Thu
Apr 19 2007
12:13 pm

UPDATE: Four zoning proposals that would affect rural development defeated: higher residential density, multi-family units on two-lane roads, relaxed building height restrictions, relaxed building size restrictions all denied. Sports complex district zoning request returned to planning department for further study.

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The proposed Blount Co. zoning changes are on the agenda for tonight's County Commission meeting at 7PM. There have been a couple of new developments and some drama.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
12:12 pm

One comment in a recent post about the school rezonings certainly demonstrated an underlying attitude of racism that appears to be shared by many of the parents decrying rezonings to schools like Central and Austin East.

The poster stated, "far too much $$$ has been thrown at A-E with too little attention given to whether that $$$ produced academic results, or even adequate enrollment numbers." "Far too much money?" Who says? Is this poster, like our illustrious President, the Decider?

And does the Poster/Decider have at her fingertips complete and accurate information about the results of that "too much $$$$"?

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Imus, Virginia Tech, Iraq, Pollution: Let's End The War Against Our Kids
by Brent Budowsky

All across America today, while we mourn together the tragic loss in Virginia, nuts are buying guns, candidates are bragging they kill bunnies with semiautomatic weapons, and politicians tremble with fear of gun lobbies.

And more young Americans die.

We don't need another debate about the talking points for and against gun control. We need a serious national discussion to find a way to protect legitimate hunters while preventing any nut case, psychotic and sicko from getting a gun to kill more children.

Virtually every day in Iraq, there are tragedies and outrages equal to Virginia Tech.

Read the rest here....

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
11:13 am

There's a benefit concert for the Hellbender Press at the Corner Lounge, tomorrow, Friday Apr. 20th at 9:30 PM. More info here. And here's a great article with everything you always wanted to know about the Hellbender Press.

Update: Thanks. What year is it?

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
09:27 am

Even before anybody had any evidence that Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter at Virginia Tech, was "mentally ill", the talking heads on TV were making hay with the idea that students should be watching fellow classmates for "signs" of mental illness. Considering that it is estimated that 20% of the students (and god only knows how many faculty members)at Virginia Tech knowingly suffer from depression, you can imagine a little shiver of shame and fear ran down their spines. They probably felt terrified someone might find out they were being treated for depression, post traumatic syndrome, bi-polar illeness, or schitzophernia.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
09:10 am

Q: "Why don't we just let you take your gun anywhere you want to?"

A. %@$#%#!.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
08:42 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Knox Auto Show 2007 kicks off today at the downtown Knoxville Convention Center. A friend had passes to the preview reception last night and invited me along.

Muscle cars with 300-400+ HP were the big attraction. I only saw two hybrids, the Prius and the Honda Civic. Otherwise, I think the highest mileage vehicle I saw was 36/hwy. There were lots of 11/18 trucks, though.

Saw the new Ford Taurus (previously 500 Sedan) and Taurus X (previously Freestyle). Did you know you can buy a $70,000 pickup truck? Or an $80,000 Cadillac convertible? Me either.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
07:38 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

The Creeks do.

I'm thinking of attempting the personal feat of doubling up the National per capita beer consumption of India in one hour before the concert Saturday night. (The long suffering, Mrs. Creek, will probably do her part.)

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

Don't tell anybody the secrets,

I told you.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
07:10 pm

Rep. Zach Wamp: "The man that came to see us today, in my view, is preparing to run for president."

More at The Hotline.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:37 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

Harold Ford,as chair of the DLC,kicked-off what he calls the Ideas Primary.Other than me trying to tell you what Harold's talking about,my thought is,google Ideas Primary Harold Ford.If you find something interesting;post on this thread your thoughts & the link.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:26 pm

Curious I couldn't find mention about the Sprankle building's fate on the city's web site thanking Home Federal for work which "resulted in a beautiful building that enhances the appearance of downtown."

See (link...) and specifically 'Downtown Ribbon Cutting Highlights New Brick Façade for Building'

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
12:16 pm

The carnage continues in Baghdad.

