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Air bag recall expanded to millions more cars

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2016/05/06 - 6:54am

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding and accelerating the recall of Takata air bag inflators.

Under the Amended Consent Order issued to Takata this week, the company is required to make a series of safety defect decisions that will support vehicle manufacturer recall campaigns of an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators, adding to the already 28.8 million inflators previously recalled. These expansions are planned to take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019.

A list of affected vehicles is on the NHTSA web site. However, the most recent recall is not yet included.
Keep going back to the NHTSA site to find out if your car is included.

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Trump's celebrity endorsers

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 5:28pm

Judging from this impressive list of "celebrity" supporters, Trump is a lock to win the presidency:

Kid Rock, Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty), Sarah Palin, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Rodman, Mike Tyson, Gary Busey, Hulk Hogan, Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, Stephen Baldwin, Tom Brady, Mike Ditka, Bill Elliot, Lou Ferrigno, Jon Voight, Jessee Ventura, Loretta Lynn (say it ain't so!), Wayne Newton, Tila Tequila (?), Kirstie Alley...

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The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2015

By jbr, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 2:40pm

Looks like a pretty good list. Some appealing characteristics.

from Outside Magazine ...

1. Chattanooga, Tennessee

I do not believe you will ever come close to seeing Pigeon Forge on such a list.

Maybe you will see Knoxville. At this point it seems possible. With some dynamic vision of the waterfront (activities, scenic, etc.) and beyond Knoxville will be far superior to Pigeon Forge, etc. Don't let aggressive developers cheese it up.

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2015

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Sunflower kernel recall

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 11:49am

There is a massive recall underway involving sunflower kernel products with possible listeria contamination.

Locally: Kroger Recalls Sunflower Products after Supplier Listeria Concern

It appears there are two sources of the recalled products, which also affect Food City, Publix, Planters, and numerous other brands:

SunOpta: Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

TreeHouse Foods Issues Voluntary Product Recall Due to Possible Health Risk

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By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 11:34am

What: Vestival!
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00am
Where: Candoro Marble, 681 Maryville Pike at 4450 Candora Ave.

The South Knoxville community of Vestal hosts Vestival this Saturday, May 7 from 11AM to 7PM at the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center at the historic Candoro Marble Company site at the corner of 681 Maryville Pike and 4450 Candora Ave. The annual event features music, art, crafts, food, activities for kids and more.

More info...

Facebook page...

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Old City and Cal Johnson building stories

By jbr, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 10:40am

A couple interesting stories in Knox Mercury one about some Old City development and the other regarding the Cal Johnson Building and an MPC meeting.

In April, workers hired by landlord/developer Leigh Burch III, of Terminus Real Estate, unceremoniously painted over the Knoxville Music History Mural on the side of the brick building he owns at 118 East Jackson Ave., leaving a blank panel where a colorful tribute to local musicians had formerly been.

Tone Deaf: An Old City Landlord Makes Decisions Unpopular With Knoxville’s Music Community

Is the Cal Johnson Building Still Safe?

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City launching neighborhood traffic safety program, seeks public input

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 8:29am

The City of Knoxville is launching a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program to address speeding and is seeking input at a series of public hearings and via mail, online survey or email. The program is set to launch this summer. Details about the public meetings, program documents, sending feedback, etc. in the press release after the break...

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New York Times on Zaevion Dobson murder

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/05/05 - 8:17am

Teenager’s Killing Inspires Memorials, but Not Gun Control

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Notice something?

By Treehouse, Wed, 2016/05/04 - 2:07pm

I love the Bitter Southerner articles. This one on Southern innovation has many interesting points but one paragraph stood out. (Of course, they haven't been to Pecha Kucha or other small efforts that really are a part of Knoxville.)

Let’s begin with Tennessee. In Nashville, Launch manages a network of nine business accelerator offices across the state. Memphis has Memphis EPIcenter, Emerge Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and StartCo, which operates three venture accelerators. Chattanooga has declared a 140-acre zone in the midst of its rejuvenated downtown as its Innovation District. They hype it as “a catalytic mix of start-up businesses, business incubators and accelerators alongside innovation economy generators & amenities — available in a dense, walkable urban core.”


