Three brands of hummus produced by House of Thaller are being recalled for potential listeria contamination. All three brands -- Fresh Foods Market, Lantana and Marketside -- have pine nuts on top and come in 10-ounce packages.

Hummus with pine nuts recalled over possible listeria contamination

To check your product for this recall, refer to the lot code printed on the top of the cup. The lot code will begin with a “USE BY” date followed by the letter “W” and a 7 digit code. This is the information to reference when checking your product against the recall list.

House of Thaller Recalls Selected Pine Nut Hummus Products Because of Possible Health Risk

House of Thaller Foods

Jun 24 2017
09:40 am

The City of Alcoa’s FreedomFest, the City’s 39th edition of the overwhelmingly popular Independence Day celebration is set for Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Alcoa Duck Pond.

Today, Saturday, June 24, 2017
6 PM - 11 PM

Food, music, inflatables, climbing wall, face painting, and FIREWORKS!

Jun 24 2017
09:28 am

Summer on Broadway in downtown Maryville.
Today, June 24, 2017
From 8:45 AM TO after 5 PM

Activities include, Smoky Mountain DockDogs Big Air competition at the Greenbelt Park Theater, the Farmers’ Market and the craft vendors open for business on Broadway, with the Napa Classic Car Show at the Blount County Courthouse parking lot, and the McNabb Center Big BBQ Bash.

Robert Higginbotham Blues Jammers at 3 p.m
Hops in the Hills craft beer festival starts at 5 PM
Music by the Dirty Dougs at 5:30 PM


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In a message on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, Sheriff Jones said he is dropping out to because he is spending more time to help a family member with health problems.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones drops out of mayoral race

Jun 23 2017
02:37 pm

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

Strong to severe thunderstorms possible late this afternoon and evening... Windy conditions developing today, especially across the higher elevations. Tornado watch in effect until 9PM.

Jun 22 2017
05:05 pm

By way of the KNS, local artist Paris Woodhull has created a hand lettered and illustrated map of South Knoxville featuring past and present landmarks. Looks pretty cool. I will probably get one. Anxious to check the historical accuracy.

Paris Woodhull Illustrations

South Knoxville Map

Jun 22 2017
05:03 pm

A few in the list from ...

Looks like from 2011-2016 but not clear

Rank Contributor Total Indivs PACs
1 Blackstone Group $220,200 $203,700 $16,500
2 Kindred Healthcare $143,150 $113,150 $30,000
3 Humana Inc $133,300 $93,300 $40,000
4 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $122,050 $52,050 $70,000
5 Goldman Sachs $120,925 $105,925 $15,000
6 JPMorgan Chase & Co $117,075 $87,075 $30,000
7 Altria Group $113,958 $83,958 $30,000
8 DaVita HealthCare Partners $112,375 $83,375 $29,000 - Mitch McConnell

Contributions by Industry

Jun 22 2017
09:07 am

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their Third of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday afternoon, June 25th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. We had a tremendous turnout for last years cruises and this year should be a banner year also. Join us for three hours of Mighty Blue. They are dedicated to playing "modern era" blues, circa 1950-1980, alongside some soul and funk classics! A local favorite from Knoxville, TN.

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 day of show. Smoky Mtn. Blues Members receive a $3 discount. Boarding at 3 PM, cruise from 4 to 7 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

Hope to see you there.


Knoxville Democrat and clinical psychologist Joshua Williams is running against U.S. Rep. John J. "Jimmy" Duncan Jr. in 2018.

Knoxville Democrat announces run against Rep. Duncan

Joshua Williams for Congress

Jun 20 2017
05:33 pm

The Senate negotiations are shrouded in secrecy. Lawmakers have yet to release any concrete details. But we do know that, like the House, they are planning to effectively end Medicaid expansion for low-income adults by cutting off enhanced funding for the program, albeit over a slightly longer time line.

Switching the growth rate would cost states twice as much than if Congress turns Medicaid into a block grant or per capita cap, according to Manatt's calculations. That could mean hundreds of billions of dollars of deeper cuts for some states, though it's hard to put a precise figure on it because the Senate hasn't detailed how the conversion would work.

Senate wants to make health care bill even meaner

Jun 20 2017
10:06 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Ford to import Focus small car from China in 2019

Ford said Tuesday it plans to move production of its Ford Focus small car from the U.S. to China, where it already makes the Focus for Chinese buyers.


Wary of the response from President Donald Trump, who has criticized Ford for making vehicles outside the U.S., Ford said the move won't cost U.S. jobs. The suburban Detroit plant that currently makes the Focus will be converted late next year to produce the Ford Ranger pickup and Ford Bronco SUV.

Jun 20 2017
08:25 am

KnoxTNToday watches the local Sunday talk shows so you don't have to...

Jun 20 2017
08:20 am

According to the Washington Post, rumors keep swirling about a shakeup in Trump's communications shop. The latest is that Sean Spicer will take a behind-the-scenes role, and that Trump has been shopping around for new talent that could include Laura Ingraham.

Anyway, here's the money quote from the article: "...the president had been frustrated with his communications team, which he felt was not always defending him as forcefully as he would have liked, or offering a clear, powerful message."

I guess it's hard to offer a "clear, powerful message" on behalf of someone so ineffective and unfocused. Who would want that job?


We're not shipping coal out of here anymore; we're shipping code. The broadband's our highway, our shipping lanes, our trains.

From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky


The Kentucky Startup That Is Teaching Coal Miners to Code

Coal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Jun 19 2017
12:05 pm

Looks like Knoxville has a couple stops on the 25 stop tour.. Knox Whiskey and Post Modern Spirits.

Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett hopes the first-of-its-kind Tennessee Whiskey Trail, which officially goes live Monday after more than a year of development, will be a game changer for state tourism and will draw travelers to Tennessee for the sole purpose of experiencing more than two dozen unique distilleries on the trail.

Tennessee officially has its own whiskey trail

Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Jun 19 2017
09:15 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Todd Freeberg
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

beyondwords.jpgKnox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Todd Freeberg for a discussion of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina, Wednesday, June 28, noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Attendees may bring lunch. Drinks are available to purchase.

"How intelligent are non-human animals? Do they have self-awareness? Do they have deep relationships with one another in ways that echo our own relationships? These kinds of questions have been asked by humans for centuries," Freeberg says. "A number of recent books attempt to answer these questions, including The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, and Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith. One of the best of this recent flurry of books is Beyond Words by Carl Safina. As described by The New York Times, 'Dr. Safina is a terrific writer, majestic and puckish in equal measure, with a contagious enthusiasm.… Dr. Safina draws out haunting resonances between animal lives and our own.'"


Jun 19 2017
06:27 am

Samantha Bee had a bit about minors getting married ("Fucked up but still legal") on her Full Frontal show last week.

After watching this segment, I thought I would check out the age of consent to marry in the 50 states. I was surprised to see that the majority of states (30) still have sixteen as the age of consent to marry. According to this web site, in Kansas and Massachusetts, with parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, males can marry at age fourteen and females at age twelve. Twelve? That's just creepy. Besides, why do they allow females to marry at an earlier age than males?

In most states a person can marry at an earlier age "by reason of pregnancy". Isn't that sweet? No.

Age of consent to marry

Eighteen - 11 states
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