As reported by the Maryville Daily Times in February, 2022, a property owner sold all the land housing the Thornhill Mobile Home Community for $1.7 million. Now, the nearly 40 families are being evicted by the new owner/realtor.

One resident has lived there 30 years. Another 85 year old resident has lived there 37 years. There is a single father with 3 kids who has lived there 7 years. Etc...

Legal Aid of Tennessee is communicating with the residents.

A very sad situation. It's expensive to move a mobile home. Rents are at an all time high.

These families need a benefactor to help them out. They could buy the property from the current owner and continue with the current Thornhill Mobile Home Community. Or, maybe something could be worked out with Blount County. There is a 17 acre plot just a block away that is empty except for the Blount County Animal Center where a new mobile home community could be created. Or....

Apr 12 2024
11:01 am

A large Knoxville Fire Department firetruck suffered a “considerable amount of damage” after it struck an underpass with a 9 foot 1 inch clearance under a train track on Ogle Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Most people familiar with the Ogle Avenue underpass would know a firetruck just isn't going to fit. Ogle Avenue is a regular route to get from Maryville Pike to Chapman Highway in South Knoxville.

Apr 11 2024
07:12 am

What's going on in Tennessee? Is it possible State of Tennessee is biased against the black communities?

State of Tennessee takes over the City of Mason, near the upcoming Blue Oval Ford plant.

"Mason is 60% Black and includes descendants of men, women and children enslaved in the area before Emancipation. For more than a century the town was led by White elected officials.

"In my opinion, it’s time for Mason to relinquish its charter,” Comptroller Jason Mumpower wrote in a letter mailed to each one of Mason’s 1,337 property owners.

State legislature overrides new Memphis police rules for traffice stops.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a bill into law this week that nullified ordinances enacted by Memphis leaders following the 2023 police killing of Tyre Nichols, enabling the Republican-led legislature to undo the work of the Democratic-leaning city.

State legislature mislead family of Tyre Nichols as to when the vote to undo new police reforms in Memphis would come up in the State House.

Tyre Nichols’ parents attended a session of the State House on Monday, March 4, when the bill was initially on the itinerary, but it was pushed back...

Republicans held the vote on Thursday, March 7, as Democrats accused Memphis Republican Rep. John Gillespie of being misleading about when the bill would come up again, resulting in Nichols’ parents not coming to the Capitol in Nashville on Thursday.

State fires Tennessee State University board of trustees. Bill Lee, in an unprecedented move, signed into law legislation that dismantled the storied historically Black college’s board of trustees.

Back in September, 2023, "U.S. Education and Agriculture secretaries tell Gov. Bill Lee Black land grant university has been dramatically underfunded ($2.1 billion) compared to predominantly white schools."

Apr 10 2024
07:54 am

...a new Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) has been approved in South Knoxville.

"The new treatment center will be located in the Chapman Square Shopping Center across the Henley Street Bridge in South Knoxville."

I like that, "across the Henley Street Bridge". The proposed site is nearly 2 miles from the bridge.

Also, the proposed site is in the only decent shopping center in South Knoxville. It includes the only decent grocery store in South Knoxville.

"...the location for the OTP was chosen after consulting with community leaders and those who currently work to help people struggling with addiction. They discovered that there was a significant need in South Knoxville across the bridge,..."

Again with the, "across the bridge." What's that about?

If you look at all the other 6 treatment locations of this company, none are in a popular shopping center with a major grocery store.

Apr 9 2024
09:43 am

From the Washington Post, "Bad tax advice is multiplying on TikTok."

No, you can't write-off your vacation as a business trip. Yes, you must file federal income taxes, it’s the law. Be very cautious if trying to expense a vehicle, your home office, or your kids as employees.

Having run a small business for 25 years, i can say an accountant is a great resource. Plus, they will be there to answer questions if you get audited.

Apr 8 2024
02:34 pm

Here in most of East Tennessee we are not able to see the 2024 eclipse.

