Sun
Jun 15 2014
11:30 pm

Me: Wow, the Spurs hammered Miami to win the NBA championship. Wonder what happened to Lebron?

Her: Teams win, not players. Unless you're Michael Jordan.

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Sun
Jun 15 2014
03:19 pm

Good piece on Ron Ramsey's plot to take over the rest of Tennessee's government:

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Sat
Jun 14 2014
06:14 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Mrs., Gracie the pup and I are walking in the park...

Me: I'm gonna sit here on this bench for a minute next to this fountain.

Her: OK.

Me. The mist is cool and refreshing.

Her: Yeah, it is.

Me: I like the white noise, too. It's soothing. Or is it pink noise? I don't remember the difference. Guess I could run a frequency analysis or something.

Her (rolling her eyes): What's the frequency, Kenneth?

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Crooks and Liars: WTF Ever Happened To Country & Western?

C&W used to be music of the people. The downtrodden. The poor, the overwrought, the hard-working. Real Americans. Real Americana. George Jones. Tammy Wynette. Loretta Lynn. Hank Williams. Johnny Cash and June Carter. Roy Acuff. Bill Monroe. Patsy Cline. Kitty Wells.

Not a lot of uptown in that crowd. They'd have been afraid to walk a red carpet for fear they might mess it up. And their music seemed familiar because it was familiar. These artists did not come from privilege. Since they knew their audience and cared about them, they could speak to them instead of pandering to them.

The article goes on to sing the praises of Jason Isbell, saying "If C&W had a soul Jason Isbell would be the biggest thing in Nashville." (He will be performing at Forecastle in Louisville next month.)

In related Country News, This week's Rolling Stone was all about Country, and they have announced their 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time.

I won't quibble too much with the top 10, except "He Stopped Loving Her Today" should have been #1 instead of #4, but "I Walk The Line" is acceptable, I guess. And "I Fall to Pieces" is only #64?

The list is sure to spark some controversy for some of the inclusions (Taylor Swift?) the omissions (no Conway Twitty?) and some of the strange song choices ("Goodbye Earle" for the Dixie Chicks? What about "I Can Love You Better" or "Long Time Gone"?).

(NOTE: If you don't want to click through 100+ pages of pageview generator, there's a scrollable list on the sidebar.)

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Fri
Jun 13 2014
02:10 pm

More details emerged from a press conference this morning regarding two Hawkins Co. teens who were planning a mass school shooting.

WATE reports that the teens are in custody and facing charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, and possession of bomb making materials.

According to today's press conference by the Hawkins Co. Sheriff, the investigation and arrests came after a youth counselor tipped law enforcement about the plot last October. He emphasized that the threat was neutralized immediately and that the public was never in danger.

Police found weapons, explosive materials, school floor plans and journals detailing the plot at one suspect's home. They say he was infatuated with serial killers and mass murderers and was obsessed with Columbine, which he studied. There were also online videos of the teens firing AR-15s and shotguns and blowing stuff up.

Fortunately, the plot was discovered and stopped thanks to a tip and follow up police work.

SEE ALSO: WBIR, WVLT

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Fri
Jun 13 2014
11:42 am

What: Free Computer Workshop: Google Secrets
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center--McClung Collection, 3rd floor computer lab

Feel like you're missing out on everything Google has to offer? Knox County Public Library invites you to a free workshop. With the suite of free tools available in a Google account, you can create, manage and share the information and experiences of your life: collaborate on documents, send event invitations and reminders, start an online community, make free telephone calls. Workshop meets from 5:30 to 7:45 PM. Call 215-8700 to register.

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Fri
Jun 13 2014
08:50 am

Congratulations to WBIR for winning the national small market 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. Here's their submission video. This is a pretty big deal. Way to go, WBIR!

ABOUT: The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

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Thu
Jun 12 2014
09:58 pm

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the KnoxViews Spring Social. As several people mentioned, we should do this more often than every few years or so.

Special thanks to attending dignitaries Mayor Madeline Rogero, Deputy Mayor Bill Lyons, State Senate candidate Cheri Siler, and former County Commissioner and TNDP State Executive Committee candidate Mark Harmon.

