Sun
Apr 1 2007
05:07 pm
By: gttim  shortURL

I came over to Knoxviews to see Bubba's,... er, Randy's April Fools post. There was not one. WTF?

So here is one I saw on my Gmail today. It took me a second to register, but I loved it. I thought you might enjoy it.

Gmail Paper Archive

(I don't think I am breaking any copyright laws by posting this screen shot. If I am, please contact me directly- Bill Hobbs, Knoxville.)

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Every time I get gas at the gas station down the street, I've noticed it is virtually impossible to stop the pump exactly on the dollar amount you want. It is sometimes 3 cents or as much as eleven cents over. This could add up to extra profit for the gas stations. It only happens when I pay with a debit card. If you pay in cash, you get exactly what you pay for. Kind of strange. Has anyone else noticed this?

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Sun
Apr 1 2007
11:56 am

If you're planning on driving a Dogwood Trail or two, might want to do it this afternoon. We drove the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail yesterday, and it was absolutely beautiful. The Dogwoods and Redbuds appear to be at their peak and will probably be on the decline or gone by next weekend.

UPDATE: As Stick Thrower notes in comments, the Lakemoor Hills trail is beautiful, too. But better hurry. Some photos after the jump...

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Sun
Apr 1 2007
10:17 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Took delivery of a 2007 Prius yesterday, just in time before the tax credit (assuming we qualify) gets cut in half (again) as of today.

We got a fairly basic model, with option package #2 (upgraded AM/FM CD with six speakers, auxiliary audio jack and MP3/WMA playback capability, Smart Key System, backup camera and Vehicle Stability Control). Sticker price with the option package was $23,970. Here it is:

Read about the deal, etc. after the jump...

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Sun
Apr 1 2007
09:48 am
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Interesting list of who's who in Tennessee business.
And it looks like the the business of Tennessee is politics.

(link...)

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It's melamine. You know the stuff used to make dinnerware in the 60's and 70's. While it's used to make plastics here in the US, it China it's used as a fertilizer.

(link...)

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Sat
Mar 31 2007
08:02 pm

'Plain Talk on Quality Growth' was the name of the conference held yesterday at the Convention Center. Councilman Joe Hultquist was the co-Chair of the day-long event that attracted over 600 people from all over East Tennessee.

The goals of the conference were to:
* Cultivate a regional voice through local dialogue
* Build a regional understanding of quality growth and desired actions
* Explore opportunities for regional collaboration and action

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Sat
Mar 31 2007
03:29 pm

Results from today's Knox County Democratic Party Convention elections are as follows:

Chair: Don Dougherty
1st Vice Chair: Alex Smith
2nd Vice Chair: Will Minter
3rd Vice Chair: Kevin Barry
4th Vice Chair: Lorraine Hart
Secretary: Brenda Palmer
Treasurer: Jeffrey Gleason

Special thanks to frequent Knoxviews poster rocketsquirrel for accepting the position of 2nd District Rep.

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Sat
Mar 31 2007
09:17 am

We took Fletch's advice, sort of, and went for a ride over Rich Mountain road yesterday afternoon. There were quite a few wildflowers along the way. Click "read more" to see some photos. I gave up trying to identify all these (except for the trillium, phlox, and redbuds, and by the way the redbuds are absolutely beautiful up there right now). Any help appreciated...

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Fri
Mar 30 2007
08:30 pm

We're still trying to decide between the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius. Originally, the Mrs. like the Prius and I liked the Civic Hybrid. We test drove the Civic Hybrid a second time, and I liked it even more than the first time and the Mrs was starting to like it, too.

But then I got to looking at the back seat of the Civic Hybrid, and thinking about the hatchback and fold-down seats and all that cargo room in the Prius (plenty of room for Pupster, her crate, and lots of other gear) and decided I could get over the ugliness. Plus my other concern about having to work the touch-screen LCD was mitigated somewhat by the excellent array of controls on the steering wheel.

So I told the Mrs. last night that I changed my mind, and I thought we ought to just go this morning and buy the Prius. She started checking around, and found out we could rent one at Fox Toyota in Clinton. She suggested we rent one for the weekend to make sure we'd really like it.

That sounded like a great idea, so we went and rented one ($114 for the weekend). Then we blew off work and went for a ride to try it out.

