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Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony

By Mike Knapp, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 8:15pm


What: Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Electrician Training Center (IBEW), 6107 Central Avenue Pike

The updated annual report, "Tennessee Workers: Dying for a Job,” will be released identifying positive steps that have been achieved in the past year—including a commitment by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to revamp its contractor qualification process to put a new emphasis on the contractor’s safety record and commitment. Recommendations for additional safety measures also will be identified in the report.
Media contacts: John & Nancy Stewart (general media contacts), johnnan@knology.net, 865-584-3834, 865-806-8115 (cell); Suzanne Coile (Central Labor Council), 865-591-2300; Fran Ansley (Jobs with Justice) fran.ansley@gmail.com, 865-387-9672

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Knox Co 6th District Democrats Meeting

By stalwartdem, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 2:53pm


What: Knox Co 6th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Karns Library 7516 Oak Ridge Hywy

Mike Knapp, newly elected 6th District representative of the KCDP, will speak on Precinct organizing in support of candidates running for office.

For info: Janice Spoone (spoojh@comcast.net)
Mike Knapp (mjknapp@icx.net)

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Knox Co. 4th District Democrats Meeting

By stalwartdem, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 2:44pm


What: Knox Co. 4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Our very special guest is the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, first district representative of the Knox Co. Democratic Party, and veteran of the civil rights movement.

This is our first meeting without the 3rd district democrats, who are breaking out with their own meetings..we wish them well.

For info: Chris Foell (691-8933, foellmc@aol.com)

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Knox Co. 3rd District Democrats Meeting

By stalwartdem, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 2:32pm


What: Knox Co. 3rd District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Cedar Bluff Library, 9045 Cross Park Dr.

Guest speaker is Cameron Brooks, Chairman of the Knox Co. Democratic Party..

Please come and support the KCDP 3rd District Democrats..As a result of the KCDP convention in March, They have new leadership and are breaking out with their own meetings (no longer meeting with the 4th District Dems)

For Info: Issac Johnson (ijohnso2@gmail.com)
Liz Key (lizkey1@gmail.com)

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ACA scores big on customer satisfaction

By jbr, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 2:25pm

Looks good …

from MSNBC …

Obamacare customers nationally also tended to be more satisfied with their plans bought in 2014 than people who primarily have traditional job-based health coverage – the majority of those with insurance – the study by the J.D. Power market research company found.

The J.D. Power survey … shows that people with employer-sponsored coverage who have “multiple plan options” have the exact same satisfaction rating as the people on Obamacare. And this might actually circle back to the cost issue. People shopping on Obamacare have the option to decide whether they want a plan with a high premium or a low one. Shoppers have typically gravitated toward the lower-cost premium. The average monthly premium on Healthcare.gov is $374. For people getting coverage at work, the average premium is $464.

ACA scores big on customer satisfaction

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Nice day to be a tech billionaire

By R. Neal, Fri, 2015/04/24 - 12:49pm

Jeff Bezos made $5 billion today. On paper, but still.
Steve Ballmer made $1 billion.

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Is Dirty Air Damaging the Brains of Some City Dwellers?

By jbr, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 11:35pm

from NBC News ...

Brain scans showed that seniors exposed to higher levels of the kind of small particle pollution that can come from car exhaust had a higher risk of mini-strokes and a smaller brain volume compared to those living in less-polluted areas, according to the study published in the journal Stroke.

The researchers found a startling result when they compared seniors living in the most-polluted areas to those dwelling in spots with the cleanest air: a 46 percent higher risk of mini-strokes and a 0.32 percent reduction in brain volume.

Is Dirty Air Damaging the Brains of Some City Dwellers?
AirNow - Knoxville, Tn Air Quality

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Seattle: 100% of high school's juniors opt-out of Smarter Balanced assessment

By Tamara Shepherd, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 9:57pm

Per Seattle's NBC affiliate K5, not a single 11th grade student showed up to take the SBAC test* at Nathan Hale High School this week, as confirmed by a Seattle Public Schools (SPS) spokesperson.

SPS reported that over 100 juniors also declined to take the test at Garfield High School earlier in April.

*SBAC is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia, which is the other multi-state consortia acting as PARCC did to create a single assessment to be used by multiple states for the purpose of testing students under the Common Core curriculum.

(Hat tip to Megan Morris at Support Knox County TN Schools)

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DTV welcomes Public Defender Mark Stephens

By Doug Veum, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 8:38pm

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

Hosts Jessee Bundy and Tony Brown interview Public Defender Mark Stephens on DTV on Knoxville's Community Television Channel this Friday evening at 7:30:PM.

This is a live call-in show so tune in and call to talk to Public Defender Mark Stephens.

DTV streams live on the Community TV Web site or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Running This State (into the ground) Like A Business, Part 3

By reform4, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:08pm

Well, it's been at least 60 days since the State of TN tried to screw with small businesses, they must have realized they were overdue.

