Wed
Feb 4 2015
01:12 pm

Looks good

from NBC News ...

The device is small and light enough to fit into one hand. It uses disposable plastic cassettes and should cost about $34 to make, Sia estimates. The device runs what's called an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. Typical ELISA equipment set up in a lab costs more than $18,000, Sia said. The new device would take that lab test into the field.

Cheap Smartphone Dongle Can Test for Disease

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
10:38 pm

(link...)

Be sure to watch the video

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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero released a statement this afternoon sharply criticizing the E-911 board's process regarding selection of a new public safety radio system and the board's operations in general.

Noting that "Our emergency responders need to have confidence in their equipment, vendors need to have confidence in the bid and purchase process, and the public needs to have confidence that the Board’s decision-making is transparent, fair and accountable," Mayor Rogero called for a special meeting of the Knox Co. emergency communications board to vote on the proposed radio contract.

In her statement, Mayor Rogero supports rewarding the contract to Harris. Full statement after the break...

EARLIER: Burchett to intervene on E-911 radio system, board chair election

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
03:50 pm

I noticed their feed went missing and went over to their website to see what was up. Looks like they have launched a spiffy new website on Locable. (Feed is fixed now.)

Link (same as before): www.HardKnoxIndie.com

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Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett announced today that he will attend the next meeting of the Knox Co. emergency communications board to seek a proper election of the board chair and a public hearing and vote on the proposed radio contract. More in the press release after the break...

PREVIOUSLY: Mayor Rogero responds to News Sentinel allegation of sunshine violation

Continued...

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
01:15 pm

Dan Andrews reports on his research into saving, in his case, thousands on prescription medications. "Results will differ for each person most likely. However, with so many options to save money, a little effort might save you a lot of money."

How to possibly save thousands of dollars each year on Parkinson’s & other medication

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Tue
Feb 3 2015
01:07 pm

Reuters reported yesterday that Radio Shack is closing its remaining stores and that Sprint would be taking over about half of their locations. The report also says that the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading and is in the process of delisting the company, which was founded in 1921. Sad to see them go out this way.

PREVIOUSLY:

Radio Shack makeover

Radio Shack closing 1100 stores

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We all know about the rollout of the ACA website.

What I'd like to see is someone from the Tennesseean do a 'compare and contrast' article with the total cluster**** rollout of the upgrade to Tennessee's Edison web site.

Edison is the state's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, handling human resources, learning management, fleet vehicle management, physical plant management, finance, purchasing, etc. I have to touch the purchasing system as a vendor.

A few weeks ago, Edison rolled out an upgrade and sent an email indicating we would have to update our passwords. No big deal. Clicked on the link, which directed me to an online secure email portal, which had a different username, and no idea what the password was. So I clicked on the 'forgot my password' link and it sent me one. Got the new Edison password, went back to the Edison site to log in and create a new password.

And that's when the fun started.

Continued...

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Sun
Feb 1 2015
11:57 pm

At least the game was better than the halftime show for a change.

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Sun
Feb 1 2015
08:36 am

From CNN ...

Federal regulators are cracking down on smarmy companies that promise to lend people cash with zero interest, without disclosing important details that often cost vulnerable borrowers big bucks.

The average borrower who takes out a car title loan pays $2,142 in interest for just $951 of credit, according to a 2013 report by the Center for Responsible Lending.

U.S. cracks down on shady '0%' loan companies

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Sat
Jan 31 2015
09:40 am

What: Center City Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 6:15pm
Where: St. Joseph's House of Prayer, 1300 University Ave, Knoxville

Guest Speaker will be Dr. Harold Middlebrook, speaking about Black History Month.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015
05:39 pm

Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) will sponsor the Insure Tennessee bill in the Senate. "The program is designed to control health care costs and improve access to many working poor Tennesseans who would otherwise have no access to affordable health insurance," said Overbey.

Full statement after the break...

Continued...

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What: Tenn. Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini's Listening Tour comes to Knoxville
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 4:30pm
Where: AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1522 Bill Williams Ave, Knoxville 37917

Join the KCDP and local TNDP Executive Committee members in welcoming newly elected Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party. This will be a listening tour event where individuals can come find out the new plans and direction that the state democratic party will be taking over the next months.

for info and RSVP visit: (link...)

contact: Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net)

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Hard Knox Independent reports that TWRA is set to charge a "high impact conservation permit" fee for the portion of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness South Loop trail that runs through the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area.

The fee would be $12.50 per day or $60 per year for Tennessee residents. Out of state residents would pay $30.50 per day or $191 per year.

Apparently, bicycles are lumped in with horses and ATVs as "high impact" activities. That's about the dumbest thing I've heard in a while.

Anyway, Hard Knox Independent has more...

TWRA Wants Cyclists to Pay for Using Urban Wilderness Trails

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Thu
Jan 29 2015
11:26 am

Somehow I missed that ace reporter Samantha Manning is no longer with WATE. She's now at WJAX in Jacksonville, FL. She did a great job reporting on local and state government here and will be missed. Another loss for local media, but good luck and best wishes to her.

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Wed
Jan 28 2015
11:15 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Saw this strange ice formation in our bird bath this morning:

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How did this happen? Close up after the break...

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Insure Tennessee, Gov. Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid/TennCare, will be the hot topic as Tennessee's General Assembly gets underway.

Mailers for and against are blanketing the state. A reader received one for and one against. Here are copies of both. We only got the "for" mailer.

The pro mailer is from the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, a consortium of health care providers, insurance companies, and labor and business interests. The anti mailer is from the right wing Koch bros. funded Americans for Prosperity.

There are also radio ads from the Beacon Center, AFP and Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee.

Senate Democrats say outside money is flowing in, and legislators are being pressured to "consider politics first, people second."

The State Senate's Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Brian Kelsey, met yesterday to supposedly discuss the "legal issues." Vice chair Sen. Doug Overbey took exception when Kelsey used the forum to advocate against the plan. Kelsey brought in some guy from Ohio to testify how it would bankrupt the state. Overbey said none of this was on the agenda and wondered why they were there.

Meanwhile, regarding "legal issues" the state Attorney General has opined that Tennessee can unilaterally pull the plug on the program with proper notice and phase-out procedures. HHS concurs.

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