Tue
Apr 7 2015
10:07 am

James Best was one of my favorite "Also Featuring" actors of the last century. It seemed that he popped up everywhere and he did good work. I guess that's compliment enough for any of us.

His Wikipedia page says he was at one time a college professor.

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Mon
Apr 6 2015
11:29 am

That looks better than the 220 unit structure I thought they were building. Although Island Home arguably may be the coolest neighborhood in Knoxville. Would of extending it further west been a possibility?

from Knoxnews.com ...

Utility work along Island Home Avenue could start as early as next week as Knoxville prepares for road improvements and a new 134-unit apartment building being constructed on the waterfront.

“We do not feel that this development is in keeping with the character and scale of the single family neighborhood as called for in the vision plan of the south waterfront,” Chris Field, a member of the Island Home Neighborhood Association, told City Council members in November.

Utility work set for Island Home Avenue project

Dominion Development Group

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Mon
Apr 6 2015
06:44 am

The redesign of Cumberland Avenue begins. Two lanes will be closed starting today from Volunteer Blvd. to 22nd Street. This detour/lane closure will continue for 2 months. According to the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project website, a variety of detours/lane closures are on schedule through August, 2017.

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Sat
Apr 4 2015
08:15 pm

What “gives liberals a bad name,” if anything, is their forgetfulness that on this day, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come to support sanitation workers in their strike against unfair labor practices.

Living in Tunisia as a Peace Corps volunteer, I heard the news while traveling on a bus to southern Algeria. The bus driver, listening to a small transistor radio, announced in Arabic to the passengers that Dr. King had been killed.

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Sat
Apr 4 2015
09:52 am

Heart & Soul entertained for the DTV voter registration Rally / Party last night upstairs at Calhoun's on the River and I'm spending some time today working up a few photos. I had to do this one right away and share it. During a break, I turned around and shot the Knoxville icon through the window with a hand-held 287 mm (equivalent) VR lens.

You can click it to embiggen.

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Fri
Apr 3 2015
07:23 pm

Shark Tank: Attend an Open Call

Attend an Open Call where you will be given the opportunity to do a 1-minute pitch of your business/product/idea to a member of the Casting Team -- just like you would as if you were on the show. Come prepared to wow and dazzle us.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH - KNOXVILLE, TN THE STANDARD 416 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Numbered Wristbands Distributed 10:00 AM - Interviews Begin

So, hey, Knoxville, what you got? Here are some pitch ideas to get you started:

• Combination Banjo/Beer bong

• Real estate app listing only homes of former U.T. coaches

• Grandma's secret cornbread recipe

• Pill mill app, tracking closed pill mills and docs to their newest/latest locations

Yours?

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Thu
Apr 2 2015
11:44 pm

I've been making homemeade marshmallows for several months now, and they are divine - commercial ones can't touch the flavor and consistency of a homemade marshmallow! It looks like now I'm going to have to try making the Cadbury Eggs as well!

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Thanks, Jamie, for publicizing this study. I always suspected this was the case, and it's gratifying to see it in black and white - and that the benefits are even greater than I had expected!

Study: Free legal help for state’s poor puts cash in our pockets:

(link...)

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Via the NYT, defense attorneys were stunned yesterday by the verdict in the largest test cheating scandal in the nation’s history. The six month-long trial concluded with one acquittal and 11 felony racketeering convictions. Additional convictions on other charges, like making false statements, could add years to the sentences of the convicted. The racketeering convictions alone will carry sentences of up to 20 years.

Defense attorneys were also angered that most of the defendants--a mixture of five teachers, a principal, testing coordinators, and other administrators--were ordered jailed immediately and were led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Continued...

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Thu
Apr 2 2015
04:57 pm

Excellent news. Senate Republicans pen another letter in 5..4..

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
11:22 pm

Would Morgan Stanley have a particular interest one way or the other regarding Medicaid expansion?

from Huffington Post ...

On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid that would have cost the state nothing.

...One activist, Damien Crisp, asked Gardenhire if he would be willing to give up his own state-subsidized health insurance.

Gardenhire, in a video of the incident taken by another activist, turned around and said something along the lines of "Not giving it up, asshole" or, perhaps, "Why don't you give it up, asshole?" ("Asshole" is the clearest part of his rejoinder.)

Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same

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Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Senator Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) and Representative Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville) will be guests of Democratic TV at a voter registration fund raising rally on Friday night, April 3rd from 7:30 to 10:30PM at Calhoun's on the River. All are invited to come and meet these distinguished guests. Senator Kyle has been a strong advocate for Insure Tennessee in the State Senate as have been Representative Armstrong and Chairperson Mancini.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
03:10 pm

(AFNN) Grey smoke rose today over Thompson-Boling Arena indicating the selection of new University of Tennessee coach for men's basketball.