Here are some pictures from the 2017 eclipse taken from our backyard in Alcoa, TN. In 2017 East Tennessee experienced a total eclipse. This year, 2024, it is a partial eclipse.




The wedding ring effect.

Mar 29 2024
06:56 am

In January, [Ijams Nature Center] new memberships rose more than 400 percent above past rates, according to Ijams CEO and President Amber Parker. In February, new memberships jumped more than 3,300 percent above the average of all past years, she said.
Ijams announced in January it was imposing the daily [parking] fee starting in mid February.
The CEO said Ijams sees more than 600,000 visitors per year. Until the parking fee went into effect, it had about 1,000 members or donors.

Help me with the math. If they had 1,000 members and new memberships jumped more than 3,300%, does that mean they now have 33,000 members?

Mar 26 2024
05:01 pm

Beginning later this year, fans will begin spotting Krispy Kreme doughnuts at some McDonald’s restaurants across the country as part of a new rollout that will eventually lead to Krispy Kreme doughnuts being available nationwide at McDonald’s by the end of 2026.

The three varieties that will be offered will be Original glaze, Chocolate iced with sprinkles, and Chocolate iced “Kreme” filled.

Not that I eat many doughnuts, I kinda hope it keeps Krispy Kreme in business. They originated in the South and started making doughnuts before Ray Kroc started making hamburgers.

Mar 26 2024
06:45 am

British runner Jasmin Paris became the first woman ever to finish the legendary Barkley Marathons on Friday.

Paris finished the grueling course with a time of 59 hours, 58 minutes and 21 seconds; just 99 seconds before the 60-hour time limit elapsed.
Paris made headlines in 2019 when she won the 2019 Spine Race, becoming the first woman to win the 268-mile race as well as taking 12 hours off the previous record.

The Barkley Marathons has become famous for its grueling, near-impossible nature. It is thought by many to be the hardest, most brutal foot race in the world.

She's a 40 year old veterinarian. Wow.

Mar 21 2024
06:56 am

Spring arrival was Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 11:06PM.

On the March equinox, the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere receive roughly equal amounts of sunlight; neither hemisphere is tilted more toward or away from the Sun than the other.

Equinoxes are the only two times yearly that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth!

The Cherry trees and Redbud trees are blooming beautifully. Lots of daffodils in bloom. Enough to make a person smile.

Mar 21 2024
06:32 am

“the most insane thing someone has said during an interview.”

the Biden-Harris HQ account replied with a clip of Trump from the summer of 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and before vaccines were available, in which the then-president dismissed the 1,000 Americans dying each day of COVID-19.

“They are dying, that’s true, and it is what it is,” Trump told Axios:

Four years ago today

Q: What do you say to Americans watching you right now who are scared?

Trump: I say that you're a terrible reporter, that's what I say. I think it's a very nasty question

Four years ago today, as Americans sought federal guidance during a raging pandemic, Trump went on TV to tout the unapproved hydroxychloroquine: It may work, it may not work. It's just a feeling. You know, I'm a smart guy. I feel good about it

Mar 20 2024
07:54 am

Food City and Walgreens have started using a lot of online coupons. I just have to wonder how much these online coupons get used.

We redeemed online coupons at both Food City and Walgreens recently. However, we did not have them setup before we went to the store. We had to stand around a while to login to the store websites, find the product with the coupon, and select the option to "clip" the coupon.

Luckily neither store requires an app to "clip" the coupons. I'm really sick of each business wanting the consumer to install a separate app. I liked it better when just using your store value/convenience/loyalty card gave you the lowest price.

Mar 18 2024
08:06 am

We've said before, in 2018 Death to Bradford Pears! And in 2021 States starting to ban Bradford Pear trees.

The problem persists.

Bradford Pear trees threaten Tennessee ecosystems.

