremors, says Heather DeShon, a Southern Methodist University seismologist leading a team studying the outbreak in the area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Quakes Rattle Confidence in Texas Energy Boom

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Emery Francis and Stone, Jess and The Rest to open for 2 Steel Girls tonight at the Princess. Tickets available at the box office for only $15! Doors open at 6PM.

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From Yahoo ...

Companies basically fall into two categories in terms of the pay and perks they offer their workers: Those that view their workforce as a cost and those that consider employees an investment.

Why most employers aren’t like Starbucks and Costco

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Pam Strickland nails it: Dear Dems, listen up...Briggs Will vote just like Stacey, so fuggeddabout him! FINALLY, SOMEONE SAID IT!!

see link:
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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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