Mar 24 2018
04:36 pm

About 1000 people braved the cold rain today to attend the UT Knoxville March for Our Lives event in support of the movement started by the amazing kids from Parkland, FL.

We also saw candidates Renee Hoyos, Gloria Johnson, and Richard Dawson who came out to show their support, and they could use your support. Click image above for a few more photos.

Mar 24 2018
02:34 pm

Can anyone point out good evaluations on the candidates in the upcoming Knox County election?

Knox County candidate list

Mar 24 2018
06:24 am
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

Rally with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

March For Our Lives - Knoxville

University of Tennessee Humanities Amphitheater
1115 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37916

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM

We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. Join us at the Humanities Amphitheater at 2pm for a rally and a chance to hear from speakers in the movement. We will gather here and then march to Circle Park where we will have opportunities to take action in the movement and learn more about organizations and candidates that support the movement. Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.

But it is here that Jameria Moore, a 49-year-old attorney, launched her campaign for a judgeship on the Jefferson County Probate Court. She is one of about three dozen African-American women who are running for office as Democrats across deep-red Alabama.

It's an unprecedented number, according to party officials. Many, like Moore, are running for the first time. And many, like Moore, say Democrat Doug Jones' unexpected Senate victory in December inspired them to take a chance.

But there's more to this wave of black women candidate

Record number of black women running for office in Alabama

For up to a month, the road project will cause detours, half of which will be directing through the center of Springbrook Park and the Springbrook neighborhood.

Instead of taking all of this traffic through Springbrook Park and the Springbrook neighborhood, they could have directed this traffic a mile further north on Alcoa Highway to Cusick Road, which will take you to Wright Road where you will take a left or right on Hunt Road.

Hmmmm. I have something here. Time to get the Springbrook residents to step up again to protect their neighborhood.

Mar 23 2018
06:22 am

In dismissing McMaster from the job, Trump praised the Army general for his “outstanding job” and said he would “always remain my friend.”

Trump has named "former ambassador John Bolton, a Fox News commentator and conservative firebrand, as his new national security adviser."

That'll teach anyone trying to get between Trump and Putin.
"That building frustration was again on display this week after after it quickly leaked that Trump had been directly instructed by his national security advisers not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory."

This will be the third National Security Adviser in fourteen months.

When something is 2,232 pages long you might find most anything hidden away in it ...

According to Forbes' Maury Brown, a provision listed as the "Save America's Pastime Act" on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page bill proposes amending the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to include the following:

[A]ny employee employed to play baseball who is compensated pursuant to a contract that provides for a weekly salary for services performed during the league’s championship season (but not on spring training or the off season) at a rate that is not less than a weekly salary equal to the minimum wage under section 6(a) for a workweek of 40 hours, irrespective of the number of hours the employee devotes to baseball related activities.

Minor League Baseball Players to Lose Minimum Wage Rights Under Spending Bill

DTV Host Indya Kincannon moderates a discussion with District One Board of Education Candidates on the Community TV channels at 7:30 PM on Friday, March 23rd. Tune into your Community TV channel to meet candidates Evetty Satterfield, Andre Canty, and Dametraus Jaggers in a lively discussion with DTV Host and former BOE member Indya Kincannon.

DTV airs at 7:30 PM on the following cable tv channels
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

or it streams on the internet at (CTV Link)

Mar 22 2018
08:16 pm


After only eight months on the job. Nice work if you can get it. Guess it's a pretty good payoff for firing Butch Jones, his only accomplishment. These salaries and buyouts, though. Sheesh.

Mar 22 2018
11:27 am

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival, the internationally acclaimed brainchild of Knoxville's own Ashley Capps, gets underway today. In addition to a number of free and open to the public events, tickets are available for the extensive lineup of performances throughout the weekend.

A scheduling update from AC:

Sadly, the northeast weather and traffic issues have resulted in the cancellation of one of my most eagerly anticipated shows: Nels Cline’s “Lovers” with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and special guests. Scheduled for tonight, with a two days of rehearsal starting early yesterday afternoon, flight cancellations made it impossible for key artists, including Nels himself and conductor Michael Leonhart, to make it. Try as we might, the logistics were formidable and we are simply unable to reschedule for this weekend. I hope we can reconsider for the future.

Nels Cline, Yuka C. Honda, Jenny Scheinman and others are all expected to make it by Friday in time to perform their other shows at the festival.

