Saw this strange ice formation in our bird bath this morning:
How did this happen? Close up after the break...R. Neal's blog | 4 comments | Read more | | | By R. Neal, Wed, 2015/01/28 - 9:15am
Insure Tennessee, Gov. Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid/TennCare, will be the hot topic as Tennessee's General Assembly gets underway.
Mailers for and against are blanketing the state. A reader received one for and one against. Here are copies of both. We only got the "for" mailer.
The pro mailer is from the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, a consortium of health care providers, insurance companies, and labor and business interests. The anti mailer is from the right wing Koch bros. funded Americans for Prosperity.
Senate Democrats say outside money is flowing in, and legislators are being pressured to "consider politics first, people second."
The State Senate's Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Brian Kelsey, met yesterday to supposedly discuss the "legal issues." Vice chair Sen. Doug Overbey took exception when Kelsey used the forum to advocate against the plan. Kelsey brought in some guy from Ohio to testify how it would bankrupt the state. Overbey said none of this was on the agenda and wondered why they were there.R. Neal's blog | 3 comments | | | By R. Neal, Wed, 2015/01/28 - 8:03am
The new Knoxville Mercury alt-weekly project is conducting a survey of prospective readers to learn about their preferences.R. Neal's blog | Add new comment | | | By jbr, Wed, 2015/01/28 - 2:04am
From Yahoo ...
jbr's blog | Add new comment | | | By redmondkr, Tue, 2015/01/27 - 5:57pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.
Be sure to visit jebbushforpresident(dot)com.redmondkr's blog | 1 comment | | | By jbr, Tue, 2015/01/27 - 12:40pm
From Economic Policy Institute...
jbr's blog | 5 comments | | | By R. Neal, Mon, 2015/01/26 - 8:59pm
The upshot of these trends? A lopsided Tennessee economy, where top 1% average income is 24 times greater than the average income of the bottom 99%.
Light dusting on the grass and the street in front of our house...R. Neal's blog | 2 comments | | | By R. Neal, Mon, 2015/01/26 - 5:12pm
The News Sentinel last week questioned a Knox County E-911 board meeting regarding a proposal for a new radio system. In his Sunday column, editor Jack McElroy compared it to Black Wednesday, suggesting there was extracurricular communication and saying the paper would be seeking an open records records email dump regarding the matter.
Mayor Madeline Rogero, who is a member of the board, released a statement today saying that she has directed her staff to look into the matter. She noted that she was in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the time and did not attend the meeting, but said she is "committed to full transparency and ensuring that we have public confidence in the actions of the Board."
The Mayor's full statement after the break....R. Neal's blog | 17 comments | Read more | | | By jbr, Mon, 2015/01/26 - 4:26pm
From Reuters and CBO …
jbr's blog | 2 comments | | | By bizgrrl, Mon, 2015/01/26 - 5:58am
The U.S. budget deficit will decline slightly to $468 billion this fiscal year, the lowest level since President Barack Obama took office,
From Philadelphia to New York City to Maine, they are bracing for a potentially historic blizzard that forecasters say could dump up to 3 feet of snow on the region and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people
"My message to New Yorkers is to prepare for something worse than we have seen before," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Alternate side of the street parking was canceled.:)bizgrrl's blog | 5 comments | | | By bizgrrl, Mon, 2015/01/26 - 5:34am
A Path Appears uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.
Episode one is partially filmed in Nashville. Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof meets sexual abuse victim, Shana Goodwin, Shana guides them through the streets of Nashville where she was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12.
Episode One: Sex Trafficking in the USA - Monday, Jan. 26,
Episode Two: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - Monday, Feb. 2
Episode Three: Violence and Solutions - Monday, Feb. 9
The crowd was small at Saturday's annual legislative luncheon put on by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.
The News Sentinel had a small story that focused on the FOI, which is their want, but missed, in my opinion, what were the two biggest news pieces to come out of the event.
