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Normal News!

By R. Neal, Tue, 2018/12/18 - 6:35pm

Every time you turn on CNN or any other national news outlet there's BREAKING NEWS!

At this point, they should just change their banners to NORMAL NEWS! Because this is sadly the new normal.

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Wanted: One doctor. 'Tired' Dr. Tom Kim closes Briceville, Deer Lodge clinics

By jbr, Mon, 2018/12/17 - 3:47pm

$11+ billion would have been helpful

He went to the remote area primarily to provide preventive care: to make sure people who didn’t have access to regular medical care were diagnosed with and could manage their diabetes, their high blood pressure, their thyroid disease. He kept their colds and upper respiratory infections in check, ensuring they missed as little work as possible. He treated their wounds, stopping infection before it spread.

Wanted: One doctor. 'Tired' Dr. Tom Kim closes Briceville, Deer Lodge clinics, searches for successors

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Corporate America gives out a record $1 trillion in stock buybacks

By jbr, Mon, 2018/12/17 - 2:26pm

Corporate America celebrated the first full year under the new tax law by rolling out a record-setting $1 trillion of stock buybacks.

Corporate America gives out a record $1 trillion in stock buybacks

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Alexander won't seek reelection

By R. Neal, Mon, 2018/12/17 - 1:26pm

Sen. Lamar Alexander announces he won’t seek another term in 2020

See also: Nashville Scene on possible candidates...

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Utah set to drop blood-alcohol limit to .05, strictest in country

By jbr, Sun, 2018/12/16 - 11:32pm

An average-sized man reaches a .05 blood-alcohol level by having more than two standard drinks in the first hour and over one per hour after that

Utah set to drop blood-alcohol limit to .05, strictest in country

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60 Minutes: Opiods

By jbr, Sun, 2018/12/16 - 8:05pm

Now Mike Moore has taken aim at the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, claiming they should pay for the epidemic of addiction and death that has swept this nation. As you'll hear in a moment, he has powerful new evidence that he says proves that states like Ohio, among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, should collect billions from all the companies he's suing.

Opiod Crises

DEA opiod database

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It's a Wonderful Trump Cold Open - SNL

By jbr, Sun, 2018/12/16 - 8:38am

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) gets his wish to have never been president granted and sees how the lives of Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon), Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) and more have changed in an alternate reality.

It's a Wonderful Trump Cold Open - SNL

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...and the horse he rode in on.

By Mark Harmon, Sat, 2018/12/15 - 12:43pm

Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary.

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Fed judge in TX rules ACA unconstitutional

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:36am

Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued the opinion in a lawsuit brought in February by Republican officials in 20 states.

“The court finds the individual mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s tax power and is still impermissible under the interstate commerce clause ― meaning the individual mandate is unconstitutional…. [T]he court finds the individual mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA,” O’Connor wrote in his opinion.

The law’s guarantee of coverage for people regardless of their pre-existing conditions, financial assistance for private insurance, rules establishing a basic minimum set of benefits insurance policies must cover and more would vanish.

Expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults, also is stricken.

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act would increase the national uninsured rate by 50 percent and lead to more than 17 million people losing health coverage.

Republican officials from Tennessee as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin filed the lawsuit.

"We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place," [Sarah Huckabee] Sanders said in the statement.

It's sad so many Republicans in Southern states want to hurt their constituents. There is some hope for the South. North Carolina and Virginia did not get involved in taking away healthcare rights.

If you were so inclined, go ahead and sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Healthcare.gov. They will not take away your insurance once you've been approved.

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KNS seeks nominations for Person of the Year

By R. Neal, Fri, 2018/12/14 - 7:36am

The deadline for News Sentinel Person of the Year nominations is today. The qualification is "their actions must have had an impact this year."

I nominate Maribel Perez Wadsworth, the President of USA TODAY NETWORK for Gannett. She's had a tremendous impact on Knoxville by destroying its once great local newspaper of record.

In her previous posts at Gannett, she "led digital strategy for local newsrooms" and "architected the digital subscription strategy."

How's that working out for Gannett and the News Sentinel?

She recently told employees during a company-wide conference call that "digital revenue is not replacing declining print revenues, and some belt-tightening will be coming in the new year." By belt-tightening, she means more layoffs and gutting of newsrooms.

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Surviving a job in the Individual 1 Admin

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:29am

by Dana Milbank, Washington Post.

Find a therapist.
Don’t quit your day job.
Get married, or join a celibate religious order.
Open Uber Eats and Instacart accounts (under a pseudonym).
Get a lawyer.
Above all: Have fun!

To me, most important are Don't quit your day job and Get a lawyer.
Do you think whoever is next will heed this advice? Nah.

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DTV features Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini with Mark Harmon on the 2018 Campaign and Election

By Doug Veum, Thu, 2018/12/13 - 9:24pm

Tune in on Friday, December 14 @ 7:30 PM to Democratic TV (here!) to hear a candid discussion between Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini and TNDP Executive Committee member Dr. Mark Harmon discussing the role the TNDP played in the campaign leading up to the November 6th election.

