Tue
Nov 11 2014
09:31 am

Betty Bean reports that Knox Co. Schools Superintendent McIntyre has a new mentor courtesy of the Broad Foundation. The former Bush Secretary of Education once referred to the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization."

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
03:48 am

A good thing. I was a little surprised that wasn't already happening.

from NBC News ...

Experts project that the screening test, which costs $250-$300, may prevent as many as 20 percent of future deaths from lung cancer, making it akin to mammograms and colonoscopies in terms of saving lives.

Medicare Plans to Pay for Lung Cancer Screening

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
06:35 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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forget about "don't embarrass the israelis."

remember that these are the kids building (i.e. doing the construction work for) the israeli settlements in the west bank, so they know how to wield sledgehammers.

seeing this i keep thinking about metro pulse. imagine resurrecting the paper using the original name ..

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
05:52 pm

The band spent the day yesterday in a dress rehearsal for Val's Thanksgiving Dinner do. This is her first smoked turkey done in the Big Green Egg and she didn't want any last minute surprises. The look on her face when she opened up the egg after 7 hours was priceless.

Best smoked turkey I've had.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
03:00 pm

What: South of the River Democrats
When: Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike, Knoxville 37920

Guest speaker is Chris Foell, 4th District Co-Representative and Board of Governors member of the Knox Co. Democratic Party, who will lead a discussion about the Local and State November 4th election results, reflection and lessons learned.

for info: Jim Sessions (sessions5@icloud.com)

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
12:21 pm

Congratulations to LeftWingCracker on your 10th anniversary of keepin' it real over in Memphis!

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:39 am

Amazon has a one day only deal on Certified Refurbished Kindle Paperwhites for $79, which is $30 off the regular price for a new one. It comes with a one year warranty just like a new one. The Mrs. and I both have Kindle Paperwhites and we love them.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:25 am

Now that the smoke has cleared and the 2014 elections have been sliced, diced, digested and regurgitated by the pundits, was it really that bad?

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:11 am

Maybe I am wrong, but I don't see Romney, McConnell, etc ever doing this sort of thing.

from Reuters ...

Obama, who campaigned on the issue of net neutrality, said the FCC's new rules should explicitly ban such paid prioritization deals and sided with consumer advocates who have pushed for the FCC to reclassify ISPs so that they can be regulated more like a public utility.

Obama asks FCC for strong net neutrality rules

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
10:16 am

The Atlantic: Is There Hope for Local News?

But as local newspapers shrink and broader-based national sites grow, who’s going to cover the local news? It’s something that, as a journalist, it’s hard not to fret about. Many of us came up in local newsrooms, where our first assignments were calling local cops and bugging them for information about items on the scanner. Many of us now work for sites that don’t have anyone calling the local cops, or even listening to the scanner.

The report says that 16,200 full-time newsroom jobs were lost between 2003 and 2012. There's some great discussion of independent, online, and non-profit media alternatives, some of which are working but still struggling.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
09:00 am

What: Books Sandwiched In Welcomes Susanna Sutherland
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_susannasutherland.jpgThe most valuable resource on Earth is not oil, gold, water, or land, according to Ramez Naam. Rather, he says, the power of humanity’s capacity for innovation and knowledge are what will meet the very real and enormous environmental challenges we face. Join Susanna Sutherland, Principal, Sutherland & Associates for a consideration of Naam’s book The Infinite Resource: The power of ideas on a finite planet, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library and the City of Knoxville.

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
09:18 pm

With the national Democratic party signing on to that great vehicle for undermining public education No Child Left Behind* and then doubling down on those very same policies with Race to the Top, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Republicans are now attempting to hang that albatross around their neck while still pushing for the ultimate goal of increasing privatization.

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
07:49 pm

Rolling Stone: The Allman Brothers Band's Last Stand

Ultimately, Derek, 35, believes the Allmans played their last show the way they played all of their best gigs: "No frills, man, just the band having to step up and face it all down." He cites his uncle, 67, as an inspiring example. "I had this thought while we were playing 'Whipping Post.' Butch had been giving it all night. And I worry about his health. There were times early in the run where the band would try to go to that last gear, and it would just kind of sputter.

"I was in the middle of my solo, thinking, 'Let's put the pedal down.' But I didn't know if Butch had it in him or not. I thought, 'This might kill him,'" Derek admits, laughing. "And he did not back down at all. He went hard to the very end."

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
12:39 am

What is going on with the walkway over Henley Street?

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Sat
Nov 8 2014
06:26 pm

Some of Metro Pulse authors' articles are archived at the following site:

(link...)

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Sat
Nov 8 2014
10:52 am

What: ETSPJ independent online newspaper program
When: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a program about creating independent, online newspapers. The guest speakers are Judith and Gene Clabes, former corporate newspaper executives who launched KYForward.com in 2011.

From the ETSPJ:

The program is being offered at a time when local media is downsizing yet we have students at the university being trained to be journalists and experienced journalists in the community who have something to offer in gathering and reporting news. So here is an alternative that appears to have a future to it. "The Clabes' online newspaper is the epitome of entrepreneurial journalism in the ever-changing world of news gathering and delivery," Mike Martinez, president of ETSPJ, said.

The program is free and open to the public. Learn more about the program and the speakers here. Register to attend here.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
10:50 pm

No On 1 seeks federal injunctive relief, using the constitutional requirement to cast a vote for governor as the basis for a provisional recount:

The plaintiffs want the judge to order the state to count only those Amendment 1 votes where the voters also cast ballots for governor. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.

Plaintiffs say the state allowed some voters to game the system by voting for the amendment and skipping the governor’s race.

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What: Knox Co. BoE Special Question Committee for Collaborative Conferencing Act
When: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
Where: Board room, Andrew Johnson Building - 912 S. Gay Street

Via KCS pubic notice
"Please note that as required by the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) of 2011, the Knox County Board of Education has established a “Special Question Committee” for collaborative conferencing. The Committee, which consists of three Board of Education members, will meet on Monday, Nov. 10 from 4:15 to 6p in the board room of the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay Street). The meeting will be streamed live on KCS-TV, and broadcast live on Comcast Ch. 10 or ATT U-verse 99."

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
03:53 pm

Sen. Brian Kelsey submits bill to ban the Hall income tax.
Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

"I don't think it's a good tax," Haslam added of the Hall tax. "But I can't take $270 million out of our budget without something to replace it."
The state gets five-eighths of those revenues while local governments get the remainder. Haslam has previously cut the state sales tax on food, eliminated the state's gift tax and is now phasing out the inheritance tax.
Earlier this year, House Finance Committee Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, and freshman Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, pushed their own bill phasing out the Hall tax. The measure was backed by the Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Washington, D.C.-based group supported by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch.

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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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