Mon
Jul 30 2007
07:21 pm

By way of Elaine Davis, an update on the effort to get nurses in all Knox County schools.

The East Tennessee Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is lending their support, and will speak to the School Board about it at the School Board's Aug. 6th meeting.

In addition, School Board Chair Karen Carson has called an informal public meeting on the topic. The meeting will be this Thursday, Aug. 2nd at 10AM at the Atlanta Bread Co. at Turkey Creek. Anyone interested in talking about funding for school nurses at all Knox County schools is invited to attend.

Ed. note: I'm surprised this is even an issue. I guess I assumed every school had a school nurse. Even tiny little South Knoxville Elementary had a nurse when I was growing up, and she was a primary source of health care for lots of kids.

Although school nurses should be trained not to leave kids alone in the exam room. I remember one occasion when I was sent to see the nurse due to complaining about, uh, non-specific symptoms. The nurse left me alone, and I ran the thermometer under hot water from the sink and managed to get sent home with a "fever."

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
04:24 pm

How does Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones deal with an employee who took $10 worth of gas by using his county charge account? Does he allow the deputy to repay the money? Does he say 'sorry, it won't happen again'? No. He fires the deputy.

Quoting Sheriff Jones “problems with unethical and inappropriate conduct will be dealt with swiftly,” . Link to story (link...) .

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
01:17 pm

Some folks label Knoxviews as a "Liberal" blog but I would promote the term "progressive" as a better fit, since several of us like certain "conservative" ideas as opposed to classic liberalism, but we, as a group, certainly tend to lean away from the right with a few exceptions.

What I think sets Progressive blogs apart is the "Where's your evidence?" response to most blog threads. If you can't back it up, prepare to do battle with the forces of truth, which we've all learned first hand at one time or another.

It's tough to get away with a hit and run post in these here parts, as the great Lobster Tale would illustrate.

Now we know more than we want about the price of tail in Knoxville.

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
01:03 pm

In a health care workshop at the DLC in Nashville this weekend (more on that in another post), Gov. Bredesen touted Cover Tennessee as a model for addressing the problems of the uninsured.

I guess it's better than a sharp stick in the eye, or no insurance at all, especially if you've suffered a sharp stick in the eye.

Or maybe not:

I didn't expect it to be fabulous insurance. 5 visits per year, 5 prescriptions per month, just enough to cover yearly things and the occasional sickness, but better than nothing. Well, it might as well be nothing, because I can't find anyone that actually takes it. I've been seeing the same OBGYN for 15 years and her office doesn't (and is not going to ever) take Cover Tennessee. As I'm sure the women on here know, being comfortable with that particular kind of doctor is a big deal. In my quest to find a new OBGYN, I discovered that of the 9 participating Knoxville providers listed in the handbook, only one is a woman. Upon calling to make an appointment, I was told that she does NOT take the plan, things have changed since the book came out.

We need to quit sticking band-aids on our broken health care system and perform some major surgery.

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
10:09 am

Michael Silence says it is:

KnoxViews has linked to and commented on extensively the saga of politicians behaving badly in Knox County. I sense, that has had very little if any impact on local politicos.

Do you agree? Can anyone think of an example where a discussion on a local blog, here or anywhere else, has made any difference or changed any behavior or affected any outcome?

Also, I wonder how many local government officials and employees read this blog? We know that a couple do, because they post here from time to time. I wonder how many others lurk? And what if any benefit is it to them, or to the community at large?

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
09:52 am

An update on the Maryville High expansion with photos from an endangered neighborhood over at BlountViews...

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
09:04 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Known for his improvised, casual style and robust laughter, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBC's "The Tomorrow Show." Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Mon
Jul 30 2007
07:56 am

A piece in Saturday's N-S details efforts by Connected Tennessee to increase the availability of broadband internet service in Tennessee. A coverage map is included.

But, as the article points out, their have been complaints of map inaccuracy.

It's quite inaccurate for my home, anyone else?

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
09:07 pm

Betty Bean has the scoop on the now infamous Lobster Lunch. Apparently Bean is the only reporter who can get to Diane Jordan and Margie Loyd for the real story. Read it here (link...)

Whatever it takes...whatever it takes.

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
07:25 pm

Yeah, I know everyone is obsessed with P-cards and other county commission BS, but I have another question.

Mr. Mackay, care to respond to this test of your Hart Intercivic machines? They've been hacked.

The researchers "were able to bypass physical and software security in every machine they tested,'' said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who authorized the "top to bottom review" of every voting system certified by the state.

Will this make news in Knox County? Let's watch and see.

yes, these are the same machines that were "literally smoking" at the Downtown West precinct.

