Thu
Mar 29 2007
11:59 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

oh yes, another...please click to view.

Life in Knoxville

thanks to Tamara Shepherd for the inspiration.

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
07:34 am

The 2007 State New Economy Index by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation examines a number of key indicators in every state to assess their ability to compete in the emerging global economy.

As Southern states fall all over each other to recruit new auto-manufacturing jobs with big incentives, the report suggests that much of the South is falling behind in a new economy that began taking shape in the post "mass-production and corporate economy" of the 1940's and 1950's.

Read more after the jump...

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
07:09 am

It is amazing, but true. Cormac McCarthy, one of the world's most reclusive authors, will actually be on the Oprah show in the coming weeks. It will be his first ever television appearance.

In his book Sutree Knoxville's own Cormac McCarthy painted a colorful, but often dark picture of the outcasts, alcoholics, and homeless folks who lived along the banks of the river here in downtown Knoxville.

Sutree, a loveable, incorrigible, sometimes funny but always broke, and broken man, ambled about Knoxville back when trolleys crisscrossed the town and Market Square was really a large, bustling marketplace.

He's a tough read because his descriptions are so lengthly and intricately woven, but he's worth every minute. McCarthy is a master of words and a genius at painting portraits of people who exist in existential isolation.

He has a huge fan base. Mostly because of his novels Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses. A film based on McCarthy's No Country for Old Men will be released this year, and he is also considered to be a top contender for a Pulitzer.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
09:05 pm
By: Rachel  shortURL

Fired USA David Iglesias gives a remarkably candid (not nasty, not snarky, but remarkably candid) interview to GQ.

It's one of those "more in sorrow than in anger" kinds of things.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
08:58 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

James Dobson does not love yer buddy Fred Fred Fred Thompson. ooh smack!

In fact, he doesn't think he's a Christian! But that Newt Gingrich is "the brightest guy out there," so sayeth the Dobster.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
05:52 pm

This guy....

that would be King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia...

just condemned the U.S. for its "illegitimate foreign occupation of Iraq..."

we're making it worse, not better, Chad. And while every GOP'er knows it, their pride will not let them admit it.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
05:20 pm

• Ornette Coleman
• El-P
• David Bromberg and Angel Band
• Flight of the Conchords
• The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
• Yard Dogs Road Show

More details here.

Also, AC has an April Fools show lined up that he says is a must see. In fact, he's putting his money where his mouth is...

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
04:28 pm

N-S just put up the video of the inmate escape here.

Is that Lee Trammell waiting for the elevator with the inmate AND walking behind him out the door? If so, when exactly did he decide it would be a good time to make the phone call? Nice.

Update: This was not Lee Trammell in the video.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
01:46 pm

In case you missed it, East Tennessee Quality Growth is holding a "Plain Talk on Quality Growth" conference in Knoxville this Thursday and Friday.

Tomorrow (Thursday March 29th) there will be a pre-conference public lecture by Daniel Williams (FAIA, APA) on "Visioning our Future: Can We Reconcile Prosperity and Sustainability?". A panel discussion will follow. The lecture is at 6:30 PM at the University of Tennessee University Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

See the above link for info on registration for Friday's conference and workshop events.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
01:13 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

There is a sign in a yard just off Broadway that says "Rick Wiley for Mayor of Knoxville, a Future President." Sounds like a good name to write-in. I wonder if someone made the sign for their kid.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
01:12 pm

Here's an update on the situation with Democratic State Sen. Rosalind Kurita, who cast the deciding vote for Republican State Sen. Ron Ramsey for Speaker and Lt. Governor, and State Sen. Mike Williams, who recently jumped the GOP ship to become an independent after also voting for Ramsey.

Senate Democrats passed a resolution welcoming Williams to caucus with them without requiring him to declare himself a Democrat, and recognizing every member's duty to vote their conscience based on the merits of the issues instead of partisan considerations.

Republicans weren't so magnanimous. Apparently, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey tried to have Williams removed from the Senate Education Committee, asking Sen. Randy McNally to take his place. According to a source, McNally refused because a) Ramsey wanted him to vote against the Governor's education proposals, and b) removing Williams from a committee would be bad PR for Ramsey.

On a related note, Ramsey named Kurita Senate speaker pro tem in return for her vote, and bonus, she got an expanded office out of the deal -- an expansion that annexed most of Sen. Williams' office space.

Williams was moved to a different building, but not without a parting shot. Yesterday, he introduced a proposal that would require 30 days public notice for all legislative office space construction plans and approval by the state architect and building commission. (Williams says the idea originally came from Republican Caucus chair Sen. Diane Black.)

