Apr 16 2021
11:08 am

There are Dogwood Trails in all four corners of Knoxville.

The Dogwood Arts Festival will be held at the World's Fair Park this year, April 23-25, 2021.

Apr 12 2021
04:12 pm

A KPD officer is one of the victims.

It just happened

I feel so sorry for everyone at the school, in the community, and the police.

Apr 9 2021
10:16 am

Join the Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association, Ijams Nature Center, Drive Electric Tennessee, and East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition for Knoxville's Drive Electric Earth Day event on Saturday, April 10, from 10 am-3 pm on the Ijams Visitor Center plaza.

Electric vehicle owners will bring their cars, including Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, BMW, Toyota, Tesla, Honda, Kia, Audi. They will also answer questions.

Apr 9 2021
09:18 am

Washington Post:

When it comes to rates of vaccination, Mississippi still has a way to go, with just a quarter of all residents having received at least one dose compared to the nationwide average of 33 percent, according to state data.

According to the CDC, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, have similarly low rates of vaccination.

According to the Washington Post,
* In Mississippi, nearly half of all Republican men and 40 percent of Republicans over all have said they do not plan to get vaccinated,
* Mississippi’s large Black community, which comprises 38 percent of the state’s population but accounts for 31 percent of the doses administered,
* Tim Callaghan, an assistant professor at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health and an expert on vaccine skepticism, said that more research was needed to divine the reasons behind Mississippi’s slackening vaccine demand but that states with large rural populations, Republican voters and African-Americans were likely to be the first to confront the problem.

Apr 4 2021
10:58 am

The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and in some cases email addresses.

Facebook reports the data is old, from 2019 and prior. However, if the user had Facebook data back then, it could be a problem.

Apr 2 2021
06:14 am

Wednesday, President Biden began selling his proposal to "Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy."

Sen. Bill Hagerty visits East TN on Tuesday to praise Denso, "applauding its growth, despite the pandemic." He also shared his concern for rural hospitals, "I’m particularly concerned about our rural hospitals."

What about the pandemic Sen. Hagerty? Are you doing anything to help the country and people to survive? He voted against the recent stimulus bill, as did Rep. Burchett.

Rep. Tim Burchett announced his economic policy initiative on Wednesday. "I know we can find bipartisan ways to prioritize solutions that work..."

Hah, Burchett and bipartisan shouldn't be in the same sentence.

On Thursday, April 1, Burchett announced “President Biden is caving to the far-left with his ‘infrastructure plan.’ The reality is only 5% of this proposal goes towards repairing our roads; the rest is about progressive priorities like the Green New Deal..."

Maybe Burchett doesn't understand infrastructure is much more than just roads. Or maybe it's an April Fools joke.

The new owners [of the old Hyatt, Marriott, Hotel Knoxville] have submitted an application to the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission to use the site as a senior housing facility.

I would never have guessed that this would be how this facility would turn out. Back in the day there were so many huge events held in that building. There used to be a great Easter banquet and so much more.

Such an icon. I guess grand hotels are out of style?

Mar 26 2021
06:10 am

Although there was record voter turnout around the country for the 2020 presidential election, Tennessee ranked in the bottom 5 for least record voter turnout at 59.8%. Tennessee joins Oklahoma (55%), Arkansas (56.1%), Hawaii (57.5%), and West Virginia (57.6%) in the bottom 5.

In 2020 66.7% of the voter eligible population turned out to vote, the highest percentage in over 100 years.

Mar 22 2021
06:32 pm

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee confirmed on his Twitter that the state will move into Phase 2a/b of the vaccine rollout, including those 55 years and older, beginning Monday, March 22.

Lee also confirmed that all Tennesseans aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine no later than Monday, April 5.

It's a good thing since I heard today that Tennessee had a 45% increase in cases in the past week.

Wear a mask! Even after you are vaccinated.

Mar 21 2021
09:17 am

A Stanford University sports performance coach posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday which offered a side-by-side comparison of the two facilities. The men’s weight room was large and well-stocked with power racks and Olympic bars and weights, while the women’s setup appeared to consist of a single set of dumbbells and a stack of yoga mats.

"The organization finally apologized Friday and vowed to do better.

The NCAA has made improvements to the weight training facilities for its women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio, Texas — days after players and fans expressed outrage at the inequities between the women’s and men’s March Madness tournaments..."

Still fighting for equality after all these years. Or, some semblance of equality.

Mar 21 2021
07:03 am

From January 23, 2021, to March 19, 2021, (just under two months) there have been 165 coronavirus deaths.
In the first 10 months there were 437 deaths. 602 total in the 12 months of the pandemic,

Over the last 7 days the positivity rate is still 9.5%.

Deaths by age group:

11 in the 18-44 age group (2%)
83 in the 45-64 age group (14%)
140 in the 65-74 age group (23%)
367 in the 75+ age group (61%)

As of March 16, 2021, ICU bed available capacity is at 14.5%.
The percentage is better than the last time I reported on 12/27/2020.
However, the number of ICU beds was increased from 284 to 317.

It's not over people. Please be careful. Wear a mask! Do not gather in groups.

Mar 20 2021
05:22 pm
By: bizgrrl

Crocus, daffodils, forsythia, Cherry trees, and more are blooming!

Mar 12 2021
07:50 am

Received an email at 1:21 am letting me know I can book my COVID-19 vaccine appointment. I've already booked mine so I'm okay. But, I wonder if there were still slots available when I got up this morning and finally checked my email. Could be I'm lucky I'm an early riser, if I still needed to book a vaccine.

