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Burchett clears the deck for Jacobs

By R. Neal, Mon, 2018/08/13 - 1:51pm

The News Sentinel is reporting that Parks and Recreation Director Doug Bataille, IT Director Dick Moran and IT Deputy Director Dave Ball were offered retirement and relieved of their duties by Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett, apparently at the request of incoming mayor Glenn Jacobs.

Meanwhile, Glenn Jacobs' wrestling alter ego "Kane" was making an appearance at Bubba Fest this weekend.

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An Interview with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

By cameronjbrooks, Sun, 2018/08/12 - 4:31pm

Back in May I sat down with Mayor Rogero and did an interview with her that I published in my real estate newsletter. We covered many insightful topics ranging from accomplishments over the past years to who her mentors are. Check out!

An Interview with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

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Recap: Hoyos v Burchett on WBIR Inside Tennessee

By R. Neal, Sun, 2018/08/12 - 12:12pm

The segment started with some "yes or no" questions...

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Renee Hoyos and Tim Burchett on WBIR Inside Tennessee Sunday

By R. Neal, Fri, 2018/08/10 - 9:02am

WBIR Inside Tennessee, 9:30AM Sunday Aug. 12th: Renee Hoyos and Tim Burchett discuss the race for US House TN2.

This Sunday at 9:30am on @WBIR’s Inside Tennessee: @timburchett and @Hoyos4Congress discussing the TN 2nd district congressional race with @JohnBeckerWBIR, @SRWknoxville, and @donaldabosch. pic.twitter.com/EZTq29hVJ6

— Taz Painter (@TazWBIR) August 9, 2018

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Democratic TV Comments on the August 2nd Election

By Doug Veum, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 8:41pm

Tune in to the Community TV channel on Friday, August 10th at 7:30 PM for an analysis of the August 2nd Primary/General election on Democratic TV lead by Dr. Mark Harmon with State Representative Rick Staples and Journalist Mike Steely as they discuss their observations and takeaways from the expected and unexpected results of the election.

Watch your cable channel:

Comcast NBCUniversal: Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
AT&T Uverse Channel 99

DTV also streams live on your computer (here!)

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Coming soon to a dystopia near you

By R. Neal, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 7:22pm

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Also seen on the river...

By R. Neal, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 3:37pm

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Saw this on the French Broad today. It says "If you hear banjo music paddle faster."

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Pedestrian bridge at Seven Islands looks to be near completion

By R. Neal, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 3:05pm

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We went for a paddle on the French Broad today. As we approached Newman Island, we were like, what is THAT? Where did it come from? Can we get through there? What are all those buoys? Are they telling us to keep away?

As we got closer we could see that it is a new pedestrian bridge linking Seven Islands mainland to Newman Island. The buoys were directing boaters to stay to the right where the channel is deeper. We coasted right under the bridge, no problem.

This wasn't there when we paddled through two years ago. When we got home, I googled for info about it, and found my own blog post from ten years ago. Guess I forgot all about it.

Anyway, reports at the time said they had hoped to start construction in 2009. Looks like it took a little longer than anticipated, but it appears to be nearing completion now.

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New Columnist Gig

By Mark Harmon, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 12:39pm

I've landed a new columnist gig, twice monthly in the Farragut Press. Here's the first of what I hope will be many columns.

(link...)

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Dems recruit female veterans to run for office

By jbr, Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:09am

As a record number of women won the nomination for Congress

Dems recruit female veterans to run for office

Women opposed to Trump win elections across US

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Residents oppose development on Cherokee Trail

By R. Neal, Wed, 2018/08/08 - 7:26am

Knoxville City Council will vote on a new rezoning at the intersection of Cherokee Trail and Edington Road on August 14, 2018. There appears to be strong opposition among residents in the area, who are concerned about runoff, flooding, and traffic safety among other things. Opponents of the zoning have organized a petition to be delivered to City Council members. It says:

We respectfully request that city council does not approve any more rezoning on Edington Road or Cherokee Trail. The residents of the area believe the infrastructure in this area has already been stretched to its limits. Specifically:

1. There have been 5 incidents of flooding on Edington Rd in the last month. During high traffic times, there is little room for cars to turn around. Traffic must be diverted onto narrow back roads which are not designed for through traffic.

The developments that are already built have significantly added to the flooding problem. It is obvious that the County and City Engineers who approved these developments failed to anticipate the extent of the runoff due to the replacement of woodlands with parking lots and buildings. Any future apartment complexes will only exacerbate the situation.

2. Cherokee and Edington are both windy roads with no room for foot or bike traffic and are not serviced by KAT. When people do walk or bike on these roads it is very dangerous for drivers who are trying to avoid pedestrians as we sometimes must swerve into the opposite lane around blind curves to avoid a potentially lethal encounter.

