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Amy Klobuchar to appear in Knoxville

By Up Goose Creek, Fri, 2020/02/28 - 6:48pm

Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to appear at the Downtown Hilton Saturday Feb 29. Doors open at 8:30 and event starts at 9.

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There is a website to sign up to attend but I hope no one would be turned away.

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It's great to have a candidate (besides the ubiquitous Bloomberg) take notice of our scruffy little city. I think we are a good fit for an unpretentious & practical candidate like Amy.

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Notice: Cedar Bluff precinct 68E polling place moved

By R. Neal, Fri, 2020/02/28 - 12:56pm

From the Knox Co. Election Commission:

Please be advised that the Election Day polling place for Precinct 68E has been moved from Cedar Bluff Middle School to the Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville 37923.

A PDF map of the affected area is on the front page of our website: www.knoxvotes.org

Precincts 67 and 68 will remain in the middle school. We moved 68E to relieve Election Day lines/crowds. All registered voters were mailed a postcard in the first week of February notifying them of this change.

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So how's that Gannett merger synergy going?

By R. Neal, Fri, 2020/02/28 - 10:10am

Not so great apparently...

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Aargh.... And he's the Governor!

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2020/02/28 - 6:32am

From WBIR,
Governor Bill Lee announced an administration bill Thursday that would all law-abiding citizens in Tennessee to carry a handgun without a permit if they're over 21 years old.

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Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) released a statement after the announcement.
"Governor Lee’s call today for permitless carry is a reckless idea for all Tennesseans. Regardless of where you live in Tennessee, this legislation will not make your family safer. Tennesseans, while supporting the 2nd Amendment, also believe in common sense policies like universal background checks on gun purchases. Our current permitting system has served Tennesseans for years and there is no reason to make these changes now, especially as we have the data to show that states who have enacted permitless carry have seen drastic increases in assaults committed with firearms."

What is wrong with him and those who support these kinds of efforts? This is not the wild west. Why must we regress 100+ years?

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Family Pet Portrait Day 2020

By cameronjbrooks, Wed, 2020/02/26 - 12:48pm

Family Pet Portrait Day is coming up on Sunday, March 22nd. It is a time where you can get your photo taken professionally with your favorite furry friends for free! Included is a free 5x7 print and digital file.

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Learn more and RSVP here!

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Tennessee state bills seek to implement library oversight

By jbr, Wed, 2020/02/26 - 2:02am

Following in the footsteps of Republican lawmakers in Missouri, a pair of bills aimed at public libraries are making their way through both the House and the Senate of Tennessee. Senate Bill 2896, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), and House Bill 2721, sponsored by Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) seek to create parental oversight boards for public libraries.

TENNESSEE BECOMES NEXT STATE SEEKING PUBLIC LIBRARY OVERSIGHT, CENSORSHIP

Senate Bill 2896

House Bill 2721

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Last day to vote early

By R. Neal, Tue, 2020/02/25 - 9:30am

Today is the last day of early voting for the March 3 Super Tuesday primary. Info here...

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shoplifting update

By michael kaplan, Mon, 2020/02/24 - 1:43pm

This could be relevant to the recent wave of shoplifting along Chapman Highway.

from Johnson City Press:

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that repeat misdemeanor shoplifters can be charged with a felony burglary. Ken Baldwin, the attorney general of the 1st Judicial District, says it is “a really big decision" for local prosecutors. He said it is also good news to large retailers who are often the victims of habitual shoplifting.

Baldwin said the ruling applies to cases where defendants with four or more previous misdemeanor convictions for shoplifting have been banned from a specific store. He said these defendants are often addicted to drugs, and return to the same retailers to steal merchandise that they will later attempt to exchange for refunds or gift cards that will be used to purchase drugs.

He also said shoplifters are “more violent these days,” and are known to fight with theft prevention officers and carry weapons.

