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South Waterfront update: A lot happening

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/09/22 - 11:18am

Former Parker Grocery building set for multi-use redevelopment...

The latest South Waterfront update has lots of big news:

• Construction on Waterfront Drive at Suttree Landing is set to begin today, and bids for the park could go out as early as next month.

• There is a public hearing today, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at All
Occasions Catering, 922 N. Central St., to present and discuss the progress of both the South Waterfront and Downtown North Brownfield Assessment Grants.

• Work is underway on the new Fort Dickerson entrance, and there is an update on the Baptist Hospital demolition which is moving along.

• A local firm is planning a mixed use reuse of the building at 822 Sevier Ave. across the street from South Knoxville Elementary. It would have 4000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant on the first floor and 4000 sq. ft. of office space on the second floor. They are calling this the old "assembly bulding," but I remember it as Parker Grocery, if I'm not mistaken.

• Perhaps the biggest news is that South Knoxville Elementary is participating in the community schools initiative for grades K-5 beginning with this 2014-2015 school year.

All this and more in the latest South Waterfront Update...

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Bar Marley

By xmd, Sun, 2014/09/21 - 9:54pm

Just have to say the new Bar Marley has a very bright future. If it all pans out according to their website I believe it will be one of K'towns best places to be.

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A future for I-40?

By michael kaplan, Sun, 2014/09/21 - 10:45am

I'm not saying I-40 should become a park, but the adaptive reuse of this polluting highway as it cuts through our close-in neighborhoods offers stunning possibilities for the future of the city.


... this third phase completes a kind of narrative, which the two earlier phases started, about 21st-century New York as a greener, sleeker metropolis, riven by wealth, with an anxious eye in the rearview mirror. It is a Rorschach test, signifying different things — about urban renewal, industry, gentrification, the environment — to different people.


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A Trip in the Country

By redmondkr, Sat, 2014/09/20 - 4:50pm

Just back from a trip to the Tsali Notch Vineyard near Sweetwater. The muscadines are just coming in and the scent of Heaven is everywhere. Those are the Nesbitt variety in the bowl, considered the best for the table. We picked some of the Nobles for wine.

Top it off with a swing by the Sweetwater Valley Farm for a few varieties of cheese and then a visit with a friend who made this really good (from a kit) Black Raspberry Merlot.

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RIP Polly Bergen

By R. Neal, Sat, 2014/09/20 - 4:39pm

Knoxville native actress Polly Bergen has died at the age of 84.

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BREAKING: Herron will not seek second term as TNDP chair

By R. Neal, Sat, 2014/09/20 - 1:39pm

Press release...


NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced today at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman.

“I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends with whom I have worked to help elect Democrats,” Herron said. “Electing Democrats in Tennessee in order to move our state forward will continue to be my focus and my passion.”

Herron's term as state party chair has been marked by a number of major accomplishments, including cutting recurring state party expenses almost 50%, hosting two record-setting Jackson Day fundraisers, and a major effort by the state party to help retain three Supreme Court justices targeted by Republican Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and outside interest groups.

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New Traffic Radar Gun Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting

By jbr, Sat, 2014/09/20 - 7:46am

From Yahoo...

A Virginia-based company called ComSonics is developing a new type of radar gun that can actually detect whether text message radio frequencies are being emitted from passing cars. According to The Virginian-Pilot, ComSonics says the device is “close to production.”

New Traffic Radar Gun Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting

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For theater/re lovers

By Moon, Fri, 2014/09/19 - 4:42pm

Consider taking your kids, grandkids or self to the Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) to see Seussical: the Musical. Although the actors range in age from 6 to 16, I’ve seen a bit of the show and the singing is outstanding. Starting today, it runs for three weekends, with shows on Thursday-Sunday.

Here is the trailer, produced by a 9th grader.
(Even if you have no interest in attending the show, consider watching the video link. I am quite close to the young man who did the video and he loves when his videos pick up lots of views.)

Show dates and times after the break.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/09/19 - 11:40am

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. President Obama has issued this proclamation.

Locally, there will be a ceremony at the East Tennessee Veteran's Memorial at the Worlds Fair Park site at 6PM. It is hosted by the Knoxville Chapter of Rolling Thunder and the Smoky Mt. Chapter of the American Ex-POW organization. My Dad will be the guest of honor.

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Gordon Ball earns an 'F' from NRA

By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/09/19 - 10:58am

The Times Free Press reports on an NRA hit piece attacking Gordon Ball's stance on the 2nd Amendment. Ball's interview with KnoxViews is quoted extensively.

UPDATE: Gordon Ball issues statement in response:

"This comes as no surprise to me as Sen. Lamar Alexander has received NRA money for years," U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball said today. "The NRA never contacted me, never asked me to fill out a questionnaire and this is obviously a hit piece. I'm a gun owner and strongly support the Second Amendment. I just happen to have a D in front of my name on the ballot."