South Carolina has enacted a ban on new Bradford pear sales effective on Oct. 1, 2024. A ban on the sale and cultivation of the tree in Pennsylvania will also take effect in February of that year

The tree was placed on the invasive species list in Ohio in January 2018, meaning in-state nurseries and landscapers must phase out selling the trees over the next five years.

At least three states have banned these trees outright, and others discourage the public from adding them to their yards.

Now legislation is being proposed in Missouri for a similar ban, while the Kansas Department of Agriculture also considers how to curb the spread of the popular but invasive ornamental pear trees.

Do your part to rid our state of Bradford Pear trees. If you have one or more of these trees in your yard, when financially and physically possible, tear down that tree!

Mar 17 2024
08:13 am
By: bizgrrl

"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold."

Mar 16 2024
11:30 am

The Monday, April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT.

The path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Small parts of Tennessee and Michigan will also experience the total solar eclipse.

Officials in Texas along the path of totality for the April 8 total solar eclipse are advising residents to stock up on food and gas ahead of the event.

Mike Jones, Hays County, Texas’s direct of the Office of Emergency Services, said the area is expecting thousands of visitors to arrive to see the eclipse. To prepare for the crowds, Jones advised residents to stock up on groceries and fill up on gas. If they are out on the day of the eclipse, he recommends residents “pack your patience.”

Smoky Mountain parking fees are now sold at the new Great Smokies Welcome Center, no longer at the Townsend Visitor Center.

The Great Smokies Welcome Center
7929 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, Tennessee, 37882

The new Great Smokies Welcome Center is a brown two story wood building with green trim on the left going towards the mountains. It is just past the Visitor Center on the right and Dollar General on the left. We went to the Visitor Center to pick up a new parking pass and were directed to the new Great Smokies Welcome Center. There were two other couples doing the same thing. Maybe there needs to be a sign?

Mar 14 2024
06:03 pm
By: bizgrrl

CDC Director Mandy Cohen endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for adults ages 65 years and older to receive an additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose. The recommendation acknowledges the increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 in older adults, along with the currently available data on vaccine effectiveness.

People who are immunocompromised were already eligible for additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Data continues to show the importance of vaccination to protect those most at risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19. An additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine may restore protection that has waned since a fall vaccine dose, providing increased protection to adults ages 65 years and older.

Adults 65 years and older are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with more than half of COVID-19 hospitalizations during October 2023 to December 2023 occurring in this age group.

As I referenced in a post a couple of days ago,
as of mid-February, more than 21,000 people were hospitalized with Covid, and there had been roughly 10,000 Covid-related deaths in 2024.

Mar 10 2024
07:06 am

From WATE,

Jellico Regional Hospital has been forced to close its doors this weekend, forcing patients to travel long distances to the next nearest hospital for medical care.

From Fox Chattanooga,

Since 2010, Tennessee has had the highest number of hospital closures per capita in the nation and these closures are limiting access to healthcare for our rural communities.

This not only affects those in rural communities, it affects those closer to the remaining hospitals. More people competing for healthcare.

Tennessee is one of 10 states that has not adopted Medicaid Expansion. Tennessee has failed to take advantage of the billions of Federal funds to help the citizens with healthcare. How backwards is our state government? It is apparently a South Eastern thing. Six of the 10 states that have not expanded Medicaid are in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee).

Mar 10 2024
06:51 am
By: bizgrrl

From the New York Times, Your 2024 Guide to Covid Symptoms and Treatment

The most common Covid symptoms haven’t changed much since the start of the pandemic...fatigue, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headache, body aches and cough. Less common symptoms include pink eye, or experience gastrointestinal issues, like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea... Less common as well are the loss of taste and smell. of mid-February, more than 21,000 people were hospitalized with Covid, and there had been roughly 10,000 Covid-related deaths in 2024.
The antiviral pill Paxlovid is very effective against severe Covid, reducing the risk of death by 73 percent if taken within the first five days of an infection, according to a preliminary study conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Experts urged people who are high-risk to contact their doctors about getting a prescription as soon as they have symptoms or test positive.

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