Tue
Jan 30 2007
10:27 am

I heard this song on the way to work today; just in case County Commission wasn't listening, I wanted to dedicate this to (most of) you:

Read it after the jump...

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
07:50 am

Reddog warned us that the draft was trying to be reinstated. Rangel has now introduced the bill. I have posted a couple of additional quotes and links the most important being a link to contact your representative.

In 2003, Rangel introduced HR 163; legislation that would draft both men and women between the ages of 18-26 starting as early as June 2005. It was defeated 402-2 the following year in the House of Representatives, with Rangel voting against his own bill. [Source]

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
01:22 am

The Tuesday evening candidate forum at Whittle Springs Middle School was a great success, attracting most of those seeking appointment to the open positions in Knox County government. They had a chance to speak before 13 of the 19 county commissioners, and answer questions from an audience of around 200 people.
Volunteers from the League of Women Voters helped me conduct a preference poll of those attending. Those numbers are presented below, but one should stress that these are but one measure that likely will guide county commissioners in their decisions on Wednesday. Other important factors will be the qualifications of the applicants and their answers to the varied questions (storm water, land development, taxes, school support, etc.) raised by the audience.
Most of the attendees were from the Second District, and most (but not all) appeared to follow the instruction to vote only in their own district and the countywide offices, Thus, with all the precautions about a preference poll ballot, these numbers were tallied at the end by two LWV volunteers:

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
12:28 am

Nutz:

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities...

...The directive issued by Mr. Bush says that, in deciding whether to issue regulations, federal agencies must identify “the specific market failure” or problem that justifies government intervention.

Hmmmm. Where have I head this before? Oh yeah.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
09:13 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Great job by Robin Wilhoit and Bill Williams tonight with the 7-8 p.m. show on Term Limits Turmoil. Makes you wonder why real campaigns aren't conducted like this.

Eager to hear from Mark Harmon on his forum at Whittle Springs. -- s.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
09:02 pm

A power failure is forcing 1,000 residents of Andy Holt Tower on the University of Tennessee campus to spend the night elsewhere. The TennesseeJournalist.com (tnjn.com) has the story. TNJN.com is the student-operated news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at UT.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
08:28 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Ari Fleischer testified today (a Monday) that Scooter Libby told him about Valerie Plame at a Monday luncheon days before Libby said he first learned about it from the media. Somebody's got some splainin' to do.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
07:35 pm

Has anyone noticed that Randy's little community is on the verge of sporting seven hundred registered users? Congratulations, I guess.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
04:26 pm

It is our understanding that there may be a "vote" or a straw poll or something of that nature at tonight's public forum at Whittle Springs Middle School, and that the outcome will be relayed to County Commissioners as they deliberate replacements.

It is also our understanding that not all candidates may have heard about this and therefore may not have been campaigning to get supporters to the forum.

It's not clear how this would work, because all candidates and the general public are invited, so there could be voters (and candidates) from any district.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
04:10 pm

Restore Knoxville wants your help in improving our community. You can participate right now by entering your choices in our "Beauties and Blemishes" contest!

This isn't some annual "best of the best" or "worst of the worst." This is an ongoing project to help improve Knoxville one block at a time.

Yes, we know, "ugly ain't (always) illegal." But we think shining a little light on some properties can encourage others to do the same.

Just fill out the form if you think a particular property is a Beauty or a Blemish. From cars parked in the front yard to piled up trash, we think a little public recognition will sometimes go further than a call to Codes.

At your choosing, you can remain anonymous. In every instance, we will contact the property owner and give them a chance to clean it up before publishing any "revealing" photos.

Do your part today and help clean up Knoxville.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
03:08 pm

As Wednesday approaches people wonder about the “famility” of the appoint process. The newest hearsay is that Craig Leuthold's father Frank Leuthold will be nominated to replace John Griess in District 5.

Queue “Sly and the Family Stone”, will Wednesday be a "Family Affair"?

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
01:46 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Reminder: Public forum tonight, Monday, January 29th, starting at 6pm in the WHITTLE SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 2700 White Oak Lane (the corner of Whittle Springs and White Oak). "Public, candidates, commissioners, and all interested parties are invited." More details here.

Also: the KNS, WBIR, and WNOX host a one hour program on WBIR Channel 10 TV At 7 PM tonight, Monday, Jan. 29th, to "explain who's in contention and to offer perspective from journalists, public officials and others."

