Fri
Feb 2 2007
08:54 am


Hooded Mergansers (I think?) at Kyker Bottoms.

(Click image for larger view.)

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Fri
Feb 2 2007
07:32 am

Jonathan Wimmer says that Lumpy Lambert offered him a seat on County Commission in exchange for his vote for Lee Tramel. The Knoxville News Sentinel has the details.

Wimmer refused the deal on ethical grounds. He should have taken it. Tramel was a lock. Now the 2nd District has Bolus and Democrats give up a seat to the Hutchison Republicans. Besides, since when does Knox County government involve ethics?

In other news, Ragsdale accused of strong-arm tactics. Looks like Hutchison has the stronger arm.

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Fri
Feb 2 2007
07:28 am
By: Patricia  shortURL

If any of you can explain in detail what process and paperwork is needed for a recall of our county "elected" officials, could you please post it?

Thanks

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The Knox County Commission called for candidates interested in filling term limit vacancies to submit a letter and a resume. They put up a website listing the candidates, including some without any letter or resume. This was apparently their idea of an open process.

Three candidates were appointed who were not on the list. Following is a snapshot of the names on the website yesterday and the appointments:

4th COMMISSION DISTRICT CANDIDATES: Scott Davis, Joan Wagner, Lisa Bogaty, William H. Daniels, Robert A. (Archie) Ellis, Jr., James Smelcher, Jr., John Deatherage, Craig Fischer, Debbie Barton, Mike Alford, Richard T. Cate, Ed Shouse, Elaine Davis.

4th DISTRICT APPOINTMENTS: Lee Tramel (not on list), Richard Cate.

5th COMMISSION DISTRICT CANDIDATES: Tom Salter, Marilyn S. Cobble, Pamela Treacy, Teresa Shupp, Gregory Harrison, Kyle H. Phillips, John R. Schoonmaker, Ken Gross.

5th DISTRICT APPOINTMENT: Frank Leuthold (not on list, father of Commissioner Craig Leuthold).

9th COMMISSION DISTRICT CANDIDATES: Josh Lowe, Bob Norton, Rob Huddleston, Matthew Myers.

9th DISTRICT APPOINTMENT: Tim Greene (not on list).

Charles Bolus was on the list for 2nd District, but did not submit a letter or resume.

There were plenty of qualified people who expressed interest. In at least one case (Tramel) and possibly another (Greene), there were more qualified candidates. In other cases there was an opportunity to bring in new, qualified people with fresh perspectives. Clearly that wasn't the plan.

Commissioners Craig Leuthold and Mike Hammond had a "forum" in the 5th District. The News Sentinel reported: "Saturday's crowd burst into applause after Hammond made comments about the process. 'I would much prefer the people make these decisions,' he said." Yeah, right. Note the 5th District appointment above. People who showed up for that forum wasted their time and ended up being insulted by the whole charade.

Mark Harmon was the only Commissioner who at least attempted to have an open process with public input from his district. Some have criticized how it was handled (i.e. not announcing there would be a straw poll that some candidates knew about but others didn't) and some have also questioned why he didn't throw his support to Wimmer when it was clear his recommendation (Amy Broyles, the "people's choice" as he put it) didn't have the votes (the first vote had 6 for Bolus and 6 for Wimmer). But at least he tried to represent his district and seek public input and carry their message to the Commission.

What happened to the pledge to "respect" commissioner's recommendations for their district? Or the plan to replace Democrats with Democrats and Republicans with Republicans?

And what about giving Tindell the bum's rush after the vote for county clerk? The outcome would likely have been quite different had he been able to remain in his seat for the rest of the proceeding. I'm sure that had nothing to do with the surprise parliamentary maneuvering to remove him.

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Fri
Feb 2 2007
06:33 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

KnoxViews.com was down for a while last night because of a fiber optic cable cut in Atlanta that caused routing problems in New York, or something like that according to our hosting provider. It appears the problem has been fixed.

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
08:48 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

I was looking through the old SKB archives for something completely unrelated and found this. Thought some of you might find it amusing. It sort of relates to the "The Way Down South" article mentioned yesterday.

Read the blast from the past after the jump...

Continued...

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
04:49 pm

In the I'm-not-a-lawyer-but-I-play-one-on-TV department, here are some thoughts about the focus that Moncier's latest suit takes. (In a second disclaimer, I rely only on Barker's story, page A1 today, because the link to the complaint itself at the knoxnews.com site isn't working.)

It seems Moncier chooses an uphill, not to mention well-trodden, path in his attempt to temper or undo an existing supreme court opinion. That opinion has already defined, on the basis of *state* law, when an office is vacant and we need not rehash it.

Besides, our collective question now isn't whether vacancies existed, but what process should have been used to fill those vacancies. Since the court was virtually mute on that subject, they seemed, by implication, to validate the instruction available to Commissioners in our *local* law, namely the County Charter they upheld.

So, if the question of what constitutes a vacancy has already been answered in state law and if the instruction for filling vacancies lies in local law, why is Moncier posing this redundant question of vacancies and why is he looking to the wrong body of law, state rather than local, to undo a botched appointment process?

To wit, these are some matters of *local* law which should have guided yesterday's appointment process, but which Moncier fails to cite in his suit:

The Charter says nominations may be made by members of the Commission only. While the irony isn't lost on me, I think we saw Commission violate that instruction yesterday when they appeared, at least, to entertain nominations from the floor.

The Charter also says that each member of Commission may vote in favor of one nominee, by name, only. While that's ultimately what they did, I personally question Moore's repeated offer to Commissioners, after every Commissioner had cast a vote, to then change their votes.

