Tue
Jan 16 2018
03:21 am

All area schools (Knox, Blount, Alcoa, Maryville, Sevier, Anderson, Oak Ridge, Loudon, Lenoir City, Roane) are closed ahead of possible snow accumulation.

Knox County courts, County Clerk, Trustee, Register of Deeds, Property Assessor closed. County Mayor's Office and the Knox County Health Department, Public Library, Senior Centers, Convenience & Recycling Centers, Veterans Service, Law Department, County Commission office, Internal Audit delayed opening until 10AM.

No word yet on City of Knoxville offices. Tuesday trash pickup will be early. City Rec Centers are open 10 to 6 but call to verify they are staffed.

National Weather Service: "A cold front sweeps through the area on Tuesday/Tuesday night, and at this point looks to bring light snow accumulations area-wide. Generally 1 to 3 inches are expected across the southern TN Valley. Higher amounts up to 4 inches are possible across the higher terrain of the northern Cumberland Plateau and southwest Virginia. Travel issues may arise during the day on Tuesday and persist Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning on untreated roadways. Bitterly cold temperatures on Wednesday will be in place with highs in the upper teens to lower 20s."

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Mon
Jan 15 2018
10:36 pm

from WBIR ...

The 110th General Assembly is in session. This year, lawmakers are expected to tackle a wide range of issues - from medical marijuana to education reform.

We're helping you keep track of the bills that could have the biggest impact on East Tennessee. I've linked to each bill's page on the General Assembly's website, so you can keep track of the ones you're interested in or contact your lawmakers about the proposals.

Annie's Bill Blog: What we're watching in the state legislature

Mon
Jan 15 2018
09:10 am

Georgiana Vines reflects on covering Knoxville news and politics for fifty years. She's tough, smart, and has a huge Rolodex. Georgiana is one of Knoxville's few remaining actual journalists and reminds us of how it's supposed to be done.

Mon
Jan 15 2018
07:18 am

"Our goal is freedom ... because the goal of the nation is freedom. Yet we are not passively waiting for a deliverance to come from others moved by their pity for us. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of America. We built it for two centuries without wages, we made cotton King, we built our homes and homes for our masters and suffered injustice and humiliation, but out of a bottomless vitality continued to live and grow. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not extinguish our existence, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We feel that we are the conscience of America. We are its troubled soul. We will continue to insist that right be done because both God's will and the heritage of our nation speak through our echoing demands."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Crawfordville Georgia, Oct.11, 1965

"It goes without saying that the teachings of Thoreau are alive today, indeed, they are more alive today than ever before. Whether expressed in a sit-in at lunch counters, a freedom ride into Mississippi, a peaceful protest in Albany, Georgia, a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, it is an outgrowth of Thoreau's insistence that evil must be resisted and no moral man can patiently adjust to injustice."

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Massachusetts Review, Sept. 7, 1962

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Seattle is set to enact a ban on plastic straws and utensils.

All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options — or ask patrons to forgo the tools altogether — come next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city.

The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban

The last straw: Is time up for this plastic relic?

Sun
Jan 14 2018
01:13 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

It's swell that mainstream media is almost universally (minus Fox News) calling out our crude, ignorant, corrupt, lying, racist, misogynistic, semi-literate, self-aggrandizing sorry excuse for a president for the stupid, deranged things he tweets and says.

When do they start attacking the harmful, regressive, repressive, anti-democratic policies Trump and his unqualified, lickspittle robber baron cabinet and their corrupt enablers in Congress are trying to inflict on us?

America might survive four years of this idiot. It will take generations to undo the idiocracy Trump's cartel is trying to install.

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General Motors is asking for federal permission to introduce completely driverless vehicles to American roads by 2019.

...manufacturers working on the technology, including GM, Ford, and Toyota, initially plan to market to ride-sharing fleets and trucking and delivery customers.

We could be just one year away from driverless taxis

Sun
Jan 14 2018
08:15 am

Yesterday's legislative luncheon revealed some curious assertions and false claims by our local representatives. Here's the full video. The sponsor was the East Tennessee Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, and the event was at the Bearden Banquet Hall (Buddy's BBQ).