The Knox County Commission will vote on replacements to fill the vacancies created by the recent term limits decision this Wednesday, Jan. 31st.

UPDATE: County Commission has put up this website with candidate info.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
01:24 pm

The State of North Carolina is going to purchase Chimney Rock Park:

The state will spend $24 million to buy privately owned Chimney Rock Park, a landmark in western North Carolina that has served as the setting for several major motion pictures, a state parks official said Monday.

Gov. Mike Easley is expected to formally announce the pending sale late this morning, said Charlie Peek, spokesman for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.

The article says the family who owns the park turned down $20 million and listed it with Sotheby's for $55 million. A private donation of $2.35 million helped sweeten the deal.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
10:54 am

I've been meaning to add a couple of KNS blogs to the blogroll (under "Local Links" over there on the right) and finally got around to it.

First, is Randall Brown's Ramblin' Man blog, with lots of local entertainment info.

Second, is the All Smokies blog, where our blog pal and outstanding photographer Fletch is a regular contributor.

P.S. It has been brought to my attention that I had KAG's Pop Culturephile blog on the blogroll, but not her other Katie Allison Granju blog. It's there now.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
08:35 am

From the Maryville Daily Times:

According to Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff, it is unlikely that Hiwassee will ever be used again as a stopover point for highly endangered whooping cranes because of a residential development proposed by Maryville-based developer Mike Ross.

"We suspect that we've already used Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for the last time," Duff said Friday.

Through a joint venture with Chickamauga Shores Holdings LLC, Ross purchased 600 acres of private land adjacent to the refuge for $12.5 million. Ross said his company, Rarity Communities Inc., plans to build a golf course community with about 1,000 new homes on the land.

Duff says the cranes need isolation from humans and the development will be too close to the refuge to provide it.

It won't deter the Sandhill Cranes, though. You see them in peoples' yards and pastures all over the place down there. And a golf course manager in Florida told me they love to hang out on golf courses and wreak havoc on them. And he was only dealing with a dozen or so. It will be interesting to see how 15,000 Hiwassee Sandhills adapt to the new development.

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At election time the Knox County Republican Party screams and cries about the greatness of it's political leaders. Yet, when their elected officials act like a bunch of tin pot communists they remain silent.

Has anyone ever before seen a more hideous looking device than Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam's traffic camera in the picture? Looks like a picture right out of communist eastern Europe.

The wicked hideous traffic cameras at key intersections in the city are indicators of a communist mindset in the city government. Stunning. Unbelievable.

This country's forefathers have fought and died to give us our freedoms and liberties. Are we going to stand idly by and let a bunch of greedy self serving politicians take them away?

Sun
Jan 28 2007
08:11 pm

From the Mike Ragsdale transcript:

416 MR: Your going to think this is a smart alec answer but I'm not trying to be...trying to be that way that would be like me asking you does the Sheriff [run his] construction business out of his...out of his office... uh, ljust don't have any answer to that, it's none of my business

So it's OK to run political operations out of an elected office as long as some other elected official is running a business out of their elected office? What if elected officials just ran government out of their elected offices? What a concept.

And, does anyone know what the "squirrel squad" or the "termite thing with the school board" mentioned in the transcript is all about?

UPDATE: The "termite thing" is explained in comments. Someone else told us the "Squirrel Squad" is a, uhm, "special unit" in the Sheriff's Dept. that conducts, uh, "special investigations."

More after the jump.

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Sun
Jan 28 2007
07:37 pm

OK, it's not a murder case or anything, but the Adam Groves interviews are like a Law and Order episode, especially the part where Briscoe and Green get the alleged perp in the interview room and start sweating him.

I can feel sorry for Adam. He seems like a good guy, and he seems to be trying, for good or ill, to protect his friend Tyler Harber while at the same time distancing himself from the whole affair (assuming he told them everything he knows). And the detectives just keep hammering him.

Excerpts after the jump illustrate what I'm talking about, but you really ought to read the whole thing for the full Law and Order effect...

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Sun
Jan 28 2007
03:41 pm

Portion of a transcript from the Harber Report (warning: porn involved)...

1 CONVERSATION WITH: Mike Armes
2 CONVERSATION INCLUDES: Captain Darrell Johnson, Sgt.
3 Tom Cox, Carleton Bryant, Eddie
4 Wassman
5 CONVERSATION DATE: April 14, 2005
6 CONVERSATION TIME: 3:45 p.m.
7 CONVERSATION PLACE: Mike Armes Office
8

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