Fri
Jan 12 2007
11:18 am

The Sandhill Cranes are arriving at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge (map in PDF format) on their way to Florida from their summer breeding grounds in Wisconsin and points further north in Canada. We ditched work Wednesday afternoon and went down to see them.

TWRA will host the 15th Annual Cherokee Indian Heritage and Sandhill Crane Viewing Days at the Hiwassee Refuge on Feb. 3 and 4, 2007. Bill Lishman of Operation Migration will be the keynote speaker.

You can go any time between now and then (we had the refuge viewing platform to ourselves on Wednesday afternoon) and see plenty of cranes. There will likely be more cranes and they will be closer to the viewing area during the festival when they cut the corn fields to draw them in. For best viewing from the platform, take a good pair of binoculars (and a long telephoto lens if you want pictures).

You may also be able to get a closer look along Blythe Ferry Road. We happened along a large gathering in a cut corn field and were able to get a close-up view.

We didn't see any Whooping Cranes, but there are reports that three have been spotted among the Sandhills.

Directions: I-75 South to Exit 27, right/West on Sgt. Paul Huff Memorial Highway to Highway 60, right/North on Highway 60 to Highway 58, right/North on Highway 58 to Blythe Ferry Rd., left/West on Blythe Ferry Rd. to Priddy Rd., right/North on Priddy Rd. to the viewing area. The route is well marked with signs along the way. (If you're coming from the South, take exit 25 and go North on Highway 58.)

Photos after the jump...

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Fri
Jan 12 2007
09:39 am

The upcoming meeting dates for the Knoxville Asperger Support Group are:

  • January 22, 2007 (Please note this is the 4th Monday, not the 3rd, as the library is closed on January 15th)
  • February 19, 2007
  • March 19, 2007
  • April 16, 2007
  • May 21, 2007

The support group has a Yahoo Group which can be found on http://groups.yahoo.com/ by searching for Knoxville_Aspie_Support. It meets the third Monday of every month unless there is a conflict or holiday (such as this month) at the West Branch of the Knoxville Public Library (map) at 100 Golfclub Rd from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
09:55 pm
By: rikki  shortURL

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article on earmarks on Dec. 26. It's interesting partially for what it says about earmarks and partially for what it says about the WSJ.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
09:39 pm
By: Sven  shortURL

"It's bad policy to speculate on what you'll do if a plan fails when you're trying to make a plan work."

They've got to change the bong water in the NSC war room.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:40 pm

Local singer/songwriter Jodie Manross is moving to New York. To finance the move and pay for Laith's cancer treatment she's having a yard sale and auctioning off one of her guitars. This message is from her mailing list.

Thanks to everyone who came to the World Grotto Farewell Show last Friday in Knoxville! We all had such a great time performing! It was an amazing turnout, and you all are just so wonderful to me. I am in the process of packing to move and have decided to have a yard sale and wanted to spread the word!

BIG YARD SALE TO RAISE MONEY FOR MOVE AND FOR LAITH!

I am moving to New York City next week. Andre Hayter, who played bass in the Jodie Manross Band, is moving with his wife to Sydney, Australia! So we are having a big yard sale this Saturday, Jan. 13. They have to get rid of most of everything they own. I am getting rid of much stuff too, so come by if you can! Here's our ad---

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:35 pm

Just got off the phone with the Mrs. She has been downtown at a marathon MPC meeting and she has some interesting news to report. Stay tuned...

(In other MPC related news, Mamaw reported earlier that the decision on the South Waterfront form-based zoning has been postponed for 30 days.)

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
07:14 pm

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that the Tennessee Supreme Court decision on the validity of Knox County's charter will be issued tomorrow at 3:00 PM. Should be an interesting afternoon...

My prediction: The charter will be upheld (possibly with an order for a referendum to incorporate the changes and clarifications from the recent charter review committee ed. note: duh, see comments) and hilarity will ensue.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
07:08 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Rumor has it that the board of Knoxville's Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement has fired the entire PNI staff. If so, who will take over administering HUD Empowerment Zone loans? More background here.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
05:22 pm
By: Dixie Belle  shortURL

I hate to interrupt the political nature of this blog, but I have some friends who are desperate for help.

They live on one of the few remaining farms inside the city limits of Knoxville and out of compassion began offering food for an obviously pregnant feral dog. "Ghost Dog" is what she has come to be called. She is a yellow-lab mix who is almost white with blue eyes, very striking to look at. She is a good guard dog in that she barks at strangers, yet if you a known friend (feeder)approaches she wags her tail when spoken to, but won't come too close to any human.

