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Who's moving into those sad, abandoned malls

By jbr, Sat, 2020/09/19 - 1:30pm

To me, a mall structure seems like a natural for seniors communities. Indoor walking, small electric vehicle transport, wheelchair friendly, doctors offices, stores, restaurants, entertainment, etc. that cater primarily to seniors needs and wants, but some also used by general public. The populace is getting older.

Alternatively, mall developers say they're scouting for businesses other than retailers to replace shuttered stores, anything from schools to doctors offices and short and long-term storage facilities both for residential and commercial customers.

You might be surprised who's moving into those sad, abandoned malls

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Getting masks in Knoxville

By jbr, Fri, 2020/09/18 - 4:47pm

Is there a masks superstore of sorts in Knoxville?

Is there somewhere in Knoxville that you can get masks that the straps holding it on go behind the head?

All I can find wrap around the ears.

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Downtown Knoxville Greyhound bus station up for sale

By jbr, Wed, 2020/09/09 - 3:48am

Downtown Knoxville Greyhound bus station up for sale

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Tennessee tax revenues tax year 2020

By jbr, Sat, 2020/09/05 - 6:18pm

Tennessee Tax Revenues

Tennessee Tax Revenue Tracker 2020

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As states make voting easier during the pandemic, Tennessee is moving in the other direction

By jbr, Sun, 2020/08/30 - 10:49am

... several moves in Tennessee are actually restricting the right to vote in the Volunteer State.

As states make voting easier during the pandemic, Tennessee is moving in the other direction

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Trump administration announces plans to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By jbr, Mon, 2020/08/17 - 1:08pm

Bernhardt said future leases of the federally-owned land will make the entire 1.5 million acre Coastal Plain area available.

Trump administration announces plans to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Feds crack down on lenders targeting small businesses

By jbr, Sun, 2020/08/16 - 7:00pm

Because they are not banks, merchant cash advance companies have been subject only to light regulations. Effective interest rates on the companies' advances can be astronomical — at Par they hit 400 percent, according to the SEC, and often exceeded 1,000 percent at RCG, New York state said. Some companies' aggressive, even menacing, collection techniques have also been detailed; according to the New York state suit against RCG, one executive told a customer, "I am going to make you bleed," and told another he would kidnap his daughters if he didn't make the payments.

Feds crack down on lenders targeting small businesses with high-interest loans, abusive collection tactics

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UK's first socially distanced concert shows what the future of live music might look like ...

By jbr, Thu, 2020/08/13 - 5:07pm

Groups of up to five turned out to watch musician Sam Fender from one of 500 raised metal platforms at the the arena in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England.

Distancing is enforced on arrival. Cars are parked two meters apart before patrons are guided to their own platformed private viewing areas, while food and drink can be ordered beforehand or via an app for collection or delivery.

UK's first socially distanced concert shows what the future of live music might look like

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Two Market Square Businesses Will Not Re-Open

By jbr, Tue, 2020/08/11 - 12:43am

Knoxville Chocolate Company has closed its downtown location

The other business which will not re-open is Myrtle’s Chicken + Beer.

Two Market Square Businesses Will Not Re-Open

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Tennessee politics in National news

By jbr, Thu, 2020/08/06 - 12:51pm

The political ads I have seen are not very flattering to Tennessee in general. Regarding the candidates and the reflection on the perceived intellect and mentality of the electorate by the candidates and their campaign staff.

Tennessee GOP Senate primary sets up another establishment vs. insurgent battle

Tennessee Republicans battle to fill Lamar Alexander's Senate seat

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Knox County sheriff: Call the health department if a bar violates the closure order

By jbr, Tue, 2020/08/04 - 10:21pm

Sheriff Tom Spangler with the Knox County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday he is deferring on enforcing the BOH's order, telling people to call the Knox County Health Department with concerns or complaints about bars not following the order at its (865) 215-5555 COVID-19 hotline.

Knox County sheriff: Call the health department if a bar violates the closure order

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Helicopter crash in Tennessee river across from UT farm

By jbr, Mon, 2020/08/03 - 8:23pm

They seem to be looking in water for someone. Helicopters hovering over water. Just off Alcoa highway.

ED. UPDATE: Four people aboard, three rescued, one fatality. According to unconfirmed social media source, the helicopter was owned by the Claytons.

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Live at Lucille's

By jbr, Sat, 2020/08/01 - 12:20am

Watching "Live at Lucille's" on PBS.

I really liked that place.

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State won't collect, release data on coronavirus cases in Tennessee schools

By jbr, Thu, 2020/07/30 - 7:24pm

A day after a top official in Gov. Bill Lee's administration said Tennessee plans to withhold the number of COVID-19 cases in schools from the public, a spokesperson said the information will not even be collected by the state.

When Lee announced guidance for school reopenings on Tuesday, state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said Tennessee had no plans to provide the public with data on the number of coronavirus cases and deaths at schools as many return to in-person classes.

State won't collect, release data on coronavirus cases in Tennessee schools

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Save Our Stages Act

By jbr, Sat, 2020/07/25 - 10:07am

Per a press release, the “Save Our Stages Act” would provide six months of financial support to help “keep venues afloat, pay employees and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America.” Independent music and entertainment venues have been among the hardest-hit businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Even as some portions of the economy begin to re-open, venues will likely remain closed for some time, as the coronavirus is believed to spread especially quickly in crowded indoor spaces.

Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Independent Venues Struggling During COVID-19

Save our Stages Act

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Knoxville allows restaurants to expand outdoor seating and wants owners to get creative

By jbr, Sun, 2020/07/19 - 4:53pm

I wonder if you could utilize the top level of parking garages somehow. Or maybe the top 2 levels.

Knoxville restaurants won't have to be limited by their patio space to provide safe outdoor seating thanks to a new city permit allowing businesses to expand into parking lots and other public spaces.

Knoxville allows restaurants to expand outdoor seating and wants owners to get creative

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Old South High

By jbr, Sat, 2020/07/18 - 9:02am

Drove by old South High yesterday. Looked pretty good. At one time I thought it was destined to be torn down.

South High Senior Living

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Downtown Casual Pint to Permanently Close

By jbr, Fri, 2020/07/17 - 11:57pm

I liked this place but I have not been there in awhile.

Downtown Casual Pint to Permanently Close

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The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules

By jbr, Wed, 2020/07/15 - 9:42pm

In all, a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts nearly 70 environmental rules and regulations officially reversed, revoked or otherwise rolled back under Mr. Trump. More than 30 additional rollbacks are still in progress.

The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.

“This may be the single biggest giveaway to polluters in the past 40 years,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that works to save endangered species.

President Trump rolls back major law protecting air, water, wildlife to speed big projects

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Nashville Police to start enforcing mask mandate

By jbr, Wed, 2020/07/15 - 11:50am

Metro Police say anyone who doesn’t follow the mask order will face a civil citation that could result in a $50 fine.

Nashville Police to start enforcing mask mandate

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