Fri
Dec 5 2014
03:37 pm

Press release...

On Tuesday, December 2nd, Keep Knoxville Beautiful was joined by Sam Venable and Mayor Madeline Rogero at the 33rd annual Orchids Beautification Awards. The 36 nominees for the award made judging difficult, but with the assistance of the East Tennessee Community Design Center, the winners in the various categories really stood out. Overall, 12 awards were given out to properties that exemplified beauty in architecture; landscaping; reuse; and historical preservation in our community. These winners include:

(Press release with list of winners continues after the break...)

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
03:21 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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After four construction workers died on Britton Bridge projects (including two on the Henley Street Bridge Project), Carlos Guzman, a Britton Bridge employee along with Dwayne Sweat courageously went ON STRIKE over safety concerns. Since then workers have been organizing, along with community supporters through Bridges To Justice to make improvements on their job and at all TDOT projects.

We're happy to report Carlos is now working a Union construction job in Louisville, KY that has excellent wages and benefits with a company that treats him and his fellow employees with respect and dignity!

Bridges to Justice and friends of Carlos Guzman invite you to join with us in thanking Carlos and his family for their bravery and organizing work, wishing them well and celebrating some of the progress these workers and community supporters have been able to make together.

Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

Church of the Savior
934 Weisgarber Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37909

(865)584-7531
This Sunday, December, 7th, 2014

11:00 a.m. – Worship Service
12:30 p.m. – Pot Luck for Carlos and Guzman Family
(In the Shalom House, he old Stone Fortress across the parking lot)

Please Reply to this email if you'll be able to come!

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
03:04 pm

Webb defeated Battle Ground Academy of Franklin 38 to 21 to win the TSSAA Division II Class A high school football state championship.

Next up, Alcoa v. Christ Presbyterian Academy at 4PM for the Division I 3A championship and West v. Hillsboro at 8PM for the 4A championship.

Tomorrows lineups include Fulton v. Trezevant for the 5A championship at 4PM and Maryville v. Ravenwood at 8PM for the 6A championship.

Games air live on WVLT-DT2.

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
02:50 pm

What: Police Advisory and Review Committee Community Forum
When: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Vine Middle Magnet School, 1807 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The purpose of this community forum is to hear and discuss community concerns and share the latest happenings at KPD. Community leaders and the public are encouraged to attend and participate in moving toward keeping the community safe and informed.

PARC members, Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and KPD Command Staff will be in attendance

Quarterly meetings are held in January, April, July and October. To learn more about PARC, visit (link...).

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
02:43 pm

Today is Gene Patterson's last day at WATE. He says in this farewell message that he will be joining the communications team at Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, the managing contractor at Y-12 in Oak Ridge.

Gene is an outstanding TV news reporter and anchor, not to mention a super nice guy. He was never afraid to ask the tough questions.

Good luck, and good night.

PREVIOUSLY: Gene Patterson leaving WATE

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
01:34 pm

What: Knox Co. Democratic Party Holiday Party
When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: CWA Union Hall 1415 Elm St. Knoxville 37921

Come Join the Knox Co. Democratic Party for its annual Holiday Party. Bring your favorite holiday side dish or desert. Meat and beverages will be provided. A suggested $5.00 donation will enter you in a drawing for a door prize.

For more info visit: (link...)

or contact Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net) or Cameron Brooks (cameronjbrooks@gmail.com)

To RSVP visit: (link...)

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Fri
Dec 5 2014
06:38 am
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

In the Christian Science Monitor yesterday (with some pithy links therein), Why conservatives and liberals are united on Eric Garner case (+video).

Statement from the conservative Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

"[A] government that can choke a man to death on video for selling cigarettes is not a government living up to a biblical definition of justice or any recognizable definition of justice."

Yep.

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The National Park Service has named Memphis native Cassius Cash as the new Great Smoky Mountains National Park superintendent. He has a pretty impressive resume...

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Thu
Dec 4 2014
05:43 pm

Looks like a good thing. It would be good to see more things like this in Knoxville. A tour of the Civil War sites would be good. Historical tour. Other cities seem to do a good job with this sort of thing. Nashville as some good tours, Savannah, Ga. etc.

I did a bicycle tour of breweries in Portland, Oregon that was good.

