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DNC Convention thread - Thursday edition

By bizgrrl, Thu, 2016/07/28 - 12:47pm

Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Including remarks from Tennessee State Representative Raumesh Akbari.

Will the delegates make it back from the Lady Gaga concert?

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Gannett eliminating jobs at Commercial Appeal

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/07/28 - 7:40am

Memphis Flyer: "Hunger Games" at The Commercial Appeal

Earlier this month, Gannett representatives announced intentions to eliminate seven copy editor and five design jobs in Memphis, centralizing much of that work at Gannett's "design studio" in Nashville.

Memphis Newspaper Guild President Daniel Connolly has a special name for this outsourcing of work to the Tennessee Capitol. Connolly, a longtime CA reporter and Guild leader, calls the newspaper's creeping Gannettization the "Hunger Games," after Suzanne Collins' popular dystopian novel trilogy and the subsequent movie franchise.


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DNC Convention thread - Wednesday edition

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2016/07/27 - 4:50pm

It has started.

Vice presidential nomination.

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Trump calls on Russia to conduct espionage aganst the United States

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/07/27 - 12:22pm

No, seriously. Just now during a speech in Floida.

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Moments from past Democratic National Conventions

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2016/07/27 - 11:47am

H/T Huffington Post

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Donald Trump win? Obama:'Anything is possible,'

By jbr, Wed, 2016/07/27 - 11:00am

from President Obama on ...

... one of the dangers in an election like this is that people don't take the challenge seriously. They stay home. And we end up getting the unexpected."

"What I think is scary is a president who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an interest in learning what they don't know," Obama said.

Can Donald Trump win? 'Anything is possible,' Obama tells Savannah Guthrie

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Heat wave continues - be careful out there

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2016/07/27 - 10:56am

From FEMA, the heat wave continues this week. Stay indoors/check on seniors, never leave pets or kids in car, hydrate often if working outdoors & limit outdoor activity

Precautions you can take.

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It's official...

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/07/26 - 6:52pm

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and the next President of the United States.

History made. Again. Stronger together.
Madam President. Get used to it.

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DNC Convention thread - Tuesday edition

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2016/07/26 - 3:50pm

Nominating Speeches and Roll Call Vote starts at 5 PM.

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After 87 years, Pease Furniture closing

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2016/07/26 - 6:16am

Pease Furniture has been a fixture in South Knoxville for 87 years. They will close their doors on August 20, 2016.

Pease is a third-generation business and has been in the Vestal community since 1929. It was once the largest General Electric dealer in the Knoxville area, as well as one of the oldest furniture businesses in Knoxville history.

As was said over two years ago, there are a few businesses left in South Knoxville that have been there a long time, e.g. Shoney's, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Arbys, Pease Furniture, Stanley's Greenhouses, Southside Package Store, Tapp Optical, and Berry Funeral Home. The list is shrinking.

Pease Furniture has been an asset to the community. In my experiences, they work hard to please the customer.

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DNC Convention thread - Monday edition

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 5:34pm

It started out beautifully with the Bethany AME Church choir singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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Sanders addresses supporters in Philadelphia

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 1:39pm

Sanders addressing supporters just now in Philadelphia:

"We have got to defeat Donald Trump and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine." (Crowd boos.) "Brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in."

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Think twice about routine dental x-rays

By Knoxgal, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 12:11pm

The NY Times has an article today about the hazards of regular dental x-rays. My husband and I have long eschewed routine bite-wing and panoramic x-rays and have urged our grown children to do the same. Our dentist and his staff know better than to try to convince us that they're harmless and necessary. These x-rays are significant money makers for dentists, but I prefer not to increase my probability of getting brain cancer.


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Sen. Al Franken addresses Tennessee delegates

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 11:45am

Quote of the day:

"To give you an example of the contrast between their convention and our convention, they had Scott Baio. We’re going to have President Barack Obama."

