Thu
Jul 19 2007
09:18 am
By: Carole Borges  shortURL

I just heard that the people or person who filed the civil rights law suit about the library won their case. I'm supposed to be getting more info this evening, but this is a reliable source.

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
08:39 am

The Blount Co. land deal involving a local who's who of politics and business may result in some sweet tax breaks for the investors, according to one source.

The deal to purchase 5000 acres of land near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (first reported here, with more details here), and put most of it into conservation could result in up to $50 million in tax breaks for the investors, according to another source.

That's OK, though. That five bucks you drop in the donation box at the entrance to Cades Cove is tax deductible, too. If you can itemize. And if you're not subject to the AMT.

Read more re. development, with a bonus quote from Blount Co. Mayor Jerry "The Developer's Friend" Cunningham...

Continued...

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
07:58 am

While Lumpy and Scooby are yammering about getting buffooned by the Spanish Inquisition (nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!) and calling for the District Attorney General to get involved in the Knox County p-card scandal, Mayor Ragsdale was already way ahead of them on compliance.

The KNS said last week that Mayor Ragsdale had reported the credit card abuses to the State Comptroller. It probably had something to do with this.

The new state law, which went into effect in May of 2007, requires public officials "with knowledge based upon available information which reasonably causes him/her to believe that a theft, forgery, credit card fraud, or any other act of the unlawful taking of public money, property, or services has occurred shall report such information in a reasonable amount of time to the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury."

Which is exactly what Ragsdale did. Instead of grandstanding for the cameras, maybe Scooby and Lumpy and Pinkston could have simply filled out this form. The question now is, why didn't they? Seems like they are required by law to do so. Not to start a witch hunt or a McCartney hearing or anything.

(Thanks to alert reader M for bringing this to our attention.)

UPDATE: WBIR has this document dump re. the p-card scandal. Page 18 is a fax from the Knox County DA's office dated July 5th regarding the state law. Page 19 is the Fraud Reporting form. The only employee mentioned is Requitta Bone.

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
07:40 am

Here's compassionate conservatism for you: President Bush is threatening to veto legislation that would renew a program that assists with providing health coverage for poor children. His veto is based on "philosophical" grounds, in spite of bi-partisan support in the Congress. The Great Divider rationalizes that the continuation of the program is "really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government." Earth to Bush: The program is for families who do not have private insurance and are too poor to afford one. Again, slowly: Poor. Children. If you're so "pro-life", Mr. President, how about helping kids who are already born to stay alive before worrying about the "unborn".

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:37 pm

I was going through the old SKB archives looking for posts about the run up to the Iraq invasion, trying to come up with a summary of what the mood was like in the Fall of 2002 and early 2003.

I found some funny stuff, some poorly written stuff, some confused stuff, even some hawkish stuff early on when we were all still furious and hurting over 9/11 (not that it's worn off much, but there have been many distractions and sideshows since). I may put together a compendium of some of those posts sometime.

But it appears my feelings evolved over time, and I finally arrived at this "Special Commentary" style rant which seems to sum it all up. Sadly, not much has changed four and a half years later...

Read more...

Continued...

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
01:00 pm

While Congress debated whether to end the senseless U.S. occupation of Iraq last night, four more American soldiers died.

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
12:36 pm

Looks like Laura Bush's war on gangs isn't going all that great, just like her husband's war on terror.

Blast from the past after the jump...

Continued...

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:26 am
By: airrn  shortURL

Who needs "Bourne" or "James Bond" when you have stories like this?

I guess Colin was right again when Bush said to Powell, "I looked into Putin’s eyes and I saw his soul” to which Powell replied: “Mr. President, I looked into President Putin’s eyes and I saw the KGB”.

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:05 am

Most interesting topic at City Council last night:

Is "red tape with feds" a good enough excuse for not paying the man?

(link...)

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
06:08 am

For all of those thousands and millions of people who go to Florida to visit Disney, did you buy your little darling(s) Sleeping Beauty Crown and/or Cinderella Star Earring Sets at Wal-Mart?

Look out, they have been recalled. "The recalled metal earring sets contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects." Not that your little darling(s) would intentionally eat their earrings.

H/T Orlando Sentinel

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
06:07 pm

This one won't apply to everybody, but we implemented another energy conservation measure about the same time we put in the CFLs.

Read more...

Continued...

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
04:22 pm

Is anybody watching this show that took over The Sopranos timeslot on HBO?

I'm still trying to figure out what it's about, but it's interesting because you never know what's going to happen next. (I thought this week's Sermon in the Parking Lot was going to be the end. But I'm also not sure if it really happened or what.)

