Great teachers make a big difference in people's lives. Mike Knapp receives one of the best honors a teacher could hope for.R. Neal's blog | 3 comments | | | By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/10/26 - 11:28am
Sandra Clark notes the all in GOP support for Eddie Smith and wonders why. In the process, she more or less endorses Gloria. Sandra also says she is voting for Hillary. Sandra's alright for an alleged Republican.R. Neal's blog | 4 comments | | | By jbr, Wed, 2016/10/26 - 10:06am
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The Eastern District of Tennessee office of the U.S. Department of Justice says Cleveland, Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (Life Care) and its owner, Forrest L. Preston, have agreed to pay $145 million to resolve a government lawsuit.
That lawsuit alleged that Life Care violated the False Claims Act by knowingly causing skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to submit false claims to Medicare and TRICARE for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary, and/or skilled. The Department of Justice says this resolution is the largest settlement with a skilled nursing facility chain in the Department’s history, and the largest civil False Claims Act settlement in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Gannett has announced the lay off of two percent of its workforce (350 people). The lay off includes eight news peoples at the Tennessean and additional support staff.
Gannett’s strategy of consolidating and streamlining continues, though its stock price has fallen 35 percent this year amid rumors of a pending purchase of Tronc, parent company of nine newspapers including the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune.
Gannett’s third-quarter statement will come out Thursday, and according to various reports it will be bad, with print ad revenue losses said to be anywhere between 5 and 12 percent.
Letter from Gannett President and CEO Bob Dickey:
We will all feel the loss of great colleagues. Each and every one of you has my deep gratitude for your many contributions to the success of our company.
Over the next 18 months, we will continue to build our scale and invest in important digital capabilities and experiences – such as critical e-commerce infrastructure and significant upgrades to our digital content platforms.
In other words, they are getting rid of as many creative and useful people as possible so they can dumb everything down further to provide "important digital capabilities and experiences." Thanks, just what we need.bizgrrl's blog | 10 comments | | | By jbr, Tue, 2016/10/25 - 1:28pm
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Several cities including Ann Arbor, Mich., Contra Cosa, Calif. and Tampa, Fla. have already established test beds on both public and private roads.
Rogero will discuss with the leaders Wednesday whether Knoxvlle could become the newest testing city.
The Clinton campaign doesn't seem able to break through the 90% chance of winning threshold at 538's election forecast. As Trump would say, "losers!"
But seriously, now is not the time for complacency. Trump voters are motivated. They will show up. Time for Clinton voters to seal the deal and send that loudmouth grifter packing.R. Neal's blog | 7 comments | | | By jbr, Sun, 2016/10/23 - 2:13pm
Fox guarding the henhouse?
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In the four years before Commissioner Robert Martineau, Haslam's appointee who took over TDEC in 2011, the agency issued an average of 182 formal water pollution enforcement orders per year, with 117 in 2010. It plummeted under Martineau, reaching a low of 19 actions in 2015.
Went kayaking this morning with one of River Sports group paddles they provide. You might check their web site if interested.
We started at Douglas Dam and went to Seven Islands Park.
As we were putting in at the dam, we watched as a bald eagle swooped down and plucked a fish out of the river and flew off. There were two eagles flying around that area. A nice visual to start the trip.
Nice paddle. The current was helpful.
Incidentally, there was a sturgeon release at the take out point at Seven Islands just before we got there. I am thinking they said 2000 sturgeon were released. Someone may correct me on that.jbr's blog | 5 comments | | | By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/10/22 - 9:27am
Incumbent and Republican Eddie Smith and Democrat challenger Gloria Johnson will sit down with reporters during the 30-minute political and public affairs program that kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
Smith and Johnson will discuss a number of issues including: health care, education, the state of the roads in Tennessee, and whether a gas tax increase is warranted.
The 13th District encompasses parts of north and south Knoxville and includes more than 62,000 residents.3 comments | | | By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/10/22 - 9:21am
The Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) is inviting the public to the East Knox County Community Plan Presentation on:
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The event will be held at:
Seven Islands State Birding Park’s Boat Launching Ramp
2809 Kelly Ln.
Kodak, TN 37764
As you travel down Kelly Ln, the boat launching ramp is located to the left before the main park entry. All interested parties including residents, landowners, community representatives, business owners, and county officials are encouraged to attend. There will also be activities for kids to enjoy.