As of this moment, in Tennessee they are scheduling vaccine appointments for people that are 65 or older and for people who fit in the risk-based phases of 1a1, 1a2, 1b, and 1c.

There appear to be many locations to obtain the vaccine. From Kroger, Walmart, Publix, small pharmacies (e.g. Macs), to UT Medical Center, Covenant Medical Centers, Cherokee Health Systems, and more, as well as local health departments. Many/most of these providers have websites to schedule an appointment or phone numbers to schedule or get assistance.

President Biden hopes to enable anyone 16 and over to be eligible for a vaccine by May 1.


Mar 11 2021
07:49 am
By: bizgrrl

A portion of an Austin City Limits was brought to my attention the other day by the Mr. It was Allen Toussaint performing Southern Nights. He wrote the song in 1975. It was made famous by Glenn Campbell.

While on Austin City Limits he inserted a story during the song describing southern nights in Louisiana where he grew up. It was beautiful.

Southern nights
Have you ever felt a southern night? Free as a breeze
Not to mention the trees Whistling tunes that you know and love so.
Southern nights
Just as good even when closed yours eyes.
I apologize to anyone who can truly say
That he has found a better way Southern skies

Mar 10 2021
09:29 am

There is a "recall of nearly 380,000 Kia vehicles", including the Sportage and Cadenza.

"The electrical circuit in the hydraulic electronic control unit may short-circuit,” the [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] said. This short circuit “could cause a fire in the engine compartment.”

"Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired,” the advisory said, “the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes and other structures.”

Hope they're contacting owners quickly and diligently.

Here's what's in the Senate bill:

  • Stimulus checks, with more restrictive eligibility
  • Unemployment assistance, with $300 federal boost to weekly jobless payments and extending two key pandemic unemployment benefits programs through September 6
  • Aid to states and municipalities
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Housing aid "to help low-income households cover back rent, rent assistance and utility bills.
  • About $10 billion would be authorized to help struggling homeowners pay their mortgages, utilities and property taxes."
  • Tax credits for families and workers
  • Tax credits for families and workers, schools and child care providers
  • Health insurance subsidies and Medicaid
  • More money for small businesses
  • Vaccines and testing
  • The Senate bill allocates $8.5 billion to help struggling rural hospitals and health care providers, not included in House bill

What the Republicans didn't like:

  • Money to state and local governments, the $350 billion to help cash-strapped states, cities and tribal governments confronting the pandemic has drawn ire from Republicans.
  • Money for schools, some moderate Republican lawmakers said the legislation would allocate billions for schools without doing anything meaningful to get them reopened to allow in-person teaching.
  • Child tax credit, Republicans have derided proposals such as the tax credit as not relevant in a COVID-19 relief package and oppose efforts to make it permanent
  • Unemployment insurance, Some Republicans have voiced opposition to raising the weekly amount, and extending it for that long.
  • Raising the Minimum wage was rejected
  • Mandatory paid family and sick leave, as approved in a previous Covid relief package, will not be reinstated
  • As well as the rail package for California and a bridge package for New York were rejected.
Mar 4 2021
07:17 am
By: bizgrrl

What are they afraid of? Freedom!?!?!?

The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed bills to allow anyone over 18 who can legally carry a firearm to do so without a state permit.

Sheesh! Ridiculous!

It's bad enough right now that you cannot speak about wearing a mask to protect yourself from COVID-19 death. Now they want us to not speak to anyone about anything for fear they will pull out their gun and shoot us. Will we need to hire protection to save us from gun wielding freedom fighters? Freedom!?!?! Freedom to terrorize?

Feb 26 2021
06:01 pm

Three Austin-East students were fatally shot within a month.

There have been 12 homicides in the first 47 days of 2021.

Not all have been in East Knoxville. However, three teenagers in East Knoxville died from shootings.

Austin-East Magnet High School is putting new security measures into place beginning this year, including increased police presence, random searches, upgrades to security cameras, and a new clear backpack policy.

These are good changes. However, the students were not shot on school grounds.

I think more needs to be done to create a permanent community police presence (a precinct) in East Knoxville near the schools. Our youth must be protected. Combined with a community center and community involvement safety can be achieved for these young people and the entire community.

Feb 12 2021
07:07 am

The story keeps moving. Result? KCHD elects to no longer receive Pfizer vaccines?!?!?

WATE reports, Knox County Health Department reports 975 missing Pfizer coronavirus vaccines.

They think someone accidentally threw them away. Apparently they don't look in all the boxes and just assumed the boxes contained the dry ice cooling product, not vaccines.

Then a KCHD spokesperson "said there is no evidence that the vaccine shipment arrived at the Knox County Health Department."

Pfizer responds, "Pfizer ships whatever order quantity a certain location asked for, and monitors the temperature and routes of the vaccines throughout the shipment process. Once the vaccines are received and accepted by the point of use facility, the facility is responsible for monitoring the temperature or location."

A KCHD "spokesperson said there are steps in place moving forward that would prevent vaccine to go missing."

Moving forward?

WATE further reports, "The statement from TDH [Tennessee Dept of Health] also revealed that KCHD had voluntarily elected to receive the other vaccine product and will not receive Pfizer vaccines in the future; with the exception of the second doses that will need to be administered over the next three weeks."

I'm not sure that's a good response, but whatever.

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