Dec 14 2017
04:33 pm

Dec 14 2017
01:45 pm

FCC votes to end Net Neutrality, abrogates authority over broadband providers.


Dec 14 2017
12:44 pm

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released a report entitled "Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016." Among the findings:

  • From 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8%.
  • The number of reported Murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7% in the four-year study period.
  • Aggravated Assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported firearms-related crime, and increased by 30.5% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Males (85.8%) were nine times more likely to engage in firearm-related criminal offenses than Females (8.8%).

According to the report, the vast majority of firearm-related crimes involved handguns. Most occurred in homes. Murder victims were killed by acquaintances in most cases. Statistics for justified/self-defense use of firearms were not included in the report.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn: "I am deeply concerned with the findings of this report reflecting a substantial increase in firearm-related crimes in our state. This increase puts an additional strain on Tennessee's law enforcement resources and poses a serious threat to public safety."

TBI conducted the study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to "support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes, including those involving firearms."

Full report (pdf): Firearm Violence in Tennessee

Dec 14 2017
12:43 pm

Washington Post: Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

"But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma."

Interesting read on the inner workings of our dysfunctional administration.

Good for them ...

Groups and clinics like Legacy launched their own outreach campaigns, buying ads on social media, television and radio, posting billboards, and holding events. And they are holding their own events to help people get signed up — a complex and confusing process made harder without the help of teams of navigators that were deployed in years past by the federal government.

The controversy over the ACA may have made some people want health insurance more badly than ever before, said Amos. Social science shows that people often value something more if they have had it and may lose it.

Last week for health insurance on battleground Obamacare markets

Let's huddle up and learn how to write right ... alright?

This is the column that gets written at the end of a semester of teaching news writing!

From the Not-So-Farfetched File

“Welcome to College Football, Battle of the Writing Programs. I’m your announcer Merriam Webster. The play here is like football, but yards gained and lost derive from the rules of good writing. Today we have a clash of collegiate composition titans,” declared Webster. “University of Missouri grinds out yards through solid journalism. Coach Strunk N. White likes punchy, direct sentences. Northwestern’s Creative Writing Program, on the other hand, relies on fancy exposition. Count on Coach Faulkner Steinbeck for elaborate plot twists.”

“I’m joined in the booth by Earnest Penn,” continued Webster.

“The kickoff goes into the end zone. Missouri starts on the 20,” reported Penn. “Fullback Tap Keyes pulls out an I-Phone and writes, ‘The transportation bill was passed by Congress.’ He is slammed for a loss of two yards. Merriam, what happened there?”

“Well, you’re not going to get anywhere in this league writing in passive voice,” responded Webster.

If you are unable to see this column in its entirety on the KNS site, send me a PM.

Dec 14 2017
06:26 am

Washington Post:

Omarosa Manigault, the former reality-TV star who joined President Trump’s White House as one of his most prominent African American supporters, resigned under pressure after a confrontation with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly that ended when she was escorted from the premises, White House officials said Wednesday.

NYT: Republican Tax Bill Overhauls Rules Many Were Counting On

In ways large and small, the tax bills moving through Congress could penalize individuals for choices they made based on longstanding law. Left unchanged, the bills could drastically alter the financial situations of millions of Americans who cannot easily undo those decisions.

...the tax bills, particularly the House version of the legislation, would rescind or scale back some of those preferences, resulting in a tax increase for many students, older adults and others who itemize their taxes and make use of many of the deductions that have long been a staple of the tax code.

Somebody has to pay for Republican gifts to corporations and the wealthy. Somebody is you.

She'd just turned 20 when a nurse at the health department confirmed that she was pregnant and insisted that she make a prenatal care appointment. With the start of college around the bend, she had other plans: She traveled more than 150 miles to Knoxville, Tennessee, for an abortion.

She directs the new project, All Access EKY, ...

With funding from the Educational Foundation of America, All Access EKY aims to increase access to and demand for birth control, including long-acting reversible options like IUDs and implants -- the sorts of contraceptives that can be hard to come by here.

Forget abortion: What women in Appalachian Kentucky really want

Dec 13 2017
09:00 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Mrs.: Are you going outside in the cold?

Me: Yeah.

Her: Why?

Me: Science.

Her: You're insane.

