Tue
Aug 28 2007
03:58 pm

Half designated for academics and half for sports. Story at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Tue
Aug 28 2007
02:11 pm

Because they bend over their pages!

Seriously, though, with Larry Craig (R-Own Private Idaho) now outed and his suspected predation in the Congressional Page Program back in the news, I suspect there will be new calls to end the page program.

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Tue
Aug 28 2007
12:57 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Former State Sen. John Ford sentenced to 5 and 1/2 years. Michael Silence has the details.

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Tue
Aug 28 2007
12:16 pm

Compaq (US) merged with Hewlett-Packard (US). IBM sold to Lenovo (China), Gateway (US) owns eMachine and is "exercising its right to purchase the remaining shares of the parent company of Packard Bell" (France).

Now, Acer (Taiwan) is purchasing Gateway.

What's left? Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Acer?

Note: this is not a Mac thread.

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By Bobby Muller, Veterans for America

I have a fundamental question for you two – a really simple basic question. One that every American should be asking themselves right now as you – and the rest of our Senators – get ready to return from your month-long break.

When the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that our troops were at their breaking point, when the Department of Defense reported that our current deployment policies are compounding the wounds of war, causing mental health problems among our troops to skyrocket, and that one of the primary causes was our current policy of deploying troops back to Iraq and Afghanistan without adequate dwell time at home, why didn’t you do something about it?

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
04:04 pm

I got a call from my son in San Diego.

I'm going to be a granny before tomorrow. It kind of distracted me from tallying the votes.

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
02:36 pm

Commissioner Tony Noman just finished making an impassioned plea for a strong Stormwater Ordinance. His amendment would enhance enforcement. Mine would align Knox County's rules more closely with Knoxville's. Commissioner Lambert's amendment would weaken the ordinance in several key areas.

The commissioners as well as the noted reporters received their subpoenas in the Open Meetings lawsuit.

--Mark Harmon

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
02:15 pm

The nation's shadiest used car dealership largest mortgage lender:

A few weeks ago, the former sales representative priced a $275,000 loan with a 30-year term and a fixed rate for a borrower putting down 10 percent, with fully documented income, and a credit score of 620. While a F.H.A. loan on the same terms would have carried a 7 percent rate and 0.125 percentage points, Countrywide’s subprime loan for the same borrower carried a rate of 9.875 percent and three additional percentage points. The monthly payment on the F.H.A. loan would have been $1,829, while Countrywide’s subprime loan generated a $2,387 monthly payment...

When borrowers tried to reduce their mortgage debt, Countrywide cashed in: prepayment penalties generated significant revenue for the company — $268 million last year, up from $212 million in 2005. When borrowers had difficulty making payments, Countrywide cashed in again: late charges produced even more in 2006 — some $285 million...

[F]ew borrowers of any sort, even the most creditworthy, appear to escape Countrywide’s fee machine. When borrowers close on their loans, they pay fees [at often more than double the going rate] for flood and tax certifications, appraisals, document preparation, even charges associated with e-mailing documents or using FedEx to send or receive paperwork...

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
02:07 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Fred Thompson can't seem to make good staff decisions, can he? He only hired Linda Rozett, his communications director, on July 22. And he just fired her about an hour ago.

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
02:03 pm

For those without CTV access, WBIR is streaming the County Commission meeting live at their website. The meeting is just getting underway...

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
02:00 pm

(ED. NOTE: Making this sticky for the afternoon. Rikki and Betty are providing running commentary in the comments...)

The County Commission meeting is moments away from starting and it appears to be a good crowd in the audience. A couple of quick links here I found on the online version of the KNS today.

Jack McElroy weighs in today on lawsuit:

Thoughts on settling sunshine suit
(link...)

News Sentinel reporter Scott Barker will be live blogging from Monday's County Commission meeting. Stay tuned for his updates.

(link...)

And we all hope Commissioner Harmon will be online as well.

LET THE FUN AND GAMES BEGIN!

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
11:39 am
Mon
Aug 27 2007
08:28 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Just saw on CNN

Or, he intends to resign.

Update: More from MSNBC

Update: Text of resignation statement.

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Mon
Aug 27 2007
07:56 am

Not having been able to find The Shopper's News for a long time, but finally tracking it down on line and at my local Food City, I came to realize something very important about it. Namely that it's probably the only paper in town that actually reaches so many average voters. It also encourages its regular columnists to opine in a casual, passionate manner about the inner workings of our government and other sacred cows.

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
11:36 pm

I expect the Knox Hospitality Fund will get closer scrutiny from Richard Walls, Lewis Cosby and maybe the State Comptroller, but Larry Van Guilder has some interesting information based on his review (link...)

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
07:02 pm

Olbermann is hosting Countdown on NBC at 7 pm tonight.

Turn that thing off and go watch!

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
04:45 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Check out this report with photos from Little River.

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
03:55 pm

Our pal GTTim is currently running the marathon portion of the triathlon, having completed the swim and bike portions.

The tracker has Tim (bib #331) in position 394 after the bike portion, which is pretty good considering there are approx. 2000 athletes competing (and considering the age group he's in, heh.)

His pal Warren (bib #1061) is doing even better, currently at position 77! He's competing in the next lower age group.

(Also check out Tim's pre-event photos. There are some nice ones.)

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
03:49 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Some friends I work with are planning a fall fest on Market Square for Isa for Mayor on Sept. 14 from 5:30-10 pm. If anybody can sing, dance, eat fire or whatever and would like to perform let me know.

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Sun
Aug 26 2007
02:46 pm

A friend had one of these at a party, and it actually looked useful so we got one recently. After using it several times, I can recommend the Magic Bullet.

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