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Pilot update

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/02/09 - 11:34am

WBIR reports that former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood has been indicted in relation to the rebate scam probe. They are also reporting that as many as eight indictments are expected.

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Early voting starts tomorrow...

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/02/09 - 9:51am

Early voting for the Knox County and Presidential Primary starts tomorrow and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 23rd. Here are some links to election and candidate related info:

Sample ballot

Early voting schedule, times, places

News Sentinel Knox County 2016 Voter Guide

Live Blogging: LWV Candidate Forum (Commission Candidates)

Board of Education candidates Q & A by League of Women Voters

Law director, property assessor candidates clash at election forum

News Sentinel endorsements:

Staples, Fugate, Nystrom, Anders primary choices

Rowell, Weaver receive primary endorsements

Standefer, Pelot best candidates for school board

WBIR Inside Tennessee candidate interviews

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Democrat Brandi Price announces for House District 18

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/02/09 - 9:47am

Local attorney Brandi Price has announced she is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Representative, District 18. Her announcement after the break...

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Super Bowl halftime shows - What a difference 36 years makes

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2016/02/09 - 9:33am

The Super Bowl extravaganzas get more and more grand.

Super Bowl XIV (1980)
Simple. Inexpensive.

Super Bowl 50 (2016)
Grand. Expensive.

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Thinking Big

By michael kaplan, Tue, 2016/02/09 - 12:43am

From Jewish Currents:

Dairy farmer Max Yasgur died on February 8, 1973, less than four years after hosting the Woodstock Festival of August 15-18, 1969 on his land in Bethel, New York. Yasgur was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County in the 1960s, with 650 cows. Although he was a Republican and supported the Vietnam War, he was angered by the opposition of his neighbors to the hippie festival. “If I know my American history,” he told his town board, “tens of thousands of Americans in uniform gave their lives in war after war just so those kids would have the freedom to do exactly what they are doing.” He was also appalled at the opportunism that led vendors to sell water and other basics at the overwhelmed event, and responded by distributing free water in milk bottles and giving away milk products.

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TNReady: Another outsourcing fail

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/02/08 - 6:50pm

The State of Tennessee signed a $108 million contract with a North Carolina company to administer TCAP tests to students across the state. Local school districts spent millions more on technology upgrades to prepare. Instructional time was spent teaching students to use the system.

Today was supposed to be the first official day of testing. The on-line system failed and students were unable to take tests. The state now says it's back to pencil and paper for the rest of the school year.

TNReady tests to be given via paper, pencil after tech failure

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House defers vouchers

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/02/08 - 6:15pm

School voucher bill vote deferred by House 51-34 at sponsor Bill Dunn's request.

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World's largest concentrated solar plant switches on

By jbr, Mon, 2016/02/08 - 10:58am

Looks good ...

...could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year...

World's largest concentrated solar plant switches on in the Sahara

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Peyton Manning's last game?

By R. Neal, Sun, 2016/02/07 - 7:59am

Will Super Bowl 50 be Peyton Manning's last game? Will he go out on top? Either way, he is the highest paid NFL football player ever, with career earnings of $247 million -- $59 million more than any other player. Number 2? Eli Manning. Peyton's first contract out of college was for $47.7 million with a $11.6 million signing bonus. And he never even beat Florida.

How Peyton Manning made $247 million to become the highest-paid player in NFL history

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At least they're trying

By R. Neal, Fri, 2016/02/05 - 3:07pm

BONUS: Comfortably Numb

(Disclaimer: This apparently went viral five years ago. I'm a little behind. Fortunately they have a sense of humor about it.)

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Mark Harmon: History of public education has deep roots

By R. Neal, Fri, 2016/02/05 - 9:58am

And vouchers have no place in it...

"Dunn's bill recently passed out of a key committee on an 11 to 10 vote, and now teeters on the verge of passing our Legislature. These bills often go by the name of vouchers, but let's call them what they are — a massive defunding of our public schools, taxpayer subsidies of private and parochial schools, further segregation of America by class, and opportunities for scam operations to tap into taxpayer education dollars."

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Nashville DA sues TV reporter Phil Williams for $200M

By jbr, Fri, 2016/02/05 - 8:43am

from Tennessean ...

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk is suing a NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter and the station's parent company for $200 million because of a story that aired Wednesday evening.

