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Vote Early Now! Here's one way to explain the Dark Money...

By Mark Harmon, Fri, 2014/10/24 - 1:37pm

People need to get out and early vote now! We cannot allow the voucher people and the Koch Brothers to buy our state representative. Here's how to explain it to others in an amusing way. Please share widely.

Dark Money Guys

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'No' votes on Amendment 1 changed to 'Yes'

By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/10/24 - 12:03pm

Voters report issues at Maury County polls - WSMV Channel 4

COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) - Early voting is well underway, but several people in the same county said they cast "no" votes that were changed to "yes."

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Literary artists in the house! Homes given to writers for free in Detroit

By jbr, Fri, 2014/10/24 - 8:24am

Interesting. Reminded me of Chattanooga's "Geek Move" program.

from CNN …

The non-profit project is buying up and renovating foreclosed homes using crowd-sourced funds in the city's Banglatown district. It then gives them to promising literary prospects in the fields of fiction, non-fiction, screen writing, poetry and journalism among others.

Literary artists in the house! Homes given to writers for free in Detroit

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Town Hall Forum

By Mark Harmon, Thu, 2014/10/23 - 8:10pm

Becky and I had the pleasure of attending tonight's town hall forum at West High School. Thanks to Commissioners Jeff Ownby and Amy Broyles for organizing it. Gloria Johnson, Cheri Kay Siler, and Jamie Rowe offered compelling points on the value of community school programs (instead of voucher/skimming plans). Cheri and Gloria also spoke to the value of Medicaid expansion and a higher minimum wage. It's a shame none of the opposing candidates made this act of civic service a higher priority and showed up.

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A Great Response to a False and Deceptive Ad

By Mark Harmon, Thu, 2014/10/23 - 7:43am

A rebuttal to an Amendment One ad:

Click here

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Airbag Safety Recall: Multi Mfg., Years 2000 - 2008

By bizgrrl, Thu, 2014/10/23 - 7:03am

7.8 million U.S. vehicles are included in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall for defective airbags.

Investigators are concerned that hot, humid air causes the inflating device in Takata airbags to explode, sending metal shrapnel flying. Safety advocates said at least four people have died from the problem.

Multiple auto manufacturers are included in the airbag recall. So far, year of manufacture includes 2000 through 2008, depending on the manufacturer and model. Various models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota are included in the recall.

No matter where you live this recall should be taken seriously. Auto manufacturer websites should have links to safety recalls where you can put in your vehicle identification number to determine if it is included in the recall. However, you might want to keep checking in case additional cars are added to the airbag recall.

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Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

By R. Neal, Wed, 2014/10/22 - 4:20pm

Two are from Tennessee, including one from Knoxville...

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Burlington is back

By michael kaplan, Wed, 2014/10/22 - 1:21pm

The Burlington flea market on MLK Jr. is back on a daily basis. The merchants claim they are paying about $5 to set up. Everything in the basket was $1. Stuffed peppers are on the way ...

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Haslam leaves Knox County out of Pre-K expansion

By Bbeanster, Wed, 2014/10/22 - 1:16pm

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2014

Knox County Excluded from Pre-K Expansion
Johnson, Fitzhugh call for more inclusion

NASHVILLE – State Democratic leaders said Wednesday they were troubled by Gov. Haslam's plan to expand pre-K programs in only two major cities, instead of serving children around the state.

"We had an important opportunity to use our own federal tax dollars so more children can have a seat in a pre-K classroom," State Rep. Gloria Johnson said. "I am extremely troubled that Gov. Haslam has ignored Knox County - despite the district's interest - and only offered this opportunity to Memphis and Nashville."

The U.S. Department of Education made an offer to states of federal matching dollars to expand pre-K programs.Tennessee was eligible to receive nearly $70 million of its own federal tax dollars. Instead of a fair plan to add pre-K classrooms around the state, Gov. Haslam applied for funds to be used only in Memphis and Nashville.

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A couple of good shows this weekend

By R. Neal, Wed, 2014/10/22 - 8:19am

BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet will be playing at the Relix Variety Theatre on Friday the 24th for a WDVX benefit concert. More info...

Trigger Hippy featuring Joan Osborne will be playing Sunday night, Oct. 26th at the Bijou. More info...

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Noted local defense attorney killed in car crash

By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 10:51pm

WBIR: Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston killed in car crash

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No-Show Smith finally shows up – But guess where?

By Bbeanster, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 10:40pm

When South Doyle Middle School teachers showed up for parent-teacher conferences this evening at 5, supper was waiting for them in the break room.

So was 13th House district candidate Eddie Smith, in what was pretty clearly a violation of KCS policy:

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What's at stake with Amendment One

By Mark Harmon, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 7:18pm

Wow, what a great message and video.

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Here's a fun way to explain our State Senate Race

By Mark Harmon, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 6:39pm

Please share widely.

Click here

..or watch below.

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What Tennessee Code *really* says on abortion

By Tamara Shepherd, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 4:36pm

On Inside Tennessee last Sunday, I watched local attorney Don Bosch spar with legislative candidate Eddie Smith, who maintained that our state law doesn't require abortion clinics to be "inspected." WRONG, Eddie.

Moments ago, yet another anonymous poster popped up here to rattle off the same erroneous allegation--and others. But he was WRONG that TN doesn't require parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion and he was WRONG that TN doesn't require third trimester abortions be performed in hospitals.

On and on the disinformation goes.

Between now and November 4, let's stop the fear mongering by directing folks like these to the applicable law, namely TCA 39-15-201 through -209 and TCA 37-10-301 through -307.

Read it in full via free public access to LexisNexis, here--and share it widely.

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New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

By jbr, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 2:18am

Is this technology used in Knoxville?

From NBC …

...according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day...

...school districts across the country are installing new technology on school buses: little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by.

New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

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Sample ballot for Nov 4

By jbr, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 1:51am

To me this should be on the front page of the NS several days a week, through the election.

Knox County sample ballot

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Community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

By Mike Knapp, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 11:00pm


What: Community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road)

From KCS - "A community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) will be held on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m., Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road). The purpose of the forum is to provide information about IB MYP and answer questions from the community. Please note that two or more members of the Knox County Board of Education may be in attendance."

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Community forum for local candidates

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 6:09pm


What: Community forum for local candidates
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: West High auditorium

Commissioners Amy Broyles and Jeff Ownby are hosting a community forum for local candidates at the West High auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6PM. State Senate candidate Cheri Siler and State House candidate Gloria Johnson have both said they plan to attend. Will their opponents show up?

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We're calling a personal foul on Gloria Johnson's opponent

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 5:43pm

In case you missed it, a negative flyer comparing Gloria Johnson to Lane Kiffin made the sports wires today.

Gloria responds with a message of support from a winning U.T. football coach:

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