Mon
Sep 8 2014
01:20 pm

Amazon has a today only deal with huge discounts on SanDisk memory products. I got some SD cards for 69% off and USB flash drives for 76% off.

Amazon SanDisk Daily Deal

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A recent Harvard Business School survey finds that even the Masters of the Universe are worried about the growing wealth divide and how it affects U.S. competitiveness.

The survey found that large and mid-sized companies and skilled workers are prospering during the recovery but middle and working-class people and small businesses are struggling, concluding that "such a divergence is unsustainable."

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What: Campaign Kickoff for School Board Candidate District 2 Jamie Rowe
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
Where: Fountain City Lion’s Club Community Building

Second district School Board candidate Jamie Rowe is holding a campaign kickoff event at the Fountain City Lions Club Community Building at Fountain City Park (117 Hotel Rd, Knoxville 37918). The event will be from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. There will be light refreshments and music by Andy LeGrand. Here's a recent KNS article about the candidate.

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Sun
Sep 7 2014
07:51 am

I've been following this controversy for a few weeks, and this article from the Memphis Daily News is a good summary.

It seems the federal government has indicted FedEx for conspiracy to ship prescription drugs for an illegal online pharmacy. This was after FedEx discovered a shipment by accident, alerted law enforcement, and cooperated in the investigation.

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Sun
Sep 7 2014
07:26 am

Will Overstreet writes in his most recent column for the Knoxville News Sentinel,

Bill Gates said it best when recruiting John Sculley, an executive for Pepsi Co. "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?".

Alrighty then. Was Bill Gates recruiting for his competition?

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Sat
Sep 6 2014
10:30 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

What: SATURDAY SOUTH
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: Ijams Nature Center

Visit the Saturday South website for details.

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Fri
Sep 5 2014
12:28 pm

What: Central City (1st District) Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:15pm
Where: Burlington Library 4614 Asheville HYWY knoxville 37914

Guest Speakers will be:

Cameron Brooks, Knox Co Dem Party Vice Chair and State Executive committee person for TN State Senate District #6

David Rausch: Knoxville Police Dept Chief

Nate Allen: Knoxvile Police Dept Deputy Chief

for info: Tony Brown (dribm2006@yahoo.com)

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Fri
Sep 5 2014
08:21 am

Halbig to en banc. Jonathon Adler at the WaPo's Volokh Conspiracy.

Some like it, others don't.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014
01:18 pm

Chattanooga's Gigabit fiber and Smart Grid gambit paying off:

(link...)

In fact it's so successful:

On Friday, the US telecoms industry called on the FCC to block Chattanooga’s plan to expand, as well as a similar plan for Wilson, North Carolina.

Yeah, who wouldn't mind seeing THIS:

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Thu
Sep 4 2014
12:32 pm

Today's KNS editorial: Tennessee should set qualifications for judges higher

According to the editorial, a lawyer there on an unrelated case had to approach newly elected judge Eddie Pridemore's bench to explain how to handle a default judgement after two procedural errors. It was earlier reported that Pridemore didn't know he had to get furniture for his office, and reversed himself on cameras in the courtroom on his first day after someone explained the law to him.

What an embarrassment. No wonder he doesn't want cameras in his courtroom. As noted in the editorial and reported previously, the Knox Co. Bar association and the Knox Co. legislative delegation are discussing the possibility of a constitutional amendment to raise the requirements for being a judge. The editorial says that other states require more experience and that judicial elections should be non-partisan. We agree.

(Actually, we don't think judges should be elected at all, nor should trustees, county clerks, sheriffs, etc., but that's an argument for another day.)

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Thu
Sep 4 2014
10:51 am

The other day we visited the new Publix near the University of Tennessee. Wanted to see what it was like having to park on one level and shop on an upper level. As I have found with most Publix stores, the experience was good. As usual, the employees were all very helpful. They brought in experienced workers from their other stores. The size of the store and the stocking appears to be about the same as the Northshore store. There is a ginormous beer case. Don't know if it is larger than Northshore to meet the student demand or it just looks larger.

