Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:11 am

Maybe I am wrong, but I don't see Romney, McConnell, etc ever doing this sort of thing.

from Reuters ...

Obama, who campaigned on the issue of net neutrality, said the FCC's new rules should explicitly ban such paid prioritization deals and sided with consumer advocates who have pushed for the FCC to reclassify ISPs so that they can be regulated more like a public utility.

Obama asks FCC for strong net neutrality rules

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
10:16 am

The Atlantic: Is There Hope for Local News?

But as local newspapers shrink and broader-based national sites grow, who’s going to cover the local news? It’s something that, as a journalist, it’s hard not to fret about. Many of us came up in local newsrooms, where our first assignments were calling local cops and bugging them for information about items on the scanner. Many of us now work for sites that don’t have anyone calling the local cops, or even listening to the scanner.

The report says that 16,200 full-time newsroom jobs were lost between 2003 and 2012. There's some great discussion of independent, online, and non-profit media alternatives, some of which are working but still struggling.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
09:00 am

What: Books Sandwiched In Welcomes Susanna Sutherland
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_susannasutherland.jpgThe most valuable resource on Earth is not oil, gold, water, or land, according to Ramez Naam. Rather, he says, the power of humanity’s capacity for innovation and knowledge are what will meet the very real and enormous environmental challenges we face. Join Susanna Sutherland, Principal, Sutherland & Associates for a consideration of Naam’s book The Infinite Resource: The power of ideas on a finite planet, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library and the City of Knoxville.

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
09:18 pm

With the national Democratic party signing on to that great vehicle for undermining public education No Child Left Behind* and then doubling down on those very same policies with Race to the Top, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Republicans are now attempting to hang that albatross around their neck while still pushing for the ultimate goal of increasing privatization.

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
07:49 pm

Rolling Stone: The Allman Brothers Band's Last Stand

Ultimately, Derek, 35, believes the Allmans played their last show the way they played all of their best gigs: "No frills, man, just the band having to step up and face it all down." He cites his uncle, 67, as an inspiring example. "I had this thought while we were playing 'Whipping Post.' Butch had been giving it all night. And I worry about his health. There were times early in the run where the band would try to go to that last gear, and it would just kind of sputter.

"I was in the middle of my solo, thinking, 'Let's put the pedal down.' But I didn't know if Butch had it in him or not. I thought, 'This might kill him,'" Derek admits, laughing. "And he did not back down at all. He went hard to the very end."

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Sun
Nov 9 2014
12:39 am

What is going on with the walkway over Henley Street?

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Sat
Nov 8 2014
06:26 pm

Some of Metro Pulse authors' articles are archived at the following site:

(link...)

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Sat
Nov 8 2014
10:52 am

What: ETSPJ independent online newspaper program
When: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a program about creating independent, online newspapers. The guest speakers are Judith and Gene Clabes, former corporate newspaper executives who launched KYForward.com in 2011.

From the ETSPJ:

The program is being offered at a time when local media is downsizing yet we have students at the university being trained to be journalists and experienced journalists in the community who have something to offer in gathering and reporting news. So here is an alternative that appears to have a future to it. "The Clabes' online newspaper is the epitome of entrepreneurial journalism in the ever-changing world of news gathering and delivery," Mike Martinez, president of ETSPJ, said.

The program is free and open to the public. Learn more about the program and the speakers here. Register to attend here.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
10:50 pm

No On 1 seeks federal injunctive relief, using the constitutional requirement to cast a vote for governor as the basis for a provisional recount:

The plaintiffs want the judge to order the state to count only those Amendment 1 votes where the voters also cast ballots for governor. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.

Plaintiffs say the state allowed some voters to game the system by voting for the amendment and skipping the governor’s race.

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What: Knox Co. BoE Special Question Committee for Collaborative Conferencing Act
When: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
Where: Board room, Andrew Johnson Building - 912 S. Gay Street

Via KCS pubic notice
"Please note that as required by the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) of 2011, the Knox County Board of Education has established a “Special Question Committee” for collaborative conferencing. The Committee, which consists of three Board of Education members, will meet on Monday, Nov. 10 from 4:15 to 6p in the board room of the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay Street). The meeting will be streamed live on KCS-TV, and broadcast live on Comcast Ch. 10 or ATT U-verse 99."

