What: Knox Co Democratic Party 3rd & 4th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meetings
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Democrats of both the 3rd and 4th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

To find out how you can be a 3rd District delegate, contact Suzy Coffey (691-1075) or Issac Johnson (ijohnso2@gmail.com 310-7745)

To find out how you can be a 4th District delegate, contact Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com 691-8933) or Rosina Guerra (rosinag@earthlink.net 588-6220)

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 7st District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Halls Library, 4518 East Emory Rd.

Democrats of the 7th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

contact Dan Haney (llinc@comcast.net 922-4547) or Mary Ann Page (map@parodee.net 247-8155) for information on how you can be a delegate from the 7th District

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 8th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Carter Library, 9036 Asheville Hwy

Democrats of the 8th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

Contact Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net 719-0597) to find out how you can become a delegate from the 8th district

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 2nd District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 11:00am
Where: KCDP Headquarters, 311 Morgan St, Knoxville 37917

Second District democrats will meet to select delegates from each precinct to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial Convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

contact Kim Webber (kwebber@4square.ws 971-6806) or Rick Staples (funnyman1@comic.com 385-3589) to find out how you can be a second district delegate.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015
10:34 am

On the Marriage Nazi front, Oklahoma House Republicans have passed a bill this week stripping County Clerks of authority to perform marriages and instead granting sole authority to issue marriage licenses to just religious leaders of Christian or Jewish faiths.

The bill's intent is to bar persons of minority faiths and homosexuals from marrying, of course, but it amusingly leaves a gaping loophole for liars and cross-dressers.

Go figure...

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Thu
Mar 12 2015
11:38 pm

What: Democratic TV Live Call-in Show
When: Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Jessee Bundy and Doug Veum will host Cameron Brooks, candidate for the Knox County Democratic Party Chair on DTV tonight. The discussion will inform viewers about the Knox County Democratic Party 2015 Convention and Election of Officers for the next two years. Tune in to hear from one of the KCDP's leaders seeking a two year term as chairperson.

DTV is a live call-in show broadcast from the downtown studio of Knoxville's Community TV Channel

DTV streams live 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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Al Jazeera America is offering the fullest explanation of the setting and the stakes in Tehran this week, but not without a chuckle...

Continued...

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Thu
Mar 12 2015
04:54 pm

WATE: Former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe pleaded guilty Thursday to felony theft... As part of the plea deal, Lowe will serve one year in prison and 10 years probation. He must also pay $200,000 in restitution.

WBIR:"I just wanted to put this behind me," Lowe told 10News. Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword sentenced him to 10 years of supervised probation with one year to serve in the Knox County Jail, and ordered him to pay back $200,000. He will more than likely serve only seven months in jail.

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Wed
Mar 11 2015
07:10 am

Just stumbled across this month-old story in Ed Week (2/5/16), as titled above.

Excerpt:

The National Education Association's Tennessee affiliate today filed a new lawsuit challenging the state's use of students' standardized test scores in teacher evaluations, this time focusing on the system's effects on educators in "non-tested" grades and subjects.

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The TEA's suit, which will be litigated by the National Education Association, names as co-plaintiffs two educators in non-tested subjects—a middle school visual arts teacher and a middle school physical education teacher—who say their evaluation scores dropped as a result of their school-based value-added scores. On account of their evaluation outcomes, the TEA says, one of the plaintiffs was denied a bonus, while the other lost her eligibility to be recommended for tenure.

Any of you teachers out there know from within what school system this suit arose? Details?

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Tue
Mar 10 2015
10:13 am

TNDP chair Mary Mancini explains what the TNGOP is doing to our state and what Democrats can do to stop it...

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Tue
Mar 10 2015
10:02 am

Memphis Business Journal...

Wonder how many are medically related?

Anyway, thanks a lot TNGOP and Gov. Haslam!

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 5th District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 3:00pm
Where: Cedar Bluff Library, 9045 Cross Park Dr.

The democrats of the 5th District will meet to select delegates from each precinct of the 5th District to attend the KCDP Biennial convention, which is Sat. March 28th.

Please contact Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net) or 719-0597 to find out how you can become a delegate from the 5th District.

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What: Knox Co Democratic Party 1st District Pre-KCDP Convention Meeting
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 4:00pm
Where: KCDP Headquarters, 311 Morgan St, Knoxville 37917

The First District Democrats will meet to select delegates from precincts of the first district to attend the 2015 KCDP Biennial convention, which is Sat March 28th.

Please contact Tony Brown: (dribm2006@yahoo.com) or 973-4086 for details on how you can be a delegate from the first district

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What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Director of Transit Dawn Distler
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_dawn_distler.jpgWhere is the intersection between happiness and urban design? Can transforming cities really help people be happier? Join Knoxville's new KAT director, Dawn Distler, as she reviews Happy City: Transforming our lives through urban design by Charles Montgomery Wednesday, March 18, noon–1:00 p.m in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library.

“It isn’t parking spaces that lure people to the city,” Distler says. “A cafe across the street from a bench under a tree, an open lane to ride a bike where cars will not push them out of the way, and a trolley to get them from the market to home make quality of life a reality and bring people to the heart of a ‘Happy City.’”

large_happycity.jpgRich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience, and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The message is ultimately as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world—and we can all help build it.