We have revamped tonight’s schedule a bit - moving Me’Shell Ndegeocello to the Tennessee at 7:30pm and moving David Hidalgo & Marc Ribot’s set to earlier, 9:00pm, which helps to balance the evening out a bit.

More tips from AC after the break...


Mar 22 2018
09:04 am

Do most mass shootings happen in "gun free zones?" Mark Harmon has done the research to prove otherwise.

Research, incredible students make case for gun restrictions

Former state senator Stacey Campfield recently blurted on a Knoxville radio program that most mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. This falsehood has been promoted by Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump, and has bounced around the right-wing echo chamber for years.

PolitiFact generously rated the statement half true, but the only true part is that you can find a pro-gun group that came to that conclusion by cobbling together a tally based on some dubious definitions. For example, the tally called Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard gun-free zones despite the presence of armed guards (and lots of other weapons).

If you are unable to connect to the link provided to see the whole column, send me a PM.

Mar 21 2018
10:21 pm

We've been watching the rebooted American Idol. (I know. Sue me.) The auditions are producing better and more real talent than in the recent past.


Twice now, singers have performed "A Song For You." Both times they credited the song to Donny Hathaway.


Mar 21 2018
10:17 am

Beloved Guitar Maker Gibson Faces Crushing $560 Million Debt

A couple of observations:

1. Stick to your knitting

2. Stay out of politics.

(Also, Telecaster for the win!)

From the article: “We have a younger generation coming in with tastes toward a different type of music,” said Al Di Meola, a Grammy-winning jazz guitarist.

Translation: Fewer and fewer kids want to "just get an electric guitar and take some time and learn how to play." It's too much work and besides computers can do everything including write your lyrics and auto-tune your voice.

Also, Gibson was lauded during a "Made in America" event hosted by Trump last year. Ironically, on Obama's watch the company was sanctioned by the Dept. of Justice for using illegally imported hardwoods.

See also:

The death of the electric guitar

Gibson Guitar Goes Tea Party

Mar 21 2018
09:50 am

Political Wire: Bredesen with a 46% to 41% lead over Blackburn, 13% undecided.

The TNGOP party of smaller government and fierce independence from overreaching federal mandates is advancing their own mandates to local governments regarding short-term rentals.


This bill prohibits a local governing body from:

(1) Prohibiting the use of property as a short-term rental unit; or

(2) Restricting the use of or otherwise regulate a short-term rental unit based on the short-term rental unit's classification, use, or occupancy.

Mar 20 2018
11:59 am

Daffodils, Forsythia, Cherry trees, phlox, and more are in bloom. Maples and other trees are budding out. It's starting to look quite cheerful.

But, cold tomorrow with possibly a bit of snow. Maybe this will be the last of the winters, e.g. redbud, dogwood, blackberry, etc.

Candidates would instead be selected by the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill is scheduled for the Senate State and Local Government Committee today and the House Local Government Subcommittee for tomorrow.

This "nutty" idea keeps getting resurrected. It is probably unconstitutional.

SB 0344 by Sen. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains)

Democracy making a comeback ...

The Supreme Court has denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block new congressional maps that could tilt several key races in Democrats' favor from being used in the midterm elections.

The court issued one sentence to reject the request. There were no noted dissents.

Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania GOP plea to block new congressional maps


Mar 19 2018
08:49 am

Disturbing reports allege that the Trump campaign used Facebook data on up to 50 million users to manipulate voters. Facebook could be facing trillions of dollars in fines. Their stock is taking a hit this morning.

The only surprise here is that this is a surprise.

Why do people freely give away private information to a company like Facebook and then complain when it is used to manipulate them by influencing their thoughts and behaviour?

Why do they think Facebook is "free?"

Also, what has Facebook done "wrong" here? People weren't aware that Facebook's business is harvesting personal and private information about users and then selling it? Facebook freely admits selling the information, but complains they were somehow duped and that the data was obtained under false pretenses. There was no hack, breach, leak, intrusion, etc. They just sold the information that people freely gave them.

Are we to seriously believe that Facebook only sells information for legal and ethical uses? One might suspect that their primary concern is whether the check clears.

Mar 18 2018
07:19 am

To tackle Michigan's literacy problem, a Republican gubernatorial candidate proposes "dedicated reading centers" in all schools, staffed with "reading coaches."

"Mr. Schuette is, apparently, unfamiliar with the concept of the 'library' and the staff position of 'librarian'."


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