Thu
Mar 15 2007
02:25 pm

County Commissioner Charles Bolus was in St. Mary’s Medical Center’s emergency room this afternoon...

No word on the cause.

More Here.

KTB

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
12:49 pm

They have the best home made pinto beans corn bread made by P.A. and coleslaw in town, on Thursdays! What a deal!

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:54 am

I"m tired of talking red light cameras, so here's something completely different:

For the past year or so, MPC and a Steering Committee have been working on design guidelines for downtown Knoxville. The development process included an inclusive public participation component.

This is something I've wanted to see for a very long time, and I'm excited that they passed Council on first reading this week 9-0 (after sailing through MPC last month on the consent agenda).

However, there is some opposition from a few local developers, who would like the guidelines to be voluntary rather than mandatory.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:17 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

This via Joe Hultquist:

The following is the official public notice for the next step in public input for TDOT's James White Parkway project. If you have any interest in this project, please make plans to attend on March 27th.

Notice of Public Workshop

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will conduct a public workshop on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at South Doyle Middle School, 3900 Decatur Road, Knoxville, Tennessee to discuss Knox County project number 47024-1230-04, proposed SR-71, South Knoxville Boulevard, from Governor Jon Sevier Highway (SR-168) to Moody Avenue.

The workshop will be held from 5-7 p.m. during which time there will be a short presentation that will provide the background and current status of the project. The public is invited to ask questions and make comments during the meeting and will be given the opportunity to make their opinions known concerning the purpose and need for the project. The public will also have an opportunity to participate by marking suggestions/ideas on the various maps that will be displayed at the workshop. Representatives of the department will be available to assist with this exchange of ideas and to provide information on any aspect of the project.

Persons with a disability, who require aids or services to participate at the meeting, may contact Me. Margaret Mahler at the following address no less than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.

Ms. Margaret Mahler or by e-mail:
Margaret.Z.Mahler@state.tn.us
ADA and Safety Coordinator Phone (615) 741-4984
Tennessee Department of Transportation Fax (615) 532-5988
Suite 400, James K. Polk Bldg. TTY Relay (615) 253-8311
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243

A court reporter will be available to receive oral statements to be included in the project transcript. In addition, comment sheets are made available for those who prefer to make written statements. Written statements and other exhibits to be included in the project transcript may be submitted within 21 days after the workshop date to the following address:

Project Comments
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 700, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0332

Joe Hultquist
Knoxville City Councilman, 1st District
joseph49@bellsouth.net
(865) 579-1250

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:10 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

WebEx has been one of the most beneficial new tools for our business we have found in a while. Just about every vendor in our market uses WebEx, thus most every customer and prospect is already familiar with the tool (makes it easy, you don't have to explain anything). WebEx has cut way down on travel, whether for sales calls or support.

Shares of WebEx soared $10.53, or more than 22 percent, to $56.73 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. My theory has been to invest in companies I like, boy, I missed an opportunity here.

I hope Cisco doesn't mess it up

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
10:59 am

From WBIR:

An emergency event has occurred at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Continued...

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
10:54 am

Tea Time With Terrorists
By Don Williams

After serving him tea and crumpets, CIA interviewers delicately broached the subject of terror with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, asking whether he was responsible for all the bad stuff that’s been happening in the world the last quarter-century.

Click here to continue reading...

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
08:13 am

Cucoloris - A filter that casts patterned light. They're apparently often just pieces of cardboard or other materials with patterns removed. Also called a cookie by people in the movie biz. I couldn't find any pictures of a cucoloris, but here's a photographer's example of using a potted palm tree as an improvised cucoloris to make a scene more interesting.

Via Roger Ebert's glossary of movie terms. And note that he spells it differently.

Previous WOTD - Ceteris paribus

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
09:06 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

The Sentinel should just go ahead and endorse Big Fred Thompson and get it over with !! Maybe even start a Fredshub.com page. Perhaps Bob Corker has a piece of land to sell Thompson so that he can begin establishing a "Tn. Lifestyle" before next year. Stacey

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
07:41 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

You made me laugh, but I didn't always agree with you.

