Thu
Jul 16 2015
08:02 pm

What: Democratic TV with Reverend Harold Middlebrook
When: Friday, July 17, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: Community TV Channel

Tony Brown will host Reverend Harold Middlebrook on DTV on Friday night at 7:30PM on Community TV of Knoxville. Reverend Middlebrook and Tony Brown will be discussing District One politics including the upcoming County Commission Election in 2016.

DTV streams live on the Community TV web site at (link) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
Jul 16 2015
07:02 pm

Follow NN15 at Home

If you can’t make it to Netroots Nation this year, there are a number of ways you can follow the action from home.

STREAMING
This year we’re streaming all of our scheduled keynote sessions and two tracks of panels, as well as interviews, curated programming and special content produced by Blue Nation Review (BNR) and This Week in Blackness (TWiB).

Check out the guide to scheduled programming below the players. Plus, interviews with special guests and extra content will be streamed between scheduled programming. All times are Arizona local time.

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Thu
Jul 16 2015
01:14 pm

Please join us this Sunday for an Evening Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Third of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, July 19th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with Knoxville blues band Slow Blind Hill. They will provide the entertainment.

Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 day of show. Smoky Mtn. Blues Members receive a $3 discount. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 5 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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Thu
Jul 16 2015
12:11 pm

UPDATE: US Attorney says FBI is heading investigation which is being handled as "domestic terrorism." No continuing threat at this time. Two separate locations confirmed, one shooter. Fatalities occurred at second location, the Navy reserve facility. First attack was at a military recruiting office at a strip mall.

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Google announced today that they will provide free broadband internet access to families in public and low-income housing in Google Fiber cities. The program is part of a new initiative announced today by the Obama administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to the White House, "while nearly two-thirds of households in the lowest-income quintile own a computer, less than half have a home internet subscription. While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends."

The ConnectHome initiative will address this need. Google and other other telecommunication providers are participating, and other companies are participating in a training component.

In Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis have been selected for participation.

MORE INFO:

Google: Bringing Internet access to public housing residents

The White House: ConnectHome: Coming Together to Ensure Digital Opportunity for All Americans

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:47 am

What: Bernie Sanders for President Meeting - Knoxville
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Barley in Knoxville 200 E. Jackson, Knoxville 37915

See link for info: (link...)

Listen to Bernie Sanders talk about local organizing via internet conference

See also this link: (link...)

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:41 am

What: Bernie Sanders for President Meeting - Maryville
When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Barley's in Maryville, 128 W. Broadway, Maryville TN

Barley's meeting room. Building the Sanders campaign in Tennessee will be discussed.

for info: Angelia Garrison angel_premierpro@frontier.com

Link: (link...)

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
11:34 am

What: 3rd District Democrats Social Hour
When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Pelanchos Restaurant 1516 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville

Join the KCDP 3rd District Democrats for social hour on the Back Patio of Pelanchos Restaurant

Info: lizkey1@gmail.com

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Deputy Director Dawn Michelle Foster will be promoted to Director of the city's Office of Redevelopment, replacing current director Bob Whetsel who is retiring. More in the press release after the break.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
08:18 am

Rep. Rick Womick (R-Murfreesboro) is calling for Gov. Bill Haslam's impeachment for following the law on same-sex marriage.

This is the same Rep. Rick Womick who wanted special secret clearance for himself and a handful of legislators to be evacuated in case of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack terrorists were planning against state lawmakers. He said an EMP attack had already occurred in Shelbyville, and it was in the paper but nobody knows about it.

This is also the same Rep. Rick Womick who allegedly pulled a handgun out of his desk during a meeting with Moms Demand Action representatives who were lobbying against guns in parks. Womick denied it, but said he's exempt from a ban on guns in legislative offices anyway because he works in law enforcement.

Womick, who was first elected in 2010 with 68% of the vote, ran unopposed for his District 34 House seat in 2014.

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Wed
Jul 15 2015
12:07 am

From WATE ...

DOUBLE SPRINGS (WATE) – The National Weather Service in Nashville has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Cookeville area of Putnam County in Middle Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

WATE

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What: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - “Justice, Inclusion & Moral Reality”
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 2:00pm
Where: Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. 5th Ave.

