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.Mark Harmon's blog | Add new comment | | | By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/10/24 - 12:03pm
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."R. Neal's blog | 3 comments | | | By jbr, Fri, 2014/10/24 - 8:24am
Interesting. Reminded me of Chattanooga's "Geek Move" program.
from CNN …
jbr's blog | 3 comments | | | By Mark Harmon, Thu, 2014/10/23 - 8:10pm
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.
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.
Mark Harmon's blog | 1 comment | | | By Mark Harmon, Thu, 2014/10/23 - 7:43am
A rebuttal to an Amendment One ad:Mark Harmon's blog | 16 comments | | | 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.bizgrrl's blog | Add new comment | | | By R. Neal, Wed, 2014/10/22 - 4:20pm R. Neal's blog | 8 comments | | | 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 ...
michael kaplan's blog | 10 comments | | | 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.Bbeanster's blog | 12 comments | Read more | | | 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...R. Neal's blog | Add new comment | | | By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 10:51pm R. Neal's blog | 3 comments | | | 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:Bbeanster's blog | 16 comments | Read more | | | By Mark Harmon, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 7:18pm
Wow, what a great message and video.Mark Harmon's blog | 13 comments | | | By Mark Harmon, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 6:39pm
Please share widely.
..or watch below.Mark Harmon's blog | 7 comments | | | 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.Tamara Shepherd's blog | 5 comments | | | 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...
jbr's blog | 1 comment | | | By jbr, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 1:51am
...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.
To me this should be on the front page of the NS several days a week, through the election.jbr's blog | Add new comment | | | By Mike Knapp, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 11:00pm
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."1 comment | | | By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 6:09pm
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?Add new comment | | | 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:R. Neal's blog | 18 comments | | |