MPC has worked with the community to identify the most important issues to address through the East Knox County Community Plan. The community has identified that rural character is most important, that the French Broad River corridor is a precious asset, and that there are concerns about, and support for the Midway Business Park.
Come out to respond to the recommended actions. You will have the chance to learn about the Plan, respond to actions and share how you can help with Plan implementation.
Please RSVP to Liz Albertson at email@example.com.Add new comment | | | By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/10/22 - 9:06am
Suttree Landing Park on the South Knoxville riverfront is shaping up. It looks like it could be completed very soon. I'm excited.
It looks like there might be street parking and a parking lot at the Foggy Bottom Street entrance (Pages 7/8 of the Completed Park Design [PDF]).bizgrrl's blog | Add new comment | | | By bizgrrl, Fri, 2016/10/21 - 3:49pm
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Rick Dover, owner of Dover Development, announced today that the old South High School facility, on the corner of Moody and Tipton Ave., will be converted to an assisted living facility. The school has not been occupied in about 25 years and is in very bad condition. The redevelopment could take a couple of years. The facility is projected to have 47 assisted living units and 14 memory care units. The facility will be managed by Senior Solutions, the same group that manages the Oakwood senior living facility, which used to be Oakwood School in North Knoxville.
Thanks to everyone involved. Those of us who love South Knoxville really appreciate your efforts. Just in time for the Class of 1955 to sign up.bizgrrl's blog | 1 comment | | | By Mark Harmon, Fri, 2016/10/21 - 9:16am
This Sunday I'll be stretching a bit--doing a guest sermon 11 a.m. at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. The topic will be "The Search for Intelligent Life on the Opinion Pages." My lovely wife Becky will be helping with some of the readings.Mark Harmon's blog | Add new comment | | | By R. Neal, Fri, 2016/10/21 - 7:29am
You may recall last year's announcement that an Arizona ammunition manufacturing commpany was relocating to Blount County and would invest $500 million in an R&D and manufacturing facility. The project would employ 600 workers, including scientists and engineers, with average salaries of $90K.
State and local officials fell all over themselves to provide incentives, and touted the significant economic impact the project would have in the region.
The company's website hasn't been updated with any news about the project since the big announcement last year. Yesterday we learned that the company was shut down by creditors, their assets seized, and the property padlocked. All 30 employees were laid off, including some who are stuck with medical bills because the company had stopped paying insurance premiums.
Today, the Maryville Daily Times has a report on the situation, including statements from company and local officials saying they plan to move forward with the project in Blount Co. There's some interesting info about a couple of pending lawsuits, too.
According to the Daily Times, one of the lawsuits filed by the company's former pesident claims fraud and breach of contract by the company, including a further allegation that it “did not have the financial ability, resources, or commitments to construct a several-hundred-million dollar manufacturing plant in Alcoa, Tennessee.”
Back when this was announced, I asked if state and local officials had done any due diligence on the company or their proposal. It only took me about 30 minutes on Google to conclude that the company and their claims were sketchy at best. Apparently, our state and local economic development officials don't have Google.
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Knox County Public Library invites you to join Jackie Clay and Ronni Chandler for a discussion of Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Race and Poverty in Schools and Classrooms by H. Richard Milner IV and Tyrone Howard, Wednesday, October 26, noon to 1:00 pm in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.Add new comment | Read more | | | By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/10/20 - 6:25am
New York Times: Trump Won’t Say if He Will Accept Election Results
Washington Post: Trump refuses to say whether he’ll accept election results
Wall Street Journal: Trump Won’t Commit to Accepting Vote if He Loses
Knoxville News Sentinel: Rigged vote claims linger
What a terrible newspaper we have. Embarrassing, really.R. Neal's blog | 11 comments | | | By Mike Knapp, Thu, 2016/10/20 - 6:16am
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By Rachel, Wed, 2016/10/19 - 5:24pm
With US interest rates low at historic lows while temperatures continue to reach historic highs climate change gets no mention in the three presidential debates. Remarkable. Perhaps in the future they'll "look at it at the time."
Srsly? What's up with this????Rachel's blog | 8 comments | | | By Rachel, Wed, 2016/10/19 - 5:15pm Rachel's blog | 8 comments | | |