Al Franken: Democrats have ‘a fight on our hands’ with Donald Trump

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SoKno: Rivers Edge Apartment Homes

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 11:06am

Did a little drive around in SoKno yesterday. The new apartments on Island Home Avenue along the river are looking very nice. They have started leasing even though the facility is not complete. They are working very hard. Yes, they were working on Sunday.


What a great view. There are quite a few apartments facing the river. You can see the river, the SoKno bridge, and downtown. The riverwalk is not ready, but it will be a great asset. Two bedroom units along the river side are going for $1,195. Two bedroom units not along the river side are going for $1,150. Each building is a three story walk-up, no elevators. There is a sparkling pool as well. Last but not least, they allow pets.

The apartments are less than a half mile from Island Home Park. This gives greenbelt access to Ijams Nature Park. It is only 1.5 miles to the County Courthouse. And, they are on the bus line. It appears they have done a good job with these new apartments. Now they need to build some condos in the same area for more permanent residents.

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Cumberland Avenue is a mess

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/07/25 - 11:02am

In our drive around of SoKno, we elected to leave the area by driving down Cumberland Avenue. What a mess. I would hate to be a business owner on the right side of the road. For some businesses it is nearly impossible to access the entrances. Maybe you are supposed to go around back. I certainly hope it will be worth it.


One thing to note. The relatively new apartment complex on the left side of Cumberland, is not the great addition it might have been. You can see it in the picture, the tallest building on the left, about five stories. There is little to no landscaping in front of the building. There might be a small tree.

I understand the philosophy of putting parking in the back of buildings. However, if it is to be done, then there should be landscaping in the front. Could be a strip of grass with more trees/bushes. Could be multiple bushes and trees with flowers. Or some combination. It was my understanding there was going to be retail on the first floor. If so, then maybe they should have put the building back a few more feet to make way for patio/sidewalk seating or displays, along with some landscaping.

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TN Dem delegates at casino

By bizgrrl, Sun, 2016/07/24 - 5:49pm

From Mark Harmon's delegate diary, the TN delegation is staying at the Radisson Valley Forge Casino Resort. Will they really attend the convention? I'm guessing a few will go see Lady Gaga.

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Michael Bloomberg to endorse Clinton at convention

By R. Neal, Sun, 2016/07/24 - 5:26pm

Michael Bloomberg will speak at the Democratic National Convention to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

His advisor said "This week in Philadelphia, he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton.”

Bloomberg said earlier that Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears. Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican party, appealed to our 'better angels'. Trump appeals to our worst impulses."

The Guardian: Michael Bloomberg will endorse Clinton during Democratic national convention

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Debbie Wasserman Shultz removed from convention chair post

By R. Neal, Sun, 2016/07/24 - 1:31pm

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, named as permanent convention chair, party leaders pressure Wasserman Shultz to resign from DNC.

CNN report...

UPDATE: Now being reported that Wasserman Shultz has resigned her post as chair of the DNC...

UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Shultz statement:

"I have been privileged to serve as the DNC Chair for five and a half years helping to re-elect President Obama and Vice President Biden, strengthening our State Party Partnership in all 50 states, leading a vigorous primary election this past year while preparing for the general election and representing millions of Democrats across the country. I couldn’t be more excited that Democrats are nominating our first woman presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, a friend I have always believed in and know will be a great President. We arrived here in Philadelphia with the most inclusive and progressive platform the party has ever proposed and a unified recommendation from the Rules Committee on our path forward as Democrats. I am proud of my role in leading these efforts. Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans. We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had."

UPDATE: Now being reported that DNC vice chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the November election...

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Musicians who don't like Trump and don't appreciate him using their music

By R. Neal, Sun, 2016/07/24 - 7:45am

Here are some musicians who have objected to the Trump campaign's use of their music:

The Rolling Stones
Neil Young
Twisted Sister
Steven Tyler
Elton John
Luciano Pavarotti's widow
George Harrison Estate
The O'Jays
Paul Rodgers (Free)
The Turtles
The Shangri-Las
Earth Wind and Fire

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