Thu
May 25 2017
09:20 am

Suttree Landing Park Wins Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

"As you walk through Suttree Landing, … it is hard to imagine that from the 1940s until 2004, this was an industrial site home to a bulk oil storage facility, a textile dying operation and an engine parts manufacturer."

Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Smart Trips and Keep Knoxville Beautiful were also recognized.

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Thu
May 25 2017
08:46 am

Time for Donald Trump to close, sell or restructure Kentucky

To Make America Great Again,we can’t afford any namby-pamby political correctness — we need to tell it like it is. Low productivity states (subsidized by our more productive states) need to carry their own weight or go, and Kentucky looks like a good place to start America’s transformation. Given the GOP’s commitment to running America like a business, Kentucky shouldn’t get a dime more from the federal government than it pays to the federal government in taxes. If Kentucky can’t live on a budget, it should be shut down. That’s the way we’d do it in the private sector.

Sadly, Tennessee would also be a candidate.

This is a pretty good tongue-in-cheek column worth a read, especially the part about Mitch McConnell v Elizabeth Warren.

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Thu
May 25 2017
06:58 am

Visitors to Ijams Nature Center and Mead's Quarry can enjoy getting outside and a beer at the new Yee-Haw Brewing beer wagon in South Knoxville.

Beer at the quarry may not be new. It appears Bearden Beer Garden sold beer there in 2015.

It surprises me to have beer, swimming, and boating at the quarry. But, then, heh, the folks of South Knoxville have been doing it for years without a beer wagon.

Be careful out there.

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Thu
May 25 2017
01:17 am

In case you didn't see "Bannon's War" on PBS Frontline recently you might check it out.

Frontline: Bannon's War

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from WBIR.com ...

"Thanks to community-minded and generous individuals, businesses, and organizations, we were able to restore this historic mural," Keep Knoxville Beautiful's executive director Patience Melnik said.

The celebration starts this Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Love Shack courtyard in the Old City. There will be food, beer and giveaways for all those who come out to celebrate.

Iconic Old City train mural restored to original glory

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Wed
May 24 2017
03:42 pm

Tom Humphrey has a list of 22 East Tennessee county mayors who have endorsed Randy Boyd for governor. There's one name conspicuously missing.

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Wed
May 24 2017
06:21 am

The local Gannett McPaper has killed off the Shopper News website and absorbed it into the Borg.

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Sandra Clark: Knox TN Today mailer saturates Powell

Folks in ZIP 37849 found an 8-page, full-color newspaper in their mailbox today. It was Volume 1, Number 1 for Knox TN Today. But those expecting to find our usual writers were disappointed. The mailer is part of our marketing campaign to promote the website KnoxTNToday.com – and that’s where the writers are.

In June, we’ll send a mailer to all homes in Halls ZIP 37938 and parts of Fountain City; in August to South ZIP 37920; in late fall to Farragut and its county ’burbs – an area so big we had to halve it – ZIPs 37934 (Town of Farragut) + 37923 (Bob Gray/Dutchtown area) = 9,659 in October; ZIP 37922 (southwest Knox County) = 15,182 in November.

In the article, Sandra says it costs $3,000 to mail an oversized post card to 10,000 homes, "And that’s about our cost to print and mail an 8-page broadsheet newspaper to 10,000 homes." To place an ad, call Sandra at 865-661-8777.

Sandra says the KnoxTNToday.com website remains her primary focus for editorial content: "We’re conceding, though, that the future lies online. Our goal, my goal, is to have folks countywide click KnoxTNToday.com first thing each day."

Some might think a direct mail component is outdated and obsolete. They would be wrong.

Just yesterday I was listening to Bloomberg Radio in my car and heard a report from the National Postal Forum by Paul Sweeney, U.S. Director of Research and Senior Media/Internet Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence (listen here at 5:20 in).

Sweeney participated with Chief Marketing Officers from a variety of industries in a panel discussion about direct mail. He said they are taking a "holistic" approach to advertising that includes direct mail because they can't put all their eggs in one basket, and direct mail helps build and maintain customer loyalty.

He said "digital fatigue" from online, email and in-app ads has "created an opportunity for traditional mail-based promotional channels," noting that direct mail has a higher response rate than email for many sectors, especially from their most loyal customers.

It appears KnoxTNToday.com may be ahead of the curve in tapping an underserved market that big advertisers are just now rediscovering.

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Tue
May 23 2017
06:14 am

The Atlantic:

President Donald Trump’s first major budget proposal comes out on Tuesday, but many of the details are already public. The budget would reverse several of Trump’s campaign promises—like his pledge to preserve Medicaid and Social Security—by dismantling welfare for the poor and sick, while ensuring that rich Americans keep more of their income.

See also: Trump's budget hits his own voters hardest

Plus: Trump’s First Budget Works Only if Wishes Come True

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Mon
May 22 2017
08:02 pm

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett: "I appreciate the support of the Knox County Commission and their approval of this fiscally responsible budget proposal. By working together, we're able to keep taxes low, reduce debt, increase school funding, improve infrastructure and encourage economic growth. Over the next year and half, I look forward to continuing this work."

Knox Co. 2018 Budget as proposed

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Mon
May 22 2017
12:12 pm

Several months ago I read about this Chinese company, LeEco, who announced plans to dominate world markets in entertainment, consumer electronics, electric cars, you name it. News stories emerged week after week about their awesomeness.

I had never heard of them or any of their products. I still don't know anything about any of their products and have never seen any of them for sale anywhere that I can recall.

Now there's this...

Flashback:

"A breath of fresh air..."

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Mon
May 22 2017
08:43 am

Tennesseans wanted the GOP running our state. Tennesseans wanted mostly Republican representation in Washington. Tennesseans wanted Trump elected president.

How's that working out for us?

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The Global Seed Vault is beneath the icy permafrost of Svalbard, midway between Norway and the North Pole. Carved into the side of a mountain, the vault holds more than 500 million seeds from around the globe that could be used to recreate food supplies.

Water breaches 'Doomsday' vault entrance, seeds unharmed

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Sun
May 21 2017
07:43 pm

During a shift, a garbageman would manually drive the truck to the end of a block. Then he puts the truck in autonomous mode, and begins to walk back down the street. The garbage truck then autonomously backs down the street, stopping when it reaches a trash can. The truck stays stopped until the human hits a button on the side of the truck to indicate that the trash can was emptied. Then the garage truck resumes driving in reverse until it reaches the next trash can.

Why Volvo's self-driving garbage truck spends most of its time in reverse

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Sun
May 21 2017
07:11 pm
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Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants — and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps

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