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Aug 17 2017
10:13 am

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Wed
Aug 16 2017
08:56 am

A new "new media" company popped up on my radar a few days ago. It's called Axios and according to their mission statement they are "delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable ways possible." They also have a manifesto.

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Wed
Aug 16 2017
12:25 am

Bike share programs work by providing strategically-placed bicycle stations around the city. Participants can pay to pick up a bike at one of the many stations and ride the bike to another station near their destination and drop it off for someone else to use.

According to the resolution, the program would focus on downtown Knoxville and “surrounding areas.”

Knoxville City Council to vote on bike share for city

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After signing legislation last year that makes it difficult if not impossible to do so, Gov. Haslam now says that, yeah, the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest should probably be removed from the halls of the State Capitol.

The Tennessean got statements from candidates for governor on the matter...

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Tue
Aug 15 2017
02:42 pm

This story doesn't make any sense.

According to the report, Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond hired a guy he knew was a convicted felon. The federal conviction did not show up on a background check. Even though Hammond knew about it, he says he wouldn't have hired the guy if the conviction had shown up on the background check. Huh?

Then there's the question of how the outside company hired to do the background check missed the conviction. The paper says it turns up on a simple google search.

Regardless, what's the big deal about hiring someone convicted of a non-violent felony to do some filing? Sounds like he's at least somewhat familiar with criminal justice procedure.

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Tue
Aug 15 2017
08:59 am

What: A total solar eclipse is coming soon?
When: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Across the United States

Have you heard?

The eclipse path enters the Knox/Blount/Anderson/Roane/etc. areas around 2:30PM, Monday, August 21, 2017. Depending on where you are located the total solar eclipse could be seen for seconds to minutes.

NASA has a Total Eclipse website. Local media has quite of bit of information as well, although the KNS may require a subscription to see the information.

Be careful when purchasing eclipse glasses. Some of them aren't real and will not protect you. Some of the glasses were recalled, including some from Amazon. According to the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, SC, a local PTA bought a bunch from Amazon and sold them for a fundraiser only to have them recalled. I also saw a small college purchased thousands of eclipse glasses to find out they could not be used. Who knows, by the time of the eclipse the ones we ordered might be recalled.

Here is a guide from NASA on how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely.

I'm still a little confused as to why they let many of the local schools out for the eclipse. I understand the eclipse will pass through here around the time for school to be let out. However, how many of these kids will be unsupervised since school is closed for eclipse day. All parents can't get off work to be with their kids.

The Oak Ridge schools will not close. Of course, that is an community of scientists and engineers.

"NOAA will be setting up equipment and experiments for the kids to track everything from wind speed to solar radiation. Classrooms right now are coming up with hypotheses on what will change during the eclipse. Art lessons will even be tailored to the solar event."

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What: Books Sandwiched In: The History of Racist Ideas in America
When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

stamped.jpgKnox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Victor Erik Ray for a discussion of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi., Wednesday, August 23, noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Attendees may bring lunch. Drinks are available to purchase.

Stamped from the Beginning is a transformational piece of historical scholarship," Ray said. “This work provides a critical and necessary backdrop for understanding the stunning staying power of racism and the current predicaments surrounding race relations in the United States. This book is an instant classic and fast becoming a go-to text for both scholars and the public who want to a deeper understanding of racism.”

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Mon
Aug 14 2017
01:24 pm

According to a foreclosure notice in today's paper, the owners of the Knoxville Marriott are in default on a loan and the property will be sold at auction on Sept. 5th on the courthouse steps. The property address listed in the notice is 501 East Hill Avenue, the tax parcel ID is 095IC00301. The notice gives Marriott International the right of first refusal.

UPDATE: It appears that owner Columbia Properties Knoxville, LLC is connected to Columbia Sussex, a hotel/casino operator with a string of recent foreclosures and casino bankruptcies. (link...) (link...)

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Mon
Aug 14 2017
07:28 am

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The Mrs. was going through some old family stuff and found this.

December 31, 1991 - Our 152nd year

The Knoxville Journal today joins the growing ranks of daily U.S. newspapers that have folded under a variety of economic pressures.

Today is The Journal's last edition as a daily newspaper.

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Sun
Aug 13 2017
08:00 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

check it out here.

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The records highlighted in the "State of the Climate in 2016" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sound ominous.

• Global land surface temperatures last year were highest in 137 years of record keeping.
• Sea surface temperatures were also at their highest.
• Sea levels were at record highs in the 24 years that satellite record keeping has been used.
• Greenhouse gas marks rose faster than any year and carbon dioxide readings were above a 400 parts per million average for the year for the first time.

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

Scientists fear Trump will bury climate report

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Sat
Aug 12 2017
06:01 pm

Mayor Burchett: "They may have a right to spew vile hatred in Charlottesville but I have a right also to condemn it."

Former Congressman John Dingell: "I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I'll do it again if I have to. Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country."

Sen. Orrin Hatch: "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."

Hillary Clinton: "The incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets. Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words and deliberate in their actions."

My Father (from his oral history): "So we stayed there in those box cars until we got into Germany. They unloaded us and put us on trucks and took us to a prisoner of war camp there. I never will forget seeing that Nazi flag, the swastika flying over the camp. That was the most despicable thing that I had ever seen in my life. I hated that Nazi swastika flag. Clear to the time that I came home, every place we went the swastika was flying overhead. To me, that was just contemptuous."

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Sat
Aug 12 2017
04:25 pm


A West Knoxville McDonald's is adding self-service kiosks
. I noticed the Panera in Alcoa is adding self-service kiosks.

Too bad. They say we'll get our orders right since we are entering them. But we're not preparing the orders. The stores are just trying to save money. I'll miss the human interaction. Recently on a visit to Panera the order taker asked the Mr., What'll you have buddy. For some reason I laughed. It just sounded weird. The kiosk will probably not make me laugh. If the kiosk is anything like the self-check out at the grocery stores, I'll get frustrated and always look for a human cashier.

Times, they are a changin.

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Sat
Aug 12 2017
09:34 am

The Republican primary for Jimmy Duncan's seat is getting crowded. Trump delegate vows to "Make Congress Great Again."

Ken Gross is fourth Republican to launch campaign for 2nd Congressional District

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Sat
Aug 12 2017
08:39 am

Josh Dobbs made his NFL debut with the Steelers in last night's pre-season game against the Giants. After some opening jitters as starting QB, he settled down and threw his first NFL touchdown pass:

The Steelers went on to win the game 20-12. Dobbs, a 4th-round pick, is competing for the backup QB spot. Based on the coach's assessment of last night's performance and previous comments about his work in training camp, it sounds like Dobbs can expect to see some playing time in his rookie season. Couldn't happen to a nicer kid.

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Fri
Aug 11 2017
05:29 am

COVFEFE

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Renee Hoyos of the Tennessee Clean Water Network moderates a discussion on the Carbon Fee proposal of the Citizens Climate Lobby with UTK's Dr. Joanne Logan and the Citizens Climate Lobby leaders Don Kraus and Jim Tolbert.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Tune into Community TV Knoxville to hear about the Citizens Climate Lobby's consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.

This show will stream live on Friday, Aug 11 @ 7:30 PM (here!)

Or on these cable channels:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
Aug 10 2017
08:07 pm

"This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes, because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."

Hillary Clinton, June 2016

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Thu
Aug 10 2017
11:50 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

On the first day of early voting, 283 people voted in the city primary election. There were 200 mail-in absentee ballots, bringing the total to 483 so far.

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