Their reporter, a fellow by the name of Jay Miller, who I'm not familiar with, did mention Richard Briggs statement that he doesn't believe the state should direct what doctors say to patients in any circumstances, including abortions. But the reporter failed to put it into context. I did that in a blog post here.
There was also absolutely no mention about Insure Tennessee about which the General Assembly is going into special session to debate on Feb. 2. Only one of the 10 lawmakers in attendance was unabashedly in support of it. But even those who weren't standing up waving flags for it, were still praising Gov. Bill Haslam for doing something. Some interesting things were said, as I relayed here.
KNS is likely to have more on the luncheon as the week unfolds. They had two columnists in attendance. And there were other matters that were interesting. My guess is that I can already tell you want Mark Harmon and Georgiana Vines will be writing about this week. But I won't spoil your reading. Although if I have some time tomorrow, I might throw out another blog post myself.Pam Strickland's blog | 7 comments | | | By R. Neal, Fri, 2015/01/23 - 4:55pm
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Employment and fraudulent salary and benefits. Defendants are awaiting trial in criminal court for collecting salaries and benefits they had not earned. Not less than $2,500 and not more than $10,000, trebled, for each false claim.
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ChiliFest set for February 7
at Stovall Family Life Center
New contestants and previous winners will meet at CAPPE’s 13th annual ChiliFest on Saturday, February 7. Four ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded as three categories of chili – beef, other meats and vegetarian – compete for the judges’ decisions. The People’s Choice will be determined by votes from the tasting public.
This is a family friendly event. Admission is $7 at the door (free for children ten years of age and younger). With admission comes a taste of all entries and, if you are still hungry, a bowl of your favorite chili. Beverages, quesadillas and home-baked goodies will be available for purchase.
ChiliFest 2015 will be held from 4-7pm at the Stovall Family Life Center beside First Church of the Nazarene, 1608 East Broadway, Maryville.
Please contact Marian Fitzgerald (865 983-0298) or Jay Clark (931-308-7570) with any questions.Add new comment | | | By stalwartdem, Fri, 2015/01/23 - 1:36pm
Guest Speaker will be Ms.Yvonne Marsh, CPA from the Marsh Group, speaking about Tennessee's Halls Tax.
Also on hand will be Linda Haney and Cameron Brooks, Chair and Vice Chair of the KCDP, who will speak about their experiences meeting the President at his recent visit to Knoxville.
for info: Janice Spoone (firstname.lastname@example.org)Add new comment | | | By stalwartdem, Fri, 2015/01/23 - 1:23pm
Guest speaker is Finbarr Saunders, Knoxville City Councilman At-Large (Seat C)and former 4th District County Commissioner, speaking about the structure of Knox Co/City municipal government, and his experiences and insights into the issues faced by Knoxville.
for info: Chris Foell (email@example.com)Add new comment | | | By Pam Strickland, Fri, 2015/01/23 - 11:51am
Josh Flory has announced on his twitter feed that his last day with the Sentinel will be Feb. 6. He'll be joining commercial real estate firm NAI on Feb. 9.Pam Strickland's blog | 12 comments | | | By jlynn, Fri, 2015/01/23 - 9:06am
The one-year plan is the foundation for zoning of ALL property within the city limits.
Updated annually, the MPC is now accepting comments and answering questions about proposed changes to this plan.
Contribute your thoughts and concerns at the public meetings.
For more information, call Mike Brusseau at MPC, 215-2500
Download the 2014 One Year Plan here:
Other City One-Year Plan meetings:
North, East and Central Sectors
New Harvest Park Community Center
West and Northwest Sectors
Middlebrook Piek United Methodist Church - Room 31
What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, Jan 23 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville Community TV Channel
Guest: Representative Joe Armstrong
Topic: Insure Tennessee, local political news
Host: Bill Owen
Democratic TV can be seen live streaming on (link...) or on cable channels:
Charter: channel 6
Comcast: channel 12
Wow: channel 6
ATT U-verse: channel 99
I put together some information about where things stand regarding abortion in Tennessee on the 42 anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A bit of a round up before the session gets rolling.Pam Strickland's blog | Add new comment | | |