Me: That's what they said about Copernicus.

Me (a few minutes later): Didn't see any meteors. My neck hurts.

Dec 13 2017
07:39 pm

Democrat James Mackler drops out of Tennessee US Senate race

"This is a moment for unity and we cannot risk dividing those seeking change in Washington because there is no time to waste," Mackler wrote.

Downtown Knoxville's transformation continues and is spreading outward and across the river. The energy is contagious and the progress is remarkable compared to a decade ago. Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff deserve credit for these laudable accomplishments, as do her predecessors who laid the groundwork for some of the projects.

From the City of Knoxville:


Public and private investment throughout Knoxville hit milestones in 2017, with more good news expected to unfold quickly in 2018.

Topping the list: For the first 11 months of 2017, the City of Knoxville issued building permits for construction projects valued at nearly half a billion dollars -- a 12.8 percent increase in the value of properties, compared with the same 11-month period in 2016.

Large increases in the value and widespread range of properties, citywide, for which building permits are issued is considered to be an objective measurement of a strong local economy.

"We're partnering with property owners and residents to bring opportunity and jobs to all parts of the city," Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "As we've always said -- the priority is to move from disinvestment to reinvestment, while enhancing everyone's quality of life.

"We're hitting some major redevelopment milestones, and the record high value of projects being issued building permits this year is significant. That's an accurate bellwether of a growing, robust local economy."

Here's a year-end thumbnail look at some key redevelopment hotspots in Knoxville, plus a closer look at the record high project value for building permits and what it means:


Dec 12 2017
10:29 pm

AP, CNN calling it with 90% of the vote in, Jones leading 49.7% to 48.7% in a squeaker.

Dec 12 2017
07:29 pm

Or just the next chapter? Up from comments below, CWG valiantly endeavors to chase down the latest Tim Burchett gossip being peddled by the KNS and the Tennessean McPapers. It involves a lot of palace intrigue, sketchy "journalism," and the Usual Suspects.

Dec 12 2017
09:59 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights.

It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah , or lamp.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days.

Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world.

Happy Hanukkah!

Dec 12 2017
09:03 am

KnoxTNToday: The principal and vice principal of L&N STEM Academy have been suspended.

Becky Ashe, founding principal of L&N STEM Academy, was suspended Monday, along with vice principal Tim Childers. No reason was given, and Laura Boring was dispatched to the school as interim administrator.

Oh, my.


Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, was in Alabama on Thursday, Dec. 7, to bear personal witness to the poverty, lack of access to basic services and civil rights struggles that have plagued poor, mostly African-American residents of the state's Black Belt region for generations.

He said that areas of Alabama's Black Belt are suffering the most dire sewage disposal crisis of any place he has visited in a developed country.

"I think it's very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I'd have to say that I haven't seen this."

Alston said, "the visit was an opportunity for the UN to learn more about the many problems that some of the poorest Americans struggle with on a daily basis."

It's sad how these conditions are ignored in this country. He's already been to California. Next he'll be visiting Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Too bad he doesn't get the opportunity to see how bad it gets in rural Tennessee.

Dec 11 2017
11:21 am

Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils in the world, yet surprisingly little is known about its effects on health. Now, a new study published online December 7 in the journal Scientific Reports by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) associates the consumption of canola oil in the diet with worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain in mice which model Alzheimer's disease. The study is the first to suggest that canola oil is more harmful than healthful for the brain.

First we are encourage to use canola oil, now we're finding out we shouldn't use it. Guess we'll go back to butter and lard, use in moderation.

H/T Roaneviews

Dec 8 2017
03:37 pm

Democratic TV Host Michael Davis moderates a discussion with Opinion Writer Mark Harmon and Reporter Mike Steely on the results of the November 7th City Council Election tonight (Friday, Dec 8) at 7:30 PM.

Tune in to your Community TV channel or turn on your computer to watch a lively analysis of the November 7th election and some predictions about what this election may mean to future policy initiatives from the Knoxville City Council.

DTV streams live on CTV (here).
or on cable channels:
Comcast: Channel 12
ATT Unverse: Channel 99
Wow: Channel 6
Charter: Channel 193

Dec 8 2017
09:58 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In Alabama! (From a relative in a small town between Birmingham and Atlanta)



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