Thu
Feb 8 2007
08:53 pm

Methadone is a popular opiate blocker intended to help and reduce symptoms of addiction and withdrawl from opiates (heroine, oxycotton, roxysett, etc... This drug that once had to be obtained through a long and difficult process, usually taking 6-9 months to get an appointment at the clinic is now being perscribed by doctors.

Continued...

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
07:12 pm

Got this in an e-mail from Lisa Starbuck:

Just wanted to let everyone know that Kimberly-Clarke Co. has paid all the funeral expenses for the 4 children who perished in the fire this week. They have also given Rolston, the dad, a year off with pay. Also, Smith Mortuary stepped up, along with the casket company and the cemetery and reduced the funeral expenses from $35,000 for all to $4,500 for all. At a time when companies are tightening up the budget, it's really great when they step up like this.

Terrible tragedies like this seem to bring out the best in people.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
06:53 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

KnoxViews exposed!

UPDATE: Oh, it just gets better:

You know, I think I know what set Randall off...I put up a comment, on one of his pieces (you know he has the habit of doing 'Heh')...I ended my remark with 'HeH' (h/t Glenn Reynolds, whose frequent use of "heh," "indeed," and "read the whole thing" have been widely imitated...) might have set off Randy's InstaEnvy! It must be harsh, living in the shadow of the Nations' Best Blogger, and have to have a minor league site...sorry, Randy, didn't mean to go there...

I hope I can find a picture of Randy. I want to add him to my photochop collection, much like I've featured Retardo Montalban for Jeff Goldstein's amusement.

Not my best photo, but happy to oblige, on both counts! (P.S. My name is not "Randall". But thanks for playing.)

UPDATE: Somebody ruined the fun and told him he used the wrong photo in his photoshop. Here's a snapshot of what his site looked like before he got a clue.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
05:46 pm

tonight at 6, WATE's Catherine Campbell is supposed to be running a story on another developer's grossly neglected project.

WATE mainly focused on Brownlow, and also mentioned 26 Market Square, and the remaining McClung Warehouses.

UPDATE 2: "Government, has in fact, kept this from happening to a certain extent because they won't be accountable," Melynda Whetsel, president of the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization. story with link to video.

In my opinion, this is absolutely STILL the county government's responsibility. They put out an RFP, and awarded the building to David Dewhirst in 2002 for a mere $200,000. Three years later, after he failed to perform on the contract, Mayor Mike Ragsdale permitted him, in a letter of questionable legal standing, to sell the property to Cardinal Enterprises, (Brian Conley), for $325,000. The county taxpayers and the adjacent neighborhood got hoodooed by this deal. If Conley will not re-develop the property, it needs to be returned to the county taxpayers who once owned it. Every step of this process should be scrutinized closely.

UPDATE 1 from comments:

Brownlow is one where the developer has been obviously negligent...windows have been out since October 2005. Humorously, within two hours of the TV cameras leaving, a workman came by to amateurishly replace some of the styrofoam panels.

Fifth Avenue Motel, where Volunteer Ministry Center is the developer, is another "risky property." VMC used your tax dollars to buy it in May 2006 with City community development block grant money. It is now February 2007, and the building looks worse than ever and is by no means secure.

Mayor Bill Haslam and the Knoxville City Council members who voted to approve this expenditure of federal money are responsible for the condition of this property.

It was County Mayor Mike Ragsdale who cut the deal to let David Dewhirst off the hook on Brownlow and handed it to Brian Conley, without any performance standards for redeveloping this county asset. Mr. Ragsdale, Mr. Dewhirst, and Mr. Conley are fully responsible for the condition of this property.

MY word of the day: PERFORMANCE STANDARDS!

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
05:37 pm

The annual Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show opens tomorrow, February 9th and runs through Sunday the 11th. The event is at the Knoxville Convention Center, 710 Henley St. in Downtown Knoxville. Hours are 10 AM to 8 PM Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Tickets are available at the door, Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, 5 and under Free.

There are some pretty cool garden/landscape/waterscape exhibits, including one with an awesome model train. There are lots of home improvement and interior design exhibits, and seminars by DYI Network personalities and more. There's also a new wine and cheese garden cafe this year. Here's the Knoxville News Sentinel's special section with more info.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
05:07 pm

Anna Nicole Smith has died after collapsing in her hotel room.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
03:19 pm

Bush-Nixon, Patriot act-Safe street act, Iraq divided-Vietnam divided, "young men dying and old men debating", War tax-terror tax, where are the hippies? You think someone might open a history book and learn from it. How about another Castro for "President" of Iraq? You can not militarily force a government into place, even democracy. We took care of Saddam, so now we should let them resolve the issue themselves. You think they would have learned that after all the countries tried to force communism into place, That the end effect was not communism at all. It ended in a variation of athoritarian power and corruption. Rome wasn't built in a day, year, or decade. It is a long and difficult process and the people of the nation should be the ones who create change, other wise right or wrong we just piss them off.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
03:11 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

