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UT vs UF - it's on

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/09/24 - 12:35pm

Today, 3 PM.

The Vols will try to stop the Gators' winning streak


Welcome back, Florida-Tennessee.

Nice to see you again.

Oh, the two teams have played every year over the last decade, but it hasn’t felt like this.

Teeth-gritting, slobbering intensity.

Pure old-fashioned hate.

The smell of pressure in the air.

Go Vols!

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SocialForumFilms upcoming event

By michael kaplan, Fri, 2016/09/23 - 9:53pm

Noam Chomsky:
Requiem for the American Dream

2015, Color, 75 minutes

In a series of interviews spanning four years, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.

Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm
University of Tennessee Hodges Library 101 (Auditorium)
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN 37996

Free and open to the public
Discussion to follow the screening

Co-sponsors:
SocialForumFilms
Democratic Socialists of America (Knoxville)
Knoxnet
Platypus Affiliated Society (Knoxville)

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Athens workplace killer...

By R. Neal, Fri, 2016/09/23 - 7:08pm

...had a handgun carry permit.

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Clinton, Trump 2016 Presidential Debate - 9/26/2016, 9 PM

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2016/09/23 - 9:20am

It's almost time for the rumble. The first 2016 presidential debate will be Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, 9 PM to 10:30 PM.

Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

NYT - Debate Prep

Vanity Fair - How Clinton can beat Trump

The Atlantic - When Donald meets Hillary

Could be a tough debate. How do you handle the Donald while not ending up looking like Jeb, Marco, Chris, Ted, etc.?

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Ruby Tuesday selling Maryville headquarters

By R. Neal, Fri, 2016/09/23 - 8:19am

Ruby Tuesday announced yesterday that they are selling their Maryville Church St. headquarters property to Altar’d State, a Knoxville apparel company, for $2.8 million.

They are also moving their Restaurant Support Center to their facilities on Broadway in Maryville. News reports say that 19 operations employees will be laid off in the process. The changes are related to their recent announcement that they are closing 95 restaurants as part of their "asset rationalization plan."

CEO James J. Buettgen announced on Sept. 13th that he is resigning. He has been with the company since December, 2012 and has been unsuccessful in turning the struggling business around. Ruby Tuesday's stock has fallen 60% on his watch.

With all their talk about a "fresh start," menu tweaks, atmosphere makeovers, price adjustments, coupon promotions and so on, they still seem to be missing the basic concepts of good food and good service at reasonable prices.

Here's a recent email exchange with their CEO...

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Glenn Reynolds' twitter account suspended

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/09/22 - 8:16am

The @instapundit twitter account is currently suspended. It's not clear if it is a temporary or permanent ban. It appears his account was suspended after he retweeted a photo of protesters blocking I-277 in Charlotte and commented "run them down."

Huffington Post reports...

See also: Knoxville News Sentinel...

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds responds...

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Technology breakthrough!

By R. Neal, Thu, 2016/09/22 - 6:48am

The Mrs. has finally dumped IE and is now using Chrome on all her devices, including her desktop. Welcome to the 21st century!

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I called the Wells Fargo ethics line and was fired

By jbr, Wed, 2016/09/21 - 12:54pm

Elizabeth Warren in action ....

Watch the video ...

from CNN ...

Millions of phony accounts. Fake bank card PIN numbers. Fictitious email accounts. Wells Fargo admitted to firing 5,300 employees for engaging in these shocking tactics.

The bank earlier this month paid $185 million in penalties and has since apologized.

I called the Wells Fargo ethics line and was fired

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New report finds 'Erin Brockovich' chemical in US drinking water

By jbr, Wed, 2016/09/21 - 12:27pm

from Environmental Working Group

Knox County, Tennessee

(see systems)
Chromium-6 Testing

All 6 water systems tested positive for chromium-6. 56 out of 59 samples tested positive for chromium-6.

County-wide Statistics

Average: 0.0747 ppb

Range: ND - 0.160 ppb

California Public Health Goal: 0.02 ppb

Systems Containing Chromium-6

EWG's Interactive Map

'Erin Brockovich' Chemical In Drinking Water Of More Than 200 Million Americans

from CNN ...
New report finds 'Erin Brockovich' chemical in US drinking water

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Frank Cagle confused about houseboats

By R. Neal, Wed, 2016/09/21 - 10:14am

Frank Cagle is using the wrong propaganda talking points when he states in his column today that "The Tennessee Valley Authority board has voted to ban houseboats on its lakes."

RoaneViews explains...

