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New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

By jbr, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 2:18am

Is this technology used in Knoxville?

From NBC …

...according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day...

...school districts across the country are installing new technology on school buses: little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by.

New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

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Sample ballot for Nov 4

By jbr, Tue, 2014/10/21 - 1:51am

To me this should be on the front page of the NS several days a week, through the election.

Knox County sample ballot

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Community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

By Mike Knapp, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 11:00pm


What: Community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road)

From KCS - "A community forum regarding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) will be held on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m., Bearden Middle School auditorium (1000 Francis Road). The purpose of the forum is to provide information about IB MYP and answer questions from the community. Please note that two or more members of the Knox County Board of Education may be in attendance."

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Community forum for local candidates

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 6:09pm


What: Community forum for local candidates
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: West High auditorium

Commissioners Amy Broyles and Jeff Ownby are hosting a community forum for local candidates at the West High auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6PM. State Senate candidate Cheri Siler and State House candidate Gloria Johnson have both said they plan to attend. Will their opponents show up?

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We're calling a personal foul on Gloria Johnson's opponent

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 5:43pm

In case you missed it, a negative flyer comparing Gloria Johnson to Lane Kiffin made the sports wires today.

Gloria responds with a message of support from a winning U.T. football coach:

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East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman this Saturday

By fuzzbert, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 5:33pm

More info at RoaneViews...

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International Baccalaureate

By jbr, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 5:24pm

I know very little about it, so maybe this is obvious to most folks. Why not put the next IB program in some other part of town? Doyle High for instance? Or somewhere else.

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Early Voting Turnout by Date and Location

By jbr, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 5:16pm

From Knox County web site …

Thru 10/18, a table showing date/location/total votes …

Early Voting Turnout by Date and Location

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Vote No on 3

By Andy Axel, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 1:04pm

Because a 9.25% sales tax on food is already unconscionable enough.

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Harold G. Woods Memorial Bridge dedication

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 12:49pm


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Sylvia Woods and her family were joined by local dignitaries this morning to dedicate the Harold G. Woods Memorial Bridge in honor of her late husband. The bridge is on the James White Parkway crossing over Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville.

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Clark endorses Gloria Johnson

By R. Neal, Mon, 2014/10/20 - 8:04am

Sandra Clark, a known Republican and publisher of the Shopper News, endorses Gloria Johnson for State House 13th District.

Johnson has also been endorsed by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Knox County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Knoxville Firefighters Association, Democracy for America, the Sierra Club, and Coach Johnny Majors among others.

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Metro Pulse and Cas Walker

By Bbeanster, Sun, 2014/10/19 - 9:55pm

Got to thinking about my own most popular story at Metro Pulse -- not my favorite, necessarily, nor the most important – but the most popular in terms of response.

That's hard to say, since I wrote for them for such a long, long time. But upon reflection, I decided this one, written totally off the top of my head and dredged from my memory, got more response from more people (and even got plagiarized a time or three) than anything else I wrote there.

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This is probably the best story I ever wrote:

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And there were all those stories that Coury Turczyn (who shaped Metro Pulse content more than anyone) and I wrote about my brother, John, dribbled out over the years. I'm not going to link them, because I'm not up to picking the scabs on my heart tonight, but most here will know what I'm talking about; these are stories about what's made us who we are – the one Jack Neely did this week on Martin Hunt is another example.

Now who's going to tell our stories?

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The real takeaway from the 2nd D. school board forum

By Bbeanster, Sun, 2014/10/19 - 7:11pm

The most important thing about last week's LWV candidates' forum is something that didn't get talked about:

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The candidates for the District 2 school board seat are smart, accomplished women who were probably curve-busters as students, so it was embarrassing when moderator Matt Shafer Powell asked what they thought of PECCA at last week’s League of Women Voters forum. Nobody had an answer.

To be fair, the moderator mispronounced it, but neither Charlotte Dorsey, Jamie Rowe nor Tracie Sanger knew what he was talking about.

