Mon
Jun 8 2015
06:13 pm

Apparently, the big announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference today was Apple Music, their rebranded offering of Beats, of overpriced hipster cool headphone phame. Not sure what that has to do with developers, but whatever.

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
05:23 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The latest (recycled) pump and dump scam on small individual investors by TeeVee and internet "analysts." But hey, I'm going to win the lottery next week. Or maybe next year. Who knows?

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Doc Severinsen and his Big Band will appear for a pre-season performance on Sept. 8, followed by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Traveling Kind Tour offical season opener on Oct. 17.

More info on these and other upcoming shows in the press release.

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
03:08 pm

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett announced a hastily called press conference at 2:30 PM today in his office with Knox Co. Schools Super Jim McIntyre.

Apparently, the have reached a compromise budget that includes a 2% raise for teachers and new Hardin Valley and Gibbs middle schools with no new taxes. It was also announced that the Andrew Johnson building will be sold.

More details when we hear from Michael "Big Sexy" Grider...

UPDATE: The Memorandum of Understanding

UPDATE: Mayor Burchett's remarks, as prepared

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
12:25 pm

Gannett is following through with an announced spin off of their newspaper publishing business into a separate publicly traded company. The move will be complete on Jun. 29.

The new publishing business will still be called Gannett, and current shareholders will keep their existing shares and get one share of the new company for every two shares they hold as of Jun. 22. The existing Gannett company will be called Tegna and will retain their broadcast and digital media businesses.

USA Today: Gannett board's approval was a mere formality after the McLean, Va.-based company announced last August its plans to split its operations in an effort to shield its broadcasting and digital businesses from the print advertising decline.

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What: Business Breakfast to discuss bidding on city contracts
When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:30am
Where: Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.

Press release...

BUSINESS BREAKFAST AIMS TO HELP LOCAL COMPANIES BETTER COMPETE FOR CITY CONTRACTS

Looking to bid on a contract with the City of Knoxville but don't exactly know how to get started? Think your business is too small to compete for a piece of the $55 million in contracts that the City will be entering into this year?

Mark Wednesday, June 10, on your calendar.

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Mon
Jun 8 2015
07:40 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

A bear attacked a 16 year old boy in a hammock at a Hazel Creek campsite. Hazel Creek is a pretty remote area, and I believe the only way to get there is by boat from Fontana. WBIR files this report.

When I read that he was in a hammock, I thought about how campers tie their supplies up in the air from a tree limb and wondered if bears have figured out that stuff hanging from tree limbs = food.

Anyway, WhitesCreek has some excellent advice on dealing with bear encounters in the wild.

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Been meaning to post this for a while and happened to stumble across it again this aft, namely the full text of that most recent contract Superintendent McIntyre unilaterally and illegally entered into with The Broad Academy, which placed yet another Broad Fellow on the Central Office/taxpayer payroll.

The document begins with Law Director Bud Armstrong's memo to BOE members Amber Rountree and Patti Bounds and ends with the full text of the contract under discussion, within which Armstrong has highlighted the clauses to which he objects and offered an explanation for his every objection parenthetically following each highlighted clause.

It's quite an eye-opener to see so explicitly how it is The Broad Center's "plants" infiltrate, then dominate, school systems' administrative processes.

It's also quite an eye-opener that 5 of 9 BOE members subsequently approved this contract after the fact and in defiance of the Law Director's counsel.

Here.

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Sun
Jun 7 2015
03:12 pm

A local man's amazing story of storming the beach: "He put us in water over my head. And I had all this equipment on, and I just went down..."

My Dad's recollecion, from a POW camp in what is now Poland:

We had one guy with us that could speak Polish. There was a bunch of Polish civilians there. They could get radios or had radios or something. They could get some news from some way. I don't know. Grape vine or some way. This Polish guy that was with us would talk through the barn windows into the stalls to those Polish and get news that he could on how the war was progressing. We knew immediately when France was invaded. When the Americans invaded France, we knew it that day. They heard it on the radio, and so he told us that the Americans had hit the beaches of Normandy.

U.S. Army: The Normandy Invasion

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Sun
Jun 7 2015
01:46 pm

We decided to wash our cars today. We were trying to figure out what to use to clean the interiors. The Mrs. went through all the cleaning products on hand, and they all had one warning or another about what kinds of surfaces to use or not use them on.

