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Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

By jbr, Sat, 2017/05/27 - 12:20am

Looks good

Solar employment expanded last year 17 times faster than the total US economy, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency report published on Wednesday that cited data from the Solar Foundation.

"It seems to be one of the few areas of high-paying, blue-collar jobs -- and you don't have to learn to code," said Bryan Birsic, CEO of Wunder Capital, a fintech company that allows investors to help finance solar panel installations.

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

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Top Trump aide: Coal doesn't make 'much sense anymore'

By jbr, Sat, 2017/05/27 - 12:14am

"Coal doesn't even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock," Gary Cohn said, aboard Air Force One on Thursday, referring to raw materials that get converted into a fuel.

Cohn, who serves as director of the White House National Economic Council, instead praised natural gas as "such a cleaner fuel" -- and one that America has become an "abundant producer of."

"If you think about how solar and how much wind power we've created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly," Cohn said.

Top Trump aide: Coal doesn't make 'much sense anymore'

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Education level of Knox County voters

By jbr, Sat, 2017/05/27 - 12:08am

Any statistical data on the education level of Knox County registered voters? And/or adults 25+ in general, whether registered to vote or not?

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Growing field of Knox Co. Mayor candidates

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/05/26 - 4:35pm

We are told that Brad Anders is definitely in. He joins Bob Thomas, Glenn Jacobs and JJ Jones in what is shaping up to be a crowded GOP primary.

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Friday Bird Blogging

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/05/26 - 2:41pm

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Here's a leftover from the winter backyard bird pics. We were puzzled about this one, but we're pretty sure it's a female Red-winged Blackbird. Click image for bigger.

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Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett to discuss the Knoxville City and Knox County Budgets with Finbarr Saunders

By Doug Veum, Fri, 2017/05/26 - 1:35pm


What: Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett to discuss the Knoxville City and Knox County Budgets with Finbarr Saunders
When: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Where: Community TV Channel

DTV to host Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett on Friday, May 26 @7:30 PM on the Community TV Network.

Councilman Finbarr Saunders moderates a discussion on the city and county budgets with Mayor Rogero and Burchett tonight on Democratic TV.

You can live stream the show at 7:30 PM (here)

Or watch live on the following cable channels:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! (former Knology) Channel 6
AT&T U-verse Channel 99

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JLL state outsourcing contract approved

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/05/26 - 11:44am

Five year contract, effective today. Tom Humphrey has the presser with more info...

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Parks and Rec seeks public input on BMX track at South-Doyle Middle

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/05/26 - 10:17am


What: Parks and Rec seeks public input on BMX track at South-Doyle Middle
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: South-Doyle Middle School auditorium

Knox County leaders will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South-Doyle Middle School auditorium to talk about a $750,000 redevelopment project at South-Doyle Middle School designed to create new athletic fields and a state-of-the art BMX track that will be unique to the sport and the rest of the country.

(Press release continues after the break...)

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Bernie Sanders vs Mick Mulvaney Exchange On Budget Health Care Estate Tax

By jbr, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 10:04pm

This is pretty good.

Bernie Sanders vs Mick Mulvaney EPIC Exchange On Budget Health Care Estate Tax 5/25/17

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Suttree Landing wins state environmental award

By R. Neal, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 9:20am

Suttree Landing Park Wins Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

"As you walk through Suttree Landing, … it is hard to imagine that from the 1940s until 2004, this was an industrial site home to a bulk oil storage facility, a textile dying operation and an engine parts manufacturer."

Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Smart Trips and Keep Knoxville Beautiful were also recognized.

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Running government like a business

By R. Neal, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 8:46am

Time for Donald Trump to close, sell or restructure Kentucky

To Make America Great Again,we can’t afford any namby-pamby political correctness — we need to tell it like it is. Low productivity states (subsidized by our more productive states) need to carry their own weight or go, and Kentucky looks like a good place to start America’s transformation. Given the GOP’s commitment to running America like a business, Kentucky shouldn’t get a dime more from the federal government than it pays to the federal government in taxes. If Kentucky can’t live on a budget, it should be shut down. That’s the way we’d do it in the private sector.

Sadly, Tennessee would also be a candidate.

This is a pretty good tongue-in-cheek column worth a read, especially the part about Mitch McConnell v Elizabeth Warren.

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Beer at Mead's Quarry/Ijams?

By bizgrrl, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 6:58am

Visitors to Ijams Nature Center and Mead's Quarry can enjoy getting outside and a beer at the new Yee-Haw Brewing beer wagon in South Knoxville.