This Friday checkout Democratic Television's live 10th Anniversary show, 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 12.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
03:09 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

I don't know which commercials I'm more annoyed by, the grunge girls promoting this new hpv vaccine or the blue collar kids begging their parents to let them join the military. Of course we want a vaccine that might cure a cancer but with this never-ending commercial its seems to be as much to make money for the drug company as it is to help girls and it says it may not prevent all forms of hpv, just like the flu shot that is endlessly promoted but each year the flu outwits the shot. These endless drug commercials make me question true motives and the military commercial showing usually poor and /or minority kids is just shameless. Stacey

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
03:02 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

I hope local media will take note of the COPYRIGHT segment of the new rules. Local print journalists especially have been known to take quotes and even pics off blogs and list serves they troll on without asking permission or sometimes without giving credit. They should know better. Stacey

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
01:30 pm

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Heterochromia iridium is a difference in eye color, with causes ranging from genetics to disease to injury.

Heterochromia generally refers to two eyes of different color, but there are variations. Altered areas of coloration within one eye is secular heterochromia. An individual's eyes can become darker (hyperchromia) or lighter (hypochromia).

Some famous people with heterochromia include Alexander the Great and actors Dan Akroyd, Christopher Walken, and Kate Bosworth, who has both heterochromia and secular heterochromia. David Bowie has one eye with an enlarged pupil due to a fistfight as a schoolboy, though it's arguable whether or not that constitutes heterochromia, which usually affects the iris.

Heterochromia is fairly common in dogs. It's particularly common in certain breeds, such as dalmations, border collies, and huskies.

More info:
- Ask Uncle Cecil on heterochromia
- Google image search for "heterochromia"

Previous WOTD - Shoot Me First Vest

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
11:37 am

"We're just trying to keep up. It's almost an unreal amount," said Mayor Randy Bateman of Oswego, where 70 inches of snow had fallen by Thursday morning. "We catch up when it stops, but then it just comes again, even heavier."

What fun?!?! I could handle that for about a day.

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
11:36 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The KnoxViews site rules have been updated to provide clarification for readers, contributors, and would-be participants. Please see the asterisk and the note at the end. Thank you, carry on.

(P.S. I also added a brief HTML tutorial a few days ago. It explains how to make a link, among other things. Trust me, it's not that hard!)

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Thu
Feb 8 2007
01:47 am
By: Rich Hailey  shortURL

Don't forget! Blogger's Bash Saturday at Clahouns on Kingston Pike next to Pellisippi. Starts at 5 and ends when I get arrested for disturbing the peace.

See ya there!

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
09:23 pm

In a previous profession I was a bartender. Before the ever so glorious promotion I held the position of a server*/waiter, etc..I found the experience degrading at first. From the people that would haggle you no matter how good the service was, to the unfortunate mishap of getting the entire order wrong, or just forgetting the mayo. No one is perfect and no one will ever be. Man is cursed with his imperfections. The people believed that I served* them and felt empowered by the fact that they controlled my pay*, which in fact made me work harder and improved my performance. These are exactly the same basic pricibles that are intended in the operation and functioning of our government(without the food and beverage of course). The government was established to serve* and protect the people. So why don't we feel empowered? They serve us and we pay them. Maybe because they have turned it around and have convinced us that we serve them? Corruption runs amuck through local, state, and federal government. Maybe its time we remember who serves who and speak up on important and upcomming issues. The President will never be the most powerful or influential man in America. Its those who speak out and write that hold the key.

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
06:35 pm

A blogger who lost his job because of his alleged anti-religious bigotry is dog-piling on the criticism of another blogger apparently losing her job over alleged anti-religious bigotry.

The comedy writes itself.

UPDATE: The Edwards campaign refuses to allow Pajamas Media to determine who it retains on its staff.

Good on Edwards. He's going to be continually slimed throughout the next two years and he needs to know how to respond effectively. (Witness the manufactured gasp-and-swoon-how-dare-Edwards-own-an-expensive-house! "controversy" drummed throughout Right Blogistan as another example.)

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
05:21 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

I will miss hearing Poor Boy speak.

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
04:35 pm
By: One of Hooties ...  shortURL

Just when you thought the fire would be all the news, the Tyler Harber investigation is coming back to commission:

(link...)

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
02:04 pm

Some of the more common topics I cover are quotes, the word of the day, guns, and Star Wars. Consider this a 4-in-1.

Continued...

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
07:44 pm

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters)

"I think we have to start thinking about a war on terrorism tax," Lieberman said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Bush's defense budget. "I mean, people keep saying we're not asking a sacrifice of anybody but our military in this war and some civilians who are working on it."

Lieberman did not provide details of his tax idea.

I think the victims of Mr. Bush's domestic budget cuts know very well what it means to sacrifice.

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