3. The east end of Cherokee Trail and Edington Road both have one lane underpasses under railroad trestles. The Cherokee Trail underpass is especially dangerous in that traffic from either direction cannot see oncoming cars.

Petition: No New Rezoning on Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville

SEE ALSO:

Cherokee Trail ridgetop removal
News flash: Cherokee Trail is hazardous

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Renee Hoyos will not accept PAC money

By R. Neal, Tue, 2018/08/07 - 7:04pm

Renee Hoyos, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee, released the following statement:

"I will not be accepting any PAC money during this election.

I believe excessive money has a corrupting influence on democracy. Voters should not wonder if their representatives can be bought by big corporations and special interests. You should always know who has the ear (and the pocket) of those who are elected to serve."

Renee Hoyos for Congress

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Over Yonder

By R. Neal, Tue, 2018/08/07 - 5:26pm

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South Knoxvillians tiring of road work?

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2018/08/07 - 12:49pm

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Saw this modified sign at the intersection of Gay Street and Blount Avenue/Sevier Avenue.

It has taken a while but looks like there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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About those incentives

By R. Neal, Mon, 2018/08/06 - 6:41pm

Textile mill that planned 1,000 jobs in Pikeville only employs 26

Only 26 positions have been filled more than a year after Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Pikeville to announce that a new textile company would bring 1,000 jobs to Bledsoe County, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. While Textile Corporation of America has received $3 million in state aid, the company has yet to install any sewing or stitching equipment at the site.

Hope the agreement has clawback provisions.

And lest we forget: the great Alcoa ammo plant debacle. At least no taxpayer money was wasted before it fell apart. That we know of. Because there's SO much transparency on these sketchy deals.

But yeah, "servant leaders" Bill Haslam and Randy Boyd (who both attend the ribbon cuttings at these grifter sideshows) are the real geniuses of siphoning off leveraging taxpayer dollars for these public-private partnerships.

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Facebook wants ALL your data

By R. Neal, Mon, 2018/08/06 - 12:08pm

Reuters:

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, as part of an effort to offer new services to users, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The financial information asked from the banks include card transactions and checking account balances, according to the report.

The promise they won't use the data to target ads or share it with third parties. I guess next they'll want all your health care info so they can recommend treatments and whatnot.

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If you could only have two Beatles albums...

By R. Neal, Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:49pm

What would they be? I'd go with Revolver and Abbey Road.

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College Orientation - Title IX - Consent and Making tea

By bizgrrl, Sun, 2018/08/05 - 8:52am

An acquaintance recently brought this to my attention. The son of this person recently went to college orientation (Freshman year) and part of the sexual consent discussion they see a video about making tea. The acquaintance mentioned this was not just a a single college, it is shown at many colleges during orientation.

If you're still struggling with consent just imagine instead of initiating sex you're making them a cup of tea.

Whether it is tea or sex consent is everything.

For some reason it made me laugh. The acquaintance was quite amused as well and went on and on about making tea. I had to check it out.

Now, obviously there is more to the orientation discussion about consensual sex, or we hope there is. I just wonder how much college freshmen get out of the Making Tea video versus not taking it seriously.

And, it would appear colleges and universities need to address consensual sex frequently, not just at orientation. Based on the problems being reported on college campuses, it would appear a class needs to be taught every semester and required by every student. The class should include that possible jail time that could result if sex is not consensual. Oh, and sexual harrassment is also not acceptable. It too could result in jail time or being thrown out of college. What would a person's future be if they mess up at such an early age?

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Steven Seagal as a "special representative" on US-Russian humanitarian ties

By jbr, Sat, 2018/08/04 - 7:44pm

From "you can't make this stuff up"

Russia appointed actor Steven Seagal as a "special representative" on US-Russian humanitarian ties, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in statement on its official Facebook page Saturday.

According to the statement, the action star's role will be to promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere," adding that the role will include collaboration "in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges."

Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special representative'

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Gerrymandering has voters incensed. How fed-up constituents are fighting back

By jbr, Sat, 2018/08/04 - 6:24pm

Fahey is the founder and executive director of a more than 5,000-person volunteer organization, Voters Not Politicians, that spent months gathering signatures to get a redistricting initiative on the ballot in November that would appoint an independent citizen commission to draw Michigan's voting maps. This week, they won a major court battle after the state Supreme Court shot down a challenge to the initiative.

Voters trying to overhaul the redistricting process in other states that critics say have been gerrymandered are taking a similar tack. Colorado, Missouri and Utah will all have initiatives on the ballot that would, in varying degrees, remove lawmakers from the redistricting process. Organizers in at least four other states have made moves to mount similar changes, too.

Gerrymandering has voters incensed. How fed-up constituents are fighting back

Citizen and Legislative Efforts to Reform Redistricting in 2018

Voters not Politicians

An exhilarating attempt to stop partisan gerrymandering

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