Apr 18 2019
08:33 pm

Will try again next week...

Apr 18 2019
07:06 pm

...should adjust its future dates to allow for climate change.

Apr 18 2019
12:35 pm

Requirements of the position include: Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is essential, bachelor’s degree, prior experience in a nonprofit organization.

This is a full-time position and is open until filled. The position description is available at

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the position, email a letter detailing how your skills and abilities meet the requirements of the position, your resume, and four professional references to No phone calls please. Arrowmont is an equal opportunity

Apr 18 2019
11:51 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

From NPR,

Access to the full Mueller Report, redacted.

138 MG, 448 pages.

UPDATE: Regarding the investigation into obstruction of justice...


Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgement. At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Apr 18 2019
07:02 am

A followup to the March 4, 2019, report of "FBI, TBI target South Knox "pain clinic".

U.S. attorneys from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama along with FBI, DEA and other officials announced charges Wednesday against 60 people, 53 of whom are medical professionals, in a massive law enforcement action involving opioids across 11 federal districts in five states, including Tennessee.

Eight of the people charged are from East Tennessee. At least two doctors from East TN Valley Pain Specialists on John Sevier Highway were charged with conspiracy to distribute Schedule II controlled drugs and/or distribution of Schedule II drugs. Four of them were affiliated with LaFollette Wellness Center. According to the LaFollette Press, "LaFollette Wellness Center notified the Tennessee Department of Health it would be closing its doors on Jan. 2."

Mr. Trash Wheel — and his cousins Professor Trash Wheel and Captain Trash Wheel — have scooped up a million Styrofoam containers since the first one was installed on a tributary leading to the Baltimore Harbor in 2014.

Meet Mr. Trash Wheel: Baltimore Harbor's Googly Eyed Garbage Gobbler

Apr 16 2019
01:58 pm
By: cameronjbrooks  shortURL

Wanted to share information about this cool event coming up!


Come get your picture taken professionally with your furry friend, and get a free 5x7 and digital file!

For more information:

Apr 16 2019
09:49 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Maria Fernanda Campa
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

SaudiAmerica.jpgKnox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Maria Fernanda Campa for a consideration of Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It's Changing the World by Bethany McLean, Wednesday, April 24, noon–1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium at 601 South Gay Street.

According to the author, most opposition to hydraulic fracking has focused on its potential environmental impacts. In Saudi America. McLean presents instead a surprising exposé of the shaky financial foundation of the fracking industry. "The biggest reason to doubt the most breathless predictions about America's future as an oil and gas colossus has more to do with Wall Street than with geopolitics or geology," McLean wrote.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday.

Several groups of protesters swarmed the Capitol. Some were removed from chambers by armed state troopers.

Seems like the sort of thing that should be close or on the south waterfront. Instead of apartments.

The Clayton Foundation is exploring other locations for its proposed $150 million dollar science museum.

Knoxville Science Museum considering alternate location

Apr 15 2019
10:16 am

Is it creepy how when you order from some web sites or you ask a question on a web site and then they persist in bothering you about the product or question? It's almost creepy. It's like the company bot will not give up. You must keep in touch with them. It is imperative.

Why is it some companies have such horrible voice phone systems and others know how to do it right? Some companies want you to speak to the system with you request others allow you to speak or press a number. A couple of recent encounters were kind of tough. One required a voice response and my response was to be "something else". The voice system could not understand what I was saying. Three times! I finally had to give up and use one of the other options. Yes, I did try pressing 0 (zero) to no avail. With so many accents, dialects, etc. I would think its a little tough for a lot of people. Yes, I did go to their web site to try to get the task accomplished, but it was not possible.

Then there are all these web sites that look great but do not want us to know where they are and who they really are, Every company on the Internets should have an easy way to find out their address. With an address we can more easy look up professional licensing information, corporate registrations, BBB reports, etc.

Secure identifications are getting a little out of hand. I know, it is hard to keep track of passwords, especially when you have 22 different secure web sites to use. Then they want you to change your login password frequently. However, I'm not condfident I'm willing to provide a fingerprint, face recognition, retina recognition, etc. to stay secure. I don't even want to provide a phone number. Have the companies proven their sites are secure? No.

Then, there are the companies moving to texts instead of emails to contact us. Sure, a lot of people now use phones and tablets to communicate. However, it should not be that hard to include an email option. Our phones are beeping at us too much as it is. IMO, emails are easier to manage, e.g. file, print, transfer, sort, etc.

Apr 13 2019
04:42 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

If you want to start a real fight on Twitter, just mention BBQ. Hilarity ensues!:


A bill currently making its way through the Tennessee legislature would impose new restrictions on groups that hold voter registration drives and subject them to potential jail time and massive fines.