Sat
Jan 13 2018
05:21 pm

The following message was sent to cellphones in Hawaii today around 8AM.

--------------------------
EMERGENCY ALERT

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO
HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS
NOT A DRILL.

--------------------------

People flocked to shelters, crowding highways in scenes of terror and helplessness.

Officials say it was human error.

That would be scary. I'd be grateful and a tad bit angry.

DTV Host LaKenya Middlebrook interviews the Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook about the history of the Knoxville (Martin Luther King Jr Commemorative Commission) and the MLK Day Celebration in Knoxville on Friday, January 12 at 7:30 PM on the Community TV Channels.

Tune in on the following cable channels
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

or stream it live on your computer (here!)

Thu
Jan 11 2018
03:44 pm

Walmart says they are giving raises and bonuses thanks to the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Which is curious, because Target also gave the same raises to their employees before the tax cuts were passed.

Also, Walmart has about $7 billion in cash and net income of about $14 billion. Not sure why they needed a tax cut to pay out $700 million in raises and bonuses.

Regardless, the article suggests the real reason for the move: "Although Walmart linked the moves to the tax cuts, it faces increased competition for the most qualified workers as the labor market tightens."

Federal immigration agents raided 98 7-Eleven stores across the country looking for undocumented workers. The 98 raids resulted in twenty-one arrests. Hmmmm.... Could it be that the raids are a waste of time or that they should focus on a different industry? Maybe they should go to Trump's hotels and resorts. How much time and money was wasted on this attack on 7-Eleven and these 21 individuals?

Thu
Jan 11 2018
12:29 pm

The State of TN, Dept. of Revenue changed their online sales and use tax filing again. It had also changed last year. Had to call them twice. Had to change the user id, password, and secret question.

It sure would be quicker to file the taxes if they would stop changing systems. I wonder why they keep changing.

A Louisiana teacher questioned whether the superintendent should receive a raise. Then, she was ushered out of a school board meeting and handcuffed.

Outcry After Louisiana Teacher Arrested During School Board Meeting

The Trump administration has eliminated or replaced references to climate change, renewable energy and similar topics on websites across the federal government, according to a new study released Wednesday by a coalition of academic and nonprofit groups.

The report documents website changes at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and the Energy Department, and includes other agencies not immediately associated with environmental issues, such as the State Department and the Department of Transportation.

Report: Trump admin scrubbed mentions of climate change from websites

Wed
Jan 10 2018
11:18 am

WELL, It seems that NO ONE in Knoxville, East Tennessee OR IN DISTRICT 2, cares ONE diddly-damn about this hidden, secret, shameful USE of OUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS in this immoral, for-sure unethical way ! Jamie Satterfield, who is well known here as a super journalist brought it to the public's attention!DID NO ONE SEE HER EXPOSE' on the front page of KNS on Monday except me? Or did the thousands of readers who did read it just 'shrug' and move on to the Sports Section ?

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Judge James A. Wynn Jr., in a biting 191-page opinion, said that Republicans in North Carolina’s Legislature had been “motivated by invidious partisan intent” as they carried out their obligation in 2016 to divide the state into 13 congressional districts, 10 of which are held by Republicans. The result, Judge Wynn wrote, violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered


What: Weds January 10: Film & discussion "The Uncomfortable Truth"
When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 5:30pm
Where: Rest Haven Church, 224 Watt Street, Alcoa, TN

Public screening and discussion of the documentary film "The Uncomfortable Truth"

Loki Mulholland, the son of famous Civil Rights Activist, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, grapples with his family’s deep roots in racism as he unearth’s his family’s history and the truth behind their slave-owning past.

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What: TONIGHT - film & discussion "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine"
When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: Square Room, Knoxville

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00pm
The Square Room -- 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

(connected to backside of Cafe 4, entrance through the alley between Cafe 4 and the Tomato Head)

Free admission with panel discussion to follow.

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