I assume this means "the enemy" must be very desperate now as the surge is helping usher in "victory."

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
11:42 am

The Tennessee House Utilities, Banking, and Small Business sub-committee voted 8 to 6 to recommend passage of the cable franchise bill that will eliminate local control of cable franchises.

Representatives voting for approval were: Cobb C, Gilmore, Kelsey, Lynn, McCormick, Pitts, Curtiss, Shepard.

Representatives voting against approval were: Fitzhugh, Lundberg, Matheny, McManus, Rowe, Towns.

It is on the Senate Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture committee calendar for action today. The House action today was, I believe, the first recorded vote on the measure.

Here's a recent post by C.E. Petro about why this isn't a good idea, and here's a KnoxViews roundup.

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
11:24 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

TVA is set to reactivate Browns Ferry Unit 1 next month and is seeking approval for completing Watts Bar Unit 2. What do you think about TVA's record on nuclear power generation? Should they be in the nuclear power business? Will nuclear power help solve our energy problems, or is there too much risk? Read more after the jump...

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Wed
Apr 18 2007
11:04 am

I get the occasional email from Lodge Manufacturing Company with recipes for cast iron cooking. Last week there was one plugging the annual National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. I've never been but it looks like fun. I wouldn't mind taking that tour of the Lodge foundry, either.

The three dollar entry fee must be a typo though. How could you get that much entertainment for three bucks?

Mark your calendar, it's happening April 28th and 29th.

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Tue
Apr 17 2007
07:09 pm

Looking for a mid-week diversion from all the Fear and Loathing and dysfunction with, bonus, an opportunity to support local literary and musical excellence? Well, here you go:

The April "Homecookin'" edition of the Writer's Block performance series at Knoxville Museum of Art will feature RB Morris, who will perform solo versions of material from his forthcoming CD, "Empire."

The show is 6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday in the KMA auditorium, an amazing little listening room adjacent to the big room. Doors open an hour before showtime.

Admission to the 170-seat room is $7. There's a table loaded with free Panera snacks in the big room. This is an excellent opportunity to support the pretty special Writers' Block program that was started a few years back by host Karen E. Reynolds.

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Tue
Apr 17 2007
03:54 pm

Since we can't go back in time and un-build the new high school, re-zoning IS going to happen. Knox County is not going to let a shiny new school sit empty while other schools overflow and decay. If we trust those who now say that only seventh grade and younger will be affected by this move, then no student should be forced to transfer school in the middle of their high school career. For anyone keeping track, that means that three of my children will still be affected by this re-zoning. I am personally concerned about the increased travel time and distance through busier intersections. The prospect of siblings attending different schools is very disconcerting to me as well. I know that several of you are facing having your historic communities torn apart. Without slinging mud at any of the specific schools, since there is someone who loves and cares about each school (except KAEC, nobody cares about it), what compromises are we willing to make?

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Tue
Apr 17 2007
03:53 pm

I was glad to have been forwarded this link. He has a blog, journal/newsletter, and webcasting as well as a new show!

(link...)

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Tue
Apr 17 2007
03:28 pm

Below is a blog entry from the Philadelphia Inquirer today. It could not have been more timely, as far as I was concerned, particularly when I was forced to sit and listen to the empty homilies that Bush uttered at the Memorial Service this afternoon at Blacksburg. 'Forced' because I was stuck in traffic when NPR broadcast the insert of his words. I tried to turn down the volume, but the piece was longer than I thought and I caught bits of it, despite my best efforts.

Can anyone explain why he had to GO TO Blacksburg?

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Tue
Apr 17 2007
03:14 pm

Today, being Tax Day, I thought I would get the thoughts here on the Fair Tax. I have read the book and studied it some. I think it would be a very good idea. Especially due to the fact that everyone would get the tax back on the "essentials" through a "prebate" check. I would likely cross party lines to vote for somebody who supported the Fair Tax (assuming they weren't completely opposite me on every other issue). Since this is a more liberal forum, what are the thoughts here on the Fair Tax?

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