Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:28 pm

Sandra Clark has a front page update on the "one man, one vote" annexation dispute between Knox County and the City of Knoxville. Be sure to check out the photo. Priceless. Don't you just love "see, this is how things work around here, got it?" stories about small town politics and government?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:21 pm

One thing that the "powers that be" in Knoxville agree on is that Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert has become way to popular with the people. Yet today's Editorial in the Knoxville News Sentinel titled, "Serious issues shouldn't be taken lightly" doesn't go after Lumpy Lambert, it goes after other Commissioners who have an unusual sense of humor. This Editorial is diametrically opposed to an Editorial two weeks ago in the Metro Pulse that claims that Commissioner Lambert "has shown himself to be a danger to himself and others".

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:21 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In anticipation of the big Tennessee Supreme Court decision regarding the validity of Knox County's Charter, Mayor Ragsdale and County Commission are at odds over closed meetings to discuss legal implications of the ruling. I'd have to agree with Ragsdale on this. What do you think?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:18 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Here's an interesting KNS article about the Knoxville Zoo adding a pair of breeding chimpanzees.

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The NYT had an interesting series of articles and editorials yesterday regarding the options being discussed for Iraq.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
04:12 pm

I don't pay much attention to TV schedules and such and so I just noticed on http://atrios.blogspot.com/ that among the scheduled guests on CBS' Face The Nation today was Senator-elect Borg Corker. I was just wondering if anyone from the reality based community caught the show and had an assessment of how embarassed we need to be?

CAFKIA

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
09:48 am

A clear November day in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This slide show emphasizes the trees without the budding spring greenery or the beautiful fall colors. Absent the leaves, we can see the underlying structure of the tress, which is a beautiful thing.

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
08:30 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The software used to run this site was upgraded. It mostly works the same, but you will notice a few differences.

First, we have done away with the "TinyMCE" rich text editor. Text boxes for blog posts and comments now have a simple set of "quick tag" buttons to help you format HTML in your text for links, bold, quote, etc.

Second, when assigning the topic category you can now use "Freetagging", which means you can make up your own terms. As you type, it will show you matching terms already in the list. Please use those whenever you can to keep the clutter to a minimum.

Oh, I forgot. Searching is much improved, and there's a new "advanced search" option.

Let me know if you notice anything amiss.

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Sat
Nov 25 2006
12:51 pm

"We have to deal with greenhouse gases," John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., said in a recent speech at the National Press Club. "From Shell's point of view, the debate is over."

 WaPo Article

Al Gore...Right again!

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Sat
Nov 25 2006
11:45 am

Michael Silence had a couple of articles in yesterday's News Sentinel about the TVA land use policy review and the public comments.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Fri
Nov 24 2006
07:44 pm

Here it is the day after Thanksgiving and we have in Karns a remnant of summer, a clematis among the kiwi vines.

clematis 

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Fri
Nov 24 2006
01:51 pm
By: rhonda76fl  shortURL

I am doing a little research. I was born and raised in Florida. Now after living here for thirty years I am more than ready to get AWAY! I'm sick of the heat and the flat land. One of the areas I am considering relocating to is the Knoxville area. My only problem is that I know absolutely nothing about the area. I've done some research online, but there's only so much I can learn from that. I would like to visit, but that isn't going to happen right now.
I figured the best way to get info on the area is to ask people who actually live there.
If you were relocating, would you consider moving to Knoxville?
I don't want to live in the city. What outlying community would you
suggest?

I have a son. Is it a good area to raise him?

What do you love/hate about the area?

How is the shopping/nightlife??

I had a friend that told me Knoxville has a lot of air pollution. Is that true?

ANY info would be very helpful.

Thanks!!!

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Thu
Nov 23 2006
09:29 pm

This year I am thankful for, Reid and Pelosi, whoever outed Haggard and Foley, WDVX, McKay's free box, a neutered cat that may be peeing in the toilet, relatives, food, psychiatry and R. Neal. Peace, Stacey

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Thu
Nov 23 2006
08:38 pm

Geez, what a feast. Friends and family and a good hike and a nap, and a little football...Life is good.

