Tue
Mar 27 2007
07:06 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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Tue
Mar 27 2007
06:54 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Some nice person took it upon themself to set the woods on fire yesterday morning. Sometimes these creeps use a fuse and sometimes they just throw some burning paper out of a car and keep going. The fire erupted after one a.m. we figured. My neighbor called just before five and we headed out to cut fire lines. We kept the fire to about 12 acres but the drive up to the house is well blackened and some of the beetle pines that have been lying around are still smoldering.

I took the evening lap around the fire line and noticed how many deer tracks there were in the dozier cut. The State fire guys showed up with their machines before daylight and added to our hand line. I figure they kept the fire to half what it would have been without them. They had been on the Campbell County fire all weekend and told us they had just closed their eyes when the call came in. They were operating on two hours sleep for the weekend but they jumped up and went right back on the fire line.

We're not going to hear any bad words about State Employees. These guys are everyday heros and are totally under-appreciated. The local Roane County Firemen are Volunteers and they were first on the scene. Yeah, there have been some crazies but we're down to the solid core out here, now. Whenever they send out a fund request, I get out the check book.

Peace,

Steve

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
05:42 pm

Financial Institutions (banks, credit unions) are supposed to be experts on their products, savings, deposits, loans, etc.

Not!

Received a notice the other day a CD was maturing and would automatically renew unless we called. The CD was a 4 month 4.44 APY, 4.38 APR. The maturity value was incorrect. Called the FI and asked them about it. They took a while to calculate the interest, couldn't do 4 months but based on a 3 month (90 day) CD, I was correct. The notice showed the wrong maturity value with the interest approximately 85% lower than it should have been. Asked for a corrected notice. They can't really do it. The computer generates these notices. It will probably post the correct interest, says the clerk. All should be okay.

Well, I'm definitely no accountant, but I do know how to manage finances, and have a handy little tool to calculate interest. I explained to the clerk, I'm not trying to be mean, but a FI should know how to handle this and make the correction. Transferred to the manager, who is busy. Left a message. Haven't heard back.

Why is it the ordinary consumer, me, has to be such an expert in finance, autos, healthcare, home repair, etc. these days?

Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody care? I think I'll call the President.

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
02:05 pm

April 15 - 22

There are some great hikes in East TN and here's a chance to go on one of them with some folks who know more than most of us. Actually all of TN events are on the schedule. Time to dust off the old hiking sneakers before it's too danged hot.

Natural Areas Week

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
12:13 pm

In case anyone has missed the news from Iraq, there have been 77 coalition deaths in the Iraq war in March, 2007, 76 US soldiers and 1 UK soldier. There have been over 3,200 US fatalities and over 23,000 US soldiers wounded fighting in Iraq since 2003.

Iraqi problems in just the last couple of days:

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35 people were killed in two truck bombs and around 50 more wounded.
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One Iraqi soldier was killed and two wounded in a roadside blast
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suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle outside a popular restaurant on a main road north of Ramadi, killing at least 17 people and wounding 32
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Four people were killed and 14 wounded in a mortar attack
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Six mortar rounds landed on a residential area in the of town Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad and killed five civilians and wounded 11 on Monday...

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
08:31 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Back in the day, letting an inmate escape from Knoxville's downtown jail might cost you an election.

This inmate rode the elevator to the sixth floor and encountered County Spokesman (and former Sheriff's Deputy) Dwight Van de Vate and Sheriff's Office Administrator Lee Tramell before he escaped from the City County Building.

I would be rolling on the floor in laughter were it not for the fact that WATE announced this morning that the escapee has not been caught and it is now Day Two. (their words.)

Feeling safe, anyone? this guy was bound for Maximum Security before he escaped.

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Giovanni was born in Knoxville and chose to launch her new book here. "On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals" honors the way slaves used gospels to give them hope and strength during the darkest of times. Giovanni's poems appear in almost every literary anthology focusing on modern writers. She's a veteran of the civil rights movement and has a strong sense of history. Her poetry is tough, often urban, and politically radical. Like her message or not, like Rap music or not, she sure has a way with words and she speaks for a lot of people.

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
07:53 am

Born March 27, 1963, in good ol' Knox Patch. One Quentin Tarantino. source: Biography.com. Looks like he got out as fast as he could.

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Tue
Mar 27 2007
07:13 am

The 40 cents per pack increase in the cigarette tax that would fund Gov. Bredesen's Schools First initiative will be in the Tennessee General Assembly Senate Finance Committee this morning (9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT).

According to a recent KNS article, Knox County's school system is short $11 million. An analysis by Senate Democrats shows Knox County would get more than $3.3 million additional funding for education from the cigarette tax. Blount County would get more than $1.5 million, Anderson County would get more than $1.1 million. and Sevier County would get more than $2.4 million.

