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Living Walls, Two

By michael kaplan, Sat, 2017/04/29 - 4:56pm

Planting plan for the living wall. Each of number and color patch corresponds to one of 38 different plant species thriving on the vertical garden. With over 16,000 plants, including 24 native species, the wall is the largest of its kind in the Bay Area.

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Mayor Rogero's budget focuses on affordable housing, sustainability

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 8:40pm

Among the priorities in the proposed budget are a new affordable housing fund, a major jump in funding for new sidewalks, significant additions to the City’s Urban Wilderness areas, and the conversion of all Knoxville streetlights to energy-efficient LED bulbs.

“This is the State of our City in 2017: enlivened, energized, connected to its past and excited about its future,” Mayor Rogero said. “It is a city with plenty of challenges, but it is also a city that has learned how to work together and find solutions.”

Mayor Rogero's State of the City...

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Single-payer healthcare bills advance in NY and CA

By Tamara Shepherd, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 8:04pm

In response to the seeming inability of Congress to fix what still ails our national approach to healthcare, two state legislatures are taking matters into their own hands in recent weeks.

In New York, April 19:

Senate bill S4840 has been introduced onto the floor and moved into committee. The bill would establish New York Health, a universal single payer healthcare network. A similar bill passed the assembly in 2016 but was not taken up by the Senate. A new Assembly version will be introduced this year and is expected to have a vote by summer.

In California, April 26:

A proposal to eliminate health insurance companies and guarantee government-funded health care for all California residents is moving forward.

The Senate Health Committee voted Wednesday to send the measure to the Appropriations Committee. The vote came after hundreds of nurses clad in red held a rally in Sacramento, marched to the state Capitol and packed into a committee room.

The proposal is promoted by the state's powerful nursing union and two Democratic senators who say California should create a national model for providing health care for everyone.

Interestingly, a similar single-payer proposal failed by two votes in the California Senate in January--when two Democrats voted against it and four Democrats failed to vote at all.

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Loss of institutional knowledge already showing at the KNS McPaper

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 7:52pm

Two recent pieces in the KNS McPaper have referred to the Baptist Hospital redevelopment as the South Waterfront Project, as if that one project is all there is.

They are giving short shrift to the great progress being made over there, including the already started and completed River's Edge apartments on Island Home, the realignment of Island Home and the riverwalk across the street from the apartments, the new businesses popping up on Sevier Ave., and other developments I'm probably forgetting.

Not to mention the city's expansive new Suttree Landing Park, one of the nicest (if not the nicest) waterfront parks in the Knoxville area.

There's a lot going on in South Knoxville and elsewhere in the area. Maybe it's hard to see from the McPaper HQ over in Nashville.

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No Hornback in Shopper

By Bbeanster, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 5:32pm

Evidently McElroy has reconsidered his decision to hire Hornback.

Multiple sources report the the deal is off.

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Cruze Farm announces opening date, location of new pop-up shop

By jbr, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 5:07pm

from knoxnews.com ...

"Cruze Farm Opening May 18," says the receipt of our purchase, which is how Cruze Farm is revealing the details this weekend on Market Square. The address for the shop is 408 S. Gay St., and one of the Cruze Farm Girls said the location is "where the old Archer's Barbecue used to be."

Cruze Farm announces opening date, location of new pop-up shop

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How to increase voter turnout without really trying

By R. Neal, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 9:24am

Automatic voter registration...

"Turnout among voters ages 18 to 29 increased by 20 percentage points, from 37 percent in 2012 to 57 percent in 2016. Registration among voters of color increased by 26 points, from 53 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2016."

There are likely other factors that helped increase 2016 turnout, but that's still pretty impressive.

The numbers cited above, though, are why we'll never see automatic voter registration in Tennessee. We're more likely to see automatic handgun carry permit registration first.

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Energy jobs: coal versus solar

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2017/04/28 - 9:19am

According to a DOE report by the Obama administration in January, there were over twice as many solar power creation jobs in 2016 as there were coal power creation jobs.

Wyoming and West Virginia had the highest ratio of coal power creation jobs. California and Nevada had the highest rate of solar power jobs per capita in 2016.

Power creation jobs in Tennessee are highest in hydroelectric, solar, oil and other fossil fuels

Recently a TVA spokesperson indicated they would not add more coal plants even if the current administration pushes for more coal jobs.

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DTV features Remote Area Medical @ 7:30 PM on Friday, April 28

By Doug Veum, Thu, 2017/04/27 - 10:59pm

Democratic TV this week features Jeff Eastman, Chief Executive Officer of Remote Area Medical and RAM's Anabel Evora, Chief Philanthropy Officer in a discussion about Remote Area Medical. Tune in and learn how RAM operates weekly free medical clinics all over the USA.

DTV streams live on the Community TV website here.

or on cable/satellite at:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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FCC chair unveils plan to roll back net neutrality

By jbr, Wed, 2017/04/26 - 11:47pm

The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, are intended to keep the Internet open and fair. The rules prevent Internet providers from playing favorites by deliberately speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps.

As part of the 2015 process, the FCC voted to assert more regulatory control over Internet providers by reclassifying them as common carriers, similar to telephone services.

Pai has now issued a proposal to repeal that reclassification, called Title II, raising alarms among net neutrality advocates and throughout the tech industry.