Sources also tell us that Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Paul Stanley, have been courting Kurita to switch sides and join the GOP. She hasn't yet of course -- I think we would have heard about that -- but she is said to be doing some PR work with Ramsey's deputy chief of staff Lance Frizzell.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
12:35 pm

The creative "sports complex zoning" proposal previously discussed here is coming under fire. The Maryville Daily Times has a front page article about it today, noting that Commission Chairman Robert Ramsey wants to slow down and take a more prudent approach.

The Raven Society says "these proposals undermine the public’s clear desire to preserve the rural and natural character of Blount County, and they present a disturbing challenge to quality growth in Blount County."

County Mayor Jerry Cunningham says the Raven Society's idea of growth is "no growth" and suggests that they aren't telling the whole truth about the negative economic impact of the proposals.

County Commissioner Wendy Pitts Reeves says in the article that "If these zoning regulations pass, it will be disastrous for Blount County. The changes we are being asked to make do not simply apply to this one proposed sports complex on 411 South. They apply to the whole county." Wendy has more at her blog.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
11:54 am

In his speech today, Bush mentioned some really positive comments by Iraqi bloggers who were pleading for our troops to stay there...funny though...he never mentioned them by name. Hmmmm....I wonder why?

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
10:44 am

The Tennessee House Republican Caucus had open house for bloggers yesterday. "Blogger Day on the Hill" was originally planned as an invitation only event for conservative bloggers. (Which is sort of strange, seeing as how the Tennessee Legislature is open to the public.) After some complaints, it got opened up to all bloggers.

Aunt B. has amusing accounts (scroll down to March 27). Volunteer Voters has more. Looks like it might take another day or so for those who attended to digest it all and write it up.

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Wed
Mar 28 2007
08:09 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Off of one of my tech RSS feeds, I discovered a new web site today. ToonDo, which just launched today, may turn out to be as popular as Youtube. Click the cartoon to view full size.

Life in Knoxville

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
08:37 pm

Just got back from a walk along the nature trail at the Chimneys Picnic Area in the National Park. The wildflowers are really putting on a fantastic show this year. I don't recall in previous years seeing the early bloomers like spring beauty, hepatica, and trout lilies being in bloom at the same time as sweet white trillium (above) and phacelia. I even saw some dutchman's breeches on the side of the trail. In one easy walk you can see the best of the Smokies in Springtime, and on the drive up from Sugarlands you'll see entire mountainsides covered in phacelia and trillium. I don't know if this display will last to the weekend. I recommend playing hooky one day this week and taking a walk on this nature trail.

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
08:06 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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Tue
Mar 27 2007
07:54 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Some nice person took it upon themself to set the woods on fire yesterday morning. Sometimes these creeps use a fuse and sometimes they just throw some burning paper out of a car and keep going. The fire erupted after one a.m. we figured. My neighbor called just before five and we headed out to cut fire lines. We kept the fire to about 12 acres but the drive up to the house is well blackened and some of the beetle pines that have been lying around are still smoldering.

I took the evening lap around the fire line and noticed how many deer tracks there were in the dozier cut. The State fire guys showed up with their machines before daylight and added to our hand line. I figure they kept the fire to half what it would have been without them. They had been on the Campbell County fire all weekend and told us they had just closed their eyes when the call came in. They were operating on two hours sleep for the weekend but they jumped up and went right back on the fire line.

We're not going to hear any bad words about State Employees. These guys are everyday heros and are totally under-appreciated. The local Roane County Firemen are Volunteers and they were first on the scene. Yeah, there have been some crazies but we're down to the solid core out here, now. Whenever they send out a fund request, I get out the check book.

Peace,

Steve

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
06:42 pm

Financial Institutions (banks, credit unions) are supposed to be experts on their products, savings, deposits, loans, etc.

Not!

Received a notice the other day a CD was maturing and would automatically renew unless we called. The CD was a 4 month 4.44 APY, 4.38 APR. The maturity value was incorrect. Called the FI and asked them about it. They took a while to calculate the interest, couldn't do 4 months but based on a 3 month (90 day) CD, I was correct. The notice showed the wrong maturity value with the interest approximately 85% lower than it should have been. Asked for a corrected notice. They can't really do it. The computer generates these notices. It will probably post the correct interest, says the clerk. All should be okay.

Well, I'm definitely no accountant, but I do know how to manage finances, and have a handy little tool to calculate interest. I explained to the clerk, I'm not trying to be mean, but a FI should know how to handle this and make the correction. Transferred to the manager, who is busy. Left a message. Haven't heard back.

Why is it the ordinary consumer, me, has to be such an expert in finance, autos, healthcare, home repair, etc. these days?

Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody care? I think I'll call the President.

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