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Fri
Mar 30 2007
01:57 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

I was thinking that county and city officials as well as the Sentinel are using people's disgust over county commission as a way to sneak metro in. The non-thinking public might assume that a metro gov. makes everything nice and clean and all the bad stuff go away. If you still have the nepotism in a new government it won't be any different. And what about the term-limits?? It (the gov.)will just have a new name, kind of like giving a bad driver a new car to make everything better. This is a convenient way to stop the talk about nepotism and ethics and next year's elections to get people's minds on something new.

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Fri
Mar 30 2007
01:45 pm

Since no one else claimed the honor of FBB we'll have to settle for this tufted titmouse. I put out my hummingbird feeder today. They usually don't arrive til mid-April but maybe they'll come early along with everything else this year.

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Fri
Mar 30 2007
09:28 am
By: Knoxquerious  shortURL

I was just wondering how some folks felt about charging admission to enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This would alleviate major financial problems that the park faces today and will undoubtedly face in the future. The Grand Canyon now charges $25 per vehicle, even if the GSMNP charged $10 it would bring in millions. Of course it would take an act of congress to change this policy, but who would be against it? Would anyone here be opposed to the park charging just like the others?

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Fri
Mar 30 2007
06:47 am

The KNS had a report yesterday regarding a TVA proposal to share ownership of some of their power plants with distributors.

According to the article, the deal would let TVA finance expansion of their capacity "off the books", using tax exempt financing their distributors such as KUB are eligible for. This would help contain TVA's debt, which is currently around $25 billion. Distributors would get credit for the power produced at the plants they invest in.

One thing not mentioned in the article is the possible liability power distributors such as KUB might assume under the deal.

TVA's coal-fired power plants are becoming a huge liability. Even though they have successfully fought off New Source Review challenges, there always seems to be another lawsuit. Eventually, one of them might prevail and TVA will be held accountable for all the pollution. Or, a more environmentally friendly administration might come in to office and force TVA to accelerate installation of expensive pollution controls. Then there are the growing concerns about other toxic releases such as mercury.

Another looming problem is carbon sequestration. If (or when) Congress decides to tackle global climate change, developing and implementing carbon sequestration systems could cost TVA a fortune. In 2005, TVA coal-fired power plants emitted 105,000,000 tons of CO2. With carbon credits currently selling for $5 to $10 per ton on the retail market, this represents $500 million to $1 billion in offsets per year.

Widows Creek was mentioned in the article as one of TVA's existing coal-fired power plants being considered for the joint ownership deal. In criticizing TVA's progress on pollution controls, Sen. Lamar Alexander singled out Widows Creek in 2005: "These plants also produce nitrogen pollutants and mercury, which are hazardous to our health. TVA has the latest pollution control equipment on only two of the eight units at Widows Creek today. If we're really serious about clean air, TVA needs to put the latest pollution control equipment on all of its coal-fired units and/or build more nuclear power plants."

So we wonder if the power distributor trade group working on the joint ownership proposal with TVA has considered all this. Would Knox County residents want to be on the hook for all that liability by way of KUB? In one sense I guess it doesn't really matter, though. Ratepayers throughout the TVA system are going to have to pay the piper sooner or later.

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
09:31 pm

Won't they look good in the White House?

(link...)

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
04:16 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

I made the comment at the KCDC Public Hearing on March 27 that I was opposed to all Redevelopment and/or Urban Renewal Plans because they give KCDC, acting as an agent of the City and County, blanket authorization to seize properties and make them available to private developers.

In response, Dan Tiller stated that, following a change in the statute in 2006, the State Legislature "permits seizure for public use only."

Mr. Tiller's statement was inaccurate and misleading.

Here, in fact, is what the revised statute says (in part):

This act generally excludes from the definition of public use for which this power may be used either private use or the indirect public benefits resulting from private economic development and private commercial enterprise, including increased tax revenue and increased employment opportunity.

However, the following designated purposes are excepted and allowed even if there are private benefits:

3. The acquisition of property by a housing authority or community development agency for urban renewal or redevelopment under title 13, chapters 20 and 21.

Land acquired by eminent domain may be sold, leased, or otherwise transferred to another public entity or to a private person or entity if fair market value is received for the land.

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
04:14 pm

Scoobie proposes to increase each county commissioner's discretionary fund from $5,000 to $50,000 per year.

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
01:40 pm

Woo Hoo Metro Knoxville. I am really excited about the thought. I suggest as many people get involved as possible when they start having public input meetings. See new story from KNS.

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Thu
Mar 29 2007
10:59 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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