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24 officers to contain inmates at Mountain View facility

By jbr, Tue, 2019/11/12 - 5:05pm

The officers spoke to Michael Pelletier, who is the Chief Operating Officer for TrueCore, which operates the facility. The officer noted that Pelletier was filling in for the facility's director, who had walked off and quit a few days earlier.

It took 24 officers to contain inmates at Mountain View facility in incident 1st reported as medical call

TrueCore Behavioral

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Residents suffer as Mississippi and 13 other states debate Medicaid expansion

By jbr, Tue, 2019/11/05 - 4:14pm

It found the states’ decision over Medicaid expansion has had a cumulative impact on mortality among older adults, leading to 19,200 fewer deaths in Medicaid expansion states from 2014 to 2017, while states that decided against expansion “likely resulted in 15,600 additional deaths” that could have been avoided.

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EPA plans to relax coal power plant waste rules

By jbr, Mon, 2019/11/04 - 7:48am

The new rules would allow extensions that could keep unlined coal ash waste ponds open for up to eight additional years and allow plants to discharge wastewater that captures the waste through a membrane system, though many plants would be exempt.

EPA plans to relax coal power plant waste rules

EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants

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Coal workers and Murray Coal bankruptcy

By jbr, Sat, 2019/11/02 - 3:00pm

I did not realize how Murray bankruptcy affected retired miners at other companies

Coal Miners and Murray bankruptcy

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota

By jbr, Thu, 2019/10/31 - 7:17pm

Part of the Keystone 1 Pipeline in North Dakota was shut down after a leak of about 9,120 barrels of oil -- 383,040 gallons -- was discovered...

Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota

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Barack Obama has a message about being politically woke

By jbr, Wed, 2019/10/30 - 2:43pm

The world is messy, there are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids. And share certain things with you."

Barack Obama has a message about being politically woke

What Barack Obama gets exactly right about our toxic 'cancel' culture

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Number of Uninsured Children Is On the Rise

By jbr, Wed, 2019/10/30 - 12:23pm

States where the uninsured rate for children has increased most sharply are Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Florida, and Ohio.

The Number of Uninsured Children Is On the Rise

According to a new report, an estimated 83,000 Tennessee children were uninsured in 2018.

Children's Health Coverage in Tennessee

The Health 202: Kids are losing health coverage despite the strong economy

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13 teens arrested after witness said they attacked, robbed homeless person downtown

By jbr, Mon, 2019/10/28 - 7:19am

What is the curfew and what is penalty to parents?

13 teenagers arrested after witness said they attacked, robbed homeless person in downtown Knoxville

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Trump Rally Cold Open - SNL

By jbr, Sun, 2019/10/27 - 11:03am

Trump Rally Cold Open - SNL

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Knoxville has more parking spaces than people, analysis shows

By jbr, Sat, 2019/10/26 - 11:44pm

But just how many is a lot? City planners found there are 403,789 spots taking up about 4,182 acres.

Knoxville more parking than people

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Blackburn wants to move US Department of Education to Tennessee

By jbr, Thu, 2019/10/24 - 10:50pm

Bill to move agencies out of DC

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House Republicans stormed the hearing room where Pentagon official was testifying

By jbr, Wed, 2019/10/23 - 10:49am

House Republicans stormed the hearing room where Pentagon official was testifying

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Sevierville County Commissioner in national news

By jbr, Wed, 2019/10/23 - 12:22am

Sevierville County Commissioner comments during "gun sanctuary" vote

Jefferson and Sevier Counties added to the list of Tennessee 'gun sanctuaries'

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THP ramping up efforts to catch distracted drivers

By jbr, Mon, 2019/10/21 - 11:17pm

Since July 1, 2019, THP has issued nearly 7,300 distracted driving citations statewide. About 3,700 of those are specifically hands free violations. In Knox County, troopers gave out 273 distracted driving tickets, and 102 for someone using a cell phone while driving.

THP ramping up efforts to catch distracted drivers

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Nearly 1,000 people have died of suspected overdoses in Knox County since 2016

By jbr, Sat, 2019/10/19 - 9:52am

The District Attorney's Office says 998 people in Knox County have lost their lives to the opioid crisis since 2016. As of Friday, 189 people had died of suspected overdoses this year.

Nearly 1,000 people have died of suspected overdoses in Knox County since 2016

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City leaders discuss future of Chilhowee Park by unveiling proposed additions

By jbr, Thu, 2019/10/17 - 1:58pm

They had some interesting ideas. The water flooding issue is a big deal that has to be addressed, as they explained.

There is so much asphalt there, with the pond as a low point, that it seems like a giant sink with the water left on sometimes. They suggested moving the fair elsewhere, then removing most of the asphalt and making green space. That would have a big impact on the flooding. Although maybe not completely address it. Apparently there is a lot of hollow areas underground that route water to the lowest point in area, in this case the pond.

The movement of amphitheater to closer to interstate was interesting, but I was not clear on how the interstate noise would be addressed with regards to acoustics for shows.

Chilhowee Park had a noticeable revenue bump in 2018, that was attributed to the "Dragon Lights Festival". Which was a good event. I visited it a couple times with folks.

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'Medicare for All' not only way to universal coverage, study suggests

By jbr, Wed, 2019/10/16 - 12:49pm

Comments?

'Medicare for All' not only way to universal coverage, study suggests

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Rock Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

By jbr, Tue, 2019/10/15 - 8:51pm

Rock Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

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Climate change is shaping Iowa's physical and political landscape

By jbr, Mon, 2019/10/14 - 4:00pm

"The sun is coming up". "No it isn't". "I am looking at it". "No you aren't".

Many were still angry with the Army Corps of Engineers, which they claimed had mismanaged the river — but few were willing to suggest that the flooding had anything to do with climate change. Or that global warming could trigger a food crisis in the next 30 to 40 years.

Climate change is shaping Iowa's physical and political landscape

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600 ex-EPA officials want Congress to investigate agency

By jbr, Thu, 2019/10/10 - 5:13pm

Five hundred ninety-three former officials who worked under Republican and Democratic administrations signed a letter sent to the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday requesting an investigation into EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's threat to withhold federal highway funds from the state [California]. They also want an investigation into Wheeler's demand that the state take action regarding its homelessness crisis. The officials write in the letter that both actions "were intended as retaliation for the state's failure to support President Trump's political agenda."

Nearly 600 ex-EPA officials want Congress to investigate agency over 'inappropriate threat of use' of authority

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