To the great surprise of assembled press and alumni, the selection was Don Novello, better known as the Saturday Night Live character Father Guido Sarducci.

Novello was asked whether he planned to continue the tradition of holding the job for just one year. He responded, "Is the Pope Catholic?"

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
12:15 pm

After passing in the House, the guns in parks bill passed the Senate 26 to 7 with one amendment. The House will now consider the amendment and the bill will then go to the Governor for his signature. Will he sign it or let it lapse into law?

The Senate amendment: "Notwithstanding any provision of this part to the contrary, a person possessing a handgun, who is authorized to carry the handgun pursuant to § 39-17-1351, shall not be prohibited from doing so on the grounds of the state capitol or the surrounding capitol complex."

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
09:49 am

The Blount County Library is launching a new program to rent mobile wi-fi hotspots for $2 per day. The devices, purchased from T-Mobile, can be rented for 7, 14 or 21 days with the fee paid up front. The library hopes to launch the service by May.

In other news, area schools and the Blount chamber of commerce have launched an initiative called iReach to encourage local businesses and organizations to make free wi-fi available to the public.

The Blount Co. Library is on board, and will expand their free public wi-fi and offer meeting space. Maryville College provides wi-fi in parking areas and green spaces for K-12 students. Other businesses, the chamber and the Townsend Visitor Center are offering similar accommodations. The chamber has launched a directory page here and is encouraging businesses to sign up.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015
08:16 am

The spinoff of E.W. Scripps newspaper business to Journal Media Group of Milwaukee is official today. The Knoxville News Sentinel and Memphis Commercial Appeal are now part of Journal Media Group's newspaper holdings, which include the former Journal Communications newspapers. E.W. Scripps will continue on as a broadcast media company merged with Journal Communications' broadcast business.

Investors appear quite happy with the E.W. Scripps move to exit the newspaper business. The stock is up 33.84% in the past three months ahead of the their transition to a broadcast media only business. Scripps shareholders as of March 25th will receive a special one-time dividend of $1.0297 per share and .25 shares in Journal Media Group for each E.W. Scripps share they owned.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
10:07 pm

Commissioners Randy Smith (3rd) and Jeff Ownby (4th) are apparently proposing a pedestrian bridge over Middlebrook Pike to help students at Bearden Middle School that live in West Hills cross over.

The KNS article also lists Council member Brenda Palmer, but Palmer states on her Facebook page:

Commissioner Randy Smith called me to ask if I would meet with he and Commissioner Jeff Ownby to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian bridge across Middlebrook Pike to Bearden Middle School. The students who cross Middlebrook Pike live in Councilman Grieve's District 2. I have had no complaints about safety in crossing Middlebrook Pike from West Hills Road to get onto Bearden Middle property. Students also cross Middlebrook Pike from Vanosdale to Francis where the middle school is located. To insinuate I am interested in this project is false and misleading. Interesting that Commissioner Ownby is seeking another term in 2016 and has not broached safety matters at Bearden Middle crossing previously. Students who live on or off Francis Road in Council District 3 have to cross Francis Road to get to Bearden Middle but there is no concern about that crossing. I will not be attending any meeting Wednesday-this has politics written all over it.

I would note myself, as an alumni of BMS that (1) students have been walking to BMS from West Hills for over 35 years without incident and (2) West Hills probably has far fewer school-age kids now than they did 20-30 years ago, having more empty-nesters.

The idea in the article that they could get the TDOT to foot the bill because it's a State highway is laughable- if nothing else, the fact that TDOT would have to be involved in the project makes it much less likely to happen, if not DOA.

BONUS SUGGESTION TO KNS EDITORS: If you publicize a meeting, please put the DATE in the article as well as the time. Did it already happen today? Is it tomorrow? Kinda basic, kids.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
07:33 pm

A bi-partisan bill introduced by Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and co-sponsored by Sens. Yarbro, Briggs, and Kyle to enact the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion was killed in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee today. (Surprise! Surprise!)

TNDP Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“Today’s vote on Insure Tennessee shows that Tennessee Republicans don’t care if they deny health care to hardworking Tennesseans. They don’t care that working families will go broke if they get sick. They don’t care that hospitals are going to close and people will lose their jobs. They don’t care that without health care, Tennesseans will die.

The ridiculous amount of time they spent debating whether or not "Insure Tennessee" is “Obama Care” clearly shows that they let their hatred of President Obama get in the way of doing what’s right for the people of Tennessee”

We should at least give credit to Sen. Overbey (who was shut out of Lt. (real) Gov. Ramsey's sham special session committee) for trying to keep this alive. And also to Sen. Briggs.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015
03:43 pm
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That's how today's headline reads for the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's largest daily newspaper. I typed it in all caps because they did. White letters on a black ground, full page.

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