The one thing I'm pretty sure it's not about is surfing. I think I've decided that it's about Redemption. And that's not something you got from The Sopranos on Sunday evening. (Not that John from Cincinnati can quite compare to The Sopranos, at least not yet anyway.)

So, are any of y'all watching it? What do you think?

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
11:47 am

Bush just trotted out one of his Stepford Aides to give a press briefing on Homeland Security the growing threat of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Fran Townsend, Bush's Homeland Security Advisor, gave a robotic reading from declassified portions of a National Intelligence Estimate that was long on rhetoric but short on intelligence.

The bottom line is that al-Qaida is stronger in Iraq because our invasion of Iraq has weakened them, or something. It was mostly incoherent, except that we must stay in Iraq to keep us safe here.

Townsend also reiterated the alleged "link" between al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks, and asserted that because al-Qaida is now in Iraq they have access to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons, and they will not hesitate to use them against us.

Here's the AP report.

(*Oh, and in case you didn't get the headline joke... although it's not really a laughing matter.)

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
05:52 am

Here is the NS story:
(link...)
Are reporters obliged to clean up politicians' grammar?

Here is an eye/ear witness account of what was actually said:

Scoobie-isms:
(On allowing the ethics committee to make recommendations to County Commission, he complained that the committee was appointed to do "A pacific" job."

"....as soon as something has came out"...

"They's been a lot of people..."

"This buffoons me, this just buffoons me....."

(said during discussion of the duties of ethics committee, which Moore says do not include making policy for commission to follow)

Lumpy-isms:

Subject- ethics committee being allowed to make recommendations on nepotism, etc.

"This is reminiscent of the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, the McCartney hearings"

Mark Harmon-in response- "I don't agree with the comparison to the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials and I hope Mr. Lambert meant the McCarthy Hearings- I am not familiar with the McCartney hearings."

*Note: Weren't the McCartney hearings held when Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles?

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
05:52 am

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Ruby Tuesday's Sandy Beall, and Pilot Oil Corp.'s Jim Haslam have purchased 5000 acres near Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for $19 million.

According to this Maryville Daily Times article, most of the property will be set aside for conservation, although some "low-density development" is planned by another parter in the deal, Knoxville developer Walt Lane.

The property is near Blackberry Farms. Sandy Beall says his son, who runs Blackberry Farms, will manage the new property in a similar manner.

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Mon
Jul 16 2007
06:39 pm

Gee who could have predicted it. The current "surge" is not large enough so we have to consider and plan for an even larger "surge" if needed?

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Mon
Jul 16 2007
02:56 pm

Despite assurances that he will forge ahead with his campaign, it's getting harder and harder to figure out exactly how he plans to do that without a campaign staff.

On Friday he said that only "contracting a fatal disease" will cause him to drop out. Sounds sort of like his Iraq policy. He should take some of his remaining $3 million in campaign funds and buy a clue.

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Mon
Jul 16 2007
02:08 pm

The Maryville Daily Times reports the excellent news that we're getting a new Cuban restaurant in Blount County.

Tostones is set to open in early August in the New Midland Plaza shopping center. The article has a great tutorial on Cuban food.

That's one of the things we miss about Florida, good Cuban restaurants, and especially Cuban sandwiches. (Even the Publix Supermarket delis down there would make you a great Cuban sandwich.)

We've tried the place over on Homberg, but it seems to be hit or miss.

This new place at Midland sounds like it will be pretty great, and certainly more convenient for us folks over here in Blount Co.

UPDATE: Cool, looks like they've already got their website up and running, sort of.

UPDATE: A reader recommends A Taste of Havana in Fountain City, just at the start of Tazewell Pike (just off Broadway) near Rita's Bakery and National Fitness Center.

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Mon
Jul 16 2007
01:52 pm

Here's an interesting fact from an editorial in today's Maryville Daily Times: "On an average day, tourists spend $628,849 in Blount County."

I'm sure that pales in comparison to Sevier Co. but it was a surprising number, to me anyway. The editorial also says that tourism accounted for 4,132 jobs in 2006, or 11.7% of the jobs in Blount Co.

It goes on to explain why Blount Co. is the 7th most popular tourist destination in the state ("social/family events, rural sightseeing, historical places/museums and national and state parks" among others), and concludes:

We need to be what we are and not what some promoter [thinks] we should be in order to appeal more to tourists. We can spoil our most attractive asset.

Read the whole thing, it's pretty interesting.

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Mon
Jul 16 2007
12:42 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Advocates for prayer in public schools who don't understand why anyone would have a problem with it should go watch this.

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