But I wish that for whatever demons had a hold of your tail that you could have held on a while longer.

I know that there are those who'd condemn your final choice (and I'd find myself among them), but...

May you find peace.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
06:44 pm

In his latest bid to alienate even the yellowest of yellow dogs in his Democratic base, Harold Ford Jr. joins Fox News as an analyst.

I have long been torn about my support for Harold Ford Jr., but he's demonstrating an all-too-familiar pattern of sucking up to Republicans, even when he doesn't have to. I will give him a pass on chairing the Democratic Leadership Council, but this is getting ridiculous.

And for a Democrat to take a paycheck from Fox News just as the Democratic Party took a high-profile pass on a Fox-sponsored Presidential debate... well, it sure doesn't help me make the argument that Ford isn't actually a Lieberman clone.

Thanks (once again) for making me regret my vote, Harold.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
06:39 pm

I thought for a moment there was a ray of hope for a moment of reason and sanity here:

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., one of the country's preeminent evangelical leaders, acknowledged that he irked many fellow conservatives with an article earlier this month saying scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality.

But he lost me right here:

However, Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., was assailed even more harshly by gay-rights supporters. They were upset by his assertion that homosexuality would remain a sin even if it were biologically based, and by his support for possible medical treatment that could switch an unborn gay baby's sexual orientation to heterosexual.

The article doesn't say where the Rev. Mohler got his medical degree or where he did his physiological psychology research.

But maybe he's on to something. Maybe there's a pre-natal medical treatment that could switch an unborn baby's political orientation to Republican. Or their complexion to white. Etc.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
05:53 pm

In other sports news (and one for the "well, DUH" file)...

Pete Rose admits to betting on the Reds. And not simply betting on the Reds, betting on the Reds every night that he managed the team. Every night.

A. Bartlett Giamatti is smiling somewhere.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
05:51 pm

Or so Florida fans say.

I'm not really much of a college sports fan, but sometimes the competition just draws me in.

From Mike Bianchi at the Orlando Sentinel:

The Big Blue Nation has been downsized to the Little Blue Trailer Park. Where once I definitively witnessed the fierce and ferocious Wildcats, now all I can say is, "I tot I taw an itty-bitty puddy tat."

Remember Rupp's Runts? We should now start calling this rendition of UK basketball "Tubby's Tadpoles" because Coach Tubby Smith's UK team truly is just a little meaningless minnow swimming in the same tank as the Big Bad Gator.
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The state of Florida owns the sport of basketball now. We are the undisputed honchos of the hardwood. We proved it last year when the Gators won the NCAA title and the Miami Heat won the NBA championship.

Bianchi is boasting big time. I hope the Gators can back him up, unless, of course, if the Vols have a chance.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
04:51 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Johnson City Press is reporting that state Sen. Mike Williams (?-Maynardville) has dropped his Republican Party affiliation to become an independent. That makes the state senate split 16-16-1. -- s.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
02:51 pm

This seems relevant to South Knox, and Knox area in general

Wal-Mart foes fight development nationwide

One of the county commisioners said we needed a Turkey Creek in South Knoxville. Personally I would rather drive acoss town the 2 times a year I want to deal with that sort of traffic. Why would I want to deal with it every time I go anywhere?

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
11:38 am

We just got word that someone important who you probably never heard of died suddenly at his home in Winter Park, FL last night at the age of 72.

Ken Kirchman founded Florida Software back in 1968, basically on his kitchen table, to provide software for banks. He was a pioneer in the industry, and practically invented the packaged banking software business. The company grew and later became The Kirchman Corporation. If you write a check or make a deposit, especially at a community bank, chances are good that your transaction gets handled at some point by software created by his company or one of the many other independent companies it spawned.

He had only recently sold his company and retired. (He made a solemn vow that he would never take it public.) He kept his Citation corporate jet and private lake retreat, but only got to enjoy the fruits of his labor for three short years.

I worked for him off and on for eleven years. It was hard work, and he was a tough SOB. But he had a profound influence on me, and the Mrs., in the business world and personally, and is responsible, indirectly and directly in many ways, for bizgrrl and me starting our own successful company.