Knoxville Brew Tours

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Thu
Dec 4 2014
11:29 am

Per this Chattanooga Times Free Press article, the U.S. House approved a bill that would raise a barge fuel tax to fund various inland waterway projects including the Chickamauga Lock.

(According to the article, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann attached the proposed fuel tax increase to a bill allowing people with disabilities to create special accounts for tax-free savings. Whatever.)

Anyway, the bill would provide $40 million per year in additional funding for inland waterway projects. According to the article, the cost of the new Chickamauga lock is $860 million and $180 million has already been spent, leaving $680 million needed.

So if all of the new $40 million in funding went just for the Chickamauga project, it would take 17 years to complete? Or am I missing something?

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Wed
Dec 3 2014
11:19 pm

From CNN …

Success here is crucial for the party. There's virtually no way for Democrats to win back a majority in the Senate -- much less the House -- without finding a way to compete more effectively in the South. But the truth is there are no easy answers for a party so deep in the hole.

The plight of the Southern Democrat

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Wed
Dec 3 2014
01:35 pm

The White House has named the City of Knoxville a "Climate Change Champion" in "recognition of efforts to mitigate and prepare for the possible effects of climate change." Knoxville is the only Southeastern city on the list.

Mayor Rogero: "It is an honor to be recognized for our work on sustainability and climate resilience, and I am grateful for the president’s support."

More in the press release after the break...

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
05:57 pm

Two children, one adult killed in Knox Co. school bus crash. The buses were from Chilhowee Intermediate and Sunnyview. Local coverage:

WATE: 2 children, 1 adult killed in East Knoxville crash involving 2 school buses

WBIR: 2 kids, 1 adult killed in accident involving 2 Knox Co. buses

WVLT: Three dead in double school bus crash on Asheville Highway

KNS: Two children, one adult killed and 20 hurt in crash between two school buses

Knox Co. Schools superintendent Dr. Jim McIntrye: "This is an unspeakable tragedy."

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett: "This is an absolute tragedy, and there can’t be anything harder than losing a child. My prayers are with all of the students and families involved, and I ask the community to pray for God to surround them with His peace."

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
12:56 pm

TDOT announced today that trucks longer than 30 feet will no longer be allowed on US129 from Tabcat bridge in Blount Co. to the TN/NC line, the portion known as "The Dragon."

More info from TDOT...

Based on personal observation, it's impossible for semis and other big trucks to negotiate those curves while staying in their lane.

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Tue
Dec 2 2014
09:00 am

Add Pennsylvania to the list of states who have decided to take the federal government up on their offer to fund Medicaid expansion.

Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion plan goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The new program will cover an additional 600,000 people in the state.

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Mon
Dec 1 2014
05:36 pm

A gentle reminder that area Shoney's restaurants will be serving free hot fudge cakes all day long on December 4.

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Mon
Dec 1 2014
01:11 pm

Intuit QuickBooks Payroll

Critical Notice
Year-End Notice: Additional FUTA Taxes for 2014

Dear Valued Assisted Payroll Customer,

Due to outstanding federal unemployment loans, your state is subject to the FUTA Credit Reduction for 2014. This means you will be assessed additional FUTA taxes for your Form 940 filing for 2014.

What is a credit reduction state?
Some states take loans from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund if they lack the funds to pay unemployment insurance benefits for residents of their states. If a state has outstanding loan balances for two consecutive years, the FUTA credit rate for employers in that state will be reduced until the loan is repaid. This results in employers owing additional unemployment tax.

So, because Haslam and our super-majority GOP legislature STILL can't create jobs, the business owners get shafted AGAIN? (on top of higher unemployment tax rates from the state itself).

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Nashville last week. During his visit to the state with the highest percentage of minimum wage workers, Perez "disputed the idea that raising the minimum wage would negatively impact businesses or risk jobs."

U.S. labor secretary to Tennessee: Raise minimum wage

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Sun
Nov 30 2014
09:18 pm

What: Rally to support striking fast food workers
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:30am
Where: The Strip - 17th and Cumberland

Fight for $15!
Fast food workers across the nation will go on a 24 hour strike to demand $15/hour and a union. This is the first time Knoxville fast food workers will go on strike. They need community support.

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