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
05:53 pm

Dwight Van de Vate issues an official response from the County Mayor's office regarding the use of county purchasing cards for personal medical expenditures:

It has come to my attention that a story will be published in the Halls Shopper News regarding a charge on the Mayor’s p-card. The gist of the story is that the Mayor charged the co-pay for a medical procedure on his card. Although this may be new information to the Halls Shopper News, it is not new anywhere else. The Mayor discussed this with WBIR last month. Apparently they didn’t believe this particular matter merited public discussion.

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We readily acknowledge that serious, substantive issues regarding the p-cards have come to light. At the core of these issues are serious allegations of misconduct over the use of these cards by three former employees of Knox County. An attempt to confuse an honest mistake by any employee of Knox County, including the Mayor, with these other issues is both ridiculous and reprehensible.

Memo to County Commission attached (PDF format).

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
01:49 pm

Just so Ragsdale doesn't feel too singled out - here's how Commission made the 1/31 appointments. In their own words, no less.

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
12:14 pm

I was suprised to see so many folks discuss the possibility of Ragsdale resigning on the local policial shows this week.

On Inside Tennessee (don't know that there's a link to their footage, unless #9 is still illegally doing it elsewhere), John Becker, Susan Williams, Don Bosch and the guy from the paper (don't recall his name) brought up this possibility in the show's last part.

Then on Tennessee This Week, Gene Patterson, Frank Cagle and Lloyd Dougherty also discussed it alot:

(link...) then click on "Lloyd Daugherty and Frank Cagle"

Are folks to the point that they're discussing Ragsdale resigning?

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
11:52 am

Finally made it over to the new Tomato Head in Maryville yesterday. Our review is here. Bonus feature: Free Parking!

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
11:11 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Why is it this reminds me of this (except on a mega-scale)?

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Sun
Jul 29 2007
09:51 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

If you want to see what the NRA Gun Utopia looks like, here's a good example. In Iraq, They shoot people when they're mad...They shoot people when they're glad.

Read more at WhitesCreek...

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Sat
Jul 28 2007
04:47 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

We spent a nice quiet vacation at the Park Vista in Gatlinburg this past week, enjoying the mountains, hiking in Cades Cove, and Dollywood.

Interestingly, the TN Sheriff's Association was having its convention at the hotel. Oh, the temptation to pull out the camera phone at the poolside open bar. (I didn't).

My favorite, quite innocent questions we were able to ask in the elevator:

(to an unidentified sheriff looking guy): are you having a good time?
answer (stammering): "today is our day off. it doesn't get started until tomorrow. We don't have to do anything until tomorrow. We're off until tomorrow." (did he mention tomorrow?)

(to a spouse of a sheriff): are the boys behaving? she blushed and answered, "of course."

(to a vendor of paramilitary equipment based on the logo'd polo shirt he wore): can the public attend the show?"
answer: emphatic NO.

Other than an interesting, robocop-looking motorized tricycle in the hotel lobby and kids going in and out of the open bar, nothing much interesting was observed.

I was good. really. Faith made me behave. really.

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Sat
Jul 28 2007
01:58 pm

In the announcement (via Michael Silence) on the purchase of Metro Pulse by the KNS, it read:

Brian Conley will remain as the Publisher of Metro Pulse but will only be involved in the editorial direction of the paper. Lisa Duncan will work with Paul Abraham and me to help manage the transition as we move forward.

In this week's MP editorial, it infers that Conley is the former publisher:

That state of things was understandably not acceptable to our last publisher, Brian Conley, and is not acceptable to our present one. We're still going to have to make a living, as we have for the last few years. But we couldn't imagine a better solution to this particular problem.

Of course, the editorial doesn't mention their present publisher by name, leaving readers to wonder on their own. Has something happened in between? Kind of ironic in the issue of Metro Pulse that features the cover story "Where Do You Get Your News?"

Perhaps the question is better asked "From Whom Do You Get Your News?"

update: In Barry Henderson's cover story (linked above), he quotes Bruce Hartmann as "Bruce Hartmann, the News Sentinel publisher who is responsible for Scripps properties in Knoxville."

what does that mean? Talk about circuitously writing around something...

Why is there no publisher listed on the contact page of MP? Is Hartmann publisher of KNS, MP, Shopper, and Skirt? or < sarcasm...>just the KNS publisher responsible for them? <.../ sarcasm >

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Sat
Jul 28 2007
09:39 am

The News-Sentinel now has the story on Mike Arms "accidentially" turning over the ex-sheriff's personal information. Even if you despise Hutchinson, what happened to him was pretty awful.

The Shopper's story is the first link below, the News-Sentinel's story is the second link.

What is consistent in the 2 stories are the same people are saying that the documents were sent out at Mike Arms' direction.

What's inconsistent now is that Arms is now saying he didn't do it (News-Sentinel article).

And Arms is saying that it won't happen. Again.*

(link...)

(link...)

*referencing an older Shopper article which I can't find a link for, but think it was by Vanguider

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