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Katherine Johnson

By R. Neal, Mon, 2020/02/24 - 11:35am

The computers had been programmed with the orbital equations that would control the trajectory of the capsule in Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission from liftoff to splashdown, but the astronauts were wary of putting their lives in the care of the electronic calculating machines, which were prone to hiccups and blackouts. As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl”—Johnson—to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine. “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.”

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician for NASA manned spaceflight programs, passed away today at the age of 101. Read her remarkable story here...

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Carville on Putin's efforts to influence who Democrats nominate

By knoxrebel, Sun, 2020/02/23 - 12:37pm

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Because of course he is

By Rachel, Sat, 2020/02/22 - 10:30pm

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Democratic candidates national polls

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2020/02/22 - 6:41am

NYT: Who is leading the polls (as of Feb. 13)?
Biden, Bloomberg, Buttgieg, Klobuchar (47%)
Sanders, Warren (38%)

538: Who’s ahead in the national polls (as of Feb. 22)?
Biden, Bloomberg, Buttgieg, Klobuchar (48.8%)
Sanders, Warren (37.8%)

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Trump out of control

By R. Neal, Fri, 2020/02/21 - 8:17am

Trump is having some sort of meltdown. He is actively covering up Russian interference in the next election and dismantling US intelligence services in the process. McConnell is complicit.

This is a national emergency.

Alas, Trump is going to get reelected. Unless his "base" and whatever is left of the Republican party wake up and realize they are being played by a vulgar, third-rate grifter who has become alarmingly unstable. Y'all need to primary him out of office. It doesn't appear that Democrats are up to the task.

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CTV online

By michael kaplan, Thu, 2020/02/20 - 10:24pm

After sitting through four hours of the City Council meeting tonight (the selection of District 1 council rep), I decided to watch the remainder of it at home on CTV stream. The image is almost unviewable and the audio unintelligible. This is how CTV explains it:

We apologize for any technical difficulties we may experience from time to time with our Live Stream and Facebook Live when online viewer demand is high. We appreciate your patience.

Technology surely exists for quality streaming. Why isn't the city using it?

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Knoxville and Knox County traffic statistics

By jbr, Wed, 2020/02/19 - 3:34pm

Is there some place to look up Knoxville and Knox County traffic statistics? Like where most DUI tickets are written, speeding, cell phone hands-free, amount of traffic, accidents, intersections with most accidents, etc? I assume that, and more, are kept somewhere.

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Knox County Public Defender election

By R. Neal, Tue, 2020/02/18 - 12:33pm

The Knox County primary for Public Defender has two Republicans, an independent, and no Democrats so the election will likely be decided in the primary. It appears this special election is a heated contest with questions about who is most qualified. Compass has a profile of the candidates here. Here's KnoxTNToday's profile.

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Parkridge community meeting

By R. Neal, Mon, 2020/02/17 - 4:21pm


What: Parkridge community meeting
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:30pm
Where: O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St

Public notice from City Council:

This is a public notice that multiple Members of the Knoxville City Council may attend a Parkridge community meeting tomorrow, February 18, 2020 at 6:30pm at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St Knoxville, TN 37917. The meeting will be for the purposes of discussing the proposed closure of a portion of Myrtle Street between the northern right-of-way line of East Fifth Avenue and terminus and dead-end. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend.

NOTE: The city is proposing this as an alternative to the controversial Caswell Park plan which was abandoned. Previous discussion here...

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The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

By jbr, Sat, 2020/02/15 - 9:57am

How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election

Tony Willnow, a 34-year-old maintenance worker who had an American flag wrapped around his head, observed that Trump had won because he said things no other politician would say. When I asked him if it mattered whether those things were true, he thought for a moment before answering. “He tells you what you want to hear,” Willnow said. “And I don’t know if it’s true or not—but it sounds good, so **** it.”

The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

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Our presidential primary endorsement

By R. Neal, Sat, 2020/02/15 - 7:28am

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Earth just had its hottest January in recorded history

By jbr, Thu, 2020/02/13 - 5:19pm

It was the 44th consecutive January, and the 421st consecutive month, with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to NOAA.

Earth just had its hottest January in recorded history

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