Nashville DA sues TV reporter Phil Williams for $200M

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(Almost) Undiluted irony

By Somebody, Thu, 2016/02/04 - 1:58pm

Mutual Loathing Society

What happens when a group of narcissists and sociopaths invite an even more narcissistic sociopath over for a showdown? Today, Republican members of Congress, who have voted dozens of times in recent years to deny affordable healthcare for poor and middle-class Americans, were infuriated at the smirking presence of Martin Shkreli, the former price-gouging pharmaceutical executive. Shkreli tweeted after his appearance in front of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the members of Congress were imbeciles. Was he wrong about that? Probably not.

One has to wonder if the majority members of the panel were so upset about the prices of life-saving drugs, or simply insane with jealousy at Shkreli's freedom to not even pretend to care about anyone other than himself.

Really, it's only Elijah Cummings' presence at the hearing that diluted the otherwise perfect irony of today's face off on Capitol Hill.

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Pilot update

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/02/04 - 1:30pm

We are hearing there will be a major development this afternoon regarding the Pilot rebate scam investigation...

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Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Internet Service to Public Housing

By jbr, Wed, 2016/02/03 - 9:10pm

from NBC News ...

The company on Wednesday began rolling out a program that will provide free, super-fast Internet connections to people who live in public housing. The first recipients: residents of 100 apartments at the West Bluff housing complex in Kansas City, Missouri. They'll be able to connect to gigabit Internet service via Google Fiber, at no cost to them or to the Housing Authority of Kansas City.

Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Internet Service to Public Housing

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Democrat Heather Hensley announces run for State House 89th district

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/02/03 - 10:40am

Heather Hensley has announced her candidacy for State House of Representatives District 89. Her statement after the break...

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Reefer madness

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/02/03 - 10:09am

New Jersey: A Mays Landing man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday for growing 17 marijuana plants in the Pinelands

Blount County: Maryville man gets 3.5 years in Blount heroin, cocaine distribution ring

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Candidate Campaign Financial Disclosures are posted for contested BOE seats

By Tamara Shepherd, Tue, 2016/02/02 - 11:44pm

The first of BOE candidates' campaign finance disclosures were due January 31 and are now posted to the Election Commission's site.

I'll recap just the two you're most interested to see in the contested races, namely Grant Standefer's (running in the Second District versus Jennifer Owen) and Buddy Pelot's (running in the Fifth District versus Susan Horn and Lori Boudreaux), as follows:

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Gloria Johnson announces State House candidacy

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/02/02 - 9:37am

This just in from Gloria Johnson:

Gloria Johnson to run for State Representative

Statement from Gloria Johnson, candidate for State Representative, District 13

Knoxville, Tenn. -- Today 280,000 Tennesseans woke up again without access to health insurance. Almost 1,000,000 Tennessee students woke up again as special interests try to cut funding from public education. More than three million Tennessee women woke up again knowing they will continue to earn about 20 cents less per dollar than a man makes. Day after day, Tennesseans are waking up just like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, knowing that their futures will not change because the Republican led legislature is focusing this day just like they did the last, on the wrong priorities for Tennessee. There are changes we can make, we don't have to make those mistakes over and over again.

Our neighbors deserve a Representative who will wake up every single day, committed with dogged determination to stand up and fight for Tennessee's working families who deserve better. Our children deserve fully funded public education where all kids have an opportunity to succeed, Tennessee's women deserve equal pay for equal work, and our 280,000 uninsured neighbors should not lose everything they have worked hard for just because they get sick.

We can and we must work together to improve this state for Tennesseans and find a solution to our current unenviable and seemingly unending situation. We can and we must pass Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. We can and we must fully fund and support public education and find ways to ensure every child has equal opportunity for a world-class education. We can and we must fight to provide Tennesseans with good jobs with good wages, lower our unemployment rates, respect and maintain our great state employees, and grow new business.

This is why I am waking up today determined to spend my day just like I will tomorrow and the next - committed to fighting for a future that is in the best interest of all Tennesseans and not one that is being bought by billionaire special interests. It’s time to stop reliving the same day over and over and move forward. That is why I am announcing that I will be pulling my petition at 2 PM today to run again to represent the people of District 13 in the State Legislature.

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Groundhog Day - Spring is on its way!

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2016/02/02 - 7:30am

Punxsutawney Phil's official forecast: Spring!

Wouldn't that be nice.

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