not precisely kosher, but ... no bread, no meat
michael kaplan's blog | 1 comment | | | By amybroyles, Fri, 2014/04/18 - 10:30am
I'm looking for a new phone - the one I have has become very unreliable. You should know that I am technologically very un-advanced (but I'm learning). I've actually had this phone for years and still don't know how to use a lot of it's features - so a top-of-line, super-fancy model doesn't interest me. Mostly all I do is talk, occasionally text, and take pictures. The system I currently use is Cricket (gasp!) , and I've no complaints whatsoever about their service. I DO need a better voicemail function/capacity than this one currently has, and I would like one that takes better pictures. I've always used Cricket since I got my first phone, when Aidyn was a couple of years old (she's 12 now). I think I've only had two phones during that time.
We're also looking for a system (not necessarily Cricket) that has a great family plan, as Aidyn will most likely get a phone for her 13th birthday this summer. I would welcome any advice on a first phone for her, as well.
Anything I have to purchase or signup for through WalMart is out of the question.amybroyles's blog | 20 comments | | | By Bbeanster, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 10:37pm
This could be BIG.
If you watched the women's basketball NCAAs, who was the most intriguing player in the games?
If you said Diamond DeShields, buy yourself a beer.Bbeanster's blog | 1 comment | Read more | | | By Bbeanster, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 7:03pm
TNGOP: Another Successful Legislative Session Comes to a Close
Tennessee’s Republican leaders “presided over another successful legislative session that made state better, stronger”Bbeanster's blog | 1 comment | Read more | | | By Tamara Shepherd, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 5:35pm
I had posted a response on my Facebook page to the KNS endorsement of my opponent, Terry Hill, in my race and sent that out some days ago to just a few media outlets, doubtful they'd care to report it anywhere.
Thanks to Mike Donilla, who did post it at Screams from the Porch earlier today, here.
(Apologies for the dorky homemade picture, heh. He grabbed that one off my LinkedIn page, where I'd been meaning to replace it with one of somebody who doesn't look like me.)Tamara Shepherd's blog | Login or register to post comments | | | By R. Neal, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 5:12pm
The 108th General Assembly has adjourned "sine die," meaning they are outta there and won't be back this year.
It also means Rep. Gloria Johnson can start taking campaign donations again...R. Neal's blog | 5 comments | | | By Bbeanster, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 2:50pm
The first year I covered state government, I used to go to Sen. Carl Koella's office pretty frequently just to shoot the shit. He was a fabulous storyteller and an interesting political study. Son of a very wealthy Blount County family, he was so far to the right that he sometimes went plumb round the bend and agreed with some of his most left-leaning colleagues, like his support for spending more money in inner city schools. Before it was fashionable to do so. Usually, though, I guess he was a libertarian. I believe he provided the seed money for the start up of the Tennessee Conservative Union.
Anyhow, one day I went by his office toward the end of the week, and he had a big card game going with a bunch of lobbyists. They were smoking cigars and drinking whisky and cracking on each another, and having way too good a time, when a bunch of preachers came in to see the senator.
Irritated, Carl went out into his outer office to see what they wanted.Bbeanster's blog | 27 comments | Read more | | | By bizgrrl, Thu, 2014/04/17 - 11:09am
Local media is reporting on a man falling down a cliff near the 1000 block of Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville around 4:30AM. This is up the road from UT Hospital. Very sad and scary.
As of right now, there are three different stories as to why the man was near the cliff and fell.
WATE: "Officials at the scene say the man was camping with friends when he fell."
WVLT: The Knoxville Fire Department rescued a man Wednesday morning after he lost control while rappelling, breaking his rope and falling off an overlook.
WBIR: According to KFD Spokesman DJ Corcoran, the man and his friend had come to a lookout area near Cherokee Bluff overlooking the Tennessee River after finishing work at a west Knoxville restaurant.
As the men were standing there, one of them turned around momentarily. When he turned back around, the other man was gone.