“This is a good book that could really help revolutionize many failing cities,” Distler says.

Before coming to Knoxville, Distler was General Manager of operations and maintenance for Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority. She has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the transit industry, having begun her career as a bus operator. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, graduating with honors.

Books Sandwiched In continues April 15, when Knoxville Attorney Wanda Sobieski will discuss A Call to Action: Women, religion, violence and power by Jimmy Carter.

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Sun
Mar 8 2015
11:26 am
By: jlynn  shortURL

What: Knoxville SOUP
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Flenniken Landing - 115 Flenniken Ave.

All Knoxvillians with an appetite for community improvement are invited to the inaugural Knoxville SOUP set for March 14, 2015, at Flenniken Landing, 115 Flenniken Ave. in South Knoxville.

SOUP is an exciting new community-focused project being launched by the South Knoxville Alliance (SKA) and is open to the public. It is a combination of a dinner – part potluck, part planned – and a showcase of proposals for community-based projects from which attendees will choose the winner. It’s where Democracy meets Charity. The SKA hopes to hold the dinners monthly and to award an average of $1,000 per dinner.

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Sun
Mar 8 2015
10:50 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Reposted from an Oct. 2012 road trip...


(click image for more photos...)

Hands that picked cotton can pick our presidents.

Anyone who can't be bothered to vote or who thinks their vote doesn't count should take a trip down to Selma Alabama. For 100 years after the Civil War, black people in the South were still being denied the right to vote. In March of 1965, blood was spilled on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the struggle to secure that right for all Americans.

We visited the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma. It's housed in an unassuming little building on Jefferson Davis Highway at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which crosses the Alabama River and is named after a Confederate general. The museum doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside you'll find powerful exhibits, photos and artifacts telling the story of the Selma civil rights movement. Out of that movement, a handful of courageous community leaders organized a march to Montgomery that led to the national Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The last exhibit at the museum celebrates the historic election of Barack Obama as president. It's the most current exhibit but likely not the final chapter. There is still a struggle. As we saw in 2000 and now again in 2012, a few rich, white and powerful men in America seek to prop up their own special interests on the backs of working people and the poor.

Over the last 50 years, the tactics and technology have changed but the end game is still the same: vote suppression. Instead of intimidation, billy clubs and fire hoses, there's a nationally organized campaign of voter registration database purges, photo ID laws that are nothing more than poll taxes and obstacles to voting, outsourced computerized black box voting, and right-wing propaganda machines fueled by unlimited corporate special interest money, all working in concert to suppress the minority, immigrant, poor and elderly vote.

At the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge across the highway from the Voting Rights Museum is a memorial to the Selma voting rights movement. There's a monument made of large stones with an inscription from the Bible book of Joshua that reads: "When your children shall ask you in time to come saying 'what mean these 12 stones?' then you shall tell them how you made it over."

As the media turns national elections into corporate-sponsored sporting events, let's not forget the struggles of previous generations who believed in the power of democracy and made great personal sacrifices to protect fundamental rights that some of us take for granted. Let's hope we can leave behind for future generations a similar legacy of fighting to preserve those rights. Moreover, let's hope they still care.

In the mean time, vote.

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Sun
Mar 8 2015
08:50 am

What: South of the River Democrats - 9th District KCDP Meeting
When: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

TN Democratic state executive committee member Sylvia Woods will speak about the TN Democratic Party plans...

This meeting will also serve as the KCDP 9th District Meeting, (required to be held prior to the 2015 KCDP Convention)during which ward and precinct leaders, and delegates to the Sat, March 28th KCDP convention are elected.

For Info: Jim Sessions (573-0655) sessions5@icloud.com

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Sat
Mar 7 2015
09:58 am

ETindex was launched by the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, with the support and advice of several regional organizations. The Livability Report Card is compiled data for a nine county area in East Tennessee including Anderson, Blount, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, and Union counties.

65 and older is the largest population growth segment in the last 13 years, 32.4%.

Polluted waterways have grown by 500 miles in the last 10 years.

97,864 acres of land used for food production and farm operations were lost between 2002 and 2012.

That's why we can support CAPPE to not take away more farm land in Blount County.

Projected regional transportation infrastructure needs of $2.1 billion.

They can save some money by not building an Alcoa Highway Bypass in Alcoa.

Or, better yet, they could use that money to build some public transportation between Knox and Blount Counties.

One third of households across the region pay more than 30% of income towards housing costs. Inflation-adjusted household incomes have decreased 9% from 2007 to 2012. Could it be that local pay is not keeping up? If the households made more money then housing costs would be a lower portion of income.

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What: City of Knoxville 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Selma March - Walk with the KCDP
When: Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
Where: South End of Gay St Bridge - Shuttles run from Coliseum garage from 12:45 to 1:45PM

We will be marching in rememberance of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March..Just look for the Knox Co Dem. Party Banner at the start

See this City of Knoxville press release for details: (link...)

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Fri
Mar 6 2015
11:31 am

Good news

from CNN …

February's job growth shows how far the economy has come in a year. It's the 12th straight month that the economy has gained over 200,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.5%.

That's the lowest unemployment rate since May 2008 -- before the financial crisis. Unemployment has come a long way from a year ago when it was 6.7%.

Good news: Unemployment at lowest in 7 years

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