Everyone in the industry has a Ken Kirchman story, some not so flattering (he was known by some in the business as the "George Steinbrenner of software"). I've got stories I could tell, too. But I would rather remember him as a self-made, brilliant businessman who did everything his way, and also his generosity that helped make plenty of millionaires along the way.

I remember flying with him in first-class to Tokyo for a tough negotiation with the head of a huge Japanese computer company. He brought along a bunch of fishing supply catalogs, and we compared notes on our favorite bass lures as he put together an order. He got into a heated discussion with another executive about the best way to sharpen knives, axes, and saws. He quoted books he owned on the subject.

(He was the quintessential Florida Cracker when he wasn't attending "Pioneer" meetings with the first President Bush at the White House or meeting with heads of state in the Czech Republic to work out a deal to modernize their banking system in the post-Soviet era.)

Then there were the many trips on the gilded corporate jet -- the only way to fly. One time he let us grubby programmers use it to fly some tapes directly to a beta user site at 2:00 AM on a Saturday morning so they could get their bank open on Monday. Another time, he let the president of a customer bank use his jet to fly to the Mayo Clinic for cancer treatments.

I will also remember the awesome user conferences he held in Orlando for our customers. Year after year we had speakers like Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence) and entertainment like Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick. All employees and their families were invited to attend.

Then there were the legendary annual company picnics at his private lake retreat. He brought in an entire county fair with midway rides and carnival games. Every kid was guaranteed to win as many huge stuffed animal prizes as they could carry home. He had a runway there, and he would have his pilot, a Korean War veteran fighter pilot, buzz the venue in his jet and put on a little air show for the kids. Then there was the Orlando Arena skybox, where every employee got a chance to attend Orlando Magic NBA basketball games in open-bar, catered luxury. And so on.

But mostly I remember the hard work, the long, 24 hour days, the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating a groundbreaking new system for community banks that eventually matured enough to run some of the biggest regional banks in the country, and everything I learned from him and all the talented people he employed.

One of my prized possessions is a Rolex watch given to me by Mr. Kirchman in March of 1984 on completion of that project, my first with the company. On the back, the engraving says "Dreams Can Be Reality".

Thanks for everything, Mr. Kirchman. Rest in peace.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
10:48 am

I bought several copies of this book for Christmas gifts. Steve in the manager of the McClung Collection of the Knox County Library and a very interesting guy.

Author Steve Cotham to be at Blount County Public Library

Local author, Steve Cotham, will present slides and discuss his new book, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. The program will be co-sponsored by the library along with the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society and Blount County Historic Trust organizations.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America Series.” The author draws from many sources, especially the photographs of early park supporter James E. (Jim) Thompson, to provide readers a first-hand look at the beauty of the mountains, early park promoters, the logging companies, and at the people who gave up their homes and way of life to make room for the park. In addition, the book contains several images from the W. O. Garner Collection owned by the Blount County Public Library.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
10:37 am

The Maryville Daily Times reports that the Alcoa City Commission unanimously agreed to a resolution opposing AT&T's efforts to pass a state-wide cable franchise law. City Manager Mark Johnson gets it right:

The point is, he said, that other cable companies have dealt with individual municipalities in the past, and have done so successfully.

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As argued in Alcoa's resolutions, the city has taken the stance that giving AT&T that kind of broad access to the market would be unfair to the companies that have gone out and gotten franchise agreements (600 of them across the state). And worse, Johnson said, it would allow AT&T and other companies the ability to "cherry-pick" who they wanted to provide service to.

If a company comes in to Alcoa to provide cable service today, they have to offer the same rates, packages and options to every person in the city. If AT&T's proposed legislation goes through, the fear is they could only set up service in wealthier neighborhoods and leave others without anything, Johnson said.

The article also presents AT&T's arguments for passage of the lobbyist-crafted bill which is pending in the Tennessee General Assembly. Noting that 11 other states have passed the bill, the AT&T spokesperson says "Eleven states can't go wrong."

Previous posts about this issue:

Rural broadband v. state-wide franchising lobbyists

Legislative Roundup: Broadband access

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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