Mon
Feb 12 2007
06:26 am

According to a News-Sentinel article the county Pension Board will not release the amount Mark Cawood receives in pension from 20 years as County Commissioner. Because 'it's a privately controlled fund.'

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
10:57 pm

... at the Grammys.

Ludacris gave a shout-out to Bill O'Reilly as he accepted his trophy for Best Rap Album.

And Natalie Maines, accepting the award for the Dixie Chicks' Best Country Album, quotes Nelson Muntz:

"Ha ha!"

UPDATE: Most surreal moment: Ornette Coleman presenting Carrie Underwood with her award for Best New Artist. I think I'll find her agent and have her sent a copy of New York is Now. I think she probably needs one.

UPDATE II: "Not Ready to Make Nice" is also Record of the Year. (Sour grapes much, Chad?)

UPDATE III: Taking the Long Way is Album of the Year.

Fantastic. It's good to see the recording industry -- or at least a plurality of the 11,000 people who comprise the voting membership of "the Academy" -- being supportive of an artist who was the target of an irrational smear campaign. It is a testament to their toughness and resiliency.

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
10:00 pm

Bean reviews Scoobies's background & career:

(link...)

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
02:30 pm

Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert is offering his wedding officiation services free of charge for any couples that want to get hitched on Valentine's Day, which is this Wednesday the 14th. The "shotgun wedding" ceremonies will be held at the Coal Creek Armory gun store and shooting range in West Knoxville. linkity

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
11:59 am

The Rep has some interesting background on the situation with the owner of the McClung Warehouse properties that burned this week, and there's some interesting counterpoint in the comments.

No matter which side you come down on or where you point the finger of blame, it's a sad loss for downtown, the city and for the individuals involved.

UPDATE: Here's more interesting background from an article with a different point of view from last year.

(Ed. note: please, no speculation about "whodunit" until the investigation is complete and the facts are in, if ever, or never as in the case of the Crimson Building.)

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
09:25 am

A few weeks ago we told you about Alcoa's proposed new animal control ordinance and some concerns we had about it. We put our concerns in a letter to Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson and suggested some possible changes.

Last week Mr. Johnson sent a letter saying he had reviewed our concerns and would look in to it. Earlier this week, Capt. Phillip Dunn of the Alcoa PD called to discuss the specifics with the Mrs. He has put a lot of effort into the new ordinance and has reviewed similar laws from all over the state. He was very receptive and open to suggestions.

Yesterday we got another letter from City Manager Mark Johnson and there's good news: the City of Alcoa has agreed to most of the changes we suggested, with a few compromises negotiated between Capt. Dunn and the Mrs.

Specifically:

  • A warrant will be required for right of entry for inspection unless the owner consents or there is a violation in plain view.
  • A grandfather clause will be included in the new restriction of four animals per household.
  • The number of days for impoundment will be increased to five working days for unlicensed animals and seven working days for licensed animals.

Mr. Johnson noted that animals taken to the shelter are already scanned for microchips, but goes on to say: "I inquired to the benefits and costs of outfitting our officers so they would be available in the field. As a result, I am authorizing the purchase of two scanners for use by the city's officers. Hopefully, the officers can identify the owners of the animal and return it immediately preventing an animal from being taken to the shelter."

Details of the changes are covered in Mr. Johnson's letter, copy here (PDF format).

Alcoa City Commission's second reading of the ordinance has been postponed until March 13th to allow time for making the changes. Unless you have other concerns, it probably isn't necessary to attend the meeting unless you just want to thank the City of Alcoa for listening.

We would like to sincerely thank Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson and Alcoa PD Capt. Phillip Dunn for taking the time to review our concerns and adopt these changes. It's nice to live in a place where local government is responsive and listens to its citizens.

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
12:17 am

A pack of matches sit to my left, from Hard Rock Hotel in vegas. Funny cause thats all I left that casino with. If I would have been smarter I would have just played the penny slots and gotten drunk off the free alcohol and kept my money. But as it turned out, I lost my money quicker than I could get drunk. A previous thought was that they may still give you drinks after you lose $1,000. But no, they turn out not to be as nice when your broke. Seems like thats the motto in Vegas, Play all you want till your broke, then get the hell outa here. Sin City was rather dissapointing, not as big or impressive as I previously thought. But hell, after thinking..what do you expect in the suicide capital of the world? Friendly people, good weather, and free milkshakes?