Most compellingly, the Charter says that prior to voting, Commission *shall* (not may), by resolution or ordinance, establish the procedure for arriving at a majority vote. We didn't see a resolution or an ordinance either one, but we did see agenda-juggling, out-of-earshot discussion, and the appointment of two late-filing applicants.

I fear, then, that our would-be champion's focus is fuzzy.

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The Oversight Committee meeting last night was well-attended, both by members and by onlookers (many of whom spoke to the committee about various issues).

In order to carefully listen and evaluate all proposed changes, the meeting lasted 4 hours. It was 4 hours of hard, thoughtful work by all participants, and I couldn't help being struck by the comparison to a meeting that took place earlier in the day (and we managed to get through 4 hours w/o one single recess - imagine that!)

Continued...

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
02:11 pm
Chicago Bears
19% (16 votes)
Indianapolis Colts
64% (54 votes)
What? When? Where?
18% (15 votes)
Total votes: 85
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Thu
Feb 1 2007
12:57 pm

Have Londoners lost their minds? In London new police powers allow police to confiscate the car of a driver using a cell phone in motion. I try not to use a cell phone when I drive but isn't it very extreme to confiscate an automobile for cell phone use? No word of how long the impoundment is or if it is permanent. 1984?

Continued...

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
12:14 pm

Google is doing its part to improve the president's image by removing so-called "link bombs" from its search engine. Entering the word failure should no longer result in the White House's presidential bio bubbling up to the top of the results page. Instead you should see a discussion of the art of link bombing.

Unfortunately Google has closed the door after the horse escaped. A large number of Americans no longer need to Google Mr. Bush in order to obtain such information.

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
10:05 am

A word is born:

In a meeting today, one of the programmers mentioned “insertion, deletion, or updation of records in the table.”

Sheeesh.

407,000 results on Google. Including, of course, Dictionary of Indian English.

Via Politburo Diktat.

Not everyone likes the new word, but I do. Then again, I think faxer should be a word, as in printer/copier/faxer.

Previous WOTD - Junctural Metanalysis

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
08:11 am

"Former Vice President Al Gore was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his wide-reaching efforts to draw the world's attention to the dangers of global warming, a Norwegian lawmaker said Thursday. "

Cool...

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
01:25 am
By: Brian A.  shortURL

EVERYONE PANIC!!!

Use this thread to discuss snowflake sightings.

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Thu
Feb 1 2007
12:50 am
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Dear Senator Biden:

Thank you for pulling a Barney Fife on your 2008 presidential bid today.

You spared a number of other mainstream, clean, articulate, nice-looking Democrats the trouble of giving you the red ass by giving it to yourself.

I really expected another "Macaca moment" out of you sooner or later, but I didn't think it would be so soon.

From the bottom of my heart, Smilin' Joe...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

xo,

--Andy @KnoxViews

P.S. Good bye, then.

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Wed
Jan 31 2007
11:37 pm

From the KNS: JJ hires Hutch for $99k

(link...)

Jesus Christ, these folks are blatant.

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Wed
Jan 31 2007
08:04 pm

NBC News has just announced the death of Molly Ivins. She fought breast cancer for seven years. The outspoken critic of George Bush was only 62. Her best seller Bushwhacked should be on your bookshelf.

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Wed
Jan 31 2007
03:42 pm

UPDATED: This is a tentative list of seats that will be up for grabs in 2008 and 2010 by my quick estimation.

Please correct or clarify in comments. If you want to nominate better candidates to run to avoid future public process debacles like we witnessed today, let's get the party started.

I'll support any candidate willing to change commission rules against back corridor arm-twisting during 5 minute recesses. I want to start seeing these deliberations on camera.

2008 Seats Up for Grabs

1st District

Josh Jordan appointed 2007

2nd District

Charles Bolus appointed 2007

4th District

Richard Cate appointed 2007
Lee Tramel appointed 2007

5th District

Frank Leuthold appointed 2007

6th District

Sharon Cawood appointed 2007

7th District

No one up for re-election in 2008.

8th District

Jack Huddleston appointed 2007

9th District

Tim Greene appointed 2007
Paul Pinkston elected 2004

UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN 2010

Mark Harmon Dist 2 (2010)
Ivan Harmon Dist 3 (2010) may be term limited?
Tony Norman Dist 3 (2010)
Phil Ballard Dist 8 (2010)
Mike Hammond Dist 5 elected 2004 to fill Mike Arms seat...term up in ___??

Larry Smith Dist 7 (2010)

TERM LIMITED IN 2010 (can't run)
Tank Strickland Dist 1 elected 2002 seat open in 2010
Scott Moore Dist 7 elected 2002 seat open in 2010

Craig Leuthold Dist 5 elected 2002 seat open in 2010

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Wed
Jan 31 2007
01:34 pm

Reuters is reporting that California may ban conventional lightbulbs by 2012. I can see it now - a huge black market and smuggling lightbulbs into California.

The "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" would ban
incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent
lightbulbs.

I have only seen a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) in use once. It seemed to be okay in a lamp with a shade. However, I wasn't around it very long. Also, I know you cannot use them if you have dimmers on your lights, so how are they going to get around this?

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Wed
Jan 31 2007
12:57 pm

The first meeting of the Johnia Berry Discussion group will be Saturday February 17th at 2pm at the Cedar Bluff branch of the Knox County Library. We will be actively discussing the case.

For further details please go to (link...).

Thank you.

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