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Memorial Day

By R. Neal, Mon, 2020/05/25 - 8:32am

"Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hinds slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude — the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."

From the original Memorial Day Order by John A. Logan, Commander in Chief, Grand Army of the Republic, May 1868.

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A Slice of Life

By michael kaplan, Sun, 2020/05/24 - 3:35pm

A 'slice' indeed: slice the ridge, remove the trees, pave over the site for parking. Just what South Knoxville needs.


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"I've never been arrested. I don't know how to act."

By R. Neal, Sun, 2020/05/24 - 10:42am

Today is the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon's visit to Knoxville with the Billy Graham Crusade and the ensuing protests and arrests. Michele (bizgrrl) and I were there, as was her father, Dr. K.R. Newton. He was one of the rabble rousers (we were just observers) along with his friend Dr. Charlie Reynolds, one of the main instigators (and father of Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds).

This 30th anniversary Metro Pulse article by Jack Neeley is the most comprehensive chronicle of the times and events you will find. Dr. Newton, Dr. Reynolds and others discuss their involvement and subsequent arrests. When Dr. Newton was arrested at his office (based on surveillance photo ID), one police officer said "You don't seem very upset." Dr. Newton answered, "I've never been arrested. I don't know how to act."

Michele was going through her late father's papers a few years ago, and found his contemporaneous account of the events. A couple of passages still ring true today...

"Those who seek to maintain 'control' through the use of 'law and order' have made statements indicating their concern for a communistic plot, sexual orgies, and 'pollution of the academic environment.' Those who disagree are accused of being unAmerican, disloyal to the University as well as dirty, unkempt, immoral, spoiled, lazy and are frequently told if you don't love it you should leave it. Yet those who claim to be defenders of the country and the University utilize tactics which can only destroy both the democratic process of the country and the educational endeavors of the University. Those who continue to believe that an education consists of textbooks and lectures can only be concerned with the building of things rather than the building of a people. The survival of our campus, of our country, and indeed of the world demands the building of a people and even, perhaps the devaluation of things."


"The students of the University of Tennessee have shown a mature restraint which should be rewarded rather than punished by the University administration and the city officials. They have shown a tremendous flexibility, desire for dialogue and patience to which most universities in this country have not been afforded during the past several years. Unfortunately the political climate of this community is such that even nonviolent dissent results in irrational repression. Unfortunately those who desire peace are considered criminals and those who desire war are considered saviors. Unfortunately those who desire change are considered dangerous and those who support the status quo are considered safe leaders. Unfortunately those who do not want to follow blindly their leaders to total destruction are considered irrational while those who follow unquestionably are considered sane. Unfortunately those who ask questions are considered uneducated while those [who] listen with an unquestioning superstitious belief are considered knowing and intelligent. Unfortunately those who obey unjust laws are considered Christian and American while those who oppose are considered evil, Communistic and undesirable. Unfortunately today Christians seem unable to carry out Christ's behavior and teachings while those who have difficulty with organized Christianity seem to behave in a Christ-like manner."

He concludes:

"In 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brody' she states that she is 'in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders' -- perhaps now we must be in the business of putting young heads on old shoulders."

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SoKno Taco manager to county: 'Shut up' and keep politics out of coronavirus decisions

By jbr, Sat, 2020/05/23 - 11:00am

A member of the Knoxville-Knox County Reopening Task Force fired off a scathing email earlier this week to Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs' office, telling officials to butt out of the committee's work on the coronavirus pandemic.

SoKno Taco manager to county: 'Shut up' and keep politics out of coronavirus decisions

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Man's best friend

By R. Neal, Sat, 2020/05/23 - 9:15am

(stolen from twitter)

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Coronavirus cases in TN up to nearly 20,000

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2020/05/23 - 6:26am

From reports dated as of May 22, 2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, there are 19,394 cases in TN and 315 deaths.
That is an additional 2,725 cases in one week and an additional 28 reported deaths.

368,170 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 65,853 tests in the past week.

5.3% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
5.3% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

On Thursday, 5/21/2020, 175 new coronavirus cases were reported in Rhea County.
Rhea County is West/Southwest of Knoxville, along 1-75. Dayton, TN, is the county seat.

The Tennessee Health Department confirmed that the cluster is happening within a group of migrant workers on a farm in the county, although officials did not name the specific farm.

Be careful out there.

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Knoxville/Knox Co. reopening phase 2 details announced

By R. Neal, Fri, 2020/05/22 - 11:54am

PDF here...

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DTV Features Rep Rick Staples and Sam McKenzie on their upcoming Primary Election Contest

By Doug Veum, Fri, 2020/05/22 - 9:08am

DTV Host Michael Davis discusses with Rep Rick Staples and Sam McKenzie the Democratic Primary contest for the District 15 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives tonight at 7:30 PM on the Community TV Channel Watch tonight to learn about 2 of the Democratic candidates facing off in the August Democratic primary to represent District 15 in the Tennessee General Assembly.

DTV airs on the following cable channels:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

and CTV streams live here!

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Mayors comment on reopening

By R. Neal, Wed, 2020/05/20 - 12:42pm

WBIR reports that the Knox Co. Health Department announced phase 2 of reopening will begin Tuesday, May 26th.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs provided the following statement regarding local Phase 2 reopening plans, additional information for which is to be presented by Dr. Buchanan during the Knox County Health Department’s regularly-scheduled 12:30 p.m. press conference today.