The parking lot is on ground level, below the store. You must use stairs, an escalator, or an elevator to access the store. There is a separate cart escalator to get your groceries to the parking level and your car. Nice to have a bus stop right at the store front.

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If the WalMart at University Commons brings in the customers anything like the WalMart in Alcoa, I think access could be a problem. There's only a single two lane street providing access to the shopping center. However, most of the shoppers won't have to cross the road to get to the store, thus eliminating that wait time.

I like Publix grocery stores. This store has the added benefit of being a great place to shop when it rains.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014
10:07 am
By: Somebody  shortURL

What is it with this new(-ish) KNS website? I can't be the only one who finds the frequent front-page 'Kilroy Was Here' photos to be oddly amusing. (This is where portrait photos are cropped so that only the top half of peoples' faces are peering out at you.) I assume maybe it's some sort of automatic thing that happens, but a quick survey this morning of the other scripps newspaper websites (which all use the same template) didn't turn up any other examples of it.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014
09:46 am

What: South of the River Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike, Knoxville 37920

Guest Speaker will be Greg MacKay, former Knox Co. Election Admimistrator: speaking about the importance of elections, Knox Co elections and recent elections

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

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McClatchy: States that decline to expand Medicaid give up billions in aid

If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states -- while receiving nothing in return.

This massive exodus of federal tax dollars from 2013 through 2022 would pay 37 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid in the 27 remaining states and Washington, D.C., over that time.

According to the study, Tennessee will miss out on $22.5 billion in funding and will instead pay out $7.8 billion in taxes for expansion in other states.

We were told that Gov. Haslam is a smart businessman. Apparently he's not very good at math.

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Wed
Sep 3 2014
05:40 am

Tom Wilemon reports. Michele Johnson and her gang at the Tennessee Justice Center getting after it.

TennCare must hold hearings for Tennesseans who have waited months to learn whether they qualify for Medicaid coverage because of delays in processing applications, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell also granted class-action status to the lawsuit, meaning hundreds, potentially thousands, of Tennesseans could also become plaintiffs in the case. Campbell issued the orders at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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Michael Kirk, the attorney for TennCare, had blamed the federal insurance exchange for Tennessee's delays, but Chris Coleman, the lawyer for Tennessee Justice Center representing people who got lost in the system, argued the state had created its own problems. His argument was supported by a filing from the U.S. Attorney on behalf of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

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Tue
Sep 2 2014
03:32 pm
By: cafkia  shortURL

I can't believe how out of the loop I am these days. The linked blog post is the first I have heard of this. It sounds promising to me.

(link...)

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From his website: Good grief, where's the beef? Charlie Brown.
NASCAR speeds coming to TN interstates..

have a look: (link...)

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What: First Friday Celebration and Silent Auction (benefiting UTK College Dems) with Knox Co Democratic Party
When: Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Knox Co Democratic Party HQ - 311 Morgan St Knoxville 37917

Come on down to KCDP HQ for our monthly first friday celebration (food, drink and fun), AND bid on and purchase a variety of goods and services being auctioned off in support of the UTK College Dems

food and drink courtesy of 6th district democrats, auction courtesy of 4th district democrats

for info: linda haney (llinc@comcast.net) Chris foell (foellmc@aol.com) Rosina Guerra (rosinag@earthlink.com)

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Tue
Sep 2 2014
07:14 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

The Uber ride sharing service was announced to have entered the Knoxville, TN, market the last week of August, 2014.

It is also reported that "it's illegal for these uber drivers to operate in the City of Knoxville." This wasn't reported until the 8th paragraph, after all the PR and hype to promote the service.

Currently, Germany has halted Uber's services pending a lawsuit. "Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws applies nationwide. " Taxi Deutschland, [a German cab association], said Uber allows drivers to skirt safety and insurance regulations that apply to conventional cabs, and for employers to avoid sector benefit and wage agreements and taxes.

I'm all for capitalism, being an entrepreneur, free market, etc. It just seems we all should have to play by the same rules. Ha! Plus, is it safe?

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