Last month, I got a notice for sales and use taxes with a figure. I called up TN Revenue and asked:

Me: How did you arrive at this figure?
TNDOR: It's just an estimate. You can do a return and calculate the actual amount due.

Absolutely. My calculated assessment was less than a quarter of what they came up with. So I filed my return (online, through a crappy web site, no paper option, and no option to print my return) and sent in my check.

Today, I get a "Final Notice for Payment" of their original assessment plus penalties/interest, and a threat to padlock my business and seize bank accounts if it wasn't paid in 10 days. I verified that my check cleared. I called the Revenue Officer (no answer), then called DOR, who said I needed to get a copy of my check and send in the "Document Locator Number" on it. So, after an hour of screwing around with my bank and DOR, I sent a pointed email to the revenue officer, asking him to please "immediately correct his records."

Tennessee's new business motto? "Tennessee- Hostile to small business. Friendly to big businesses who defraud their customers for millions."

Time for a drink.

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Knoxville SOUP

By jlynn, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 10:33am


What: Knoxville SOUP
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Ijams Nature Center

The South Knoxville Alliance is seeking project proposals and a featured artist for our next Knoxville SOUP dinner. Visit KnoxvilleSoup.org to submit a proposal or complete an application to be a featured artist.

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RIP Ellen Turner

By R. Neal, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 7:49am

Ellen Turner, who co-founded the Love Kitchen with her twin sister Helen Ashe, has died at the age of 87.

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Atomic Labs Across the U.S. Race to Stop Iran

By jbr, Thu, 2015/04/23 - 7:36am

From NY Times ...

...the scientists at times turned to a secret replica of Iran’s nuclear facilities built deep in the forests of Tennessee.

.Atomic Labs Across the U.S. Race to Stop Iran

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R. I. P. Mary Doyle Keefe

By redmondkr, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 10:46pm

The model for Norman Rockwell's iconic Rosie the Riveter has died in Hartford, Connecticut, at the age of 92. She was a nineteen year old telephone operator when she posed for Mr. Rockwell in 1943.

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Special DTV on Thursday

By Doug Veum, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 9:40pm

What: Democratic TV
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

DTV will air the recent Senator Sara Kyle Voter Registration Rally featuring Senator Kyle, Rep Joe Armstrong and TNDP Chair Mary Mancini. This program also included the birthday party for DTV's Jessee Bundy.

DTV streams at ((link...)) or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Voucher bill passed today

By Tamara Shepherd, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 7:48pm

Andy Spears' Tennessee Education Report just this minute posted that the General Assembly has passed a bill to create a voucher system for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

What does the bill do?

If you ask the sponsors (and a number of members did), they really don’t know. Essentially, the legislation (HB138) creates individual education accounts of around $6600 to be provided to the parents or guardians who meet the qualifications in the amendment. They must have an IEP. Around 18,000 students (those with autism, blind or deaf, mental disabilities, and orthopedic disabilities) qualify.

Spears also reports that any parent/guardian who accepts the voucher MUST forfeit their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)--and lists several of the most important safeguards contained in the Act.

Similar voucher programs across the country have expanded rapidly and Florida's program, in particular, has experienced rampant fraud.

My representative, the homeschooling Roger Kane, was House co-sponsor. So much for the message I left with him over the weekend...

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Earth Day Babies!

By CE Petro, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 6:08pm

A few weeks ago Mr P was going to trim back the large bush outside our bathroom window, but, that was not going to happen. A Mama Cardinal was in the process of building a nest. Mrs. Cardinal promptly finished her nest and started sitting on some eggs.

Since Mrs. Cardinal was rather skittish, we tried to leave her in peace, but after some recent storms, and me checking on her to make sure she was still sitting on her eggs, she seems to have gotten a little bit used to me. At least she doesn't try to bolt from the nest so quickly as she used to.

I was out this morning and when I got home, as has been my habit, I went to the bathroom to check on Mrs Cardinal. She wasn't in her nest, nor could I see into the nest. I was a little worried, but not too worried. I checked in a few hours later and there were two little beaks, wide open, peaking up from the depths of the nest!

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Call the Cops!

By redmondkr, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 2:12pm

Word is out on the street that Krispy Kreme will be giving away a free dozen doughnuts all day on April 28 with the purchase of a dozen. The timing is perfect since I have blood drawn for my physical on the 24th.

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Blob of warm Pacific water threatens ecosystem, may intensify drought

By jbr, Wed, 2015/04/22 - 12:24pm

from CNN …

Marine life seen swimming in unusual places. Water temperatures warmer than they should be. No snow where there should be feet of it.

Blob of warm Pacific water threatens ecosystem, may intensify drought

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Some dumb not so good news

By R. Neal, Tue, 2015/04/21 - 7:26pm

Legislators decide to require citizenship test for high school graduation

Legislators should be required to do the same.

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