Tennessee wants to make it harder to hold voter registration drives

HB 1079 and SB 971

Apr 11 2019
10:55 am

After reading the columns about our Democratic PARTY, I do not agree with Victor Ashe or Georgianna Vines. We most certainly have a wonderful Candidate for United State Senate and he is more than qualified...and DETERMINED to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.


Today’s Democratic Party is increasingly perceived as dominated by its “woke” left wing. But the views of Democrats on social media often bear little resemblance to those of the wider Democratic electorate.

The outspoken group of Democratic-leaning voters on social media is outnumbered, roughly 2 to 1, by the more moderate, more diverse and less educated group of Democrats who typically don’t post political content online, according to data from the Hidden Tribes Project.

Also, the same would go for what is being reported on CNN and MSNBC. The media is doing a bit of a disservice in reporting on the current Democratic presidential hopefuls. It should get interesting as the presidential contest heats up.

Apr 11 2019
07:09 am

The Dogwood trails and gardens are open, the pink lines are painted. In many areas the Dogwood trees are in full bloom as have been the Redbud trees. The Azaleas are emerging, some in full bloom. It has been a beautiful Spring.

Check out events at the Dogwood Arts site.

The Rossini Festival is Saturday.

The Dogwood Arts Festival art show is April 26-28 in downtown Market Square. The event features a fine art market, live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids and adults.

Apr 10 2019
10:28 am

Randy Boyd continues talks with the City of Knoxville to bring the Tennessee Smokies Double-A baseball team to the Old City.

I'm guessing one advantage will be to have a new venue in Knoxville. The current stadium in Sevierville doesn't appear to get much use from about October to February, 5 months or so, according to the Tennessee Smokies website schedule. Although, it probably gets used for non-baseball related events.

The current stadium property, Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium Sevierville, TN, 3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764, is owned by the City of Sevierville. It looks like there are 26+ acres of land associated with it.

Record attendance of 7,958 was recorded in 2017.

In researching what looks like land owned by Boyd/Boyd related enterprises, it appears they own about 11 acres in the Old City. According to the KNS article, it does appear they are trying to buy out other business owners in the area.

Should be interesting. Better than a rodeo. However, the City of Sevierville may be in for problems if the current land is left empty.

Apr 9 2019
01:40 pm

So we got a new bill from the Knoxville Gannett McPaper for our online plus Sunday delivery subscription. It was $96 for six months. Previously it was $58.

Not only that, the $96 includes a $9 adjustment for a "change of rate." The Mrs. called to find out what that was for. She explained that we had paid for a six month subscription in October for service through April 30th. She was told that there was a rate increase on Feb. 23 and that the $9 reflected an adjustment for the new rate.

So let me get this straight. We had an agreement for six months of service through 4/30 and paid it in advance. Now they are billing us for a prorated rate increase for the service we already agreed to and paid for. Is that even legal?

When the Mrs. told them it probably wasn't legal because we had a contract, they agreed to remove the $9 charge.

That still leaves us with a new bill for $87.01 for six months of online plus Sunday delivery, paid in advance. That includes the $72.01 "service" rate plus an extra $15.00 charge for special editions, which we did not request and do not want or need.

(Good luck finding these actual rates and fees on their website. All they show is the "teaser" rate. Even if you subscribe, it just says they will bill you the "then regular rate" after the promotional period is over. They never say what that is.)

Sorry, this newspaper is no longer worth the price. I read maybe two or three articles a week. The Sunday editorial section is so disgusting I can't even look at it.

So that's it. We've had a subscription for over 40 years, even when we lived in Florida, and ever since we moved back nearly 20 years ago. No more. That's it. The quality of the "journalism" is bad enough, but the price increase and the shady billing is too much.


Under new rules introduced April 8, polluting vehicles will be discouraged from entering the ULEZ thanks to a daily charge of £12.50 (around $16) for some cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 ($130) for trucks, buses and coaches. The zone will cover the same area as the existing Congestion Charge -- collected from drivers in the city center -- until 2021, when it will be expanded to cover the area between the major orbital roads known as the North and South Circular.

London gets world's first 24-hour air pollution charge zone

Tennessee used car buyers apparently need to be particularly vigilant.

The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Act allowed used car dealers to sell vehicles under safety recall as long as the buyer signs a disclosure form. But advocates like Andy Spears argued a majority of buyers will overlook that sheet of paper, which will likely be lumped in with the dozens of other forms a person is asked to sign while buying a car.

Disclosure Law Makes It Easier For Car Dealers To Be Deceitful

Used car dealers didn’t want to fix deadly defects, so they wrote a law to avoid it

Law Could Turn Tennessee Into Dumping Ground For Dangerous Cars

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