Powell explained that it was the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act, which has been state law since 2011 when the General Assembly stripped school boards of the authority to engage in collective bargaining with organizations representing teachers – mainly the Tennessee Education Association – and instead required them to set up something called collaborative conferencing to deal with issues like salaries, benefits, insurance and leave. Knox County became the first school district to start the collaborative conferencing process in October 2011 but may be among the last to fully comply.

The school board delegated its authority to Superintendent James McIntyre.

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We loved Metro Pulse rally

By Mike Knapp, Sun, 2014/10/19 - 9:27am


What: We loved Metro Pulse rally
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Where: Krutch Park

Open mic, three minute cap. Please prepare 3 minute statement. Come express yourself about what happened to Metro Pulse.

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See Gloria Johnson Slam Eddie Smith

By Mark Harmon, Sat, 2014/10/18 - 10:34pm

Be sure to watch WBIR's Inside Tennessee tomorrow (Sunday Oct. 19th, 9:30 a.m.)--or DVR it. And by all means share with friends. All reports are that State Representative Gloria Johnson quite handily knocks down the false claims and extreme positions of opponent Eddie Smith.

PS Also check out my column scheduled for tomorrow's News Sentinel.

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Urban infrastructure gets a second life

By jbr, Sat, 2014/10/18 - 9:43pm

All of these are nice projects, Vienna's Gasometer City, made out of old gas storage tanks, is very innovative.

In the 1990s, Vienna converted four former gas storage tanks into apartments, shops and offices.

Urban infrastructure gets a second life

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A tribute to Roy of Roy's Records

By R. Neal, Sat, 2014/10/18 - 7:07pm

Roy Garrett of the former Roy's Records in Maryville performed with family and friends this morning at the Foothills Fall Festival. Here are some video highlights, including some music clips, speechifying and tributes with some great stories about Roy, and a special spontaneous moment starting around 12:00 in if you want to fast forward.

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Foothills Fall Festival underway in Maryville

By R. Neal, Sat, 2014/10/18 - 8:38am

The final Foothills Fall Festival is underway in Maryville and continues today and tomorrow. The Mrs. went over for a stroll yesterday and took a few pics. Click the photo above for more.

In addition to the headliner concerts, there is plenty of free, family friendly arts and entertainment fun, including a juried arts and crafts show and Adventure Land for the kids. (Sorry, no pets allowed.)

There are free concert performances throughout the day at the Music at Roy's Stage (near the old Roy's Record shop) and Community Stage. There are still general admission concert passes (good for both today and tomorrow) available for $70, and reserved seating (Silver section) tickets available for tonight's concerts ($40) and tomorrow night's finale with Tim McGraw ($70). Tickets may be purchased at the Church St. gate.

The forecast calls for perfect fall weather today and tomorrow, so y'all come on out.

More info...

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California readies pay-as-you-drive tax test, coming soon to a road near you

By jbr, Fri, 2014/10/17 - 5:21pm

From Yahoo …

It won't happen immediately, or even within the next year, but not too far into the future you might pay a tax for every mile you drive — thanks to California.

Three weeks ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the first test of mileage-based road taxes in the Golden State. The bill, which passed the state legislature with the backing of transit agencies, environmental groups and most major automakers, creates a 15-person panel to oversee a pilot of pay-by-the-mile taxation by 2018.

California readies pay-as-you-drive tax test, coming soon to a road near you

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Tennessee has one of the highest unemployment rates in the South

By R. Neal, Fri, 2014/10/17 - 1:55pm

Based on the latest unemployment figures available (September 2014 unless noted), Tennessee has the third highest unemployment rate in the South:

Georgia          7.9%
Mississippi      7.4% (Aug.)
Tennessee        7.3%
North Carolina   6.8% (Aug.)
Kentucky         6.7%
Alabama          6.6%
West Virginia    6.6%
South Carolina   6.4% (Aug.)
Arkansas         6.3% (Aug.)
Florida          6.1%
Louisiana        5.8% (Aug.)
Virginia         5.6% (Aug.)
Texas            5.2%

U.S.             5.9%
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