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Kasich dropping out

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/05/04 - 12:29pm

News media reporting an announcement is imminent.

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Possible republican candidates for governor

By jbr, Wed, 2016/05/04 - 12:12pm

Hopefully the Democrats will come up with an electable candidate.

from Tom Humphrey ...

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee says he is considering a Republican run for governor of Tennessee in 2018...

…Others considered possible Republican candidates for governor include U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.; U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd; state Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville; former ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty; House Speaker Beth Harwell; and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville.

Williamson County businessman eyes run for governor in 2018

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Trump, Sanders win Indiana

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/05/04 - 6:02am

Sanders won Indiana 52.5% to 47.5% over Clinton and gained 43 pledged delegates to Clinton's 37 for a net gain of +6. Clinton has 1682 pledged delegates v. 1361 for Sanders, a lead of 321.

It is not mathematically possible for Sanders to win enough of the remaining pledged delegates to get to 2383. Clinton, however, would have to win 71% of the 919 remaining pledged delegates.

Counting the unpledged "super" delegates, Clinton's lead is estimated to be 2202 v. 1400 for Sanders. Clinton will be the nominee, but it will likely be decided by "super" delegates at the convention.

Trump won all of Indiana's 51 delegates, bringing his pledged delegate total to 1047. Cruz has dropped out, leaving Kasich (143 delegates) as the last man standing. Trump needs 190 of the remaining 445 pledged delegates (43%) to reach the magic number of 1237 going into the convention. It appears that Trump will be the nominee.

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Cruz drops out

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/05/03 - 8:41pm

Disaster averted. Or maybe not. Hillary would have beat him like a rented mule.

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GOP primary dials crazy up to 11

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/05/03 - 3:38pm

Citing the National Enquirer, Trump suggested that Cruz's father was involved in JFK's assassination.

Cruz responded that Trump is a pathological liar who brags about his serial philandering and venereal diseases.

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Peak Republican indeed

By Rachel, Tue, 2016/05/03 - 3:26pm

How can ANYBODY vote for this guy?

Or this one?

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Haslam allows guns on college campuses

By bizgrrl, Tue, 2016/05/03 - 11:45am

The State of Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam has allowed a guns on college campuses bill to pass.

The bill allows full-time faculty, staff and other employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus -- but they must notify the local law enforcement agency with primary responsibility for security on their campus -- the campus police, for example.

There are over 27,000 employees that will be allowed to go armed on our university and college campuses, including classrooms and lecture halls. They will not be able to bring guns into "a stadium or gymnasium during school-sponsored event or in meeting regarding discipline or tenure."

In a separate bill earlier in the year, student are allowed to have guns and ammunition in their cars on campus.

Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, the House sponsor of the bill, believes the "important next step" is to allow students to go armed on campus.


Be careful out there.

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Rural Metro to offer free CPR training

By R. Neal, Tue, 2016/05/03 - 11:41am

Knox County's Rural Metro is offering free CPR training on May 18 and May 21 at several locations in the area, including West Town Mall, Ijams Nature Center and others. Training takes about 15 minutes and sessions are offered from 10AM to 2PM. See the press release after the break for more info and additional locations...

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Keep Knoxville Beautiful - South Knoxville Community of the year

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/05/02 - 11:55am

South Knoxville is Keep Knoxville Beautiful's Community of the Year!

"Until June 2017, we will focus on South Knoxville for cleanups, education, and beautification projects--while still helping out in other parts of the county.

We would love your input about how we can make the best impact on your community.

Please complete the short survey and pass it on to your neighbors and friends."

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What's next for Obama?

By R. Neal, Sun, 2016/05/01 - 6:46am

Obama discusses his plans for life after the White House...

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Quote of the Day

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/04/30 - 4:46pm

Ted Cruz: "Carly terrifies Hillary Clinton."

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