FCC chair unveils plan to roll back net neutrality

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You Thought It Was An Urgent Care Center, Until You Got the Bill

By jbr, Wed, 2017/04/26 - 6:04pm

I would not have known the difference.

Is there a central list of urgent care facilities in the Knoxville area? And are they clearly annotated as urgent care or free standing emergency room?

Pine's daughter Myra, then 3, was given an antibiotic shot and a prescription for oral antibiotics and sent home. It wasn't until Ginger Pine saw the bill that she realized she hadn't taken her daughter to a new urgent care in the neighborhood, but to what's called a freestanding emergency room.

The bill? $2,697. After insurance chipped in, Pine was still left on the hook for almost $1,700.

You Thought It Was An Urgent Care Center, Until You Got the Bill

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Trump order could roll back public lands protections from 3 presidents

By jbr, Wed, 2017/04/26 - 4:49pm

In a move that could allow him to roll back the protection of lands designated by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that reviews enforcement of the law that gives him power to designate lands as national monuments.

Trump order could roll back public lands protections from 3 presidents

Yep

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Shocker at the Shopper

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/04/26 - 4:01pm

We are told by a reliable source that Betty Bean has resigned from the Shopper effective Friday. Then there's this internal email from the KNS McPaper regarding her replacement...

Brian Hornback will start writing a political column for the Shopper. His first column will be for the May 10 editions. He will email his columns to news@shoppernewsnow.com by the end of the day on Thursdays. Here is his website if you want to check it out.
(link...)

What was McElroy thinking? Hope they haven't laid off all their copy editors. And if they are all in Nashville, they will need a translator.

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Corker saving Social Security?

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2017/04/26 - 6:50am

While touring Tennessee, Sen. Bob Corker is selling his plan to save Social Security. He wants to "raise the retirement age by a year or two over the course of several decades" and "to reduce how much wealthy retirees get in federal benefits."

"I think when you sit down with people and explain the kinds of changes you're talking about, and they realize this isn't going to affect me in any way, then it works," he told reporters after speaking to the Brentwood Rotary Club.

Odd way to sell considering every word is public and heard also by people it will affect. Betsy Phillips, Nashville Scene, takes great offense.

So, here, rather than saying to the kind of rich old farts who belong to the Brentwood Rotary Club, “Hey, we need you to pay social security tax on all your income like a good American and like most normal people do,” he’s all, “Come on, let’s screw over the suckers!”

She goes on to rant about selfish, greedy white men.

As Ms. Phillips mentioned, Sen. Corker did leave out one of the important fixes to save Social Security, eliminate the cap on wages that pay Social Security. I'm guessing it's because of the no new taxes mantra. IMO, it's time to drop the cap. About 16% of earnings do not get taxed for Social Security. Let's start there.

I do hope Ms Phillips ​is as passionate about getting young people to vote as she is disliking Rotary Club old farts and white men in their sixties. If young people don't start voting, they're screwing themselves.

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E Bike

By xmd, Tue, 2017/04/25 - 9:28pm

>Well my wife's e-bike came today. It's a Pedego. We saw the article in the KNS a few weeks ago about electric bikes and did some research. Today I finally got to ride one. After I got home from work I put the pedals on and adjusted the seat and handle bars. Then off we go. It is phenomenal. You still have to peddle up steep hills but the help it gives you is great. I hurt my knee many years ago dirt bike riding so now I think we can bike ride in our later years. Can't wait until mine comes.

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Jimmy Duncan has lost it and is no longer fit to serve

By R. Neal, Tue, 2017/04/25 - 7:49pm

Rep. Jimmy Duncan has an op-ed in the local McPaper explaining how the League of Women Voters is some sort of vast left-wing conspiracy to undermine truth, democracy and the American way.

He claims that he has already held two town hall meetings (he hasn't), so he sees no need to "put on a show" so they can "sound off in front of a crowd."

His column is full of half-truths and lies, curated no doubt by his staff googling Fox News and Brietbart talking points because he's too addled to do it himself.

Duncan openly admits that he doesn't represent a large portion of his constituency (including nearly 30% of voters in Knox Co.) and he's proud of it. He's a doddering old fool who should be put out to pasture.

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Trump's plan to kill Energy Star could benefit his properties

By jbr, Tue, 2017/04/25 - 1:58pm

"You bet your life that it is (a conflict)," Norman Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, said of defunding the Energy Star program. He agrees with Energy Star's contention that the ratings can affect the value of a property.

Trump's plan to kill Energy Star could benefit his properties

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Marsha Blackburn: Physical Wall Not Necessary Along Mexico

By jbr, Tue, 2017/04/25 - 1:38pm

Rep. Marsha Blackburn-R-Tenn., tells MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle that the border wall doesn’t have to be a physical wall but it can be a combination of surveillance and fence.

Republican Lawmaker: Physical Wall Not Necessary Along Mexico...

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Arts without the NEA

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2017/04/25 - 9:37am

South Dakota is one example of how the states and local communities would be negatively affected by the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts.

According to David Moon with the Knox News Sentinel, "The NEA is too politically useful to be abolished. But if it did suddenly vanish, the effect on funding the country's artistic pursuits would be approximately zero."

Yes, maybe the Modern Museum of Art will survive without the NEA, but what about all these other programs in areas less fortunate than NYC, Houston, and Denver?

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AP interview of Trump

By Mike Knapp, Mon, 2017/04/24 - 7:32am

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

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