Beer at the quarry may not be new. It appears Bearden Beer Garden sold beer there in 2015.

It surprises me to have beer, swimming, and boating at the quarry. But, then, heh, the folks of South Knoxville have been doing it for years without a beer wagon.

Be careful out there.

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Bannon's War

By jbr, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 1:17am

In case you didn't see "Bannon's War" on PBS Frontline recently you might check it out.

Frontline: Bannon's War

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Iconic Old City train mural restored to original glory

By jbr, Thu, 2017/05/25 - 12:19am

from WBIR.com ...

"Thanks to community-minded and generous individuals, businesses, and organizations, we were able to restore this historic mural," Keep Knoxville Beautiful's executive director Patience Melnik said.

The celebration starts this Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Love Shack courtyard in the Old City. There will be food, beer and giveaways for all those who come out to celebrate.

Iconic Old City train mural restored to original glory

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23 million fewer Americans insured under House GOP bill, says CBO

By jbr, Wed, 2017/05/24 - 5:07pm

The House Republican health care bill would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

23 million fewer Americans insured under House GOP bill, says CBO

G.O.P. Health Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in a Decade, C.B.O. Says

CBO Summary - H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017

How to Read the C.B.O. Score of the Health Bill Like an Expert

Franken Blasts GOP Health Care Bill As Vicious And Cruel

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List of East TN county mayors NOT running for governor

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/05/24 - 3:42pm

Tom Humphrey has a list of 22 East Tennessee county mayors who have endorsed Randy Boyd for governor. There's one name conspicuously missing.

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News Sentinel kills off Shopper News website

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/05/24 - 6:21am

The local Gannett McPaper has killed off the Shopper News website and absorbed it into the Borg.

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Sandra Clark reveals two pronged strategy for KnoxTNToday.com

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/05/24 - 6:07am

Sandra Clark: Knox TN Today mailer saturates Powell

Folks in ZIP 37849 found an 8-page, full-color newspaper in their mailbox today. It was Volume 1, Number 1 for Knox TN Today. But those expecting to find our usual writers were disappointed. The mailer is part of our marketing campaign to promote the website KnoxTNToday.com – and that’s where the writers are.

In June, we’ll send a mailer to all homes in Halls ZIP 37938 and parts of Fountain City; in August to South ZIP 37920; in late fall to Farragut and its county ’burbs – an area so big we had to halve it – ZIPs 37934 (Town of Farragut) + 37923 (Bob Gray/Dutchtown area) = 9,659 in October; ZIP 37922 (southwest Knox County) = 15,182 in November.

In the article, Sandra says it costs $3,000 to mail an oversized post card to 10,000 homes, "And that’s about our cost to print and mail an 8-page broadsheet newspaper to 10,000 homes." To place an ad, call Sandra at 865-661-8777.

Sandra says the KnoxTNToday.com website remains her primary focus for editorial content: "We’re conceding, though, that the future lies online. Our goal, my goal, is to have folks countywide click KnoxTNToday.com first thing each day."

Some might think a direct mail component is outdated and obsolete. They would be wrong.

Just yesterday I was listening to Bloomberg Radio in my car and heard a report from the National Postal Forum by Paul Sweeney, U.S. Director of Research and Senior Media/Internet Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence (listen here at 5:20 in).

Sweeney participated with Chief Marketing Officers from a variety of industries in a panel discussion about direct mail. He said they are taking a "holistic" approach to advertising that includes direct mail because they can't put all their eggs in one basket, and direct mail helps build and maintain customer loyalty.

He said "digital fatigue" from online, email and in-app ads has "created an opportunity for traditional mail-based promotional channels," noting that direct mail has a higher response rate than email for many sectors, especially from their most loyal customers.

It appears KnoxTNToday.com may be ahead of the curve in tapping an underserved market that big advertisers are just now rediscovering.

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Energy Sec. Rick Perry visits Oak Ridge

By R. Neal, Tue, 2017/05/23 - 1:37pm

RoaneViews sums up his visit...

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Trump budget is a "cruel con"

By R. Neal, Tue, 2017/05/23 - 6:14am

The Atlantic:

President Donald Trump’s first major budget proposal comes out on Tuesday, but many of the details are already public. The budget would reverse several of Trump’s campaign promises—like his pledge to preserve Medicaid and Social Security—by dismantling welfare for the poor and sick, while ensuring that rich Americans keep more of their income.

See also: Trump's budget hits his own voters hardest

Plus: Trump’s First Budget Works Only if Wishes Come True

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