Jan 20 2006
05:39 pm

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Andy Axel's picture

Nice digs! If we're going to

Nice digs!

If we're going to get the ball rolling, might as well get it rolling forward.

Nashville reporting in...

R. Neal's picture

Forward ho! (and Thanks.)

Forward ho! (and Thanks.)

Bill Lyons's picture

Welcome back Randy. Word

Welcome back Randy. Word spreads fast. It is great to have you back in the local conversation. It does not look like this would be an appropriate venue for me to be taking an active role but I will be checking in to see what folks are thinking. I look forward to reading alternative viewpoints. Thanks, and best of luck.

R. Neal's picture

Hey, Bill:Thanks for

Hey, Bill:

Thanks for checking in.

I'm curious why you don't think this would be an appropriate venue in which to take an active role? That's exactly what this thing is supposed to be about.

If you have that initial impression, then I'm concerned that I have failed at my attempt to open up a new venue for civil civic dialogue. And there are so many cool things going on in the area (e.g. the Worlds Fair site and the South Knox Riverfront) that I was hoping to get some constructive dialog going from all quarters.

And I promise I'm not #9. Heh.

Anyway, I invite you, or anyone else at the City of Knoxville (or Maryville, or Alcoa, or Townsend, or Oak Ridge, or Clinton, or Halls, or Powell, or Lenior City, or Farragut, et. al.), or any Councilmembers, and even Mayor Bill to participate and start your own blogs to post your own unfiltered points of view.

Seriously. This is supposed to be about open dialogue. I've tried to make it as open as possible within reason.

Bill Lyons's picture

Sorry, I guess I read the

Sorry, I guess I read the description more literally than I should have and did not want to inhibit critical discussion. (Now that I think about people haven't exactly held back in the past!) And you as #9... just not a good fit at all! Anyway thanks for the nice invitation and I will be back. I hope to see some nice bird blogging too if that is in the equation.

R. Neal's picture

Thanks, Bill. I look forward

Thanks, Bill. I look forward to your contributions and participation.

(Was it the "alternative" part, or the "by the community" part? If the latter, well, I can't think of anyone more involved in or a part of the community than local government and its represntatives!)

Rachel's picture

Hey, welcome back. I guess

Hey, welcome back. I guess I'll stick with "gemini" since that's how the old skb'ers knew me.

Bill Lyons, does this seem sort of like an automated version of Knox Voices to you? I think it has the potential for that.

Bill Lyons's picture

Good point Gemini. The thing

Good point Gemini. The thing about Knox Voices that gave some of us hope was that we talked face to face and got to know each other as people rather like we did at the Weds gatherings at Macleods. Of course the physical demands of organizing the meetings and the difficulty of getting folks to attend had a lot to do with its demise. Can that spirt be automated? Hope springs eternal, sort of.

And R. the only thing about the intro was that I did not see a category that seemed to include policymakers or govt. folks. But that is probably just me and a couple of glases of wine on a Friday night.

R. Neal's picture

Good point, and duly noted.

Good point, and duly noted. The original draft had something about public officials and candidates, but I was worried about the FEC "crackdowns" on blogs and all that, so it is certainly not just you or the wine (which I am also enjoying at the moment).

Maybe the "site rules" are good enough cover from the FEC. I'd like to make sure public officials and even candidates have a voice. Any suggestions as to language or disclaimers are appreciated. It's a fine line between "advocacy" and "journalism" (whatever the hell that is) these days.

edens's picture

Hey Bubba (not to get all

Hey Bubba (not to get all Gumpy on you...) welcome back. Good luck on the new endeavor here.

It's interesting, after moving to another town, to see how much web blog/forum activity there is/was in Knoxville centered around local issues. Snooping around up here I haven't really found too much to compare to either K2k in its heyday or your old blog - particularly with regards to the, uh, spirited interaction of either (and I mean that in a good way, mostly).

Anyway, I'm curious to see how this experiment in interactive citizen journalism works out.

Now go watch some TV dammit, so I can earn a dime or two.

LCleavelin's picture

Greetings from Memphis: Home

Greetings from Memphis: Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll™! Best of luck on this new endeavor. I've taken the liberty of making an announcement and blogrolling you; I'll be keeping an eye on what's going on.

newscoma's picture

Howdy. New blogger who is

Howdy. New blogger who is just damned glad to be here. Used to go to SKB several times a day. One of the reasons I started one myself.
A big hello from West Tennessee.

Raincrow's picture

Yep, a place like this could

Yep, a place like this could make a feller think about settlin' down.

Frank's picture

Great stuff and great idea

Great stuff and great idea Randy. As always respect your work and effort, and this is a very cool project. We will try to support it and encourage it as best we can.

We through up a post, so hopefully a few will swing by.


Keep it up and keep it going and remember to be strong and couragous.

F-Stop's picture

I'm glad to see you back

I'm glad to see you back Bubba! I'll try and add some pictures from time to time.

Hello. This is the signature field.

veery's picture

Great to have you back at

Great to have you back at the helm, Bubba. I hope this site takes off as a focal point for quality information and discussions. Seems to be off to a great start.