"Let me be clear, the NRA didn't even ask me that question, they went to an online piece on KnoxViews and decided to give me a score for their pal Lamar," Ball added. "According to the Sunlight Foundation, he is second with Mitch McConnell in receiving contributions from the National Rifle Association."

"Obviously the senator from Tennessee is taking this race seriously if he is asking favors from all his connections in Washington. If he wants to discuss these issues, let's debate and not just go to a breakfast forum scheduled for the second day of early voting." Ball concluded.

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Tennessee unemployment, poverty rates increase

By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/09/19 - 10:47am

Tennessee continues lead in race to the bottom...

Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Times Free Press:

The nation's poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the number of Tennesseans living below the poverty line increased in the most recent two-year period, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Tennessee corporations get richer while the poor get poorer. For example, Corrections Corporation of America more than doubled it's net income for the most recent quarter. First Horizon nearly doubled their net income. HCA had a nearly $1 billion increase in revenues and an 18% increase in earnings. (Ironically, the results reflect increased Medicaid revenues). And so on.

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Discussion about new hybrid pension plan for TN educators

By Mike Knapp, Fri, 2014/09/19 - 5:29am

What: Discussion about new hybrid pension plan for TN educators
When: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
Where: Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater

Via Oak Ridge Retired Teachers Association

A new hybrid pension plan for TN educators was put in place August 1, 2014, and no one seems to know very much about it, other than it is markedly unlike the TN Consolidated Retirement System. Jerry Winters knows the hybrid pension plan and will be explaining it and how it will affect new teachers.

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The Artful Dodger: Dr. Briggs "radio silence" on Cheri Siler's invitation to debate

By stalwartdem, Thu, 2014/09/18 - 2:42pm

There seems to be a new virus going around: RDD Virus (Republican Debate Dodge Virus) Those who are the most at risk seem to be GOP candidates currently running against strong Democratic candidates. GOP 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleishmann has an extreme case of the disease...His opponent Mary Headrick, a physician, cannot seem to cure him.

But it is spreading. The latest to contract it is Richard Briggs. His primary symptom: evasiveness. His other symptoms include inability to be located, and a sudden interest in playing dodgeball by himself.

See link (link...)

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Blues Cruise this Sunday afternoon

By xmd, Thu, 2014/09/18 - 11:04am

Please join us this Sunday for an Afternoon Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Last of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday afternoon, September 21 on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with local band Northshore Band. They will provide the entertainment and will welcome up and coming phenom Devan Jones along with Saxmaster Robert Knapp to the stage.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 2:30PM, cruise from 3 to 6 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets
Check out the SMBS website for more info.

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Cagle: Tough times ahead for Haslsm

By R. Neal, Thu, 2014/09/18 - 9:53am

It Could Get Ugly: Surly Legislators Resent Being Targeted For Defeat and Anti-Common Core Sentiment

The face of Haslam’s education reforms is Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who is about as popular with legislators and teachers as Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre is in Mayor Tim Burchett’s office.

Unless he is replaced, Huffman will be the target of attacks by legislators, who might not want to get ugly with the governor, but can beat up his commissioner with impunity. Huffman has no allies beyond the Chamber of Commerce and the vultures trying to siphon off public education money.

I don’t know if anybody could save Haslam’s education reform package but the one person we know who can’t is Huffman.

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Redefining Scrooge

By michael kaplan, Thu, 2014/09/18 - 9:04am

Typically, the extremely wealthy give a higher portion of their incomes to charity than middle and upper-middle income Americans. After all, you can only buy so many yachts, vacation homes, and Teslas before you start to look for other ways to spend money. But that doesn't seem to be true for the Waltons, who've redefined what it means to be a Scrooge.


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Robert Reich Lecture

By Factchecker, Wed, 2014/09/17 - 11:11pm

What: Robert Reich Lecture
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Cox Auditorium, Alumni Building, UT-Knoxville


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High profile investor: Charter schools are a business

By R. Neal, Wed, 2014/09/17 - 4:57pm

Former tennis star Andre Agassi says philanthropy isn't "scalable," so charter schools have to be financed like a business startup. Especially if investors can make money in the process. Nashville Public Radio reports...

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Alexander agrees to debate Ball

By R. Neal, Wed, 2014/09/17 - 4:39pm

Sen. Lamar Alexander has agreed to debate challenger Gordon Ball. The candidate forum, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, is scheduled for Oct. 16th at Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga Times Free Press report...

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Most educated town in every state

By jbr, Tue, 2014/09/16 - 7:57pm

Percent of residents with at least a bachelor's degree.

From Yahoo Finance …

Belle Meade, Tn 86.4

Here's the most educated town in every state

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