It was a pleasure to meet Stick in person, and we're sorry he's leaving for Iowa but wish him the best of luck in his new adventure. We appreciate his contribution here and hope he stops by from time to time. And special thanks to Mike Knapp for his touching tribute to Rikki, who was there in spirit.

And thanks to all our wonderful readers and contributors and old friends and new friends we've made here over the years. Y'all are an amazing bunch of folks.

Photo: Tamara Shepherd accepts the KnoxViews Tinfoil Hat award for her service to the vast left wing conspiracy. The Tinfoil Hat was made and originally presented to SKB by Up Goose Creek several years ago. We hope Tamara will wear it proudly until she passes it on to the next recipient.

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Thu
Jun 12 2014
03:18 pm

Mike Donila reports that "the Knox County Sheriff's Office has hired former Knoxville Mayor [and former candidate for Knox Co. Sheriff] Randy Tyree to serve as assistant coordinator for the Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN) and Project Life Saver."

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Seventeen former Monroe Co. road department workers, who said they were fired for supporting their boss's opponent in the August 2010 county election for road superintendent, have won a major settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit after three days of trial. Details in the media release after the break...

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Thu
Jun 12 2014
11:18 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

In the United States, the situation is spectacularly grim.The US economy has not managed to climb back from its pre-recession level of unemployment. Far from it. Nearly 14 million Americans currently are jobless and things look to be getting worse before they get better (assuming they do get better), in what is increasingly becoming an era of downward mobility for 99 percent of Americans and a new "Gilded Age" for the 1% who constitute the financial aristocracy.

(link...)

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Thu
Jun 12 2014
10:18 am

Please do not send out email announcements with a 4MB photo attached. Or if you insist on doing so, please make sure it is taken with a professional grade camera or that it is at least in focus. Thank you.

PREVIOUSLY: Free tips for PR/communication/media relations shops

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Sen. Lamar Alexander voted against moving Sen. Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill that would let borrowers refinance at today's lower rates. (Sen. Bob Corker voted for it.)

U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams said Alexander's vote "was wrong" and that he would have "stood up for students." Further, Adams said that while he supports Warren's bill, "it falls short of really dealing with the problem" of the $1.2 trillion dollar student debt crisis.

Adams proposed a plan that would take student loan relief a step further. His "America First Student Loan Earn Out Program" would reward entrepreneurship, encourage home ownership, and reward volunteer community service.

More details in the press release after the break...

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Tennessee Lottery news release:

A Tennessee Lottery player who purchased a Powerball ticket in Knoxville has won the staggering jackpot of $259.8 million after the drawing held Wednesday, June 11. No information is known about the winner until the prize is claimed.

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Thu
Jun 12 2014
07:59 am

Please join us this Sunday for a Fathers Day Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their third of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, June 15th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with GRITS From Dumplin Valley and some special fathers / sons playing. (link...)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 8 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.

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Wed
Jun 11 2014
01:15 pm

Spears Strategy: Haslam on Education - The Rhetoric Doesn't Match the Reality

...the achievement gap is widening when you look at incomes. That's the wrong direction to be heading if you are looking to address income inequality. Perhaps a task force focused specifically on the achievement gap relative to income would yield some useful information? Or perhaps examining the potential impact of BEP 2.0 on this gap would be worthwhile?

In the meantime, Haslam talks and nothing changes.

More at the link...

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Wed
Jun 11 2014
12:27 pm

The annual Labor Day weekend Boomsday event announced plans today. There will be a $20 admission fee (children under 12 free) for prime waterfront spots and stages. The Black Lillies and Rodney Atkins will perform. The date has been moved to Saturday, Aug. 30th to accommodate UT football's season opener on Sunday. Press release after the break...

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Wed
Jun 11 2014
12:17 pm

Feedly Blog:

2:04am PST – Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop. We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can.

Also, Evernote...

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Wed
Jun 11 2014
11:09 am

A recently published report on "urbanization and the reach of urban water infrastructure" found that "Land use in upstream contributing areas affects the raw water quality and quantity of surface water sources. While large cities only occupy 1% of the Earth's land surface, their source watersheds cover 41% of that surface, so the raw water quality of large cities depends on the land-use in this much larger area."

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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