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Broadway near Henley closure planned for 2 1/2 years

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2016/09/21 - 8:46am

TDOT is planning to replace the Broadway bridge/viaduct over the train tracks between Jackson Ave. and Depot St. This stretch of Broadway is expected to be closed for 2 1/2 years starting some time in 2017.

The planned detour will go east on Summit Hill to north on Hall of Fame Drive, then west on Fifth Ave. For those in the know, instead of Hall of Fame, the route for locals can be north on Gay Street or Central.

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Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain

By jbr, Tue, 2016/09/20 - 9:53pm

With our high pollution levels I wonder what degree of this is in Knoxville

From Lancaster University ...

Tiny magnetic particles from air pollution have for the first time been discovered to be lodged in human brains– and researchers think they could be a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain

Air pollution particles found inside human brain

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BURCHETT LOADING MPC WITH DEVELOPERS

By jbr, Tue, 2016/09/20 - 12:45am

Here we go again

No excuse for six developers on MPC commission. Should be more like 2 or 3. MPC commission should be representative of the community. The mayor is way wrong on this one.

from The Shopper-News ...

“I have become aware that Mayor Burchett is planning to appoint yet another developer/builder to the MPC. The building/development community is already well represented on the MPC with at least six members, and many people believe that a regular citizen should be appointed instead.

We need someone with ties to homeowner groups, families or schools – a regular person – not yet another developer.”

BURCHETT LOADING MPC WITH DEVELOPERS

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East and Northeast Knoxville Economic Summit

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/09/19 - 1:48pm


What: East and Northeast Knoxville Economic Summit
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where: John T. O'Connor Senior Citizens Center, 611 Winona St.

Knoxville City Council member Nick Della Volpe is organizing an "East and Northeast Knoxville Economic Summit" to discuss the "potential for retail growth and medical services in the northeast quadrant of the city."

Details in the media advisory after the break...

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South Knox elected official public forum

By R. Neal, Mon, 2016/09/19 - 1:39pm


What: South Knox elected official public forum
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
Where: South Knoxville Elementary School, 801 Sevier Avenue

From Knoxville City Council Member Nick Pavlis...

The annual South Knoxville local elected officials forum will be held Thursday September 29th from 6:00-7:30 pm. The forum will be held at South Knoxville Elementary school located at 801 Sevier Avenue. This is a chance to hear comments from and ask questions to your School Board member Amber Rountree, County Commissioner Carson Dailey, and City Council member Nick Pavlis.

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Books Sandwiched In welcomes Tammy Kaousias

By eellis, Mon, 2016/09/19 - 12:00pm


What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Tammy Kaousias
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

large_tammykaousias.jpgKnox County Public Library invites the public to join Knoxville Attorney Tammy Kaousias for a discussion of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman, at this month's Books Sandwiched In, a program series sponsored by the Friends of KCPL.

Give Us the Ballot brings to life the struggle and increasingly intense backlash against the Voting Rights Act of 1965," Kaousias says. “This struggle is going on right now, and each one of us is a living participant and creator of this historical struggle.”

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Gas shortage locally?

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/09/19 - 6:55am

It's going on the second week after a major gas pipeline break in Alabama.

TEMA is reporting no gas shortage. There are reports of some stations in Knoxville and Nashville running out of regular gas, but getting refills later in the day.

We haven't tried to buy gas in the past four days. We have noticed gas prices are rising, over $2 many places.

Be careful around truckers hauling gas. They're working on twelve hour days.

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Free Krispy Kreme - Talk like a pirate

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2016/09/19 - 6:36am

Krispy Kreme is celebrating Talk like a Pirate Day.

A free donut if you talk like a pirate.
Dress like a pirate and you get a dozen free donuts.

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Pence on Vice, deplorables, and the bible

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/09/17 - 2:45pm

From HuffPo:

...he no longer wants to be called a vice presidential candidate.
...
He opposes the word “vice” on religious grounds
...
asked during his press conference if he condemned the word “vice” on Christian principles, why then didn’t he condemn the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization, that openly participates in immoral and wicked behavior?

“I would,” he answered. “But if we start criticizing deplorables, we run the risk of losing half our voters.”
...
“The Bible says that the Lord helps those who help themselves,” Pence responded.

“But governor,” the reporter responded, “that phrase is not in the Bible.”

“Never mind,” Pence responded, “it’s in the Republican Bible.”

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Clinton supporter fear?

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2016/09/17 - 7:04am

Anyone afraid to put out a Clinton for President yard sign or bumper sticker on your car?

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