“I want to applaud Dr. Buchanan, her team and the citizen volunteers of the Knoxville-Knox County Reopening Task Force for their dedicated service and guidance. I feel the plan they’ve developed balances the needs for both healthy people and a healthy economy. I’m looking forward to their release of some of the guidance for Phase 2 this afternoon as it will enable our community to move forward and get more people back to work. It’s important that we continue pushing ahead as a unified community as Phase 2 gets fully underway.”

Full, industry-specific details of Phase 2 will be released by KCHD on Friday, May 22.

Mayor Kincannon statement on Phase 2 reopening-

“I am grateful to Dr. Martha Buchanan, the entire team at the Knox County Health Department and task force members for putting the well-being of our community ahead of politics. These smart, science-based decisions are crucial as we move through this pandemic.

"I also want to thank the people and businesses of Knoxville. We are able to move from Phase One to Phase Two because of everyone’s effort to follow the five core actions that limit transmission of this virus: washing hands, physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, sanitizing surfaces and staying home if sick.”

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April Housing Report

By Greg Mackay, Tue, 2020/05/19 - 10:15pm

Here is the April Housing Report compiled from the Knoxville Area Multiple Listing Service data.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Greg Mackay
Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker Wallace





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Florida, Georgia coronavirus data problems

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2020/05/19 - 10:49am

From the Tallahassee Democrat,
Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post...

It's being reported Florida's coronavirus data is now being restricted.

From the Los Angeles Times,
Thanks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, we now know things did indeed look too good to be true. Georgia’s coronavirus numbers looked so rosy because officials misrepresented the data in such a way it’s difficult to believe it wasn’t done on purpose.
In the latest bungling of tracking data for the novel coronavirus, a recently posted bar chart on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website appeared to show good news: new confirmed cases in the counties with the most infections had dropped every single day for the past two weeks.

In fact, there was no clear downward trend.

This could happen anywhere. If you can't verify your data, say so or don't publish it.

We rely on the media to fact check the government. Support your local, state, and national media.

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In which I agree with Frank Cagle

By R. Neal, Tue, 2020/05/19 - 8:11am

I know, I know. But it happens from time to time. From his latest column at Knox TN Today:

You are not a free enterprise capitalist if you raid the public treasury to get a sweetheart no-bid contract with automatic increases. How is it possible for a private company to provide the same level of service yet still make a profit?

The latest effort to dismantle a public utility is the post office. Ben Franklin, one of our founding fathers, set up the postal service and it has tied together the country for all these decades.

One argument for turning the post office into some version of UPS or FedEx is that the post office loses money. Do we expect prisons to make a profit? Highways? Public schools?

Read the rest...

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Contrasts in local government

By R. Neal, Tue, 2020/05/19 - 7:52am

Compass reports that City Council is set to pass a resolution urging state legislators to expand Medicaid.

Meanwhile, Compass also reports that County Commission is set to pass a resolution proclaiming Knox County a "Second Amendment Constitutional County."

OK then.

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Mark Harmon: Knox County’s Mayor Grapples with Nonsense, and Loses

By R. Neal, Mon, 2020/05/18 - 9:38am

In the Tennessee Lookout: Jacobs in the Koch call bemoaned the fiscal irresponsibility of federal spending, bragging that Tennessee was a fiscally strong place. “Unfortunately,” he lamented, “what sometimes happens is the people who have been fiscally responsible end up paying for the fiscal irresponsibility of other places.” If it sounds a bit like an echo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “blue state bailout” whine, it is. It also, however, is a disturbing deception evident in many places, but particularly with Tennessee Republicans.

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Large cluster of coronavirus cases in Loudon County

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2020/05/18 - 6:38am

57 employees at Monterey Mushroom in Loudon County, TN, tested positive for COVID-19.

No definitive report on how many are asymptomatic, but they are predicting the majority are asymptomatic.

This is after two cases were reported at the Wampler’s Farm Sausage facility in Loudon County, TN.

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Reopenings - not so good

By BoB W., Sun, 2020/05/17 - 11:31am

As many people want to force our current state of affairs into their mold of everything is OK now & we can return to normalcy, the covid deaths increase each day.

Here's a metric that maybe they should consider:

As of today, the U.S. death toll is already 50% higher than the number of people who perished in the Vietnam War! With much sadness, I say that normalcy is in the somewhat distant future - not now.

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Tonight, Pres. Obama delivers Class of 2020 commencement address

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2020/05/16 - 5:01pm

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others.

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will simultaneously air the special May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners...

Complete sentences begin at 8.

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JCPenney to file for bankruptcy, will close some stores

By jbr, Sat, 2020/05/16 - 4:57pm

I go there for some particular items. Although I don't shop a lot.

JCPenney operates 850 stores and it has nearly 90,000 workers. It said that it received $900 million in financing to help it operate during the restructuring.

JCPenney joins Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and Sage Stores in filing for bankruptcy amid the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Plenty of other retailers are expected to follow.

JCPenney to file for bankruptcy, will close some stores

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On May 22, TN to lift business capacity restrictions and allow attractions to open

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2020/05/16 - 6:32am

Gov. Lee and the state’s Economic Recovery Group announced today it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22.
Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments.
The new Large Attractions guidance applies to those businesses that can effectively practice social distancing with strong measures to protect both employees and customers, including racetracks, amusement parks, waterparks, theaters and dinner theaters, auditoriums, large museums and more.

There are lots of guidelines, but hey they are guidelines. There is no enforcement.

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EWG's Tap Water Database

By jbr, Fri, 2020/05/15 - 2:40pm

Plug in your zip code then click on your "Utility name"

EWG's Tap Water Database

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