Sat
May 9 2015
11:41 am

Compare and contrast:

Hey, I like Jax OK, but c'mon. Her generation, indeed.

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May 9 2015
01:08 am
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Fri
May 8 2015
02:29 pm

Maryville Daily Times:

The former prosecutor who chairs the U.S. Congressional investigation into the 2012 attacks that killed Americans in Benghazi, Libya, brought a message about the importance of civility to the Blount County Republican Party at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday.

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Fri
May 8 2015
02:06 pm

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has released a study entitled "The Economic Value of College Majors," which uses "Census Data to analyze wages for 137 college majors to detail the most popular college majors, the majors that are most likely to lead to an advanced degree, and the economic benefit of earning an advanced degree by undergraduate major."

The following two charts from the report show the highest paying and the lowest paying majors. Education related majors are among the lowest paying.

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Fri
May 8 2015
01:16 pm

Sister Megan Rice and her co-defendants have had their "sabotage" convictions overturned by a federal court. The 85 year old nun and her fellow activists broke in to the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, defeating the fortress-like (not) security, to protest nuclear weapons proliferation. Vandalism charges were upheld, but the sentences were vacated and the cases were remanded for resentencing. Hopefully they will be sentenced to time served.

Sabotage Conviction Overturned Against Nun, Fellow Activists

U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit opinion...

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What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, May 8,2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

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Tonight Cheri Siler and Doug Veum will host Repesentative Joe Armstrong in a discussion about the recently concluded 2015 session of the Tennessee General Assembly on Democratic TV. The discussion topics will include the bills that did and did not pass both houses of the General Assembly and the outside influences that attempt to affect legislation and public policy through the General Assembly. The show airs at 7:30PM on the Knoxville Community Television Station tonight, Friday, May 8th.

This is a live call-in show so tune in and call to talk to State Representative Joe Armstrong.

DTV streams live on the Community TV web site or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
May 7 2015
05:31 pm

"illusory superiority"

"... a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude."

From Joe Powell...

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I'd heard that ESPN (which is owned by Disney and Hearst) is one of the most expensive cable channels for carriers and that most are contractually required to include it in their basic lineups.

I didn't realize how much they are making from people who don't watch it. CNBC does the math:

For example, 24 percent of cable subscribers watch ESPN, according to Nielsen data, but all cable subscribers pay $6.04 to have that channel in their bundle, according to data from SNL Kagan. If only that 24 percent paid, they would have to be charged $25 each.

Based on their chart, I could put together an a la carte package for way, way less than what we pay now based on the channels we actually watch. I wonder how SEC Network (an ESPN production) is doing? I might be willing to pay for that, and maybe an occasional pay-per-view. For reasons explained in the article, though, having that option will likely never happen.

CNBC: How much would it cost to get your favorite channels a la carte?

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Thu
May 7 2015
11:38 am

KNS reports that a semi truck hit one of the 100 year old columns at the entrance to Island Home and demolished it. Residents say trucks are ignoring the 'no trucks' restrictions on construction detours in the area and illegally using this route.

KNS: Commercial rig smashes 100-year-old column in S. Knoxville

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from NBC News ..

Carman's team found that 11.2 million people bought health insurance on the exchanges -- the online marketplaces where people can buy private insurance coverage and apply for an often hefty federal subsidy. This backs up the federal government's estimate of 11.7 million.

Another 12.6 million got Medicaid in the states that have opted to make the state-federal health insurance plan more widely available. About half of them had been covered before by some other insurance, while half were uninsured.

Nearly 17 Million Americans Covered Under Obamacare

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Wed
May 6 2015
10:56 pm

The Doobie Brothers put on a good show tonight at the Tennessee.

Very entertaining. Brought back some good memories. They were my first concert in 1973.

Pretty good energy for any age band. Seems like everyone was smiling and laughing as they left the show.

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Wed
May 6 2015
10:49 am

Amazon has a $20 off sale on the Kindle Paperwhite wi-fi version for only $99.

(Note: power cable not included. Never understood this. Also recommend the basic cover, which turns it off when you close it and on when you open it.)

Bonus tip: If you have a Knox Co. Library card you can borrow from thousands of free e-books. For other counties, including Blount, visit Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. or visit your local library's website.

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NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Cirrus Aircraft Co-Founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier today announced the company will expand into Tennessee with its new Cirrus Customer Experience Center, called the 'Vision Center,' to be located at the McGhee Tyson Airport in Blount County. The new location will create 170 jobs in the Knoxville area and represents a $15 million investment.

The Vision Center will become the flagship location for all Cirrus Aircraft pilot, owner and customer activities including sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, fixed base operations and more for all Cirrus airplanes including the Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet, scheduled for certification in late 2015.

Full press release...

Cirrus Aircraft website...

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Wed
May 6 2015
08:37 am

Dan Andrews files this report about the city outfitting Knoxville Fire Department first responders with new automated CPR machines. Didn't even know there was such a thing.

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Tue
May 5 2015
11:56 am

'Bout damn time.

Following an executive order Obama issued last year, a proposal to expand the number of U. S. workers eligible for overtime pay is now in the hands of the fed's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

What happens next is a review by OMB, then publication of the proposal, then a public comment period.

"What we’ve seen is, increasingly, companies skirting basic overtime laws, calling somebody a manager when they’re stocking groceries and getting paid $30,000 a year," Obama said earlier this year.

Workers who earn less than a certain amount per year are automatically entitled to overtime pay, regardless of whether they're classified as management. That salary threshold is presently $23,660.

While Senate Democrats have recommended a salary threshold of $56,680, which would qualify about half of all salaried workers for overtime pay, many House Democrats have suggested an even higher threshold of $69,000, which would cover about two-thirds of salaried workers.

Only 11% of America's workers now qualify for overtime pay.

More in today's HuffPo.

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Tue
May 5 2015
10:00 am

The city's Cumberland Ave. project engineering contractor has created apps, a website, and social media pages to provide updates on the project and deliver coupons and special offers from merchants. More info in the press release after the break...

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Mon
May 4 2015
07:12 pm
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Various news outlets, following comments left on their own websites about their own stories from years ago, now report that the creep charged with murdering the woman on the 3rd Creek Greenway had previously been charged as a juvenile for attempting to murder a man and his wife and set them on fire ten years ago. He pleaded guilty back then, and was sentenced to treatment.

So, how did that work out? Does the state have an adequate program to treat these kinds of offenders? Is there any adequate treatment program?

Anyway, Mayor Rogero released a statement this afternoon about the incident, assuring the public that the greenways are generally safe and that KPD patrols them and that patrols will be stepped up.

More in the press release after the break...

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Mon
May 4 2015
03:11 pm

Somebody sent me the press release about this. It's not on the City website yet, so I don't have a link and will have to post the entire text.

PLANNER WITH EXPERIENCE IN KNOXVILLE AND NORTH CAROLINA NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MPC

Gerald Green, a professional planner with decades of experience in East Tennessee and North Carolina, has been named the new Executive Director of the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Green, currently the Planning Director for Jackson County, N.C., was selected by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett after a six-month search process.

Green has a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He worked as Principal Planner for the East Tennessee Development District from 1979-1982, and in the decades since has also worked as a Senior Planner and Chief Planner for the City of Asheville, N.C., and in private practice as owner of NFocus Planning and Design in Asheville. He has been in his current position with Jackson County, N.C., since 2010.

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