But the conversation turns to other things as the kids take off to other houses in search of leftovers.

What do you think our country needs to do?

Get out...Stay...Send more targets to Iraq. Lot's of varying viewpoints on everything except that iraq is screwed up, it's Bush's fault, and nobody knows what to do now.

Bush had his shot but blew it, when he dismissed the Iraqi Army and turned over the rebuilding of the infrastructure to Halliburton. In all of history, there has never been a successful governing structure that did not have an involved local  middle class. Take away their jobs and leave thousands of weapons around for the taking and Iraq is a fine example of what you get.

But enough of that...We need a plan of our own, for our own Middle Class. We need a good national conversation of things that will become goals in the coming months. I don't agree with all of this but it's a good place to start.

Wow, Do We Have a Lot to Be Thankful for This Year. Now , About 2007....

Now...I'm feeling nappy. Is it a faux pas to snore in front of the TV with company in the house?

Peace...And I promise to eat less tomorrow...after the leftovers are gone.

Steve

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Thu
Nov 23 2006
08:04 am
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Wed
Nov 22 2006
05:14 pm

A rumor has been flying around today that the Tennessee Supreme Court will be releasing its opinion on the Knox County Charter today. I kept looking for it and finally gave up, figuring my source was wrong. I just got a phone call that it's coming out at 4 pm CST. Has anyone heard anything about this?

UPDATE: Seeing as it is 5 pm CST and nothing has been release, I'll take it that this rumor isn't true. My apologies.

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Wed
Nov 22 2006
04:20 pm

Ugh. They are advocating for the establishment of a scholarship that requires a litmus test of 25% 'Caucasianness' to receive the same. Now, being that BU is an outstanding school and prohibitively expensive, I can see how access to financial aid is of crucial importance to the students there. But.

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This morning on The Voice 1180 AM, Lloyd, Kevin and company mentioned a couple of times they had all the transcripts from the city's investigation of the Community Development department.

They were going to review the investigation over the long weekend and then on the program on Monday start discussing what's in the transcripts. Parts of the transcripts may be read on the air.

And from what I've heard, the summaries on the Sentinel's web site are pretty tame compared to what's in the actual transcripts.

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Wed
Nov 22 2006
03:14 pm

UPDATE(2:00pm): I have the police report. Here's what happened:

LaFollette Police were called to the residence of Mike Stanfield shortly before 8:00pm Tuesday night on a theft call. Upon arrival, Mr. Stanfield and his son Shaun told officers that they saw the suspect take a utility trailer from their property and pull it to the street behind his vehicle. Mr. Stanfield told police he and his son confronted the suspect (34-year-old Kenny Shepard of LaFollette) who then fled in his vehicle. Mr. Stanfield is claiming Shepard "struck" his son Shaun with the vehicle as he fled but the report also states a witness claims the younger Stanfield jumped onto the hood of Shepard's car in an attempt to stop him.

The officers arrived at the Stanfield residence after Shepard took off. Stanfield said he knew the suspect and knew where he lived. The officers said they would follow Stanfield. However, the officers got slowed by traffic and stop signs in the residential neighborhood and when they arrived at Shepard's residence, Stanfield--according to the report--and Shepard were already in a struggle and Stanfield had a handgun pointed at Shepard's head saying, "You tried to run over my son! I'll blow your f--ing head off!"

Officers ordered Stanfield to drop his gun, which he did. Both he and Shepard were arrested.

Kenny Shepard is charged with theft of over $500 (the utility trailer was returned to the Stanfield property). Although not official, I have heard that perhaps Shepard is an ex in-law of Stanfield's or somehow known to the Stanfield family.

Mike Stanfield was charged with aggravated assault, was booked and later released on bond.

Stanfield was elected to LaFollette City Council two weeks ago and is due to take office next month

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Wed
Nov 22 2006
01:15 pm

A bit of humor for Thanksgiving. From my youth and You Tube, the WKRP Turkey Drop (link...) .

A Happy Thanksgiving to All.

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