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
03:53 pm

Sen. Brian Kelsey submits bill to ban the Hall income tax.
Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

"I don't think it's a good tax," Haslam added of the Hall tax. "But I can't take $270 million out of our budget without something to replace it."
The state gets five-eighths of those revenues while local governments get the remainder. Haslam has previously cut the state sales tax on food, eliminated the state's gift tax and is now phasing out the inheritance tax.
Earlier this year, House Finance Committee Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, and freshman Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, pushed their own bill phasing out the Hall tax. The measure was backed by the Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Washington, D.C.-based group supported by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:23 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

Pith in the Wind has a predictably pithy analysis of why Amendment 1 passed statewide, here.

This much I had presumed:

(I)n Davidson county, Amendment 1 failed in all 35 council districts, and it also failed in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties. While suburban areas were more evenly split, the rural areas carried a much higher margin towards yes, showing the sharp urban/rural divide in Tennessee.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:07 pm

From Ashley Capps...

The Bijou Theatre is in the final stages of the first phase of its membership program. I’m personally very excited about this program, as it will provide a strong basis for the Bijou to continue to grow and expand its offerings and its role in the cultural life of our community.

I’m also excited about being able to offer Bijou members special opportunities to experience unique performances and interactive experiences with artists performing in Knoxville. Some of these opportunities will take place during the Big Ears Festival March 27 - 29, 2015, when Bijou members will be among those offered the opportunity to see a “secret show” or meet an artist for a special workshop or discussion. The Big Ears line up announcement will be coming next Tuesday!

Ben Ratliff, music critic for the New York Times, called the listening experience at the Bijou Theatre “mystically great” after last year’s Big Ears performances. We all know that, don’t we???

The Bijou is within striking distance of it’s initial goal set for the end of day today. You can join me in making it happen! Do it now... today!

Ashley

(More info and how to join after the break...)

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
12:01 pm


Click image for slideshow...

Rob Frost forwards these photos of the demolition progress at Baptist Hospital. I believe the city said recently that the demolition is supposed to be complete in January 2015.

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From Washington Post …

The U.S. job market grew steadily in October, adding 214,000 jobs, according to government data released Friday morning, in the latest sign of a slow but substantial economic recovery.

The unemployment rate also ticked down to 5.8 percent, the lowest level in six years, even as more workers entered the job market.

The latest encouraging numbers keep the nation on pace for its best labor market year since 1999...

U.S. economy adds 214,000 in October; unemployment rate sinks to 5.8 percent

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
08:54 am

Tennessee had the second lowest voter turnout in the nation for the Nov. 4th mid-term elections.

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E.W. Scripps, which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, posted a $1.3 million loss, or -$0.02 per share for the third quarter, v. a consensus estimate of +$0.06 in earnings per share.

Broadcast revenues were up 22%, attributed to political advertising and acquisitions. Newspaper revenues continued to decline, down 4.4% for the quarter.

E.W. Scripps is in the process of shedding its newspaper business in a deal announced earlier with Journal Communications of Milwaukee.

SOURCE: Scripps reports third-quarter results

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
07:24 am

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there was a "13 percent reduction of water use from 2005."

They attribute the reduction in water usage to "improvements in water-use technologies and management."

"In 2010, more than 50 percent of the total withdrawals in the United States were accounted for by 12 states in order of withdrawal amounts:" California (primarily irrigation), Texas (primarily thermoelectric power and irrigation), Idaho (primarily irrigation), Florida (primarily thermoelectric power), Illinois (primarily thermoelectric power), North Carolina (primarily thermoelectric power), Arkansas (primarily irrigation), Colorado (primarily irrigation), Michigan (primarily thermoelectric power), New York (primarily thermoelectric power), Alabama (primarily thermoelectric power) and Ohio (primarily thermoelectric power).

"Across the country and in Florida, Americans are only using as much water as almost 45 years ago, even though the population has grown by more than 100 million people."

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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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