Democratic TV will air on your cable service channels:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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homeless four

By michael kaplan, Thu, 2018/12/13 - 4:20pm

I haven’t yet received an answer to the letter I addressed to Mayor Rogero on October 28, 2018, regarding the whereabouts of the homeless evicted from the I-40/Broadway encampment. As an ordinary citizen, even I can answer that question: they are scattered throughout the inner neighborhoods, and can be seen pushing carts filled with their belongings on N. Broadway, N. Central, Chapman Highway, and elsewhere. In fact, I am attaching a photo taken today of two on my block in a residential neighborhood in South Knoxville.

I have also stopped by the day courtyard constructed at the I-40/Broadway site and rarely see more than a half dozen persons. Why would anyone choose to sit on cold metal furniture when they can sit on the sidewalk in the sun?

As I’ve said previously, the problem of the growing homeless population requires an emergency solution, something I don’t yet see being profferred by the city administration.

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Rogero administrations hits back at Victor Ashe "pot-stirring"

By R. Neal, Thu, 2018/12/13 - 9:08am

In this News Sentinel op-ed, deputy to the mayor and chief operating officer David Brace explains the city's decision to appeal a recent ruling that they must reinstate a former engineering staff member who left his civil service position for a job in the Haslam administration.

When his $155,900-a-year job was eliminated during a reorganization, Steve King (who is eligible for a $79,902 per year pension) requested a hearing to be reinstated to his former civil service job. The hearing officer agreed and ordered the reinstatement, which would result in demotion for two current civil service employees.

Victor Ashe's recent columns criticizing Mayor Rogero regarding the controversy are written "inaccurately and vindictively – in a destructive pot-stirring manner so common in Victor’s gossip column" according to Brace, who says the News Sentinel has "failed to report the facts" about the situation.

Brace also says it's ironic that Ashe is "the only Knoxville mayor to be found guilty in a federal employment rights lawsuit for retaliation and willful discrimination."

Column: Victor Ashe's 'pot-stirring' columns don't tell true story of Steve King removal

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The Trump administration unveils a stealth attack on people with preexisting conditions

By jbr, Wed, 2018/12/12 - 8:12pm

Taken in its entirety, the new waiver guidance appears to lay out a path for state officials to pursue, via waivers, changes to the ACA that Congress has not been able to achieve through legislation. Whether and how states respond to the new waiver guidance remains to be seen.

New rules

Stealth attack preexisting conditions

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Earthquake in East Tennessee

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2018/12/12 - 6:34am

Did you feel it? Two earthquakes hit East Tennessee minutes apart:

There was a 4.4 earthquake around 4:15 a.m. and a 3.3 earthquake around 4:30 a.m.

I felt it. It felt like a tractor trailer had hit a building close by.

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Government shutdown looming

By R. Neal, Tue, 2018/12/11 - 5:24pm

Individual 1 says he will shut down the Federal government if Congress doesn't give him money to build his stupid wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

OK, then. Whatever.

But what is a Federal government shutdown? Best I can tell from previous shutdowns is that National Parks are closed. VA paperwork might get slowed down or something, too, not sure. Mostly it causes aggravation for a lot of innocent bystanders. Congress still gets paid, though. Soldiers don't.

If the crybaby in chief wants a real government shutdown he should go all in. Otherwise he's weak.

If he were an authentic tough guy, he would shut off power at the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. He would furlough all Secret Service and Capitol Police. Ground Air Force One and Marine One. Shut down the Pentagon, order all military to stand down and recall all troops from overseas posts. Ground all military aircraft and order all ships to port. Turn off all government computers. Shutdown the DOJ, FBI, ATF, DEA, Border Patrol, federal marshals, federal courts, etc. Suspend food and drug inspections. Shut down all federal health and scientific research programs. Suspend all federal road building funds. Furlough air traffic controllers and TSA. Turn off all GPS satellites. Recall all NASA astronauts back to Earth from the ISS. Suspend VA, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid payment processing. Etc.

But that would be silly. And people would be pretty pissed off and vote all these doofuses out at the next opportunity.

Which is why threatening a government shutdown is a stupid, idle threat.

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Another Market Square business, has closed

By jbr, Tue, 2018/12/11 - 5:19pm

This place seemed to have some odd business hours from my observation.

What is an average commercial rent per square foot for Market Square?

I Love Juice Bar, another Market Square business, has closed

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Gov.-elect Lee ready to move on vouchers

By R. Neal, Tue, 2018/12/11 - 6:33am

The Tennessean reports that "Gov.-elect Bill Lee said Monday he is open to promoting a school voucher program as part of his upcoming legislative agenda and committed himself to being an advocate for school choice in Tennessee."

Lee cites his own anecdotal evidence of mentoring an at-risk youth and getting him placed in a charter school. The kid's grades improved and now he's going to college, which is proof that school choice works according to Lee. Is it possible that Lee provided a positive influence in the kid's home life and that was the difference?

Anyway, with a new boss more open to the idea and new leadership in the legislature, school vouchers have a better chance than ever of advancing in the next session.

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Ho Ho bummer

By Treehouse, Mon, 2018/12/10 - 9:49am

The News Sentinel, in its review of the downtown Christmas parade, noted, "A man portraying Santa..."

I can only hope the children didn't read that. It was Santa!!

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