Mon
Mar 17 2014
12:32 pm

While those clamoring for the head of Cuonzo Martin* continue their quest for unassailable evidence of failure, the Vols men's team has found themselves in the position of having to play in for an 11th seed in the NCAA Division I Championships.

My question to the crowd: Would a team be better off to take a guaranteed start in the NIT, or have the chance to play Iowa for an 11th seed in the Midwest (likely drawing Duke as a second round challenger if they find a way past UMass)?

This one's easy, folks.

* I hasten to agree with Kevin Stallings on that question.

Choices

Mon
Mar 17 2014
11:54 am

From Johnson City Press ...

The state District Attorney General Conference is pushing to get a new law passed to allow prosecution of women who take drugs while pregnant and have drug-dependent babies.

Law would target drug addicted new mothers

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Mon
Mar 17 2014
07:50 am

Because we had been asking previously who this Scott Clark is, running for school board Fourth District, I wanted to share with you that I stumbled across his Facebook page last night at "J. Scott Clark" (and do note that period after the "J").

He doesn't have a lot on there, but he has posted his responses to the League of Women Voters questionnaire and I note he has an event scheduled for March 29.

And he's also posted a pic of an airplane banner he recently had flown overhead (he says in his LWV responses that he's a flight instructor). That's novel.

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Mon
Mar 17 2014
07:34 am

What: Friends of Mark Harmon campaign kickoff
When: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 3:00pm
Where: 1714 North Hills Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37917

From 3pm until 7pm on Sunday, March 23rd, Becky and I are hosting an open-house-style event so folks can drop by, have some snacks and drinks, and support my campaign for the state Democratic Executive Committee. Petey the dog and Osgood the cat have volunteered to be greeters, and don't forget to ask Becky about a frog tour.

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On the sidebar, Tom Humphrey reports that "legislation authorizing charter schools to be managed by for-profit companies has won approval of committees in the House and Senate."

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Fri
Mar 14 2014
09:35 pm

Some folks are doing well.

From CNN ...

The number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, rose to 9.63 million in 2013, according to a new report from Spectrem Group, a consulting and research firm.

Number of U.S. millionaires hits new high

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Fri
Mar 14 2014
09:56 am

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

The program is as follows:

ACA enrollment update by Todd Shelton, Tennessee Health Care Campaign

Bridges to Justice/Henley Street Bridge Report Update by Fran Ansley

Tennessee State Legislature Update by Suzanne Coile, Central Labor Council

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

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From Reuters

In their lawsuit, the three workers are seeking a legal injunction that would prohibit VW from making similar agreements with the UAW if another election is held in Chattanooga.

Filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga, the complaint alleges VW provided "thing(s) of value" to the UAW in the unionization drive, violating the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA).

Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

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Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown, who broke ranks with fellow Republicans to support HB1793, sponsored by House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley. Keisling said he did so based on advice he has long heeded to “always vote your district first, then your heart.”

Rep. Keisling said the four hospitals in his district are “struggling daily to keep their doors open.”

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Along with former Presidents Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Mr. Askew was part of a new wave of moderate southern governors in the 1970s and ‘80s who embraced progressive ideas on racial issues, the environment, education, crime, taxation and economic growth.

We need more people like him.

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What: TN State Sen. Candidate Cheri Siler (Campfield opponent) to speak at 6th District Democrats
When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Karns Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy Knoxville 37931

The guest speakers will be:

Cheri Siler, Democratic Candidate for State Sen. District #7
(link...) (link...)

Kim Webber, candidate for Tenn Democratic Executive Board District #7

For info contact: Janice Spoone (560-0202)
Clay Mulford (257-6744)

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Wed
Mar 12 2014
01:29 pm

A reader says she received a call last night for a lengthy survey. Topics she could recall include ACA, Medicaid in TN, gay marriage in TN, testing in schools, Hillary Clinton, Haslam, and Alexander. The call originated in Michigan.

Did anyone else get this survey? Wonder who's doing it?

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What: Rep. Gloria Johnson education press conference and parent/teacher rally
When: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:30pm
Where: The stage at Market Square, downtown Knoxville

Rep. Gloria Johnson is holding a press conference and rally for concerned teachers and parents "opposed to recent efforts by special interest groups to profit and exploit our public school system." Rep. Johnson will discuss the "attacks on public education by special interest groups promoting vouchers, charter authorizers, high stakes testing and expensive corporate consultants." Everyone is invited.

News release after the break...

Continued...

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Wed
Mar 12 2014
11:00 am

Prominent Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball today formally announced his campaign for U.S. Senate. Ball will face Terry Adams in the August Democratic primary, and the winner will go on to face incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander in the November general election.

Gordon Ball's formal announcement is after the break...

Continued...

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Wed
Mar 12 2014
10:11 am

Our friend Toby presented a paper at the 2012 annual meeting of the South Eastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. The session was entitled "Progressive Places and Progressive Movements in the South."

The paper looks at the history of Knoxville politics as part of a discussion about urban politics and policy in Appalachian cities.

The paper: Deliberation and the Machine: Knoxville Politics Since 1975

An excerpt:

What on the surface looks like a radical shift is actually the outcome of many steps, some bigger than others, culminating in the Rogero administration declaring an era of inclusiveness in a city where class, gender, and racial tensions long dominated the political discourse. Instead of the forced outcomes of Southern Appalachian political machines, the new progressive landscape in Knoxville is born of increasing practices of deliberate democracy that have removed the specter of power politics and replaced it with pragmatic public policy oriented governance.

There's some interesting analysis. Read the whole thing.

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Wed
Mar 12 2014
10:05 am

Gordon Ball, who is formally announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate later this morning in Hartford, officially launched his "Tennessee Strong" campaign website today. Give it a look: (link...)

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Tue
Mar 11 2014
10:41 pm

Gloria Johnson will be organizing a press conference/rally on Market Square Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Rally to save our PUBLIC SCHOOLS this Friday at 4;30 on Market Square! It's time to call out the Special Interest groups (Students First, Parthenon, Charter Schools USA, etc) and Privatizers who are trying to destroy public education! Join parents, teachers, students and community members at the stage on Market Square at 4:30. Bring 10 friends!

She'll be posting details tomorrow, but she got the notion to do this Monday when she couldn't be here for the Parthenon presentation.

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Using a vacant building in Forks of River. Looks good.

Fresenius Medical Care will invest up to $140 million to locate its new East Coast manufacturing facility in the Panasonic building in the Forks of the River Industrial Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The company plans to create approximately 665 jobs in Knox County during the next several years.

Fresenius Medical Care Invests $140 Million To Locate Manufacturing Facility In Knoxville, Tennessee

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Tue
Mar 11 2014
05:41 pm
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