Mar 18 2018
07:19 am

To tackle Michigan's literacy problem, a Republican gubernatorial candidate proposes "dedicated reading centers" in all schools, staffed with "reading coaches."

"Mr. Schuette is, apparently, unfamiliar with the concept of the 'library' and the staff position of 'librarian'."

Mar 16 2018
06:28 pm

Resident electric bills spike because town had to buy supplemental energy to power bitcoin miners...


But when it came up Wednesday before the House State Government Subcommittee, it died a quick death. How quick? About 36 seconds.

As Clemmons started to talk about the bill, the sole Democrat on the five-member committee motioned to have it discussed.

No one on the committee spoke up. The committee chair, Republican state Rep. Bill Sanderson, then gaveled the resolution dead

And with that the committee moved on to the next item on its agenda.

A resolution denouncing neo-Nazis dies in 36 seconds

Randy Burleson revealed plans for an Aubry's Restaurant at the Kern's Bakery redevelopment in South Knoxville. The $3.5 million project would employ 80-100 workers.

But, there's a hitch: The plan doesn't conform to South Waterfront building codes. He took his case to residents attending an Old Sevier Community Group meeting at Stanley’s Greenhouse last night.

KnoxTNToday's Betsy Pickle reports...

Mar 15 2018
06:45 pm
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Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa Trump, files for divorce

Maybe it's hard to collect alimony and child support from someone who's in federal prison and had all their assets seized?

Mar 15 2018
06:31 pm

The Lady Vols play Liberty U tomorrow (Friday) in round one of the NCAA tournament. The game will be on ESPN2, live from Thompson-Boling Arena at 2:30 PM.


DTV host Lisa Plawchan joins Zoe Brookshire-Risley, West High School student, and Edward Nelson, a Democratic candidate for TN House District 19, to discuss the student movement demanding action to end gun violence in our country. The hour-long DTV special shares students’ speeches delivered at Knoxville’s Vigil for Parkland, discusses common sense gun reform solutions and Knoxville’s March for Our Lives, the student-organized, student-led March happening on March 24.

This program will air on Community TV on Friday, March 16th at 7:30 PM on the following cable channels:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

It also streams live on your computer (here!)

Mar 15 2018
09:39 am

Tennessee men's basketball will play Wright State today at 12:30 in round one of the NCAA tournament. The game will be broadcast on TruTV: Comcast 1351, Charter 772. There are also iPhone, Android and Roku apps (cable subscription required to activate).

Mar 15 2018
08:18 am

iHeartMedia, the largest US radio company and syndicators of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glen Beck among others, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to blow off creditors owed more than $10 billion of its $20 billion in debt.

iHeart does not own any stations in Knoxville, but does carry local Cumulus stations WIVK, NewsTalk 98.7 and WNML Sports Animal on their iHeartRadio streaming service.


It’s been exactly one month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and some are choosing a somber way to pay tribute to the 17 people killed in the Parkland massacre.

Thousands of students and teachers are planning to walk out of their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march, organized by Women’s March Youth Empower, will happen at 10 a.m. and last 17 minutes.

Some schools have indicated students and teachers should not walkout or they will be disciplined.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: White Coats Against Gun Violence

How young is too young to protest gun violence? Wednesday morning, the students in Craig Sampsell’s fifth-grade class at Case Elementary School in Akron, Ohio, will pick up posters they drew and walk out of their classrooms, joining many thousands of other students in a nationwide protest against gun violence after the killing of 17 people in a Florida high school last month.

Many schools in the local area (Knox County, Blount County, Loudon County, Alcoa, Maryville, and Oak Ridge) are on spring break, thus no school to walkout from.

Dragon Lights, Knoxville’s first-ever Chinese lantern festival, will take place in the Midway at Chilhowee Park from Mar. 16 – Apr. 22, 2018. Featuring 42 larger-than-life lantern displays each with thousands of light components, the displays are constructed onsite by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel across the world to keep this century old tradition alive. Created by hand with silk fabric stretched over steel frames, these expertly crafted lanterns embody tradition as the artisans pass their skills from one generation to the next.

Knoxville’s Dragon Lights Festival is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Ticket prices will range from $10 to $16. Discounted tickets are available for military, seniors, students, and groups. (Discounts may be subject to date restrictions). Event parking is available on-site and is free of charge.


President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

In case you missed it, recordings played at recent Pilot Flying J federal trial expose company executives as a bunch of drunk rednecks.


Mar 12 2018
12:02 pm

City press release...


Organizers of festivals and other public events are invited to a March 22 meeting to learn details of new City safety and security measures.

The public meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Civic Coliseum Ballroom, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Attending will be Fire Chief Stan Sharp, Deputy Police Chief Kenny Miller, KPD’s Homeland Security representatives, and Office of Special Events staff.

The new requirements include communications and evacuation plans, to be implemented in the event of emergency situations due to weather or other public safety concerns. The emphasis on more extensive, proactive planning will allow public events to continue to operate smoothly and safely.

"The diverse range of cultural celebrations, music festivals, parades and rallies have contributed to the uniqueness of our city – and these events will continue," Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "However, we are now living in a new era, and added steps are needed to provide security and assure everyone’s safety at large public events."


Mar 12 2018
11:53 am

The Hill: President Trump dialed in a "Fox & Friends" co-host to weigh in on legislation about veterans’ health care during a meeting with Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, Axios reported Sunday.

Mar 11 2018
07:37 am

From an article by WBIR on March 5, 2018.

"The HOA at the Sterchi Hills neighborhood in Knoxville had to admit they were wrong when they told homeowners to take down political signs. A new state law protects your right to post those signs."
"The law changed in the great State of Tennessee in July of 2017," said Knoxville Lawyer Dennis Francis."

Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-143

(b) (2) A homeowners' association shall not, by covenant, condition, restriction, or rule, prohibit the display of political or campaign posters or signs placed on private property by the owner of the property or any lawful resident of a residence on the property. A homeowners' association may adopt reasonable covenants, conditions, restrictions, or rules with respect to the placement of political or campaign posters or signs placed on homeowner association common space and private property maintained by the owner or resident, including limiting the size of campaign posters or signs in those common and private property areas to four square feet (4 sq. ft.).

It would appear HOAs are growing in popularity and getting a little out of hand. States are spending more time determining if HOA covenants and restrictions should be limited.

Mar 10 2018
07:48 am

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida, signed a bill placing new restrictions on guns.

the bill raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and bans bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a so-called guardian program enabling some teachers and other school employees to carry guns.

This is a start. Better than what the Tennessee legislature would be willing to do.

Shortly after Gov. Scott signed the bill, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit to block it.


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