Sat
Dec 7 2019
08:02 am

If you haven't been following the news even a little bit, the president is facing impeachment. From what I have watched and read they have lots of evidence. But, those that defend the president say it is okay or all lies. How have so many given up on the constitution and the responsibilities of the president? Lamar Alexander is one who should be standing up for our country and the people. We'll see how many U.S. Senators stand up for the constitution and the people. It cannot be right for a president to take actions to his benefit instead of the country.

Wed
Dec 4 2019
05:37 pm

Lee said he prays that Tennessee does not experience a school shooting, that the state’s opioid epidemic will diminish and that Tennessee’s educational outcomes improve. If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will impart his favor on Tennessee.

So much for separation of church and state.

I have no problem with praying. I do have a problem with people expecting positive results without taking any action.

Starting this year, Ford is incorporating coffee chaff — coffee bean skin that comes off during the roasting process — into the plastic headlamp housing used in some cars.

Coffee chaff, on the other hand, is widely available, Miewelski said, and much of it goes to waste. Eventually, Ford hopes to incorporate the material into more cars and use it for more parts.

Ford is turning McDonald's coffee waste into headlights

WRS Inc., its local partners and city officials will brief residents on plans to convert the 435,667-square-foot property into a mixed-use development on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The briefing will be held at the Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue campus.

Knoxville Standard Knitting Mill site to be turned into mixed-use development

Mon
Dec 2 2019
07:32 am

"The ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!"

(link...)

Fri
Nov 29 2019
07:39 pm

TennCare II - Amendment 42: Block Grant
We encourage the public to submit their comments on Medicaid.gov as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or or otherwise inappropriate.

Open for Public Comment – 11/27/19 – 12/27/19

More from the Tennessean.

...give state officials more authority to decide who is covered, what services are provided and how much the state will pay for them.

TANF funds (block grants) go unused, in Tennessee and elsewhere

State withholding even more funds for needy families

The largest decreases in life expectancy (based on AAPC for 2010-2016) occurred in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, South Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Indiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the United States, 1959-2017

Continued...

Thu
Nov 28 2019
05:54 am
By: bizgrrl

A little Thanksgiving humor.

Then there is the "crash course to help everyone get along at the table this holiday season."

  • Stick to the things you have in common.
  • Focus on yourself and the things you can control.
  • Take the opportunity to learn.
  • Don’t take things personally.
  • Step away from the table.
  • Focus on having fun.
Topics:

Here's what I've decided is important. In order:

1. Qualifications
2. Political skills
3. People skills
4. Alignment with my policy views
5. Competent campaign and messaging
6. Can beat Trump

I would have included "trustworthy," but we're talking about politicians (LOL). I realize #6 is #1 for a lot of people. But #1 through #5 accomplish #6. Assuming America has any residual rational thinking and/or patriotic values left. Oh, wait.

"Nice work" to Sevier County on their waste management techniques mentioned earlier on Knoxviews.

Also appreciate the Knoxville and Knox County folks that deal with trash.

Some additional technologies cities are using around the world

How cities are using technology to solve their trash problems

Wed
Nov 27 2019
07:30 am

My book donation has been rejected by the Little Library users.

About 6 months ago they setup a Little Library at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, TN. When the books looked low, I decided to pick out some of our books for donating to the cause. All of the books we donated have been taken, except for A God in Ruins by Leon Uris.

From a 1999 Los Angeles Times book review, "A Diatribe Against Politics, Guns, Money".

It doesn't appear this is one of his best books, but hey it's Leon Uris. I'm thinking it is the title that is scaring readers away. Maybe it is just too old and no one knows Leon Uris anymore. Or, is it the anti-Semitism? Oh, well.

Topics:

Looks like a good idea

"It catches rainwater runoff from the rooftop and instead of diverting it to the stream it absorbs into the ground kind of like a natural sponge. the way the landscape used to be before we came in with our rooftop and pavement," said Ludwig.

Rain Gardens installed

Tue
Nov 26 2019
04:38 pm

New corndog ranking:

1. Nan Denton's
2. UT Hospital cafeteria
3. Weigel's

Sorry Weigel's, you got bumped.

Topics:
Mon
Nov 25 2019
12:11 am

US households are now sitting on a record $14 trillion in mortgages, credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt.

Credit card rates recently hit 17%, the highest level in at least 25 years, making this an especially costly form of borrowing. Part of that rise has been driven by fierce competition to lure borrowers with flashy rewards.

Americans now have a record $14 trillion in debt

Household debt and credit report

Sun
Nov 24 2019
04:04 am

It's hard to conceptualize the three design options. Is there a video of the presentation?

I would like to see this and some other public like entities on the south waterfront instead of apartments.

Wow! First look at proposed Knoxville Science Museum

Sat
Nov 23 2019
07:47 pm

If you want to understand how American politics has become more polarized and extreme over the last decade, look no farther than Asheville, North Carolina -- now split between two of the most gerrymandered districts in the country.

Asheville's woes are the story of America

Sat
Nov 23 2019
08:42 am


Based on new information, CDC is advising that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.

They are taking this very seriously.


A total of 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
A total of 28 hospitalizations have been reported. Five people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

Continued...

Fri
Nov 22 2019
10:33 am

I was impressed with all of the people that testified for the impeachment inquiry. They spoke well and I'm comfortable with how they represent our country.

They Toil Gladly Offstage.

Wed
Nov 20 2019
01:28 pm

I was looking up the various public Christmas related ongoing decor entities in Knoxville area like Farragut Founders Park, Christmas at Chilhowee Park, Festival of Lights at The Cove.

Has there ever been an ongoing Christmas in World's Fair Park? Decorating the Sunsphere, and throughout the park. Christmas musical performances at the amphitheater, etc.?

Christmas at Chilhowee

Farragut Founders Park Christmas decorations

Knox County Festival of Lights at The Cove

Are there more within Knox County?

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)

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