How's the pupster?

Georgia's picture

Extremely wonderful!

Extremely wonderful!

Eleanor A's picture

Woohoo!!! I am damn glad to

Woohoo!!! I am damn glad to see ya, Bub. We'd been checking out FacingSouth, but somehow it just wasn't the same.

Somebody (it can be me) needs to be pimping this place over at DailyKos. We've got a few Volunteer Staters over there these days.

inn sane's picture

Beautiful panorama!!

Beautiful panorama!! .
Now let's triangulate that snowpan...
credit check the intestinal flora of these Rodeo animals for any Cardinal sins!!

R. Neal's picture

Please don't start. We're

Please don't start. We're trying to be serious here. Although that's sort of funny.

inn sane's picture

I can see where you're

I can see where you're coming from...

bob stepno's picture

Hey... Welcome back... I

Hey... Welcome back... I thought I'd posted something here this morning, but a it looks like I didn't hit "save" before the battery conked.

I've been wanting to poke around Drupal, and here you are. (One of the other regulars at a blogger roundtable I used to attend launched (link...) with Drupal last year and seems to be having a great time.)

Meanwhile, thanks for keeping the hat on so we can recognize you...


PS Will the button that says "moderate comments" keep folks from being /too/ progressive?
"Moderation in all things, in virtue as well as vice." I think Robert Service said that, a while after he'd cremated Sam McGee (from Tennessee)

R. Neal's picture

Bob, good question. Guess it

Bob, good question. Guess it works both ways. But if people are ethical there shouldn't be a problem. A troll is a troll, whether you agree with their politics or not.

All the moderation feature does is give comments a score. Then in the bottom of the comments page for a post, there's an option to 'view all' comments or 'filter comments'. All 'filter' does is not display comments that have an overall average negative score. Thus an 'abusive' score and a 'gold star' score cancel each other out, leaving the net at zero.

To score a comment, use the drop down at the bottom of each comment (or multiple comments) to give it a score. Then at the bottom of the page, click the 'moderate' button to apply the score(s).

Bbeanster's picture

Yahoo!!!!!!!! Bubba's

Bubba's back.
I've waited for months for somebody to say
OK then.

Opinari's picture

Welcome back, SKB. I like

Welcome back, SKB. I like the community blog thing here. It should get interesting when various factions begin to openly disagree about something. Heh.

Midori Barstow's picture

Thank you and Welcome Back,

Thank you and Welcome Back, R. Neal "Here where we need ya"!

"Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back."

___Welcome Back song by John Sebastian

JustJohnny's picture

What could make a Sunday

What could make a Sunday morning any better than this?! Great Site!

mr lawson's picture

congrats on the new site.

congrats on the new site. Glad you are back:-)

poopie's picture

Welcome back Bubba!! You've

Welcome back Bubba!! You've been sorely missed around these parts.

Thomas Nephew's picture

Welcome back to Tennessee

Welcome back to Tennessee blogging, R. Neal! I'll blogroll this.

lml's picture

Thank God you're back! Now

Thank God you're back! Now there's a place to get all the news I need to know. lml

RedDog's picture

welcome back RN - I hope to

welcome back RN - I hope to be a worthy thorn in your side :-)

mar's picture

As usual, I'm late getting

As usual, I'm late getting to the party.
Welcome back SKB. I'm not real big on posting, but I always looked to you to kind of diseminate the news. Thanks. I'm glad you're back.

Number9's picture

Question, what is your

Question, what is your feeling about cross posting to KnoxBlab? Is that cool or not cool?

I have been accused of a copy right violation over on KnoxBlab for cross posting from here. Some people take it seriously.

R. Neal's picture

I think if it's something

I think if it's something you wrote you can post it wherever you want. I'm guessing that as many places as you post things, you actually first create them on your PC or something, then cut and paste them to the various venues. So what's the difference where you post it or how many times?

It seems sort of redundant, though. Seems like one post and links everywhere else would be sufficient.

If it's someone else's material, that's entirely different and not cool. I would think excerpting small portions for editorial comment or discussion would be covered under fair use, but I'm not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.

ernie's picture

Well, I'll be a lesbian

Well, I'll be a lesbian cheerleader!  Welcome back, Bubba.  Sorry about the avatar.  I seem to have misplaced mine...

(Anonymous)'s picture

You can just forget that R

You can just forget that R Neal stuff.  You are SKB and will most likely always be.  Deal with it.  Other than that, good to see you posting again.  I'm sure that others will drop by as word gets out.  Apparently, I'm a little out of the loop right now.


we'll talk


Anonymous's picture

What they said

Welcome back, buddy.  I said there was a good chance you'd be back, in some form.  It's in your blood and you're too good at this.  Been lurking here a few days and hope to join the regular fray soon.  Also been lurking at Facing South for a few weeks.  Hope to keep visiting there too.

P.S. I like this format.  It's rather innovative and looks like it can be useful to more people.

Cheers to the future, at KnoxViews and beyond; things are starting to look up! --

The snarky commenter formerly known as Factchecker



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