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
11:52 pm

Jack Nelson reported today, "shit kicken speed taken drunk babies down stairs." which led me to believe that in fact, one beer is never enough. Dr. recommended

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
10:13 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Thanks to social director Rich Haily for organizing tonight's blogger meetup. West Knox is apparently popular, because there was pretty good turnout including blogspouses and kids. Nice to see everyone and meet some new folks, too.

Glenn Reynolds has the official blogroll of attendees. It also was a pleasure to meet frequent KnoxViews commenter MPower1952, who was celebrating her birthday and was accompanied by her son.

UPDATE: Barry has the Top Ten Surprises.

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
05:08 pm

I think the proposal to not allow smokers to smoke OUTSIDE at their workplace is way over the top and I hope our so-called small gov. Repubs and tobacco lobby Dems will curb this one. I am glad folks don't smoke inside my workplace But I have no problem with them smoking outside, its less noticeable than a car with bad exhaust. I may smoke a handful of cigarettes a year, to cap off a celebration, deal with extreme stress or whatever, when the event is over I'm over it. Are we going to hire statewide hall monitors to quash this like in high school. What about family run law offices or restaurants where the owner choose to smoke- inside or out, aren't there enough smoke free places that people could choose without the gov. stepping in. In some states this is reaching into smoking in cars and apartments. Again, I totally see the point about inside but the world is too big that businesses should be allowed to find some hidden spot outside to let people smoke without a LAW against it. People are legally allowed to feed their kids Ben and Jerry's icecream that one serving contains a day's worth of fat, I see little difference in smoking around them. I do know people who have died of lung cancer, two of which were very young, non-smokers who died in their 30's and 40's. Another was an old man who smoked heavily and died around 73. NY state has a smoking ban in restaurants but I have been in bars there that allow outside smoking. THE LAW ABOUT INSIDE IS FINE, BUT DO NOT DICTATE WHAT SOMEONE CAN DO ON THEIR BUSINESS GROUNDS. Is the only socially acceptable way to relax anymore presecription drugs?? That worked for Anna Nicole and her son didn't it. Stacey

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
02:12 pm

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee is holding an organizational meeting this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the following location:

New China Buffet
9117 Executive Park Dr NW
Knoxville, TN

Is the Libertarian Party serious about defending the freedoms of expression set forth and guaranteed in the First Amendment or are they just a bunch of cheap tin pot Republicans angry about having to pay a few taxes?

Sat
Feb 10 2007
11:08 am

A "rocket scientist" is making spike heels more comfortable.

Ladies golf gloves for ring-wearing golfers with long nails.
h/t to the Orlando Sentinel Fashion Q&A

Then, best of all, a woman could become the President of Harvard University!

Yeah! We've come a long way, baby!

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
10:46 am

According to today's KNS report, the Tennessee Attorney General has opined, and Bredesen has passed down the word to Ragsdale (pdf), that the Tennessee Constitution does not allow the legislature to alter the appointment process. So, no election of commissioners until '08.

In other sad news, Commission Chair Moore says, "The only people complaining are the people who lost."

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
12:28 am

Seriously, Tony Norman is a gem.
I've been impressed ever since I met him.

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Fri
Feb 9 2007
11:57 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

(link...)

Enter your street name/city/state/zip to pull up a map of registered sex offenders living in your area?

A neighbor shared this website with me tonight, concerned that a registered sex offender appears to live about a mile from us both.

I can't speak to the reliabilty of the info it contains (I notice it's an LLC, rather than any government entity), but you may want to glance at it. Note several links, too.

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Fri
Feb 9 2007
09:21 pm

[W]hy not just pull a very sharp knife across the inmate's neck?

Good question. It works for the third-world cesspools we apparently aspire to become. And it would certainly be more cost effective. A little messier perhaps, but "normal" citizens don't have to see it or clean it up. We just have to go along.

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Fri
Feb 9 2007
09:11 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

A friend sent me this grafitti from eatliver.com. They have some neat stuff.

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But this one's even better

(link...)

Thanks, SKB

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Fri
Feb 9 2007
06:52 pm

So, according to a Tennessean article, police in Nashville set up a fake company, lured people with warrants to a hotel by offering them money, and then arrested them on the spot.

Now, I posted a comment over at V2 that I thought that promising predominantly poor people money you have no intention of giving them in order to lure them out of their homes so you can arrest them seems unethical at best.

Your thoughts?

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