This would be the equivalent of a 1.54% property tax increase in Knox County, 2.73% in Blount County, 3.18% in Anderson County, and 5.76% in Sevier County.

And here's an interesting article on tobacco lobby influence in the Tennessee legislature.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
07:34 pm

Sure seems early to see these guys.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
06:04 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

The KCDC Public Hearing on the Downtown North/I-275 Corridor Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at some unannounced time. (I assume it's at 5 pm.) The hearing itself is not listed on the KCDC website.

It occurred to me that there may be no neighborhood associations representing the areas within the plan. Old North Knoxville, 4th and Gill, and Oakwood/Lincoln Park are all outside the boundaries of the plan.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
04:30 pm

taking a chance on a YouTube clip --
Geno shoves his assistant coach out of his way when she gets between him and the ref.

(link...)

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
02:00 pm

I need some legal advice. I also need some guidance.

Per Randy Neal's request to me to not link Copyrighted material from YouTube on KnoxViews I requested via email permission from Community Television of Knoxville (CTV) to continue to provide Knox County Commission meetings on YouTube as I have done for several months now.

I received a reply email from David Vogel, the General Manager of CTV. It read, “Please remove all segments of the Knox County Commission Meetings that you have uploaded to YouTube, until proper copyright clearance has been obtained.”

Read more after the jump ...

Continued...

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
11:25 am

No wonder recuriting is down.

UPDATE: Recruiting, too.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
10:43 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

As a follow up to the somewhat depressing discussion of long-term care here recently, C.E. Petro has an interesting and disturbing post about long-term care insurance.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
09:02 am

Here's a pretty cool state by state aggregator called BlogNetNews. Looks like it started in Virginia, and they have recently added Tennessee. It appears a lot of work went into it.

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
08:00 am

Someone e-mailed me recently regarding a project they are working on to ask what are the big issues that people are talking about in Tennessee.

Here's what I told him...

Continued...

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Mon
Mar 26 2007
07:56 am

Knoxville Voice has this article about animal abuse in Knox County.

Among other things, the article points out that chained dogs are really dangerous, Knox County Animal Control will not investigate anonymous animal abuse complaints (although Knoxville Animal Control will), and the Knoxville-Knox County shelter is one of the only shelters in this region that adopts out pit bulls.

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Sun
Mar 25 2007
07:38 pm

Planet Earth series / Discovery tv channel on now!

Breath taking photography!

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Sun
Mar 25 2007
06:16 pm

Been out shopping for a hybrid this weekend. Think we've narrowed it down to the Honda Civic Hybrid or the Toyota Prius.

(Eliminated the Camry Hybrid early on because of higher price and lower MPG, but man, they've got a nice one with leather, moonroof, and all the toys which they claim gets 40 MPG in the city but user reports say otherwise. Plus, it's about $33K. You can't get the Altima hybrid here yet, but it's positioned about the same as the Camry.)

What do y'all think? Civic Hybrid or Prius?

Prius pros: Hatchback, fold-down seats give more cargo capacity and greater convenient. Runs more on electric motor. Higher EPA mileage rating (EPA 60/51, user reported avg. 44). Slightly better acceleration. Slightly roomier in the back seats.

Prius cons: Ugly, ugly, ugly. Goofy touch screen to control most everything in the cockpit. I want to drive my car, not program it. Goofy startup procedure and gear shifting. Did I mention ugly?

Civic Hybrid pros: Looks and functions more like a "normal" car. Handles great, better ride, more fun to drive. Better layout and operation of cockpit functions and controls. Better visibility out the rear window for backing up. Has separate starter battery so you can jump it off if necessary.

Civic Hybrid cons: Smaller trunk capacity and no fold-down seats. Slightly less room in the back seat. (And no cupholders!) ICE motor runs more frequently, slightly less MPG (EPA 49/51, user reported avg. 43). Not quite as peppy. (Although neither car will be winning any drag races any time soon.)

Pricing is about the same for base models at around $23K. One difference, though, is that the Civic Hybrid has no options except navigation system, and the base model is nicely equipped. With the Prius, you can get leather seats, navigation, comfort packages, etc. etc. You can also run the price up over $30K. (Sorry, ain't no way I'm paying that.) One other nice option for the Prius is the backup video camera, but on the other hand you almost need it because of the poor view out the rear window.

I like the Civic Hybrid because of handling, ride, and "normal car" styling and operation. The Mrs. likes the techno-geek factor of the Prius, and we both like the hatchback/fold-down seats.

So, any Prius or Civic Hybrid owners out there? What do y'all think?

(P.S. Can't compare stereos. The Civic has an adequate to nice system that is XM and Aux/I-Pod ready. So does the Prius, but apparently they can't leave some fuse in because the battery will run down and the salesman was too lazy to install it so we didn't get to hear the stereo or work the $5K option package navigation system. Advantage: Honda sales person.)

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