She has had 3 litters of puppies over the past two years. My friends have tried on several occasions to tranquilize her in order to spay her and find a farmer to take her in, but her intrinsic survival instict keeps her moving away from any attempt to catch her or she hides and sleeps it off.

My friends don't want her put to sleep but due to the complaints of neighbors they called Animal Control to pick her up. Despite several episodes of Animal Control being unable to catch her they are now threatening my friends with some kind of legal action.

Does anybody out there know someone that could 1. Help catch Ghost Dog and 2. Provide a home for Ghost Dog (preferably on a farm)

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
03:07 pm

"We certainly expected that since they had gone ahead and announced a product without receiving permission to use the brand, that meant that the negotiation was concluded."

Heh.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
02:45 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

Why isn't this being done already?

Gov. Phil Bredesen said the state may use lottery reserves to help spur school building projects around Tennessee.

Finding the money to build schools is as much of a problem for fast-growing counties near urban areas as it is in poor, rural areas, Bredesen said in an interview with The Associated Press this week.

The state lottery has "built up probably $200 million in what I'd consider excess reserves, and maybe there's some way to use some of that to help with (school construction)," Bredesen said.

Yes, scholarships are nice, but isn't using the surplus for capital projects more beneficial to more students than lowering academic standards?

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
02:29 pm

Rep. Jimmy Duncan, along with seven other Republican members of Congress, sent Bush a letter opposing escalation of the war in Iraq. I guess that makes him a "surrenderist" or "retreatist" or whatever the Fox News Approved term of the day is.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
11:32 am

Breaking news today from the Metro Pulse. There is now a new Knox County Commissioner. His name is Mike Hamilton. Congratulations to the newly elected Commissioner. He is the new chair of the cable television committee.

All kidding aside, how difficult is it to get the simple things right? Is Theresa Smith from WATE working for the Metro Pulse now?

The name is Mike Hammond.

But Is It on Cable?
Knox County Commissioner Mike Hamilton, the new chair of the cable television committee, has called a meeting with interested parties for Wednesday (Jan. 17) at 8:30 a.m. at the City County Building.

Cable companies in Knox County have been operating on a month-to-month basis without long term contracts. Hamilton drew the assignment to chair the committee after the November election. Cable operators have argued a major bill may pass this legislative session affecting the regulation and operation of cable systems and have stalled contract talks.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
11:24 am

In a conference call with investors, Scripps' CFO dropped a bomb when he hinted that Scripps is aware of "newspaper valuation" issues and that all options are on the table. Needless to say, the KNS would be in the cross-hairs.

Michael Silence has a full roundup with background and a message from the Scripps' VP of Newspapers to all employees assuring them there are "no plans" at this time, although he does mention "soul searching" in relation to determining their future. As a veteran of the corporate trenches, I can tell you that the mention of "soul searching" in a memo from the suits in the corner offices is never a good sign.

Jack McElroy says that the Scripps companies are still controlled by a family trust that requires them to be in the newspaper business. Hopefully the trust can stand up to an onslaught of greedy investors with torches and pitchforks and slick lawyers. I'll take a family run newspaper, biases and secret personal agendas and all, over corporate run PR/propaganda outlets any day.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
10:50 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Head of the DLC

I'm no fan of the DLC, but if I were Emperor of the Universe, I would vaporize the current Republican party and split the Dems into the DLC Republican party and the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

The DLC is simply moderate Republicans without the stomach for outright destruction of government for the People on the way to government by the corporations.

But...Harold nees a job and this one suits him rather well, actually. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...well...

Steve

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
09:29 am

Lost among all the yammering about idiot man-child's latest recipe for disaster was the news that the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 within two years. It passed 315 to 116, with 82 Republicans voting for it.

To their credit, the House passed a "no strings attached" bill. Senate Majority Leader Reid says it will have to be amended to include tax breaks for small business to get past the Senate and for Bush to sign it. He suggested Republicans would filibuster otherwise. Interesting.

Anyway, America may finally be on the road to recovery.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:33 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Bush's plan will bring "...a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people."

Is he talking about Iraq or America*? This guy makes Nixon look like a saint.

(*Would this plan work in New Orleans?)

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Jan 10 2007
11:08 pm

We're in a hole. Let's keep on digging.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
10:32 pm

Everything that guy just said was bullshit.

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