KNS: A man is in serious condition Thursday after falling about 150 yards off Cherokee Trail where he and a co-worker had gone to see the city lights.
Best wishes that the man recovers.bizgrrl's blog | 8 comments | | | By jbr, Wed, 2014/04/16 - 9:10pm
Say it's temporary to get it passed then renew it indefinitely.
jbr's blog | Login or register to post comments | | | By jbr, Wed, 2014/04/16 - 3:58pm
When the Senate comes back after its April recess, it’s slated to take up legislation that would extend $85 billion in tax breaks that would benefit everyone from NASCAR track owners and Hollywood studios to corporate multinationals. The bill includes more than 50 provisions known as “tax extenders”—tax breaks that were originally intended to be temporary, but which Congress has extended annually. It’s poised to go through the motions again and pass yet another extenders bill with strong bipartisan support, without offsetting any of the cost.
Anyone that has attended a music show at both the Biltmore Concert venue in Asheville and the Ryman Theatre in Nashville and can offer a comparison of the two as a place to see/hear a show?jbr's blog | 15 comments | | | By tennesseevalues..., Wed, 2014/04/16 - 3:41pm
The monthly Knoxville Comedy Cruise in April features national touring comic Jarrod Harris from Atlanta (as seen on Comedy Central and TBS and featured online in Action Figure Therapy). Among the local opening acts will be Shane Rhyne, known to KnoxViews readers as Tennessee Values Authority.
Tickets are $15 at the dock, but can be purchased directly from Shane for $10 before the show. Contact Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets if interested.Login or register to post comments | | | By stalwartdem, Wed, 2014/04/16 - 2:55pm
Dem State Senate District #7 candidate Cheri Siler (Campfield opponent) will speak
for info: Jerome Miller (email@example.com)Login or register to post comments | | | By fuzzbert, Wed, 2014/04/16 - 2:14pm
Elvis is back on the Princess stage April 19th (this Saturday) at 6PM.
I've just received a very big honor, the national Sigma Delta Chi award for General Column Writing (small to medium size newspapers)
In a couple months I'll be headed to the National Press Club for the awards ceremony. Wow.Mark Harmon's blog | 13 comments | | | By jbr, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 5:24pm
From MSNBC …
jbr's blog | Login or register to post comments | | | By michael kaplan, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 2:03pm
The Congressional Budget Office this week lowered both the short- and long-term costs of Obamacare by billions of dollars.
A new report released Monday estimated the Affordable Care Act’s net cost for 2014 at $36 billion, $5 billion less than the past figure for the year, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation and CBO. Additionally, officials anticipate an overall price tag of $1,383 billion between 2015 and 2024, $104 billion less than previous projections. Premiums through an exchange marketplace will likely be lower than first expected.
Founded by Pierre Omidyar, the organization will pursue original, independent journalism that is deeply reported and researched, thoroughly fact checked, and beautifully told. We are driven above all by a belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is not just highly informed, but deeply engaged. In all our work, we are committed to strict standards of accuracy and honesty, a willingness to report our own errors and inconsistencies as well as those of others, and a deep respect for the transformative power of true stories.michael kaplan's blog | 1 comment | | | By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 1:49pm R. Neal's blog | 15 comments | | | By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 1:46pm
Bruce Poston arrested on drug charges. TBI press release after the break...R. Neal's blog | Login or register to post comments | Read more | | | By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 11:53am R. Neal's blog | 8 comments | | | By R. Neal, Tue, 2014/04/15 - 11:28am
Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball is running for U.S. Senate in the August Democratic primary. The winner will face presumptive GOP nominee and incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the November general election.
Mr. Ball was kind enough to responded to a (rather lengthy) KnoxViews questionnaire covering a wide range of issues. The questions and his responses after the break.
(Note: We also invited the Terry Adams campaign to respond. They at first expressed interest in participating, but later declined.)R. Neal's blog | 13 comments | Read more | | |