Fri
Apr 20 2007
01:21 pm

Some of us are meeting up at the Downtown Grill and Brewery tomorrow around 5:30 PM or 6 PM for conversation and adult beverages before the Lucinda Williams concert at the Tennessee Theatre.

Steve of Whitescreek is coming with the Mrs., and we'll be there too. The concert starts around 8 PM, so we'll be leaving sometime before then.

If you're going downtown for the show, or even if you're not, stop on by and have a cold one and help us plot the takeover of right-wing government and what not while solving the energy crisis and fixing the global climate and school zones along the way. Or something.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
10:54 am

Check out this guy's recipe that got him in the Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
09:54 am

The big question is are they walling them in or walling them out?

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
07:51 am

EarthFest 2007, tomorrow, Sat. Apr. 21, 11 AM to 7 PM, at the Worlds Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.

Celebrate Earth Day with great entertainment, food, and fun events for kids and the whole family. Admission is free. Al Gore approves.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
07:11 am

I am working on a rezoning roundup. If you see posts or links that have been excluded (and there are many missing right now), please drop a comment with a link and I'll move it from the comment section to the list of links.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
05:46 am

The recent School Discipline study arose out of the finding that black students in Knox County were 10 times mre likely to be suspended than white students. I actually analyzed discipline data, school by school, by race, gender, free lunch status and offense. The task force did, indeed, find that free lunch status was a significant common factor.

However, if you read the report, you will note that, in spite of the finding about socioeconomic status, its recommendations included several about undoing racism, as well as establishing more consistent guidelines system-wide and helping parents better understand their rights to appeal.

The report was not a finding that racism does not exist. In fact, given our political climate and the makeup of the task force, the recommendations point to a recognition that significant problems related to race do exist.

It's very difficult for members of the dominant culture, and especially those who have a vested interest in maintaining positions of power and/or influence, to recognize - much less acknowledge - that the system in which they're successful might be discriminatory.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
06:17 pm

As a follow up to the previous news about Ruth's Chris buying the Riverside Tavern...

We hear it's a done deal, and Riverside will be closing May 13th for renovations. We heard a figure of $6 million, not sure if that includes renovations, but it apparently doesn't include the lease for the land with apparently belongs to the U.S. federal government.

Employees aren't sure of their fate. From what we've heard they aren't being told much except that Ruth's Chris will start with a "clean slate" with the possible exception of some managers who would undergo retraining in Orlando.

All of this is rumor and hearsay, for what it's worth.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
05:16 pm

Fox News now reports Cho might have been possessed by the devil! Next we will have GW claiming God speaks through him. Oh wait a minute that already happened.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
12:13 pm

UPDATE: Four zoning proposals that would affect rural development defeated: higher residential density, multi-family units on two-lane roads, relaxed building height restrictions, relaxed building size restrictions all denied. Sports complex district zoning request returned to planning department for further study.

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The proposed Blount Co. zoning changes are on the agenda for tonight's County Commission meeting at 7PM. There have been a couple of new developments and some drama.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
12:12 pm

One comment in a recent post about the school rezonings certainly demonstrated an underlying attitude of racism that appears to be shared by many of the parents decrying rezonings to schools like Central and Austin East.

The poster stated, "far too much $$$ has been thrown at A-E with too little attention given to whether that $$$ produced academic results, or even adequate enrollment numbers." "Far too much money?" Who says? Is this poster, like our illustrious President, the Decider?

And does the Poster/Decider have at her fingertips complete and accurate information about the results of that "too much $$$$"?

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From (link...)

Imus, Virginia Tech, Iraq, Pollution: Let's End The War Against Our Kids
by Brent Budowsky

All across America today, while we mourn together the tragic loss in Virginia, nuts are buying guns, candidates are bragging they kill bunnies with semiautomatic weapons, and politicians tremble with fear of gun lobbies.

And more young Americans die.

We don't need another debate about the talking points for and against gun control. We need a serious national discussion to find a way to protect legitimate hunters while preventing any nut case, psychotic and sicko from getting a gun to kill more children.

Virtually every day in Iraq, there are tragedies and outrages equal to Virginia Tech.

Read the rest here....

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
11:13 am

There's a benefit concert for the Hellbender Press at the Corner Lounge, tomorrow, Friday Apr. 20th at 9:30 PM. More info here. And here's a great article with everything you always wanted to know about the Hellbender Press.

Update: Thanks. What year is it?

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
09:27 am

Even before anybody had any evidence that Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter at Virginia Tech, was "mentally ill", the talking heads on TV were making hay with the idea that students should be watching fellow classmates for "signs" of mental illness. Considering that it is estimated that 20% of the students (and god only knows how many faculty members)at Virginia Tech knowingly suffer from depression, you can imagine a little shiver of shame and fear ran down their spines. They probably felt terrified someone might find out they were being treated for depression, post traumatic syndrome, bi-polar illeness, or schitzophernia.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
09:10 am

Q: "Why don't we just let you take your gun anywhere you want to?"

A. %@$#%#!.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
08:42 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Knox Auto Show 2007 kicks off today at the downtown Knoxville Convention Center. A friend had passes to the preview reception last night and invited me along.

Muscle cars with 300-400+ HP were the big attraction. I only saw two hybrids, the Prius and the Honda Civic. Otherwise, I think the highest mileage vehicle I saw was 36/hwy. There were lots of 11/18 trucks, though.

Saw the new Ford Taurus (previously 500 Sedan) and Taurus X (previously Freestyle). Did you know you can buy a $70,000 pickup truck? Or an $80,000 Cadillac convertible? Me either.

Photos after the jump...

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
07:38 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

The Creeks do.

I'm thinking of attempting the personal feat of doubling up the National per capita beer consumption of India in one hour before the concert Saturday night. (The long suffering, Mrs. Creek, will probably do her part.)

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

I told you.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
07:10 pm

Rep. Zach Wamp: "The man that came to see us today, in my view, is preparing to run for president."

More at The Hotline.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:37 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

Harold Ford,as chair of the DLC,kicked-off what he calls the Ideas Primary.Other than me trying to tell you what Harold's talking about,my thought is,google Ideas Primary Harold Ford.If you find something interesting;post on this thread your thoughts & the link.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:26 pm

Curious I couldn't find mention about the Sprankle building's fate on the city's web site thanking Home Federal for work which "resulted in a beautiful building that enhances the appearance of downtown."

See (link...) and specifically 'Downtown Ribbon Cutting Highlights New Brick Façade for Building'

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:16 pm

The carnage continues in Baghdad.

I assume this means "the enemy" must be very desperate now as the surge is helping usher in "victory."

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