RSVP to: inclusion@knoxvillechamber.com
More info via Knoxvillenoir - An Afternoon with Michael Eric Dyson

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
08:02 pm

Branch Towers has withdrawn the application for a new cell tower in Lakemoor Hills. A company spokesperson said "they are withdrawing the application because the site does not meet grading requirements." Hmmm, they just found this out?

As neighborhood resident Forrest Orr said “Do a sign campaign for two reasons – one to raise awareness and the other to raise blood pressure."

Congrats to the residents of Lakemoor Hills.

Previously on KnoxViews, SoKno neighborhood - No Cell Tower Please.

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
06:22 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Who is running this state? Dumb and dumber?

The State of Tennessee pulled the new campaign to prevent drunk driving. The Governor's Highway Safety Office somehow didn't realize how stupid and offensive their campaign was.

The campaign boasts(ed) slogans that refer to girls looking "hotter" when guys are under the influence and finding out "a marginally good-looking girl" later is "chatty," "clingy" or "your boss's daughter" as signs that maybe a man has had too much to drink.

How much money did the great State of Tennessee waste on this project? The wasted dollars keep adding up.

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From NBC News ...

For the first time ever, natural gas trumped coal as the top source of electric power generation in the U.S. In April, roughly 31 percent of electric power generation came from natural gas, whereas coal accounted for 30 percent, according to a recent SNL Energy report.

Natural Gas Overtakes Coal as Top U.S. Electricity Source

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Tue
Jul 14 2015
07:43 am

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In just a few minutes, NASA's New Horizons probe will make its closest approach in a fly by mission to Pluto after traveling 9.5 years and more than three billion miles through the solar system.

NASA TV Live Coverage... (Alternate...)

NASA New Horizons Mission Page...

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Mission Page

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is leading a coalition of U.S. companies committed to hiring 100,000 young people who have been "shut out of the job market."

Starbucks-led coalition commits to hiring 100,000 disconnected youth

Schultz, who pledged this year to hire 10,000 such youth by the end of 2018, is being joined by top executives from 16 companies who will look to hire young people for apprenticeships, internships and part-time or full-time jobs.

In addition to the Seattle-based Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy's, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart have signed on. The coalition is looking to recruit more companies to join the push.

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Mon
Jul 13 2015
12:24 pm

(07/13/15 -ATLANTA) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is taking final action to approve the state of Tennessee’s request to redesignate the Knoxville area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. This action is based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2011, 2012, and 2013 that meets the standard. The area continues to attain this standard. On July 13, 2015, EPA took final action on the Knoxville Area.

"We commend the Knoxville area for the effort it has undertaken towards improving air quality and reaching this accomplishment," said EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney. "This progress represents a commitment to hard work by the local, state and federal agencies, private partners and the many citizens of Tennessee who live and work in the Knoxville area."

"This is something that I and my staff, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander and other state and local officials have worked on for several years, and I'm happy to see our area reach attainment of EPA air quality standards," said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. "Being in attainment will not only have a positive impact on the environment and public health, it also will encourage economic development by sending a signal to businesses that Knox County and East Tennessee are open for business."

The full EPA press release...

UPDATE: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will hold a press conference with Knoxville Chamber President Mike Edwards and Knox County Air Quality Management Director Lynne Liddington today at 1:45 p.m. on the City County Building plaza, which is located outside the City County Building near the Main Street entrance. They will discuss details on the EPA’s redesignation of the Knoxville area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard.

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My Nexus 7 (2013) has been having some battery and other issues so I've been tracking the new tablets coming out. I was interested in the new Asus ZenPad line. Asus manufactured the Nexus 7 tablets for Google and they are pretty great, so why not?

After watching for a couple of months since the announcement, one version finally showed up at Best Buy. It’s the Asus ZenPad 8 S with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a quad-core, 64-bit Intel Atom processor. Bonus, it has a microSD slot. And the price is right at $200.

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Looks good. Has there been any sort of effort to utilize solar power on low income homes in the Knoxville area?

from CNN ...

The White House outlined a series of measures Tuesday designed to put more solar panels on low-income housing and expand access to solar power for renters.

The measures also include money to deploy AmeriCorps workers to install solar in low income areas as well as revamped guidelines on using government-backed second mortgages to finance solar systems.

Obama plans to put solar panels on low-income homes

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