Then she found some Murphy Oil that she had gotten to use on our kitchen cabinets a while back. The instructions indicated you could use Murphy Oil on just about anything, so we tried that (diluted with water according to instructions).

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Crashing the Pachyderm party:

(link...)

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Sat
Jun 6 2015
07:45 am

There's a lot happening on the South Waterfront project. Some highlights from the spring update:

• City Council approved an application for a $24 million USDOT competitive grant to fund the pedestrian/bicycle bridge.

• Demolition work continues at the Baptist Hospital site, with work moving across the street to the Old Vols Inn.

• Infrastructure work on Suttree Landing Park and Waterfront Drive is underway.

• Designs for Sevier Ave. infrastructure improvements are nearing completion.

• The Island Home pillars, recently damaged by a truck, have been repaired and restored.

• Work on the new Fort Dickerson entrance is progressing, with grading and retaining walls complete and pavement expected in the the next few weeks.

One item of particular interest to me is that the former Civil Air Patrol property at 1147 Sevier Ave. is being redeveloped as a tavern. The old house was "Mrs. Fox's" house when I was growing up next door at 1151. According to property records, the new owner is listed as KNOXKNOSH LLC, which according to state records is associated with Daniel Crowder, who may be the same Daniel Crowder who operates the Bull's BBQ food truck. Back in the day, 1151, 1147 and 1141 ("The Turners' house") were bookended by taverns, Jimmy's to the east and Dot 'n Ann's to the west.

MORE INFO: South Waterfront 2015 Spring Update

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How many lives saved and money if they had just agreed to Medicaid expansion from the beginning?

Seems like this should be the first thing mentioned in the article instead of the money...

From the Tennessean ...

The report projects 220 fewer annual deaths.

Study: Insure Tennessee would have saved $190M, 220 lives

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Thu
Jun 4 2015
09:22 am

Betty Bean: Outspoken teacher gets walking papers; supporters charge retaliation

Graham’s colleagues pitched in to help her pack up the contents of her classroom, much of which she’d bought last year with the proceeds from a summer job at Hobby Lobby.

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Thu
Jun 4 2015
09:17 am

Eastbound lanes of Cumberland Ave. will close for six weeks beginning Tuesday, June 9th for construction on the Cumberland Ave. Corridor project. More info about alternate routes, free KAT bus routes and more in the city press release after the break...

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
03:21 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Remember when you popped a floppy disc into the drive and instantly gained a whopping 1.44 MB of storage space? I just added one of these to each of my two desktops. Plug one in to a USB port, drop a serial ATA hard drive into it, and instantly be treated to up to 6 TB of added storage. Change the drives almost as quickly as changing DVDs too.

I bought a new 2 TB drive with them and had a 160 GB and a 500 GB drive wasting away on a shelf.

And sucha deal at $23 a pop!

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
08:18 am

Bobby Jindal will make a "major announcement" on June 24th regarding his run for president. Jindal joins Lindsay Graham, who announced yesterday, as the latest to enter the crowded Republican field.

Other announcements expected over the next few weeks include Bill Haslam, Basil Marceaux, Haley Barbour, Michele Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck, Hulk Hogan, Dennis Rodman, Jeff Foxworthy, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Carrot Top. Sarah Palin remains undecided.

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Wed
Jun 3 2015
06:15 am

This is the lowest U.S. unemployment has been since May, 2008.

According to an article by David Moon, "There are still fewer people who were born in the U.S. working today than before the recession."

Tennessee unemployment at 6% is one of 21 states with unemployment of 6% or greater. Lowest unemployment rates inclue Colorado at 4.2%, Hawaii and Oklahoma and Wyoming at 4.1%, Idaho and Iowa and New Hampshire at 3.8%, Minnesota at 3.7%, Vermont and South Dakota at 3.6%, Utah at 3.4%, North Dakota at 3.1%, and Nebraska at 2.5%.

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Tue
Jun 2 2015
11:09 pm

Via whitehouse.gov (albeit two days late), Obama declares June as LGBT Pride Month.

Opening:

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

Read it all here.

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